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Heineken has big hopes for China beer sales

Dutch Brewer Heineken is expecting beer sales in China to far exceed its own forecast market growth expectations in the next few years. Indeed, sales of its flagship brand are...

Yarpivo reveals secrets behind brewing success

Brewer Yarpivo is growing twice as fast as the rest of the Russian beer market, which itself has been expanding at an annual rate of seven per cent. Angela Drujinina...

Rhodia compares chemical routes in vanillin production

Nearly half of the world's vanillin supplies are sourced from China but since tighter production rules arrived there a few years ago there are now only two major Chinese producers...

US Low-cal juice market growth set to continue

The low-calorie juice drinks market is expected to continue to increase by 30 to 40 percent in the US during the next few years, according to a report on Reuters.

China food and drink export to EU continue rapid rise

The latest trade figures between China and the EU reveal that the balance of food and drink exports is continuing to swing in favour of the People's Republic.

Russian drinks group cuts costs with bottle plant investment

Russia's OST group, one of the country's biggest alcohol producers, has built a new bottle plant near Moscow which will supply it with up to 600 million bottles a year...

Danone pulls out of Serbian soft drink bidding race

French firm Danone has pulled out of the chaotic race to buy Serbian soft drinks firm Knjaz Milos, warning that it is not prepared to commit itself in Serbia until...

KWV pours away 67,000 litres of tampered wine

Cape Town wine business KWV has revealed that two of its winemakers added illegal flavourants to their 2004 vintages. The company will stand to lose an estimated €130,000 from the...

China builds up green tea supplies

At 3.15 million tonnes world tea production in 2003 beat 2002 supplies but prices remained firm reflecting season variability, reports the UN food and farm body, adding that China has...

Irish microbrewery tax cut recognises beer trend

The Irish government's 2005 budget, which halves the alcohol products tax for microbreweries, comes at a time when Europeans are drinking more beer from small breweries than ever before, writes...

Georgia invests in hi-tech wine testing lab

Archeologists believe that wine was first fermented in the now Republic of Georgia 9,000 years ago. But, the opening of a new hi-tech wine testing laboratory has given Georgian winemakers...

Blended whisky losing out with the Brits

British spirits drinkers are abandoning blended whisky in favour of foreign products such as vodka. A new report from market analysts Datamonitor reveals that although whisky remains the most popular...

San Miguel considers expanding beyond Asia

San Miguel says it is looking to expand its food and beverage business outside of the Asian market, building on moves introduced earlier this year to extend its business beyond...

Foster's to launch beer in Russia

Australian beer giant Foster's has teamed up with Russia's leading brewer to become the latest contender for riches in the Russian beer market gold mine, but the competition is strong,...

Allied Domecq gambles on Stoli

Despite the unresolved legal battle over rights to the brand, Allied Domecq is to take on global distribution of Stolichnaya vodka, writes Kim Hunter Gordon.

Heineken expands African unit

Heineken, the Dutch brewer, has continued to extend its reach into some of the world's lesser-known beer markets with an agreement to take a controlling stake in Nigeria's Consolidated Breweries,...

Sealed Air supplies secure whisky case sealers

UK contract packaging firm Drampac has purchased its fourteenth CRC case sealer from packaging equipment supplier Selaed Air.

Protected GIs lost in translation, says WTO

Leaked details of a potentially landmark WTO ruling throw into question the EU's right to protect regional product names if they are translated from another language, writes Kim Hunter Gordon.

Russian wine show to foster revival strategies

The Russian Union of Grapes and Wine Producers is launching an annual exhibition and conference to address the challenges of inadequate raw material supplies that have decimated the Russian wine...

Vietnamese coffee exports increase 47 per cent

Viet Nam has increased its exports of coffee on the back of competitive pricing and high production volumes.

Diageo sets its sights on new FAB niche

UK based drinks giant Diageo could get round increasing duty and the uncertain future of alcopops in Europe by leading a new market of mid-proof flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), reports...

Fair trade coffee sales grow in the US

The last two years have seen a significant increase in businesses using fair trade coffee, but Philippa Nuttall asks whether the US is really serious about ethical food ingredients.

Legislative changes drive new food standard

A new version of the globally recognised British Retail Consortium (BRC) Food Standard is about to be published next month, with a view to coming into force on 1 June 2005.

Scottish drinks trade vows to fight smoking ban

Scottish politicians are expected to vote later today to ban smoking in public places - a move which could have a devastating effect on the drinks trade there. But pub...

Czech brewers unlikely to follow price hike lead

Last month Plzensky Prazdroj, the biggest Czech brewer, announced that it was to hike the price of all of its domestic beer brands, reversing a reduction made in May. But...