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Sparkling performance from still drinks

Despite the continued dominance of colas and other carbonated drinks in the UK market, the dynamism in the last few years has come from still...

Private label goes from strength to strength

The share of private label products on supermarket shelves around the world continues to grow, as visitors to last month's World of Private Label exhibition...

Polish soft drink market showing rapid growth

Poland's thirst for soft drinks shows no sign of slowing, with consumption exceeding 5 billion litres in 2002, according to a new report from beverage...

French food industry in good shape

France's food industry continued to grow in 2002 with a 2.1 per cent increase in total sales to €134 billion. More encouraging still was the...

Producers join forces to fight for GI protection

With the latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks due to take place in Cancun, Mexico, in September this year, a group of around 100 producers...

Rain dampens Spanish brewers' spirits

A combination of lower tourist numbers and a wet summer took a significant toll on beer sales in Spain last year. The latest figures from...

Food & drink industry backs CAP reform

With a production value of over €600 billion, the responsibility of up to 3 million employees, and the main user of Community agricultural produce, the...

Ready meals under fire for salt content

Ready meals have rapidly become a part of everyday life in the UK, but a recent survey by the country's Food Standards Agency regarding the...

BMA steps up calls for fat tax

This week is British Heart Week, and the British Medical Association has taken the opportunity to renew calls for the government to introduce VAT on...

MEPs back GMO compliance treaty

Marking a crucial step towards the full implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) yesterday reached an agreement on...

Targeting the cool consumer

Image is increasingly important in the marketing of products, and consumer packaged goods - the vast majority of which are food and drink products -...

Cut the acrylamide, a call to food companies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should require food manufacturers to limit the amount of the potential carcinogen acrylamide in their products, said the...

Irish firms look to Japan for functional lead

The functional foods sector offers strong growth opportunities for the Irish food industry, according to Enterprise Ireland, a government-funded development body. The organisation last month...

Rusks and seeds driving Russian snack growth

Snacking is becoming an increasingly important part of the food culture in many western European countries, but in Russia it is still a relatively new...

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...