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Nestle close to finalising purchase of Brazilian chocolate firm Garoto

Nestlé is close to formally completing the acquisition of Garoto, 14 years of after it first struck a deal to buy the Brazilian chocolate ma...

Ireland unveils national plan to tackle obesity

The Irish government has launched a ten-year national obesity plan that outlines a series of proposals including a tax on sugary drinks, the...

China lifts ban on US beef imports

China has decided to remove its ban on imports of beef from the US, which has been in place over concern about BSE since 2003....

UK sets new antibiotics target for livestock and fish

The UK has backed the recommendation of an independent review calling for a further cut in antibiotic use in livestock and fish farmed for f...

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Nestle close to finalising purchase of Brazilian chocolate firm Garoto 25 Sep 2016

Paula Krizanovic

Nestlé is close to formally completing the acquisition of Garoto, 14 years of after it first struck a deal to buy the Brazilian chocolate maker.


Ireland unveils national plan to tackle obesity 23 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

The Irish government has launched a ten-year national obesity plan that outlines a series of proposals including a tax on sugary drinks, the setting of maximum portion sizes, restrictions on marketing and reformulation targets.


China lifts ban on US beef imports 23 Sep 2016

Dean Best

China has decided to remove its ban on imports of beef from the US, which has been in place over concern about BSE since 2003.


Snyder's-Lance names Alexander Pease as new CFO 23 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

US snack-maker Snyder's-Lance today (23 September) announced the appointment of Alexander Pease as executive VP and CFO with effect from 1 November.


New Zealand King Salmon sets market price at US$113m ahead of IPO 23 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

New Zealand's King Salmon confirmed today (23 September) it has set a share price that gives the company a market value of NZD154.5m (US$113m) ahead of its initial public offering (IPO) if the offer is fully subscribed.


Lifeway Foods launches on-the-go range 23 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

US kefir maker Lifeway Foods has launched a line of Single-Serve Farmer Cheese and Kefir Cups, Do-It-Yourself Kefir Starter and Probiotic Supplements.


New Olymel investment to expand pork production 23 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

Canadian pork group Olymel has announced a further round of investment – in the expansion and modernisation of its pork processing facility in St-Henri-de-Lévis in Quebec's South Shore district.


Sustainable produce group BrightFarms secures US$30m in funds  23 Sep 2016

Katy Askew

BrightFarms has secured US$30.1m in financing to "dramatically expand" the markets it can reach with its locally grown produce. 


Aryzta appoints Gary McGann as chairman 23 Sep 2016

Katy Askew

Bakery group Aryzta has proposed the appointment Gary McGann as its chairman, replacing Denis Lucey who is retiring. 


Performance Food Group names Tom Ondrof CFO 23 Sep 2016

Dean Best

Performance Food Group, the US-based foodservice supplier, has appointed former Compass Group veteran Tom Ondrof as its new CFO.


PepsiCo launches gluten-free Quaker in UK 23 Sep 2016

Dean Best

PepsiCo is taking its Quaker Oats porridge brand in the UK into the gluten-free category in a bid to tap into rising demand in the country for free-from food.


ASA rebukes WhiteWave's Alpro over AJ Odudu tweet 23 Sep 2016

Katy Askew

The UK's advertising standards watchdog has rebuked WhiteWave Foods-owned dairy-free brand Alpro over a promotional tweet issued by television presenter AJ Odudu. 


Food market quotes of the week - Chobani on start-ups in US, Mondelez on Milka in China, Boparan buys Bernard Matthews 23 Sep 2016

Dean Best

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK tycoon behind the 2 Sisters Food Group, this week added to his assets with the acquisition of embattled turkey processor Bernard Matthews. Elsewhere on our M&A pages, US group B&G Foods bought a clutch of local assets from Associated British Foods. Elsewhere in the US, Chobani revealed the first group of start-ups that will be assisted in the yogurt company's "food incubator". Meanwhile, we spoke to the president of Mondelez International's business about in China about the company's launch of European chocolate brand Milka.


Food market news of the week - Bernard Matthews sold, B&G Foods buys ABF US brands, Real Good Food's sets up US arm 23 Sep 2016

Dean Best

The week's top stories included the acquisition of UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews by food tycoon Ranjit Boparan, B&G Foods' purchase of a clutch of US brands from Associated British Foods and New Zealand giving the green light to China's Bright Food investing in meat processor Silver Fern Farms. Elsewhere, over 100 US manufacturing and retail bodies wrote to the Obama administration to warn of the impact of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.


UK sets new antibiotics target for livestock and fish 22 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

The UK has backed the recommendation of an independent review calling for a further cut in antibiotic use in livestock and fish farmed for food to help combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


WWF calls for more accountability on palm oil 22 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

Food companies that fall short of commitments to supporting certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) production should be "called to account by their competitors and customers", the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has said in a new report.


Fonterra says value-added strategy paying off  22 Sep 2016

Katy Askew

Fonterra said today (22 September) its strategy to focus on higher-value products is paying off as it delivered a 65% jump in annual net profit. 


UK vets urge mandatory animal welfare labelling 22 Sep 2016

John Shepherd

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is backing calls for the introduction of food labels that "prove" the quality of a farm animal's life and death – to give UK farmers "a unique selling point for their meat and dairy products post-Brexit".


General Mills turns to NPD, renovation to heat soup sales 22 Sep 2016

Dean Best

General Mills has added to its under-pressure soup range in the US with the launch of Good Natured, which the company says will help boost vegetable consumption among shoppers.


Clover Stornetta Farms converting to non-GMO certification  22 Sep 2016

Katy Askew

US dairy Clover Stornetta Farms has committed to convert its conventional milk products to the Non-GMO Project Verified programme over the next two years. 


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