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Nestlé decision sparks sports sponsorship row

Food and drink manufacturing giant Nestlé has sparked controversy by ending its sponsorship deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), after the organisation became mired in both corruption...

Soup-maker Campbell switches to GMO labelling

The world’s largest soup-maker has responded to calls for more food transparency by announcing it is to label the genetically modified organism (GMO) content on all of its US products....

Food manufacturers hail climate change deal

Food manufacturers have welcomed the recent deal on climate change agreed in Paris, with Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier describing it as “a major step forward”.

The Terminator says: ‘Eat less meat – or else’

Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator film star and former US politician, has recommended eating less meat and fewer dairy products to protect the world against climate change.

Greencore to open new US food plant and research centre

Chilled convenience and food-to-go firm Greencore plans to open a new manufacturing facility and innovation centre near Seattle next year, creating more than 50 jobs.

BRF plans chilled jv in eastern Europe

BRF, the world’s 10th largest food company accounting for 14% of all poultry traded on the planet, is considering a new chilled food joint venture (jv) in central or eastern...

Climate change is cutting UK food production: NFU

Climate change is already cutting UK food output, according to a survey conducted by the National Farmers Union (NFU), as US president Barack Obama said the UN climate conference in...

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EU to spend £4.8M fighting killer olive tree disease

The EU has pledged to spend £4.8M (€7M) in combating “a dangerous plant pathogen” that targets fruit trees, such as olive trees, and grave vines.

‘Mega-deals’ put global food and drink M&A activity at eight-year high

A series of food and drink ‘mega-deals’ will result in this year’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector activity being at its highest since 2007, with international deals dominating, a financial...

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Strong pulse: UN’s International Year of Pulses targets trade boost

The United Nations (UN) is promoting the nutritional benefits of pulses through a year-long initiative.

Further consolidation likely in wake of AB InBev/SABMiller deal, expert warns

The £71BN takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev is likely to result in further consolidation among the remaining brewers, a leading expert on large-scale mergers has claimed.

Hilton lauded for its international ambition

Hilton Food Group has been praised for its “very well-invested facilities” and “ambitious management team” who target international expansion by leading City analysts, after the meat packing company announced it...

Cargill makes £0.95bn fish firm acquisition

Global grain giant Cargill is seeking to cash in on growing demand for seafood with its £0.95bn (€1.35bn) acquisition of leading fish feed supplier Norwegian firm EWOS.

Better veterinary medicines regulations needed

Improved veterinary medicine regulations are needed urgently to help the EU safeguard food supplies and protect human health, according to a recent conference.

Scottish whisky seeks world heritage status similar to champagne

Scotch whisky producers are hoping to follow French champagne makers and win United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage status for their products.

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research...

Ukraine and Russia to be Europe’s GM springboard

Ukraine and Russia are likely to become the bridgehead for the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the rest of Europe, according to the ceo of the French agricultural...

EU ‘obliged’ to produce food after climate change

Europe has “a moral obligation” to boost food production, after climate change compromises production elsewhere, warns a former top Brussels official.

Top business women build beehives in Africa

Senior women business leaders from the the food and drink industry – including managers from 2 Sisters Food Group, Bakkavor and the Food Manufacture Group’s publisher William Reed Business Media – are completing a week...

China and seafood top drivers for Scottish food exports

Fish, seafood and China drove Scottish food export growth over the past year, according to figures just released by the Scottish government.

Food security and animal health under Brussels spotlight

The animal health industry’s role in securing sustainable world food supplies is the focus of a conference staged in Brussels next month by the International Federation for Animal Health – Europe...

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Bakkavor sells remaining Italian pizza business

Bakkavor has sold the remainder of Italpizza, its Italian pizza manufacturing outfit to Dreamfood, following the initial sale of a 40% share in it last year.

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Russia good for non-EU exporters

Russia presents a significant opportunity for non-EU salt exporters, after the country banned Ukrainian imports earlier this year, which accounted for 24% of the market.

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UK job fears after Heinz and Kraft merger

The merger of food giants Heinz and Kraft Foods Group has sparked fears about UK jobs, according to Unite the Union.

Political turmoil shouldn’t stop food imports – Asda boss

Food firms should not halt imports from countries struggling with political turmoil, such as Palestine and Israel, according to an Asda board member.