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Italians and Finns continue the food agency battle

"Prosciutto is ham" a full-page ad read in Finland's largest daily on Wednesday, a response to Italy's Prime Minister who reportedly said Helsinki should not...

Self-sufficient food supply rate at 40 per cent

Japan's self-sufficient food ratio on a calorie basis remained a low 40 per cent in fiscal 2000 that ended March 31, the Agriculture, Forestry and...

UK's big four supermarkets sign supplier code

The government said on Tuesday Britain's four biggest supermarket chains signed up to a code of practice intended to prevent them abusing their power over...

Pasta maker buys Kraft brands

US foods and beverages company Kraft Foods announced this week an agreement whereby pasta giant Barilla Alimentare S.p.A will acquire Kraft's Mexican pasta business, including...

Snow Brand Milk Products Co officials deny charges

Three former Snow Brand Milk Products Co officials charged with professional negligence leading to the death of a woman in a food poisoning outbreak last...

Danone grows in Middle East and North Africa

French group Groupe Danone has signed a partnership agreement with the Egyptian Rachid group for the Egypt, Near and Middle East region, in respect of...

US government approves €11bn milk merger

The US Justice Department on Tuesday approved plans by the largest U.S. dairy, Suiza Foods Corp. to acquire rival Dean Foods Co. after the companies...

Nestlé, online branding targets kids

Nestle USA Inc. is employing an online branding campaign, targeted at children, with brand sites that aim to mix education with entertainment, iMarketingNews reports this...

E-procurement could save companies trillions

Companies worldwide could save on aggregate $2.3 trillion (€2.6 trillion) a year by using the Internet to purchase resources ranging from office supplies to plane...

Revenues up for Penford N. American ingredients business

Specialty ingredient systems developer and manufacturer, Penford Corporation, this year witnessed an improvement in operating performance. The company reported a net income of $1.2 million...

Strong 2Q results from Danisco Ingredients, Sweeteners and Sugar

Danish ingredients company Danisco this week reported a five per cent increase in net sales in the company's main business areas - Ingredients, Sweeteners and...

Swedish retailer closes e-commerce operations

Swedish food retailer Axfood AB took the decision this week to discontinue the Axfood Group's e-commerce operations. The company claims that the decision is made...

M&S closes doors on Madrid store

The Spanish may not have managed to persuade the British to leave Gibraltar but UK retailer Marks & Spencer Plc finally pulled out of Madrid...

Ahold wins industry award

Ahold, the Dutch food retail and foodservice company was named U.S. Mass Retailer of the Year by the international business publication Mass Market Retailers. Criteria...

Comfort food chocolate sales up despite price hike

Neither a price hike nor the added strain of life in the United States since the terror attacks of Sept 11 have deterred some chocolate...

UK food industry productivity moves in right direction

An international benchmarking study revealed this week that the performance of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry has improved over the last three years...

E.U. denies soy tariff increase

The European Commission yesterday denied talk, circulating in Southeast Asian palm oil markets, of new E.U. import tariffs on soybeans and soy products. Commission farm...

Heinz earnings rise in 2Q

Consumer food group H.J. Heinz Co.'s reported this week a rise in second-quarter earnings of 9.6 per cent on the back of strong sales of...

Parmalat sets €100m limit on Galbani buy

Italian food group Parmalat said on Tuesday it would spend a maximum of 100 million euros ($89.13 million) if it bought Danone's Galbani unit while...

DSM steps into the future

Dutch ingredients company DSM embraced new technology this week when it announced the completion of the first transactions through its new online store, part of...

Danisco invests in new food science

Danisco Venture, the active investment arm of ingredients company Danisco, has made an investment in life science company WellGen Inc. The New Jersey-based company is...

Food manufacturers demand freeze in milk prices

In a bid to provide a wide range of dairy products at competitive prices, food manufacturers in Canada are demanding a freeze on the price...

Kraft cuts staff

North American food maker Kraft Foods Inc. on Tuesday said it would close two Chinese biscuit plants and cut about 1,000 employees, part of its...

Rhodia release coating earns Kosher label

Rhodia Silicones, a subsidiary of ingredients company Rhodia, announced this week Kosher certification for 21 silicone release coating and emulsion products for direct and indirect...

Future European consumer to accept GM's

Kim Madsen, administrator for the European Commissions' health and consumer protection division was cited as saying on Friday in Minneapolis that European consumers are likely...

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