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'Iconic' brands boost British exports as overall trade falls

Rising exports of branded food and soft drinks pull up British trade figures for 2015 as its competitive edge in the Eurozone is hit by falling oil prices and a...

UK’s obesity strategy delayed again

The British government’s obesity strategy has been delayed again to the disappointment of public health campaigners.

EU olive oil producers unhappy with Parliament's show of solidarity for Tunisia

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have backed plans to allow an extra 70,000 tonnes of duty-free Tunisian olive oil into the EU to help Tunisia's country – but it has been met...

Europe set for bittersweet summer as sugar supply crisis looms: CIUS

A sugar supply crisis in Europe is almost certain this summer unless the EU acts now to prevent one, the Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has warned.

Europe fish oil market worth €630m in 2014

The European fish oil market accounted for $0.69bn (€0.63bn) of the global $2.25bn (€2.04bn) market in 2014, according to a market report from Grand View Research.

Tereos sets minimum price for sugar beet growers

French sugar giant Tereos has announced a guaranteed minimum price of €25 per ton for its beet growers in 2017 and 2018 in preparation for the end of the EU...

What EFSA wants from novel food applications

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published draft guidance on applications for novel foods under revised rules, but a food lawyer warns the requirements may prove too cumbersome for...

Bakery veteran acquires stake in ‘diabetic bread’ biotech firm

Meiert Grootes, chairman of Europe’s biggest supplier of speciality baking products, has acquired a stake in a Malaysian-Australian biotech firm that earlier this year launched ingredients to produce the world’s...

French & German authorities weigh in on 'emotional' glyphosate debate

Glyphosate cannot be classed as a probable carcinogen but its use in formulations could be a cause for concern, says the French food safety authority while the German safety body has called for scientific...

Premium-priced poverty: Organic cocoa shortages loom as farmers reluctant to meet demand

Demand for organic cocoa is on the rise but market analysts are predicting supply shortages unless more cocoa producers switch to organic farming – but where’s the incentive to do so...

NFU study to look for answers on Brexit position

British farmers and growers must have more information about how their businesses will be affected if Britain stays in or leaves the EU, as the country prepares to decide how...

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...

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