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Consumers want clearer GM labelling, says report

Consumers think that current labelling regulation for genetically modified (GM) foods is inadequate, according to a new report from the UK’s Food Standards Agency. The report used a combination of surveys, workshops and interviews to explore consumer attitudes to GM foods, as well as how those attitudes are formed. The general consensus was that consumers […]

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Eco labelling for Tesco milk

Tesco is now displaying carbon footprint labels on milk bottles as part of a series of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of milk production. The supermarket giant hopes that the labels will encourage people to make greener choices by informing them about the environmental impact of different products. It plans to extend the […]

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Wonky fruit and veg ban lifted

Crooked cucumbers and knobbly potatoes are to return to shop shelves following an EU decision to scrap its 20-year ban on misshapen fruit and vegetables. Under the new rules, which became effective on 1 July, 26 types of fruit and vegetables will no longer have specific marketing standards relating to classification, size, shape, development, variety […]

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A local story from giant Tesco

Acting globally and thinking locally has become a trademark of the largest super-market of the UK. The slogan ‘Great food, locally produced’ has become a showcase mission for the group as the store highlights innovative new suppliers across the counties. With the Meet the Buyer events it has opened up the trading pattern for smaller […]

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Allergen labelling regs due

The final changes to the allergen labelling regulations will be implemented on 25 November 2007. The food labelling amendment concerned is No2 Regulations SI2005 No 2057. From this date some ingredients from allergenic sources that are not deemed to be a risk to allergy sufferers will be exempt from mandatory labelling. However, this also means […]

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Dietary guidance on nutrition

Dietary guidance should consider the cost and enjoyment of food in addition to nutrient content, according to Professor Adam Drewnowski, research leader of innovative approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity. His lecture, organised by The Dairy Council, aimed to provide an insight into alternative nutrient profiling and food labelling methods, specifically the Naturally […]

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Possible goji berry ban

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking evidence of consumption of goji berries, the small red fruit from Asia, in Europe before 1997 after enquiries from food businesses on whether the berries can be sold legally in the European Union. If they are considered a ‘novel’ food, they will need to be authorised before they […]

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Allergen law extends to molluscs and lupins

The European Commission has passed new legislation to extend food labelling requirements to include molluscs and lupins. This requirement will come into force in autumn 2006, with the industry expected to comply by autumn 2008. Since November last year, it has been a legal requirement to indicate the presence of 12 specified allergens and their […]

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Fresh bacon facility arises out of fire

A six-month construction project has culminated in one of the most sophisticated bacon-processing plants in Europe. Built to replace a factory destroyed by a fire in 2004, the official opening ceremony of Direct Table Food’s new £20 million factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was performed by Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. “The design […]

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Simple labelling prompts food switch

Labelling food products with clear, simple nutritional information produced ‘quite extraordinary’ changes in consumers’ buying habits in just eight weeks, according to a report on a major European conference. Speaking at the Annual Obesity Europe Conference in Brussels recently, Tesco’s European affairs manager Ian Hutchins claimed that consumers switched in a matter of weeks to […]

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EU rules to protect sturgeon

The European Union has introduced a new regulation to protect sturgeon and combat illegal trade in caviar. The fish has been pushed to the brink of extinction in the Caspian Sea. The rules will require all tins of caviar to bear an official label specifying the source of the caviar and the year of harvest. […]

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First for Sharwood’s

RPC Containers Blackburn has helped Asian meals supplier Sharwood’s become the first brand to introduce a squeezy bottle into the chutney market. Recognising the impact that squeezable bottles have made to the condiment market in terms of convenience and reusability, food manufacturer Centura Foods asked RPC to produce a bottle that could deliver these qualities […]

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Firms face challenge from health food fads

The current consumer enthusiasm for healthier eating is creating a challenge for food companies. According to a new report from JPMorgan, firms are unsure whether to continue with high margin products that are not deemed so healthy as the narrow margin wellness foods. A research report entitled Obesity: Re-shaping the food industry, says that profitability […]

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