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UK announces new law to ban 'junk-food' advertising

12 May 2021 | Andy Coyne

The UK government has taken a long-awaited move to ban online adverts for 'junk-food' products under a new law. ... read more


Spain dairy group Calidad Pascual forms VC unit

10 May 2021 | Dean Best

One of Spain's largest dairy corporates has joined those major food companies that have set up in-house venture arms. ... read more


WHO issues new global benchmarks for salt in food

6 May 2021 | Andy Coyne

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing the amount of salt in food products. ... read more


UK meatpackers threaten Brazilian boycott over Amazon land reform bill

5 May 2021 | Andy Coyne

UK meat processors have joined forces with major supermarket chains to respond to Brazilian government plans to introduce land reform in the Amazon rainforest area. ... read more


Tesco rolls out finance scheme for green suppliers

4 May 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK's largest grocer is to offer sustainability-linked supply chain finance, in a move to encourage more suppliers to sign up to science-based emissions reduction targets. ... read more


Why "planet-based diets" are key to meeting agricultural emissions goals

4 May 2021 | Ben Cooper

Does a broader concept of a "planet-based diet" hold the key to achieving emissions cuts consistent with the Paris climate goals? We explore the implications for food companies. ... read more


Nestle buys brands from vitamins firm The Bountiful Company

30 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé is to acquire assets of The Bountiful Company in the US after revealing this week it was in talks with the owners over parts or all of the business. ... read more


The challenges facing Big Food on net-zero

30 April 2021 | David Burrows

The commitments being made by members of Big Food on net-zero has led to some optimism but there is likely to be scrutiny of their efforts and progress. David Burrows reports. ... read more


US, UK, EU – comparing the new 2030 climate targets

29 April 2021 | Dave Keating

The UK's emissions reduction target would see a faster decline than the EU and US – but working out who has the policies to deliver on their targets is no easy task. ... read more


Reformulating the alphabet soup of ESG reporting

28 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Progress is underway on standards for sustainability reporting, with implications for manufacturers that have led the way on sustainability and those that have dragged their feet. ... read more


Hatching new ideas – Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

27 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more


Unilever snaps up US supplements firm Onnit

26 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has signed an agreement to acquire a US supplements business for an undisclosed sum. ... read more


Nestle confirms talks to buy vitamins firm The Bountiful Company

26 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestlé has confirmed media reports this morning (26 April) it is in talks to acquire another business in the health-and-wellness sector. ... read more


Label for upcycled foods unveiled in US

26 April 2021 | Dean Best

The industry body behind the seal says the label is the world's first certification mark for upcycled foods. ... read more


Why 'Clean Plate' must only be part of China's war on food waste

23 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Although China has seen a decline in population growth, food security remains a key issue. We look at Clean Plate, a strategy by the country to tackle food waste. ... read more


Biodiversity loss – why food companies should say something

22 April 2021 | Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how food companies can engage with consumers about the loss of biodiversity and the degree to which consumers are likely to be tuning in. ... read more


Mars, PepsiCo to work with suppliers on emissions

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

The two US food giants, alongside spices and sauces major McCormick & Co., are part of a new "coalition" that will aim to "mobilise suppliers on climate action". ... read more


Moving on up – upcycling in the US

22 April 2021 | Dean Best

A year of three meals a day indoors has brought home the issue of food loss and waste to more consumers and the emerging upcycled-food industry believes this is its moment. ... read more


Carbon emissions and fiscal measures – a taxing problem for UK food

21 April 2021 | David Green

Food manufacturers, retailers and governments are announcing moves to net-zero. With food a quarter of GHG emissions, could the fiscal system also be part of the solution? ... read more


PepsiCo reveals details of regenerative farming plan

21 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has revealed an end-of-decade target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions amongst its farmer suppliers. ... read more


Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

20 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more


Nestle joins Magnit-led Russia initiative to promote healthy food

16 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

A raft of consumer goods companies have joined an initiative in Russian to promote healthy food and beverages. ... read more


Covid-19 sweetens China's interest in functional candy

15 April 2021 | Peter Peverelli

That Covid-19 has increased demand for healthier products is being seen in markets worldwide. In China, the trend is creating opportunities for confectionery. ... read more


"We feel the pressure from the market" – Emmi's Gerold Schatt on Swiss dairy group's sustainability targets

14 April 2021 | Dean Best

Emmi has a new set of sustainability targets, with an overall aim to be "net-zero" by 2050. The dairy group discusses its goals and the spotlight being shone on the whole industry. ... read more


Germany tightens up rules around advertising 'junk food' to children

12 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Germany's government has instigated further changes to rules surrounding the advertising of unhealthy food products to children. ... read more


How might lessons learnt from Covid influence food company strategy?

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Irish nutrition body questions alt-meat products' protein content

1 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

A new report from an Irish nutrition and food safety body has looked at the protein claims linked to some meat-substitute products. ... read more


Irish food companies sign up to low-carbon pledge

1 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

A number of Ireland-based food groups have signed up to a new low-carbon pledge backed by more than 60 of the country's largest businesses. ... read more


UK 'to drop plans for online junk-food ad ban'

29 March 2021 | Dean Best

A report suggests the UK government could be set to make a fresh announcement on its proposals to ban online adverts promoting food high in fat, sugar and salt. ... read more


French watchdog issues fines after ruling on sandwich cartel

25 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

France's competition authority has dished out fines to two companies for their role in a price-fixing cartel, while a third has escaped punishment. ... read more


JBS commits to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2040

24 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Brazil-based meat giant JBS has made a new long-term commitment linked to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ... read more


Private-equity backed RoadRunner snaps up US firm JoJe Bar

24 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

RoadRunner Holdings, a holding company set up by a US private-equity firm, has made an acquisition in the health bar area. ... read more


Has Mondelez boosted health of snacks portfolio with Grenade?

23 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks what Mondelez International's purchase of UK sports-nutrition business Grenade tells us about its strategic thinking and consumer trends. ... read more


Irish frozen-food business Strong Roots wins B Corp status

23 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Irish frozen veg business Strong Roots has secured a certification for its social, environmental and corporate governance credentials. ... read more


How data shows companies believe cutting CO2 emissions is good for business

19 March 2021 | Nick Ferris

Companies are increasingly convinced reducing carbon emissions can have a positive impact on market demand, reputation and even supply chains. ... read more


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