08-May-2013 - Food taxes introduced by some EU member states to discourage the consumption of ‘unhealthy’ foods will not tackle obesity and risks hindering the competitiveness of EU food and drink industries, warns the manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope.
02-Apr-2013 - Mariani prune paste is a functional ingredient that can be used as a flavour enhancer or fat reducer in bakery and dairy products.
11-Mar-2013 - Spanish olive production is in “crisis” after suffering a drought that has cut yields by 62% and is set to push up the global price of olive oil.
23-Jan-2013 - Health minister Anna Soubry has put the food and drink industry on notice that the government would be prepared to regulate on food’s salt, fat and sugar content if further progress is not made to stem the growing obesity epidemic afflicting the UK, which is estimated to cost the National Health Service £5bn a year.
08-Jan-2013 - The government is using prime-time TV to raise awareness of the “hidden nasties” in everyday food.
06-Jan-2013 - The government has rejected calls from Labour to consider introducing legal limits on fat, sugar and salt in food aimed at children, insisting that its plans to tackle obesity are working effectively.
30-Oct-2012 - Food manufacturers, government and supermarkets have today (October 30) “stated their ambition” to ensure palm oil used in food production is responsibly produced and does not contribute to deforestation by 2015. But a leading retail organisation has insisted the pledge is too “weak”.
26-Sep-2012 - Redundancies are “inevitable” after a suspected arson attack on the Real Crisps factory in Crumlin, South Wales last week.
30-Aug-2012 - The Danish government has revealed plans to drop its tax on saturated fats, introduced in October 2011, and shelve plans to introduce a tax on sugar from January 2013.
31-Jul-2012 - To enable processors to deliver a 'natural' vegetarian source of omega 3 in bread, sauces and oil-based dressings, Ulrick & Short has made a non-genetically modified (GM) Nordic flax oil.
02-Jul-2012 - One of the largest integrated industrial sustainable palm oil producers has pledged to have its entire palm oil estates and operations 100% certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by the end of 2012.
18-Jun-2012 - Feeding rising global numbers of people who are overweight places the same strain on world resources as would an additional 1bn mouths, warn researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
30-May-2012 - Norfolk-based cold pressed rapeseed oil producer Larchwood Foods has developed two oils to meet the requirements of the food manufacturing sector: Larchwood Foods Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and Larchwood Foods Extra Virgin High Oleic Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.
30-May-2012 - Derek Wiles shares his stories of life in the fresh olive oil business. Rod Addy reports
30-May-2012 - Food manufacturers and others face “very big” challenges in developing supplies of sustainable soya, according to Jan Kees Vis, Unilever’s global director of sustainable sourcing development.
09-May-2012 - Crisp makers are hitting back at their unhealthy image with new varieties of crisp substituting traditional oils such as sunflower oil with alternatives that are much lower in saturated fats.
23-Apr-2012 - The government is deepening the obesity crisis by allowing flagship academies to lower national nutritional standards, warns Jamie Oliver.
16-Mar-2012 - New Britain Palm Oil (NBPO) is investing millions to expand the volume and variety of sustainable palm oil (SPO) available to UK food manufacturers.
15-Mar-2012 - UK food and drink manufacturers have rejected claims by campaign group Which? that the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal has made inadequate progress at reducing what it describes as “the national obesity emergency”.
13-Feb-2012 - The food industry must get much more closely involved in public health issues if we are to deal with the problems of obesity the nation faces, the co-chair of the government’s food Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) Network has argued.
09-Feb-2012 - The government has been slammed for spending huge sums on trying to reduce the weight of people across the population rather than focusing attention where it is needed most - on those who are seriously obese.
06-Jan-2012 - The government must adopt a more unified policy framework to improve the health of the nation and curb the growth in obesity, food policy experts have urged.
14-Dec-2011 - UK food policy has taken a backward step under the coalition government, according to Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, London.
25-Nov-2011 - The introduction of a fat tax in the UK would be “very difficult for the industry to stomach” and could “cripple” some food and drink firms, experts have said.
02-Nov-2011 - The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed comments from the Health Select Committee about the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal describing the plan as “no silver bullet” to tackle obesity.