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Heinz redesigns Hot Sauce packaging

Heinz has changed the packaging on its Hot Sauces brand to reflect a growing trend for spicy food.

Taxing sugary drinks could reduce UK obesity, claim researchers

A 20% tax on sugary soft drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by 1.3%, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

‘Phenomenal’ European growth in online grocery shopping, says IGD

Internet grocery shopping is growing at a phenomenal rate across Europe and is set to double in several countries over the next five years, according to market research from IGD...

Industry on target to cut food waste

Food and drink manufacturers are meeting waste reduction targets, trade body the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has claimed after the spotlight turned on retailers this week.

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Timeline: The horsemeat scandal explained

Following reports this week of further criminal activity in the horsemeat scandal, our timeline maps 'Horsegate' from its beginning in 2012. Hover over the right side of images below to...

Tesco lags rivals in food waste crack down

Tesco has moved to crack down on food waste as it emerged it is lagging behind other grocery retailers in the crucial area of bagged salads, according to its own...

EU highlights top ten foods at risk of fraud

Olive oil, fish and organic foods are at the highest risk of food fraud in Europe, according to a new draft report from the European Union – but meat is...

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C-stores missing out on seasonal chocolate boom, says Mars

Mars Chocolate North America says that convenience stores are failing to achieve sales spikes enjoyed by other trade channels during seasonal periods because they have yet to optimize seasonal merchandising.

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...


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.