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Lithuania bans 182 botanicals – or does it?

Lithuania has sent a list of 182 botanicals it intends to ban in food supplements to the European Commission in a move one major supplier called “a step back” for EU harmonisation...

Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

Near record-high cocoa butter prices have driven up the cost of chocolate production by as much as 20%; a price hike that will likely be seen on shelf, according to...

MSM added to sports nutrition safe list in the UK

A form of joint health and sports nutrient, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has made it onto the approved list of UK third party testing service Informed-Sport, a “big league” promotion according to an American...

Milk Market Observatory will aid shift to post-quota Europe

A European Milk Market Observatory has been launched by the European Commission this week, offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for market data.  

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Andean Grain Products seeks EU novel food approval for chia seeds

Andean Grain Products has requested an opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on novel foods equivalence for its chia seeds.

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Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK &...

Further horsemeat tests ordered

A new round of tests to see if beef products contain horse has been ordered by the European Commission.

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager...

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally...

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Pidy launches gluten-free pastry cups

Pidy has developed a line of gluten-free and dairy-free pastry cups for UK bakery manufacturers.

Finns and Norwegians partner on probiotic juice

Finnish dairy and ingredients giant Valio has inked a deal with major Norwegian food and drink maker Tine to license its LGG probiotic strain in Tine’s Biola juice range.

UK ASA: "Court action is a last resort but we will issue such action if other measures fail"

Snubbed: Dutch firm smokes UK joint health claim ban

Joint health claims made by a Dutch-made collagen, glucosamine and omega-3 based food supplement, have been kyboshed by the UK advertising watchdog. But Finitri, the Dutch firm, has gone underground...

Lost in translation: Parlez-vous health claims?

Cross-border communication must be provided to combat the confusion caused by the 24 subtly different language versions of EU-approved health claims, as well as countless other cultural nuances, according to...

BELFRIT leads Europe in botanicals harmonisation as Italy affirms 1000-strong list

Italy has legally adopted a harmonised list of about 1000 approved botanicals for use in food supplements, following a joint research effort with Belgium and France (BELFRIT).

Eastern Europe to follow Italian botanical fate?

Eastern European countries hoping to join the European Union could find a threatened botanical industry in wait, according to an EU food law expert.

European sports nutrition group raises red flags for London marathoners

The 40,000 professional and amateur runners that will spill through the streets of London this weekend for the London marathon can benefit from sports supplement use but should be wary...

Fruit ingredients shows super European growth

Food manufacturers have pampered to health-conscious Europeans with a raft of new fruit-based product launches in 2013, with overall fruit ingredient launches up 22% over the preceding year, according to...

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Innovation for today: Digital tech empowers industry to innovate

The use of mobile technologies and social media to connect with real consumers can help manufacturers gain better innovation insights for today and tomorrow, says Chris Cornyn.

Cadbury's purple reign over: UK court blocks color trademark appeal

Mondelēz International owned Cadbury has exhausted all avenues of appeal to register a UK trademark for its Dairy Milk purple following an 10-year dispute with Nestlé.

Food Vision

Celebrity chefs needed to sell food science to consumers

Food firms must woo celebrity chefs and other ‘foodies’ more to help consumers understand the industry’s use of science, including biotechnology and nanotechnology, experts from the sector have argued....

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Health debates will help small drinks David win Goliath’s sales

Small drinks companies will use debates on health, such as that on added sugar, to challenge larger players like Coca-Cola, says the co-founder of a new soft drinks firm.

EU Novel foods approval

Quatrefolic primed for EU commercialisation

The European Commission has finally given its approval to Quatrefolic as a food supplement within the EU following a positive ruling from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last October.

New entrant: Top UK mineral water firm enters confectionery market with low-cost energy gum

UK mineral water firm Navson has developed a low price-point energy gum fortified with taurine and B vitamins.

Live updates from Food Vision in Cannes

The key quotes: #FoodVision in tweets

Global food and drink industry leaders at the Food Vision event in Cannes are aiming to tackle the big issues and key topics directly affecting the future of the industry...

NICE to update heart health guidance; omega-3s and sterols-stanols considered

Guidance on the prevention of cardiovascular disease relating to sugar, salt and fats – including omega-3s – should be updated, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)...

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