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Ahold LatAm sell off continues with Peru

If the market is still waiting to see who emerges as potential buyers for Ahold's Spanish operations, put up for sale earlier this year as part of a major restructuring...

Swiss ice cream sales rise

One of Switzerland's best known food products, chocolate, may have suffered terribly during the heatwave this summer, but the country's ice cream producers put in a contrasting performance.

Farmers to control GM contamination, say MEPs

The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament has adopted an own initiative report calling on the Commission to make farmers of genetically modified (GM) crops liable for the contamination of...

Repentant Diageo backs down in Cardhu row

Talks yesterday between spirits group Diageo and the rest of the Scotch whisky industry over the future of the Cardhu brand unexpectedly led to the company agreeing too major changes...

Swedish dairy moves deeper into probiotics

Leading Swedish dairy firm Skanemejerier has gained the rights to use BioGaia's probiotic Reuteri bacteria in milk products for launch on the Scandinavian market at the end of next year.

Risk perception - facts, fear and food

With serendipitous coincidence, in the same week that the European Food Safety Authority delivers its hotly awaited first opinion on a GMO, bureaucrats and stakeholders have gathered in Brussels under...

Bunge sheds baking business

Hot on the heels of weak third quarter results, US agri-giant Bunge said on Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its bakery business to US company...

Cardhu row could go to higher authorities

Scotch whisky producers are expected to present a united front today in calling for Diageo to withdraw its Cardhu brand from the market or switch it back to a single...

Bioterrorism, 8 days to go

As countdown begins, Natural Products Expo Asia, opening in Hong Kong this week, will run a free seminar focusing on the new bioterrorism regulations, set to impact all companies exporting...

Safeway bid before Christmas?

Morrisons could make a new bid for the Safeway supermarket chain before Christmas, beginning the final leg of a sale process which has lasted nearly a year.

Coca-Cola to take on bottled water giants in France

France is the home of some of the world's biggest mineral water brands - Perrier, Vittel, Evian, Volvic, to name just four - but a new entry into the market...

Carotenoids, player awarded for market penetration

Europe's health food industry has 'under-utilised' the nutraceutical properties of carotenoids and consumers are still unaware of their health benefits, finds report on the $348.5 million (€291.4m) carotenoid market. Also...

Salmonella in sprouts and safety in Europe

Six cases of salmonella in sprouts were reported in the US this week. The news comes but a few days after US agriculture secretary reports on a dramatic fall in...

FSA discusses radiation

UK food safety body is set to review the policy on the radiological protection of foods at upcoming open meeting next week.

Carrefour's Spanish performance bodes well for French revival

Carrefour is Europe's largest food retailer and the world's second largest after Wal-Mart, with operations across the globe. But the one blot on its otherwise impressive copybook in recent years...

Oversubscription for Degussa bond

German chemicals company Degussa last week launched a benchmark bond to replace maturing debt and extend its financial liabilities. It was three times oversubscribed, according to the company, increasing the...

From bust to boom - doing business the Merrydown way

Just five years ago, British drinks group Merrydown was on the verge of going bust, bogged down by spiralling costs, a lack of focus and dependency on a product -...

EU approves salatrim for use as food ingredient

The European Commission this week gave the green light to salatrims, a type of reduced-calorie fats, for use as novel food ingredients following an application by ingredients giant Danisco. The...

Europe's food industry steady

In the wake of terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001 Europe's manufacturing industries have taken a knock but figures released this week reveal that the food industry...

EU food trade proves resilient

The EU food and drink industry proved highly resilient in 2002, increasing overall volume sales by 1.8 per cent at a time when the bloc's industrial output as a whole declined.

MP clamps down on junk food

Junk food such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, should carry tobacco-style health warnings in a bid to reduce rising obesity rates, a senior UK politician told leading food makers...

Spar denies Netto sale

Management at Spar, the Germany-based, French-owned retail group, has reacted angrily to reports in the press last week that it was considering selling off its discount chain Netto - and...

Staking a claim in chocolate formulations

Hard negotiations followed by new European rules put to bed long-standing disputes over labelling issues that hung over chocolate manufacturers. As more European manufacturers turn to vegetable fats, the challenge...

Russian confectionery market growth slows

After several years of gains, growth in the Russian confectionery market looks set to slow over the next six years or so, with only premium chocolate products likely to bring...

Stakeholders get to grips with risk perception

Public perception of risk - notably with regards to genetically modified foods - is the focus of a high-profile conference to take place in Brussels next week. Senior figures from...

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