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Drinks industry shows mixed reactions to government claims

Two suggestions by the British government this week have prompted a mixed reaction from the drinks industry there. Moves to relieve the financial burden associated with the proposed introduction of...

Obesity: US, UK attitudes differ

Obesity levels in the US and Britain are among the highest in the world, and it is not surprising, therefore, that it is in these two countries that the debate...

Food makers to take dwindling share of pocket money market

British children aged 7-14 receive a massive £1.5 billion in pocket money each year, spending a large share of this on food and drink. But with manufacturers scaling down their...

POU coolers: turning tap water into gold?

Persuading consumers to pay money for tap water - no matter how well it is purified and packaged - is a difficult task, but growing numbers of companies across Europe...

Dairy opportunities in the Middle East

Cheese spreads dominate the $1.1bn (€0.9bn) processed cheese market in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region but as the food service sector continues to develop sales of sliced and...

Soyfoods market expands into new areas

Europeans are increasingly developing a taste for soy with soyfood categories in retail outlets expanding rapidly across the region.

Low-carb diets under fire once more

Opponents of the low-carb diet fad in the US have joined their counterparts in the UK in calling into question the safety of the weight-loss regime. But whether the protests...

Food industry must react as Brits become more adventurous

Food and drink manufacturers set great store by the need to advertise their products in an increasingly competitive marketplace, but new research this week suggests that the food purchases of...

Deposit scheme devastates German soft drinks sales

Despite Germany's blisteringly hot weather in 2003, the country's soft drinks market was badly affected by a controversial mandatory deposit system which saw many retailers remove one-way containers from their...

Refreshment and convenience drive UK drinks

Affordable refreshment and convenience were the underlying drivers of growth in the UK soft drinks market in 2003 - although the hot summer weather also played a major role.

Spanish wine exports boosted by low-price shift

A shift towards lower priced table wines helped lift Spanish wine exports in the first quarter of the year, but the lower revenues mean that double-digit volume gains were rather...

Huge growth potential for French Fairtrade market

As French supermarkets embark upon the second ethical trading promotion of the year this week, the latest survey of consumer preferences carried out by the Casino group suggests that increasing...

Heatwave accelerates soft drink growth rate

Last year's exceptionally hot summer weather gave a major boost to soft drink consumption in the UK, but a new report from market analysts Canadean shows that the heatwave merely...

Confused consumers pose food industry challenge

Facing up to changing tastes and demands is part and parcel of everyday business for the global food industry, but a recent survey in the US suggests that assessing just...

Energy drinks add pep to European market

Energy and sports drinks continued their rapid rise up the soft drinks rankings last year, driven by new product launches and an increasing trend towards convenience and on-the-go consumption. But...

Consumer trust and acceptance the key to boosting EU organics

Europe's organic food and farming sector got a major boost this week with the adoption by the European Commission of a new action plan to promote the sector. The challenge...

Low-carb: British bread industry fights back

Three British food industry bodies have joined forces to promote a new diet which they hope will prove just as popular as the low-carb Atkins fad currently sweeping the nation...

Bread not dead, claims report

Bread may be the most traditional of staple foods, but there is still plenty of life in the international baked goods market, driven by growing convenience trends and a proliferation...

Low-carb set for the long haul

The impact of the low-carb diet, previously expected to have little staying power in the UK, may be greater than anticipated, shows a new report.

Health and heatwave lift cooler consumption

Water coolers are becoming an increasingly important part of office life in the UK, fuelled by growing consumer awareness of the health benefits of good hydration and - last year...

Champagne still struggling in home market

Champagne is arguably France's greatest wine - at least in terms of image if nothing else - the de rigeur celebration drink for partygoers the world over. But in its...

Seniors continue to pose problem to marketers

Earlier this week we reported that food companies were finding it hard to effectively target senior consumers in the UK - the so-called Empty Nesters - despite their growing disposable...

Harmonisation of alcohol duty discussed again

The addition of 10 new Member States to the European Union on 1 May has prompted Europe's tax officials to revive the thorny debate over the harmonisation of alcohol duty...

Targeting the 'Empty Nesters': hitting the happy medium

There is a growing section of UK society which is still largely untapped by the food and drink marketers, despite a growing number of products, in particular functional food and...

Fast growth for fast food in Spain

Traditional eating patterns in Continental Europe continue to disappear, with a new report highlighting the expected growth in Spain's fast food and takeaway market over the next few years. Spanish...

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