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UK election raises food hopes of better Brexit

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, w...

Column: All eyes on N Ireland after UK election

Cor Blimey! exclaimed one Labour-leaning UK tabloid this morning (9 June) as the country awoke to another election result that confounded po...

Column: US cash for push on climate will be missed

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement....

Focus: Food almost invisible as UK election nears

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy sh...

Latest Interviews

Interview: The UTZ, Rainforest Alliance merger 19 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


Interview: Ambitious Arla stays patient in Africa 14 Jun 2017

John Shepherd

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.

Latest News

Nestle "open" to buying stakes in Terra start-ups 23 Jun 17

Dean Best

Nestle has said it would be "open" to acquiring stakes in start-ups that join the Terra accelerator programme, a scheme launched by financial services group Rabobank and US technology campus RocketSpace to support fledgling food companies.


UK proposes end to free movement in Queen's Speech 21 Jun 17

Helen Arnold

A new UK law ending the free movement of people from the EU will come into force after Brexit in proposals unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech, which details the country's planned programme of legislation.


Fairtrade sales up 11% in Italy in 2016 19 Jun 17

just-food.com

The retail value of Fairtrade-certified products sold in Italy last year amounted to EUR110.2m (US$123.3m) - an increase of 11% over the previous year, according to latest figures.


Banks' expansion loan for China's Saikexing dairy 16 Jun 17

John Shepherd

Chinese dairy firm Inner Mongolia Saikexing Breeding and Biotechnology Group has secured an Asian Development Bank-led syndicated loan valued at US$125m aimed at expanding domestic milk supply in China.


Trump delays changes to Nutrition Facts labels 13 Jun 17

Dean Best

The US government has pushed back the planned introduction of changes to the Nutrition Facts labels used on food sold in the country.


Spoiltpig "raised without antibiotics" bacon NPD 13 Jun 17

John Shepherd

UK bacon manufacturer Denhay Farms is rolling out a new line of "raised without antibiotics" bacon under its Spoiltpig brand in partnership with Scottish pig farmer Brydock Farms.

Latest blogs

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage 23 May 17

Ben Cooper

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.


Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee 17 Feb 17

Dean Best

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.

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