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Ahold sell off continues with Argentina

Ahold , the troubled Dutch retailer, is to sell its Argentinian unit Disco to Cencosud, the company which recently bought Ahold's Chilean arm, Santa Isabel. The...

Alternative to drum-dried instant starches

Scandinavian starch producer KMC has come up with a new range of cold water swelling starches pitched at the convenience food market under the brand...

Crisps take an exotic turn

A kaleidoscope of flavours has hit the potato snack market, reports Mintel's gnpd (Global New Products Database) this month. Consumers are becoming evermore adventurous when...

Ahold sells Polish stores

Dutch retailer Ahold last week sold two of its Polish hypermarkets to Carrefour - the latest move by the struggling group to refocus on growth...

Frenchies do it on-the-go

Consumption of on-the-go is rising rapidly throughout Europe. Even in France, a country known for its long and relaxed eating occasions, consumption of on-the-go food...

DSM products to boost the bottomline

A key driver of the food ingredients industry is the ability to innovate. Innovation may bring about added value, and as such, premium pricing opportunities....

CLA focus for Cognis

As speciality chemicals company Cognis heads for the FiE, results released yesterday show a rise in organic growth for the health and nutrition arm of...

Whey launch from Volactive

Volactive, the functional foods arm of milk replacer company Volvac International, will use the FiE exhibition to promote its latest heat stable whey protein isolate....

Delhaize sells off Singapore interest

Belgian retailer Delhaize today confirmed that it has reached a binding agreement to sell its 49 per cent shareholding in the Singapore food retailer, Shop...

Black, the natural way

Facing up to the current challenging economic climate Danish ingredients company Chr Hansen last month lifted previous profit forecasts for the year on the back...

Asda sales continue to boost Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has announced a significant jump in sales for the third quarter driven largely by its European and South American operations. In the UK the...

A glimpse of the FiE

The German town of Frankfurt will look on as 12 000 food and drink industry professionals hit the exhibition centre to eat up the latest...

Japanese flavour leader opens up to the sensory experience

Japanese flavour and fragrance company Takasago that saw 2003 annual results slipping by nearly 3 per cent on the previous year is to lift the...

Somerfield sales up

Kwik Save continues to weigh down the performance of UK retailer Somerfield, but second quarter and half yearly results reveal that the margins are closing....

Closures at National Starch

Higher raw material costs continue to eat into margins for National Starch, the starch ingredients arm of ICI, as third quarter figures bore out last...

Nestlé makes move on Ukraine

Nestlé continues to pursue its strategy of getting a foothold in just about every food market in the world. The recent purchase of Ukrainian food...

Olive oil rules!

Measures to support the sustainable development of Europe's olive oil crops find their roots in reform to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) cleared in...

Hungary gets hypermarket investment

In a transaction that aims to provide Hungarian shoppers with a wider variety and cheaper prices, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Raiffeisen...

Commission 'fortifies' its position

The European Commission has put forward a range of proposals designed to harmonise the rules on adding vitamins and minerals to foods - a long-awaited...

Commission measures to stabilise EU grain market

Measures to soften the impact of poor cereal harvests in Europe and boost the grain market were introduced by Europe's agriculture commissioner this week. Severe...

Confectionery with Karlshamns

Swedish ingredients company Karlshamns, complete with a striking, Viking stand at the FiE 2001, launched a new filling fat for the confectionery market this week....

Novozymes meets low TFA demand

Increasing consumer awareness linking high consumption of trans fatty acids to a rise in the risk of coronary heart disease is driving the market for...

Tesco acquires Turkish chain

Tesco has announced that it has gained control of Kipa, a small Turkish hypermarket chain by acquiring the necessary majorities of the unlisted public shares...

Innovation spotlight at FiE

The countdown to Europe's ingredients fiesta - the FiE - next week in Frankfurt, Germany begins and exhibitors and visitors prepare themselves for an opportunity...

Poland hosts food quality seminar

As the countdown to European enlargement begins, steps to bring food industry players in the new Member States up to scratch reach their final stages...

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