All news articles for May 2018

M&A activity supported by appetite for challenger brands ©iStock/maxsattana

UK sees M&A appetite for ‘exciting and revolutionary brands’

By Katy Askew

M&A advisory groups have pointed to a drop in UK deal making in the food and beverage sector this year. Uncertainty around Brexit has complicated the picture but interest in tapping into ‘revolutionary brands’ that meet changing consumer expectations...

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EU policy proposal cracks down on single use plastics

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has proposed rules to cut use of single use plastics including a ban on cutlery, straws and drink stirrers and reduced use of food containers and drinks cups.

China became Russia's biggest investor in its economy for the first time

Russia sees foreign investments in new projects shrinking

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Foreign companies have curbed their investment in Russia’s agriculture industry in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to research from EY, released during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, held on 24-26 May.


Mouse data backs nori carbohydrate as potential prebiotic

Can seaweed help modify your microbiome?

By Nathan Gray

A specific carbohydrate found in nori seaweed could help drive changes to our gut bacteria by encouraging the growth of certain probiotic strains, say researchers in Nature.

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