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Comment: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of s...

Focus: EU food sector issues sustainability drive

Agricultural, manufacturing and retail partners within the European food sector have collaborated in a joint declaration of some 32 sustaina...

EU funds international project in food fraud fight

Participants within an EU-funded research project on fighting food fraud believe they can help rebuild consumer confidence in Europe's food...

Spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by th...

Latest Interviews

Sustainability Watch - Every Crumb Counts 25 Jul 2013

Ben Cooper

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.


just the answer: Barry Callebaut 31 Jan 2013

Michelle Russell

Since selling its consumer units over the last few years, business-to-business chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has been treading a new path focused on its "core" business with industrial and artisanal customers. Michelle Russell caught up with Barry Callebaut marketing director for Western Europe, Sofie De Lathouwer at this year's ISM confectionery show in Cologne to find out more about its strategy for growth.

Latest News

Industry dismisses Brussels' 'sin' tax claims 29 Jul 2014

Alan Osborn

The EU trade association for the bloc's food and drink industries, FoodDrinkEurope, has shrugged off Brussels' claims sin taxes do reduce consumption of products high in salt, sugar and fat.


Marine Harvest slapped with EUR20m fine 23 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

The European Commission has fined Marine Harvest EUR20m (US$26.9m) after concluding that the Norwegian seafood group breached European merger control rules in its takeover of Morpol.


UK: No origin labels on processed meat lines 24 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The UK government has confirmed it will not push for compulsory country-of-origin labelling for meat in processed food, claiming a move would be too costly.


Bonduelle faces EU competition probe 22 May 2014

Katy Askew

French vegetable processor Bonduelle Group has been drawn into an investigation into anti-competitive practices being carried out by the European Commission.


Calls for EU to combat food waste 20 May 2014

Katy Askew

The Netherlands and Sweden have called for the European Commission to cut food waste in the bloc by potentially scrapping "best before" labels on long-life products such as canned goods, rice and dried pasta.

Latest blogs

Food security - the debate rages on 1 Apr 2014

Dean Best

The UN's latest report on climate change grabbed headlines around the world yesterday (31 March) with claims of the "pervasive" impact of global warming, a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields. But the report simply refuelled the debate over the precise impact of climate change on food security.


Chocolate is good for your health... honest 6 Sep 2013

Katy Askew

It's official: chocolate is good for your health. At least, according to the European Commission, a daily intake of 200 milligrams of cocoa flavanols from either 2.5 grams of Barry Callebaut's registered trademark Acticoa cocoa powder or 10 grams of its dark chocolate support healthy blood circulation.

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