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Spain seeks more transparent pricing policy

The Spanish authorities have weighed into the debate over food prices with the publication last week on the department of agriculture's website of both producer...

Government, retail join forces in Spain

MAPA, the Spanish ministry of agriculture, and ASEDAS, the association which represents the supermarket sector in Spain, have launched a joint initiative designed to help...

Spirit makers seek new lands of opportunity

Despite evidence of sluggish sales in the global spirits market, manufacturers can still find impetus for growth in several areas, through focusing on specific brands...

German compromise fails to convince Commission

Hopes that a compromise thrashed out last month over Germany's controversial deposit scheme for one-way packaging would satisfy the European Commission were dashed yesterday when...

French industry keen to avoid German mistakes

French legislators are preparing new regulations on the recycling of packaging waste, with the first set of proposals expected early in the new year. But...

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...

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