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Soil Association confirms Britain's organic love affair

As if to confirm the Datamonitor report on organic food sales which we reported on last week, the UK's Soil Association has this week issued...

Furore over cheese denomination 'own goal'

A decision by the Swiss department of agriculture to go ahead with the registration of Raclette du Valais as a protected denomination of origin has...

Still drinks to drive Coke Euro growth

The world's largest carbonated soft drinks company Coca-Cola is counting on growth from its still drinks business to drive sales in the European market over...

Hooch is axed, but alcopops live on

Hooch, the brand which almost single-handedly created the market for flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) in the UK, has been axed after eight years, a victim...

Kids' food 'damages health' claims CA

Food producers have been under fire in the UK for several months now about the growing number of products targeted at children which lobbyists claim...

GM success as crops co-exist

As the debate in the UK heats up over GM crops, new research sourced from Spain claims the co-existence between GM and non-GM crops can...

GM success as crops co-exist

As the debate in the UK heats up over GM crops, new research sourced from Spain claims the co-existence between GM and non-GM crops can...

Pressure pays off on Spanish prices

Efforts by the Spanish government to counter what it believes are excessive price increases for a number of fresh products appear to be paying off....

Greek wines go for Olympic gold

With Athens hosting the Olympic Games next summer, Greek producers are hoping that the worldwide interest in the country will help raise awareness of their...

Südzucker ups stakes in Raffinerie Tirlemontoise

Europe's largest sugar producer, Südzucker, has closed a five-year convertible bond of €250 million, the proceeds from which will be used to lift its stake...

Changing population driving discount growth

Increasing pressure on prices in the food and other industries has helped boost sales of own label products and support the rise in popularity of...

ADM breezes past market expectations

US agribusiness ADM withstood droughts, higher raw material prices and tougher market conditions to post a lift in profits for the first quarter, in sharp comparison to competitor Bunge who...

UK set for strong organic growth

British consumers are increasingly warming to organic food and drink products despite concerns in the past about the relatively high price of such products. A...

Good craic, deep pockets

Given their reputation for swilling alcohol, a natural supposition is that the Irish drink a disproportionate amount of alcohol compared to the rest of the...

DO sales boost Spanish food industry

Sales of Spanish food products with the denomination of origin (DO) or geographic indication (GI) quality marks reached €542.6 million in 2002, an 8.1 per...

Spain seeks more transparent pricing policy

The Spanish authorities have weighed into the debate over food prices with the publication last week on the department of agriculture's website of both producer...

Government, retail join forces in Spain

MAPA, the Spanish ministry of agriculture, and ASEDAS, the association which represents the supermarket sector in Spain, have launched a joint initiative designed to help...

Spirit makers seek new lands of opportunity

Despite evidence of sluggish sales in the global spirits market, manufacturers can still find impetus for growth in several areas, through focusing on specific brands...

German compromise fails to convince Commission

Hopes that a compromise thrashed out last month over Germany's controversial deposit scheme for one-way packaging would satisfy the European Commission were dashed yesterday when...

French industry keen to avoid German mistakes

French legislators are preparing new regulations on the recycling of packaging waste, with the first set of proposals expected early in the new year. But...

Retailers have their say in labelling debate

European Commission proposals governing health claims on food labels have been a bone of contention for the food industry since even before they were unveiled...

Spanish wine prices out of step with EU

The 2003 wine harvest in the EU is likely to be the lowest in 10 years, with the summer heat wave having a devastating effect...

Spain opts for dual labels

The polemic over the increasing disparity between farm gate and retail prices for a number of unprocessed food products in Spain has prompted the government...

Women boosting European pub culture

The British pub may have undergone a number of radical changes over the last few decades, becoming more family-friendly and increasingly offering a wide variety...

Tradition holding its own in German food market

Europe's food industry has changed almost beyond recognition over the last few years but there are still some places where traditional eating habits are holding...

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