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The food safety bug

An innovative new food safety technique using a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. This marks the first step towards the commercialisation of this unusual process, a...

Unilever aims for mayo market dominance

The launch of a new low-fat version of Unilever Bestfood 's Hellmann's mayonnaise brand in the UK is the first step in the company's bid to turn Hellman's into a 'master...

Brits chomp chocolate at 10 kilos a piece

The British are the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe, munching their way through more than 10 kg each every year. A reflection of Britain's ongoing love affair with snacking...

Scandinavian retailers forge Baltic venture

Two of Scandinavia's leading retail groups announced last week that they were to form a new joint venture in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia prior to those three countries joining the...

Tetra Pak to benefit from retail growth in EU25

Tetra Pak has been a pioneering force in the central and eastern European food and beverage packaging sector. However, with accession just around the corner a series of new challenges...

Spanish snacking more

Spain might well have a culinary heritage to rival that of France, but like it trans-Pyrenean neighbour, consumption patterns have been changing over the last few years, with more hectic...

DSM expands in Latin America

In a bid to reinforce customer relations in Latin America, the dairy ingredients business unit of DSM Food Specialties' has expanded its presence in Latin...

Slovak salt company to expand

Slovakia's sole salt producer Solivary, which is based in Presov, in eastern Slovakia, has confirmed that it is to invest Slovak crowns 700 million (€17 mn) in a new salt...

Lithuanian baker expands, profits hit

Leading Lithuanian baker Vilniaus Duona Plius, has purchased a 40 per cent stake in rival Panevezio Duona, boosting its previous holding in this northern Panevezys-located company to 95 per cent....

New plant for Tonix

Tonix, the Bulgarian meat processor, has announced plans to invest €3 million to set up a processing plant in Pleven, northern Bulgaria in an effort to further expand the company's...

Droga sacking causes chagrin

Last week's dismissal of three executive board members at leading Slovenian food manufacturer Droga has caused some degree of consternation amongst the company's workers.

Pyrrhic victory for Budvar in EU trademark battle

An attempt by US-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch to keep Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar from registering its name as a European Community trademark was foiled by the Office for Harmonisation in...

Lactimilk exerts its independence from Puleva

Lactimilk, the subsidiary of Spanish group Ebro Puleva which produces the Leyma, Ram and El Castillo brands, is to invest between €36 and €45 million over the next three years...

Panning for golden genes

Food products made with GM maize could soon be on the European supermarket shelves despite the cynical consumer if policy-makers, soon to take a decision on the sale of Syngenta's...

Cut the sugars to beat cancer-causing compound

Potatoes with low levels of reducing sugars could be the answer to fighting the formation of the potentially carcinogenic compound acrylamide in foods.

Nuts, but not for much longer

Scientists warn this week that our traditional christmas snack of brazil nuts might not be for much longer if intensive harvesting practices continue in 'persistently exploited' areas.

Pectins expansion for Danisco

In response to an increasing worldwide demand for pectin, Danish ingredients company Danisco is to expand its Czech production capacity by 40 per cent to accommodate an expected growth rate...

Funding for European bioterrorism

As the European Parliament delivers slices of the €99 billion budget pie for next year, €45 bn earmarked for CAP and €400 million for health and consumer protection, funding for science projects confirmed.

Ahold obliged to split Brazilian assets

Ahold 's worries have hit the headlines throughout 2003, and while it now appears to be on the road to recovery after revelations of fraud and losses of €1 billion, it...

Vitamin makers challenge ruling in US

The US Supreme Court said this week that it would hear an appeal by Roche, BASF and other vitamin makers, challenging a previous ruling that allowed foreign buyers to sue...

Calcium to fight obesity?

Children should be strongly encouraged to regularly include calcium-rich foods and drinks in their diets, report US researchers, after a new study confirms the negative association between the mineral and...

Proscuitto beckons for EFSA

By 2005 Geoffrey Podger and his team at Europe's first food agency could be swilling prosecco and eating proscuitto, if all goes well.

Cargill expands on Asian appeal

US agri-giant Cargill is set to expand its gum manufacturing capabilities in China. Working with its joint venture partner Shandong Huanghelong Group, the company has announced a significant capacity increase...

Takeover comes just in time for Safeway

The imminent takeover of Safeway by Morrisons can not come soon enough, it seems.

Big Food tempts Londis with rival bid

This year has been one the most hectic in recent times for the British supermarket sector, what with the year-long Safeway takeover battle, Tesco and Co-op strengthening their positions in...

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