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UK -Switching to supermarket own-brand goods saves consumers £1,200 a year

UK -Switching to supermarket own-brand goods saves consumers £1,200 a year | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Consumers who started buying own-brand products from their local supermarkets were able to save more than £1,200 per year, new research found.
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Alan Marson's curator insight, March 15, 2015 5:49 PM

People, who made the switch, saved most money on frozen food (19 per cent), canned goods(16 per cent), dairy products (13 per cent), cleaning products (11 per cent), cereal  (8 per cent).

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How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) Their Money

How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) Their Money | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
“For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That's because—even in an era with low overall inflation—low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing.”
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Coke's Recent Divestment Can Tell Us A Lot About American Capitalism

Last week, the Coca-Cola Company announced that it was slimming down.
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Last week, the Coca-Cola Company announced that it was slimming down. Reeling from a dramatic 25-percent decline in US consumption of sugary soft drinks over the past two decades, a trend in part stimulated by consumer concerns about the link between soft drinks and obesity, Coke decided it was time to trim the fat.

No, Coke was not abandoning its full-calorie beverages; rather, the Atlanta-based firm was eliminating costly overhead. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, Coke planned to reduce its workforce from 123,000 to 39,000 worldwide employees. The firm would refranchise much of its bottling and manufacturing plants to others as Coke corporate got back to basics: producing Coke concentrate.

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Healthy vs unhealthy food: the challenges of understanding food choices

Healthy vs unhealthy food: the challenges of understanding food choices | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
The initial experiment was carried out in Cambridge where the participants were predominantly female, well-educated and older – and likely to be in favour of healthy eating. When the experiment was carried out with a more nationally representative sample, the results showed that priming was ineffective in socially disadvantaged groups. “These people are hard to reach and represent a real challenge to policy-makers,” says Forwood. “Research tells us that 89% of people want to make dietary changes to improve their health. We need to identify the levers that can support them.” - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/healthy-vs-unhealthy-food-the-challenges-of-understanding-food-choices#sthash.KNHItXAX.dpufThe solution to the obesity epidemic is simple: eat less, move more. But take a deep breath before you type these four words into a search engine. The results exceed 9 million. Of the top four results, two websites argue against the statement and two for it. Below, arguments about eating and exercise rage fast and furious with dozens of assertions backed by equations, flowcharts, promises of slimming success, and lists of the latest superfoods.
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The initial experiment was carried out in Cambridge where the participants were predominantly female, well-educated and older – and likely to be in favour of healthy eating. When the experiment was carried out with a more nationally representative sample, the results showed that priming was ineffective in socially disadvantaged groups. “These people are hard to reach and represent a real challenge to policy-makers,” says Forwood. “Research tells us that 89% of people want to make dietary changes to improve their health. We need to identify the levers that can support them.” 

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KPMG's thoughts on ageing population trends and the flourishing nutraceuticals market.

KPMG's thoughts on ageing population trends and the flourishing nutraceuticals market. | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
TKS Publisher | Agro FOOD Industry - NewsScientific news on functional foods, nutraceuticals, sustainability, nutrition, agriculture, food safety
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Article cited from Ben Bryant KPMG

Manager - Private Equity Group. Nutraceuticals Lead UK

KPMG has recently written two reports which discuss the ageing consumer and the Nutraceuticals market. Partners from KPMG discuss how Nutraceuticals companies stand to make huge profits from their older consumers if they position themselves correctly in this fast evolving and high growth market. Nutraceuticals is a market sitting between Food & Beverage and Pharmaceuticals and thus poses interesting challenges for this demographic. 

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As much of the world faces rising rates of chronic lifestyle illness, in the UK alone, the potential cost of this to the NHS is over £10bn annually. The incentive for governments to focus on preventative care and for consumers to become more health-conscious is immense. Couple this with the fact the ageing population (65 and over) is set to double globally by 2035 to 1.1bn and then again by 2050 to 2bn, there is a fast growing market of functional foods, nutraceuticals and dietary supplements aimed towards this specific group of consumers.

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Changes in dairy industry benefit dairy cattle health, consumers

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what does this mean for the future of the dairy industry?

