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"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef in the latest round of DNA tests conducted by the European Commission....

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€100m Irish organic market returns to form – but who’s buying and why?

The Irish organic food market has returned to retail value growth for the first time since 2010, but consumers may be driven more by negative perceptions of non-organic than positive...

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested...

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will instil referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

The highs and lows of organics: How to stimulate repeat and cross-purchases

Low cost organic products are more likely to be repurchased but a high price strategy could prove more effective in encouraging cross-purchasing across ranges, finds research.

UK public sector sourcing plan backs local food industry: ‘All food that can be bought locally will be bought locally’

UK prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to boost the British farming industry by sourcing public sector food locally.

Nearly 2/3 UK bread contain pesticide residues, report claims

A report from lobby group Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) claims nearly two thirds of UK bread tested between 2000 and 2013 contained pesticide residues, but DEFRA says there is...

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large amounts of sugar’.

Healthy home baking for kids could boom, says Innova Market Insights

The market for home baking has a gaping hole for healthier mixes that target kids, says the head of innovation at Innova Market Insights.

‘Stand-still’ cereal segment should consider milk-less snack bags: Canadean

Cereal makers should consider moving NPD away from the breakfast table and introducing milk-free snack bags to be eaten like crisps, according to Canadean.

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

'PowerPoint can be painful!’ Tesco soft drinks buyer warns entrepreneurs

The head of Tesco’s soft drinks buying team David Beardmore has urged aspiring brands not to turn up at the retailer’s HQ with a lengthy PowerPoint presentation but to do...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

Golden rum revival: The Duppy Share follows Sailor Jerry’s spiced footsteps

Premium golden rum The Duppy Share is following in the footsteps of spiced brands like Sailor Jerry’s and wants to offer millennials a great-tasting artisanal spirit at an affordable price....

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Is functional chewing gum the answer to the category’s woes?

Fortified chewing gums that go beyond dental could reinvigorate the stagnant global chewing gum market, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Health for breakfast; indulgence for lunch - Instant porridge blossoms in Russia

Instant hot cereal is rising in Russia as urban consumers seek healthy, convenient options, but beware - indulgence remains top of mind, says an analyst from Canadean.

Blanket EU driftnet fishing ban ‘completely inappropriate’ for UK waters, says DEFRA

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said it will seek to opt out of a proposed pan-EU ban on driftnet fishing.

Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

Snacks and home baking rise up in gluten-free

Snacks - particularly those using ancient grains – and baking mixes have been pushing the gluten-free sector forward, according to market research firm Mintel. 

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Ancient ingredients are the next ‘superfoods’, says analyst

Global food and drink manufacturers should exploit the ‘superfood’ potential of ancient ingredients such as prickly pear cactus and chia seeds, known for their rich nutrient content and health-giving properties, says Mintel...

News in brief

Personalized candy market worth $12bn, says Canadean

The personalized confectionery market reached an estimated worth of over $12bn in 2013, according to market research firm Canadean.

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile a UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has defended the UK’s debated...

Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report

There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the UK, with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155% between 2011 and 2013,...