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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.

ABF blames profit drop on sugar shake-up

Associated British Foods (ABF) yesterday blamed a 21 per cent drop in operating profit on European sugar industry reform and significantly higher energy costs.

Depressed consumers hit beer sales, says S&N

Poor consumer confidence across Western Europe dented growth at UK brewer Scottish & Newcastle in the third quarter and is likely to continue into next year, worsened by a pub...

Jungbunzlauer increases ingredients prices globally

Citric acid leader Jungbunzlauer has jumped on the price hike bandwagon, announcing last week that it is to up the stake on citric acid, GdL and xantham gum in all...

Coca-Cola, Nestlé scale down drinks venture

Coca-Cola and Nestlé will limit their joint venture group to black tea drinks, allowing the two giants to revitalise their position in this sector and compete openly on other fast-growing...

Vitality focus lifts Unilever drinks

An improved focus on health and wellness helped Unilever to recover lost ground in the UK during the third quarter, with new drinks launches helping to drive success.

Tate & Lyle hails 'excellent' ingredients performance

Tate & Lyle's unaudited interim results have given the firm reason to be confident that stronger growth can be expected in the near future.

Danisco raises US prices for brewing enzymes

Danish group Danisco has become the latest in a string of ingredients firms to pass on increased raw material and energy costs to the market, announcing today that it is...

Rexam opens PET bottle sale

International packaging group Rexam will look to sell its PET bottle facilities in Central and Eastern Europe as part of its plans to focus on more globally recognised products like...

Emerging markets maintain Coca-Cola momentum

Emerging markets and a hot summer in Europe helped Coca-Cola to pick up momentum in the third quarter, buying it time to address problems in Japan and North America.

San Miguel enters Thai fruit juice market

San Miguel, the Philippines-based food and beverage conglomerate, has entered the Thai fruit juice market with the launch of the Berri brand.

Nestlé enjoys strong organic growth

Nestlé today said sales are up 9.1 per cent to CHF72.2bn (€45.4bn) in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period in 2005.

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