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GM free zones to threaten US-EU trade?

MEPs last week voted to adopt a contentious report calling for rules to be established at the community level on the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) crops with ordinary crops....

Distributing good news

German firm Loryma has been awarded distribution rights within Europe for MGP Ingredients' food proteins and starches. The agreement does not include the United Kingdom or Ireland, but does extend...

Spanish wine exports increase again

Export sales of Spanish wine grew by 5.8 per cent in the first nine months of the year to just over €1 billion, but a steady fall in prices meant...

Christmas comes early for Cargill

Food giant Cargill has acquired OCG Cacao, a major supplier of industrial chocolate to the European food industry. The deal, which was initially announced in September, has been completed following...

Life won't be easy for food makers in EU25

The movement of foodstuffs within the European boundaries will be changed forever once the next step towards an enlarged Europe takes place. Food and Life Sciences lawyer Raymond O’Rourke takes...

Tax hikes, ad ban not effective in fighting alcohol abuse

The Wine and Spirit Association in the UK last week responded to the interim report from the government body charged with investigating means of tackling the growing problem of alcohol...

Christmas boost for cava

Sales of cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, are likely to grow substantially this Christmas as consumers across Spain raise a glass to their loved ones, according to the head of...

Scientist's vision explodes food toxins

A new food safety technique coming out of the UK that uses a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. The move marks the first step towards the...

Folate focus

Europe's first international conference on folates, taking place in Poland early next year, is expected to shed new light on folate bioavailability in foods and help understand how to boost...

Antibubble awareness in beer formulation

Physicists based in the home of beer formulation have succeeded in designing the exact opposite of bubbles - antibubbles.

Traceability rules could be retailers' nightmare

With tight new rules on traceability soon to hit European food manufacturers and retailers, European food lawyer Raymond O'Rourke examines the new legislation and the impact this will have on...

Economy to benefit from GM-free zones?

Parliament adopts contentious report calling for rules to be established at Community level on the coexistence of genetically modified (GM) crops with ordinary crops 'without delay'.

Unilever aims for mayo market dominance

The launch of a new low-fat version of Unilever Bestfood 's Hellmann's mayonnaise brand in the UK is the first step in the company's bid to turn Hellman's into a 'master...

Brits chomp chocolate at 10 kilos a piece

The British are the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe, munching their way through more than 10 kg each every year. A reflection of Britain's ongoing love affair with snacking...

Kosher certification moves forward

Public health and safety company NSF International (NSF) has announced a new alliance with the STAR-K Kosher Certification organisation. The purpose is to meet the growing kosher food certification demands...

Scandinavian retailers forge Baltic venture

Two of Scandinavia's leading retail groups announced last week that they were to form a new joint venture in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia prior to those three countries joining the...

Tetra Pak to benefit from retail growth in EU25

Tetra Pak has been a pioneering force in the central and eastern European food and beverage packaging sector. However, with accession just around the corner a series of new challenges...

Spanish snacking more

Spain might well have a culinary heritage to rival that of France, but like it trans-Pyrenean neighbour, consumption patterns have been changing over the last few years, with more hectic...

Pyrrhic victory for Budvar in EU trademark battle

An attempt by US-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch to keep Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar from registering its name as a European Community trademark was foiled by the Office for Harmonisation in...

Lactimilk exerts its independence from Puleva

Lactimilk, the subsidiary of Spanish group Ebro Puleva which produces the Leyma, Ram and El Castillo brands, is to invest between €36 and €45 million over the next three years...

Ahold obliged to split Brazilian assets

Ahold 's worries have hit the headlines throughout 2003, and while it now appears to be on the road to recovery after revelations of fraud and losses of €1 billion, it...

Takeover comes just in time for Safeway

The imminent takeover of Safeway by Morrisons can not come soon enough, it seems.

Big Food tempts Londis with rival bid

This year has been one the most hectic in recent times for the British supermarket sector, what with the year-long Safeway takeover battle, Tesco and Co-op strengthening their positions in...

Consumer power wins as Diageo adds more label information

Calls by a number of consumer bodies tougher labelling on alcoholic beverages have not fallen on deaf ears. No sooner had the National Consumers League (NCL), the Center for Science...

Tesco opts for 'green' carrier bags

Tesco , the UK's biggest supermarket group with 13 million customers, is to introduce degradable carrier bags in all of its stores from next year, the first UK retail group to...

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