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Differing dynamics driving carbonate growth

Carbonates may well dominate soft drink sales the world over, but even in neighbouring regions and countries there are vastly differing market dynamics, giving substantial possibilities for growth.

WHEAT FOCUS: The heat on wheat

There was a time when a widespread wheat shortage spelt inflation, and a global shortage meant global inflation. This year, with stocks at a 30-year low and wheat prices soaring,...

Diversifying food tastes prompt Nestlé to invest in research

Each country has its own distinct culinary taste, and this has proved to be both a help and a hindrance to the world's major food groups. The British, for example,...

Time-starved Brits eat on their feet

Britain may not be the biggest country in Europe, but this does not stop its denizens from being among the most mobile. UK commuters spend more time travelling than all...

Holsten just the tip of the iceberg

Carlsberg's high profile - and somewhat unexpected - acquisition of Holsten, unveiled earlier this week, was not the first major takeover in the German beer market, but it certainly will...

Spaniards eating more cheese than ever

Spanish cheese consumption is likely to be 130 per cent higher this year than it was 20 years ago, an increase driven by the efforts of industry association Fenil to...

Changing tastes curb German beer consumption

Beer sales in most of western Europe rose strongly last year as consumers across the Continent looked for any means possible to cool down during the heatwave in July and...

Poor prospects for French dairy market

The chances of growth returning to the French dairy market in the medium term are extremely slim, according to a recent report from French market analysts Xerfi.

Challenging year for Europe's food industry

With 10 new Member States set to join the European Union on 1 May, 2004 is likely to be an extremely challenging year for the bloc's food and drink producers,...

Confectionery set for strong global growth

Until recently, consumers with a sweet tooth have had little in the way of choice when it came to reconciling their desire for sweets and chocolate with the need to...

Healthy and portable - the functional beverage success story

Functional waters have exploded onto the global drinks scene in recent years and become the fastest growing functional beverage, according to new data from market research firm Euromonitor.

Chilled food growth on the rise

More than other area of the packaged food market, chilled food exhibits a qualitative difference between developed and emerging regions, according to a recent report by market analysts Euromonitor.   For details...

India stretches whisky market lead

India looks set to consolidate its somewhat unexpected position as the world's largest whisky market in 2003, stretching further ahead of its nearest rivals, according to a new report from...

Irish food exports grow, but face tough new challenges

Ireland's food and drink industry had a good year in 2003, at least on export markets. The latest data from Bord Bia, the Irish food board, show that exports were...

Survey confirms parents' diet fears

Some 47 per cent of UK parents regard their children's diet and exercise as one of the top three things they worry about, and for 8 per cent this issue...

Energy drink growth slows, but continues

The spectacular growth rates of the late 1990s may be a thing of the past, but the functional energy drink market in western Europe shows little sign of running out...

Scotch whisky makers seek Indian improvements

Scotch whisky producers have fought long and hard in recent years to improve the market access for their product, mainly by seeking an equality of treatment with local products.

Little cheer for French wine traders

After an extremely tough year last year, 2004 looks set to bring little in the way of cheer for French wine négociants, according to a recently published report.

Japan to dominate FAB market

Japan looks set to regain its crown as the leading market for flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), despite continued strong growth in the market which usurped its position, the US.

GM free zones to threaten US-EU trade?

MEPs last week voted to adopt a contentious report calling for rules to be established at the community level on the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) crops with ordinary crops....

Distributing good news

German firm Loryma has been awarded distribution rights within Europe for MGP Ingredients' food proteins and starches. The agreement does not include the United Kingdom or Ireland, but does extend...

Spanish wine exports increase again

Export sales of Spanish wine grew by 5.8 per cent in the first nine months of the year to just over €1 billion, but a steady fall in prices meant...

Christmas comes early for Cargill

Food giant Cargill has acquired OCG Cacao, a major supplier of industrial chocolate to the European food industry. The deal, which was initially announced in September, has been completed following...

Life won't be easy for food makers in EU25

The movement of foodstuffs within the European boundaries will be changed forever once the next step towards an enlarged Europe takes place. Food and Life Sciences lawyer Raymond O’Rourke takes...

Tax hikes, ad ban not effective in fighting alcohol abuse

The Wine and Spirit Association in the UK last week responded to the interim report from the government body charged with investigating means of tackling the growing problem of alcohol...

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