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TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth

The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of the Earth.

Guest article

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In this guest article, Campden BRI expert Steve Spice addresses some of the most common questions about nutrition labelling.

EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

Colored potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks: Study

Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds.

Global Industry News

Divine stands ‘alongside the premium chocolate big players’ as it breaks into mainstream US retail from ConfectioneryNews.com

UK Fairtrade candy maker Divine Chocolate has secured distribution deals with US supermarket chains Kroger, Meijer, Roundy’s and Ahold and claims it is now competing with the largest US premium chocolate firms.

Groceries code boss asks Tesco to review supplier policy from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Tesco has been asked to examine its behaviour towards suppliers by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.

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RSSL invests £1.5m to expand service in pharma and food from FoodQualityNews.com

RSSL (Reading Scientific Service Limited) has invested £1.5m to open a laboratory that will expand operations in pharma and food.

Australia

Australia’s food and grocery industry reports year of ups and downs from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Australia’s food and beverage, grocery manufacturing and fresh produce industry had a total turnover of A$114bn (US$99.4bn) in the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Food and Grocery Council revealed in its latest annual state of the industry report.

Spotlight

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher
Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier.

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Prof. Philippe Legrand

Director of the biochemistry laboratory, Agrocampus Ouest

Deeper understanding of flavour complexity will provide richer tastes naturally, says Givaudan

Deeper understanding of flavour complexity will provide richer tastes naturally, says Givaudan

A new approach to flavour formulation, which focuses on reproducing the complex concoction of molecules generated through...

Fruit and vegetables may be good for mental health: Study

Higher fruit and veg consumption may increase odds of mental wellbeing: Study

Both high and low levels of mental wellbeing may be associated with an individual's fruit and vegetable...

Saturated fat guidelines out, food guidelines in?

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Benoit Lamarche

Saturated fat researcher, Laval University

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global...