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Research: soy may inhibit pathogens

The new study Soyfrom University of Guelph researchers suggests that isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses.
Soybean derivatives are already a mainstay in food products, such as cooking oils, cheeses, ice cream, margarine, food spreads, canned foods and baked goods.
The use of soy isoflavones and peptides to reduce […]

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Super Growth For ‘Superfoods’

    Super Growth For ‘Superfoods’

Superfoods, they are frequently marketed as the answer to our health woes and now new research from Mintel highlights the popularity of these nutrient packed foods. Mintel GNPD (Global New Products Database) reveals that between 2011 and 2015 there was a phenomenal 202% increase globally in the number of new food and drink products launched […]

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Dr Padraig O’Kiely Presented With Teagasc Gold Medal

    Dr Padraig O’Kiely Presented With Teagasc Gold Medal

The 2015 winner of the Teagasc Gold Medal is Dr Padraig O’Kiely, who has dedicated a lifetime of work as a researcher at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre in Grange, County Meath. The Teagasc Gold Medal is awarded on an annual basis to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to […]

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UK Sales of Wet and Dry Baby Food in Decline

    UK Sales of Wet and Dry Baby Food in Decline

New research from Mintel reveals sales of wet and dry baby food in the UK dropped by 14% between 2012 and 2015 as currently many of the nation’s parents choose to blend up a treat for their tiny tots. Today, over four in five (83%) parents with children aged four and under say they feed […]

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Study: Purslane extract contributes to blood sugar control

A recent clinical study has shown the positive effects that Portulaca oleracea extract, commonly known as purslane, has on blood sugar levels in adults with type-2 diabetes.
The results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial into Portusana purslane extract were published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods. The trial was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety […]

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Study: New hope in the fight against heart disease

A new study by the researchers from the University of Cardiff suggests that combining marine fish oil, cocoa extract and phytosterols into a dietary supplement could offer new hope in the fight against heart disease.
A collaborative study between scientists from the School of Biosciences and South Wales-based nutritional supplement manufacturer Cultech examined the potential of […]

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Norwegian researchers develop plant-based food packaging

As part of an EU project, researchers from SINTEF Materials and Chemistry have developed four packaging prototypes made of polyactic acid (PLA) and bio-polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
The NanoBarrier project aims to develop plant-based bio-plastic packaging that extends the shelf-life of food and indicates when it is no longer fit to eat.
Besides Norway-based SINTEF, 15 research partners […]

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British Consumers Reap the Rewards of Cheaper Goods and Simplified Pricing

    British Consumers Reap the Rewards of Cheaper Goods and Simplified Pricing

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 24 April 2016, show all the major supermarkets posting a decline in their rate of growth as supermarket sales increased by only 0.1% on this time last year. This is a slowdown from the 1.1% reported in April, which was boosted by […]

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Rising Opportunities For Irish Food Exports in Gluten Free Market

    Rising Opportunities For Irish Food Exports in Gluten Free Market

New market information from Bord Bia has suggested that significant export opportunities exist for Irish food producers operating in the gluten free market. At an event in Bord Bia’s Dublin office, attended by over 20 businesses including Brennan’s Bread and Goodness Grains, research was presented for key target markets, namely the UK, Sweden, Spain and […]

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Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University Opens

    Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University Opens

The Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at the Harper Adams University campus, Newport, Shropshire has been opened. The new facility was opened by The Princess Royal, the Chancellor of Harper Adams University. Her Royal Highness was accompanied throughout her visit by Stephen Alexander (Chairman, Dairy Crest), Mark Allen (Chief Executive, Dairy Crest) and Dr David Llewellyn […]

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Research: plain packaging increases food consumption among men

A recent study led by professor Carolina O.C. Werle from France-based business school Grenoble Ecole de Management shows that plain food packaging may increase the level of snack consumption among men.
In the first study, 166 participants were randomly allocated a packet of chocolate peanut sweets in either original or plain packaging to examine how this influenced […]

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Enterprise Ireland and University College Dublin Launch New €1.7 Million Innovation Partnership to Enhance Food Quality and Safety

