Market movers are getting their chance to move up the food chain, with a number of major names set to make a major push into Europe.

The BBC’s Andrew Wilson has picked out the top 20 companies in Europe’s most competitive food sector.

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Lidl has been a top-ten market mover in Germany, with its shares up by 8.8pc since the start of the year.

Loblaw is also in the headlines, as its shares have risen by 12.5pc since December, while its US rival, Wal-Mart, is the top market mopper.

It’s not just supermarkets and retailers making big moves into Europe, either.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have also moved into the European market, with Coca-Cola’s shares rising by 14.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, the European Commission says it is investigating whether Coca-cola’s sales growth in Europe in the first quarter was a product of a political decision, and not a product that came from market forces.

The Commission is also investigating whether PepsiCo’s sales are falling as a result of a drop in the value of the euro.