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Lab grown burger could provide sustainable source of meat

Researchers developing new meat products grown from stem cells say that the first products, which should be ready within the next year, could begin a movement to more sustainable meat...

Tapping into the next generation of food scientists

Food science student numbers are rising, but how can industry tap into this next generation of enthusiastic professionals? FoodNavigator-USA asked Matt Cael, 2011-2012 president-elect of the IFT Student Association.

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Mars invests in new US facility

Mars says growing demand for its confectionery products in the US has prompted the firm to invest in a new “state-of-the-art” manufacturing facility in the country.

Soluble fibre may cut levels of belly fat: Study

Increased soluble fibre consumption may reduce the amount of deep belly fat that we accumulate, according to new research.

Campbell’s restructuring slashes jobs, shuts plants

New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Company has said it will slash 770 jobs worldwide by 2013, shutter a Michigan plant and pull out of the Russian market, as part of a...

Is saturated fat really the dietary bogeyman?

The debate about just how bad saturated fats really are for our health - and whether what we are replacing them with is potentially worse - raged on at the...

Soda tax wouldn’t work as obese people prefer diet drinks, study suggests

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages may not work to reduce obesity – because obese people could have a stronger tendency to buy diet soda, suggests new research from Northwestern University.

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.

New studies question diet soda benefits

Diet soft drinks ‘may be free of calories but not of consequences,’ according to new research from the University of Texas, USA, which questions the benefits of drinking low calorie...

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...

Extruded bran makes better bread: Study

Breads containing extruded bran could help to provide a better quality loaf than its non- extruded counterpart, according to new research.

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IDFA runs food safety training to help dairy processors with new US regulations

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is running pathogen control training workshops to help dairy processors comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Man-made meat may be just around the corner, say scientists

Facing an ever-increasing population, and a growing demand for meat products, the world’s first in vitro meat may offer the beginning of a new solution to the problem, say researchers....

Geliko notches up double-digit growth for kosher gelatin

The New York-based firm that has spearheaded the commercialization of kosher gelatin is seeing strong double-digit sales growth, but says it has barely scratched the surface of the potential market.

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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.

Industry slams call for kids’ junk food ad ban

Industry bodies have slammed a call from an influential group of doctors to ban junk food advertising in children’s programming, claiming that it is based on outdated research.

‘Horrifying loss’ of muscle mass should serve as wake-up call, academic

Bed rest studies revealing a “horrifying” loss of muscle mass in older people after just a few days of inactivity should serve as a wake-up call for industry to put...

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.


Risk, rationality and that schizophrenic beast called the food industry

If the food industry wants journalists and consumers to get real about risk, then it has to get real too.

Now Health gets FDA GRAS for enzyme-modified stevia

Now Health Group has received a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) letter of no objection that its enzyme-modified organic stevia ingredient is generally recognized as safe (GRAS), the company has...

General Mills on open innovation, product failure and trust

General Mills is throwing more and more resources behind an ‘intellectual outsourcing’ project that has significantly reduced its product fail rate. But gaining the trust of start-ups has not been...

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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.

HFCS battle is over from a scientific standpoint, says CRA

Manufacturers are continuing to switch out high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and promote ‘No HFCS’ products – but there’s no reason to do so from a scientific or consumer behavior...

Low calorie diet may reverse diabetes: Study

A new study has transformed thinking on type 2 diabetes by reporting that an extreme low calorie diet could reverse the condition in just eight weeks.

General Mills tries to tackle browning in chilled dough

General Mills is seeking out new technologies to block or reduce enzymatic browning in chilled dough products such as puff pastries.

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