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Stores incensed by stamp duty hike

Changes to the stamp duty laws in the UK have been bitterly criticised by retailers there, who have warned of job losses and the further...

Retailers retaliate in Spanish price spat

The government's list of producer and retailer prices for a variety of foodstuffs does not tell the real story, claims Spanish retail association Asedas. According...

GMOs with a kick

Can the trend for foods with added health benefits turn the tide of consumer cynicism towards genetically modified foodstuffs? US researchers hypothesise that shoppers might...

Spain seeks more transparent pricing policy

The Spanish authorities have weighed into the debate over food prices with the publication last week on the department of agriculture's website of both producer...

Cerestar ups isomalt production

The market for sugar-free confectionery can only gain pace, keeping in step with an increased consumer demand for 'guilt-free' products spurred on by burgeoning rates...

Biotech venture to build on food ingredients

ADM is taking on the contract services of a fermentation improvement technology company to work on 'opportunities and efficiencies' in the food ingredients arena. Bio-Technical...

Safeway stores up for sale already

Safeway, the UK food retail chain, has put 53 stores up for sale in advance of the expected takeover of the chain by Wm Morrison....

Busquin checks out Irish FPD

During a visit to the Teagasc National Food Centre last week EU Commissioner for research, Philippe Busquin - holding the purse strings to a €700m...

Good Q3 for Toupargel

Toupargel, the French food retail group which specialises in home delivery, has reported a 2 per cent improvement in third quarter sales, helped by solid...

Government, retail join forces in Spain

MAPA, the Spanish ministry of agriculture, and ASEDAS, the association which represents the supermarket sector in Spain, have launched a joint initiative designed to help...

Trying times for Karlshamns, 2004 brighter?

Swedish oils and fats company sees profit slip as the weight of tighter margins, increased competition and a strong Swedish kroner bears down. Profit for...

IFF: new wins plug the downwards trend

New flavour wins in Latin America went some way to offsetting weaker customer demand acutely felt in the US, but top line performance for the...

People changes

Leading cocoa and soybean processor ADM is making a few changes in Europe announcing two new appointments at its product support and development (PSD) Centre...

Carrefour loses interest in Brazilian bid

Carrefour has pulled out of the bidding race for the Brazilian assets of the troubled Ahold group, preferring instead to pursue its own new store...

Expansion for textured wheat proteins

Growth is ahead of schedule for wheat-based ingredients supplier MGP Ingredients with the Kansas-based company moving expansion of its textured wheat proteins to phase two...

AACC awards General Mills director

Cereal scientists have honoured a longtime employee of food processing giant General Mills with one of the highest awards from the American Association of Cereal...

Unilever, Wrigley fall foul of European courts

The European courts have delivered a double whammy to the food industry with rulings against both ice cream maker Unilever and gum manufacturer Wrigley. The...

Casino's relentless growth continues

Carrefour may be the pace setter in the French food retail market, but Casino is more than capable of keeping up with its larger rival,...

Digesting food safety

Stating the obvious perhaps, keeping food safe for consumers is undeniably a key priority for the food industry and governments alike. European funds are being...

Ireland backs CAP and welcomes competition

A settled policy environment is in store for Irish farmers following reform to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and imminent decoupling, said Jim Flanagan...

Delhaize to quit Singapore?

Belgian retail group Delhaize has had a troubled year, with poor sales at its US operations in particular weighing heavily on its results. The chain...

Earnings rise in 3Q for corn ingredients

Meeting targets for the year, US ingredients company Corn Products International brushes off a tougher economic climate to post a solid set of third quarter...

German compromise fails to convince Commission

Hopes that a compromise thrashed out last month over Germany's controversial deposit scheme for one-way packaging would satisfy the European Commission were dashed yesterday when...

Degussa restructures and takes €500m charge

Germany's third-largest chemicals company Degussa has taken a €500 million charge in its fine chemicals business unit as it continues to feel the impact of...

A road map to droplet shapes

Improving the texture of food products through a new emulsification technology is the focus of a recently launched EU-funded project that will concentrate in particular...

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