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Erythritol goes East

US agro giant Cargill continues to spread its wings, announcing a new Japanese collaboration for the distribution of its low-calorie sweetener erythritol.

Ahold rejig takes toll

Preliminary sales figures for 2003 released by Dutch retailer Ahold today will make for broadly encouraging reading after a turbulent year marked by fraud revelations and major restructuring moves.

Expansion drives Metro growth in 2003

German wholesale and retail giant Metro has ended 2003 with sales growth at its expanding international business offsetting the continued depression in its home market.

Parmalat crisis deepens

As the scandal surrounding Italy's food and giant Parmalat deepens, Berlusconi's government rustles up emergency measures to tackle 'Europe's Enron', with a strategy to save jobs and pay the suppliers.

Morrisons ends turbulent year on a high

2003 was a year of frustrations for UK supermarket group Wm Morrison . Its bid for larger rival Safeway made last January was not finally approved until December, an 11 month...

Mad US cow from Canadian herd

The mad cow case identified in the US before Christmas originated from a farm in Canada, officials confirmed this week.

Price strategy pays off for Barry Callebaut

The world's top supplier of industrial chocolate to the confectionery industry delivered a solid set of first quarter figures yesterday with net profit rising by 17 per cent, boosted by...

Another trademark victory for Budvar

The trademark battle between Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar and US giant Anheuser-Busch has continued this week with the resolution of a dispute between the two players in South Korea.

Irish food exports grow, but face tough new challenges

Ireland's food and drink industry had a good year in 2003, at least on export markets. The latest data from Bord Bia, the Irish food board, show that exports were...

Winter warms Greggs results

Sales of pastries and baked goods suffered last summer because of the exceptionally hot weather, but an excellent performance during the colder winter months helped UK baked goods and sandwich...

Improving Iceland looks at Londis

The Big Food Group is thought to be the company most likely to emerge victorious in the bidding war for UK convenience store operator Londis, a reflection of the continuing...

Survey confirms parents' diet fears

Some 47 per cent of UK parents regard their children's diet and exercise as one of the top three things they worry about, and for 8 per cent this issue...

Foodchain focus for Irish presidency

Ireland kicks off the year with the presidency of Europe and, as part of the scientific programme linked to the six-month responsibility, the country will organise an international food conference...

Castel invests in Russian drinks business

French beverage group Castel is clearly confident of future growth in Russia and the CIS. The company recently announced that it is to invest heavily in BIH Brasseries Internationales Holding...

Kalev takes control of biscuit maker

Kalev, Estonia's leading confectionery producers, has acquired 99.1 per cent of compatriot Jarle, a producer of sweet and savoury baked goods, according to the Baltic News Service.

Grain trader gets EBRD boost

Yu-Point, the largest grain trading company in Serbia and Montenegro, is about to expand further with the help of a €12 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and...

CAP reform brings awards, says UK minister

Voicing his full support for reform of Europe's agricultural policy, UK farm minister Lord Whitty told farmers this week to 'seize the opportunities' that could pave the way to a...

UK cereal industry looks to new markets

Funding to bolster research into new food uses for cereals and oilseeds is behind a fresh R&D strategy released by the UK cereals industry this week, a move designed to...

Steady growth for US flavours

The ongoing consumer desire for natural ingredients, combined with a growing interest in more complex and authentic flavours, will drive market demand for flavours and fragrances in the US to...

Energy drink growth slows, but continues

The spectacular growth rates of the late 1990s may be a thing of the past, but the functional energy drink market in western Europe shows little sign of running out...

Excellent first half from Colruyt

Belgian retail group Colruyt has posted impressive first half sales figures despite ongoing troubles at some of its non-food units.

Lidl planning Hungarian rollout

German retail group Schwartz is to open up to 30 stores in Hungary over the next two years under its Lidl discount store banner, according to reports in the Hungarian press.

Rhodia takes a breath

French ingredients company Rhodia has reached an agreement with its creditors to refinance its debt burden, giving breathing space to continue its restructuring operations.

Strong growth in Czech organics

US moves into the emerging East European organic market were highlighted this week in a new report from the US government that reveals the market potential for US organic products...

Campofrio adapts to demands for traceability and safety

The recent announcement of a first confirmed case of BSE in the US shows that concern about the safety of meat and meat products is far from over, and that...

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