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Soufflet expands Ukrainian malt business

Ukraine's largest malt house is to receive more than €9 million in outside funding to double its production capacity - helping French company Soufflet to dominate the region and make the factory a stable source of income for local farmers.

Electricity-free food production for the developing world

A production system that requires no electricity, generator or running water has been created for food applications in the developing world.

Puleva Biotech sees strong growth

Puleva Biotech, the functional foods subsidiary of Spanish food group Ebro Puleva, recorded a 3 per cent increase in net profit in the first nine months of the year on the back of a 50 per cent rise in turnover to €5.34 million.

New analysis technique reveals nature of milk

Ultrasonic Scientific has developed a cutting edge technique to analyse the heat stability of milk.

Evolution of freezer storage ensures future growth for seafoods

The market for frozen fish and seafood in China looks set for sustained growth over the next four years. A recent market report reveals that changing consumer tastes, combined with the evolution of freezer storage means that new seafood and fish products are appearing on the market with increasing speed.

Frozen bread builds on Russian foodservice niche

Russia is a bread country - it has been a staple part of the diet there for centuries, and to many people it is as much a part of the Russian way of life as tea or vodka. But even a product with such an impressive heritage needs to be revitalised every now and again - hence the growing popularity of frozen bread, especially in the foodservice sector, writes Angela Drujinina.

RFID: A challenge and an opportunity for logistics providers

Third-party logistics (3PL) providers must adopt innovative and leading solutions such as radio frequency identification (RFID) if they are to continue achieving supply chain efficiencies, according to a new report.

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.

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