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EU to tackle growing counterfeit problem

European Union regulators are preparing to introduce new legislation which they hope will help them clamp down on the rising tide of counterfeit goods flooding the trading bloc.

UK meals 'ready' for growth

Britain is set to remain the biggest European market for ready meals, accounting for more than half the total market by 2007, when it will...

Price cut hits Spanish wine export growth

Spanish wine exports grew by 4.4 per cent in the eight months to August to €882 million, helped by a rise in sales to core...

Joint initiative on kids' food advertising

Spurred on by the rising tide of criticism concerning the marketing of food to children, several of Britain's leading food trade bodies have joined forces...

Frenchies do it on-the-go

Consumption of on-the-go is rising rapidly throughout Europe. Even in France, a country known for its long and relaxed eating occasions, consumption of on-the-go food...

Yeo Valley protests against yoghurt legislation

UK-based organic food company Yeo Valley has appealed to MPs, MEPs, and Tony Blair to help it maintain the consistency of its range of bio...

Nestlé makes move on Ukraine

Nestlé continues to pursue its strategy of getting a foothold in just about every food market in the world. The recent purchase of Ukrainian food...

Commission 'fortifies' its position

The European Commission has put forward a range of proposals designed to harmonise the rules on adding vitamins and minerals to foods - a long-awaited...

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...

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