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Functional soft drinks emerging as strong category

West Europe's functional soft drinks sector has become a force to be reckoned with, shows a new report, with nutraceuticals showing the fastest growth of all categories.

'Me-time' drives premium foods market

Food makers encouraged to position self-indulgent products as rewards rather than functional as premium foods in UK top billon euro mark showing hectic pace of life continues to drive growth...

European can makers fear knock-on effect of steel prices

EU fruit and vegetable canners are concerned that major European steel producing companies such as Arcelor, Corus, Rasselsein and US-steel could be about to increase steel prices by 20 to...

Healthy eating plans come under scrutiny of trade regulator

The UK's competition regulator has moved to calm a potential storm between the government and the food industry, after warning an industry association that new goals for healthier foods could...

Sugar reform radar issue for new EU farm chief

In her introductory speech before the European Parliament last week, farm chief designate Mariann Fischer Boel signalled that sugar reform and defending EU products at WTO talks were among the...

Brits not excited by low-carb diets says report

Low-carb diets are still on the fringe of British eating habits, with high drop-out rates and consumer cynicism over health benefits, according to a new report - confirming the UK...

Growth potential in organic dairy hampered by poor marketing

The organic food industry is reporting high levels of growth, even managing to edge in on conventional dairy market territory. But organic producers are worried that sales will stall, after...

UK dairy to set pace for packaging industry

The lagging UK packaging industry is vesting hopes in the dairy sector as the source of a next generation of innovative packaging, but individual companies view this opportunity as unlikely...

Public rejection of GM food mounts

Despite tough new rules on GM food labels, food makers will stick to non-GM alternatives as new evidence from the UK shows British consumers will continue to refuse to buy...

Low-fat diet just as good as Atkins in long-term

Low fat diets are just as effective as the trendy Atkins diet and have more scientifically solid evidence to support their long-term weight loss effects, write Danish doctors in tomorrow's...

British swap meals for snacking

Britons are already the Europeans most likely to skip meals on a regular basis - a trend which has made them the snacking champions of Europe - but a new...

Growth in yoghurt fuels innovative launches

Yoghurt has long been a favourite food in central and eastern Europe, so it is not surprising to look at the latest launches in the region for that category and...

Low-carb trend not over yet - report

Recent media reports suggesting the end is nigh for carb-cutting diets appear to be a little premature, with the latest market research from the US suggesting that there is still...

Tough year for Spanish confectioners

Product mix difficulties meant that Spanish sugar confectionery producers were unable to match increased volume sales with a rise in revenues in 2003. The children's confectionery market, in particular, failed...

Britons turn to goat's cheese

Britain boasts more than 400 different varieties of cheese, but the UK has never been particularly known for its goat's cheese - until now. Goat's cheese is now so popular,...

Water takes fizz out of Thai soft drinks market

Thailand's tropical climate has fuelled the country's thirst for soft drinks, with consumption growing steadily in recent years, according to market analysts Canadean. Bottled water and other 'healthy' drinks are...

Italian water market far from saturation point

Italy is western Europe’s biggest bottled water market, with both the highest overall volumes and the largest per capita intake. But despite this flood of water, the market is far...

Sports drinks - from sprint to marathon

The Olympic Games currently underway in Greece have provided the ideal platform for a raft of new sports drink launches, as we reported last week, but the trend towards...

Russian soft drinks come in from the cold

Despite a cold winter and spring, Russia's soft drinks market continued to grow healthily in 2003, helped primarily by the booming nectars category, where consumption is now almost eleven times...

VMS growing rapidly in new EU markets

Changing economic conditions in eastern Europe are boosting sales and demand for vitamins and dietary supplements, offering major opportunity for foreign entrants to the market and suppliers of novel ingredients.

How BSE misinformation is devastating the meat industry

Ken Conrad, a farmer who has been farming organically since 1982, believes that misinformation about the true nature of Mad Cow Disease continues to cost the global meat industry millions....

UK organic foods drive forward

Two years after the UK government launched an organic action plan for the entire food supply chain, the country has seen a 46 per cent rise in organic produce provided...

Emerging markets drive growth for malt and chocolate drinks

Malt- and chocolate-based drinks are often seen as relatively unsophisticated in developed markets in the west, but in many countries, in particular in Latin America, they are big business indeed,...

More fruit boosts Brits' vitamin C levels but vitamin E down

Consumption of fresh fruit is on the rise in the UK, shows new government data, leading to a notable increase in intake of vitamin C. But a decline in other...

Support for French dairy industry

More than 50 different measures designed to boost the French dairy industry will be introduced over the next few years - among them action to increase the pace of innovation...

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