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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.


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...

EC launches study to assess impact of proposed milk origin labelling

The European Commission (EC) has issued a call for tenders for a study on the impact of proposed legislation that would make origin labelling on milk and milk used as...

Sweden: Even restaurant menus can be health claims

Even restaurant menus can bear unauthorised health claims, according to guidance issued by Swedish authorities.

Keep it real! Chobani urged to phase-out use of milk from GMO-fed cows

Chobani has vowed to “explore the complexities” of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following the launch of a petition in the US that claims it is reliant on milk from cows fed a...

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Boots, Germans join EU supplements trade group

UK pharmacy chain Boots and German food supplement association BLL have joined Food Supplements Europe (FSE), formed last year with a membership including DSM, Merck, Herbalife and various national trade...

Aldi and Lidl pressure German chocolate firms to seek profits overseas

Pressure from discount retailers is compelling the German chocolate industry to explore export markets, according to the domestic confectionery association BDSI.

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Printed popcorn packaging perfection from Allen Coding systems

Portlebay Popcorn has installed a thermal transfer printer from Allen Coding Systems to speed up its snack packaging process.

Gluten-free still untapped in in-store bakeries, says Ulrick & Short

The bakery sector has taken strides in gluten-free, but there remains immense potential for in-store bakeries to better tap into the sector, says UK ingredients firm Ulrick & Short.

Canned foods industry in decline

Worldwide sales within the canned food market are forecast to reach nearly $80bn (€60bn) by 2014. However, only three out of eight sectors in the canned foods industry grew in 2011.

Ready meals sales on the up across Europe

Ready meals have continued to sell well in France despite the weak economy – and growth is expected to continue for the next five years, according to market research firm Canadean.

DS Smith explores consumers’ response to Retail Ready Packaging

Manufacturers across Europe are being asked to take part in pioneering research into consumers’ response to Retail Ready Packaging (RRP).

‘Prison wine’ from Italy will be locked behind US bars

Seven hundred year-old wine producer Marchesi de Frescobaldo has ‘released’ the first vintage of a wine made by prisoners on the Italian prison island of Gorgona, as authorities claimed such...

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