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Food manufacturers could help fix a 'dysfunctional supply chain', said the farming boss

Food firms should ‘help to fix supply chain’

By John Wood

A dysfunctional supply chain is threatening the future of many farms in Scotland, and food manufacturers can help fix it, according to Allan Bowie, president of National Farmers Union Scotland.

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from telling a story about their products

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Why manufacturers should tell ‘a story about food’

By Michael Stones

Telling a good story about the provenance of food and drink products could benefit manufacturers, Mintel’s David Jago told the innovation conference New Frontiers in Food and Drink.

Euromonitor downgrades global growth rates 2 points to 2.3%. © iStock

Global packaged food market set for downturn

By Niamh Michail

Emerging market slowdowns are having a knock-on effect on the global packaged food market, according to market analyst Euromonitor, which has downgraded its growth forecast for the next five years. “It’s understandably of a concern to many in the industry."

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Special edition: Protein perspectives

Whistle stop tour: Protein global

By Shane STARLING

Western Europeans are numero uno when it comes to per-capita protein consumption; bread is surprisingly the most popular protein medium; and protein has well and truly invaded the healthy snacking category.

Over 90% of Europeans surveyed said country of origin labelling is important for processed foods, according to Eurobarometer. © iStock

MEPs intensify pressure for origin labelling

By Niamh Michail

Another vote from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has put further pressure on the European Commission to act on mandatory origin labelling for meat, dairy and processed products.

The Greek yogurt market is still thriving according to a new FMI report on the yogurt market. Photo: iStock - MSPhotographic

FMI report says Greek yogurt still growing

By Jim Cornall

A new report by Future Market Insights (FMI), Yoghurt Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025 is being published in May 2016.

In a keynote speech at World Food Innovate this week, Danone’s Christophe Perthuisot introduced the concept of 'Friday Tinkering' to foster innovation and build a sustainable product pipeline.

Danone ‘tinkers’ with company culture to innovate

By Will Chu

In a keynote speech at World Food Innovate this week, Danone’s Christophe Perthuisot gave a revealing insight into how the company’s Friday afternoons are devoted to idea generation, where innovative concepts are explored and developed into a sustainable...

The new Eatwell Guide (left), which replaces the Eatwell Plate (right), reduces the recommended amount of dairy in the diet from 15% to 8%.

Anger as new Eatwell Guide slashes dairy

By Jim Cornall

Public Health England’s (PHE) launch of the new Eatwell Guide, which promotes more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and almost halves the amount of dairy in the diet, has drawn ire from various industry sources.

Stefan Catsicas, chief technical officer of Nestlé speaking at the World Food Innovate conference in London

Nestlé chief: Reduce sugar now before it’s mandatory

By Will Chu

At the World Food Innovate conference in London, Stefan Catsicas, chief technical officer of Nestlé described how the food giant is meeting the challenge of making foods healthier without causing a drop in sales.

EU healthy eating funding discriminates against plant proteins: ENSA

By Niamh Michail

The EU is discriminating against soy and plant-based proteins that are nutritionally similar – or even healthier – than the sugary dairy products it has pledged to subsidise, says the European Natural Soy and Plant-Based Foods Manufacturers Association...

France to vote on palm oil tax

By Niamh Michail

A tax on palm oil destined for food could be on the cards in France as the government votes on its Biodiversity Bill this week.

The report said it was 'reassuring' given Ireland’s important role as a beef producing nation, the first evidence in relation to concerns on integrity of beef products emerged as a result of Irish official controls

Ireland’s food safety system praised

By Joseph James Whitworth

Ireland has a well-established food safety control system where responsibilities are defined and organised to avoid duplication or gaps, according to a study.

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GreenPalm palm oil goes greener – or does it?

By Niamh Michail

GreenPalm sustainable palm oil certificates will now offer buyers traceability back to the mill, meaning it is now the only fully inclusive supply chain open to all growers, says the trading platform. But campaigners are still calling it a "false...

Brexit could spark a 'food industry crisis', warns the new report

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Brexit could spark a ‘food factory crisis’

By John Wood

Leaving the EU could spark a “food factory crisis”, according to new research on the consequences of a British exit, or Brexit, from the EU, from the Food Research Collaboration (FRC).

Arla revealed up to 200 jobs will be affected by its relocation and restructuring plans

Arla to close Essex dairy, threatening 200 jobs

By Michael Stones

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned dairy company, plans to close the fresh milk processing production facility at its Hatfield Peverel dairy in Essex, with the loss, or relocation, of up to 200 jobs.

Food safety and authenticity may be compromised by budget cuts

Food crime raids jump 10% amid budget cut fears

By Michael Stones

A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and authenticity, warns commercial law firm EMW.

The popularity of iconic British brands is fuelling the rise of exports, according to said Elsa Fairbanks of The Food and Drink Exporters Association, Photo copyright: iStock

'Iconic' brands boost British exports as overall trade falls

By Kizzi Nkwocha

Rising exports of branded food and soft drinks pull up British trade figures for 2015 as its competitive edge in the Eurozone is hit by falling oil prices and a strong pound,  the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said today.

'It is not very well known among consumers and among the different food and beverage industries that the first 1000 days is a window of opportunity for long term health,' said Einerhand. © iStock

Food Vision 2016 preview

Child nutrition NPD needed to avoid crippling cost of obesity, says expert

By Kizzi Nkwocha

New product development (NPD) is essential to address the nutritional needs of a child during its first 1000 days if health systems are to avoid the crippling cost of treating non-communicable diseases, warns a leading consultant and speaker at Food Vision...

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