Food News: April 2011

APR 28

Rapidly rising food and oil prices threaten to reverse economic growth and push millions into extreme poverty, warns a report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). (VIA)

APR 27

When my mother was growing up on a farm in rural Olmsted County, Minnesota, the farmhouse had a large root cellar, where vegetables were stored for the winter. There was a large pile of… (VIA)

APR 26

From China’s strategic pork reserve to a future where insects are the new white meat, Joshua Keating of Foreign Policy has 10 reasons we really are what we eat. (VIA)

APR 22

Eight of the top 12 soy drink consuming countries are Asian with Hong Kong residents consuming the most at 17 litres per year each, according to TetraPak data. (VIA)

APR 21

Scientists are working to create a new way to clone industrially viable vanilla orchids through a process of tissue culturing. (VIA)

APR 20

Social media can often be seen as the more fun side of communication; A way to have more fluid interactions with people. But when it comes to communicating risks social media may offer great… (VIA)

APR 08

Is HÁagen-Dazs ice cream as addictive as heroin? Or, put another way, is heroin as addictive as HÁagen-Dazs? (VIA)

APR 08
WOOLWORTHS APPOINTS NEW CEO

Woolworths’ has appointed a new chief executive officer. Former Chief Operating Officer of the the supermarket chain’s Australian Food and Petrol division, Grant O’Brien, will replace Michael… (VIA)

APR 06
CARLSBERG COULD CAN ‘PROBABLY’ CLAIM AFTER GLOBAL AD REVAMP

Carlsberg has cast doubt on the future of its signature ‘Probably’ claim following a major revamp of the brand’s marketing strategy. (VIA)

APR 06

This book provides a historical context to explain why Europe has experienced a shift from low income populations suffering hunger and malnutrition to an era with growing numbers of overweight and… (VIA)

APR 04
CRYING OVER ONIONS

The worst job in the kitchen in my home is anything that has to do with handling raw onions – whether it be peeling, cutting, slicing, or dicing. It has something to do with the stinging sensation in… (VIA)

APR 03
FDA PROPOSES CALORIE COUNTS ON RESTAURANT MENUS

Menu labeling requirements proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and… (VIA)

APR 02
CASE STUDY: COCA-COLA ‘THE FRIENDSHIP MACHINE’ BY OGILVY ARGENTINA

It’s not often a brand will put an obstacle between its product and customers, but that’s exactly what Coca-Cola did when it placed fully stocked 3.5m tall vending machines with unreachable coin… (VIA)

APR 02
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW WA FOOD PRODUCTION

Western Australia’s agriculture and food sector is well positioned to tap into growing world demand for food, Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman today told a food security forum.
“Growing and… (VIA)

APR 01
DEMAND FOR PRIVATE LABELS SET TO DOUBLE IN 2025: REPORT

The global market share of big brands and private label food products is set to double from 25 per cent to 50 per cent in 2025, according to new research by Rabobank. (VIA)

Food News: March 2011

MAR 31
EU: NOVEL FOODS TALKS BREAK DOWN

The current European Novel Foods Regulation is set to remain in force after conciliation talks to update the law broke down without agreement after the European Council refused a final compromise… (VIA)

MAR 31
COCKTAIL CHEMISTRY: PARSING THE BLOODY MARY

An analytic chemist has isolated hundreds of compounds that make up the world’s most complex cocktail. He has some advice for amateur bartenders. (VIA)

MAR 29

STUDY UNRAVELS EFFECTS OF PROCESSING ON FOOD MICROSTRUCTURE

The digestibility of foods like pasta – made up of starch in a protein matrix – may depend on the processing method, says new research that shows the importance of mixing on a finished product. (VIA)

MAR 29

Soaring prices of healthy fruit and vegetables have meant that they are now increasingly too expensive for many of Britain’s cash-strapped families, a new report warned yesterday. (VIA)

MAR 28
CAFÉ ROUGE PLANS FAST FOOD FOR TRAVELLERS

Tragus, the restaurant group backed by Blackstone private equity, is working on plans to open as many as 50 mini Café Rouge’s at train stations up and down the country as part of its plans to expand… (VIA)

MAR 26
ITALIAN MANUFACTURERS LOOK TO SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

The Italian food industry is developing the strategy and expertise for companies to exploit the international marketing potential of social networking websites. (VIA)

