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EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

Carmit Candy CEO: Specialty know-how gives bite to functional candy shift

Carmit Candy Industries’ expertize in specialty free-from candy formulations will give a competitive edge to its new line of functional confectionery targeting specific health functions and demographics, it CEO says.

Food industry failing to manage animal welfare, warns report

The first ever structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies suggests that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry.

Horse meat: In depth

Horse meat scandal : Where it began and where are we now?

The horse meat controversy has rocked Europe and even spread as far as Hong Kong with firms including Nestlé, Ikea and Findus all finding horse DNA in their products.

Supplier’s view: What are the keys to success in the Middle East?

Zeelandia is a Dutch bakery ingredients supplier with more than 20 years’ experience in the Middle East. FoodNavigator asks about the challenges it has had to overcome to achieve market...

Dispatches from NCA Miami Conference

‘Experiential retail’ can build confectionery brand loyalty

Speakers at the National Confectioner Associations’ State of the Industry conference are making big noises about creating in-store experiences to boost confectionery sales.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

The Real Bread Campaign slams UK industrial loaf sector on ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ misuse

The Real Bread Campaign has slammed UK industrial bread manufacturers on the misleading use of ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ and has called for meaningful legal definitions and robust regulation.


UK man wins Red Bull ‘VIP trip’ to Grand Prix by budget airline

A UK man won a Red Bull ‘VIP trip’ to the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, only to travel there by budget airline, stay in a spa hotel without a spa,...

Marc Jacobs designs new Diet Coke cans as 2013 ‘creative director’

US fashion designer Marc Jacobs has been confirmed as Diet Coke’s creative director for 2013, and has created three limited edition can designs for the brand’s 30 year anniversary.

Consumers will pay more for local foods: Study

Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that are grown and produced locally rather than having travelled extensively during production, according to new research.

News in brief

Tesco cheese price fixing penalty reduced under settlement

Britain’s biggest retailer, Tesco, will pay a reduced £6.5m penalty to the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its involvement in the widespread fixing the cheese retail prices.

EU ministers agree deal on fish discards

Europe has moved a step closer to phasing out the discarding of unwanted fish after fisheries ministers agreed on a ban to the controversial practice.

News in brief

UK burger sales plummet as consumers lose confidence

Sales of frozen burgers have plunged by 43% amid a consumer confidence crisis brought on by the on-going horse meat scandal.

Gulfood 2013 blog

Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

It is hard for a food industry trade show to pack the same level of glamour as, say, the Tokyo Motor Show, so it’s probably best for organisers not to...

Coca-Cola Enterprises defends ‘French way’ after fierce Titan attack

Coca-Cola Enterprises has ridden to the rescue of French industrial recovery minister Arnaud Montebourg following his spat with the CEO of US tyre firm Titan International, who claimed that Goodyear’s...

Snacking on global brand ideas with Euromonitor

The big eat: A shared global snack vision

A snack is a snack in every market making global brand building easier, a Euromonitor analyst says.

Oxfam slams PepsiCo, Coke over workers’ well-being

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo both received dismal scores in a new Oxfam report that claims the world’s ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies fail to protect workers, especially women....

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Horsegate: premium retailers could benefit: City

The continuing horsemeat scandal could benefit premium food retailers at the expense of value outlets, according to city analyst Shore Captial.

The International Year of Quinoa Launched

Ancient quinoa has future value in food security, says UN

The United Nations has hailed the ancient grain quinoa as a valuable and extraordinary crop that can help in the push forward on food and nutrition security.

Horse meat committee hears audits are flawed

A retired meat inspector has called the audit system a “disgrace” and said it is in need of a “total review” in evidence given to a UK government committee dealing...

Nestlé loses latest skirmish in Nespresso coffee capsule wars

Nestlé says it is disappointed that a German appeal court has not granted it an injunction to stop sales of Nespresso compatible pods made by a smaller Swiss rival.

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

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