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Packager sells US operations to focus on Europe, Asia

Sweden-based Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA) has sold its North American packing operations, that include personal care packaging, so as to focus on expanding its European and Asian operations.

Campari agrees Polish distribution deal

Poland's largest vodka producer, Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has become the exclusive distributor of the Gruppo Campari portfolio in the country, further consolidating its share of the growing domestic...

Tate & Lyle forecasts 'lower than expected' Splenda sales

Tate & Lyle has predicted sales and profits of its Splenda sucralose product to 'only modestly' increase due to a slower than anticipated acceleration of uptake from major customers.

Commission takes tough line on greenhouse gas emissions

In a bid to hold down greenhouse gas emissions under the bloc's carbon dioxide trading scheme the European Commission yesterday ordered Belgium and Holland to cap allowances below what their...

China powers SAB beer growth

China, South America and Europe combined to offset disappointing performances in North America and South Africa during brewer SABMiller's third quarter.

Cott signs deal for use of production facilities in China

Cott Beverage, the world's number three beverage producer, has signed a contract with China's Jianlibao Group giving it access to the Chinese firm's production facilities and new business opportunities in...

SABMiller expands reach in China

SABMiller's China joint venture, China Resources Snow Breweries, has agreed to buy the remaining shares in a business based in China's south-western Sichuan province, strengthening its foothold in an undeveloped...

EU food and drink industry trends review

The CIAA end of year review of the European food and drink industry's performance underlines again how significant the industry is to the EU economy.

UK wine battle hits Constellation earnings

Lower prices on the UK wine market have forced the world's largest wine firm, Constellation Brands, to cut its earnings estimates for the year.

Bacteriophage approved for hide washing

A natural cleaning fluid made of live bacteria could help meat processors get rid of pathogensfrom animal hides, a key source of cross-contamination in the plant.

Takeover battle for SIG reaches new high

A billion dollar takeover battle to gain control of beverage packaging giant SIG Holding is beingwaged between a New Zealand investor and two European companies.

Kirin, SAB Miller expand presence in China

SABMiller, one of the world's biggest brewers, is establishing a major presence in China through its joint venture China Resources Snow Breweries, which last week said it would acquire two...

Rank makes bid for SIG as part of global strategy

A €1.5 billion offer for Switzerland-based SIG Holding marks an attempt by a New Zealandbillionaire to put together a global force in packaging.

Ozone jet washer helps firms clean-up

A new power washer, using ozone mixed with cold water to decontaminate food processing premises, will reduce costs and help the environment, its manufacturer claims.

Beverage firms accused of unfair profits from school vending

The majority of the revenue from US school beverage contracts goes to beverage firms and not schools, according to a new report, which claims its findings should encourage schools to...

Greene King still buoyant on smoking ban

The chief executive of ale brewer Greene King said he remained "cautiously optimistic" that a pub smoking ban in Scotland would benefit the group over the long-term.

Britvic tastes mixed results as consumers go healthy

Soft drinks giant Britvic yesterday announced flat profits and mixed sales results for 2006,citing a move to meet consumer demands for healthier products as a revenue winner.

Food firms unaware of contamination risk

Many food and drink firms in the UK remain unaware of the need to insure themselves against accidental or malicious contamination of their products.

Czechs scupper EU alcohol duty reform

Proposals to set minimum tax rates on beer and spirit drinks across the EU were hanging by a thread Wednesday, after opposition from the Czech Republic killed off hopes of...

San Miguel still undecided on future of bottler

San Miguel, the Philippines biggest food and beverage producer, said on Friday that it has not yet reached a deal deciding the future ownership of its bottling joint venture with...

EU rejects low duty alcohol reform

Consumers in the EU will not be able to buy low tax alcohol from other member states over the internet, the Court of Justice has ruled, pleasing both the UK...

Fines highlight uncertainty in EU sugar markets

Sugar processors in the EU are facing further uncertainty over their futures following the announcement of EU fines for failing to reduce stockpiling in the declining sector.

South America spurs SAB beer growth

Emerging markets in South America have spearheaded beer sales growth for SABMiller over the last six months, outweighing doom and gloom in the US.

Australian juice processors face higher orange prices

Australian orange growers have warned that supplies of the fruit will be tight this year as frost followed by a severe drought has caused a sharp drop in the Valencia...

Coca-Cola Amatil enters spirits market

Australia's biggest soft drinks maker Coca-Cola Amatil has expanded its alcoholic beverages portfolio through a new agreement with premium spirits distributor Maxxium.

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