DSM celebrates hearty HiE award success

DSM Nutritional Products’ Fruitflow – the first natural, scientifically substantiated solution for healthy blood flow – has clinched the coveted Health Ingredients Excellence Award. Crowned best heart health innovation and most innovative ingredient of the year, Fruitflow is the only ingredient to date with an approved health claim from EFSA under Article 13.5. Suitable for […]


Beautifying bread on its way to Britain?

Bread that promotes health and beauty, an anti-ageing drink and a chewing gum with the same benefits as a sports drink could all soon be available on UK shelves, according to Product Launch Analytics. “There has been a surge in launches of functional food and drink products in recent months,” observes Cesar Pereira, research manager […]


Natural binding system from WILD

Flavour firm WILD says its new ‘all-natural binding system’ based on juice concentrates creates crunchy cereal bars and contains no additives – making it the first that allows for clean labelling of such products. “Until now, manufacturers have had to use several additives when making cereal bars, and these commonly appeared on the label as […]

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Bread helps boost ABF profits

Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a 26% increase in annual profits – thanks to an impressive performance by its discount clothing chain, Primark. Among its food businesses, Kingsmill bread was a star performer, increasing its market share following last year’s launch of the Little Big Loaf. However, ABF has warned that its margins would […]

The future is frozen, says new report

According to the authors of the world’s first frozen food report, such food can ‘strongly contribute towards Defra’s vision of a sustainable, secure and healthy food supply in the UK’. Compiled by researchers at the Centre for Food Innovation (Sheffield Hallam University) and Refrigeration Developments & Testing (Bristol) the British Frozen Food Industry – a […]

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Six more food firms ditch ‘Southampton Six’

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has updated its list of product ranges that do not contain the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children. Six manufacturers producing product lines free of the colours have been added to the list. They are Central Foods Ltd, Dorset Cereals Ltd, Kent Frozen Foods, Norvik Foods […]

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Weight management driving global ingredients trends

Increasingly weight-obsessed consumers are driving global ingredients trends in new food and drink products, according to Business Insights. Research by the independent market analyst has revealed that although health and wellness concerns as a whole are driving new ingredient trends in NPD, it’s weight management that is believed to be the trend to watch. “There […]


‘Breakthrough technology’ behind reduced calorie chocolate claim

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has unveiled ‘the breakthrough technology’ behind what it claims is the first chocolate to achieve an EU-approved consumer claim of reduced calorie. According to Cargill, the 30% calorie reduction is double that of any other chocolate on the market and is equivalent to a saving of up to 160 calories […]

United Biscuits talks crumble

Talks to sell the maker of Hula Hoops crisps and Carr’s water biscuits to a Chinese food and dairy group have stalled, according to sources close to the discussions. United Biscuits has been controlled by private equity majors PAI Partners and Blackstone Group for four years, and both want to recoup more than the £1.6 […]

Marine-derived preservatives project unveiled

Aquapharm Biodiscovery, a marine biotechnology company, has signed a research agreement with Leatherhead Food Research to identify novel functional extracts with broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity using its extensive collection of marine micro-organisms. Under the terms of the agreement, Aquapharm will apply its suite of proprietary screening technologies, including SeaRch, and fermentation know-how to generate extracts for […]

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Probiotic drinks may not help health, says EFSA

Probiotic drinks and yogurts taken by millions to aid their health have not been proved to help digestion, according to EFSA. Scientists from the European food watchdog looked at more than 800 health claims from food companies, including those submitted by the probiotic industry. And they concluded that many of the claims – on which […]


New investment in carbon dioxide liquification

Air Liquide has revealed that it’s investing almost £8.8 million (€10m) in a new carbon dioxide recovery and liquefaction plant at the Wissington site of British Sugar in the UK. The plant will be able to recover up to 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year coming from natural fermentation processes, and is scheduled for […]


Consumers ‘sceptical’ over health claims

Consumers are becoming increasingly sceptical about food products which claim to be ‘healthy’, according to a qualitative research study undertaken by market research specialists Engage Research. The study, conducted among the company’s online community Engage Brain, found that consumers increasingly feel food companies are labelling their brands in a way which is either misleading or […]

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