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Removing fear from oysters

This week people across the world will be indulging in one of the wonders of nature's waters - oysters. Unfortunately, for a handful of people...

Food prices - an unfortunate barometer

The impact of a recent, and ongoing, drought in Australia, will soon be felt by retailers and the consumer, predicts market analyst Euromonitor. And there...

Commission clears sale of Rhodia businesses

The European Commission has approved the acquisition by US investment fund Bain Capital of the European chemical intermediate businesses of French chemicals group Rhodia. According...

Metro opens Japanese store

Metro, the German retail group, has opened its first Metro Cash & Carry outlet in Japan, its first foothold in the Asian country. The store,...

Commission clears Laurus deal

The European Commission has cleared the sale of the Spanish supermarket chain El Arbol to venture capital group CVC Capital Partners, allowing the troubled Dutch...

Carrefour opens new logistics centre

Carrefour, the French retailing giant, has opened a new logistics centre in Spain which will serve its stores in a number of major Spanish cities,...

Cargill edible seed oil cleared

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by US agribusiness Cargill of Belgian edible seed oil packer Associated Oil Packers bvba (AOP) - just...

Antioxidants vs genes

Scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK have received funding to study whether genes can influence the benefits gained by some people from...

Draft for rice genome

A collaborative global effort has resulted in the completion of an advanced draft, or blueprint, of the rice genome. Officials at the US Department of...

Food producers tapping into 'posh' trend

British consumers are now more than ever striving to attain the perceived trappings of celebrity, according to market analysts Datamonitor. Status and fortune, as the...

French executives grilled over BSE claims

The owners of French fast food restaurant chain Buffalo Grill have been formally accused of fraud and manslaughter after it was alleged that they broke...

Nestlé faces storm of criticism over Ethiopian claims

Moves by Swiss food group Nestle to claim compensation in the region of $6 million (€5.86m) from the Ethiopian authorities at a time when the...

Health fuels beverage additive growth

With health trends continuing to gain pace, and manufacturers turning to 'added- value' ingredients, the market for beverage additives should expect to see decent growth,...

Contaminants workshop

Food contamination is a major issue that the European, and global, food industry faces today. A one day seminar in the UK will examine how...

ABF sells flour operations

In a bid to streamline its UK milling operations, food and ingredients group Associated British Foods is to sell its British third party flour milling...

AD extends Stoli flavours range

The market for flavoured white spirits has seen a lot of activity this year, not least in the US where the market is growing at...

Cadbury targeting Israel, too

Somewhat overshadowed by yesterday's news that Cadbury Schweppes was to buy the Adams sugar confectionery business in the US was the announcement by Cadbury's Trebor...

Committee confirms safety of T25

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) has published its response to food safety concerns about the GM maize known as Chardon LL,...

Tesco cleared to buy T&S

Tesco, the leading food retailer in the UK, is well on its way to becoming one of the major convenience store operators there as well...

Valio boosted by lactose-free success

Finnish dairy group Valio began exporting its lactose-free milk drink to Sweden at the beginning of November 2002, and the popularity of the product in...

Cargill expands the adVenture

US agribusiness Cargill digs deeper into its pockets with the recent announcement that - via its venture capital arm - the company is to invest...

Persian crop for perfect pasta

A variety of wheat from ancient Persia has been used to successfully breed the world's first salt-tolerant durum wheat variety, writes the Australian Commonwealth Scientific...

Xanthan gum from Tate & Lyle

UK carbohydrate giant Tate & Lyle this morning announced plans to develop and manufacture a new range of food ingredients based on its fermentation capability....

Spanish retailers warn of increased prices

The liberalisation of trading hours is at very different stages across Europe, with traders in the UK for example able to open much longer hours...

Auchan to sell Mexican stores

Auchan, the French retail group, has agreed to sell its five shopping centres and hypermarkets in Mexico to the local company Controladora Comercial Mexicana, which...

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