health

 

Huge expansion in range of fairtrade products

The range of fairtrade products is growing at a huge rate, expanding far beyond tea, coffee and chocolate. Two new own-brand all natural nut products can now be bought at Tesco – a chopped brazil nut and dried apricot mix and a peanut, cashew and dried mango mix. More fruity products have also become available. […]

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Nestle plans to stop Lion bar production

Nestle is considering stopping production of its Lion chocolate bar and is supposedly looking for a buyer for its Dijon factory as sales have dropped considerably. Health trends have affected sales of some chocolate bars and Lion was condemned by a Consumers’ Association survey for its sugar and fat content. Nestle has since reduced the […]

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Eat in Colour campaign launched

The anticipated new three-year campaign Eat in Colour to promote fruit and vegetables has been launched. The campaign’s focus is to help people to find practical, quick and easy ways to achieve a healthier diet every day. With only £8 (£12) a week spent on fruit and vegetables, equal to the weekly spend on takeaways, […]

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The jewel in Pepsi-Cola’s crown

Pepsi-Cola has created a special can crafted from sterling silver and inlaid with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The can estimated to be worth $100,000 (£77,436) is to be awarded as a contest prize during the American Super Bowl. This Pepsi precursor unveils a new image worldwide as new can designs are being rolled out across […]

Britvic flat profits place focus on healthy drinks

Britvic has reported flat annual profits as health conscious consumers switch to juices, smoothies and mineral water. The company is now fighting back with a new print campaign aimed at parents to highlight its Robinson Fruit Shoots which contains no artificial flavours and colours. The preliminary results for the year ended 1 October 2006 reported […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Blueberries are nature’s number one

Canadian Wild Blueberries have more of the antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable. Ranked number one for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, the definitive test of a food’s overall antioxidant power, studies attribute the extraordinary benefits of these small, sweet berries to anthocyanins, the pigments that give blueberries their distinctive colour. Anthocyanins are important […]

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Turkey is best of British

Bernard Matthews Food Service has won Best Catering Product for its latest idea for school meals. The company’s British Turkey Breast Steak met with high praise from the independent panel for judges at the 2006 British Turkey Awards, The ‘top quality’ product was considered an extremely useful choice for caterers. The British Turkey Steak is […]

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FSA opens list on health claims

The Food Standards Agency is asking food businesses to submit health claims for consideration for inclusion on the European list of permitted health claims, which will be compiled under new European legislation. The new European Regulation aims to increase consumer protection with regards to nutrition and health claims made on food. Under the new legislation, […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Prebiotics market to grow to £180m by 2010

As consumer awareness of the benefits of improving gut health continues to grow food and drinks manufacturers are seeking to fortify their products with prebiotics. Analysts are prediciting that the market will grow to £180m by 2010. Impending EU regulations on health claims are set to prohibit vague claims that a product can promote gut […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Wild doubles soy output

Three years after being acquired by Wild of Heidelberg, Germany, the Sojaland soy processing company in Schwerin, Germany is expanding production capacity and using new technology to improve the quality of its products. The soy boom that originated in the health food sector has expanded to include large areas of the food and beverage industry. […]

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Beer boost to ailing crisps market

Beer flavoured crisps are being launched on the bar market by snack company Kettle Foods. The UK Kettle Chips maker has added new Mature Cheddar and Adnams’ Broadside Beer variety to its range of premium crisps. The beer flavouring, provided by English brewers Adnams, has been introduced to target the luxury end of the crisp […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Alethea impact on cocoa crops

Plant Impact’s Alethea anti-stress chemistry is achieving remarkable results in independent field trials managed by CABI Bioscience. Alethea is a new technology geared to solving the problems of abiotic (climatic) stress. Alethea enhances the crop’s ability to mop-up damaging reactive oxygen species and ammonia (accumulated during abiotic stress), without degrading the cell walls. Stronger health […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Plant-based Omega 3

Nutritionists agree that Omega-3 essential fatty acids are needed in diet because our bodies can’t make it. The popular source is fish oil, but concerns raised about toxins contaminating the fish and sustainability of fish stocks have led to a desperate race for an alternative plant-based product that has both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic […]

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Tate & Lyle invests £4.5m in research

Tate & Lyle has announced that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King’s College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health. Collaboration between the company and the university dates back to the 1970s when research by scientists from King’s College London and […]

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