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New owners for Russian groups?

Investment fund Russia Partners II has acquired the Moscow-based Ice-Fili ice cream producer and confectionery group Zvezdny, according to a report in the Vedomosti newspaper.

Czechs drinking even more beer

The Czechs are already the biggest beer consumers in Europe, but the growing popularity of the county's beer in other countries is helping to lift annual output even further.

Carlsberg to take full control of Polish unit

Less than a month after it increased its stake in Polish brewer Okocim to 85 per cent, Danish beer maker Carlsberg has made a public offer for the remaining 15...

Dawn of new era for Bunge bakery business

Bunge, the world's top oilseed processor, last week said it was looking to cream off a gain of about $2 million, or 2 cents per share, on the sale of...

BSE in US to accelerate organic beef growth

Organic meat sales are set to surge in the United States as BSE sparks consumers' fears for food safety, reports UK research company Organic Monitor.

Japan to dominate FAB market

Japan looks set to regain its crown as the leading market for flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), despite continued strong growth in the market which usurped its position, the US.

Londis set to be this year's Safeway?

What started out as a simple takeover of the UK-based convenience store group Londis by Irish counterpart Musgrave now looks set to become this year's equivalent of the Safeway affair,...

Casino to get Ahold's Argentine unit

French retailer Casino could end up with control of the Argentine stores currently owned by Ahold subsidiary Disco after the Dutch group's preferred buyer, Cencosud, withdrew from negotiations.

Carrefour quits Chilean market

Europe's largest food retailer Carrefour has followed its decision to withdraw from the race to acquire Ahold's Brazilian assets with a further reduction in its presence in Latin America.

Mlin set for upgrade

Bulgarian bread and bread products manufacturer Mlin 97 has confirmed an investment of BGN 3 million (€1.5mn) to set up a new flour mill, which went into production at the...

Bridgetown Foods to double turnover

Moscow-based snack food company Bridgetown Foods has said that it expects its trade turnover to double in 2004 compared to the US $65 million that the company is estimated to...

Lithuanian business ready for EU market

The Lithuanian food industry is readying to take on the EU market once accession becomes a reality in May next year. The country now says that more than 70 of...

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...

Job cuts in colours

Hot on the heels of disappointing third quarter results, notably in the colours division hit by weaker sales in the US, Sensient Technologies has announced a round of cost cutting...

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...

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...

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...

Setuza gears up for investment

Czech food and cosmetics giant Setuza has said that it is gearing up to spend a total of CZK 150 million (€4.6m) by the end of April 2004 on the...

The food safety bug

An innovative new food safety technique using a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. This marks the first step towards the commercialisation of this unusual process, a...

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...

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...

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