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RUSSIA: Moscow shrugs off EU complaint over pork ban

9 April 2014

The Russian government has criticised the EU for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Moscow's import ban on EU pigmeat and pigs.

Focus: EU funds international project in food fraud fight

8 April 2014

Participants within an EU-funded research project on fighting food fraud believe they can help rebuild consumer confidence in Europe's food sector, following last year’s horsemeat scandal, writes Andrew Byrne in Brussels.

In the spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern

4 April 2014

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by the European Commission, writes Keith Nuthall.

EU: Brussels eyes fresh organic food regulations

26 March 2014

The European Commission has set out plans for new regulations governing the organic food sector.

EU: Brussels to look into UK FOP labelling scheme

24 February 2014

EU member states have decided The European Commission should examine the UK's front-of-pack labelling system after complaints from Italy.

EU: Member states back meat origin label rules

11 December 2013

New EU rules on the origin labelling of products including pork and poultry are to be introduced after a majority of members states backed the proposals.

EU: Bolton, Tri Marine eye growth through tuna deal

11 December 2013

Italian consumer goods giant Bolton Group has received EU clearance to take joint control of tuna supplier Tri Marine alongside the company's current owner Renato Curto.

US: USDA opens market to EU beef

7 November 2013

The US market has re-opened to imports of beef from the EU, reversing trade ban imposed at the hight of the BSE crisis in 1997.

EU: EFSA questions nutritional value of toddler milks

25 October 2013

The use of milk-based 'growing-up' formula does not bring additional value to a balanced diet in meeting the nutritional requirements of young children, the EU's food watchdog has claimed.

EU/CANADA: Free trade deal expected to benefit food industry

21 October 2013

Canadian and European food manufacturers are poised to benefit from a free trade agreement signed between the two trading partners that would see import taxes dropped on various products, including food stuffs.

FRANCE: Brittany food firms to benefit from emergency state aid

17 October 2013

Brittany's struggling food firms are set to benefit from a EUR15m (US20.5m) package of emergency state aid to the region's industry, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced.

FRANCE: Tilly-Sabco: EU poultry subsidy axe to hit jobs

4 October 2013

The head of French poultry group, Tilly-Sabco, has warned of a "jobs massacre" as a result of the the European Commission's decision to end subsidies to support exports outside the EU.

On the move: Challenges await incoming EFSA chief

30 August 2013

The European Food Safety Authority has commenced its search for a new executive director. However, as the processes of the food safety watchdog come under increasing public scrutiny and new challenges arise from the integrated nature of the global supply chain, heading up the regulator will be no easy task. Ben Cooper investigates.

In the spotlight: UK sees food and farming as growth engine

31 July 2013

Last week saw the launch of the UK government's Agricultural Technologies Strategy which aims to foster investment in technology and innovation while bridging the gap between scientific research and food manufacture. Ben Cooper reports.

Sustainability Watch - Every Crumb Counts

25 July 2013

Food waste is again a hot topic in the food sector with the launch last month of FoodDrinkEurope's multi-stakeholder programme, Every Crumb Counts. Ben Cooper spoke with Tove Larsson, director of environmental affairs at Food Drink Europe, about the new initiative.

ITALY: EFSA chief quits for return to French government

25 July 2013

The head of the European Food Safety Authority, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, is stepping down to return to the French government.

FRANCE: Poultry firm Tilly-Sabco to start EU legal action

24 July 2013

French poultry group Tilly-Sabco is to take legal action against The European Commission for Brussels' decision to end subsidies to support exports outside the EU.

RUSSIA: Russia places temporary ban on EU potato imports

3 July 2013

Russia has placed a temporary ban on the import of seed and ware potatoes from the EU, citing phytosanitary reasons.

EU: Sugar quotas to end in 2017 after CAP deal

28 June 2013

EU sugar quotas will end in 2017 as part of the reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy.

EU: Parliament endorses final deal over baby, medical foods

11 June 2013

The European Parliament has endorsed a final deal agreed with EU member states on regulations on the composition of infant formula, baby food, diet replacements and special medical foods.

EU/NETHERLANDS: Brussels clears new majority owner of snacks firm Ad van Geloven

4 June 2013

Dutch snacks firm Ad van Geloven is set for a new majority shareholder after The European Commission cleared a move from private-equity firm Avedon Capital Partners to buy a controlling stake in the firm.

EU: McCain to sell Lutosa assets in Europe to gain EU deal approval

29 May 2013

McCain Foods will have to offload the Lutosa retail brand in Europe after the EU looked into the impact of the Canadian giant's acquisition of the business from rival PinguinLutosa.

EU: Brussels proposes reform, tougher fines after horsemeat saga

7 May 2013

EU food safety laws are facing reform under new proposals from the European Commission, which wants to "simplify and strengthen" controls in the wake of the horsemeat contamination saga.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

22 April 2013

Major food manufacturers began to report their first-quarter results last week. Nestle came under scrutiny for its performance in emerging markets. A cautious Danone saw signs of improvement from its European dairy operations, while its infant formula business was buoyant. Elsewhere, we shone the spotlight on the recent rationing of formula in Western markets amid high demand in China, looked at Marks and Spencer's latest European venture and analysed Magnit's move to Russian retail's top spot.

HORSEMEAT: France tops EU test results

16 April 2013

More products were found to contain horsemeat in France than any other EU country, according to results published by The European Commission today.

NETHERLANDS: EU puts conditions on FrieslandCampina cheese deal

15 April 2013

The EU is to clear FrieslandCampina's acquisition of Dutch cheese peers Zijerveld & Veldhuyzen after the dairy giant agreed to give up some production to competitors.

just-food confidence survey: Frugality forces companies to adapt

2 April 2013

After six years of economic turbulence, the FMCG sector is getting used to operating in challenging trading conditions, believes SymphonyIRI consultant Rod Street. Reflecting on the just-food confidence survey, Street says companies are adjusting to shopper demand for value and are searching out new ways to drive growth.

just-food confidence survey: Weak economy now the norm

2 April 2013

Bringing together the opinion of food industry professionals from across the world, the annual just-food Confidence Survey acts as a barometer of the industry's mood. As we moved into 2013, one of the messages that came through loud and clear is that FMCG companies are now acclimatised to the grim global economic outlook - and have adjusted their strategies to try to continue to grow.

EU: Dole to take competition fine case to EU's top court

15 March 2013

Dole Food Co. has said it will appeal at the European Court of Justice over the EU's decision to fine the fresh produce giant for anti-competitive practices.

NETHERLANDS: FrieslandCampina awaits EU approval for cheese buys

25 February 2013

FrieslandCampina has requested the European Commission's approval to acquire Mywo Food Group-owned cheese specialist Zijerveld & Veldhuyzen and its packaging unit Den Hollander Food.

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