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General Mills get EU go ahead

The European Commission on Monday cleared the GeneralMills Inc.'s proposed purchase of packaged foods maker Pillsbury from Diageo PLC, a British-based drinks conglomerate, Nandotimes.com reported...

Unilever to sell Bestfoods baking business

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products company, announced yesterday that it intends to divest Bestfoods Baking Company in the U.S.A. The business was acquired as part...

Lion Nathan report healthy annual results

Lion Nathan, Australian brewing group and daughter of Japanese parent Kirin, is in talks with an international brewer on the future of its Chinese beer...

Hormel to open new distribution facility

Hormel Foods Corporation, the US manufacturer and marketer of meat and food products, has announced that it will open a food distribution facility in Dayton,...

Firmenich reports healthy 2000 sales

Swiss flavour and perfumery firm Firmenich reported this week record sales of nearly 1.7 billion Swiss francs, an increase of 22 percent for the 12-month...

Nestlé discusses Haagen-Dazs

US cereal maker General Mills Inc. has entered talks with Swiss food giant Nestle SA on the future of Haagen-Dazs ice cream, a joint venture...

ADM to test for Starlink corn

ADM in the US is to test for the presence of Starlink corn in each of its processing plants and elevators. Starlink corn, developed by...

Boom time for additives and preservatives

A taste for flavourful foods from an increasingly diverse population is igniting growth in the US food additive and preservative industry. According to new research...

Ajinomoto win damages from ADM

Ajinomoto Co. announced last week that it has won damages in a long-running lawsuit against the U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. for infringement...

Dr Pepper reports solid growth

London-based Cadbury Schweppes plc recently announced strong growth results for Dr Pepper, from its Texas-based division 'Dr Pepper / Seven Up Inc.'. In August Dr...

Unilever near completion of Bestfoods buyout

Consumer goods group Unilever PLC has almost completed its $21.3 billion buyout of U.S. food company Bestfoods. Shareholders in both companies voted Monday to approve...

Kellog's rumoured to close Keebler Foods acquisition

Kellog emerged as the leading pretender to acquire Keebler Foods, the second US cookie and cracker manufacturer, after a bidding process which included Cadbury Schweppes,...

Aventis to buy back biotech corn

Aventis CropScience, the company that makes the biotech corn linked to a massive recall of Kraft Foods taco shells in the US, agreed Friday to...

EU cracks down on breweries

The European Commission yesterday accused Interbrew and Alken Maes, Belgium's two largest brewers, of operating illegal cartels in an EU-widecrackdown against anti-competitive practices in the...

Rhodia establishes new fine chemical company in China

Rhodia, the French food ingredients company, has established a new production and marketing venture for vanillin in China. The company has acquired the existing business...

Carrefour to double Spanish presence

Carrefour, the French supermarket giant, is to invest 1.2 billion Euros in Spain. The company intends to double its current hypermarket presence, currently 120, in four years.

Kiwi dairy marketplace shows signs of success

More than 2000 dairy farmers and 1200 other farmers have registered with the first of the big e-commerce Internet sites to be set up by...

Nestlé to form alliance with Snow Brand

Swiss food giant Nestle has announced it will join forces with the beleaguered Japanese food processor, Snow Brand Milk Products. Earlier this year the Japanese...

Cadbury's refinancing costs to rise

Cadbury Schweppes, the UK confectionery and beverages group, will face higher funding costs if it refinances a $2bn (€2.3bn) bridge facility put in place for...

Third of American diet made up of

One-third of the average American's diet is made up of ``junk'' foods, according to an analysis of the eating patterns of over fifteen thousand American...

General Mills shareholders say no to GM ingredients ban

Shareholders of US food group General Mills showed strong support this week for the company's decision to use genetically-modified ingredients in Big G cereals and...

ADM to vote on GM foods

Stockholders at the Archer Daniels Midland Co. annual meeting in October are to vote on a controversial proposal to ban genetically modified crops in ADM...

Unigate reports poor results for Malton division

Unigate, the UK foods group, announced this week that results from its Malton food division continued to be poor during the first half of this...

Kraft recalls taco shells

US food group Kraft Foods announced a nationwide recall of taco shells this weekend after confirming that they contained a genetically engineered corn not approved...

Seagram drinks bid hots up

This week's deadline for indicative bids for the drinks business of Canada's Seagram is a complex event, the Financial Times reported yesterday. Major global drinks...

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