    Enterprise Ireland and University College Dublin Launch New €1.7 Million Innovation Partnership to Enhance Food Quality and Safety

A new 3-year Innovation Partnership programme in food quality and safety has been launched at University College Dublin (UCD). The €1.7 million Enterprise Ireland and industry funded programme, Sequencing Alliance for Food Environments (SAFE), aims to develop a new predictive software toolbox to enhance food quality and safety approaches, nationally and with global reach, using environmental […]

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Bord Bia Studies Ireland’s Breakfast Behaviour

    Bord Bia Studies Ireland’s Breakfast Behaviour

A new Bord Bia study has revealed that almost 9 in 10 (87%) Irish people have breakfast every day, with this rising slightly (to 89%) at the weekends. Paula Donoghue, Bord Bia’s Consumer Insight Manager, comments: “It seems the assertion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day still rings true in Ireland […]

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Polyphenol Ribetril™ A with significant skin health effect

Polyphenol Ribetril™ A, found in selected varieties of Red and Black Currant (Ribes rubrum, Ribes nigrum) offers significant benefits for younger looking skin based on a large human clinical trial from France. In this trial 50 subjects (age 40-65) consumed orally 30ml nutritional beverage with Ribetril A daily. Objective measurement methods proved a significant anti-wrinkle […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales to Top £3 Billion in 2016

    UK Coffee Shop Sales to Top £3 Billion in 2016

New research from Mintel reveals that this year coffee shop sales are set to reach a record new high as the market tops £3 billion. Indeed, the UK coffee shop market is in rude health, enjoying an estimated growth of 6% in 2015. Over the past five years, the market has shot up an impressive […]

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Global Dairy Demand Fragile But Growing, According to Rabobank

    Global Dairy Demand Fragile But Growing, According to Rabobank

The global dairy market outlook will remain weak throughout 2016, but with more upward pressure on prices as we head into 2017, according to the Rabobank Global Dairy Quarterly Q1 2016 report.
Global dairy commodity US dollar prices have continued to stumble along a market floor largely determined by the level of EU intervention support. The […]

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No Sign of Slowdown For UK’s Independent Coffee Shops

    No Sign of Slowdown For UK’s Independent Coffee Shops

It is full steam ahead for the UK’s thriving independent coffee shop sector with owners confident of continued growth. Three quarters (74%) of independent coffee shops surveyed by the Caffè Culture Show, the leading annual event for the UK café industry, saw like-for-like turnover increase in 2015 compared to 2014, with nearly a third (31.1%) […]

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Milk containers are now naturally biodegradable

Bio-on together with Tampere University of Technology Finland has developed tetrapak type containers made of a combination of paper and bioplastic, namely the special grade EC (Extrusion Coating) of the Minerv PHA biopolymer.
To achieve this extraordinary outcome, researchers at the two laboratories replaced the polyethylene contained in current packaging, maintaining all of its impermeability, and for the […]

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Growth in UK Online Grocery Shopping

    Growth in UK Online Grocery Shopping

The days of heading to the supermarket are over for some British consumers as they trade trolleys for home delivery. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that 29% of UK online grocery shoppers are shopping for their groceries more online now than 12 months ago.
And online tills are ringing as a result, with online grocery […]

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Wheyhey Calls For UK Supermarkets to Take Action Against Sugary Snacks

    Wheyhey Calls For UK Supermarkets to Take Action Against Sugary Snacks

Protein ice cream producer Wheyhey has recently conducted research into the general public’s attitude towards sugar, education and supermarkets – the survey results concluded that:
* 91% agreed that we consume too much sugar in the UK
* 87% feel that food manufacturers are not taking an active approach to reduce the amount of sugar in foods
* […]

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British Consumers Cut Down on Snacking

    British Consumers Cut Down on Snacking

New research from Mintel reveals UK consumers have cut down on consumption of all snacks over the past year. Mintel research highlights that chocolate, which in 2014 was Britain’s most eaten snack tied with fresh fruit, has fallen as a snack choice by 9 percentage-points over the course of a year.
Whilst over two thirds (68%) […]

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Report: Market for chitosan to reach $1.5bn by 2022

