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Spirals of success: Vegetable pasta is on the rise

With sales of traditional pasta falling across Europe, homemade 'spiralised' vegetables are an increasingly popular alternative – but analysts say there is potential for food manufacturers too.

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research....

Sustainers and curtailers: Which type of sustainable foodie are you?

Sustainability isn't one size fits all. Some consumers buy sustainable products while others curb consumption of less sustainable foods, say researchers. 

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

Kids with poor diets score poorly on cognitive tests: Finnish researchers

The worse the diet quality of children, the worse they score on cognitive tests - especially boys, research finds.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

Better labelling regulations drive gluten-free sales higher

Gluten-free product launches accounted for 10% of new food products globally, which was partly due to better labelling rules, new data from Innova Market Insights has shown.

special edition: protein

How much do you really know about protein?

Do you know which country consumes the most protein per capita? Which protein company has been causing a stir among feminist tweeters? How much protein the average adult should be...

Special edition: Protein

Mainstream keen on protein foods (but supplements still rule)

Protein has been hot for some years and shows no sign of abating in the near future as diet trends flip in protein’s favour from largely discredited low-fat to lower-carb/higher-protein regimes and...

Special edition: Protein

Vegethletics: Are you running on plants?

The ‘no meat athlete’ movement is showing that animal protein isn’t the only track available to sportspeople – and in turn this is smashing old perceptions about what it is...

Half believe organic food contains more minerals and vitamins than conventional products despite lack of data

Organic preferences: Health before animals and the environment, say Danes

Richer people eat more organic foods and buy them because they perceive them to be healthier than conventional foodstuffs, a Danish study has found.

Which do you think is more filling – a Coke or a Mars bar?

While past research has suggested solid foods are more filling than beverages – consumers don’t always make this distinction, warn researchers. 

The Hacker’s Diet: Should we be looking at nutrition like a computer nerd?

The age of Silicon Valley and Digi-everything has seen the dawn of a new diet trend: ‘Biohacking’.

Melon, mocktails and more: What are the top beverage flavours this summer?

Melon is one of this year’s hottest drink trends, with an array of exotic variations ready to tempt consumers, according to Treatt.

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Let’s stop talking about ‘sin taxes’ as if they are the saviour of mankind

Stop talking about food taxes like they are some sort of panacea that will alter consumer behaviours overnight, and magically eliminate obesity and diabetes. They won’t.

Sugar tops UK food concerns

The amount of sugar in food is the top food concern for UK consumers, according to a Food Standards Agency survey.

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Two thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates

Over two thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut...

Flavour tourism: On the trail of Europe's future trends

What will the next flavour trends be, where does inspiration come from and how can you make sure a trend has some sticking power? FoodNavigator met up with Mintel at IFT to find...

What’s next for protein?

Meat and dairy consumption has fallen from favour in many European countries and consumers are increasingly on the lookout for foods and drinks high in plant-based protein, according to Mintel...

'I won't be back': Schwarzenegger body building product canned in EU

Arnold Iron Dream Concentrated Night Time Recover product will be discontinued in the EU following accusations of DNP content, its official European distributor has said.

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in Europe – but why?

Non-GMO labels are on the rise in European countries – but unlike the US, EU legislation requires all food containing above trace levels of GM to be labelled. So is there even a need for...

Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey

Asian consumers are fuelling demand for clean labels and natural colourings - and will bolster a trend that has been dominated by western Europeans until now, a 5000-strong global survey has...

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?

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