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With memories of peak prices in 2007-8 still vivid, manufacturers must keep a close watch on commodity markets. Sudden shifts can have a massive, overnight impact on costs - and worsen food insecurity in developing countries.

Worldwatch: Sustainable production faces ‘hidden threats’

More sustainable production is needed to ensure food and nutrition for future generations, but sustainability faces hidden threats, claims the Worldwatch Institute.

Unilever share price soars as sales rise 12%

Unilever share prices surged more than 4% within a few hours of the company announcing that its first quarter sales had risen 12.3% to €12.8bn, exceeding expectations.

Ajinomoto denies Splenda buyout rumours

Ajinomoto has denied claims published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that it was eyeing Tate & Lyle’s Splenda sucralose business.

Food for fuel: Biofuels policies cut emissions by cutting food consumption

Biofuels policies rely on cutting food consumption in order to reduce emissions, according to a study published in the journal Science.

Slump in sugar prices driving down overall food prices: FAO

A sharp drop in sugar prices is the main factor behind a fall in overall global food prices, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Is baby food creating fussy eaters?

Fostering children's willingness to try new flavours and foods has clear benefits for the food industry -  yet researchers say baby food manufacturers may be inadvertently creating picky eaters.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

Tate & Lyle maintains forecast following profit warnings

Tate & Lyle said there was no change to its full year guidance in a trading update on Thursday morning.

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

NGO accuses EU company of illegal African land grabs

European food companies are illegally grabbing land from smallhold farmers in Africa as part of the G8 New Alliance project, says an Action Aid report published this month.

EU proposes TTIP amendments following backlash

As MEPs prepare to discuss proposed amendments to TTIP’s investor principle in Riga next week, the European Commission says that most of the controversy springs from ‘common misconceptions’.

UK budget largely positive, says food and drink industry

The drop in corporation tax, promise of increased investment funding and support for British farmers in the 2015 UK budget were largely supported by British food and drink manufacturers.

Navigate or search -- how do consumers shop for groceries online?

Online grocery shoppers tend to prefer navigating to product pages rather than searching for specific products, according to a study funded by the European Research Council.

Campaigners win case against Bayer over pesticide bee claims

Friends of the Earth Germany has said it will step up its fight to protect bees after German chemical giant Bayer CropScience failed to sue it in court for claiming...

Russian ban on Ukrainian salt challenges supply

Russian sanctions have affected its salt supplies after it banned imports from state-run Ukrainian firm Artyomsol, which previously accounted for 24% of the market.

Dutch player enters busy Chlorella vulgaris market

Unique cultivation methods and upcoming innovative applications help Nutress stand out in the bustling Chlorella vulgaris market, says the Dutch company.

Food prices drop to lowest in five years, says FAO

Global food prices have dropped to their lowest level since July 2010, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row

Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last...

Swedish agency asks for government support to fight food fraud

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has called on the government for more legislative changes and better support from courts to fight food fraud.

Why are private labels successful in some markets but not in others?

Private label food and drink products have encroached on brands’ market share – but what are the factors that lead to own-brand success, and why do they only apply in...

Election 2015

Food to be highlighted ahead of election

A nationwide campaign to highlight the contribution of food and farming to British national life and the economy, ahead of the general election will be launched by the National Farmers...

Aldi in £1.2M deal with rapeseed producer

Aldi has seized 8% of the UK rapeseed market through a single £1.2M deal with Phoenix Speciality Oils.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

Majority MEP vote sends meat origin labelling to the Commission

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted by majority to create legislation that could see country of origin labelling used for all meat used in processed foods.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....