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Ireland dairy and beef supplies forge into EU markets

After achieving record exports in 2005, the Ireland's dairy and beef industry is expected to remain as an important source of supplies to the EU market, according to a government report.

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Healthy food and the World Cup of missed opportunity

Beer, bakery, confectionery, sweet drinks, pizzas, snacks galore, and even dog food. The list of products with World Cup tie-ins is dominated by junk food, while healthy food makers seem...

France trumps UK in foreign investment food stakes

France held the top spot last year over the UK for foreign investments into the food sector, according to a new Ernst & Young report.

Companies aim to score big at World Cup

If hell freezes over and Australia wins football's World Cup, then Scottish & Newcastle will be on the hook for splashing out a lot of Foster's beer in Germany.

EU backs medicine milk from GM goats

European Union medical authorities have approved their first drug derived from the milk of genetically modified animals, offering an insight into potential alternative avenues for parts of the dairy industry.

Agency provides access to donated processing patents

A government-funded agency is helping small food firms develop their business by providing them with access to patented processing techniques donated by some of the industry's giants.

Health, WTO dominate EU dairy talks

World trade discussions and communicating the health benefits of dairy were the two main topics for discussion in a meeting between the European Dairy Association and European Commission last week.

Nutrition focus for osteoporosis prevention

The International Osteoporosis Foundation has heard damning reports of under-diagnosis and inappropriate care for sufferers of the devastating brittle bone disease, which also highlight the importance of communication about preventative...

Flora launches UK omega-3 awareness campaign

Flora, the Unilever-owned margarine brand, is embarking on a major campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of omega-3, following consumer research indicating that the message is not being heard...

Dairy officials slam whole milk school ban

Plans to kick whole milk out of English schools as part of new nutrition standards sends the wrong message to consumers, warns the National Farmers' Union.

Higher calcium needs to benefit dairy sales

Australian dairy producers are looking forward to a sales push from new calcium requirements published by the government last month.

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Food industry must face its faults

The food industry must be honest if it is to convince consumers - and audiences - that it is not the corporate monster portrayed in the media.

Probiotics could target causes of liver cancer

A daily supplement of probiotics could reduce the risk of liver cancer caused by fungal toxins in foods, a leading cause of the disease in some of the world's most...

Omega-3 milk could protect against metabolic syndrome

Dietary supplementation with an omega-3 enriched milk could be a simple and tolerable way to ease cardiovascular risk factors linked to metabolic syndrome, say Spanish researchers.

Dairy weight-loss claims get Paris Anti-Obesity boost

The debate about dairy consumption boosting weight loss got a massive fillip at the Paris Anti-Obesity Therapies congress, but natural product-based dietary supplements don't help weight loss said experts.

New food laws must overcome scepticism, says lawyer

Following plans in Europe to harmonise health claims in food labelling, experts at Eversheds law firm claim any new rules will have to overcome historical scepticism to be truly effective.

UK facing milk production shake-up

More upheaval in Britain's dairy sector looms over the next few years as more than one in ten milk producers say they will leave the sector, according to a new...

Danisco ups production of frozen cultures

Number two cultures player Danisco has ramped up production of frozen pelletised cultures with a €7mn expansion of its facilities in Niebl, Germany.

FDA rejects Nestlé infant formula health claim

The US food regulatory agency last week rejected a proposed health claim submitted by Nestlé, which would have implied that its whey protein infant formulas reduced the risk of food...

Private label bites back at Arla milk brand

Arla UK's Cravendale milk brand has seen its strong growth stunted by cheaper, supermarket milk in recent weeks, reminding processors how easily private label could destabilise branded dairy growth in...

Greenhouse gas trading data points to problems

Preliminary data from the first year of the EU's greenhouse gas trading scheme has highlighted problems in the allocation of plant outputs and in the tracking of carbon dioxide (CO2)... wins food industry award has been named Website of the Year in the prestigious 2006 Business Food and Drink Journalism awards.

Test speeds up pathogen detection for dairy sector

An alternative to the traditional microbiological tests for ultra heat treated (UHT) and extended shelf life (ESL) dairy products speeds up assessments by over two days, according to its manufacturer.

Low milk prices unsustainable, say producers

Milk producers have renewed their fierce criticism of low farmgate prices in Britain, as the country's competition watchdog prepares to open an in-depth probe into the market practices of top...

Legislators forge compromise on nutritional claims law

The EU's legislators yesterday came up with a compromise deal on nutritional claims, further watering down requirements originally proposed by the European Commission, according to a newspaper report.

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