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Barry Callebaut chocolate could be good for the brain

The world's leading cocoa processor Barry Callebaut said yesterday that it had new evidence to support the anti-cancer and anti-ageing benefits of its healthy chocolate Acticoa.

Grocery competition saves shoppers billions

Fierce price wars between the UK's leading supermarkets has squeezed grocery prices, saving consumers £3 billion in shopping bills but impacting on suppliers' profitability, according to new research by Verdict.

Australia, NZ reveal new health claims proposal

Australia and New Zealand's food authority has published new proposals for a health claims standard that would allow disease risk reduction claims for the first time.

Ireland summit aims to tackle obesity

An international conference in Ireland on food safety and nutrition aims to shed new light on the growing obesity epidemic.

Discounters seen as opportunity for Wal-Mart

The world's leading retailer may be set to move into Germany's discount market in a bid to salvage its position in the country and strengthen its presence in Europe.

Ahold anticipates revival through US split

After experiencing a difficult year, Dutch retailer Ahold will split its discredited US food venture in a bid to increase efficiency.

EU strengthens allergen labelling

From 25 November, the new rules, introduced by EC Directive 89/2003, will require pre-packed foods sold in the European Union to show clearly on the label if they contain any...

Buyers driving down hydrocolloid prices

Commoditisation and the dominance of price over all other considerations has driven hydrocolloid prices downwards for the last 20 years, according to an industry expert.

Unilever's Pro-Activ to be reimbursed by French insurer

Unilever said yesterday that it had signed a deal with Maaf Assurances that will see the French insurer reimbursing policyholders for consumption of its cholesterol-lowering Pro-Activ range.

Weekly comment

Death by food support

If the EU keeps hiding its agriculture sector behind huge pay cheques instead of devoting more time to food research funding, the bloc's whimpering and wailing will only get worse.

Cargill hones beverage market analysis tools

Cargill Juice Beverage Applications believes it can help beverage companies capture new trends and develop products in categories they may not have tackled before.

EU sugar reform: producers cautious, users frustrated

The EU is confident that the sugar reforms announced last week give producers a long-term competitive future, though firms such as Tate & Lyle remain cautious.

Local organic food growth threatened by increased imports

UK sales of organic products continue to grow much faster than sales in the non-organic grocery market, though imports could threaten local production.

Health experts hold key to food safety

Better communication between animal welfare and public health experts is vital if Europe's food safety is to be improved.

Carrefour burdened by competitive pressure?

Global retail giant Carrefour has issued €750 million worth of bonds to refinance debts, suggesting that the company is still struggling under European market pressure.

Food industry gives sugar reform a cautious welcome

Sugar users in the UK have cautiously welcomed the Council of Ministers' agreement to lower European sugar prices, but have demanded a more competitive future marketplace.

Tate & Lyle targets added value ingredient demand

Tate & Lyle's new range of starches, proteins and polyols suggest that added-value ingredients will be a major feature of next week's FiE show in Paris.

Weak sugar sales push Greencore towards convenience

Declining profits at Greencore's ingredients and agribusiness division suggest that the Irish food company might consider focusing on its more profitable convenience sector.

New EFSA chair targets coordinated food safety policy

Sue Davies' appointment as chair of the EFSA's Stakeholder Consultative Platform is one more step towards the achievement of a coordinated food safety policy in the EU.

No progress on Codex health claims debate

The Codex nutrition committee made little headway on draft health claims recommendations this week but discussion looks set to advance more rapidly next year, with new input from member countries.

Nutrinova insists Sunett patent protection remains robust

Nutrinova has reiterated its belief that its Sunett sweetener remains robustly protected by patents.

Heinz hits profit-high

In the face of rising production costs, global food producer Heinz defied sceptics to announce a better than expected quarterly profit rise, thanks to a major European reshuffle and ambitious...

Falling domestic sales force Aldi into Eastern Europe

Falling sales in Germany and ambitious competitors have forced Aldi further into Eastern Europe.

24 hour alcohol retailing hits the UK

Most off-trade retailers have chosen to opt out of the round the clock opening hours, in spite of the media hype surrounding 24 hour drinking.

More retailers pull out of competitive Czech market

German retailer Edeka is the latest Western European retailer to pull out of the highly competitive Czech Republic food market.

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