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Canada lifts ban on EU beef imports

Canada has lifted a ban on beef and processed beef from 19 EU member states which has been in place since the 1996 BSE scare.

‘Ebay’ of the food industry could unlock unsold stock worth €20 bn in Europe

TakeStock, 'the Ebay of the food industry', says it can find buyers for unsold stock as well as reducing food waste, cutting storage costs and helping food companies find a...

Italy and France show promise for organic packaged food

Both France and Italy have strong culinary traditions and consumers want quality food but have less and less time to cook – could this be why organic packaged food shows such promise?...

Free trade advice boosts UK exports to over €1 bn

Record numbers of British businesses are taking free advice from the government's investment body - meaning exports have reached over one billion euros in the past two years. 

Italian gelato buyout sees Unilever eye scoop of premium ice cream market

Unilever looks set to take a bigger share of the premium ice cream market in addition to moving towards its own retail presence through the acquisition of Italian gelato business...

UK agency launches €13.5 m reformulation competition

The UK government is calling on businesses, scientists and agricultural producers to submit their proposals for salt, sugar, fat and fibre reformulation with the chance to win up to €13.5 m in...

How can industry tap into consumer demands for local?

Nearly 80% of British consumers say buying local produce is important but only 30% actually do – why is this and can large-scale food manufacturers satisfy this desire for local?

UK government calls for more local labelling

The UK government is calling on manufacturers to use local county of origin labelling on its products – but unlike in Italy such measures would be voluntary.

Is the clean-label trend fuelling food waste?

As demand for preservative-free food rises, whose fault is it if food waste increases too – industry or consumers?

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Why storytelling adds value to a product – people will want to buy it

When you give meaning to something, people want to pay for it and this applies to any brand or product, according to Erwin Dito, former innovation and packaging director Western...

'Food in movement' is fresher and more appealing

Pictures of food in movement on a product's packaging make the food seem fresher and more appealing to consumers, researchers have found.

E.coli sickens 40 people with link to salad

E.coli linked to prepacked salads has sickened 40 people in the UK, according to Public Health England (PHE).

'Lack of trust' costs supermarkets halal meat sales

European supermarkets are losing out on halal meat sales because of trust issues and a lack of clear labelling, driving Muslim consumers to independent butchers, according to Euromonitor.

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Back to school – but not for Ribena as retailer rings sugary drink recess

Return to school can be an abundant time for food and drink makers, but stakeholder actions are rupturing market safeholds as health concerns rise, says Euromonitor analyst Lauren Bandy in...

French supermarkets commit to voluntary food waste package

France’s major retailers, including Carrefour, Aldi and Lidl, have signed a voluntary contract to replace the food waste law – but a British industry group has called it a distraction from...

Müller Wiseman investigates cause of Listeria-tainted cream

Müller Wiseman Dairies is recalling a batch of its 300ml pasteurised Double Cream due to Listeria monocytogenes.

France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality

A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and...

Optiwell has potential to create new UK dairy beverage sub-category: FrieslandCampina

Optiwell drinking yogurt has the potential to create a "new sub-category" within dairy beverages in the UK, says FrieslandCampina. 

Milk crisis nationalism is anti-EU, Dutch tell Commission

Calls from the French National Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (FNCL) to stop imports of foreign dairy products are contrary to EU single market principles, Dutch groups have complained to the...

Aldi makes Olympic effort to support British food

British produce is set to get a sharp boost after Aldi announced its partnership with the Olympics team GB, weeks after the German discounter pledged to ‘change the face of...

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. 

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