Swiss approve British beef

Cattle and beef exports to Switzerland have been cleared, making it the first country outside the EU to lift its ban on British beef. Switzerland was one of the first countries to ban British beef and cattle because of BSE back in 1990. The lifting of the ban takes effect from 5 June 2006. John […]

Vodka vies for top tipple

Whisky’s days as the UK’s favourite spirit are numbered, according to a new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor. Vodka is closing the gap on whisky with predicted sales of £3.8 billion by 2010. Extensive advertising campaigns have helped to build interest in a variety of vodka drinks, both unflavoured and flavoured.“Young adults in particular […]

World’s top grocers

The world’s largest 30 grocery retailers account for nearly a third of the global market and continue to grow at a faster rate than the modern grocery market as a whole, according to industry analyst Planet Retail’s recently published ‘Top 30 Grocery Retailers Worldwide’. Based on final figures for 2005, this year’s ranking and analysis […]

Red wine recommended to protect against deafness

New research reported in the New Scientist has found that age-related deafness or hearing loss caused by loud noise or antibiotics could be reduced by antioxidants found in red wine, green tea and aspirin. Delicate hairs in the inner ear, vital for hearing, can be damaged by oxygen free radicals. These can be produced through […]

Still beefing about exports

A European Commission committee has voted in favour of lifting the ten-year ban on UK exports of beef products. However, the lifting of the ban has led to new wrangling about the transportation of live animals, particularly veal calves. A European Commission committee has voted in favour of lifting the ten-year ban on UK exports […]


Caffeine link to heart attacks

Recent research suggests that heavy coffee drinkers carrying a particular gene may be more vulnerable to heart attacks. Coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may be subject to cardiovascular diseases. Caffeine is metabolised by an enzyme in the liver. Variation in the gene for this enzyme can slow or quicken caffeine […]


Dewhurst bites the sawdust

Dewhurst, the largest butchers chain in the UK, has gone into liquidation, closing 60 of its 95 stores. Administrators have been called in to help sell the remainder. Thirty years ago, Dewhurst had 1,400 outlets in the UK, but has battled to keep up with supermarket meat counters. Despite West Country firm Lloyd Maunder taking […]

Consumers check labels

A Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey has found an increasing awareness among consumers towards healthier eating. More people are taking an interest in food, particularly by checking the labels and eating more fruit and vegetables. The survey team interviewed more than 3,000 people over five weeks. It was found the number of consumers who claim […]

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Coca-Cola looks to Oasis

Coca-Cola Enterprises has launched Oasis Fusion, a new range of contemporary still water and fruit juice drinks that marks the latest extension to the growing Oasis brand. Oasis Fusion was created in response to research that revealed a growing demand among female consumers for more contemporary tasting, still fruit flavoured drinks with no added sugar. […]

Gressingham duck producer re-names

The company behind the Gressingham duck has invested in a major re-branding exercise and has re-named itself Gressingham Foods. “Over the years it became apparent that not all of our customers were readily associating Green Label Foods with Gressingham duck – instead we were becoming known as ‘the Gressingham duck people’, says William Buchanan, commercial […]

New firm caters for allergy sufferers

Allergy specialist food firm Safetoeat says most ‘free-from’ products are aimed at people suffering from coeliac disease, or who are allergic to dairy or lactose. The new, privately owned company aims to change this by catering for all allergies and has set sales targets of more than £1m in its first year. Cook-in sauces and […]

Retailers receive WRAP cash

Major retailers have been awarded funding from the WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund – an £8m (£11m) fund designed to encourage innovative packaging initiatives that reduce household waste. The latest round of projects to be announced involves some of the leading names in UK retailing, including Coca-Cola, Dairy Crest and […]

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Brits are European chocolate champions

With the Easter chocolate bonanza over, British consumers have once again retained their crown as Europe’s chocoholics. According to market analyst Datamonitor, Brits chomp their way through 10kg of chocolate a year compared to just 2.2kg in Italy, which also has the lowest per head consumption of chocolate in Europe. Last year, the UK spent […]


Traditional Baker Perkins goes independent

APV Baker, a leading supplier of process equipment and services to the food industry worldwide, has been acquired from Invensys plc by private investors John Cowx and Brian Taylor. The new company will trade as Baker Perkins. The business, based in Peterborough, UK and Grand Rapids, Michigan US, is a leader in process technology for […]

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