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UK government launches food and drink export plan to boost economy by €3.5bn

A governmental strategy to encourage companies to export UK food and drink products worldwide could give the British economy a much-needed boost of almost €3.5bn.

The antibiotic-free dilemma: How to tap into the trend without implying conventional meat is bad?

Consumer interest in antibiotic-free meat is rising and British pork processor Karro is upping investment. But how can you promote a premium antibiotic-free range without giving the message that the...

'This is the end of the beverage category as we knew it'

‘Water is not water anymore’: In a new era of beverages, where does bottled water fit in?

As the beverage sector continues to evolve, categories are blurring more than ever. Bottled water can either be left on the sidelines as  ‘the boring choice’ – or it can...

Euromonitor Quarterly Statement Q3 2016

‘Post-Brexit consumers may move to lower-priced confectionery, reversing premium chocolate trend’

Brexit is unlikely to have a dramatic effect on confectionery sales, with the quarterly update showing a 2% reduction in volume sales by 2020, according to Euromonitor.

Glamorous grannies and seaweed find unlikely success at SIAL

Is it possible to make algae and grandmothers seem glamorous? Brittany-based entrepreneur Christine Le Tennier says so as she launches a seaweed tapenade that taps into the trend for 'modern nostalgia'....

SIAL, Paris 2016

Valio ValSa contains 50% less salt than ordinary margarine spreads and cheeses

Valio lactose free milk powders; sodium reduced Valio ValSa cheese and spread; Play children’s yogurts with less sugar and Valio Better light spread have been recognized by SIAL for its...

Day 5: 20 October

Food innovation is on the menu at #SIAL

7000 exhibitors, 104 countries, eight halls in five days: The international food industry is in Paris for SIAL, one of the world's biggest food innovation exhibitions. FoodNavigator is there to...

‘Huge potential’ in children’s bottled water category

As concerns over childhood obesity continue to grow - and with sugary drinks under particular scrutiny – there’s a big opportunity for children’s bottled water, according to Zenith International.  ...

Union anger at Northern Ireland milk prices

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president, Barclay Bell, says dairy farmers in Northern Ireland are frustrated and angry at what he says is the derisory milk price increase delivered by local...

FoodDrinkEurope promotes healthy eating with new website

Industry trade group FoodDrinkEurope has launched a new website to highlight industry efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. 

Scots call for reformulation as majority admit they ignore advice

The majority of Scottish consumers say they have clear advice on what they should and shouldn’t be eating but many tend to ignore it, according to new research.

Consumers hooked on sustainable fish as global sales pass €4bn mark

A total of $4.6bn (€4.2bn) was spent on 659,399 tonnes of sustainable seafood last year, according the latest data published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

More calories consumed from alcoholic drinks than soft drinks: Euromonitor

Up to four times more calories are consumed in alcoholic drinks than in soft drinks, according to data released by Euromonitor today. 

What farmers want: Stability and investment for long-term future

Farming methods in Poland have improved considerably over the last ten years, helped by the country's membership of the EU. Now, what the farmers want most are long term contracts...

A winning formula? Free-from snacks are safest bet for food start-ups

Food and beverage start-ups that bring to market on-the-go snacks or beverages with a ‘free-from’ positioning have the best chance of success, whilst dairy concepts face the greatest risk of...

Niche beef could charge more for 'greener grazing' labelling

Niche beef products could fetch higher prices by carrying a proposed label which shows the cattle was raised with environmentally-friendly grazing methods, researchers say.

Interview with NGO ShareAction

‘Diversification into non-dairy does not need to be a threat’

A 40-strong group of investors worth $1.25 trillion recently sent a letter to 16 food companies to accelerate the switch to sustainable, plant-based proteins.

Prices rising, margins falling

Brexit blasts British food industry boldness

Rising ingredient prices and a fall in product margins since the UK’s Brexit vote have seen confidence levels plummet, according to a new poll of food and drink manufacturers.

Ice-cream market in UK booming – top 20 flavors

The UK's ice cream industry is gearing up for a 2017 sales bonanza as demand for ice cream continues to soar.

‘No reason to believe worldwide obesity targets will be met by 2025’: Report

Around 268 million children aged 5-17 years may be overweight by 2025, according to a report, which identifies 91 million of these individuals as clinically obese. 

News in brief

Poland joins Fairtrade movement

Poland has become the latest country to join the Fairtrade movement.

Sugar market reforms could leave bitter taste, and now is the time to prepare

Food and drink companies expecting the sugar price to fall once quotas disappear might have a nasty shock, according to Rabobank’s latest forecasts.

Flavour in focus: Natural and sophisticated florals on trend in Europe

Floral flavours in food are on trend in Europe thanks to their perceived healthiness and sophistication. But which are the preferred categories, are extracts better than natural aromas and what...

Good palm oil is possible. This is what it looks like, says Palm Done Right CEO

At a time when the conversation around palm oil centres on deforestation, fires and habitat loss – and global demand shows no signs of abating – several companies have come together...


Breathable films market to reach $3.21bn by 2021 with demand for longer-shelf life in packaged cheese

The global market for breathable films is estimated to reach $3.21bn by 2021, registering a CAGR of 7.5%, between 2016 and 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets research firm. The figure was $2.10bn in 2015.

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