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Did United Cacao destroy Amazon rainforest to clear path for world’s largest cocoa plantation?

United Cacao is accused of clearing primary forest in the Peruvian Amazon and usurping local farmers to make way for what will be the world’s largest cocoa plantation - allegations it emphatically denies.

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Food Vision Big Debates: Ethical eruptions, technological disruptions, challenged assumptions

Big Food needs to care more; start-ups can’t feed a planet housing 9bn people in 2050; and genuine disruptive technologies are spawning and spinning faster than flapping butterfly wings…So, er, stay calm and keep making (hopefully healthy) food.

Euro sports nutrition sector backs UK food crime move

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says the appointment of Andy Morling as the new head of the Food Crime Unit at the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is good news for its compliance battles.

Primal Pantry founder: 'You can't protect your product. You can only protect your brand'

When launching a new product, don’t underestimate the power of good design – and make sure you trademark everywhere, says Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry.

Be creative to keep reformulation costs down, says analyst

Manufacturers need to be innovative and clever if costs to reformulate food products are to be kept low, says Cindy Beeren at Leatherhead Food Research.

News in brief

Dutch trader in court over horsemeat

A meat trader in the Netherlands has denied intentionally tampering with meat supplies after being accused of selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat as beef, during the European-wide horsemeat crisis.

Mondelēz fined $130,000 for BelVita tennis ad in Bulgaria

Mondelēz International has been hit with a fine from Bulgaria ad watchdog after it posted photographs of tennis pros on its Facebook page without permission.

Sugar confectioners finding heart with tin packaging, says Crown

More sugar confectioners are turning to metal packaging to convey a premium image, according to packaging supplier Crown.

New enzyme could save cash for maltose syrup producers, says company

A new enzyme launched by biotech company Novozymes can optimise operations and reduce processing costs for maltose syrups producers, the company said.

Spotlight

Blocked artery risk may be reduced by coffee consumption

3-5 cups of coffee a day may help keep artery blockages away

People who consume between three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk...

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Hellenic announce Russian beverage plant closures

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Hellenic announce Russian beverage plant closures

PepsiCo Russia and Coca-Cola Hellenic have both announced plans to shut down beverage plants in Russia, with...

Two-thirds of British support junk food ad ban till 9pm

Two-thirds of British parents back extended junk food ad ban

The Royal College of Paediatrics has found two-thirds of Britons support banning advertising of food high in...

Tax on sugary drinks for better health 'a strong claim' says academic

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on...

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'
FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she...

‘Energy drinks are not for children!’ says Danish campaign

‘Energy drinks are not for children!’ says Danish campaign

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) is to begin a campaign to stop parents and schools giving energy drinks to...

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