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Sour grapes blight Bordeaux wine event

Wine producers in Bordeaux's Saint-Emilion say they are to appeal against the suspension of the area's 'grand cru' label, a ruling that threatens to overshadow a crucial week in the...

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Wanted: testing for supplements

The dietary supplement industry needs an independent testing program that is recognizable to consumers in order to enhance the credibility of its products as well as encourage solid science and...

Can elections boost France's depressed consumers?

Food firms should be crossing their fingers that a new French president can blow away the black cloud hanging over consumer confidence in the country, says a new survey.

More study needed on green tea HIV link

Drinking green tea may help to prevent the spread of the HIV virus, a study suggests, but the authors have warned more research is needed.

Industry heavyweights push GDA labels in France

Big hitters in the food industry, including Danone, Unilever, Nestle and Coca-Cola, have announced they plan to roll out a nutrition labelling system based on Guideline Daily Amounts in France.

Tetra Pak invests in China

Tetra Pak plans to tighten its grip on China's growing beverage and dairy markets with a €60m state-of-the-art packaging materials plant in the country, it announced Tuesday.

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Swallow your tongue

Fluffy language is increasingly clogging up the information air passages, and the food and drink industry must accept blame like everyone else.

Coffee culture comes home to brew

Sales of coffee machines in the UK more than doubled last year as consumer look to bring a piece of coffee house culture to their homes, new research shows.

Roquette sweetens low-sugar market with soluble fibre range

Helping confectioners target the health trend, French ingredients firm Roquette has developed a new soluble fibre range suitable for use in low-sugar, low-calorie jellies and gums.

Sugar crops improve after hurricane losses

Sugar production in Florida increased during the last crop year, reaching "more normal" production levels after significant losses during the string of hurricanes in recent years.

Nestle Waters seeks turnaround with Philippines sale

Nestle Waters said the sale of its Filipino operations to local group Universal Robina Corp (URC) would better serve its interests in the country.

France Under One Roof

Allez les Bleus! Is French wine coming back?

A creeping optimism about France's prospects on the much sought-after UK wine market appeared to be taking hold of several French wine producers and exporters at an industry show this...

Food science recruits on the rise

One of Britain's top universities for food science says interest is growing in the subject, offering the industry hope of beating a severe shortage of recruits.

Soft drinks maker seeks natural fizz, for friendship and more

Product development gurus are increasingly attempting to use consumer trends for natural ingredients and more nutritious beverages to drive growth in the carbonated soft drinks category.

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GM: A healthy debate

The development of genetically modified crops to improve human health could be the golden ticket for advocates to persuade the wary public that GM is not a wholly nefarious idea...

Energy drinks boost US beverage market

Energy drinks last year stormed the US beverage market, outperforming all other categories, while one sports drink inched its way into the nation's top five trade marks by displacing a...

Food packaging to use recycled water bottles

Water bottles will be turned into packaging for food at a proposed €17.6m recycling plant in the UK.

Innovation to boost premium soft drinks, says Britvic

Consumer trends for health and indulgence are expected to drive "significant" growth in premium soft drinks over the next five years, the marketing head of Britvic has said.

Industry calls for long-term direction on emissions trading

UK food and drink companies are part of coalition of government, business and environmental groups, who yesterday issued a manifesto calling on the EU for clearer directions on the bloc's...

FSA continues to drive traffic light labelling

A new TV ad designed to raise awareness of traffic light food labelling was launched yesterday in the UK.

Britvic to launch UK soft drinks report

The highest and mightiest of Britain's soft drinks industry will meet Wednesday to discuss innovation and trends in the sector.

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No excuses for illegal labour

There is no legitimate defence as to why some companies continue to use illegal labour. This isn't the vice trade, this is the food industry: no excuses.

France tightens food and drink advert rules

All adverts for food and drink in France must now carry healthy eating messages or companies will face fines, under rules launched by the government (Thursday) to tackle obesity.

New programme to boost apprenticeships

The UK will create a new programme to boost the number of apprenticeships available in food and drink manufacturing, part of a bid to increase skills levels in the industry.

Opportunity knocks for Fairtrade suppliers

Fairtrade foods are coming in from the fringe with record growth and wider selection, says new research from the UK, highlighting growing advantages for food and drink firms choosing the...

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