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Arla Foods Sells Nordic Juice Business to Eckes-Granini Emmi Increases Stake in Chilean Company Britvic Stays On-track Soaring UK Demand For Samphire
 
Arla Foods Sells Nordic Juice Business to Eckes-Granini

Arla Foods Sells Nordic Juice Business to Eckes-Granini

Emmi Increases Stake in Chilean Company

Emmi Increases Stake in Chilean Company

Britvic Stays On-track

Britvic Stays On-track

Soaring UK Demand For Samphire

Soaring UK Demand For Samphire

Arla Foods Sells Nordic Juice Business to Eckes-Granini

Arla Foods Sells Nordic Juice Business to Eckes-Granini

23 May 2016

Arla Foods has sold its juice subsidiary Rynkeby Foods to Germany-based Eckes-Granini Group, the leading producer of branded fruit-based beverages in Europe. Rynkeby is the largest manufacturer of juice and cordials in the Nordic region, selling more than 130 million litres of beverages for consumers primarily in Denmark, Sweden and Finland under the brands Rynkeby® […]

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Emmi Increases Stake in Chilean Company

Emmi Increases Stake in Chilean Company

23 May 2016

Swiss dairy group Emmi is growing at international level, both organically and through targeted acquisitions. In a further step towards the international growth objective, Emmi’s subsidiary in Chile, Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria, is increasing its stake in Group Surlat from 60% to the target level of 85% to 95%. The headquartered in Santiago, Surlat is well […]

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Britvic Stays On-track

Britvic Stays On-track

23 May 2016

Britvic, the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in Great Britain, has increased revenue by 5.1% to £678.0 million and operating profit by 3.5% to £65.4 million for the 28 weeks ended 10 April 2016. The results include a first time contribution from a […]

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Soaring UK Demand For Samphire

Soaring UK Demand For Samphire

23 May 2016

Demand for the salty coastal sea plant samphire, which goes particularly well with fish, is soaring. In the last year demand for samphire has soared by 80 per cent at Tesco, thanks to its popularity on TV cookery shows like BBC TV’s Saturday Morning Kitchen and Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch. As unusual as it sounds the […]

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Wine and Spirits Sector Holds Own as Growth Slows in Duty Free and Travel Retail

Wine and Spirits Sector Holds Own as Growth Slows in Duty Free and Travel Retail

23 May 2016

At the 21st TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference which took place in Singapore recently, the latest data from two of the industry’s leading research organisations suggested that the wine and spirits sector has much reason for optimism. TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen unveiled new data from travel retail specialists Generation Research which showed that in […]

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Optimistic Outlook For Scotch Whisky Exports

Optimistic Outlook For Scotch Whisky Exports

20 May 2016

Scotch whisky exports reached £3.86 billion in customs value last year, with signs of recovery after a slight decline in recent years. Export value was down 2.4% in 2015 (from £3.95 billion in 2014), a slowing from last year’s 7% fall, and putting total export value 56% higher than a decade ago. The Scotch Whisky […]

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Transformational Year For Dairy Crest

Transformational Year For Dairy Crest

20 May 2016

2015/16 was a significant year for Dairy Crest as it disposed of its Dairies business and completed a programme of significant investment in functional ingredients manufacture at its Davidstow facility in Cornwall to transform the group into a simpler business focused on growth and innovation in branded and value-added products. For the year ended 31 […]

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UK Convenience Stores Cash in on Growth of Top-up Shopping

UK Convenience Stores Cash in on Growth of Top-up Shopping

20 May 2016

Business in UK convenience stores appears to be booming due to the growth of top-up shopping. New research from Mintel reveals that over two in five (45%) British consumers say they regularly visit convenience stores to do a top-up shop, whilst 7% visit the stores for their main weekly or monthly shop. Of those who […]

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New Chairman For Diageo

New Chairman For Diageo

20 May 2016

Diageo has announced that Javier Ferrán (pictured) will be appointed to the Diageo board as a non-executive director from 22 July 2016 and will be appointed chairman on 1 January 2017 on the retirement of Dr Franz Humer, who has held the position for the last eight years. Javier Ferrán is a partner at Lion […]

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GEA Becomes a Major Force in the Bakery Sector

GEA Becomes a Major Force in the Bakery Sector

20 May 2016

Recently, GEA successfully concluded the acquisition of Imaforni in Verona, Italy, a leading supplier of advanced lines for crackers, soft and hard biscuits. This complements its acquisition of Comas from Torrebelvicino, near Venice last year, a company supplying top level equipment and complete production lines for cakes, pies, cookies, layer cakes, pastry, pizza and selected […]

