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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.

‘It’s naïve to think teenagers will listen to the government on energy drinks’: Foodwatch

Only one out of 14 German retailers asked has age-restricted sales policies for energy drinks, showing the government’s soft voluntary approach is not enough, according to the German branch of...

Sales are up but value falls as UK Christmas shoppers opt for cheaper food

UK consumers bought more Christmas products but opted for cheaper versions of them, IRI data has shown, with traditional retailers feeling the downward price pressure of hard discounters.

Date label headaches could make consumers sick: Survey

More than one third (39%) of UK shoppers say they would eat seafood past its ‘use by’ date, whilst even more (42%) would do the same with poultry –  a worrying development...

If private label is the innovator of tomorrow, how can brands compete?

Private label products have become the trusted brands of today and continuous innovation will ensure they remain so, says one analyst - but could it also hold some promise for...

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French food waste bill voted in unanimously - again

France’s law to cut food waste, which includes forcing supermarkets to give all unsold food to charity, has been voted in –again – after it was scrapped on a technicality...

Green credentials, a transparent supply chain & climate change-proof profits? WeFarm promises 3-in-1

How can companies tighten their global supply chains, future-proof profits against climate change and boost their sustainable credentials for consumers in one go? Information-sharing platform WeFarm promises to do just...

Morrisons tipped to sell manufacturing assets following FTSE 100 exit

Morrisons could sell its food manufacturing assets in the wake of its imminent departure from the FTSE 100, a leading City analyst has claimed.

General Mills takes $500m Fiber One brand into UK

General Mills has rolled out its $500m higher-fiber brand Fiber One to retailers in the UK for the first time.

‘Think outside the shake’: Protein Pow takes protein home baking to supermarket shelves

UK start-up Protein Pow has secured a host of retail listings including Tesco for its home-baking nutrition powders.

French brands pipped to the post with private label veggie range

French retailer Carrefour has launched what it claims is France's first private label range of vegetarian products - which could spur other brands to occupy this relatively undeveloped space, says a market...

UK hint at 'challenging' junk food policy puts industry on the defensive

The UK government appears ready to ditch an industry-led, voluntary approach to tackling obesity for something “more challenging,” the Deputy chief medical officer hinted last week.

Trading up: can a shift from quantity to quality lift meat market malaise?

Whilst seafood sales are going swimmingly, the chilled processed meat category is under pressure globally, although volume declines could be tempered by value gains, says Euromonitor International.

EU brings in mandatory origin labelling for food from Israeli settlements

Food produced in Israeli-occupied territories, considered illegal under international law, must be clearly labelled as such in EU countries - a decision that has provoked strong opposition from Israel.

French retailers unveil alternative nutrition label

French retailers have unveiled an alternative 'simplified' nutrition label which rivals the five-coloured label and banishes the red traffic light that they cast as discriminatory against certain foods.

Is RSPO certification becoming irrelevant?

Companies are increasingly demanding certified palm oil using criteria that are stricter than current RSPO standards – does the mean the RSPO certification is in danger of becoming irrelevant?

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?

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