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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...

Foodservice facts at your fingertips

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF ), the self-styled voice of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry, has launched a new website dedicated to...

Commission funds PR for food

The debate on reform to the Common Agricultural Policy may be in full swing but it's business as normal at the European Commission with the...

Functional foods, spreading risk to increase success

Nestlé's strategy for exploiting the functional food opportunity seems to rest in careful partnerships with other top FMCG companies. By aligning its interests in nutraceuticals...

Russia bakes up a treat

Modern Bakery 2003, the international trade fair for bakery equipment and food ingredients, was held last month in Moscow. The success of the event demonstrates...

Safeway bid inquiry reaches 'half time'

The battle to buy up UK supermarket retailer Safeway is still very much on, as the Competition Commission announces that its enquiries are ongoing and...

Mixing Eastern and Western ingredients

Bakery ingredients company BakeMark International will be exhibiting in western Europe for the first time at the upcoming IBA exhibition in Germany in October. The...

DSM buys cheese coatings from National Starch

Dutch company DSM continues its strategy to develop activities in the field of life sciences with the announcement this week that it has acquired Plasticoat,...

Russia goes cocoa nuts

Consultancy firm Market Advice believes that the Russian confectionery industry is in good shape. The agency has drawn up a detailed impression of the current...

European organic food market still growing

Growing consumer awareness about health issues and the potential benefits of a healthy diet, mixed with concerns about genetic engineering, have created an expanding market...

Indian fats and oils to Bunge

US agribusiness Bunge continues on the road to expansion with the news that it is to acquire Hindustan Lever's edible oils and fats businesses from...

Irish food federation recognises home grown talent

Winners of the inaugural 'Ireland The Food Island Food & Drink Industry Awards' were announced Friday, which included Kerry, Glanbia and Dew Valley for categories...

Water driving Italian growth

The Italian market for packaged beverages rose by more than 2 per cent last year and is expected to fare even better in 2003, according...

Fairtrade fruit gets wider distribution

The market for Fairtrade mangoes in the UK has expanded rapidly this week with the announcement that the country's two largest supermarket groups, Tesco and...

Ready meals benefit from lifestyle and demographic trends

Longer working hours, higher incomes and the demand for convenience and variety are among the key growth drivers for ready meals, according to a recent...

Quality and safety driving Asian water sales

The bottled water markets of Asia and the Middle East are rapidly gaining share in the world's fastest growing beverage category, according to the latest...

Britons have less time for tea

India and China might produce the most tea, but if there is one country above all which has a reputation for drinking the most tea...

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...