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September 25, 2015

Food industry news of the week – Russia and GMOs, US and waste, France compote raid

Russia this week reportedly ruled out the use of GMOs in its food production, a further stiffening of its position on the issue. In the US, meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans to halve food waste in 15 years. And, among a series of stories out of France, came news of raids from the country's competition watchdog on compote manufacturers.

By Beth Wright

Russia this week reportedly ruled out the use of GMOs in its food production, a further stiffening of its position on the issue. In the US, meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans to halve food waste in 15 years. And, among a series of stories out of France, came news of raids from the country's competition watchdog on compote manufacturers. Click on the headlines for more.

Russia 'to ban GMOs in food production'
The Russian government will ban the use of genetically modified organisms in food production, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying at an agricultural forum.

US announces plans to halve food waste by 2030
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy have announced plans to halve national food waste by 2030.

Compote manufacturers raided by French competition regulator
Officials from France's competition regulator have carried out dawn raids at companies "suspected of having implemented anti-competitive practices in the sector of processed fruits packaged in pots and pouches".

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Fonterra FY profits jump, sales lower
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French dairy Les Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin to build plant to supply China's Synutra
Les Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin (MLC) has signed a contract to supply Chinese infant formula firm Synutra International that will see the French dairy build a production plant in Normandy.

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France's Cérélia acquires crepe maker Bioderij
French chilled dough business Cérélia has acquired Dutch firm, Bioderij, which it describes as "the European leader in ready-to-eat crêpes and pancakes", for an undisclosed amount.

US appeals court rejects Hershey, Nestle, Mars collusion charges
The US court of appeals has stuck to its guns over a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars and Nestle.

Kind takes snack bars to UK
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