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No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Sour flavors and sweet & spicy mixes ‘the vogue’ for candy and gum, says Leatherhead

Leatherhead Food Research has identified the in-fashion flavors for sugar and gum confectionery.

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Nostalgic candy wrappers help dementia sufferers bring back the memories: Nestlé

Nestlé UK has put together a collection of historical packaging and posters of its Rowntree brand designed to help patients diagnosed with dementia bring back happy memories.

Natural dairy the new functional dairy: New Nutrition Business

Dairy will continue its “rebirth as a natural whole food” in 2014 as consumer demand for healthy products such as Greek yogurt drives innovation, according to New Nutrition Business.

29M Brits tried to lose weight last year

More than half of Britain – 29M people or 55% of the population – tried to lose weight in the 12 months to September 2013, while diet food sales showed...

Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...

2013: Big-hitting Nutra news review

New laws, NGO questions, booming sectors, booed players – there was plenty for the European and international healthy foods and supplements sectors to get on with in 2013. We take a...

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Sweet tooth Scots: Scotland has poorest diet in UK

According to new government research Scottish people consume more fizzy drinks and sweets and eat less fruit and vegetables when compared to the UK average.

Chocolate to evolve like wine: Aromatics the future for premium sector – Cémoi R&D chief

The chocolate market will develop a marked divide between cheaper, lower quality products and higher end offerings that use cocoa blends allowing consumers to distinguish aromatic notes like a wine-tasting,...

Top 12 trends for food, nutrition and health

Naturally functional products leads the top 12 food, nutrition and health trends identified by New Nutrition Business in its latest infographic.

BRIC healthy dairy boom blooms; Europe down but not doomed

Brazil, Russia, India, China – as well as Mexico – are the fastest growing markets for functional dairy products, according to a Euromonitor International presentation given last week at the Healthy...

Global snack trends 2013: ‘It was a spicy year’

Fiery flavors, popped chips and retail-ready pack designs were some of the biggest trends for snack makers this year, according to trade heads in Europe and the US.

Guest article

What is the functional food magic number? Why, 0.84 of course…

At what point are consumers prepared to purchase fortified or functional foods and drinks? That’d be 0.84 according to the fortified/functional (FF) curve. Say what?...Euromonitor International analyst Diana Cowland explains...

Greek yogurt 'opened up the market' for healthy dairy: Chr Hansen

The continuing popularity of high-protein Greek yogurt in the US has opened up the market for similar dairy products, such as quark, kefir, and drinking yogurt, according to Chr Hansen.

Dessert mixes: How to target a generation who can't bake

Use of functional ingredients and co-branding is needed if dessert mixes are to serve a “lost generation” who want to bake but can’t, says an analyst.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Can an ingredients giant be a true innovator? Yes we can, says Beneo chief

Beneo CEO Matthias Moser, PhD, shares his vision of how a European ingredients giant stays ahead of the innovation curve, built on a bedrock of age-specific nutrient solutions – even...

ADM on transatlantic differences: “American sweet” protein bar

Europe is still behind America on the nutrition bar trend and European perceptions of sweetness levels are different, says ADM marketing boss.

Dispatches from FiE

Tereos Syral: Guilt is bakery’s ‘key limitation’

Tereos Syral says despite innovations within the bakery sector, guilt associated with these products must be overcome to ensure growth.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Protein has a big ‘ordinary’ future, says Glanbia

Irish dairy ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals once filled its sights almost exclusively with the sports nutrition sector, but the explosion of interest in protein means the ‘ordinary’ mainstream food industry...

Euromonitor highlights Nordic food trends

Healthy foods, premiumisation and private label all present untapped opportunities in Nordic countries, according to market research organisation Euromonitor International.

Dispatches from #FIE2013

Another BRIC in the weight management wall as sector hits $150bn globally in 2013

Nestlé may have canned Jenny Craig, and regulators clamped down on the sector's claim-making, but weight management products are booming globally, especially in increasingly image driven emerging economies like India and...

RSSL scientist recognised for efforts during horsemeat crisis

An RSSL scientist has been recognised for the help and support she gave industry during the horsemeat controversy.

Low carb claims double in five years

The number of new products carrying low carb claims has nearly doubled in Europe in the past five years, according to new research from Mintel.

Scotland to bolster food safety laws after horsemeat furore

Scotland is to strengthen its food safety laws in response to the findings of two reports focussing on the horsemeat fraud.

“There is an urgent need for a fresh approach dealing with the EU’s immovable commitment to harmonise maximum levels for vitamins and minerals”

New research aims to end EU’s vitamin safety blockade

Just commissioned research aims to to help resolve the stalemate that exists in the EU over maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for vitamins and minerals with a novel approach.

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