While the Greeks may be rejoicing that the EU has finally granted
PDO status to their feta cheese, producers elsewhere in the Union
are preparing to fight the decision - including one small producer
in the north of England.
One of the toughest legislations in the world on genetically
modified organisms came into force in Europe on Thursday with a new
EU Directive that strengthens 10-year-old rules on testing and
licensing GMOs used as crops or ingredients.
French food and drink producer Danone highlights its positive
like-for-like sales growth in the year to date, even though sales
in actual terms were lower than in 2001 as a result of exchange
Carlsberg's head of supply chain, Jette Knudsen, is to leave the
group in December after a disastrous summer season which saw the
company recall millions of cans of sour-tasting beer from the
Danone might have failed to prevent Leche Pascual calling its
long-life desserts 'yoghurts' but the French group has successfully
prevented the company from registering with the Spanish yoghurt
Feta cheese is the latest food product to be protected by EU law,
joining the ranks of Champagne, parma ham or Newcastle Brown Ale.
The ruling that only Greece makes real feta cheese is a major blow
for producers in Denmark, where...
Speculation on milk prices is keeping them at an artificially low
level and could cause the collapse of the Spanish dairy sector,
warns the organisation which represents the interests of some of
Spain's smallest farms.
Terra Lycos, Spain's leading consumer website for all things food,
has signed an agreement with Ebro Puleva which will see the food
group provide it with regular information about the health benefits
of rice, dairy products and...
Allegations of anti-competitive practices in the Scottish milk
market by Robert Wiseman Dairies have been dismissed by the Office
of Fair Trading because of a lack of evidence. The decision has
angered other dairy groups, and an appeal...
The InterMopro dairy show in Duesseldorf this week was the ideal
platform for Dutch dairy group to showcase a number of new products
destined for the German market. The company is also planning to
quicken the pace of the introduction...
US scientists are meeting later this month to analyse the DNA of 11
strains of probiotic bacteria. The aim is to help food scientists
improve the safety of foods such as cheese and yoghurt and the
research will also contribute to...
As the World Dairy Expo currently gets into full swing in
Wisconsin, US, dairy industry officials are having to respond to
charges by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that
US-produced milk contains antibiotics and...
Many foodstuffs are fortified with calcium and marketed as being
good for the health, but new research presented in the US this week
suggests that in fact such products may hinder the effectiveness of
Despite the concern that it can cause TCA - the mouldy smell
attributed to bad wine - natural cork is the preferred closure for
most US winemakers, according to a survey carried out on behalf of
the Amorim cork group.
Studies presented at the annual Interscience Conference on
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, sponsored by the American
Society for Microbiology, suggest that calcium-fortified foods may
hinder the effectiveness of antibiotics.
A recent study in US schools shows that students' milk consumption
and nutrition status can be significantly improved by increasing
the range of flavours on offer and the quality of milk provided in
A spokeswoman for Russian dairy and fruit juice group
Wimm-Bill-Dann reports that France's Danone recently increased its
stake in the company. An indication that WBD's policy of rapid
expansion is the right way to go?
A return to stability in Argentina and new acquisitions in Poland,
combined with a general upturn in international markets, should
help French cheese group Bongrain return to growth in the second
Dairy multinational Fonterra, has confirmed that the US Food &
Drug Administration has inspected two of its New Zealand
manufacturing sites as part of the agency's moves to step up
vigilance of all major food manufacturer's...
Artificial sweeteners are less likely to lead to weight gain in
overweight people than consumption of foods containing sucrose,
according to research from the US published this week. With rates
of obesity increasing worldwide, the...
The reorganisation of Dutch group Wessanen is now complete with the
sale of Leerdammer, the last of its dairy units, to Fromageries Bel
of France. The group will now focus on the wellness sector - but
this will not necessarily lead...
Italian food group Parmalat has been busy this week. Not only has
it opened its first bottled water bottling plant in the Canadian
province of Quebec, it has also begun legal proceedings against
Agrinove over an alleged copyright...
Progress towards the founding of Europe's Food Safety Authority
(EFSA) has been closely followed by Foodnavigator.com, including an
interview this week with the freshly appointed spokesman for the
EFSA, Andrew Stimpson. As such,...
Starch ingredients company Cerestar formally launched a bio-organic
sweetener at Health Ingredients Europe in Paris this week.
CBio-Sweet is derived from bio-organic wheat and hydrolysed with
Leading European dairy processor Mueller is to install a new
filling line at its Leppersdorf dairy manufacturing facility in
Eastern Germany. The company hopes to eventually create an extra
100,000 tonnes of production capacity for...
New Zealand firm A2 has said it has evidence of a possible link
between heart disease and the milk protein A1. Leading dairy
company Fonterra has however disputed the findings and claims there
is a need for further research.
Britain's biggest dairy products firm Dairy Crest group is poised
to buy St Ivel spreads from Uniq for £50-60 million pounds (€79-95
million), to rival UK market leader Unilever, industry sources said
Pregnancy may lower a woman's risk of cancer but drinking milk
could raise it, researchers reported this week. Both factors, as
well as the use of hormone replacement therapy, affect levels of a
hormone that may influence the...
European obesity experts, meeting to discuss the growing problem at
a summit in Copenhagen, have warned that obesity will overtake
smoking as Britain's top preventable killer. They have also accused
the government of being too...
Dairy farmers in UK received a boost this week with the decision of
several retail groups to increase milk prices. But the long term
problems will remain unless the middle men - milk processors - can
be persuaded to pay more for their...
The high cost of labour in the Netherlands has prompted dairy group
Campina to close down one production facility and transfer
production to other sites, including one in Germany where the costs
are much lower.
Purchases and new production facilities have so far marked the
healthy growth of Dutch life science company DSM in 2002. This week
the company announced further acquisitions with the purchase of the
food coatings activities of Vaessen...
Expanding away from its traditional Moscow heartland has helped
increase sales and volumes at dairy product and fruit juice maker
Wimm-Bill-Dann - but the cost of this programme took its toll on
first half profits.
The creation of a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is a
major component of the legal and organisational reforms to tackle
food safety in Europe. When the Council of Ministers recently
announced the composition of the new...
Women who consume a large amount of dairy foods may reduce their
risk of ovarian cancer, finds a recent study. Researchers at the
University of Hawaii in Honolulu found that women with the highest
intake of dairy products were 54...