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Werol beefs up protein production

Estonian state-owned cooking oil manufacturer Werol Tehased has announced plans to launch a pilot project for the production protein derived from rape seed oil. The company is also mulling over...

Lithuanian meatpacker investing in new plant

Lithuanian meat processor and wholesaler Vilniaus Mesa has said it is about to invest some 17 million litas (€4.9m) in a new plant to be located in Vilnius.

Hungarian pasta maker targets west

Following a year of investments in its production facility, leading Hungarian pasta producer Soos Tesztagyarto, based in Vecses, near Budapest, has said that it is now gearing up to increase...

Tetra Pak bullish over enlargement

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...

Russian food retail full of promise

Alongside the growing wealth of the average CEE consumer, the region's food retail sector is growing at an unprecedented rate, a recently published report finds. Fuelling that growth is the...

Emerging markets and health lift Danisco H1 results

Set against the backdrop of difficult trading conditions for branded food manufacturers, raw material prices and a negative currency impact played down first half figures for ingredients giant Danisco.

Cencosud pulls out of Disco takeover

Cencosud, the Chilean supermarket group, has ended its exclusive talks with Dutch retailer Ahold over the acquisition of the latter's Argentinian unit, Disco, after failing to reach an agreement.

NFU welcomes Defra study to tackle bovine TB

The UK National Farmers Union (NFU) this week said it was pleased that Defra has eventually published its "scoping study" to pave the way for development of a vaccine to...

1.5 million tons of soy sailing to China?

China's soybean shopping team left for the US this week. Top of the list? Contracts in the range of 1.5 million tonnes of soybeans, predicts the Chinese government.

Carrefour revamps Asia IT systems

Carrefour, the biggest European retail group and the world's second largest supermarket operator, is to begin a major overhaul of its supply chain IT systems with its Asian operations.

Soft drinks are hot - and getting hotter

Soft drinks are set to become the biggest beverage sector in the world, overtaking hot drinks, with consumption rising by around 5 per cent a year, according to a new...

Gut feeling helps drive functional food growth

Functional food makers present in the UK market will reap the rewards of consumers who are among the biggest spenders on functional foods and drinks in Europe.

Finally, a home for EFSA

Following two years of political wranglings Europe's first food safety agency finally has a permanent home in the city of Parma, after Italy successfully fought off a strong bid from...

Novartis buys Mead Johnson adult nutrition business

Swiss healthcare firm Novartis said today it is to buy US-based Mead Johnson's adult medical nutrition business for $385 million (€312m) in cash, giving it a strong presence in the...

JRS tackles dietary fibre market

Demand for functional ingredients in Europe is far from slackening with European buyers set to reach 5 million by 2007. Ingredients companies, such as J. Rettenmaier & Sons (JRS), are...

EU changes goal posts for New Zealand butter imports

'Extremely disappointing' is how New Zealand's agriculture minister Jim Sutton yesterday described new European Union restrictions on New Zealand butter imports.

Beyond Safeway: the changing face of British retail

Nearly a year after it was first announced, the takeover of Safeway is now in its final phase following yesterday’s £3 billion updated offer for the chain by Morrisons. But...

CEDC cuts profits outlook

Central European Distribution Corporation has reduced its outlook for the coming financial year because of a charge for the re-evaluation of a deferred tax asset.

Carlsberg ups Polish interest

Carlsberg Breweries has again increased its shareholding in thePolish brewer Carlsberg Okocim through the acquisition of a further 6 per cent of its share capital.

Ajinomoto boosts nucleotide exports

Japanese seasonings company Ajinomoto moves deeper into the export market for the food flavour enhancers - nucleotide seasonings - unveiling a 6 billion yen factory in Thailand last week.

Consumers prefer GM over conventional, new study

Set to fuel the debate on GM foods, a market experiment conducted in 2000 in Canada found that consumers preferred sweetcorn which had been engineered to be pest resistant over...

Spanish food groups seek greater export assistance

Spain's food companies are broadly happy with the support they receive for marketing their products on export markets, but most would still like to see more financial backing and a...

Opportunities for Constellation Brands

With the recent acquisition of BRL Hardy, Constellation Brands has become the world's largest wine producer, but faces a challenge to maintain its leading share of the market intensifies from...

S&P downgrades WBD

Following its failure to attract investment from French food giant Danone, Russian dairy and juice producer Wimm-Bill-Dann has had its Standard & Poor's rating downgraded from stable to negative. S&P...

Cargill makes Russian move

International food processor Cargill is set to construct a $50 million malt plant in Tula Oblast, Russia. Company spokeswoman Irina Kalygina told the Russian Vedomosti newspaper that the corporation is...

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