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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.

Technology trends: HPP most important food technology – now and in the future

High pressure processing (HPP) will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data. 

Norwegians increasingly sceptical about organic

Norwegian strategies to up organic consumption are failing, say researchers. 

Sustainers and curtailers: Which type of sustainable foodie are you?

Sustainability isn't one size fits all. Some consumers buy sustainable products while others curb consumption of less sustainable foods, say researchers. 

Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

€6m bust for vinegar price fixing: 'This is a very serious cartel'

Two Dutch vinegar firms have been fined over €6m for cartel arrangements lasting over a decade – but the whistleblower sidestepped payment under EU rules.

Milk crisis nationalism is anti-EU, Dutch tell Commission

Calls from the French National Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (FNCL) to stop imports of foreign dairy products are contrary to EU single market principles, Dutch groups have complained to the...

Supermarkets ‘risk losing millions’ in manufacturing

Supermarkets planning to take up food manufacturing in their fight to gain a competitive edge over the limited range discounters Aldi and Lidl risked losing millions of pounds and faced...

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

Food taxes and subsidies: A balanced approach needed, says review

Fiscal policies can form a valuable part of efforts to drive changes in dietary behaviours, but such policies must be balanced against each other, say researchers.

Sugar tops UK food concerns

The amount of sugar in food is the top food concern for UK consumers, according to a Food Standards Agency survey.

Don't count on industry goodwill: Tax for healthy, sustainable food

Don’t count on industry goodwill or informed consumers for a healthier, sustainable food system – it's time to try food taxes, says one report.

UK government pledges £7 billion boost to exports

Over 100 more protected names for British food, more research for food innovation and less red tape will give a £7 billion boost to exports, the UK prime minister says....

Price war fallout to worsen as retailers produce their own goods

Manufacturers are already on the brink but they now face a "nightmare scenario" as more retailers begin producing their own goods, says a market report - so what can industry...

Unilever beats expectations, but warns of ‘negligible’ market growth

Unilever has reported better than expected second quarter results but warned of slow demand in emerging and developed markets alike.

What lessons can be learned from France's price war?

Indiscriminate and widespread price wars do not make sense – but manufacturers must be proactive if they are to survive them, says an IRI report.

‘Excellent news’: Cider campaign welcomes UK Budget pledge to keep duty exemption, contrary to EU directive

The UK government has pledged to retain a duty exemption for small-scale cider makers, a policy that has been threatened by the European Commission. 

Sugar prices falling – even as consumption rises

Global sugar prices have been on a downward trend – and there is no end in sight, according to Rabobank’s latest sugar quarterly.

FAO-OECD: Global food prices set to remain low to 2024

Global food prices are likely to remain low over the coming decade driven by lower oil prices, according to a joint FAO-OECD report.

Russia to extend ban on EU food imports until Jan 2016

Russia has confirmed it plans to extend a ban on Western food imports until early 2016 and may add new products to the list of banned goods, officials have said.

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

Low-income families need to spend one third of income to eat healthily

Low-income families need to spend at least one third of their weekly income on food if they want to eat healthily, a Food Standards Agency survey has found.

European Investment Bank to finance Ukrainian agri-food sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an agreement with Ukraine to provide financial support to its agri-food sector and help it benefit from the EU free trade area.

Researchers urge government to ‘seriously consider’ food taxes

The UK government should seriously consider taxing unhealthy foods and drinks to reduce their consumption, a paper from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) has urged.

Food prices at six year low as cereal prices tumble: FAO

The FAO Global Food Price Index fell to its lowest value since 2009 on as projections for cereal harvests are upgraded causing prices to stall.

Seaweed in focus

What will it take to make Indonesian seaweed competitive?

Indonesia has ambitious plans to add value to its seaweed industry – but its success could depend on the outcome of an ongoing tug-of-war between industry and government.

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