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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.

Candyking share offering goes up in smoke

Swedish sweet manufacturer Candyking has withdrawn its recent offering of shares worth $76.2m following fires at two of its suppliers.

Court overturns Herbalife pyramid case

Supplements giant Herbalife has won an appeal against a verdict back in 2011 which tarred the firm's recruitment and selling structure as a pyramid scheme. 

Bread deal should boost Premier Foods

Premier Foods should gain ground from any deal involving its bread business, according to Investec analyst Nicola Mallard.

Tequila slammer! Jose Cuervo nets Russian Standard distribution deal

Mexico's Casa Cuervo has signed a deal with Russian Standard to distribute and market its Jose Cuervo tequila portfolio in Russia where demand for the spirit is soaring.

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Nestlé is selling its 10% stake in Swiss flavors and fragrances giant Givaudan

Nestlé is selling its 10% stake in Swiss flavors and fragrances giant Givaudan, the firm announced Friday.

Premier Foods ‘may be forced into Hovis joint venture’

Premier Foods may have to settle for a joint venture (jv) partner for its troubled Hovis bread business if it fails to secure an outright buyer, as it tries to...

The European food industry: Health claims, recession and global competition

We gave the European food industry a check-up at this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE), talking with some of the industry's top ingredients players about EU health claims, economic recovery and how to...

AG Barr results impress City analyst

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr’s third-quarter results have impressed City analysts N+1 Singer Equity Research and Investec.

From AG Barr to Britvic: Meet the rising stars of UK soft drinks…

 The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) provides grants to support students taking science and technology courses and funds apprenticeships – here we profile four young UK high fliers!

Barry Callebaut: Just paying more for cocoa wouldn’t work

Simply paying African cocoa growers more will not incentivize them to move away from the encroaching, more lucrative industries of palm and rubber, says Barry Callebaut.

Europe Snacks changes hands

France’s leading private label snack maker Europe Snacks has been sold by private equity firm IK Investment Partners to another private equity company Apax Partners.

FiE video: Almond Board of California talks global supply and demand

The Almond Board of California talks pollination, global supply and Chinese demand at this year’s FiE event in Frankfurt.

Mondelez pumps $100m into new Czech biscuit factory

Mondelez International will invest $100m in a new Oreo and belVita biscuit factory in the Czech Republic that will supply Europe.