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1000 Holland & Barrett franchise stores to open in India

Health and nutrition retailer Holland & Barrett has secured a £20m (€25.44m) deal with Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, an agreement which will see 1000 franchise stores open across India...

French find fault in 4 or 5-class nutrient profiling

The French food safety agency (ANSES) has concluded two nutrient profiling systems won’t provide people with easily understandable grading of food into four or five classes depending on their healthiness....

UK retailer Marks & Spencer to help raise awareness of celiac disease

Supermarket chain Marks & Spencer is backing a charity campaign to raise awareness of celiac disease.

UK retail giant Tesco closes NutriCentre business

British multinational retailer Tesco will close its loss-making NutriCentre business 15 years after acquiring the nutrition specialist.

Adams Foods takes on Ornua name

UK-based Adams Foods and Adams Food Ingredients have changed their names to reflect their parent company, Ornua.  

UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the...

What's behind Britain's 'highly innovative' food industry?

The UK’s food industry is being sustained by both innovative new product development and safeguarding traditional products, according to a government publication.

Healthy diet, healthy planet: UK dietary advice backs plant proteins over meat & dairy

The UK has put sustainability on the menu by backing plant proteins over meat and dairy for sustainability reasons in its updated dietary recommendation and healthy eating guide.

Tesco to use social media to drive frozen sales

Tesco has plans to boost its online sales of frozen foods – where it sees greatest opportunity to drive volume – in an attempt to address an underperforming category instore, using...

Should EU mimic US supplement label database?

A US trade group has made moves to increase transparency and traceability in the supplement market by requiring all its members to submit product labels. Should the EU be considering...

Fairtrade sales hit by sugar price plummet despite double digit growth in certain categories

The value of UK Fairtrade sales dropped by €127m last year due to falling demand for cane sugar but the Fairtrade Foundation says it is remaining cautiously optimistic for 2016...

TSC index brings sustainable supply chains to Europe

A toolkit which allows manufacturers and retailers to evaluate the sustainability credentials of suppliers and their ingredients, has wrapped up its pilot scheme in the Netherlands and is set to...

Mars issues mass chocolate recall due to plastic

Mars Chocolate has recalled a variety of chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of the products.

Maytag recalls blue cheese

Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa, US, has announced a voluntary recall of five lots of “Maytag Blue” blue cheese wedges and wheels, and 15 batches of blue cheese crumbles...

Supermarket ad for wine brand ‘Fat bastard’ banned by advertising watchdog

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned an advert from supermarket Iceland for the ‘Fat bastard’ wine brand, saying it was ‘irresponsibly targeted’ because it could have been seen by children. ...

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Bonds Confectionery launch Rhubarb and Custard Sweet Shop range

Bonds Confectionery will expand its Sweet Shop Favourites packs with the addition of Rhubarb and Custard to the range.

MEPs clash with the Commission over GM crops – again

Members of the European Parliament have once again clashed with the European Commission over its stance on genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Sainsbury’s recalls Camembert after Listeria scare

Sainsbury’s in the UK is recalling some of its Camembert products with use-by dates up to and including March 6, 2016 due to the potential presence of Listeria.

Kettle Chips recalls UK products over plastic contamination fear

Kettle Foods has recalled a number of packs of its Kettle Chips in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

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Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

Dutch authorities name 1800 firms that bought from horsemeat trader

The Dutch food safety authority has released a list of 1800 companies that bought meat potentially contaminated with horsemeat, following a court ruling requiring it to make the information public...

Tesco’s Christmas fightback against discounters

Tesco continued the Christmas fightback of the big four supermarkets against the limited range discounters, posting UK like-for-like sales growth of 1.3% during the six weeks to January 9.

Africa tops the trio of continents set for rise in food demand

Africa has the greatest potential for growth in food consumption over the next 25 years, according to a report, as the continent’s young demographic and lower-than-average calorie consumption provides huge...

Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by...

Private label trumps brands over negative feedback - but can brands afford to become complacent?

Retailers pledge to change misleading products as 13,000 Dutch consumers vote for the worst offender of 2015, but as branded manufacturers have remained silent experts warn they should not become complacent.

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