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Refined grains, added sugars increase depression risk in postmenopausal women, study finds

Consumption of refined carbohydrates, like refined grains and added sugars, significantly increases the odds of depression among postmenopausal women, researchers claim.

Campden BRI recognised by NSA as a bakery industry specialist

Campden BRI has received formal approval as a Centre of Excellence for Food Science and an Industry Specialist in Bakery, by the National Skills Academy (NSA).

Flowers Foods to acquire Dave's Killer Bread in $275m deal

Georgia-based Flowers Foods has struck a deal to acquire Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread - the largest organic bread company in North America – for $275m.  

Thins, late-night indulgence and ethnic: 8 snack trends to watch from Datamonitor

The global savory snacks market pulled in $93bn in 2014 alone, but what is trending and where is the market potential for future growth?

Sat fats in the clear? Study links trans fats, but not sat fats, to heart disease and death

Saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes, says a new study published in the BMJ.

Me and My Factory

In Allied Bakeries’ new bakehouse

Allied Bakeries’ Stevenage site has come to the end of a £31M investment, Russell Zaple tells Nicholas Robinson all about it.

Burnt toast? Packaged bread needs investors, not innovation

UK bakers must seriously consider outside investment because product innovation won’t be enough to reverse plummeting sales, says Euromonitor.

Better labelling regulations drive gluten-free sales higher

Gluten-free product launches accounted for 10% of new food products globally, which was partly due to better labelling rules, new data from Innova Market Insights has shown.

The gluten-free search: 61% of sales are salty snacks

More than half of consumers seek out gluten-free items at the grocery store and salty snacks are pulling in a large percentage of these sales, according to Packaged Facts.

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R-Biopharm’s gluten test kit given AOAC approval

R-Biopharm’s RIDASCREEN Gliadin Competitive ELISA has gained AOAC International Official First Action method approval.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

Daily value percentage for added sugars on Nutrition Facts Panel is ‘premature’, say bakers

The FDA has acted prematurely in its proposal to include a percentage daily value (DV) of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel because it comes ahead of the 2015...

Alan Hahn: 'We noticed it right away... the gluten was gone'

Could mushroom mycelium add a new dimension to the gluten-free market?

Speaking to FoodNavigator-USA at the 2015 IFT show, MycoTechnology CEO Alan Hahn recalls the moment his team discovered that mushroom mycelium (roots) could virtually eliminate the gluten in wheat and...

US consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF

While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a...

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

Premier Foods sales hit by early Easter

Premier Foods has reported sliding sales in its first quarter results to July 4, due to this year’s early Easter, ahead of its annual general meeting yesterday.

Renaissance Bioscience files patent for non-GMO, acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast

Renaissance BioScience has filed a provisional application for patent for a non-GMO baker’s yeast which claims as much as a 95% reduction of acrylamide in the end product.

Dispatches from IFT 2015

Bunge claims 'push forward' in shelf life and trans-fat elimination with tortilla tech

St. Louis-based Bunge says its Silos De Oro Specialty Tortilla Shortening is a huge step forward for better shelf life and improved health benefits.

Gluten-free products are no better for you, claims study

Despite a surge in popularity for gluten-free (GF) products, they are no healthier than their glutenous counterparts, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

Boulder Brands slashes salaried headcount by 15%; unveils more ‘streamlined’ structure

Boulder Brands – the firm behind EVOL Foods, Udi’s Gluten Free and Smart Balance – has reduced its salaried headcount by 15% and integrated its sales, marketing and innovation functions...

EU wheat to maintain competitive edge over US

More bakers could source more EU wheat as a strengthening dollar and uncertain weather conditions in the US make prices more competitive, says a grains expert.

Eco-proof: Ultrasound bread proofing tech close to commercialization

A handful of bakeries and institutes across the EU are testing a novel proofing system that can slash energy consumption by 60% using ultrasound generated water droplets instead of steam.

Whole grains 101: Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say half of our grains should be whole. So how are we doing? FoodNavigator-USA headed to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Whole Grain Summit...

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