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Understanding meat labels

Today marks the entry of strict EU rules on the labelling of meat-based products that aim to provide consumers with clearer information on the meat...

Colruyt beats profit forecasts

Belgian retail group Colruyt has reported profits up 22 per cent for 2002/03, well ahead of analysts expectations and despite continued troubles at its computer...

Eroski continues aggressive expansion

Basque retailer Eroski remains committed to expanding its business this year, despite the increasing levels of red tape which are slowing down new store development....

Diluted CAP gets the green light

The beginning of a new era? An historic moment? Or a plain old compromise? All have been used to describe yesterday's agreement by EU farm...

Regulators and market truth

Just two days after the UK Competition Commission announced that it was at the half way stage in its assessment of the various bids for...

Another Ahold executive resigns

The revelations of widespread accounting fraud at various subsidiaries of the Dutch retail group Ahold have not only done little to improve the company's standing,...

Telepizza quits restaurant business

Telepizza, the Spanish fast food pizza producer, has decided to play to its strengths and focus on its takeaway business, the company announced yesterday. The...

M&S first to use new eco packaging

Marks & Spencer is the first retailer in the UK and Ireland to use LeanCover by Ecolean for butter wraps. LeanCover is a new packaging...

Red hot alert

Emergency measures have been undertaken in the EU to stop the import into the EU of hot chilli products containing the known carcinogen Sudan red,...

WHO consults global food industry

Talks on solutions to combat the growing global incidence of chronic disease continued this week when officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) met in...

Carrefour maintains European leadership

Carrefour has maintained its position as the leading grocer in Europe, with sales rising 4 per cent in 2002 to €58.7 billion, according to the...

Metro cans beer sales

Metro has become the latest German retail group to stop selling beer in non-recyclable containers after the government there introduced a new recycling law in...

Virtual solutions to food safety

The Web is now home to the results of 20 years of experiments into the behaviour of bacteria in foods with the launch this week...

Martek finally bags Nestlé deal

Quite a week for nutritional oils supplier Martek Biosciences. In the past seven days, the European Commission gave the green light for the use of...

Tesco once again targeted by FoE

Friends of the Earth, the environmental protection group, has been gunning for UK market leader Tesco for some time, contributing among others to the debate...

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...

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