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Love of vodka driving Russian premix market

It was inevitable that the country best-known as a nation of vodka drinkers would also become a major market for the late 1990s version of...

Italian spirits market shows 'clear' advantage

White spirits such as rum, gin and vodka are undergoing something of a revival in Italy after years of sluggish growth. But the success of...

Germans eating more chocolate

German chocolate sales grew by 3.6 per cent in the first five months of the year to €1.1 billion, but the heat wave in June...

Bubble set to burst for US carbonates

The US is the home of the major carbonate brands, and the fizzy drinks remain the backbone of soft drinks consumption there. But the most...

Olestra to shed warning labels

The US Food and Drug Administration has given the Procter & Gamble fat replacer olestra the all-clear, after new scientific evidence found there was no...

Europe's supply chain facing ecological meltdown

Europe's food supply chain could soon become a food demand chain, unable to keep up with the requirements of a growing population. This is the...

The Spanish yoghurt war

Leche Pascual , the Spanish dairy product producer, looks set for conflict once again with its main rivals after participating in a study designed to compare...

Ocean Spray downgraded

Continuing uncertainty and senior management turmoil at cranberry supplier Ocean Spray has led Moody's to downgrade the firm's short-term and preferred stock ratings. Ocean Spray's...

Europeans cut organic food consumption

A new organic programme in the US has lifted sales of organic food and drink while western Europe saw growth slowing down on 2002 figures....

EU clears ADM purchase of Unilever unit

The European Commission on Friday approved plans by US company Archer Daniels Midland to purchase food giant Unilever's edible oil refining subsidiary VDBO. The EU...

Beer: reasons for cheer

A new report into New Zealand beer reveals that after years of stagnation and decline, the industry is beginning to achieve growth. The report from...

Soft drinks face the drop down under

Australia might be seen as a land of sun and surf - ideal conditions for increasing sales of soft drinks - but consumption of carbonates,...

Growth brewing

Beer sales in Russia have grown phenomenally over the last few years, not bad for a country where vodka has been the alcoholic tipple of...

Mexican soft drinks on the crest of a wave

Mexican soft drink consumption has risen sharply over the last decade, but there are no signs that that the growth is set to slow, according...

Children's health: food industry back in the firing line

As obesity levels continue to rise in much of the western world, the finger of blame is being increasingly pointed at the food industry. The...

Brits drink to Queen and country

British beer sales rose for the first time since 1997 last year as drinkers celebrated during the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the football World Cup....

Targeting the grey consumer

Consumers aged 50-64 are among the most affluent in Europe, yet food companies are failing to tap the potential of this market with their products...

WHO meets food industry again

Executives from food and drink firms including Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Kraft Foods continued talks on their role in global health at a meeting with the...

Novel foods and health: effects difficult to measure

The feasibility of linking consumption data to health outcomes came to light this week following investigations into the buying and eating of novel foods, including...

Germany urged to revise recycling scheme

Germany has had its knuckles rapped by the EU over the implementation of its new recycling scheme for non-refillable containers, although the Commission is not...

Milking the non-dairy market

Sales of non-dairy drinks are rising at a rapid rate in Scandinavia on the back of marketing efforts of retailers and new product launches, reports...

Premium opportunities in Chinese beer market

China may have overtaken the US as the world's biggest beer market, but the growth potential there is far from exhausted. But consumption patterns are...

Heat wave boosts Swiss ice cream sales

The heat wave currently holding almost all of western Europe in its grip is giving a major boost to some food and drink producers, with...

Bottled water growth shows no sign of slowing

Health awareness, the poor quality of tap water in some regions and the recent hot weather have combined to boost sales of bottled water in...

Snacking set to join mainstream meals

Eating between meals across Europe is on the rise, with snacks accounting for the majority of the food consumed. Manufacturers must now rise to the...