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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...

Christmas boost for cava

Sales of cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, are likely to grow substantially this Christmas as consumers across Spain raise a glass to their loved ones, according to the head of...

Scientist's vision explodes food toxins

A new food safety technique coming out of the UK that uses a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. The move marks the first step towards the...

Folate focus

Europe's first international conference on folates, taking place in Poland early next year, is expected to shed new light on folate bioavailability in foods and help understand how to boost...

Antibubble awareness in beer formulation

Physicists based in the home of beer formulation have succeeded in designing the exact opposite of bubbles - antibubbles.

Traceability rules could be retailers' nightmare

With tight new rules on traceability soon to hit European food manufacturers and retailers, European food lawyer Raymond O'Rourke examines the new legislation and the impact this will have on...

Economy to benefit from GM-free zones?

Parliament adopts contentious report calling for rules to be established at Community level on the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) crops with ordinary crops 'without delay'.

Brits chomp chocolate at 10 kilos a piece

The British are the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe, munching their way through more than 10 kg each every year. A reflection of Britain's ongoing love affair with snacking...

Kosher certification moves forward

Public health and safety company NSF International (NSF) has announced a new alliance with the STAR-K Kosher Certification organisation. The purpose is to meet the growing kosher food certification demands...

Tetra Pak to benefit from retail growth in EU25

Tetra Pak has been a pioneering force in the central and eastern European food and beverage packaging sector. However, with accession just around the corner a series of new challenges...

Spanish snacking more

Spain might well have a culinary heritage to rival that of France, but like it trans-Pyrenean neighbour, consumption patterns have been changing over the last few years, with more hectic...

Brits top European chocolate rankings

The British are the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe, munching their way through more than 10 kg each every year. A reflection of Britain's ongoing love affair with snacking...

Soft drinks are hot - and getting hotter

Soft drinks are set to become the biggest beverage sector in the world, overtaking hot drinks, with consumption rising by around 5 per cent a year, according to a new...

Gut feeling helps drive functional food growth

Functional food makers present in the UK market will reap the rewards of consumers who are among the biggest spenders on functional foods and drinks in Europe.

Spanish food groups seek greater export assistance

Spain's food companies are broadly happy with the support they receive for marketing their products on export markets, but most would still like to see more financial backing and a...

Scotch producers bridle at stamp threat

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's attempts to clamp down on tax evasion have 'dismayed' one of the country's biggest manufacturing sectors - the Scotch whisky industry.

Second generation FABs to drive European growth?

Despite the steady stream of new product launches in a number of European markets, and continued growth of flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) across the Continent, spirit manufacturers are already predicting...

Swiss ice cream sales rise

One of Switzerland's best known food products, chocolate, may have suffered terribly during the heatwave this summer, but the country's ice cream producers put in a contrasting performance.

Spanish organic consumption still poor

Around 72 per cent of Spanish consumer say they have eaten organic food products at some time in the past, but the evidence suggests that overall consumption of organic food...

EU food trade proves resilient

The EU food and drink industry proved highly resilient in 2002, increasing overall volume sales by 1.8 per cent at a time when the bloc's industrial output as a whole declined.

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