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Nestlé steps up commitment to farm animal welfare

Nestlé also confirmed that it has commissioned an independent auditor, SGS, to carry out checks to ensure the new standards of animal welfare are met on its supplying farms.

The world's largest food manufacturer, Nestlé, has pledged to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain after agreeing a new a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.

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Swiss sidestep: Efforts to evade Russian sanctions by labelling products as Swiss blocked

Industry efforts to sidestep Russian sanctions against Western food exports by labelling foods as being of Swiss origin have been rebuffed by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, according to reports.

Cargill and Copersucar finalise new joint sugar venture

Cargill and Copersucar have successfully completed all required regulatory clearances to form Alvean, their new 50/50 sugar trading joint venture.

Soil Association launches the ‘Organic September’ campaign

The Soil Association calls UK public to switch to organic food through their ‘Organic September’ campaign, as it is healthier, better for the environment, nutritionally richer and sustainable, according to an expert.

Confectioners rally against traffic light label proposals in France

Europe’s confectionery association Caobisco has backed French chocolatiers in blocking proposals for traffic light labels on food products in France.

Food waste remains a costly problem

Food manufacturers could increase their profits by over 10%, simply by more effectively using the waste they generate, claims a specialist food recycling organisation.

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100% juice from concentrate may have to declare its sugar as 'added'

GMA: Nutrition Facts ‘added sugar’ proposal could have bizarre consequences for fruit juice labels from FoodNavigator-USA.com

One bizarre consequence of FDA proposals to include ‘added sugars’ on the Nutrition Facts panel would be that not-from-concentrate 100% fruit juice could boast 0g ‘added sugar’ on the new-look labels, whereas 100% juice made from concentrate (containing an identical amount of sugar) would have to list its sugar as ‘added’.

Move could create a wholly unnecessary bureaucratic nightmare, claims Bayer Healthcare

Dietary fiber proposals in Nutrition Facts overhaul will create bureaucratic nightmare, warn industry commentators from FoodNavigator-USA.com

FDA proposals that would require the pre-approval of certain fiber ingredients before the agency will count them as ‘dietary fibers’ on the Nutrition Facts panel are illogical and unfair, claim industry commentators.

Anti-slavery campaign gets food industry backing from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The food industry has thrown its support behind a government campaign to tackle forced labour in agriculture and food supply chains.

UK meat industry accuses documentary of ‘scaremongering’ from GlobalMeatNews.com

A UK documentary series has been criticised by the meat industry for scaremongering consumers into not eating meat.

Eating fish weekly may prevent brain ageing regardless of omega-3 content: Study from NutraIngredients.com

Eating baked or broiled fish once a week may prevent age-related grey matter loss, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to an American study.

BBC’s Horizon backs ethical production of mussels from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Scottish rope-grown mussels were highlighted as one of the most environmentally friendly ways of producing protein in a BBC Horizon programme on August 20.

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Sugary drinks are less appealing with images of sugar cube content

Sugary drinks are less appealing with images of sugar cube content

Consumers have more negative views towards sugar-sweetened drinks, and show less preference for them, when they come...

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Convenience motivates 17.1% of food consumption among older consumers, according to a report from Canadean.

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes have raised the possibility that fruit and other...

Acid in drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds...

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports
Data Blog: The figures behind Russia’s food ban

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports

In this data blog FoodNavigator takes a look at the trade figures behind the recent Russian trade...