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MEPs last week said they were “convinced the authority should be endowed with a sufficient budget to hire independent in-house experts with no conflicts of interest”. ©iStock

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

By David Burrows

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document won’t be worth the paper it’s written on

GALLERY: Your guide to what's happening at Vitafoods 2017

GALLERY: Your guide to what's happening at Vitafoods 2017

By Nathan Gray

With Vitafoods 2017 just around the corner, we take a look at the latest innovation, product launches, and other interesting offerings at the three-day event. Take a browse through our gallery to see what's on offer!

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

By Nathan Gray

Global food and nutritional ingredients supplier DSM continues its €100 million investment in R&D with the opening of a new biotechnology facility near its Delft HQ for food.

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Your Voice Matters

Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

By Nathan Gray

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge our readers’ views on these – and many more questions - NutraIngredients...

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Superchocolate: Can chocolate really be a functional food?

By Emma Jane Cash

A chocolate bar containing 33% pure refined turmeric has been launched into the global functional foods market, as a convenient and enjoyable way to increase daily dosage of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

Eu-Roo-pean win:Smart Organic has big plans for its offerings in Europe & beyond...

EU bank backs organic Bulgarian bar maker by a cool €2m

By Nathan Gray

Sofia-based healthy snack and ‘superfood’ producer Smart Organic has won a €2 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to aid expansion for the rising healthy snack and ‘superfood’ manufacturer.

The EU and US could be seeing more launches of products containing a synthetic antioxidant found naturally in mushrooms. ©iStock/Olha_Afanasieva

Novel fungi antioxidant l-ergothioneine is safe: EFSA

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said l-ergothioneine is safe for use in food and supplements in a novel food evaluation that settles EU member state fears it may increase the risk of diabetes mellitus and inflammatory diseases like Crohn's...

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Scouting out Europe's latest free-from innovation at SIAL

By Niamh Michail

What are the latest free-from trends sweeping Europe? How is the mature gluten-free market staying innovative? And how much on-pack prominence should you give to free-from claims? FoodNavigator hit the expo floor at SIAL in Paris to find out.

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Nutra futures

Top 10 nutrition start-ups

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Venture Scanner says 2016 is on pace to be one of the best years ever for health and nutrition start-up investment. We scan the most promising Venture Scanner ventures...

Formats like omega-3 bread are struggling, says Euromonitor. ©iStock

Look to developing markets for omega-3 NPD: Euromonitor

By Shane Starling

Europeans are ‘apathetic’ about omega-3 functional foods – if not food supplements – and growth will continue to come out of Asia-Pacific, says market analyst Euromonitor International.

'Regular food or ‘real’ food that tastes good and is nutrient-rich will have much stronger appeal than anything that is perceived as functional or medical.' ©iStock

Beta-glucan & fibre: Golden oldies in 2016?

By Kacey Culliney

Simple, recognisable nutrients like beta-glucan and fibre should be on the menu when targeting a new wave of active and positive seniors, say experts.

Kimstad, in Sweden, is the home of Tate & Lyle's oat processing facility, which has just undergone an expansion. Pic: Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle opens oat ingredients facility expansion

By Jim Cornall

UK-based Tate & Lyle PLC, a global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has officially opened its expanded capacity at its manufacturing facility in Kimstad, Sweden.

'Only 40% of us have a healthy weight,' said health minister Simon Harris in a foreword to the report. 'In terms of scale, this represents one of the biggest public health challenges Ireland is facing today.'  © World Obesity Federation

Ireland launches national obesity plan

By Niamh Michail

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding to implement the policy has led to criticism from...

'The presence of a food matrix had a significant effect on polyphenol bioaccessibility from almond skin in both the gastric and duodenal environments.' ©iStock

Food affects almond skin polyphenol release: Study

By Eliot Beer

Milk may significantly lower the release of polyphenols from almond skins during digestion, while consuming almond skins with food also has a significant effect on their release, according to a study.

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