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UK bread supplier increases production capacity by 50%

A new bread factory, capable of increasing output by 50 per cent, is being built by UK-based specialist bread supplier Jackson's Bakery, giving the company an advantage as it strives...

Nestlé still threatening Perrier sale

Nestlé Waters, the world's largest bottled water company, is taking a tough stance on the future of the Perrier mineral water business - either productivity increases or we sell the...

LVMH victorious in battle for Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie, one of Scotland's best-known single malt Scotch whisky producers, has ended its two-month search for a buyer. The new owner of the company will be Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton...

Kraft considering confectionery sell-off

Kraft Foods, the biggest packaged foods producer in North America, is thought to be mulling the sale of its confectionery business, including the Altoids and Life Savers brands, as part...

Warburtons banking on bread market growth

UK family-baker Warburtons is gambling more than most on the growth of the UK bread market, having doubled output in Scotland and started building Europe's biggest bakery in Yorkshire -...

Cadbury on track to deliver confectionery growth

Cadbury Schweppes is well on the way to delivering growth at its European confectionery unit, despite an increasingly gloomy outlook for the packaged food sector as a whole, according to...

Merger in the pipeline for German dairy giants

The boards of Germany's two largest dairy companies, Bremer Nordmilch and Humana Milchunione, have announced plans they are to merge. The proposal is due to come into effect as of...

Loss-making vodka group slated for sale

RosSpirtProm, Russia's state-owned alcohol producer, is to be privatised next year in a two-phase operation expected to garner interest from a wide range of drinks companies. But with many of...

Citigroup fights back in Parmalat affair

Citigroup, the world's largest financial services group, hits back at the €14 billion debt-ridden Italian dairy group Parmalat, igniting a legal challenge against the administrators on Friday.

WBD hit by increased costs

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has been hard hit by increased sales, marketing and distribution costs of widening product portfolio. The Russian dairy giant announced that its net income had fallen 40 per...

Greggs sees increasing sandwich competition

Greggs, the specialist baked goods retailer, said last week that growth in the booming British sandwich market was showing some signs of slowing down and that it expected to see...

Soft drinks: retail sales growth is in the can

Supermarkets that stock soft drinks in cans have a greater chance of increasing overall beverage sales than those which do not, according to a recent survey carried out in France.

Another bidder for Thorntons

The private equity arm of the bank Lehman Brothers has emerged as the latest challenger to bid for Thorntons, the high street chocolate retailer and manufacturer.

Carrefour shrugs off currency concerns

Carrefour , Europe's biggest food retailing group, has continued to prove that growth can be achieved by companies with a major international spread despite ongoing currency exchange rate concerns.

Swiss co-ops show solid growth

Migros and Coop, the two leading co-operative food retailers in Switzerland, have reported solid gains for 2003, despite continuing tough conditions in the Swiss market as a whole.

Ahold rejig takes toll

Preliminary sales figures for 2003 released by Dutch retailer Ahold today will make for broadly encouraging reading after a turbulent year marked by fraud revelations and major restructuring moves.

Expansion drives Metro growth in 2003

German wholesale and retail giant Metro has ended 2003 with sales growth at its expanding international business offsetting the continued depression in its home market.

Morrisons ends turbulent year on a high

2003 was a year of frustrations for UK supermarket group Wm Morrison . Its bid for larger rival Safeway made last January was not finally approved until December, an 11 month...

Winter warms Greggs results

Sales of pastries and baked goods suffered last summer because of the exceptionally hot weather, but an excellent performance during the colder winter months helped UK baked goods and sandwich...

Improving Iceland looks at Londis

The Big Food Group is thought to be the company most likely to emerge victorious in the bidding war for UK convenience store operator Londis, a reflection of the continuing...

Excellent first half from Colruyt

Belgian retail group Colruyt has posted impressive first half sales figures despite ongoing troubles at some of its non-food units.

Lidl planning Hungarian rollout

German retail group Schwartz is to open up to 30 stores in Hungary over the next two years under its Lidl discount store banner, according to reports in the Hungarian press.

More names emerge in Londis race

The list of retailers lining up to bid for symbol group Londis in the UK just keeps getting longer.

Londis set to be this year's Safeway?

What started out as a simple takeover of the UK-based convenience store group Londis by Irish counterpart Musgrave now looks set to become this year's equivalent of the Safeway affair,...

Casino to get Ahold's Argentine unit

French retailer Casino could end up with control of the Argentine stores currently owned by Ahold subsidiary Disco after the Dutch group's preferred buyer, Cencosud, withdrew from negotiations.

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