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Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

Food-on-the-go helps Greggs to strong first half

Strong food-on-the-go sales helped high street baker Greggs to a 6.4% rise in total sales to £398M in first half results for the 26 weeks to July 4.

Price war fallout to worsen as retailers produce their own goods

Manufacturers are already on the brink but they now face a "nightmare scenario" as more retailers begin producing their own goods, says a market report - so what can industry...

Austria could face EU court action for direct selling ban

Austria could be taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its ban on doorstep sales of products like food supplements, the European Commission says. 

Private label nutrition equal to national brands

There are no major differences in nutritional content between private labels, national brands and hard discount goods – although private labels come out top for nutrition labelling, according to a French...

Do-it-yourself NPD: How to scope out a market for free

What do coconut oil, single-serve coffee and raspberry ketone have in common? They are all best sellers on Amazon – and can help new product developers create the next trend-setting product....

What lessons can be learned from France's price war?

Indiscriminate and widespread price wars do not make sense – but manufacturers must be proactive if they are to survive them, says an IRI report.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

UK competition regulator warns supermarkets over ‘fake’ price promotions

UK food retailers could face stiff fines and court action after the nation's competition regulator found evidence that supermarkets were misleading customers with confusing pricing promotions.

Firm takes hit for customer’s online promotion: ‘If you benefit from it, you’re responsible for it’

Multi-level marketer Le-Vel Brands has been penalised by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for the social media marketing of one of its promoter-come-customers.

From online to in-store: graze.com aims to ‘transform snacking’ with UK retail move

Graze.com is set to launch in over 1,200 major retailers in the UK as the firm looks to build on its successful US launch with further rapid expansion.

Primrose’s Kitchen gains Holland & Barrett UK listing

Dorset ‘superfood’ company Primrose’s Kitchen has secured a listing with health food chain Holland & Barrett for its raw vegetable mueslis.

Chondroitin needs pharma-style control: Review

Joint health nutrient chondroitin varies greatly in safety and efficacy depending on its source and therefore needs greater regulation and standardisation, Canadian and Spanish researchers have said.

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

Grocery retail reaching ‘a digital tipping point’

Online grocery shopping is growing rapidly in Western Europe with some brands already claiming up to half of their sales from e-commerce, says a new report from market researchers at...

PepsiCo tackles UK retail battles: We must be careful moving into discounters, says CEO

UK retailers are battling it out as more discounters enter the market and PepsiCo must respond carefully to these changes, its CEO says.

Raspberry ketone sold online at potentially toxic doses

Raspberrry ketone is being sold online despite being an unauthorised novel food – and the dosages in these slimming pills are potentially toxic, says new research.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

'Classic example of a failed policy towards supplements': Implicated EU distributor

Hasta la vista DNP: Firm considers legal action against authorities for ‘false’ allegations

EU member state authorities have warned against a sleep-enhancing body building product they said contained the toxic fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP). Yet the EU distributor of the official MusclePharm product...

Asda loses £500,000 a week as bread sales fall

Asda is losing £500,000 a week in plant bread sales, as consumers continue to turn away from the traditional sliced loaf, according to the retailer’s senior category buying manager Emily...

GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up by a disgruntled employee, it was revealed last...

Beer bargains and dear drinks: Which are the cheapest – and most expensive – cities for beer?

Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are the most expensive cities to buy beer in – while cities like Krakow, Kiev and Cape Town offer drinkers more for their money,...

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

“The criminal networks behind many of the illicit websites are passing themselves off as legitimate pharmacies.”

Irish police seize DNP products

Irish police have seized products containing the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

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