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Nestlé ‘strongly committed’ to confectionery outside US as segment declines continue

Nestlé’s confectionery business has continued to decline in the first half of 2017, but it says it remains committed to the segment.

Does Europe need a legal definition of natural food?

With the US considering a legal definition of ‘natural’ food, does Europe need one too? It would increase clarity for a complex concept, but defining 'degrees of naturalness’ for origin,...

Mooovin' away from 'bargain-bin' UK: Raising livestock standards post-Brexit

Campaign groups have hailed Brexit as a historic opportunity to reshape food and farming systems to raise food-farming standards and finally bury the tag of “bargain-bin Britain”.  

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

SCIENCE SHORT

Probiotics offer prospect of cheap, eco-friendly nanoparticles

The use of probiotics for the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) may offer a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to previous production methods, says a new review.

Chlorine chicken and unpredictable food prices: The true cost of Brexit?

Tariff and exchange rate uncertainties after Brexit could expose the UK to “considerable and unpredictable” changes in food prices as well as previously banned practices such as chlorine-washed chicken, a think tank...

EU will draft guidance to end 'totally unacceptable' dual quality discrimination

The European Commission is preparing guidelines to help national authorities identify and put an end to the "totally unacceptable" and discriminatory practice of dual quality foods, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday....

DuPont to sell existing alginates business

DuPont to divest alginates business as Commission clears FMC-DuPont deals

The European Commission (EC) has conditionally cleared a two-way deal acquisition between FMC and DuPont, based on promises that both companies will divest parts of their existing business.

Cereal breakthrough

Prehistoric grains identified in Swiss Alps lunch box

Scientists have discovered a 4,000-year-old ‘lunch box’ – obviously lost by a plucky primitive traveler crossing the Swiss mountains – contains microscopic traces of ancient wheat and rye.

Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé marks one year anniversary

From initiating portion control advice on biscuits, alternative green packaging for Nestlé Waters and promoting Nespresso’s sustainability efforts - HENRi@Nestlé celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.

FSA and FSS welcome guilty verdict in meat fraud trial

The FSA and FSS have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of a businessman convicted of adding horsemeat into beef.

From kefir to kvass: What's in store for Europe's fermented food trend?

From do-it-yourself kefir kits and lacto-fermented vegetable juices to kvass and spreadable cheese-style tempeh – what’s trending and what's next for the fermented food trend in Europe?

Review casts doubt over artificial sweeteners’ intended weight benefits

A possible link between artificial sweeteners and weight gain, diabetes and heart disease casts further doubt on the long-term health benefits of sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and stevioside.

News in brief

Tate & Lyle profit and volumes ahead

Specialty ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle says it has made “an encouraging start” to the year with profit volume ahead in both its divisions, speciality food ingredients and bulk ingredients.

News in brief

Royal DSM appoints new president of DSM Food Specialties

Royal DSM has appointed Patrick Niels to replace Ilona Haaijer as president of DMS Food Specialities from August 1.

Danone announces H1 results and shuffles reporting criteria

The reorganization of Danone is central to Danone’s half-year results, which were announced today.

Ireland brings in new rules on selling food online

Ireland’s Food Safety Authority has set out new guidelines stating the kind of information that food firms must provide when promoting or selling food online.

French people eat too much salt and not enough fibre: ANSES

The French population is consuming more processed foods, too much salt, and - “most importantly” - not enough fibre compared to ten years ago, according to a survey by the...

News in brief

Clean label viscosifier could boost yields in meat

Ingredion is launching a potato starch-based viscosifier that could increase processed meat yields by making it more slice more easily.

Avio 500 can look at high and low concentration analytes during same analysis - PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer has launched an Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) for high volume labs.

Guest article

Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

New Codex standard for dairy permeate powder will help dairy industry

The final approval of a Codex Alimentarius international standard for dairy permeate powder has been welcomed by permeate producer Arla Foods Ingredients.

SIGNATURE: SIG launches aseptic pack 100% linked to plant-based renewable material

SIG has developed what it said is the world’s first aseptic carton pack with a link to 100% plant-based renewable materials.

EFSA rejects Cargill’s health claim on erythritol and dental health

Cargill cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between eating sugar-free candy sweetened with at least 90% erythritol and a reduced risk of dental caries, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

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