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Reduced gum stocks push prices up

Early depletion of African gum stocks have driven up global prices of gum acacia. US company TIC gums this week passed the price rise of gum arabic on to the...

Tapping into steady emulsifiers market

Leading Japanese emulsifier supplier Riken Vitamin is set to boost production at its subsidiary in Malaysia with the opening of a new plant this week. High hopes to increase market...

Byrne update on enlargement

Speaking in Brussels earlier this week, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne announced the latest development on issues relating to food safety within an enlarged EU.

Emerging markets to impact soy processing

The regional distribution of soybean production and processing capacity in the US has shifted dramatically during the last decade. Citing the impact of emerging markets, a new study claims this...

Industy mulls over 'may contain' alternatives

Labelling issues on the cards again for manufacturers as the UK's food safety agency this week launches a consultation on the use of alternative phrases to 'may contain' on food...

Flexible pricing strategy keeps shoppers happy

An Every Day Low Pricing (EDLP) strategy is more popular with shoppers than one driven purely by promotions, according to a recent survey in the UK. But a combination of...

Food scientists, strength in numbers

Nurturing tighter relations across the globe in the domain of food science has motivated the UK's Institute of Food Science & Technology to link up with a range of national...

Second generation FABs to drive European growth?

Despite the steady stream of new product launches in a number of European markets, and continued growth of flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) across the Continent, spirit manufacturers are already predicting...

Heidi Romania set for growth

After getting off to a slow start at the beginning of the year, Romanian confectionery manufacturer Heidi Chocolats Suisse has said it is now estimating a 15 per cent increase...

Croatian companies discuss consortium

A number of leading Croatian food and beverage manufacturers and retailers have confirmed that they have started the first round of discussions aimed at promoting the industry in the face...

Hame ups Slovakia sales estimates

Hame Slovakia, a subsidiary of the Czech-based Hame Babice group, has upped its estimates for growth in the 2003 financial year, claiming that it now expects sales of its canned...

Kleppers to drive Danisco flavours forward

Ongoing consolidation of European food product companies means that today's flavour firms will principally achieve market gains through product innovation. Aiming to hit the top five flavour slot, Danisco has...

PURAC absorbs AVEBE subsidiary

Dutch food ingredients and confectionery multinational CSM continues its strategy to expand worldwide activities in the food and pharmaceutical markets with the recent announcement that it has completed the acquisition...

Treatt holds steady for full year results

Despite a 'challenging' year that saw profit before tax falling by 24 per cent for the first six months, UK flavours company Treatt has reined in results posting a steady,...

Budgens owner expands UK foothold

With the Safeway takeover bid dominating the headlines for nearly a year, the rest of the UK retail sector has been somewhat overlooked. But there has been plenty of activity...

First rise in 4 years for corn ingredients company

Earnings growth and cash generation boosted the quarterly dividend for US producer of starch and high fructose corn syrup, Corn Products international - the first rise in four years.

Asda bidding to scupper Safeway takeover?

Just when the dust appeared to have settled on the Safeway takeover affair, leaving Morrisons as apparently the sole bidder, a report in the UK press today suggests that Asda...

'Sophisticated' beer image could prevent future lawsuits

With several of the world's biggest drinks group accused last month of deliberately promoting their brands to under age drinkers, the issue of drinks advertising has never been hotter.

Rhodia plays down divestment rumours, again

Not for the first time, chemicals company Rhodia has played down reports in the French press that it is considering a sell-off of its activities in silicon, food additives and...

Price hike at National Starch

ICI subsidiary National Starch has significantly hiked up prices in the US as rising costs across the board continue to put pressure on the bottom line.

MGP pours millions into wheat ingredients

Moving deeper into speciality ingredients US company MGP Ingredients has earmarked $1.7 million to expand its line of textured wheat proteins and wheat protein- and starch-based resins. The investment comes...

Countdown begins for Safeway bid

Morrisons, the Bradford-based supermarket group, must make a bid for the Safeway chain within 21 days after the UK government yesterday accepted definitive undertakings from rival chains not to bid...

Ukrainian margarine maker to double production

Zaporozhye Fat-and-oil Works, currently considered to be the leader in the market for Ukrainian margarine products, has announced plans to double its margarine production capabilities in an effort to meet...

Excelent, more chocolate

One of Romania's leading and longest established chocolate makers, Excelent, has relaunched its Kandia branded chocolate under a multi-million dollar investment. The money has also included an extensive revamp of...

CIAA wish list for WTO revival

Flying the flag for market liberalisation Europe's food and drink industry body has reinforced its support for a revival of WTO negotiations. But the group also lays down conditions.

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