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The size of a food package can influence people’s perception of portion size.

Larger food pack sizes can increase consumer estimates of portion sizes finds a new study completed by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and the University of Surrey.

The results of the study, published in the journal Appetite, found that crisps, chocolate, lasagne and cola type drinks all showed evidence of increased portion size estimates when participants were presented with larger pack sizes. This was also observed for multiple food items such as chicken nuggets, sweets and biscuits where participants were asked how many items make up a portion.


Europe needs a world-class research infrastructure to help researchers better understand the relationship between food, nutrition and health. The EuroDISH project, which is EU-funded (Sep 2012-Aug 2015), produced a roadmap for the deployment of an overarching European food and health research infrastructure by 2025. The project’s results were presented at the Expo in Milan, in Italy, on Friday 15 May 2015.



  • European-wide study by Food4Me project shows that personalised nutrition advice is more effective to improve dietary behaviour compared to conventional ‘one-size-fits-all’, population-based advice.   
  • Participants that received personalised nutrition advice ate significantly healthier diets, increased their B vitamin folate intake and consumed significantly less energy, red meat, salt, and saturated fat than those randomised to the control group; regardless of whether personalisation was based on their diet alone, their phenotype or their genotype.  
  • To reassure public concerns, a service provider would need to provide credible expertise and use a secure system for storing personal data to maintain user anonymity and privacy.
  • Personalised nutrition advice has a potential market value of 6 to 18 billion euros.
  • A White Book that summarises the project’s results is available on the Food4Me website.


EUFIC’s animated video translates science behind the energy balance concept in a clear, engaging and fun way, and gives practical tips for a healthy energy balance.


On 2nd July 2014 the findings from the CHANCE project were presented, alongside research from experts working in similar fields, at the CHANCE final conference ‘Targeting at risk-of-poverty populations in Europe with affordable and nutritionally enhanced food products’ which was held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels. The conference provided a place where experts from across Europe could discuss the outcomes which have emerged from the research, including the finding that the population as a whole often fails to meet nutritional recommendations and the development of healthy, affordable and commonly consumed food prototypes.


Brussels, 3 June 2014, from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC): EUFIC study shows that, when it comes to choosing foods, price and nutritional value come first. But consumer interest in sustainability could influence food choice in the future as awareness of sustainability grows with regards to food. A podcast summarises results to be presented by Prof Klaus Grunert at the European Commission’s Green Week, June 3 – 5.


A pan-European study by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and published in Food Policy has found that consumers have a reasonable understanding of sustainability as a responsible behaviour towards the environment and a fair treatment of present and future generations.


Organising European food and health research in a competitive and collaborative way is essential to turn taxpayer money into benefits for all. The new EU-funded project EuroDISH aims to assess the current state of play to eventually make advanced and feasible recommendations to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), other stakeholders, and the HORIZON2020 programme. A major step along the way is the engagement of policy and decision makers. EuroDISH has created a special forum on its newly launched project website at where interested parties can sign up.


Nutrition labels are widespread in Europe, but consumers lack the attention and motivation to use them. This was the main outcome reported in the FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life) final conference in November 2011. Now, the final results of this three-and-a-half-year project will be presented in a webinar on 31 January 2012 by FLABEL Scientific Advisor, Professor Klaus G. Grunert.

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Le Conseil Européen de l'Information sur l'Alimentation (EUFIC) est une organisation à but non lucratif qui fournit aux médias, aux professionnels de la santé et de la nutrition et aux enseignants des informations sur la sécurité sanitaire & la qualité des aliments ainsi que sur la santé & la nutrition s'appuyant sur des recherches scientifiques en veillant à ce que ces informations puissent être comprises par les consommateurs.

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Date de la dernière mise à jour du site : 16/11/2015
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