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Chr Hansen moves into rapidly emerging Ukraine food market

Dairy culture leader Chr Hansen carves a deeper position in Ukraine, creating a platform to access a surging food market that currently sees the majority of the population spending between...

Process software upgraded

Ross Systems has upgraded its iRenaissance ERP software to improve record keeping and traceability for food and beverage processors. The company claims that the system will enable manufacturers to meet...

Delhaize struggles with US downturn

Delhaize's dependence on the US food retail market has weighed heavily on the results of the Belgium-based company. And with little sign of an immediate upturn in the US economy,...

ABF buys up edible oils

Acquisitions for UK food, ingredients and retail firm Associated British Foods are key to reducing dependency of group profits on ABF's leading revenue source British Sugar. This week the company...

German recycling scheme costs Rexam

UK packaging group Rexam has blamed Germany's recycling system for a dramatic loss of business in the country. The system, which requires customers to pay a deposit on cans and...

Burns Philp to sell US herbs and spices unit

Chipping away at heavy debt the Australian ingredients firm Burns Philp & Co will spin off its US herbs and spices unit - Tones North American - following 'expressions of...

Cargill looking for entry to European glucosamine market

US agri-food giant Cargill is seeking regulatory approval to market its fungus-derived glucosamine product for the European supplement market.

Danone and Yakult to close ranks in probiotics

Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult and French yoghurts and biscuits maker Danone said today they will set up a new alliance to push growth of their functional foods businesses and cement...

Leclerc reaps the benefits of low-price policy

E.Leclerc claims that its low-price policy kept its hypermarket sales buoyant in 2003 as French consumers tightened their belts and switched to discount stores. But what is really needed to...

Ahold completes Asian withdrawal

Just days after completing the sale of part of its Brazilian unit, Dutch retail group Ahold has announced the sale of its last remaining Asian business, Thailand-based CRC Ahold. The...

Quest sells ingredients to focus on core business

UK chemical stalwart Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) will spin off the food ingredients arm of its struggling flavour and fragrance business Quest to Irish ingredients group Kerry, giving the flavours...

Streamlined Glanbia ready for new health strategy

Irish dairy company Glanbia has taken a significant hit to profits and turnover to restructure its operations around a more focused ingredients and nutritional foods business.

Co-op seeks even fairer trade

The next two weeks have been designated Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK, and retailers across the country will be promoting their ranges of ethical products in a bid to increase...

Ingredients company talks directly to the consumer. Is this the future?

Raising consumer awareness of functional foods generally falls into the hands of food manufacturers. But recently formed soy ingredients firm The Solae Company announced this week that it will invest...

Job losses at Tyson

The decision by meat processing giant Tyson to consolidate two poultry manufacturing operations in Mississippi represents yet more upheaval for America's meat processing industry. The firm's decision, which follows a...

Tesco well ahead of the online retailing pack

Tesco, Britain's leading food retail group, has made no secret of its global ambitions, with fast growing businesses in eastern Europe and Asia complementing its number one status in its...

Coke bottling relations investigated

US federal investigators are investigating Coca-Cola's dealings with Japanese company Takasago International in connection with allegations of channel stuffing. It is alleged that the beverage giant overstated financial results for...

Monsanto sees seeds and traits growth

Despite the recent EU ruling against its GM Maize crops, Monsanto has said that it is expecting the continued development of its seeds and traits business will drive its mid-term...

Croatia set for food agency

Croatia is about to get its own food agency, which will work alongside the EFSA to bring the former Yugoslavian state in line with EU food safety regulations ahead of...

Added value pays off for Kerry

Driving hard into value added ingredients has paid off for Irish food group Kerry as the company faces off tougher currency exposure in 2003 to see a steady rise in...

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...

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