SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | APAC edition

News > Market Trends

Thorntons bullish after good Christmas

Last summer's hot weather had a major impact on sales at Thorntons, the British confectionery retailer and manufacturer, but the company had a lot more to be happy about when...

Supermarket Code in the firing line again

The Supermarket Code of Practice, designed to regulate the way in which British retailers do business, has been criticised once again by a number of consumer and producer organisations for...

Upping market share in seafood

This month sees the launch of the biggest research project that the EU has ever funded in the seafood sector. Spanning the entire chain, millions of euros poured into the...

Migros refutes union complaints

Union members are picketing some 200 or so Migros supermarkets across Switzerland today to protest against poor working conditions. Not surprisingly, the co-operative retailer has refuted the claims.

Western European brewers thrive in growing Romanian beer sector

Stiff competition amongst western European beer producers is continuing to drive growth in the Romanian beer market, as all of the country's major producers reported significantly higher sales for 2003,...

Danone to up Russian stakes

Danone has announced plans to increase the production capacity of two of its Russia-based dairies. The move has been influenced by the company's increase in profits in the country, which...

Tinkoff turnover quadruples

Major investment is starting to show dividends for the Russian brewery and restaurant group Tinkoff, after the company announced that turnover had increased from $8.3 million in 2002 to $33...

Uphill battle to convince Japan over BSE imports

A US delegation, which is in Japan this week to convince the country to open the gates to US beef imports, may have its plans scuppered as the Japanese farm...

Spanish probe shows mark ups are reasonable, for now

Investigations by the Spanish competition authority, the SDC, into the price of fresh fruit and vegetables has confirmed that most retailers regularly include a substantial mark up on these products...

Solbar heads East

Seeking to grab a slice of the emerging soy protein market, Israeli firm Solbar will break ground on a new site for a soy protein plant in China, earmarked for...

Somerfield confirms recovery but has plenty still to do

Somerfield , the UK supermarket group, is continuing on the road to recovery after several difficult years following its acquisition of the Kwik Save chain.

Spanish hypermarkets to claw back share

With tough rules on new store development curbing the growth of hypermarkets in Spain - designed to protect traditional retailers - most of the dynamism in the market has come...

Market boost for trehalose sweetener

Buying entry into the nascent European trehalose sweetener market last year from British Sugar, US company Cargill will welcome claims from scientists this week that the ingredient could ease Huntington's...

Londis full of Christmas cheer

Londis , the UK-based symbol group which is currently at the centre of a possible bidding war between a number of rival groups, has reported Christmas trading figures which show that...

UK minister opts to protect salmon farmers

UK government adopts protectionist principles to safeguard Scotland's salmon industry and calls on Ireland to join forces in tackling market dilution through cheap imports.

Ahold continues asset disposal with US business

Dutch retail group Ahold is continuing the sale of non-core assets as part of its restructuring plan - and in a bid to plug the €1 billion gap in its...

BSE: food safety key to winning back business

In a bid to win back slashed beef sales, the FDA's head honcho will travel to Japan today to discuss recent events linked to the first case of mad cow...

China to put pressure on European ingredients industry

Top line growth for suppliers to the food industry will have to be delivered through innovation and focused branding strategies, finds a new report, at the same time stressing that...

Soy moves

The Russian government recently lifted import duties on soybeans, corn and fishmeal for nine months starting 25 January, reports the American Soybean Association, opening the way for soy movements in...

Changing tastes curb German beer consumption

Beer sales in most of western Europe rose strongly last year as consumers across the Continent looked for any means possible to cool down during the heatwave in July and...

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...

Key Industry Events