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Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

UK home baking future ‘less dynamic’

UK home baking declined in value by 3.2% for the first half of 2014 and will continue on a downward trend for some time, says IRI.

Consumers want clarity in food labelling, says survey

Consumers demand simpler labels and fewer additives, according to a new survey commissioned by a British-owned clean label ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short. 

UK chocolate sales rocked as consumers balk at price hikes

Chocolate confectionery sales are falling in the UK as consumers move to lower priced products and take advantage of promotions following price hikes, says an analyst at IRI.

From the Vitafoods Live! vault

Can the rise of medical foods tackle ‘unsustainable’ public healthcare costs?

Pharmaceutical-reliant public healthcare systems are unsustainably expensive and governments around the world know it, but can medical foods go part way to breaching the gap and delivering real savings? Panellists...

Sports Nutrition 2014 delivers business ammunition

It’s free, jammed full of sports nutrition sector insights – and it’s just days away: Sports Nutrition 2014 .

Salt reduction and social inequality? UK reduction policies 'have not reached those most in need'

Despite overall drops in salt intake over last 10 years, social inequalities in salt intake have hardly changed in the period, say researchers.

Low-carb bakery to go mainstream, says expert

Low-carb baked goods will soon hit mainstream as companies work to overcome formulation and processing challenges to industrialize products, says the founder of consultancy firm the Bakery Academy.

Fully certified cocoa ‘a prerequisite for doing business in chocolate’, Cloetta tells SMEs

Buying certified cocoa only from third party organizations such as UTZ Certified is now an essential part of doing business for all chocolate companies, not just the big ones, says...

Half of hospital patients fail to disclose dietary supplement use

A study in Singapore has found that over half of hospital patients do not disclose they are taking dietary supplements, which the authors say could put them at risk of...

Does snacking have a place in dietary guidelines?

Yes, 'snacking’ has its place in health promotion campaigns but there are communication barriers to overcome and recommendations must consider age and meal behavior, a review finds.

First half of 2014 brings record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Demand for the sustainable oil is rising faster than supply for the first time as total sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes (MT).

Man jailed for peddling hyper-strength ‘herbal’ erection tablets

A man has been sentenced to 16 weeks in a UK prison for selling sham ‘Herbal Viagra’ tablets that contained dangerous levels of tadalafil and sibutramine, compounds that are banned...

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Convenience motivates 17.1% of food consumption among older consumers, according to a report from Canadean.

Understanding the Challenges of the Food System grant winner

Public reaction to horse meat to be analysed through social media

Social media data surrounding the horse meat incident will be analysed by Cardiff University researchers to see how rumours spread and measure public engagement.   

Nestlé wants all of its children’s range to meet the ‘60/40+’ criteria by the end of 2014

Ten years after introducing the 60/40+ initiative Nestlé aims for all of its foods and beverages for children to comply with the initiative’s criteria. 

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Russia steps up food fight: Official ban on food imports signed by Russian PM

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced a complete ban on the import of beef, pork, fruit, poultry, cheeses and milk from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway,...

Sugar scare triggers home baking decline, says Mintel

The number of UK consumers baking at home fell by 8% this year – a drop likely sparked by fears around sugar but one that could be remedied with stevia,...

I DON'T THINK COKE'S REVERSAL MEANS STEVIA HAS AN IMAGE PROBLEM': EUROMONITOR ANALYST

Coca-Cola Half Life? Zevia CEO predicts 'substantial damage' to Glaceau Vitaminwater after stevia U-turn

The CEO of soda brand Zevia insists Coke’s use of stevia in full-calorie Glaceau Vitaminwater has caused ‘substantial’ brand damage and says it raises questions over the future for mid-calorie...

Beyond the focus group? Next generation concept testing

Instant.ly app takes concept testing to next level with real-time feedback from target shoppers ... as they shop

A new mobile app enabling CPG companies to get instant feedback on new product concepts from target consumers while they are grocery shopping will slash the time and money spent...

"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef in the latest round of DNA tests conducted by the European Commission....

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€100m Irish organic market returns to form – but who’s buying and why?

The Irish organic food market has returned to retail value growth for the first time since 2010, but consumers may be driven more by negative perceptions of non-organic than positive...

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested...

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will instil referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.