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Tough times make more disloyal shoppers

Shopper disloyalty has soared during the recession as customers become more "professional" and seek out promotions and cheaper offers elsewhere, manufacturers and retailers have reported.

Dispatch from RT10 in Singapore

Ensuring sustainability at the new frontiers of palm oil production

Palm oil producers and traders have been looking for new production areas as expansion in environmentally sensitive regions in Southeast Asia has become increasingly difficult - but Latin American and African production...

Premier Foods ‘most likely’ to sell Hovis to foreign firm

The most likely buyer for Premier Foods’ bread brand Hovis will be a foreign firm, according to an industry expert.

Dispatch from RT10 in Singapore

UK sustainable palm oil statement is ‘not really a commitment’, says RSPO president

A UK government statement drawing together new and existing pledges on sustainable palm oil falls short of a real commitment to sustainable sourcing, according to the president of the Roundtable...

Food manufacturers urged to support British spuds

Potato growers will become “extinct” if manufacturers and processors impose penalties on them for contract shortfalls caused by the poor weather.

Premier agrees sale of pickles and sauces business to Mizkan Group

Premier Foods has announced the £92.5 sale of its sweet pickles and table sauces business to Japanese firm Mizkan Group in a move that puts the firm past its target...

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

Study claims optimum soya milk chocolate method

Soya milk chocolate can be perfected by increasing the refining time, according to new research.

Greggs staff strip for charity Children in Need

Staff at Britain’s biggest high street baker Greggs have stripped for a charity calendar in support of the BBC appeal Children in Need.

Arla launches “most sophisticated” recovery whey protein

The sports nutrition sector will appreciate a “finely chopped” whey that can deliver better recovery performance, says the ingredients arm of Danish dairy, Arla.

Welsh chewing gum tax doesn’t stick

The Welsh Assembly has rejected plans to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum.

Mars Food UK wins top FDF Community Partnership Award

Mars Food UK has won the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) coveted President’s Award in its Community Partnership Awards programme.

Traffic light labels will ‘damage the food industry’

The Department of Health’s (DoH’s) plans to launch a single hybrid front-of-pack labelling system that combines guideline daily amounts (GDAs) and traffic light labelling will damage the food industry, warn...

Premier needs to address ‘sensitive’ distribution issue: Analyst

Premier Foods has split its bread business and upped sales in Hovis over the last quarter, but it has a lot more work to do and distribution is the sensitive...

Premier Food’s Power Brands pull their weight, relief ‘palpable’: City

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer Premier Foods reported a 2% rise in underlying sales growth in an interim management statement covering the three months to September 30 that drew both praise...

What’s driving Europe’s local food movement?

There is big interest in locally produced food in Europe – and interest is growing, according to Sophie de Reynal, marketing manager for Nutrimarketing.

Negative Cochrane cranberry review: Juice makers have themselves to blame

Inappropriate products and trial design caused the Cochrane Collaboration to alter its position about the urinary tract infection (UTI)-reducing benefits of cranberry juice, the owner of a French cranberry supplements...

EFSA backs PET recycling technology

EFSA has concluded a decontamination technology used to obtain recycled post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in food contact materials poses no safety concerns.

Sanofi-Coke beauty drink JV offers no ‘phood’ signal: Analyst

Sanofi’s new beauty drink joint venture with Coca-Cola is unlikely to precipitate a more serious leap into functional or medical foods for the French pharma titan, an analyst has said....

Special edition: Immune support

Immune sector in rude health despite regulator attacks

Foods, drinks, botanicals and other food supplements that boost the immune system have been one of the best performing functional sectors since, well, the birth of functional foods and supplements.

DISPATCHES FROM INTERBEV 2012, LAS VEGAS

Twenty-twenty vision: Analyst finds 20 words for 20 years of future beverage trends

Speaking from the show floor of InterBev in Las Vegas, Richard Hall, founder and chair of Zenith International reveals 20 words to sum up themes and trends for the next...

British Lion eggs sourcing call after salmonella scare

British Lion Egg Processors (BLEP) are urging manufacturers to buy product derived from British Lion certified eggs after an outbreak of salmonella that hit seven people in the UK.

SymphonyIRI asks: Is there a ceiling to private label growth?

Ongoing economic turbulence in Europe could have a lasting effect on consumer attitudes to brands and private label products, according to new research into the private label sector from SymphonyIRI.

Online food and grocery sales to reach £11bn by 2017: IGD

Internet sales of food and grocery products will reach £11bn within five years, predicts the grocery think-tank IGD.

London Calling: CCH shift reflects international status – Fitch

Coca-Cola Hellenic’s move to list its shares in London rather than Athens reflects a desire to avoid a ‘full blown’ sovereign crisis but also boost its international profile.

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