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Tesco's dreaming of a green Christmas

Leading British food retailer Tesco is expecting it to be a green Christmas, and is preparing itself to meet demands for organic and eco-friendly produce, in line with consumer trends.

Which? calls for watershed ban on junk food advertising

Consumer group Which? has called for a total ban on the advertising of unhealthy foods in the UK before the 9PM watershed as the most effective way to protect childrens...

World coffee production on the rise, but stocks remain low

World coffee production is estimated to increase next year, after improved weather and better yields contributed to a larger coffee crop in a number of producing countries, according to the...

CIAA lobbies for changes to environmental, trade policies

The Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA) has outlined its strategy in lobbying EU legislators in the upcoming year on environmental policies and international trade issues.

BSF reports juicy berry sales

British supermarkets are reporting that sales of berries have been strong this year hitting £204m (€304m) despite adverse weather conditions, due to consumer health trends.

Tiny Tangerines tempt festive shoppers

Food retailer Marks and Spencer have released the smallest ever tangerines, just in time to fill Christmas stockings and cash in on the novelty Christmas market.

Encapsulation innovation highlights

Encapsulation of sensitive ingredients continues to generate interest and research, with innovative encapsulating compounds making waves.

Christmas feature

Reindeer milk - not on Santa's list this year

In a year that has seen camel, sheep and donkey milk grab the headlines in turn, Mrs Rudolph and her chums neednt fear that theyre next to get the "other...

Sunoko continue Serbian sugar investments

Leading Serbian sugar producer Sunoko will continue to invest in it operations throughout 2007, despite continued uncertainty over the future of sugar production in the neighbouring EU.

Gluten-free bread promises improved texture, taste

Scientists have developed a new variety of gluten-free bread suitable for consumers suffering from coeliac disease and boasting a longer shelf-life, increased nutritional value and better texture than products already...

ABF Ingredients seeking expansion in China

Food and retail group Associated British Foods (ABF) is actively looking for opportunities to increase its presence in China's ingredients market, and could make an acquisition in the coming year,...

EU Council backs Austrian ban on GM corn

The European Council is today due to formally back Austria's ban on the cultivation of two genetically modified crops, a move the biotechnology industry has branded as a "departure from...

Waitrose targets ethical consumers

Waitrose has extended its Fairtrade range to include chocolate and coffee, in a bid to catch the ethical consumer.

Nigella whips up a festive frenzy in UK

British supermarkets are claiming that comments made by celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has sent sales of goose fat through the roof.

Coffee prices recovering after years of crisis

The coffee market recorded a significant rise in Arabica prices in November, while Robusta prices rose only slightly according to the ICO.

EFSA adopts opinion on Bayer GM crop

Europe's Food Safety Authority has ruled that a genetically-modified cotton plant, which can be used for food applications, presents no cause for concern.

Food regulations round-up 2006

The past 12 months have seen several important developments on the European regulatory scene, which will play a big role in shaping the supplements and health foods industries for the future.

EC unveils simplified CAP plans

The EC has proposed simplifying the CAP by replacing 21 Common Market Organisations (CMOs) with a single CMO.

Protein-sugar combo could boost encapsulation stability

A protein-polysaccharide combination for stabilising water-in-oil-in-water emulsions could lead to customised double emulsions with differing release behaviours, German researchers report.

Asda hatches plan to save British egg trade

Asda is calling on all food retailers to follow its lead after launching a campaign to back British free range egg producers against foreign competition.

Weekly Comment

Response and Responsibility

Bah, Humbug! It has been that kind of year in general for the food industry, and in particular for some major companies.

Industry comment

Food firms: legal knowledge vital to Christmas profits

If businesses are not aware of the rights of temporary workers, Christmas profits could be eroded by costly employment disputes warns law firm Eversheds.

Tate & Lyle announces 2007 ingredients pricing rounds

Tate & Lyle has issued an update regarding the 2007 calendar year pricing rounds.

New potato variety boasts less acrylamide, better aroma

Scientists at the University of Idaho have produced a genetically modified potato variety of Ranger Russet with enhanced French fry aroma, and reduced amounts of processing-induced acrylamide.

Abolish maize intervention, says EC

The system of public intervention purchases for maize should be abolished from the 2007/2008 marketing year, says the EC.

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