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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...

Western Europe still wetting its whistle with water

Western Europe's bottled water market continues to demonstrate enduring growth, with consumption continuing to rise last year despite a number of potentially negative influences. The...

Vegetarian food growth slows, but interest remains high

The UK market for vegetarian foods grew by around 15 per cent year in value terms from 1999 to 2002, but 2003 saw a fall...

New products challenge 'Coca-Colonisation'

The domination of the global soft drinks market by cola brands is coming under serious threat from more modern products such as healthy juices, iced...

Size matters: portions under fire

The increasing size of food portions in the UK is being blamed for a rise in the levels of obesity, cancer and other diseases. The...

EU entry bodes well for Polish drinks

The future looks extremely bright for Poland's beverage industry, with EU entry in 2004 expected to bring further growth to a market which grew by...

PET driving growth in Czech drinks market

Non-refillable PET bottles are becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic and are in fact driving growth in almost every drinks category there, according to...