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Swiss exports take the biscuit

Switzerland's sweet and savoury biscuit sector saw a return to growth in 2003 due entirely to a strong upswing in export sales - but domestic sales fell for the second...

Price still hampering organic food market growth

German consumers eat more organic food than their counterparts in both France and Britain combined, according to a new report from market analysts Mintel. The German market alone is worth...

Germans switching to coffee variants

Roasted ground coffee is still by far the biggest category in the German coffee market, but sales dropped by 2 per cent last year as consumers switched to more exciting...

Food chain to work on gaining consumer trust

Growth for food and beverage manufacturers will continue to lie in health-driven foods with a new survey direct from Brussels confirming that consumers have faith in fruit and vegetables, while...

Price not a factor in British drinking habits

British drinkers are among the biggest spenders on alcohol in Europe (£1,272 per person per year - almost twice as much as the Germans), not least because of the high...

Which? exposes the 'cereal' offenders

Despite repeated pledges to tackle the problem, many of the big brand breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves in the UK still contain excessive levels of sugar, salt and fat, according...

UK consumer opts out of cooking as convenience grows

Ready-to-go food products continue to meet the needs of the UK consumer, say market analysts Mintel, reflecting current growth trends in the food industry and confirming the future direction for...

Sweet performance from Swiss confectioners

Exports of sugar confectionery from Switzerland rose by more than 10 per cent last year, offsetting a mediocre performance on the home market. But with imports taking a lesser share...

Understanding risk

Governments on both sides of the Atlantic need to better understand how consumers perceive risk if they are to form better food safety policies. The issue of bioterrorism however is...

Dieting cycle brings constant opportunities for industry

People appear to be eternally optimistic when it comes to dieting, always believing that the next diet will lead to weight loss. But the results of a new study suggest...

The fizz for growth

A new Euromonitor report on the global soft drinks industry reveals that emerging markets show strong growth in the sector, while developed markets are faced with the challenge of market...

Egg safety still an issue

An FSA survey of UK-produced eggs has found that the level of salmonella contamination is now one third of what it was in 1996. But one industry expert says that...

Accession to boost eastern European juice market

Per capita consumption of juice in eastern Europe is a healthy 13 litres, well ahead of that in other emerging markets, but there is still some way to go before...

Marie Brizard faces uphill struggle

French drinks maker Marie Brizard is hoping to tap into growing consumer demand for cocktails with an agreement which will target supermarkets and off-licences in the UK. But are British...

British water market to feel the Dasani effect?

British consumers are now drinking more bottled water than ever before, attracted by the healthy image of the product. And it is this image which is likely to protect natural...

Added value driving global dairy growth

Milk and cheese remain staples of diet in most parts of the world, but yoghurt continues to be the main engine for growth in the global market, not least because...

Competition breeds sales for fast food industry?

Location, location, location : the three most important factors when opening up a fast food business. And one to learn from competitors. With the fast food industry a major client...

Carbonates losing their fizz?

Bottled water, new age beverages and energy drinks are driving growth in the global soft drinks market, but carbonates are losing their appeal, according to a new report from market...

Diet foods unlikely to tempt Germans

Almost one in four (23 per cent) German adults admits to often skipping meals to keep their weight down - a massive 17.5 million people. But according to a new...

Retailers do their bit on salt reduction

Food retailers in the UK this week committed to a programme aimed at reducing salt levels in their own label processed foods such as soups, pizzas and ready meals.

Competition, coolers drive east European water sales

Eastern Europe's thirst for bottled water shows no signs of being quenched, with all of the 15 biggest countries in the region showing volume growth over the five years, according...

New formats, flavours to drive ice cream growth

Ice cream manufacturers are capitalising upon a growing consumer desire for high quality, indulgent foods, which has helped to fuel increasing sales.   For details of how to order your copy of...

Plenty of juice left in global market

Global consumption of juice and nectars has risen steadily in recent years, fuelled by a healthy image. And producers have no intention of taking their foot off the gas, it...

US fuels growth in sports drinks

Global sports and energy drinks showed continued growth in 2003, far outpacing soft drinks in general with a 7 per cent increase, according to new data from beverage industry analysts Canadean.

Soft drinks: retail sales growth is in the can

Supermarkets that stock soft drinks in cans have a greater chance of increasing overall beverage sales than those which do not, according to a recent survey carried out in France.

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