MAR 26
FOSTERS PULLS BEER FROM COLES, WOOLWORTHS

The country’s two biggest supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, are at it again. Not only have the two grocery giants slashed the price of staple foods such as bread and milk, they are reportedly now… (VIA)

MAR 25
DATAMONITOR: SPORTS NUTRITION MARKETING

Consumer research group Datamonitor today released a new report on sports nutrition, saying that sports nutrition food and drink brands have the potential for tremendous growth if they can encourage… (VIA)

MAR 24
JAPAN’S RADIOACTIVE FOOD AND WATER PROBLEMS WIDEN

Tokyo bans tap water for babies, while residents near the stricken Fukushima reactor are advised not to eat certain locally grown vegetables (VIA)

Food News: Feb 2011

FEB 19

This book addresses the biology, epidemiology and pathogenesis of >60 foodborne microorganisms, and demonstrates how to implement a surveillance system that uses state-of-the-art molecular techniques… (VIA)

FEB 19

Innocent is to relaunch its Veg Pot range, in a second attempt to win further listings at supermarkets and bolster disappointing sales. (VIA)

FEB 18

Individually Quick Frozen Organic Herbs focus on flavor and can be used in sauces and pizzas. (VIA)

FEB 18

The 2011 Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur is set to take place in April. (VIA)

FEB 17

Australians strongly support country-of-origin labelling on fruit and vegetables but are not too fond on a ban or tax on junk foods, shows a new study. (VIA)

FEB 17

Major food companies are paying more attention to the social impacts of their products, and that means developing new ways of measuring the impacts of sustainability programmes on people, says… (VIA)

FEB 16

The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) is attending a meeting next week to discuss Swedish government proposals to include marine oils in international Codex… (VIA)

FEB 15

The world’s second largest palm oil producer, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), has published new plans to help conserve Indonesia’s forests and reduce its carbon footprint. (VIA)

FEB 15

While the dairy-free market continues to be dominated in most countries by soya milk, signs are starting to show that newer alternatives are breaking into the mainstream grocery sector. These… (VIA)

FEB 14

People who prefer sweeter tastes are more likely to kick alcohol dependence using a common drug treatment (VIA)

FEB 13

A restrictive diet, which bans processed foods, may reduce the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children, according to a new study. (VIA)

FEB 13

The Australian senate has announced an inquiry into the ongoing price war between the country’s major supermarket chains. (VIA)

FEB 12
PEPSI GETS FLAK FOR NEW ‘SKINNY’ DIET SODA CAN

Diet Pepsi has introduced a new “skinny” can — But some critics are giving it a big, fat “no.” A PepsiCo executive says the “slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today’s most… (VIA)

FEB 12
UK PRODUCERS SAY THEY STAND ALONE AS DEFRA RULES OUT CASH FOR ORGANICS

DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has ruled out financial support for the organic industry, despite producers saying they stand alone and a Soil Association (SA) report… (VIA)

FEB 11

Our weekly column sources the best gadgets, shops and food. Today: fresh pasta (VIA)

FEB 11

Danisco’s executive board and members of its board of directors have accepted DuPont’s offer of DKK 665 per share, corresponding to 28,056 shares with a total value of DKK 18.7m, Danisco said on… (VIA)

FEB 10

Four types of alcoholic beverages from DB Breweries have been recalled from retailers, bars and restaurants in New Zealand following fears that they could have defective packaging. (VIA)

FEB 09
PARENTS STRUGGLE TO ENCOURAGE CHILDREN’S DAIRY CONSUMPTION

One in five parents find it difficult to encourage children to consume three serves of dairy a day, a Newspoll Children & Dairy survey commissioned by dairy company, Fonterra, has found.Parents in… (VIA)

FEB 09

The Fairtrade Foundation is to launch a social-media campaign to mark its annual promotional event, Fairtrade Fortnight. (VIA)

FEB 08

This book considers the impact of natural ingredients on the palatability of dry, extruded dog foods. It is aimed at pet food producers, flavour technologists, students and pet owners. (VIA)

FEB 08

The decline of the honey bee, particularly across Europe and the United States, has drawn much attention and is becoming a huge international concern. (VIA)

FEB 07

The Food Standards Agency has released the latest results of its tracker survey. The survey monitors public opinion and awareness of the Food Standards Agency and key food issues. (VIA)

FEB 06

Delia Smith was famed for the so-called ‘Delia effect’, a term that entered the Collins English Dictionary. One brief mention of a product by the much-loved cook and sales would take off. (VIA)

FEB 05

The state Legislature is poised to make the chocolate cake sandwich the official state dessert, despite claims that it did not originate in Maine. Some lawmakers support the bill, while others say… (VIA)

FEB 04

Infographics! The kids love ‘em. And these here are actually useful. Recipes can be… (VIA)

FEB 02

The Agency has been notified that meat has entered the food supply from two cows aged over 48 months that had not been tested for BSE. A negative BSE test result is mandatory for cattle slaughtered… (VIA)

FEB 02

The Food Standards Agency and the Medical Research Council (MRC) have today announced a joint call for research to help improve understanding of the biological mechanisms that cause food allergies. (VIA)

FEB 01

Cocoa prices this week shot up as the president-elect of Cote D’Ivoire announced an export ban amid political struggles in the country.
Europe’s confectioners and biscuit makers admitted that a… (VIA)

FEB 01

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched a campaign to promote a front-of-pack labelling system that will provide consumers with an outline of the amount of energy, fat, saturated…

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Food News: Jan 2011

JAN 28
UK: WAITROSE TOPS WHICH? CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

UK grocery retailer Waitrose is the most popular supermarket in the UK in terms of service, according to a survey by Which? (VIA)

JAN 27
HOVIS WITHDRAWS ITS PANCAKES

Hovis has withdrawn some of its own-brand pancakes because they contain egg, which is not mentioned in the allergy advice box on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone… (VIA)

JAN 27
BUYERS URGED TO FORGIVE FLOOD BLEMISHES ON FRUIT

Politicians and growers are urging consumers to support Australia’s fruit and vegetable growers by buying local flood-affected produce, rather than unblemished imported fruit and veg.
Chief Executive… (VIA)

JAN 26
FSANZ STEPS INTO SOCIAL MEDIA SPHERE

Consumers can now get the latest information about food recalls and other food regulation information through the use of Facebook and Twitter, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine… (VIA)

JAN 25
NEW FOOD POLICE FOR WALES? – WALES NEWS – NEWS – WALESONLINE

A WELSH “food police” force could take over the role of enforcing food hygiene in a radical shake-up of the inspection regime. (VIA)

JAN 24
AUSSIES URGED TO LOVE ‘UGLY’ FRUIT

A campaign is being urged to teach Australians to… (VIA)

JAN 11
CAMPBELL’S SOUP RETURNS AFTER TWO-YEAR BREAK

Campbell’s soup has licensed its brand to dried food specialist Symington’s and will return to UK supermarket shelves. (VIA)

JAN 10
SCANDINAVIAN FOOD: TOP CULINARY TREND OF 2011?

Scandinavian food is tipped as the hottest UK culinary trend of 2011 and could even be a future shopping basket staple.Britain’s discovery of Nordic nosh follows the smash-hit success of Scandinavian… (VIA)

JAN 09
FISHING MINISTER ATTACKS SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY

Britain’s fisheries minister, Richard Benyon, has voiced concern over the sustainability of farmed salmon. (VIA)

JAN 06
DRINK SIZE RULES TO BE RELAXED

The centuries-old pub cry of “fancy a pint?” may soon become “fancy a schooner” under plans to relax the strict rules dictating drink sizes. (VIA)

JAN 05
REDUCTION OF PH KEY TO GREEN TEA ENRICHED BISCUIT QUALITY, FINDS NEW STUDY

Retention of green tea extracts in biscuits is improved by a reduction in the pH of the dough, finds new research looking at the stability of different catechins when fortifying baked goods. (VIA)

JAN 05
2010 DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

Key recommendations from the 13 prominent medical and scientific researchers on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. (VIA)

JAN 04
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION WEAKENS

Customer satisfaction with food companies dipped for the first time in three years, falling 2.4 percent to an ACSI score of 81. (VIA)

JAN 04
IVORIAN CRISIS NOT IMPACTING COCOA SUPPLY, REPORT

Delivery of cocoa bean supplies to ports in the Ivory Coast appears to be unaffected by the recent political turmoil following last month’s election in the West African country. (VIA)

JAN 04
MINISTERS BACK SHAKE UP OF EU FOOD CONTACT LEGISLATION

A wide-ranging regulation that would see the overhaul of rules governing food contact plastics in the European Union (EU) has taken a major step towards becoming law later this year. (VIA)

JAN 02
DON’T CORK THAT CHAMPAGNE

There may be more mythology about pouring, drinking and storing Champagne than there is about any other fermented grape juice. Chemist Richard Zare and food writer Harold McGee set the record… (VIA)

JAN 01
DUBAI RESTAURANT OFFERS A TASTE OF NORTH KOREA

A North Korean restaurant in Dubai provides a taste of Pyongyang for those who may never get there, and hard currency for the regime. It’s tiny compared with the venerable original in Pyongyang, but… (VIA)

Food News: Dec 2010

DEC 31
STANDARD FOR THE HYGIENIC PRODUCTION OF PET MEAT

This book provides details of the updated Australian standard for the hygienic production of pet meat. (VIA)

DEC 30
NUTRITION LABELS ARE COMING TO MEAT

In about a year poultry and meat sold in supermarkets will have to carry nutrition labels like the ones already on packaged foods. For the first time consumers will be able to see at a glance how… (VIA)

DEC 29
STAPH FORECLOSES ON GINGERBREAD HOUSES AT WHOLE FOODS

Gingerbread houses and a whole bunch of other treats from a Chicago bakery have been recalled. Several outbreaks of food poisoning point to a problem with staph bacteria. (VIA)

DEC 23

FUEL VS FOOD: ETHANOL HELPS BOOST THE PRICE OF MEAT

The U.S. corn crop is enormous. And about a third of it doesn’t go to cereal or cows – instead, it helps run your car. But government ethanol subsidies have meat and dairy producers up in arms over… (VIA)

DEC 22
FINE WINES ARE BOOMING IN THE UK AS WELL AS IN CHINA

The turnover of UK market for fine wine has almost doubled in 2010, writes Gary Boom. (VIA)

Food News: Nov 2010 (part 2)

NOV 27
AUSTRALIAN FARMERS TO BE RECOGNISED IN 2012

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed today’s announcement that 2012 will be recognised as the Australian Year of the Farmer.
Mr Redman said West Australian farmers were… (VIA)

NOV 27
ITALY BREAKS EU LAW ON CHOCOLATE LABELS, SAYS COURT

Italy has broken EU regulations on labelling chocolate, a court in Luxembourg ruled yesterday (25 November).The European Court of Justice has ruled that consumers in Italy are being misled by local… (VIA)

NOV 26
VOLUNTARY REGS NOT DELIVERING ON SALT CUTS IN BREAD, SAYS AUSTRALIAN REPORT

Less than half of bread products in Australian supermarkets have acceptable salt levels, according to a report published this week by Sydney based, The George Institute for Global Health, and it… (VIA)

NOV 26
NANO DEFINITION RAISES AS MANY QUESTIONS AS IT ANSWERS

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has welcomed moves by the European Commission (EC) to develop a definition of nanomaterials for regulatory purposes, but raised some concerns… (VIA)

NOV 26
SHOULD NANOMATERIALS BE LISTED ON FOOD LABELS?

Why is Tesco the only major retailer to use carbon footprint labels? Should nanomaterials be listed on food labels? Do shoppers really care about country of origin labelling? What does ‘clean… (VIA)

NOV 26
COCA-COLA AMATIL INVESTS $100 MILLION IN INDONESIA

Coca-Cola Amatil, the Australian-based bottler and distributor for Coca Cola across Oceania, has announced plans to invest A$100 million in Indonesia over three years, doubling the company’s… (VIA)

NOV 26
UK PUBLISHES COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELLING GUIDE

UK food manufacturers and retailers yesterday published guidelines on country-of-origin labelling to encourage consistent information on food labels.
The “principles on country-of-origin… (VIA)

NOV 26
AFGC APPLAUDS THE REDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF SALT IN AUSTRALIAN BREAD

The last four years have seen a decrease in the amount of salt in breads made by Australia’s leading food and grocery manufacturers and industry is on track to deliver on its salt reduction… (VIA)

NOV 25
COGNIS FOCUSES ON SOFT HEALTH CLAIMS FOR PLANT EXTRACTS

Cognis says it is following a “dual pillar” approach to product marketing that involves stressing market awareness of health benefits for some ingredients such as plant extracts, rather than… (VIA)

NOV 25
FOOD CHEMIST ANSWERS COMMON BAKING FLOPS

Atlanta food chemist and author of Cookwise and Bakewise Shirley Corriher answers listeners’ baking quandaries, from sticky egg challah to dry muffins and runny pie filling. (VIA)

NOV 25
PHILIPPINES: NESTLE TO OPEN BEAR BRAND SITE TO MEET DEMAND

Nestle has broken ground on a CHF98m (US$98.8m) facility in the Philippines to meet rising demand for its Bear Brand and Coffee-mate brands. (VIA)

NOV 25
IUFOST DELEGATES AGREE FOOD SECURITY PRINCIPLES

The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) has released its outline plan of work for the global food science and technology community, known as the Cape Town Declaration,… (VIA)

NOV 25
SIX MORE COMPANIES JOIN NATIONAL SALT REDUCTION INITIATIVE

Another six companies have joined the National Salt Reduction Initiative, boosting the New York City-led program intended to cut salt in packaged and restaurant foods across the United States by… (VIA)

NOV 25
GENERAL MILLS MOST LIKELY YOPLAIT WINNER, SAYS ANALYST

Nestlé is unlikely to acquire Yoplait according to an industry analyst, who predicts that General Mills would be the eventual winner of the yoghurt business. (VIA)

NOV 25
THE SWEET AND SOUR OF CRANBERRY TESTING METHODS

As Thanksgiving approaches and minds turn to turkey and the trimmings, what better time for the cranberry industry’s main players to agree on a unified method of analysis? (VIA)

NOV 24
KOREA, JAPAN AND THEN CHINA: AUSTRALIA’S TRADE HIT LIST

Australia farmers are urging new Federal Trade Minister Craig Emerson to hit the ground running by ramping up negotiations in north Asia and, first up, securing an agreement with Korea by early next… (VIA)

NOV 24
AMERICANS STILL STRUGGLE TO MEET FRUIT AND VEG GOALS

Goals for fruit and vegetable consumption set back in 2000 in Healthy People 2010 still look certain to be missed, as the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (NFVA) has found that few Americans… (VIA)

NOV 24
PET PACKAGING FOR BEER SET TO TAKE OFF, PREDICTS SIDEL

Further growth is expected for PET packaging in the beer sector, predicted Sidel when BeverageDaily.com caught up with company’s executive VP of engineering and material handling, Marc Aury, at… (VIA)

NOV 24
HEALTH CANADA CRITICIZED OVER HEALTH CLAIM DATA

A former Health Canada official has criticized the agency for failing to publish health claim-backing data, after recently approving an oat fiber-cholesterol health claim. (VIA)

NOV 23
TRANSGENIC SALMON NEEDS CLOSER SCRUTINY

The review process being used by the Food and Drug Administration to assess the safety of a faster-growing transgenic salmon fails to weigh the full effects of the fish’s widespread production,… (VIA)

NOV 23
YEAR 7 STUDENT LEADS PUSH FOR GREEN CANTEENS

Queensland’s Runcorn State School’s tuckshop has been stocked with more environmentally friendly food products after year 7 student Nicholas Buddle discovered noodles on sale contained palm oil from… (VIA)

NOV 23
PARTNERSHIPS CRUCIAL TO UNILEVER SUPPLY CHAIN PLAN, SAYS VP

Unilever has just launched its very ambitious sustainable living plan, which includes a pledge to source all agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. FoodNavigator.com speaks to VP of… (VIA)

NOV 23
NEW STRATEGIES FOR SALT REDUCTION

Reducing salt in food products is a key challenge for the industry, but reducing salt can impact consumer perceptions of taste and preference. Is it possible to maintain, or boost salt intensity… (VIA)

NOV 23
EITHER ON EARTH OR IN SPACE – PEOPLE GET HUNGRY …

Being a cosmonaut undoubtedly implies virile character, bravery, a lot of stamina and fortitude. But all this does not cancel human’s physical need for tasty, healthy, nutritious and diverse… (VIA)

NOV 23
YOPLAIT HEAD NAMES NESTLE AS “IDEAL” PARTNER

The CEO of French dairy manufacturer Yoplait has described Nestle as its “ideal” partner, as part-owner PAI Partners looks to sell its stake in the company, according to reports.
Lucien Fa, the CEO… (VIA)

NOV 23
FOOD HYPERSENSITIVITY. DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCE

This publication provides guidance on the diagnosis and management of food hypersensitivity. It is aimed at those working in the sector, and those studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate… (VIA)

NOV 23
CHEAP ALCOHOL BAN DRAWN UP BY COUNCILS

The sale of cheap alcohol could be banned under a new by-law drawn up by a group of local councils. (VIA)

NOV 23
‘PROCESSED’ FOOD DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN UNHEALTHY FOOD, SAYS INDUSTRY

Consumer understanding of ‘processed foods’ needs to expand to take into account healthier products being introduced by industry, according to a presentation at the American Dietetic Association… (VIA)

NOV 23
NOW WHO WANTS A SALAD WITH THAT SCHOOL LUNCH?

The House plans to take up the Senate version of the child nutrition bill in early December. It’s paid for in part with promised food stamp money increases, but the Administration has promised it… (VIA)

NOV 23
EAT-AND-RUN STUDENT BANNED FROM MAYFAIR

A student has been banned from six of London’s top postcodes in an effort to keep him out of the capital’s most exclusive restaurants after he carried out a series of “eat-and-run” thefts. (VIA)

NOV 23
GENERAL MILLS AGREES TO BUY MOUNTAIN HIGH YOGHURT

General Mills agreed to buy the Mountain High Yoghurt business and Mountain High brand from Dean Foods, the company has said. (VIA)

NOV 23
NPD VITAL TO MEET EMERGING-MARKET NEEDS – CARGILL

A senior executive at food giant Cargill has said international food manufacturers should innovate more effectively to seize new markets, especially in the developing world.Cargill executive vice… (VIA)

NOV 23
PARTNERSHIPS AND SCIENCE ARE KEY TO FOOD FOR THE FUTURE

The EU food sector can remain competitive and tackle challenges that lay ahead by forging strong partnerships, looking outside its own borders, and putting scientific advances to the best use, an… (VIA)

NOV 23
US: TYSON FOODS SWINGS TO FY PROFIT

US meat giant Tyson Foods recorded a net profit during its 2010 financial year, against a loss last year, which it attributed to its diversified protein business model and operational improvements. (VIA)

NOV 23
AUS: GENERAL MILLS SELLS FROZEN BAKERY UNIT TO KERRY

General Mills is selling its Croissant King and van den Bergh’s frozen bakery business in Australia to Ireland-based food and ingredients firm Kerry Group. (VIA)

NOV 23
PENFORD INVESTIGATES NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO FLUOROCHEMICALS FOR PACKAGING

A potentially toxic chemical used as a coating in food packaging could soon be replaced by a natural and safer alternative currently being developed by Penford Products. (VIA)

NOV 23
11 LEADING RESTAURANT TRENDS FOR 2011

As the US begins to emerge from recession, restaurants are seeing lapsed customers return. Same-store sales are inching up, signaling the industry’s initial rebound to health; hiring is also up,… (VIA)

NOV 23
FEEL THE FROST WITH HERSHEY’S NEW MINTS

The Hershey Company invites consumers to embark on a new powerfully cool taste experience with the launch of Ice BreakersFrost sugar-free mints. The only mint coated with an intense combination of…  (VIA)

NOV 23
CONSUMERS BELIEVE WINE CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Health experts have long touted the health benefits of antioxidant-rich red wine and recent research even suggests that light wine consumption (1-2 glasses a week) is no longer off limits for… (VIA)

NOV 22
TRY FORAGING FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL

The Thanksgiving drill is pretty familiar: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie. But what would Native Americans have brought as sides? Turns out your backyard might have something tasty to contribute to… (VIA)

NOV 20
INTERNATIONAL FOOD IMPORT BILLS IN EXCESS OF $1 TRILLION

A recent report by The Food & Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations has warned that poor harvests and an expected rundown of global reserves could push food prices up by 10% to 20% over the… (VIA)

Food News: Nov 2010 (part 1)

NOV 19
WA GOVERNMENT TO INVEST $178.8MILLION IN GRAIN FREIGHT NETWORK

The Western Australian Government has announced a $178.8million investment package to bolster the state’s grain freight network.Premier Colin Barnett said the funding package would secure the Federal… (VIA)

NOV 19
KELLOGG’S SHAMED FOURTH YEAR RUNNING FOR AUSTRALIA’S WORST JUNK FOOD ADS

Kellogg’s today received some tough news to swallow as it was named as having one of Australia’s worst junk food marketing campaigns to target children, for the fourth year running. Parents from… (VIA)

NOV 19
FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION ADVANCES IN THE SENATE

A food safety bill emphasizing food processors’ need to catch food-borne illness before they happen is about to be debated in Congress. (VIA)

