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'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

A new EU report suggests taxes on fat, sugar, or other unhealthy foods can help to reduce consumption levels. However the report also warns that the issues are complex and that such levies can have unexpected effects

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to simply go for cheaper products, it warns.

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Genius pumps ‘a good whack of its budget’ into Commonwealth Games sponsorship

Genius Foods, the UK’s leading gluten-free food producer, made a big investment into its summer campaign after being asked to be an official provider of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Unilever Q2 falls short on back of emerging market slowdown

Global food and consumer products giant Unilever missed second-quarter expectations as a slowdown in emerging markets and declining prices in developed ones hit sales.

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan; pledging to reveal global greenhouse gas emission targets by August 2015.

NineSigma client wants to deliver edible paste via squeezable container

Mystery food giant seeks help to develop novel ‘flowable food pastes’

A Fortune 500 food company is looking for a partner to help it develop squeezable 'flowable' pastes that don’t require consumers to use a knife to spread them, but still retain the same eating qualities, according to a posting on NineSigma’s open innovation site NineSights.

Consumer demand driving food chain transparency - SGS

Food fraud and transparency of the supply chain are important issues being led by consumer demand, according to SGS.

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Zola CEO: You can't engage just with 'likes' from FoodNavigator-USA.com

When 13-year-old acai and coconut water manufacturer Zola decided to revamp its web presence to shift attention toward its growing coconut water line, founder and CEO Chris Cuvelier knew he risked losing some followers in the short term, but the long-term payoff would be better engagement with the right audience.

Comax Flavors agrees US local flavors trend 'challenges' big brands from BeverageDaily.com

Comax Flavors agrees that the trend in the US towards greater flavour differentiation and localization is challenging for big beverage brands as it launches a range targeting Hispanic, Asian and younger consumers.

Pecans: America's forgotten nut? from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts are extremely versatile, says the head of Georgia’s Center for Pecan Innovation.

Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DH from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

China and Co. driving New Zealand food and beverage exports from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Consumer demand from East and Southeast Asia for high value foods and beverages is driving export growth and diversification for New Zealand’s food and beverage industry, a new government report has revealed.

UK home to some of world’s most pricey food from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The UK is home to the world’s most expensive sandwich, salad, ham and loaf bread, according to a personal finance website.

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Feed price fall promises boost for South African poultry firm from GlobalMeatNews.com

South African poultry company Astral Foods expects a boost, due to lower maize and soya prices, according to Investec research.

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Insects: 40% of UK consumers are willing to try them, says Canadean

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them...

Strong Scottish food drink brands referendum confidence: Food minister

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

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 –...

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to...

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Legislation needs to take into account the harmful effects some insecticides have on insect-eating birds as the...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows...

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