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Food labelling fight splits UK retailers

The food industry's debate on nutritional labelling has taken its latest twist, with Sainsbury's suspending its membership of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Ad van Geloven makes Mora move

Ad van Geloven, the Dutch food group, has reached a final agreement with Unilever to acquire snack business Mora for an undisclosed fee.

New rules could ban soda and junk food from Illinois schools

Elementary and middle schools in Illinois could be banned from selling junk food and soda in a move designed to improve children's health and mental abilities through good nutrition.

More evidence that whole grains could protect against colon cancer

Antioxidants in wheat, allied with dietary fibre, are the key to its anti-colon cancer properties, say researchers.

Europeans snack and dine through hectic lives, report

European consumers are increasingly skipping meals at home and instead opting to snack or eat in restaurants, a trend that is set to continue on the back of hectic lifestyles,...

Stacking robot is fastest in world, company claims

A Spanish company claims to have developed what it calls the fastest robot in the world for the personal care industry.

Syngenta moves closer to launching GM wheat

Leading agribusiness Syngenta could be set to introduce the world's first genetically modified wheat seed by early next decade, a move fully supported by American wheat industry organizations.

Glisten sees growth in healthy eating

Glisten, the UK-based confectionery and snack group, has reported encouraging interim results and has set its sights on tapping consumers' appetite for healthy eating.

Healthy eating trend endangers Northern Foods

Like other convenience food producers in the UK, Northern Foods is struggling amidst sliding sales - issuing its second profit warning in two months as consumers shun biscuits, pastries and...

Commission reopens debate on new labelling legislation

The European Commission has reopened debate on harmonising and increasing legislation on food labelling across the bloc, a move that could potentially lead to greater costs for businesses.

Health conscious consumers drive UK oat sales

Hot cereals such as porridge and oatmeal are benefiting from a revival among Britain's health conscious consumers, according to Mintel.

Defect removal system for potato strips ups production capacity

An automatic defect removal system for potato strips helps processors increase production capacity, its manufacturer claims.

Mintel identifies key food innovations for 2006

Brain-power foods, portion control and products targeting the senior population are likely to be the food sectors to look out for in 2006, according to Mintel.

Walkers close Welsh factory

The closer of Walkers' factory near Swansea signals the end of fifty years of crisp production in South Wales as the firm moves to cut costs.

ICCO to discuss sustainability at Eurochocolate Modica

The world's cocoa suppliers are meeting in Italy this week to discuss sustainable production, an issue blighting the growth of the industry.

Food industry not responsive to obesity, claims report

By not doing enough to tackle the growing obesity crisis, the food and beverage industry is storing up problems for the future, claims a new report.

Consultation launched to ban junk food in schools

The UK government has launched a consultation on standards for food sold in schools following recommendations from the School Food Trust calling for a ban on confectionery and snacks.

CSM targets key food sectors for future growth

Poor 2005 results could mark a watershed for ingredients giant CSM, which is in the process of refocusing its business strategy.

General Mills to integrate remaining Pillsbury flour brands

General Mills has underlined its commitment to bakery by integrating Pillsbury bakery flour brands into its bakery ingredients segment.

Cocoa flavonols linked to low blood pressure

Regular eating of flavonol-rich chocolate can cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half, reports a long-term study of elderly men.

Sonoco boosts packaging capacity

Sonoco's acquisition of Wycon Corporation is designed to tap increasing demand for flexible printed packaging in confectionery.

United Biscuits acquires Golden Wonder brands

United Biscuits has acquired the former Golden Wonder brands Nik Naks and Wheat Crunchies from Tayto to extend its position in the UK snack market.

Evron Foods gets Subway deal

Irish independent baker Evron Foods has won a three-year contract to supply fast-food chain Subway with its bread.

ADM: multi-lingual push at global marketing

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has launched a multi-lingual website in a marketing effort to provide international customers with easy access to information on its product portfolio.

GM potato no threat to health, says EFSA

A genetically modified potato product with altered starch composition poses no threat to human health, according to an EFSA panel ruling.

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