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Danone's Alpro aims to milk its emerging markets - interview 26 Oct 2017

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months. Struck in July 2016, the US$12.5bn deal was sealed this April and doubled Danone’s sales in the US – but it also gave the French giant the European dairy-alternative brand Alpro. Dean Best caught up with Alain De Bruyn, commercial director for Alpro’s business in a swathe of countries from Slovakia to South Africa, to find out more about the plans for the brand in some of its more early-stage markets.


Why finding harmony on nutritional labelling no easy task - analysis 6 Apr 2017

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and public health professionals. The launch of a coalition of multinational food and beverage companies aimed at fostering a harmonised approach across Europe, Ben Cooper writes, promises more of the same.


How could a TTIP affect the food industry? 14 Jun 2016

The proposed trade agreement between the EU and the US - dubbed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP - has proved a source of fierce debate, with supporters seeking to emphasise the economic benefits of a deal but critics claiming it would favour big business, endanger food safety and the environment - and even undermine democracy. In recent weeks, opposition has emerged in political circles, with France's President Hollande insisting he would veto the agreement in its current form. Food and agriculture is at the centre of Hollande's concerns and the sector is among the main points of contention. But what could be the impact of TTIP on food manufacturers? Liz Newmark reports.


Round Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.


What impact could new EU novel food rules have on NPD? 8 Dec 2015

The EU's new novel food regulations will provide greater clarity and reduce the administrative burden for food manufacturers, as well as boost the sector’s competitiveness, according to industry experts.

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EU reaches agreement on new rules for organic food production 21 Nov 2017

An agreement on new rules for organic farming has been endorsed by European Council representatives.


EU starts ball rolling on legal definition of vegetarian, vegan food 6 Nov 2017

The European Union has bowed to food industry pressure to have a legal definition of vegetarian and vegan food.


Spain's GBfoods 'among suitors for Continental Foods' 16 Oct 2017

Spain-based multinational GBfoods is reportedly one of three companies eyeing Belgium-based soup-to-sauces business Continental Foods.


Belgian frozen vegetable business Crop's acquires Poland's Agram 13 Oct 2017

Crop's, the Belgium-headquartered frozen vegetable business, has bought Polish counterpart Agram for an undisclosed sum.


Brussels - Food firms liable for fipronil contamination after start of August 15 Sep 2017

EU companies that put foods containing egg or chicken contaminated with the insecticide fipronil on the market after 1 August 2017 will be considered liable as they should have known about the risk, the European Commission has said.


Ardo buys majority stakes in VLM Foods, Compania Frutera La Paz 6 Sep 2017

European frozen produce company Ardo Group has bought a majority stake in processed food supplier VLM Foods, giving it access to the North American market.


Belgium's Greenyard first-quarter sales hit by British pound 30 Aug 2017

Greenyard, the Belgium producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables, saw first-quarter sales decrease as revenue was impact by movements in exchange rates, mainly the British pound.


Lotus Bakeries notes Brexit constraints on pound as revenue rises 21 Aug 2017

Lotus Bakeries posted a near-3% increase in half-year sales when stripping out exchange-rate effects but the Belgium-based snack maker noted the weaker British pound following the Brexit referendum had a "significant'' impact on its consolidated turnover.


Fipronil - Belgium "knew eggs might be contaminated" 7 Aug 2017

Belgium's food safety agency has said it knew in June eggs from farms in the Netherlands might be contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.


EU vote brings restrictions on acrylamide closer 20 Jul 2017

Representatives of the European Union's 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread and biscuits.

Latest blogs

Talk of merger between Ahold and Delhaize returns 11 May 2015

Over the weekend, there were fresh claims Europe-based food retailers Ahold and Delhaize are in discussions to join forces.


MEPs back country of origin meat regs 12 Feb 2015

The European Parliament has backed calls to create new country of origin meat labelling regulations in processed foods.


European Parliament votes for member state veto on GM crops 13 Nov 2014

MEPs have shown their support for plans to allow individual countries to ban the cultivation of GM crops, even if they have been approved at EU level.