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Food waste ‘one of the great paradoxes of our times’

The 1.3bn tonnes of food wasted throughout the supply chain each year could feed as many as two billion people without any additional impact on the environment, the Food and...

Dispatches from Europen 20th anniversary in Brussels

Food waste is becoming ‘politically unstable’ in Italy

In the current financial crisis, food waste in Italy “is becoming politically unstable,” according to the country’s environment attaché.

Exclusive interview with Europen chairman in Brussels

Lighter packaging: how much further can we go?

Minimizing packaging waste is a clear goal for Europen’s members and all food processing firms, but shifting attitudes mean weight reduction is only the beginning.

Europen 20th anniversary in Brussels

In pictures: Unilever and Coca-Cola Hellenic debate packaging

Coca-Cola Hellenic, Unilever and an NGO were among the panellists debating sustainability at Europen’s 20th anniversary event on packaging in Brussels on October 9.

Special Edition: Hygienic Design & Quality Testing

Retailers pressure confectioners to implement digital traceability standards

Retailers are piling the pressure on confectioners to swap paper records for quicker mobile scanning technology to trace the source of raw ingredients, protecting them in the event of a...

EUROPEN 2013: Exclusive interview with MD Virginia Janssens

EU packaging 10-year review will see dramatic changes

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which sets recovery and recycling targets for EU Member States, must increase EPR (extended producer responsibility) scheme transparency and focus on minimizing post-consumer...

EUROPEN's 20th Anniversary

As it happened: EUROPEN's 20th birthday told on Twitter

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) and the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste directive were some of the hotly debated themes at the EUROPEN (the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment)...

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Horse meat results reveal no more contamination cases

Horse meat/DNA tests at or above the 1% threshold set by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) have revealed no more positive results.  

E-tail trends

Confectionery omitted from most UK online shopping baskets

The majority of UK consumers who admit to regularly buying confectionery in-store do not purchase confectionery online, according to research by Kantar Media, which says confectionery has huge growth prospects...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH IRISH AGRICULTURE MINISTER

Irish minister commits to growing dairy production by 50% in 5 years

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, and Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Agriculture said the country will take advantage of changes to Europe’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) which will allow...

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Unilever increases CHEP European pallet service by 70%

Unilever has increased its use of CHEP’s service in Europe by 70%, replacing white-wood exchange pallets with CHEP’s managed pooling system.

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Sainsbury’s hit by E.coli outbreak

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets has recalled pre-packed bagged salad products containing watercress due to a possible link to an outbreak of E.coli O157 that has sickened 15 people.

Cakes, celebrity chefs and confectionery: The rise of brand licensing in Europe

Brand licensing in the food industry has becoming increasingly dynamic over the past few years, with the Western European market for co-branded food and beverage products on the rise, according...

Supermarkets must spur suppliers to cut campylobacter

Retailers must incentivise poultry suppliers to tackle the UK’s soaring levels of campylobacter contamination, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) board, which met in Aberdeen today (September 11)....

Russia removes temporary Fonterra dairy import ban

Russia has lifted the temporary import and distribution ban imposed on Fonterra dairy products following the New Zealand-based dairy cooperative's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC)...

Turkey slams Frito-Lay with $9m fine for retail manipulation

Frito-Lay has received a hefty fine for acting to ensure Turkish retailers only stocked its salty snack brands and not rival products.

Tesco slammed for horse meat ad

Tesco has been slammed by the UK’s advertising watchdog for suggesting that the horse meat scandal affected the whole food industry.

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Horse meat: Two men arrested in UK

Two men have been arrested by British police investigating the horse meat scandal.

EDITOR'S OPINION: DEAR DAIRY....

Has the UK Greek yogurt identity crisis left the market open to exploitation?

The UK Greek yogurt market is suffering from somewhat of an identity crisis, with near-identical products marketed under different names. Some would say the High Court ruling that caused the...

Many organic farmers may be failing to label products: Study

New research from Greece suggests that many farmers are following organic farming rules and guidelines, but fail to provide the market with organically labelled goods.

Retail ‘bargaining power’ commands private label boom in Russia: Euromonitor

Major Russian retailers are using bargaining power to ensure heavy private label presence on shelves – hitting smaller domestic brands, Euromonitor says.

Greggs scraps £30M frozen food plant

Greggs has shelved plans to build a £30M frozen food factory, which had previously been hailed as key to expanding its business with supermarkets, as it targets a food to go...

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EasyJet trials discount food chain

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of EasyJet is planning to open a discount food chain selling no-brand-name packets and tinned foods in 2014.

Three more supermarkets join Which? price plan

Three more supermarkets have agreed to back consumer watchdog Which?’s ‘Price it Right’ campaign for simpler, clearer and consistent food pricing.

Tesco reviews UK tea blends as scientists spark fluoride fears

Tesco will review its tea blends after scientists warned that economy private label teas sold by the grocer and other UK retailers are high in fluoride and that drinking over...