Here you will find a weekly update on what is happening in the food and drink sector.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Norway fish product controls unsatisfactory – EFTA

Controls on live bivalve molluscs in Norway are not fully in line with regulation with limited progress since the last audit, according to the European Free Trade Association surveillance authority.

Food Quality News, 25 August 2015

Germany moves to ban genetically modified crops

Germany has begun moves ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.

Food Navigator, 25 August 2015

Romanian meat firms eye €25m to expand output capacity

Romania-based companies Agricover and Degaro have unveiled investments totalling €25m with the aim of acquiring new facilities and expanding their existing capacities.

Global Meat News, 25 August 2015

Salmonella wafer threat linked to single supplier

The Food Standards Agency is probing the threat of salmonella from wafers, after four products – linked to a single supplier in the Netherlands – were recalled last week.

Food Manufacture, 25 August 2015

FDA tells Hampton Creek to change Just Mayo brand

The US food start-up company Hampton Creek has been told to change the name and labelling of its egg-free Just Mayo spread . The FDA states that mayonnaise has a standard definition and identity which includes eggs as an ingredient.

Financial Times, 25 August 2015

Doubts raised over safety of conventionally raised cattle

Ground beef produced from conventionally raised cattle is twice as likely to contain superbugs as sustainable beef, according to US product testing and research organisation Consumer Reports.

Global Meat News, 25 August 2015

We can pack ‘glass of milk’ level of calcium into chocolate, says Delavau

Nutritional ingredients supplier Delavau has utilized its fortification technology to enrich chocolate and compound coatings with calcium equivalent to levels in a glass of milk.

Food Navigator, 25 August 2015

Technology trends: HPP most important food technology – now and in the future

High pressure processing will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data.

Food & Drink Europe, 24 August 2015

Moy Park completes phase one of £20M investment plan

Poultry processor Moy Park has completed the first phase of a £20M investment to turn a 40-year-old factory into one of Europe’s most advanced processing plants.

Food Manufacture, 24 August 2015

£10M investment in Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits has revealed £10m investment plans for its Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory.

Food & Drink Europe.com, 24 August 2015

Salmonella in chocolate concern spreads across EU

At least 14 countries and numerous brands have been affected by possible Salmonella in chocolate products.

Confectionery News, 24 August 2015

Dry West African weather to bring 56,000 MT cocoa deficit in 2015/16: Rabobank

Rabobank has forecast a small cocoa deficit for the next cocoa year as dry weather harms production in Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire.

Confectionery News, 24 August 2015

Berry good news for British fruit

The growth in popularity of smoothies and a 300% increase in the sales of liquidisers this year have helped boost the sales of British berries. Raspberry sales are up 20%, blackberry sales have climbed by almost a third while demand for strawberries is up 0.6%. Tesco says the success of the berry jewel variety has seen demand for raspberries climb by 45%, with Lidl saying it has sold 30% more fruit this year.

The Guardian, 23 August 2015

Sugar loses its sweetness as stockpiles reach record levels

The International Sugar Organization expects a higher than previously forecast surplus in the sugar market of 3.37m tons this fiscal year, as the price of sugar hit a seven year low.  Prices are expected to remain subdued for several years because of the vast stores of sugar that have accumulated.

Telegraph, 23 August 2015

Protein players should think outside of the box for flavors, Wixon suggests

Players in the protein category – especially those focused on the centre of the plate – are behind the curve when it comes to flavour and need to rethink their strategy to capture and hold modern consumers’ attention, according to flavour and seasoning provider Wixon.

Food Navigator, 21 August 2015

Ardent Mills purchases Canadian flour milling plant from Mondelez

Denver-based Ardent Mills will purchase a flour-milling plant in Ontario, Canada, from Mondelez Canada.

Bakery & Snacks, 21 August 2015

Judge stays Gen Mills trans fat lawsuit, but FDA has left firms exposed to civil litigation, argue attorneys

In a ruling that will be read with interest by food manufacturers worried about being sued for using partially hydrogenated oils, a judge in California has stayed a PHO-related class action vs General Mills until the FDA decides whether certain low-level uses should be permitted.

Bakery & Snacks, 21 August 2015

Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent – regardless of nutrition

Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Confectionery News, 20 August 2015

Heinz Ketchup isn’t ketchup, Israel rules

Israel’s Health Ministry has ruled that Heinz Ketchup can no longer be called ketchup in Israel after local brand Osem argued it doesn’t contain enough tomato paste, according to Israeli news service Ynet.

Food Navigator, 20 August 2015

DRINKS INDUSTRY

Alcohol sales increase in Scotland

An NHS report found that sales of alcohol in Scotland rose during 2014, with the Scottish government saying that the figures reinforced the need for minimum unit pricing.

BBC, 26 August 2015

Spain rain pain for juice

EU orange juice prices are up 13%, reaching an 18-month high of £70 per 100kg due to a lack of rain in Spain’s orange producing region Valencia causing a shortage.

Daily Mail, 24 August 2015

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research.

Food Manufacture, 24 August 2015

Distilleries make a spirited return as boutique booze flourishes

The number of applications for distiller's licences has more than trebled in the last year, as younger drinkers favour independent local producers over mass market drinks produced by large multinational companies.

Financial Times, 24 August 2015

MillerCoors getting into RTD alcoholic beverage game at the right time: Mintel

MillerCoors hopes to regain lost market share with the launch of a new hard soda this January.

Beverage Daily, 21 August 2015