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Food and drink firms should 'beware bribery threat'

Manufacturers must take the threat of bribery more seriously by putting in place measures to safeguard against it, a legal expert has advised. The warning comes as new figures suggest...

Organic NPD vital to survive mainstream 'healthification'

The organic sector has cultivated a culture of ethical awareness among consumers that conventional manufacturers are now cashing in on – and new product development is vital for the sector...

Government derailed salt reduction leading to 6000 deaths

A pioneering salt reduction scheme was derailed by the UK government leading to 6000 preventable deaths, says Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Packaged food sales increase in ‘two-speed’ Western Europe

The Western European packaged food market has grown 5% since 2009, with chilled pasta, sustainable foods and frozen yoghurt leading the way, according to Euromonitor International – but Europe is...

Fish manufacturers should voluntarily improve labelling - or risk boycott

Manufacturers of fish products should adopt clearer labelling to allow consumers to make sustainable choices – because otherwise they may be encouraging boycotts of their products, say campaigners.

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels....

When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'

Wackaging – using cute and quirky language on a product’s packaging – seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?

Tesco reports historic €8.9bn loss but may be able to move on, says analyst

UK retail giant Tesco has reported a staggering annual loss of £6.4 billion (€8.9bn), the worst in its 96-year history.

UK’s Birds Eye brand Iglo sold for €2.6bn

Europe’s largest frozen foods business Iglo Group has been bought by a pair of US investors for €2.6bn, at 2.4 times return on the original investment made by parent company...

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

Inform public about TTIP to remove misconceptions, says FoodDrinkEurope

More needs to be done by the European Commission to remove misconceptions about TTIP, a representative from FoodDrinkEurope has said, following the recent public backlash in Germany.

How to restore consumer confidence after a food scandal

Accountability is key to rebuilding consumer confidence in the industry following a food scandal  - a company’s response to accusations of contamination is almost as important as its actual role...

Eastern promise: The untapped health potential of Japanese cuisine

The Japanese diet can rival the Mediterranean diet for both health benefits and consumer pulling-power – with the added bonus of 'undiscovered' ingredients waiting to be developed by Western food manufacturers.

Early Easter sweetens sales for Nestlé

Nestlé has reported a better than expected sales jump of 4.4% with sales totalling CHF 20.9bn (€20.25bn), boosted by sales of bottled water and chocolate.

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AAK records ‘historic high’ 2014 profits

Acquisitions have driven AAK’s operating profits to a ‘historic high’ with net sales up to SEK 17,814m (€1.9bn).

French consumers seek healthier on-the-go foods

France may be notorious for its leisurely lunch breaks but less structured ways of eating are taking root, with a third of consumers saying they often eat on the run,...

Japan

Japan’s low carb consumption makes it lightest of all G8 nations

An analysis of the G8 nations has highlighted striking differences in calories and other macronutrients purchased from packaged food in these countries with Mediterranean and Japanese diets being the healthiest,...

EFSA reviews chemicals in food and drink

EFSA has published an overview of its most recent data on chemical contamination of food and drink aimed at the general public.

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Growing demand for natural food colourings by manufacturers and consumers will continue to drive the Western European market in the near future, according to a new report by Future Market...

Changing food porosity could cut salt and fat

Salt and fat content in processed food could be reduced by altering food pore size - without affecting the taste, say scientists.

Nuts in spices scandal shows no signs of slowing down

Undeclared almond prompts recalls in EU countries

The nuts and spices contamination scandal is continuing to affect companies across Europe.

Malaysian palm oil industry denies deforestation claims

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has denied claims of corruption and widespread export of palm oil from illegally deforested land.

Manufacturers, consumers, retailers or government: Whose responsibility is gluten-free?

A gluten-free diet is the only possible treatment for those with coeliac disease – so whose responsibility is it to increase affordability, availability and awareness? FoodNavigator asked experts for their views....

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Solina Group acquires Paulig flavours division

France's Solina Group will acquire the industrial flavouring division of Paulig to increase its presence in Nordic countries and Russia, the company has said.

Food labels: Using emoticons better than using colour?

Emoticons on nutritional labels could have stronger impacts on perceptions of snacks than colour-coded labels, a study has claimed.

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