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Antibiotics, Starbucks, BK - foodservice round-up

The use of antibiotics in the foodservice supply chain remained in the spotlight in April, with investors in the UK calling on operators to...

Wal-Mart, Kroger, Casino - retail round-up

April saw Wal-Mart continue the expansion of its click-and-collect service in the US, while Kroger invested in a local retailer focused on n...

How Hain is refocusing amid growing competition

Despite Hain Celestial lowering the top end of its forecasts for annual net sales and earnings yesterday (4 May), the US group earned praise...

Work on sugar could stir more clean-label concerns

Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by i...

Latest Interviews

Kendal Nutricare aims to take on formula brands 16 May 2016

Dean Best

Kendal Nutricare is a UK manufacturer of infant formula that has just celebrated its first birthday. Formed last year after the acquisition of a Heinz plant in north-west England, Kendal Nutricare still packs for the now Kraft Heinz but is set to launch its first branded products. Dean Best spoke to Kendal Nutricare managing director Ross McMahon to find out more.

Free-from firm BFree Foods - bitesize interview 25 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Ireland-based free-from foods maker BFree Foods, set up five years ago, is growing rapidly and expects that to continue this year, with plans to double its turnover in 2016. Demand for free-from products is rising but the sector, however, is becoming intensely competitive. Hannah Abdulla talks to BFree Foods general manager Alex Murphy to find out how the company plans to continue to expand.

Latest News

US food labels to include "added sugars" info 23 May 16

Dean Best

Labels on food sold in the US will include information showing how much sugar has been added by manufacturers.

Quotes of week - Justin's, Baxters, Premier 21 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

This week's top stores included Hormel Foods' deal to buy US nut-butter business Justin's, Premier Foods' plans to make its products healthier and Vinamilk's decision to remove the cap on the shares foreign investors could own in Vietnam's largest dairy company.

Schwan rolls out wholegrain-based pizza line 19 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

Schwan Consumer Brands is targeting the better-for-you space with the launch of a new line of Freschetta pizza whose crust is made of preservative-free whole grains. 

IFBA members pledge trans-fat cut by 2018 17 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.

US issues "medical foods" guidance  13 May 16

Katy Askew

The US Food and Drug Administration has finalised guidance for the industry on the definition and labelling requirements for "medical foods". 

News of week - Kind snacks, UK ads, JBS split 13 May 16

Dean Best

The marketing of food topped this week's news. US snack bar maker Kind can again use the word 'healthy' on its products after the country's regulator reversed a decision it made last spring. The US Food and Drug Administration is to review the nutrient content claims food makers in the country can make. In the UK, proposals were launched to extend the rules on advertising unhealthy food on TV to other media, including online. Our M&A pages included news of US dairy group Dean Foods buying parts of the Friendly's Ice Cream business, while our sustainability pages featured Hershey's new pledge on sugar.

Latest blogs

What does McDonald's think about sugar taxes? 22 Mar 16

Dean Best

In the UK food and drinks sector, there is one story on everybody’s lips – the country’s decision to tax sugar. And, during the first day of the Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference in London yesterday, McDonald’s was asked for its thoughts.

Unilever reaches settlement in India "toxic waste" case 10 Mar 16

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.

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