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Northern Foods profits going up

On May 30th, Northern Foods, the UK supermarket supplier, reported a 4 per cent increase in full-year profits as it benefited from improved sales and...

Cadbury on track for growth

Cadbury Schweppes, the UK confectionery and soft drinks group, said on Wednesday that it was on target to deliver underlying annual earnings growth of 10...

Coca-Cola to recall fruit soda in Belgium

Coca-Cola, the American soft drink company, announced on May 28th that it is withdrawing 700,000 bottles of Fanta-Pomelo, a grapefruit flavoured soda marketed in Belgium,...

Rumours of UK milk merger

Rumours are afoot that the two leading dairies in the UK will merge, the BBC reports. Speculation started after after a reported meeting between the...

Indian starch business to liquidate

Indian company B M Thapar group is to liquidate its starch business Bharat Starch, Indian paper the Economic Times reports. This follows the company's selling...

M&S to rethink food activities

Struggling British retailer Marks and Spencer Plc is considering a shake-up of its food activities, one of the more stable areas of its business, in...

Greenpeace barricades Nestlé factory

In a bid to stop "genetically engineered food contamination" Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the entrance of a Nestle factory in Hong Kong on Monday....

Hypermarkets in Thailand gain ground

Hypermarkets in Thailand are taking the place of supermarkets, reports the Bangkok Post. According to a survey, "Thailand's Shopping Habits", released this week by ACNielsen...

Aarhus profit margin on the up

Danish oils and and oleochemicals company Aarhus Oliefabrik on Monday reported an operating income improvement of DKK 6.2 million to DKK 18.6 million for the...

Well-being driving the consumer

Looking good and feeling good are the two major preoccupations for the consumer, state market analysts Datamonitor in a recent report. In 2000 vanity...

Interbrew given second chance

The UK High Court on Friday advised Stephen Byers, trade and industry secretary, that he would have to reconsider his decision to force Interbrew, the...

Canada predicts record soy crop

Soybean acreage is expected to climb 4 per cent, opening the door for a potential record soybean crop, according to U.S. ag attaché in Canada,...

Unilever on target

Ango-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever expects to save £200m a year from the sale of 1,200 global brands well ahead of its initial five-year deadline,...

California growers impose energy surcharge

Faced with the highest power costs in its history, California Fresh Tomato Grower Exchange members announced an energy surcharge on all sales. The edict took...

Zespri: profitable first year

Zespri, the New Zealand kiwi fruit marketer finished its first financial year as a grower-shareholder owned company in "reasonable shape", according to executive chairman, Doug...

Organic market to reach £1bn within 2 years

The booming organic food sector is on course to hit annual sales of £1bn in the UK within a couple of years, reports the Independent...

ConAgra reassesses financial figures

ConAgra, the US agribusiness and food products group, said it would have to restate its figures because of accounting irregularities which are being probed by...

Avebe's long-term plan for French starch plant

The Dutch starch producer AVEBE intends to increase its investments at its French factory in Haussimont. As part of an annual investment programme running until...

Asian American population a potential for the food industry

According to Promar International, a research and marketing company, food and beverage manufacturers should be actively courting the growing Asian American population. "This group is...

Nutrinova fighting against infringement of its patent

Nutrinova has begun proceedings against the Chinese manufacturer Zhangjiagang Hope Chemicals Co. Ltd. and against the Dutch trading company Arnold Suhr International BV in London's...

Carlsberg clear to purchase Danish Coca-Cola activities

Carlsberg Breweries, the Danish beer company, announced on May 23rd that its takeover of Coca-Cola Tapperierne A/S, the Danish Coca-Cola operation, has been cleared by...

Internet food sites eFS Network, Maverick to merge

Two American start-up foodservice industry Internet sites, eFS Network and Maverick Xchange, announced on May 22nd they will merge to form a business-to-business network designed...

Americans quench thirst with water

A staggering 63 per cent of Americans will choose to drink bottled water this summer, according to a recently published survey for the International Bottled...

Avebe's joint venture in Brazil

Avebe, the Dutch starch producer, will join Pilao Quimica Ltda concern, the Brazilian producer of tapioca-based starch and derivatives, in a joint venture. As...

U.S. Consumers not sure about GM foods

BIGresearch, an American research company, just released findings about US consumers and genetically modified products. In a study conducted in April 2001 on 5,638...

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