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The 4 biggest mistakes in healthy marketing

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Healthy Marketing Team tells us what NOT to do when marketing a healthy food product, based on work by their colleagues at New Nutrition Business.   

'It’s a very high risk business developing a dossier and submitting a health claim, if you don’t need to do it,' says Glanbia. Photocredits: iStock.com / DimaSobko

Supplier puts lactoferrin in spotlight as ‘iron activator’

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

It’s been two and half years since lactoferrin from cow’s milk was authorised as a novel food ingredient in Europe – but with no health claim for its iron boosting abilities it is now up to manufacturers and consumers to champion the ingredient, says...

Danone-Nutricia invests in infant nutrition at new Dutch centre in response to growing demand

Largest European investment to date

Danone doubles Dutch baby milk production capacity

By Lynda Searby

Danone-Nutricia has invested €240m in a new production plant in the Netherlands on the back of double-digit sales growth of infant formula products such as Aptamil and Nutrilon.

ADM among those to drop out: 'After assessing the current state of uncertainty in Paris in general, we have decided not to participate in the show this year'. Photo credits: iStock.com / IakovKalinin

UBM says security and comfort of attendees is ‘paramount’; registrations up 6%

32 firms pull out of FiE in wake of Paris attacks

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from the organiser to up security.

The better for you (BFY) category has been a victim of the clean label and reformulation trends, says Euromonitor

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The state of the health and wellness market in 2015

By Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness research at Euromonitor International

Is organic still selling? Does the 'natural' trend mean fortified/functional food is now passé? And why are consumers turning their noses up at better for you (BFY) offerings? Ewa Hudson, head of health and wellness research at Euromonitor International,...

'Policy makers need wholly new approach to the management of EU spending and investm​​ent,' says European Court of Auditors report

EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014 overall, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors that called for change. 

Savings will be made in part through a further 100 job losses, say DSM

DSM eyes brands, private label; will cut 100 nutrition jobs

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

DSM will cut 100 nutrition jobs as part of efficiency plans on top of the 900-1100 job losses elsewhere already announced as it set out goals that include greater interest in brands and private label.

Simon Coveney (2nd left): “We are going to have a lot more people and a lot more people choosing protein-based diets.”

Exclusive interview: Simon Coveney, Irish Food & Agriculture Minister

Irish government sticks to milk mining guns as prices plunge

By Shane STARLING

Seven years ago the Irish government backed a collaborative industry-academic milk mining project to add value to the country’s dairy sector. Some have questioned why commercially usable research results have not been more forthcoming but here the Irish...

'We made a big step forward,' said PAN Europe

EFSA hands over names attached to expert comments

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed over details of which working group members made what changes to a draft document on pesticides following a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling – but it will be keeping EFSA staff details to itself.

With future supplement growth forecast for Poland, monitoring of advertising is a priority, say national authorities

Poland clamping down on misleading supplement ads

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Polish health and competition authorities have sent warning letters to 315 supplement companies as a first step in a multi-agency crackdown on the misleading marketing of supplements. 

“I think that science needs parts of the process in a closed room and then many steps of the process in an open atmosphere,

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EFSA’s Bernhard Url: Science should reserve one private room for open debate

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Since taking the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) throne last summer, Dr Bernhard Url has become something of a pin-up boy for the so-called new ‘open EFSA’. But how far exactly is this new executive director willing to take his vision of transparency?

'It was confrontational to say the least,' EMA senior medical officer says of making big pharma reveal its big clinical data

live from EFSA's 2nd scientific conference, Milan Expo

Could EFSA follow EMA in its open trial data policy?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

There is increasing pressure for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to echo the policy of its pharmaceutical cousin the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to publish clinical trials from industry dossiers.  

There are no systematically collected data on animal and human consumption of insects for us to look at, says EFSA

EFSA delivers long-awaited safety assessment despite data craters

EFSA on insects: Pathogens harmful to humans most likely from farming

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said insect pathogens potentially harmful to humans are most likely to come from rearing and processing not intrinsically associated with the insect itself – but huge gaps in data remain. 

'EFSA's opinion backs the idea that health claims are sufficient to regulate foods for sports people under general food law,' says consultant

EFSA report suggests sports food is normal food

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a key opinion on sports foods, which some say backs the idea that sports food should be considered ‘normal’ not specialist.

Europe's specialised food groups have divergent views on how to legislate sub-sectors

FSG deadline: July 20, 2016

SNE ‘increasingly concerned’ by impending EU specialised food laws

By Shane STARLING

Europe’s biggest specialised food group used a meeting in Brussels this week to reiterate its call for “clear, evidence-based, and balanced legislation” as the 2016 kick-in date nears for EU laws governing foods like toddler milks, diet replacements and...

Arla has been hit by changing global milk prices

‘Tough’ dairy industry hits Arla’s revenue

By Laurence Gibbons

Arla Foods’s revenue has dropped 3.8% to £3.78bn (€5.12bn) during the first half of this year as a result of the globally declining milk prices creating a “tough” situation for the industry.

DSM says further cuts in its nutrition division cannot be ruled out

DSM reshuffle spells 1000+ job losses

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Nutrition giant DSM has outlined organisational adjustments that will see 900-1100 jobs lost – half of which will be in the Netherlands.

ECJ case is 'a critically needed' check on government actors and measures, says food lawyer

EFSA loses right to keep experts secret

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has lost its right to keep the names of contributing expert commentators a secret – a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that could be applied retrospectively.

Seaweed follows in the footsteps of 'global trailblazer' Scotch whiskey

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

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