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SIAL opens in Paris 19 Oct 2014

Dean Best

It is an unseasonably mild and bright morning here in Paris as this year's SIAL expo gets under away. Will the mood of exhibitors match the sunnier weather?


Sugar Puffs cuts sugar - in more ways than one 17 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, is to lower the sugar content of UK cereal brand Sugar Puffs - and at the same time remove the ingredient from the product's name.


Analysts call for PepsiCo to sell off Quaker 16 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

With sales under pressure and margins precarious, PepsiCo should sell off its Quaker North America business, Jefferies analysts argued today (16 October).


Coventry residents ready to defend Godiva name 15 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Citizens of UK city Coventry are up in arms over chocolatier Godiva's claim it owns the Lady Godiva name.


Cocoa, chocolate industry set to announce Ebola pledges 14 Oct 2014

Dean Best

The World Cocoa Foundation, an industry body including some of the world's largest chocolate manufacturers, is to reveal details of their support for the fight against Ebola in west Africa.


Last call: win an iPad mini on just-food 13 Oct 2014

Dean Best

There is still time to contribute to just-food's readership survey and, in doing so, put yourself in with a chance to win an iPad mini on us.


Burton's could return Cadbury biscuit brand to Mondelez in UB takeover 10 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

If Burton's Biscuit Co. is successful in its bid to take control of peer United Biscuits, the UK biscuit maker could return the Cadbury brand to Mondelez International in a bid to settle competition concerns.


Sugary snakes lose "killer" appeal as Nestle halves size 9 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

In a move likely to appease sugar bashers, Nestle has announced it is halving the size of confectionery product Killer Pythons in Australia.


Wal-Mart targets "greener" food production 8 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Wal-Mart threw down the gauntlet to its suppliers this week, when it announced a "commitment" to create "a more sustainable food system".


Reformulation Series 2014 conference set to focus on sugar 7 Oct 2014

Ben Cooper

With all the attention heaped on sugar this year, the Reformulation Series 2014 conference taking place in Amsterdam over the coming three days promises to be a particularly absorbing event.


How can just-food work for you? 6 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Now's your chance to tell us. We are running a survey of our international readership and want to know what you think about our service - and the the challenges you are facing at the moment. It's all part of our aim to meet your needs.


Kellogg shows willing but is it enough to secure UB? 3 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Kellogg CEO John Byrant has reportedly flown to London to meet with United Biscuits as part of the US company's bid to seal a deal for the UK biscuits group.


Better together: research claims strength of Made in Britain brand 2 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

New research from Barclays has found the UK really is "better together" - at least if you are in the food or drink export biz.


Finance watchdog launches probe into Tesco profit overstatement 1 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Tesco's troubles continued today (1 October) with its disclosure that the UK's Financial Conduct Authority is investigating the retailer's overstatement of its half-year profits.


Aldi reveals UK growth ambitions 29 Sep 2014

Dean Best

The discounter has, alongside its fellow German retailer Lidl, shaken up the UK grocery market. And today (28 September) it outlined plans to grow its business in the country further.


General Mills investors vote no to ditching GMO 25 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Genetically modified ingredients is a hot issue, nowhere more so than in the US. Most food makers in the country, through a number of industry organisations, maintain GMOs are safe and insist their use crop cultivation carry environmental and economic benefits. But, at General Mills' shareholder meeting this week, investors in the food giant were asked to vote on whether the company should no longer use the ingredients.


Tata to take on online giants with e-commerce push 25 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

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 2014

Katy Askew

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).


Amid the turmoil, Tesco sales continue to slide 23 Sep 2014

Dean Best

Mixed news this morning for Tesco. The under-pressure UK retailer has managed to install new CFO Alan Stewart earlier than planned. However, fresh sales data out of the UK shows Tesco's sales remain in the doldrums.


Food makers pressured to cut salts but Brits fail to see problem 22 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Given the government's efforts to push manufacturers to lower the salt content of foods under the new Responsibility Deal, one would think more would be done - or should be done - to educate people around why manufacturers are being pressured to cut salt in products.


Popularity a challenge and opportunity for US organic movement 19 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

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.


How ABF is fighting back on sugar 17 Sep 2014

Dean Best

The health story of 2014 has been the debate over the impact sugar has on obesity. The issue hit the headlines in January and has stayed there, with only yesterday a study published in the UK calling for consumption guidelines to be cut. Industry has faced a tide of criticism and is battling growing consumer concern. The owners of British Sugar is taking matters into its own hands.


Asda goes all in on gluten-free pledge 16 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

With demand for gluten-free on the rise, retailers in a number of countries have been building ranges of products to capitalise on a significant growth spot in challenging trading conditions. In the UK, Asda has looked to steal a march on its rivals with a notable product pledge.


International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal 15 Sep 2014

Dean Best

France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands.


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

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?


EU shuts down EUR125m emergency fund for producers 11 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Just days after Copa-Cogeca's groans the EU's measures to support fruit and veg producers after Russia's import ban were "not nearly enough", the European Commission has put a temporary halt on the measures citing "a disproportionate surge in claims".


Russia sets out plans to invest in agriculture 9 Sep 2014

Dean Best

Dmitry Medvedev has announced Moscow's plans to invest "tens of billions of roubles" into the country's agriculture sector, a move that would appear a way to alleviate the impact within Russia of its food embargo.


EU farmers demand more help after Russia ban 8 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Copa-Cogeca has called on the European Commission to roll out further support measures for producers hit by the Russia ban on EU agricultural products saying EUR125m is "not nearly enough".


PepsiCo's tweet-to-eat vending machine 3 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

PepsiCo has devised a new way to connect with today's tech-savvy consumer - a Twitter-activated vending machine.


Cargill snaps up ADM's chocolate business 2 Sep 2014

Dean Best

Five months after Cargill's rumoured interest to buy Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa and chocolate businesses came to nothing, the company today (2 September) announced a deal for part of the assets.


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