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As the popularity of Thai cuisine grows in the UK, so too does the amount retailers are importing, and this year Tesco expects to purchase Bt5.7 billion worth.


Tesco hopes the initiative will raise awareness and stimulate sales, encouraging consumers to experiment with Thai foods in their home cooking as well as when visiting restaurants.


In addition to familiar products such as curry sauce, satay, wanton and noodles, shoppers will have the opportunity to sample lesser known fruits, including rambutan, mangosteen and custard apple.


Fresh vegetables on display will include bitter gourd, yard long beans, galangal and flowering chives.


Thailand's deputy prime minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, met with Tesco Chief Executive, Sir Terry Leahy, in September 2003, where they discussed the promotion of Thai exports.


Tesco Lotus chairman, Sunthorn Arunanondchai, told The Nation: "There are still challenges, but the rewards for Thai producers who can meet the necessary international standards and deliver value is access to the largest retailer in the UK."


Further information: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2005/08/11/business/index.php?news=business_18316105.html


Europe losing its taste for ice cream

Date

11/08/2005

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The market for ice cream in Western Europe decreased by 0.4 per cent in 2004, with sales totalling US$20.3 billion, new research has found.


This can be accounted for by an increase in concern for health, a demand for more sophisticated flavours, and an increase in the competition from private label manufacturers, says Euromonitor International.


Although preferences were found to vary by country, a general trend towards the "premiumisation of flavours" was noted, with manufacturers striving to meet increasing consumer demand for more unusual flavours, often involving a combination of ingredients.


However, although more exotic flavours are in demand, their popularity tends to be short-lived, quickly being replaced by more fashionable alternatives.


The report also found that preferences in some countries, particularly Italy, differed depending on whether the ice cream was artisanal or industrially produced.


In the UK, vanilla remained the outright favourite owing to its versatility, followed by chocolate and its variants with 26 per cent of the market share in 2004.


Fruit-based flavours also gained in popularity last year, particularly in the UK and France, where they were linked to a perception as being healthier than other flavours.


Further information: http://www.euromonitor.com/article.asp?id=5359

Australian farmer protest hits the capital

Date

11/08/2005

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The Australian capital city of Canberra was the setting for vociferous demonstration today, as a convoy of tractors arrived after a 2,400km trip with rallies held in key locations across the states of Victoria and New South Wales.


The initial 70 farmers from Tasmania have attracted the support of thousands of others across the states, sympathetic to the "Fair Dinkum Food Campaign".


The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association is protesting at large food businesses importing cheap produce from Europe and Asia, and is hoping to take the grievance directly to prime minister John Howard.


The farmers are calling for a clearer produce labelling policy, so that consumers can clearly identify the country of origin and support Australian food growers.


The demonstrations have won the backing of politicians and consumers, as well as fellow farmers, and the organisers are confident that they will result in legislative change.


The Australian Vegetable and Potato Growers Federation (AusVeg) also held talks with Agriculture minister, Peter McGauran, earlier in the week.


It presented him with an industry paper that dealt with issues including imported food inspections and country of origin labelling.


The "Fair Dinkum" campaign was launched when McDonald's Australia switched its supply contract to McCain Foods, resulting in a loss of business for potato farmers.


Campaign director, Richard Bovill, said: "This isn't just about Tasmanian spuds, it's about Australian customers who want to be loyal to their farmers," according to Forbes.


Further information: http://southernhighlands.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=local&category=general%20news&story_id=415005&y=2005&m=8


"Five a day" licenses hit five hundred

Date

11/08/2005

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The UK's department of health has announced that it has issued its 500th license for the "five-a-day" logo, taking the total number of brands to qualify to more than 700.


Two years ago the government launched the scheme to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables and improve the general health of the nation.


Everyone is encouraged to eat or drink at least five "portions" of fruit or vegetables each day, and food companies can tell the consumer how much of a portion is contained in their products.


To qualify, products must contain no less than 80g of fruit or vegetable, and no added sugar, salt or fat.


However, the scheme extends beyond fresh produce, including chilled, frozen, canned and dried fruit and vegetables, as well as juices.


With the increase in consumer health consciousness, companies are effectively able to use the logo as an endorsement, making it an integral part of their marketing campaigns, reports Nutraingredients.com.


The retailer Iceland, for example, last year embarked on a campaign to raise awareness that frozen foods were also included.


Further information: http://www.nutraingredients.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61848-fruit-vegetables-a-day


Cott corners UK carbonate market

Date

11/08/2005

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The UK subsidiary of Canada-based Cott Corporation has acquired carbonated soft drinks manufacturer MaCaw for approximately £75.46 million.


Expected to add around £55 million to Cott's annual sales, a key factor in the decision to buy was Macaw's expansion into "still" or aseptic beverages, such as fruit-based and isotonic drinks that are preservative free.


The "significant investment" would enable the firm "to take advantage of a fast-growing, profitable business segment", said CEO, John Sheppard.


It has been noted that consumers are increasingly turning to beverages that they perceive as healthier than the standard "fizzy" drink.


Macaw's assets to transfer to Cott include six production lines in Lancashire.


Four of these are for carbonated soft drinks, one is for "dilute-to-taste", and the sixth produces "aseptic", or sterile, drinks.


Mr Sheppard said the sale would see Cott, the largest supplier of retailer-brand soft drinks in the world, controlling more than 60 per cent of the sector's UK market share.


Cott said that Macaw is the largest privately owned maker of retailer-brand carbonated soft drinks in the UK.


Further information: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050810.wcott0910/BNStory/Business/


Oat cuisine to combat obesity

Date

11/08/2005

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A new oat-based fat substitute could be a solution to the growing obesity epidemic in Europe.


The product, called Z-Trim, is a fine powder that replaces butter or oil in baked goods, and can reduce fat content by as much as 50 per cent.


