Last year, a majority of respondents said they would eat chicken, fish or pork from animals fed on an insect-based diet.

Would consumers eat animals fed on insect protein?

27-Mar-2015 - An EU-funded project is conducting a survey to find out if consumers feel comfortable eating animals that have been fed on insect protein.

Nutress says its new distribution partner will allow it to speak both the same language and business language as its German-speaking customers

Nutress inks Germanic distribution deal for algae offering

27-Mar-2015 - Dutch algae company Nutress has signed its first distribution deal for Germany, Austria and Switzerland with German company Harke Pharma.

The label suggests all foods are 'more or less healthy', Foodwatch argues

Five-colour nutrition labelling ‘not easy to interpret’, says Foodwatch

27-Mar-2015 - French consumer group Foodwatch has condemned a proposed five-colour front-of-pack nutritional labelling system, calling it an industry smokescreen.

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

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

27-Mar-2015 - 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.

Low levels of chemicals in food may be harmless in isolation - but researchers suggest they could have an additive effect

Food chemicals may have harmful ‘cocktail’ effect

27-Mar-2015 - Risk assessment of food chemicals usually fails to take into account their effects when combined with other compounds – and these ‘chemical cocktails’ may be harmful to health, says new research from Denmark.

Scientists methodically tested more than 1000 varieties in CGIAR's genebank before discovering the heat-beating beans

Heat-resistant beans are 'front-line defence' to global warming

27-Mar-2015 - Thirty varieties of heat resistant beans will be able to survive rising temperatures and keep feeding millions, say scientists.

From the lab to real-world application: Scientific insights are vital to innovation

From the lab to real-world application: Scientific insights are vital to innovation

26-Mar-2015 - Consumer-centric innovation must be coupled with real-world scientific insights that explain how to best deliver nutrition to those that need it, says Lucozade’s senior sports scientist.

“It’s not just niches, column inches, or PR stunts,” says David Northcroft. “It’s actually about the every day business and driving commercial gain in our businesses.”

‘Normal but better’ is the key to driving innovation and development: Waitrose

26-Mar-2015 - Aiming to source and develop foods that have subtle points of difference from the competition in terms of quality or product offering is the key to innovation and new product development at UK retail chain Waitrose.

The study advised participants to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables and whole grains

Study: UK dietary food guidelines could cut heart attack risk

26-Mar-2015 - Following the UK dietary guidelines could reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged and older men and women by up to 30%=, say researchers.

What could soft drinks taste like?

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

26-Mar-2015 - Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Xylitol is a polyol - or sugar alcohol - used as an alternative to sucrose.

Xylitol’s efficacy in fighting tooth decay ‘unproven’

26-Mar-2015 - There is little evidence to prove natural sweetener xylitol prevents tooth decay in children and adults despite an EFSA-backed health claim, says a Cochrane review.

The merger does not mean competition within the industry as a whole has been reduced, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Tosin Jack

Heinz Kraft merger: Synergies and cost cutting

26-Mar-2015 - The super-merger of Heinz and Kraft is less about synergies and more about cutting costs, analysts have said.

"Alpro has committed a number of infringements on both Belgian and European legislation," said the Belgian Confederation of the Dairy Industry

Belgian court rules against 'misleading' Alpro soy product

26-Mar-2015 - Alpro’s use of the term ‘yoghurt variant’ for its soy- and plant-based products is misleading and must be removed, a Belgian court has ruled.

The production site will be Kosher and Halal certified, it said

DDW announces new production site in Ireland

26-Mar-2015 - Colours company DD Williamson (DDW) has announced expansion plans with the opening of a new production site in Cork, Ireland.

Secura will be rolled out in countries including Europe, the US, India and Indonesia, said the company

New enzyme could save cash for maltose syrup producers, says company

25-Mar-2015 - A new enzyme launched by biotech company Novozymes can optimise operations and reduce processing costs for maltose syrups producers, the company said.

High dietary salt intake leads to the development of high blood pressure, said the study

Low salt food does not trigger compensation behaviour, says study

25-Mar-2015 - Reducing the salt content of food does not trigger compensation behaviours in consumers, research has found.

Kraft Foods agrees super-merger with Heinz

Kraft Foods agrees super-merger with Heinz

25-Mar-2015 - Heinz and Kraft Foods will merge to create the world’s fifth largest food and drink company, after Heinz owners 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway agreed to acquire Kraft. 

Molecular gastronomy as presented by Hervé This was one version of the food future articulated at Food Vision 2015 in Cannes last week

Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

25-Mar-2015 - Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er, stay calm and keep making (hopefully healthy) food.

Packaged fruit'n'veg is low in vitamins and nutrients

Is it worth buying nutrient-poor packaged fruit 'n' veg?

25-Mar-2015 - Fresh-cut fruit and veg are sold as an instant vitamin boost. But chlorine disinfection, refrigeration and up to three weeks on the shelf mean their vitamin content is often low – so is there any point in buying them?

With a retail price of £1.49 per 45 g bar, and €1.99 in Europe, they are already being sold in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and Spain, and are soon to be in Germany, France, Belgium, Slovakia and South Africa.

Primal Pantry founder: 'You can't protect your product. You can only protect your brand'

25-Mar-2015 - When launching a new product, don’t underestimate the power of good design – and make sure you trademark everywhere, says Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry.