FOOD INDUSTRY

Ornua merges cheese businesses to form new UK dairy division

Irish dairy co-op Ornua is to merge two of its UK-based businesses, Meadow Cheese and The Cheese Warehouse.

Grocer, 29 October 2015

EU Parliament votes in new novel food rules – or did it?

New rules on novel food were finally voted in yesterday in a European Parliament plenary, while some confusion remains about the adoption of certain amendments.

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 29 October 2015    

Snack market will grow despite war on fat

The crisp and snack market will continue to grow despite greater public focus on sugar, salt and fat content in foods, according to the boss of one snack firm.

Grocer, 28 October 2015

European Commission to extend fish discard ban

The EC has adopted a plan to extend the discard ban to demersal fisheries in the North Sea.

Grocer, 28 October 2015

Mondelez grows below global biscuits and chocolate market

Mondelez International has reported organic growth for the year-to-date up to September, but has grown below the category average in its largest segments biscuits and chocolate.

Confectionerynews.com, 28 October 2015    

Processed meat added to WHO list of cancer risks

According to the World Health Organisation processed meats such as bacon and sausages can cause cancer.

Times, 27 October 2015

Wessanen reports strong Q3 results

Dutch food group Wessanen has reported strong Q3 results which it puts down to a consumer shift away from ‘Big Food’ towards healthy and sustainable food.

Foodnavigator.com, 23 October 2015

Public Health England report: Key points and reactions

"No single action will be effective in reducing sugar intakes," concludes Public Health England's report which recommends cutting price promotions, junk food advertising and setting a sugar tax. We look at some reactions to the findings.

Foodanddrinkeurope.com, 23 October 2015

Thanet Earth strikes Cornerways Nursery tomatoes deal with British Sugar

Kent vegetable grower Thanet Earth has signed a five-year deal with British Sugar for marketing rights.

Grocer, 22 October 2015

Charlie Bigham’s to invest in production as sales hit £40m

Ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s will invest in new production facilities following a 47% year-on-year growth amounting to £40m in retail sales.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 22 October 2015

DRINK INDUSTRY    

Heineken reports strong quarterly sales

Warm weather in the US and Europe helped Heineken to report a 6.7% increase in beer volumes in the three months to the end of September. Revenues increased 8% to €5.5bn when compared to the same period a year prior. 

Financial Times, 28 October 2015

Soft drinks boss hits back in sugar tax debate

The soft drinks sector has defended itself against attacks from health campaigners as the sugar tax debate intensifies.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk, 28 October 2015