Steel recycling rates rise throughout EU
About 2.3m tonnes of steel packaging were recycled in Europe last
year, representing an average recycling rate of 63 per cent in the
25 EU member states, and an increase of 6 per cent in recycled
tonnage compared to 2004.
Sugarfree trends on display
Sugar replacer firm Palatinit are set to highlight the trend
towards health and convenience in the growing sugarfree
confectionery sector at the ISM trade fair next year.
Intelligent software used to boost quality of shop floor data
Top manufacturers are using intelligent software to integrate
management tools with shop floor data to boost productivity by up
to 27 per cent, according to new research.
Weak bakery sales force Northern Foods to refocus
Northern Foods reported a drop in bakery sales this week with the
sector falling 6.6 per cent from 18.6 per cent after a
disappointing performance for the quarter ended 30 September.
Northern Foods focuses on core profit drivers
Northern Foods yesterday reported a 1.1 per cent drop in underlying
revenues for the quarter ended 30 September, as the UK-based
company continues to shed underperforming units.
Symrise explores cheaper alternatives in bitter-maskers
Scientists at Symrise have reported the potential of benzyl amides
as potential bitter-masking compounds for food and drink, research
that may lead to cheaper alternatives for food scientists and
Supply squeeze raising cost of warehouse, distribution centers
Rents for warehouse and distribution centers are rising across the
US, with tight supply andincreasing construction costs continuing
to boost lease prices past their 2001 peak, according to
asemi-annual study of the market.
Vegetable processors hit by low supplies, high costs
Europe's vegetable canners and freezers are being hit by a supply
shortage - and extra costs - due to the effects of the weather on
the continent's harvests.
Cuts to Baltic cod quota puts squeeze on domestic supply
The European Commission this week proposed cutting quotas on cod,
salmon and other Baltic Sea species, in some cases by up to 20 per
Heinz boosts profit margins as market strategies pay off
H.J. Heinz strategy to raise prices and cut costs has paid off in
profit margins increasing to 15.5 per cent in the second quarter of
2006, two percentage points higher than the comparable period last
Unilever margins fall as marketing spend increases
Unilever yesterday reported a decline in second-quarter operating
margins, as the company continues to spend on marketing in a bid to
boost lackluster sales.
Premier Foods strategy pays off in sales, margin boost
Premier Foods' strategy of acquisitions and price increases helped
boost first half operating profits by 12.7 per cent and margins by
almost one percentage point.
Logistics providers move toward more integrated services
Europe's third party logistic (3PL) providers are moving to
integrate more of their operations with those of their clients as a
means of providing a more efficient service, according to a survey.
Plastic recycling boosted by legislative targets
Driven by tougher waste legislation and set EU targets, the
recovery of plastics in the bloc is growing steadily, according to
a new report by Applied Market Information (AMI).
Avian influenza reflected in market swings for poultry
The avian influenza scare is causing fluctuations in the demand and
price for poultry in the EU, according to the latest agricultural
forecast by the European Commission.
Kellogg's sales boost offsets rising costs
The world's leading cereal producer Kellogg's has posted a three
per cent rise in second quarter net earnings, as strong sales in
the Americas help compensate for rising commodity costs.
UK manufacturers face pressure to reduce environmental impact
The UK's food and drink manufacturers and retailers will come under
more pressure to recycle more and cut the amount of waste they
produce, according to an Environment Agency report.
Germany among top packaging suppliers to food sector
Germany remains a world giant in the packaging material and machine
sector, with a high demand, especially for plastics, about to reach
record levels according to a new report.
Low GI diet best for weight loss, suggests study
An Australian research team has reported that a low-GI
carbohydrate-rich diet leads to weight loss of five per cent or
more and reductions in 'bad' cholesterol levels.
Cereal prices forecast to rise as demand soars
A UN report warning of sharp declines in world cereal stocks, could
foreshadow a potential supply problem - and increased costs - for
PET recycling rates increase across EU
European post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) collection
recycling rates reached 796,000 tonnes in 2005, a 15.1 per cent
increase over the previous year, according to a trade association.
Kids' snacks try for healthier option
In the wake of UK government concerns over childhood obesity and
pressure from health watchdogs, crisp manufacturers have been
pursuing healthier alternatives to kid-friendly brands.
Coffee supplies forecast to recover this year
World coffee production over the next year will rise by nearly ten
per cent, or nearly 11 million bags, over the previous year,
fuelling a rising demand for the brew, according to a forecast
Nestlé confident that food prices will stabilise
Nestle doesn't expect raw material prices to rise further this
year, despite a recent FAO report that forecasts an increase of
over 2 per cent in the world food import bill in 2006.
