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Acquisition of Continental Bakeries by Goldman Sachs is Approved

Acquisition of Continental Bakeries by Goldman Sachs is Approved

Mahou San Miguel Increases Sales and Profitability For Second Consecutive Year

Mahou San Miguel Increases Sales and Profitability For Second Consecutive Year

Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications

Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications

Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for the UK's Most Exclusive Packaging Event

Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for the UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

Acquisition of Continental Bakeries by Goldman Sachs is Approved

Acquisition of Continental Bakeries by Goldman Sachs is Approved

16 June 2016

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Continental Bakeries of the Netherlands by the Goldman Sachs Group, of the United States. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Continental Bakeries is a European bakery group that manufactures and sells biscuits, sweets, bread replacements and […]

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Mahou San Miguel Increases Sales and Profitability For Second Consecutive Year

Mahou San Miguel Increases Sales and Profitability For Second Consecutive Year

16 June 2016

Mahou San Miguel, the Spanish-owned family brewer that is leader in the beer market in Spain, has reported an 11.5% increase in operating profit to €187.4 million for 2015 and a 2.1% rise in turnover to €1.178 billion, to register its best revenue figure in the last five years. Sales volume increased by 3.2% to […]

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Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications

Eight New Product Names Protected as Geographical Indications

16 June 2016

The European Commission has approved the registration of eight new product names from Croatia, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain as Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). Registration as a Geographical Indication (GI) gives wide protection to the registered names, functioning as an intellectual property right for products that have a specific […]

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Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for the UK's Most Exclusive Packaging Event

Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for the UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

16 June 2016

More than 140 industry leading suppliers have already booked stands for Packaging Innovations London 2016, which returns to London’s Olympia on 14 & 15 September 2016. These suppliers have been quick to show support for the UK’s most exclusive packaging event, dedicated to branded and inspirational packaging. Those registered for the show include an array […]

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Flexibility and Performance – The End of Line Marked ‘ACMI’

Flexibility and Performance – The End of Line Marked ‘ACMI’

16 June 2016

ACMI project managed and installed at the French based Coca-Cola group in Socx-Bergues, a completely automatic end-of-line system to handle a number of different packaging solutions. Such a solution is only possible thanks to the flexibility and efficiency of the palletising and stretch wrapping system projected by ACMI. Palletising Group ACMI installed at the CCE […]

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Smart Solutions From AutoCoding Systems

16 June 2016

AutoCoding Systems has recognised that there is a growing requirement to communicate with and collect data from a wide range of devices, as well as interface to various business information systems to enable factories to work smarter. As a global provider of automation solutions to factory production and packaging areas, AutoCoding Systems has developed a […]

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Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

16 June 2016

Restaurants with low food hygiene ratings are risking their survival, with 61% of consumers saying they’ll boycott such establishments, according to research from Checkit (http://www.checkit.net/). 18,379 restaurants, takeaways, sandwich/coffee shops, hotels and pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are at risk, as they currently have a Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating of two […]

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Keelings Awarded Tesco Contract For Next 12 Months

Keelings Awarded Tesco Contract For Next 12 Months

16 June 2016

Keelings Logistics Solutions has announced it has retained a 12 month contract for the management of Tesco’s Chilled and Frozen Distribution Centre in Ballymun, Ireland, following a recent Tender process. The company has worked alongside Tesco since its first chilled distribution opened in 1998 and has retained the management of the distribution centre after Tesco […]

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What Makes Cheese Blush?

What Makes Cheese Blush?

16 June 2016

Scientists at Teagasc and University College Cork have identified a heat-loving bacterium as the cause of pink discolouration defects in cheese. Pink discolouration affects many cheeses throughout the world, leading to significant financial loss for the industry. Despite decades of research, the cause of this defect has remained elusive. Now researchers, led by Dr Paul Cotter […]

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Irish Alcohol Prices are the Highest in Europe

Irish Alcohol Prices are the Highest in Europe

16 June 2016

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) has called for the reversal of excise duty on alcohol, after new figures from Eurostat revealed that alcohol prices were the highest in Europe and 75% higher than the EU average. The Group, made up of restaurants, hotels, pubs, independent off-licences and suppliers, says that the high price […]