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Consumers and Bread Purchasing Behavior - added sugar

Consumers and Bread Purchasing Behavior - added sugar | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Consumers may say they avoid certain sweeteners, but they still buy bread formulated with all sweetener types. Learn more about the difference between what consumers say and do.
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Alan, insight what consumer say and what they actually do can be quite different ! USA -Bread added sugar 

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Top Ten Food Trends for 2015- USA style - from the IFT

Top Ten Food Trends for 2015-  USA style - from the IFT | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
The April 2015 issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) features Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan’s insights on the top food trends for 2015.
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Science into food insight :  at Number 2 . Eating for a Specific Lifestyle: Dramatic changes in lifestyle, eating patterns, and demographics are creating new rules for marketing and packaging and are motivating new food product purchases. Nearly half of all eating occasions are alone and the family meal continues to erode; only 27 percent of family meals include children

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The Frozen Food Category comes in from the Cold to take leading product Innovation award - Kantar World Panel

The Frozen Food Category comes in from the Cold to take leading product Innovation award - Kantar World Panel | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it

 IGLO  frozen food group,s Innovation success as the UK’s most successful new launches of 2014 revealed ,and not forgetting the impact of CSR and the role it can play in the home for reducing Food waste 

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From the Kantar World Panel review An Interview  with Andy Weston-Webb, Managing Director of Birds Eye, commented: “We are delighted to have delivered the best FMCG new product launch in 2014 with the Birds Eye Inspirations range. The success of the Inspirations range hinges on our dedication to meeting the ever-changing demands of today’s consumers for delicious meal solutions that don’t compromise on taste. To meet these evolving consumer needs we are working to turbo-charge the pipeline of new products we bring to the market and will be launching several exciting new innovations this year, as well as further extending the Inspirations range.”

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Why dessert is disappearing from America’s dinner tables

Why dessert is disappearing from America’s dinner tables | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
If you eat dessert at home, after dinner, you're not alone. But soon you might be.
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From the NPD report "- The most commonly eaten desserts around the United States are cake, fruit, and ice cream, but all three are losing favor—and fast. The most dessert-crazed age group is American adults 65 years and older, which is an ominous sign for the future of post-dinner sweets, especially considering that young Americans, the so-called caretakers of the country's future, are the course's least passionate fans.

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A sense of taste: The electronic tongue

A sense of taste: The electronic tongue | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Here at New Food Innovation we are currently trialing a piece of equipment that might possibly have more taste than you do. Although it can't tell the difference between last seasons Gucci Handbag and this ones,  it's "taste" can recognise  and digitise the basic five flavour senses. We have been using the electronic tongue by Insent over the last couple of months with great results. Not only does it recognise sweet, sour etc, it can also identify richness (mouthfeel), astringency and aftertaste.
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UK -Switching to supermarket own-brand goods saves consumers £1,200 a year

UK -Switching to supermarket own-brand goods saves consumers £1,200 a year | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Consumers who started buying own-brand products from their local supermarkets were able to save more than £1,200 per year, new research found.
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People, who made the switch, saved most money on frozen food (19 per cent), canned goods(16 per cent), dairy products (13 per cent), cleaning products (11 per cent), cereal  (8 per cent).

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'Family meal' ideal is stressful, impossible for many families

'Family meal' ideal is stressful, impossible for many families | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it

 new research shows that home cooking and family meals place significant stresses on many families -- and are simply impossible for others.

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Alan Marson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 3:32 PM

The researchers interviewed 150 female caregivers in families with children between the ages of 2 and 8, as well as conducting in-depth observations of 12 of these families for a total of 250 hours.

"We found that middle-class, working-class, and poor families faced some similar challenges," says Dr. Sinikka Elliott, an associate professor of sociology at NC State who co-authored the paper. "For example, mothers from all backgrounds reported difficulty in finding time to prepare meals that everyone in the family would be willing to eat."

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Consumers and Bread Purchasing Behavior - added sugar

Consumers and Bread Purchasing Behavior - added sugar | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Consumers may say they avoid certain sweeteners, but they still buy bread formulated with all sweetener types. Learn more about the difference between what consumers say and do.
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Alan Marson's curator insight, September 14, 2015 4:09 PM

Alan, insight what consumer say and what they actually do can be quite different ! USA -Bread added sugar 

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How Social Media Channels Influence Purchase Behavior

How Social Media Channels Influence Purchase Behavior | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
 Targeted interactions between brands and customers influence how a consumer feels about the business or a product, which can influence purchase behavior.
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Since its beginning, social media has made it easier for family and friends to interact with each other. As our society has progressed, social platforms have also become a way to interact with the world as a whole. Naturally, this has influenced consumer marketing and personal relationships with businesses. Before social media, the consumer-business relationship was less personalized and responsive. Now businesses have the capability to respond to customer feedback and demand in real-time. These targeted interactions influence how a consumer feels about the business or a product, which can influence purchase behavior.

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Brain Scans Show What’s Wrong With Conventional Marketing

Brain Scans Show What’s Wrong With Conventional Marketing | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it

This is good news for public policy institutions and cause marketing groups to Identifying what makes some people more responsive than others to marketing actions leads to more effective campaigns.

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This is good news for public policy institutions and consumer advocacy groups that aim to sow public scepticism about marketing campaigns for alcohol, tobacco, and other potentially harmful products. “You can obviously see it from a different perspective, for example targeted groups that are either vulnerable, such as kids, or people that have clear evidence that they have disadvantageous behaviours such as overspending or undersaving. This means that now that you can think about how to better design specific public policy interventions, for example PSAs (public service announcements),” Plassmann says.

