EU red tape threatens food promotion initiative
A European Commission programme designed to promote EU food
products outside the bloc has been welcomed by the food industry,
though criticism over European bureaucracy remains a recurrent
Price pressures impact on Nordic confectionery
Cloetta Fazer, Scandinavia's biggest confectionery company, has
revealed growth in the Nordic region despite decreased earnings due
to increasing price pressures.
New studies confirm TV-obesity link
Television viewing is a key factor in the nation's growing obesity
epidemic, according to two studies published in this month's
Journal of Pediatrics.
Food industry success tied to positive WTO outcome
Europe's food industry will significantly benefit from a
satisfactory WTO agreement, but for this to happen the EU must
maintain its multilateral approach and issues such as export
support must be addressed.
Barry Callebaut's American interests grow
Cocoa manufacturing giant Barry Callebaut has underlined the
importance of the US in its global portfolio with the opening of a
new $20 million facility.
Putting a premium on substance over style
Food producers are flogging the term 'premium' for all it's worth,
threatening to flood a market that relies on exclusivity for its
success with well-packaged tat.
Risk assessment on EU flavours throws up data holes
Europe's watchdog continues to wade through the risk assessment of
1000 flavouring substances, concluding that seven out of eight in
the latest batch need more data to determine 'reliable exposure'.
Portion size drives food intake, confirms study
The body's biological signal for controlling hunger and fullness
does not step in to regulate intake in the face of huge food
servings, according to a Penn State researcher.
Research commitments from food industry essential to reach salt targets
A lift in consumer demand persuades food makers to cut the salt in
their formulations, but ongoing research is essential to keep up
the pace of change, says Irish food authority.
Nestlé targets brands at hard discounters
Nestlé says it will embrace moves by hard discounters to sell more
branded products as part of its plan to recover from difficult
times on Europe's food and drink market.
Kraft spin-off moves closer to becoming reality
Food giant Kraft, which saw earnings drop 13.5 percent in third
quarter earnings yesterday, moved a step closer to being spun off
from parent Altria after a $280 billion government lawsuit against
the tobacco industry fell through.
Food makers hurt by packaging, energy costs
Announcements by Danone, Kraft and Cadbury indicate how much the
rise of oil prices is affecting packaging and energy costs for food
Nutritional candy introduced to improve health
An Indian government programme has identified candy as the ideal
medium for improving the nutritional intake of up to 14 million
Boost in fight against cocoa fungal infestation
The discovery that two devastating fungal pathogens might be linked
could help cocoa farmers dramatically improve production.
Spiralling costs hit lactic acid prices at Purac
For the second time in six months, Purac raises prices for its
range of lactic acids as raw material and energy costs continue to