It can also be used in desserts, meat products, and dressings.


Z-Trim is added in the preliminary stages of cooking, and the powder is then finely mixed with a beater or blender to ensure an even spread.


The product was first revealed last month at an Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) show in New Orleans, and it will now be marketed across Europe by Swiss firm DKSH.


The firm believes Z-Trim will be successful, but it is asking bakeries to experiment with the product before selling it to determine the right concentration for each recipe.


Z-Trim will primarily target major food manufacturers, who are currently under growing pressure to increase nutritional value and reduce fat.


Further information: http://www.foodanddrinkeurope.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61817-z-trim-fat-substitute


Energy drink sales boosted by long working hours

Date

12/08/2005

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Sales of energy drinks in the UK have risen by 75 per cent since 2000, and look set to top £1 billion before the end of 2005, according to a new report.


Market analysts Mintel interviewed 1,537 adults aged 15 and over, 615 of whom said they drank energy and stimulant beverages.


Of the three brands investigated, Lucozade was deemed the most popular, with some 64 per cent admitting they had drunk it in the past six months.


This is compared with the 46 per cent who had drunk Red Bull, and 27 per cent consuming Lucozade Energy, within the same timeframe.


However, 25 per cent of consumers thought the drinks were too expensive, and 16 per cent said the claims they made were dubious.


Only four per cent of those surveyed considered energy drinks to be bad for the health.


Mintel also linked its findings to the long-hours working culture prevalent in the UK.


"The UK has the longest working hours in the EU, and in order to get the most out of every day, consumers are increasingly looking at products with an extra kick, which is one reason why so many people are reaching for these kinds of drinks," said Ellen Shields, senior consumer analyst.


Further information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/thehealthnews.html?in_article_id=358978&in_page_id=1797


Milk Link caters for the Brit abroad

Date

12/08/2005

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Milk Link is preparing to launch its recently developed "Moo" brand in Europe, aimed at the British ex-pat and tourist community.


The company says that this move will make it "the first farmer owned integrated dairy business to launch a whole range of dairy products under its own brand into Europe", according to just-food.com.


It already has a significant presence in Spain and Malta, with its range of long life milks and other dairy products such as custard and butter.


Moo milk was launched in the UK in January 2004, followed by Moo cream in June this year.


These have now been joined by Moo Organic milk, and a range of mini Moo flavoured milks, designed for children's school lunches.


It is hoped the European launch in October this year will meet a demand for convenient, trustworthy dairy products for the British consumer abroad.


Simon Mercer, export sales manager, said: "Provenance is important in our export markets and Moo is a great range of home grown quality dairy products that consumers can trust when they are abroad."


Further information: http://www.just-food.com/news_detail.asp?art=61603


Packaging industry hit by price rises

Date

12/08/2005

Article Text

A new report has concluded that the higher cost of raw materials facing plastic, metal and glass packagers could soon be passed on to food producers.


The cost of certain plastic resins, notably polypropylene and polyethylene, has increased with rising oil and gas prices, according to Standard & Poor.


While flexible plastic packaging manufacturers are likely to bear the brunt of this, the rigid plastic sector is more robust as contractual terms mean companies can pass price fluctuations on to processors within a few months.


However, credit analyst, Liley Mehta, said: "End customers are also managing their inventory balances in anticipation...and smaller order patterns have affected volume growth," according to MeatProcess.com.


The US market seems set to feel the impact of this more than Europe.


In terms of glass, higher natural gas prices coupled with weaker beer demand, is hitting the US glass packaging industry.


As with rigid plastic, US glass producers will look to offset the higher costs by turning to the price adjustment formulas in their supply contracts.


However, European volume trends are more favourable, thanks to an increase in the consumption of wine and champagne.


Metal drink can demand also decreased in the US in the second quarter, while in Europe it has increased.


Further information: http://www.meatprocess.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61852-packaging-plastic-resin


What's in a Daim?

Date

12/08/2005

Article Text

The Dime bar, a crunchy slab of almond caramel, coated with chocolate, is being re-branded as "Daim" (pronounced "dame") in the UK after 20 years.


Manufacturer Kraft Foods said the move came to harmonise the brand name and trademark throughout Europe.


The bar will also receive a new packaging design, and two new products are being launched to coincide with the re-branding.


Daim Mini's are single, wrapped, bite-size pieces of the confectionery, which come in 140g bags.


Daim Nuggets are nugget-shaped chunks of caramel, which will also be coated in chocolate, and are packaged in 100g bags.


Both of the new products will be available in the shops from September.


Sarah Petts, Kraft's channel and communications manager, commented: "Dime Bar has enjoyed a loyal following since its launch more than twenty years ago.


"Daim Mini's and Daim Nuggets will excite existing customers and entice new ones."


The brand's main markets are Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK. It is already known as the "Daim" bar in all but the UK.


Further information: http://www.just-food.com/news_detail.asp?art=61614&lk=rss


What's in a Daim?

Date

12/08/2005

Article Text

The Dime bar, a crunchy slab of almond caramel, coated with chocolate, is being re-branded as "Daim" (pronounced "dame") in the UK after 20 years.


Manufacturer Kraft Foods said the move came to harmonise the brand name and trademark throughout Europe.


The bar will also receive a new packaging design, and two new products are being launched to coincide with the re-branding.


Daim Mini's are single, wrapped, bite-size pieces of the confectionery, which come in 140g bags.


Daim Nuggets are nugget-shaped chunks of caramel, which will also be coated in chocolate, and are packaged in 100g bags.


Both of the new products will be available in the shops from September.


Sarah Petts, Kraft's channel and communications manager, commented: "Dime Bar has enjoyed a loyal following since its launch more than twenty years ago.
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