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It’s good to talk!

We have Twitter and we have Facebook, but sometimes the best form of conversation is face to face. We are often out and about with our stands, communicating about the composition of foods and nutrition labelling to an eclectic bunch. Here are a few examples of the conversations we have. We do love to talk. […]

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Norwich Science Festival 2017

The Food Databanks team manned the QIB “What’s in your Food” stand at Norwich Science Festival on Sunday 29th October at the Forum, Norwich. The number of visitors surpassed all expectations with between 8000 and 10,000 people passing through the doors every day of the week long festival.

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Pumpkin Patch

Did you know that much of what we know about the nutrient content of UK pumpkins was derived from pumpkins bought from Norwich supermarkets, greengrocers and market stalls in 1985? This was part of a project funded by the Agricultural and Food Research Council to analyse “The Nutritional Composition of Retail Vegetables in the U. […]

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An apple a day

One of our Food Databanks team has grown some monstrous apples this year, which got us thinking, what nutrients would we get if we ate this one? Here is what we found: Weight 673g Nutrients per apple, 587g, assuming 13% left behind is the core. Kcal: 334 Protein: 3.5g Carbohydrate: 67g of which is sugars: […]

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Proud to be part of the REFRESH project

Online Community of Experts helps tackle food waste in Europe A new digital network has been launched to encourage collaboration and bring together expertise from across Europe and beyond in a focussed response to the global issue of food waste. The REFRESH Community of Experts (CoE) aims to help drive action at every level of […]

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Traffic light label colours, (portion) size matters!

This nice piece in Cosmopolitan shows that buyers are getting more savvy on understanding labels and are beginning to spot when producers may manipulate traffic light colours by choosing to use a non-standard portion size. We double checked the orange juice information using our labelling calculator, and agree with the conclusions in the article, […]

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Paul Finglas, Head of Food Databanks at QIB and Damian O’Kelly, Nutritics’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer

The Science & Software behind the label

Nutritics and Nutritional Information Solutions join forces in driving greater efficiency and transparency in the food industry Nutritional Information Solutions has joined forces with global food service software provider Nutritics to further enhance standards in recipe management and food labelling across the UK. Nutritics and NIS have joined forces to launch a one-stop solution called […]

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Can coffee make you live longer?

A couple of recent scientific publications looking at coffee drinking and mortality led to a few interesting conversations in the office. We particularly like the press release that states “People who consumed one cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee”, now I am […]

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Multi-disciplined science approach improves diet and health

The Food Databanks National Capability, which is hosted by the Quadram Institute, has contributed an article to a special Issue of Nutrition Bulletin, published today by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. ‘Nutrition science past and future: Celebrating a multi-disciplined approach’ describes how the work of researchers in inter-connected nutrition science […]

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