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Who can win an EU immunity claim? Yeast beta-glucan can?

German yeast specialist Leiber possesses the only immune health claim in the EU assessment system at the moment. But why should its beta-glucan yeast succeed when it has already failed...

There’s something fishy about this milk… not anymore US scientists claim

US researchers claim they have proved it possible to incorporate omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish oil into milk and dairy-based beverages in sufficient amounts to promote health without destroying taste or smell....

Beneo thinktank produces ‘Tooth-friendly’ and fibre-boosting sweets

Belgian supplier Beneo’s dessert thinktank is showing off some product concepts using sugar-free, ‘tooth-friendly’ isomalt and an already launched oligofructose-stevia blends for functional fibre candy.

Hot New Beverage Concepts for 2013: Episode Two

Adomas Pranevicius, CEO of MyDrink Beverages, gives readers the further lowdown on new non-alcoholic drinks concepts that could set the market alight in 2013.

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Operational Efficiency 2012: Free Access To Today's First Ever Dedicated Online Event!

Register now for free access to today's first ever online event devoted to Operational Efficiency in food and beverage processing, organized by and William Reed Business Media.

Hot New Beverage Concepts for 2013: Episode One

The CEO of beverage development and innovation company MyDrink Beverages tells why his firm's new non-alcoholic beverage concepts for 2013 could take the market by storm...

Vitamins: A Centenary of essential nutrients

Birthday gifts: Vitamins celebrate centenary with EU health claim wins

2012 is turning out to be a very good year for the vitamins sector. Aside from the feel good factor of the essential nutrients turning 100, vitamins have also won...

Interactive Map

Global chocolate markets: Biggest sinkers and risers presents an interactive map of the fastest growing and fastest falling chocolate markets in the world over the past five years complete with analysis from Euromonitor International.


Pharma seeks bigger dose of booming nutra sector

In just a few years the global health and wellness (H&W) products sector will be worth $1 trillion dollars – that’s a lot of billion dollar blockbuster drugs.

Vodka category risks ‘innovation fatigue’: Euromonitor analyst

After a rash of ‘new launches, gimmicky stunts and outrageous incarnations’, culminating in bubble gum-based vodka, Euromonitor International is warning of potential category ‘boom and bust’.

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McDonald's restaurant linked to salmonella outbreak

McDonald's is at the centre of an investigation of an outbreak of salmonella at one of its restaurants in Illinois.

Fruit Shoot litigation ‘claims’ could cost Britvic further ₤8m in 2013

Britvic finance director John Gibney told City analysts this morning that losses of ₤16.9m due to this year’s Fruit Shoot recall could extend to ₤25m in 2013 due to associated...

Global healthy foods to hit $1 trillion in 2017: Report

The global functional, allergen-free, organic and other healthy foods market will push through the $1 trillion (€770m) mark for the first time in 2017, as consumer interest in preventing illness...

Soft drinks giants' sensitivities drove decision to ban our ad – SodaStream suggests

SodaStream suggests that UK advertising compliance body Clearcast was more worried about the sensitivities of the world’s soft drinks giants than the environment in pulling its multi-million dollar advert from...

NPD: The customer is always right – and first – says Danish dairy giant

Arla Foods used to be a Danish dairy with a Scandinavian bent. Now it is global-facing, upping its R&D spend and obsessed with finding out what consumers want, rather than...

UK confectionery wholesaler Hancocks sold to private equity firm

The UK’s leading confectionery wholesaler Hancocks Group has been sold to H2 Equity Partners for around £50m ($78m).

FSA warns Sunland US salmonella outbreak could reach UK

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers not to eat certain peanut butter-based products imported from the US due to the ongoing salmonella outbreak traced to manufacturer Sunland.


Rexam packaging innovations ‘add value’ to consumer experience

Innovative packaging features – such as thermo- and light-sensitive inks – are essential to 'add value' to the consumer experience of a beverage brand, packaging giant Rexam told and...

Tate & Lyle: New stevia sweetener can cut cola sugar levels by 50%

Tate & Lyle tells that its new stevia ingredient, Tasteva, can be used to halve sucrose levels in cola drinks without a bitter aftertaste, and does not use masking...

Special edition: Free-from foods

Consumers equate ‘free-from’ with health: EUFIC

‘Free-from’ has become synonymous with healthy food for a large number of consumers – but how that affects shopping habits remains uncertain, according to EUFIC’s Dr Sophie Hieke.

DuPont on EU probiotic health claim ban: “Mention specific strains”

Giant of probiotic supply, DuPont, is not afraid to admit its European business has been altered by the rejection of probiotic health claims under the EU nutrition and health claims...

Why do consumers prefer matching food brands? Because they match, says study

A belief that matching branded products are designed to work 'uniquely well together' means most consumers prefer to purchase matching branded foods, especially when those foods are to be consumed...

PARNUTS update: Specialist foods reforms due for EU lawbooks

Revision of the laws governing specialist food products like sports foods, infant foods and gluten-free foods is set for a final vote in the European Parliament in December or January,...


Shelf life is not an issue for wine can consumers – Ball Packaging

A maximum shelf life of one year will not be an issue for wine can consumers, Ball Packaging’s sales director for Benelux and Scandinavia Gerlof Toenhake told reporter Mark Astley....

Do consumers understand and trust functional foods? Not really, say experts

While EFSA’s health claims dossier may pave the way towards tighter regulations on what can and cannot be said about a food's potential benefit, the way that consumers understand and...

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