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Are Tokay and Tocai really a threat to Hungary's Tokaji wine?

EU Advocate General Francis Jacobs has said that the ban on the use of the name 'Tocai' for Italian wine should be upheld. The announcement reignites arguments surrounding Geographical Indications...

Eastern Europe becomes key target for flavour sector

Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are strong growth areas for the flavours market while in western Europe low calorie and low carb diets will continue to spur demand,...

Eastern Europe key growth area for flavours market

Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are strong growth areas for the flavours market while in western Europe low calorie and low carb diets will continue to spur demand,...

WHO calls for further salt iodisation

More than 50 countries around the world are still iodine-deficient, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is calling for strengthened salt iodisation programmes.

UK investment for active ingredient carriers

UK sausage casing firm Devro ups its stake in a new technology used to deliver flavours and other active ingredients.

EU ministers fail to approve GM food crop

European environment ministers failed to back a proposal to bring a GM food crop designed by US biotech giant Monsanto onto the EU market.

Solnechnie pushes low-calorie mayo

Solnechnie Produkti is confident that its low-calorie brand of mayonnaise has the potential to occupy seven per cent of the domestically produced generic mayonnaise market in Russia and two per...

Lidl expansion targets CEE region

Discount food retailer Lidl is forecast to continue its phenomenal European success in 2005 and Eastern Europe, especially Hungary, is a main target for growth - a move likely to...

E-wine concept hits Russia

A dot.ru company has opened an online wine store in Russia in anticipation of the coming electronic shopping craze, despite what sceptics might say, writes Angela Drujinina.

Pre-treatment investment in raw materials to bring savings for Karlshamns

Competition continues to bite for Swedish speciality fats and oils business Karlshamns with the firm announcing it will pour Euros 6.68 million (SEK60m) into cost-cutting measures.

Anthocyanins may help fight diabetes

Fruit compounds called anthocyanins could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, suggest preliminary tests on animals.

Salt levels in soups still high, says FSA

Food makers continue with their commitment to reduce salt levels in processed foods, but more is work required, shows new survey from the UK food agency.

Moderate drinking, without food, could impact blood pressure

Drinking alcohol, even only lightly, outside of mealtimes could be a significant risk factor in developing high blood pressure, claim US researchers.

Sardus buys sandwich firms for new business

One of Sweden's biggest meat and cheese processing companies, recently under pressure from increased competition, will soon be supplying sandwiches as well as the fillings by establishing a new business...

Stock rotation the key to forecourt store growth

Forecourt convenience stores are becoming increasingly important revenue sources for the leading supermarket groups, either as part of their own petrol retail business or in partnership with fuel companies. But...

Litexco invests in potential of Romanian wine

Spanish investment company Litexco plans to buy about 1,000hectares of land and invest millions in Romanian vineyards, Bogdan Tudorache.

Russia warns of violations within food supplement sector

The exaggerated - and not always correct - advertisement of biologically active additives (BAAs) in food supplements has resulted in a number of products being removed by the Russian authorities,...

RFI acquisition lifts Danisco 1H

The bolt-on acquisition of Rhodia Food Ingredients earlier this year helps boost sales for Danish ingredients and sugar group Danisco in an otherwise challenging 2004/05 first half.

'Polymeal' just as good as pills for longer life

Consumers should forget about taking medication to help them stay healthy longer and change their diet instead, suggest scientists writing in this week's British Medical Journal.

CSM sheds confectionery unit

Major Dutch bakery ingredients firm CSM confirms the sale of its confectionery unit to focus on core business. The Diemen/Breda-based company said it expects to complete the sale of the...

Dispersed raw material sources cushion CNI gum arabic supplies

Widespread procurement and more than 100 years in business help French hydrocolloid producer Colloides Naturels International (CNI) assure supplies for gum arabic amid global shortfalls in stock, writes Lindsey Partos.

S&N combines Indian brewing business with UB

Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is to combine its Indian brewing assets with those of United Breweries, the largest beer maker on the sub-continent, to form a group...

Food additives and GM foods to change status in Australian food code?

Australia and New Zealand consider changes to their food code, inviting stakeholders to pass comment on a raft of propositions from food additive approvals to labelling requirements.

BFG agrees to Baugur bid

Big Food Group, the British company behind the Iceland retail and Booker wholesale chains, has confirmed that it has accepted a takeover from Baugur, the Icelandic investment group which already...

Low carb bakery boom cannot last

Low carbohydrate bakery products have become common place in the US, but competition is about to get tougher as the growth surge slows, according to a new report from Euromonitor...

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