Smarter Segmentation

Plassmann says these findings point the way for marketers to develop smarter approaches to customer segmentation. If individual brain structure plays a central role in determining individual differences in consumer behaviour, then assuming that people’s responses to marketing can be easily categorised by demographics may not be an adequate strategy going forward.


Read more at http://knowledge.insead.edu/marketing-advertising/brain-scans-show-whats-wrong-with-conventional-marketing-3934#OGo3HH7cQoVdltqY.99

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"Kitchen skills are highly dependent on level of income and children living at home.

"Kitchen skills are highly dependent on level of income and children living at home. | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it

Our kitchen skills and our knowledge of how to store and prepare food is perhaps not surprisingly closely linked to our level of education and income. The more educated we are and the more money we earn, the more advanced we are in the kitchen, and the more we care about quality when we go shopping.

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"The small changes that happen from year to year are to be expected, and they say nothing about an underlying or permanent change in the state of affairs. But if you measure the same factors again in 10 years, I think that we will see other patterns in our consumption, level of satisfaction and the general approach to food and meals."
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Fruit and veg not only good for your body; they are good for the mind

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if more people knew this would more fruit be consumed?

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To eat less, consider smaller plates and packages | Reuters

To eat less, consider smaller plates and packages | Reuters | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
Adults consume more food when it comes in bigger packages or is served on larger plates, a review of past research has found.
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Insight from the report “It provides the most conclusive evidence to date that people consistently consume more food and drink when offered larger-sized portions, packages, or tableware than when offered smaller-sized versions,” said lead study author Dr. Gareth Hollands, a behavioral health researcher at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

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Why Sodas Are (Probably) The Next Cigarettes

Why Sodas Are (Probably) The Next Cigarettes | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
The carbonated soda, the great American refreshment of the past century, appears to be in a death spiral. Sales have fallen steadily – a 14 percent decline in volume since 2004 – in spite of a huge soda-industrial complex designed to pump as much of the stuff into the population [...]
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from the Forbes Review :If we are looking at a mass-rejection of sodas, then, it will probably take a long time. At best, we’re in the 1950s or 1960s stage of the process. And, of course, there are important differences.

Both regular and diet sodas are losing ground, for instance. The health effects of diet drinks are debatable, for instance. But there may be more bad news on the way. Some recent studies have linked artificial sweeteners to changes in the gut microbiome and to metabolic problems tied to diabetes. These studies suggest sweeteners behave in sugar-like ways in the body. If further research buttresses them, it will spell even bigger problems for the soda industry.

But its not only Soda,s  - This week in the UK - the Which consumer association pointed out a number of Fruit based beverages where evaluated and found to contain more sugar than coke 

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Elite heat tolerant beans could be a valuable asset in the reality of global warming

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climate change experts have long warned of the dangers of losing a vital protein in the future, but it seems that beans can take the heat

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How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) Their Money

How Rich and Poor Spend (and Earn) Their Money | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
“For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That's because—even in an era with low overall inflation—low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing.”
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What is the definition of 'natural' foods? Consumers want to know

After decades of debate there remains no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product. Regulatory agencies have refused to settle the issue but may be under new pressure from consumer lawsuits, according to a new study.
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While knowing what you are eating is important for some, it is important to remember that words like all-natural and organic don’t actually have a meaning. They are in all actuality buzzwords like new and improved, to help increase sales and make people question other brands that lack the prominent label. This new research and the recent wave of lawsuits really emphasizes that fact. For example, what would a non-natural food look like? In any case, with the rising popularity of those buzzwords, these labels are causing new headaches for government agencies. Who are now scrambling to create a framework that fits what the general public things “natural” actually means. see review in http://tinyurl.com/oa6j5k2

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Didier Bourdenet's curator insight, March 30, 2015 8:06 AM

A good article on the issue  of  using the wording "natural food" in the USA.


It seems that the definition of what is "natural" is a sticky point around the world.


In the EU, there is no official definition of what foodstuff may be considered as natural. the words "natural" or "naturally" may be added to nutritional claims such as "Rich in..." "Source of..." when defined by law, eg EU Reg 1924/2006.

French authorities have tried in a memorandum to define what could be considered as natural, but overall they recommend to use the wording "from natural origins" rather than "natural"


Is there a definition of a "Natural food" in your part of the world ?

Looking forward to reading from you



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Fat tastes?

Fat tastes? | ELM - Healthy Community | Scoop.it
The paper recently published by Keast and Costanzo raises some important questions over the role of the fat taste receptors that have been identified.  They consider the role of the sensitivity of the fat taste in consumers who over consume fats.  The paper itself lays the ground for this discussion and alludes to potential applications in the food product development sectors.The paper is open access and available here.  Is fat the sixth taste primary?
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