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Being anti-GMO may have ‘intuitive appeal’

Rejection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be intuitive for many people, claims a paper published in the journal Trends in Plant Science.

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

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...

Mondelēz struggles to keep pace with the global chocolate market in Q1

Mondelēz International has continued to grow below the overall chocolate market in first quarter of 2015 after it was the first to raise wholesale prices last year. However, it expects...

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Chop, chop: Cocoa dependents must finance farm training before more forests are axed

The chocolate industry must ramp up support for good agricultural practices on existing cocoa farmland or else rainforest will be chopped down to make way for new plantations and it...

Salt set to be next ‘bad boy’ ingredient in children’s food

Manufacturers should act now to reduce salt content in foods intended for children – or risk criticism in the near future, says a Euromonitor analyst.

Can organic feed the world?

Organic crops generally have lower yields than conventional crops – but that’s not the only way to measure their potential to feed the world.

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Hot chocolate: How will industry protect its key commodity from climate change?

Rising temperatures could seriously change where cocoa is grown in the next half-century and global output could be threatened if the chocolate industry does nothing to protect its key crop.

'Serious implications for public health': Study finds organic milk contains a third less iodine

Organic milk contains nearly a third less iodine than conventionally-produced fresh milk, a British study has found.

Nestlé wades into debate on rapid and conventional microbiological methods

Nestlé is one of the keynote speakers wading into the debate about ‘what’s new’ in traditional and rapid methods for food-orientated microorganisms.

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.

Ethical foods make consumers feel morally superior - and food taste better

The feeling of moral satisfaction that consumers get from eating ethical food change their taste experience for the better - and means they are willing to pay more, according to...

Jeremy Rifkin: Meat is ‘the most inefficient way of feeding the human race’

Europe needs to talk about moving down the food chain to feed people more efficiently and beat climate change, says renowned US economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin.

Russians increasingly affected by food sanctions

More than a third of Russians (37%) have noticed that some of their favourite brands are missing from store shelves following food sanctions – compared to about a quarter (26%)...

Nut enough: Ferrero goes to Serbia for more hazelnuts

Italy’s confectionery major Ferrero has purchased almost 700 hectares of fertile agricultural land controlled by Serbian agricultural company Aleksa Santic for €7.95m ($8.64m).

“We’ve never seen consumers as confused!” PepsiCo asks what – exactly – is ‘good for you’

PepsiCo faces the challenge of redefining 'good for you', as it sees consumers turn their attention to real sugar, organic, and non-GMO.

EU trait approvals break 18 month deadlock on GM crop imports

The Commission today adopted ten new authorizations and seven renewals of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed use.

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....

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

The use of certain biotechnologies could support organic production in the future – although the currently approved ‘cross-species’ GM technologies are the biggest threat to the organic food system, says...

News in brief

Wessanen reports strong Q1 volume growth

Netherlands-based food group Wessanen has reported higher sales and profits during the first quarter, driven by 8.4% volume growth.

Letters to WHO may be used in EU talks on food marketing to children

Letters of support to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its recent work on food marketing to children may be used as a basis of dialogue between European governments and...

EU food and drink trade growing – but could be better

Food and drink trade increased in most of Europe last year – though production in a few member states could have been better, said a representative at FoodDrinkEurope.

Nestlé files all-natural heat resistant chocolate patent

Nestlé has filed a patent for heat-resistant chocolate made by adding fibre from sources such as wheat or citrus fruits.

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?

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