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Milking the non-dairy market

Sales of non-dairy drinks are rising at a rapid rate in Scandinavia on the back of marketing efforts of retailers and new product launches, reports...

Premium opportunities in Chinese beer market

China may have overtaken the US as the world's biggest beer market, but the growth potential there is far from exhausted. But consumption patterns are...

Heat wave boosts Swiss ice cream sales

The heat wave currently holding almost all of western Europe in its grip is giving a major boost to some food and drink producers, with...

Bottled water growth shows no sign of slowing

Health awareness, the poor quality of tap water in some regions and the recent hot weather have combined to boost sales of bottled water in...

Snacking set to join mainstream meals

Eating between meals across Europe is on the rise, with snacks accounting for the majority of the food consumed. Manufacturers must now rise to the...

Confectioners stick with gum

Global chocolate volumes, traditionally the largest in the confectionery market, are due to be overtaken by sugar by 2005, while gum is rapidly becoming by...

FDF slams EU health claim laws

Proposed new regulations governing the use of health claims on food labels will offer less, not more, choice to consumers, according to the voice of...

India thirsts for soft drinks

While soft drink producers in western Europe bemoaned yet another cold, wet summer in 2002, their counterparts in India were struggling to keep up with...

Danone and Nestlé shake up water cooler sector

The entry of French food and drink group Danone into the market, coupled with the expansion of arch rival Nestlé, over the last 18 months...

Exports save Swiss food industry blushes

The Swiss food industry posted sales of SF13 billion (€8.4bn) in 2002, with declining sales at home for the most part offset by improvements in...

Wine joins the space race

The modern wine trade uses many techniques to ensure that its output is as high a quality as possible, but until now none of these...

Manufacturers welcome US trans-fat ruling

All packaged foodstuffs sold in the US will have to carry labels informing consumers of the trans-fat content following the introduction of new regulations designed...

Cargill captures European trehalose

A Cargill subsidiary has won the distribution rights for trehalose in Europe. The agreement positions Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT) as the sole distributor...

Codex adopts 50 new food standards

The global food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted a landmark agreement on how to assess the risks to consumers from foods derived from...

Europeans still not bitten by organic bug

Strong growth in the US but a slowdown in Europe marked the global organic food and drink industry last year. Overall sales of organic products...

Spanish urged to eat more fish

A new €3.5 million marketing campaign designed to promote the consumption of fish and seafood was backed last week by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture....

Ukrainian sweet makers confident of growth

Confectionery producers in Ukraine are confident that they will be able to increase output by 10 per cent this year, mainly as a result of...

One is fun - and lucrative too

Food producers are being urged to take advantage of the growing number of single person households by creating more products designed for individual consumers. A...

Germans warn of absinth risk

Absinth, the fashionable French beverage, has made something of a comeback in recent years. Its popularity has been fuelled by the dangerous image of the...

Bids brewing for British beer maker?

Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle this week reported strong full year results for fiscal 2003, despite reorganisation costs in the UK market and the...

Europe's food industry gives cautious welcome to GM vote

Members of the European Parliament yesterday voted to toughen Europe's stance on the labelling of food products containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The food industry gave...

CAP agreement welcomed by European food industry

Last week's agreement on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy - even watered down as it was - has been welcomed by the EU's food...

UK drinkers going soft

Britain may be renowned as a nation of tea drinkers - or indeed of beer drinkers - but a new report shows that with annual...

Nesquick driving Russian cocoa drinks market

Earlier this week we reported on the state of play in the Russian cocoa market and the likely knock-on effect on the confectionery sector, according...

An end to Canadian Bordeaux?

The European Union and Canada have signed an agreement which grants protection to a raft of wine and spirit terms relating to European and Canadian...

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