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Aarhus sell off likely in April

The sale of Danish cocoa butter replacer Aarhus United is 'taking longer than anticipated' with news today that the majority stakeholder is still waiting to confirm a buyer, Lindsey Partos...

Lack of understanding holds back RFID adoption

A perceived lack of standards and an unrealistic understanding of cost implications are still hindering the adoption of RFID technology amongst many UK organisations, according to a panel of experts...

Dairy farmers to benefit from milk price hike

Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFOB), one of the UK's largest milk processors, announced last week that it is to increase the price it pays farmers for their milk, with a...

Wiseman ups farmgate milk payout, sales on track

UK milk processor Robert Wiseman Dairies has confirmed that its full year results will be in line with analysts' expectations and has pledged to up its average farmgate milk price...

Utility key to leverage for food brands?

As food brands wrestle for leading market positions new research suggests the consumer will be tempted by, and differentiate between, brands that add 'utility'.

Splenda sales boost trading at Tate & Lyle

Tate and Lyle said today that overall trading had continued to be strong during the last three months boosted by demand for its high intensity sweetener Splenda.

Consumers snub General Mills price rise

A dip in profits for US cereal giant General Mills highlights the rising threat of private label competition on the cereal market, making branded players work harder to justify higher...

Nestlé expands Romanian biscuit production

Swiss food giant Nestlé has boosted its Romanian production capacity with the installation of a new chocolate wafer production line at its Timisoara-based unit, Joe. The investment reflects the rapid...

Sainsbury slashes Easter egg packaging by 30%

UK supermarket giant Sainsbury's is slashing the amount of packaging used on its own brand Easter Eggs in repsonse to growing pressure on the food industry to cut back on...

Dairy Crest eyes milk supply opportunities, profits on track

Dairy Crest, the UK's second largest milk supplier, has pledged that its end of year results will be in line with expectations, despite turbulent times for its liquid milk division,...

China - land of retail opportunity

China's fast-growing retail sector could offer a golden opportunity for western companies - but only those that understand the challenges faced in catering to the Chinese consumer.

Artisan, premium focus lifts Finsbury profits

UK speciality cake and bread maker Finsbury Foods has recovered well from a rocky 2003, showing just how quickly a company can progress by focusing on premium and indulgence trends...

"Healthy" brand extensions lead new products

Last year saw few completely new food and drink products, with innovation aimed at extending already successful brands, according to a new report.

Cloetta Fazer to close subsidiary in Poland

Cloetta Fazer, the Swedish confectionery group, has finally lost patience with its perennially underperforming Polish unit, deciding to close the Gdansk-based company after failing to elicit an improvement in its...

Industry welcomes UK plans to phase out school junk food

The UK government's plans to phase out junk food in school dinners has forced food processors to take health and nutrition issues seriously.

BRC launches global online certified suppliers guide

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a new online global standards directory that provides details of BRC-certified food, packaging and consumer product suppliers.

UK food watchdog launches labelling consultation

Food industry pressure over nutrition labelling has begun to pay off as the UK Food Standards Agency launches a consultation for the final stage in its simple signposting project using...

Campina, Arla announce merger vote setback

Campina, the Dutch dairy co-operative, yesterday informed its member-farmers that the date of a crucial vote determining whether it will merge with Arla Foods has been pushed back, to allow...

Czech food industry demands marketing support to survive

EU accession has been the Czech food industry's biggest challenge since the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, bringing with it new challenges and threats, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Atkins to pull out of UK market

Atkins Nutritionals, the company behind the trendy low-carb diet, is closing its operations in the UK, in a move that seems to herald the end of its presence in Europe...

Pernod profits boosted by 'premiumisation'

A shift towards higher sales of premium products has helped France's leading drinks group Pernod Ricard to post a 5.1 per cent increase in net profits for 2004, shrugging off...

EU food and drink industry commits to obesity challenge

New voluntary labelling initiatives, a tighter advertising code and increased investment in innovation could be on the way for food manufacturers as the European Commission, along with a dozen stakeholders,...

Burgeoning nutraceutical opportunities to boost cheese sales

A major repositioning of cheese as a nutraceutical food could significantly boost growth in this traditional category, argues a new report.

Greggs thrives on image change

Takeaway sandwich and pastry ranges for on-the-go consumers drove up profits and sales for UK bakery retailer Greggs, but the company is working hard to compete in this increasingly crowded...

Campina profits from added-value, but private label slips

Dutch dairy co-operative Campina claims that its annual results are "in line with expectations", despite slashing its milk price payout to member-farmers and registering a decrease in turnover for the...

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