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Putin gets taster to check food for poison

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

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€100m Irish organic market returns to form – but who’s buying and why?

The Irish organic food market has returned to retail value growth for the first time since 2010, but consumers may be driven more by negative perceptions of non-organic than positive...

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

#AskProfPost: Highlights from FoodNavigator twitter Q&A with lab grown meat pioneer

On Wednesday 23rd July FoodNavigator hosted a twitter Q&A session with Professor Mark Post, the pioneering researcher behind the first ever lab grown meat. Don't worry if you missed the...

Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable...

BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: TYLER BALLIET, SECOND GLASS

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine...

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Lab grown meat Q&A: FoodNavigator twitter chat with 'test-tube burger' creator is today

FoodNavigator will host an interactive twitter Q&A session with the man behind the €250,000 lab grown burger, Professor Mark Post, today at 1pm BST / 2pm CET. What will you...

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 said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested...

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

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

Patent Watch

Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies

Wrigley has filed a patent to develop chewy confectionery products without animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.

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Finnish tests find no horse meat sold as beef

No products containing horse meat not listed on the product packaging have been found after an investigation in Finland.

Genius Gluten Free targets French expansion

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

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.

Nearly 2/3 UK bread contain pesticide residues, report claims

A report from lobby group Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) claims nearly two thirds of UK bread tested between 2000 and 2013 contained pesticide residues, but DEFRA says there is...

Get involved! FoodNavigator to host twitter chat with creator of lab grown meat

FoodNavigator will host an interactive twitter chat with the man behind the €250,000 lab grown burger, Professor Mark Post, next Wednesday 23rd July. What would you like to ask?

Nutritionally enhanced 'Chance Food' planned

Nutritionally enhanced low-budget 'Chance Food' could be brought to market following a €3 million project over the last three and a half years.

SACN REPORT

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist....

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 deforestation, rather than stopping it.

Obesity quotes chart wide ranging webinar

Nearly 1,300 people registered for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots of Britain’s obesity crisis and its remedies. Here, we capture a flavour in quotes...

Register for the Foodnavigator-USA beverages entrepreneurs forum on July 23

Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large amounts of sugar’.

Healthy home baking for kids could boom, says Innova Market Insights

The market for home baking has a gaping hole for healthier mixes that target kids, says the head of innovation at Innova Market Insights.

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

'PowerPoint can be painful!’ Tesco soft drinks buyer warns entrepreneurs

The head of Tesco’s soft drinks buying team David Beardmore has urged aspiring brands not to turn up at the retailer’s HQ with a lengthy PowerPoint presentation but to do...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

Golden rum revival: The Duppy Share follows Sailor Jerry’s spiced footsteps

Premium golden rum The Duppy Share is following in the footsteps of spiced brands like Sailor Jerry’s and wants to offer millennials a great-tasting artisanal spirit at an affordable price....