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Heineken re-joins battle for Russian breweries

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.

Sokolow's soaring profit bolsters confidence

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.

Antimicrobial firm targets pig and poultry processors

An Australian company has developed a product to improve poultry production without having to pump chickens and pigs full of antibiotics.

Big brewers fight over Eastern Russian brewer

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.

Hoop invests in production to expand in Europe

A re-vamped, state-of-the-art factory, which can produce 50,000 bottles of soft drinks every hour, has just been opened by Polish soft drinks company Hoop, giving the company the perfect platform to penetrate European markets, writes Chris Mercer.

Wimm-Bill-Dann seeking Urals dairy foothold

Russian dairy giant Wimm-Bill-Dann is looking to increase its hold on the country's dairy market by tapping into the under-exploited Urals region. But after a year of falling profit margins, is the company biting off more than it can chew? Chris Mercer reports.

New scanner to improve baking batches

A new infrared scanner capable of telling bakers exactly when their dough will be perfect for making bread, cakes and other baked goods has been developed by the UK's largest independent food and drink research group, writes Chris Mercer.

Starbucks commits to sustainable coffee supply

Starbucks Coffee has formed a partnership with a US development agency and environmental conservationists to help ensure a sustainable supply of high quality coffee from Latin America.

Podravka eyes EU market through Polish facility

Croatian food group Podravka says it is looking to expand production at its Polish production facility to keep up with demands in the Polish market and to increase exports to other EU countries.

Ocean Spray and Northland finally team up

After rejecting an $800 million offer for its juice business from Northland Cranberries early last year, US co-operative Ocean Spray has decided the time is right to enter into an agreement with its rival.

A low cost robotic arm for food production?

Researchers in the UK have developed a new robotic arm that is fully mobile, has accuracy that rivals industrial fixed robot arms and could cost significantly less.

InBev buys controlling stake in Lion beer

InBev has acquired the remaining 50 per cent of Lion Group's beer business in China $131.5 million. The move gives the leading international brewer a 100 per cent controlling stake in the business, further enhancing its operations in the growing China market.

Sweetener business booming for Tate & Lyle

Month-on-month growth for Tate & Lyle's zero calorie sweetener will offset a dip in figures at the firm's European starch operations as long term investment in added-value ingredients starts to pay off.

Bankruptcy for remaining Polmos?

The Polish government's plans to sell off the last eight remaining Polmos businesses look ill-fated, as industry experts predict that the weakness of the remaining brands and market saturation means that bankruptcy is a likelier outcome.

Czech brewer upgrades to meet export demands

Plzenský Prazdroj, the leading Czech brewer, has completed the first stages of an upgrade to its Plzen brewery as part of aims to boost the production of its Pilsner Urquell beer to export markets.

Freezing breakthrough makes better tasting food possible

A scientific breakthrough from freezing specialist Asymptote has been granted a European patent, opening the door to the multi-billion pound frozen food market, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Scientists uncover secrets of mixing ingredients

Engineers from the US have demonstrated that stirring a mix of granular ingredients faster or longer in food manufacturing won't always give you a smooth blend, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Fat bloom findings bring savings for chocolate makers

Chocolate makers could see savings from new research that sets out to tackle the common problem of fat bloom, an unsightly white powdery film that forms on the outside of chocolate, writes Lindsey Partos.

American Dairy boosts soybean processing capabilities

American Dairy, one of the leading manufacturers of milk powder products in China, has completed its new soybean powder mill - a move that firms up its presence in the all-important soybean processing sector.

Accession 'not the reason' for increased Czech dairy exports

Revenues from Czech dairy exports might have increased by 30 per cent in the first six months of the year, but the Czech Dairy Association says it is increasing dairy prices, not higher volumes due to accession, that is boosting the value of the market. Indeed, the Association says it is the domestic market that is currently driving volume growth.

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