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Brits top European chocolate rankings

The British are the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe, munching their way through more than 10 kg each every year. A reflection of Britain's ongoing love affair with snacking...

Soft drinks are hot - and getting hotter

Soft drinks are set to become the biggest beverage sector in the world, overtaking hot drinks, with consumption rising by around 5 per cent a year, according to a new...

Gut feeling helps drive functional food growth

Functional food makers present in the UK market will reap the rewards of consumers who are among the biggest spenders on functional foods and drinks in Europe.

Spanish food groups seek greater export assistance

Spain's food companies are broadly happy with the support they receive for marketing their products on export markets, but most would still like to see more financial backing and a...

Scotch producers bridle at stamp threat

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's attempts to clamp down on tax evasion have 'dismayed' one of the country's biggest manufacturing sectors - the Scotch whisky industry.

Second generation FABs to drive European growth?

Despite the steady stream of new product launches in a number of European markets, and continued growth of flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) across the Continent, spirit manufacturers are already predicting...

Swiss ice cream sales rise

One of Switzerland's best known food products, chocolate, may have suffered terribly during the heatwave this summer, but the country's ice cream producers put in a contrasting performance.

Spanish organic consumption still poor

Around 72 per cent of Spanish consumer say they have eaten organic food products at some time in the past, but the evidence suggests that overall consumption of organic food...

EU food trade proves resilient

The EU food and drink industry proved highly resilient in 2002, increasing overall volume sales by 1.8 per cent at a time when the bloc's industrial output as a whole declined.

Russian confectionery market growth slows

After several years of gains, growth in the Russian confectionery market looks set to slow over the next six years or so, with only premium chocolate products likely to bring...

Atkins Diet safety record slammed

The safety of the Atkins Diet and other high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets has been criticised after a preliminary report released last week linked one death and numerous illnesses to the weight...

EU to tackle growing counterfeit problem

European Union regulators are preparing to introduce new legislation which they hope will help them clamp down on the rising tide of counterfeit goods flooding the trading bloc.

UK meals 'ready' for growth

Britain is set to remain the biggest European market for ready meals, accounting for more than half the total market by 2007, when it will...

Price cut hits Spanish wine export growth

Spanish wine exports grew by 4.4 per cent in the eight months to August to €882 million, helped by a rise in sales to core...

Joint initiative on kids' food advertising

Spurred on by the rising tide of criticism concerning the marketing of food to children, several of Britain's leading food trade bodies have joined forces...

Frenchies do it on-the-go

Consumption of on-the-go is rising rapidly throughout Europe. Even in France, a country known for its long and relaxed eating occasions, consumption of on-the-go food...

Yeo Valley protests against yoghurt legislation

UK-based organic food company Yeo Valley has appealed to MPs, MEPs, and Tony Blair to help it maintain the consistency of its range of bio...

Nestlé makes move on Ukraine

Nestlé continues to pursue its strategy of getting a foothold in just about every food market in the world. The recent purchase of Ukrainian food...

Commission 'fortifies' its position

The European Commission has put forward a range of proposals designed to harmonise the rules on adding vitamins and minerals to foods - a long-awaited...

Soil Association confirms Britain's organic love affair

As if to confirm the Datamonitor report on organic food sales which we reported on last week, the UK's Soil Association has this week issued...

Furore over cheese denomination 'own goal'

A decision by the Swiss department of agriculture to go ahead with the registration of Raclette du Valais as a protected denomination of origin has...

Still drinks to drive Coke Euro growth

The world's largest carbonated soft drinks company Coca-Cola is counting on growth from its still drinks business to drive sales in the European market over...

Hooch is axed, but alcopops live on

Hooch, the brand which almost single-handedly created the market for flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) in the UK, has been axed after eight years, a victim...

Kids' food 'damages health' claims CA

Food producers have been under fire in the UK for several months now about the growing number of products targeted at children which lobbyists claim...

GM success as crops co-exist

As the debate in the UK heats up over GM crops, new research sourced from Spain claims the co-existence between GM and non-GM crops can...

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