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just-food closed - Monday 31 August 30 Aug 15

just-food is downing tools for the public holiday in England and Wales on Monday 31 August. We'll be back at our desks on Tuesday 1 September...


Heinz under fire in Israel - but label still says 'ketchup' 25 Aug 15

Heinz's flagship product has provoked the ire of a competitor in Israel, a story that has attracted headlines in the international mainstream media. But even after making a change to the labels, a bottle of the red sauce can still use the word 'ketchup' in English...


US lawsuit puts prawn supply chain back in spotlight 24 Aug 15

A lawsuit tabled in the US has brought fresh attention to the supply chain for prawns, which hit headlines around the world last year amid claims of slavery...


Dean Foods' now ex-chairman subject of trading probe 13 Aug 15

Thomas Davis, the former chair of US milk giant Dean Foods, is reportedly being investigated over whether he tipped off a professional gambler - who then told golfer Phil Mickelson - about the company's spin-off of WhiteWave Foods...


Ex-Golden Wonder boss named Seabrook Crisps chairman 27 Jul 15

UK firm Seabrook Crisps, which last week announced a private equity-backed management buy-out at the business, has appointed Paul Monk, the former chief executive of Golden Wonder, as its new chairman...


PZ Cussons shines light on doing business in Greece 21 Jul 15

Food is a small part of the portfolio at PZ Cussons, the UK-based FMCG group better known for brands including Imperial Leather soap and Charles Worthington shampoo. However, the company is a major olive oil manufacturer in Greece and today (21 July) indicated how it is navigating the country's ailing economy...


Brussels clears Cargill's ADM chocolate buy - with a condition 20 Jul 15

Cargill's move to buy Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business has cleared its last regulatory hurdle after clearance from the European Commission. But Brussels has asked Cargill to offload part of the assets...


UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 15

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like...


UK food industry, government meet to "drive growth" 16 Jul 15

The UK government has hosted a meeting today (16 July) with 80 representatives from the country's food and farming sector, with an eye on developing a 25-year plan to, in part, increase the industry's international competitiveness...


Beyond taxing soft drinks, what does the BMA say about food? 13 Jul 15

The UK today (13 July) woke up to more headlines about calls for a tax on soft drinks. This time, the demand came from The British Medical Association, as part of its report on improving the diets of children and young people. However, officials at the BMA also had parts of the food industry firmly in their sights...

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