Economics

Taze Ay has received financial support from EBRD in the past

Halal sausage maker to quadruple production

By Oscar Rousseau

Turkmenistan halal meat producer Taze Ay plans to increase sausage production by 400% after securing a loan from a London bank investing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Zambeef runs close to 100 retail stores in Zambia, along with nine abattoirs

Huge profit growth for Zambeef

By Oscar Rousseau

Aggressive expansion across West Africa has resulted in soaring profit growth for Zambeef, but extremely strong foreign exchange headwinds have troubled analysts.

Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand all boosted exports of beef to China in 2015

Beef imports rise as China’s growth cools

By Oscar Rousseau

China’s official beef imports surged by more than 50% last year as a government crackdown on grey market meat bolstered formal trade figures, according to a new report.

Rigid plastic packaging is expected to boom, thanks to growth in emerging markets

Rigid plastic packaging market to hit $188bn

By Oscar Rousseau

A new report by London-based research firm Visiongain has said it expects the rigid plastic packaging market to reach $188bn by the end of this year.

The outlook for growth in the Eurozone looks to be modest at best

Prospects for the Eurozone in 2015

By Matt Incles, from Promar International

Matt Incles, from Promar International, describes the latest developments in the Eurozone and considers the impact on consumers and their meat purchase behaviour.

Tulip said the investment would help it capitalise on export opportunities for its pork

Tulip completes expansion of UK plant

By Georgi Gyton

Danish Crown subsidiary Tulip has completed the modernisation and expansion of its Westerleigh plant in Gloucestershire, England, as part of a project costing approximately DKK160m (£16m).

Palm oil imports may be responsible for as many as 117,000 EU jobs, claims the report

What is palm oil’s economic impact in Europe?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The palm oil sector makes a clear contribution to the economies of producer countries – but it also contributes to the economy in importing markets, according to a new report.

CME Group to introduce cocoa contract on London futures market

CME Group spills beans on new cocoa contract

By Oliver Nieburg

Futures exchange company CME Group has made a “strong commitment” in the cocoa market and plans a new contract to rival the IntercontinentalExchange Group (ICE).

Food and drink manufacturers are more optimistic about business prospects, revealed the FDF survey. The results mirror the latest CBI survey

Food manufacturers more optimistic about business

By Mike Stones

British food and drink manufacturers are stepping up investment, reflecting growing optimism about business prospects, according to a survey by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Innovation strategies have changed, says de Reynal

How food companies are innovating to beat the financial crisis

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The financial crisis has also led to a consumer crisis of confidence – but nearly nine out of ten French shoppers see the economic slump as an opportunity to revise consumption habits, according to Nutrimarketing’s Sophie de Reynal.

UK food industry upbeat as sales expected to rise

UK food industry upbeat as sales expected to rise

By Oliver Nieburg

The UK food and drink industry is optimistic about sales prospects in the third quarter (Q3), according to a survey conducted by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF’s)

Polman: 'breakthrough' innovation

Unilever: Things will get worse before they get better

By Elaine Watson

Life will only get tougher for Unilever in the second half of 2010, but things could improve in 2011 as its Genesis innovation programme starts to bear fruit, cost inflation cycles out and rival Procter & Gamble (P&G) starts to run out of steam,...

Early harmonisation urged for stevia standards, methods

Dispatches from EUSTAS stevia symposium

Early harmonisation urged for stevia standards, methods

By Jess Halliday in Leuven

As the stevia industry is poised for wide take-up, harmonisation and recognition of the need for standards is crucial to securing a good reputation from the outset, according to ChromaDex CEO.

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