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Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

Cranberry juice could help lower diabetes and heart disease risk

Consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail could help lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and stroke, say researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture...

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

News in brief

Oceania ADO warns athletes off food supplements

As the Pacific Games approaches in July the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) has warned athletes not to take food supplements.

El Niño set to disrupt key commodities in 2015

El Niño 2015 is underway and set to hit wheat, coffee and sugar cane production leading to volatile prices, warns a Rabobank report.

Jafza sets out Halal stall as standards debate drags on

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) pitched itself as a one-stop Halal hub at a road show in Japan this month, while the UAE is still working towards finalising...

Remote tech: Nestlé sharpens competitive edge for out-of-home coffee

Nestlé has developed coffee machines with more interactive interfaces that can also be adjusted remotely, enabling better control on tailored drinks for food service.

Double jeopardy: Do fitness foods make people eat more and exercise less?

Products flogging fitness may encourage weight-conscious consumers to eat more and exercise less – leading the scientists behind the research to call for closer monitoring of sports nutrition marketing practices.

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he...

Heinz left red-faced after QR code on ketchup bottle links to porn site

Heinz has apologised to a consumer in Germany after he scanned a QR code on a ketchup bottle and it took him to a porn website.

Winston Lee: 'We're caramelizing milk and sugar together and then culturing it'

Tarte Asian Yogurt CEO: 'Greek has 47% of the market; we’re going after the other 53%'

When Winston Lee started pitching Tarte Asian Yogurt to retailers three years ago, the market had already hit peak Greek, he says: “Buyers were already looking at what's next after...

Nutricia NZ blames 'ongoing' fallout from Fonterra botulism scare for 2014 loss

Nutricia Limited, Danone's New Zealand infant formula business, has reported a loss for 2014 - a result it attributes to the "ongoing" fallout from the Fonterra botulism scare....

Opinion

Mock choc study highlights peer review pitfalls

It’s no secret the peer review system that is supposed to subject academic research to rigorous scrutiny before publication is not perfect, but a [mock] German professor has revealed just...

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Brain boost and beauty gummies could enter mass-market, claims Hunziker

Gummies fortified with collagen peptide or magnesium could be money-spinners outside niche drugstore channels, says Swiss functional confectionery producer Hunziker.

Green tea supplement backed for prostate cancer reduction: RCT findings

Consumption of a green tea extract has been suggested to reduce rates of cancer in certain indiviuals while reducing levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA), say researchers.

Supplement launches that aims to help people prone to Type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle switch

Type 2 diabetes continues to stalk the US population. It’s a public health crisis that has created market opportunities, and one of the companies rushing to fill that breach is...

From hemp and turmeric to artisan dairy-free ‘cheese’: Nine natural food trends for 2015

From veggie powders to sprinkle on your food to artisan dairy-free ‘cheeses’ made from nuts, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) selects nine natural food trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and...

Regional conflicts cost Nestlé $220m

Nestlé Middle East has lost around US$220m in the last three years due to regional conflicts, but insists it will not withdraw from troubled markets.

Going halal: Can manufacturers appeal to all consumers?

The European halal market is booming and set to grow – but manufacturers must appeal to Muslims without alienating non-Muslim consumers if they want to maximise sales , say experts.

Beverage bites: news up to May 29, 2015

Suntory goes shopping, Lipton launches festival, and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi was ranked #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list; while research said teens are ditching beer in favour of energy drinks. Meanwhile, Lipton is preparing...

Free NutraIngredients and FoodNavigator online event - June 3, 14:00 Paris time

Big debates, big issues: Is the food industry winning the war against weight?

As the ‘globesity’ health footprint grows and power weight management brands struggle to stay relevant in an age where smartphone apps deliver personalised solutions, join us next week for a...

Guest article

Euromonitor runs rule over recent nutraceutical award winners

Market analyst Euromonitor International dissects recent NutraIngredients Awards winners to provide category perspective from sustainable omega-3 to healthy ageing in this guest article.

Neglected female microbiota research a ‘disgrace’; congress lights issues

Better Lactobacilli genetic screening, biomarker development, better pregnancy support and better engagement with health professionals were just a few of many actions proposed to improved women’s health at a recent Amsterdam congress...

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