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Geest buy French salad

Geest, the UK prepared foods group, said on Wednesday that it had completed the acquisition of Cinquieme Saison, a French prepared salads business ahead of...

NutraSweet moves

Aspartame giant, NutraSweet, on Wednesday moved its global headquarters to 10 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3200, Chicago. The company believes that this is a significant...

Metro reports strong sales for 2000

Metro, the German-based retailer, on Tuesday reportedthat sales for 2000 matched expectations, rising 7.1 percent to DM91.8bn ($44.2bn) on the back of strong growth in...

Green nominated German Agriculture minister

Blamed for their inadequate handling of the "mad cow" crisis in Germany, Andrea Fischer, Minister of Agriculture and Karl-Heinz Funke, Minister of Health handed in...

US megahub launched

Transora.com, the eMarketplace for the consumer packaged goods industry, and GlobalNetXchange (GNX), the business-to-business online marketplace for the retail industry, announced this week the joint...

Campbell name new chief executive

US soup and snacks company Campbell Soup ended its nine-month search for a chief executive on Monday. Douglas Conant of Nabisco was named as the...

McDonalds responds to BSE crisis

Amid increasing BSE fears in Germany, fast food giant McDonalds has launched a new burger made entirely from pork. In a bid to protect sales...

Gorton CEO denies threat of sale

Previous reports that Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever is to divest itself of frozen seafood producer Gorton's Seafood were called "totally erroneous" by Gorton's President and CEO...

Fosters deny takeover talk

Contrary to reports, Australian brewing group Fosters said on Monday that it had not received a takeover offer from British Diageo. In a statement the...

Processors to justify water percentage

US Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced this week a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirement intended to improve the safety of raw meat...

Diageo thirsty for Fosters beer

UK drinks giant Diageo Plc may have its eyes on Australia's Fosters's Brewing Group, The Observer reported on Sunday. The paper claims that Diageo is...

Australia suspends European beef imports

Imports of all beef and beef products from Europe into Australia and New Zealand will be suspended from today amid growing fears of Bovine Spongiform...

Belgian gov intervenes on Interbrew decision

The Belgian government has sought an explanation from Stephen Byers, UK tradeand industry secretary, for his decision to order Interbrew, the Belgianbrewer of Stella Artois,...

Name change for Universal Foods

Universal Foods Corp, a leading supplier of colours, flavours and fragrancesbased in Milwaukee, USA, has changed its name to Sensient Technologies Corp.

B2B marketplace closes

FoodUSA.com, an online business-to-business exchange that handles the tradingof meat and poultry, closed down last week, reports Upside Today. The companyblamed Commerce Ventures, a competing...

Unilever to sell frozen foods

Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever plc is to sell Gorton's frozen seafood and otherfrozen food brands in Europe, according to bankers, the Daily Deal reportedthis week. Gorton's...

Fifth largest brewer in the world emerges

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, and the Norwegian conglomerate Orkla this weekwon conditional approval from the Finnish competition authorities to establishCarlsberg Breweries, the world's fifth largest...

BSE scare in the Netherlands

The Dutch government announced before Christmas that the country?s eighth caseof bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) had occurred at a farm in theeastern town of Punthorst....

Wal-Mart enters Japan

U.S.Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail group, is to set up a subsidiary inJapan ahead of opening a mega-store.The company is planning to open a 15,000...

Fruity beers hit Sri Lanka

Evidence of a growing demand for gourmet or craft beers in Sri Lanka, hasprompted one of Belgium's most respected breweries to explore the potentialfor niche...

IBP-Tyson deal set

The multi-billion dollar bid battle for IBP came to a head over the New Yearweekend, with the biggest beef processing group in the US finally...

Nutritional supplement company buys retail stores

US nutritional supplememts company, NBTY, Inc. , announced this week that it has purchased a chain of five retail stores in the Buffalo, New York...

US consumer happy with FDA

The results of the second US government-wide customer satisfaction survey released this week reveal that the consumer continues to be satisfied with the performance of...

Coke to develop kids milk market

Amid stagnating sales of carbonated beverages, Coca-Cola Co. is working on developing a line of milk-based beverages for children under 12, according to the Wall...

Japan confirms Starlink presence in human food products

The Health and Welfare Ministry in Japan confirmed on Wednesday that U.S.-grown genetically modified corn banned for consumption in Japan has been mixed with corn...