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Fyffes and Ethical Trading Initiative under scrutiny 12 Feb 16

Fyffes, the global produce supplier, is in the spotlight over union claims of worker abuse on plantations in Central America...


Outgoing Waitrose chief Mark Price gets UK government role 10 Feb 16

Mark Price, the outgoing managing director of UK grocer Waitrose, has been named the country's new trade minister...


The problem with the word 'natural' in the US 10 Feb 16

Last autumn, a US trade group said it would look to develop a voluntary regulatory compliance and certification programme for the term 'natural', with an eye on releasing the standard in the first half of next year. However, the plan has hit the buffers, another sign of how problematic the term - an attractive one for a growing number of shoppers - is in the country...


UK has France and Germany in its sights 21 Jan 16

The UK government wants the country's food exports to reach the levels of France and Germany, officials said today (21 January) as a new office set up to drive business overseas was formally unveiled...


UK sets out latest attempt to boost exports 20 Jan 16

The UK government has outlined changes to the way it aims to support the country's exporters - including the creation of a new office to help food manufacturers looking to build their presence overseas...


Clive Sharpe takes chair at UK co-op First Milk 11 Jan 16

The industry veteran and former Burton's Biscuit Co. and Quorn Foods chairman is to take the role at First Milk, the UK dairy co-operative hoping to bounce back from a challenging 18 months or so...


Sugar, cholesterol, meat feature in new US dietary guidelines 7 Jan 16

The US government has today (7 January) formally announced its latest dietary advice for consumers in the country - and changes to the guidelines on added sugars, cholesterol and meat jump out...


No eggs but FDA allows Hampton Creek to keep Just Mayo name 18 Dec 15

In a surprise agreement, the US Food and Drug Administration has said egg-free mayonnaise maker Hampton Creek can continue to use the Just Mayo brand...


Mondelez's latest board appointment shows strategic importance of e-commerce 10 Dec 15

Mondelez International has made a number of moves in recent quarters that demonstrate the attention the snacks giant is giving to the digital sphere - and this week the Cadbury owner made another...


Russia Turkey sanctions - food said to be involved 30 Nov 15

The Kremlin has formally outlined the sanctions Moscow is imposing on Turkey after a Russian fighter jet was shot down last week and, although specific details on the goods to be blocked has yet to be announced, food items are reportedly involved...

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