Major supermarket chains Lidl and Globus this week made a breakthrough announcement this week, pledging to gradually phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens in their Czech stores. The decision was prompted by a video recently released by the animal rights group Obraz which revealed atrocious conditions in Czech intensive poultry farms.
The American snacks giant Mondelēz International, best known as the maker
of Oreo cookies and Milka-branded chocolate for the European market, has
announced a 200 millon dollar investment into in a biscuit manufacturing
facility in the Czech Republic, with the aim of boosting sales growth in
The plant in Opava, in the northeast of the county, currently employ nearly 1,000 people, The American multinational said that it will add five production lines to the facility
The European Commission has announced that it will fine the Czech Republic
7.5 billion crowns for failing to observe regulations in the process of
distributing agricultural subsidies.
The Commission claims that the Czech Agriculture Ministry disregarded regulations introduced in 2015 which were to guarantee that EU agricultural subsidies would only be granted to firms which could prove that at least a third of their profit came from agricultural activities.
An audit conducted late last year found that the Czech authorities failed to comply with this regulation in the period between 2025 and 2017.
The Czech Agriculture Ministry denies the lapse and has started negotiations aimed at getting the European Commission to reverse its decision.
Czech Minister of Agriculture Jiří Milek has called on the Czech
competition office to investigate supermarket sales of milk for just one
crown a litre. It’s the first time that the ministry has called on the
competition office to intervene against suspected price dumping.
Minister Milek announce to the move during a questions session at the lower house of parliament. He said the one crown a litre offer had been made by Kaufland, the country’s biggest supermarket chain, as part of a wider promotional offer.
Milek said he had also asked other authorities to investigate the case saying that it also raised questions about raising value added tax.
Large Czech companies overwhelmingly benefit from funds earmarked from the
EU’s countryside development programme according to a critical report
released Monday by spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.
It pointed out in its report that 2.8 billion crowns out of a total 3.8 billion crowns allocated was to one sole programme aimed at supporting the processing of foodstuffs. Most of these funds were directed to large companies, it added.
The report also highlighted delays in paying out subsidies by the Ministry of Agriculture with only 187 million crowns dispatched by the end of 2017, the watchdog said.
The Czech Republic’s largely coniferous forests are facing the worst calamity in years. Experts are warning that if required measures are not taken soon enough, the forests might soon find themselves wiped out. Despite the alarming situation, the agriculture ministry is looking to keep the current monoculture forestry format more or less unchanged.
For about one third of the world’s population, bugs are a common part of their diet, but most Europeans still find the thought of eating insects revolting. A couple of Czech businessmen, Radek Hušek and Daniel Vach, of SENS Foods, are trying to change that by producing protein and energy bars containing crickets from their farm in Thailand.
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