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General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert.

Does snacking have a place in dietary guidelines?

Yes, 'snacking’ has its place in health promotion campaigns but there are communication barriers to overcome and recommendations must consider age and meal behavior, a review finds.

Paleo boom or bust? The Primal Kitchen hungry for US expansion

Expanding into the US snack sector needs to happen now or never and CrossFit could be the way in, says the founder of UK Paleo bar start-up The Primal Kitchen.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers unravel EU hydrocolloid health claims

Planning, wording and relevant science are the keys to fibre health claim success in the EU, researchers have found after scrutinising the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach to hydrocolloids.

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg, according to FONA International.

News in brief

Kellogg launches Special K Nourish in Australia

Kellogg has launched Special K Nourish in Australia – a three-grain cold cereal variety that marks part of its 2014 brand revamp.

Unfavorable weather damages wheat quality and volumes in Canada

Excess moisture and cooler weather has reduced protein levels in Canada winter wheat and hit cereal crop volumes, says the executive director of Winter Cereals Canada.

FIC helps drive gluten-free mainstream, says Coeliac UK

Gluten-free EU labeling laws now fall under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation – a shift that will help push the category into mainstream food, says the CEO of Coeliac UK.

Guest article

EU health claims – lining functional coffins or an unseen silver lining?

The EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) put many health-related product marketeers noses out of joint. But having survived two years since legislative enforcement, are we now witnessing a positive and unpredicted consequence? argues Pegasus's Marlon Bouman in this guest article.

ASA upholds Honey Nut Shredded Wheat 'no added sugar' complaint

Cereal Partner UK's advert for Honey Nut Shredded Wheat is misleading in its use of a 'no added sugar' claim meant for its Shredded Wheat Original counterpart, the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has ruled. 

Sugar scare triggers home baking decline, says Mintel

The number of UK consumers baking at home fell by 8% this year – a drop likely sparked by fears around sugar but one that could be remedied with stevia, says a Mintel analyst.

Veggie bread: Yellow pepper boosts nutrition, lowers GI

Yellow pepper flour can boost the antioxidant content and slow glucose release in bread, find researchers.

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.

Cassava bread could tackle food security in Africa

Africa has kick-started projects to improve the nutritional quality and production of cassava to enable better use of the woody shrub in bread.

The bigger picture: Dietary fibre measurement method adopted globally

A test method pioneered by Irish diagnostic technology company Megazyme International has become the global method of choice for ensuring dietary fibre content is not 'double counted' on nutritional labels. 

Nutrition Facts Panel could help bakers with sodium-nutrient ‘balancing act’

The Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could fuel more micronutrient fortification in baked goods, helping the balancing act between sodium and nutrients, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

Russian all-natural snack start-up: 'We’re catching the wave, not chasing it'

The Marc Bakery aims to transform its $1m Russian snack business into $45m in just three years – a possible goal in a country where all-natural remains nascent, its founder says.

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