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Kellogg establishes VC fund

15 June 2016

Kellogg is to establish eighteen94 capital to make minority investments in companies pursuing next-generation innovation, bolstering access to cutting-edge ideas and trends. The investment mandate includes start-up businesses pioneering new ingredients, foods, packaging, and enabling technology. “As consumer preferences move toward more diverse tastes and trends, the pace of innovation in the packaged food industry […]

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Parker launches clean-label cake inclusions

15 June 2016

Ingredients company Parker has launched a new line of seven clean-label cake inclusions, produced using a unique hot-panning process, to help support customers in the dairy industry. Brands that make indulgent products like ice cream have historically valued performance and sensory attributes over clean labels, but the new range has been warranted because of increasing […]

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Waitrose launches omega 3 chicken

15 June 2016

British supermarket chain Waitrose has announced that it will introduce what it claims is the UK’s first chicken that is a source of omega 3, describing it as a groundbreaking move for a British supermarket. The company notes that research undertaken in 2013 showed that people with the highest levels of omega 3 had a 40% […]

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Sinclair Condiments secures national listings

15 June 2016

Sauces producer Sinclair Condiments has secured its first national listings across the UK. The business, started by Nik Sinclair in 2013 will see its range rolled out in 225 Morrisons stores nationally and available through Holland & Barrett’s online shop. All six products will be stocked which includes hot banana ketchup, smokey chipotle ketchup and roasted […]

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Nestlé to Invest €80 Million in Dutch Baby Food Expansion

Nestlé to Invest €80 Million in Dutch Baby Food Expansion

15 June 2016

Nestle is to invest €80 million to expand its baby food factory at Nunspeet in the Netherlands with the construction of a new plant for the production of special formulas for babies with protein allergies. There has been an increase in the number of food allergies with a sharp rise in the last ten years. […]

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ACMI’s new communication campaign: Bottle in Wonderland

15 June 2016

ACMI has launched a new communication campaign to present the line of systems for multipacks: Easypack and Easymax. With the collaboration of the illustrator from Parma Camilla Locatelli, a fantastic story was created through a series of animated gifs. The protagonist of this story is a PET bottle in search of a new type of […]

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Multivac: Automated loading of straight sausages

15 June 2016

MULTIVAC has developed a hygienic and efficient solution for the automated infeeding, loading and packing of straight and uniform sausages, and this solution was presented for the first time at IFFA 2016. The MULTIVAC Centrifuge Feeder (MCF) can be integrated seamlessly into packaging lines and enables handling costs to be reduced by up to 60 […]

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Fresh thinking in tomato and berry packing with Freshseal technology

15 June 2016

Developed jointly by an Anglo Canadian partnership this technology offers the fresh produce market a quick and easy means of transitioning into film sealed punnets and trays from clam shell or flow wrapped packs. Film sealed packs use less packaging than clam shell packs and are more space efficient for stacking and transportation resulting in […]

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Radical Waters Granted Additional Beverage Patents in the Philippines

15 June 2016

The Philippines is the latest country to grant a beverage patent to Radical Waters for its pioneering Electrochemically Activated Water (ECA) application for use as a substitute to chemicals during CIP for the global beverage industry. This add to the portfolio of beverage patents granted to Radical Waters in the USA, China, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Canada and […]

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Coca-Cola Sabco opens new bottling plant in Mozambique

15 June 2016

South African-based beverage company Coca-Cola Sabco has opened a new bottling plant in Matola Gare, Mozambique, with an investment of $130m. The plant is part of a ten-year, $17bn investment plan by Coca-Cola in Africa, where it currently employs more than 70,000 people across 145 bottling facilities. Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent said: “We […]

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Smart packaging company Hive announces £2.5m investment

15 June 2016

Loughborough-based smart packaging company Hive has announced an investment of £2.5 million from private equity firm Encore Capital, which will allow it to transform its business by enabling a shift to a more subscription-based model. The ultimate ambition is to give every consumer packaged goods pack a unique identity that facilitates engaging on-pack promotions, allowing […]

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UPM Raflatac launches new label stock for wines

15 June 2016

UPM Raflatac has launched a new range of label stock products designed to meet the exacting standards of the wine industry in the European market. The Ice and Ice Premium products ensure that labels maintain their original look and feel in the demanding cold and wet environments that wine bottles –particularly white and sparkling wines […]

