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Tata to take on online giants with e-commerce push 25 Sep 14

Indian conglomerate Tata Group is reportedly planning a "big bang" entry into the Indian e-commerce space...


Food sector backs climate change initiatives at UN summit 24 Sep 14

Businesses from across the food industry pledged support for renewable energy, greener supply chains and fresh efforts to put the brakes on destruction at the United Nations 2014 Climate Change Summit in New York yesterday (23 September)...


Popularity a challenge and opportunity for US organic movement 19 Sep 14

Growing demand for organic foods in the US is propelling sales in the sector. Organic products are moving from their niche to gain mainstream traction. Penetration is high - more than 80% of families "sometimes" buy organic - and sales in the market reached a record US$35bn in 2013...


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 14

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?..


Progress at Synlait but challenges remain 28 Aug 14

New Zealand dairy group Synlait Milk revealed today (28 August) it has hit the "major milestone" of receiving regulatory clearance to begin exporting finished product from its new NZ$28.5m dry blending and consumer packaging plant...


Shareholder pressure prompts ConAgra palm oil commitment 27 Aug 14

ConAgra Foods has responded to investor criticism of its palm oil usage by committing to source 100% sustainable palm oil by December 2015...


Hain Celestial CEO characteristically jovial 20 Aug 14

Hain Celestial founder, president and CEO Irwin Simon is not one to maintain a stony face when discussing his company's performance. This morning's (20 August) conference call was no exception...


Dollar General in rival bid for Family Dollar 19 Aug 14

Dollar General has moved to derail Dollar Tree's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores by trumping the US$9.2bn offer already on the table with a competing $9.7bn bid...


ADM preparing Q3 chocolate sale 6 Aug 14

Agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland Company plans to sell its global chocolate operations by the end of the third quarter, the company said this week...


US gluten-free labelling regulations kick in 5 Aug 14

The US Food and Drug Administration's rules on what constitutes "gluten-free" - first unveiled in August last year - come into effect today (5 August)...

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