Prepared foods

Unilever is leveraging innovation to 'modernise' its food brands

How Unilever is growing volumes through innovation

By Katy Askew

Unilever wants to grow its food and refreshment brands in developed markets like Europe through a focus on innovation. This focus has enabled the group to increase its sales volumes in the face of weak markets and pricing pressure.

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EFSA in radical transparency overhaul

By Niamh Michail

In a radical revamp of its risk assessment process, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) could publish confidential data if deemed essential to protecting public health, according to draft rules aimed at boosting transparency and trust in science.

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Sweden to investigate low uptake of Keyhole logo

By Niamh Michail

Sweden's National Food Agency will investigate why many manufacturers choose not to add the free-to-use, healthy eating Keyhole logo to their products despite being eligible.

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'Alibi products' taint Norway's salt reduction progress

By Niamh Michail

Norwegian manufacturers are using a few low-salt “alibi products” to boast about reformulation efforts while doing little to cut salt in large volume products, says a Consumer Council report.

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Irish start-up brings bone broth to Europe

By Niamh Michail

Bone broth is small but growing in the US and one Irish start-up is aiming to bring it to Europe. "This is the most traditional forms of nourishment," says its founder.

Stevia, listed as E 960 in Europe, is made by extracting the sweet-tasting molecules from the stevia plant. © iStock/zeleno

PureCircle plays down EU stevia stumbling block

By Niamh Michail

Malaysian supplier PureCircle must provide more data to prove the safety of both minor steviol glycosides and glucosylated stevia, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in two separate opinions.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Nestlé invests €21.3m in Ukrainian Mivina factory

By Will Chu

Nestlé is to invest €21.3m (UAH 700m) in the upgrade and modernisation of its Ukrainian factory in Kharkiv, which produces noodle-based soups and mashed potato sold under the Mivina brand.

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