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UK to spend ₤372m to combat obesity curve

The UK government unveiled the first steps it will take in its national strategy to fight obesity, earmarking £372m for the cause. Steps include addressing food issues, as well as...

Industry asks for biofuels policy U-turn

The food industry has called on the European Commission to reconsider its biofuels policy, which currently sets a mandatory target of 10 per cent biofuels for transport by 2020.

Healthy snack division slows Zetar profits

UK-based confectionery and snack firm Zetar today said that pretax profit fell to £1.09m for the half year from £1.3m in the previous year, as losses incurred by the recently...

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Exotic fruits or local berries? You choose

As consumer demand for exotic superfruits increases, so will the impact of transport on the environment. But as policy makers and green campaigners devise more ways of monitoring greenhouse gases,...

Scotland kicks off food policy debate

The Scottish government has published a new discussion paper setting out its vision for the country's food supply and industry, which will help set the agenda for its first ever...

Kellogg acquires Russian bakery brand

Cereal producer Kellogg has acquired the Russia-based United Bakers Group as part of plans to expand its global footprint, the company announced yesterday.

Whole grains still popular, but market stabilizing

Whole grains continued their strong growth last year, with the number of new whole grain products launched almost matching the peak of 2006.

News briefs: Archer Farms, Canada Bread and Flower Foods

In bakery news from the other side of the Atlantic, Archer Farms removes trans fats, Canada bread acquires a Quebecoise sandwich firm, and Flower Foods buys one of its production...

Chocolate linked to weaker bones

New research suggests that regular consumption of chocolate may weaken bone density and strength, which in turn could increase the risk of health problems such as osteoporosis and fracture.

Nestle explores probiotics' impact on metabolism

Strains of probiotic bacteria can affect metabolism, says a new study from Nestle and Imperial College London that could help the development of new probiotic products tailored for individuals.

Agrana restructure enables revenue increase

Austria-based Agrana announced a revenue increase of 3 per cent in its first three quarters, overcoming the challenges of sugar restrictions and weather-induced crop failures.

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How natural is 'natural'?

The refusal by regulators to provide a formal definition of the term 'natural' will ultimately lead to confusion for consumers and a legal headache for manufacturers.

CSM consolidates EU bakery operations

Ingredients firm CSM will consolidate its bakery ingredient operations in Germany and France as part of a wide-ranging strategy to cut costs and achieve better operational focus, the company announced...

High prices continue to dog UK bakers

Two leading UK bakery firms are raising customer prices in order to combat high commodity prices, a strategy they say is now necessary to keep sales profits high.

PepsiCo goes for Bulgarian nuts

Number one snack company PepsiCo yesterday said it has acquired Bulgarian nuts and seeds firm Penelopa, targeting both the health and wellness trend as well as the promising Eastern European...

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Back to tap: bottled water's enviro-woes

It looks set to be a vintage year ahead for Chateau Eau De Source Public - or as it is more humbly known, tap water - as consumers find themselves...

Soup ingredients to go wild and exotic

Pork belly, watermelon and goji are amongst some of the more unusual soup flavours predicted to be popular in 2008, according to Campbell's Kitchen and Swanson Broth.

News briefs: Pears, blueberries and bread bowls

Crispy Green develops dried fruit snacks; US scientists adapt blueberry crops for hot weather; and legal action is looms over bread that doubles up as crockery.

Mintel stresses need for niche cookies

Although the overall US cookie market has increased 14 per cent in value between 2002 to2007, manufacturers will have to focus on niche trends in order to boost individual consumption,...

Third of people choose low fat food to stay trim

Low fat food products are most popular when attempting weight loss, according to a survey looking at weight management across 13 countries worldwide.

Industry prepares to fight junk food ad watershed

As phase two of the UK's new rules on TV advertising of unhealthy foods targeted at children came into effect this week, the food industry is preparing to lock horns...

Snack firms up marketing campaigns after Xmas binge

The post-Christmas period often sees consumers tightening their purse strings as well as their belts; however several US food companies are coming up with increasingly inventive methods of persuading snackers...

Global cocoa deficit increases, says report

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) estimates that the world's current cocoa shortfall is now 55 per cent larger than previously thought, after adverse weather conditions led to crop reductions over...

General Mills counts cost of pizza recall

US-based manufactuer General Mills yesterday said a pizza recall in November knocked $20m off its Q2 operating profit.  .

CSM sells US bakery ingredient group

Dutch firm CSM has reached an agreement on the sale one of its North American bakery ingredients operations to Kerry Group, the company revealed today.

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