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Drinks 'spelt' the right way

Product innovation continues in the Scandinavian non-dairy sector with a new line of organic cereal drinks launched this month to meet the growing tide for...

European beer drinkers paying more

Premium beers are taking the European market by storm as consumers continue to dig deep into their pockets for a drink which offers them a...

Brits toast New world wines

In 2002, the ever evolving UK wine market continued the steady growth of recent years with sales increasing by 5 per cent, according to a...

Eastern Europe set for beverage boom

Global drinks consumption is rising by 2.6 per cent a year, according to a report from drinks consultancy Zenith International - with Eastern Europe leading...

Moscow's sausage market growing

Russian consulting agency Market Advice has carried out an in-depth analysis of the Moscow sausage market. In order to gauge an accurate picture of the...

Western Europe still wetting its whistle with water

Western Europe's bottled water market continues to demonstrate enduring growth, with consumption continuing to rise last year despite a number of potentially negative influences. The...

Vegetarian food growth slows, but interest remains high

The UK market for vegetarian foods grew by around 15 per cent year in value terms from 1999 to 2002, but 2003 saw a fall...

New products challenge 'Coca-Colonisation'

The domination of the global soft drinks market by cola brands is coming under serious threat from more modern products such as healthy juices, iced...

Size matters: portions under fire

The increasing size of food portions in the UK is being blamed for a rise in the levels of obesity, cancer and other diseases. The...

EU entry bodes well for Polish drinks

The future looks extremely bright for Poland's beverage industry, with EU entry in 2004 expected to bring further growth to a market which grew by...

PET driving growth in Czech drinks market

Non-refillable PET bottles are becoming increasingly popular in the Czech Republic and are in fact driving growth in almost every drinks category there, according to...

Organics take centre stage at Anuga

Despite suggestions that the popularity of organic food might be waning in some European countries as a result of the high prices charged for many...

PET innovation revives Hungarian drinks

Innovative PET packaging for products such as juices and bottled water has helped increase sales of these products in Hungary over the last 12 months....

On-the-go consumers raise the innovation bar

Increasingly mobile and health-conscious consumers are forcing food and drink manufacturers to become even more inventive when it comes to creating new products. A new...

Russian beverages pack a punch

Sales of packaged beverages in Russia rose by a spectacular 16 per cent in 2002 and will continue the upward trend this year, claim market...

Cancun, interpreting trade distortion

"We have fundamentally reformed our farm policy," and with these words Dr. Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture kicked-off his first speech at the WTO...

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...