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Don't give children palm oil, says Italian consumer group

After finding that 12 kids' food products from Nestlé, Barilla, Ferrero and Danone contain high levels of carcinogen 3-MCPD, Italian consumer group Altroconsumo is calling on parents to stop giving products that...

298 studies reviewed

Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

The first silica-based colouring approved for food

‘Non-synthetic’ food colours: Acceptable compromise or too far from nature?

Next-gen food colourings like Merck’s new silica-based pigment could offer a compromise between colouring foodstuffs and synthetic products. Yet, experts have questioned potential for consumer acceptance.

Call for UK Eatwell Guide overhaul sparks 'real food' debate

A call for the new UK healthy eating guidelines to be completely overhauled has reignited debate among nutrition experts.

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

Are you dictating to me? UK industry group and health charity clash over reformulation

When it comes to joint stakeholder efforts on public health issues such as obesity and reformulation, where does cooperation end and 'dictating' policy begin? UK industry group Food and Drink...

Sector to grow 40% by 2020

The world’s unquenchable thirst for energy drinks

Global sales of energy drinks hit €38.2 billion last year and will be worth €53.4bn in 2020 according to Euromonitor International, even as regulatory winds blow ill beneath the sector's wings. 

World Meat-Free Day shines light on evolving market

All images copyright of Istock except the Beyond Beef graphic which is copyrighted by Beyond Meat.

Clean, clear, connected and imperfect: Ingredion's food trend predictions

What will food look like in 2020? Clean and clearly-labelled but also 'imperfect' to seem more authentic and closely connected to technology, according to a recent report by Ingredion. 

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...

Early nutrition vital to fighting back against EU childhood obesity crisis

European children are ‘in crisis’ over the risk of gut disease and obesity, according to a new report that calls for renewed focus on pediatric digestive health. 

Kraft Heinz says UK sauces market still hot

Condiments colossus Kraft Heinz has hit back at the suggestion that the UK is “out of step” with its western European neighbours when it comes to table sauces.

Guest article

Busted trust? What we didn’t see at Vitafoods Europe 2016

Yesterday the Healthy Marketing Team (HMT) outlined impressive innovation  at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva. Here HMT founder & expert consultant Peter Wennström outlines what was missing from Europe’s biggest healthy ingredients, supplements...

Guest article

What we saw at Vitafoods Europe 2016

The Healthy Marketing Team (HMT) were impressed – mostly – by what they saw at the 20th year of Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last month from probiotics to novel powders to...

7000-strong DSM survey reveals top consumer health concerns

Weight is the top health concern for adults overall, while Russians have their eye on age-related loss of vision, a DSM survey of 7,000 people across Europe, the Middle East...

Young urban males keenest to experiment

Germans give insect food a definite ‘maybe’

More safety data is needed for insects as a food and feed source a symposium  organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has heard, with Germans more likely to...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

How to make supplement packaging sexier

Supplement players need to make their packaging sexier if they are to bat off competition from encroaching healthy food and drink products, says marketing expert.

May 31 to June 2 2016, Chicago, Illinois. 270+ signed up

IPA & Probiota Americas partnership set to break records this week

Chicago will witness the biggest ever meeting of experts from the global pre- and probiotics industry, running today (May 31) until Thursday (June 2). The combined IPA World Congress and...

Ditching 'diet' and laying off 'light': Consumers mistrust healthy processed foods, says Mintel

The National Obesity Forum's advice to shun processed foods such as low-fat yoghurts and cheeses for whole foods this week has provoked mixed reactions – but consumers are already turning...

Make potassium labelling mandatory for processed food: UK petition

As new nutrition guidelines make labelling potassium on packaged foods mandatory in the US, a UK petition is urging the government to do the same but for different reasons - it would...

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”....

Special edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?...

Feature

Why are carcinogens in the food chain evading scrutiny?

Vegetable oil, processed food, infant formula and cancer: All the ingredients for a consumer food scare over the carcinogenic contaminant 3-MCPD are there - so why hasn't there been one...

The rise of sophisticated soda: food pairings, craft creations, and alcohol alternatives

Sophisticated sodas offer an attractive alternative to alcoholic beverages: but the category also holds wider appeal, according to a report from Canadean.

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