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Asymptote discovers potential solution to sugar bloom

UK-based freezing specialist Asymptote has discovered a technique to prevent unsightly sugar bloom from spoiling food products and manufacturers' profits, writes Anthony Fletcher.

New food processing lubricants promise cost savings

Petro-Canada has launched two new synthetic lubricants to the food processing industry that it claims provide added protection in extreme temperature applications.

Belvédère bucks Polish downturn

Belvédère, the French group which is Poland's biggest vodka maker, is predicting better-than-expected sales for 2004 after a strong first half performance bucked the downward trend in the recession-hit Polish market. But with growth slowing dramatically in Poland, the group is looking to other countries to bolster its performance there, with Lithuania top of the list.

DBG strengthens Baltic position

The Danish Brewery Group, Denmark's second largest beer maker, has strengthened its position in the Baltic markets through the acquisition of a controlling stake in Lacplesa Alus, Latvia's number three brewer.

South Korea looks to become logistics capital of A-P region

South Korea's maritime affairs and fisheries minister argues that Korea has the infrastructure in place to become the key logistics hub in the A-P region, and therefore a prime target for investment.

Nidan plays health and quality card with Milk Time

The Novosibirsk dairy, part of Russia's Nidan group, is hoping to corner the market for high quality, healthy dairy products with the launch of a new range called Milk Time.

New food colour factory to open up opportunities for Chr Hansen

Chr Hansen breaks into the lucrative Chinese market constructing its first production facilities to provide more flexibility to serve the burgeoning local food industry, reports Lindsey Partos.

Jackson's building new specialist bakehouse

A new bread factory, capable of increasing output by 50 per cent, is being built by UK-based specialist bread supplier Jackson's Bakery, giving the company an advantage as it strives to supply a bigger portion of the foodservice industry at home and abroad. Chris Mercer reports.

Russia's finest rewarded at equipment show

Innovations from some of Russia's leading agricultural and food processing machinery suppliers were recognised at the AgroProdMash 2004 exhibition which took place in Moscow recently, underlining Russia's commitment to improving its processing capabilities.

Shell launches extreme heat transfer fluid

Shell Lubricants has developed a new food grade heat transfer fluid - Shell FM Heat Transfer Fluid 32 - designed to help food companies meet the extreme operating temperatures of heat transfer systems and reduce the risk of oil contamination.

Honeywell invests in 'greener' refrigerants

Honeywell is building a new facility in China to produce 'environmentally friendlier' HFC refrigerants, just as Europe pledges to reduce these types of gases.

Slovenian wine must fight for foreign markets

Slovenia's wine makers, buoyed by the news of EU funding for their vineyards, face a long struggle if they are to conquer foreign markets and compete effectively against the titans of the world wine business - but one man is certainly determined to try, as Chris Mercer discovered.

Plastic modular conveyor for poultry launched

A plastic spiral belt designed specifically for the conveying of small poultry products promises to increase productivity, extend belt life and reduce maintenance and downtime costs.

French equipment sector booming on back of exports

France has become the world's fifth largest exporter of food processing equipment according to ANVAR, the French agency for innovation that operates under the aegis of the French Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry.

CEDC strengthens its hand ahead of Bialystock auction

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has acquired yet another Polish alcohol distribution company, taking the number of companies owned by the Florida-based holding to 13. But the company is now keen to launch its own products, and will bid aggressively for the Polmos Bialystock distillery in a bid to win control of several popular Polish vodkas.

Ukraine calls for calm over meat price rises

Sharp increases in meat prices at the end of September have prompted Ukraine's Ministry of Agriculture to call for tighter measures to prevent speculation and ensure more stable pricing. But market observers claim that the increases are justified by higher input costs further up the chain.

Loss-making vodka group slated for sale

RosSpirtProm, Russia's state-owned alcohol producer, is to be privatised next year in a two-phase operation expected to garner interest from a wide range of drinks companies. But with many of the distilleries within the group running at massive losses, the sale is likely to mean a major consolidation in the Russian alcohol sector, writes Angela Drujinina.

Buhler opens Asian rice extrusion plant

Buhler has developed a new extrusion process that allows white rice to be enriched with vitamins.

Food production hit by increasing ozone levels

Dr Lisa Emberson of the University of York tells Anthony Fletcher why high ozone concentrations could cost food producers millions in damaged crops.

APV Baker secures Venezuela contract

Another cooker-extruder line from UK-based APV Baker is on its way to South America to help a long-established family cereal company increase its production as it strives to stay ahead of the leading multinationals.

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