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500 new Lidl distribution centre jobs

Lidl’s proposed 41,806m² new distribution centre would create up to 500 jobs and be the discounter’s 11th in the UK if plans were approved.

DNA sprays and added bacteria to fight food fraud

Spray-on DNA or added bacteria may be the future of the fight against food fraud   - but analysts warn that consumers could react against more additives being used to guarantee a...

Campaigners win case against Bayer over pesticide bee claims

Friends of the Earth Germany has said it will step up its fight to protect bees after German chemical giant Bayer CropScience failed to sue it in court for claiming...

Food Vision sneak peeks - Cannes, March 18-20

Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools....

Food companies should help people eat less, says food policy expert

The onus should not be on consumers to choose healthy foods but on companies to help reduce consumption, says Food Policy professor at City University London, Tim Lang.

Commission bins waste & recycling programme

The European Commission (EC) has dropped an environment programme on waste, incineration and recycling laws because it did not “complete the circle” of creating zero waste in Europe.

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row

Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last...

Swedish agency asks for government support to fight food fraud

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has called on the government for more legislative changes and better support from courts to fight food fraud.

Why are private labels successful in some markets but not in others?

Private label food and drink products have encroached on brands’ market share – but what are the factors that lead to own-brand success, and why do they only apply in...

Sweden to make keyhole “cooler” for consumers

Sweden’s National Food Agency (NFA) said that it is set to undergo an image makeover to make keyhole nutrition labelling “cooler” for its citizens.

UK energy bar sales triple and set to rise

Sales in the energy bar and nutrition market in the UK have been growing at a faster rate than the US tripling in the past five years to reach €137m,...

Aldi in £1.2M deal with rapeseed producer

Aldi has seized 8% of the UK rapeseed market through a single £1.2M deal with Phoenix Speciality Oils.

Asda contract doubles capacity for gluten-free brand

Pork Farms’s gluten-free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free (NoG) has secured a listing to supply 245 Asda stores.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

Warburtons: Free-from sections often look like a ‘disaster zone’

Warburtons is heavily focused on improving gluten-free product availability, particularly in free-from sections which tend to be lower down the priority list for busy retailers, says its free-from director.

Tesco faces groceries code probe for ‘supplier abuse’

Claims that Tesco treated its suppliers unfairly are to be probed by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon, but no financial penalties can be imposed if evidence of wrong...

Insider: The three groups reached accord “surprisingly quickly”

3 into 1: Euro probiotics sector unites as sector sales drop 8%

Europe’s three biggest probiotic groups have united behind a new European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) to deal with the “critical” 6-year regulatory imbroglio that has seen an EU-wide...

Lower oil price to have ‘limited’ impact on food industry: Rabobank

Lower oil prices may affect retail food prices in the long run, but they are unlikely to have a large effect on the food industry, says a new analysis from...

Cool café culture? Kids’ cereal and crisp sandwiches are on-trend, says Euromonitor

The UK’s Cereal Killer Café and Simply Crispy Crisp Sandwich Café spark nostalgia among adults but also appeal to a bubbling backlash against national health obsessions, says Euromonitor International.

Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

Tesco extends candy checkout ban to C-stores

Tesco has become the first major UK supermarket to remove confectionery from checkout lanes at its convenience stores.

No juice brand is an island: UK firms must see export markets as more than ‘side’ business

Exports of UK fruit and vegetable juice have increased by about 40% since 2010 - but the country must shake its island mentality if it wants this growth to continue,...

Review of the Year 2014

From Frito-Lay being granted a US patent for reduced oil potato chip processing to Tyson recalling 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets and researchers finding migration of ink components on the...

French Toast Crunch in line with ‘current nutritional goals’, says General Mills

General Mills has brought back French Toast Crunch cereal to US shelves but has reformulated the product to align with “current nutritional goals”, it says.

IRI F&B DATA: Part I on bread

White bread chomps into UK top 20 F&B but sales plummet

Three major white bread brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list, according to IRI data, but every single one has seen sales plummet.

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