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  • Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed a strong year for Scotch whisky exports in 2018, with global growth by both value and volume. In 2018, the export value of Scotch whisky grew 7.8% by value, to a record £4.70 billion. The number of 70cl bottles exported also reached record levels growing to [...]...
  • Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign Kerrygold, Ireland’s iconic dairy brand and one of the country’s most successful food exports globally, is placing Irish farming families at the fore of a major new global campaign that will reach over 36 million people worldwide and aims to take the brand to new heights. The digital campaign entitled ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ puts Ireland’s grass-fed [...]...
  • Hundreds of New Food and Drink Products to Launch at IFE 2019 Many new and exciting products are set to launch during the 21st International Food & Drink Event [IFE] 2019, taking place at ExCeL London on 17-20 March. From next generation water to vegan friendly snacks and the latest product launches featuring global influences, the biennial event is a must-attend for buyers and suppliers looking to explore a taste of [...]...
  • Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh Diageo has announced that plans have been formally submitted for the flagship Johnnie Walker visitor centre in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh attraction is intended to be the focal point of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism. The planning application, jointly submitted by Diageo and the building owner Parabola, sets out proposals for a stunning seven [...]...
  • Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner Carlsberg Group has unveiled a new Carlsberg Danish Pilsner as part of a bold strategy to revitalise its flagship beer in the UK. New Carlsberg Danish Pilsner will be available in trade from 1 March, supported by a multi-million pound investment and new visual identity which aims to increase brand quality perceptions. The trade launch [...]...

Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

  Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed a strong year for Scotch whisky exports in 2018, with global growth by both value and volume. In 2018, the export value of Scotch whisky grew 7.8% by value, to a record £4.70 billion. The number of 70cl bottles exported also reached record levels growing to […]

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Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

  Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

Kerrygold, Ireland’s iconic dairy brand and one of the country’s most successful food exports globally, is placing Irish farming families at the fore of a major new global campaign that will reach over 36 million people worldwide and aims to take the brand to new heights.
The digital campaign entitled ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ puts Ireland’s grass-fed […]

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Hundreds of New Food and Drink Products to Launch at IFE 2019

  Hundreds of New Food and Drink Products to Launch at IFE 2019

Many new and exciting products are set to launch during the 21st International Food & Drink Event [IFE] 2019, taking place at ExCeL London on 17-20 March. From next generation water to vegan friendly snacks and the latest product launches featuring global influences, the biennial event is a must-attend for buyers and suppliers looking to explore a taste of […]

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Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

  Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

Diageo has announced that plans have been formally submitted for the flagship Johnnie Walker visitor centre in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh attraction is intended to be the focal point of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism.
The planning application, jointly submitted by Diageo and the building owner Parabola, sets out proposals for a stunning seven […]

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Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

  Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

Carlsberg Group has unveiled a new Carlsberg Danish Pilsner as part of a bold strategy to revitalise its flagship beer in the UK. New Carlsberg Danish Pilsner will be available in trade from 1 March, supported by a multi-million pound investment and new visual identity which aims to increase brand quality perceptions. The trade launch […]

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Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

  Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

Largo Foods, Ireland’s leading snack food manufacturer, has announced its name change to Tayto Snacks, reflecting the strength, longevity, and recognition of its flagship Tayto brand. Headquartered in Ashbourne, County Meath, where its operates its 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, the company employs almost 400 staff and indirectly supports a large group of industries and jobs across […]

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New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

  New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 27 January 2019 show the sector remains in growth – up 1.7% compared to this time last year – boosted in part by the strong performance of fresh produce for Veganuary.  However, despite an overall sales increase year-on-year, total till roll […]

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Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

  Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

Germany-based Nordzucker, which is one of the leading sugar manufacturers in Europe, is acquiring a 70% majority stake in Mackay Sugar, Australia’s second-largest sugar producer. The deal will allow Nordzucker to build up production capacities outside Europe and further its strategy of focusing on sugar production from sugar beet and sugar cane.
The acquisition is subject […]

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Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

  Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

As the IQF vegetable market moves towards stand-up pouches, ILAPAK is at the ready with a new generation of versatile bag makers that can switch seamlessly between films and formats, whether LDPE pillow packs or laminated PET/PE pouches.
“There is a growing trend towards the use of stand-up pouches for packing frozen vegetables, as this format […]

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British Beer Sales Rise 2.6% in 2018 – Biggest YoY Growth For 45 Years

  British Beer Sales Rise 2.6% in 2018 – Biggest YoY Growth For 45 Years

Sales of beer in 2018 were up 2.6% on 2017, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The increase marks the biggest year-on-year sales growth of beer in 45 years.
In the off trade, full year 2018 sales of beer increased by 4.7% on full year 2017 […]

