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Dean Foods launches consumer-driven high-protein TruMoo innovation

Dean Foods has launched a high-protein, long-life version of its popular TruMoo flavoured milk range in an attempt to meet increasing US consumer demand for protein-enriched beverages.

Special edition: New trends in heart healthy foods

All olive oils are not created equal, says firm seeking to break new ground in cardio health with OxLDL message

All olive oils are not created equal, claims one firm hoping to shake up the ultra-traditional olive oil market with a new polyphenol-packed product. But it’s not just about the...

Special edition: New trends in heart healthy foods

Heart healthy foods, the next generation: ‘It’s not just about cholesterol anymore… it’s about healthy arteries’

While LDL cholesterol is one biomarker of cardiovascular disease risk everybody can name, the next generation of heart healthy foods will address a broader range of risk factors from galectin-3,...

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GMO and non-GMO crops must better coexist: CSPI calls on USDA action

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) must do more to foster coexistence of genetically modified and non-genetically modified crops, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says.

AquaBounty GE Salmon CEO: ‘The atmosphere is getting very poisonous, but all we can do is present the facts’

AquaBounty Technologies says it remains confident that there will still be a market for its genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage salmon if the FDA approves it, even though some leading food retailers now...

Big Interview: Terry Howell, director of business development, Suntava

The color purple: Suntava launches mission to elevate purple corn to superfood status

Purple is hot (well, so says Dr Oz). From purple carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and cauliflower to blackberries, grapes, blueberries and cabbage, a deep purple hue is usually a good sign...

Fairtrade chocolate: Where are sales growing?

Fairtrade chocolate sales are growing in Western Europe and North America, but an analyst does not expect significant development in emerging markets.

Weight management market a mixed bag as SlimFast and Splenda slump and Trop50 and Thinkthin soar

While there have been some standout successes - from PepsiCo’s Trop50 juice drinks to ThinkThin protein bars - growth in the overall weight management market is pretty sluggish, according to...

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Coke to launch fruit-flavored zero-calorie waters called Fruitwater

Coca-Cola will launch a line of fruit-flavored seltzer waters called 'Fruitwater' on April 1.

Global Food Safety Conference 2013 in Barcelona

Co-ordination is vital in food safety, says CDC expert

Co-ordinating food safety between the different agencies and states is “the big challenge”, according to the chief of outbreak response and prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)....

PepsiCo outstrips Coke in global nutritional stakes: ATNI report

PepsiCo has the jump on The Coca-Cola Company in the newly released Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) that ranks 25 large food and beverage firms in terms of nutrition-related performance globally.

Cocoa child labor: Story so far

Industry pledges reach $10m on cocoa child labor but ‘job is not done’

The industry has pledged $10m in new funds since 2010 to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but a newly released report says the job is far from over.

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Pre- and Probiotics 2013: Yes, let’s call it unmissable

Seven webinars. Brand and supplier insights. Regulatory analysis. Market analysis. Marketing analysis. Science. You had better put this in your diary...

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Senomyx launches direct sales strategy for its novel flavor ingredients

Rather than relying solely on licensing deals for commercialization, San-Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx will in future sell some of its flavor ingredients directly to flavor companies for re-sale to food and...

Blue Diamond: Working with flavors will be a significant factor in future innovation

Flavored almonds have a bright future as snacks and food ingredients, says Blue Diamond Growers as it opens a new innovation in Sacramento and plans to increase new almond product...

RSPO welcomes deforestation consideration in palm oil investments

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has welcomed the decision of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund to pull investment from certain palm oil companies – but has disagreed...

Sensient: New yeast extracts can help cut sodium by 50%

A new range of yeast extracts can deliver up to a 50% sodium reduction without compromising the taste or functional integrity of the finished product, according to Sensient Bio-Ingredients.

Natural fat enhancer targets fat taste receptors for tastier low fat foods

Natural Taste Consulting (NTC) has developed a new natural fat enhancer that works by stimulating fat taste receptors, replicating the taste and aroma of fat.

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ConAgra on a mission to change consumer perceptions of ’highly processed’ frozen meals

Four out of five US consumers believe that frozen foods are ‘highly processed’ (which carries negative connotations in most people’s minds), according to new research from ConAgra Foods.

Courage returning to consumers' palates, culinary trends expert says

Seeing light at the end of the economic tunnel puts a spring in consumers’ steps and a little sizzle on their palates, too. Culinary trends expert Suzy Badaracco said we’re...

Could a simple green calorie label make people see nutrition-poor foods as healthier?

Adding a green calorie label to sugary snacks may increase consumer perception of healthfulness of foods, says new data from Cornell University.

Kemin hails ‘game-changing’ approval by USDA for new antimicrobial for the meat and poultry industry

Manufacturers of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products have a new weapon in their arsenal against Listeria monocytogenes as the USDA adds liquid sodium propionate to its list of approved antimicrobials.

Danone, Unilever and Nestlé ranked top for nutrition – but could do better, says report

Danone, Unilever and Nestlé are doing better than most companies in tackling the problems of obesity and malnutrition – but even these firms have significant room for improvement, according to...

We're never going to win on obesity: It's time to change the conversation, says Lustig

The fight for public health should not be against obesity, but rather the dangerous metabolic conditions that both obese and non-obese people suffer from. And the prime target for those...

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