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GMO compliance to enter global stage

A UN agreement to protect biodiversity and human health moved one step further on Friday when Environment Ministers in the EU formally adopted the regulation...

Somerfield safe, for now

Somerfield , the UK supermarket retail chain appears to have fought off the proposed takeover bid from entrepreneurs John Lovering and Bob McKenzie. Springwater, the company...

Kaufland buys Familia hypermarkets

German retail group Kaufland is to buy 35 hypermarkets trading under the Familia fascia from compatriot group Bremke & Hoerster in August, the two companies...

Cargill steps up grapefruit supplies

In a bid to encourage a closer collaboration between citrus growers and juice manufacturing customers, Cargill Citro Pure - a joint venture between Cargill Citro-America,...

Carrefour increases Colombian stake

With currency problems in Latin America in particular taking a significant toll on results at French retailer Carrefour, the company could be forgiven for seeking...

Rewe consolidates European position with Bon appétit buy

Rewe, the Cologne-based retail group, has consolidated its position as the third largest retail operator in Europe with the acquisition of Curti & Co, the...

M&S increases emphasis on innovation

Marks & Spencer , the UK food and clothing retailer, is to embark upon two new ventures which reflect the company's increasing confidence after several years...

Tesco turning Japanese

Tesco , the UK's leading supermarket group, is well known to have major international aspirations, with extensive operations in central and Eastern Europe and the Far...

Tengelmann, Spar swap stores in Hungary

Tengelmann , the German retail group, has extended its European presence with the acquisition of 22 stores there owned by the Spar group. In exchange, the...

Casino offloads Florida unit

Casino , the French supermarket group, has agreed to sell its Florida-based foodservice unit and stores to the US group Gordon Food Service for an undisclosed...

Quick change to Quickstop for Budgens

With interest in the convenience store sector of the British food retail market increasing steadily after high profile acquisitions or agreements by major players such...

Somerfield rejects takeover bid, again

Somerfield's future continues to look as uncertain as that of UK rival Safeway, with both companies the target of takeover bids. But while Safeway's suitors...

Ahold sells confectionery unit, mulls US Foodservice disposals

Dutch retail group Ahold has continued the sale of a number of non-core units with the disposal of its Dutch confectionery retail operations, Jamin Winkelbedrijf....

Swiss Coop aiming high in organic stakes

Switzerland's Coop retail group has long been one of that country's main proponents of organic and ethical food products, but what it has achieved thus...

Sainsbury extends convenience operations

The move by the major UK supermarkets into the convenience store sector in a bid to get round increasingly tough planning restrictions on larger stores...

US loses Egypt support over GM foods

Attempts by the United States administration to challenge the EU's five-year-old moratorium on approval of new genetically modified crops before the World Trade Organisation suffered...

Eroski set to break into Balearic market

Eroski , the Basque retail group, could be on the verge of breaking into one of the most restrictive retail markets in Spain - the Balearic...

ICO rounds in on coffee crisis

With coffee prices at a 30-year all time low, the International Coffee Organisation and World Bank ended a round table last week with a call...

Big Food Group beats forecasts despite sales decline

The Big Food Group , the UK-based retail operator which owns the Iceland and Booker chains, has reported results which were better than expected despite coming...

Positive outlook from Kerry

Despite the challenging economic climate, Irish food ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group Kerry expects a good outcome for the full year. Speaking at the...

Ahold delays audit results as fraud deepens

Royal Ahold , the Dutch retail group which has been at the centre of fraud allegations for several months, has agreed to extend the deadline for...

Morrison reveals 'disappointment' at Safeway referral

Sir Ken Morrison, chairman of the Yorkshire-based supermarket group which carries his family name, must have had some idea that his bid for the Safeway...

Bush joins the GM debate

The confrontation between Europe and the United States over genetically modified foods shifted up a gear this week when the US President George. W. Bush...

Edeka tackling discount threat

Edeka , Germany's leading supermarket group, reported a slight decline in sales in 2002 to €32.5 billion, but put a positive spin on the figure, highlighting...

Strong compliance in colour labelling

The vast majority of drinks manufacturers are sticking to the rules on artificial colourings, finds a new survey commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency...

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