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Commission bins waste & recycling programme

The European Commission (EC) has dropped an environment programme on waste, incineration and recycling laws because it did not “complete the circle” of creating zero waste in Europe.

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Global sugar prices hit five month low

Latest figures show annual sugar prices dropped 23% year on year globally with expectations that a recovery in prices may be some time yet in coming.

Children's food: Vitamins in sugary food 'misdirect' consumers

Manufacturers of children’s food need to appeal to both children’s taste preferences and parental concerns over nutrition - but is excessive sugar warping children's tastes?

Swedish agency asks for government support to fight food fraud

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has called on the government for more legislative changes and better support from courts to fight food fraud.

Norway warns companies against improper halal labelling

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (FSA) said some companies risked losing their credibility after an annual audit found 12 of 40 businesses had “dishonestly” labelled their products as halal.

Why are private labels successful in some markets but not in others?

Private label food and drink products have encroached on brands’ market share – but what are the factors that lead to own-brand success, and why do they only apply in...

Sweden to make keyhole “cooler” for consumers

Sweden’s National Food Agency (NFA) said that it is set to undergo an image makeover to make keyhole nutrition labelling “cooler” for its citizens.

Don’t forget herbs and spice: Natural flavour growth goes beyond high intensity flavours

The trend for natural foods has seen alternatives to synthetic flavours take centre stage, but growth in this sector has been matched by increasing use of herbs, spices and seasonings,...

British union asks food industry to back farming

The British food industry, politicians and consumers were encouraged to support farming by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after a “worrying” study found that nearly half of the nation’s food...

UK sugar industry sales drop by 14%

Sales dropped to £298m (€338m) in 2014 and coincided with findings that nearly half of British consumers had shied away from sugar that year.

Fairtrade sales drop in the UK for first time in 20 years

Sales of Fairtrade goods fell nearly 4% last year in the UK as consumers turned to cheaper alternatives at grocery stores.

Breaking the taste taboo

Taste preferences are firmly rooted in a society’s culture - but they can be changed if manufacturers succeed in creating a new ‘cultural context.’

VIP Nuts: We’ve cracked it with beer collaboration

Collaborating with major beer brands like Carlsberg and Cobra has stretched our reach even further, says the co-founder of VIP Nuts.

Barry Callebaut wins patent for reduced fat chocolate

The Barry Callebaut Group has won a patent to make reduced fat chocolate to help consumers cut calories. 

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

UK organic market up 4% last year

The UK organic market has continued its recovery with sales up 4% in 2014, according to new figures from the Soil Association.

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could eventually become the new mainstream choice, according to Zenith International. 

Don’t believe the hype: Target wider food trends for flavour success

Harmonising flavours with general food trends may be a better approach to flavour innovation than trying to tap into taste trends touted as ‘the next big thing’, says research director...

Tapping into the flavour pairing trend

The concept of flavour pairing matches up weird and wonderful combinations – pork liver and jasmine for instance – and there are ways for the food industry to cash in...

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Flavour migration: From offbeat idea to mainstream favourite

With so many new and sometimes strange flavours hitting the market, we take a look at where they come from and how they become mainstream flavour fixtures.

Chilli sauce market heats up

The popularity of street food, increased willingness to try new flavours, and more sophisticated tastes have led to a sales spike for spicy chilli sauces, says Euromonitor International.

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Work hard, play hard: Tough Saudi Arabia energy drink market could reap rewards

Tough government regulations on energy drinks means the Saudi Arabian market is a challenging one, but it’s also a land of opportunity for US and European brands, says Euromonitor International. ...

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Unilever eliminates waste to landfill

Unilever has met its target of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its 240 factories around the world.