Drinking to good health

Rising consumer interest in health and naturalness is being strongly reflected in new product activity in the global soft drinks market, according to Innova Market Insights. According to the market research company, 60% of the soft drinks launches recorded globally in 2010 had a health positioning of some sort. This was primarily in terms of […]

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M&S launches super juice for heart health

Marks & Spencer has launched a new juice drink which it claims will help health-conscious consumers to lower their cholesterol. The Red Grape, Blueberry and Blackcurrant Super Juice, which has just hit shelves in the UK, is boosted by the addition of PromOat, the oat beta glucan soluble fibre ingredient from Swedish company Biovelop AB. […]

Mankind must overcome GM fear, warns chief scientist

Mankind must overcome its fear of GM crops if it’s to survive a global hunger epidemic within the next 40 years, says the government’s chief science adviser. According to Professor Sir John Beddington, issues such as swelling population levels, energy shortages and climate change will force widespread starvation if modern farming techniques aren’t embraced. “If […]


Coca-Cola rapped by advertising watchdog

Advertising watchdogs have banned Coca-Cola from claiming that its Vitamin Water product is a ‘nutritious’ drink. The drink – which contains 23g of sugar per 500ml bottle – comes in eight with names like Spark, Defence and Power-C, in flavours such as ‘apple-kiwi’ and ‘tropical citrus’, but does not contain fruit. The Advertising Standards Authority […]

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Organic milk ‘better for you’

Organic milk is better for you than the traditional pinta, according to new research. When scientists compared the fat content of 22 brands sold in supermarkets – and organic milk came out on top, with up to 60 per cent more polyunsaturated fatty acids. Researchers at Newcastle University analysed the milk over a two-year period. […]


Nutrigenomics part of food future, says new research

UK consumers could soon be buying food and drink based on whether it suits their genetic make up as interest in new technology soars, according to market analysts Datamonitor. Research by the independent market analyst has revealed that almost half – 47% – of UK consumers now find the idea of using information about their […]

DSM agrees multi-million deal to buy Martek

DSM has announced that it is to buy Martek Biosciences for £701 million (€829m) to ‘specialise further in the niche food nutrition industry’. Dutch firm DSM has been repositioning itself in recent years away from bulk chemicals to focus on niche life sciences and materials sciences and last week completed its divestment programme, saying it […]


Spotlight on immune function health claims

Nearly 200 representatives from the food and drink industry, academia, Member States and the European Commission attended a recent meeting in Amsterdam to discuss with EFSA experts the scientific requirements for health claims related to gut and immune function. The meeting addressed and provided further clarification to two main questions – which claimed effects are […]

Fat or fiction?

Around six out of 10 people believe lean cuts of red meat contain more than 20% fat, even though the true level is less than half that amount, according to new research. Two-thirds of more than 2,000 people questioned also think chicken has less fat than steak, despite this not always being the case. Meatmatters, […]


Vegetarian omega-3 from LycoRed

LycoRed has launched what it’s calling ‘a new and innovative vegetarian omega-3’ for the bakery and confectionery industries. Lyc-O-Mega 10 AL is, it says, free from fish odour and produced only from the highest quality DHA algae oil, making it especially suitable for vegetarians. “Following the latest publication by EFSA on Article 13.1, which included […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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