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Costa opens first coffee shop India

Costa Coffee is opening its first coffee shop in India. The new 1,200ft store in Connaught Place, central Delhi can accommodate 60 customers, and is part of a franchise contract to open more stores across India. The franchise, negotiated by Costa’s commercial director Nick Williams with Ravi Jaipuria, leader of a large corporate business with […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Warning labels

Manufacturers of sugary foods and beverages could be forced to put warning labels on their products as, like cigarettes and alcohol, these are increasingly considered damaging to health. Soft drinks, in particular, are blamed for a nationwide increase in obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the […]

Posted 8 September 2005

British Cheese is a favourite

Since the British Cheese Board (BCB) was established a decade ago, cheese consumption has increased by 12.5% – equating to approximately 60,000 tonnes more cheese being eaten in Britain annually. Looking back over the decade the BCB notes the number of named British cheeses has also grown. There are now more than 700 different types, […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Aimia Foods celebrates new identity

Aimia Foods Limited, formerly known as Nichols Foods, has a new corporate name and brand identity. The company’s co-pack/co-manufacturing division in the UK will also now be called Aimia Foods, replacing the name Stockpack. In the past nine months, the company has invested more than £400,000 (£587.800) to regain its independent status from Nichols plc […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Heineken buying up Russian breweries

Heineken is taking over all of the Ivan Taranov Breweries, based in Cyprus and in Russia, and Baikal Beer Company in Irkutsk, Siberia. The Russian beer market is expected to grow by more than five per cent to over 89 million hectolitres this year. Since August last year, Heineken has acquired several breweries in Russia. […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Asda price claim dropped – and that is official

Asda has been forced to abandon its ‘lowest-priced supermarket’ claim after rival Tesco store complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The lowest priced claim was advertised on television and in the press, following a price survey by The Grocer comparing the price of 33 products sold by eight retailers each week, over a year. […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Lax laws loom as boozy Brits drink on

Soaring alcohol sales in the UK are causing concern among health ministers as imminent changes in licensing laws could allow the beverages to be sold round the clock in pubs and shops. The new licence laws, due in November, have been proposed despite reports that alcohol sales have increased by almost ten per cent in […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Rajah powder doesn’t curry favour

Curry powders sold by Somerfields, Budgens and Kwik Save had to be removed from sale after they were found to contain illegal dye Sudan 1. The dye was found in batches of Rajah Premium Hot and Mild Curry Powders. The contaminated products, sold by BE International Foods, had a best-before date of June 2007 and […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Early deaths warning from fats

Health experts have warned that the nation is eating too many foods containing high amounts of fat, saturated fat and sugar, which are likely to lead to premature deaths. Sales of fresh fruit and vegetables have dropped by nearly two per cent, despite government health campaigns to persuade people to eat five portions of fruit […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Skills council at Liberal meeting

Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, will be joining the Liberal Democrats at their annual party conference in Blackpool this month. Paul Wilkinson, the chairman of Improve, is joining a panel organised by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), which will present a fringe event at the conference on 19 September. Similar events […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Tough trading but Nestle nurtures newcomers

This year’s trading has proven a challenge for Nestle, although its first half report for 2005 showed strong organic growth of 5.2%. Meanwhile, sales in Swiss francs increased 2.4 per cent despite negative impacts of currencies of -1.8 and divestitures of -1.0%. Consolidated sales grew to CHF 43,474 million, an increase of 2.4% over the […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Sugar production forecast

In the past few months, growing conditions in all Danisco’s production countries have offered strong potential for the growth of sugar beets up to the September to December harvesting period. With recent favourable growing conditions, the sugar beet harvest is expected to yield a sugar production slightly above Danisco’s European Union quotas in Denmark, Sweden, […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Honeybees to suffer from stingy cash cuts

The British honeybee population is under threat by Government cuts, according to an organisation that represents small agricultural businesses. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) says the bees make a huge contribution to the agriculture industry by spreading pollen, but the Government has a bee in its bonnet about cutting costs. In three years time […]

Posted 8 September 2005

Soft drinks sales continue to soar

Nichols, the soft drinks group, has announced improved profits for the first half of 2005. Highlights for its two principal operations – soft drinks and beverage systems – included a 12% rise in profit before tax at £2.25 (£3.30) million. Turnover was up 24% from last year at £30.54 (£44.76) million. International markets for Vimto […]

Posted 8 September 2005