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Who is responsible for battling the big issues in food?

From obesity to malnutrition and water scarcity, the world is facing an ever-growing number of food-related problems. But how responsible is the food industry for fighting back against these issues?

Large firms fight back as small companies steal market share, research shows

Large food and beverage companies are starting to fight back with mixed success against the smaller, more nimble companies that continue to steal market share, according to market analysts. 

Chocolate sales slow in face of rising costs, competition and health concerns, Mintel data shows

Rising health concerns, commodity costs and competition are restraining sales of chocolate in the U.S. that until 2014 were growing strongly, according to market research from Mintel. 

Nestlé files patent for cocoa extract allergy treatment

Nestlé has filed an international patent for cocoa polyphenols as a treatment or prevention of eosinophilic esophagitis – an allergic reaction of the esophagus.

Olive oil polyphenol backed for selective anti-cancer potential

A phenolic compound known as oleocanthal can selectively kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells intact, say researchers, who suggest their novel findings may explain why olive oil is linked...

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavours on the tongue – it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realise, according...

Anuga FoodTec 2015 review

Avure: We are working on avenues for HPP not even being thought about today

Avure Technologies is working on new avenues for high pressure processing (HPP) that are ‘not even being thought above today’, according to its CEO.

Can cultural differences affect consumer understanding of food labels?

Country-specific differences could influence consumers’ understanding of nutritional information on food products, researchers have said.  

Toward plant-based diets: How do people explain why they eat meat?

Shifting consumers from a meat-focused diet to a more plant-based diet must take into account their perceptions of meat, a study has said.

Doctors question study claiming pesticides lower semen quality

A study that claimed men who eat fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues could have lower sperm count should be interpreted with caution, said health professionals.

Energy drink TV adverts are placed on channels that appeal to teens: US study

US energy drink manufacturers primarily advertise on television channels that appeal to adolescents, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always, says study

Smaller plates may not encourage overweight teenage girls to reduce portion sizes because they may be less attentive to visual cues, according to a study.

Home cooks who watch food shows tend to be heavier than viewers who do not cook

New research suggesting sourcing recipes online, in print and in person may be healthier than from television could shed light on marketing opportunities for food and beverage companies with healthier...

An apple a day: It won't keep the doctor away, but might keep the pharmacist away

While an apple a day won't keep the doctor away, it could mean fewer prescription medications, say researchers.

Oxfam: World’s biggest food companies must ‘walk the talk’ on sustainability

Eight of the 10 biggest multinational food companies have improved their food security and sustainability policies over the past year – but all must do more to put their commitments...

Prebiotic fibres show appetite regulation promise in children

Long term intake of prebiotic fibre could aid appetite regulation and lead to reductions food intake that positively impact body weight in children, say researchers.

Mediterranean diet: Not just healthier but also better for the environment?

While the health benefits of following a Mediterranean-style diet are well-known, new research has also suggested that the dietary pattern also leaves less of a carbon footprint than other options.

Nearly three-quarters of pregnant women do not get enough omega-3, finds study

Despite being critical for infant development, just 27% of pregnant women get enough omega-3 to meet current European Union (EU) recommendations, say researchers.

Blue Pacific, MycoTechnology ink partnership deal

Natural flavoring manufacturer Blue Pacific Flavors will distribute MycoTechnology Inc.’s full food technology portfolio as part of a global strategic partnership announced this month.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

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...

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Glyphosate ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, says IARC; conclusion ‘not supported by scientific data’, says Monsanto

Monsanto says the view of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) that the herbicide glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans" is at odds...

Fat fighting microbes? New study backs GM probiotic to supress obesity

Intestinal bacteria that have been genetically modified to secrete appetite supressing metabolites could help battle obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to initial findings in mice.

Nestlé files whey world patent: Lactoferrin for infant memory and learning

Nestlé has filed an international patent for the whey fraction lactoferrin to improve memory, learning speed and promote brain maturation in children.

Grocers rearrange stores to better position healthy foods, FMI survey finds

As consumers’ understanding of food as a health management tool expands, retailers nationwide are changing how they stock and promote products to better drive sales and be considered a wellness...

Academics challenge research that links diet soda to bigger waistlines

Academics have questioned a recent study that has attempted to establish a link between an increase in waistlines and the intake of diet soft drinks.

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