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Australian trade mark for Scotch whisky a ‘major breakthrough’

16-Apr-2014 - Scotch whisky has been registered as a certified trade mark in Australia, marking a major breakthrough in the industry’s battle against the production of counterfeit goods, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Boost renewable energy sources: IPCC report

14-Apr-2014 - Carbon-intensive fuels should be ditched in preference for renewable energy sources, recommends a new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Greencore pours millions into US frozen food-to-go

26-Feb-2014 - Greencore has invested millions of pounds in US frozen food-to-go manufacturing as it seeks to build on its success in the market.

Overseas sales spur BN biscuits firm UB's Nigeria deal

14-Feb-2014 - United Biscuits' (UB's) investment in Nigeria's A&P Foods has catapulted the business to its target for international sales to represent 20% of its business three years early.

Pig producers fear Winter Olympics threat

11-Feb-2014 - The Winter Olympics could threaten to Britain’s pig industry, warn the government and the National Pig Association (NPA).

‘Bring food production back to Britain’: David Cameron

05-Feb-2014 - British firms that have relocated production plants from overseas to the UK have been commended by Prime Minister David Cameron.

2014 will be an uncertain year for small firms

04-Feb-2014 - European food producers face an uncertain 2014, despite continuing macroeconomic improvements, according to agri-food consultancy Promar International.

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Flatulent cows’ blast reveals dairy farming perils

29-Jan-2014 - Flatulent cows sparked an explosion in a farm shed at Rasdorf in Germany, according to a report published by international news agency Reuters, indicating some of the risks inherent in dairy farming.

Business Leaders' Forum

Chinese food business acquisitions driven by food safety

28-Jan-2014 - Improving domestic food safety was one of the main motivations of the Chinese government in acquiring food manufacturing businesses around the world, a lawyer for Stephenson Harwood told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum.

Income gap between rich and poor is biggest global risk

17-Jan-2014 - The income gap between rich and poor is seen as the biggest threat to the world over the coming decade, according to World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Global Risks 2014 report, released yesterday (January 16) in advance of next week’s meeting of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.

India’s new law could cost the UK millions

06-Jan-2014 - UK food and drink manufacturers could lose millions of pounds as exports to India languish at Mumbai docks after authorities blocked shipments following sudden regulatory changes.

China-based expert to support pork exports

06-Jan-2014 - Environment secretary Owen Paterson is expected to announce the appointment of a full-time agricultural expert in Beijing early in the New Year to assist with growing UK food exports to China.

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Forget horsemeat, fox DNA in donkeymeat worries the Chinese

03-Jan-2014 - Retail giant Wal-Mart has found itself embroiled in a fresh food scandal after foxmeat was discovered in its ‘Five Spice’ donkey product sold in more than 400 stores across China.

KPMG ranks Nestlé in corporate responsibility top 10

11-Dec-2013 - Nestlé is in the 10 best global firms for corporate responsibility (CR) reporting, according to an independent survey published by audit, tax and advisory company KPMG.

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United Biscuits gains first Saudi Arabia factory

31-Oct-2013 - United Biscuits (UB) has bought its first factory in Saudi Arabia and aims to use it to boost sales of its brands in the Middle East.

Botox bid to target obesity epidemic

30-Oct-2013 - Researchers have had promising experimental results from using Botox as a weight loss tool in rats and are now hoping to win approval for human testing.

Mondelēz invests in sustainability goals

21-Oct-2013 - Mondelēz International is pouring cash into sustainable farming projects, including $400M in cocoa farms in developing economies, to secure a strong and stable supply base.

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Bananas could be croc killers in Costa Rica

18-Sep-2013 - The globe’s £10bn banana market could be threatening crocodile species in central America, warns new research published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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Starbucks: ‘Coffee sir? OK, but leave the assault rifle outside’

18-Sep-2013 - Coffee chain Starbucks is asking American customers to leave their weapons outside its outlets before popping in for a coffee.

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'Tesco failed to understand the Chinese consumer'

06-Sep-2013 - Tesco’s decision to step back from going it alone in China was because it failed to understand the Chinese consumer and how unsuited they are to its so-called “secret weapon” – the clubcard, according to a leading marketing expert.

Food security threatened by climate change and trade

02-Sep-2013 - Food security is threatened by the global trade in farm products – which allows crop pests and diseases to spread worldwide – and climate change – which allows them to establish in new locations, according to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Tabasco around the world - interactive map

22-Aug-2013 - Tabasco hot pepper sauce is benefiting from the rising global tide of interest in hot and spicy foods. Here, we chart just some of the ways the sauce is firing palates across the globe.

FDF stresses potential as manufacturers sideline exports

20-Aug-2013 - Manufacturers could target food and drink exports more proactively, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has claimed in the wake of a Barclays survey indicating they are not prioritising the area.

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Campbell Soup nears sale of some European interests

12-Aug-2013 - Campbell Soup Company plans to sell some of its business in Europe to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and has announced it is in final and exclusive negotiations to clinch the deal.

Tough Europe forces Danone savings drive

29-Jul-2013 - Dairy and beverages giant Danone is targeting €200M (£172.7M) in savings in Europe by 2015 by “adapting its structures and costs” as the tough economic climate continues to bite.

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