In anticipation of stevia approval in Europe, leading producer, PureCircle, has announced that it is setting up its European headquarters in the UK to support customers in their launches throughout the region.
Processors attack fixed price amendment to EU dairy package
An amendment to EU dairy rule proposals requiring that prices be fixed for no less than a year will weaken the EU dairy industry, claims the European Dairy Association (EDA).
Europe to lead world dairy quality standards and welfare, says expert
Europe will set the standard for the world dairy industry, specifically for milk quality and cow welfare, an international dairy expert has told a recent conference in Brussels staged by Pfizer Animal Health.
New Zealand opens doors to European raw milk products
The EU has welcomed a decision the New Zealand government to open up its domestic market to raw milk products from the EU.
EU ministers debate dairy policy recommendations
At a Council meeting this week EU agriculture ministers agreed that the report of the Higher Level Group (HLG) provides “a solid basis for a review of the milk sector” but disagreements were aired on the details of reform.
Release of SMP intervention stocks could deflate prices
The EU Commission has agreed to start releasing intervention stocks of butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) sparking some concern that the price recovery could be jeopardised.
EU dairy industry turns to cheese as market recovers
Dairy processors in the EU are turning to cheese in an effort to put the market turbulence of a year ago behind them, according to a US government report.
Dairy players speak out on impact of volatility and deregulation
A European Dairy Association (EDA) seminar has illustrated how different actors in the dairy supply chain are being affected by price volatility and deregulation.
CPL: Deciphering the European cholesterol-lowering market
Special edition: Market insights
The European cholesterol-lowering market presents many opportunities for food supplements and functional foods despite threats such as statin drugs and a tough new health claims regime, says Dr Robert Harwood, principal consultant at UK-based CPL Business...
French packaging law could wreck EU food marketing and logistics
A new French law threatens supply chain efficiencies in the packaged goods sector and could create new trade barriers in the EU internal market, warns the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (Europen).
EU milk plans ‘doomed to fail’, says farmers’ group
New measures being taken by the EU to prop up its dairy farmers through the re-introduction of subsidies like export refunds have been derided as being ‘doomed to fail’ by one farmers’ lobby group.
Use unspent subsidies to aid food security, says MEP
A proposal to send unspent EU subsidies to developing countries worst hit by food price rises would have knock-on benefits for the EU, according to the rapporteur leading a Development Committee debate yesterday.
EU regulations attract global attention
Imperfect as they may be, the European Union’s regulatory efforts in the food area have attracted the attention of regulators around the world, some of whom view what is being done in the bloc as a legislative template.
News briefs: milk quotas, Agropur and Unimilk
This week, the EU agrees to implement a two per cent quota hike,
Canada-based Agropur expands its operations in the country, and
Unimilk reportedly sets a possible date for its initial public
EU mulls milk quota hike to please cheese needs
The European Commission has proposed a two per cent rise in milk
quotas from April next year in a bid to drive down the price
of the commodity.
EU milk quota levies fall amidst CAP reforms
Fines imposed on EU member states for exceeding milk production
quotas in the latest marketing year are down 38 per cent from last
season as the bloc continues to cut its reliance on subsidies.
Ministers debate milk, wine and sugar reforms
Food safety and animal health top the agenda at
today's meeting of EU's agricultural ministers, with
the future of milk, wine and sugar production also up for
EU milk cheapest in Poland
Milk and cheese products are more than twice as expensive in the
rest of the 27 European countries than in Eastern Europe,
according to a Eurostat report.
EU unveils milk shake-up plans
The European Commission has proposed a raft of mini-reforms it says
will simplify the EU market for milk and dairy products.
Legislators vote in favor of five-step waste hierarchy
EU legislators yesterday voted in favour of proposals to introduce
a controversial five-stage hierarchy of priority for the bloc's
waste management policy.
EU food and drink industry trends review
The CIAA end of year review of the European food and drink
industry's performance underlines again how significant the
industry is to the EU economy.
EU dairy facing up to challenges ahead
Milk prices, new EU members and the dairy industry review in 2008
were on the agenda in the second part of DairyReporter's
interview with the European Dairy Association.
Europe needs a strong CAP
Europe needs a strong Common Agricultural Policy but this must
reflect current realities, argues EC minister Mariann Fischer Boel.
EU waste rules leave by-products in limbo, say food makers
Plans to revise the EU's waste management policy must clarify the
legal status of by-products from food processing if they are to
improve efficiency and save resources, says a food industry body.
