MagLev train technology used to measure fat content

Magnetic levitation technology, which is best known for enabling high-speed trains to float above tracks, could also be used to measure fat content in food, according to scientists from Harvard University. Writing in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the researchers describe how magnetic levitation – or ‘MagLev’ – can be used to take […]

Weight management ingredients market set to soar

Obesity rates, which have been steadily rising in Europe and the United States, are now increasing in Asian nations as well, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. As a result, the weight management ingredients market offers significant prospects worldwide. In its Opportunities in Global Weight Management Ingredients report, the market research firm reveals […]

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Mixed support for Tesco, says new survey

The British public are unable to agree on their opinion of retail giant Tesco, although it wins support overall by a slim margin, and is especially popular among young people and in Scotland, new research by YouGov has found. While 45% of British adults attribute Tesco’s success to its cheap, varied food choices and ability […]

Tetra Pak increases FSC offering

Tetra Pak has revealed that it plans to offer 3.3 billion beverage cartons bearing the label of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to customers in Germany over the next 12 months. This represents about 50% of the annual production of Tetra Pak cartons in Germany. “As a leading producer of food packaging we set standards […]


Low-allergy peanut breakthrough

 A low-allergy peanut which could transform the eating habits of those who have to avoid them is being developed in the US. Researchers there are creating naturally grown peanuts with two major proteins that cause allergy bred out of them. If experiments succeed, the nuts could be sold in shops and used by food manufacturers […]

Bottled water market tapped

A new report into the drinks sector has revealed that 60% of UK adults view bottled water as a waste of money, with almost three quarters of respondents (71%) agreeing that tap water is as clean as bottled water. The results of the YouGov SixthSense poll echo the findings of a survey carried out by […]

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Time called on Aussie wine boom

Lovers of cheap and cheerful Australian wine will soon have to find themselves a new drink of choice. Grape prices in the country have fallen by more than 30 per cent this year to the lowest in living memory, and an oversupply of grapes due to drought-breaking rains have left 95 million cases of wine sitting […]

Brewer’s whoop!

SABMiller, the brewer behind big name brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Miller light, has reported a 4% rise in revenue despite falling sales in Europe and flat sales in the US. The world’s second largest brewer saw European lager sales drop 5%, while remaining static in the States, with the company revealing that it […]

Spotlight on pressing issues

 Pressing issues for the food industry, including ways in which to provide safe and healthy food for a global population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, were addressed at a recent meeting of EFSA representatives, European and Italian institutions, the Spanish presidency of the EU and food chain stakeholders. Other topics discussed […]

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Rapid response safety centre opens its doors

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a facility dedicated to the rapid development of analytical methods to help contain costly and potentially dangerous food contamination. The Food Safety Response Centre (FSRC) in Dreieich, Germany, is a fully equipped laboratory for food sample preparation combined with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, says the firm. “When a crisis occurs, analytical […]

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