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Commission sets ball rolling for CAP reforms

The European Commission yesterday outlined reforms the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), proposing further measures aimed at weaning farmers off handouts and boosting commodity supplies.

Speakers set out challenges for EFSA's future

Attracting top scientists, speed of assessment, and communication are vital in ensuring EFSA's success as Europe's food risk assessor, said speakers at the authority's fifth anniversary conference in Brussels yesterday.

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Are trade shows relevant?

The new crop of business cards yielded by another trade show season have been duly filed away. But the big question remains. Were the three days at FIE followed, for...

News briefs: ABF, ConAgra and butter prices

Associated British Foods may sell its bread brands; the ConAgra recall makes a painful dent in profits; and butter is too expensive for some bakers in the Asia Pacific region.

UK cereals regulator outlines future challenges

UK processors must continue to work with grain farmers to ensure supply remains sustainable amidst growing demand from the feed and biofuels sector, according to the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).

Northern Foods posts profit increase

UK-based Northern Foods said that its leaner business model has paid off, as the company reported a 5.9 per cent increase in operating profits for the half year.

Kraft to sell Post Cereals to Ralcorp

Food giant Kraft Foods today announced a demerger of its Post Cereal brand to Ralcorp Holdings for $2.6bn of stock and cash, as part of the company's strategy to concentrate...

Manufacturers tap trends to boost sandwich sales

UK consumers will spend a massive £4.1bn (€5.8bn) on sandwiches this year, thanks to manufacturers catching up with the health, ethnic and ethical trends dominating the market, according to Mintel.

Kids ad restrictions are ineffectual, finds Which?

New UK restrictions on television 'junk' food advertising to children are ineffective, says consumer watchdog Which?, since a survey has shown that half the most popular programmes watched by the...

Kraft takes larger slice of snack pie with Danone buy

Kraft Foods is set to take an even larger share of the global snack market after receiving conditional approval by the European Commission to purchase the biscuit, cereals and snack...

Premier Foods defies bakery price challenge

UK-based Premier Foods had an organic sales gain of three per cent in the four months to the end of October and said its is on course to meet its...

Cereal prices set to stay high, says FAO

Production problems and low world stocks will keep global cereal prices high this year, according to a new report, suggesting that the food industry's struggle to maintain margins will not...

Sara Lee Q1 profits plunge

Rising commodity costs and increased media and promotional spend have led to a massive 40 per cent drop in profits for US food giant Sara Lee.

Beneo brand for Orafti, Palatinit and Remy

New Beneo group combines Orafti, Palatinit and Remy as it eyes up opportunities in the functional food market.

National Starch invests in textures

Terry Thomas, divisional vice president for National Starch, talks the language of texture and how to bring textural meaning to consumer palates.

Associated British Foods reports profit gains

UK-based Associated British Foods (ABF) today reported real operating profit increased by 11 per cent in 2007, despite EU sugar reforms and the weak US dollar's effect on margins.

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Meat, cancer and credibility

The big 'Cs' got the meat industry in trouble last week - cancer and credibility.

PepsiCo announces three-way split

PepsiCo today announced it will split its operations into three separate units in a move to better harness the growth of its snack and beverage businesses.

Liberation Foods moves into ethical nut niche

Backed by Scotland's richest man, Liberation Foods is tapping into the health and ethical trends with its fair trade nuts, which hit shelves this week, according to the Financial Times.

Global giants dominate snack market

PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble and United biscuits top the list of most successful snack companies, thanks to strong sales of popular favourites combined with innovation in the health and premium...

News briefs: Kraft, Kellogg and antioxidant nuts

Kraft signs the legal documents to acquire Danone's biscuit unit; Kellogg's will increase its advertisement spend; and new research suggests that boiling nuts retains their antioxidant properties.

Rising costs hit Kellogg's profits

Kellogg today said that high commodity costs led to a one per cent decrease in operating profit during the third quarter, despite a six per cent increase in sales.

Health products key to bakery success

The top three bakery companies in Europe - Barilla, Danone and Kellogg -dominate the market because of successful sales of products that tap the trends for health, functionality and convenience,...

UK manufacturers commit to wide ranging environmental plan

The UK's food and drink manufacturers yesterday committed to ambitious new targets for reducing packaging, carbon emissions, water waste and transport distances.

Russia increases wheat export tariffs

The Russian government has set wheat export tariffs at 10 per cent of customs value, over fears that rising global prices could affect the domestic supply.

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