NGO threatens EFSA with court action

Show us the documents: NGO threatens EFSA with court action

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN) has said it will take the European Food Safety Authority to the European Court of Justice after the agency denied access to documents relating to its new science director, Juliane Kleiner, PhD.

Photo credit: The Golden Rice Project

GM golden rice: Tables turn on Greenpeace

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

A dissident Greenpeace founding member claims the environmentalist group has become “a force for evil” in its campaigns against GM golden rice.

Healthy reformulation of baked goods will always have compromises, whether on taste and texture, shelf life or even cost, says Leatherhead's formulation expert


Minimizing compromise in healthy bakery reformulation

By Kacey Culliney

Reducing salt, sugar or fat in baked goods will always mean compromises so it’s important to ensure these concessions are minimal, says Leatherhead’s formulation expert.

 AAK profits up 12%

AAK fattened by 12% profit increase

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

AarhusKarlshamn (AAK), the Sweden-based oils and fat producer, has reported a 12% increase in operating profit in the fourth quarter (Q2), driven by recovery in its chocolate and confectionery fats division. 

A trend towards the concentration of sustainable production is disconcerting, says report contributor

Sustainability review: Huge growth but developed nations dominate

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Once-niche certified sustainable goods are gaining traction in mainstream markets, but there is a danger that smaller producers are still under-represented, according to a review from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Yildiz sells yeast unit for €162m

Yildiz sells yeast unit for €162m

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Turkish food group Yildiz Holding has sold its yeast unit Dosu Maya to French firm Le Saffre for €162m.

Symrise set for Swedish probiotic takeover bid

Symrise set for Swedish probiotic takeover bid


German fragrance and flavours house Symrise has increased its stake in Swedish probiotics specialist Probi to 30.03%, and is now obliged under law to make a formal takeover bid.

Genius moved into the UAE this year as part of an ambitious international expansion strategy to hit on global gluten-free opportunities

Genius ‘suitably busy’ amid global expansion

By Kacey Culliney

Gluten-free major Genuis is suitably busy with an ambitious international expansion plan as it moves into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its commercial director says.

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls


Danone has terminated its existing supply contract with Fonterra and plans to sue the dairy exporter over the whey protein concentrate (WPC) Clostridium botulinum contamination scare that led to product recalls across Asia, Australasia and the Middle...

Hershey said the deal would bring new distribution channels for its products

Hershey to acquire iconic Chinese confectionery firm


Hershey Netherlands B.V. has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Chinese confectionery and snack firm Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company (SGM) - and the remaining 20% in 2015.

The FDF’s new Delivering sustainable growth through innovation plan was designed to grow exports and domestic sales

Food and Drink Federation details route map for growth

By Michael Stones

Improving knowledge transfer is one of three key ambitions revealed by the Food and Drink Federaton (FDF), as part of its plan to deliver sustainable growth for the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.

Belgian appeals court dismisses previous suit against Herbalife

Court overturns Herbalife pyramid case

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Supplements giant Herbalife has won an appeal against a verdict back in 2011 which tarred the firm's recruitment and selling structure as a pyramid scheme. 

Apax Partners snaps up French private label snacks maker Europe Snacks

Europe Snacks changes hands

By Oliver Nieburg

France’s leading private label snack maker Europe Snacks has been sold by private equity firm IK Investment Partners to another private equity company Apax Partners.

European sweetener trends: Are stevia mergers on the horizon?

European sweetener trends: Are stevia mergers on the horizon?


Stevia use in new products is booming, while artificial sweeteners still lead the way on a global basis. However, in coming years, market research organisation Canadean foresees a spate of mergers and acquisitions in the stevia industry, to consolidate...

Nestlé says it will also ask its more than 63,000 suppliers to offer jobs, trainee positions or apprenticeships to young people in Europe

Nestlé to offer 20,000 jobs to young Europeans


Nestlé has said it will offer 10,000 jobs to people under the age of 30 over the next three years and 10,000 apprenticeships, as part of an initiative to boost youth employment in Europe.

The new office will be based in Milan, in the north of Italy

Galactic opens sales office in Italy

Lactic acid and lactates specialist Galactic has opened a sales office in Milan, Italy, in an effort to provide a more localised service to its Italian customers.

The discontinued collaboration concerns a flavour ingredient, Evolva said

Evolva and IFF to end flavouring ingredient collaboration


Switzerland-based Evolva Holding SA and International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) have said they will end their collaboration on an undisclosed flavouring ingredient early next year, and Evolva is considering continuing the work independently.

Kellogg experiences backlash over “distasteful tweet”

Kellogg in trouble over "distasteful tweet"

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Kellogg has issued an apology for a “distasteful tweet” in which it promised to donate one breakfast to a vulnerable child for each retweet.

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