Leatherhead Food Research

LFR study: a more open-minded and collaborative approach to innovation is emerging

Food innovators battle ‘hypersensitive’ consumers

By Noli Dinkovski

Brand innovators and product developers feel increasingly undermined by growing consumer hypersensitivity to specific “demonised” ingredients, such as sugar, according to a new study from Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

Stories about cancer and diet continue to dominate media headlines about food

Cancer and diet leads top 10 media story list

By Noli Dinkovski

Food waste, meat substitutes and gut bacteria all feature in the top 10 most mentioned food terms in the media over the past 12 months – but stories about cancer and diet continue to dominate – according to the head of a research body.

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions activity in the UK

Brexit could block food firm consolidation

By Noli Dinkovski

Brexit could derail mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the months ahead, despite the UK food industry being ripe for consolidation, a business advisory firm has warned. 

Crime fighters: (l to r) Tony Hines, Lisa Jack and Andy Morling

Foodex 2016

Food and drink crime: what tops experts’ wish list

By Michael Stones

Persuading people to share information about suspected food and drink crime, co-ordinating intelligence sharing and harnessing technology to beat criminal activity topped the wish lists of experts taking part in Food Manufacture’s Big Video Debate on...

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

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Leatherhead Research is picked up for £1.6M

By Rick Pendrous

Speculation that began circulating over the past month that Leatherhead Food Research (LFR)was in financial difficulties and had entered administration was proved correct when an announcement was made that the organisation had been acquired by the Science...

Leatherhead Food Research has been saved from administration by the Science Group

Leatherhead acquired by Science Group for £1.6M

By Laurence Gibbons

Leatherhead Food Research has been bought out of administration by the Science Group for £1.6M in a move that will rid the organisation of its legacy pension deficit, the buyer revealed.

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from their roles.

Patterson-Lett: 'S&T shouldn't scare consumers away'

Don't keep food S&T secrets from consumers

By Nicholas Robinson

Consumers' lack of food science knowledge is stunting the impact a firm can have when launching new products, a consumer analyst has warned.

Consumers shouldn't be mislead by clean label

Health Ingredients Europe

Stop misusing natural, expert urges

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.

Have you heard the one about the horsemeat in beef burgers? Initially the horsemeat crisis was a joke, Hines said

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Horsemeat crisis was ‘funny’ joke

By Laurence Gibbons

The horsemeat in beef products scandal was just a funny joke when it first happened, according to a leading professor at Leatherhead Food Research.

Food Manufacture's one day conference takes place on Thursday October 17

Food Safety Conference delivers latest advice

By Mike Stones

Delivering the latest advice on food safety is the aim of Food Manufacture’s one-day conference to be staged at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull on Thursday October 17 2013.

Berryman leaves Leatherhead after eight years with the company

Leatherhead ceo steps down

By Laurence Gibbons

Professor Paul Berryman has stood down as ceo of Leatherhead Food Research to pursue new career opportunities.

Don't miss our free one-hour long webinar dedicated to learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis, which airs today

Horsemeat lessons learned webinar airs today

By Mike Stones

There’s still time to sign up for the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour webinar dedicated to learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis, which takes place at 11am GMT today, Thursday May 16.

The Food ATP Professional Doctorate in Agriculture and Food is made up of 12 modules and costs £44,133

Food ATP will ‘struggle’ to attract small firms

By Laurence Gibbons

It will be a “challenge” for the Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP) to attract small food and drink firms (SMEs) to see the benefits of enrolling employees on to courses designed to improve their scientific understanding, according to one of...

Learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis is the subject of a free one-hour webinar to take place on Thursday May 16. See the end of this article to book your free place

Horsemeat webinar: how to protect your food business

By Mike Stones

Food safety watchdog the Foods Standards Agency (FSA), Leatherhead Food Research, market intelligence specialist Mintel and business law firm DWF are supporting the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour webinar Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable...

The free one-hour webinar – dedicated to learning the lessons of the horsemeat crisis – will take place at 11am on Thursday May 16

Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis

By Mike Stones

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA), market intelligence firm Mintel, Leatherhead Food Research and business law firm DWF are supporting the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour webinar Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis.

Sue Davies told the webinar consumers need user-friendly information

‘Involve consumers in food science earlier’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should involve consumers in the development of new scientific techniques and technologies at a much earlier stage, if past mistakes are to be avoided, according to consumer watchdog Which?

Early action on patent protection is crucial to protect new products

Food firms miss the patent IP protection boat

By Gary Scattergood

Many food and drink firms are missing the commercial opportunity of intellectual property (IP) because they do not patent the innovative work they carry out, a patent expert has advised.

Food firms are looking for ways to further reduce salt in food production

Food firms to begin new salt reduction project

By Dan Colombini

Food and drink manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to reduce the amount of salt used in food production as part of a new project with Leatherhead Food Research.

Oceans of opportunity

Oceans of opportunity

By Paul Berryman

At a recent Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council workshop, I was discussing food security and world hunger. I won’t rehearse the well-known ‘perfect storm’ paradigm, but suffice to say that food might run short.


Mintel: Low-fat claims slump as ‘green’ claims grow

Mintel: Low-fat claims slump as ‘green’ claims grow

By Elaine Watson

The percentage of new products launched in Europe containing low- or no-fat claims dropped from 8% in 2005 to just 5% in 2009, while the percentage containing ‘green’ messages has grown rapidly over the same period, according to Mintel.

Fill up on seaweed

Fill up on seaweed

Adding hydrocolloids such as carrageenan to 'water in oil' emulsions has enabled Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) to create creamy fillings for...

Fill up on seaweed

Fill up on seaweed

Adding hydrocolloids such as carrageenan to 'water in oil' emulsions has enabled Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) to create creamy fillings for...

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