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JUST FOODS EDITORIAL: NEWS FROM AROUND THE FOOD WORLD...

Issue 585

August 15, 2011






Sustainability Strategy Leaders in the Global Food & Drinks Industry


The report profiles some leading multinationals and their efforts to reduce carbon and water footprints. Highlighted are innovations in the health and wellbeing sector, recycling of packaging and supply chain improvements.







Editorial


Private label has long been a defining feature of the industry landscape in Europe. The US, however, is different.

Historically, US consumers have preferred brands and the own-label sector is smaller in size when compared to this side of Atlantic. 

Nevertheless, the tide has changed over the last few years. There has been an increase in demand for "private-brand" foods, particularly during the economic downturn.

Against this backdrop, the likes of Treehouse Foods and Ralcorp Holdings have made a series of acquisitions to strengthen their position in a buoyant market. 

Nevertheless, branded food companies have shown little interest in expanding in own-l…

ANTIGUA WANTS TO EXPORT MANGOES...MANGO FESTIVAL HAS THE COUNTRY EXCITED...

MangoFest sparks export talks


By Tameika Malone - Monday, August 15th, 2011.



ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Organisers of the annual MangoFest held at Christian Valley over the weekend are currently engaged in talks to have the local mango marketed locally and possibly exported.

“We have met with someone from the United States who us looking into the possibility of helping us set up an arrangement where we can juice some of our mangoes and put them in boxes for local consumption first because we want to start utilising what we have here first to the max, and then consider exporting to the region,” chairman of the MangoFest Committee Caudley George said.

An estimated 5,000 people attended day-two activities yesterday, surpassing figures of previous years.

In addition to mangoes, they bought locally produced desserts and drinks prepared using locally grown produce. Some used the opportunity to purchase slips for replanting while others savoured the culinary items on sale.

“Our local professionals house…