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Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Organic food sales rebound in the UK

Sales of organic food and drink in the UK have grown 1.2% over the past year – outperforming the stagnant non-organic grocery market, according to figures from market research organisation Nielsen.

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Recipe for success? Top companies link sustainability to business performance

Unilever, Nestlé and Diageo are the most sustainable companies in the food and beverage industry – but more needs to be done to link sustainability efforts with business performance, according...

Can too many simple ideas on pack get confusing?

Putting more than one ‘clean’ label on pack treads a fine line between informing and overwhelming consumers, one analyst warns as the Commission issues controversial advice on egg labelling.

UK consumers lack knowledge on salt in foods, says Sainsbury’s

Less than 10% of UK adults say they monitor salt intake ‘strictly’, with almost half revealing they do not monitor salt intake at all, according to new data.

Online grocery shopping on the rise

The number of Europeans ordering groceries online has increased 60% over the past five years, according to a new report from market researchers at SyndicatePlus.

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there...

New approach to food systems needed to cope with climate change

Food security must lie at the heart of efforts to overcome climate change and achieve a sustainable future for the world, according to the FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva.

European ready meal market dominated by France, Germany and UK: Report

The European ready meals market has grown more than 14% in the past five years – and is due to grow another 12% by 2016, claims a new report from Food For Thought.

Don't Miss The FoodNavigator Debate – October 15th

The long road to salt reduction: Where we are and where we can go

Despite huge success stories from salt reduction efforts in some regions, public health experts and campaigners still suggest that much more needs to be done to bring down intakes. Where...

The new natural: How are clean label claims changing?

European consumers expect simple foods with no artificial ingredients – but food companies are finding it harder to differentiate their products by adding clean label claims, according to Mintel’s director...

Morocco’s argan oil story: Feminism, food and encroaching deserts

The Moroccan government and export markets are finally sitting up and paying attention to the country's argan oil production, according to the founder of a network of all-female co-operatives....

Sugar prices to edge upwards for 2014/15, says Rabobank

Raw sugar prices are forecast to rise as much as 7% by Q2 2015, but recent trading suggests prices will come down in the longer term, according to an analyst at Rabobank.

Bright ideas: The evolution of natural colours

Use of natural colours has increased rapidly in recent years, as food companies have looked to switch out artificial alternatives – but precisely what they are looking for is changing...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Organic logo overload? Consumers are not confused, suggests study

There is room for several organic logos within one market – as long as shoppers perceive advantages of one over another, a new study suggests.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Global hunger is falling, but malnutrition still a big issue, says UN report

The number of hungry people has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade; however 805 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished, according to a new...

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue an upward trajectory for the next four years, according to a Key Note...

FDF launches export promotion drive

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a month of activity with online export community Open to Export, designed to boost small and medium-sized food and drink company exports.

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.

DISPATCHES FROM INTERNATIONAL WHEY CONFERENCE 2014

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.