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Emerging markets drive growth for malt and chocolate drinks

Malt- and chocolate-based drinks are often seen as relatively unsophisticated in developed markets in the west, but in many countries, in particular in Latin America, they are big business indeed,...

More fruit boosts Brits' vitamin C levels but vitamin E down

Consumption of fresh fruit is on the rise in the UK, shows new government data, leading to a notable increase in intake of vitamin C. But a decline in other...

Support for French dairy industry

More than 50 different measures designed to boost the French dairy industry will be introduced over the next few years - among them action to increase the pace of innovation...

French swap foie gras for Slim-Fast

The annual mass exodus of city-dwelling French citizens to the coastal resorts has already begun, and as usual it was preceded by the grunts and groans of French people trying...

Kids' food: campaigners on the attack again

The food included in children’s menus at a large number of UK restaurants and cafés is systematically failing to meet the nutritional guidelines set out for school canteens – which...

Premium growth for New World wine makers

Overproduction by New World wine producers has pushed down prices over the last few years, taking a major toll on producers' margins. But a growing trend towards premium wines could...

Germans losing their taste for beer

Germans have a reputation as Europe's beer-drinking heavyweights, but an increasing lack of interest in beer among young consumers there means that German brewers may have to look to other...

Spaniards 'ready' to change meal patterns

Spanish ready meal sales grew by 7.5 per cent in 2003, another clear example of how Spaniards are rapidly embracing modern culinary trends and shedding the tapas image. And with...

Frozen food playing the health and safety card

Frozen food may not have the sexiest of images, but growing consumer demand for convenient, healthy and, above all, safe food has led to something of a revival in the...

Low-carb losing its sparkle?

Could the popularity of the much-vaunted - and much-criticised - low-carb diet fad already be on the wane? Manufacturers have invested heavily in new low-carb products to tap into the...

Health factor driving snack choices in UK

Marketers of health foods will be encouraged by a new report that shows Britain's tastebuds are increasingly favourable to fruit, now the number one snack.

Healthy makeover lifting eggs sales in UK

A major push to highlight the health benefits of eggs has helped the UK industry to increase both volume sales and their profits over recent years, according to a new...

Health driving French cereal market (but chocolate helps too)

The French are among the most frequent breakfasters in Europe, according to a recent study - but traditional tastes are changing rapidly with cereals beginning to take considerable market share...

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...

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