India's planned retail reform continued to dominate the headlines, while we analysed two other contentious issues - industry efforts to tackle child labour in cocoa production and the true potential of intense sweetener stevia. Elsewhere, Unilever and McCain Foods faced union strife and Diamond Foods warned a probe into payments to growers could hit the company.

Quote, unquote: India retail reform special
In this special quote unquote, just-food outlines the thoughts of those affected by the announcement that India's cabinet has relaxed rules on foreign direct investment in the country's retail sector.

Focus: Nestle takes new tack to curb child labour in cocoa
A decade of industry efforts to curb the use of child labour in cocoa farming has made progress - but the pace of change has angered campaigners.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is expecting to be asked to re-evaluate up to 200 food health claims that it rejected over the last three years, just-food can reveal.
In the spotlight: Stevia set for sweet success in Europe
Ben Cooper looks at what stevia has to offer and just why people are so excited about its potential in Europe.

UK: Unilever workers to strike

A total of 2,500 UK workers at food and household goods giant Unilever have voted to down tools over the company's plans to close a final salary pension scheme.

 

FRANCE: McCain plant hit by strike over pay
Strike action over pay continues for a fourth day at one of frozen chip maker McCain Foods' plants in France. 

US: Diamond warns of further strife over walnut price probe
Diamond Foods' delayed US$2.35bn acquisition of Pringles from consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble may have been dealt another blow.

On the money: Ralcorp predicts positive Post performance
Executives at Ralcorp Holdings remain confident about the future of branded cereal business Post, despite impairment charges within the division causing company losses of US$187m last year.

just the answer - Alan Chaytor, New Britain Palm Oil
In this month's just the answer, Sam Webb discusses the future of the industry, as well as the move towards ethical production with Alan Chaytor, executive director of Papa New Guinea-based sustainable palm oil producer New Britain Palm Oil.

The just-food briefing - logistics
A stagnant economy, retailers opening more and different types of stores and the environment: food manufacturers and their logistics partners have a lot consider when thinking about to get food from A to B.