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Brits turn toward premium foods

An increasing British indulgence for premium food, drink and personal care items means manufacturers should concentrate on new product development and marketing the luxurious aspects of products, according to a...

Sudan 1 risk still present in EU food chain

Europe's food alert system last week detects several batches of the banned red colour sudan in the food chain, months after the UK faced its biggest food recall ever, writes...

Monday Comment

The Age of Consent for RFID

The image of secret radio chips planted inside the home from larder to bathroom, transmitting data freely to Corporation Inc, is enough to curl the toes of more than anti-capitalism...

EU to seek prior approval for food enzymes

A European regulation on food enzymes, which would demand dossiers of safety and technical information on each enzyme prior to their approval on the market, could be published by the...

New bag inserter saves time for industrial bakeries

A new bag inserter designed for use in industrial bakeries will reduce time and labour, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs, claims its manufacturer, Pattyn Packing Lines.

Scientists kick off global effort to map wheat genome

Unleashing potential gains in quality and sustainability for this common food, scientists will embark on a new project to track the wheat genome.

Cut food waste to cut costs, says researcher

Reducing waste throughout the food industry could lead to a more efficient supply chain, a cut in costs and an increase in profits, says food loss researcher Dr Timothy Jones.

Britons go nuts for natural health booster

The health benefits of nuts, and their promotion as part of the so-called 'GI diet', are boosting sales in the UK to record levels.

Australian wheat on comeback

Australia's threatened wheat supply has a chance of survival after rainfall in parts of the country has produced a glimpse of hope in the midst of the third worst recorded...

BakeMark UK to eliminate trans-fats

BakeMark UK, the UK's leading supplier of bakery ingredients and frozen bakery goods, announced yesterday that it will eliminate hydrogenated fats from its entire manufactured product range, reports Lorraine Heller.


Highway to health

Parked on the hot coals of public opinion, the food industry can lose no time in proving how healthy its products are.

Cargill innovation taps health market growth

Cargill has developed an ingredient that enables manufacturers to add the healthy benefits of whole grain nutrition to foods while preserving the sensory qualities of foods made from enriched corn...

Men blind to obesity health risks, difficult target for slimming products

Makers of weight loss products are failing to reach the biggest group of overweight people - men.

Smell of fresh bread and fast food influences behaviour

Demonstrating again the power behind our sense of smell, researchers find the smell of fast food wrappers, fresh bread and pastry can lead a driver to road rage, writes Lindsey...

Food takes majority slice of pocket money

Children in the UK spend more than a third of their pocket money on sweets, snacks, drinks and takeaways, find new statistics from the country's national number crunching body, reports...

Australian drought threatens wheat supply

Australia, the world's second largest wheat exporter, may be facing up to a 30 per cent fall in its grain production this year, says a report released yesterday by the...

Animal feed grains to be focus of IGC conference

Developments in the global animal feed industry and their estimated impacts on international trade in grain will be among the key topics to be addressed at the UK's upcoming International...

Resistant starch may speed up fat-burning

Resistant starch could help people burn more fat and speed up metabolism, says a researcher, offering significant benefits to the growing numbers at risk of obesity-related disease, reports Dominique Patton.

Lycopene gets go-ahead from UK for food use

The tomato-derived ingredient lycopene is safe for use in a range of foods including yoghurts, cheese, bread and cereal bars, says an expert panel in the UK.

Industry comment

Who is afraid of GMOs?

It is a perversion of the 21st century that while affluent societies continue the quest to slice the fat from their increasingly obese populations, five million children die from hunger...

High vitamin B intake cuts risk of colorectal cancer

Women who consume significant amounts of vitamin B6- often found in fortified cereals- can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, especially if they drink, according to new research, writes Dominique...

Grants to promote UK grain usage

Grants of up to £50,000 (€73,000) are available to companies launching new products that would result in additional UK grain usage.

Snack makers to pay for health advertising?

Food manufacturers in the UK should be forced to pay for health awareness advertising to counterbalance the promotion of their unhealthy products, doctors said on Thursday.

Childhood obesity figures provide new impulse for obesity strategy

Around half a million European children are suffering from health problems often associated with later life because they are overweight or obese, a European congress on obesity heard yesterday.

Consumers turn away from crisps and snacks

The decline in the UK crisp and snack market could well last for several years, predicts a new report, but there is some room for growth in premium products, writes...

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