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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...

German firm in alliance with CCL

German company Weener Plastik Packaging Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Canada-based CCL Industries, a global developer and manufacturer of packaging and labelling solutions. Both businesses believe that...

Ambitions in food safety

US-based firm e-Foodsafety.com has entered into a distribution partnership with Tru-Pure Ozone Technologies. Under the terms of agreement, e-Foodsafety.com has exclusive rights to market and distribute Tru-Pure's patented food safety...

Tetra Pak denies allegations

Tetra Pak has denied allegations linking the packaging firm to irregularities in payments to Parmalat, the disgraced Italian dairy giant. In a statement, the company says that it will provide...

Lights out for SureBeam

US-based SureBeam, a leading provider of electron beam food safety systems and services for the food industry, will be out of business by the end of the week. The company...

Parmalat dealings with Tetra Pak questioned

Tetra Pak has launched an internal enquiry following claims by a former Parmalat executive that the world's largest packaging group made payments directly to the accounts of Parmalat's owners, the...

Carrefour shrugs off currency concerns

Carrefour , Europe's biggest food retailing group, has continued to prove that growth can be achieved by companies with a major international spread despite ongoing currency exchange rate concerns.

Photo finish

Agfa-Gevaert has reached an agreement with Barco to acquire the assets and all staff of dotrix, a Belgian-based company which develops, manufactures and sells digital colour printing solutions for various...

Parmalat crisis deepens

As the scandal surrounding Italy's food and giant Parmalat deepens, Berlusconi's government rustles up emergency measures to tackle 'Europe's Enron', with a strategy to save jobs and pay the suppliers.

Demand for suppliers

Coca-Cola and Pepsi's worldwide dominance of the soft drinks industry relies on an efficient and reliable global supply network. While Coke has been busy awarding its best suppliers, Pepsi has...

Winter warms Greggs results

Sales of pastries and baked goods suffered last summer because of the exceptionally hot weather, but an excellent performance during the colder winter months helped UK baked goods and sandwich...

Excellent first half from Colruyt

Belgian retail group Colruyt has posted impressive first half sales figures despite ongoing troubles at some of its non-food units.

Brewing potential in China

Japanese brewing giant Asahi is the latest foreign company to try and crack the Chinese beverage market. The firm has teamed up with Japanese trade firm Itochu and leading Chinese...

Packaging partnership formed

Norwegian packaging firm Elopak is confident that the recently completed partnership agreement with Dutch company Variopak will reinforce the group's position within the European liquid food packaging market. This sector...

Jobs to go at Cadbury

Confectionery giant Cadbury Schweppes has announced plans to increase the efficiency and productivity of its Trebor Bassett manufacturing sites in Bournville and Somerdale, UK. The company has warned that as...

Dawn of new era for Bunge bakery business

Bunge, the world's top oilseed processor, last week said it was looking to cream off a gain of about $2 million, or 2 cents per share, on the sale of...

Carrefour quits Chilean market

Europe's largest food retailer Carrefour has followed its decision to withdraw from the race to acquire Ahold's Brazilian assets with a further reduction in its presence in Latin America.

Distributing good news

German firm Loryma has been awarded distribution rights within Europe for MGP Ingredients' food proteins and starches. The agreement does not include the United Kingdom or Ireland, but does extend...

Christmas comes early for Cargill

Food giant Cargill has acquired OCG Cacao, a major supplier of industrial chocolate to the European food industry. The deal, which was initially announced in September, has been completed following...