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Special edition: Top five articles of 2011 so far

In this special edition, FoodNavigator-USA brings you the most read articles of the year so far.

Exploring a new interactive approach to formulation

Univar Food Ingredients has developed an interactive formulation tool, bringing together trend data, technical expertise and case studies to help food manufacturers in effective new product development.

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Back to school: Why history offers lessons for nutrition’s future

Understanding how our ancestors ate and appreciating what nutrients we need from an evolutionary perspective is finally getting the headlines it deserves – the nutrition industry should take note.

PureCircle-Firmenich agreement aims to accelerate flavor commercialization

Stevia player PureCircle, has agreed a multi-year global distribution agreement with Firmenich to accelerate commercialization of the company’s new natural flavor, NSF-02.

New study finds link between kids’ BMI and food prices

There is a clear correlation between children’s body-mass-index (BMI) and the price of food and drink, according to new government-backed research.

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General Mills awards grant for sustainable vanilla research

General Mills has awarded a $200,000 grant to researchers at the University of California-Davis to help create a more sustainable vanilla supply.

Stevia is still the answer to America's health problems, says SweetLeaf CEO

The stevia industry has not yet lived up to expectations - but it will, as more companies and consumers look to the sweetener as the answer to many American health...

USP seeks comments on new FCC standards

US Pharmacopeia (USP) has said it is seeking industry comments on new quality standards for several functional food, food coloring and infant formula ingredients, for the latest Food Chemicals Codex.

Forget the weekly shop. Shoppers are on a more specific mission

Grocery shoppers are increasingly hitting food stores on a “narrowly focused mission” – perhaps shopping for a specific meal, or because they have run out of something – rather than...

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Cholesterol concerns create egg market opportunities, says Mintel

Ninety-two percent of consumers agree that eggs are an important part of a healthy diet – but 30 percent of respondents limit eggs due to cholesterol concerns, according to a...

Morton Salt adds to sodium reduction ingredient range

Morton Salt has said it will serve as North American distributor for K+S Group’s potassium chloride ingredient Kalisel, expanding its range of sodium reduction ingredients.

Is healthy food more expensive than junk food?

New research into food prices shows that unhealthy options are not always more affordable, although the relative cheapness of soft drinks, refined grains and starchy veg vs healthier alternatives means...

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Only a third of Americans eat breakfast daily, Kellogg’s survey finds

Only a third (34 percent) of Americans eat breakfast every day, although 54 percent say they would like to, according to a Kellogg Company survey of 14,000 Americans.

Nutrition Keys is ‘abuse of trust’: NEJM commentary

The Nutrition Keys front-of-pack labeling system unveiled by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute last year is an industry abuse of trust, claims a new commentary.

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Interactive web tool provides foodborne illness cost estimates

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed an interactive web-based tool to estimate the cost of illness caused by specific foodborne pathogens.

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Ecolab gets recognition for reducing carbon footprint

US-based Ecolab Inc. has received an award at the 4th annual World Economic and Environmental Conference in Qingdao, China for its work to reduce carbon emissions and improve carbon efficiency.

Snacks deliver a quarter of US calorie intake

A quarter of Americans’ daily calories are now consumed as snacks and drinks between meals, according to researchers at last week’s IFT expo in New Orleans.

Cocoa shortage by 2020 unless industry acts now, warns Mars

Confectionery giant Mars predicts a major cocoa shortage by 2020 and reveals harmonization of global cocoa certification programmes to ensure meaningful income hikes for farmers is one of its sustainable...

National Starch develops ingredient for no-strain Greek yogurt

Corn Products’ National Starch introduced a new tapioca starch ingredient at the IFT expo in New Orleans last week for making thick, creamy, Greek-style yogurt without the need for straining.

Simplicity trend 'is the future': Marketing expert

The convergence of food and supplements combined with other factors such as convenience is driving the move towards simplicity, a trend that is not only here to stay, but also...

Stevia: Moving beyond the ‘holy grail’ hype

Hype about the promise of stevia created inflated expectations – but the market has evolved in response, according to stevia supplier PureCircle’s vice president of global marketing Jason Hecker.

Digital technologies driving food industry growth

Digital technologies are creating major opportunities for the food industry, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

Are we on the cusp of a specialty flours mega-trend?

The rise of specialty flours with nutritional and textural functionality is opening doors for food formulators in a range of applications, from bakery to soups, and the potential is impressive,...

Certified sustainable palm oil derivatives ‘prohibitively expensive’ in US

It could be years before certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) derivatives are affordable for most US food manufacturers, although changes to the ‘mass balance’ option for sustainable palm could bring...

New ConAgra system tackles raw flour risks

ConAgra Mills has introduced a new treatment and delivery system for flour intended to mitigate the food safety risks associated with raw flour without affecting gluten functionality.

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