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Hain Celestial Acquires Mona Group

Hain Celestial Acquires Mona Group

William Grant & Sons UK Launches Market Report

William Grant & Sons UK Launches Market Report

Heineken and Diageo to Restructure South African and Namibian Operations

Heineken and Diageo to Restructure South African and Namibian Operations

In-depth Investigation into Ball's Proposed Acquisition of Rexam

In-depth Investigation into Ball’s Proposed Acquisition of Rexam

Hain Celestial Acquires Mona Group

Hain Celestial Acquires Mona Group

29 July 2015

Hain Celestial Group, the organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India, has acquired the Mona Group, a leader in plant-based foods and beverages with facilities in Germany and Austria for an undisclosed sum. Mona offers a wide range of organic and natural products under the Joya and Happy brands, […]

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William Grant & Sons UK Launches Market Report

William Grant & Sons UK Launches Market Report

29 July 2015

William Grant & Sons UK has launched its annual Market Report, an in-depth look into consumer behaviour and trends in the drinks industry. The report highlights the evolution of shoppers’ habits particularly when it comes to seeking value when they spend. In 2015, value is much more than just value for money; it is now […]

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Heineken and Diageo to Restructure South African and Namibian Operations

Heineken and Diageo to Restructure South African and Namibian Operations

29 July 2015

Heineken, Diageo and The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies, the majority shareholder of Namibia Breweries, have agreed to restructure their respective joint venture operations in South Africa and Namibia. In South Africa, Brandhouse Beverages is a 50/50 distribution and cost sharing joint venture between Diageo and DHN Drinks (DHN). DHN is the entity […]

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In-depth Investigation into Ball's Proposed Acquisition of Rexam

In-depth Investigation into Ball’s Proposed Acquisition of Rexam

29 July 2015

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed £4.43 billion ($6.9 billion) acquisition of Rexam (UK) by Ball Corporation is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the proposed transaction may reduce competition in the beverage can and aluminium bottle manufacturing industry in the European […]

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Oman refreshment company increases production to meet growing market demand

28 July 2015

To meet the two-digit market growth from carbonated soft drinks consumers, Oman Refreshment Company (ORC), a franchisee of PepsiCo International, has recently acquired a new production line from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, which will enable the Omani bottler to increase its production capacity.

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How to Scale a Food & Drink Business - Conference & Exhibition, Aviva Stadium, 16th September 2015

How to Scale a Food & Drink Business – Conference & Exhibition, Aviva Stadium, 16th September 2015

28 July 2015

The second annual Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday, 16th September 2015. The theme of this year’s conference and exhibition is ‘How to Scale a Food & Drink Business’. Food Wise 2025, which will build on the Irish Government’s successful Harvest 2020 development strategy, […]

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Starbucks and PepsiCo Form Latin American Partnership For Ready-to-Drink Coffee and Energy Beverages

Starbucks and PepsiCo Form Latin American Partnership For Ready-to-Drink Coffee and Energy Beverages

28 July 2015

Starbucks and PepsiCo have entered into an agreement for the marketing, sales and distribution of Starbucks® ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee and energy beverages including Starbucks® Frappuccino® chilled coffee drinks, Starbucks Double Shot® Espresso and Cream, and Starbucks Refreshers® beverages in Latin America. The RTD coffee and energy beverage category in Latin America is an estimated US$4 […]

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Solid, Profitable First Half Growth at Danone

Solid, Profitable First Half Growth at Danone

28 July 2015

Benefiting from favorable trends in currencies and commodity price, Danone has reported an 8.8% rise in consolidated sales to €11.392 billion for the first half of 2015 to reach. Organic sales growth was 4.6% comprising a +0.7% rise in sales volume and a +3.9% rise in value. Trading operating income increased by 9.3% to €1.38 […]

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FrieslandCampina Acquires Mozzarella Business

FrieslandCampina Acquires Mozzarella Business

28 July 2015

Eurpean dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina is expanding its cheese portfolio with the takeover of Belgian-based mozzarella maker Fabrelac for an undisclosed sum. Fabrelac mainly produces cow milk mozzarella, which is processed in other foods. The acquisition provides FrieslandCampina with entry to the fast growing mozzarella market. Bas van den Berg, executive director of FrieslandCampina Cheese, Butter […]

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Smurfit Kappa Wins Top European Supplier Award From Nestlé

Smurfit Kappa Wins Top European Supplier Award From Nestlé

28 July 2015

Smurfit Kappa has been awarded its second prestigious supplier award in recent weeks from Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Smurfit Kappa was ranked the number one European Supplier of the Year for all-round excellence among Nestlé’s European corrugated packaging suppliers. This comes after it was recently awarded the Nestlé European Innovation […]

