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The ‘truth’ behind organic foods, food additives and public nutrition studies

In his latest book Something to Chew On, UCD Professor of Food and Health, Mike Gibney dispels some of the commonly held beliefs about organic foods, food additives, and public nutrition studies.
Gibney on organic foods:

“The widely held belief that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food does not stand up to scrutiny. There is […]

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Uniq jumps by nearly a quarter after bid from Ireland’s Greencore

Uniq, which sells desserts, sandwiches and chilled foods to retailers including Marks & Spencer, is one of the day’s biggest risers after an agreed bid from Irish rival Greencore.
Greencore, which missed out recently on buying Northern Foods, is paying 96p a share for Uniq, valuing the business at £113m. It is funding the deal with […]

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New Reports Confirm Need For Reform of EU Fisheries Policy

    New Reports Confirm Need For Reform of EU Fisheries Policy

Two recent reports by the European Commission add further weight to calls for significant structural change within the EU fish catching sector and a far reaching reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The 2010 Annual Economic Report on the EU fishing fleet shows a reduction in economic performance of the EU fishing sector in […]

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Growth in Functional Foods Continues

    Growth in Functional Foods Continues

The global functional food market is continuing to exhibit healthy growth. Leatherhead Food Research’s latest report – Future Directions for the Global Functional Foods Market – values the functional foods market (defined as ‘food and drink products making a specific health claim’) at $24.2b in 2010. Since 2003, Leatherhead estimates that the market has grown […]

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UK Biscuit Market Worth £2.2 Billion

    UK Biscuit Market Worth £2.2 Billion

With sales of biscuits, cookies and crackers having increased 22% over the past five years to reach a delicious £2.2 billion in 2010, Mintel forecasts that the UK biscuit market will grow a further 15% to reach £2.6 billion by 2015.
Mintel estimates the biscuits, cookies and crackers market will grow by 2.7% this year to […]

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KPMG Study Reveals Profit Problems at Co-Ops

A KPMG study into the Irish processing sector reveals that low profitability of the sector may force it to switch to a different milk pricing structure. The report, conducted on behalf of the ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society) outlined a number of key areas of competitiveness that the sector needs to address. 
The €450,000 study was […]

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More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

    More Volume Growth For UK Bottled Water

Overall volume sales in the UK bottled water market grew by 0.7% in 2010 to 2,055 million litres. Zenith International’s 2011 Report on UK Bottled Water also shows retail sizes under 10 litres, which accounted for 83% of the total, achieved 2.4% growth.
In contrast, the bottled cooler market declined by 8.3%, due to ongoing challenging […]

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Are Sports and Energy Performance Products Moving into the Mainstream?

With products such as sports and energy drinks now entering the mainstream, the global market for sports nutrition and performance products is at an interesting stage of development. Although market growth has been impressive in many parts of the world, the industry is still hampered by the fact that its consumer base remains limited to […]

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