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Organic produce not healthier or tastier, says consumer watchdog

The organic approach to gardening will not deliver healthier or more tasty produce, according to a leading UK consumer watchdog. The controversial study from Which? Gardening also claims that produce grown using modern artificial methods may well be better for you. The claims come after a two-year study which found that non-organic broccoli had significantly […]

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Cornish pasties join EU protected list

The Cornish pasty has obtained Protected Geographical Indication status – putting it on par with Champagne and Stilton. The ruling from the European Commission means that only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall, following the traditional recipe, can use the name. But authentic Cornish pasties can be baked elsewhere in the country as long as they […]

BRIC countries set to storm global grocery markets

Brazil, Russia, India and China are all set to be in the top five grocery markets for the first time by 2015, according to latest figures released by international food and grocery analysts IGD. China’s strong growth is set to continue with its grocery market forecast to overtake the US in 2012, largely due to […]

GRAS status for AstaPure

Algatechnologies’ natural astaxanthin product AstaPure has obtained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status from the FDA for use in food and beverages applications. “Our AstaPure brand has been successfully applied for several years as an active ingredient in dietary supplements, foods and beverages in Japan,” says Efrat Kat, director of marketing and sales at Algatechnologies. […]

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Turkish spirits company sold to Diageo

Diageo has announced that it’s to buy Mey Içki, the leading spirits company in Turkey, for £1.3 billion (€1.5bn) from investment firm TPG Capital and Actera. Mey Içki is the leading spirits producer and distributor in Turkey, and is the market leader in Raki – the biggest spirits category in the country. “Turkey is an […]

Biscuit firm to axe jobs

BISCUIT firm McVitie’s has announced plans to axe 85 jobs at its factory in Scotland. Shocked staff were given the news as they arrived for work at the plant in Tollcross, Glasgow. Bosses told them 12 per cent of the 700-strong workforce would be laid off. However, a spokesman for McVitie’s owners United Biscuits said […]

Enzyme preparation promises bakery industry boost

A new bakery enzyme preparation will slow down staling and improve crumb elasticity, according to manufacturer Cognis. The firm says Nutrilife AS M is tailor-made for ‘maximum freshness retention in all yeast-raised baked products’ and can be added to existing formulations in various dosages, depending on the desired shelf life. “In emerging and developed markets […]

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Tesco global growth set to outpace rivals

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, will soon reach £310 million (€368m) in sales, according to the latest forecasts from international food and grocery analysts IGD. The figures released this week also reveal that Tesco is set to grow its global business by 7.5% a year: “With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% between […]

Spotlight on CFP

EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki met with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Seafood group recently as part of an industry alliance pressing for radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The alliance, which includes FDF, WWF and retailers, has put together a common position calling for more sustainable fisheries management policies and the elimination […]

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Tetra Pak CPS joins forces with Johnsons Juices

Tetra Pak CPS has integrated a new single strength apple juice road tanker intake, bulk storage and distribution network at the Johnsons Juices UK site in Headcorn, Kent. The firm supplied Europe’s largest freshly squeezed juice manufacturer with a new 30,000-litre chill-jacketed vessel and a free issue 30,000-litre vessel with double seat valves, which it […]

Cracking news on egg cholesterol content

A new US study has revealed that the cholesterol content of eggs – which was previously believed to be a health risk – is much lower now than ten years ago. Eggs also contain more vitamin D, which helps protect the bones, preventing diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets. Researchers say the reason eggs have […]

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Premier Foods sell canning business

PREMIER Foods has sold its canned business to tinned fish giant Princes for £182 million (€214m). The deal comes just weeks after the UK food and drinks group sealed the £205m (€242m) disposal of its Quorn meat-free business. Premier has been restructuring to reduce a £1.37 billion (€1.61bn) debt pile as of June last year, […]

Merger for Findus firms

THE Findus Group is to merge its Young’s Seafood, The Seafood Company and Findus UK operations. The consolidated company, Young’s Seafood Limited, will be the largest supplier of fish and seafood with a turnover of around £600 million (€70m). Leedert den Hollander, managing director of the Findus Group UK and Ireland, will be the chief […]

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Buyer sought to save Devon food factory jobs

ADMINISTRATORS have been appointed to try to sell a Devon factory and hopefully re-employ some of the 232 employees who have lost their jobs. The closure of Okehampton frozen desserts firm Polestar was announced last week by owners Privet Capital, who blamed ‘cashflow problems’. However, administrators FRP Advisory say they hope that the factory can […]

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