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Low-carb led 2004 food launches

Whatever misgivings some companies may have about the longevity of the low-carb trend, 2004 was a record year for no- and low-carb product launches.

Oils and fats industry to gather in Spain

The international oils and fats industry will gather in Spain later this year to tackle issues affecting the market.

Bakery sector hoping dietary guidelines will boost wholegrain sales

Leading US bakery Sara Lee is banking on renewed interest in wholegrains as it introduces a new range of breads to carbohydrate-conscious consumers.

EU ministers reject GM food crop

European environment ministers failed to back a proposal to bring a GM food crop designed by US biotech giant Monsanto onto the EU market.

Weight loss programmes lack evidence

There is little evidence to support the use of many commercial weight loss programmes, according to a study in the US, which suggests that the search for new, more effective...

Eastern Europe key growth area for flavours market

Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are strong growth areas for the flavours market while in western Europe low calorie and low carb diets will continue to spur demand,...

Suppliers identify solutions for new probiotic foods

Probiotic chocolate bars and cereals could emerge on the market next year as strong demand for the gut health ingredient pushes food makers to invest in the complex processes required...

Low carb bakery boom cannot last

Low carbohydrate bakery products have become common place in the US, but competition is about to get tougher as the growth surge slows, according to a new report from Euromonitor...

Café concept refreshes US cereal sector

A new 'healthy' café concept, providing branded breakfast cereals and milk-based drinks all day long, is looking to take off in Chicago led by a former executive of successful coffee...

Name and shame campaign for saltiest own brands

Only two out of over 100 'standard' food products in a recent survey of retailers' own brand foods met with salt slashing targets set by the UK's food watchdog, suggesting...

New gluten-free bread highlights niche market

Scientists in Ireland claim to have dramatically improved the quality of gluten-free bread, presenting an opportunity for bakers as the number of people with a known gluten intolerance grows, writes...

Tate & Lyle controls supplies on Splenda success

Tate & Lyle, the world's only maker of the increasingly popular sweetener sucralose, must prioritise needs of existing customers as demand for the additive 'far exceeds our expectations.'

Speciality breads inspiring UK market

Retailers and suppliers are increasingly turning to high quality, speciality breads to try and jazz up Britain's dormant bread sector and raise profits by inspiring consumers, writes Chris Mercer.

Cerealia taps into Russian convenience growth

A new bakery capable of producing up to 70 million bread loaves per year is set to be built in Moscow by Swedish firm Cerealia to serve the growing convenience...

Soy bread cuts prostate cancer marker

A bread rich in soy reduced levels of the prostate cancer marker PSA in a group of cancer patients, according to a recent study.

Fibre interest to benefit bread market

Bread with reduced carbohydrates is unlikely to become a long-term trend but the bakery sector could do more to capitalise on the rising interest in fibre and wholegrains, suggests an...

Sorghum genetic map nearer than we think?

Understanding the genetic make-up of rice will help scientists to map the genomes of corn and sorghum crops, say US researchers, at a time when scientists are keen to promote...

Signposting healthy foods gets government backing in UK

The use of labels to 'signpost' healthy foods is getting strong support from the UK, as it steps up its public health campaign against obesity and related disease.

Oats get cholesterol-lowering claim in UK

Manufacturers of oat-based products in the UK can now position them alongside cholesterol-lowering foods, following the approval of a health claim by the country's voluntary claims body.

Savoury snacks benefit from fast-living lifestyles

A combination of increasingly fast-living lifestyles and weird and wonderful flavours is helping Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to emerge as some of the most dynamic savoury snacks markets...

Chocolate ingredient counters coughs

Health benefits of chocolate continue to grow with UK researchers isolating an ingredient present in this popular foodstuff that could help stop persistent coughs.

Canada gears up to further reduce trans fat

Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada have set up a task force to examine the best ways of reducing trans fats.

Low-carb legacy hitting US pasta sales

Falling pasta sales at leading US company American Italian Pasta reflect an industry-wide problem and demonstrate how a low-carb legacy may still undermine foods with a higher carbohydrate content, as...

Food industry rejects traffic light labels

Traffic light labelling would be a primitive, unworkable and pointless way of highlighting unhealthy foods according to the UK food industry, speaking in reaction to the newly published government policy...

Russian baker confirms GM-free status

Russian consumers are just as concerned about whether they are unwittingly eating genetically-modified (GM) foods as their counterparts in most of the rest of Europe, and companies such as baker...

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