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Reformulation to reduce fat, salt and sugar for some brands but not others means that consumers cannot rely on smell or taste as reliable predictors of energy content

Too much variety may be fuelling the obesity crisis

By Niamh Michail

Big differences in the calorie content for one food type distorts expectations of satiety and energy content leading to overeating - a feature of Western diets that is fuelling the obesity crisis, say researchers.

Organic farming tends to have lower crop yields than conventional farming - but it is also less reliant on non-renewable inputs

Can organic feed the world?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

UK team shows insect feed comparable to fishmeal

UK team shows insect feed comparable to fishmeal

By Jane Byrne

Insect derived protein meal has a similar amino acid profile to fishmeal and can be used in broiler diets with no effect on weight gain or FCR, found a UK research project.

Nestlé’s Nandkishore to retire as regional head

Asia-Pacific

Nestlé’s Nandkishore to retire as regional head

By RJ Whitehead

Nandu Nandkishore, Nestlé’s executive vice-president in charge of a super business zone comprising Asia, Australasia and Africa, has taken early retirement after a long career at the company. 

Grubs up, according to the FAO

Grub’s up as FAO tweets insect infographic

By Michael Stones

Putting insects on a plate is the subject of a new infographic posted on the social networking site Twitter by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, as pressure mounts to make the protein more acceptable to EU consumers.

IPA Europe is focused on winning EU probiotic health claims

“The new EC has spoken of better regulation and growth so we trust them to consider our position and argumentation."

IPA gathers forces in Brussels; seeks EC ear

By Shane STARLING

The just-formed European iteration of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has met for the first time at its new Brussels base with Danone, Dupont-Danisco, Chr Hansen, Yakult, Probi and Lallemand all in attendance.

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Looking into the food future at Food Vision 2015

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

By Shane STARLING

Nutrigenomics – the idea of optimising nutrition via individualised and/or pooled genetic data – is one that has long promised to revolutionise how we eat – not to mention keeping us healthy and out of hospitals. Are converging technologies about to deliver...

Ukraine was already a major exporter of halal poultry with 43% of its production going to majority Muslim countries

Russia and Ukraine target Halal poultry market

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Russia is planning to start exports of Halal poultry to the UAE and Qatar, while Ukraine’s Halal meat exports are booming, as both countries struggle with the effect of embargoes.

Edible insects in focus at Wixon, working with cricket flour

60-second interview: Lisa Andrews, research & development assistant, Wixon

Edible insects in focus: What is cricket flour like to work with?

By Elaine Watson

Edible insects - crickets in particular – have picked up a lot of positive PR lately as firms look for alternative sources of protein. But what is cricket flour like to work with? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Lisa Andrews (LA), research & development...

What does bamboo taste like?

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

By Rachel Arthur

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

Sign up for free for the NutraIngredients Omega-3 forum on April 8. Connect with other attendees and omega-3 experts

April 8, 14:00 CET: Experts debate hot issues in NutraIngredients omega-3 forum

Omega-3 hits €25bn but can it keep growing?

By Shane STARLING

Are omega-3 fisheries really under threat? How many functional foods have cracked omega-3 blockbuster status? How is the sector recovering from the ‘Brasky effect’? How are developing markets developing? How is the latest research influencing regulation?...

Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

Australia

Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

By RJ Whitehead

University of Adelaide researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female offspring.

Hemp is the new superfood for vitamins and omega-3

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

By RJ Whitehead

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that is connected – mistakenly but understandably – with an illegal drug?

Ex-Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive palm oil sustainability

Exclusive interview: Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace

Ex-Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive palm oil sustainability

By RJ Whitehead

The “viciously complex” issue of palm is dependent on FMCG firms like Unilever mobilising their consumers to lobby for sustainable production across Asia, a former head of Greenpeace believes.

A new method for cooking rice that could slash calories by increasing levels of resistant starch may have applications for food companies using rice.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

By Nathan Gray

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say researchers.

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

The Pacific

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

By RJ Whitehead

Strong winds, heavy rains and floods in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture across Vanuatu, including its main food and export crops, livestock and fisheries infrastructure, the Food and Agriculture Office...

Researchers delve into the impact of folate acid supplementation with a five year trial of 20,702 participants and 637 stroke events

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research from China.

Professor Brewer: Athletes must think about nutrition seven days a week not just on ‘game days’

Food Vision sneak peeks - Cannes, March 18-20

Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

By Shane STARLING

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools. And then there are blends of the two…plus the carb and protein...

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