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Palm oil modelling study may offer benefits for producers

A new oil palm cultivation model published by Australian researchers could help maximise yields while reducing environmental impacts.

Health claim game changers of 2014

A health claim approval can spell good business for some, while rejections disaster for firms who have invested big to collect their supporting dossier only to be told their evidence...

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Game-changing natural stabilization process protects nutritional punch of fruit & veggie powders in processed foods, says NutriFusion

Fruit & veg powders can make snacks and prepared foods appear more nutritious, but owing to the rigors of the production process, by the time we eat them, they have...

Good carbs, bad carbs to play into 2015

The steer away from carbs will continue into 2015 but if industry is clever, the shift presents plenty of opportunities, says a healthy foods expert.

5 GMO food myths dispelled

All the rhetoric for and against genetically modified organisms voiced leading up to November when several states voted on GMO labeling initiatives can make it difficult to understand exactly what...

Gretchen’s Grains finds freezing could help whole grains category thaw

The significantly longer amount of time necessary to prepare whole grains compared to refined grains is a substantial hurdle that stops many people from eating more whole grains, even though...

Hampton Creek Foods raises $90m to support ‘massive’ growth: ‘Just Mayo has gone from zero to 15,000 locations in a little over a year’

A high-profile lawsuit*  filed by Unilever accusing Hampton Creek Foods of falsely advertising its flagship product ‘Just Mayo’ has not, it seems, dented Silicon Valley’s enthusiasm for the plant-based foods pioneer, which has just...

Weight management and digestive wellness will heavily influence food purchases in 2015

Consumer desire to effectively manage their weight and improve their health through food will continue to influence new product development and sales in 2015, according to New Nutrition Business, a...

Cocoa processing still a ‘three horse race’ after Olam’s ADM Cocoa buy: Analyst

Olam’s $1.3bn deal to acquire ADM Cocoa is likely to have little impact on the price of cocoa ingredients for chocolate makers because grinding capacity is still concentrated with three...

Cornell Food Systems Global Summit

Consensus building key to creating good agricultural practices to meet FSMA’s proposed produce rule

The Produce Safety Alliance, spearheaded by Cornell University and funded by FDA and USDA, is “on the cusp” of releasing a national good agricultural practices educational curriculum to meet the grower training...

NPD watch: Green tea cereal, meat bars and bread for women

Antioxidant-rich cereals, protein-packed snack bars and bread tailored to women’s nutritional needs were just some of the product innovations identified by Datamonitor Consumer during 2014.

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Olam International strikes 'transformational' deal to acquire ADM's global cocoa business for $1.3bn

ADM has struck a deal to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited for $1.3bn.

CSPI asks FDA to ban powdered caffeine sold as a dietary supplement

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has sent a petition to federal regulators seeking the ban of pure, powdered caffeine that is packaged and sold as a...

Cornell Food Systems Global Summit

Wegmans teams with local businesses to provide more organic options

Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with local farmers and businesses based in the New York state region to meet consumers’ growing demand for more fresh, organic options, according to a...

Innovation in action

Caramel, coffee and dulce de leche emerging as new flavors for protein drinks

New flavors created for a wider variety of protein sources, made possible by advancements in masking research, is expanding the consumer base for and driving sales of high protein products,...

Glanbia Nutritionals: US bakery lab will fast-track NPD

Glanbia Nutritionals says its US bakery lab will enable manufacturers to shorten new product development times, particularly in the area of ancient grains. 

GLG unveils Reb C breakthrough: 'An astounding leap forward in the natural, non-GMO agronomic development of historically scarcer steviol glycosides'

Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech has developed a new variety of stevia containing “remarkably high” levels of Reb C glycosides, which it claims could “revolutionize the global food and beverage industry’s...

A patchwork of state GMO laws would cause more problems than solutions, lawmakers argue

A federal labeling standard for genetically modified foods applied nationwide is better for industry and consumers than a patchwork of state regulations, advocates for and against mandatory GMO labeling agreed...

Blue Apron delivers brand awareness for start-up suppliers along with meals to consumers’ doors

Fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service Blue Apron helps start-ups and small ingredient suppliers build brand awareness and consumer demand by introducing at home cooks to new products and taking...

Sabinsa and Fruit d'Or team up for synbiotic probiotic-cranberry ingredient

Sabinsa and Fruit d'Or Nutraceuticals are targeting gut and digestive health, and heart health with their patent-pending combination of LactoSpore (Bacillus coagulans (MTCC 5856)) with Cran Naturelle cranberry seed powder.

Reformulating dairy with stevia should be about overall calorie counting – not a fat-sugar divide: PureCircle

Next year will be the year of dairy for stevia launches, PureCircle says as it launches a stevia ingredient specifically formulated for the category.

Greek yogurt's biggest guns explore creative ways to address acid whey challenge

A series of patent applications from General Mills reveals it has been exploring novel ways to ‘neutralize’ acid whey - a byproduct of some Greek yogurt production - and use...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

Stevia sweetness + new health benefits: Mintel analyst sees future potential

Mintel says the presence of nutritionally beneficial compounds could see stevia-based sweeteners of the future that combine functional benefits as well as calorie-free sweetness.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

PureCircle claims ‘huge step forward’ with first category specific stevia launch for dairy

PureCircle has launched a new stevia blend called Sigma-D to target non-fermented, sweetened dairy drinks and other dairy products in what it says is a breakthrough category specific launch.