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Satisfactory First Half Performance By Nichols

Satisfactory First Half Performance By Nichols

27 July 2015

Nichols has reported a 9% increase in profit before tax to £10.9 million for the first half ended 30 June 2015, delivering a 200 basis points improvement to the margin as the UK-based soft drinks group continued to deliver on its value over volume strategy. Total group sales were flat at £54.7 million. Nichols’ brand […]

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Solid First Half Results From Unilever

Solid First Half Results From Unilever

27 July 2015

Unilever has reported a 12% increase in turnover to €27.0 billion including a positive currency impact of 10% for the first half of 2015. Underlying sales growth was 2.9% with volume up 1.1% and price up 1.7%. The core operating margin improved by 50bps to 14.5% and core operating profit rose 16%. However operating profit […]

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Nestlé Opens Global R&D Centre For Frozen and Chilled Food Products

Nestlé Opens Global R&D Centre For Frozen and Chilled Food Products

27 July 2015

Nestlé has opened a SFr48 million (US$ 50 million) research and development centre in Solon, Ohio in the US that will focus on new product development for its frozen and chilled food businesses worldwide The Solon R&D centre will also work on reformulating Nestlé’s frozen and chilled food products, exploring ways to reduce sodium and […]

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ExxonMobil Releases Five-Point Plan For Best Practice Grease Selection

ExxonMobil Releases Five-Point Plan For Best Practice Grease Selection

27 July 2015

With businesses under increasing pressure to improve productivity and safety while reducing costs, the importance of proper machine maintenance is growing. A crucial part of that maintenance is choosing the right grease. In a recent survey, ExxonMobil found that more than half of industrial equipment operators are unaware that selecting the right grease can positively […]

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Britvic Expands International Presence With £121 Million Deal

Britvic Expands International Presence With £121 Million Deal

24 July 2015

UK soft drinks group Britvic has acquired Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos (ebba), the leading supplier of liquid concentrates (dilutes) and the number two supplier of ready-to-drink (RTD) nectar drinks in Brazil for R$580 million (£120.8 million). The transaction provides Britvic with immediate access to the sixth largest soft drinks market and the largest […]

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Suntory Disposes of Cognac Business

Suntory Disposes of Cognac Business

24 July 2015

Suntory is selling Louis Royer, its French spirits business, to Terroirs Distillers, a privately-held fine spirits company based in France, for Eur100 million. The transaction includes the Louis Royer cognac brand, aging inventories, and facilities in France. The companies expect to complete the transaction by the end of August. Terroirs Distillers produces and sells fine […]

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Marston’s Moves to Keep Pace With Growth in Home Market

Marston’s Moves to Keep Pace With Growth in Home Market

24 July 2015

UK brewer and pub operator Marston’s is ramping up warehouse capacity at its main brewery by as much as 45 per cent in a bid to keep pace with the thriving take-home beer market. Supermarkets and off-licences sold more beer than pubs and clubs for the first time last year as booming demand hit record […]

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Group Finance Change at Real Good Food

Group Finance Change at Real Good Food

24 July 2015

Real Good Food, the diversified UK food business, has announced that Mike McDonough, group finance director of the Company, will be leaving the business with effect from 31st August 2015. Following the sale of Napier Brown Sugar, it has been decided to relocate the Group Finance function to the London Head Office at the same […]

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PureCircle Unveils New Family Of Stevia Ingredients For Category Taste Breakthroughs

PureCircle Unveils New Family Of Stevia Ingredients For Category Taste Breakthroughs

24 July 2015

PureCircle has announced a new line of stevia ingredients that delivers taste innovation surpassing other options available today. PureCircle Matrix Solutions is a new family of stevia ingredients that have been optimized for specific category applications and performs more similarly to sugar enabling deeper calorie reductions. Jason Hecker, PureCircle’s President of Group Sales and Marketing, […]

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MBO at Seabrook Crisps

MBO at Seabrook Crisps

23 July 2015

LDC, the private equity part of the Lloyds Banking Group, has backed the management buy-out of English crisp brand Seabrook as the business embarks on a major growth drive to increase its market share. Established in 1945 by Charles Brook and his son Colin Brook, Seabrook produces a range of crinkle cut, straight cut and […]

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Unilever and Alibaba Group Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement For China

Unilever and Alibaba Group Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement For China

23 July 2015

Unilever, the global food, home and personal care products group, has entered a comprehensive strategic partnership with Alibaba Group that will enable Unilever to reach customers across China with unprecedented precision and effectiveness through Alibaba’s data-driven ecosystem. Key areas of collaboration include rural China penetration, cross-border e-commerce, consumer protection and Big Data. Alibaba Group is […]

