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    Rapid China expansion comes back to bite western food chains

    Fast food scare in China The footage is grainy and dull, the hidden camera jerky, but the image of the light pink meat...

  2. July 23, 2014

    China detains five in meat probe

    Chinese authorities have detained five employees of a US-owned company accused of relabelling expired meat amid allegations...

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  1. The Future of the Food Industry

    The global population is expected to increase by 2bn people by 2050. The prospect of f...
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  1. July 22, 2014

    Foreign fast-food chains face China disruption

    Foreign fast-food chains in China could see their supply chains disrupted as authorities step up checks on a key meat...

  2. May 22, 2014

    Tesco to ban sweet temptations at tills

    Tesco has become the first of the “big four” supermarket chains to ban sweets and chocolates from checkouts in all of its...

  3. May 18, 2014

    Ready meals contain more sugar than a chocolate bar, says Which?

    Pressure for the government to step up regulation on the food industry has mounted after a leading consumer group lambasted...

  4. May 8, 2014

    Meat industry rounds on halal ‘mischief making’

    The British meat industry and religious leaders have expressed surprise at a wave of criticism of halal slaughter, pointing...

  5. May 8, 2014

    Retailers respond to Muslims’ increased spending power

    Hunger drove Shazia Saleem’s business idea. As a child queueing for school meals, she yearned to eat the cottage pies and...

  6. March 14, 2014

    Europe blocking approval of GM crops, says report

    Commercial growing of genetically modified crops should be approved by national governments rather than by the EU, the prime...

  7. March 7, 2014

    Studies confuse public debate on healthy eating, say experts

    Nutritional experts are reeling from what they say is an unprecedented number of confusing studies and statements about diet...

  8. February 26, 2014

    Monsanto at centre of intensifying debate on food

    Satan or saviour, sinner or saint? There are few companies that polarise opinion more than Monsanto, the US genetically...

  9. February 25, 2014

    Indian-Saudi JV to build rice distribution hub in Dubai

    A new Indian-Saudi joint venture is building a rice distribution hub in Dubai to link Indian production to consumers in the...

  10. February 5, 2014

    Sugar debate turns sour for food groups

    Campaign against sugar Sugar in fizzy drinks and food came under fresh attack from scientists on both sides of the Atlantic...

  11. February 3, 2014

    Yum Brands shakes off bird flu fears

    Yum Brands struck a bullish tone for 2014 even after the fast food group reported a 5 per cent drop in fourth-quarter...

  12. January 27, 2014

    UK supermarkets aim to burnish image on promoting health

    They have been blamed for contributing to the UK’s growing obesity problem but supermarkets are falling over one another to...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Purple tomato juice from Canadian GM crop heads for trial in UK

    Two thousand litres of purple tomato juice, pressed from genetically modified fruit grown in Canada, are heading for Britain...

  14. January 14, 2014

    Horsemeat scandal weighs on UK ready meal sales

    UK sales of ready meals are still suffering one year after horsemeat was found being sold as beef. But the horsemeat scandal...

  15. January 2, 2014

    Walmart recalls donkey meat in China

    Europeans who still harbour concerns about the horsey flavour of their hamburgers should spare a thought for Walmart...

  16. December 12, 2013

    UK food industry ‘vulnerable’ to criminal infiltration

    Britain’s £188bn food and drink industry is vulnerable to criminals looking for “huge profits” because of “a worrying lack...

  17. November 26, 2013

    Greencore lifts profits as takeaway food offsets ready meal slump

    Greencore, the food manufacturer, shrugged off the slump in the ready meals market prompted by the horsemeat scandal to...

  18. November 20, 2013

    Biotech advances fail to convince GM’s critics

    Genetically modified crops are spreading – and so is the controversy surrounding them. Farmers are generally, though not...

  19. September 25, 2013

    New Zealand suspends apple exports to China after fungus scare

    WELLINGTON, September 25 – New Zealand has suspended apple exports to China after the discovery of a fungus that causes...

  20. August 5, 2013

    Laboratory-grown burger keeps meat on world’s menu

    The pioneering lab-grown burger, cooked in public for the first time in London on Monday, received a cautious welcome from...

  21. August 5, 2013

    Dairy in China: milking it

    China is a land of opportunity – and a minefield of risks. That was all too clear again at the weekend when Chinese health...

  22. August 5, 2013

    Fonterra chief executive apologises to China consumers

    The chief executive of Fonterra has apologised to Chinese consumers for a food safety scare that threatens to damage the...

  23. August 4, 2013

    Fonterra dairy recall shakes China consumer confidence

    China has ordered the recall of potentially contaminated milk imported from New Zealand after Fonterra, the world’s largest...

  24. August 3, 2013

    China recall after Fonterra finds bacteria in milk products

    WELLINGTON, August 3 – New Zealand’s Fonterra, the world’s largest dairy exporter, on Saturday said it had found that an...

  25. July 17, 2013

    Monsanto to drop applications to grow GM crops in EU

    Monsanto, the US agribusiness, will withdraw applications to grow genetically modified crops in the EU in an acknowledgment...

  26. June 20, 2013

    Lib Dems attack Owen Paterson as ‘cheerleading for GM industry’

    Owen Paterson’s rallying call in favour of GM crops prompted a backlash from Liberal Democrats, who urged the environment...

  27. June 13, 2013

    Dairy producers flock to cater for China’s babies

    Rationing in Europe. Trafficking probes in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Two-year prison terms for smugglers in Hong...

  28. June 13, 2013

    Tears and tantrums as China’s baby milk supplies dwindle

    Parents across the world are feeling the effects of China’s surge in demand for milk formula as stores impose limits on the...

  29. June 11, 2013

    Eating healthily on trips

    It can be hard to watch what you eat when away on business. How do you keep your diet healthy? Recognise that you are eating...

  30. June 8, 2013

    Donors meet to pledge aid in fight against malnutrition

    Donors meeting in London this weekend are set to pledge several billion dollars to promote simple, low-cost measures to...

  31. May 29, 2013

    Shuanghui hopes $7bn deal will allay produce fears

    In 2011, a Chinese court sentenced five people to lengthy prison terms for their roles in feeding clenbuterol hydrochloride,...

  32. May 29, 2013

    Shuanghui agrees $4.7bn deal for Smithfield Foods

    China’s biggest meat processor has offered $4.7bn in cash for Smithfield Foods, in what will be the largest Chinese takeover...

  33. May 3, 2013

    Chinese police smell a rat after ‘mutton’ sickness

    European consumers concerned about horse meat in their sausages should spare a thought for their Chinese counterparts who...

  34. April 6, 2013

    Bird flu fears close China poultry markets

    SHANGHAI, April 6 – Chinese officials have found traces of a new bird flu virus in more areas in Shanghai and in the nearby...

  35. April 5, 2013

    MPs call for pesticide ban to protect bees

    Pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world should be temporarily banned in the UK from the end...

  36. April 1, 2013

    Healthcare that comes in a Coke crate

    Simon Berry is pointing out the stark contrast between two photographs: a local health clinic in rural Zambia and a nearby...

  37. March 21, 2013

    NZ drought pushes milk to record high

    International milk prices have jumped to a record high as Chinese buyers scramble for supplies amid a drought in New...

  38. March 18, 2013

    Food stocks: stay overweight

    Lardy, distended, porcine, obese. Or is the right word full-figured, voluptuous, Rubenesque? With food stocks, it’s hard to...

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