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Unilever hints at offloading Ragu and SlimFast brands as food sales fall short

Food and consumer goods giant Unilever has hinted at the sale of brands including Ragu and SlimFast as growth from its food business struggles to compete with better-than-expected Q1 results in other divisions.

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Five-a-day? We can’t afford one a week, say 25% of Brits

Austerity and rising food prices have hit healthy eating habits hard in the UK, with one in four Brits revealing they have not bought a single piece of fruit in the last week. 

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Are food companies getting social media right? In a word, 'no'

Fear is a major roadblock to many food companies getting it right when it comes to social media, according to business mentor and entrepreneur Mike Greene.

Swedish firms commit to 100% responsible soy by 2015

Companies operating throughout the supply chain in Sweden have agreed to a goal of using 100% responsible soy by 2015.

Deluge of questions on EU label regulations

Clients’ queries on upcoming EU labelling regulations will dominate Melanie Ruffell’s appointment as a principal food law advisor at Campden BRI. 

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Australia experiencing Danone Nutricia infant formula shortage from DairyReporter.com

Karicare and Aptamil brand infant formula products are in short supply in Australia for the second time in just over a year, as manufacturer Nutricia Australia New Zealand (Nutricia ANZ) struggles to keep up with increasing demand.

Carbonated soft drinks sales in free fall, says Nielsen data from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Dollar sales of diet soda plunged 9.5% in the four weeks to April 12, while sales of regular soda fared hardly any better (- 2.4%), as Americans sought out other options from energy drinks (+8.9%) to sparkling water (+24.5%), according to the latest Nielsen data.

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ConAgra sells Medallion Foods from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Private label salty snack manufacturer Shearer’s Foods has acquired the assets of the Medallion Foods business from ConAgra Foods for $33.5 million.

Russian meat industry shrugs off risk of EU/US sanctions from GlobalMeatNews.com

The Russian government has shrugged off the risk posed by possible economic sanctions from the US and European Union (EU) over the Ukraine crisis, but admitted that a poultry export expansion plan has been shelved.

NZ infant formula exporters have 'actions...to undertake' to meet Chinese standards from DairyReporter.com

Some New Zealand infant formula manufacturers and brand-owners could be temporarily blocked from exporting to China if they are unable to meet the requirements of a new register by May 1.

University of Liverpool launches £2M norovirus project from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Liverpool University is leading a £2M Food Standards Agency (FSA) project to map the occurrence of norovirus food poisoning across premises and industry workers.

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Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Obesity should be tackled in small steps, acknowledging where people are and not where public health officials...

Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide can block plants' absorption of nitrates, leading to foods and crops with...

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

Sustainable palm oil shift is cheaper than bad publicity impact

The cost of moving towards traceable and sustainable palm oil is marginal compared to the long-term effects...

In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger
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In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger

Last year Professor Mark Post sparked international interest with the unveiling, and tasting, of the world's first...

Food Vision 2014: In pictures

Food Vision 2014: In pictures

The Food Vision event in Cannes brought together global food and drink industry leaders to tackle some...

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

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ddirector of Prevention Research Center. , Yale University

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