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Spirits shake up still expected

The rumours last week that US-based drinks group Brown-Forman was considering a bid for the UK's Allied Domecq have once again raised the question of...

US drinkers see the light

Light and imported beers are giving a much-needed boost to the stagnating US beer market, according to a new report from market analysts Canadean. The...

Sladko 'collapse' to mark era of change in Russian confectionery

The Russian confectionery market is undergoing a number of major changes at the moment, one of which could see the decline of one of the...

Fresh investigation into Scottish milk price fixing

Practices used by Scottish milk market leader Robert Wiseman Dairies to attract new custom are once again under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading...

French wine industry will survive current downturn

The future of the French wine industry remains healthy despite a fall in per capita consumption and strong competition from other sectors, especially soft drinks....

Spaniards stay at home, but eat more ice cream

The heat wave which has gripped much of Europe for the last month has boosted sales of numerous food and drink products - primarily those...

Eastern Europe to drive beer growth

Strong performance in the developing markets, particularly Eastern Europe, looks set to drive growth in global beer sales in the four-year forecast period to 2007,...

Sustainers leave laggards trailing behind

Sustainability leaders substantially outperform industry competitors by up to 23 per cent and are set to continue to do so, suggests a recent report on...

Baltika's a winner in Germany

Russia's largest brewer, Baltika Brewery, has said that it expects beer exports to Germany this year to far exceed the 1.25 million litres that it...

Interbrew's US distribution plans quashed

Belgian brewer Interbrew has suffered a setback for plans to streamline its US operations after the US Court of Appeals refused to overturn a ruling...

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...