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The highs and lows of organics: How to stimulate repeat and cross-purchases

Organic food price plans can bolster sales and encourage cross-purchasing - but high and low pricing have different impacts, find researchers

Low cost organic products are more likely to be repurchased but a high price strategy could prove more effective in encouraging cross-purchasing across ranges, finds research.

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UK public sector sourcing plan backs local food industry: ‘All food that can be bought locally will be bought locally’

UK prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to boost the British farming industry by sourcing public sector food locally.

EU-Ecuador trade deal to open fish, fruit and coffee doors?

Ecuador has signed an EU tariff-free trade agreement, joining Andean neighbours Peru and Colombia five years after it initially rejected the tie-up.

Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with alcohol after new research found the practice can turn a few quick drinks into a much longer session.

Tesco boss Philip Clarke to quit after profit warning

Tesco boss Philip Clarke is to quit the embattled retailer in October, despite pledging in April to “see this job though”.

Cracked? Preventing Salmonella in nuts focus for research

Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded almost $400,000 by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reduce the Salmonella risk of low-moisture foods.

Four top tips for aspiring food industry leaders

Be passionate: love what you do and who you do it for, was the top advice for young people aiming to be the food industry leaders of tomorrow, at an event staged recently by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Genius Gluten Free targets French expansion

Gluten-free specialist Genius is stepping up exports to France’s rapidly growing gluten-free market.

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China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut have forced the fast food chains to suspend orders while the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration investigates.

Australian meat sector fights back against veggie campaigns from GlobalMeatNews.com

Australian meat bosses are fighting back against the Paul McCartney-backed Meat Free Monday campaign by investing in research and consumer education.

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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank severed its ties with Phnom Penh Sugar, a company accused of a range of human rights abuses linked to its plantations in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia.

Avocado assists vitamin A absorption: Study from NutraIngredients.com

Lipid-rich fresh avocado and beta-carotene rich foods improve bioavailability of the carotenoids from these foods and convert them into an active form of vitamin A, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

What will be the next cocoa health claim? from ConfectioneryNews.com

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after Barry Callebaut’s heart health win, according to a medical doctor.

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Chinese investment group takes stake in Spanish firm from GlobalMeatNews.com

Spanish food and wine group Osborne has teamed up with Chinese private investment group Fosun in a bid to grow both its domestic and international markets.

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Taste genetics: A new way to look at policy and segment consumers?
Dispatches from IFT 2014

Taste genetics: A new way to look at policy and segment consumers?

Can new research in to the genetic basis of taste could help manufacturers and policy makers better...

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but...

Delicious disasters: Marketing expert warns manufacturers on 'disruptive innovation' and learning from mistakes
Dispatches from IFT

Delicious disasters: Marketing expert warns manufacturers on 'disruptive innovation' and learning from mistakes

Everybody is chasing innovation and the next big idea, but when it comes to developing a succesful...

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water...

Merging industries: Top chefs and the food companies can learn a lot from each other, says chef
Dispatches from IFT 2014

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

While there are some differences between high end catering and the large scale manufacturing of food, there...

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