Grand View Research new report forecasts a growth in the global market for the bio-polymer obtained from the shells of crustaceans, chitosan, which is expected to reach a value of nearly $1.5 bn by 2022.
Market demand is primarily being driven by abundant raw material availability, low price, and superior product quality, the US insights provider […]

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Milk Alternatives to Flourish Globally

Canadean’s latest long-term forecast to 2021 highlights the dwindling consumption of white milk in the West, and the potential for milk alternatives all over the world. The market for white milk, which is defined as packaged, unflavoured milk from all animals, is set to decline in much of the developed world between 2016 and 2021, according […]

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Study: Beneficial effects of berry polyphenols on cognitive impairment

Activ’Inside announces the publication of two new scientific studies, including one review, focusing on the beneficial effects of berry polyphenols on learning and memory impairments associated with age-related cognitive decline.
Spatial learning and memory deficits associated with impairments in hippocampus, a key region of cognitive functions, are commonly observed during aging. The beneficial role of dietary […]

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Scientists examine food at nano level

Scientists at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen have, for the first time, created a 3-D image of food on the nanometer scale. It has, they believe, promising prospects as a more detailed knowledge of the structure of complex food systems could potentially save the food industry large sums of money.
“There is […]

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Nestlé Research Centre Asia to Expand

    Nestlé Research Centre Asia to Expand

Nestlé has extended its strategic innovation partnership with the Singapore Government’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) to provide a new base for Nestlé’s regional centre for research with a strong focus on Healthy Ageing. The Nestlé Research Centre Asia will concentrate on supporting the unmet nutritional needs of Asia’s growing older population.
The expansion […]

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Mordor analyses plant protein market

Mordor Intelligence has announced the publication of its research report on the plant protein market: “Global Plant Protein Market- By Product Type, Application, and Geography -Market Shares, Forecasts, and Trends (2015-2020)”.
According to Mordor, the plant protein market was valued at $7.67 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach $10.12 billion by 2020, at a […]

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Emotional Benefits of Chocolate Outweigh Any Health Concerns

    Emotional Benefits of Chocolate Outweigh Any Health Concerns

Despite the emphasis on the unhealthiness of chocolate confectionery, it seems consumers are turning to the treat as a result of its emotional benefits. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that over one third (38%) of chocolate eaters in the UK say that the emotional benefits of chocolate outweigh any health concerns. What’s more, 24% […]

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Nescafé Coffee Centre Opens in China

    Nescafé Coffee Centre Opens in China

Nestlé has opened a new Nescafé Coffee Centre for research and development in the city of Puer, Yunnan China. Working with the College of Tropical Crops at Yunnan Agricultural University, the centre will provide training opportunities to farmers, agronomists and industry professionals.
It will also be home to a green coffee bean laboratory, and provide coffee […]

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Corbion enables preservative-free grains

A few years ago, consumers couldn’t spell “quinoa” – much less cook it, claims Corbion, noting that today, quinoa and other ancient grains are becoming kitchen staples. Corbion Caravan says that research reveals that more than one-third of consumers now indicate strong purchase intent for ancient grains.
With that in mind, and the health and wellness […]

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Industry Needs to Define the Meaning of ‘Craft Drinks’

    Industry Needs to Define the Meaning of ‘Craft Drinks’

Whilst craft drinks have revolutionised the alcoholic drinks industry over the past decade, it seems that many British consumers are still unsure as to what the term ‘craft’ actually means. New research from Mintel highlights strong demand for alcoholic drink companies to create a definition, as 59% of those who buy alcoholic drinks say it’s […]

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Major Lack of Awareness of Calorie Intake Among British Consumers

    Major Lack of Awareness of Calorie Intake Among British Consumers

New research from Mintel reveals that well over one third (37%) of British consumers don’t know how many calories they consume on a typical day. Despite official guidelines recommending that women consume no more than 2,000 calories a day and men no more than 2,500 in order to maintain their weight, Mintel research shows a […]

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Arjuna invests in curcumin research

