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Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

Like father, like son: beverage brands adopt vertical marketing strategies

Euromonitor International has clocked an emerging beverage industry trend, whereby manufacturers of premium and healthy beverages are creating child oriented extensions of adult brands. The trend is gaining momentum as...

Yeast industry faces raw material challenges as sugar quota abolishment looms

It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

News in brief

Obesity webinar backed by British Dietetic Association and Nutrition Society

The British Dietetics Association and the Nutrition Society are both backing the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour obesity webinar to be broadcast at 11am GMT on Thursday July 3.

Europeans ‘not that interested’ in protein drinks, Mintel analyst warns

Arla Foods Ingredients says women wrongly believe high protein products risk making them fat or overly muscly, as Mintel warns Europeans simply aren’t that interested in protein drinks.

Coca-Cola Life is ‘game changer’ for sugar reduction, says policy expert

The launch of stevia-sugar sweetened Coca-Cola Life into the UK signals a new era in sugar reduction, as it suggests stevia will soon be big in soft drinks, and may...

European RSPO 2014

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in pictures and quotes

A heated panel debate over the reality of a consumer industry based on 100% sustainable palm oil broke out at the European Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil held in...

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

‘Hey good lookin’ Limey!’ Tesco predicts beauty beverage boom as Bella Berry causes stir

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has tipped collagen-based beauty drinks for the top despite the lack of EFSA-approved health claims in the area, after startup Bella Berry caused a stir...

Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom

Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International.

French private label market stagnates

Private label products continue to gain traction across Europe, with the exception of France, where, according to latest analysis from Nielsen, they are struggling to gain ground.

‘Shake ya body, Shakissimo your gizmo?’ Nescafe launches first ever chilled dairy iced coffee in EU

Nestlé will launch milk-rich RTD coffee brand Nescafe Shakissimo in Europe this month along with new Nescafe recipes and products to renew the $11bn+ brand and attract younger consumers.

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‘There’s nothing soft about soft drinks!’ Tesco's top buyer warns entrepreneurs

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has warned entrepreneurs that the category graveyard is full of promising brands that failed because they ran out of cash, despite getting their concept ‘spot...

Leatherhead top trends: Holistic R&D, healthy marketing, food safety and the environment

Healthier products remain a top consumer demand, interpreting and communicating health claims is an ongoing challenge, and food safety is top of mind amid eco-friendly advances, according to Leatherhead Food...

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

World Cup 2014 fever: Nobody else can seriously compete against snacks, says ESA

Savory snacks are a perfect fit for the World Cup and industry has injected huge efforts into flavor development, pack design and marketing campaigns to draw the punters in, says...

Think before you shoot with World Cup branding

Food and drink manufacturers should think before they shoot before rushing to jump on the World Cup bandwagon or they might risk scoring an own-goal, warns MMR Research Worldwide (MMR).

CFP audits shrimp feed chain as reports of slavery in Thai fish sector

CP Foods says it is auditing its entire shrimp chain to ensure it is slavery free, and has been addressing the problem for the past 12 months.

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DrinkPreneur Live 2014: OOb takes Tesco prize in final shootout

Green-tea based drinks brand OOb took first prize at the inaugural DrinkPreneur event in London yesterday, winning high praise from judges including Tesco soft drinks buying manager David Beardmore.

Dispatches from World Cocoa Conference 2014

Cocoa surplus for 2013/14; small deficit for next season - ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a cocoa surplus for the current crop year, but said the market would return to a small deficit next year.

'Shocking' and 'unnecessary' levels of sugar in UK carbonated soft drinks

Four out of five fizzy drinks on the UK market contain the equivalent to, or more than, the WHO recommended daily maximum for sugar intake, according to new data.

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Food firms risk exposure over non-sustainable palm oil

Food manufacturers that don’t use purely sustainable palm oil supplies risk being named and shamed on social media, the WWF has warned.

Seafood slavery: Asian slave labour producing prawns for European and US retailers

European and US retailers including Tesco, Carrefour and Walmart have been selling seafood from supply chains that involve slave labour, according to the Guardian.