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Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Bread innovation needed amid carb, additive backlash: Mintel

Stephanie Pauk and Pam Yates

Analysts - 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.

Published: 23-Jul-2014

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Dr John Wilkinson

Consultant and EU Novel Foods expert

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU Novel Foods laws come to fruition, according to a UK-based expert.

Published: 25-Jun-2014

Is that a snack or a candy? ‘It’s so blurred now’, says NCA president

Snacks and candy blur: NPD and retail fueling, says NCA

Snacks and confectionery have truly blurred from a product perspective and retail slant, says the president of the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Published: 28-May-2014

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

Nick Henson

Associate director - International Food Network (IFN)

Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27 , that has health claim victories trained in its sights.

Published: 28-Apr-2014

High-protein bread could bake up a storm: Euromonitor

High-protein bread could bake up a storm: Euromonitor

Diana Cowland

Senior Analyst, Health & Wellness - Euromonitor International

High-protein bread will be a functional niche of the future if manufacturers can play up the satiety angle and get the taste right, says a health and wellness expert.

Published: 17-Apr-2014

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

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 has said.

Published: 14-Apr-2014

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Mike Greene

Former CEO and owner - HIM!

Food manufacturers, retailers and other food industry players are failing to connect with consumers who are tuning out of mainstream messaging and infesting their own comms channels, says angel investor, business mentor and philanthropist, Mike Greene.

Published: 20-Feb-2014

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid body of nutrition science in the form of commercial claims. It’s time to get personal…

Published: 23-Jan-2014

‘Shrink it and pink it’? Women deserve better, says UK sports nutrition firm

‘Shrink it and pink it’? Women deserve better, says UK sports nutrition firm

Daniel Herman

Director and founder - Bio-Synergy

Putting a male-oriented sports nutrition product into a petite, pink package is a lazy way to meet female needs, says a leading UK firm which is going about things a little differently.

Published: 03-Dec-2013

Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

Sinéad Doherty, PhD

Founder - AnaBio Technologies

Irish biotech start-up AnaBio Technologies is in advanced negotiations with major infant formula makers interested in its encapsulation technologies that can blend probiotics and minerals into heat treated products at cost-effective prices.

Published: 20-Nov-2013

FoodNavigator at FIE: Team round-up – day 1

FoodNavigator at FIE: Team round-up – day 1

FoodNavigator reporters joined 1000s scouring the show floor from the moment Europe’s biggest food ingredients show opened yesterday morning.

Published: 20-Nov-2013

EU packaging 10-year review will see dramatic changes

EU packaging 10-year review will see dramatic changes

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which sets recovery and recycling targets for EU Member States, must increase EPR (extended producer responsibility) scheme transparency and focus on minimizing post-consumer packaging waste, said Virginia Janssens, MD, Europen (European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment).

Published: 14-Oct-2013

'Unique' Orang-Utang orange-juice soda with cola scoops Anuga award

'Unique' Orang-Utang orange-juice soda with cola scoops Anuga award

Klaus Dörrenhaus, CEO of German company KDM, tells Ben Bouckley why he chose to persevere in developing his award-winning, all-natural Orang-Utang soft drink.

Published: 08-Oct-2013

‘World’s Strongest Cola’ wins CULT shelf space

‘World’s Strongest Cola’ wins CULT shelf space

CULT Energy founder Brian Sørensen explains why the world’s most caffeinated cola outsells Pepsi in convenience channels and supermarkets in the brand’s native Denmark.

Published: 07-Oct-2013

DSM hopes for ‘fantastic’ US rule change on gluten-free barley beer

DSM hopes for ‘fantastic’ US rule change on gluten-free barley beer

DSM says a possible US rule change allowing brewers to label barley-based beers ‘gluten-free’ would be fantastic for both brewers and consumers, and open up the market to new, more mainstream taste profiles.

Published: 04-Oct-2013

Industry concerned about data abuse as EFSA fans transparency wings

Industry concerned about data abuse as EFSA fans transparency wings

Euros Jones

Director of regulatory affairs - European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)

As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) welcomed a broad range of stakeholders to its Italian HQ today to debate data and process transparency, the food industry asked at what point openness brakes innovation and competitive advantage?

Published: 03-Oct-2013

Irish minister commits to growing dairy production by 50% in 5 years

Irish minister commits to growing dairy production by 50% in 5 years

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, and Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Agriculture said the country will take advantage of changes to Europe’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) which will allow increased dairy production.

Published: 30-Sep-2013

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Hans Zevenbergen

Cross-category nutrition and health director - Unilever

The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition (#ICN20) for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios…unfairly, says Unilever.

Published: 24-Sep-2013

Diet Coke Hunk sweats on UK health and safety complaint to ASA

Today's podcast rounds up two UK drinks adverts involving a Diet Coke hunk, a lawnmower and a Chinook helicopter from Coke and Heineken, which led to Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) adjudications.

Published: 17-Jul-2013

Butchers are the ‘mistress’ of the high street, says sausage manufacturer

Butchers are the ‘mistress’ of the high street, says sausage manufacturer

Small, high quality meat suppliers and the butchers which sell their products are like “a mistress” in the mindsets of many consumers.

Published: 01-May-2013

Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?

Could the WTO overturn EU health claim laws?

Emmanuel Saurat

Lawyer - Sidley Austin

Aggrieved companies and  trade groups have already mounted legal actions against the EU’s strict health claim laws – they are in process – but the regulation’s workings could face fresh challenge from governments signed up to the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a Brussels-based legal expert.

Published: 22-Apr-2013

RTS unveil ingredients focused market insight database

RTS unveil ingredients focused market insight database

Jamie Rice

research and marketing director - RTS

A new interactive graphical database offering market insights for food and beverage ingredients will help manufacturers and suppliers identify new trends and grow their business, according to RTS.

Published: 21-Mar-2013

Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics

Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics

Chris Brockman

senior global food and drink analyst - Mintel

Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.

Published: 05-Mar-2013

Supplier’s view: What are the keys to success in the Middle East?

Supplier’s view: What are the keys to success in the Middle East?

Diederiek Martens

Technical export manager - Zeelandia

Zeelandia is a Dutch bakery ingredients supplier with more than 20 years’ experience in the Middle East. FoodNavigator asks about the challenges it has had to overcome to achieve market success in the region.

Published: 28-Feb-2013

‘Buying ready-made beverage brands saves SMEs money and time’: My Drink Beverages CEO

‘Buying ready-made beverage brands saves SMEs money and time’: My Drink Beverages CEO

Adomas Pranevicius, MD of Lithuanian beverage production management and development firm MyDrink Beverages tells Ben Bouckley why SMEs should buy a ready-made beverage brand, rather than treading the long, thorny NPD path alone.

Published: 06-Feb-2013