Food recalls drop in Q1

Product recall specialist Stericycle ExpertSolutions has reported that recalls and notifications have decreased in the first quarter of 2015, due to heightened recall awareness and significant efforts to improve product safety. The findings come as the company publishes its quarterly European Recall and Notification Index, which is based on data from the EU’s Rapex and Rasff […]

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New protein bar

With its new QuadBar, SternLife has developed a new generation of protein bars that promise an optimum combination of nutrients. The QuadBar has a high content of protein and roughage at 34 per cent each, while carbohydrate content is low at just 2.5g. “This combination is new in this segment,” says Marc van Essen of […]


New UK nut association

The Combined Edible Nut Trade Association and the British Peanut Council have joined together to form The Nut Association (TNA). Open to all companies involved in the supply, distribution and manufacture of nuts and allied products, TNA aims to be proactive in finding opportunities to promote nuts and to address issues which may impact the […]


Healthy snacking

Natural Balance Foods is expanding its Nākd brand into new snacking occasions with the launch of Nākd Nibbles – a healthy snack that’s perfect for on the go, as a topping or for sharing with friends. A blend of pure fruit and nuts and, like the rest of the products in the Nākd portfolio, gluten-, […]

Ingredients for 2015 success

Low FODMAP diets, increasingly spicy foods and super healthy ‘convenience’ ingredients are set for a surge in popularity in 2015, according to EHL Ingredients. The importer, blender and packer of global food ingredients predicts that manufacturers will look to cater to developing consumer tastes for hotter and spicier ingredients, as well as to health conscious […]

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Nut butters

Pip & Nut is shaking up the nut butter category with the launch of three new products: Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Coconut Almond Butter. High protein with vitamin E and magnesium, the natural butters are made from just-roasted nuts and a sprinkling of sea salt, with no refined sugar, additives or palm oil. Pip […]

Coconut water consumption analysed

While the UK’s coconut water market is thriving, Datamonitor Consumer’s latest research on the global coconut water market suggests that there are several unexploited countries that could hold even further potential. Findings show that although UK consumption is due to near 25 million litres in 2015, much higher growth is expected from Japan, Canada and […]


Anaphylaxis campaign founder receives award

David Reading, who founded the Anaphylaxis Campaign in 1994 after his daughter died of an allergic reaction to peanuts, was the recipient of the inaugural Dorothy Cullinane Award at the recent Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) luncheon. The new award, in memory of Dorothy Cullinane, the highly regarded expert in food labelling and […]

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New year, new food

With the arrival of December, it is now only a matter of weeks before the new year is upon us. With this in mind, I have been receiving lots of food predictions for 2015, so I’m using this week’s blog to round them up and inviting you to share your own food forecasts.


Low-salt snacks

A range of sodium-reduced savoury snacks has been launched by newcomer Hoopo Healthy Snacks, produced using low sodium sea salt SoLo. The range, which contains up to ten times’ less salt than rival brands, comprises four varieties of 40g or 50g consumer packs – Satay Peanuts, Spicy Mediterranean Peanuts, Jalfrezi Cashews and Shanghai 5 Spice […]

Cracking the nuts market

EHL Ingredients is experiencing a boost in sales of nuts in the run up to National Nut Day. The celebratory day, dedicated to the taste, versatility and nutritious value of nuts, will be held on 22 October. EHL Ingredients supplies 22 types of nuts including brazil, almonds, walnuts, cashew, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, pistachios and pine […]


Almond use continues to climb

According to the latest Innova Market Insights Global New Products Report, almonds outpaced overall food and nut introductions around the world in 2013, climbing 35%, compared to a 10% increase in 2012. As the number one ingredient nut for eight years running, almonds continue to lead new product introductions around the world and over multiple […]

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Opportunity for popcorn progress in Europe

While popped snacks are gaining considerable attention as one of the up-and-coming sectors of the bagged snacks market, there still appears to be some mileage in the traditional popcorn market, both in the US and Europe. Gourmet lines, already established in the US, are starting to make their way across the Atlantic, bringing a raft […]

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Range of small fruit pieces launched

Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced Mini’s, a range of small fruit pieces developed to enable food manufacturers to add the benefits of real fruit to applications where it has not before been possible. Demand is increasing for small real fruit pieces that are suitable for use in bakery and confectionery applications such as ultra-thin biscuits […]

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