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What could no-deal Brexit mean for UK, EU food sectors? 31 Jul 2018

The prospect of the UK and the EU not reaching a deal on the country's departure from the bloc has risen in recent weeks amid close votes at Westminster and Brussels expressing opposition to London's latest proposals on customs. As food-industry concerns mount, Rose Pengally surveys what could be the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the sector on both sides of the Channel.

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.

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FrieslandCampina mulls future of Belgium cheese plant 21 Nov 2018

Netherlands-based dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is mulling the future of a European manufacturing plant

EU talks on "unfair trading practices" begin after MEPs vote 26 Oct 2018

Talks between EU member states, the European Commission and the European Parliament have started on moves to curb so-called "unfair trading practices" in the supply chain.

EU politicians vote to curb use of antibiotics on farms 26 Oct 2018

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have announced the result of a vote on regulations on the use of antibiotics on farms.

Food items to fore as EU politicians vote to ban single-use plastic 25 Oct 2018

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to ban throwaway plastic by 2021.

European Commission moves to limit trans fats 5 Oct 2018

The European Commission has asked food manufacturers and retailers to comment on a draft regulation that would insist food sold to EU consumers contain a maximum two grams of trans fat – other than that naturally occurring in animal fat – for every 100 grams of fat in a serving.

Greenyard sells horticulture arm for EUR120m 24 Sep 2018

Belgium-based vegetables supplier Greenyard has announced it is to sell its horticulture arm to local investment fund Straco for EUR120m (US$140.9m).

Greenyard focusing on profits, M&A off near-term agenda 21 Sep 2018

Greenyard has struck new banking deals as the Belgium-based vegetables supplier focuses on improving its balance sheet and profitability in the wake of a listeria recall that hit the business this summer.

Greenyard to re-open listeria-linked Hungary plant 13 Sep 2018

Belgian vegetable supplier Greenyard is to re-open its plant in Hungary linked to a listeria food scare.

Belgium adopts 'voluntary' use of Nutri-Score labelling system 28 Aug 2018

Belgium is adopting the Nutri-Score nutrition labelling system introduced by France in 2017 following consultations with industry bodies.

Greenyard issues profit warning amid pricing pressures, listeria outbreak 28 Aug 2018

Belgium-based vegetable supplier Greenyard has downgraded its outlook for full-year profits due to competition over pricing, the recent spell of hot weather in Europe and a listeria outbreak at its plant in Hungary.

Latest blogs

Brexit could be worse for dairy than Russia ban, EU and UK producers warn 26 Jun 2018

Russia's embargo on a swathe of foodstuffs from the EU in 2014 - a ban that lasts to this day - hammered the bloc's dairy industry. But producers on both sides of the English Channel have warned the impact of Brexit could be worse.

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.