Included in this issue: Food Crime Unit review could see radical change; Hilton Food's turnover to rise in 2016, say analysts; Make potassium labelling mandatory for processed food: UK petition and more...

Food Industry

Food Crime Unit review could see radical change

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is about to commission an independent review of its National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), set up in December 2014 in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, which could see it moved away from the FSA and take on more policing powers.

Read more here, 1 June 2016

Hilton Food's turnover to rise in 2016, say analysts

Hilton Food Group's 2016 turnover is forecast to rise, according to leading financial analyst Shore Capital.

Read more here, 27 May 2016

Make potassium labelling mandatory for processed food: UK petition

As new nutrition guidelines make labelling potassium on packaged foods mandatory in the US, a UK petition is urging the government to do the same but for different reasons - it would end the processed food "nightmare" for sufferers of Chronic Kidney Disease for whom potassium can mean heart failure and death, says the author.

Read more here, 27 May 2016

Pressure mounts for mandatory fat, salt and sugar targets

Government is coming under increasing pressure to set targets for the fat, salt and sugar content of food and drink in advance of the publication of its childhood obesity strategy, which is expected later this summer.

Read more here, 27 May 2016

Lemon prices rise

Lemon prices in Britain have increased by 25% on last year as poor crop yields shorten supply. Poor weather conditions and a citrus black spot outbreak in South Africa have led to the shortages.

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Telegraph, 27 May 2016

Marketing turns off TV & moves massively online: ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has highlighted the mega-trend platform shift in marketing activity toward online with the watchdog investigating 8633 cases on the web, compared to 3920 on television in 2015.

Read more here, 26 May 2016

Tate & Lyle boosts profits – but sales remain flat

Ingredients maker Tate & Lyle has boosted profits after major restructuring in the wake of a difficult 2015, but sales remain flat.

Read more here, 26 May 2016

Cranswick's sales rise after 'strategic developments'

Meat processor Cranswick has posted rising annual sales in full-year results, after 12 months of "strong commercial growth" and "strategic development".

Read more here, 24 May 2016

Food and drink manufacturers boost UK output

Rising output reported by food and drink manufacturers has boosted the UK manufacturing sector, despite lacklustre export demand, according to a new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.

Read more here, 23 May 2016

Drinks Industry

Number of UK wine producers rises

A study shows that the number of English wine producers rose by 37 last year, in the last five years 170 English wine producers have emerged onto the scene.

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Drinks Business, 31 May 2016

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14m into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14m spend.

Read more here, 27 May 2016

Soft Drinks: Taxation: Written question - 37453

The Treasury has stated that the soft drinks industry levy consultation will be launched in summer 2016 and will be open to everyone.

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Treasury, 23 May 2016