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Mandatory origin labelling: Costs outweigh the benefits, says EC

Mandatory labelling for dairy could push up production costs by nearly 50% and limit consumer freedom of choice - the current status quo is the most suitable option, say two...

Exposed: How powerful lobbies thwarted hormone chemical regulation

Public health is being compromised as the European Commission bows to the pressure of lobbies and is divided by internal power struggles over toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, claims a report.

The Better Regulation Package - will consumer protection be bettered or battered?

The European Commission is calling its Better Regulation initiative 'radical and different' - but consumer groups say power is being handed over to big businesses and that consumers will suffer...

Bakery sets out on satiating mission with new products

Five new weight management concepts from DuPont Nutrition and Health focus on the bakery sector, including breads, cakes and cereal bars.

'Stay active in old age' - dairy targets the elderly

Arla Foods Ingredients has responded to a rise in elderly consumers in Europe by launching its Nutrilac Ageless whey protein and calcium ingredient, to boost protein content in yogurts and...

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Creative crunch? What does David Cameron’s UK Conservative win mean for food innovation?

An abundance of ‘pro-business’ applause followed the recent David Cameron-curveball Conservative party victory in the UK general election. The result is being celebrated as a reassuring safeguard for economic stability...

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies, Amsterdam

Are you Twitter ready? Social media strategies must add value, says Twitter guru

Social media strategies need to refrain from insistently pushing brands; but instead add value for consumers, explains Ashley Vinson, head of brand strategy Benelux, Twitter. 

BMPEA found in Jacked Power linked to woman's stroke

Tests of the 'Jacked Power' pre-workout supplement thought to be the cause of a Swedish woman's brain haemorrhage have revealed 290 mg of unlabelled BMPEA.

Flexitarians fuel innovation in vegetarian food

Vegetarians are enjoying a wide range of packaged food– but it's their flexitarian friends who are fuelling innovation in the taste and texture of plant-based meat alternatives.

FSAI cracks down on ‘misleading’ marketing terms

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published guidance for food companies to ensure consumers are not misled by terms such as ‘natural’, ‘artisan’, ‘traditional’ and ‘farmhouse’.

dispatches from vitafoods europe 2015

Hungary hungry for organic supplements

Hungary is seeing a renaissance of its herbal sector, supported by a trend towards organic foods and supplements.

Dispatches: Campden BRI Snacks Technology Conference

Safe snack NPD: Microbial risks must be considered, warns expert

Snack product developers must carefully consider microbial risks that could be associated with use of new ingredients or processes, says an expert.

Wrong said reg: Claims too sexy for NHCR

‘Bloody marvellous?’ ASA pulls beetroot blood claims from Juice Garden

An online UK juice, smoothie and healthy food merchant has fallen foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over blood cleansing and other claims for some of its juices.

EFSA opinion wrap: Pomegranate, carob, coffee rejected. Vitamin D approved

Claim chill: EFSA rejects probiotics for immunity, defecation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected probiotic dossiers from Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions (immunity) and Italian player Synbiotec (defecation) in a batch of opinions published today.

Food industry unprepared for water shortages

The food industry – the most water-intensive business on earth - is unprepared for global water shortages, according to a report which ranks the best and worst offending companies for...

Brand rivalry deepens in post-crisis Europe

Own-brands have enjoyed a boom in crisis-hit Europe, winning new consumers with both price and quality – but big brands are resorting to aggressive pricing and promotions to win back their...

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

Meat products top Food Fraud Network activity report

Meat products were the category of foodstuffs for the majority of exchanges through a European network that monitors food fraud.

Is consumer scepticism stifling industry innovation?

It is time for the food industry to demonstrate that the natural, healthy food we eat is the result of food science and innovation, says one expert – but opinion...

Gala Awards night at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, Switzerland

NutraIngredients Awards shine spotlight on nutrition stars

200 people from the European and international food and nutrition sectors helped 20 finalists and seven winners celebrate at the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards last night at Vitafoods Europe.

WHO backtracks on European obesity warnings

The WHO is urging people to ‘use with caution’ its own predictions that nearly 90% of Irish men and 77% of Greek men would be obese by 2030.

Dispatches from vitafoods europe 2015

Croatian supplements face challenges following EU membership

Black market crack downs, neighbourhood kudos and moving goal posts - Croatia's supplement industry has seen big changes since it became a member of the European Union in July 2013.

Three ways to encourage healthy eating anywhere

Yes we can: By making healthy food choices Convenient, Attractive and Normal companies and policy-makers can foster healthy eating habits in all contexts, say researchers.

Food safety brought to the fore by WHO

Food safety in countries including Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey and Moldova has been highlighted as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) World Health Day.

Why are EU labelling laws failing to protect consumers from fish fraud?

With no ingredient or species information required for processed fish products, seafood fraud in Europe is prevalent – so why is EU legislation failing to protect consumers?

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