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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...

Ball Packaging moves to Belgrade

Ball Packaging Europe, part of the US-owned Ball group, has announced that it is to build a $40 million can packaging facility, which will be located on the outskirts of...

EU launches help desk for developing countries trade

The European Commission has set up a new online help desk for the development of trade from developing countries. The Commission says the tool aims to assist the likes of...

Restructuring hits Bon appétit results

Swiss food retailer and foodservice supplier Bon appétit finished the year with a strong December performance but this was not enough to help it overcome the effect of a number...

Hercules sheds shares in CP Kelco

In a surprise move US chemical company Hercules is to sell its three-year old stake in hydrocolloid leader CP Kelco to emerging CMC player Huber, sparking speculation as to when...

Cargill-D.D.Williamson : US friends unite in Europe

Carving a deeper position in Europe, US caramel colour leader D.D. Williamson has acquired a UK colour plant from French starch and starch derivative company Cerestar, now owned by agro...

Parmalat debt reaches €14 billion

Italian food group Parmalat said on Monday that it had a net debt of €14.3 billion ($17.6 billion) in September 2003, almost eight times the figure given by former managers...

Crown goes to Africa

Crown Holdings is set to construct a new beverage can plant in North Africa. Crown and Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Bros. will each hold a 50 per cent share in...

Meating demand in Slovenia

Slovenian meat and poultry processor Perutnina Ptuj has announced a 20 per cent increase in its revenues for 2003 on the back of strong domestic demand - results that are...

Latvia to link Russia and EU?

The Latvian Minister of Agriculture has proposed that the Latvian government acts as a medium between the EU and Russia in an effort to promote greater trade between the two...

Poland lifts US beef ban

Poland has lifted its ban on the importation of certain US beef products, according to the USDA. This is the first country to rescind its beef import ban following the...

Raisio moves to protect 2004 result

Finland's Raisio Group has warned that write-downs in the fourth quarter will impact the period's results but should help profits for 2004.

Job cuts for Swiss flavours giant

Number one global flavours and fragrance player Givaudan is feeling the weight of acquisitions, currency conversions and higher raw material costs, taking a SF68 million (€43m) charge in 2003 and...

NBTY retailers see growing sales

New ownership for European health retailers appears to have paid off, with both the Netherlands-based De Tuinen chain and GNC's stores in Britain reporting first quarter profits.

Russia counts enlargement impact

The Russian Agricultural Ministry is already estimating the impact of EU enlargement on its exports of grains, claiming that soon-to-be implemented quotas could cost it more than €300 million year.

Enlargement still faces big challenges

In a speech given yesterday in Brussels, Dr Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agricultural, Rural Development and Fisheries, outlined a number of pressing areas relating to enlargement, with quality and...

Bulgaria knuckles down to EU regulations

The Bulgarian government has given the domestic milk processing industry a grace period of one year to allow it to meet new labelling requirements. The stipulation falls in line with...

Tesco continues convenience push

Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket group, has decided how to spend the first £53.7 million of the £810 million cash pile it unveiled earlier this month. While the group has...