NOV 19
ONE TRILLION FOOD IMPORT BILL AS PRICES RISE

International community must be aware of possibility of even higher food prices in 2011
International food import bills could pass the one trillion dollar mark in 2010 with prices in most commodities… (VIA)

NOV 19
PACKAGED FOOD SECTOR OUTLOOK STABLE IN 2011 – FITCH

The US packaged food sector is expected to remain stable in 2011 despite a raft of difficulties including rising costs, keener competition and cash conscious consumers, according to a report by… (VIA)

NOV 19
OPENING UP THE APPLICATIONS FOR STEVIA SWEETENERS

It started with beverages, but with intense work being carried out by the food industry on other applications for stevia sweeteners novel products are coming to market in the US, and in other…  (VIA)

NOV 19
EUROPEAN CONSUMERS DELIVER VERDICT ON FOOD RISKS

Chemical contamination tops European consumer fears over food related risks, closely followed by antibiotic and hormones in meat, animal cloning and pollutants, according to a new survey…  (VIA)

NOV 19
ROQUETTE’S NEW KID ON THE MILK REPLACEMENT PRODUCT BLOCK

Interest in milk alternatives is growing due to concerns about dairy allergies and a desire for alternative protein sources and additional nutritional benefits. We’ve seen nut milk, oat milk and… (VIA)

NOV 19
HOW THE FOOD INDUSTRY SHOULD ACT ON THE 2010 DIETARY GUIDELINES

Sodium reduction, providing smaller portion sizes, and better portion labeling are key areas for food industry action in light of the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the… (VIA)

NOV 19
AUSTRALIA ADOPTS CARBON REDUCTION LABEL

ALDI’s olive oil range and the New Zealand Wine Company’s Mobius Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are the first products to carry the Carbon Reduction Label in Australia. (VIA)

NOV 19
SENATE LURCHES AHEAD ON FOOD SAFETY BILL, BUT HURDLES REMAIN

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has backed down a ban of chemical BPA from baby bottles as part of the food safety bill the Senate is now considering. But other hurdles remain to passage, including the… (VIA)

NOV 19
MCCAIN FOODS LAUNCHES ‘NO FUSS’ POTATOES

McCain Foods takes all of the preparation fuss and mess away for potatoes with its Purely Potatoes. (VIA)

NOV 18
DIETING: WOMEN LISTEN TO WOMEN, NOT MEN

Women are much more likely to be persuaded to either eat healthily or undertake dangerous dieting by other women, rather than men, according to new research from The Australian National… (VIA)

NOV 18
HAPPY PIGS: AUSTRALIA TO GO SOW-STALL FREE

In a world first, the Australian pork industry voted today to voluntarily phase out the use of gestation or sow stalls by 2017.
The vote, held yesterday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of… (VIA)

NOV 18
UNILEVER TO INCREASE PRICES

Food and personal care giant Unilever said it will increase prices on some of its products in a bid to recoup higher commodity costs.
A spokesperson for the firm told just-food that globally, its… (VIA)

NOV 18
SAINSBURY’S LAUNCHES ‘PERFECT CHRISTMAS’ CAMPAIGN

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has launched its Christmas campaign featuring Jamie Oliver. Launched on Monday (15 November), the 60-second ‘perfect Christmas’ advert, aims to highlight the fact that… (VIA)

NOV 18
OPENING UP THE APPLICATIONS FOR STEVIA SWEETENERS

It started with beverages, but with intense work being carried out by the food industry on other applications for stevia sweeteners novel products are coming to market in the US, and in other… (VIA)

NOV 18
WORLD’S OLDEST CHAMPAGNE STILL HAS STRONG AROMA AFTER 200 YEARS

The world’s oldest champagne had lain at the bottom of the Baltic Sea for 200 years, but it still let loose an accent of mushrooms merged with sweet notes of honey in a sampling on Wednesday. (VIA)

NOV 18
OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE SNIFF OUT FOOD BETTER, EVEN AFTER LUNCH

Varying sensitivity to food odours could help explain why some people gain weight more easily than others (VIA)

NOV 18
SPOTLIGHT ON STEVIA, DHA, AND WHEY-BASED SPORTS DRINKS AT HIE

Stevia potential and applications, good news for DHA, and ripe opportunities for whey protein-based sports drinks… our team at HIE shares some discoveries from the first day of the trade show in… (VIA)

NOV 18
HEALTH CLAIMS, ECONOMIC POSITIVITY AND INNOVATION: VIEWS FORM HIE

The NutraIngredients team at HIE in Madrid discusses the first day of the trade show. Discussions were focused on health claims, and Shane Starling gauged reactions on the latest set of opinions… (VIA)

