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World Cup sparks beer war

A World Cup beer bonanza is underway in supermarkets across the UK as leading retailers slash prices to under 50p per can to tempt armchair fans.

Ofcom under pressure over junk food ads

The UK advertising regulator Ofcom is under pressure to reconsider its rejection of a 9pm watershed ban on junk food advertising, according to a UK newspaper.

Rexam to build new beverage can plant as supplies tighten

Rexam is putting new beverage can capacity on the market, as it strengthens its relationship with Red Bull by building a new wall-to-wall plant in Austria.

Radioactive waste threatens Champagne vineyards

The re-opening of a radioactive waste dump in France's Champagne region, recently shut for safety reasons, threatens to contaminate the area's famous vineyards, says campaigns group Greenpeace.

Britvic eyes Europe drinks expansion

Britvic is looking to increase its presence in several markets across Western Europe as part of a push to grow its international soft drinks business, has learnt.

The battle to save 'British' blackcurrants

UK scientists have drafted in blackcurrant varieties from New Zealand to prevent warmer winters wiping out one of Britain's traditional fruits, and destroying the source of the popular Ribena soft...

Weekly Comment

Food industry must face its faults

The food industry must be honest if it is to convince consumers - and audiences - that it is not the corporate monster portrayed in the media.

EU must get creative with wine reform

More imagination is needed if the European Union's wine reform is to truly create a wine sector that will fend for itself against marketing masters from the New World, says...

Healthy food shows further growth in UK

The average UK citizen spends £34.31 per week on food and drink and is increasingly spending this money on healthier foods, according to a recent Defra report.

Coca-Cola, Cadbury added to benzene lawsuits

Coca-Cola and Cadbury Schweppes have joined the list of beverage firms set to be sued in Florida over allegations their drinks contained benzene, 15 years after the industry first pledged...

Kraft sued over benzene in soft drink

Kraft Foods will face lawsuits in three US states over allegations that one of its drinks contained cancer-causing benzene above the legal limit for tap water, has learned, as...

FDF 'regrets' new English nutrition standards

New minimum nutrition standards for English school food, designed to ensure healthier eating, has resulted in the banning of certain products high in salt, fat and sugar.

FDA names and shames over benzene in soft drinks

Five US soft drinks were found containing the cancer-causing chemical benzene at levels above the legal limit for drinking water, America's food safety watchdog has announced, sparking calls for more...

Proposals consolidate, simplify bottled water laws

Proposed revisions to laws covering the bottled water sector would consolidate and clarify various regulations in existence across England.

SABMiller shares struggle despite in-line results

Russia and China have spurred on SABMiller's beer sales over the last year, but shares struggled to recover after the brewer remained cautious on future profits in North America.

Greenhouse gas trading data points to problems

Preliminary data from the first year of the EU's greenhouse gas trading scheme has highlighted problems in the allocation of plant outputs and in the tracking of carbon dioxide (CO2)...

Beer good for Europe, association argues

Europe's beer brewing sector contributes about €57.5bn to the continent's economy every year, according to a new study. wins food industry award has been named Website of the Year in the prestigious 2006 Business Food and Drink Journalism awards.

FDA blackballs green tea heart health claims

The evidence that green tea could benefit heart health are "supportive" but not "conclusive", said the FDA, leaving the door open to backing such health claims in the future. ...

Orange juice may protect against osteoporosis

Drinking more orange or grapefruit juice may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of osteoporosis in later life, suggests an animal study from Texas.

Majority of recalls preventable, says UK consultancy

The majority of food recalls around the world are caused by preventable problems, with poor allergen control and failure to follow international standards as the major culprits, according to a...

Ombudsman blasts Commission on Germany's packaging law

The European Commission was lax in not taking further steps to make Germany comply with a court ruling against its packaging regulations for drinks, the EU's Ombudsman has ruled.

Weekly comment

Chasing down obesity

It is time to admit that society is fighting a part-time battle against the bulge, willingly lambasting soft drinks, burgers and chocolate, while shuffling silently away from a fairly dismal...

Red Bull lobbies Turkey over energy drink ban

The makers of the Red Bull energy drink will continue lobbying the Turkish government, after being forced to reformulate to meet the country's ban on high caffeine energy drinks.

Ocean Spray set to emphasise health at Vitafoods

Ocean Spray plans to reinforce the health benefits behind its portfolio of cranberry ingredients at this week's Vitafoods exhibition in Geneva.

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