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Countdown begins for Safeway bid

Morrisons, the Bradford-based supermarket group, must make a bid for the Safeway chain within 21 days after the UK government yesterday accepted definitive undertakings from rival chains not to bid...

Ukrainian margarine maker to double production

Zaporozhye Fat-and-oil Works, currently considered to be the leader in the market for Ukrainian margarine products, has announced plans to double its margarine production capabilities in an effort to meet...

Excelent, more chocolate

One of Romania's leading and longest established chocolate makers, Excelent, has relaunched its Kandia branded chocolate under a multi-million dollar investment. The money has also included an extensive revamp of...

CIAA wish list for WTO revival

Flying the flag for market liberalisation Europe's food and drink industry body has reinforced its support for a revival of WTO negotiations. But the group also lays down conditions.

Mine's a beer...

Baby boomers are convinced that beer makes you fat and wine is good for the heart, so finds a recent poll in Canada conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of the...

Juice trade tackles market

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) asserts that the world trade pattern for agricultural products in general, and for fresh horticultural and fruit juices in particular, is changing rapidly. Coming to...

Ahold LatAm sell off continues with Peru

If the market is still waiting to see who emerges as potential buyers for Ahold's Spanish operations, put up for sale earlier this year as part of a major restructuring...

Swiss ice cream sales rise

One of Switzerland's best known food products, chocolate, may have suffered terribly during the heatwave this summer, but the country's ice cream producers put in a contrasting performance.

Farmers to control GM contamination, say MEPs

The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament has adopted an own initiative report calling on the Commission to make farmers of genetically modified (GM) crops liable for the contamination of...

Repentant Diageo backs down in Cardhu row

Talks yesterday between spirits group Diageo and the rest of the Scotch whisky industry over the future of the Cardhu brand unexpectedly led to the company agreeing too major changes...

Swedish dairy moves deeper into probiotics

Leading Swedish dairy firm Skanemejerier has gained the rights to use BioGaia's probiotic Reuteri bacteria in milk products for launch on the Scandinavian market at the end of next year.

Risk perception - facts, fear and food

With serendipitous coincidence, in the same week that the European Food Safety Authority delivers its hotly awaited first opinion on a GMO, bureaucrats and stakeholders have gathered in Brussels under...

Bunge sheds baking business

Hot on the heels of weak third quarter results, US agri-giant Bunge said on Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its bakery business to US company...

Cardhu row could go to higher authorities

Scotch whisky producers are expected to present a united front today in calling for Diageo to withdraw its Cardhu brand from the market or switch it back to a single...

Bioterrorism, 8 days to go

As countdown begins, Natural Products Expo Asia, opening in Hong Kong this week, will run a free seminar focusing on the new bioterrorism regulations, set to impact all companies exporting...

Safeway bid before Christmas?

Morrisons could make a new bid for the Safeway supermarket chain before Christmas, beginning the final leg of a sale process which has lasted nearly a year.

Coca-Cola to take on bottled water giants in France

France is the home of some of the world's biggest mineral water brands - Perrier, Vittel, Evian, Volvic, to name just four - but a new entry into the market...

Carotenoids, player awarded for market penetration

Europe's health food industry has 'under-utilised' the nutraceutical properties of carotenoids and consumers are still unaware of their health benefits, finds report on the $348.5 million (€291.4m) carotenoid market. Also...

Salmonella in sprouts and safety in Europe

Six cases of salmonella in sprouts were reported in the US this week. The news comes but a few days after US agriculture secretary reports on a dramatic fall in...

FSA discusses radiation

UK food safety body is set to review the policy on the radiological protection of foods at upcoming open meeting next week.

Carrefour's Spanish performance bodes well for French revival

Carrefour is Europe's largest food retailer and the world's second largest after Wal-Mart, with operations across the globe. But the one blot on its otherwise impressive copybook in recent years...

Oversubscription for Degussa bond

German chemicals company Degussa last week launched a benchmark bond to replace maturing debt and extend its financial liabilities. It was three times oversubscribed, according to the company, increasing the...

From bust to boom - doing business the Merrydown way

Just five years ago, British drinks group Merrydown was on the verge of going bust, bogged down by spiralling costs, a lack of focus and dependency on a product -...

EU approves salatrim for use as food ingredient

The European Commission this week gave the green light to salatrims, a type of reduced-calorie fats, for use as novel food ingredients following an application by ingredients giant Danisco. The...

Europe's food industry steady

In the wake of terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001 Europe's manufacturing industries have taken a knock but figures released this week reveal that the food industry...

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