Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston plant in Shangdu, China, were (l-r) Dennis Foo, VP and general manager, China, Lamb Weston; Greg Schlafer, president, Lamb Weston; Paul Maass, president, Private Brands and Commercial Foods, ConAgra Foods; and Chinese government officials.

ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston unit opens potato processing plant in China

21-Nov-2014 - ConAgra Foods has opened its first plant in China, a Lamb Weston potato processing plant in Shangdu, Inner Mongolia, giving the company in-country supply capabilities to strategic customers in China.

Stakeholders have agreed targets for better nutrition, food security and civil rights as set out in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition which has been released this week

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 3

21-Nov-2014 - It’s the last the day of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in Rome. The Pope and the Queen of Spain were among global leaders to address the congress yesterday, urging real change to better protect the earth’s ecosystem and feed its inhabitants.

Genetically modified crops have 'significant' benefits in terms of improving crop yield, farmer profits, and reducing pesticide use, according to a new review of 147 trials.

‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

21-Nov-2014 - Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux’: Moët-Hennessy CEO

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moët-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO

21-Nov-2014 - Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in California’s Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years.

'Seaweed ticks so many boxes the market is crying out for,' said Dr Craig Rose from Seaweed Health Foundation

Can seaweed become the ultimate salt replacer – and why hasn't it yet?

21-Nov-2014 - Seaweed is well-researched, sustainable and effective, according to an expert. So what is stopping it from really taking off as a salt replacer?

The glaze is suitable for meat products, like sausage rolls and pasties, as well as in meat processing

Ulrick & Short introduces starch-based meat glaze

21-Nov-2014 - British starch specialist Ulrick & Short has developed a glaze for meat products and pies, which it claims can cut costs compared to other available glazes.

Vegetarian, pescetarian and Mediterranean diets could cut per capita GHG emissions - and they are all better for health than conventional omnivorous diets

Mediterranean, vegetarian or pescetarian: Which is best for health and the environment?

21-Nov-2014 - The global drive toward more meat and dairy consumption could increase diet-related disease and boost greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, but other dietary patterns could provide answers, claims a study published in Nature.

Mandatory reformulation could lead to a 20% reduction in per capita salt consumption

Mandatory salt reduction could save more in healthcare costs: Study

21-Nov-2014 - Mandatory salt reduction may save more in healthcare costs than the current voluntary system, say the authors of a study published in Value in Health.

Pope Francis is addressing the ICN today

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

20-Nov-2014 - Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event of this kind back in 1992. Pope Francis and the Queen of Spain are speaking today! 

The Pope said food was susceptible to manipulation by complaints of the economic crisis

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

20-Nov-2014 - Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Global expansion may be within the reach of smaller food companies too - as long as they get their strategy right

International expansion: How to tap into global demand without global scale

20-Nov-2014 - Bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to achieving international success, argues Barney Wallace from OC&C Strategy Consultants in this guest article.

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

20-Nov-2014 - Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world - including the likes of Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine president and CEO - Jean-Guillaume Prats - to discuss issues including the future for premium wine, retailer and supplier relations and branding innovation, with a focus on defying established concepts. Take a sneak peak at the action!

Fresenius tightlipped on joint bid for Danone medical nutrition unit

Fresenius tightlipped on joint bid for Danone medical nutrition business

20-Nov-2014 - Fresenius is staying tightlipped on reports it and Permira, a European private equity firm, have teamed up in an attempt to acquire Danone's medical nutrition business. 

Every intervention is cost-effective for society, the report said

McKinsey report backs portion control and ad restrictions to cut obesity

20-Nov-2014 - Obesity costs the world nearly as much as armed conflict and needs a coordinated response from industry and governments, urges a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

Prune claim rejected for lack of population-specific studies

EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised

20-Nov-2014 - The EU’s central science agency has rejected a health claim submission linking prunes (Prunus domestica L) with normal bowel function in under-3s for a lack of infant-specific data. A carbohydrate-based claim was also rejected while zinc and selenium submissions won positive opinions.

EC pledges €28m for Baltic dairy farmers impacted by Russian embargo

EC pledges €28m for Baltic dairy farmers impacted by Russian embargo

19-Nov-2014 - The European Commission (EC) has pledged €28m (US$35m) in financial aid for Baltic milk producers “particularly adversely affected” by the Russian embargo.

The global nutrition community is in Rome for the next three days to tackle malnutrition throughout the world. A treaty has been produced with "concrete targets"

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 1

19-Nov-2014 - For three days this week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the biggest nutrition congress of its kind to confront the global problem of malnutrition. 170 countries have committed to reduce a problem that affects over 2bn people worldwide as signatories to the Rome Declaration on Nutrition.

Unilever hopes the entire global food industry will only be using guaranteed sustainable palm oil by 2020

Sustainable palm oil milestone in sight for Unilever

19-Nov-2014 - Unilever will be able to guarantee 100% sustainable palm oil for its European food business by the end of this year, it has announced.

Mirabeau En Provence owner Stephen Cronk stars in his winery's fun, viral video

‘Nice wine, no corkscrew?’ Mirabeau En Provence solution strikes YouTube gold with 8 million+ views

19-Nov-2014 - Mirabeau En Provence owner Stephen Cronk says the desire for a direct consumer connection inspired him to record a 50 second YouTube video that's won the Rosé producer a staggering 8m+ views to date.

Arab Dairy is probably best known for its Panda cheese brand. (Image: Arla Foods)

Lactalis enters race to acquire Egyptian cheesemaker Arab Dairy

19-Nov-2014 - French dairy giant Lactalis has entered the race to acquire Arab Dairy Products Company with an offer that tops all earlier bids for the Egyptian cheesemaker.