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Premium chocolatiers take note: Colombia to renew high-quality cocoa plantations

Higher cocoa prices in the international market could kick-start Colombia’s plans to replant up to 80,000 ha of its cocoa bean acreage.

DEFRA: Elliott Review publication not blocked

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has refuted claims that publication of the Elliot Review has been blocked.

Understanding the Challenges of the Food System grant winner

Modelling the supply chain for predictive approach

An effort to identify weaknesses in the supply chain and make industry more predictive than reactive is being undertaken by the University of Manchester.

Older consumers worldwide seek convenience in food, says Canadean.

Convenience motivates 17.1% of food consumption among older consumers, according to a report from Canadean.

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Global Halal market to hit $1.6tn by 2018

The global Halal food market will be worth US$1.6tn by 2018, up from US$1.1tn in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Production ‘is important in view of sanctions imposed against Russia’

Food packaging line built to ‘substitute’ Russian imports

Tasma (Tatar Sensitive Materials) has launched an $8.3m food packaging film production line in Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, to extend product storage and shelf life.

Interview with John Eldridge, 30-year CPG industry vet and Guiding Stars strategy consultant

Don’t underestimate Millennials’ influence on the consumer landscape

As the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, Millennials are no doubt leaving their mark on the way we as a society shop for and consume food. 

Understanding the Challenges of the Food System grant winner

Public reaction to horse meat to be analysed through social media

Social media data surrounding the horse meat incident will be analysed by Cardiff University researchers to see how rumours spread and measure public engagement.   

Data Blog: The figures behind Russia’s food ban

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports

In this data blog FoodNavigator takes a look at the trade figures behind the recent Russian trade sanctions - to reveal which countries and categories will be worst hit, and...

Food prices hit six month low, says FAO

Falling grain, oilseed and dairy prices have pushed the FAO Food Price Index to a six month low, says the UN authority.

A joined up response: Commission responds to Russian trade sanctions

The EU has reassured food producers that new measures brought in by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) including a crisis reserve are in place to assist them in the fallout...

Big brands must step up to salt challenge, says CASH

Large brands must step up their commitment to reducing salt, and match the progress being made by own-brand products from supermarkets, says CASH, as a new study shows salt levels...

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US....

Teagasc spearhead new Irish sensory food network

A new sensory 'network of excellence' has been set up in Ireland in order to address the needs and gaps documented by the food industry in relation to sensory science.

Sugar scare triggers home baking decline, says Mintel

The number of UK consumers baking at home fell by 8% this year – a drop likely sparked by fears around sugar but one that could be remedied with stevia,...

I DON'T THINK COKE'S REVERSAL MEANS STEVIA HAS AN IMAGE PROBLEM': EUROMONITOR ANALYST

Coca-Cola Half Life? Zevia CEO predicts 'substantial damage' to Glaceau Vitaminwater after stevia U-turn

The CEO of soda brand Zevia insists Coke’s use of stevia in full-calorie Glaceau Vitaminwater has caused ‘substantial’ brand damage and says it raises questions over the future for mid-calorie...

News in brief

More caffeine in your Diet Coke? That's for the 'distinct flavor profile'

Coca-Cola Great Britain tells BeverageDaily.com that UK Diet Coke contains slightly more caffeine than the regular version to ensure the soda's 'distinct flavor profile' after a Sunday Times article criticized the brand...

Grant winners to share almost £2m for food industry research

Five applicants will share a grant of almost £2m to investigate challenges around the UK food system.

Food fight: Russia responds to EU and US sanctions with food import bans

Russia has responded to increased sanctions from the EU and US with by prohibiting certain foods entering the country, including bans on fruit and vegetables from Poland and poultry and...

Promoting flexitarianism is misleading - dietician

A leading dietician has rubbished claims backing consumers ditching meat from their diets for health and environmental reasons and becoming flexitarians.

Sime Darby could take over New Britain Palm Oil

A major stake in New Britain Palm Oil, which supplies UK manufacturers, is being targeted by Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, part of the consortium that acquired Battersea Power Station.

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to...

Secret salt: CASH slams salt levels in ‘healthy’ salads

Huge amounts of salt continue to be added to many restaurant, café and supermarket salads in the UK, according to a new survey by Consensus Action on Salt & Health...

Future of food: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies

The effects of air pollution on the ozone, coupled with higher global temperatures could combine to reduce crop yields. However effects will vary by region, say researchers.

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