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Bulgarian dairies boosted by EU trade

The Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture has revealed that dairy exports to the EU tripled in 2003 and that in the light of further demand from the EU overall dairy production...

Accession fails to excite Russia

Accession will create changes in food and drink trade further a field than just the European Union. In Russia a number of issues relating to accession are set to make...

Hercules sheds shares in CP Kelco

In a surprise move US chemical company Hercules is to sell its three-year old stake in hydrocolloid leader CP Kelco to emerging CMC player Huber, sparking speculation as to when...

FSA calls for industry code on sprouted seeds

Reducing the incidence of food posioning through eating sprouted seeds will form the heart of discussions with stakeholders at an upcoming seminar organised by the UK's food watchdog.

Cargill-D.D.Williamson : US friends unite in Europe

Carving a deeper position in Europe, US caramel colour leader D.D. Williamson has acquired a UK colour plant from French starch and starch derivative company Cerestar, now owned by agro...

WBD drives outside Russia

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has said that it will install new manufacturing lines at its two dairy plants located in Ukraine. The announcement comes at the same time as press reports which...

Russian sugar market fights recession

A large proportion of Russian sugar processors have experienced recession over the last year - so says a survey of leading industry figures. However, the abolition of import taxes on...

Danone buys up Russian biscuit maker

French dairy producer and drinks company, Danone, has confirmed that its it to buy the Russian company Chok and Rolls, which currently belongs to Spanish confectionery company Chupa Chups.

UK chip & PIN rollout continuing apace

To shoppers in France, the increasing fuss being made of the rollout of chip & PIN technology across the UK retail sector must seem like a storm in a teacup.

Parmalat debt reaches €14 billion

Italian food group Parmalat said on Monday that it had a net debt of €14.3 billion ($17.6 billion) in September 2003, almost eight times the figure given by former managers...

UK supermarkets to stay GM-free

Consumer indifference - not to say hostility - towards genetically-modified products in the UK means that British supermarkets are likely to stay firmly GM-free in 2004, according to an annual...

Diversifying food tastes prompt Nestlé to invest in research

Each country has its own distinct culinary taste, and this has proved to be both a help and a hindrance to the world's major food groups. The British, for example,...

EU ruminates on sugar regime

With the failure of WTO talks in Cancun last year, pressure has intensified on Europe's heavily subsidied sugar regime - trading at three times the world price- to change. While...

A 'uniform' approach to building sales

Supermarkets are forever seeking new ways of driving up sales - expanding their product ranges, introducing new services such as banking and insurance, developing online shopping services - but building...

Disappointing sales knock Laurus for six

Laurus, the Dutch retail group, last week reported sales of €3.8 billion for 2003, a decline of 8.5 per cent on the previous year and a disappointment for the company...

Spanish supermarkets still fighting back

A report last week suggested that Spanish hypermarkets were on track to recover some of the market share lost to supermarkets in recent years as a result of store opening...

Looking to 2004 trends

Silk, allergies and convenience - a few of the directions that food formulations might take in 2004, according to market analysts Mintel.

Saastumarket heads Estonian food retail market

At the end of a successful year for Estonian food retailers, all indications are that the number one player is now the Saastumarket chain of discount stores - however, the...

Ramenka to expand beyond Moscow area

Russian retailer Ramenka has announced plans to increase investments in its Ramstore supermarket chain for 2004 by approximately 30 per cent to $130 million.

Slovenian poultry producer expands

Slovenian meat and poultry processor Perutnina Ptuj has announced a 20 per cent increase in its revenues for 2003 on the back of strong domestic demand - results that are...

Baltika still on course

Russia's largest beer company, the Baltika Brewery has released preliminary financial results for the year 2003 which show that it is continuing to return a solid performance, despite a substantial...

Job cuts for Swiss flavours giant

Number one global flavours and fragrance player Givaudan is feeling the weight of acquisitions, currency conversions and higher raw material costs, taking a SF68 million (€43m) charge in 2003 and...

Snacks in transit as meal 'catch up'

More hours spent commuting in today's hectic society mean more possibities for eating and drinking in transit, with the UK and Germany coming out on top, writes a new report...

WHEAT FOCUS: Futures to relieve price pressures in the wheat market?

With demand outstripping global wheat stocks, currently at a 30 year low, wheat prices are in for a volatile ride in 2004. Strategies to minimise the impact of price rises...

Russian beer market turns to premium brands

As the days of blindingly fast growth in the Russian beer industry begin to ebb away the market is starting to show signs of maturity. In turn it is the...

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