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Meating demand in Slovenia

Slovenian meat and poultry processor Perutnina Ptuj has announced a 20 per cent increase in its revenues for 2003 on the back of strong domestic demand - results that are...

Latvia to link Russia and EU?

The Latvian Minister of Agriculture has proposed that the Latvian government acts as a medium between the EU and Russia in an effort to promote greater trade between the two...

Poland lifts US beef ban

Poland has lifted its ban on the importation of certain US beef products, according to the USDA. This is the first country to rescind its beef import ban following the...

Raisio moves to protect 2004 result

Finland's Raisio Group has warned that write-downs in the fourth quarter will impact the period's results but should help profits for 2004.

Job cuts for Swiss flavours giant

Number one global flavours and fragrance player Givaudan is feeling the weight of acquisitions, currency conversions and higher raw material costs, taking a SF68 million (€43m) charge in 2003 and...

NBTY retailers see growing sales

New ownership for European health retailers appears to have paid off, with both the Netherlands-based De Tuinen chain and GNC's stores in Britain reporting first quarter profits.

Russia counts enlargement impact

The Russian Agricultural Ministry is already estimating the impact of EU enlargement on its exports of grains, claiming that soon-to-be implemented quotas could cost it more than €300 million year.

Enlargement still faces big challenges

In a speech given yesterday in Brussels, Dr Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agricultural, Rural Development and Fisheries, outlined a number of pressing areas relating to enlargement, with quality and...

Bulgaria knuckles down to EU regulations

The Bulgarian government has given the domestic milk processing industry a grace period of one year to allow it to meet new labelling requirements. The stipulation falls in line with...

Tesco continues convenience push

Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket group, has decided how to spend the first £53.7 million of the £810 million cash pile it unveiled earlier this month. While the group has...

Sonoco cans Brazil

Global packaging group Sonoco has just opened a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to produce steel easy-open closures for use on metal cans. Annual capacity of the plant is projected...

Thorntons bullish after good Christmas

Last summer's hot weather had a major impact on sales at Thorntons, the British confectionery retailer and manufacturer, but the company had a lot more to be happy about when...

Poland's meat and dairy sectors still struggling on EU compliance

The Polish government has announced that a significant number of the country's dairy and meat businesses are still struggling to comply with EU regulations which have to be met by...

Russia fends off cheese imports

The Russian cheese market is expanding at a faster rate than any comparative market in Europe as a whole, yet still the majority of cheese sold there is produced by...

WFM - gambling on organic growth

The largest US organic and natural food retailer Whole Foods Market (WFM) has this week entered the European market with the acquisition of British group Fresh & Wild for $38 million.

Parmalat payments legit, says Tetra Pak

After conducting an internal review, Tetra Pak has categorically stated that all payments made to disgraced Italian dairy giant Parmalat were made directly to local Parmalat companies.

Market boost for trehalose sweetener

Buying entry into the nascent European trehalose sweetener market last year from British Sugar, US company Cargill will welcome claims from scientists this week that the ingredient could ease Huntington's...

Solbar invests in new production facility

Israeli firm Solbar is to build a soy protein plant in China in a bid to gain the lead in soy proteins in the Asia Pacific and Chinese markets, it...

Organic retailer enters UK market

Whole Foods Market, the largest natural and organic food retailer in the US, is to make its first entry into the UK with the acquisition of Fresh & Wild, a...

Cargill enters European flavour scene

Competition in European flavours heated up this week as Cargill, the largest private company in the US, signed on the dotted line for UK flavours group The Duckworth Group (TDG).

Profits soar for Cargill but BSE casts shadow on future earnings

Agri-giant and leading beef processor Cargill sees profits soar in the first half of fiscal 2004. But as the fallout from the first mad cow case in the US begins,...

Sensus expands roots in South America

Dutch ingredients producer Sensus has significantly expanded its presence in the South American market through new agreements with distributors in Argentina and Chile.

Hungary facing foie gras challenge

With Hungary's entry into the EU in May, producers of one of the country's main food specialities will face a particular challenge. Moves by the Union to phase out the...

Another Russian vodka row brewing

Russia has already run roughshod over international trademark regulations with regard to one of the country's best known vodka brands, Stolichnaya, but it now appears that a second brand, Cristall,...

Parmalat: suppliers to save the day?

There is a defining issue for dairy giant Parmalat that has virtually nothing to do with fraud. If it lives to trade another day, it will be because it hung...

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