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  • Record Annual Sales and Capital Investment at Cranswick Driven by robust growth across all product categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – as well as a 30.2% increases in exports, Cranswick, the UK food group, has increased total revenue by 18% to a record £1.464.5 billion for the year ended 31 March 2018. Like-for-like revenue increased 13% over the prior [...]...
  • Challenging First Half For Greencore Group Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported revenue of £1.239 billion for the 26 weeks ended 30 March 2018, up by 22.6% versus first half of 2017. Adjusted operating profit of £59.7 million was 8.0% higher than the corresponding period in 2017, primarily driven by the acquisition [...]...
  • Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest Arla Foods UK is to expand its spreadable product portfolio with the launch of Lurpak Softest, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. The UK’s number one butter brand has combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most spreadable butter ever*. With spreadability the most important [...]...
  • Scientific Study Shows Improved Fat Oxidation and Better Performance in Athletes When Using BENEO’s Palatinose™ A scientific study by Professor Daniel König[i] and his team at the Department of Sports and Sport Sciences of the University of Freiburg, Germany, has shown that with a pre-load of Palatinose™ endurance athletes “maintained a more stable blood glucose profile and higher fat oxidation, which resulted in improved cycling performance compared with maltodextrin.” The study used a [...]...
  • Linx Coder Ensures Hames Chocolates Meets Deadlines An award-winning inkjet coder from Linx Printing Technologies is enabling Hames Chocolates to meet all deadlines through its market-leading combination of speed, reliability and quality of code. At the company’s Lincolnshire factory in England, the Linx CJ400 runs for seven hours a day, coding between 80 to 120 units per minute. The exact amount depends [...]...

Record Annual Sales and Capital Investment at Cranswick

  Record Annual Sales and Capital Investment at Cranswick

Driven by robust growth across all product categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – as well as a 30.2% increases in exports, Cranswick, the UK food group, has increased total revenue by 18% to a record £1.464.5 billion for the year ended 31 March 2018. Like-for-like revenue increased 13% over the prior […]

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Challenging First Half For Greencore Group

  Challenging First Half For Greencore Group

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported revenue of £1.239 billion for the 26 weeks ended 30 March 2018, up by 22.6% versus first half of 2017. Adjusted operating profit of £59.7 million was 8.0% higher than the corresponding period in 2017, primarily driven by the acquisition […]

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Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

  Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

Arla Foods UK is to expand its spreadable product portfolio with the launch of Lurpak Softest, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. The UK’s number one butter brand has combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most spreadable butter ever*.
With spreadability the most important […]

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Scientific Study Shows Improved Fat Oxidation and Better Performance in Athletes When Using BENEO’s Palatinose™

  Scientific Study Shows Improved Fat Oxidation and Better Performance in Athletes When Using BENEO’s Palatinose™

A scientific study by Professor Daniel König[i] and his team at the Department of Sports and Sport Sciences of the University of Freiburg, Germany, has shown that with a pre-load of Palatinose™ endurance athletes “maintained a more stable blood glucose profile and higher fat oxidation, which resulted in improved cycling performance compared with maltodextrin.”
The study used a […]

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Linx Coder Ensures Hames Chocolates Meets Deadlines

  Linx Coder Ensures Hames Chocolates Meets Deadlines

An award-winning inkjet coder from Linx Printing Technologies is enabling Hames Chocolates to meet all deadlines through its market-leading combination of speed, reliability and quality of code. At the company’s Lincolnshire factory in England, the Linx CJ400 runs for seven hours a day, coding between 80 to 120 units per minute. The exact amount depends […]

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Deliveroo to Make All Staff Shareholders

  Deliveroo to Make All Staff Shareholders

Deliveroo, the leading food delivery company, has announced that it is to make all of its employees shareholders in the company and give them equity. The move will mean all permanent staff, present and future, will be given share options in the company.
The move will be worth nearly £10 million for the majority of the […]

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China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

  China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

While the overall dairy market in China is growing stably, the various categories are experiencing differing performance. New research from Mintel reveals that yoghurt and cheese are the market’s winning categories in recent years with yoghurt maintaining an annual retail sales growth of over 20% since 2014. Meanwhile, the cheese category has seen a growth […]

