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AquaBounty posts $3.5m loss in first half, says 'no scientific reason' why FDA shouldn't give GE salmon the green light

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - posted net losses of $3.5m in the six months to June 30, up from a loss of $2.1m in the first half of 2013.

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Protein craze hits bagged salad market; gourmet offerings lure higher-spending shoppers, says Packaged Facts

Retailers that offer an attractive packaged salad range are more likely to attract high-spending ‘foodies’ to their stores, says Packaged Facts, citing data showing that bagged salad shoppers are much more likely to pay extra for healthier products, try out new things, seek out ‘gourmet’ options, and enjoy eating ‘foreign’ foods.

Nutrition Facts overhaul is a missed opportunity for long chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, says GOED

The FDA’s overhaul of the Nutrition Facts panel misses a public health opportunity by prohibiting firms from evening highlighting long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA on the panel on a voluntary basis, says GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega‐3s.

The true cost of beef: Report warns of high environmental cost of beef production

The environmental cost of beef production is nearly ten times more than any other form of meat or livestock production, say researchers.

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Hillshire Brands says goodbye to Pinnacle Foods, hello to Tyson Foods

Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands has recommended terminating its agreement to acquire Pinnacle Foods in the wake of the $63/share takeover offer from Tyson Foods.

Microwave technology core of deal to bring to market lower-cost food, beverage ingredients

Botanical ingredient supplier Gencor has teamed with Canadian company Radient Technologies to bring to market a new array of natural compounds suitable for use as functional food, beverage and dietary supplement ingredients.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

Taco Bell affair publicity boosts Cargill's Trehalose ingredient

The recent furor over the ingredients in Taco Bell’s taco meat has had an unintended positive effect for one of its suppliers. Cargill reports higher interest in its Trehalose additive after all of the publicity connected to the affair reverberated though the marketplace.

Chicken + beef = Cluck ‘n Moo: Cluck Inc founder bets on hybrid burger with half the fat

There’s a reason why beef burgers are so popular, says Cluck ‘n Moo founder Steve Gold. They taste great and they are really succulent. But what if you could have the same great taste with less than half the saturated fat and 32% fewer calories? 

Startup uses bioinformatics to pry open the power of waste peptides

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” poet Walt Whitman famously observed. He could have been talking about the potentially valuable proteins that are lost daily in the waste streams of ingredient operations for want of knowing what they are and what they can do.  It’s a situation that a cross-Atlantic startup seeks to change.

Expert panel calls for end to one-size fits all protein recommendations and higher levels for older adults

Dietary recommendations for protein intake should be increased for healthy older adults to 1.0 to 1.2 g protein/kg body weight/day, says an international team of experts.

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In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger

Last year Professor Mark Post sparked international interest with the unveiling, and tasting, of the world's first lab-grown meat. Since then he's been working to iron out technical issues so that commercially available lab-grown meat can become a reality.

More than half of US adults say they want more protein in their diets, says NPD Group

More than half of Americans say they want more protein in their diets, while the percentage that claim to look for protein on the Nutrition Facts panel has increased from 20% in 2009 to 25% in 2013, according to market researcher NPD Group.

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

The American Herbal Products Association has set a new policy for how member companies ought to calculate the amount of protein in their products to deal with a situation in which the amount of protein has potentially been overreported in some products in recent years.

AquaBounty posts $4.7m loss, but has funds to take its GE salmon to market if approval is granted

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - posted net losses of $4.7m in 2013, up from $4.4m in 2012.

Organic grass fed cows may provide healthier beef, but consumers are not keen on taste: Study

Meat from grass-fed organic dairy steers may be of greater nutritional quality than conventionally raised steers, but falls below standard in overall consumer liking and flavour tests, according to research.

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

Two-thirds of fish to come from fish farms by 2030: FAO

Two-thirds of all fish harvested for food is likely to come from fish farms by 2030, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Cargill rolls out finely textured beef labels

Citing increased consumer and retailer demand for transparency, Cargill rolled out labels on all consumer and bulk ground beef products containing finely textured beef (FTB) starting Jan. 20, 2014. The label “Contains Finely Textured Beef” is printed near the nutritional panel on the back of product labels and boxes. 

Special Edition: Plant-based diets

Beyond meat substitutes: What’s hot in vegetarian food?

Vegetarians aren’t necessarily looking for alternative proteins or meat analogues, and makers of meat-free meals are embracing a range of trendy flavours and ingredients, says Classic Cuisine’s new product development manager Paul Hunt.

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