Food industry calls on EU to double R&D funding
The amount of EU research and development funds currently going to
the food industry should be doubled, the bloc's manufacturer's
association said yesterday, in releasing a study that painted a
grim picture of the sector's...
Healthy food shows further growth in UK
The average UK citizen spends £34.31 per week on food and drink and
is increasingly spending this money on healthier foods, according
to a recent Defra report.
Unilever reports flat operating profit
Operating profit was flat while sales rose only two per cent in
real terms for Unilever, which said yesterday its profit rose six
per cent in the first quarter of this year.
Leading noodle maker to expand beverage business
Tingyi, manufacturer of China's leading instant noodle brand,
MasterKong, said sales of its ready to drink beverages surged in
2005, and additional capacity being added this year will continue
growth from this segment of its...
Nestlé outperforms in Q1
Swiss food giant Nestlé has announced a first-quarter sales rise of
14.1 per cent to CHF22.8bn (€14.5bn), beating analyst expectations
and reconfirming its full-year target of a five to six per cent
UK manufacturers boost exports to private label market
UK manufacturers boosted food and drink exports by three per cent
last year, with industry finding new overseas markets and
opportunities in supplying the private label segment.
Low-carb diet may help women with ovary problems
Adopting a low-carb diet may improve fertility problems and hormone
profiles of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
says US research.
Kraft's tax rebate strengthens finances
Kraft Foods has recorded stable first quarter results, masking
falling operating income with a favourable tax settlement and
raising prices to combat spiralling production costs.
Consumers drive organic food practices
British food retailers and suppliers have developed a growing
commitment to domestically produced organic food, as consumers
insist on more environment-friendly production practices.
UK food companies slow on RFID uptake survey shows
UK food manufacturers are slow to take up the use of radio
frequency identification (RFID) due to a lack of knowledge of the
technology, according to new research.
Processors demand more from packaging suppliers
UK processors are demanding more innovation from their packaging
suppliers to support the launch of new products for expanded
markets, according to a survey.
Morrison outlines plan to cut costs as profit falls dramatically
A fall in profitability by £313m (€452m) has pushed management at
Wm Morrison to come up with a three-year recovery plan, placing
further pricing pressure on suppliers.
Rising costs impair profit for General Mills
Like many other food producers General Mills is suffering from
rising costs, which are holding back profits, despite increasing
sales, according to the latest financial report.
Obesity rocketing despite record diet food spending
The US might be consolidating its position as the fattest nation,
but Europe is catching up fast - and all this despite record
spending on diet products.
Unilever to exit European frozen foods, while sales stagnate
In a bid to return its European operations back to an acceptable
level of growth, Unilever today put up for sale most of its
underperforming frozen foods businesses, which includes four
Cost cuts to balance high input prices, Nestlé says
Prices for raw materials and energy are forecast to rise by around
five to 10 per cent this year, but Nestlé believes cost cuts will
balance the equation out, the company's chief executive said
Demand for plastics down in Europe as price hikes kick in
Recent price hikes for petroleum-based plastics seem to have led to
a downturn in demand in Europe, according to a market analyst
Signs of hope for troubled Barry Callebaut
Troubled chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has increased sales
volumes during its financial first quarter, but the growth has
meant a tumble in profit margin.
Operating to specification key influence in purchasing decisions
The number one influence on whether to buy food processing
equipment was whether it lived up to its specifications rather than
whether it was too costly, according to a survey by amanufacturing
Durum wheat, corn output down, indicating supply shortfall
Estimates for world durum wheat and corn output are down sharply
from last year's record harvests, indicating processors might face
a price hike for the commodities depending on the demand.
Rising demand for seafood driving price increases
Price reductions for imported herring and tuna will bring needed
relief from recent hikes for many European processors, while others
will be paying more for their seafood supplies, according to Food
and Agriculture (FAO) forecasts.
Unilever's struggle for market share continues in Western Europe
Despite the launch of new health-conscious products, more
advertising spend and a bid to maintain competitive prices in
Western Europe, Unilever's sales and margins in the region
continued to tumble in the third quarter.
Kellogg reveals sluggish European sales
Kellogg's strong third quarter performance in America and Asia
Pacific offset the company's continuing sluggish European sales, it
emerged this week.
Enzyme giant Novozymes reports solid growth
Continual productivity improvements are behind Novozymes' solid
performance since it was floated on the stock market in 2000,
according to CEO Steen Riisgaard.
Injury and fatalities fall in high risk industry
The battle to bring down the high rate of injury and fatalities in
the UK's food and drink industry is succeeding, according to the
Food sector falling behind in competitiveness, Commission warns
The EU's food industry is falling behind in comparison to its main
competitors, such as the US, and is especially weak on the use of
information communications technology, investment in researchand
development and innovation...