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Growing British Appetite For Sports Nutrition

    Growing British Appetite For Sports Nutrition

Once the preserve of athletes and bodybuilders, new research from Mintel finds that many of the UK’s fitness lovers are using sports nutrition products. Indeed, almost three in 10 Brits (27%) use sports nutrition products*, rising to two in five (39%) Brits who exercise more than once a week. Overall, it is the UK’s young men who […]

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Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

    Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission has asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU is […]

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UK Not Ready For Brexit’s Impact on Food

    UK Not Ready For Brexit’s Impact on Food

The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. The report, by leading food policy specialists Professor Erik Millstone (University of Sussex), Professor Tim Lang […]

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Ice Cream Whips Up Global Sales of 13 Billion Litres in 2016

    Ice Cream Whips Up Global Sales of 13 Billion Litres in 2016

New research from Mintel reveals that the global ice cream market is expected to scoop sales of 13 billion litres in 2016, with India, Indonesia and Vietnam among the world’s fastest growing markets. While India’s ice cream market has experienced a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13% over the past five years, in 2017, […]

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Political Uncertainty Drives Consumer Goods M&A to Lowest Level Since 2011

    Political Uncertainty Drives Consumer Goods M&A to Lowest Level Since 2011

Mergers and acquisitions among the top 50 consumer goods giants have fallen sharply from $226 billion in 2015 to $50 billion in 2016. This is according to OC&C Strategy Consultants’ 15th annual Global 50 report in collaboration with The Grocer, which examines the financial performance of the world’s 50 largest consumer goods companies – the likes of […]

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Scottish Aquaculture is Thriving

    Scottish Aquaculture is Thriving

Fish and shellfish farming contribute £620 million to the Scottish economy every year, according to new research. The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to a Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise […]

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SuperValu Still on Top as Irish Supermarket Growth Continues

    SuperValu Still on Top as Irish Supermarket Growth Continues

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, published for the 12 weeks ending 18 June 2017, show the highest market growth since January 2017.  The latest figures reflect the impact of Easter on consumers and retailers alike, with the holiday falling outside of the comparable time period in 2016. Price deflation, which has […]

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80% of Irish Exporters Believe UK Still Offers Significant Potential

    80% of Irish Exporters Believe UK Still Offers Significant Potential

A new report launched by Bord Bia shows a renewed optimism for the Irish food and drink industry’s trading relationship with the UK market, worth over €4 billion last year. According to Bord Bia’s Brexit Barometer, almost 80% exporters surveyed believe there is still significant potential for future growth in the UK market, despite the […]

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Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

    Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

Researchers at Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and University College Cork are analysing dairy consumption patterns in Irish adults and have found that those who consume dairy tend to have healthier dietary behaviours.
We all know the benefits of consuming dairy foods in our diets but not all consumers eat dairy in the same way […]

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Highest UK Supermarkets Sales Growth in Five Years

    Highest UK Supermarkets Sales Growth in Five Years

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 18 June 2017, show a marked turnaround for the sector. Supermarket sales growth accelerated to 5.0% – the strongest increase since March 2012 and a stark contrast to the 0.2% decline seen this time last year, despite the political and economic […]

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Emerging-market Brands Dominate the IWSR’s Top 100 List

    Emerging-market Brands Dominate the  IWSR’s Top 100 List

The 2017 edition of the IWSR’s annual Top 100 rankings has been published in the IWSR Magazine. It lists the world’s 100 largest spirits brands by volume, pitting famous international brands against local spirits titans that dominate in their home markets. The Top 100 list is uniquely based on the IWSR’s proprietary database, the authoritative […]

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Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

    Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

Five years ago, a highly publicised meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in […]

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IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

    IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

IRI, the global provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new Growth Solutions team providing specialist assistance for manufacturers. The Growth Solutions team is being set up to support IRI’s clients across five specific focus areas: Media Strategy and Optimisation, Shopper Marketing Effectiveness, Price and Promotions, In-Store Activation […]

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German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

    German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

Germany’s grocery market is forecast to be worth €259 billion by 2021, a growth rate of 10.5%, according to new figures released by IGD, the international grocery research organisation.
Key findings include:

All of Germany’s major grocery channels are expected to grow over the next four years, primarily driven by inflation combined with population growth, plus retailers […]

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Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

    Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

The global market for dairy alternative drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion in 2018, up dramatically from US$7.4 billion in 2010, according to Innova Market Insights. Significant developments in this area include the acquisition of WhiteWave in 2016, presenting Danone with the opportunity to further developing its interests in this dynamic market in both […]

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Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

    Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

British consumers are increasingly taking advantage of fresh milk and frozen peas being just a click away. Indeed, new research from Mintel forecasts UK online grocery sales to reach £11.1 billion in 2017, up from an estimated £9.9 billion in 2016.
With the market forecast to grow by 12% this year, the value of virtual shopping […]

