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Japan's Nagatanien buys Chaucer Food Group

Japanese food group Nagatanien Holdings has struck a deal to buy UK-based freeze dried fruit processor Chaucer Food Group....

Nestle researchers unveil process to cut sugar by 40% 

Nestle has said its researchers have developed a new process that could enable it to cut the sugar content of its chocolate products by as m...

South Africa's RCL Foods to cut over 1,000 jobs

RCL Foods is to axe over 1,000 staff as the South African food group battles tough trading conditions in the country's poultry industry....

Mondelez International to close Canada biscuits plant

Mondelez International has confirmed plans to close a biscuits and crackers manufacturing plant in Canada by the end of 2017....

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Japan's Nagatanien buys Chaucer Food Group 2 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Japanese food group Nagatanien Holdings has struck a deal to buy UK-based freeze dried fruit processor Chaucer Food Group.


Serbia launches grocery market competition inquiry 2 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Competition authorities in Serbia have launched an inquiry into the retail market "focusing on the relationship between retailers and their suppliers" in non-specialised stores that deal mainly with food, beverages and tobacco.


Dairy giant Agropur to acquire Canada's Scotsburn Ice Cream 2 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Canada's Scotsburn Ice Cream is selling its assets to local dairy giant Agropur Cooperative for an undisclosed sum.


Taiwan tightening food adulteration laws  2 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Taiwan is tightening laws governing food adulteration and counterfeiting in a bid to crackdown on "unscrupulous" practices in the food sector and reduce the number of "major food safety and health incidents". 


Blue Sky says "no plans" to sell Australia's Wild Breads 2 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Fund manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments has said it has no immediate plans to sell its two-thirds stake in Australian speciality wholesale bakery Wild Breads.


Associated British Foods' UK bakery arm to set up new plant 2 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Associated British Foods is setting up a new bakery in the UK on the site of its former British Sugar plant in Lincolnshire.


Costa Group, Macquarie to buy Avocado Ridge  2 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Australian produce company Costa Group Holdings has teamed up with investment bank Macquarie to buy the Avocado Ridge avocado orchards and packing operations from the Carney family. 


Nigeria looks to boost local dairy industry 2 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

The government of Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with local dairy company L&Z Integrated Dairy Farms in a bid to "develop" the local dairy sector by modernising practices employed by travelling Fulani herdsmen. 


Amira Nature Foods gets green light for China rice sales 2 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Amira Nature Foods, the UAE-based and US-listed packaged rice supplier, said today (2 December) it had been granted approval to export its basmati rice to China.


Food market news of the week - Nestle's sugar claim, Pilgrim's Pride swoops for GNP, Amnesty palm oil claims 2 Dec 2016

Dean Best

This week's major headlines included Nestle's claim it may be able to cut the sugar it uses in its confectionery by up to 40%, Pilgrim's Pride snapping up US poultry peer GNP and Amnesty International claiming child labour is being used on palm oil plantations in Indonesia.


Food market quotes of the week - Nestle's sugar "discovery", Unilever's 2016 investor day, Wilmar in palm oil spotlight 2 Dec 2016

Dean Best

This week, Nestle got the industry talking with its claim it can "significantly reduce" the sugar in its confectionery products and Unilever gave a detailed update on its strategy at its 2016 investor day, while the two companies were among those under scrutiny for their sourcing of palm oil after Amnesty International's claims child labour is being used on plantations in Indonesia.


American Farmer Popcorn, Hanover Foods in distribution tie-up 2 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

US group Bickel's Snack Foods is to distribute American Farmer Popcorn products in selected markets in the country.


Nestle researchers unveil process to cut sugar by 40%  1 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Nestle has said its researchers have developed a new process that could enable it to cut the sugar content of its chocolate products by as much as 40%. 


South Africa's RCL Foods to cut over 1,000 jobs 1 Dec 2016

Dean Best

RCL Foods is to axe over 1,000 staff as the South African food group battles tough trading conditions in the country's poultry industry.


Mondelez International to close Canada biscuits plant 1 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Mondelez International has confirmed plans to close a biscuits and crackers manufacturing plant in Canada by the end of 2017.


Snyder's-Lance to expand in North Carolina 1 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

US snack maker Snyder's-Lance is to invest US$38m to expand its Charlotte HQ and production facility in North Carolina, the state governor's office has announced.


Unilever aiming to "preserve value" of under-pressure spreads arm 1 Dec 2016

Dean Best

Unilever is focused on preserving the value of its Flora-to-Becel spreads unit and investing the cash from the under-pressure division into other parts of its operations - but will continue to look at options for the business were sales to remain in decline.


French dairy Flechard eyes export growth 1 Dec 2016

Stuart Todd

French dairy Fléchard is investing EUR5m in increasing capacity at its site in La Chapelle d’Andaine, in western France, in anticipation of export growth, notably in Asia.


Ireland issues guidance to combat "misleading" food labelling 1 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

Food safety and advertising chiefs in Ireland have issued new guidance aimed at ensuring certain marketing terms used by food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice firms do not "mislead" consumers.


Premium Brands Holdings buys Island City Baking, Conte Foods, Larosa Fine Foods 1 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Acquisitive Canadian food group Premium Brands Holdings has snapped up three more businesses.


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