Arjuna is investing more than 10% of its total turnover in a clinical research program to explore the health benefits of its turmeric curcumin, a potent antioxidant, and other new healthy ingredients, all to be launched in 2016. This includes a total investment of more than US$1.5 million in studies on curcumin alone.
Extensive research is […]

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Irish Shoppers Undeterred as Price Inflation Continues

    Irish Shoppers Undeterred as Price Inflation Continues

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland for the 12 weeks ending 28 February, show that the strong start to 2016 has continued for the supermarket sector. Shopper spend has increased by 3.6% over the past 12 weeks, making this the third successive period where growth has been above 3% for the […]

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DuPont Nutrition & Health Identifies Six Health and Wellness Consumer Segments

    DuPont Nutrition & Health Identifies Six Health and Wellness Consumer Segments

DuPont Nutrition & Health has collected data from more than 14,000 consumers in 22 countries for an insight-driven research project designed to help manufacturers develop and market products in the health and wellness area. With health and wellness as a category growing nearly twice the rate of traditional foods and beverages, this research comes at […]

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Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Continues to Fall

    Alcohol Consumption in Ireland Continues to Fall

The latest figures from the Revenue Commissioners’ alcohol clearance data show a further decrease in alcohol consumption in Ireland last year, continuing a long-term trend of consumption decline over the last fifteen years.
In his paper ‘Estimate of Alcohol Consumption per Adult in 2015’, DCU Economist Tony Foley uses the CSO Population and Migration Estimates and […]

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Large Research Project on Nutritional Value of Milk Powder

    Large Research Project on Nutritional Value of Milk Powder

Netherlands-based Van Hall Larenstein University and NIZO food research have commenced a large research project on the possibilities to increase the nutritional value of milk powder. In the next four years, two dairy professors and a PhD student at Van Hall Larenstein will cooperate with experts of NIZO food research in Ede to determine the […]

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Technology Transforming Irish Agri-Food and Bioeconomy

    Technology Transforming Irish Agri-Food and Bioeconomy

The final report of the Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 Project was published at a recent international conference in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, as part of the Technology Foresight Project. Over 200 experts and industry stakeholders were consulted to identify breakthrough technologies which will transform the Irish agri-food and bioeconomy sector by 2035.
Five technology themes have […]

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IDF Parallel Symposia 2016, 11-13th April – Dublin

    IDF Parallel Symposia 2016, 11-13th April – Dublin

International Dairy Scientists, Technologists, Food Formulators and Process Engineers are heading to Dublin, Ireland shortly for the IDF Parallel Symposia 2016, 11-13th April 2016. Participants will experience two symposia running in parallel: Concentrated & Dried Milk Products Symposium, and the Cheese Science & Technology Symposium – the programmes of which are now available to download.
Program Highlights

2h plenary programme […]

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‘The Building Blocks of Life’ – Nestlé Health Science Invests in Amino Acid Research

    ‘The Building Blocks of Life’ – Nestlé Health Science Invests in Amino Acid Research

Nestlé Health Science is investing SFr42.3 million (US$42.5 million) in Pronutria Biosciences, a US start-up that is developing amino-acid based products with the potential to treat serious medical conditions. Known as the ‘building blocks of life’, amino acids combine to build proteins in the body and are critical for many of its functions. Deficiencies are linked to […]

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Report analyses sports drink opportunity

A new report from beverage development consulting company MyDrink Beverages notes that functional sports drinks have been used by athletes for decades – but now, an increasing number of non-athletes are turning to them as a low-calorie way to stay energised. The report suggests that as more people become health-conscious and seek an active lifestyle, […]

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Eco-friendly packaging material could double food shelf-life

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives.
It’s created by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE).
It’s said that this food packaging material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food, such as bread.
Chitosan, a natural […]

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Research: Hygiene of wood in contact with fruits, fish and cheese

Two recent research studies in France and Spain demonstrate the superior antimicrobial properties of wood species such as pine and poplar, when compared to smooth synthetic materials, including plastics.
In November, the 66th FEFPEB Congress in Cork (Ireland) and the 29th Congress of the European Federation of Science and Food Technology (EFFoST) in Athens (Greece) presented […]

