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Global steel prices to rise after February wobble

Steel prices might have been in decline through January and February but a pick up in March is likely to continue into the third quarter, predicts analyst MEPS.

San Miguel expands beer presence in Thailand

One of Southeast Asia's leading food and beverage companies San Miguel said yesterday that it was planning to establish a presence in Thailand's growing beer market.

Buhler innovation to up cleaning capacity at Dutch malting house

A newly opened malting facility in the Netherlands has installed a Buhler high-capacity cleaner in order to achieve safety without compromising processing efficiency.

Coffee boards the functional beverages bandwagon

Coffee has never been considered a healthy drink - until now, that is. Jess Halliday reports on two companies that have developed ways of making America's favorite pick-me-up better for...

Brit to head Ocean Spray's health drive

Ocean Spray said yesterday that it had chosen a Brit to help give the company a healthier profile, appointing Geoffrey Woolford as vice president of research and development.

New PET label film offers more labelling flexibility

Toray Plastics claims that its new PET label film gives label converters the opportunity to achieve superior silicone adhesion performance, to streamline processing and to tap new markets.

Taiwanese group aims for juice dominance

Uni-President Enterprises, Taiwan's biggest food company, has taken a 5 per cent stake in China's largest fruit juice producer, a clear sign that the mainland holds considerable attraction for the...

China leading Scotch growth in Asia

China entered the top 20 markets for Scotch whisky for the first time in 2004, accounting for an increasingly large chunk of sales in the Asian region. And with per...

Bravo sees success from female-friendly drinks

Bravo Premium, the Russian drinks group, is celebrating the success of its Milano brand, which it claims is the first pre-mixed alcoholic drink on the Russian market to be created...

Slowing EU steel prices defy expectations

European steel prices across the board are defying expectations and showing signs of a decline this month, claims market analyst MEPS.

Degussa launches ALA for liquid formulations

Degussa Food Ingredients has introduced a new liquid version of the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid for use in beverages and soft gels.

Wild sourcing exotic fruits with high vitamin content

Leading flavours firm Wild is offering food makers a novel fruit preparation that has 25 times the vitamin C content of oranges.

Cola war drives growth for sweeteners in 2005

Coke war drives innovation in diet drink sweetener formulations with the number one soft drinks player Coca-Cola rolling out a new aspartame and acesulfame potassium based cola onto the market,...

Corn-based plastic additive makes bottles stronger

A new plastic additive made from corn, designed to make plastic bottles more rigid and stronger than ever before, has been developed, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Pikra hoping for can success in Siberia

Russian brewer Pikra has installed a new bottling line which will allow it to produce beer in aluminium cans for the first time - a move calculated to help it...

PepsiCo joins low-calorie Splenda revolution

Global beverage giant PepsiCo, aiming to push diet drinks to appease calorie-conscious consumers, will follow arch-rival Coca-Cola by re-launching its Pepsi One brand with Tate & Lyle's Splenda sweetener, reports...

Sidel to launch new generation at Interpack

Sidel claims that its latest generation of packaging equipment can boost PET packaging line performance and cut bottle-blowing costs by up to 20 per cent compared with its SBO Series2 equipment.

UK food watchdog launches labelling consultation

Food industry pressure over nutrition labelling has begun to pay off as the UK Food Standards Agency launches a consultation for the final stage in its simple signposting project using...

Genes unlock key to alcohol consumption?

Fundamental research on the triggers for alcohol consumption finds the answer could lie in our genes, with the amount of beer and wine people consume related to differences in genetic...

Alcoa CSI to train bottlers for extreme conditions

Alcoa Closure Systems International (Alcoa CSI) has launched a new service called X-Tech, an interactive closure systems training course available for carbonated soft drink bottlers facing extreme temperature cycling conditions.

Pernod profits boosted by 'premiumisation'

A shift towards higher sales of premium products has helped France's leading drinks group Pernod Ricard to post a 5.1 per cent increase in net profits for 2004, shrugging off...

EU food and drink industry commits to obesity challenge

New voluntary labelling initiatives, a tighter advertising code and increased investment in innovation could be on the way for food manufacturers as the European Commission, along with a dozen stakeholders,...

New code for British beer dispensers

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has launched the latest edition of its code of practice for the dispense of beer by pressure systems in licensed premises, aimed at...

Chr Hansen targets wine industry with yeast product

Wineries are getting bigger and their businesses are therefore exposed to greater risk. In a bid to help producers achieve greater consistency, Danish ingredients firm Chr Hansen has created blended...

Tagatose sweetener to enter European market?

Arla Food Ingredients seeks entry into the high growth European sweetener market, making a bid for regulatory approval of its low calorie, milk derived ingredient tagatose, reports Lindsey Partos.

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