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Country of origin - the debate continues

New legislation to tighten the 'origin of labelling' for food products in the US continues to incite reactions with a coalition of consumer and agricultural...

Changing demand for sugar and sweeteners

As scientists warn the western world about the health implications of eating too much sugar, food manufacturers and food/beverage processors are reconsidering the additives they...

Ahold troubles continue as new CFO is appointed

The controversy over the accounting irregularities at Dutch retail group Ahold continued this week with revelations in the press that the company was aware of...

Tengelmann takes total control of Iberian units

Tengelmann, the German retail group, has taken 100 per cent control of its Spanish and Portuguese subsidiaries after acquiring a 40 per cent stake in...

The smooth approach

Silky smooth, high-fruit chews can now be produced in a new, no-cook process following a recent development from British Sugar, the company claims this week....

GM testing for baby food

Consumers in Europe are increasingly concerned about risks derived from genetically modified (GM) foods. New proposals tabled by the European Commission aim to meet these...

Tesco begins self checkout trial

Tesco, the UK's leading supermarket operator, is to become the second chain in the country to trial a new self-service checkout which allows its customers...

Carrefour meets its targets in 2002

Carrefour, the French retail giant which is second only to Wal-Mart in the global market, this week said it had met its three 2002 targets...

Investment pays off for Mercadona

Spanish supermarket group Mercadona saw its sales grow by 28 per cent in 2002 to €5.8 billion, a rise which also helped the company improve...

Tesco mulling Ahold acquisition?

Tesco, the leading UK supermarket group, could make major inroads into the Continental European market with the acquisition of part of the Ahold empire, according...

Leahy defends supermarket role

At a time when the UK supermarket sector is under increased scrutiny because of the plethora of bids for the number four player Safeway, the...

Ahold facing lawsuit over accounting fiasco

Leading Dutch food retailer Ahold announced earlier this week that it had uncovered accounting irregularities relating to its US Foodservice unit which effectively meant that...

And then there were five…

The six-horse race to take over the UK supermarket chain Safeway has been reduced to five, with the announcement yesterday that the investment firm Kohlberg...

Colruyt to buy French wholesalers

Colruyt, the Belgian retail group, has signed an agreement with the French food distribution companies Jean Didier and Harrydis which will see the two groups...

CAP pressure on UK farmers

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is just one of a host of pressures for change on British farmers, the president of the UK National...

How sweet is your coffee?

The sweetening system used in hot tea and coffee can have an influence on the overall taste profile of the drink, according to new research....

Solid increase for Auchan subsidiary

Supermercados Sabeco, the Spanish supermarket unit of France's Auchan group, has reported a 6.8 per cent increase in sales for 2002 to €868.3 million, a...

Asda unveils innovative store revamp

Question: how do you increase the selling space in a store without extending the store itself? Answer: put in a mezzanine. That, at least, is...

OFT takes long hard look at supermarket code

The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to conduct a review of the Supermarkets Code of Practice, just a year after it came into...

El Arbol sells local stores

Earlier this week we reported on plans by Spanish retailer El Arbol to sell a number of stores as part of its recovery plan. Carrefour...

Good performance from Nordic retailers

Two of the Nordic region's leading food retailers last week announced solid increases in sales for 2002. Finland's Kesko Group said its sales had risen...

EP supports ban on konjac in jelly sweets

The European Parliament yesterday voted with an overwhelming majority for a permanent ban on the use of the food additive E425, otherwise known as konjac,...

Naturally Rhodia

Rhodia Food, a business within the Food and Consumer Products division of the French speciality chemicals company Rhodia, has launched five new IC-Naturatex systems, containing...

Court backs Casino in Cora case

French supermarket group Casino has won its long-standing court case against compatriot Cora relating to the latter's decision to withdraw from the Opera central purchasing...

Supermarkets increase share of Spanish food sales

Spanish supermarkets accounted for 62 per cent of all the packaged food sales in that country in 2002, with revenues reaching €12,3 billion, according to...