ESA director-general says implementation of FIC across member states will be a headache...

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

18-Dec-2014 - The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

William Reed Business Media Holiday video

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

18-Dec-2014 - The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

New exec’s industry past ‘can’t be a problem’, says FSAI

From industry to authority: Abbott Nutrition regulation director new FSAI chief

18-Dec-2014 - Dr Pamela Byrne, currently director of regulatory policy and intelligence for firm Abbott Nutrition, is to become the new chief executive for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Studies raise questions over sugar, caffeine, and children's intake of energy drinks

Studies raise questions over sugar, caffeine, and children's intake of energy drinks

18-Dec-2014 - Two new studies have suggested that many children and adolescents consuming energy drinks get too much caffeine, while suggesting the level of sugar and caffeinated drinks can lead to different metabolic effects.

The UK competition authority says that a merger between Pork Farms' and Kerry Foods' CSP business unit could cause competition concerns.

Un-savoury contest? Pork pies merger brings UK competition concerns

18-Dec-2014 - The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has rules that Pork Farms’ acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business may substantially lessen compedition in the sector.

48% of UK pizzas contain over the 6g maximum salt limits recommended for a whole day, according to public health lobby groups

1 pizza could equal 7 Big Macs’ worth of salt, says CASH

18-Dec-2014 - Supermarket, restaurant and takeaway pizzas contain ‘shockingly high’ levels of salt, according to a product survey by pressure groups CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) and WASH (World Action on Salt & Health).

Many companies have committed to sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil - but how is it done?

FDF guide aims to boost sustainable palm oil use

18-Dec-2014 - The UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a guide to help food companies switch to sustainably sourced palm oil.

The Commission is concerned the deal could produce a monopoly in the single serve coffee market in particular

EU scrutinises Mondelez-Douwe Egberts Master Blenders coffee deal

18-Dec-2014 - The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation of Mondelez International’s proposed $5bn joint venture with competitor coffee firm Douwe Egberts Master Blenders 1753.

Judy Buttriss, director general, British Nutrition Foundation

Boozy calorie counting

18-Dec-2014 - The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Acrylamide forms in starchy foods as a result of high temperature processing

Manufacturers face tough new laws to cut acrylamide levels in food

18-Dec-2014 - Manufacturers face tougher legal restrictions on the levels of the carcinogen acrylamide permitted in food, after the failure of many parts of the industry to cut them by voluntary measures.

Stronger adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with longer telomere length - with a one point change in diet score linked to 1.5 years of aging, say the researchers.

Mediterranean diet linked to increased telomere length

17-Dec-2014 - Following a Mediterranean style diet may be associated with greater telomere length - a finding that further supports the diet’s links to health and longevity, say researchers.

Double burden: Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children

Double burden: Poor diet links obese mothers and stunted children

17-Dec-2014 - Obesity and malnutrition are often thought of as problems at opposite ends of the nutrition spectrum, but new research has linked diet quality with obesity in mothers and stunted children.

No clear benefit of low glycemic index diets for heart health and no evidence for diabetes prevention, say researchers

No clear benefit of low GI diet for heart health, say 'surprised' researchers

17-Dec-2014 - Using glycemic index (GI) as a guide to healthy food choices may not help improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance, researchers warn.

UK Department of Health's carb report to help bread: 'I think there has been too much carb-bashing and it will help industry counter that,' says Federation of Bakers director

Federation of Bakers: 2015 will be a fight back on carbs

17-Dec-2014 - The UK will publish an extensive report on the role of carbohydrates in the diet next year, presenting opportunities for bread makers to fight back against carb-bashing, says the Federation of Bakers (FOB).

Soft drinks are a significant source of sugar, according to National Diet and Nutrition Survey data

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

17-Dec-2014 - Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions would be better.

The plan includes reducing food waste by 30% by 2025

Commission urged to retain resource efficiency plans

17-Dec-2014 - Fifteen companies and environmental campaigners have joined forces to urge the European Commission to retain an action plan on efficient resource use.

Opportunities for 2015? Late-night snacking and post-dinner snack kids, says Datamonitor Consumer

Snacking in 2015 to be shaped by occasions: Think late-night, sports and breakfast-fillers

17-Dec-2014 - Midnight cereal chomping, energy-dense sports snacks and on-the-go breakfast replacements are just some of the trends set to shape the snacking market next year, according to Datamonitor Consumer.

Billionaire Al Amoudi injects $100m into Ethiopian rice farm

Billionaire Al Amoudi injects $100m into Ethiopian rice farm

16-Dec-2014 - Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi has revealed plans to pump US$100m into his stalled 15,000-hecatare Ethiopian rice farm project, as part of a US$500m investment plan.

'Organic farming is lacking sufficient investment'

Saudi and UAE put spotlight on organic products

16-Dec-2014 - Authorities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE say they are increasing inspections of organic products, both imported and home-grown, in order to protect consumers.

Other donors included Norway, the Netherlands, the EU, Germany and Switzerland

Saudi $52m donation helps WFP resume Syria food aid

16-Dec-2014 - The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.