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Outstanding Health and Safety Performance by Moy Park

Outstanding Health and Safety Performance by Moy Park

23 July 2015

UK food group Moy Park has been named the winner of the prestigious 2015 RoSPA Food and Drink Health & Safety Award, in recognition of its outstanding and industry leading health and safety performance. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards have been running for almost 60 years and are widely recognised […]

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Environment an Increasingly Important Factor in Consumers’ Purchasing Decisions

Environment an Increasingly Important Factor in Consumers’ Purchasing Decisions

23 July 2015

In a global survey of some 6,000 consumers across 12 different countries, more than three-quarters claimed that environmentally sound packaging has an influence on the beverage brand they buy. The survey, carried out this year for Tetra Pak, revealed a growing appetite among consumers for products that tick the right environmental boxes. When asked about […]

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DuPont Diagnostics to Introduce Smaller-Footprint BAX® System Instrument

DuPont Diagnostics to Introduce Smaller-Footprint BAX® System Instrument

23 July 2015

DuPont Diagnostics, a DuPont Nutrition & Health business, is introducing the DuPont™ BAX® System X5, a new PCR-based testing platform and the newest addition to the award-winning BAX® System family. The BAX® System X5 instrument and associated accessories, including the automated DuPont™ Thermal Block for sample preparation, offer the same fast, accurate and easy-to-use pathogen […]

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Expert Nutritionists Recommend Halving Sugar in Diet

Expert Nutritionists Recommend Halving Sugar in Diet

22 July 2015

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) – an independent body of expert nutritionists – has advised the UK government to halve the recommended intake of free sugars to help address the growing obesity and diabetes crises and to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Free sugars are those added to food (e.g. sucrose (table […]

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Nestlé Skin Health to Open R&D Centre in Shanghai For Ageing Skin

Nestlé Skin Health to Open R&D Centre in Shanghai For Ageing Skin

22 July 2015

Nestlé Skin Health has announced that it will open an innovation hub in Shanghai to support healthy ageing. Operational in 2016, the hub – known as a SHIELD (Skin Health Investigation, Education and Longevity Development) centre – will combine different technologies, medications and bio-informatics to help address ageing skin health issues including intense dryness and […]

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Drink With the Experts at Packaging Innovations London

Drink With the Experts at Packaging Innovations London

22 July 2015

Sauvelle, a new crafted French vodka, and Funkin Cocktails will both feature at this year’s Drinks Symposium, taking place at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London, on 17 September 2015 at London Olympia. The Drinks Symposium, happening on day two of the show, will see leading drinks brands share their ideas and knowledge on how […]

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National Broadband Plan to Drive SMART Agriculture in Ireland

National Broadband Plan to Drive SMART Agriculture in Ireland

22 July 2015

Teagasc, the Irish  Agriculture and Food Development Authority, has welcomed proposals published by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), in Connecting Communities, the National Broadband Plan to extend high speed broadband to most rural areas. Connecting Communities anticipates if Government sanctions the plan that 96% of the land mass, covering 1.8m citizens […]

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Martin Riley joins Nude Brand Creation from CMO role at Pernod Ricard

22 July 2015

London, UK Nude Brand Creation today announces the appointment of Martin Riley as its first non-executive director. Riley joins the design and branding agency from Pernod Ricard, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer until December 2014.

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Cloetta Acquires Lonka

Cloetta Acquires Lonka

21 July 2015

Swedish confectionery group Cloetta has agreed to acquire Locawo (Lonka), a Dutch company producing and selling fudge, nougat and chocolate, for SEK295 million (Eur31.5 million) in cash. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Cloetta’s position in the Netherlands. Founded in 1862, Cloetta is a leading confectionery company in the Nordic region, The Netherlands, and Italy. Cloetta […]

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Danish Crown/Tican Merger Referred to Denmark's Competition Authority

Danish Crown/Tican Merger Referred to Denmark’s Competition Authority

21 July 2015

The European Commission has partially referred the proposed merger between Danish Crown and Tican to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (DCCA) at its request. Both companies are Danish and are active in the operation of slaughterhouses and in meat processing. After a preliminary investigation, the Commission found that the proposed transaction would threaten to […]

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Clearance For Cargill’s Purchase of ADM's Chocolate Business

Clearance For Cargill’s Purchase of ADM’s Chocolate Business

21 July 2015

The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for Cargill to acquire Archer Daniels Midland’s industrial chocolate business in Europe. Together with the approvals granted earlier by the US Department of Justice, this completes the regulatory approval process for the global deal. Industrial chocolate, sold in both liquid and solid form, is used by customers in […]

