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Ozone increase will hit Asian food production, claims report

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.

China's brewing industry gears for expansion

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.

Russian milk market under pressure as herds decline

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.

Pick restructures to keep competitive

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.

Chinese scientist recognised for rice production breakthrough

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.

Valio increase Estonian cheese holdings

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.

PVM steps up Russian expansion

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.

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.

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