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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.

General Mills: ‘Less is more’ with snack bars

Consumers want simple and wholesome snack bars so ingredients and packaging must reflect this, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience.

Quinoa's protein potential: From healthy whole food to versatile ingredient

After years in the making, quinoa protein concentrate will be the latest plant-based protein to be commercialised, competing with the likes of whey, soy and pea.

Bosch to develop five axis robots for more shelf ready retail packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Primrose’s Kitchen gains Holland & Barrett UK listing

Dorset ‘superfood’ company Primrose’s Kitchen has secured a listing with health food chain Holland & Barrett for its raw vegetable mueslis.

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Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

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.

General Mills CEO: Retailers want cereal innovation – think gluten-free, protein and granola

US cereal sales continue to decline, but retailers know the category is still important and want innovation around prevalent consumer trends, says the CEO of General Mills.

Ultra-fast-growing aquatic plant promises year-round supply of sustainable vegetable protein

A novel source of vegetable protein that promises to give rivals a run for their money in the nutrition and sustainability stakes, will make its debut at the IFT show...

FAPAS expands reference material range to support analysis demand

An expanded range of reference materials to meet increasing global demand have been launched by FAPAS, the proficiency testing division of Fera.

Kellogg unveils simpler ingredients NPD to spur breakfast category

Kellogg has developed a range of breakfast products focused on simpler ingredients, positive nutrition and better portability.

Healthier RTE cereals exist but consumers aren’t eating them: Study

Consumers are gravitating towards less healthy ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal products and it has nothing to do with price or availability, find researchers.

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

Artificial-free cereals: Will Kellogg follow General Mills?

General Mills has set the bar high with a pledge to remove all artificial ingredients from its cereals by 2017 and Kellogg will likely follow suit, says a Euromonitor International analyst.

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Fitness food is not mainstream, so stop selling it like it is

We’ve all been there – reached for a high protein, fiber dense, fatty acid-rich snack as a healthier option. But did we all hit the gym that day to compensate?...

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

General Mills to remove artificial ingredients from cereals by 2017

General Mills will remove all artificial flavors and colors from its breakfast cereals across the US over the next two to three years.

Euromonitor: Liquid breakfasts are overhyped - snack bars are the future

Liquid breakfasts are not truly catching on with consumers as an alternative to cereal-based breakfast options, says Euromonitor International.

Serial consumption: Nutritionists promote cereal-based beverages in Nestlé-backed e-book

The Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (APN) and Nestlé joined forces this month to unveil a new e-book promoting the benefits of cereal-based beverages in Portugal.

Fazer secures license for oat extraction technology

Finnish firm Fazer has secured a license for oat processing that enables extraction of beta-glucans, protein and oil for use in functional foods.

Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Is organic the best way to start the day?

Organic breakfast products are an easy and affordable way to dip a toe in organic, the Soil Association says.

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