Blog: Happy New Year

Catherine Sleep | 6 January 2004

The year hasn’t got off to a great start for Parmalat, has it? Yes, that was an example of British understatement. Already dubbed Europe’s Enron, the Italian behemoth looks set for a shareholder revolt following revelations about accounting malpractice. Meanwhile in the US the menace that is BSE hangs heavy over the cattle market.

In the UK 2004 has kicked off with renewed chat about childhood obesity and whose fault it is. More of the same then. These and other topics are covered in the January management briefing, which we expect to publish tomorrow. Penned by my own fair hand and titled “Hot potatoes the food industry must handle in 2004,” the briefing looks at controversial issues as diverse as irradiation, trans fats, biotechnology, the rise and rise of consumer advocacy groups and the erosion of fish stocks, among others. I hope you’ll find it a good read as we all brace ourselves for another year doubtless full of contentious issues and a good few surprises along the way.

Happy New Year to you all, and may you stay healthy, contented and prosperous throughout.


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