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Swedish start-up gets EFSA nod on vitamin D bread

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the green light for vitamin D bread made using a post-baking UV light treatment developed by Viasolde AB.

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.

'Sprouted grains have long term potential to be very big...' Ardent Mills

Sprouted grains: The next big opportunity for the grain chain?

Sprouted whole grains could give the grain industry a real opportunity to claw back the initiative in the debate sparked by books like Grain Brain and Wheat Belly by tapping into demand for more nutrient-rich, minimally processed natural foods, but also a deeper interest in rebirth and renewal, say consumer insight experts. 

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 crowdfunding for its edible insect roadmap.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

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.

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

Double jeopardy: Do fitness foods make people eat more and exercise less?

Products flogging fitness may encourage weight-conscious consumers to eat more and exercise less – leading the scientists behind the research to call for closer monitoring of sports nutrition marketing practices.

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.

Seeking a definition: What makes whole grains whole?

Whole grain foods should be promoted for health – but the term needs a standard definition to encourage innovation among food companies, say nutrition researchers.

NPD EXCLUSIVE: 'We're going to deliver more protein with a third of the sugar,' says CEO

KRAVE Jerky to launch low-sugar protein bars

Hershey-owned KRAVE Jerky will go head-to-head with Clif Bar, Kind and Lärabar as it readies to launch protein bars with one-third of the sugar towards the end of this year.

Green tea extract promising for low-GI bread: Study

Green tea compounds could be used to develop low glycemic index (GI) baked and steamed breads, claim researchers.

Snack trends: Could organic be as big as gluten-free?

Organic packaged snacks remain fairly niche but resonate well with health-conscious consumers and retailers, says Euromonitor International.

Industry backs 3-year PHOs phase-out but criticizes GRAS revoke

Bakery and snack makers have welcomed the FDA’s three-year period to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) but have criticized its strategy to revoke GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status.

FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils; allows food industry to file petition to permit specific uses

As widely expected, the FDA has finalized plans to revoke the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the US food supply. However, it says manufacturers may petition the agency to permit specific uses of PHOs.

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.

Rabobank: Minimal movement expected on corn and wheat prices

Manufacturers can expect a stable few months on the commodities front with no reason for corn and wheat price increases, subject to weather conditions remaining favorable, says Rabobank.

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. 

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