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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.

K-Tek launches high -pressure liquid detector

K-Tek has launched a liquid detector guided by wave radar readings that are immune to fluctuations in specific gravity and variations in dielectric constants.

Heineken has big hopes for its Polish operations

Poland is set to become the prime international market for Heineken as Grupa Zywiec reports booming sales and profits for the first half of the year. A strategy focusing on one brand for each beer segment and concerted efforts to reduce production costs are said to be the secret of the success.

New Zealand Milk installs CRM software globally

New Zealand Milk is installing customer relationship management (CRM) software in 22 operating companies across 18 countries.

Anderol lubricant aims to aid energy efficiency

Food processors can greatly reduce power consumption and meet food safety initiatives through using a new range of food grade lubricants, claims Anderol.

KHS aims to improve beverage production lines

Filling and packaging systems manufacturer KHS is focusing its efforts on developing new labelling, filtration, racking and crate inspection technologies.

Pursuit Dynamics builds fluid handling test centre

Pursuit Dynamics has built a new pilot kitchen in order to demonstrate its steam-based PDX fluids handling system, which the company claims can increase production efficiency and conserve energy.

Fridges boost China chilled foods market

The consumption of chilled foods in China has been limited by a lack of refrigerators. That is until the last few years, when rising incomes and the increasing every day use of cooling equipment has started to bring about a dramatic shift in the eating patterns of the average Chinese family, as the latest report from Access Asia testifies.

Empowerment in the warehouse

Unified Western Grocers, a leading US grocery wholesaler, is rolling out the Retalix Triceps Warehouse Management Solution, as part of the company's aims to achieve Real Time Warehousing.

SABMiller announces China greenfield site

China Resources Breweries Limited, an associate of South African-based SABMiller and a subsidiary of China Resources Enterprise, is set to invest $82.2 million (€68m) in the construction of a new brewery in the city of Dongguan, in the south-east Chinese province of Guangdong. The investment will increase SABMiller's share of what is currently one of the most dynamic beer markets in China.

Taking the cookie test

Efficient, profitable baking is not just a question of having the right equipment for the job - it is also knowing how to use it properly. With this in mind, Spooner Vicars, the UK supplier of bakery equipment, runs regular customised training courses to help companies and their employees make the best use of their facilities - and tests what they have learned using the chocolate chip cookie technique.

US scientists develop low-cost filtration process

Scientists in the US have developed a system of low-cost fibres capable of filtering traces of atrazine.

German cereal maker expands...with help from APV Baker

APV Baker is supplying equipment to produce a wide range of breakfast cereals at a major new plant in Germany. Food producer Nordgetreide is opening the new facility near Saarbrucken - an ideal location to serve the western European market.

Pull the perfect pint…at home

Interbrew, the giant Belgium brewer, has teamed up with electronics group Philips to create a new dispensing system which it claims will allow consumers to enjoy the taste and experience of draught beer in the comfort of their own home.

Intralox launches plastic conveyor for bakery

Intralox claims that its new 7.5" Sideflexing Flat Top belt should allow manufacturers to carry out retrofits of high-maintenance steel chains and fragile plastics chains on curved conveyors much more easily.

Enodis sees upturn as client confidence improves

Enodis, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment such as ovens and mixers, reported better profits but slightly worse sales due to the weak dollar, increased steel prices and difficult UK and continental European markets in the third quarter. But the company saw recovery in its sales in North America boosted by demand from restaurant operators, which allowed it to increase its prices, writes Iordan Mateev.

Siegling drives innovation in modular belting sector

Equipment supplier Siegling knows that if it is to compete effectively in the burgeoning modular conveyor belt market, it must convince food manufacturers that its products are a cut above the rest. Anthony Fletcher reports.

SMC ups profits, eyes further regional growth

San Miguel Corporation , the largest food and beverage group in southeast Asia, has reported a steep increase in both its turnover and net profits for the first six months of the year. The figures come on the back of increasing activity outside the domestic market and coincide with its announcement to form a joint venture with an Australian fruit juice manufacturer.

China's beer market: still room for investment

Over the course of the last few months the China beer market has witnessed frenzied activity as international brewery companies race to increase their footprint in what is now the world's second largest market by volume. But with the immense size of the market and development still a long way behind western Europe, the latest report from Access Asia suggests that there is still a great deal of room for further investment and development.

Brewing counteracts low carb knock for Novozymes

Slight growth for Danish enzymes giant Novozymes in the first half of the year with Europe providing steady returns but US market knocked by the popular low carbohydrate diet that has hit the baking industry.

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