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Stigmatising the obese may worsen consumption habits, say researchers

Attempting to tackle the obesity crisis through ‘negatively-focused’ tactics is ineffective, and may in fact worsen the situation, according to various researchers.

Strong franc fallout: Swiss chocolate consumption and domestic sales down

Swiss chocolate consumption has fallen in 2014 and domestic chocolate sales have been hit by rising competition from importers profiting from the strong Swiss Franc, says Chocosuisse.

Swedish agency asks for government support to fight food fraud

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has called on the government for more legislative changes and better support from courts to fight food fraud.

Sweden to make keyhole “cooler” for consumers

Sweden’s National Food Agency (NFA) said that it is set to undergo an image makeover to make keyhole nutrition labelling “cooler” for its citizens.

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Fortification future? Fiber will rise, protein will fall...

High-protein foods have evolved into a mainstream category with snacks standing strong, but the trend will start to lose its muscle to high-fiber so industry will have to be clever,...

Flavour migration: From offbeat idea to mainstream favourite

With so many new and sometimes strange flavours hitting the market, we take a look at where they come from and how they become mainstream flavour fixtures.

Confectioners respond to consumer health trip: ‘It’s not like in the past’, says ISM organizer

ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.

Caobisco ‘concerned’ about chocolate detox campaign

Caobisco says it is ‘concerned’ about the British Heart Foundation’s ‘chocolate detox’ campaign, which encourages people to stop eating chocolate for a month to raise money and awareness for heart...

BHF joins calls for caution on controversial back-to-the-80s fat study

The focus of a controversial review on randomised control trials ‘oversimplifies the difficult and complex task of developing evidence-based guidelines on nutrition’, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned. 

News in brief

Scandinavian herring roe starting to deliver on omega-3 promise

Herring by-products like immature roe are proving a bountiful source for omega-3s in Norway, with research showing strong market potential.

EU handed protein intake recommendations; no DRVs

Europe’s central food science agency says European adults require on average 0.83 g protein/kg body weight each day from “high quality protein and to protein in mixed diets” in a just-issued...

Food Vision 2015 programme unveiled

The Food Vision 2015 programme centres on the theme of responsible innovation, and includes parallel sessions on food and nutrition for the first time.

Sugar intakes 'decreasing' or 'stable' globally, report finds

Dietary sugars intakes are decreasing or stable in most countries, according to a data review of ten European countries, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Probiota 2015, February 3-5, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

6 days to go! Probiota 2015 unveils game-changing innovation in pre- & probiotics

Probiota 2015 in Amsterdam is less than a week a way - a rare place where business leaders and leading researchers gather to transfer knowledge and innovation in the dynamic...

20-year coeliac diagnosis timeline reveals social inequalities

The number of children aged over two years diagnosed with coeliac disease in the UK has nearly tripled in the last two decades, but those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are...

MEP vote backs meat origin labelling

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted 48 to 15 to introduce legislation on origin labelling on meat used as an ingredient...

‘Same again, thanks.’ UK consumers hesitant to try new alcoholic drinks: Canadean

Eight out of ten out-of-home consumers ‘rarely or never’ try new alcoholic drinks, according to Canadean. 

The icing on the cake: Real Good Food acquires Rainbow Dust Colours

Real Good Food has snapped up cake decoration specialist Rainbow Dust Colours for £4m ($6m) to edge further into the growing global sugar-craft category, its marketing head says.  

Personality of the Year 2014: 'When you’re working for the EU it has to be innovative'

Jan-Willem Van der Kamp from TNO has been voted as BakeryandSnacks’ Personality of the Year 2014 for his leadership on HealthBread - an EU project to develop healthier breads.

Cool café culture? Kids’ cereal and crisp sandwiches are on-trend, says Euromonitor

The UK’s Cereal Killer Café and Simply Crispy Crisp Sandwich Café spark nostalgia among adults but also appeal to a bubbling backlash against national health obsessions, says Euromonitor International.

UK Labour party pledges cap on salt, sugar and fat in foods aimed at children

If elected, a UK Labour government will introduce limits on the levels of fat, salt and sugar that manufacturers are allowed to include in food marketed towards children.

Guest article

Where is the food ingredients industry going? HIE lessons and sessions

Despite  challenging times in the ingredient business there exist excellent opportunities particularly for mid-sized ingredient firms, concludes Nordic strategy and marketing agency Invenire. Analyst Patricia Wiklund unpicks key trends from...

The start-up era? Curious consumers and online shoppers help, says Mintel

The start-up explosion in bakery, cereal and snacks will continue as online shopping booms and consumers seek out the extraordinary, says Mintel.

Greek yoghurt not ‘one dimensional’! Fage aims to educate consumers

Fage UK has launched a TV campaign aimed at changing the British consumer perception that Greek yoghurt is a “one dimensional product.”

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