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WTO's failure is food industry's loss

The short sighted failure of greedy WTO trading partners to achieve any sort of meaningful agreement on global agricultural tariffs is bad for Europe's food industry.

Plastic recycling boosted by legislative targets

Driven by tougher waste legislation and set EU targets, the recovery of plastics in the bloc is growing steadily, according to a new report by Applied Market Information (AMI).

S&N slams supermarkets over cheap beer

UK supermarkets are failing to promote responsible drinking by selling too much cheap alcohol, the brewer Scottish & Newcastle has told a Competition Commission investigation.

US and Mexico announce sweetener free trade deal

The US and Mexico have concluded an agreement under which access will be granted for US high fructose corn syrup exports to Mexico, a move that begins to address the...

Anheuser up, SABMiller down in US beer battle

Anheuser Busch managed to stop the rot on the troublesome American beer market during the first half of 2006, but hopes of a sector-wide recovery were dashed by a sales...

Blair demands food industry cooperation to tackle obesity

Government cannot be the only actor with responsibility over the current obesity crisis, said UK prime minister Tony Blair in a key note speech on public health yesterday.

Simple stirrer takes caffeine out of coffee

A few swirls round the cup could be enough to literally suck the caffeine out of your coffee, thanks to new technology developed by The DeCaf Company.

Coca-Cola Vietnam destroys perished ingredients

Coca-Cola Vietnam was ordered last week to destroy several tonnes of ingredients in its warehouse found to be past their best before date.

FSA calls for comments on noni juice approval

The expert scientific committee that advises the UK's FSA on novel foods is calling for comments on its draft opinion of a noni juice product.

Bottled water booms as Europe bakes in heatwave

Record bottled water sales in Britain, emergency supplies used to cover water shortages in France - mineral water firms are worshipping the summer sun.

Alcohol heart protection may not be down to inflammatory markers

A new study indicates that light to moderate alcohol drinking may exert cardioprotective effects in some, but in elderly men at least the mechanism of action does not seem to...

China's Snow Breweries poised for growth on east coast

China Resources Snow Breweries is set to boost its brands in some of China's more affluent cities with the acquisition of two breweries near the east coast.

World's most expensive Tequila fetches $225,000

A private collector has shelled out $225,000 for a bottle of 'ultra-premium' Tequila, making it the most expensive in the world - but not for long.

Red grape juice's heart benefits get boost

Red grape juice improved cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers associated with heart disease, reports research from Spain.

South of France wine brand gets green light

The 'South of France' wine brand, covering thousands of producers in France's biggest wine region, is set to hit supermarkets next year as winemakers look to regroup against the New...

Bottle case packer cuts costs, reduces damage

A new case packing machine for bottles can help processors speed up production lines and cut costs, its manufacturer claims.

Beer sales lift Heineken's profit prediction

Heineken has said profits this year were likely to be better than it thought, thanks to surprisingly good beer sales in both Eastern Europe and the more stagnant US market.

PET recycling rates increase across EU

European post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) collection recycling rates reached 796,000 tonnes in 2005, a 15.1 per cent increase over the previous year, according to a trade association.

Coca-Cola profits beat predictions

Coca-Cola beat several predictions with a seven per cent profit rise in the second quarter of 2006, as improved performances in Europe and Latin America offset difficulties in Japan.

EU ministers set for wine reform showdown

Plans for radical reform of Europe's ailing wine sector will be debated openly by EU member states for the first time Tuesday, with opposing blocs already emerging.

Weekly Comment

Sex, pills and bad information

The Internet is offering a wealth of information to more and more people, but also an avenue for irresponsible businesses to exploit consumer health concerns.

Treatt launches '100% natural' raspberry flavour

Treatt has launched a natural new raspberry flavour that it says is wholly distilled from fresh fruit.

Beer industry to profit from new brewing science degree

A new brewing science degree in the UK aims to help beer firms around the world improve their businesses, from sustainable production to the perfect pint.

PepsiCo signs Ocean Spray drinks deal

PepsiCo has signed a deal with Ocean Spray to bottle and distribute single-serve cranberry juice drinks, as the soft drinks firm looks to expand its offering to health-conscious consumers.

Global warming could ruin California wine, help France

Huge swathes of California's wine areas may disappear by 2050 if world temperatures continue to rise at their current rate, warn two separate studies on wine and global warming.

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