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What are the ‘life cycle’ environmental impacts of convenience foods?

Global warming and human toxicity impacts of ready-made meals are up to 35% higher than equivalent home-made versions, according to researchers.

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KP Snacks secures meal deal placing in Boots, UK

KP Snacks will be available across Boots stores in the UK as part of the store’s meal deal.

'Shocking' and 'unnecessary' levels of sugar in UK carbonated soft drinks

Four out of five fizzy drinks on the UK market contain the equivalent to, or more than, the WHO recommended daily maximum for sugar intake, according to new data.

Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down: Euromonitor

The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts.

Unilever withdraws Slimfast bars

Unilever has withdrawn three varieties of its Slimfast bars due to a packaging mix-up.

The theatre of candy

All the world’s our stage! In-store theatrics propels Spun Candy to venture overseas

Premium British confectioner Spun Candy plans to expand internationally by attracting customers with innovative in-store displays and live production.

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Retail stars in our eyes! Zenith’s UK soft drinks conference

Zenith International says that 19 supermarket and other retail buyers have registered to attend its 2014 UK Soft Drinks Conference slated for May 7 in Central London.

Dutch data suggests soda taxes can reduce consumption without side effects

Increasing taxes on sugar sweetened beverages such as carbonated sodas even modestly could decrease consumption, without driving shoppers to other unhealthy foods, according to new RCT data.

Private label growth: UK consumer data suggests private label trend is here to stay

Private label products have continued to grow in market share despite the UK economic recovery, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel that suggests the trend for own-brand goods may...

Consumers to candy makers: ‘You have 3 seconds to get my attention!’

Confectionery brands have just three seconds on the shelf to be noticed by consumers, according to Saatchi & Saatchi X. How can companies maximize these precious moments?

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Dawn Foods: Bakery convenience concept differs in US and Europe

American bakers either bake from scratch or buy pre-prepared, but in Europe there’s more demand for a convenience middle ground, says Dawn Foods.

Omega-3 sustainability drive steps up a gear

Functional food and supplement producer Bio-Life SPRL claims to have become the first company in Belgium and France to offer fish oil derived omega-3 supplements with sustainability certification, as the...

Lindt joint venture to spark retail presence in Brazil

Lindt & Sprüngli will open three retail stores in São Paulo this year thanks to a joint venture with Brazilian premium chocolate specialist the CRM Group.

Dispatches from NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

For whom the till tolls: Could impulse candy buys flatline as checkouts phase out?

Impulse-reliant confectioners should be wary of emerging technology that could spell the end for in-store checkouts as we know them, says a retail expert.

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EFSA tribute after death of CEF panel chair

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has paid tribute to the chair of one of its panels who has died.

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

Irish NGO calls for sweet-free checkouts

Irish NGO Safefood has called on supermarkets to make checkouts ‘sweet-free zones’ as part of its campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

Nutrition, health and wellness drive Nestlé forward despite 'challenging' year

Shares in the world's biggest food company were down by around 2% this morning as Nestlé announced its slowest sales growth in four years and missed profit expectations for 2013. 

Food waste cannot be tackled in isolation, says Slow Food

Slow Food has urged the European Commission to take a more holistic view of food sustainability, saying that food waste must be seen as part of broader sustainability issues.

Supplements certifier teams with retailer to boost sports nutrition safety

UK-based food supplement certification service Informed-Sport  has linked up with online supplement retailer Trusted Pro Supplements  to showcase those products that have passed through the stringent quality control process....

Private labels borrow brand tactics to grow market share

The private label sector still has enormous growth potential, as it accounts for only 10% of global grocery value, according to a report from Euromonitor International.

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

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McDonald’s and Ferrero announce partnership

McDonald’s Hong Kong and Italian chocolate company Ferrero has joined forces to launch a limited edition Golden Moments series.

‘Huge variation’ in food hygiene standards

One year on from the horse meat scandal there is a huge variation in the levels of UK food standards in the UK, according to Which?

Tesco, Morrisons and M&S results reveal unhappy Christmas

Leading retailers Tesco, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have all reported sliding sales over the Christmas period, with one retailer accused of delivering “a quite awful trading update”....

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