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EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

R&R Ice Cream declines to comment on takeover reports

R&R Ice Cream – Europe’s largest private label ice cream manufacturer - has declined to comment on reports that it is on the verge of a takeover by French private...

Food industry failing to manage animal welfare, warns report

The first ever structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies suggests that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry.

Parmalat 'shocked' by prosecutors call to cancel LAG acquisition

Italian prosecutors have asked for Parmalat’s $904m acquisition of Lactalis American Group (LAG) to be cancelled and the Parma-based dairy giant’s board to be removed, according to reports.

Easy on the salt: Chr. Hansen develops sodium-reducing cheese concept

Chr. Hansen has developed a salt-reducing concept that enables cheese manufacturers to cut sodium levels by up to 50% while maintaining similar taste and texture properties.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

Fonterra unveils NZ$100m UHT processing investment

Fonterra will invest more than NZ$100m ($82.4m, €62.8m) in a new ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk and cream processing plant in New Zealand in an attempt to meet growing Asian demand...

Muller PepsiCo JV takes Müller yogurt to more US cities as Batavia factory prepares for summer opening

Muller Quaker Dairy, the joint venture between PepsiCo and German dairy giant Theo Müller Group, is rolling out Müller yogurts to more US cities in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and...

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Tesco cheese price fixing penalty reduced under settlement

Britain’s biggest retailer, Tesco, will pay a reduced £6.5m penalty to the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its involvement in the widespread fixing the cheese retail prices.

Yoplait pulls Calin+ ad after ASA bone health claim ruling

Yoplait has been ordered to pull a TV advert for its Calin+ yogurt range after the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that it made an unauthorised reduction of disease-risk...

Dairy Crest to merge marketing teams in head office re-shuffle

Dairy Crest plans to merge its existing food and dairy marketing teams under its recently-announced efficiency-driven head office re-shuffle.

Clean label starch technology opens up markets

Ingredion’s new clean label starch technology offers fresh opportunities in tough markets, Cathrin Kurz, marketing manager, wholesome ingredients, for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), told

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Tetra Pak claims ‘world first’ in aseptic carton packaging

Tetra Pak says its TBA/19 Retrofitability Kit allows clients to transform the package shape and base area on the same machine platform, and claims the launch is a world first.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Saputo to pull plug on European dairy operations over profitability issues

Saputo intends to pull the plug on its European operations after just seven years on the continent – citing a lack of “short to mid-term opportunities” to ensure profitability.

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Arla recalls gorgonzola in Canada over Listeria contamination fears

Arla Foods has initiated a recall in Canada for an imported brand of gorgonzola cheese over concerns the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Infant formula companies are breaching international marketing rules: Report

Save the Children in the UK has called on infant formula manufacturers like Danone and Nestlé to do more to promote breast feeding – including larger on-pack warnings – after...

Centrale Laitière deal 'key' to North African development - Danone

Danone has increased its stake in Moroccan dairy processor Centrale Laitière to 67% - a deal it has pinpointed as a “key step” for the company in North Africa....

Serbia orders measures to control aflatoxin level in milk

The Serbian government has ordered dairy farmers in the country to implement “necessary” measures to control aflatoxin levels in the milk they produce in response to a mass recall of dairy products...

Cellulose mooted as eco-friendly replacement in MAP packaging

An EU project is aiming to produce cellulose-based materials to be used in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), to replace traditional oil-based substances.

Sweetener approval would stem US school milk consumption decline: IDFA

Permitting the use “any safe and suitable” sweeteners - including aspartame - in milk flavouring ingredients would help to stem the current milk consumption decline in US schools, the International Dairy Foods...

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

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Dean Foods’ plants recognised for environmental efforts

Eighteen Dean Foods dairy processing plants have been recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their environmental efforts.

DCD concerns: NZ handling of crisis was ‘textbook’ - Rabobank

New Zealand’s handling of concerns surrounding the use of agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) was “textbook,” a Rabobank analyst has claimed.

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