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LINPAC launches vented pyramid packs

15 June 2016

Fresh food packaging manufacturer, LINPAC, has added to its Freshware® portfolio with a new range of innovatively designed vented pyramid packs to meet the changing demands of the consumer snacking and convenience trend. Nick James, LINPAC European sales director for Freshware, said: “When the food-to-go trend first took hold, it was very much focused on […]

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Well-off British Consumers Bankroll the Good Life

Well-off British Consumers Bankroll the Good Life

15 June 2016

Jet-setting, gourmet dining and sparkling wine – new research from Mintel finds that certain markets are flourishing as a result of the UK’s two-track recovery. Indeed, as higher earners are feeling better-off, they’re indulging themselves by spending on experiences and enjoying themselves. Holidays, leisure and entertainment are all doing well, while the recession-era ‘lipstick effect’ […]

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The Teeling Whiskey Distillery Celebrates One Year in Business

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery Celebrates One Year in Business

15 June 2016

Ireland’s leading independent whiskey producer, the Teeling Whiskey Company is celebrating the first anniversary of its award winning distillery and visitor centre. The company which employs 55 people has helped transform the heart of Dublin’s Liberties over the past year by investing €10 million in the capital’s first fully operational distillery in over 125 years. […]

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Clegg Food Projects Commences 19th Project With Greggs

Clegg Food Projects Commences 19th Project With Greggs

15 June 2016

Clegg Food Projects is building on its relationship with Greggs with the start of its 19th project for the UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer. Having worked with the company for 15 years, Clegg Food Projects has started work on Greggs’ new distribution centre project in Enfield. The development will improve efficiency and increase capacity for delivery […]

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Anson boosts production with new cooling kit

15 June 2016

UK-based Anson Packaging has invested in a new cooling system by Aqua Cooling to help streamline its production process at its manufacturing plant in Cambridgeshire. Part of Danish packaging manufacturer Faerch Plast Group, Anson Packaging provides thermoforming to the food industry in the UK. Following the installation of the new system, Faerch Plast will use glycol-free and […]

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Over 40% of Sustainable Palm Oil Labels in Food Comes From Breakfast Cereals

Over 40% of Sustainable Palm Oil Labels in Food Comes From Breakfast Cereals

15 June 2016

According to Euromonitor’s new Ethical Labels data, in 2015 over 40% of sustainable palm oil labels in packaged food comes from breakfast cereals with only 1% from confectionery. Passport Ethical Labels is Euromonitor’s brand new database created in response to the growing movement towards social responsibility and sustainability. Ethical Labels is designed to quantify the sales of […]

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Asiros brings Berryshield powders to Nordics

15 June 2016

Natural ingredients company Asiros has agreed a partnership for the sales and marketing of its Berryshield natural berry powders in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland with speciality ingredients supplier Azelis Food & Health. The Berryshield suite of products boasts a multitude of healthy, tasteful, colourful berry nutrients packed in a uniquely protective matrix, as if they […]

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Four Dutch companies to develop protein-rich foods

14 June 2016

Nizo Food Research, Royal FrieslandCampina, Ruitenberg Ingredients and Sonac are joining forces as part of a new consortium called Tapas, intended to develop protein-rich foods. The four companies, based in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, are responding to the increased worldwide demand for protein-rich foods. Global human population is growing and the world demand for protein-rich food […]

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Heineken Announces Global Partnership With Formula One

Heineken Announces Global Partnership With Formula One

14 June 2016

Global brewer Heineken and Formula One Management (FOM) have reached an agreement for Heineken® to become a Global Partner of Formula 1® (F1®). This significant partnership will start this year at the newly renamed FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN D’ITALIA 2016, in Monza, and run for a multi-year term. From the 2017 F1® season onwards, […]

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Frutarom CombiSafe to reduce Listeria monocytogenes

14 June 2016

Frutarom Savory Solutions’ CombiSafe starter cultures enable manufacturers to significantly reduce the number of Listeria monocytogenes in raw fermented sausages. By incorporating a lactic acid bacterium, which produces a bacteriocin, the CombiSafe range combines the properties of regular ripening cultures with protection functionality against listeria. In combination with the suitable ripening agents and seasonings, the […]

