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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...

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.

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