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Budvar beats A-B in latest Budweiser battle

Small-time Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has beaten US beer giant Anheuser Busch for the right to sell its beer under the Budweiser brand in Cambodia, after winning an appeal in...

Domecq Update: Constellation in bid talks

Constellation Brands has confirmed it approached Allied Domecq on Wednesday as part of a larger consortium to discuss the terms of a possible counter bid to Pernod Ricard, reports Chris...

UK brewer attacks real ale rebirth

Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries has signed a deal to buy UK rival Jennings for £45.8 million as the firm defies protestors to capture more of Britain's resurgent real ale sector,...

Stora Enso develops non-foil airtight cup

Stora Enso unveiled a new food-packaging solution - an airtight cup made from non-foil paperboard - at Interpack 2005, which finishes today.

Sidel claims 20% blow moulding cost reduction

After three years of R&D, Sidel is using Interpack 2005 to demonstrate how it can help manufacturers improve their cost effectiveness, writes Anthony Fletcher.

NatureWorks ready to challenge cost-effectiveness of PET

NatureWorks PLA, a biodegradable natural polymer derived from plant sugars, could be the first cost-effective biodegradable alternative to challenge the market dominance of PET, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Constellation eyeing Allied Domecq counter bid

The battle for Allied Domecq looks set to begin with news that Constellation Brands, the world's biggest wine company, is considering launching a rival bid to the £7.4 billion offer...

Splenda to sweeten Diet 7 Up

Splenda's battle with the Sugar Association over its advertising campaign seems to be doing little to dissuade food and drink manufacturers and their consumers of its merits as Diet 7...

Foster's secures Southcorp bid approval

Foster's look set to win its long battle to buy Australian winery Southcorp after grinding down board members' resistance to a deal that could spawn a formidable 'brand Australia' on...

Round Up: Danone, Coke end US bottled water venture

Coca-Cola will gain the right to sell Evian in the US after buying out Danone from their joint venture, while Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar scores another victory in the Budweiser... scoops industry award's sister site has won website of the year in the 2005 Business Food and Drink Journalism awards.

Research suggests cancer link to plastic packaging

Compounds found in plastic products used to wrap or contain food and beverages have aroused concerns as possible cancer-causing agents because they can sometimes leach out of the plastic and...

French wine makers riot over industry problems

Angry French wine makers clashed with riot police in Narbonne yesterday, turning the city centre into a smoking battle zone in protest at a lack of government support for their...

Pernod seals Allied Domecq bid deal

Allied Domecq has advised shareholders to accept a bid for the company by Pernod-Ricard worth £7.4 billion, as the latter prepares to shed brands to form the world's largest wine...

Ohmic heating could up juice quality

Israeli scientists say that ohmic heating of orange juice has proved to be a good way of improving the flavour quality of orange juice while extending sensory shelf life. The...

Sidel promises to achieve 20% more efficient packaging

Sidel is set to unveil its latest generation of technical solutions to boost PET packaging line performance at this week's Interpack show.

Coke reports profit drop amid shareholder unrest

Coca-Cola reported an 11 per cent drop in first-quarter profit, and experienced growing shareholder unrest at its annual meeting yesterday.

Pernod plotting quick Allied Domecq offer

Pernod Ricard and Fortune Brands may be planning a formal takeover bid for the world's second biggest spirits firm, Allied Domecq, as soon as Thursday, according to a report in...

Malting plant aims for optimum quality control and cost-savings

The world's largest barley storage and malting plant combination has installed innovative technology in order to realise cost savings and real-time quality control.

Starbucks takes renewable energy lead

Coffeehouse icon Starbucks will buy five per cent of its energy for US stores from renewable sources as the firm takes a lead on climate change and lays down the...

Brewers pounce on China's market liberation

Global brewing giants SABMiller and Anheuser Busch have increased their stakes in Chinese brewers by taking advantage of China's crawl towards a more liberal market, reports Chris Mercer.

Stricken French vintners plan more protests

French wine makers, set for another round of protests, today met with the country's agriculture minister in their campaign to get more state aid to protect their industry from falling...

European food industry: the facts and figures

Knocked by an economic slowdown and the strength of the Euro against the US dollar, growth in turnover for the European food and drink industry rose by a 1.9 per...

EU split scuppers new wine tax

The EU's main wine-producing countries, led by France and Italy, this week torpedoed discussions to raise the minimum excise duty on all alcoholic drinks, fearing a domestic backlash from vintners,...

Coca-Cola eyes fresh Fifa deal

Iconic soft drinks firm Coca-Cola has confirmed it is in talks with world football association Fifa to secure a new long-term sponsorship deal as the firm lays the foundations for...

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