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Attracting food industry talent ‘never more urgent’

Food and drink manufacturers have never faced “a more urgent challenge” to attract talent, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as it launched a new report designed to help plug...

UK dairy recovering after ‘dreadful’ two years: minister

The UK dairy industry may be turning a corner after a “dreadful” couple of years – but Brexit has created nervousness about the future of the market – the food...

EU urged to recognise authenticity progress by food operators

Recommendations on how the public and private sector can promote integrity and authenticity in the food chain have been made at a conference.

Nutrient claims and cartoon characters will sway children

Front-of-pack nutritional information is largely ignored by children but combine a nutrient claim and a cartoon character and it can “significantly affect” the product choices they make, according to new research....

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

Industry guidelines on surplus food donations aim to fight food waste

Manufacturers and retailers have teamed up with the European Federation of Food Banks to produce a framework for donating surplus food and cutting down on food waste.

Brexit uncertainty could raise UK food costs - but discount supermarkets may still win

Brexit-borne economic uncertainty could dampen supermarket’s ability to offer cheaper groceries, though worried shoppers could maintain sales figures at hard discounting retailers like Lidl and Aldi, analysts suggest.

Sustainability: A long-term investment and driver of innovation?

The food industry has taken notable steps to address the issue of sustainable sourcing, compelled by a corporate and social responsibility that ensures products that are produced in a safe,...

Made in Italy app will fight €60 billion industry of 'fake' Italian food, say creators

The creators of Italcheck, an app to verify genuine Italian products for shoppers and aid manufacturers fight food fraud, will help fight against the €60 billion fake Italian products black market.

British pork processor trademarks antibiotic-free logo

Leading UK pork processor Karro has registered an antibiotic-free logo with the Intellectual Property Office.

In-house sustainability and third party certification: Do they complement or cannibalise each other?

From Fairtrade to UTZ, Rainforest Alliance to RSPO, the number of third party certification schemes is on the rise. But alongside this proliferation of consumer–facing logos is the growing numbers...

Findings that teenagers drink sports drinks 'socially' prompts call for tighter regulation

About 90% of teenagers drink sports drinks for the 'nice taste' not the intended functional purpose, which is needlessly increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, according to a...

BREXIT

British food firms set to increase trade with US following Brexit vote

UK confectionery and snack businesses may look to ramp up their trade with the US in light of last week’s vote to leave the European Union.

Latest food and drink innovations – in pictures

Beverages – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ­– lead this month’s selection of new product developments.

Don't give children palm oil, says Italian consumer group

After finding that 12 kids' food products from Nestlé, Barilla, Ferrero and Danone contain high levels of carcinogen 3-MCPD, Italian consumer group Altroconsumo is calling on parents to stop giving products that...

Guest article

Right tool for the job: Protein fortification of baked goods and snacks

Experts from food and drink advisory service Campden BRI look at some of the key factors to consider when choosing the most suitable protein source for fortifying bakery and snacking products....

'The mass-market approach doesn't work anymore; retailers need to shrink to grow': IRI

Bigger ranges mean bigger sales, right? Wrong. Retailers right across the EU are undergoing a “range re-set programme” and the general target is a reduction of 30%, according to IRI....

Project set to bring nutrient-dense baobab to mass market

Baobab is set to become a significant and sustainable food source for Africa as international project Baofood harnesses its economic value to benefit the local population.

Nestlé goes green, clean and lean with environment and health targets

Half of Nestlé UK & Ireland’s electricity will soon come from a new wind farm located in the Scottish borders.

Private label in Europe: Tailor your growth strategy per country, says IRI

Private label is under pressure across Europe for a range of reasons and manufacturers and retailers must tailor their solutions to each individual country, according to a recent IRI report.

The first silica-based colouring approved for food

‘Non-synthetic’ food colours: Acceptable compromise or too far from nature?

Next-gen food colourings like Merck’s new silica-based pigment could offer a compromise between colouring foodstuffs and synthetic products. Yet, experts have questioned potential for consumer acceptance.

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Brexit vs Bremain: How would you vote?

The moment has come. After much debate the UK will have its EU referendum this Thursday. The question: 'Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'...

'Breakfast biscuits no healthier than Coco Pops' - the industry responds

Belvita owner Mondelēz International has said a UK study claiming breakfast biscuits may be “no healthier for you than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops” has ignored the full nutritional profile...

Rise in multi-sensory packaging in the food and drink sector

Apart from the visual, the role of the senses tends to be underplayed and underexploited in food and drink packaging, as Paul Gander sniffs out.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

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