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.
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.
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.
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 has developed a new extrusion process that allows white rice to be enriched with vitamins.
Dr Lisa Emberson of the University of York tells Anthony Fletcher why high ozone concentrations could cost food producers millions in damaged crops.
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.
The beef industry's ability to accurately breed cattle for specific traits such as increased meat or milk yield has been significantly improved with the release of the first draft of the bovine genome sequence.
UK supplier Kettleby Foods has installed two Proseal F45 tray sealers to increase efficiency in order to satisfy growing retailer and consumer demand for ready meals.
Increased ozone concentrations at ground level may be causing millions of pounds of damage to food crops, according to a University of York researcher - and nowhere is more likely to be affected than Asia. Anthony Fletcher reports.
The Brewing Industry Association of the China National Food Industry Association has announced its support and cooperation in the organisation of BevTek & BrewTek China 2005, which will be held in conjunction with ProPak China 2005.
Steep declines in the number of milk cattle in Russia is having knock-on effect on the country's dairy industry, which is being forced to import increasing amounts of milk from other, more expensive sources. But calls for greater support from Moscow to develop new breeding programmes appear to be falling on deaf ears, writes Angela Drujinina.
Hungary's accession to the European Union has already led to increased competition in the food industry there, prompting one of the country's leading food manufacturers, Pick Szeged, to embark upon a two-year restructuring programme aimed at cutting costs and improving productivity.
A scientist from China has been awarded first prize in the International Year of Rice (IYR) global scientific contest for his work on genetic diversity and disease control, the UN's FAO announced this week.
Finnish dairy products company Valio is to acquire Norwegian firm Synnöve Finden's 42 per cent holding in Estonian cheese producer Võru Juust, leaving Valio with a 99 per cent stake in Võru Juust.
Perfetti Van Melle (PVM), the Dutch-Italian confectionery producer, is to open a new production facility in the Moscow region as it seeks to exploit market growth and narrow the gap with rival producers already established there, writes Angela Drujinina.
Dutch brewing giant Heineken has increased its stake in Russia's rapidly growing beer market for the second time in three months, underlining the competition among big brewers to exploit the potential of this newly crowned nation of beer lovers.
A boost from EU exports and a solid home market performance have helped Polish meat processing company Sokolów to achieve bumper net profits for the first half of 2004, but this is all part of the plan, according to a company quietly confident of establishing itself further at home and abroad.
An Australian company has developed a product to improve poultry production without having to pump chickens and pigs full of antibiotics.
Three major European brewing companies are competing to purchase a small brewery in the previously unexplored region of Russia's far east, as the scrap to profit from one of the world's fastest-growing beer markets hots up.
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