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Global food prices hit four-year low

The FAO Food Price Index continued a five month downward spiral in August, reaching its lowest point in four years.

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Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal': CEO

The Russian embargo on Western food imports will have little impact on Arla Foods Ingredients' whey and lactose interests, says CEO Henrik Andersen.

Lower saturated fats in new rapeseed strain

Determined food businesses working to lower fat content could benefit from a new strain of rapeseed that produces oil with lower than usual levels of saturated fat.

Arla Food Ingredients: High protein Greek-style smoothie ‘unique’

Arla Food Ingredients tells BeverageDaily.com its new Greek-style smoothie product concept is unique in marrying high protein and fruit levels with a lack of viscosity.

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EFRA to question Elliott Report author

Professor Chris Elliott is to be questioned by the UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in November about his review assessing food integrity.

Arla Foods launches sustainable dairy farming plan

Arla Foods has launched Growing Together, a three-year sustainable dairy farming initiative, involving its 3,000 British farmers. 

Danone to expand its children’s range in Russia

Danone will expand its children’s range Danonino globally expanding into Russia and Asia after initial success in Spain and the UK.

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe as big players such as Mars and Nestlé up their investment and others...

Can ‘thins’ save a dwindling packaged bread sector?

‘Thins’ have taken off in the US and Canada with bread, bagel and even tortilla varieties offering less calories for the health-conscious consumer, and it’s an area that holds great...

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte D’Ivoire and has allowed a US...

Sweeteners flat line in EU and US as consumers turn backs on soft drinks

The global market for high intensity sweeteners is flat lining in Europe and North America as consumers drink fewer soft drinks, according to a market report from IHS.

Fairtrade certified goods on the up in producer countries

Consumers in producer countries are increasingly interested in Fairtrade certified products as a means of supporting their domestic economy, according to Fairtrade International’s annual report.

Juncker European Commission line-up leaked

Lithuanian politician Vytenis Andriukaitis has been earmarked as the next commissioner for health and food safety in a leaked Juncker line-up, but officials remain tight lipped.

Elliott Review: The reaction

Positive reaction to Elliott Review findings but challenges ahead

There has been a mostly positive welcome to findings and future direction set out in the Elliott Review but also a warning of the work ahead. FoodQualityNews gives you the...

PREMIUM BOTTLED ALES WILL SNARE NEW CONSUMERS, DIAGEO BELIEVES

Guinness should ditch 'trendy abstract' ads and innovate more: Mintel analyst

As Diageo launches two new UK Guinness varieties Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth tells us he thinks the beer brand is anachronistic, needs to ditch the ‘trendy adverts’ and innovate more.

Review published in light of horse meat fraud

Elliott Review calls for action to stop food fraud

The UK government has promised action on food laboratories and supply chain audits following the publication of a long-awaited report assessing food integrity.  

FAO warning: Ebola outbreak threatens cereal production in West Africa

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has threatened upcoming cereal harvests across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it issues a ‘grave food...

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Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

Consumers want organic versions of their favourite food, say sector specialists

Organic seeds, spicy ingredients as well as organic versions of everyday meals are key trends, according to the company EHL Ingredients and a food marketing expert.

Unilever-Solidaridad supply chain partnership grows from sugar to gherkins

A Unilever agreement with Solidaridad is set to extend supply chain sustainability beyond the usual suspects of tea and cocoa to vegetables like gherkins.

Will Russian embargo impact whey and lactose prices?

While the impact of the Russian embargo on whey and lactose exports is “limited”, the price of these ingredients will likely be affected, says 3A Business Consulting. 

Meat industry in Lithuania suffers heavy losses over ASF and Russian sanctions

Meat producers in Lithuania have reported heavy losses due to the continuing spread of African swine fever (ASF) and the sanctions on meat supplies to Russia.

10,000 new food and drink jobs on cards, says Bank of Scotland

Investment and growth in Scotland’s food and drink sector will see around 10,000 new jobs created in the region, according to a Bank of Scotland report just a month before...

UK chocolate sales rocked as consumers balk at price hikes

Chocolate confectionery sales are falling in the UK as consumers move to lower priced products and take advantage of promotions following price hikes, says an analyst at IRI.

Experts call for global collaboration on food fraud

Global food businesses must work to one security standard for all food types if the threat of fraud and foodborne diseases is to be reduced, according to a major new...