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STOP fussing over UK traffic light labelling

STOP fussing over UK traffic light labelling

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Last week, the UK introduced a voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labelling system combining GDAs with traffic light colours. The European food industry is up in arms – but it has no good reason to be.

Could the meaning of 'clean label' go beyond the idea of 'natural' with better consumer understanding?

Cleaner than clean: When natural is not enough

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

It’s boom time for makers of natural ingredients, from colours to flavours to hydrocolloids…or is it? Despite widespread demand for all things natural, some ‘natural’ ingredients still aren’t acceptable to consumers – so when does ‘clean label’ need to...

EU health claims evolution: New submission behaviours

EU health claims evolution: A submission rethink

By Nigel Baldwin

Now that the dust has settled on the health claims submission process we should all be very clear on the rules of engagement. Well kind of, says Nigel Baldwin, chief consultant in Intertek’s European office.

What was that? Did someone say sorry?

The food industry should learn to say ‘oops’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

It doesn’t matter if you have the best intentions in the world if your customers think your intentions are rotten - and more and more often, consumers are saying they view Big Food in the same way as Big Tobacco. 

Could size reductions lead to reduced energy intake?

Can reduced portions reduce consumption? IGD reviews the evidence

By Hannah Arnold, nutrition and scientific affairs executive, IGD

Many food companies are promoting smaller portions and reducing the size of existing products as part of a plan to reduce overall calorie intake – but is this the most effective approach?

Acrylamide is formed in starchy foods during heating

Acrylamide: A scandal in the making

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Acrylamide is a recognised carcinogen that we’ve known is in our food at dangerous levels for a decade. Today, the food industry has tools to mitigate it, but uptake is slow.Industry, beware.  This is how scandals are made.

Will self regulation be enough to avoid a fat tax? Probably not, warns Drayton Partners

Will self-regulation be enough to beat the fat tax?

By Ian Pickett

The much debated launch of a consistent ‘front-of-pack’ nutrition label is currently the talk of the food manufacturing and retail industry, writes Ian Pickett, joint founder of specialist recruitment agency Drayton Partners.

Danone Actimel: Now reformulated with vitamins B and D in some countries, which are backed for immune claims, whereas probiotics are not (yet)

EU immunity health claims: Reformulate or reposition to win growth

By Diana Cowland

Europe’s new health claim laws are the strictest in the world, with only the most strongly backed nutrient-health associations permitted on-product and whole sectors enraged about stripped comms tools. But immunity claims have fared better than most,...

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