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Energy increases force Tate & Lyle price rise

Tate & Lyle's European food and industrial ingredients division proposed increase of 10 to 15 per cent on new contracts for certain products highlights again the impact of rocketing energy...

Enzyme giant Novozymes reports solid growth

Continual productivity improvements are behind Novozymes' solid performance since it was floated on the stock market in 2000, according to CEO Steen Riisgaard.

Swiss retailers adopt UK strategy to beat discounters

The imminent assault on the over-priced Swiss grocery market by discount retailers Aldi and Lidl has prompted supermarkets to mimic UK-style price wars to marginalise the threat.

BioGaia 'is approaching profitability'

Swedish probiotic biotech company BioGaia is making headway in its short-term mission to attain profitability, reporting a 39 percent increase in sales to SEK 16.4 million for 3Q 2005.

Italian gourmet sector targets US consumers

An ambitious Italian gourmet food promotion programme could transform the fortunes of a revitalised sector - as long as EU bureaucracy doesn't ruin everything.

Slow Food movement gathers momentum

Good food may stimulate our senses, but it also reflects centuries of culinary culture, customs and unique aspects of life, as highlighted in a recent Slow Food exhibition in Montpellier.

Carrefour strengthens position in China

Intense competition in Western food markets is driving European retailers to take advantage of increasing demand and access to Asian markets.

Embria to launch organic selenium yeast in EU

Two new companies in the supplements market, one each on either side of the channel, are looking to launch an organic selenium yeast in Europe after gaining derogation from the...

Banks gunning for Parmalat's disintegration

The strategy of Enrico Bondi, the administrator behind the re-emergence of disgraced Italian dairy giant Parmalat, is in danger of unraveling.

Energy costs drive National Starch price hike

National Starch's plan to increase the cost of its European starches by up to ten per cent reflects growing industry concern over rocketing energy prices.

UK fish study backs up health claims

A UK survey of contaminant levels in fish and fish oils should help back up health claims and ease fears over the safety of consuming fish-based products.

Givaudan taps demand for salt reduction

Givaudan Flavours' new proprietary salt reduction system aims to help food makers develop lower salt alternatives without sacrificing flavour.

Honey recall highlights danger of counterfeits

The discovery of veterinary medicine residues in a UK brand of honey has again underlined the potential threat posed by counterfeit products.

Tesco pumps profits

Tesco has been cleared to acquire 21 former BP/Safeway petrol stations from Wm Morrison after the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) chose not to refer it to the Competition...

Greenpeace slams retailers for fish-sourcing policies

Britain's biggest retailers are responsible for the indiscriminate destruction of fish stocks according to Greenpeace's latest report revealing a list of the top-offending supermarket chains.

Potato plugged as new lactic acid source

Potato waste could offer the food industry a cheap, renewable and as yet underutilised source of chitin and lactic acid, according to a university scientist.

EU red tape threatens food promotion initiative

A European Commission programme designed to promote EU food products outside the bloc has been welcomed by the food industry, though criticism over European bureaucracy remains a recurrent theme.

Arla Foods upbeat on EU feta ruling

The European Court of Justice's feta ruling may give sole rights to Greece, yet one of Europe's leading dairy producers has been preparing for years to find a way round...

Multinational retailers eye smaller Italian supermarkets

International food retailers pile on competitive pressure as they show interest in an Italian supermarket chain - forcing smaller local franchises to consolidate their efforts to survive.

Heinz-HP deal may hit retailers warns OFT

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred Heinz' acquisition of HP to the Competition Committee (CC) after growing concerns that the merger will distort the grocery market.

New fruit ingredient promises texture retention

A new fruit ingredient claimed to have all the attributes of fresh fruit - but with the added benefit of retaining its texture in both dried and frozen form -...

Retailers face consumer scrutiny of poultry products

Retailers may have to do more to reassure consumers of the safety of their poultry products as the fears surrounding avian flu lead to heightened awareness of the dangers of...

New culture medium to fight salmonella war

UK food laboratory Oxoid adds a new culture medium to its portfolio as the food industry continues to fight against the prevalent pathogen salmonella.

Butter revival batters margarine sales in UK

Butter is making a comeback on lower fat margarine as UK consumers trade up to treat themselves, but the overall fats market is shrinking and imported brands are taking the...

Food industry success tied to positive WTO outcome

Europe's food industry will significantly benefit from a satisfactory WTO agreement, but for this to happen the EU must maintain its multilateral approach and issues such as export support must...

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