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Britvic rocked by new 'off odour' recall incident in Ireland

Britvic has withdrawn Ballygowan Water products from sale in Northern Ireland and Ireland due to an 'off odor', according to the UK FSA and the Irish FSAI, in the second...


‘Fat tax' – why is Denmark such a quitter?

‘Fat tax’ is a neat thought, but like all simplistic ideas it falls down at the execution, as the progress of the policy in Denmark shows – it simply doesn’t...

Food industry backs farmers on sustainability

The food industry has launched important initiatives focusing on the start of the supply chain to boost sustainability and improve supply.

‘Avoid sweetened drinks’: Scandinavian scientists warn pregnant mothers

Artificially and sugar-sweetened drinks may be linked to preterm child birth, according to Scandinavian researchers who have conducted a controversial new study.

Egg price hikes drive Avangardco sales and profits

The increased price of eggs has been the biggest factor behind strong results posted by Ukraine-based international egg and egg products business Avangardco, which boasts hundreds of millions of euros...

News in brief

Naturex H1 revenues up 15% to €147.2m

First half revenues grew 15% compared to H1 2011 at global botanical extracts leader Naturex to reach €147.2m as currency shifts favoured the French firm along with the benefits of...

Antibiotics reduce effectiveness of pathogen-killing lactic acid bacteria - study

Antibiotic residues in uncured pepperoni, salami and chorizo sausages are potent enough to reduce the effectiveness of lactic-acid producing bacteria designed to make the products safe for consumption, researchers have...

Israeli authorities indict bakeries over price-fixing ‘bread cartel’

Several Israeli bakery chains have been issued with charges by the anti-trust authorities over accusations of collaborative involvement in the price fixing of bread products and anti-competition activities.

FrieslandCampina posts H1 profit increase, cites infant nutrition growth

FrieslandCampina has posted a profits increase for the first six months of 2012, citing growth in infant and toddler nutritional product markets.

Researchers aim to develop new ‘super spaghetti'

An international team of researchers is working to produce better quality pasta that could contribute to improving health.

Soaring French spirits taxes rock Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard admits that the effects of a hefty 2012 French VAT hike on spirits has ‘severely affected’ the fortunes of key brand Ricard and other aniseed spirits with 45%+ ABV.

Nestlé sustainability champion: GM food not 'answer' to feeding world

Genetically modified (GM) food is unnecessary to feed the world and the food industry would reap more benefits from using resources more sustainably and employing other techniques.

Scrapping ‘fat tax’ on Denmark budget agenda

The idea of scrapping tax on sugary and fatty food and drink has been incorporated into budget proposals by the Danish government.

Industry must create ‘added value’ with natural hydrocolloid push: Researchers

Hydrocolloid thickeners and food additives have ‘good prospects’ in terms of potential marketing to consumers due to their natural origins and familiar sources, which make them ideal for marketing in...

Glanbia signs Dairy Ingredients Ireland JV agreement

Irish dairy giant Glanbia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited to enter into a joint venture in respect of its Dairy Ingredients Ireland (DII) business.

Food industry advertising spat deepens

The Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) has stepped up its assault on food industry advertising, vowing to press on with complaints against Nestlé after winning a challenge against UK confectionery firm Swizzels Matlow....

Stern-Wywiol Gruppe targets Asia

Stern-Wywiol Gruppe is targeting the Asian market with a range of new applications for flour treatment and fortification as well as other existing ranges.

Mixed progress for Unilever since 2007 - analyst

Unilever has shown mixed progress over the past five years, according to Andrew Wood, senior research analyst for food and home & personal care products at Sanford C Bernstein, based on its predictions...

Edible coatings can extend fruit shelf life, say researchers

A research project in Pakistan has successfully extended the shelf life of different fruits by applying various types of edible coating materials.

Food Vision 2013 to set global food industry agenda for innovation and growth

In March 2013 senior business leaders from global food, drink and nutrition businesses will come together for Food Vision, a world-first industry summit established by the publishers of and...

Initiative will boost milk pricing transparency – Robert Wiseman Dairies

Robert Wiseman Dairies has launched an initiative with dairy farmers to increase the transparency of how it determines its farm gate milk prices (FGMP).

Nestlé hits back at cereal ad critics

Nestlé UK has responded to critics of its cereal advertising that are claiming it contravenes Advertising Standards Authority rules, claiming the ASA has given the campaign the thumbs up.

Basque region backs nanotechnology research

Nanotechnology for food and other industries is receiving strong support in the Basque region of Spain, with cash being channelled to researchers through the EU Framework 7 research funding programme.

Career Profile

Tate & Lyle product developer gets candid

James Blunt, senior vice president, product management at Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients (SFI), which develops healthy and technical solutions for food and drink, talks to FoodNavigator about what his job...

Instant emulsions: Researchers aim to reduce industry costs with freeze dried sauces and dressings

Findings from a team of Brazilian researchers could help to reduce industry storage and transport costs by improving the way in which emulsions like sauces and salad dressings can be...

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