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Brits moving rapidly up the gourmet rankings

Britain might not have the best reputation when it comes to upmarket cuisine, but a new report from market analysts Datamonitor shows that UK consumers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated...

Chill chain: French stores, consumers could do better

The majority of chilled food products sold in the French supermarket sector are kept at the optimal temperature, but there is still plenty of room for improvement compared to the...

Eastern promise for sauce makers

The market for sauces in Eastern Europe is worth in excess of €2 billion, and is likely to grow further once many of the countries there join teh EU later...

East Europeans spoilt for soft drink choice

East European consumers are enjoying an ever wider choice of soft drinks as markets open up and purchasing power increases. And growth in the market shows no sign of slowing,...

Functional bakery growth hampered by image

The market for functional food products has grown steadily for several years now, focusing primarily on the dairy sector. But other sectors of the food industry, such as bakery and...

Food retailers slammed for trading practices

Tesco, the UK's leading food retail group, is one of a number of leading companies in the food industry criticised this week for "driving down employment conditions for millions of...

Swiss chocolate makers saved by exports

Last summer's weather was not the most conducive to increased sales of chocolate, as producers in Switzerland revealed this week.

Health factor driving water sales worldwide

Increasing concerns about the healthiness of soft drinks may have done little to dent sales of colas and other sugar-laden fizzy drinks (not least because of the proliferation 'low and...

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.

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