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Italy limits tomato processing in response to low prices

The price of Italian processed tomatoes has fallen 15% year on year due to a glut in supply leading industry to tighten supplies, according to Mintec data.

TTIP may mean higher prices and ‘unhealthy’ consumption: EC-backed report

The proposed EU-US TTIP trade deal could result in higher average prices, yet increased consumption of unhealthy foods, warns a draft EC report.

'It's still an attractive market': How are companies overcoming political instability in Turkey?

At the crossroads of east and west, Turkey offers huge promise but given the current political and economic situation, there are also challenges. FoodNavigator spoke to both Turkish and global companies...

NSF brings its DNA supplement testing services to Europe: 'We want to assist EU regulators'

European authorities and food supplement companies now have access to next generation DNA test methods that can establish whether supplements actually contain the botanical ingredients declared on the label, as...

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer to humans, says a report by a joint FAO and WHO committee on pesticides, but NGOs have questioned some of the scientists’ links to...

Fazer becomes 'significant player' in global oats with Frebaco acquisition

Finnish bakery and confectionery business Fazer Group has expanded its presence in the oats market with the acquisition of Swedish mill Frebaco.

BREAKING NEWS

Nestlé to cut all ties with IOI over palm oil action plan: 'It doesn’t go far enough'

Nestlé is cutting ties with palm oil supplier IOI. No new contracts will be awarded to the Malaysian firm and all existing ones will be “phased out” by the end of August,...

UK thumbs up for novel ‘mini shrimp’ omega-3 oil

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said miniature shrimp Calanus finmarchicus is safe as a novel source of omega-3 oil and is now seeking feedback on its draft opinion....

Industry says it's ready for EU flavour ban

An EU ban on four food flavourings will come into effect next week, but industry says it has already voluntarily phased them out for commercial reasons.

Crowdsourcing control: Don’t make it a free for all, warn researchers

With momentum building for crowdsourcing and funding as a platform for nutrition research, scientists warn that greater control may be needed to safeguard the quality and validity of such studies. ...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

Cheap food or no pesticides: Consumers can’t have it both ways, says ECPA

The European Crop Protection Association has said Europeans don’t understand the harsh realities of food production or appreciate the potential magnitude of the world’s food supply problem - pesticides are important in...

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

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Exclusive: The state of the Russian dairy industry

In spite of the ban on European products – including dairy – entering Russia, the internal dairy industry seems to be on a firm footing in spite of some challenges,...

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health...

Bunge acquires controlling stake of German oil supplier Walter Rau

Agri-food giant Bunge will buy a controlling stake in edible oils and fats supplier Walter Rau Neusser Öl und Fett in a bid to continue growth in Europe

Zero deforestation and meat-rich diets – possible but very tricky

Fear not – nine billion people can be fed by 2050 without further deforestation. The claim comes from researchers at the Global Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, Austria.

INTERVIEW

Venture capital fund seeks start-ups: Must be sustainable, innovative & ready to make money

New Crop Capital is a venture capital fund that only invests in sustainable start-ups developing cultured and plant-based meat, dairy and egg products. But it's not just about saving the planet: “There...

Middle East & Africa beat 'lacklustre' Europe for fresh food sales in 2015: Euromonitor

The Middle East and Africa were the most dynamic markets for fresh food sales in 2015 as the Russian embargo hit Eastern European markets and Western consumers opted for convenience....

“We’re tax exempt so how can we avoid tax?”

Solidaridad denies tax avoidance in Panama Papers fallout

Dutch sustainable supply chain adviser and NGO, Solidaridad, has denied allegations of tax avoidance and wrongdoing over its links with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the...

EU and Chile sign landmark organic trade deal

The European Union and Chile have finalised the first of a new generation of agreements aimed at facilitating trade in organic products.

Spanish firm Riberebro fined €5.2m for mushroom cartel

The European Commission has fined Spanish vegetable processor, Riberebro, €5.2 million for price fixing in a canned mushroom cartel from 2010 to 2012.

Chr Hansen posts strong Q2 results – but nutrition growth ‘modest’

Downturn in yoghurt probiotic use propped up by supplements: Chr Hansen CFO

Chief financial officer (CFO) for ingredients giant Chr Hansen says there has been a downturn in use of probiotics in yoghurts over the last five years due to the EU’s...

Backroom Brussels? Report calls for EU lobbying clampdown

A transparency watchdog has called for legally-binding measures to tackle lobbying in the EU, following the release of its report that claimed permanent representations for member states were being left...

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