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UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the...

The factory of the future: Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out a vision for sustainable manufacturing

Emerging technology, big data, and innovations like smart labels and smart kitchens can help transform the food and drink industry for a sustainable future, according to a Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)...

DISPATCHES FROM FOOD VISION 2016

What does it take to give a niche ingredient superfood staying power? A re-think of the supply chain

What does it take to give a niche ingredient sustained consumer demand rather than a brief moment of superfood fame? A radical re-think of how you control the supply chain...

FMI report says Greek yogurt still growing

A new report by Future Market Insights (FMI), Yoghurt Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025 is being published in May 2016.

Origins

Rising dragon: Vietnam to win fine flavor cocoa status

Vietnam is to become the second Asian nation to be recognized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) as a fine flavor cocoa origin.

Feature

Separating fact from fantasy: What's the future for ethical labels?

Food brands are beginning to look beyond ethical certification schemes to source sustainable products. Can the likes of Fairtrade keep up? 

Sugar tax: could bakery products be next in the government firing line?

A ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks announced by the UK government this week might eventually be extended to baked goods, industry experts have warned.

Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel

The use of stevia in non-alcoholic beverage launches increased 487% between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from Mintel, with carbonates and RTD iced tea in particular turning to the natural sweetener. 

Sugar tax

Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

What is the beverage industry doing to cut calories?

From reformulation to nutritional labeling, the non-alcoholic beverage industry has adopted a variety of strategies to reduce the calorie content of drinks. We look at how different strategies from around...

Anger as new Eatwell Guide slashes dairy

Public Health England’s (PHE) launch of the new Eatwell Guide, which promotes more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and almost halves the amount of dairy in the diet, has drawn...

What is emotional marketing and how can social media help you get it right?

Social media has transformed the way food manufacturers can engage in emotional marketing and foster brand love among consumers – but tread carefully because it also magnifies errors if you...

UK sugar tax on soft drinks: The industry's reaction

The UK government has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But the industry has slammed the levy, saying soft drinks have been ‘singled out’ despite manufacturers’ existing efforts to reduce...

Polyols offer potential to plug the sugar gap - but problems remain

The focus on sugar intensified yesterday with news of a tax on soft drinks in the UK. But assuming a shift to low or no-sugar foods and drinks will lead...

Brexit

Food manufacturers back EU membership ‘overwhelmingly’

Leading UK food and drink manufacturers have given “an overwhelming endorsement” to the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.

PepsiCo rolls out ‘PepsiMoji’ campaign, as packaging gets more creative and personal

PepsiCo is expanding its ‘PepsiMoji’ campaign across more than 100 markets this year, championing the use of a ‘universal language system’ to engage with consumers worldwide. 

Consumers ‘actively seek’ clean-label alternatives

Almost a third of consumers actively seek products with some form of clean-label claim, while 70% of those purchasing dairy and bakery products say such claims influence their buying decisions,...

Ireland’s food safety system praised

Ireland has a well-established food safety control system where responsibilities are defined and organised to avoid duplication or gaps, according to a study.

DISPATCHES FROM FOOD VISION 2016

‘Demand-creation’ business model key to sustainability

 How to create a new high-value, sustainable business model for African ingredients? By focusing on demand-creation first, production second and engagement with communities, says the founder of baobab start-up Aduna. ...

Brexit

Brexit could spark a ‘food factory crisis’

Leaving the EU could spark a “food factory crisis”, according to new research on the consequences of a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU, from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC)....

Soapbox

Six-legged livestock: The next ‘bug’ thing

There is only one obstacle between insect-based foods and supermarket shelves: western people don’t like to think of eating them. 

'Artisan, alternative & adventurous' food is driving UK industry success stories

The London Stock Exchange Group has picked out 75 up-and-coming British food businesses which are fuelling success in the whole sector thanks to an "insatiable appetite for the artisan, the...

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

Private public partnerships (PPPs) are the best way to tackle the world’s public health issues with food and nutrition, but only if strict rules are in place to guard against...

Sugar overtakes calories as number one ‘food villain’

Sugar has overtaken calories as the biggest ‘villain’ when shopping for healthy food, research by Mintel has found.

Consumer reaction to Mars recall measured by YouGov

A recall of Mars and Snickers chocolate has had a negative consumer impact on both brands but the signs are it will only be short-term, according to YouGov data.