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The inclusion in the UK Labour Party's new public health policy paper of a 'watershed' time restriction on the advertising of foods high in...
The new EU-wide food labelling regulations coming into effect tomorrow (13 December) represent the most extensive revision of food labelling...
| 8 Dec 2014
The potential for reformulation to be not only "part of the solution" but a vital part in the battle to improve health is unquestionable. The challenges ahead look daunting but food manufacturers must continue with their work, Ben Cooper argues.
| 2 Dec 2014
In just-food's latest management briefing, Ben Cooper explores reformulation in the context of the febrile debate over diet and health, suggesting it is both the industry's most compelling response to diet-related health problems and the most practical contribution to tackling them.
| 28 Nov 2014
Tough trading conditions in the UK can make it difficult for food companies to find the time and resources to build a presence overseas. However, Dean Best argues it is that market landscape that makes it imperative more companies look to exports for growth.
| 14 Jul 2014
Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.
| 13 Sep 2013
The UK government often emphasises how it supports food exporters push overseas but competition is fierce, especially for access in key emerging markets. Ahead of a trip to a trade show in Moscow, just-food spoke to Owen Paterson, the UK's Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, about how the Government can help industry - and how exporters then need to exploit the opportunity.
| 23 Jan 2013
UK ministers and food industry leaders are keen to expand the reach of the Responsibility Deal in 2013 to show its many doubters that voluntary pledges can help to deliver healthier diets for consumers. Step forward Dr Susan Jebb, who, as chair of food portion of the deal, has the dubious honour of trying to keep everybody happy, at least some of the time.
| 5 Jun 2015
This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes
| 4 Jun 2015
The Food and Drink Federation has hit back at comments from the UK National Health Service chief suggesting that the food industry should "stop marketing junk food at children" and step up its efforts to remove sugar from processed foods.
| 23 Mar 2015
UK dairy exports are at a "record high" according to the latest figures from the Food & Drink Federation.
| 14 Oct 2014
A report published backed and funded by Associated British Foods' AB Sugar arm has called for tougher measures to tackle obesity, including making the Responsibility Deal law.
| 24 Mar 2014
UK exports of food and soft drinks rose 5% in 2013 as sales in the EU bounced back amid signs of economic recovery in the region.
| 28 Nov 2013
A target to reduce household food and drink waste in the UK, drawn up as part of industry attempts to tackle the issue, has been missed, it emerged today (28 November).
| 28 Oct 2013
Nestle, Mondelez International and Unilever have said they will make changes to their products to try to cut the amount of saturated fat consumed in the UK.
| 23 Sep 2013
UK food and soft drink export revenues increased in the first half of the year, helped by the country's pork sales to China.
| 5 Aug 2013
The results continued to roll in this week as the likes of Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group revealed their sales and profits in the first six months of the year. The CEOs of both Kellogg and Kraft explained plans to boost volumes in the second half. Elsewhere, UK crisp firm Tyrrells got a new private-equity owner in the shape of Bahrain-based Investcorp.
| 18 Jun 2013
The UK government is set to launch the planned "hybrid" front-of-pack label - including traffic light symbols - tomorrow (18 June).
| 7 Jun 2013
Tesco has struck an upbeat note about central and eastern Europe, where its sales are under pressure and where economic conditions remain challenging.
| 9 May 2013
Manufacturers including Nestle and Mars, as well as retailers like Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, have pledged to further cut food waste and carbon emissions in the UK.
| 18 Mar 2013
UK food and soft drink exports were flat in 2012 after shipments fell in the final quarter of the year.
| 18 Feb 2013
The Food and Drink Federation has branded a report by UK medics calling for a ban on junk food ads before the watershed as a "damp squib".
| 25 Jan 2013
It is still not clear what the new hybrid nutrition labelling scheme is supposed to look like, according to the chair of the Food & Drink Federation's health and wellbeing group.
| 25 Jan 2013
just-food managed to secure a number of key interviews with leading industry figures this week, including that of the new Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, who outlined her new role and the challenges she might face. Other interviews included Warburton's free-from director Chris Hook Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer who told just-food about the firm's recent acquisition of Plum UK. Elsewhere, Unilever CEO Paul Polman told of his disappointment at the performance of its food division last year and the horsemeat scandal rumbled on.
| 23 Jan 2013
Public health minister Anna Soubry has told UK food industry leaders they must engage more companies in the Responsibility Deal on health or risk the government imposing regulation.
| 22 Jan 2013
The Food & Drink Federation has released a report praising achievements by the industry to cut salt, fat and sugar from products, as its Responsibility Deal with government comes under renewed pressure.
| 21 Jan 2013
The British Retail Consortium has given a cautious welcome to the UK's first Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, while food producers and farmers appeared happier with the appointment.
| 21 Jan 2013
A review of the food industry's progress in cutting salt from products, and recommendations on the best way forward, are due to be published by the Government shortly.
| 14 Jan 2013
The UK's largest listed retailers reported their quarterly results this week, keeping the just-food news desk busy. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons all be revealed how they performed over the keenly-watched Christmas trading period. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with HKScan CEO Hannu Kottonen following an announcement by the company that it plans to cut up to 295 jobs as part of efforts to streamline its domestic subsidiaries. Struggling US retailer Supervalu also had news this week, with its deal to offload five of its chains to Cerberus Capital Management.
| 4 Dec 2012
Working with suppliers, rather than withdrawing contracts, is more effective in making food supply chains more sustainable, Nestle has claimed.
| 5 Mar 2015
The World Health Organization, seen by experts in the field as hardly a friend of the food industry, is now facing the ire of campaigners over its official guidance on sugar.
| 12 Sep 2014
The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?
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