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Special edition: Functional Foods

What's driving functional food and beverage growth? Snacking, convenience, and consumer behavior

With sales of $176.7 billion this year functional foods are a hot growth sector. But which ingredients, sectors and countries are the best bets for product launches?

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article....

EC pledges €28m for Baltic dairy farmers impacted by Russian embargo

The European Commission (EC) has pledged €28m (US$35m) in financial aid for Baltic milk producers “particularly adversely affected” by the Russian embargo.

DairyReporter.com Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global dairy sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...

Sales growth in US yogurt category will likely ‘venture into negative territory in 2015’

Three years ago, Greek yogurt was on fire. Today, as the category has matured, its growth has slowed to a more modest pace, while one market watcher predicts dollar sales...

Manufacturers urged to develop ‘tasty’ protein-enriched foods for the elderly

Researchers have urged food producers to develop good tasting protein-rich products that are based on foods that the elderly already regularly consume.

Russian embargo: 21 states urge Commission to preserve agri reserve funds

Twenty-one member state agricultural ministers have urged the Commission not to cut agri budgets and called for extra emergency funds to help counter the Russian embargo on European food imports....

Australia

Aussie ice cream market stabilises while hipsters mount premium charge

Bulla is still the top-selling frozen dairy brand in Australia, even if many Australians have become less tempted to put tubs and cartons of ice cream in the trolley. 

Liqui-Box relocates China factory to be closer to its customers

Liqui-Box has closed down its factory in Shenzhen, north of Hong Kong (under its former DuPont ownership) and relocated to a plant in Taizhou, on the eastern coast of China's...

Dairy prices enquiry launched

An official enquiry into dairy prices has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee following the rapid plunge in milk prices in the past year.

Lake District Dairy Co taps into foodservice market with quark catering tubs

First Milk has developed 2kg catering tubs for its Lake District Dairy Co quark, which will be used in its exclusive national listing with foodservice supplier Brakes. 

Private label evolving; hindered by still tepid economy

Private label growth has slowed from the last several years when consumers flocked to the category due to the recession, according to a report from Packaged Facts. While retailers continue...

Dale Farm dairy co-operative secures cheese export deal to Japan

UK dairy farm co-operative Dale Farm has secured its first cheese export deal with Japan, through a ‘significant contract’ with food manufacturer Hoko Co.

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in...

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: ICE CREAM

Japanese ice cream innovation 'couple of years ahead' of the West: Mintel

Japanese ice cream manufacturers are a "couple of years ahead" of their counterparts in Europe and North America in terms of innovation, says market research firm Mintel.

Food sector innovation is 'too cautious', says Rabobank

Innovation will be key for food and agribusiness (F&A) industry growth as food demand increases, according to a report from Rabobank.

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

EC considering aid for embargo-hit dairy farmers in Finland, Baltics

The European Commission (EC) is considering financial aid for dairy farmers in Member States hit hard by the Russian embargo, such as Finland and the Baltic states.

Russia importing Belarus dairy products made with EU milk: DairyInfa

Russia is taking "the back way" to overcome its dairy import shortfall - importing Belarusian cheese made using milk sourced from blacklisted European countries, DairyInfa claims.

Producers in eight EU countries facing €409m milk quota fines

Eight European Union (EU) Member States look set to pay penalties totaling nearly €409m (US$517m) for exceeding their milk quotas. 

Russian food import ban: European farming group urges stronger action

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has said stronger action is needed to alleviate the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports, although it has welcomed an aid package for...

Tetra Pak urges 'world view' to address dairy supply and demand imbalance

The "traditionally domestic focused" dairy industry must adopt a "world view" to ensure increasing global consumer demand does not outstrip milk supply, says Tetra Pak.

Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

China to overtake US as largest dairy market by 2017: Euromonitor

China will overtake the United States to become the world’s largest dairy market by 2017, Euromonitor has predicted.

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