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EU health claim regulations 'devastating' business: Poll

The European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) – fully implemented 18 months ago – is “devastating” business as many doomsayers predicted it would, according to a new poll.

CEO JOHN BROCK 'guardedly optimistic' on aspartame's EU future

‘We’re in a better place on aspartame’: Coca-Cola Enterprises boss unshaken by US diet soda slide

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock says he believes Europe is in a ‘better place’ on aspartame than the US after EFSA's December safety ruling, despite a slight dip in...

Unilever hints at offloading Ragu and SlimFast brands as food sales fall short

Food and consumer goods giant Unilever has hinted at the sale of brands including Ragu and SlimFast as growth from its food business struggles to compete with better-than-expected Q1 results...

Nespresso concedes in anti-trust battle: We don’t accept but we will cooperate

Nestlé's brand Nespresso will allow greater use of competitor coffee capsules in its machines following a French anti-trust investigation.

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

Nestlé see Q1 slowdown, but predicts growth in following quarters

Nestlé has reported its slowest first quarter growth since 2009, but predicts sales growth to pick up on the back of new product roll-outs.

Overspend led Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to administration

Cupcakes to flapjacks firm Fabulous Bakin’ Boys (FBB) fell into administration after overspending on equipment and taking its eye off brand investment, according to new md Richard Cooper.

Walmark buys Polish food supplements range

Eastern Europe’s biggest supplements manufacturer Walmark has bought a range of products from a Polish firm in immunity and sinus food supplements.

Ukraine crisis: Continued political unrest could hit wheat market

Continued unrest in the Ukraine – the breadbasket of Europe – could cause the country's wheat prices to rise and harm exports, warn analysts.

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

Carlsberg steps up Ukraine security amidst tense Russian military standoff

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com it is concerned by Ukraine’s tense military standoff with Russia in Crimea and is ramping-up security but insists it's too early to say how sales could be...

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Candyking withdraws in ‘unprofitable’ Central European markets

Scandinavian pick & mix firm Candyking has decided to close businesses in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic to focus its efforts on Poland.

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Unilever to sell Peperami and Bifi meat snacks business

Unilever has agreed to sell its meat snacks business to Jack Link’s for an undisclosed sum, the company said on Friday.

Sizzling UK summer fails to ignite Heineken’s Strongbow sales

UK sales of Heineken brand Strongbow fell 1% last year despite the warmest, driest and sunniest summer since 2006 in the world’s largest hard cider market.

Show us the documents: NGO threatens EFSA with court action

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN) has said it will take the European Food Safety Authority to the European Court of Justice after the agency denied access to documents relating to...

Irish-Scot firms harbour German market ambitions

Scottish and Irish food firms hope to tap into Europe’s largest market through the German cluster of the EU-funded export programme, Access 6.

Western Europe’s biscuit market braced for M&A storm, says Rabobank

The Western European biscuit sector is set to consolidate through a series of mergers and acquisitions, according to an analyst at Rabobank.

Spanish strikes loom as Coke bottler axes four factories

Coca-Cola Iberian Partners has enraged Spanish unions by announcing plans to close four factories and shed around 700 staff in the brand’s second-largest EU market.

DSM profits rise in 2013 despite sluggish nutrition performance

Multiple issues in the omega-3 sector, a ‘saturated’ US food supplements market, a widespread consumer move to private label plus a strengthening euro have all impacted Dutch-Swiss ingredient giant DSM’s...

Conflict of interest? On the sugar payroll

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme to be aired in the UK this evening is to accuse scientists advising health ministers on sugar of a conflict of interest due to funds...

Dutch top Oxfam’s global food index

The Dutch have the highest quality, most affordable food in the world while the UK ranks among the worst for affordability in Western Europe, according to Oxfam’s new global food index....

Inflation kept low as food price rises slow

Low fruit and meat prices between November and December 2013 have helped dampen consumer price inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Nestle Waters sharpens French focus with Plancoet sale

Nestle Waters has sold its last regional French water brand Plancoet to Ogeu Pyrenees as the Perrier and Evian owner aims to focus more on its national and international brands.

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Irish food safety boss thought horsemeat in burgers impossible

Alan Reilly, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), first thought the contamination of supermarket burgers with horsemeat was impossible but quickly realised the discovery would generate...

'We expect consumption in Europe to remain weak'

Natra to increase American and Asian presence by 50% in two years

Natra announced it will open a sales office in Hong Kong this year, as well as its first production site outside Europe, in Canada.

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