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Focus: Food almost invisible as UK election nears

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy sh...

Opinion: Brexit tension to be expected

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the country's headlines were dominated about last week's meeting between Theresa May and European C...

Column: UK sugar debate becoming more measured

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action....

Opinion: Big Food needs to think radically

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sect...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Irish food "paying price for Brexit" 21 Nov 2016

Ben Cooper

Paul Kelly, director of Irish food body Food Drink Industry Ireland, spoke with Ben Cooper about the challenges the sector faces in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.


Interview: UK trade body on Brexit's policy impact 19 Oct 2016

Ben Cooper

In the second part of an extensive interview on the implications of Brexit for UK food companies, Ian Wright, director general of industry association the Food and Drink Federation, speaks with Ben Cooper about the longer-term implications of Brexit for UK food and farming policy and on the food industry's labour force. 

Latest News

Nestle, Unilever join call on EU nutrient profiles 16 May 17

John Shepherd

Food giants have joined forces to call for the "urgent adoption" of nutrient profiles in the EU to ensure nutrition and health claims made for food products are genuine.


'UK food rosy on short-term, uncertain on Brexit' 15 May 17

Helen Arnold

Almost three-quarters of food and drink manufacturers operating in the UK are upbeat about their prospects in the next year, although they are divided on their thoughts about the longer-term impact of Brexit, a survey carried out by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has shown.


Meiji books profits fall while food lifts sales 15 May 17

John Shepherd

Japanese pharma-to-food group Meiji Holdings has booked a fall in profits for the 12 months to the end of March although sales inched upwards aided by its foods business.


Agrokor "plans business units sell-off" 15 May 17

John Shepherd

Units of embattled Croatian food manufacturer and retailer Agrokor are set to be broken up and some sold off within a year in a move aimed at paying down debts, according to the head of the team appointed to restructure the group.


Ireland plans new restrictions on food advertising 12 May 17

John Shepherd

Ireland's government is preparing to unveil a "global first" code of practice to tighten restrictions on the sponsorship, marketing and product placement of food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) to children and adults.


News of week: Stonyfield, Bumble Bee, Sun Basket 11 May 17

Dean Best

This week saw the first confirmed interest in Danone's US organic unit Stonyfield emerge, heard calls from India's food watchdog for a tax on 'junk food', seafood group Bumble Bee Foods plead guilty to price-fixing and Unilever invest in a US meal-kit firm.

Latest blogs

One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.


UK food industry gives cautious welcome to Theresa May's Brexit speech 18 Jan 17

Dean Best

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has shed some light on what she wants from the country's negotiations to leave the EU and its post-Brexit future - and the food sector has given her speech a cautious welcome.

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