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Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

    Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

As supermarkets across the UK continue to cut the number of products they stock, sales from branded new products were down by -6.5%, which equated to losses in revenue from new product development of £99.6 million. According to a new study by IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for retailers and suppliers, […]

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Managed Restaurant Brands Grow in the UK as Sector Costs Mount

    Managed Restaurant Brands Grow in the UK as Sector Costs Mount

Rising input costs are putting the brakes on pub and restaurant openings – but many managed and branded casual dining operators continue to expand. That is one of the key messages from the eighth edition of the AlixPartners CGA Peach Market Growth Monitor, just published. The report provides authoritative data and extensive insights into Britain’s […]

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Emerging Markets Overtake Developed in FMCG Spend

    Emerging Markets Overtake Developed in FMCG Spend

Emerging markets now account for 51% of global spend on fast-moving-consumer-goods, rising from 48% in just three years. This is the key finding from the latest Kantar Worldpanel Brand Footprint report, which includes its annual Top 50 ranking of the world’s most chosen FMCG brands.
Kantar Worldpanel’s analysis also shows that, with developed markets barely growing, […]

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Irish Grocery Market Growth Continues Despite Deflation

    Irish Grocery Market Growth Continues Despite Deflation

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland for the 12 weeks ending 21 May 2017 show that the market continues to grow despite continued price deflation. The value of the grocery market has increased by 2.2% during the past quarter compared with last year, making the sector worth €2.37 billion over […]

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Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

    Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its latest global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland. This state-of-the-art facility will support new products and technologies for many of the company’s iconic Power Brands, including Milka and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate as well as Oreo, belVita and Barni biscuits.
The Wroclaw Technical Centre is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in nine large R&D hubs, strategically […]

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UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

    UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 15% between now and 2022, giving it a value of £213 billion, according to the latest forecasts released today by grocery research organisation IGD. IGD is predicting growth across all the major grocery channels, with the discounters set to put in a particularly strong […]

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Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

    Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

According to new research from Mintel, sales of pub meals in the UK grew by an estimated 14% between 2012 and 2016 to reach £7.4 billion. In the same time period, sales of alcoholic drinks grew by 6%, while soft drink sales rose by 7%.
Indeed, it is increasingly likely that pub punters will be there for […]

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Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

    Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that Irish family farm income decreased by 9% in 2016, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €24,060. This is the return for the farmers’ labour and for the land and capital employed in the business.
Dr. Emma Dillon, Economist with the […]

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Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

    Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

UK organic milk volumes increased by 4.4% in 2016, in contrast to the standard milk category which fell by 1.9% during the same period. The increase is being attributed to an organic milk recovery, in spite of reducing conventional prices and increasing organic shelf premiums.
According to the 2017 organic milk market report, produced by the Organic […]

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Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

    Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

New research from Mintel reveals that sales of pasta in Italy had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2% between 2011 and 2015, with sales falling to 908,100 tonnes in 2016. According to Mintel, health is the reason this national cuisine has fallen on hard times. Indeed, today, almost one quarter (23%) of Italians say […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

    New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up
by Arla Foods Ingredients. The new Whey & Protein Blog – thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest in whey protein and lactose can share information.
Writing in the […]

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UK Consumers Favour British Brands

    UK Consumers Favour British Brands

British consumers are developing a growing taste for home-grown brands, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s fifth annual barometer of the nation’s most chosen FMCG brands. The latest UK ranking, which measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the number of British favourites among the top 10 UK […]

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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

    Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

The fifth annual Brand Footprint Ireland ranking from Kantar Worldpanel, measuring which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the top four most chosen brands in the country are home-grown favourites, with Avonmore, Brennans, Denny and Jacob’s leading the way.
In Ireland, six of this year’s top 10 brands […]

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Britain Braces For Price Hikes

    Britain Braces For Price Hikes

While the outcome of Brexit may be uncertain, Mintel’s flagship British Lifestyles report reveals that consumers are braced for an expensive future ahead. Over four in five (83%) Brits are currently concerned about seeing price rises on goods and services, with 59% worried about the mounting cost of groceries, 35% worried about the climbing cost of holidays […]

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Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

    Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

As consumers across Europe embrace a healthier lifestyle, a growing trend for more moderate alcohol consumption is emerging. Research conducted by Kerry Taste and Nutrition shows that half of consumers are actively reducing their alcohol intake, with 40 per cent of those surveyed stating that their change in habit comes as a result of health […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

    75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

    Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

Arla Foods has officially opened its new state-of-the-art global innovation centre, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark. Arla has put open innovation at the centre of its growth plans for the next decade. The dairy farming co-operative aims to be the most collaborative innovator in […]

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Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

    Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

The Reputations Agency has announced the results of the annual Ireland RepTrak® 2017 study. Based on the perceptions of more than 4,500 respondents who completed the survey in the first quarter of 2017, the survey quantifies the emotional bond stakeholders have with 50 leading companies, and how these connections drive supportive behaviour such as a […]

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Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

    Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers. Despite challenging economic conditions and poor harvests in Spain, Italy and Greece during 2015, […]

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Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

    Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, show that deflation is limiting growth in the grocery market as supermarket prices continue to fall.  Having slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years in the last period, the grocery market grew […]

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UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

    UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, reveal the overall market has grown by 3.7% – the fastest rate since September 2013 and worth almost £1 billion in additional sales to the grocery sector.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: […]

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Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

    Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

Teagasc will host the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), in collaboration with University College Cork. This prestigious global Congress will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, from August 13-18, 2017. ICoMST reconvenes in Ireland after an 11- year absence.
It’s the 63rd ICoMST and the theme this year is: ‘Nurturing […]

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Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

    Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

A detailed report and analysis of trends in the competitiveness of the main sectors in Irish agriculture has been published by Teagasc, as part of an international workshop on measuring international competitiveness and efficiency in agriculture. Profitability, costs of production, value of output and some partial productivity indicators (such as milk yield, stocking density, cereal […]

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A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

    A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

The UK dairy market had a strong twelve weeks to the 26th March, seeing its strongest growth in value (+2.3%) since March 2014, and growing ahead of total grocery (+1.3%). A strong driver of growth in dairy has been its single biggest sub category – milk – which sees its second consecutive period of volume […]

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China’s Online Grocery Market to More than Double by 2020

    China’s Online Grocery Market to More than Double by 2020

Online grocery in China could more than double in growth between now and 2020, according to figures released by international grocery research organisation IGD, with its current 3.1% share of the country’s total grocery market forecast to leap to 6.6% over the next three years.
Driven by the growth of the internet, greater smartphone usage, more […]

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One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

    One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

According to new Bord Bia research, gluten free has now gone mainstream with one in five (20%) Irish people shopping for gluten free food regularly. The gluten free market in Ireland is estimated to be worth some €66 million, experiencing a 36% increase since last year (Kantar Worldpanel).
Highlighting where the growth has come from, Paula […]

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Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

    Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is warning that the current eating habits of teenagers and young adults is a ticking time bomb for their bones and time is running out for them to prevent permanent damage. A survey carried out on behalf of the NOS has found that 70% of 18 – 35 year olds […]

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Meat Technology Ireland Launched

    Meat Technology Ireland Launched

Meat Technology Ireland, a new Enterprise Ireland, industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland, has been launched. The Centre will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs.
Meat Technology […]

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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

    Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

    UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

New research from Mintel reveals that the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion. Over the last five years, the market rose by 37%, up from £2.4 billion in 2011 to reach an impressive £3.4 billion in 2016. What is more, […]

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Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

    Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

The Irish grocery market has slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years, dropping 0.7 percentage points month-on-month to -0.2%. This is according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Only now are we starting to […]

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Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

    Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 1.4% compared to the same time last year. Slower growth was primarily due to Easter falling outside the latest 12 weeks, while the celebration fell within the comparable period last year.
Fraser […]

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Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

    Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

In an article in the latest issue of TResearch (Teagasc’s research and innovation magazine), Dr Áine Regan, a researcher at Teagasc, highlights how there is an increasing need for the scientific community to have a more prominent role on social media, particularly when it comes to challenging false information spread online. “While ‘fake news’ may […]

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Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

    Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

EU regulations on health claims on food are complex but navigable, a study into food regulations has found. The study, led by Professor Monique Raats at the University of Surrey, working with researchers from Slovenia and Denmark, found that EU regulation, which is aimed at substantiating marketing claims of the health benefits of food, has […]

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94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

    94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

The craft beer revolution is taking hold in more countries across the globe. According to a new survey released by Alltech and The Brewers Journal, the number of breweries worldwide has surpassed 19,000, representing 209 countries and territories surveyed. Some 17,732, or 94 percent, of these breweries can be defined as craft beer producers. For […]

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Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

    Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

The context in which consumers eat, has a major impact on how they evaluate the taste of foods. This conclusion has been drawn following a study of airplane meals, carried out by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The scientists demonstrated that real-life testing situations can be effectively simulated in a lab. The study, published in […]

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Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

    Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

Kefir appears to be bucking the trend that has seen launch activity in drinking yogurts and fermented beverages remain relatively static in recent years. While kefir launch numbers are still limited globally, Innova Market Insights data indicate that they grew more than three-fold between 2011 and 2016. This is despite launches in the overall drinking […]

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A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

    A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

While the majority of British adults enjoy a tipple, it seems today’s consumers are taking a more conservative approach towards their alcohol consumption. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that as many as one third (32%) of all Brits have reduced or limited their alcohol intake over the past 12 months* in comparison to what they would […]

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