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Solid Interim Growth at Marston’s

Solid Interim Growth at Marston’s

19 May 2016

UK brewer and pub operator Marston’s increased underlying group revenue by 11.5% to £428.7 million and underlying profit before tax by 11.8% to £33.1 million for the 26 weeks ended 2 April 2016. The underlying revenue growth reflected like-for-like growth in the group’s pubs, the positive impact of new openings, growth in its beer brands, […]

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Pernod Ricard Sells Paddy Irish Whiskey Brand

Pernod Ricard Sells Paddy Irish Whiskey Brand

19 May 2016

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has completed the sale of Paddy Irish Whiskey, the fourth largest Irish whiskey brand in the world, to Sazerac, a US-based family owned business. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed. The deal involves Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard continuing to produce Paddy Irish Whiskey at its Midleton Distillery in […]

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Food to Go Leads Strong Revenue Performance at Greencore

Food to Go Leads Strong Revenue Performance at Greencore

19 May 2016

Greencore, the international convenience food group, has reported an 8.1% rise in group revenue to £691.6 million and an 8.5% increase in operating profit to £43.5 million for the 26 weeks ended 25 March 2016 as the operating margin at 6.3% remained unchanged from the prior year. Greencore’s focus on growing its leadership of the […]

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DuPont Nutrition & Health Launches New Prenatal and Postnatal Probiotic

DuPont Nutrition & Health Launches New Prenatal and Postnatal Probiotic

19 May 2016

DuPont Nutrition & Health is launching a new, clinically tested probiotic, HOWARU® Protect EarlyLife, as part of its premium ingredient range. EarlyLife contains the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001TM and has been formulated specifically for expectant mothers and their infants. The launch of HOWARU® Protect EarlyLife is backed by a ground-breaking, long-term trial which demonstrated […]

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Easy-to-use Coders Can Cope With Demanding Applications

Easy-to-use Coders Can Cope With Demanding Applications

19 May 2016

Linx Printing Technologies is extending its recently-launched Linx 8900 CIJ (continuous ink jet) printer with the introduction of two models which further enhance the range’s capabilities in the food and drink markets. The new Linx 8920 and Linx 8940 combine the proven benefits of the Linx 8900 with a series of additional enhancements that deliver […]

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Premier Foods Plans to Accelerate Growth

Premier Foods Plans to Accelerate Growth

18 May 2016

Premier Foods has reported a 0.6% rise in group sales to £771.7 million for the 52 weeks ended 2 April 2016 with trading profit at £131.0 million in line with the previous year and the company’s expectations. Although branded sales at the UK-based food group were flat, six of its eight largest brands delivered average […]

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Emmi Strengthens its Position in US Speciality Cheese Market

Emmi Strengthens its Position in US Speciality Cheese Market

18 May 2016

Swiss dairy group Emmi has entered into a merger with the prestigious cheese company Cowgirl Creamery Corporation and the associated Tomales Bay Foods, based in Petaluma, California in the US. This will enable Emmi to strengthen its position in the area of sustainably produced organic cow’s milk speciality cheeses. In addition, Emmi will benefit from […]

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Sales and Profits Fall at C&C Group

Sales and Profits Fall at C&C Group

18 May 2016

C&C Group, the Irish and UK drinks business, has reported a 3.1% decline in net revenue to €662.6 million and a 10.3% fall in operating profit to €103.2 million for the 12 months to 29 February 2016. On a constant currency basis, net revenue decreased by 8.9% and operating profit by 13.2%. C&C Group undertook […]

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Double Helping of Success For Total Foodservice

Double Helping of Success For Total Foodservice

18 May 2016

Lancashire and Yorkshire-based catering wholesaler Total Foodservice has secured two internationally recognised health and safety accolades. For the sixth year running, the firm joins 500 businesses across the globe in receiving an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council (BSC) for demonstrating commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health. Total […]

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Appeal of Sophisticated Sodas Goes Beyond Alcohol Alternatives

18 May 2016

The adult soft drinks market is gaining ground as products seek to satisfy a range of consumer needs and behaviours. Sophisticated sodas not only offer an increasingly attractive alternative for consumers who wish to limit their alcohol intake, but also appeal to broader demographics, according to consumer insight from Canadean. The company’s latest report states […]

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New Craft Beer and Cider Brands to Strengthen Carlsberg UK’s Premium Portfolio

