Included in this issue: Nestle signs Sanquhar wind farm deal; EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report; Cognac sales help Rémy Cointreau beat expectations and more...

Food Industry

Nestle signs Sanquhar wind farm deal

Nestle has signed a deal to meet half of its UK and Ireland energy needs from a Scottish wind farm.

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BBC News, 22 June 2016

EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report

The liberalisation of the EU sugar market next year must be accompanied by market measures to maintain sugar beet production and allow the sector to retain its strategic importance, according to a recent EU report.

Read more here, 21 June 2016

2 Sisters parent reports rising quarterly sales

In the 13 weeks to 30 April 2016, Boparan Holdings reported total sales of £784.5m, up from £779.7m for the same period in 2015.

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Insider news, 21 June 2016

BPA update: immunotoxicity review begins

A working group of international experts is to evaluate new scientific evidence on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the immune system.

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European Food Safety Authority, 20 June 2016

Draft legislation on tightening food checks agreed in EU

Draft plans to tighten up official controls along the food chain have been informally agreed in Europe.

Read more here, 20 June 2016

Sports food is general food, says long-awaited Commission report

Sports food belongs under general food law not the upcoming Food for Specific Groups (FSG) regulation, the European Commission has concluded in a report that will leave industry opinion divided.

Read more here, 17 June 2016

"Make Europe's food healthier by 2017", Council tells member states

The Council of Health Ministers has called on member states to draw up national plans to improve Europe's food composition by the end of 2017.

Read more here, 17 June 2016

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown.

Read more here, 16 June 2016

Cranswick launches new food-to-go brand

Cranswick Food has launched a brand new 'food-to-go' brand called 'Munch' in partnership with WHSmith and Fresh to Store, the new owner of KerryFresh, as part of a strategic development plan for the meat processor.

Read more here, 15 June 2016

EU sugar prices could rise as supply and demand tightens

Global sugar prices have rocketed 30% since mid-April as the balance between supply and demand tightens. In Europe prices have remained steady but could soon increase, according to Rabobank's latest sugar quarterly.

Read more here, 14 June 2016

Revised UK 'Eatwell Guide' promotes industry wealth not public health, argues expert

A new editorial argues the revised UK 'Eatwell Guide' is not evidence based, and has been devised by too many people who are too close to the food industry.

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ScienceDaily, 14 June 2016

Greggs reveals plans for new distribution centre

High-street baker Greggs has commissioned project management firm Clegg Food Projects to build a new distribution centre.

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2 Sisters signs five-year bakery contract

2 Sisters has signed a new, five-year contract for its Gunstones Bakery near Sheffield, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer, the manufacturer has claimed.

Read more here, 10 June 2016

Pladis plans London stock exchange listing from 2020

Pladis, the new £3.58bn business formed from Yildiz Holding, is planning an Initial Public Offering (IPO) as early as 2020, with a view to list on the stockmarket in London.

Read more here, 10 June 2016

Food Standards Agency - Annual Report of incidents

In 2015 the FSA and Food Standards Scotland were notified of, investigated and managed 1,514 food, feed and environmental contamination incidents in the UK.

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Food Standards Agency, 9 June 2016

Consultation: Nutrient sources

Views are sought on the revision of guidance for submitting scientific information for the safety evaluation of nutrient sources used as ingredients in manufactured food.

Consultation ends: 20 July 2016

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Europa, 8 June 2016

Drinks Industry

Cognac sales help Rémy Cointreau beat expectations

Rémy Cointreau reported full-year profits of €110.4m in the 12 months to 31 March, 16.7% up year-on-year. Revenue grew 8.9% to €1.05bn.

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Wall Street Journal, 9 June 2016

New legal hearing for minimum alcohol pricing

New arguments regarding the Scottish Government's plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol are to be heard by the Court of Session.

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BBC News, 7 June 2016