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ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

Don't 'lump' potato chips in with French fries, the European Snack Association (ESA) is to urge in a public consultation on EFSA's acrylamide draft opinion.

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but will push for greater clarity on safe levels and product categorization in the final document due in September.

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AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART II

Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills

The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities are vast, says Ardent Mills’ director of consumer insights.

Can General Mills' Grumpy Cat bring kids back to cereal?

General Mills' recruit of social media celebrity Grumpy Cat could engage young consumers but does not come without risks, according to a food marketing expert. 

Gene marker increases celiac risk in young children; environment can’t be ignored

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 26% of children with two copies of a high-risk variant in a specific group of genes develop an early sign of celiac disease called celiac disease autoimmunity (CDA) by age five. 

Nine o’clock threshold for junk food ads among policy proposals

A nine o’clock watershed for junk food adverts could become part of Labour Party policy in the run-up to the UK general election next year.

Kellogg’s worker dies after factory fall

A Kellogg’s employee has died after taking a fall at one of the cereal and snack maker’s production facilities.

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

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Health ‘a strategic priority’ says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role from ConfectioneryNews.com

Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company.

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best? from ConfectioneryNews.com

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Repackaging coffee, powedered milk and cocoa

Exclusive: Nestlé on why Africa will be its focus for modular factories from FoodProductionDaily.com

In an exclusive interview with FoodProductionDaily, Alfredo Fenollosa, technical head, Nestlé Asia, Oceania and Africa, tells us why the company is targeting Africa for the launch of its modular factory concept.

Dairy farmers to milk Nestlé Kit Kat deal from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Nestlé has struck a deal with First Milk, expanding the dairy cooperative’s supply of fresh milk for its Kit Kat and Nescafé brands in the UK.

Chobani blasts “irresponsible” study on moldy yogurt; authors stand by their paper from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Dr Alejandro Mazzotta - the microbiologist heading up food safety at Chobani - says he is disappointed by the publication of a “highly irresponsible” paper in the peer-reviewed journal mBio alleging that the fungal contaminant found in some of its yogurts last fall was a potentially dangerous food borne pathogen.  ...

Rah, rah, recycle! Dow pushes food and packaging firms to boost recycling rates from FoodProductionDaily.com

With the Recycle Rally, Dow is encouraging food processing and packaging firms to boost consumer recycling rates.

Camel milk company Desert Farms sees big potential

Camel milk chocolate, cheese and cosmetics – the future is bright for next ‘superfood’ from DairyReporter.com

Camel milk will be the next ‘superfood’ in the US, predicts the founder of Desert Farms, a company launched in January to offer the product to the American market.

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Algae bread for salt replacement: Euromonitor

Analyst: Algae offers excellent opportunities for salt replacement in bread

Algae could be a valuable replacement to salt in bread but price and negative perception issues must...

Shopper marketing needs hard data with human perspective
Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi X on shopper behavior: Part III

Saatchi & Saatchi X: Shopper marketing must marry hard data with human perspective

Successful shopper marketing campaigns must be developed using a breadth of knowledge from data and depth from...

Gluten-free kids food huge opportunity: Mintel

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm...

Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification, DSM
Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts...

Stevia in bakery: More R&D needed, says Sweet Leaf
Dispatches from IFT 2014

Sweet Leaf science chief: Baking with stevia needs much more R&D

Stevia in bakery faces huge technical hurdles given baking temperatures and duration and it’s an area that...

Fortified foods vs naturally healthy: IFIC says consumers like both

Fortified foods vs naturally functional: Consumers consider both ‘worthwhile’, says IFIC

Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients,...

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