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Starch firm expands in Asia

Number one dextrose producer Corn Products International will drive operations forward in Korea, buying up the remaining slice of its Korean business from Doosan corporation.

Asian rice production lifts global supplies

A significant drive from Asian rice producers has helped boost global paddy production in 2004 to an estimated record 611 million tonnes. But the Food and Agriculture Organisation says that...

Pre-treatment investment in raw materials to bring savings for Karlshamns

Competition continues to bite for Swedish speciality fats and oils business Karlshamns with the firm announcing it will pour Euros 6.68 million (SEK60m) into cost-cutting measures.

Sardus buys sandwich firms for new business

One of Sweden's biggest meat and cheese processing companies, recently under pressure from increased competition, will soon be supplying sandwiches as well as the fillings by establishing a new business...

Cocoa prices still volatile on political unrest

Prices for cocoa remain relatively volatile as political unrest in Ivory Coast, that produces some 40 per cent of global cocoa crops, keeps the market nervous.

PepsiCo set to dominate European snacks

PepsiCo is now in a prime position to dominate the blossoming European snacks market, especially the emerging eastern sector, after US food maker General Mills pulled out of their 12-year-old...

IAWS invades specialist French bakery

Irish baker IAWS is taking on France's specialist bakery, confectionery and foodservice sectors by acquiring leading domestic distributor Groupe Hubert, and could exploit the declining number of independent on-site bakers...

Splenda success boosts Tate & Lyle into FTSE 100

Booming sales for its popular sweetener give UK starch and sugar business Tate & Lyle the necessary leverage for the firm to re-enter the FTSE 100 index after a seven-year break.

Inter Link launches cakes in Europe

The rising star of Britain's cake sector, Inter Link Foods, is buying its way into Poland - hoping to benefit from the growing dominance of multinational supermarkets across eastern Europe...

ABF and Cargill agree UK merger

Two of Britain's biggest agriculture companies, faced with an increasingly unstable market and rising costs, have announced they will merge to insulate themselves and compete more effectively through local grain...

Nestlé buys into frozen pizza market

Nestlé is to buy almost half of German frozen pizza firm Wagner so it can tap into the lucrative German market and expand Wagner's brands abroad, as competition hots up...

EU reform threatens Greencore sugar

Food and ingredients producer Greencore has warned early that its Irish sugar business could be seriously damaged when the EU finally implements its sugar reform, expected next December, writes Chris...

Wheat and corn based ingredients open to price rise

Price increases for key raw materials used by the food industry threaten over the next 12 months as low global stocks remain open to unexpected disruptions.

Interstate to close another bakery

Interstate Bakeries, which filed for bankruptcy amid mounting debts and falling sales less than a month ago, has announced plans to close another of its US bakeries. But streamlining alone...

Unilever to sell bakery business

Food and ingredients giant Unilever has signed a deal to sell its frozen pizza and baguette business to German firm Dr. Oetker as part of a five-year strategy to lift...

CSM sheds natural alcohol supplier to focus on bakery ingredients

CSM, the Dutch food ingredients company continues to shed non-core activities, signing off its stake in natural alcohol supplier Koninklijke Nedalco in a €24 million deal.

Sugar reform splits EU opinion

Plans for EU sugar reform are unfair and would only benefit the biggest producers, say 10 member states as new discussions split opinions across Europe,reports Chris Mercer.

Flexibility gives Greencore an advantage

A major private label supplier, which plans to launch low-fat, low-carb and gluten-free products to meet growing consumer health demands, says flexibility in production and a variety of income sources...

Krispy Kreme crisis increases losses

Alarm bells are ringing at the Krispy Kreme doughnut company after it announced a further $3 million loss in its third quarter amid fears that the company may have been...

Snack giants move into Romania

US giants PepsiCo and General Mills have bought their way in to the Romanian snacks market in anticipation of strong growth in the next few years, though analysts warn that...

ISP price hike for food-grade hydrocolloids

Food makers can expect to see the price of hydrocolloids continue to move upwards as suppliers, knocked by squeezed commodity supplies coupled with higher energy and transport costs, pass rises...

Specialist equipment gives Cranswick hope

UK food producer Cranswick has blamed its stuttering sandwich business and high costs for a drop in first half profits, but says it is quietly confident of further growth after...

UK launches public health drive

The British government has released its long-awaited policy paper on public health today with plans to tackle obesity, curb public smoking and address the way food companies target children through...

Low-carb disaster hits American Italian Pasta

Crumbling pasta sales and failed low-carb product launches have plunged America's leading dried pasta maker into the red for its fourth quarter and left the company barely breaking even for...

Orkla launches bid for snacks firm

Norwegian firm Orkla has closed in on a takeover deal for Finnish snack firm Chips with a view to dominating established snack industries in Scandinavia and rising markets in Russia,...

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