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Caledonian Brewery Launches New Pilot Brewery

Caledonian Brewery Launches New Pilot Brewery

21 July 2015

Caledonian Brewery has unveiled the latest addition to its Edinburgh site, a state-of-the-art pilot brewery to further drive beer innovation at the iconic brewery. The pioneering pilot brewery, which was commissioned on the 1st June, has a 400L capacity and will produce 2-3 brews a week. The smaller brew runs will enable the pilot brewers […]

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TCS&D Conferences Break the Ice on Big Issues

TCS&D Conferences Break the Ice on Big Issues

21 July 2015

This year’s free-to-attend Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS&D) Show conference programme is packed with cool customers, and offers the chance for delegates to grill a panel of industry leaders on the challenges facing the sector. The event – held on 16-17 September at the Peterborough Arena – will also feature more than 100 exhibitors […]

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JBT Corporation announces acquisition of leading juice and dairy solutions provider

21 July 2015

Technology solutions provider for the liquid foods sector extends product portfolio with addition of Netherlands-based Stork Food & Dairy Systems.

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China Becomes the World’s Largest Ice Cream Market

China Becomes the World’s Largest Ice Cream Market

20 July 2015

New research from Mintel reveals a shift in power in the global ice cream market, with China overtaking US as the world’s biggest ice cream market in 2014 for the first time. Between 2008 and 2014, the total market value for ice cream sales in China has nearly doubled, soaring by 90% to reach a […]

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Costa to Boost Roasting Capacity to Meet Future Demand

Costa to Boost Roasting Capacity to Meet Future Demand

20 July 2015

Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, has announced that it will be building a brand new roastery to support its national and international growth ambitions. The new roastery will be built in Basildon and will operate in conjunction with Costa’s existing roastery in Lambeth, reinforcing Costa’s British heritage and its ongoing commitment to locating its […]

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Nestlé Scientist Helps Establish Alzheimer’s Research Hub

Nestlé Scientist Helps Establish Alzheimer’s Research Hub

20 July 2015

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) scientist Gene Bowman has played a key role in establishing the first research hub dedicated to ‘Nutrition, Metabolism and Dementia’ at the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART). ISTAART is the Association’s professional society dedicated to Alzheimer’s and dementia science, and the hub, known […]

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Fi Europe & Ni 2015 Predicts Largest Gathering to Date For Those Sourcing Food and Beverages Ingredients

Fi Europe & Ni 2015 Predicts Largest Gathering to Date For Those Sourcing Food and Beverages Ingredients

20 July 2015

With ever-changing and more complex consumer trends, greater need for safer and healthier food and beverages and higher demands to use purely natural ingredients, today’s food and beverage professionals need greater access to innovative reformulation solutions, new, tastier and better quality ingredients and greater industry thought-leadership. For more than 25 years Fi Europe & Ni […]

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Denny Bros Helps 9BAR Deliver ‘Good Energy, Twice’ Campaign

Denny Bros Helps 9BAR Deliver ‘Good Energy, Twice’ Campaign

20 July 2015

A new stripped-back look is awaiting people with an active lifestyle who rely on super seeded 9BAR snacks from Wholebake to get them through each and every work and play day.  A rebranding campaign has been revealed by 9BAR on multipacks by a multi-page Fix-a-Form® from print specialists Denny Bros.  The teaser ‘New Look Coming […]

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CMA Recommends Changes to Help Shoppers in UK Supermarkets

CMA Recommends Changes to Help Shoppers in UK Supermarkets

17 July 2015

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is taking action to protect shoppers from misleading offers after a thorough examination of supermarkets’ promotions. In response to the Which? super-complaint, the CMA has announced a series of measures to improve compliance, bring greater clarity to shoppers and simplify the regulations. Which? submitted the super-complaint on 21 […]

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Mondelez International Completes Vietnamese Acquisition

Mondelez International Completes Vietnamese Acquisition

17 July 2015

Mondelēz International has completed the acquisition of an 80% stake in Kinh Do, Vietnam’s leading snacks business. First announced in November 2014, the combination brings together Kinh Do’s local snacks, including Kinh Domooncakes and biscuits, Cosy biscuits, Solite soft cakes and AFC crackers, with Mondelēz International’s iconic global brands, such as Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers […]

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Manufacturing and Engineering Giants Gather at NEC For PPMA Show 2015

Manufacturing and Engineering Giants Gather at NEC For PPMA Show 2015

17 July 2015

Industry professionals are gearing up to visit the PPMA Show 2015, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery – set to be the largest of its kind in recent years. Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, the show will run over three days (29th September – 1st October) and will […]