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ConAgra Foods Removing PHOs Across Spreads

14 June 2016

ConAgra Foods has announced that it has discontinued the use of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) in the manufacturing of all spreads in the company’s portfolio. This includes Fleischmann’s, Blue Bonnet and Parkay. In 2015, the FDA announced that food companies have three years to remove PHOs from food products unless the particular use of PHO […]

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TIC Gums develops hydrocolloid fibre portfolio

14 June 2016

TIC Gums has developed an “extensive portfolio” of hydrocolloid-based fibre solutions for formulators looking to increase the fibre content of fortified food and beverages. Traditionally recognised for their functionality benefits including viscosity, stabilisation and texture modification, hydrocolloids are often overlooked as an excellent source of dietary fibre for a wide range of applications, the Maryland-based company said. Gum acacia contains […]

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Milk exposed to LED is bad news

14 June 2016

Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time. Their study determined that milk remained at high-quality for two weeks when shielded from LED […]

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Rushdi launches Mighty Sesame Co brand

14 June 2016

Israeli Rushdi Foods has launched a tahini-based condiment in a squeezable and ready-to-use bottle, designed to infuse meals with ethnically inspired flavours. The Mighty Sesame Co brand of tahini is made simply from sesame seed, yet its proprietary processing methods deliver the full consumer-desired texture, Rushdi Foods said. It contains no preservatives, sugar, salt, or any […]

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WCF launches new program

14 June 2016

The World Cocoa Foundation has announced the launch of its new program designed to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector to address the threat climate change poses to cocoa sustainability and the many livelihoods the sector supports. The WCF-led partnership brings together ACDI/VOCA, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the […]

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New Chief For British Frozen Food Federation

New Chief For British Frozen Food Federation

14 June 2016

John Hyman (pictured right) has been selected to succeed Brian Young (pictured left) as chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation. John Hyman, a highly experienced food industry professional, was previously UK group commercial director at Adelie Foods and has held senior roles at First Drinks, Dairy Crest, Heinz and Arla. John Hyman comments: […]

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Gourmet Teas in Pouches Will Appeal to Busy Consumers Craving Quality Hot Drinks

Gourmet Teas in Pouches Will Appeal to Busy Consumers Craving Quality Hot Drinks

14 June 2016

Hot drinks such as tea and coffee are a staple of busy consumers’ lives. However, an apparent lack of time means consumers often turn to “quick” options such as microwaveable products, which are often perceived to compromise on taste. To target those looking for a higher quality on-the-go beverage, brands have started devising novel packaging […]

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Swiss Cows Help Henniez to Produce Green Energy

Swiss Cows Help Henniez to Produce Green Energy

14 June 2016

Nestlé Waters has opened Switzerland’s largest agricultural biogas production facility. The Valbroye plant will provide renewable energy for the nearby Henniez bottled water plant and the Swiss power grid, as well as natural fertiliser for local farms. The facility will generate enough green electricity to power more than 1,000 households annually. 27 local farms will provide […]

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World’s First Semi-automatic Tray Sealer For Skin Deep Packs Launched

World’s First Semi-automatic Tray Sealer For Skin Deep Packs Launched

14 June 2016

Heat sealing specialists Proseal has launched the world’s first semi-automatic tray sealer for skin deep packs. The new Proseal GTR-E is able to seal products that sit up to 100mm above the edge of the tray, making it ideal for large pieces of meat and joints. As with all types of skin packs, the film wraps […]

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EWG berates cereal manufacturers

14 June 2016

According to a new analysis by EWG, children who eat a bowl a day of pre-sweetened cereals could consume five to nine pounds more sugar a year than parents might think from reading nutrition labels. Environmental Working Group notes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that cereal makers must update the Nutrition […]

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Coffee creamers to go clean label

14 June 2016

Coffee creamers are expected to present  new and novel product formulations with ingredients that meet the “clean label” criteria consumers seek, according to the market researcher Packaged Facts. Further boosting dollar sales will, it said, be the premium pricing accorded products with the premium ingredients associated with “pure,” “real,” “natural,” and organic foods. Looking ahead, […]

