Signposts: Hints of things to come in the Fi industry

Greening of labels
Tesco is to become the world's first supermarket group to launch a major trial of carbon labelling on its own-brand products. The Carbon Reduction Label developed by the Carbon Trust will soon appear on 20 Tesco products in four different categories: laundry detergent, orange juice, potatoes and light bulbs.

Russia emerging
Increasing consumer power in Russia is drawing food and beverage manufacturers to set up base in the country — which, in turn, is opening opportunities for ingredients suppliers to do more business in the emerging market.

Healthier options needed
Recent Datamonitor figures predict that more than 35 per cent of European children (ages 5-13) will be overweight or obese by 2012. In the US, the figure will surpass 40 per cent.

Passing it along
"Some of our raw materials have doubled in price over the last 12 months, and we are no longer able to continue to absorb this impact."

— Croda Health Care vice president Dave Cherry, on the decision to raise prices 10-20 per cent in July

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