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Italian supplements group sues EU over health claims

Italian food supplements trade group FederSalus has brought an action against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) in European Union courts.

Ads for almond milk with 2% almonds not misleading, rules ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that Alpro UK’s advertising of its ‘almond milk’ was not misleading, despite complaints that the product contained just 2% almonds.

UK dairy industry years ahead of government ‘green’ targets – Carbon Trust

The UK dairy industry’s “pro-active” attitude to carbon emissions has put it years ahead of government carbon footprint targets, according to the Carbon Trust.

Could the EU implement a Europe-wide fat tax?

European policymakers may be considering a Europe-wide fat tax in an effort to combat obesity – although such a move would be complicated and subject to considerable debate, according to...

Russia bans GM maize in wake of controversial Monsanto cancer study

Russian authorities have places a temporary ban on imports of genetically-modified maize produced by Monsanto in the wake of last weeks’ controversial GM cancer study.

Consumers overloaded with ‘confusing’ info on nutrition labels, says BDSI

The German confectionery association (BDSI) has argued that consumers are overloaded with confusing, contradictory nutrition information on product labels and further regulation is not the way forward.

Guest article

Marketing without health claims

Health claims are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to marketing health food products, says Alan Ruth, CEO of the Irish Health Trade Association, in this guest article.

ECJ alcohol ruling strengthens EU health claims position

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has given strength to EU health claim laws by backing health claims of “temporary or fleeting effects”.

Tate & Lyle Sugars take legal fight to European Commission over sugar rules

Tate & Lyle Sugars is seeking 75 million euros in damages from the European Commission after what it claims to be the ‘mismanagement’ of the European sugar market.

UK food industry upbeat as sales expected to rise

The UK food and drink industry is optimistic about sales prospects in the third quarter (Q3), according to a survey conducted by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF’s)...

A.G Barr maintains Britvic merger radio silence

A.G Barr has not revealed any details on the progress of talks regarding its possible merger with PepsiCo bottler Britvic, as it reported H1 2012 results today.

Australian medical body calls for more controls on alcohol marketing

A new report by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has come out strongly against alcohol companies and the way they market to young people. 

Monsanto GM study fallout: Experts react as France calls for ban

Friends of the Earth and the French Government have called for ‘immediate action’ against genetically modified crops as finer details of the widely reported Monsanto GM study are scrutinized among...

Pernod Ricard subsidiary slams Czech spirits ban

Pernod Ricard’s Czech subsidiary Jan Becher (JBKB) says the Czech government’s decision to ban all strong spirit sales in the country, following 20+ methanol-related deaths linked to local bootleg liquor,...

Innovation vs. green: The conflict of new technology investment

Product innovation and quality is a stronger priority for industry than sustainability and efficiency when considering new technology investments, Leatherhead finds.

Old Robinsons double concentrate bottle lacked ‘category cues’: Britvic

Britvic Ireland admits that its old 1.25L double concentrate bottle was not meeting key category cues, which led it to revamp the range with a new 1L bottle launched in...

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Co-op Dairy Group announces one pence milk price increase

Dairy farmer members of the Co-operative Dairy Group will receive a one pence per litre (ppl) increase on their August 2012 rate.

Making connections with young adults: ‘A new area for most European food companies’

Young adults in Europe are communicating with food brands in new ways – and expect an emotional connection through multiple online and offline media, according to director of innovation and...

Pork Farms on a roll with carton coder

UK meat products firm Pork Farms has speeded up production line changeovers through installing Allen Coding Systems' carton coding technology at its factory in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

UK milk price increases not milestones, just PR – analyst

The recent UK milk price increases announced by processors should not be considered a recovery milestone, but a well-timed PR opportunity, a European dairy analyst has claimed.

Weetabix packaging transformed in pragmatic redesign

Weetabix has replaced the plastic inner wrap around its biscuits with an easier to open paper alternative and redesigned its cereal packs to reflect this.

French firms urged to back away from ‘no palm oil’ label claims

Products labelled ‘no palm oil’ have proliferated on French supermarket shelves in recent years but Malaysian officials have said that such labels misrepresent an industry that has made strides toward...

Food safety ultimately the producers responsibility, says professor

The ultimate responsibility for food safety lies with producers and not auditors, inspectors or government agencies, according to Doug Powell from Kansas State University.

Premium drinks packaging demand hit by tough times: Visiongain

Premium drinks packaging is expected to suffer due to the after-effects of the global economic crisis, according to a report from Visiongain.

News in brief

Coke goes global with new operating structure

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a number of new leadership appointments to support its new global operating structure, and said the changes were intended to 'streamline reporting lines' and intensify...

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