New Craft Beer and Cider Brands to Strengthen Carlsberg UK’s Premium Portfolio

17 May 2016

Carlsberg UK has launched two new premium brands exclusively in the on-trade. Craft beer, Shed Head and craft cider, Bad Apple, will are now available on draught in bars and pubs. Shed Head is a 4.6% ABV American pale ale, dry hopped using Cascade and Citra hops, brewed in Falkenberg, Sweden and imported to the […]

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Call For Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling of Meat and Milk

Call For Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling of Meat and Milk

17 May 2016

Country of origin labelling should be made mandatory for meat and milk, MEPs have reiterate once again in a non-binding resolution. Mandatory labelling would help improve consumer confidence in food products by making the food supply chain more transparent, they say. Labels stating the country of origin or place of provenance should be made mandatory […]

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Irish Whiskey Exporters May be in For a Windfall

Irish Whiskey Exporters May be in For a Windfall

17 May 2016

By John Whelan, Independent Consultant Irish whiskey producers may hit their target of doubling export sales much sooner than their planned 2020 date, if the UK votes out of the EU on the 23rd June. Scotch whisky currently dominates sales across Europe selling more than €1.3 billion each year, with the biggest volume going to France. […]

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IFFA Platform For Launch of New Weber Slicer

IFFA Platform For Launch of New Weber Slicer

17 May 2016

Interfood returned to IFFA 2016, the biggest shop window for developments in the meat industry in the world to support the leading manufacturers for whom Interfood is the distributor in the UK and Ireland. Amongst the new launches at the show was a new addition to the Weber range of slicers. Weber slicers start with […]

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RPC provides food trays to Angulas Aguinaga

16 May 2016

RPC Bebo Food Packaging, a part of RPC Group, has provided thermoformed high-density polyethylene (HDPE) trays to Spain-based seafood company Angulas Aguinaga. Angulas has used the trays to pack its new range of microwavable mussel dishes. Manufactured at RPC Bebo’s Norway-based site in 400g and 1kg sizes, the trays are expected to provide consumers with […]

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Nippon Paper brings Elopak Pure-Pak cartons to Japan

16 May 2016

Nippon Paper Industries has announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Norwegian packaging company Elopak for the introduction of Pure-Pak carton shapes into the Japanese market. The agreement covers the production of Pure-Pak Classic cartons with Curve feature, as well as Pure-Pak Sense cartons. The carton shapes are acknowledged for their sophisticated design and […]

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Craft brewery’s edible six pack rings

16 May 2016

Most plastic beer six‐pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. Saltwater Brewery together with WeBelievers has designed, tested and prototyped the first ever Edible Six Pack Rings, made with byproducts of the beer making process, that instead of killing animals, feeds them. They are also 100% biodegradable and […]

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Asda presents new packaging design for its tea range

16 May 2016

Supermarket retaier Asda has introduced a fresh packaging design across its range of own-label tea – including black, speciality, green, fruit and herbal varieties – from design agency Hornall Anderson. Launching this month, the revamped packaging brings the design into line with current trends in the tea sector and will help the products stand out in […]

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O-I teams with Hungarian dairy firm

16 May 2016

Glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois (O-I) has teamed up with Hungarian dairy supplier Cserpes Sajtműhely to open a new market for healthy, non-allergenic dairy products. The Budapest-based company has launched a range of lactose-free milk and yogurts, filled exclusively in glass containers from O-I. Many Hungarians had grown up without the opportunity to taste milk in glass, […]

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Aegg design for Pots & Co’s British Airways contract

16 May 2016

Pots & Co and Aegg Pots Creative Packaging have partnered up to produce bespoke plastic pots for the launch of its new British Airways contract. Pots & Co luxury puddings are already stocked in Waitrose, Tesco and Selfridges.  The puddings, in Aegg pots, are also available on some Delta Air Lines.  Now, Pots & Co desserts are […]

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Bavaria Acquires Belgian Craft Brewer

Bavaria Acquires Belgian Craft Brewer

16 May 2016

Bavaria, the largest independent brewery in the Netherlands, has acquired a 60% majority interest in Belgium-based Palm Belgian Craft Brewers for an undisclosed amount. The Palm Belgian Craft Brewers brewery group has a joint production capacity of one million hectolitres and sales of €53 million. Bavaria has an annual production of more than 6 million […]

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Arla Foods Incentivises More GM Free Feed

