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Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

“We can’t compete on commodities. But we can offer a clean and green image of premium brands,” says Scotland’s food minister Richard Lochhead. Highland cow, photo credit: Richard Sz.

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

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UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

United Biscuits’ private equity owners coy on flotation

United Biscuits joint owners Blackstone and PAI partners have refused to comment on speculation that they are preparing the company for a public flotation.

Premier Foods's sales fall in 'challenging market'

Premier Foods has reported sales down by 6.1% due to “challenging market conditions” in half-year results to June 30.

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food Ingredients since 2010.

Maverick Innovations bets British to secure US expansion

UK flavor house Maverick Innovations will set up a US manufacturing hub in the next five years; bolstering its presence with British flavors like banana and custard, its CEO says.

Global Industry News

Are ‘eat more fruit and veg’ campaigns actually working? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Policy efforts to increase fruit and vegetable consumption across the developed world have resulted in modest gains and increased awareness (most notably among children), yet largely they’ve fallen short in impacting long-term consumption behavior, according to a review by University of Sydney researchers. 

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

The RD's perspective

Mexico restricts junk food ads; time for rethink on advertising? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Mexico announced last week that it was restricting television advertising on high-calorie food and soda in an effort to stem the rising tide of obesity. Registered dietitians weigh in on the impact of the measure, which is the farthest any country has gone to restrict advertising. 

Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to wastage of produce worth almost half a trillion rupees each year, logistics experts have been warned.

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Campbell to launch over 200 new products from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Campbell Soup Co. will launch more than 200 new products in fiscal 2015 to satisfy changing consumer tastes and help achieve its goal of becoming a profitable $10 billion company within five years, the packaged food and beverage giant said in an earnings call this week. 

Danone slams NZ High Court for 'undue delay' in Fonterra WPC case from DairyReporter.com

Danone has slammed a New Zealand High Court decision to stall its legal battle to recoup money lost as a result of the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

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Merging industries: Top chefs and the food companies can learn a lot from each other, says chef
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