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Morrisons gets off to a good start

Morrisons, the UK supermarket group which sparked off the bidding war for Safeway earlier this month, has reported strong post-Christmas sales, a timely reminder that...

DSM dairy unit settles in Beijing

The dairy ingredients business unit of Dutch company DSM Food Specialties has opened its first sales and customer service office in the Far East -...

Tea tackles tans

Extracts from white tea may be able to protect the skin from cancer, report researchers in the US. Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and...

Valentine launch for new food quality group

Four European research institutes have joined forces to found a new research association that aims to encourage, co-ordinate and disseminate research in the field of...

Racke adds Italian wines to German portfolio

Racke, the German wine and spirits group which recently merged with compatriot Steiner, is to be the sole marketer and distributor in Germany for a...

Ivory coast crisis impact on cocoa prices

The long term outlook for cocoa production in the world's biggest producing country - the Ivory Coast - will be badly affected by the current,...

CLA impact on diabetes control

Supplementing the diet with the fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may lead to better weight control and disease management in diabetics, a new study...

Dr Pepper gets in on the milk drink act

Milk, it seems, is the next product to get the major marketing makeover. For years a staple product in most western diets, milk has become...

Christian Hansen posts positive 1Q results

The Danish food ingredients Chr. Hansen Group has reported group sales of DKK1,243 m (€167.3m) for the first quarter of its financial year 2001/2002, a...

Safeway battle will be decided at local level - analysis

The prospective rival bids for the Safeway supermarket group from the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons are likely to stand or fall on...

McDonalds going organic: enough to change the image?

US fast food group McDonald's, reporting huge losses for the last quarter of 2002, is the latest multinational to jump onto the organic bandwagon in...

How harmless is fruit?

A rise in reported outbreaks of foodborne diseases such as Salmonella, E. coli, shigellosis, and hepatitis A from eating fresh fruit and vegetables has prompted...

Confectionery challenge for private label

Private label products have come a long way in recent years, in many countries shrugging off the cheap and cheerful image and now being presented...

GMO milk could reduce processing costs

News to delight dairy manufacturers and dismay opponents to genetically modified foods arrived this week with publication of a new study that reveals protein-rich milk...

Anged presses case against Catalan restrictions

The increasingly bitter battle between Spanish retail association Anged and the local government authorities in Catalonia has taken a new twist, with the association taking...

Safeway battle just one of many for 2003?

The ever-widening bidding battle for Safeway could be just the start of a busy year of retail mergers and acquisitions, according to retail market analysts...

The heart of the apple

New Zealand manufacturer of fruit concentrates Enza Foods has reached a licensing agreement with German fruit juice company Beckers Bester, providing Beckers with the rights...

New rules on colouring feed additive

A suspected link between the feed additive canthaxanthin and eyesight problems led the European Commission this week to reduce authorised levels of the additive. The...

Stakeholders seek review over Thai shrimps

The International Chamber of Commerce in Thailand will call on the European Union to review its safety measures on Thai chicken exports after it was...

Excellent first half for Whittard

Whittard of Chelsea, the leading tea and coffee retailer in the UK, has posted an excellent set of first half results, further boosted by very...

More funding to cut the fat

As each day passes it would seem that new initiatives are taking place in the western world to tackle the increasing problem of obesity and...

Life sciences to increase food supply?

As agriculture and environment ministers at a European and national level discuss the potential impact of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) -...

Bubbles in breadmaking

The stability of failure in single dough bubble walls is related directly to the extensional strain hardening properties of the dough and that strain hardening...

Team work to tackle global hunger

A programme of decentralised cooperation to focus on food security and rural development has been signed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO )...

Breakfast loses appeal

The dictum 'breakfast like a king, lunch as a prince, and dinner as a pauper' has been turned on its head as the findings of...

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