Arla Foods Incentivises More GM Free Feed

16 May 2016

Farmer-owned Arla Foods has taken the decision to start to incentivise more farmers to convert to GM free feed. The market is increasingly willing to pay a price premium and Arla is in a favourable position to capture this new opportunity. The decision to incentivise the use of GM free feed has been made by […]

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Powering Mars UK With Wind

Powering Mars UK With Wind

16 May 2016

The energy it takes to make MARS® bars, WHISKAS® cat food, EXTRA® gum and UNCLE BEN’S® rice in the UK is now provided by a new wind farm in Moy, Scotland. Through a partnership with Eneco UK, the 20-turbine wind farm, located just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, will generate electricity equivalent to […]

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Exporting is GREAT Tour Rolls into Northern Ireland

Exporting is GREAT Tour Rolls into Northern Ireland

16 May 2016

The Exporting is GREAT roadshow is touring Northern Ireland this week as part of a campaign to boost exports. The campaign has been organised by UK Trade & Investment in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP and Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton officially launched the roadshow at […]

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Loma Installs Compact Combination Inspection System at Long Clawson Dairy

Loma Installs Compact Combination Inspection System at Long Clawson Dairy

16 May 2016

Loma Systems – a leading manufacturer of metal detection, checkweighing and x-ray inspection equipment for the global food industry – has recently installed a high performance CW3 compact combination (Compact Combo) checkweigher and metal detection unit at long-standing customer, Long Clawson Dairy located in Melton Mowbray. Chosen for its reduced footprint and ability to meet the […]

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MEPs Call For Strong Traceability System to Tackle Mislabelled Fish

MEPs Call For Strong Traceability System to Tackle Mislabelled Fish

13 May 2016

A strong traceability system for all fishery products sold in EU restaurants and shops would help to prevent cases of mislabelling, said MEPs in a recent approved resolution. A sound EU fish labelling policy would in turn boost consumer confidence and the economic development of the EU fishing industry. MEPs have voiced concern about various […]

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Matthew Clark Lists Brockmans Gin

13 May 2016

Matthew Clark, the UK’s largest national on-trade wholesaler, has chosen to list the super-premium English Gin, Brockmans. Brockmans is one of just 28 super-premium gin brands in the company’s overall portfolio. The total gin category grew by 9% last year in volume terms and 16% in value terms, marking a significant trading up to super […]

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Significant Economic Contribution Made by Takeaway Sector in Ireland

Significant Economic Contribution Made by Takeaway Sector in Ireland

13 May 2016

A new report on the Irish takeaway sector produced by DKM Economic Consultants, and commissioned by JUST EAT, Ireland’s leading takeaway app, has highlighted the huge and far-reaching economic contribution of the takeaway sector in Ireland. This is the first time that the takeaway sector has been considered as a sector in its own right […]

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Petrow Food Group Creates Recipe For Success with New Appointments

Petrow Food Group Creates Recipe For Success with New Appointments

13 May 2016

Petrow Food Group has strengthened the foundation for its future growth plans with the appointment of two new business development managers – John Lowe and Fatma Akalin McGee. Petrow Food Group supplies a wide range of dried fruit and nut products to a variety of independent and multinational food manufacturers, with product applications including chocolates, […]

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UK Exhibitors at PLMA – Europe’s Leading Trade Show For Private Label Food and Drink

13 May 2016

The UK pavilion at PLMA has expanded for 2016 showing increasing interest in the sector. PLMA, taking place in Amsterdam 24-25 May, is a hugely popular niche tradeshow for private label manufacturers only. It is well attended by top private label retail buyers, making it the must attend show for any business looking to expand […]

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Diageo Makes Changes to Executive Committee

Diageo Makes Changes to Executive Committee

12 May 2016

Diageo has announced some changes to its executive committee. After 27 years with the business, Nick Blazquez is to leave Diageo in order to pursue new opportunities and challenges. He will continue as a Diageo nominee non-executive director on the United Spirits Ltd (USL) board until the end of the calendar year but will step […]

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University College Cork Launches a New, Innovative Qualification for the Dairy Industry

University College Cork Launches a New, Innovative Qualification for the Dairy Industry

12 May 2016

University College Cork has introduced a new postgraduate qualification dedicated to the dairy industry. Dairy processing is a very significant pillar of the Irish economy. In 2013 export values for Irish dairy products and ingredients exceeded €3 billion making an enormous contribution to the domestic economy. The industry exports 85% of all output produced, making […]

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Tesco Launches Super Trendy Avocado as a Spread

