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Established in 1896 by two brothers, Percy and Edward Simmons, Simmons and Simmons is a leading international law firm with close to 2,000 employees and boasting 20 offices located in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company is headquartered at CityPoint, a landmark building located in central London.
Mandriva is the only European-based Global Linux computer operating system editor. The French company edits and manages the Mandriva Linux System, recognised as being one of the most complete and easiest to use of the Linux operating systems. The company offers a complete range of software products and services to individuals in over 150 countries through dedicated distribution links and an online shop – Mandrivastore.com.
Increased competition, food scares and new consumer trends are among the key challenges facing the food and beverage industry in Europe. While these challenges pose a threat to some companies they can be an expansion opportunity for others. In response to these new challenges, food companies are improving competitiveness by restructuring, and intensifying the fight for market share through product differentiation and/or the development of new food products. This mapping report is part of a study of the food industry that also features four case studies, two cluster studies and four scenarios. It gives a concise overview of the food industry and identifies the main trends and key drivers of change.
Kalev, which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2006, is the largest producer of chocolate and sugar confectionery in Estonia and the group is among the country’s largest food producers. The Kalev Group consists of seven companies, of which AS Kalev, the mother company, is by far the largest with more than half the workforce. As well as confectionery, the Kalev Group produces baked goods and milk products. The group had a turnover of 53.8 million euro in 2004–05 and has almost 800 employees.
Danish Crown is an international food company specialising in the production of meat. With 22 million pigs slaughtered per year (90% in Denmark), it is the largest pig slaughterhouse in Europe and the second largest in the world. The Danish Crown Group has a turnover of approximately 6.5 billion euro, of which 3.7 billion is exports. This corresponds to 6% of Danish exports and 56% of Danish agricultural exports. The group employs about 28,500 people. Some 11,000 are employed by the parent company, the rest by subsidiaries. Much of the turnover is created in the subsidiaries, which include production companies as well as trading companies with different specialities.
The European food and beverage sector is faced with an unprecedented number
of challenges today, leading to an increase in restructuring activity across
the EU. These developments are primarily driven by the need to enhance
competitiveness and address local and global changes affecting the industry.
This dossier aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces
shaping the sector. The information is mainly drawn from recent and original
EMCC research, including a sector mapping report, company and cluster
studies, future scenarios and foresight work.
This report profiles the food and beverage industry cluster in Flanders, Belgium. Flanders is one of the three Belgian regions and covers almost half of the Belgian territory and the entire Belgian coastline. The region’s food industry has a long history and tradition, but is currently undergoing intense restructuring. Recent initiatives are aimed at fuelling innovation in the sector to keep it competitive in global markets.
Findus Sweden AB is one of the leading food production companies in Sweden. Frozen foods represent the largest share of its total sales and include products ranging from vegetables, vegetable mixes, gourmet dishes, and prepared meals to fish and seafood. Currently, Findus Sweden AB has around 1,100 employees in Sweden and 1,900 worldwide. Revenues for Findus Sweden AB were €240 million in 2004 and for the Findus Group were €450 million in 2005. The head office is in Malmö, Sweden.
This report tells the story of the food cluster in the Øresund region, which is located in the areas of Sjælland in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden. The Øresund region is a major European innovation centre with forecast annual growth rates of 2–5 % for the years 2006 and 2007, higher than the economy as a whole. The cluster has developed as a result of the transition of the food sector in the region from holding activities, primarily directed towards the food industry, to food-science activities.