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Russia considers a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks

The Russian government is considering imposing a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks in a bid to fill state coffers and improve public health, according to reports.

The world faces a 40% water deficit by 2030: Rabobank

Unless wide, sweeping investments are made in better water management, the world could face a 40% global water deficit in less than 15 years, warns a report by Rabobank.

Next generation innovation: Start-up incubator launches in Switzerland

Describing itself as the most "start-up friendly accelerator on the planet," MassChallenge is expanding to Switzerland under the auspices of Nestlé and Givaudan after helping 218 start-ups in the UK and...

Drinkable yogurt global market to grow by $13bn over next four years

The drinkable yogurt market is set to expand by approximately $13bn by 2020, according to a recent analysis by Technavio.

WWF to partner with food firms in sustainability think tank

The World Wildlife Fund has launched Markets Institute, a platform bringing together large industry players and small SMEs to boost sustainability using market-based approaches, winning praise from global giant Mars.

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Nestlé buys out Israeli food manufacturer Osem for €752m

Food giant Nestlé has agreed to buy a remaining stake in Israeli food manufacturer Osem Investments, in a deal worth €752m ($840m).

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FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Farmers hit back at Commission’s inaction on unfair trading practices

European farmers’ associations are calling for action after the European Commission said it plans no further EU-wide regulation to curb unfair trading practices in the food supply chain.

Firmenich and Veolia join food giants in sustainable investment fund

Flavour giant Firmenich and water management firm Veolia join Mars and Danone in an investment fund that boosts the security and sustainability of their supply chains while improving the livelihood...

Processed foods eligible for EU funding under healthy eating scheme

Manufacturers of processed foods containing fruit and milk are eligible for EU funding under a healthy eating programme for schools, approved by the agriculture committee yesterday, but maximum levels for...

Diamond Foods acquires stake in UK popcorn business Metcalfe’s Skinny

Diamond Foods has brought a stake in UK food business Metcalfe’s Skinny Limited, owner of premium popcorn brand Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn.

UK PM says a sugar tax could be on the cards

In a shock U-turn, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron says he will consider a sugar tax as a measure to fight obesity. 

Obesity will cause 700,000 new cancer cases by 2035: Report

It makes simple economic sense to reduce levels of obesity and overweight because if current rates continue it will cause 700,000 new cases of cancer in the next twenty years,...

Global food prices plunged by nearly 20% in 2015

In 2015 prices of the world’s major commodities fell for the fourth year in a row, averaging nearly one fifth (19.1%) lower than in 2014, says the UN’s Food and...

RSPO to publish members’ plantation maps in wake of Indonesia’s forest fires

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will publish maps of all its members’ palm oil plantations – with the exception of Malaysia – in the hope closer monitoring will...

Readers' review of 2015

From trans fats to triathlons, PhDs to palm oil and quinoa to kittens, 2015 was YOUR year

It’s that time of the year when we look back and reflect on the highs and lows of the past 12 months – but this time we asked our readers...

Holland & Barrett profits up: We’ll be a £1bn business by 2020

UK-based but expanding supplements and healthy foods retailer Holland & Barrett International has posted an annual sales increase of 11.7% and profit growth of 12.2% in its full year results...

What does COP21 mean for the food industry?

Et voilà – we have a global deal on carbon emissions. But what will be the impact of COP21 on food?

Lotus Bakeries acquires UK-based Bear snacks producer Urban Fresh Foods

Lotus Bakeries has revealed ambitions to become an international ‘category captain’ in healthy snacking after acquiring UK business Urban Fresh Foods, producer of Bear fruit snacks and cereals.

Special edition: Battling malnutrition

Too ill to eat: The hidden face of malnutrition in Europe

There have been huge changes in the way malnutrition is seen and managed in European hospitals in the last 30 years – but a more preventative, community-based approach is needed...

Will the UK have the guts to start a global campaign on obesity?

It’s a crisis that is costing the UK more than war, terrorism and armed violence according to a 2014 McKinsey & Company report, but if the UK has the opportunity...

Real Good Food buys ISO2 Nutrition from Cre-8tive Health administrators

UK bakery and ingredients firm Real Good Food has acquired sports supplements brand ISO2 Nutrition from the administrators of Cre-8tive Health Ltd for a “nominal” sum.

Supplier puts lactoferrin in spotlight as ‘iron activator’

It’s been two and half years since lactoferrin from cow’s milk was authorised as a novel food ingredient in Europe – but with no health claim for its iron boosting...

Largest European investment to date

Danone doubles Dutch baby milk production capacity

Danone-Nutricia has invested €240m in a new production plant in the Netherlands on the back of double-digit sales growth of infant formula products such as Aptamil and Nutrilon.

Prepare for slavery act or risk ‘disaster’

Food and drink businesses with a turnover of more than £36M a year should prepare now to comply with the new Modern Slavery Act or risk “disaster”, warns law firm Roythornes, after...

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