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Arla and First Milk increasing milk prices

UK company First Milk has announced a 2ppl (2.6 cents) milk price increase for October; its largest monthly increase since 2007.  Meanwhile, Arla Foods is raising its milk price by...

'The race is on in this industry to take positions for future growth of probiotics.'

Probiotics giant buys world’s best-documented strain

Danish probiotics and enzymes leader Chr Hansen has paid €73m in cash to acquire the Lactobacillus rhamnosus-based LGG suite of probiotic strains from Finnish dairy group, Valio.

Brooklyn Brewery transfers distribution rights to Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg’s UK division has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Brooklyn Brewery to handle the independent brewer’s beer portfolio in the UK market from December 30, 2016.

'Consolidation is inevitable': Carr's sells flour milling operations to Whitworths

International agriculture and engineering group Carr’s has sold its UK flour milling operation to Whitworths Holdings Limited in a £36m ($48m) deal.

Finland's Paulig acquires majority stake in vegetarian 'pulled oats' start-up

Finnish start-up Gold&Green Foods is set to bring its 'pulled oats' - a patent-protected, plant-based protein - to international markets following a 51% acquisition by Paulig Group.

Mondelēz may move for Ferrero after Hershey saga: Mintel

Mondelēz International may need to aim for a “lesser but still important” confectioner, such as Ferrero, to compete in the US confectionery space after ending its pursuit of Hershey, says Mintel....

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

Healthy advertising at sporting campaigns under scrutiny in run-up to next Olympics

With the Olympics over for another four years, a team of scientists will begin a new study into healthy advertising at major sports events.

EU food and drink production rises in Q1 2016

Food and drink production in Europe increased by a modest 0.5% in Q1 2016, bucking the downward trend of the previous quarter, according to data from industry group, FoodDrinkEurope.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

Müller sends letter to farmers explaining milk price

Ronald Kers, Group CEO for Müller’s UK business, has sent a letter to all the company’s UK dairy suppliers outlining its position on milk pricing.

Filling a €3.4bn deficit: UK research post Brexit

The European Commission has said it is business as usual for UK researcher’s access to EU funding until official Brexit moves are made. Yet concerns persist as reports emerge of...

UK sugar tax will put 4,000 jobs at risk: Oxford Economics

A UK sugar tax will lead to a reduction of just 5 calories per day, but will reduce the industry's contribution to the economy by £132m ($172m) and risk 4,000...

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Capsugel, BASF, Omega Pharma among firms to benefit from contested tax scheme

Capsugel takes Commission to EU court over ‘illegal’ tax scheme demands

Capsule manufacturer Capsugel and at least six other companies have taken the European Commission to EU court over the ruling that a Belgian ‘excess profit’ tax scheme was illegal.

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Video: If Donald Trump becomes US president, would it be good for your business?

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has vowed to bring back jobs to America by ripping up and renegotiating trade deals with trading partners. FoodNavigator hit the floor at IFT to gauge the...

GNT invests over €3m in new R&D lab

Colouring foods supplier GNT is set to double its product development capacity with an injection of more than €3m into a new R&D lab in Mierlo in the Netherlands....

EU's appetite for foreign land to produce its food is unjust & unsustainable: FOE report

The EU requires almost 270 million hectares of agricultural land to produce its food and almost 40% of this land lies outside Europe. It is unjust, irresponsible and unsustainable, according...

Solid global, flat European growth for Danone in first half of 2016

Can Actimel revamp inject life into Danone’s flat European sales?

Danone has recorded negative overall sales figures in Europe for the first half of 2016. But the company hopes investment in the relaunch of its Activia and Actimel brands will...

IFT video vox pop: What do US businesses think of TTIP?

TTIP may not even be finalised yet but given its potential impact on issues from trade to food safety, consumer perception to the names we give our food, it has...

Ascendis eyes August completion of €170m Scitec deal

South African firm Ascendis Health is aiming to complete its acquisition of sports nutrition company Scitec International by the end of August, with CEO Karsten Wellner expecting strong growth even...

Brexit briefings

Big Brexit headache for small business

With the pound on its knees, frozen yoghurt lolly maker Claudi and Fin is staring a 13% price rise in the face next month. “In the short-term we expect to shoulder...

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by...

Put the sugar tax on hold after Brexit, says FDF

Industry group, the Food and Drink Federation, has called for the UK's sugar tax to be put on hold due to the economic fragility of the post-Brexit environment - but...

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