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Fragmented consumer tastes dictate growth in snack market

In the thriving world of snacks the key to success for food developers will be in designing time-positioned, healthy and guilt free indulgences as the consumer becomes more fussy, says...

Functional foods market as strong as ever

Opportunities for food manufacturers and ingredients firms are set to burgeon in the UK functional food marketplace with new Mintel research forecasting that the £835 million market will double in...

Innovation, health trend driving Spanish soft drinks growth

Spain's soft drinks market is expected to grow by around 7 per cent this year, a slight slowdown compared to 2003's heatwave-boosted performance but nonetheless healthy growth driven by premium...

Baker fights back in low-carb debate

Most British mothers say they know enough about nutrition to give their children a balanced diet, but most of them are unable to identify what foods make up such a...

Quality focus vital for on-trade growth

Quality is key to the future success of the UK on-trade if it is to emerge from the shadow of a buoyant take-home market and generate new momentum for beer...

Sophisticated Czechs lift soft drink intake

With the Czech Republic due to become one of 10 new members of the European Union on 1 May, a new report reveals that one segment of the food and...

Record sales for Cafédirect reflect growing Fairtrade market

Cafédirect, the UK's largest supplier of ethical tea and coffee under the Fairtrade mark, has reported record sales for the year to end March - a performance which confirms the...

British love for Californian wine drives growth

Exports of US wine - 90 per cent of which comes from California - grew by nearly 30 per cent in 2003, helped by its continued popularity in the UK....

Ethical consumers plump for fairtrade commodities

Commodities from fair trade sources will play a key role in future growth for food manufacturers, with a new report finding the vast majority of British consumers are influenced by...

What future for the cork?

Sabaté has this week unveiled the successful results of a trial of a new natural closure which it claims should remove the risk of wine taint caused by compounds in...

European GM rules now in force

The toughest rules on GM labelling in the world entered into force yesterday in Europe, extending the mandatory labelling to countless food products in the supermarkets and heralding in an...

Health benefits offer excuses for drinking habits

More Britons are justifying their drinking habits with the findings that it can be good for their health, finds new research by market analyst Mintel.

Swiss exports take the biscuit

Switzerland's sweet and savoury biscuit sector saw a return to growth in 2003 due entirely to a strong upswing in export sales - but domestic sales fell for the second...

Price still hampering organic food market growth

German consumers eat more organic food than their counterparts in both France and Britain combined, according to a new report from market analysts Mintel. The German market alone is worth...

Germans switching to coffee variants

Roasted ground coffee is still by far the biggest category in the German coffee market, but sales dropped by 2 per cent last year as consumers switched to more exciting...

Food chain to work on gaining consumer trust

Growth for food and beverage manufacturers will continue to lie in health-driven foods with a new survey direct from Brussels confirming that consumers have faith in fruit and vegetables, while...

Price not a factor in British drinking habits

British drinkers are among the biggest spenders on alcohol in Europe (£1,272 per person per year - almost twice as much as the Germans), not least because of the high...

Which? exposes the 'cereal' offenders

Despite repeated pledges to tackle the problem, many of the big brand breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves in the UK still contain excessive levels of sugar, salt and fat, according...

UK consumer opts out of cooking as convenience grows

Ready-to-go food products continue to meet the needs of the UK consumer, say market analysts Mintel, reflecting current growth trends in the food industry and confirming the future direction for...

Sweet performance from Swiss confectioners

Exports of sugar confectionery from Switzerland rose by more than 10 per cent last year, offsetting a mediocre performance on the home market. But with imports taking a lesser share...

Understanding risk

Governments on both sides of the Atlantic need to better understand how consumers perceive risk if they are to form better food safety policies. The issue of bioterrorism however is...

Dieting cycle brings constant opportunities for industry

People appear to be eternally optimistic when it comes to dieting, always believing that the next diet will lead to weight loss. But the results of a new study suggest...

The fizz for growth

A new Euromonitor report on the global soft drinks industry reveals that emerging markets show strong growth in the sector, while developed markets are faced with the challenge of market...

Egg safety still an issue

An FSA survey of UK-produced eggs has found that the level of salmonella contamination is now one third of what it was in 1996. But one industry expert says that...

Accession to boost eastern European juice market

Per capita consumption of juice in eastern Europe is a healthy 13 litres, well ahead of that in other emerging markets, but there is still some way to go before...

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