Brussels on Thursday pushed Italy again to provide more information about buffalo mozzarella produced in the Naples area after Italy's farming ministry disclosed carcinogenic dioxins had been discovered in the cheese. Italy risks a recall and a ban in the EU if it fails to comply.
Prepared meals offered by supermarkets are cutting into the casual-dining restaurant business. According to a study by Technomic, independent restaurants and quickservice chains also are drawing customers away from casual dining.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo compete on far deeper levels than just soda, including juice, tea, water, coffee, and sports and energy drinks. Merchandisers and distributors must be increasingly flexible to handle the influx of new products.