Sweets make you popular, online ads tell kids

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"Daim Mini's and Daim Nuggets will excite existing customers and entice new ones."

The brand's main markets are Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK. It is already known as the "Daim" bar in all but the UK.

Further information: http://www.just-food.com/news_detail.asp?art=61614&lk=rss

US nuts voted best by Europe



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UK consumers prefer the taste of US imported peanuts to those from Argentina or China, a new survey has found.

The ARS market and research division of the US Department of Agriculture asked European consumers in London, Berlin and Amsterdam to pick their favourite tasting peanut from three major peanut suppliers.

"The data showed that there would be virtually no likelihood of consumer complaints about the flavour of US peanuts," said Timothy Sanders, research leader for the ARS Market Quality and Handling Research unit.

In contrast, 70 per cent of Chinese peanuts and 40 per cent of the Argentine product were labelled "problematic" by consumers, according to FoodProductionDaily.

Research shows that a growing number of peanut products are being used as food ingredients, and the University of Georgia has claimed that worldwide peanut production steadily increased over the past 30 years.

Assuring food importers of the quality of the American peanut, Mr Sanders added: "The reason we're presenting this data in Europe is to assure international buyers that although US peanuts come at a premium price, they also come as a premium product."

Further information: http://southeastfarmpress.com/news/081105-European-peanuts/

Fewer Indian exports being rejected



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Indian food companies encountered fewer barriers to exports in July, suggesting that more is being done to comply with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards.

While 251 and 215 consignments of food from India were rejected by the US in May and June respectively, only 78 were rejected in July, on technical grounds, including SPS.

There was likewise a reduction in the number of exports refused entry into the EU: six in July, compared with 16 in May and 12 in June, reported the Indian Financial Express.

The main reason for rejection was the detection of aflatoxins and the red food dye Sudan, which has been found in chilli powder. The UK rejected two batches of chilli powder due to aflatoxins.

The Sudan dyes have been used to colour substances including oils, waxes and polish, and are banned from being added to foods in the UK and throughout the EU.

Since July 2003, dried, crushed and ground chilli cargoes being imported into the EU have had to be accompanied by a certificate to show they have not been found to contain traces of Sudan 1.

The dye was banned after experiments on rats found it had the potential to lead to the development of malignant tumours.

Seafood was also found to be an area of concern, the UK rejecting peeled black tiger prawns on the basis they contained nitrofuran.

Further information: http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=99331

Bananas leading European organic growth



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The organic food market in Europe grew by 26 per cent between 2001 and 2004, largely driven by sales of fruit and vegetables, and particularly bananas.

Datamonitor's Research and Markets report found that the market for organic produce Europe-wide was €20.7 billion in 2004, of which €5.8 billion was generated by fruit and vegetable sales, according to Foodnavigator.com.

The report also found that the UK is one of the largest consumers of organic bananas in Europe, accounting for approximately half of the 80,000 tonnes sold in the EU each year.

Increased consumer interest in exotic and tropical species of fruit has contributed to sales of organic fruit reaching some €330 million a year.

Thus, while organic vegetables continue to have the highest sales, it is organic fruit that is experiencing the highest rate of growth.

The UK and Germany lead the market, representing more than half of all organic fruit and vegetable sales in Europe between them.

A general division between the North and South of Europe was also identified, the North showing greater interest in fresh organic produce that the Mediterranean region.

Further information: http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61874-organic

Salmonella test kit certified for action



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With the FSA setting a target of 50 per cent reduction in Campylobacter-contaminated chicken by 2010, more accurate and thorough tracing of food products is in demand.

In line with this trend, UK-based company Oxoid has announced that its Salmonella Rapid Test Kit has been approved for use by the French international certification body AFNOR.

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) aims to cut incidences of Salmonella, along with other diseases in food, by 20 per cent by April next year.

The company says the testing process halves the usual time taken to 42 hours, and it joins the Microbact Listeria 12L Biochemical Identification System, which gained the approval of the UK's Chorleywood Food Research Association Group in June.

Both testing kits involve the incubation and growth of the species in question for the purposes of identification.

The Listeria kit comprises 12 tests, 10 for sugar, one aesculin hydrolysis and one rapid haemolysis test, reports FoodProductionDaily.

A series of colour changes on test strips allow the various species within the genus Listeria to be distinguished.

The EU's new hygiene regulations will come into effect in two parts in January 2006 and January 2007.

Further information: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61882-salmonella-listeria-testing

Own-brand confidence grows with time



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The perception of "private label" goods, or supermarket own-brands, is different in developed and developing countries, a report has found.

The ACNielsen online consumer opinion survey covers 38 markets worldwide on a twice yearly basis.

Of the 21,000 consumers who took part in the latest survey, 68 per cent thought that supermarket labels were a good alternative to international, well-known brands.

However, this attitude was much more widespread in the developed countries of Europe, the Pacific and North America, where 78 per cent, 78 per cent and 77 per cent of shoppers did not think that the value of own-brands came at the expense of quality.

Of the individual countries rating such brands highly, the top 10 are all in Europe, with the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany leading the way.

However, only just over half of Asian respondents thought that own-brands were as good, with a general perception that they are intended for people who cannot afford the "best" brands.

Over two thirds of consumers in Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines thought this was the case.

Moreover, eight of the 10 least enthusiastic countries were in Asia, most notably Japan and Malaysia, both with 35 per cent agreement that own-brands presented a good value alternative.

Frank Martell, ACNielsen Europe CEO, commented: "Thirty years ago in the UK - and today in less developed retail markets - private-label products were perceived as low quality and cheap," according to Fresh Plaza.