Waste management proposal could lead to more costs
A proposed revision to the EU's waste management policy would give
preferential treatment to reusable packaging, such as bottles, over
Inspectors to be granted right to enter plants for testing
Under a proposed new law, UK inspectors would have the right to
enter any manufacturing premises to check for the presence of
animal borne diseases.
EU plots path out of commodities
The current supply glut on the EU butter market will be solved by
more producers leaving the sector, says a Commission report, again
predicting a move away from commodities across the bloc.
Dairy groups upset at WTO talks failure
Failure to reach an agreement on global trade has upset dairy
industry officials from the EU and beyond, creating more
uncertainty about the future of the sector.
EU crackdown on pistachio exporters
An EU investigation of pistachio exporters in Iran has found the
country's food safety procedures still fall short of international
WTO heads EU dairy agenda
Most of Europe's dairy industry will have eyes fixed on World Trade
Organisation negotiations over the coming weeks, but there will be
time too for lobbying on short-term market support and more debate
over export subsidies.
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.
Arla, Danisco swallow Denmark's EU subsidies
International food giants Arla Foods and Danisco got more subsidies
from the EU than anyone else in their native Denmark last year,
says a new report, adding yet more controversy to Europe's farm
Agrana moves sugar operations to Balkans
Agrana, which claims to be the leading sugar and starch producer in
Central and Eastern Europe, plans to expand its activities towards
the Western Balkans.
EU heeds calls to raise butter export subsidies
The European Commission has raised export subsidies available for
butter for the second month running, bowing to pressure from member
states concerned at volatile markets.
EU states squabble over export subsidy cuts
The European Commission's cuts to export subsidies for dairy
ingredients have survived a series of rows between Member States,
as tension grows on how the bloc can meet its commitments to the
World Trade Organisation talks.
Quality schemes should remain voluntary, EU food industry says
Various quality assurance schemes used in the food industry should
remain voluntary, the bloc's food industry association says in
attempting to forestall planned EU legislation on the subject.
EU Council opens GI system to foreigners
The EU's Agriculture & Fisheries Council has backed proposals
to open the bloc's geographical indications (GI) to foreign
EU parliament to vote on changes to geographical indication system
European members of parliament are due to vote today on proposed
changes to the bloc's geographical indications (GI) system in a bid
to comply with a World Trade Organisation decision.
EU agrees to one-year cut in sugar production
The EC's proposal for a one-year cut of 2.5 million tonnes (13.6
per cent) in sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup production has been
Glanbia blames poor results on EU dairy upheaval
Glanbia has blamed EU dairy sector restructuring and upheavals in
the Irish market for a disappointing financial performance in 2005.
EU to formalise new sugar regime today
The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will formally adopt new
sugar reform regulations today after months of fine-tuning the
EU council meeting sets agenda for 2006
The first agriculture and fisheries council meeting under the
Austrian presidency of the EU, held today in Brussels, will set the
agenda for food industry reform in 2006.
Italy set for collision with EU over chocolate
Italy is on course for a head-to-head battle with the EU over the
definition of pure chocolate.
Funding directed at new foods and processing techniques
Designated food "clusters" in the EU will receive a boost in
funding to help the bloc's researchers develop innovative foods and
New year ushers in tougher food safety laws
With the ushering in of new hygiene laws at the start of this year,
food companies are now under tougher regulatory scrutiny to ensure
they do not send out poisonous products from their plants.
EU urges end to trade distorting subsidies
Trade-distorting farm support must end, says the EU, as world
ministers finally meet in Hong Kong to try and revive the WTO Doha
Death by food support
If the EU keeps hiding its agriculture sector behind huge pay
cheques instead of devoting more time to food research funding, the
bloc's whimpering and wailing will only get worse.
Boel urges acceptance of EU sugar reform
EU commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has urged the agricultural
council to adopt bold sugar reform ahead of tomorrow's crucial
Italian gourmet sector targets US consumers
An ambitious Italian gourmet food promotion programme could
transform the fortunes of a revitalised sector - as long as EU
bureaucracy doesn't ruin everything.
WTO debate leaves food industry guessing
Both the US and the EU have made moves to slash agricultural
subsidies amid tough negotiations, but the two trading blocs have
stayed pretty quiet on the main details the food industry is
looking for in the run-up to December's...