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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. 

Fruit snack industry: The future has to be ‘less is more’

Fruit snacking has many forms but industry collectively agrees the future must be about stripping back ingredients and giving consumers fruit in its purest form.

M&S vit D bread is a good public health move, says Leatherhead Food Research

Marks & Spencer’s move to fortify its entire bakery range with vitamin D is a good public health move given the population is deficient, says the nutrition and innovation head...

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General Mills tackles sodium reduction with leavening method

General Mills has filed a patent on a method to regulate the reaction rate of leavening agents in packaged dough using ions, enabling bakers to use less leaveners which are...

EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its final opinion on acrylamide in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that it increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all...

Mushroom mycelium could breathe new life into declining cereals category, claims MycoTechnology

Grain companies are working with Denver-based MycoTechnology to explore how mushrooms’ filament-like roots or ‘mycelium’ could help create new value-added opportunities in the cereals market by transforming the nutritional profile of...

Campden BRI: Reduced-sugar oat bars possible thanks to beta-glucan

Sugar binders in oat bars can be removed completely if certain process adjustments are made to leverage beta-glucan as the binding agent, says the bakery science manager at Campden BRI.

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Nutrition promise via extrusion ‘potentially huge’, says food technologist

Extrusion can be used to break down raw materials to extract functional compounds for use in final snack products, suggests a food technologist.

Kids’ fruit snacks criticised for high sugar content

Many fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than confectionery – but could be misconstrued as ‘healthy’ because of their association with real fruit, according to pressure group Action...

Big baking: The trends, challenges and opportunities

Where are the opportunities for bakers in retail? How important will grain research be for the future? And what kind of policy hurdles are industry truly up against?

Grains research ‘imperative’ for bakers, says Grain Foods Foundation

Nutritional research on grains is imperative because it will help overturn misperceptions among consumers, says the executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF).

EU Council change to create ‘perfect storm’ for snacks, says ESA

Snack makers are gearing up for renewed nutrition focus in the EU when the Netherlands takes presidency of the Council in 2016, says the director-general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Premium promise: Indian bread market to hit $0.81bn by 2020

Sliced white bread remains king in India but there is huge promise in premium as consumers become more experimental and health conscious, says a ValueNotes analyst.

Bakery sets out on satiating mission with new products

Five new weight management concepts from DuPont Nutrition and Health focus on the bakery sector, including breads, cakes and cereal bars.

Novozymes promotes enzymes for ‘gentle’ omega-3 processing

Danish enzymes specialist Novozymes is seeing growth in its nascent omega-3 business that is utilising its core enzyme specialisation in a relatively new area.

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General Mills files patent for oil removal in snacks

General Mills has developed a method to remove residue oil from fried snacks using an air flow chamber.

News in brief

ITS expands into Spain, Italy and Portugal

UK-headquartered bakery ingredients specialist International Taste Solutions (ITS) has expanded its team into Spain, Italy and Portugal, the company has said.

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Diet expert: Low-GI, energy dense snacks should be the future

Low-GI snacks that still deliver on energy are hugely promising in the context of how overall dietary habits have evolved, says a dietary health expert.

‘Consumers are more than ready for pulse bread’, says supplier

Consumers are familiar enough with pulses for bakers to seriously consider incorporating the ingredient into industrial breads, says Best Cooking Pulses.

Nuts: A ‘five-a-day’ food?

The Nut Association has filed a paper to Public Health England in the UK calling for nuts to be included in the country’s five-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendations.

Meta-analysis supports cholesterol-lowering potential of beta-glucan

Consuming beta-glucan may help slash total and LDL cholesterol levels for people with elevated levels, says a new meta-analysis of 17 RCTs.

BASF-Stepan CLA claim rejection fall-out

EFSA: Only national bodies can withdraw health claim applications

The EU’s central science agency has clarified health claim procedures after a furore over a CLA weight management submission BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the...

'We should be the leader and considered as the expert:' Holland & Barrett’s pledge for 50 free-from stores

Health food store Holland & Barrett is making free-from food a priority, improving availability and convenience with the opening of 50 dedicated stores in the UK.

Government derailed salt reduction leading to 6000 deaths

A pioneering salt reduction scheme was derailed by the UK government leading to 6000 preventable deaths, says Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

PepsiCo ponders what ‘good for you’ means

PepsiCo, the world's largest snack maker, said it was “going through a little change in our thinking” as it reported its Q1 2015 results.

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