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'Girly' FABs set to go the way of Babycham

Flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) took the UK market by storm in the late 1990s, and while recent rumours of their death have been greatly exaggerated, growth in the market does...

PepsiCo flags up 'healthy' products

Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo might not spring immediately to mind when thinking about healthy food products, but the US company clearly believes it has a role to play...

More fruit boosts Brits' vitamin C levels but vitamin E down

Consumption of fresh fruit is on the rise in the UK, shows new government data, leading to a notable increase in intake of vitamin C. But a decline in other...

Support for French dairy industry

More than 50 different measures designed to boost the French dairy industry will be introduced over the next few years - among them action to increase the pace of innovation...

French swap foie gras for Slim-Fast

The annual mass exodus of city-dwelling French citizens to the coastal resorts has already begun, and as usual it was preceded by the grunts and groans of French people trying...

Chocolate makers go head-to-head

Two of the biggest chocolate makers in the UK are to launch products which will directly compete with some of each other's biggest brands - an indication, perhaps, that the...

Tesco continues to stretch its lead

Tesco strengthened its position as the leading grocer in the UK in the last quarter, with sales growth more than twice that of its nearest rival Asda. Upmarket retailer Waitrose...

Asda steps up Fairtrade offering

After a highly successful Fairtrade Fortnight earlier this year, Britain's number two food retailer Asda is to increase the number of ethical products on its shelves - further evidence of...

Ahold sales fall again

Ahold's management remains stoically bullish about the Dutch retailer's chances of recovering from the double whammy of fraud and poor performance, but the company's latest set of results show that...

Former Ahold execs indicted over fraud

Four former executives of Dutch retail group Ahold have been indicted by the US authorities for fraudulent activities at the group's US Foodservice division - the first charges brought against...

Kids' food: campaigners on the attack again

The food included in children’s menus at a large number of UK restaurants and cafés is systematically failing to meet the nutritional guidelines set out for school canteens – which...

Food labels need to be better, say UK consumers

Food makers need to write clearer food labels so that consumers can easily understand the ingredients used in the food formulation, finds a new report released in the UK this...

Growth slows at Casino

French retailer Casino saw a slight downturn in growth in the second quarter of the year, impacted by fewer shopping days and the cost of revamping its convenience business. But...

Beckham banana, anyone?

Celebrity branding could be the answer to increasing sales of fruit and vegetables in the UK, suggests a new report. Chris Jones reports.

Premium growth for New World wine makers

Overproduction by New World wine producers has pushed down prices over the last few years, taking a major toll on producers' margins. But a growing trend towards premium wines could...

Slim-Fast responds to low-carb challenge

Slim-Fast, the weight loss brand owned by Unilever, has been one of the hardest hit by the low-card dieting fad which has swept the US and now Europe. But the...

More cash for French wine marketers

French wine producers have been granted more money by the Paris government to help them advertise and promote their wines and combat the increasing threat from New World wines and...

No need for ban on kids food ads - for now

Britain's TV advertising watchdog Ofcom has given a boost to beleaguered food companies by stating that there is no need for tighter regulations on the way in which they advertise...

'Community' spirit lifting brand values

Brands which "build communities around their products and services" and "enable customers to feel as if they own [it]" are the ones most likely to succeed, according to the latest...

Latin America: European retailers face tough task

Europe's retailers are among the most international in the world, but one market where they are still under-represented is Latin America. Yet as the region's economies begin to strengthen after...

Germans losing their taste for beer

Germans have a reputation as Europe's beer-drinking heavyweights, but an increasing lack of interest in beer among young consumers there means that German brewers may have to look to other...

Spaniards 'ready' to change meal patterns

Spanish ready meal sales grew by 7.5 per cent in 2003, another clear example of how Spaniards are rapidly embracing modern culinary trends and shedding the tapas image. And with...

Lidl set to overtake Aldi in European stakes

German discount store Lidl is hoping to steal a march on arch rival Aldi by rolling out stores in 15 European countries where the latter has no presence - a...

Laurus struggles as price war rages on

The price war in the Dutch retail market continues to impact retail businesses there, none more so than Laurus which is also trying to revamp its business at the same...

Frozen food playing the health and safety card

Frozen food may not have the sexiest of images, but growing consumer demand for convenient, healthy and, above all, safe food has led to something of a revival in the...

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