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A Breakthrough Test For Iron Deficiency

    A Breakthrough Test For Iron Deficiency

Nestlé has assisted in and helped fund the development of the first iron deficiency test that does not require taking a blood sample. The work could benefit millions of people by making it easier and cheaper to detect the condition.
Iron deficiency affects more people than any other health problem, according to the World Health Organization. […]

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A Third of Consumers Unsure What “Clean Label” Means

‘Clean label’ continues to be the on-trend FMCG buzzword, according the latest survey by Canadean. The latest consumer research from Canadean reveals a lack of consensus over what ‘clean’ really means to consumers.
Caribou Coffee and Mars are the latest big players to embrace clean labelling, with the former committed to removing all artificial flavourings by […]

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Gluten-free Pizza Launches Soar

    Gluten-free Pizza Launches Soar

New research from Mintel finds that following consumer demand, the number of pizzas launched globally with a gluten-free claim soared 58% between 2012 and 2015. What’s more, the number of pizza launches containing rice flour as an alternative ingredient to wheat increased from 78% to 90% between 2014 and 2015.
The rise in gluten-free pizza launches […]

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Stephenson Innovation’s SUSTAIN® series reduces fobbing to deliver greater bottling productivity.

    Stephenson Innovation’s SUSTAIN® series reduces fobbing to deliver greater bottling productivity.

Environmental concern is driving major transformation in the global food and beverage sector, which faces enormous financial and operational risks as more sustainable solutions are increasingly in demand. Producers are adopting a more proactive approach to reduce environmental impact and mitigate risk across the supply chain – from grower, to manufacturer, to consumer.
At Stephenson Group, […]

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UK Sales of Free-from Products Set to Surpass £500 Million in 2016

    UK Sales of Free-from Products Set to Surpass £500 Million in 2016

It seems that the free-from phenomenon has well and truly taken hold in the UK, as new research from Mintel reveals that sales of free-from foods are forecast to grow 13% to reach £531 million in 2016, up from an estimated £470 million in 2015. The market growth comes as a result of free-from users […]

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The Amount and Timing of Protein Intake at Meal Times is Critical For Older People

    The Amount and Timing of Protein Intake at Meal Times is Critical For Older People

One of the enduring health challenges with ageing is the loss of lean tissue mass or muscle. Protein is a critical nutrient for building and maintaining muscle and new research published in the January edition of The Journal of Nutrition[1] has found that eating an even amount of protein at each meal throughout the day […]

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Mintel: grain-free on the rise in Germany

New research from Mintel reveals that in the German flour market grain-free flour launches have more than doubled in the last year, accounting for 23% of all new flour launches in 2015, compared to only 10% in 2014.
Moreover, Mintel research shows that grain-free is also an increasingly popular choice when it comes to bread and […]

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Lager Struggles to Retain its Fizz as Consumption Drops in Britain

    Lager Struggles to Retain its Fizz as Consumption Drops in Britain

It seems that Britain’s lager segment is struggling to retain its fizz, as it faces particularly strong competition from the rising popularity of ales and bitters, whose success has been fuelled by the craft beer boom. Indeed, new research from market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that 49% of British consumers drank lager in 2015, down […]

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Research: Food packaging can cause weight gain

Researchers have published a study in the PLOS ONE journal showing that the phthalate DEHP leads to weight gain and revealed the metabolic processes involved.
“Correlations between increased phthalate concentrations in the human body and the development of overweight have already been proven in epidemiological studies and should be analysed in more detail,” sais Martin von […]

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Campden BRI becomes MRS partner

Food and drink research company Campden BRI has been certified as a Market Research Society (MRS) Partner Company. Campden says it is one of a few UK food and drink research specialists to have partner status.
The new MRS Partner Company status follows the opening of a new dedicated, state-of-the-art consumer centre by Campden BRI in […]

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Research shows pathogens can survive over 6 months

Georgian researchers have found that pathogens, like salmonella, can survive for at least six months in cookies and crackers. The recent study was prompted by an increased number of outbreaks of foodborne diseases linked to low-water-activity, or dry foods.
Larry Beuchat, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and researcher in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, […]

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