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Plastic pledges - reason to be positive or time to panic? 29 May 2018

The way plastic is used to package food and drinks has shot up the consumer agenda in recent months and, in response, there has been a flurry of food companies announcing pledges on their use of packaging. The pressure is on to act. However, David Burrows argues businesses should be mindful before leaping on the latest developments in packaging while NGOs are arguing some of the companies' commitments are far from ambitious.


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.

Latest News

Food packaging targeted in new EU plastic plans 30 May 2018

New proposals from the European Commission (EC) to target the ten single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas take in packaging used by food manufacturers.


EC acts to tackle origin of ingredients labelling issue 29 May 2018

The European Commission has announced it is to adopt new rules on the labelling origin of primary ingredients in food.


Greenyard brings in Geert Peeters as CFO 8 May 2018

Belgium-based produce group Greenyard has announced Geert Peeters will join the company as chief financial officer from September.


Food giants to trial new nutrition labelling scheme in EU member states 7 May 2018

Food and drink industry powerhouses Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Mondelez International and PepsiCo are planning trials of their Evolved Nutrition Label (ENL) scheme in a number of unnamed EU member states.


Unhealthy food advertising targeted as EU tightens up on-screen rules  3 May 2018

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a preliminary agreement on revising rules to apply to audiovisual media across Europe.


European dairy bodies call for action on "misleading" product marketing 27 Apr 2018

A number of European dairy bodies have come together to call for protection against non-dairy companies using words such as milk and butter on their products.


Brussels to convene talks on front-of-pack nutrition labels 19 Apr 2018

The European Commission has revealed it will start talks on front-of-pack nutrition labelling on Monday (23 April).


European Commission targets unfair trade practices in food supply chain 12 Apr 2018

The European Commission has outlined proposals to ban "damaging unfair trading practices" in the food supply chain to ensure fairer treat­ment for small and medium sized (SME) food and farming businesses.


Greenyard to acquire remaining 49% stake in Fresh Direct Belgium 3 Apr 2018

Greenyard has reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares in its Fresh Direct operation in Belgium.


Under-fire Belgium meat firm Veviba up for sale 21 Mar 2018

Veviba, the Belgium-based meat processor at the centre of a food-safety scandal, is up for sale.

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.