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US food agency hints at direction of travel with "policy roadmap" 17 Jan 18

It's light on specific details but a new "strategic policy roadmap" for 2018 from the US Food and Drug Administration should give manufacturers a sense of where the agency could be looking to act this year...


"We're evolving" - flagship US lobby group insists change coming as more members quit 10 Jan 18

Hershey and Cargill are the latest US-based food majors to have decided to leave The Grocery Manufacturers Association - and the lobby group says it is looking to change to meet the "disruption" in the industry...


A very helpful new year nudge for UK parents 2 Jan 18

It's the time of year when many of us who over-indulged during the festive period will at least try and take stock and change our eating habits. Will it work? Not for everyone. But, here in the UK, this morning parents were given a handy nudge to stay on top of what their children are eating...


Ethical Trading Initiative's suspension of Fyffes rumbles on 11 Dec 17

Fyffes' suspension from The Ethical Trading Initiative, sparked over disquiet about conditions for the produce giant's workers in Honduras, continues after the UK-based organisation said the fruit and vegetable supplier had not done enough to assuage the concerns...


Tesco-Booker deal gets green light as UK grocery landscape shifts 14 Nov 17

Here in the UK, we've had two significant pieces of M&A news in the grocery retail channel in the last 24 hours...


US plant-based foods lobbyists get notable new member 30 Oct 17

More US trade-body news has caught the eye today (30 October). The Plant Based Foods Association, set up just 18 months ago to promote the growing category in the US, has attracted a major new member...


US trade body GMA loses another high-profile member 25 Oct 17

Just months after Campbell Soup Co. decided to leave The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the US lobby group is to see another major member leave...


How are you feeling about 2018? 16 Oct 17

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we'd like to know how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year...


Could Nestle be weighing up major M&A move outside food? 12 Oct 17

Pfizer has this week announced it is reviewing the options it has for its consumer healthcare business. Might Nestle be interested?..


Lots of chatter about grocery M&A on both sides of pond 5 Oct 17

The last 24 hours or so have seen possible M&A deals among some of the biggest names in food retail speculated on both sides of the Atlantic...



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