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Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando announces huge increase in product range

14 June 2016

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Orlando has increased its product range to include a significant selection of packaging products to the United States. Additional products include skin tight packaging for food, barrier films, stand up pouches, cereal bag films, coffee creamer lids and tea tags. The range of products are all available through a closer working relationship […]

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Paramount Packaging Reports Increased Demand For Advanced Alpha VII Flow-Wrappers

14 June 2016

Paramount Packaging Systems – exclusive distributor of Fuji Machinery Company’s horizontal and vertical form-fill-seal equipment in the UK and Ireland – is reporting increasing demand for its technologically advanced Alpha VII flow-wrapping equipment with food processors, manufacturers and packers rejecting lower cost systems in favour of performance, speed and the ability to add value to […]

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Union and Climeworks are joining forces in CAPDrinks project

13 June 2016

Funded by the Eurostars programme a project between Swiss company Climeworks and Danish Union Engineering is taking shape. The objective of the proposed project is to develop a standardized, competitive, low cost, modular, standalone, and onsite plant for delivery of beverage grade CO2 to bottling companies. The CO2 stems majorly from atmospheric air and is in a first […]

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Volpak: advanced technology for the flexible packaging industry

13 June 2016

The pouch: an ideal solution for consumer goods Volpak is a company built on sturdy technological foundations, specializing in form-fill-seal solutions for the pouch-type packaging industry. Pouches are one of the most popular types of packaging for consumer goods and come in two types: flat or stand-up. Both are extremely flexible and can be used […]

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New AWA report looks at direct-to-container digital print

13 June 2016

‘New directions’ in packaging and labelling technology are a strong feature of today’s market – and the latest is digital direct-to-container print.    It may, indeed, be a disruptive technology, as the new Direct Digital Printing Technology for Labeling & Product Decoration AWAreness Report 2016 demonstrates.   This latest addition to AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ portfolio of […]

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New Sol boxes open out into a cool box

13 June 2016

Heineken UK has developed a new secondary packaging concept for its Sol lager brand, which opens out to offer a cool box that can keep bottles chilled for up to six hours. The sharing packs each contain 18 330ml bottles and have a recommended retail price of between £14 and £15. The box is watertight, […]

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Recycling of thermoforms: a challenge for the PET value chain

13 June 2016

The recycling of thermoforms presents an important challenge to the PET value chain, according to Petcore Europe. The demand for PET and other polymers in fresh food rigid packaging is growing at a fast rate, according to the organisation that represents the interests of companies in the European PET value chain. Mono-layer trays for packing […]

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Crown teams up with Ballygowan

13 June 2016

Crown has partnered with Irish drinks producer Ballygowan to produce packaging for its new Sparklingly Fruity range of water drinks. The “refreshingly different” range, recently launched in Ireland, blends together lightly sparkling Ballygowan Water and carefully chosen fruit combinations. They are available in three flavours: raspberry and blackberry; apple, elderflower and lemon; and lemon and […]

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Pack2Go claims French packaging ban breaks EU Law

13 June 2016

  Following a legal challenge submitted by Pack2Go Europe,The EU Commission has told the French government it must wait another three months before adopting any measure to ban disposable plastics tableware by 2020. “We hope that the legal analysis prepared for us by top EU regulatory specialists will help the Commission, other EU countries and France […]

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Yildiz Forms New Global Biscuit and Confectionery Business

Yildiz Forms New Global Biscuit and Confectionery Business

13 June 2016

Yildiz Holding, the largest food company in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, has brought together its core biscuit, chocolate, and confectionery businesses Godiva Chocolatier, United Biscuits, Ulker and DeMet’s Candy Company, to form a new global company called pladis. The new entity unites internationally recognised brands Godiva, a leading premium chocolate brand […]

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Brown-Forman Delivers Solid Underlying Growth

Brown-Forman Delivers Solid Underlying Growth

13 June 2016

US-based drinks group Brown-Forman has reported a 2% drop in net sales to $4.01 billion but a 5% rose on an underlying basis for the year ended April 30 2016 as foreign exchange negatively impacted reported net sales growth by six points. Reported operating income grew 49% to $1.53 billion, or 3% excluding the impact […]

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