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UK government launches GM debate

Although privately the debate on whether genetically modified foods should be present in our food chain has been roaring behind closed, and sometimes open, doors,...

Spanish spirits losing their appeal

Spain has traditionally been a major market for Scotch whisky, gin and other spirits, but a new report from Canadean shows that hard liquor is...

'Sofa snackers' driving UK ice cream growth

Product innovation and changes in consumer habits have paved the way for year-round consumption of ice cream in western Europe, according to a new report...

Plastic packing a bigger punch in French beverage market

Although poor summer weather last year held back growth in French packaged beverage sales to only 2 per cent, the share accounted for by plastic...

Strong dollar hits US wine exports

US wine exports, more than 90 per cent of which come from California, grew by 1 per cent in value to $548 million (€467m), despite...

Milk facts 'debunked'

The UK Dairy Council is launching a campaign to debunk some of the myths about milk, such as the belief that it has a high...

Interbrew's three-pronged strategy paying off

Interbrew dubs itself 'The World's Local Brewer' but this is more than simply an advertising slogan. As a new report from market analysts Canadean shows,...

Food: how intolerant are we?

In response to growing concerns from the consumer about food intolerance, the food industry and food safety agencies in Europe are continuing in their quest...

The future of E-numbers

Campaigners in the UK have begun a further assault on the "artificial additives", and their potential effects on child health, writes Lyndsey Greig at Frost...

Hanging on to tradition in Russian snack market

A survey of waffle consumption in Russia reveals that traditional non-packaged snacks remain very popular. The survey, conducted last month by consulting agency Market Advice,...

Private labels head for Amsterdam

With private label products taking an ever increasing share of shelf space in supermarkets across Europe, this year's World of Private Label trade show promises...

Improved transparency for European consumer

Moves at a European level to improve food safety and heighten transparency continued this week with European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne...

Health, convenience, taste: the three pillars of yoghurt growth

Manufacturers have been hugely innovative with yoghurt in recent years, focusing on its health benefits in addition to developing more convenient formats and new taste...

ISP buys into South America

International Specialty Products (ISP) continues to consolidate its position on the ingredients market with the news this week that it has acquired Brazilian ingredient systems...

British beef back on track

A decision by the OIE, the world organisation for animal health, to modify BSE risk levels could lead to the UK having the same status...

Bigger should mean better for S&N

British beer market leader Scottish & Newcastle may have to focus much harder on cost efficiencies and increasing operating margins than its international competitors, since...

Cappucino adds froth to German coffee sales

Higher sales of speciality products such as cappuccino mixes helped push up sales of instant coffee in Germany last year, according to the latest data...

Parma ham producers win ECJ victory

Asda's long running battle to win the right to slice Parma ham in the UK for sale in its stores there ended in failure yesterday...

Irish to restrict alcohol advertising

The proliferation of Irish pubs throughout the world is evidence enough of the Irish love of alcohol, but with increasing numbers of Irish seemingly wanting...

Meat eaters devouring vegetarian market

Hard as it may seem to believe, the growth in the UK vegetarian food market is not being driven by vegetarians themselves. In fact, a...

Snacks: adapting to a changing market

In a market valued at €140 billion, the consumption of food and drink in the European workplace provides manufacturers with very real opportunities to create...

Russian ice cream market thaws

A recent Market Advice survey, conducted in February 2003, provides an insight into the changing patterns of Russian ice cream consumption. Since the fall of...

British food exports rise for first time in six years

After six years of suffering from the fall out from food scares such as BSE and foot-and-mouth disease, British food exports rose 4.4 per cent...

Retailers add to calls for action on salt

Yesterday we reported that food and drink manufacturers in the UK were to take action to reduce the levels of salt in breakfast cereals, soups...

Organics, Sweden on track

Swedish consumers pay less than consumers in the rest of the EU for organically grown food, according to a report by the EU Organic Marketing...