Tesco Launches Super Trendy Avocado as a Spread

12 May 2016

They are so popular that avocados have recently overtaken sales of childhood fruit favourite oranges in the UK. Now super trendy avocado is set to gain even more fans when it is launched for the first time ever in Britain as a spread substitute for butter and margarine. The launch, by Tesco, follows several other […]

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DSM Unveils New Data on Consumers’ Top Health Concerns

DSM Unveils New Data on Consumers’ Top Health Concerns

12 May 2016

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has published the results of a comprehensive new survey on consumer health concerns, which reveals that today’s adults worry more about weight than other health issues. The study interviewed almost 7,000 people across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and uncovers brand […]

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Lallemand range of inactive yeast and yeast extracts has received Non GMO Project Verification

11 May 2016

After a thorough preparation over the past year, with the objective to support the increasing demand of its North American customers, Lallemand has successfully obtained the Non-GMO Project (NGP) Verification. With the increasing North American consumer demand for non-GMO products, raw material suppliers who want to be part of this initiative are requested to provide […]

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Natural Sweeteners Look to Close the Sweetness Gap in Soft Drinks

11 May 2016

Ongoing concerns about obesity and sugar intake have driven interest in reduced sugar and diet drinks in recent years. This has become even more focused with the arrival of the so-called Sugar Tax in the UK soft drinks industry in recent months and ongoing discussions about the possibility of implementation in some other major markets. […]

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Lonza outlines L-Carnitine opportunity

11 May 2016

Increasing the awareness of L-Carnitine’s benefits among sporty Millennials represents a significant untapped business opportunity for dietary supplement manufacturers, says Lonza. That’s the key take-away from an online survey commissioned by Switzerland-based company Lonza, which produces and markets Carnipure. Independent researchers questioned 202 consumers in the United Kingdom, aged between 18 and 35, who exercise […]

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Indena touts Meriva results

11 May 2016

Indena has announced a new registry study demonstrates that the addition of its bioavailable curcumin formulation, Meriva, to a regimen of standardised diet and exercise contributes to improve strength and physical performance in healthy elderly subjects, helping maintaining the muscular mass. The company says that remarkable improvements in all parameters such as: hand grip; weight lifting; […]

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Canadian company to launch first hemp brand

11 May 2016

Hempco Canada Superfoods has launched a new range of hemp oil, seeds, superfoods, supergreens and snacks under PlanetHemp – first consumer-facing hemp brand. The British Columbia-based company is widely recognised as the sector leader and a key innovator, facilitating Canada’s entire hemp seed trade and successfully launching a number of first-to-market products including hemp protein […]

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Dow introduces WELLENCE Fat Reduction

11 May 2016

Dow Pharma & Food Solutions announced the global commercial availability of its new WELLENCE™ Fat Reduction technology. WELLENCE™ Fat Reduction is a range of innovative cellulose-based food gums with optimized properties that help reduce the oil uptake of coated and battered food products -including meat and meat analogues- during frying. This allows food manufacturers to […]

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Greggs to Shut Three Bakeries as Part of £100 Million Investment Programme

Greggs to Shut Three Bakeries as Part of £100 Million Investment Programme

11 May 2016

Greggs, the UK’s largest retail baker, is to close three of its bakeries as part of a proposed £100 million investment programme in its manufacturing and distribution operations. The smallest site at Sleaford is now being closed and we expect to close our Twickenham bakery in the fourth quarter of 2016 followed by Edinburgh in […]

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Process Contaminants in Vegetable Oils and Foods

Process Contaminants in Vegetable Oils and Foods

11 May 2016

Glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils, margarines and some processed foods, raise potential health concerns for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) assessed the risks for public health of the substances: […]

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Irish TV Dietitian Serves Up a Fresh Look at Potatoes

Irish TV Dietitian Serves Up a Fresh Look at Potatoes

11 May 2016

Well-known Irish TV nutritional expert and dietitian, Aoife Hearne, will be dishing up a fresh look at Ireland’s favourite vegetable as the new Campaign Ambassador for Bord Bia’s ‘Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side’ promotional campaign. The three-year campaign, aimed at encouraging consumption of the potato in Ireland, especially among younger consumers, is […]

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Dairies Can End Milk By-products With Nutrilac® HiYield

Dairies Can End Milk By-products With Nutrilac® HiYield

11 May 2016

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a milk protein-based solution that enables dairies to utilise 100% of their milk in the manufacturing process – with zero by-products or waste. Nutrilac® HiYield can be used to create a range of high quality dairy products that traditionally generate acid whey and permeate during production, including Greek yoghurt, cream […]

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