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Preserving the peace

Food research company Preservation Sciences has settled its patent infringement lawsuit with rival company Preservation Products (PPLLC). The settlement specifically acknowledges that the company's NuPreserv 2000 (a preservative that extends...

Russia settles US poultry row

Russia agricultural ministry has declared that it has finally agreed to a concrete set of veterinary rules to settle Russia's long standing spat over poultry trading.

Slovak salt business grows

Slovakia's sole salt producer Solivary, which is based in Presov, in eastern Slovakia, has confirmed that it is to invest Slovak crowns 700 million (€17 mn) in a new salt...

EU accession : A driving force of change

Lithuanian meat processor and wholesaler Vilniaus Mesa is to invest some 17 million litas (€4.9m) in a new plant to be located in Vilnius, according to a report in the...

A cool deal

Standex International has acquired all of the outstanding shares of privately-held Nor-Lake, one of the largest suppliers of walk-in coolers and freezers to the US food industry. Standex believes that...

Pyrrhic victory for Budvar in EU trademark battle

An attempt by US-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch to keep Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar from registering its name as a European Community trademark was foiled by the Office for Harmonisation in...

New signs of confidence in Numico

Dutch group Numico, now focusing on babyfood and clinical nutrition, has the potential to be among the fastest growing companies in consumer staples, say analysts at Goldman Sachs.

Boxer delivers knock-out designs

Boxer, a design consultant firm based in Birmingham, England, has developed a new graphic packaging design for fast food giant McDonald's. "We were very impressed by Boxer's breakthrough approach to...

Cargill expands on Asian appeal

US agri-giant Cargill is set to expand its gum manufacturing capabilities in China. Working with its joint venture partner Shandong Huanghelong Group, the company has announced a significant capacity increase...

Frantschach goes transAtlantic

Austrian-based packaging giant the Frantschach Group has completed yet another acquisition, this time in Mexico. The company has acquired the sack business of paper and packaging group Copamex for a...

Food movement in an enlarged EU

The movement of foodstuffs within the European boundaries will be changed forever once the next step towards an enlarged Europe takes place. Food and Life Sciences lawyer Raymond O’Rourke takes...

Packing off to China

Elopak is to build a state-of-the-art production plant in China as part of a strategy to increase its worldwide presence. The Norwegian-owned company, which has been present in the country...

Emerging markets and health lift Danisco H1 results

Set against the backdrop of difficult trading conditions for branded food manufacturers, raw material prices and a negative currency impact played down first half figures for ingredients giant Danisco.

Training opportunity

They say technology never stays still. As if to prove this adage, Vivid Learning Systems, a provider of web and intranet-based compliance and regulatory training programmes, has just announced its...

BOC acquires safety portfolio

BOC, a developer of engineered solutions for the food processing industry, has acquired the food safety product portfolio of RGF Environmental Group. Those assets include a full line of food...

Xanthan gum potential in China

Cargill is set to expand its gum manufacturing capabilities in China. Working with its joint venture partner Shandong Huanghelong Group, the company has announced a significant capacity increase at its...

Beyond Safeway: the changing face of British retail

Nearly a year after it was first announced, the takeover of Safeway is now in its final phase following yesterday’s £3 billion updated offer for the chain by Morrisons. But...

Dutch and Slovakians team up on safety

The Slovakian Ministry of Agriculture has announced a project to team up with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in an effort to help meet food safety...

Ajinomoto boosts nucleotide exports

Japanese seasonings company Ajinomoto moves deeper into the export market for the food flavour enhancers - nucleotide seasonings - unveiling a 6 billion yen factory in Thailand last week.

Mondi's world expands

Packaging giant Anglo American is set to merge its corrugated packaging business, Mondi Packaging, with German firm Bauernfeind's corrugated paper and packaging business. The Bauernfeind Trust will receive approximately 5.3...

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...