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Russia closes four McDonald’s outlets in Moscow
21 August 2014 Russia's federal service for surveillance on consumer rights protection and human wellbeing, Rospotrebnadzor, has temporarily shut down four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow, citing sanitary...

French chocolate makers oppose government’s proposal for colour coding chocolates
21 August 2014 French chocolate and pastry makers have launched a campaign to oppose the government’s proposal to impose health warnings on their products in an attempt to tackle the rise of obesity in the...

Blendhub opens pilot plants and labs to external food companies
20 August 2014 Spanish company Blendhub is to expand its formulation excellence centre services by opening its pilot plants and laboratories in India, Spain and Mexico to other food enterprises....

Heinz recalls infant food batches in China over lead concerns
20 August 2014 H.J. Heinz has recalled four batches of its infant food AD Calcium Hi-Protein cereal in China after it was found to contain more than the allowable limit of...

Ewe agency to support Hartleys with expansion plans
19 August 2014 UK-based frozen vegetable supplier Hartleys has appointed Ewe agency to support its expansion plans after an investment of £2.5m in a new Yorkshire production...

Tyson Foods faces export ban in China
18 August 2014 American food company Tyson Foods is exploring new export markets for its pork products after a recent delivery to China triggered an export...

UN plans emergency food drops for West Africa’s Ebola affected countries
18 August 2014 According to a top World Bank official, international agencies are exploring the possibilities of sending emergency truck convoys and air-dropping food to citizens of Liberia and Sierra Leone,...

Chiquita Brands rejects Cutrale-Safra proposal
15 August 2014 Chiquita Brands has rejected an unsolicited offer proposed by the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group, deeming it inadequate and not in the best interests of Chiquita...

USDA introduces new system for improved safety of ground beef
15 August 2014 The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has introduced a new system for the improved safety of ground...

Golden State Foods acquires Snap Fresh Foods
14 August 2014 US-based Golden State Foods has acquired Snap Fresh Foods, a New Zealand-based provider of salad greens, vegetable mixes, baby-peeled carrots, fresh sprouts, dressings and...

Perdue Farms recalls chicken nuggets over possible presence of plastic pieces
14 August 2014 Perdue Farms, a poultry farm in Gainesville, Georgia, has recalled approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous...

Hormel Foods expands range by acquiring CytoSport for $450m
13 August 2014 US-based consumer branded food and meat products firm Hormel Foods has completed its acquisition of milk products maker CytoSport...

ArNoCo begins whey and lactose production in Germany
13 August 2014 ArNoCo, a joint venture between Arla Foods Ingredients and Deutsches Milchkontor (DMK), has commenced production of whey and lactose at its new facility in...

Agropur completes acquisition of Davisco Foods
12 August 2014 Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur Cooperative has completed the acquisition of Davisco Foods International for an undisclosed...

Two Brazilian companies bid for banana brand Chiquita
12 August 2014 Brazil-based juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group have bid £363m ($610.5m) for banana brand Chiquita in a cash offer valued at $13 a...

Indian state Odisha to build two new dairy facilities
11 August 2014 The Indian state of Odisha is set to construct two new dairy facilities, in order to increase milk production capacity in the...

Post to acquire American Blanching for $128m
11 August 2014 Post Holdings will acquire Georgia-based American Blanching for $128m, in another move to diversify itself since its spinoff from Ralcorp Holdings in...

Russia bans food imports from EU and US
08 August 2014 Russia has imposed a ban on food imports from the EU, the US and other western countries, in response to the sanctions imposed on the country over its policy on...

McCain Foods to close Canadian French fry facility
08 August 2014 Canada-based McCain Foods is to close its French fry facility in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island (PEI) province,...

J. M. Smucker to acquire nut and fruit snacks manufacturer Sahale Snacks
07 August 2014 US-based J. M. Smucker has entered into an agreement to acquire Sahale Snacks for an undisclosed...

Allied Bakeries to close Orpington facility in UK
07 August 2014 Allied Bakeries, part of Associated British Foods (ABF), plans to close its Orpington plant in...