ZURICH (Reuters) – Syngenta and Bayer, top producers of the pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world, have proposed a plan to support bee health to try to forestall a European Union ban on the products.
EU governments failed this month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, although the European Commission could force one through unless member states agree a compromise.
ZURICH/ORBE, Switzerland, March 26 (Reuters) – Nescafe
instant coffee might seem like an also-ran as Nestle
celebrates the 75th anniversary of the flagship brand, but it is
getting a pick-me-up from China and new Dolce Gusto machines
that are tapping booming demand for coffee pods.
“Nescafe is a big brand with different faces,” Nestle Chief
Executive Paul Bulcke told journalists at the opening of a
factory in western Switzerland that will produce beverage
systems like Dolce Gusto and the firm’s premium Nespresso
ZURICH, March 14 (Reuters) – The Swiss National Bank warned
on Thursday that the euro zone crisis could resurface,
potentially driving investors back into the safe-haven franc,
underlining its determination to keep a lid on the currency at
1.20 per euro.
The SNB imposed a cap on the franc at 1.20 per euro in
September 2011 to prevent deflation and a recession, after
investors seeking sanctuary from the euro zone crisis pushed the
currency’s value up by a quarter in just a few months.