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Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel Produces Stick Ice Cream Products With Large Inclusions at Highest Capacity

  Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel Produces Stick Ice Cream Products With Large Inclusions at Highest Capacity

Tetra Pak has launched an Extrusion Wheel that produces stick ice cream products with large-sized inclusions, such as whole nuts, real fruit segments, or cookie dough chunks at highest capacity on the market. The Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel, which can be added to existing lines, uses an innovative vertical rotating design that moves continuously at a […]

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New Machine is UK First

  New Machine is UK First

Rigid box specialist the Pollard Group has installed a bespoke magnet and ribbon loop inserting machine, the first of its kind in the UK. The £150,000 investment at Pollard’s factory in Enderby, Leicester is operating in conjunction with the company’s recently-installed Kolbus DA260 Casemaker to form a highly automated book jacket production department. In particular […]

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Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

  Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

Europe’s leading health, natural and nutrition show, Hi Europe & Ni, is celebrating its 10th edition with a move to a larger hall at Messe Frankfurt this year. From 27-29 November 2018, visitors will be able to access all of the show’s many features and live events under one roof. In addition, the Healthy Finished Products Expo […]

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Campbell Soup Company CEO Retires

  Campbell Soup Company CEO Retires

US food group Campbell Soup Company has announced that Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, has chosen to retire with immediate effect. Keith McLoughlin, a Campbell Board member since 2016, has been named interim CEO and will also remain a member of the Board to facilitate an orderly transition in management while recently elevated […]

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Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

  Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

Valio, the Finnish dairy co-operative, is stepping up its activities in China with the opening of a new head office in Shanghai. The newly established head office will focus on serving the Chinese market. Besides the Ingredient business units, Valio China has also established the new business units of Retail and Food Service.
According to Euromonitor […]

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Nestlé Launches Global Initiative to Help Children Lead Healthier Lives

  Nestlé Launches Global Initiative to Help Children Lead Healthier Lives

Nestlé has announced its global ‘Nestlé for Healthier Kids’ initiative. The program includes the further development of healthier products and advice for families on nutrition and exercise. It aims at helping 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030.
Since its foundation, Nestlé has been committed to helping parents and caregivers provide the right nutrition to their children. […]

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Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection Recognised at International Excellence Awards

  Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection Recognised at International Excellence Awards

Dunnes Stores’ Simply Better Collection will be presented with five prestigious accolades at the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA’s) 2018 International Salute To Excellence Awards, taking place later this month in Amsterdam. This is the third year in a row that the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection has been recognised for excellence at the PLMAs, last year […]

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CHEP Enables Highland Spring Group to Achieve Substantial Environmental Savings

  CHEP Enables Highland Spring Group to Achieve Substantial Environmental Savings

Highland Spring Group, the UK’s largest supplier and producer of natural source bottled water, is enjoying significant environmental savings thanks to the use of CHEP’s pooled pallets within its supply chain. Last year, the owner of brands such as Highland Spring, Speyside Glenlivet and Hydr8, signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP, the supply chain […]

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The Intersnack Group to Acquire Tyrrells

  The Intersnack Group to Acquire Tyrrells

The Intersnack Group, one of the leading manufacturers of savoury snacks in Europe, has reached agreement for its KP Snacks business to acquire Tyrrells and its global portfolio of better-for-you, premium snack brands from US-based The Hershey Company for an undisclosed sum. The Tyrrells business includes a head office and two manufacturing sites in the […]

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2 Sisters Food Group Appoints New CEO

  2 Sisters Food Group Appoints New CEO

2 Sisters Food Group,  Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, has appointed Ronald Kers as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from June 1st. Ronald Kers is the former Global CEO of Muller, the €6 billion international food company, and he brings with him more than two decades of experience at global FMCG companies including Nestle and […]

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WHO Plans to Eliminate Industrially-produced Trans-fatty Acids From Global Food Supply

  WHO Plans to Eliminate Industrially-produced Trans-fatty Acids From Global Food Supply

WHO (World Health Organisation) has released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives – WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to  more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.
Industrially-produced trans fats are […]

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PepsiCo Extends Nutrition Greenhouse Programme to Support Food and Beverage Brands of the Future

