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Sugar Policy Alliance renews call for increased imports

The Sugar Policy Alliance has renewed its call for Congress to revise sugar policy as strict import quotas have reduced the availability of refined sugar, thereby inflating prices, the organization...

New Mexico food tax passes state Senate

The state Senate of New Mexico has voted to implement a food tax that applies to nearly 40 percent of foods sold in the state in order to help balance...

Subsidized healthy foods cheaper option to improve nutrition: Study

Subsidizing fruit, vegetables and milk for Food Stamp Program participants would be more cost effective to increase consumption than raising the overall level of food stamp benefit, according to a...

Report outlines climate change effects on US food production

Climate change is already affecting American food production, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), released to coincide with the Copenhagen climate change summit.

US concern rises over grocery spending

Nearly three-quarters of American shoppers are more concerned about the cost of groceries than they were six months ago, according to a new study from Health Focus International.

Government should urgently raise sugar quotas: Report

Food and agricultural consultancy Promar has added its voice to those calling on government to raise sugar import quotas, saying that uncertain supplies lock in high costs for manufacturers and...

Scoular goes to China for cheaper, GM-free soy

Scoular has signed a distribution agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to secure a lower cost, non-GM supply of soy protein isolate for nutritional products and meats.

Northeast farmers accuse dairy firms of price fixing

A group of northeastern dairy farmers has filed a class action lawsuit against four milk marketing firms, accusing them of monopolizing the market and fixing prices.

US agriculture head on breaking dairy boom and bust

Restructuring may be needed to break cycles of boom and bust in the dairy industry, said the US agriculture secretary this week, soon after Congress approved a $350m emergency aid...

Recession not driving ethical spending underground

Tighter purses are not turning consumers away from ethical shopping with interest in all things sustainable or humane thriving despite the recession, according to market researcher, Packaged Facts.

Food prices could triple with climate change: Report

Food prices could more than triple by 2050 as the climate changes, according to a new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Quotas ignore industry's sugar price plea

The USDA has set sugar import quotas at the minimum level required under World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, despite pleas from industry to increase quotas in an effort to pull...

Cocoa price spike may favor Kraft over Cadbury

World cocoa prices have just hit record highs sparking suggestions that the resulting cost changes could aid the Kraft bid for Cadbury.

Health and natural keep US market resilient

Health and natural ingredients are driving growth in the US food and drink market, which remains dynamic despite the recession.

Private label: battle of the brands

Private label is continuing to steal market share despite a more stable economy, but brands are fighting back on the battleground of health and convenience.

Commodity price cuts push up ConAgra's profits

Lower ingredient prices and a more profitable product mix helped ConAgra Foods achieve a big profit increase in its quarterly results, while overall turnover slipped.

New report makes the case for nationwide soda tax

The idea of taxing sugary beverages to reduce obesity and bring public health benefits has been raised again in a new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

GM seeds threaten food supply, claim researchers

Modern seed companies are reducing crop diversity – and this could have serious consequences for food supply as the climate heats up, researchers claimed at the World Seed Conference in...

Climate change could devastate US crop yields: Study

Climate change could result in severe shortages of two of America’s most important grains, according to the authors of a new study published online in the Proceedings of the National...

Illinois raises taxes on candy and soft drinks

Illinois consumers will start paying higher taxes on some soft drinks and candy today under new rules from the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Food sector should prepare now for cap-and-trade, says report

Cap-and-trade carbon pricing could be particularly damaging to the food industry unless manufacturers start developing more efficient supply chains now, according to new analysis.

Private label sector continues to grow, says Nielsen

Sales of private label products are still growing, having “significantly increased” over the past year, according to new research from The Nielsen Company.

Private label growth driven by innovation, says Mintel

Private label product innovation has reached unprecedented highs and market share has rocketed as a result, according to market research organization Mintel.

Ocean Spray hails online auction as success

Ocean Spray has held its first online auction for its cranberry concentrate and claims it attracted “very strong participation”, with 34 buyers taking part out of the 37 who had registered.

Egg production prices to rise following new regulations

Egg prices may rise as producers are hit by new costs as a result of food safety measures.