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Lidl expansion targets CEE region

Discount food retailer Lidl is forecast to continue its phenomenal European success in 2005 and Eastern Europe, especially Hungary, is a main target for growth - a move likely to...

Salt levels in soups still high, says FSA

Food makers continue with their commitment to reduce salt levels in processed foods, but more is work required, shows new survey from the UK food agency.

Sardus buys sandwich firms for new business

One of Sweden's biggest meat and cheese processing companies, recently under pressure from increased competition, will soon be supplying sandwiches as well as the fillings by establishing a new business...

Stock rotation the key to forecourt store growth

Forecourt convenience stores are becoming increasingly important revenue sources for the leading supermarket groups, either as part of their own petrol retail business or in partnership with fuel companies. But...

Cranswick adds Perkins Chilled Foods

Cranswick, the UK group with operations as diverse as pork products, sandwiches and pet food, is to extend its presence in the added-value meat sector with the acquisition of Perkins...

Diageo's surpise bid wins Chalone

Diageo confirms that it has trumped the bid that Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Constellation Brands and Quintessa had submitted to acquire the Chalone Group, reports Kim Hunter Gordon.

CSM sheds confectionery unit

Major Dutch bakery ingredients firm CSM confirms the sale of its confectionery unit to focus on core business. The Diemen/Breda-based company said it expects to complete the sale of the...

Lactalis strengthens UK foothold

Lactalis, France's biggest dairy producer, has strengthened its position in the UK market with the acquisition of the Scottish group McLelland, maker of the Seriously Strong brand of cheddar, paving...

S&N combines Indian brewing business with UB

Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is to combine its Indian brewing assets with those of United Breweries, the largest beer maker on the sub-continent, to form a group...

BFG agrees to Baugur bid

Big Food Group, the British company behind the Iceland retail and Booker wholesale chains, has confirmed that it has accepted a takeover from Baugur, the Icelandic investment group which already...

Bondi sues banks, seeks to stifle bias

Enrico Bondi, the government-appointed special administrator of bankrupt Italian dairy group Parmalat, is set to sue a number of Italian financial groups in an attempt to stifle mounting criticism that...

PepsiCo eyes Eastern European snack market

PepsiCo has the potential to dominate the emerging snacks market in Eastern Europe after buying out General Mills' 40.5 per cent share in Snack Ventures Europe (SVE) for $750 million...

New products to drive Cadbury growth

Increasing investment in new product development is expected to help British confectionery and soft drinks producer Cadbury Schweppes to achieve its ambitious targets for long-term growth, according to analysts Goldman...

IAWS invades specialist French bakery

Irish baker IAWS is taking on France's specialist bakery, confectionery and foodservice sectors by acquiring leading domestic distributor Groupe Hubert, and could exploit the declining number of independent on-site bakers...

Unilever simplifies Portuguese production

Unilever Portugal has restructured its joint venture with local food manufacturer and retailer Jeronimo Martins, a further step towards the simplification of the company's business units. Chris Jones reports.

Ireland sets ambitious targets for functional foods industry

Ireland's functional foods industry has been slated for major growth under a government-backed development programme announced last week.

British retailers urged to do more to promote healthy eating

Consumers' health could be at risk depending on where they shop and how much money they earn, a bleak assessment by the National Consumer Council of the current state of...

OFT probes online supermarket prices

The prices charged by the leading UK grocers for their Internet-based delivery service are being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading, a probe which has prompted fierce denials of...

Retailers turn to non-food to drive growth

Growth in the food retail sector across Europe is being driven not by sales of food but rather by the ever-widening range of non-food goods, claims a new report. But...

Inter Link launches cakes in Europe

The rising star of Britain's cake sector, Inter Link Foods, is buying its way into Poland - hoping to benefit from the growing dominance of multinational supermarkets across eastern Europe...

Lactalis adds gourmet cheese to US line-up

Lactalis USA, a subsidiary of French dairy group Lactalis, announced earlier this week that it has acquired Rondelé Specialty Foods, a US manufacturer of spreadable cheeses, in a deal which...

Nestlé buys into frozen pizza market

Nestlé is to buy almost half of German frozen pizza firm Wagner so it can tap into the lucrative German market and expand Wagner's brands abroad, as competition hots up...

European court tells Netherlands to open up on fortified foods

The Netherlands has been told that it must allow the marketing of foods with added vitamins and minerals without requiring manufacturers to prove that there is a 'nutritional' need for...

Another British icon joins Premier portfolio

Premier Foods has added another popular British food brand to its diverse portfolio with the acquisition of the Bird's Custard brand from US-based food giant Kraft. And this continued focus...

CSM confectionery unit sale to close before 04

CSM, the €2.8 billion Dutch bakery ingredients company, is still hoping for a year end close on the sale of its confectionery unit, that together with biochemicals, sugar and bakery...

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