The fall-out from the discovery of horse DNA in burgers sold in the UK continued, with the supplier at the centre of the scandal losing and contracts and regulators appearing before MPs. Elsewhere, the European Commission published plans to examine if retailers in the EU trade unfairly with suppliers. Meanwhile, in Germany, Nestle was fined for fixing the price of chocolate.

UK: Tesco plans DNA tests on meat, ends Silvercrest contract
Tesco plans to introduce DNA tests on all its meat products in the wake of the horse meat scandal, an affair that has led the UK retailer to drop one of the suppliers at the centre of the contamination.

In the spotlight: MPs grill FSA over horse meat in burgers
The horse-meat-in-burgers scandal rumbled on this week. Tesco, The Co-op and Aldi ended some contracts with the supplier at the centre of the affair and sought to reassure consumers of their efforts to improve food quality. Meanwhile, in Westminster, UK regulator The Food Standards Agency was in the spotlight. Dean Best reports on the issues that emerged from the regulator’s appearance before MPs.

EU: Brussels examines retailer-supplier relationships
The European Commission has launched an investigation into relationships in the supply chain to see if retailers use unfair trading practices to get the best deals from their suppliers.

just-food live from the ISM confectionery expo
just-food brings you a selection of news and views from the ISM confectionery trade show in Cologne this week. One of the high spots in the sector’s calendar, ISM represents a unique opportunity for confectioners from around the world to set our their stalls to a global audience.

GERMANY: Nestle to appeal price-fixing fine
Nestle has said it will appeal a decision by Germany’s federal competition agency to impose a fine for fixing chocolate prices in the country.

On the move: Premier has much to prove after Clarke exit
The surprise news the Premier Foods plc chief executive Michael Clarke has resigned sent shares in the food group down sharply yesterday (28 January). However, the company appears confident that Clarke’s replacement, Gavin Darby, is the right man to lead the next phase of Premier’s turnaround. Katy Askew reports.

US: Hostess names PE firms “stalking horse” for Twinkies
A consortium of two private-equity firms has emerged as the lead bidder for the majority of Hostess Brands’ cake business, including the Twinkies brand.

Interview: Spar eyes Middle Eastern promise
Symbol retailer Spar International plans to enter Middle Eastern markets through a tie-up with Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS). Katy Askew caught up with Spar MD Gordon Campbell to find out more about the retailer’s growth plans for the region.

SINGAPORE: ThaiBev’s TCC takes controlling stake in Fraser and Neave
Thai investment vehicle TCC Assets has gained a controlling stake in Singapore food and drink group Fraser and Neave after acquiring more shares in the group.

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