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Russian 'ravioli' revolution

Russia may be slowly adapting a number of western food and drink habits - the rise of the country's beer industry is evidence of that - but there is still...

Estonia facing recycling dilemma

The Estonian Brewers' Association is concerned that a requirement to buy back empty beer cans for recycling could get out of hand once the country joins the EU in May....

Hungarians happy to face accession challenge

While many of the central and eastern European countries due to join the EU in May have already begun raising concerns about the likely effect of opening up their borders...

Asconi invests as wine business grows

Asconi , one of the largest eastern European producers of wines and spirits, is to buy new grape processing and winemaking equipment for its Puhoi winery to help it meet growing...

BSE: FAO tells trading states to tighten controls

As the United States deals with the fallout from the first case of mad cow disease to hit the country, an international organisation warns countries to stay on the alert...

Dollar decline masks solid Delhaize performance

Delhaize , the Belgian retail group, yesterday reported sales of €18.8 billion for 2003, a 2.4 per cent increase on a like-for-like basis but 9.1 per cent lower than in 2002...

Hyparlo weathers French retail storm

Sluggish market conditions in France were weathered well by Hyparlo, the Carrefour franchise operator, in 2003. And a strong progression in Romania, helped by store openings there, gave an extra...

Northland on the upward curve

Back from a plunge in revenues last year, US cranberry processor Northland Cranberries saw profits bounce back in the first quarter of 2004.

Poor prospects for French dairy market

The chances of growth returning to the French dairy market in the medium term are extremely slim, according to a recent report from French market analysts Xerfi.

Cargill enters European flavour scene

Competition in European flavours heated up this week as Cargill, the largest private company in the US, signed on the dotted line for UK flavours group The Duckworth Group (TDG).

Food industry voices concerns over accession

As the Commission this week earmarked a €6 million rural support package for accession states, Europe's food industry body has warned the Irish presidency that the legal and economic climate...

Challenging year for Europe's food industry

With 10 new Member States set to join the European Union on 1 May, 2004 is likely to be an extremely challenging year for the bloc's food and drink producers,...

Support for Lithuanian retailer

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has granted a €35 million loan to the Lithuanian retailer VP Market, one of the leading food retailers in the Baltic region with...

Parmalat collapse felt in Hungary, Romania

The collapse of Italian dairy giant Parmalat -and revelations of massive and widespread fraud - has been felt throughout the world, not least because the Parma-based group was such an...

CEE dairies consolidate ahead of accession

The need for consolidation in the dairy market in central and eastern Europe is clear, especially when faced with the increased competition likely to be brought by accession to the...

Russia imports more alcohol

Russia increased imports of alcoholic drinks by around 30 per cent in 2003 and is likely to lift imports by a further 20 per cent in 2004, according to the...

Confectionery set for strong global growth

Until recently, consumers with a sweet tooth have had little in the way of choice when it came to reconciling their desire for sweets and chocolate with the need to...

Ahold to reclaim bonus payments

Faced with a new shareholder revolt over the exact role the previous management team played in the widespread fraud at the company last year, Dutch retail group Ahold yesterday pledged...

Profits soar for Cargill but BSE casts shadow on future earnings

Agri-giant and leading beef processor Cargill sees profits soar in the first half of fiscal 2004. But as the fallout from the first mad cow case in the US begins,...

EU25: value-added dairy to offer gains

As 10 countries prepare themselves for accession to the European Union in April, a new report reveals food manufacturers entering, and already present in, these countries might want to start...

Sensus expands roots in South America

Dutch ingredients producer Sensus has significantly expanded its presence in the South American market through new agreements with distributors in Argentina and Chile.

Hungary facing foie gras challenge

With Hungary's entry into the EU in May, producers of one of the country's main food specialities will face a particular challenge. Moves by the Union to phase out the...

Hypermarkets still top Czech preferences

Hypermarkets may be the domain of foreign rather than domestic retailers in the Czech Republic but this does not appear to concern most consumers there when it comes to their...

Czech food groups still with much to do

With barely four months to go until the 10 accession countries become fully-fledged members of the European Union, many food companies still have a long way to go before they...

EBRD sells Lithuanian dairy stake

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested in a number of food and drink business in central and eastern Europe in recent weeks, but its latest move there...

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