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Almost a Third of All Irish Farm Households are Economically Vulnerable

Almost a Third of All Irish Farm Households are Economically Vulnerable

17 July 2015

Almost one in three farm households nationally and half of all farms in the border region are in an economically vulnerable position. This was the main conclusion from a report analysing the viability of the farming sector published by Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. The report, based on the Teagasc National Farm Survey, […]

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Top Awards and Brand New Look For Adnams East Coast Single Malt Vodka

Top Awards and Brand New Look For Adnams East Coast Single Malt Vodka

17 July 2015

Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams has received two prestigious awards for its East Coast Single Malt Vodka. The 2015 World Vodka Awards named it Best Varietal Vodka, and the International Spirits Challenge 2015 awarded it a Gold Medal. East Coast Single Malt Vodka, formerly known as Copper House Barley Vodka, won out over other entries […]

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Busch Introduces the First Hygienic Vacuum Pump

Busch Introduces the First Hygienic Vacuum Pump

17 July 2015

The first vacuum pump with hygienic design in the world has been introduced by Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems. This new rotary vane vacuum pump was developed specially for foodstuffs packaging with tray sealers and thermoforming machines, and is designed to be cleaned using steam jets and conventional detergents. The unit surfaces are smooth and […]

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Growth of Global FMCG Sector Hits Lowest Ebb Since Economic Crisis

Growth of Global FMCG Sector Hits Lowest Ebb Since Economic Crisis

16 July 2015

Growth in sales of the world’s top-50 FMCG firms has almost halved for the second year running, slowing from 2.9% in 2013 to 1.7% in 2014 to reach the second lowest level in the last decade – according to new research unveiled by OC&C Strategy Consultants in collaboration with The Grocer. OC&C’s annual Global 50 […]

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Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Welcome Ambitious Plans in ‘Food Wise 2025’

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Welcome Ambitious Plans in ‘Food Wise 2025’

16 July 2015

Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII), has welcomed ambitious targets for growth set out in a new agri food strategy for Ireland – Food Wise 2025. The new 10 year strategy, developed for Government by an advisory body comprised of senior agri food stakeholders, sets out targets to significantly and sustainably increase […]

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UK Allergy Sufferers Put at Risk From Fast Food Takeaways

UK Allergy Sufferers Put at Risk From Fast Food Takeaways

16 July 2015

An undercover investigation by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has found just over two thirds of takeaways appear to be breaking the law. The investigation, which included 10 types of takeaways, found chicken shops to be the worst offenders. Of the chicken shops visited, four in five couldn’t supply legally required allergen information […]

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FDF Members Reduce Water Consumption by 24%

FDF Members Reduce Water Consumption by 24%

16 July 2015

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in Britain who are working towards an industry-wide water reduction target have collectively reduced their water use by almost a quarter since 2007. New figures released by FDF show that these food and drink manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of water used in the production of […]

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Frutarom adds vegetarian solutions to its portfolio

15 July 2015

Korntal-Münchingen, Germany, July 2015: Frutarom Savory Solutions’ new range of vegetarian and vegan options provides new solutions for meat industry, butchers and catering businesses. Combining high-quality ingredients and processing know-how, the range is designed to deliver a similar meat-like taste profile and mouthfeel. By using valuable protein sources, products are created with a comparable nutritional […]

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Lindt & Sprüngli Achieves Above Average Growth

Lindt & Sprüngli Achieves Above Average Growth

15 July 2015

Despite the challenging market environment, Swiss confectionery manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli succeeded in achieving above average organic sales growth of +9.4% in the first half-year of 2015. Lindt & Sprüngli Group and Russell Stover, the traditional US company acquired last summer, achieved consolidated sales of SFr1.41 billion (Eur1.35 billion). This equates to an increase in […]

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Nestlé Study Supports Potassium's Heart Health Effects

Nestlé Study Supports Potassium’s Heart Health Effects

15 July 2015

A Nestlé study suggests that increasing dietary intake of potassium to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended level of at least 3.51 grams per day could help to reduce blood pressure in people not taking medicine for hypertension, and may be a cost effective means of delaying its onset or mitigating its severity. In the […]

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30% of the Price of an Irish Pint is Tax

30% of the Price of an Irish Pint is Tax

15 July 2015

The Support Your Local campaign in Ireland has tallied up how much tax, on average, Irish consumers are paying on a pint at their local pubs, with the latest figures revealing that 30% of the price of a pint now goes straight to the Exchequer. Ireland is now the most expensive country in the world […]

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