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Unilever return boosts Russian ice cream market

After a two-year absence, Anglo-Dutch food company Unilever returned to the Russian ice cream market in the first half of 2003, a move which helped...

Food makers will fight for labelling rights

Calls for even tighter labelling than that to be demanded by new EU regulations are likely to meet with fierce opposition from the food industry....

Brazilians go nuts for soft drinks

Brazil's thirst for soft drinks appears unquenchable, as shown by the 10 per cent increase in consumption in 2002. Double-digit growth is nothing new, however,...

Red not dead

Sales of still red wine are set to outpace all other wine varieties over the next five years, with both volume and value expected to...

Lunchboxes: a ticking timebomb?

British children are being sent off to school with lunchboxes full of all the wrong kinds of food, according to a new survey by the...

Survival of the fittest in UK RTDs

Reports of the death of the UK market for ready-to-drink premixed spirits have been greatly exaggerated, according to the company behind one of the leading...

EU set for fight over GIs

European Union officials have finally drawn up a complete list of protected food and drink names - a move which is likely to cause heated...

French market in high spirits

An increase in consumption of soft drinks, and in particular bottled water, led to a fall in French spirit sales last two years, albeit at...

RTDs offer ray of hope for beleaguered brewers

Hampered by a very weak economy, an ageing population and growing concerns about alcohol consumption in general, Germany's beer market declined further in 2002, the...

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...