Growth strategies for Spanish wine

An improvement in the Spanish wine industry’s productive structure and orientation to the international market is necessary for the country to remain globally competitive according to a recent report from Rabobank – La Mancha in the Middle. Recent EU support programmes have improved the efficiency in Spanish wine production, but oversupply remains an issue. There […]

Chr. Hansen upgrades centre for colouring foodstuffs in Italy

In order to better support food manufacturers with colouring foodstuffs, Chr. Hansen has significantly upgraded its processing, warehousing and laboratory facilities for food ingredients with colouring properties in Canossa, Italy. “We have been offering colouring foodstuffs as part of our natural colors portfolio for years, but now we have launched a new strategy under the […]


Rabobank report highlights wine optimism

According to Rabobank’s fourth quarter wine quarterly, the UK’s improving economic fundamentals, combined with a recovery in the global harvest, should provide some relief in 2014. “Improving economic fundamentals should begin to provide more support to wine consumption,” comments Rabobank analyst Marc Soccio. “However, old pressures remain as suppliers continue to deal with rising excise […]

Campden and IFST launch student food innovation awards

Campden BRI and the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), is boasting a UK industry first with the launch of ‘Ecotrophelia Europe’ – a Europe-wide food innovation competition promoting innovation, creativity and sustainability to students pursuing a career in the food sector. Backed by the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship and […]


Smurfit Kappa bags Baguin

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has acquired Argentinian company Baguin, specialising in bag-in-box solutions across Latin America. European firm Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box now has six facilities in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada and now Argentina. Baguin was founded in 1992 in Buenos Aires. The factory is equipped with several modern production lines for the manufacture of bags, […]

EFSA task force to investigate French E.coli outbreak

EFSA scientists are setting up a task force to coordinate investigations to track down the source of any contaminated sprouted seeds in the European Union following an E.coli outbreak in the Bordeaux region of France, which was preceded by a similar outbreak in Germany associated with sprouts. 
 In response to an urgent request from […]


Italy bans use of plastic bags

A ban on the use of plastic shopping bags in Italy has come into force after it was revealed that shoppers in the country previously used about 20 billion bags – about one-fifth of the total used in Europe. Retailers, however, have warned that the ban, which came into force on 1 January, could cause […]


Preservative-free Fanta hits Italian shelves

A reformulated version of orange Fanta has gone on sale in Italy. The new recipe fizzy drink from Coca-Cola contains no added preservatives, and comes in the wake of research that reveals consumers consider ‘the absences of colourants and preservatives to be high important’. “This great innovation was made possible by the combined expertise of […]

Unilever confirms sale of frozen food business

Unilever has confirmed speculation that it is to sell its slow-growing Italian frozen foods business at a price estimated by analysts to be in excess of £520 million (£600m). The consumer goods giant says the sale of Findus Italy will allow it to increase investment in core categories in the country. The maker of Knorr […]

Salt targets not likely to be met before 2024′

Millions of deaths could be prevented each year if individuals consumed 5g less salt per day. That’s the finding of a new review of research studies, which also calls for top-down regulations in addition to self-regulation by industry. Eating less salt reduces the risk of stroke by almost a quarter and the chances of heart […]


Morrisons jumps on chocolate bandwagon

Budget supermarket chain Morrisons has launched a range of own-label chocolates, which it describes as an ‘affordable indulgence’. It says the move comes in the wake of a growing demand for chocolate, with sales this year up by 10%. Morrisons Best Chocolate is produced in Italy. The range includes Best Dark Chocolate, Best Milk Chocolate, […]

New invention hopes for pizza the action!

Let’s Pizza – the world’s first pizza vending machine – will be demonstrated by its inventor at The Restaurant Show in London next week (12-14 October). The machine – which promises freshly prepared pizza with a choice of toppings in less than three minutes – has met with a mixed reaction in Italy, where it […]

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