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

  Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

The Irish grocery market followed up a record-breaking festive period by posting year-on-year sales growth of 3.4% during the 12 weeks to 27 January. Despite shoppers tightening the purse strings, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show a strong start to 2019 as New Year’s resolutions shaped shopping baskets.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar […]

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Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

  Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

Social media has changed the way we eat and drink with consumers expecting every dish and beverage to be #Instaworthy. As part of its identification of future beverage trends, Kerry Foodservice has commissioned proprietary research to understand the evolution of beverage trends globally. The study, launched at the recent Sirha 2019 tradeshow, shows that social […]

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Refresco Buys Cott’s Concentrate Manufacturing Business

  Refresco Buys Cott’s Concentrate Manufacturing Business

Refresco has acquired Cott Corporation’s concentrate manufacturing business in Columbus, Georgia – Cott Beverages LLC for US$50 billion. Cott Beverages LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of soft drink concentrates for bottlers in more than 70 countries. The business generated approximately $80 million in sales during 2018 including concentrate production directly supporting Refresco’s beverage […]

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Robust Performance by Carlsberg Group

  Robust Performance by Carlsberg Group

Carlsberg Group has reported a 3% rise in net revenue to DKr62.50 billion (€8.37 billion) for 2018 with organic growth of 6.5%. Operating profit grew 5.1% to DKr9.329 billion – up 11% organically. Adjusted net profit was 9% higher at DKr5.359 billion.
During the year, Carlsberg successfully completed its Funding the Journey cost saving and profit […]

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Arla 360 Wins Big Innovation Award at the 2019 Cream Awards

  Arla 360 Wins Big Innovation Award at the 2019 Cream Awards

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned cooperative, has won the Award for Innovation at the 2019 Cream Awards, for its innovative new Arla UK 360 programme to ensure sustainable production of dairy. Launched in October last year, Arla UK 360 seeks to create a supply chain that works for everyone in today’s changing world. Developed and trialled by Arla’s […]

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Tyson Foods Expands European and Thai Operations

  Tyson Foods Expands European and Thai Operations

US-based Tyson Foods, which is one of the world’s largest food companies and a global leader in protein, has agreed to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF, the Brazilian meat group, for US$340 million. The purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in […]

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Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

  Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has successfully registered ‘Irish whiskey’ as a certification mark in Australia. This registration provides legal protection for Irish whiskey in Australia for the first time. This will mean that decisive action can be taken against fake Irish whiskey products and will ensure consumer confidence in the quality and authenticity of […]

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Annatto Colour Certified Organic For IFF’s Frutarom Division

  Annatto Colour Certified Organic For IFF’s Frutarom Division

With consumer demand for fair trade, sustainable and organic products growing fast, Frutarom Natural Solutions, a division of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), has received organic certification for its natural annatto colour. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. Annatto seeds and extracts […]

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Unilever Acquires Graze

  Unilever Acquires Graze

Unilever has acquired graze, the UK’s leading healthy snacking brand, for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2008, graze produces a range of snacking nuts, seeds, trail mixes and snack bars, with no artificial ingredients. Having started with a snack box delivery service, graze is now a multichannel brand, with products available via retail stores, e-commerce […]

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Burton’s Biscuit Company Acquires Thomas Fudge’s

  Burton’s Biscuit Company Acquires Thomas Fudge’s

Burton’s Biscuit Company, which bakes some of the UK’s best loved biscuits brands including Jammie Dodger, Maryland Cookie and Wagon Wheel, has completed the acquisition of premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer, Dorset-based Thomas Fudge’s from Livingbridge, one of the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investors.
The acquisition marks another important milestone in Burton’s strategy of […]

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Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

  Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

Investors and consultants alike are full of excitement about the success potential of start-ups. Phrases like “there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up” pop up frequently.
“But the reality is that although start-ups are doing better than established companies, they are only doing a little bit better,” says food industry analyst Julian Mellentin, […]

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Stock Spirits Group Acquires Distillerie Franciacorta

  Stock Spirits Group Acquires Distillerie Franciacorta

Stock Spirits Group is acquiring Distillerie Franciacorta, one of the leading Italian producers of grappa, liqueurs and Franciacorta – a premium Italian sparkling wine that is produced solely in the Franciacorta region. Founded in 1901, Distillerie Franciacorta is owned by the Gozio family and is located in Franciacorta, in the Lombardy region of Italy.
Stock Spirits […]

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McCormick and IBM Collaborate on Pioneering the Use of AI in Flavour and Food Product Development

  McCormick and IBM Collaborate on Pioneering the Use of AI in Flavour and Food Product Development

McCormick & Company, the US-based ingredients specialist, and IT giant IBM have announced their ongoing research collaboration to pioneer the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for flavour and food product development.
Using IBM Research AI for Product Composition, McCormick is ushering in a new era of flavour innovation and changing the course of the industry. Product […]

