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What a waste: up to 50% or 1.2‒2bn tonnes of annual global food production never reaches a human stomach

Governments should tell retailers to cut food waste

By Mike Stones

Governments in developed nations should tell retailers not to reject foods on the basis of appearance, in a bid to prevent half of all food ending up as waste, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) .

Barry Callebaut is to become the globe’s largest cocoa processor with the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Petra Foods

Barry Callebaut to become largest cocoa processor

By Mike Stones

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is to become the globe’s largest cocoa processor with the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Petra Foods, based in Singapore for $950M.

In the soup: Tesco’s decision to stock its own-label New York Soup Co and delist New Convent Garden Soup was a sign of things to come: Kantar

Own-label foods to continue gains over branded: Kantar

By Laurence Gibbons

Branded food manufacturers are set to suffer further losses in market share as own-label products continue to grow in popularity, according to consumer market researcher, Kantar Worldpanel.

Chips in... The former chief executive of Diamond Foods, maker of Kettle Chips, has agreed to repay his bonus payments

Food manufacturing boss repays £1.7M bonus

By Mike Stones

A former boss of Kettle Chips maker Diamond Foods has pledged to repay two years’ bonuses and resigned his position after a financial scandal engulfed the business earlier this year.

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Food manufacturer in row over £23,500 labels fine

By Mike Stones

A Suffolk food firm claims its £23,500 fine for making false claims about the ingredients in its pesto was “heavy handed” and “wasted public money”, adding that Cambridgeshire County Council backed its view.

Teen dream: Tesco has commericalised a teenager's ready meal idea

Tesco rolls out 15-year-old student’s ready meal idea

By Lorraine Mullaney

Tesco bosses were so impressed with a 15-year-old work experience student’s idea for a ready meal that they decided to roll it out across their supermarkets as part of their Home Bake ready meal range.

Glass contamination fears have prompted the Co-op food recall

Co-op recalls pasta sauce over glass fears

By Gary Scattergood

The Co-op has recalled a batch of its own-brand Truly Irresistible Whole Cherry Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce because of a manufacturing fault, which could have led to some of the jars containing pieces of glass.

In a jam: Are the strawberries from Suffolk or China?

False labelling costs jam maker £15,000

By John Wood

A Suffolk-based jam manufacturer and the firm’s director have both been fined £4,250 and ordered to pay £6,500 costs, after pleading guilty to 13 charges of falsely claiming that the company’s jams contained locally sourced produce.

Organix says sales of its all-ambient product lines have nearly doubled

Forecasting toys thrown out of the inventory pram

By Sue Scott

A market-busting 10% rise in demand for Organix baby food products has forced the company to tear up the spreadsheets and become the first manufacturer to adopt a new stock-monitoring and forecasting system that could lead to full vendor-managed inventory...

This year's pea crop is likely to be just 60% of normal

Princes commits to buying 9,000t of British peas

By Rick Pendrous

Princes has confirmed its support for British pea growers faced with reduced crop yields due to poor weather conditions this year, by committing to buy 9,000t from domestic growers.

When's a calorie not a calorie? When it comes from an almond

Almonds have 20% fewer calories than thought

By Mike Stones

The calorific value of almonds is 20% less than previously thought, leading to gross overestimations of their energy value, according to new US research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).

Antioxidant phytochemicals have a lot to offfer

Special delivery

By Michelle Knott

Optimising the delivery of antioxidant phytochemicals is the way to keep tomorrow's consumers happy and healthy, reports Michelle Knott.

Thomas Gilpin was among the food industry leaders recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Food industry leaders in Queen’s Birthday Honours

By Mike Stones

Food and drink business people, scientists and administrators were among those honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Here’s our selection of who was awarded which award and for what reason.

Could Premier's Histon facility – home of Golden Shred – be the next disposal?

Premier Foods: Which brands will be sold next?

By Mike Stones

Premier Foods’ facilities at Histon and Knighton remain “prime candidates” for sale, after the firm’s disposal of its vinegar and sour pickles business based at Middleton, last week to Mizkan for £41M, according to City analyst Panmure Gordon.

Guidance on allergen action levels is being developed

Pressure builds to agree EU food allergen action levels

By Rick Pendrous

Momentum is building to agree EU allergen management action levels that firms could use within their operations and for labelling purposes, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF) experts.

The Mintel survey celebrates the Queen's jubillee by charting food trends over the past 40 years of her reign

Mintel hails Queen’s jubilee with 40-year food survey

By Mike Stones

The nation’s changing breakfast preferences, the impact of shifting diets, and the great British takeaway are three key food trends to emerge from Mintel’s first survey charting consumers’ changing food choices between 1972 and 2012.