London, November 22, 2001 (ResearchWire) – The French authorities have a growing battle on their hands. Demand for high quality foods skyrockets each Christmas, as does the amount of sub-standard ‘luxury’ food hitting the shelves. Inspectors began their annual pre-Christmas battle on Wednesday, checking that delicacies meet stringent guidelines. Sales of fine foods in France are continuing to grow by nearly 3% per year, making customer protection in this sector more important and more difficult each year.

French fine foods market (US$ million) 2000-2005

2000 2005
Chocolate 2,184 2,342
Gourmet 10,392 11,947

Source: Datamonitor, 2001: “Exploiting eFMCG Opportunities”

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