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UK proposes CO2 labelling for products

In a bid to push processors and other manufacturers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the UK government yesterday unveiled a proposal to put "carbon footprint" labels on all products....

Danone spills details on Chinese Evian scare

Danone revealed yesterday that five containers of its Evian bottled water have been detained in China after failing quality control testing.

V&S targets China for strong spirit growth

China's spirits industry continues to entice some of the world's leading beverage groups with Sweden's V&S group becoming the latest multinational to tap the market through a new joint venture....

Food and drink prices on the rise

Prices for food and drink have risen sharply in the UK over the last year, in a sign that higher input costs are increasingly being passed down the supply chain.

EU switches wine reform focus

Plans to rip out 400,000 hectares of vines to drain the EU's bulging 'wine lake' will be watered down to put greater emphasis on marketing wines abroad, Commission officials have confirmed.

Novozymes centralises procurement to free R&D funds

Novozymes is centralising its procurement facility in a bid to ensure transparency and consistency, and make savings that it plans to plough into more research and development.

Fresh health fears hit benzoate in soft drinks

Common preservative sodium benzoate, widely used in soft drinks and other foods, is again at the centre of health concerns after research emerged linking it to cell damage.

No deal in international coffee talks

Coffee processors and producers will have to wait another year for a new International Coffee Agreement after talks over the last week failed to make a breakthrough.

Apple juice, bananas may lower childhood asthma

Increased consumption of apple juice or bananas may prevent childhood asthma, says new research from England that adds to an ever-growing body of science linking easy breathing to apples.

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Press releases for the press?

In a world where getting your name out there is called branding, and branding in turn equals better market share, some companies will go to great lengths to draw attention...

Additive designed to strengthen biodegradable PLA

A new additive on the market can improve the performance of a biodegradable polymer used for food packaging, its manufacturer claims.

Coca-Cola to pay $4.1bn for health-drinks maker

Coca-Cola will pay $4.1bn (€3.05bn) to acquire Glacéau and its full range of health-based water brands, including Vitaminwater.

Bulk wine imports slash carbon emissions, study

Wine firms can significantly reduce their carbon footprint by importing wine in bulk and bottling it in lighter glass, a new study from the UK says.

Tester determines oxygen permeability

A new machine can help processors test the barrier properties of packaging to ensure food products maintain their stated shelf life.

Prison looms for Coca-Cola recipe thief

A former Coca-Cola worker was sentenced to eight years in prison this week for stealing and attempting to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets to its rival, PepsiCo.

MEPs flatten alcohol tax plan

Plans to raise minimum excise tax on beer and spirits in the EU came to a standstill this week, after a hammer blow from the European Parliament.

Could coffee cut Parkinson's risk?

Drinking a whopping ten cups of coffee a day or more could slash the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 74 per cent, suggests a new prospective study from Finland.

Food and industrial ingredients drive Tate & Lyle growth

Tate & Lyle has reported a strong full year 2007, the third consecutive year of sales growth and a key one for repositioning towards value added ingredients. But despite this,...

EU approves packaging size liberalisation

Companies will have the freedom to choose the size of packaging they use for most of their products under a new directive passed yesterday by EU member states.

Britvic back on the growth track

Soft drinks maker Britvic had sales of carbonated and still soft drinks ahead of the UK market in its first half, an encouraging sign for the industry's prospects.

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Masterfoods and the vegetarianisation of food

Masterfoods' U-turn over its plan to reformulate its famous confectionery brands using animal-derived whey sets a precedent that will prevent any other food manufacturer from flying in the face of...

Tetra Pak to produce caps in Russia

Sweden-based Tetra Pak will produce caps in Russia in a bid to move its supply chain closer to customers.

France: CRAV wine militants issue ultimatum

French wine militants have warned the country's new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, there will be more violence if he does not offer more support to the sector.

Private equity rumours stalk Cadbury drinks

A swarm of private equity firms is set to form consortiums to bid for the US beverages arm of Cadbury Schweppes, according to a report.

UK waste reduction guide designed to help industry

A new UK guide designed to help retailers and processors cut down on packaging waste serves as an example for other EU companies.

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