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Retailers have their say in labelling debate

European Commission proposals governing health claims on food labels have been a bone of contention for the food industry since even before they were unveiled...

Spanish wine prices out of step with EU

The 2003 wine harvest in the EU is likely to be the lowest in 10 years, with the summer heat wave having a devastating effect...

Spain opts for dual labels

The polemic over the increasing disparity between farm gate and retail prices for a number of unprocessed food products in Spain has prompted the government...

Women boosting European pub culture

The British pub may have undergone a number of radical changes over the last few decades, becoming more family-friendly and increasingly offering a wide variety...

Tradition holding its own in German food market

Europe's food industry has changed almost beyond recognition over the last few years but there are still some places where traditional eating habits are holding...

Soy far, soy good

Europeans are becoming increasingly keen on soya-based alternatives to dairy and meat products, with growth in these categories expected to see double digit growth for...

Spanish food price rise under investigation

A sharp increase in prices in Spain during September is to be investigated by the country's competition authorities, the finance ministry has announced. Earlier this...

Cargill muscles in on European flavours

Competition in the European flavours arena - already tough - slammed up a gear yesterday with the news that US agribusiness giant Cargill has swallowed...

Sugar system slammed by sweetmakers

Anuga, the world's largest food exhibition, will open for business this weekend, but for one industry segment, doing business there will prove difficult. The German...

Rioja fills the gap as America snubs French wine

Exports by the wineries in the Rioja Denomination of Origin dropped by 2.34 per cent in the first eight months of the year, in turn...

Swiss food scientists cook up low acrylamide fries

Maximum quality and minimum acrylamide content were on the agenda for a recent link-up between Swiss food scientists. The results of their quest? The optimum...

Price turns off Spanish organic shoppers

Spanish consumers are turning away from organic food because of the high cost, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA). Some...

French drinks sales fizz even before heat wave

The hot summer weather which affected most of western Europe in July and August clearly gave a major boost to sales of soft drinks during...

Which? calls for rapid action on health claims

As tough new European proposals on health claims undergo scrutiny from Member States, one UK-based consumer group has kept the pressure up on regulators and...

Sugar reform - the winners and losers

Reform of the current preferential EU sugar regime is imminent, with think-tanks, politicians and industry participants among others assessing this complex and heated topic. But...

Cash rich, time poor Brits change nation's eating habits

Britain is increasingly becoming a nation of extremes, with the gap between the very rich and very poor, and the overweight and underweight, becoming wider...

German winegrower payments probed by Brussels

The European Commission has said it is to investigate whether winegrowers' co-operatives in the German region of Rheinland-Pfalz have been receiving illegal aid from the...

Plastic packaging shows its mettle

For years, the concept of packaging beer in plastic bottles was dismissed as impossible, with plastic considered too porous for a product which is highly...

Germany still facing censure over one-way rule

The European Commission may hold off from taking legal action against Germany over its controversial new recycling scheme following talks between the two parties. According...

Plenty of products to pep you up

Energy drinks are adding a touch of zest to the European soft drinks market, with Mintel's Global New Products Database revealing an array of weird...

Drinks 'spelt' the right way

Product innovation continues in the Scandinavian non-dairy sector with a new line of organic cereal drinks launched this month to meet the growing tide for...

European beer drinkers paying more

Premium beers are taking the European market by storm as consumers continue to dig deep into their pockets for a drink which offers them a...

Brits toast New world wines

In 2002, the ever evolving UK wine market continued the steady growth of recent years with sales increasing by 5 per cent, according to a...

Eastern Europe set for beverage boom

Global drinks consumption is rising by 2.6 per cent a year, according to a report from drinks consultancy Zenith International - with Eastern Europe leading...

Moscow's sausage market growing

Russian consulting agency Market Advice has carried out an in-depth analysis of the Moscow sausage market. In order to gauge an accurate picture of the...

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