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Unilever rejects $143bn Kraft-Heinz mega-merger bid

Dutch-Anglo food giant Unilever has rejected a $143bn (€134bn) merger proposal from US company Kraft Heinz as being too low.

Organic and free-from in rude health as shoppers study labels

Sales of free-from and organic foods have rocketed in Europe as more and more shoppers spend time looking at labels in order to identify “guilt free” purchases, according to new data from...

Comment

Good time to push sustainability schemes

Can voluntary certification schemes really play a “crucial role” in the food sector's progress towards 2030 Sustainable Development Goals? Maybe, but they have to keep up with the pioneers, says David...

Coca-Cola HBC reports good growth led by Nigeria and Romania

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), a bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has reported its financial results for the full year ended 31, December 2016.

Voluntary certification schemes essential to meet SDG targets, say WWF & ISEAL

Voluntary sustainability standards covering everything from palm oil to fish and tea to sugar will play a significant role in helping food businesses meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according...

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

News in brief

MEP urges Commission to tighten up laws on misleading labels

The use of misleading images of blood oranges on coloured orange juice cartons has been called into question by Giovanni La Via, MEP, saying it is “not fair for the...

Final push: Commission promotes CETA ahead of vote

As EU politicians prepare to vote on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada this week, the Commission has launched an interactive guide to show Europeans how it would...

Univar and TerraVia ink deal to bring whole algae to Europe

Ingredients distributor Univar has inked a deal to bring TerraVia’s AlgaVia brand of whole algae ingredients to Europe.

Brexit will be sweet for cane and beet, says British sugar industry

Brexit’s impact on the food industry remains speculation, but one British market feels the outcome of the UK’s impending departure will be sweet: the sugar industry.

Warning messages in kids' advergames may promote rather than protect

On-screen messages to warn children when digital games are pushing unhealthy snacks don’t work and could in fact encourage them to eat more, according to a study conducted in Spain...

Frutarom acquires South African flavour firm Unique Flavors

Israeli flavour firm Frutarom has acquired South African supplier Unique Flavors as it edges towards its recently-set target of hitting sales of $2 billion (€1.9bn) by 2020.

Clean label cull: French supermarket cuts 90 'controversial' substances from private label products

French supermarket Super U has pledged to remove or reduce 90 “controversial” substances from its private label range, including palm oil, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, bisphenol A and fructose-glucose syrup, citing...

Guest article

How to avoid a PR crisis in five easy steps

Sticking to the truth and not shying away from comment are sound strategies when an unexpected crisis like a product recall arises, writes director of Ingredient Communications’ Richard Clarke.

European soda makers vow to reduce added sugar by further 10%

European soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orangina and Red Bull, have announced plans to reduce added sugars by an extra 10% by 2020 in Europe.

Prenatal BPA exposure may lead to weight issues later in life: Mice study

A chemical normally used in the canned food industry has been found to interfere with the hormone that controls appetite, raising the prospect of increasing weight gain and obesity. 

Industry reacts to RSPO's Impact Report

FoodNavigator approached industry and campaigners for their reflections on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)'s 2016 Impact Report. What are the challenges and opportunities in the next 12 months?

From algae ice cream to veggie sandwich slices: Ecotrophelia gives industry NPD inspiration

Lacking inspiration for new product development (NPD)? Look no further than Ecotrophelia, where Europe’s brightest young minds pitch ideas for innovative and sustainable foods, and have commercialised over 40 products in Europe so...

Could Brexit trigger a race to the bottom for Britain's food safety & quality?

As the UK government's white paper on Brexit calls for "frictionless trade", the National Farmers' Union has spoken out in favour of a level playing field with new trade partners,...

Sweet and spicy flavours add beverage calories, study notes

Individuals are piling on excess calories by sweetening or adding spice to their coffee or tea, according to a study from the US.

Children’s drink choices influenced by personalized labels, study finds

Personalized marketing of soft drinks influences and increases the choice of those drinks among children, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

Australia

Healthy images could be used to rouse people from junk food obsession

Billboards pointing out healthy food options could be enough to pull people out of their junk-food obsession, early Australian research suggests.

ENVI politicians back stricter rules on marketing junk food to children

Europe's food safety and health politicians have voted in favour to further restrict marketing unhealthy food to children on TV and video platforms in a committee vote.

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour enhancer matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-enhancing ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says...

Playing with portions and price: Manufacturers need to 'downsize smartly', says researcher

For consumers, higher prices are fair game but smaller portions are not, says one food marketing researcher who is urging manufacturers to downsize smartly: "Some food companies act as if they...

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