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29 Jun 2021

Food regulations: is Europe opening its doors to insects in human foods?

On January 13th, 2021 EFSA green-lit the sale of flour made from yellow mealworms in the EU. As expected, on June 1st, the EU Commission confirmed EFSA’s scientific opinion and authorized the first edible insect, dried yellow mealworm, to be placed on the European market.   This is a landmark decision by the EU commission, in support of Europe’s food safety body, and for some is a path for harmonising the patchy application of EU regulatio…

16 Jun 2021

Organic, GMO-free… How to guarantee the compliance of your agricultural supply chain?

French consumers are more and more concerned by the impact of their diets on their health and on the environment. According to a recent Kantar World Panel survey, 79% of French people fear that the food they eat is harmful to their health, and 67% say that they have changed their consumption habits due to environmental awareness. In the face of this evidence, several labels of quality are showing favour with consumers, for example regarding…

02 Jun 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for June

Around the world, researchers in nutrition-health, taste, food safety and technologies are providing us with exciting advances.   Bioactive compounds of citrus fruits may be effective in combatting age-related cognitive decline. Research programs are investigating the origins of increasing food allergies. Sensory science is shedding new light on the sensation of astringency. A research group is studying the use of insect flour adapted for…

05 May 2021

Copycat: what can petfood learn from human food trends?

With 14 million cats, more than 7 million dogs (according to a 2018 Facco/Kantar report), and a few million fish, birds and other animals, at least half of all French households contain a pet.   From flexitarian to vegan, natural, gluten free… it is widely accepted that current human food trends are an expression of an overall movement towards hyperspecialized diets. But what about the petfood aisle of the supermarket? And what nutritional…

06 Apr 2021

Unlocking the power of mushrooms

Porcini, morels, chanterelles, truffles… our forests and woods are full of fungal epicurean delights. Mushrooms, "the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus", are eaten by French people at a rate of 1.5kg per person per year (source).   More than 100,000 different species of fungus have been identified, including a little over 1,100 edible varieties, and around 500 varieties are used for traditional medicine (source).   Outside…

24 Mar 2021

Food scoring apps in France, a threat or an opportunity for food brands?

NutriScore, Siga, Nova, Eco-score: for a number of years, food “scoring” systems and a number of apps that tabulate them have been addressing a dual expectation from French consumers – an expectation of transparency (to know more about the products they are buying) and a desire for simplification (to better understand the information found on packaging). While these scores are displayed on packaging on a voluntary basis, many consumers are b…

10 Mar 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for March

Plants that naturally have fewer allergens… Changes in gut flora as an early sign of type 2 diabetes… Ideas for reducing food waste in the home or for improving healthy eating… A new process for measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods… Rapeseed as the protein of the future... A "miracle" cure for bacterial plant infections...    Throughout the world, from the USA to Japan, scientists in the fields of health and nutrition, food behaviou…

13 Jan 2021

Nanomaterials: is your product labelling in compliance with European regulations?

They can be used to improve taste characteristics, to optimise manufacturing processes, or in smart packaging… Nanomaterials and additives containing nanoparticles are appearing frequently on the ingredient lists of food products.   Faced with underlying consumer fears regarding the potential health risks posed by nanomaterials, regulations have been evolving: since December 2014, it has become compulsory to indicate manufactured nanomater…

05 Nov 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for November

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   Identifying the brain cells controlling sugar craving, genetically modified rice as a treatment for hypertension, peanut waste products as a health ingredient in chocolate, Generation Z's doubts about lab-grown meat...   Read our Vitawatch monthly agri-food intelligence briefin…

06 Oct 2020

Centralising open innovation: are you killing your agility?

How can we innovate? All companies struggle with the issue of optimising their innovation processes, balancing an imposed secrecy to preserve their competitive advantage against the potential gains of capturing innovation ideas from outside of the company. As an innovation cluster, this sort of discussion is at the heart of our activity.   In recent decades, "open innovation" has increasingly been adopted, but in a form that sees incoming…

LE COVID-19 : INFORMATION IMPORTANTE

Compte-tenu des mesures prises par le gouvernement, concernant la situation sanitaire liée à la propagation du virus COVID-19, toutes les réunions physiques, manifestations, et visites en entreprise sont à nouveau suspendues à partir du vendredi 30 octobre 2020 à minima jusqu'au 1er décembre.

Cependant, tout comme lors du confinement de printemps, toute l’équipe Vitagora adopte des mesures de télétravail et reste entièrement disponible pour répondre à vos questions et demandes liées aux services et actions proposés par Vitagora.

Nous vous rappelons qu’une cellule de crise au sein de Vitagora liée à l’impact du COVID-19 sur l’activité de nos entreprises agroalimentaires régionales, en lien avec l’ANIA et les autorités régionales, est toujours en place.

Vous pouvez joindre cette cellule de crise pour toute demande relative à ce sujet au 06 72 39 66 96, Tom Vaudoux, ou par email, au elisabeth.lustrat@vitagora.com.

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