  PepsiCo Extends Nutrition Greenhouse Programme to Support Food and Beverage Brands of the Future

PepsiCo has announced the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator programme, an initiative designed to discover and nurture breakthrough brands in the food and beverage sector. Issuing an open call for entrepreneurs to apply, PepsiCo is seeking to identify up to 10 emerging brands in the nutrition space with products aimed at European consumers.
The selected companies […]

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The Label Makers Embodies Snowdonia Spirit

  The Label Makers Embodies Snowdonia Spirit

Following the successful origination of the first double-sided back label, Bradford-based The Label Makers have repeated their unique production process with a stunning two-layered design for Eryri Snowdonia Gin, the Snowdonia Spirit Company’s first small batch release. To convey the rich mythology and history of Snowdonia – ancient Celtic kings, wizards, giants, water monsters and the […]

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Biscuit International Acquires Northumbrian Fine Foods

  Biscuit International Acquires Northumbrian Fine Foods

Biscuit International, one of Europe’s leading players in the private label sweet biscuit market owning Poult in France, Banketgroep in the Netherlands and A&W in Germany, has acquired Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF), the UK’s leading gluten and milk-free biscuit manufacturer, from CriSeren Foods.
Created in 1936, NFF has experienced strong growth in recent years with an […]

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Marston’s Reports Another Period of Good Growth

  Marston’s Reports Another Period of Good Growth

Marston’s, the UK pub operator and independent brewer, has reported a 4.6% increase in underlying operating profit to £74.3 million and a 19.8% rise in underlying revenue to £528.1 million for the 26 weeks ended 31 March 2018, with growth in all trading segments principally driven by the acquisition of the Charles Wells Beer Business, […]

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Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

  Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

Ireland’s largest bagged salad producer and specialist in prepared vegetables, Willowbrook Foods, has marked the tenth anniversary of its Innovation Centre in County Down, describing it as instrumental in helping the business grow by on average 18% year on year over the past decade. The centre, at Willowbrook’s Killinchy headquarters, was designed in 2008 to be […]

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Kerry Launches Great Culinary Taste to Help Meet Changing Consumer Needs in Prepared Meals

  Kerry Launches Great Culinary Taste to Help Meet Changing Consumer Needs in Prepared Meals

Consumers want to enjoy authentic, delicious restaurant quality prepared meals made from ingredients they know and trust. Taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability need to coexist; and while all four are intrinsically linked to consumer demand, delivering it all at scale and for a profit, is not easy.
Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, understands these challenges, […]

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Spreafico Automation Introduces Packaging Line For Coffee and Soluble Products

  Spreafico Automation Introduces Packaging Line For Coffee and Soluble Products

For years the Italian company has been a major player in the capsule filling market for such products as coffee and soluble beverages. Now, Spreafico Automation is expanding its portfolio with a series of cartoning machines for the boxing of capsules, in order to offer its customers turnkey packaging solutions that can cover all the […]

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Premier Foods Reports Strongest Revenue Growth For Over Five Years

  Premier Foods Reports Strongest Revenue Growth For Over Five Years

Premier Foods has reported a 5.1% increase in trading profit to £123.0 million on group revenue up 3.6% to £819.2 million for the 52 weeks ended 31 March 2018. Branded revenue grew by 1.6% to £670.1 million while non-branded revenue was up 13.9% to £149.1 million.
Trading profit benefitted from the improved commercial performance as well […]

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HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

  HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

A brand new cider, Appleman’s®, has arrived in Ireland. Developed by HEINEKEN Ireland, the company behind the successful Orchard Thieves cider launched three years ago, Appleman’s® will deliver more choice to Irish consumers in an otherwise limited cider landscape.
Appleman’s® is a simple, well balanced cider and is being launched with an ambitious marketing plan by […]

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Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

  Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

Product of the Year, the world’s largest annual consumer-voted award for product innovation, has announced that entries for the 2019 awards are open since 1st May 2018, with the deadline for submissions on Tuesday 31st July 2018. Last years winners included McCain, Paul Hollywood’s Home Baking, Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, along with many others.
The Product of the Year […]

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New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

