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Food processing is the use of plant equipment and technologies to change the raw ingredients in a product to give it a longer shelf life. It includes freezing or drying food to preserving the nutrients, process controls, regulation and plant productivity.

Cargill on the acquisition trail

International food group Cargill has launched a public tender to purchase the shares of Romanian grain silo company Comcereal Alexandria. The announcement follows approval for the tender by the Romanian...

Morrisons sweetens Safeway offer

The long-running saga of the takeover of British supermarket chain Safeway appears to have entered its final phase today with the announcement by rival Morrisons of a £3 billion offer...

Byrne updates on enlargement

Speaking in Brussels earlier this week, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne announced the latest development on issues relating to food safety within an enlarged EU.

Ritter goes to Russia

German confectionery manufacturer Alfred Ritter is readying to open up two new production lines in a 50/50 joint-financed project with Russian company Odintsovo Confectionery. The $20 million investment will see...

Cargill at the eastern frontier

International food processor Cargill is set to construct a $50 million malt plant in Tula Oblast of Russia. Company spokeswoman Irina Kalygina told the Russian Vedomosti newspaper that the corporation...

Kleppers to drive Danisco flavours forward

Ongoing consolidation of European food product companies means that today's flavour firms will principally achieve market gains through product innovation. Aiming to hit the top five flavour slot, Danisco has...

Rexam to close plant

UK-based packaging firm Rexam announced today that it is to close its aluminium can end manufacturing plant in California, USA. The company claims that the move is designed to bring...

Tyson restructures processing capabilities

Tyson Foods has said that the ongoing restructuring of its North American meat processing operations is likely to result in a number of job losses. The group is to close...

After-effects of the epidemic

Operational changes at Pingo Poultry, Nutreco's subsidiary for fresh poultry products in the Benelux countries, are likely to result in around 125 job losses. The company claims that the move...

Countdown begins for Safeway bid

Morrisons, the Bradford-based supermarket group, must make a bid for the Safeway chain within 21 days after the UK government yesterday accepted definitive undertakings from rival chains not to bid...

Russia to lift ban on GMO foods

The Russian Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology has declared that its research into GM organisms in foods suggest that current legislation is too harsh and that restrictions on the...

Accession countries gear up to safety

With EU enlargement just around the corner, many food and drink businesses within the 10 accession countries are facing up to the tough challenge of bringing their production facilities up...

Europe to vote on GM foods

This afternoon food specialists from member states will vote on a proposal to end Europe's five year moratorium on genetically modified foods. A deeply-divided issue, the outcome of the vote...

CCHBC further consolidates European operations

The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) has finally announced the completion of its acquisition of the Austrian mineral water company Römerquelle. The acquisition involves production facilities at Edelstal and Pöttsching...

Geest reorganises to aid Asda focus

The relationship between suppliers and retailers can frequently be a difficult one, with the supermarkets traditionally being cast as the villain, squeezing every penny of profit out of their put-upon...

A steppe in the right direction

German printing and labelling firm Körber PaperLink has opened a Russian subsidiary in an attempt to consolidate its position in the potentially lucrative East European packaging market. The group says...

Baltic cheese plant expands

Lithuanian cheese manufacturer Rokiskio suris recently signed a contract worth €3 million with processing equipment provider APV to provide anautomated production facility at the company's Rokiskio plant in Lithuania.

Safeway bid before Christmas?

Morrisons could make a new bid for the Safeway supermarket chain before Christmas, beginning the final leg of a sale process which has lasted nearly a year.

Alcan's offer accepted

Alcan has announced that the provisional results of its offer for French packaging group Pechiney, as disclosed by the French stock market authority AMF, indicate that Alcan has secured 92.21...

A mixed year for Arla

Dairy giant Arla Foods has posted slightly increased profits of DKK 1,094 million (€147m) for the 2002/03 financial year - but it's not been all plain sailing. Facilities have been...

A dairy in the desert

Equipment firm Invensys APV has been awarded an exotic multi million-pound project to expand existing dairy facilities in the United Arab Emirates. The UK-based company, which is a major supplier...

Campina's new strategy

Campina Germany is looking to put a disappointing year behind it by concentrating on its Landliebe brand in 2004. A decline in group turnover in 2002 was blamed on lower...

Dynamic acquisition

Packaging Dynamics' announcement that it is to acquire the Iuka lamination division of Ormet Corporation comes after the publication of some rather unspectacular third quarter results. Net sales for the...

Discount chain is latest Spar disposal

Spar, the German retail group, is being forced to take drastic measures to haul itself out of the red. With operating losses of €65 million in the first half of...

No more than 10 fraudsters at Ahold

Ahold , the Dutch retail group, yesterday admitted for the first time that the 'accounting irregularities' announced earlier this year had in fact constituted fraud, and that it believed that no...