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FDE: ‘Products may be different but there’s no East-West divide’

No evidence of lower quality foods in Eastern Europe, says Commission

For the moment, there is no evidence to suggest manufacturers are using lower quality or less nutritious ingredients in food and drink products in Eastern Europe, the Commission has said,...

Industry giants unite to eradicate forced labour in global supply chains

Brands such as The Cola-Cola Company, Unilever and Tesco have shared their stories on how they eradicated forced labour in their global supply chains in a recently published report.

Yoplait stresses importance of bees for food

Yoplait participated in the first Day of Flowers for Bees, which was celebrated June 20, in partnership with the French Observatory of Apidology (OFA).

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly...

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DairyReporter second annual survey – win an iPad

Last year, more than 600 people responded to DairyReporter’s first ‘state-of-the-industry’ online survey, and we’re again asking for input into what our readers see as the biggest challenges and opportunities...

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Bayn to extend sweetener reach in Norway with distribution deal

Swedish supplier Bayn has inked a distribution deal with Norwegian flavour firm Storms for its range of sugar-reducing ingredients.

Palm oil sector moves to save orangutans and put child rights into RSPO standards

Three major new initiatives have been launched to tackle human rights, wildlife conservation and concessions’ data across the palm oil supply chain.

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European Court of Justice says purely plant-based products can’t use dairy names

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg today announced purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yogurt’,...

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Syngenta to sell sugar beet business

Swiss biotech giant Syngenta will sell its sugar beet seed business to Danish company DLF Seeds.

PureCircle develops stevia plant 20 times sweeter than standard plant

Using traditional plant breeding techniques, PureCircle has developed a stevia plant with 20 times more sweet-tasting steviol glycosides than standard stevia, it says.

Arla ‘good for the land’ ad falls foul of ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK has ruled an Arla Foods Ltd ad that appeared in a local newspaper in November 2016 was misleading and cannot be run again.

UK mulls 'British only' filter button to encourage online shoppers to buy home produce

Almost two thirds of UK consumers would like the option to view only British produce when they shop online, according to new research.

Hungarian law to require "distinctive warning" labels on foods with inferior ingredients

As Bulgaria's prime minister slams dual quality foods as 'apartheid', a draft law by Hungary would see warning labels on foods with a different ingredient composition outside the country, but...

Women more prone to food allergies, study suggests

Food allergies are on the rise with the highest rates of intolerance recorded among women and the Asian population, a study concludes. 

Freshfel calls for minimum fruit content to use fruit images on-pack

Manufacturers are misleading consumers with images of fresh fruit on packaging when the actual fruit content is minimal or even zero, says trade group Freshfel, as it calls for a legal...

Europe reacts with anger as Trump dumps Paris Agreement

Europe's politicians, academics and business leaders have strongly condemned US president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Cargill's novel process matches cultivated carrageenan functionality with wild

A novel way of processing carrageenan means the cultivated variety matches wild carrageenan for functionality in dairy desserts. It's also cheaper than wild and has a more stable supply, says...

Time to rethink nutrition labelling, say scientists: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

It's time to move beyond the single nutrient model that looks only at individual fat, sugar or protein content, say scientists. Foods are eaten whole and so their effect on health...

New oil palms promise highest crude palm oil yields in industry: GAR

A new variety of oil palm developed using traditional plant breeding techniques will increase crude palm oil yields by up to double current levels, says SMART Tbk, a subsidiary of...

Tate & Lyle profits jump 85% as weak pound provides boost

British ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle has reported an 85% increase in profit before tax, putting the successful performance down to higher sales, a weak pound and fewer exceptional costs.

A lack of political will is stalling action on obesity: McKinsey report author

Europe is struggling to get to grips with rising obesity levels because politicians are distracted by single policies and industry lacks the level playing field that regulation can create, says Richard Dobbs, author of...

Does a high-fibre claim on premium ice cream still sound indulgent? Absolutely, says Koupe

Dutch start-up Koupe's high-fibre, high-protein ice cream is more than just a 'healthy' product, says its founder, who aims to compete with premium brands Häagen-Dazs and Magnum.

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

OmegaIngredients launches sweetening flavour modifier in powder form

OmegaIngredients' "smarter than a sweetener" flavour modifier in powder form allows manufacturers to shift sugar reduction efforts beyond beverages to cakes, biscuits and ice cream, it says.

Taiyo introduces sweet-tasting dietary fibres

Combining sweetness with fibre, is the aim of Taiyo’s new varieties of Sunfiber, an all-natural range of soluble dietary fibres which can also be used as a sweetener.

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