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CAP: securing the future

With the European Union soon to represent 450 million consumers, which common agricultural policy will best serve an enlarged Europe? "A single CAP that serves...

Irish innovation gains from network in food arena

Results from an ongoing Irish initiative to boost product innovation - new ingredients and finished food and drink products - unveiled at an industry food...

First Indian store for Metro

Metro is one of Europe's most adventurous retail groups, often among the very first operators in a number of key growth markets. The German cash...

Ahold losses deepen under US rules

When Dutch retailer Ahold reported losses of around €1 billion for 2002 earlier this month, it warned that the figure would almost certainly fall deeper...

Carrefour seeks closer Thais

After a relatively quiet period, focusing on maintaining and growing underlying sales at a time of extreme fluctuations in exchange rates, Europe's biggest retail group...

WTO investigates protected products

Global tugs of war continue in the trade zone with the the WTO agreeing to demands from the US and Australia to examine Europe's rules...

Sustainable cocoa agreement enters into force

The sixth International Cocoa Agreement in three decades came into force at the beginning of October, heralding a break from the past with the exclusion...

Mixed results from heat-hit retailer

Exceptionally warm summer weather kept shoppers in France on the beach and out of stores in the third quarter, according to Carrefour franchisee Guyenne &...

Pressure grows on Spanish retailers over price hike

Spanish retailers have reacted strongly to accusations that they artificially inflated the prices of various fruit and vegetables in September, saying that the increases were...

New store boost for Carrefour

In the last week alone, Carrefour has unveiled plans to expand its business in Japan, Korea and Norway, and the logic behind the French group's...

Sainsbury slips further behind rivals

Erstwhile UK market leader Sainsbury continues to fall farther behind its rivals - and with several smaller players also outperforming it on a regular basis,...

M&S rapped over &More launch

Marks & Spencer has had a tough week. Just two days ago it reported weaker than expected sales growth for the latest quarter and yesterday...

Carrefour in Norwegian JV

Most of the world's leading food retailers are looking to the emerging markets for growth, but France's Carrefour is also hoping to increase sales in...

Hot weather lifts Iceland

Iceland, the supermarket chain owned by the UK's Big Food Group , has registered its first rise in sales for several quarters as a result of...

Oh soy good!

Steady but unsensational growth is earmarked for soy products in the US with market analysts predicting a 5.4 per cent rise year on year to...

New stores boost M&S food sales

The continued roll out of the Simply Food format by the UK's Marks & Spencer group has helped the company increase sales in the second...

A pinch less salt, please

The shake-up for salt use in processed food has continued with the UK food agency unveiling a new salt model to investigate the effects of...

Carrefour stepping up Asian growth

Carrefour , the French retail group, is gambling on a significant improvement in exchange rates over the coming months as it expands its business in South...

Dairy Crest targeted by NFU

Members of the National Farmers Union in the UK this week demonstrated outside Dairy Crest cheese manufacturing and distribution sites to call for a 2p...

Co-op lifted by convenience store focus

With all the major UK food retailers fighting over the Safeway chain in recent months, it is easy to forget that there are a number...

Safeway suitors consider legal action

Two of the supermarket groups which were blocked from bidding for the Safeway chain in the UK are considering taking legal action against the draconian...

Genomics cracks bitter taste problem

Genomics, a growing area of the biotech landscape, is already starting to bear fruits for the food industry with the news that Dutch enzyme company...

Ahold facing €1bn loss

Embattled Dutch retailer Ahold has finally published its long-awaited audited results for 2002, revealing the full effect of the widespread accounting fraud unearthed earlier this...

Italian sale boosts Hyparlo

The continued growth of the Carrefour retail group in France has, not surprisingly, had a knock on effect on the performance of the company's two...

Delhaize planning European expansion

After a torrid year in the US, where its Food Lion unit in particular has suffered from the downturn in consumer spending, Belgian retail group...

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