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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...

Sonoco cans Brazil

Global packaging group Sonoco has just opened a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to produce steel easy-open closures for use on metal cans. Annual capacity of the plant is projected...

Thorntons bullish after good Christmas

Last summer's hot weather had a major impact on sales at Thorntons, the British confectionery retailer and manufacturer, but the company had a lot more to be happy about when...

Poland's meat and dairy sectors still struggling on EU compliance

The Polish government has announced that a significant number of the country's dairy and meat businesses are still struggling to comply with EU regulations which have to be met by...

Russia fends off cheese imports

The Russian cheese market is expanding at a faster rate than any comparative market in Europe as a whole, yet still the majority of cheese sold there is produced by...

WFM - gambling on organic growth

The largest US organic and natural food retailer Whole Foods Market (WFM) has this week entered the European market with the acquisition of British group Fresh & Wild for $38 million.

Parmalat payments legit, says Tetra Pak

After conducting an internal review, Tetra Pak has categorically stated that all payments made to disgraced Italian dairy giant Parmalat were made directly to local Parmalat companies.

Market boost for trehalose sweetener

Buying entry into the nascent European trehalose sweetener market last year from British Sugar, US company Cargill will welcome claims from scientists this week that the ingredient could ease Huntington's...

Solbar invests in new production facility

Israeli firm Solbar is to build a soy protein plant in China in a bid to gain the lead in soy proteins in the Asia Pacific and Chinese markets, it...

Organic retailer enters UK market

Whole Foods Market, the largest natural and organic food retailer in the US, is to make its first entry into the UK with the acquisition of Fresh & Wild, a...

Cargill enters European flavour scene

Competition in European flavours heated up this week as Cargill, the largest private company in the US, signed on the dotted line for UK flavours group The Duckworth Group (TDG).

Profits soar for Cargill but BSE casts shadow on future earnings

Agri-giant and leading beef processor Cargill sees profits soar in the first half of fiscal 2004. But as the fallout from the first mad cow case in the US begins,...

Sensus expands roots in South America

Dutch ingredients producer Sensus has significantly expanded its presence in the South American market through new agreements with distributors in Argentina and Chile.

Hungary facing foie gras challenge

With Hungary's entry into the EU in May, producers of one of the country's main food specialities will face a particular challenge. Moves by the Union to phase out the...

Another Russian vodka row brewing

Russia has already run roughshod over international trademark regulations with regard to one of the country's best known vodka brands, Stolichnaya, but it now appears that a second brand, Cristall,...

Parmalat: suppliers to save the day?

There is a defining issue for dairy giant Parmalat that has virtually nothing to do with fraud. If it lives to trade another day, it will be because it hung...

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...