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First omega-3 milks in UK target demand for brain food

The first omega-3 milks to hit the UK market will benefit from increasing demand for healthy children's food, following a wave of media reports on research into brain food and...

Ireland to follow neighbours' initiatives against obesity

Ireland is the latest European state to call for new guidelines on food labelling and a ban on vending machines in schools in order to slow down the growing rise...

Strong branding builds up sales for UK dairy

Strong branded milk lines stepping away from generics, and a rise in porridge, tea and coffee consumption are helping to turn around figures for milk use in Britain.

Blueberry boom in Britain driven by health benefits

Sales of blueberries in the UK have rocketed over the last year as consumers seek the health benefits recently linked to the fruit.

Healthy sandwiches head UK snack sector

The drift towards grazing and away from sit-down meals is not yet ended in the UK, with health-oriented sandwiches continuing to drive forwards a market that already accounts for one...

Haagen-Dazs targets low fat demand

Consumers watching their waistlines continue to drive low fat formulations: ice cream giant Haagen-Dazs launches its first 'light' ice cream version of its classic brand.

Young women crucial to drinks sector growth

There will be fewer young adults around for alcoholic drink firms to target over the next five years but those that are will drink more and be more demanding, with...

Health messages on food labels confusing, finds new report

The majority of British consumers are 'confused' by health messages on food products: meanwhile chocolate and snacks are the last products to be ditched in a diet regime, finds a...

Nestlé cutting trans fats in global products

Responding to consumer and legislative pressures, international food firms are slicing artery-clogging trans fatty acids from their formulations. We spoke with Nestlé to find out how the world's number one...

Utility key to leverage for food brands?

As food brands wrestle for leading market positions new research suggests the consumer will be tempted by, and differentiate between, brands that add 'utility'.

EU food and drink industry commits to obesity challenge

New voluntary labelling initiatives, a tighter advertising code and increased investment in innovation could be on the way for food manufacturers as the European Commission, along with a dozen stakeholders,...

Burgeoning nutraceutical opportunities to boost cheese sales

A major repositioning of cheese as a nutraceutical food could significantly boost growth in this traditional category, argues a new report.

Sweeteners showing double-digit growth on rising consumer appeal

Strong growth and opportunities for sweetener use in food formulations is assured with fresh figures from the UK finding health concerns are driving nearly one in four consumers to use...

Lack of healthy snacks major barrier to healthy eating in UK

British consumers are increasingly seeking convenient food and drinks that are also healthy but food makers are failing to answer their needs, claims a new report.

Confused Europeans snub nutritional label information

The majority of European consumers appreciate the benefits of eating healthily but remain confused over the terminology used in nutritional labelling, according to a recent report by the European Food...

Flawed study exaggerated US obesity crisis

The US Centre for Disease Control has helped to create a climate of fear by exaggerating America's obesity crisis, claims a consumer and industry group, as one major cereal producer...

Fairtrade Foundation appeals to generous Brits as sales top £140 million

Sales of food and drink products carrying the Fairtrade mark in the UK reached £140 million in 2004, more than 50 per cent more than in the year before, but...

SA targets US wine market, US focuses on Europe

South African winemakers are keen to capitalise on growing interest in their wines from US consumers - and on the predicted growth in the market there. Their US counterparts, meanwhile,...

Food safety to protect against mounting litigation

Despite firm traceability rules and constantly improved food safety systems the threat of litigation hangs in the air for the food industry: in the UK a prepared foods firm faces...

Swiss chocolatiers lose market share to rising foreign imports

The number of imported chocolate products into Switzerland has increased for the fourth year running - but will the EU's looming CAP reforms soon bring this burgeoning trend to an...

PET continues to bite into rivals market share

Non-refillable PET is strengthening its grip on the global beverage packaging market, according to industry analyst Canadean.

Support for French winemakers fails to tackle overproduction issue

The French authorities have come up with a €70 million rescue package for ailing wine producers, but as Kim Hunter Gordon and Chris Jones report, they have once again failed...

Moderation to shape dieters' foods in 2005

The food industry will this year revert to one of the oldest principles in healthy eating - balance - as it seeks to respond to a consumer move away from...

Healthier consumers drinking more fruit juice

Fruit juice sales are soaring in the UK, driven by consumers' perception of the beverage as a healthier alternative to coffee and fizzy drinks, shows a new Mintel report.

Enhanced water - American science, European branding

Sales of oxygen-enriched water have almost quadrupled in Germany since 2002 to 30 million litres. But in the US where it has been available for over a decade longer, growth...

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