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Less salt, less fat or rich in added vitamins – great aspirations, but it’s more work to make a product that still tastes good. Although the industry has been making strides towards achieving reformulation targets, big technical challenges remain.

Olive oil may be best option for frying foods, say researchers

Olive oil withstands the heat of the fryer or pan better than several seed oils and also yields healthier foods, say researchers.

Kashi: Not enough people know about Kamut Khorasan wheat

Kashi says inclusion of Kamut Khorasan wheat in its organic granola should drive awareness of the nutrition-dense, lesser known grain.

Fermentation focus for €15m Puratos innovation center

Research and development into fermentation for flavors and texture will be just one of the focuses at Puratos’ €15m ($19.2m) global innovation hub, its R&D director says.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Sprouted grains not just about nutrition and taste, says Ardent Mills

Sprouted grains are known for nutritional punch and bold taste, but the sprouting process can also improve overall baking quality, says Ardent Mills.

Defatting oats for higher beta-glucan content: Study

Defatting oats creates more concentrated levels of dietary fiber, particularly beta-glucan, research suggests.

EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.

Protein for breakfast cereals, French fries, and the aging population: Arla Food Ingredients talks key targets for fortification

The impressive growth with all things protein will continue, with clear beverages, breakfast cereal, and maybe even protein in French fries offering opportunities for suppliers and manufacturers alike.

“almost any carbohydrate-containing food would induce a reduction of post-prandial blood glucose responses"

EFSA rejects Fazer rye bread health claim

EFSA has agreed ‘high-fiber sourdough rye bread’ may significantly reduce post-prandial glycaemic and insulin response compared to glucose, but refused a health claim from Fazer in Finland because all foods...

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Cottonseed: The next big GMO-free protein for snacks?

The by-product from non-genetically modified, food grade cottonseed packs high levels of protein into extruded snacks, says a professor from New Mexico State University.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery...

US tainted packaging incident saw recall of 28m boxes of cereal

Canadian wax supplier denied early exit from Kellogg v. Flexible Packaging Corp. court case

A US federal court has denied The International Group’s (IGI’s) motion for summary judgment in a case alleging the wax maker and FPC (Flexible Packaging Corp.) provided Kellogg with non-merchantable...

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GanedenBC30 granted approval in four Asian markets

Four Asian markets have now approved Ganeden Biotech’s GanedenBC30 for use as an ingredient in food and beverage fortification. 

Dispatches: AACCI Annual Meeting 2014

AACCI president: Cereal scientists need to think 5-10 years ahead

The cereal and grain science community must think ahead in order to remain relevant and overcome challenges amid huge change, says the president of AACC International.

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Actions urged to combat widespread European vitamin D deficiencies

Greater vitamin D fortification of foods and supplementation can help tackle vitamin D deficiencies that remain prevalent across Europe – with Finland a good example of the success of such...

Colored potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks: Study

Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds.

Annie’s appeal? It’s recession-proof for General Mills, says consultant

General Mills will succeed with Annie’s because the kids’ organic sector is brimming with promise and recession-proof, says a consultant.

Kellogg UK drops cholesterol-management cereal Optivita

The Kellogg Company has delisted its oat-based Optivita brand in the UK following a decline in consumer demand, but one analyst says the cereal could have suffered from health claim...

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

Barnana co-founder talks guerrilla (and gorilla) marketing, and standing out from the crowd in healthy snacks

You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with a limited budget, a giant inflatable banana, a gorilla suit, and a product that no one else is selling, says the...

B&G Foods hit with 'all-natural' lawsuit over 'artificial' or 'GMO' dextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, citric acid, soy lecithin

B&G Foods is the latest firm to be hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shoppers by labeling products containing ingredients that are “highly processed” or/and derived...

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

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BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

BASF tells us its 20% vitamin B2 (riboflavin) price hike is due to “rising demand” across human and animal nutrition, but gave no further data on the significant jump.

Australia

Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce...

Patent Watch

Frito-Lay files fruit snack patent

Frito-Lay has filed a global patent to make snacks with high fruit content that combine crunch with a melt-in-the-mouth sensation.

Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics....

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