NOV 18
VEUVE CLICQUOT CHAMPAGNE FOUND IN BALTIC SHIPWRECK

Veuve Clicquot, the Champagne maker, says at least three bottles of its brand were found in a two-centuries old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. (VIA)

NOV 18
SATISFACTION WITH FOOD COMPANIES SLIPS ON QUALITY AND PRICING CONCERNS

Consumer satisfaction with major food manufacturers has dropped during the third quarter in the wake of a number of high-profile recalls and rising food prices, according to the American Customer… (VIA)

NOV 18
AUSTRALIA: ACCC BLOCKS FRANKLINS SALE

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today (17 November) announced it will oppose the proposed sale of the Franklins supermarket chain by Pick n Pay to Metcash. (VIA)

NOV 17
WILD DISCUSSES POSITIONING OF ADULT SOFT DRINKS

At Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, Germany, we caught up with Fabiana Matucci, senior VP for strategic business units at Wild, to discuss the opportunities adult soft drinks present to different… (VIA)

NOV 17
UNILEVER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO HALVE EMISSIONS

Global consumer goods company Unilever today announced plans to decouple future growth from environmental impact.
At the London launch of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, CEO Paul Polman… (VIA)

NOV 17
CALLS FOR NATIONAL FAST-FOOD NUTRITION PLAN

Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas tabled an agenda paper at a Ministerial Meeting in Adelaide on Friday, calling for a nationally consistent plan for reducing intakes of… (VIA)

NOV 17
WARBURTONS AIMS TO REVIVE SNACK PRODUCTS

Warburtons is to run an ad campaign to reinvigorate interest in its snack lines after a major fire halted production of them earlier this year. (VIA)

NOV 17
NEW TOOL TO CATCH BERRY CHEATS

Dietary supplement manufacturers often include health claims on products made with berries from the Vaccinium family – cranberries, blueberries and bilberries. Suggested benefits include prevention… (VIA)

NOV 17
ALLERGY EXPERT SAYS PEANUT BANS ARE AN OVERREACTION TO FOOD ALLERGIES

Parents and patients with food allergies need to take the initiative with food allergies, says a top allergy doctor. The answer is not to ban potentially allergenic foods from public places. (VIA)

NOV 17
HEALTH CLAIMS: IS EXPERT CERTIFICATION THE ANSWER?

As all parties would probably admit in these stressful times for the European Union functional food industry, we are still some way away from resolving the core issues that resulted in the… (VIA)

NOV 17
US: GENERAL MILLS EXTENDS SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

US food group General Mills has announced an expansion of its environmentally sustainability goals for 2015. (VIA)

NOV 17
FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION COULD GET SENATE VOTE THIS WEEK

Long-stalled food safety legislation could reach the Senate’s agenda this week, while a coalition of 125 organizations continues to push for an amendment to exempt small businesses. (VIA)

NOV 15
UNIQUE FLAVOURS FLOW FROM STUDENT FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPETITION

A healthy lupin snack and a sweet and salty ice cream have clinched the 2010 WA Department of Agriculture and Food Student Food and Beverage Product Development Awards.Western Australian Agriculture… (VIA)

NOV 15
EUROPE’S MOST POPULAR BEER DRINKING DESTINATION

SABMiller on Friday published research into beer drinking culture around Europe. The findings include:- Britain is the biggest round-buying nation, with 82% of people saying that they buy beer in… (VIA)

NOV 15
NZ KIWI FRUIT DISEASE COULD AFFECT AUSTRALIA

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is putting in place measures to prevent an exotic disease, which is affecting the New Zealand kiwi fruit industry, from entering Australia. (VIA)

NOV 15
UK TO RECYCLE PP FOR FOOD PACKAGING

The UK Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has revealed its latest project will be to develop recycled polypropylene (PP) that can be used in food packaging. (VIA)

NOV 15
GOODMAN FIELDER, CARGILL SCRAP EDIBLE OIL DEAL

Australian food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has terminated the sale of its edible fats and oils division to Cargill after regulators opposed the deal.The Australian Competition and Consumer… (VIA)

NOV 14
AMERICANS ARE WARY OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

Only 25 percent of Americans are completely sure they understand genetically engineered food. Nearly two-thirds are uncertain about its safety. A majority are willing to eat genetically modified… (VIA)