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Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has uncovered “systemic” cases of child labour and labour rights abuses in Indonesian palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar, tracing the palm oil back to firms including Nestlé,...

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Nestlé KitKat trademark appeal against Petra Foods fails

The Court of Appeal in Singapore has reaffirmed Nestlé’s KitKat shape trademark is invalid and ruled Petra Foods’ Delfi Take-It bar cannot therefore infringe the mark.

Customer-centric innovations more likely to hit the mark

Putting the consumer’s need at the heart of innovation will pay big dividends for food manufacturers.

News in brief

New FoodConnects partnership to tackle global food challenges

FoodConnects, a consortium of 50 industry and academic institutions from 13 different countries, has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to tackle global food challenges...

EU launches huge start-up scheme; €1.6bn funding boost potential

Food based start-ups in Europe will soon have access to venture capital funds, simplified tax filings and liberalised insolvency laws as part of the EU commission’s new ‘Start-up Scale–up’ initiative...

Heinz forced to can baked beans ad for 'encouraging dangerous behaviour'

KraftHeinz has been forced to withdraw a television advert for baked beans by the UK's advertising authority as it encouraged "behaviour that is prejudicial to health"....

'A new scenario for packaged food in Europe' - private label growth falls in Europe

After a decade of growth, private label in Europe is declining and according to Euromonitor this signals a "New scenario for packaged food in Europe". We look at some strategies...

Guest article

The Palm Oil Diaries: My journey below the forest canopy of half-truths

Film maker Michael Dorgan went to the forests of Latin America and Africa to investigate palm oil production while observing a palm oil-rich diet and returned convinced only multi-stakeholder action...

News in brief

US player finds European chia gear

US firm Valensa International has launched its 4-year-old ALA (alpha-linoleic acid)-rich omega-3 chia seed oil in Europe.

EU still tops Britain's export ambitions - but it is looking further afield

The UK's action plan to increase post-Brexit exports over the next five years sets its sights on China, India, the US and Latin America - but it wants to see...

DOLCE consortium adds two food categories

Research into sugar reduction in food and beverages has been given a boost with the inclusion of two major food categories in DOLCE.

Skilled labour is the food industry’s biggest resource challenge: Report

Forget water scarcity, climate change and rocketing energy bills, the resource shortage that’s got most in the food and drink industry worried is skilled labour, according to a global survey...

Nestlé alliance to double its youth employment efforts

Nestlé’s 'Alliance for YOUth' campaign pledged at the European Parliament yesterday to double its efforts in bringing 230,000 employment and apprenticeship opportunities to young Europeans by 2020.

Premier Foods has competitive edge in facing Brexit, says CEO

Mr Kipling maker Premier Foods will be protected from the effects of Brexit, according to CEO Gavin Darby.

READERS' SURVEY RESULTS

Your thoughts on Trump's triumph: From 'authoritarian tactics' to 'a thriving business environment'

Brash, billionaire businessman Donald Trump is America's president elect. While some FoodNavigator readers foresee "authoritarian tactics" from "an unpredictable man" others are looking forward to "a thriving business environment" for the US and Europe. ...

Most soft drinks on sale exceed daily sugar limit, warns study

Over half of the soft drinks available in supermarkets exceed the recommended daily amount for an adult’s sugar consumption, as a study identifies ginger beer as containing the most sugar....

Guest article

Brexit bites, or the price of a low pound

What will the impact of rising food prices in post-Brexit Britain be on manufacturers, retailers and consumers? Food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm Mark Jones takes a closer look. ...

MassChallenge donates millions in its first Swiss awards

Swiss accelerator backs 6 start-ups in fairtrade coffee, food fraud, probiotics & more

Swiss start-up incubator MassChallenge has dished out almost €1.4m in funding to food based start-ups that are offering the industry a new approach to fair trade coffee; a device to...

Sustainable commodity commitments rocket but most firms struggle with traceability

New commitments to tackle deforestation in commodity supply chains have almost doubled in the past 12 months, but pledges remain “piecemeal” with very few companies looking beyond palm oil, according to a...

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to cut sugar content of portfolio by 50%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is reformulating all its drinks to contain less than 4.5g of total sugar per 100ml. 

FOODNAVIGATOR EXCLUSIVE

Cargill invests €35m to broaden European sweetener choices

Ingredients giant Cargill will invest €35m to expand its sweetener options throughout Europe in anticipation of strict sugar production quotas that will end in 2017. 

Some RSPO members are ‘first-class hypocrites’: The scathing personal view of palm oil boss (who also happens to be the organisation’s co-chair)

RSPO co-chair and boss of Malaysia’s United Plantations Berhad, Dato’ Carl Bek-Nielsen gave a measured address at the opening of the organisation's RT14 conference in Bangkok.

EU cereal and oilseed yields are down, say Copa & Cogeca

EU wheat and oilseed farmers have been hit hard by uncompromising weather conditions and limitations on plant protection products, resulting in drastically reduced yields.

GMO ingredient database promises full supply chain traceability

Food Chain ID Europe is developing “the most comprehensive” database of supply chain information aimed at tracing and identifying GMO ingredients.

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