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UN bodies call for tougher food safety legislation

Tougher legislation and more inspections are needed to prevent the up to 200 food safety incidents reported internationally, according to two UN bodies.

Unilever cuts salt in noodle brand

Unilever has invested £10m (€15m) in the second phase of relaunching its Pot Noodle brand in the UK, cutting in half the amount of salt in the product.

Cereal prices will remain high, says FAO

Cereal prices will remain high, despite the record world cereal production forecast, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report this week.

Top firms meet to discuss kids advertising

Top food and beverage companies are today expected to announce new voluntary restrictions on marketing to children, in an effort to preempt the implementation of new regulations.

Investment firm continues European milling market expansion

Austrian investment firm Leipnik-Lundenburger Invest (LLI) said it has successfully completed its entry into the southeastern European milling market with the acquisitions of two bakery firms.

Bakery sales continue to struggle for Northern Foods

Northern Foods today reported a 2.6 per cent decline in bakery sales revenue in the 13 weeks up to 30 June.

Cereal supply shortage puts crunch on processors

A European Commission statement yesterday that the bloc's cereal stocks are at a low point, emphasises the food industry's warning that commodity prices are hurting manufacturers.

CSM streamlines US bakery ingredients operation

Dutch company CSM will continue to concentrate its manufacturing in the US by transferring the production of a subsidiary to other CSM North America plants.

Premium crisps drive growth, says report

A developing demand for premium products such as those made with alternative ingredients is keeping the UK crisps market on a steady 2.5 per cent growth rate, Mintel says in...

Fat tax - proposed again by academia, dismissed by industry

If the British government imposes a "carefully targeted fat tax" on food, over 3,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented every year, UK academics have said.

Real Good Food focuses on sugar and bakery

Real Good Food said this week it is focusing upon its sugar and bakery sectors following the disposal of its fish business.

Kellogg's takes bigger bite out of snacks market

Kellogg's is making a bid to become a bigger player in the global snacks market, with the company saying the segment will account for 50 per cent of its sales...

Private label bakery keeps strong market position

Private label bakery products continue to hold a strong foothold in the growing UK market, accounting for 58 per cent of sales by value, according to a study by Nielsen.

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The aspartame science kerfuffle

The publication of a new animal study on aspartame last month has - as expected -sparked yet another bout of head butting from the two opposing sides of the debate....

AAK UK continues to expand specialist focus

Specialist fat and oil manufacturer AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) UK has acquired Croda Food Services in a bid to expand its specialist product range.

Premier Foods to sell frozen foods division

Premier Foods will sell its frozen foods division, according to a trading update released today.

Global cereal production to rebound, forecasts FAO

Global cereal production is expected to recover from the shortfalls experienced in the past year, according to a report released today.

Kraft to buy Danone biscuits

Kraft Foods today offered €5.3bn for Danone's biscuit and cereals divisions, which generate about €2bn in sales annually.

Premier Foods to close six factories

Premier Foods, the UK's largest food company, said yesterday it will close six of its 11 factories in a bid to cut manufacturing costs.

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M&A: Urge to merge

Mergers and acquisition activity is always ongoing in every segment of industry, but this summer looks to be a particularly hot one for food and beverage manufacturers.

Fazer Russia expands bakery operations

Finland-based Fazer Group has taken a majority stake in Russian bakery OAO Volzhky Pekar.

Acquisitions integrating smoothly, says Finsbury Foods

UK-based Finsbury Food Group yesterday reported continues sales growth across its bakery products, and that its recent acquisitions have integrated smoothly.

General Mills sales rise 6 per cent after restructuring

General Mills yesterday said it achieved growth in both annual net sales and operating profits, after cutting ties with underperforming sectors.

Scottish cookie company to adopt traffic light labelling

Paterson Arran claims to be the first manufacturer in Scotland to use the Food Standard Agency's traffic light labelling system on its products.

Is fruit peel the next snack craze?

One in five UK adults regularly snack on or eat fruit peel as part of their diet, according to a survey released this week.

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