Plastic food packaging fails in tackling environmental food waste

EUROPE - Plastic food packaging has failed to reduce food waste, but rather seems to be compounding the food waste problem in Europe, where packaging and waste has doubled between 2004 and 2014. In a new study published by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, food waste doubled to an estimated…

EU’s legislation to reduce the level of acrylamide in coffee and confectionery

UK - The European Union’s regulations are set to become into law, requiring food manufacturers to reduce the amount of acrylamide used in packaged foods including biscuits, cookies and coffee. The regulation reduces the amount of acrylamide permissible for various food products, ranging from 350 micrograms (μg) of acrylamide per kilogram for biscuits and cookies…

Brazil suspends BRF’s poultry exports to the EU

BRAZIL - The Brazilian government has suspended BRF’s poultry exports destined for the European Union, following a probe into the company over the presence of Salmonella. The Ministry of Agriculture, Supply, and Livestock (MAPA) said it had temporarily suspended the production and sanitary certification of BRF’s poultry exports to the EU, and it expects to…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

SABMiller delivers ‘transformative year’ for AB InBev as revenues grow 5.1%

BELGIUM – AB InBev, the world’s biggest beer producer, has a lot to thank for its acquisition of its former rival SABMiller for a ‘transformative year’ for the company, after it delivered a solid 5.1% growth in revenues for the full year to end of 2017. The US$103 billion SABMiller deal, which closed in September…

Consumers take to consuming more natural fat, butter makers hit jackpot

WORLD - Consumers aren’t just eating more butter, they are willing to pay more for it, a boon that’s giving outsize gains to makers of premium brands. Global retail butter sales will expand 2.9 percent to $19.4 billion in 2018, outpacing the 1.9 percent growth in sales volumes, according to Euromonitor International. The trend is fanning…

EU approves European Dairy Association guidance for ‘cheese as raw material’

EUROPE - The European Union has approved European Dairy Association (EDA) guidance for “cheese as raw material” towards the high safety and quality of cheese in the processing industry. It also approved the organization for the processed cheese sector, Assifonte’s “Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Processed Cheese”- a major for food safety, consumer protection and…

Refresco completes acquisition of Cott’s soft drinks business for US$1.25 billion

CANADA - Refresco, a leading producer of soft drinks and fruit juices in US and Europe, has completed the acquisition of Cott’s soft drinks business worth US$1.25 billion to become the largest independent bottler in Europe and North America. Cott has announced that the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) finally approved the transaction in…