"Our survey clearly shows that the longer consumers have been exposed to private labels, the better they think of them."

Further information: http://www.freshplaza.com/2005/12aug/rn2_eu_supermarketbands.htm

Tate & Lyle expands flavoured water range



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UK-based sweetener company, Tate & Lyle, has announced two additions to its "Rebalance" range of sweetener solutions, both for flavoured waters.

Containing the company's own sucralose sweetener, Splenda, as well as fructose, the "Water Rebalance" solutions will be used to produce strawberry, and strawberry and lemon, flavoured waters.

They join an orange and berry flavoured solution, containing added vitamins and Tate & Lyle Calcium Citrate.

One of the new solutions also contains polydextrose, which the London firm says will allow beverage manufacturers to "reduce the calorie-content of commercially available flavoured water by up to 66 per cent", according to Foodnavigator.com.

Global vice president of ingredient applications and technical services, Mike Augustine, said that three prototypes of the solutions were compared with 13 other available alternatives for flavour and texture.

They "produced excellent sensory test results," he said.

Tate & Lyle's Rebalance 601 range of solutions is compatible with calcium citrate and additional vitamins, allowing the company to tap into the growing market for so-called "functional" food and drinks, with added health benefits.

A similar trend has seen consumers turning from carbonated drinks to juice and water-based alternatives.

Further information: http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61899-tate-and-lyle

BSE test deemed a success



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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that the new BSE testing system has been successful in its trial, and is now ready to be applied across the UK.

If ministers accept the advice of the FSA, the new system will be implemented in the UK, and will replace the current Over Thirty Months Scheme (OTMS).

The current regulations governing cattle prohibits older cattle meat from entering the food chain, but the new legislation would re-introduce older beef for sale.

The NFU Scotland has welcomed the "excellent news" from the FSA.

"The Scottish beef industry has been hindered by domestic and export trade restrictions for nine years," said NFUS vice president, David Mitchell.

"There is now light at the end of the tunnel and hope that the industry can finally enjoy a normal trading environment," he added.

Exports of British beef have also been restricted since 1996, but following an EU inspection of UK controls in June 2005, Brussels is now expected to lift the ban.

Further information: http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/2005/08/15/88527/End+of+the+Over+Thirty+Month+scheme+inches+closer.htm

Chicken scare prompts calls for monitoring



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An investigation carried out by the BBC has found that over a third of chicken samples bought from British suppliers are contaminated with E.coli. that is resistant to antibiotics.

The disease was found in 53 out of 147 portions of chicken bought in the UK and abroad, prompting campaigners to call for a government monitoring programme to be introduced.

Over half of the UK's chickens examined by the Health Protection Agency also tested positive for E.coli., with 12 found to contain antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter.

The E.coli. was able to withstand the antibiotic Trimethaprim, and 25 of the chicken meat samples contained Vancomycin resistant Enterocci.

Richard Young, policy advisor at the Soil Association, said that it was "appalling" no monitoring of antibiotic resistance had previously been carried out on chickens.

The government had already embarked on similar tests for cattle, sheep and pigs, he said, but "chicken is the biggest source of foodborne infections in the UK".

However, the British Poultry Council (BPC) said the survey wasn't detailed enough, and could therefore be "misleading and worrying for consumers".

Further information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/thehealthnews.html?in_article_id=359357&in_page_id=1797

East Anglian brewery up for sale



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An East Anglia-based brewery has been put up for sale owing to the increased demand for its beers, according to its owner.

Founded in 1996, St Peter's brewery produces organic and spiced ales and bottled beers, 75 per cent of which are shipped to 15 foreign countries, including, Russia, Canada and the US.

However, demand is now so great, particularly from overseas, that a buyer is being sought who can develop the business's obvious potential.

Valued at £20 million, a sale would include the brewery's site at the 13th century manor house in St Peter, as well as the adjoining bar and restaurant.

The location is integral to the brand, as the brewery makes use of the local water supply, as well as the malting barley grown in the vicinity.

The brewery was set up by millionaire John Murphy, who recently also sold the Plymouth Gin brand.

Managing director, Colin Cordy, told the East Anglian Daily Times: "We are brewing full to capacity and simply cannot meet demand. We are looking to be sold to a company that can take the business to its next stage."

Further information: http://www.thepublican.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=18214&d=32&h=24&f=23&dateformat=%25o%20%25B%20%25Y

Tesco says no to NFU charter



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The supermarket chain Tesco has rejected the National Farmers Union (NFU) proposal of a "Buyers' Charter" for supermarkets to agree to, thereby re-igniting the row over the power the chains are able to wield over suppliers.

Tesco said that the charter was redundant, as the company had already signed up to the 2002 Supermarket Code of Practice, according to the Western Mail.

The NFU decided to continue with its plans for a charter, after it deemed last week's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report unsatisfactory.

The OFT said that that there was need to change the code of practice, as it was serving consumers well. Suppliers, it said, should be making better use of the existing code.

Outgoing head of the NFU's food chain unit, Terry Jones, had said he thought processors and retailers, including the main supermarkets, would be happy to give their backing to a new agreement.

"Why would you not want to sign up to a voluntary code that promotes a sustainable business future for you and your suppliers?" he asked, according to Farmers Weekly.

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) said it had no objection to the Buyers' Charter, but that an ombudsman was still preferable.

This suggestion was rejected by the OFT in its report.

Further information: http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/1000farming/tm_objectid=15862072&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=supermarket-accused-of-showing-contempt-for-farmers-name_page.html
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