  New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, has released new research showing the impact of NZMP SureStart™ MFGM Lipid100 (also known as NUELIPIDTM) supplementation to provide milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) complex lipids such as gangliosides (GA) and phospholipids during both pregnancy and separately during infancy. The latter research presents the effect this has on […]

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Innovia Films to Refocus on High Barrier

  Innovia Films to Refocus on High Barrier

Innovia Films is refocusing its research and development efforts on high barrier materials thanks to substantial investment in new assets. They will allow the company to produce a range of new Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) products with optimum barrier performance. The first to market will be high barrier metallised films, followed by AlOx clear high […]

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Unilever’s Most Sustainable Brands Delivered 70% of Turnover Growth

  Unilever’s Most Sustainable Brands Delivered 70% of Turnover Growth

Unilever has revealed its fourth consecutive year of growth for its ‘sustainable living’ brands, which grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered 70% of its turnover growth. All of Unilever’s brands are on a journey towards reducing their environmental footprint and increasing their positive social impact. Sustainable living brands are those […]

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Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

  Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Global “Scale for Good” Award. This Global award is a first for McDonald’s and is the second occasion where Dawn Meats sustainability credentials have been recognised by the McDonald’s Global Leadership Team.
The award recognises the key leadership role that Dawn Meats has played […]

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Cranswick Partners With BasePower For Major Energy Project

  Cranswick Partners With BasePower For Major Energy Project

BasePower, an award-winning provider of on-site power plants for the food and industrial sectors, has announced a 9 year Power Purchase Agreement with Cranswick, for its Cranswick Country Foods site in Preston, Hull. Cranswick, a FTSE 250 company, is one of the largest food producers in Britain. Cranswick Country Foods in Hull is the company’s biggest site, […]

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tna Helps Frozen Seafood Manufacturer to Double Packaging Speed

  tna Helps Frozen Seafood Manufacturer to Double Packaging Speed

Frozen seafood manufacturer, Whitby Seafoods has been able to double its packaging speed by installing a new packaging and distribution line from processing and packaging equipment provider, tna. The investment has enabled Whitby Seafoods to meet rising consumer demand by providing additional capacity and seamless integration between systems, helping to save time and increase efficiency.
Based in […]

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Heineken Expands in Central America

  Heineken Expands in Central America

Heineken has acquired a minority stake in Belize Brewing Company, Belize’s market leader in beer and a subsidiary of Bowen & Bowen, which has been an importer and distributor of the global brewer’s brands including Heineken®, Amstel and Red Stripe in Belize since 2016. The financial terms of the deal are not disclosed.
Marc Busain, President […]

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SuperValu Returns to Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

  SuperValu Returns to Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 22 April 2018, show the Irish grocery market continuing to perform strongly, with overall sales up 3.1% on last year. SuperValu has returned to pole position with a 22.3% share of the market, the first time the retailer has held […]

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Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

  Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

The global dairy sector must continue its efforts to harmonise methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products if trade in dairy products is to continue to thrive, delegates at the recent International Dairy Federation (IDF)/Organisation for International Standardisation (ISO) Analytical Week in Dublin, Ireland, were told.
Speaking at the Analytical Symposium during the week-long event, […]

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JBT Launches Innovative Solutions to Get Better Results From Retorts

  JBT Launches Innovative Solutions to Get Better Results From Retorts

JBT Corporation, a leading solutions providers for the food and beverage processing industries, has announced the commercial launch of two innovative new solutions that have been developed to overcome challenges associated with the retort sterilization process, namely energy consumption and water usage, and improving handling of sensitive packaging.
The Low Energy Suction System (LESS) for static 1800mm Steam […]

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New Hygienic Magnetic Mixer Designed for Exceptional Performance and Reliability

  New Hygienic Magnetic Mixer Designed for Exceptional Performance and Reliability

The MBE Series MagMixer has been specifically designed for reliable operation and regulatory compliance in life science applications. The unit has no shaft penetrating the tank and so requires no mechanical seals; significantly reduces the risk of leakage or microbial contamination. It provides high torque capacity with optimum cleanability and, with bottom-mounted magnetic agitators, is […]

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Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

  Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, continues to contribute to the positive development of Swedish agriculture and is paying SEK566 million (€54.9 million) in dividends to its owners, Swedish farmers. The dividend, a record amount, is thanks to Lantmännen’s positive growth in recent years.
“It pays to be a member […]

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New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

  New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

Kantar Worldpanel’s new report on out-of-home (OOH) reveals that OOH consumption makes up nearly half (41%) of global spend on snacking and non-alcoholic beverages. In some categories, such as coffee, purchases outside the home make up as much as 70% of total spend, exposing a significant opportunity for retailers and manufacturers not currently considering OOH […]

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Whitewater Brewery Builds its International Customer Base

  Whitewater Brewery Builds its International Customer Base

Northern Ireland-based Whitewater Brewery Company has secured new customers in Spain, Japan and Russia as part of efforts to increase traction in international markets. This success follows an investment to build a new, state-of-the-art, brewing facility to support the company’s continued growth in the global craft beer market.
Invest NI supported the development of Whitewater’s new manufacturing […]

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Fast and Efficient Help – KHS Expands its Service Activities

  Fast and Efficient Help – KHS Expands its Service Activities

Help with troubleshooting seven days a week round the clock – KHS has made the worldwide service offered by its 24-hour hotline even more efficient. Fast reaction times and quick processing of customer inquiries are not only ensured by the qualified and experienced hotline engineers who act as direct contacts; with its uniform hourly package […]

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Nestlé Waters Invests in Swiss Water Bottling Site

  Nestlé Waters Invests in Swiss Water Bottling Site

Nestlé Waters has announced a SFr25 million (€21 million) modernisation of its bottling site at Henniez, Switzerland. The investment will allow the Henniez site to continue to meet demand for its popular mineral water. Bottled water is a high-growth category for Nestlé.
Production at Henniez will become more flexible and innovative in order to meet current […]

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No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

  No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

The latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 22 April 2018, reveal a market share of 15.9% and 15.5% for Sainsbury’s and Asda respectively, giving the proposed combined entity a potential share of 31.4%. Over the past 12 weeks, Sainsbury’s increased sales by 0.2% while Asda’s sales rose by 1.4%. Both Sainsbury’s and […]

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Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

  Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

South and East England-based franchise business, Caskade Caterers, has secured a £29.4 million funding package from HSBC to support its ambitious expansion plans. The £13 million loan, £10 million revolving credit facility and £6.4 million commercial mortgage from HSBC will help with the roll-out of new Taco Bell restaurants across London and South West England, the […]

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Huhtamaki Sells Confectionery Portfolio

  Huhtamaki Sells Confectionery Portfolio

Huhtamaki, a global specialist in packaging for food and drink, has sold its confectionery trademark portfolio to Highlander Partners, a US-based investment firm. Related to the sale, an after taxes gain of approximately US$16 million will be booked as an item affecting comparability (IAC) during the second quarter of 2018.
The sold trademark portfolio was related […]

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ACMA Develops New Solutions For the Secondary Packaging of Tea

  ACMA Develops New Solutions For the Secondary Packaging of Tea

ACMA, a company of Coesia group, has developed a new range of solutions suitable to cover specific needs for the secondary packaging of tea bags. Different options are available: from pre-glued or flat blanks to pouches, from Bag-in-bags to micro-box with 10 units with overwrapping. Regardless of the choice, the product keeps its freshness and […]

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Mondelēz International to Acquire US Biscuit Brand For $500 Million

  Mondelēz International to Acquire US Biscuit Brand For $500 Million

Mondelēz International has agreed with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, and other shareholders, including founder Kathleen King, to acquire Tate’s Bake Shop for approximately $500 million. Known for its signature thin-and-crispy cookies with simple, authentic, high-quality ingredients, Tate’s is a fast growing, premium cookie and baked goods brand.
Founded in 2000 on Long […]

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IFF Acquires Frutarom in $7.1 Billion Deal

  IFF Acquires Frutarom in $7.1 Billion Deal

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) is acquiring Frutarom in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion, including the assumption of Frutarom’s net debt.
Frutarom is a flavours, savoury solutions and natural ingredients company, with production and development centres on six continents. It markets and sells over 70,000 products to more than 30,000 customers […]

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