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Bulgaria sets up milk board

The Bulgarian government has confirmed that it is establishing a National Milk Board to help consolidate, grow and administer this important sector of the country's food industry.

Specialist retailer turns to the mainstream

The dominance of the multiple retailers in the UK has had a devastating effect on the specialist retail sector there, with the massive buying power of the major chains allowing...

ISP buys up stabilisers in UK

Movement in the global hydrocolloids industry continues this week with ISP Food Specialities, the UK arm of US private company International Specialty Products (ISP), announcing it will buy the UK...

Poland to lift GM ban

As the EU considers moves towards lifting the ban on GM foods, Poland has confirmed that it will overturn a ban on the sale of genetically modified foods and the...

Poland gets more time

As processors in Poland and other accession countries race to comply with EU food safety regulations, the EU Commission has said that it will be prepared to further extend deadlines...

O-I looking to acquire Glasspack

Owens-Illinois has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire BSN Glasspack, the second largest glass container manufacturer in Europe.

Fisher acquires Oxoid

Oxoid, one of the leading manufacturers of culture media anddiagnostic products for the food and drink industry, will be acquired by Fisher Scientific International.

Assurance a 'positive' step for meat producers

A report into the benefits of assurance for the UK meat and livestock sector suggests that there is a need to increase the momentum of assurance as a means of...

Safeway takeover in the home straight

It was in January 2003 that Yorkshire-based food retailer Wm Morrison surprised the British supermarket sector with the announcement of a £2.9 billion takeover bid for larger rival Safeway. Now,...

Raisio to refocus on nutrition

Finland's Raisio group is preparing to build a new strategy around health foods, it revealed yesterday, using capital from the planned sale of its chemicals unit to fund growth in...

DSM bets on vitamins profit for 2004

After a 75 per cent drop in operating profit for the third quarter, DSM's final quarter picked up, with better-than-expected turnover at the Dutch group.

Ukraine bottler to expand

Gostomel Glass Factory, Ukraine's largest glass-bottle producer, is borrowing €13.3 million from the EBRD to build a new facility that will enable it to produce 600,000 beer bottles a day.

Tesco planning Lotus expansion

The global pretensions of British food retail market leader Tesco were made quite clear last month when the company announced that it had raise more than £1.6 billion through a...

Quest and raw material prices weigh heavily on ICI

Flavours and fragrance company Quest continues the battle to restore lost business as UK parent company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) reports a continuing drop in earnings for the flavours house.

Poland anticipates trade shortfall after accession

Trade in food and drink has been a traditional mainstay between Poland and Russia, but as accession looms ever closer Poland's position on future trade outside of the European Union...

Polish meat meat market faces up to consolidation

With Polish meat processers struggling to comply with rigorous EU safety regulations, it seems that major consolidation by western giants looks likelier as domestic players' budgets struggle to keep pace...

Raisio looks to Russia

Raisio has opened up its first production facility in Russia. Located just outside Moscow, the Finland-based company says it is hoping that the move will help it to expand its...

Danisco to buy Rhodia food additive business?

Danisco is on the acquisition trail with rumours suggesting the Danish ingredients giant is preparing to buy the food additive arm of ailing French chemicals business Rhodia.

Carrefour to sell online shop - report

Reports in today's press suggest that Europe's biggest retail group Carrefour is about to sell off its online shopping arm Ooshop - a move prompted by the continued losses at...

Marketing alliance for flavour delivery

US company Balchem Encapsulates has linked up with century-old flavours firm David Michael to carve out a stronger position in the North American microencapsulation flavours market.

Axfood signs new wholesale deal, Kesko improves

Swedish food retail and wholesale group Axfood is to supply a further 105 convenience stores under the terms of a new agreement worth SK100 million. Meanwhile, Finnish counterpart Kesko has...

Londis unimpressed by Nisa merger proposal

Nisa-Today's , the independent UK convenience store group, has proposed a merger with larger counterpart Londis , the much coveted symbol group. But Londis' reaction has been reserved, to say the least.

DSM cuts jobs at major production site

DSM Nutritional Products, the former Roche vitamins unit, is to cut a further 420 jobs in the next stage of its restructuring process.

New plant for gelatine in Danish food cluster

Gelita Sweden in Klippan, and Swedish Meats owned by Ellco Foods, have jointly invested in a new gelatine plant, reports the Swedish press this week.

Food freezing boosts BOC

BOC, the industrial gases group, reported a 26 per cent rise in first quarter pre-tax profit. Chief executive Tony Isaac said the core gas industrial business was benefiting from an...

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