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A computer game to reduce snacking and lose weight?

A simple computer game could help people reduce snacking and lose weight by associating certain foods with the act of saying 'no', British psychologists have found.

Antibiotic-free - Is this the next ethical food label?

British meat has been found to contain MRSA and consumers are concerned. So would an antibiotic-free label reassure the public,  or are there already enough ethical food labels?

Euromonitor: Liquid breakfasts are overhyped - snack bars are the future

Liquid breakfasts are not truly catching on with consumers as an alternative to cereal-based breakfast options, says Euromonitor International.

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Cool Britannia: British branding can boost appeal in UK and abroad

Safety, quality, nostalgia- there's a buzz about British products both abroad and at home for various reasons – but products need more than just a Union Jack on the label...

Polish supplements market to grow 8% yearly: 2017-2020

Growth has slowed in the Polish food supplemets market as prices have risen following years of solid growth but forecaster PMR expects growth to spike again in 2017.

Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Forget extreme sports – it’s about extreme parenting! Energy drinks may market to millennials but parents’ consumption is on the rise

The pressures of raising children, juggling work and home life, and other daily responsibilities mean older millennials are increasingly turning to energy drinks, according to a report from Mintel. 

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

UK recommendations fail to educate pregnant women on iodine

UK pregnant women are iodine deficient and they need nutritional education to empower them to make the right dietary choices, say researchers.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

'Superfood' chlorella has detox potential in chewing gum and gummies, says Roquette

Ingredients supplier Roquette has developed 'detoxifying' chewing gum and gummy bears containing microalgae chlorella.

Which came first, the health or the supplement?

The healthier a person is the more likely they are to take food supplements – which could distort links between the products and health outcomes, say Danish researchers.

Free NutraIngredients and FoodNavigator online event - June 3, 14:00 Paris time

Big debates, big issues: Is the food industry winning the war against weight?

As the ‘globesity’ health footprint grows and power weight management brands struggle to stay relevant in an age where smartphone apps deliver personalised solutions, join us next week for a...

1800 firms operating in sector

8/10 Italians take supplements & eat functional foods despite regulatory threat

The Italian health food market is booming – 80% of Italians consume food supplements or functional foods – but regulation threatens a sector comprised of 1800 firms, a congress has been told.

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Vitafoods Europe breaks records (again)

Show traffic was up 12.5% at Vitafoods Europe this year meaning record numbers visited the 800+ suppliers and brands at the 3-day Geneva expo and conference.

Celiac woes: Price and product choice top concerns in free-from, finds survey

Some 98% of diagnosed celiacs believe free-from products are too expensive and 84% say choice is limited, according to a survey from Cambridge Market Research.

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

Disptaches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

Start-ups stake vital claim to nutrition leadership at Vitafoods

Experts at Vitafoods Europe say the true age of the start-up is upon us as markets fragment and larger players are caught behind the innovation curve.

"The consequence of this is a fundamental blow to the belief in health claims as a magic bullet."

Consumers are food confused...Are you helping?

Consumers have never been more confused about food, argues Healthy Food Marketing chief Peter Wennstrom in this guest article. The food industry needs to step up...

Organic breaks social class barriers

With working class households making up nearly one third of sales, organic is no longer a middle-class preserve - and some say it is even fueling Britain's 'foodie' culture.

"More and more the food industry realises consumer education is the key to success – not claims."

Welcome to the era of Nutrition. Are you ready for it?

The moment you realise that every nutrient you eat today will build your body of tomorrow, then you realise you will become what you eat. Couple that with the fact that most...

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels....

News in brief

Aseptia, Hiperbaric, Dow and WikiFoods win at Edison Awards

Aseptia has scooped a gold award in the food processing and preparation category at the Edison Awards held last night (23 April).

Special edition: 25 years of functional foods

Functional Foods 2.0: Beyond the nutritional shoehorn...

Products such as probiotic pizza, probiotic snack bars, high-fibre chicken or fish-oil fortified yoghurt may seem bizarre, says market expert Julian Mellentin in this guest article, but since 1990 thousands...

Coconut oils and spreads on trend in Europe

Coconut oil could be on trend in Europe as saturated fats are no longer regarded to be as harmful for heart health as they were, a Mintel report has said.

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