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Is it time European policymakers define what ‘natural’ food is?

Is it time European policymakers define what ‘natural’ food is?

18 Jan 2021

Consumers are being misled over products that claim to be natural but contain artificial ingredients. Is it time for a legal definition?

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Veggie-packed food brands fill the gap between ‘plant-based’ and ‘vegetable-rich’

Veggie-packed food brands fill the gap between ‘plant-based’ and ‘vegetable-rich’

11 Jan 2021

Generation Z – the generation of people born between 1997 and 2012 – may be fuelling the plant-based food trend but, paradoxically, they are not eating enough plants, creating a white space for products and ready meals that put vegetables centre-stage.

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Halal harmonisation opens doors for food exporters

Halal harmonisation opens doors for food exporters

14 Dec 2020

The food industry is benefitting from steps to harmonise halal standards globally, including recent guidance for halal food additives– but more progress is required, according to a report.

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Immune-boosting product launches in Southeast Asia

Immune-boosting product launches in Southeast Asia

7 Dec 2020

Chocolate snacks with adaptogenic mushroom powder, vitamin C jelly, and prebiotic-packed crackers are just some recent product launches in Southeast Asia promising to boost consumers’ immunity as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

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Chinese consumers increasingly concerned about food safety

Chinese consumers increasingly concerned about food safety

30 Nov 2020

Food safety is of growing concern for Chinese consumers and many do not fully trust on-pack claims such as organic. Supply chain certification is one way to win back trust, according to Lloyd’s Register.

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Cocoa fruit juice: The next big beverage ingredient?

Cocoa fruit juice: The next big beverage ingredient?

9 Nov 2020

Cocoa fruit juice has a refreshingly sweet and sour flavour with tropical notes of lychee and peach, making it ideal for premium-positioned drinks, says Ghanaian-Swiss supplier Koa.

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Confidence in Europe’s CBD market high despite regulatory barriers

Confidence in Europe’s CBD market high despite regulatory barriers

2 Nov 2020

Despite regulatory uncertainty, small start-ups and big businesses alike are confident about Europe’s CBD market. “Local brands [have] a great opportunity to shine,” says one company.

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French dairy giant Bel to launch plant-based cheese

French dairy giant Bel to launch plant-based cheese

22 Oct 2020

French dairy group Bel will launch a plant-based Boursin in the US next year as it develops vegan versions of its core brands, which include Babybel and The Laughing Cow.

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Can indoor vertical farming solve the Gulf’s food security challenge?

Can indoor vertical farming solve the Gulf’s food security challenge?

18 Oct 2020

Recent investments in vertical farms could make Gulf countries less reliant on food imports, say the companies involved.

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Brazilian draft law limits food colourings to ‘smallest quantities’ possible

Brazilian draft law limits food colourings to ‘smallest quantities’ possible

10 Oct 2020

A Brazilian lawmaker is pushing for manufacturers to use the smallest quantities possible of food colourings for health reasons.

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Two Mexican states ban junk food sales to children: A taste of things to come?

Two Mexican states ban junk food sales to children: A taste of things to come?

28 Sep 2020

Two Mexican states have moved to ban the sale of junk food to children and a national ban may be on the cards, according to one expert. Could this be a taste of future food policy around the world?

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China’s self-heating trend heats up ready meal category

China’s self-heating trend heats up ready meal category

21 Sep 2020

Self-heating ready meals are experiencing a boom in China, catering to the country’s ‘lazy economy’, and Mintel estimates its market value will double in coming years.

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