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Baltic biscuit wars

Following its takeover last year, leading Baltic State biscuit maker Kalev Johvi Tootmine is to stop making its Maiasmokk brand of biscuits because of excess market competition.

Poland rises against EU stockpiling laws

While Poland is claiming that it is has made considerable ground in the race to meet EU food safety regulations before accession, more storm clouds are gathering on the issue...

Acquisitions drive profits for Kerry

Burgeoning Irish food ingredients group carves deeper into the US market announcing it will buy into fast growing 'lifestyle' beverages through the acquisition of two US companies, Oregon Chai and...

Ensuring fluid processing

Petro-Canada has launched a new trolley fluid for meat-processing operations that it claims offers unmatched protection against wear, rust and drips. The manufacturer says that while the fluid has been...

EU toughens up on accession borders

The EU has outlined future border controls for animal livestock and meat products as the run up to accession moves into its final stages. The move aims to limit the...

Irish focus on consumer safety in EU25

In under 50 days the ten accession countries will join the European Union bringing the number of consumers from 382.4 million to 456.6 million. Failure to properly control food imports...

Forecasting soup demand

Food manufacturer Campbell has installed real time forecasting (RTF) technology in its North American soup, sauces, and beverage production facilities. Results from a pilot test showed that the company can...

Quicker meat processing

A processing system for cutting fixed weight and uniformly shaped poultry fillet portions has been developed by Iceland-based equipment giant Marel. The company claims that the system is unique as...

Tunnel technology revised

Freezing and cooling tunnels that use liquid nitrogen and carbon dioxide have been used in the food industry for decades. But according to Linde's marketing manager for freezing and cooling,...

Conveying convenience

Manufacturer CSi claims that its new range of pallet conveyors offers food processors a number of useful innovations. The equipment is made of stainless steel and aluminium, features ultrasound sensors...

Meat innovations on show

A range of vacuum fillers has been upgraded to offer meat processors more filling power to improve efficiency and speed. Manufacturer Vemag says that the machines are still the only...

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...

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