We spoke to Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan this week to discuss the takeover talk surrounding the UK meat-free business and his plans for 2015. Elsewhere, Russia admitted it could ease its ban on food imports from the EU, while it was revealed in New Zealand there had been threats to poison infant formula.

Interview: Quorn CEO focuses on further growth
There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.

Russia mulls moderating embargo on fruit and veg
Russia's Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed it is considering requests from a number of European Union countries to moderate trade restrictions on fruit and vegetable imports.

NZ dairies reassure customers on poison threat

The New Zealand dairy industry has moved to reassure customers New Zealand infant formula products are safe after poison threats were made.

Monde Nissin expands in Australia with Menora Foods buy
Philippines-based Monde Nissin is expanding its presence in Australia through the acquisition of Menora Foods as part of its drive to become a "significant food and beverage player" in Asia Pacific. 

Kerry confirms sale of Australian bakery Pinnacle
Kerry Group has confirmed it has reached an agreement in principle to sell its Australian bakery business, Kerry Pinnacle, to private-equity firm Pacific Equity Partners.

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