UK agency launches €13.5 m reformulation competition

The UK government is calling on businesses, scientists and agricultural producers to submit their proposals for salt, sugar, fat and fibre reformulation with the chance to win up to €13.5 m in funding., 6 October 2015

Food prices fall

The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) latest monthly index said food saw annual deflation for the first time in three months, falling to 0.5% from a 0.2% rise in August.

Cityam, 6 October 2015

Three more EU countries to opt out of GMO

Malta, Slovenia and Luxemburg filed last minute applications to opt out of GMO cultivation in Europe, bringing the total number to 19 member states., 5 October 2015 

UK's organic standards up for public consultation

The Soil Association is updating its organic standards to make them more practical and transparent and is calling on the public to give its opinion in an open consultation., 5 October 2015

EU competition means pork producers must adapt

EU pork processors must confront three choices to prosper in the face of increased retail competition and squeezed margins, according to market analyst Rabobank., 5 October 2015

R&R and Nestlé in talks over ice cream joint venture

Europe’s biggest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R has revealed partnership talks with food giant Nestlé., 5 October 2015

Young’s Seafood appoints Reed Boardall for frozen work

Young’s Seafood has appointed Reed Boardall to be its partner in the collection, storage and delivery of its frozen foodservice business., 5 October 2015

Cranswick sales boost lifts share price

Meat supplier Cranswick’s shares climbed 6%, after the Hull-based firm posted 10% revenue growth to £481.5M, in the six months to 30 September., 5 October 2015

Samworth Brothers buys sports nutrition firm

Samworth Brothers, the maker of Ginsters pasties, has acquired the owner of sports nutrition brand SCI-MX for an undisclosed sum., 5 October 2015

Quorn snapped up by Filipino company for £550m

Quorn Foods has been sold to Filipino branded consumer goods company Monde Nissin for £550M, ending months of speculation., 2 October 2015

Chocolate launch

Nestle is entering the premium chocolate market with the launch of an upmarket Cailler brand, which it will sell on Amazon, among other places.

Financial Times, 1 October 2015


Fever-Tree signs M&S deal

Tonic water brand Fever-Tree has signed a deal with Marks & Spencer which will see the product sold in 300 Simply Food stores.

Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2015

Consultation: The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (England) Regulations 2016

Comments are sought on proposals to consolidate and update the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (England) Regulations 2007, as amended, governing the exploitation, bottling and marketing of natural mineral water, spring water and other bottled drinking water. Consultation ends: 30 October 2015.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2 October 2015