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UK wine and spirits companies back EU membership

The UK’s Prime Minister says that jobs and investment in the wine and spirits industry could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU. Meanwhile, the Wine and Spirits...

UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the...

Industry united in condemning Brussels terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels today have left at least 34 people dead, in a series of coordinated attacks that have been condemned by industry and world...

UK sugar tax: Will soft drinks companies sue the government?

Reports over the weekend suggest that soft drinks companies are ‘poised to sue the government’ over the newly announced sugar tax in the UK.

UK government shocks with sugar tax announcement

The British government has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, giving companies two years to reformulate.

FDF speaks on Brexit: ‘We should remain an EU member!’; FDE agrees

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has finally taken a position on the possibility of Britain leaving the EU, known as Brexit, as 71% of its members "overwhelmingly endorse" the decision to stay in...

EU healthy eating funding discriminates against plant proteins: ENSA

The EU is discriminating against soy and plant-based proteins that are nutritionally similar – or even healthier – than the sugary dairy products it has pledged to subsidise, says the...

Sugar tax on drinks: Yes, but, no, but... UK debate rages on

The UK's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has taken an over-simplified approach to its analysis on the pros and cons of a sugary drink tax by not looking at evidence from...

EC invokes special measures to address Europe dairy crisis

The European Commission (EC) has announced a package of exceptional measures to support EU farmers, including a limited time when Member States can determine their own supply and production limits.

"Life in the twilight zone is a huge potential source of fishmeal and omega-3 to feed the world's population."

‘No man’s water’: Deep sea holds huge untapped resources, but beware the gold rush

There are huge untapped resources of protein and omega-3 in the deep sea, but international researchers have warned against an unregulated ‘gold rush’ that could upset the ecosystem of this so-called twilight...

France to vote on palm oil tax

A tax on palm oil destined for food could be on the cards in France as the government votes on its Biodiversity Bill this week.

French supplement player buys Swiss probiotics firm

France-based PiLeJe Group has paid an undisclosed sum for 30-year-old Swiss probiotics company Phytolis – its fourth European probiotic purchase in recent years.

Swedes form probiotic partnership on 2 (+2) strains

Swedish probiotic leader Probi has licensed two strains from fellow Swedish firm Probac with dairy and functional food applications in mind.

Smart sustainability: Save money by saving water, says report

The food industry needs to start using water resources in a more sustainable manner, says one business-led charity, which has published a step-by-step guide to doing so.

'Artisan, alternative & adventurous' food is driving UK industry success stories

The London Stock Exchange Group has picked out 75 up-and-coming British food businesses which are fuelling success in the whole sector thanks to an "insatiable appetite for the artisan, the...

EU delays glyphosate decision amid cancer concerns

The European Commission delayed making a decision on glyphosate yesterday as four member states, including the EU Presidency-holding Netherlands, said they would vote against renewing Monsanto's licence, leaving campaigners claiming...

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

Start-ups are inventing the future & big business needs to partner now: Unilever Foundry creator

Start-ups are changing the food industry from trailblazing new ideas to providing new growth models, and both big businesses and small start-ups need to collaborate to innovate. The benefits are...

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Cambridge Commodities wins British inspiration award

UK ingredients supplier Cambridge Commodities Ltd (CCL) has been listed in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ which rewards small to medium sized businesses (SMEs).

EU regulators debate future of glyphosate

EU regulators are today debating whether to extend approval for Monsanto's controversial pesticide glyphosate.

Arla plans to close Hatfield Peverel dairy by July

Arla has announced that it plans to close its fresh milk processing plant at Hatfield Peverel in Essex, UK within five months, with the potential loss of 200 jobs.

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What if... the EU banned energy drink sales to under 18s

An EU-wide ban on selling energy drinks to under 18s would see volume sales fall by over 70 million litres, if the impact of similar legislation in Lithuania is anything...

Campaigners file formal complaint against EU over glyphosate

Six environmentalist groups have filed a formal complaint against EU regulators for denying the link between the controversial herbicide glyphosate and cancer.

Malnutrition is a neglected issue in elderly care: UK report

Only half of UK health professionals think malnutrition is a priority in their organisations, a survey commissioned by charity Age UK has found.

The British are coming: Boom in UK exports of cereals and bakery goods

Baked goods and breakfast cereals have been among the UK’s biggest export successes of 2015.

Industry Voices - Guest article from Euromonitor

The impact of checkout bans: What are the options for chocolate confectionery manufacturers?

Confectionery checkout bans will have limited impact on impulse buys in independent grocers and convenience stores, but chocolate companies may need to reduce reliance on countlines and diversify with tablets...

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