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Is macauba a rainforest-friendly alternative to palm oil? GettyImages/MEDITERRANEAN

Is macauba a rainforest-friendly alternative to palm oil?

By Donna Eastlake

Palm oil is cheap to produce in large quantities but unsustainable production methods, notably deforestation, means the bad can far outweigh the good. As a result, brands are increasingly distancing themselves from the use of irresponsible palm oil in...

Startup spotlight: Netflix Snack vs. Chef winner S’NOODS launches noodle snack

Startup Spotlight

Netflix Snack vs. Chef winner S’NOODS launches noodle snack

By Ryan Daily

Winner of the first season of Netflix’s Snack vs. Chef show, Lauryn Bodden, is taking her award-winning noodle snack concept from TV screens to store shelves with the official launch of S’NOODS, as she shared in the recent episode of FoodNavigator-USA’s...

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Are preservatives killing good gut bacteria?

By Donna Eastlake

Research from the University of Chicago has found that one of the most widely used food preservatives, nisin, has a damaging effect on the good bacteria in our gut

As the clock ticks on the application of the EUDR, there were still plenty of unanswered questions in Amsterdam surrounding its guidelines. Pic: WCF

WCF Partnership Meeting 2024

How ready is the EU Commission to implement its deforestation regulation?

By Anthony Myers

Apart from farmer income/poverty, the most discussed topic on day one of the World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting in Amsterdam was the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) that will be implemented at the end of this year.

High-protein is projected to be the fastest growing segment within dairy yogurt this year, with a growth rate of 17.2%, according to Circana. Image: Getty/YelenaYemchuk

High-protein dairy is booming, but how 'healthy' is it?

By Teodora Lyubomirova

Danone has become the latest manufacturer to release a range of high-protein dairy products in the UK. But can high-protein yogurts - that typically contain thickeners, starches and sweeteners - really be considered ‘healthy’?

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How will the BTOM impact food imports into Great Britain?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM), the first stage of which came into force on 31 January, will have a significant impact on how the EU trades with Great Britain. Over three stages throughout 2024, new checks and declarations will be required for...

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Illinois proposes to ban five food additives

By Deniz Ataman

Introduced by Sen. Willie Preston, D-Chicago, the Illinois Food Safety Act (SB 2637) would ban brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, red dye No.3 and titanium dioxide from retail food products -- potentially making it the strictest...

Amsterdam Cocoa Week takes place in the city's historic stock exchange, Beurs van Berlage from 5-11 February. Pic: Equipoise

Sustainability

Cocoa sector set for ‘epic’ week in Amsterdam

By Anthony Myers

Amsterdam Cocoa Week promises an ‘epic collaboration’ when it opens on Monday 5 February at the Beurs van Berlage, the city’s former stock exchange building, where joining forces under one roof will be high-level sustainability conferences Chocoa, the...

Study of bees reveals environmental vulnerability and exposes threat to future of food production GettyImages/no_limit_pictures

Bee study reveals environmental vulnerability and food production threat

By Donna Eastlake

Research revealing bees’ ability to synthesise specific nutrients, to support the colonisation of their gut bacteria, offers insights into the symbiotic relationship they have with their gut microbiota. But changes to their habitat is placing this delicate...

Comet predicts gut health will play a major role in consumer behaviour in 2024. Pic: GettyImages/Tijana87

Ozempic makes an impact on the gut health trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Prebiotic dietary fibre maker Comet believes that offering an Ozempic alternative, bringing Gen Zers onboard, giving woman a bigger focus and driving home the value of a product are the most robust opportunities for microbiome-enhancing snacks in the...

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Bobo’s offsets bakery carbon emissions, partners with Acorn

By Deniz Ataman

Baked snack brand Bobo’s leverages Rabobank’s Acorn Initiative’s (Acorn) carbon sequestering program by purchasing carbon removal units to offset its bakery carbon emissions, which will benefit local coffee farmers in Tanzania, and is a “natural first...

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Mentorship

NCA announces its 2024 Future Leaders class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the eight confectionery industry professionals selected for its 2024 Future Leadership Programme.

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