French crush on Britvic

French company PAI Partners is tipped as the favourite to acquire British-based soft drinks firm Britvic, which is reported to be the target of an international takeover. Britvic is said to be struggling in the fizzy drinks market as health-conscious consumers look for alternative options. The company, which owns Robinsons in Norwich and the Tango […]

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Organic growing globally

The organic market is booming in Britain with sales up 30% averaging an extra £7 million a week. This growth accounts for annual current growth of 3% for food and drink. The total £1.6 billion in sales is a three-fold increase on the previous year. The numbers and range of people buying organic food have […]

Beer loses out to wine

Overall consumption of alcoholic drinks among the senior population is forecast to drop 42% to one billion litres by 2010 as consumers are switching from beer to spirits and wine. Overall consumption of beer is forecast to halve by 2010 in favour of the preference for stronger drinks. Pure alcohol is set to rise by […]

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Defra update on GM crops

Defra has proposed measures to ensure that growing of genetically modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers. The plans include enforcing strict separation of distances between genetically modified and conventional crops. Under EU rules, no GM crops will be grown in the UK unless scientific evidence shows they are safe for human health […]

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Simple labelling prompts food switch

Labelling food products with clear, simple nutritional information produced ‘quite extraordinary’ changes in consumers’ buying habits in just eight weeks, according to a report on a major European conference. Speaking at the Annual Obesity Europe Conference in Brussels recently, Tesco’s European affairs manager Ian Hutchins claimed that consumers switched in a matter of weeks to […]

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Targeting contaminated eggs

The European Commission is planning to set new targets to reduce salmonella in laying hens in member states. The move follows the publication of an EU study, which shows high levels of infection in flocks in a number of countries. UK animal health and welfare minister, Ben Bradshaw, welcomed the preliminary report from the European […]

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California Tree Fruit branches out in Europe

The Garden, a London-based marketing agency, has been appointed by the California Tree Fruit Agreement (CTFA) to generate greater interest in its members’ fruit – firstly in trade circles, before targeting consumers. California’s peach, plum and nectarine business is currently booming, with over one and a half billion pounds of the fruit produced in California […]


Caffeine content leads to concerns

The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high caffeine energy drinks. The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high […]

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First for Sharwood’s

RPC Containers Blackburn has helped Asian meals supplier Sharwood’s become the first brand to introduce a squeezy bottle into the chutney market. Recognising the impact that squeezable bottles have made to the condiment market in terms of convenience and reusability, food manufacturer Centura Foods asked RPC to produce a bottle that could deliver these qualities […]

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LFI opens US office

Leatherhead Food International (LFI) is opening a new office in New York City. The food research firm’s services will be provided in partnership with Food from Britain North America (FFBNA). Steve Dawson, FFBNA’s managing director, will be the main contact for US members. John Bevington, CEO at Leatherhead, comments,“North America is one of LFI’s fastest […]

Six steps to stem water waste

Envirowise is advising food and drink companies to take six key steps to prevent unnecessary water waste at work, ahead of possible water shortages this summer. England and Wales suffered the driest January for almost a decade and six water companies are already operating hosepipe bans across the UK. But if firms act now, says […]


Chocolate firm establishes health centre

A North American chocolate company has revealed results of ongoing studies at Yale University, linking the consumption of hot cocoa to improved cardiovascular function. The statement also coincides with the company’s announcement of the establishment of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition. The Hershey Company plan is to direct scientific research to develop products […]


EU rules to protect sturgeon

The European Union has introduced a new regulation to protect sturgeon and combat illegal trade in caviar. The fish has been pushed to the brink of extinction in the Caspian Sea. The rules will require all tins of caviar to bear an official label specifying the source of the caviar and the year of harvest. […]

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Curry kick for World Cup fans

Derby-based recipe dish manufacturer S&A Foods, in partnership with Asda, is ensuring football fans have enough energy to support England in the 2006 World Cup with the launch of their hottest ever curry, Chicken Phal. The Chicken Phal curry, will be available from the Indian serve over counter in Asda stores. Made from a combination […]