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Global Brands Set to Join the Big Plastics Debate

  Global Brands Set to Join the Big Plastics Debate

Experts from some of the world’s biggest brands, including Marks & Spencer, Pepsi Lipton and Church & Dwight Co, together with British Plastics Federation, A Plastic Planet and WRAP, will come together under one roof at Packaging Innovations 2019 to tackle the industry’s most contentious issue – plastics in packaging. The Big Plastics Debate, which […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Completes Nigerian Acquisition

  The Coca-Cola Company Completes Nigerian Acquisition

The Coca-Cola Company has completed the conversion of its minority investment to full ownership of Nigeria-based Chi, Africa’s leading producer of juice and value-added dairy beverages. Founded in Lagos in 1980, Chi produces juice under the Chivita brand and value-added dairy under the Hollandia brand, among many other products. Coca-Cola acquired a 40% stake in […]

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GEA Building the Largest Infant Formula Plant in China

  GEA Building the Largest Infant Formula Plant in China

In September 2018, GEA secured an order from the Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy Co in China to supply the country’s largest spray dryer for the manufacture of infant milk formula (IMF), with a planned production capacity of six tons per hour. The project has already kicked-off, with commercial production scheduled in the second quarter of 2020.
Founded […]

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Proseal Looks to the Future – Hall 9, Stand C-19 -Fruit Logistica, February 6-8, 2019

  Proseal Looks to the Future – Hall 9, Stand C-19 -Fruit Logistica, February 6-8, 2019

Solutions to help fruit growers and processors deal with some of the sector’s latest global packing challenges will be the theme of the Proseal stand at Fruit Logistica 2019.
Major current trends include the anti-plastic backlash that is leading to the introduction of alternative materials for trays, and the increasing focus on the importance of minimising […]

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Functional Packaging Meets Automation

  Functional Packaging Meets Automation

Growing demand for functional packaging of fresh produce that is suited for automation has prompted StePac to tailor its branded range of Xtend® Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity (MA/MH) packaging solutions to be compatible with both automated bulk and retail packing lines.
This move facilitates the use of substantially leaner packaging films, with multiple benefits of extending fresh produce […]

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Dole Completes the Sale of Nordic Salad Business

  Dole Completes the Sale of Nordic Salad Business

Dole Food Company, having received approval from the European Commission, has completed the sale of Saba Fresh Cuts and Saba Fresh Cuts to BAMA International. Saba Fresh Cuts, with a production facility at Helsingborg in Sweden, and Saba Fresh Cuts, with a production facility at Espoo in Finland, are producers of washed and ready-to-eat salads. […]

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Kerry Launches Non-GMO Yeast as Natural Solution For Acrylamide Reduction

  Kerry Launches Non-GMO Yeast as Natural Solution For Acrylamide Reduction

Acrylamide is fast becoming a big concern for the food industry, due to the growing body of evidence of its role as a potential carcinogen. Acryleast™ is a new fully non-GMO solution for acrylamide reduction brought to market by Kerry Group, the world leading Taste & Nutrition company, in partnership with Renaissance BioScience. It is […]

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99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

  99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

The latest successful tender sale of skimmed milk powder public stocks means that 99% of the total stocks bought and managed by the European Commission have now been sold. The stocks have been prudently released, maintaining market balance and supporting the recovery of the dairy sector, following the 2015-2016 market crisis.
In total, 380,000 tonnes of […]

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A Year of Continued Profitable Growth at Unilever

  A Year of Continued Profitable Growth at Unilever

Despite volatile market conditions, Unilever has reported continued profitable growth for its 2018 financial year. Underlying sales, excluding the spreads business that was sold last July, rose 3.1% to Eur49.6 billion with 2.1% volume and 1.0% price growth. Underlying operating margin increased 90bps and underlying earnings per share increased 5.2%
Alan Jope (pictured), chief executive of […]

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2 Sisters Completes Sale of Sandwich Business

  2 Sisters Completes Sale of Sandwich Business

2 Sisters Food Group has completed the sale of its sandwich business to Samworth Brothers, the UK-based family owned group that produces chilled and ambient foods, both own label and branded. The facility, located at Manton Wood, Nottinghamshire, produces a range of retailer chilled sandwiches, wraps and rolls.
The disposal is in line with 2 Sisters’ […]

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Mondelēz International Delivers on Key Financial and Strategic Commitments

  Mondelēz International Delivers on Key Financial and Strategic Commitments

Mondelēz International has reported a 0.2% rise in net revenue to $25.938 billion for 2018 despite the impact of currency and divestitures. Organic net revenue increased by 2.4%. Operating income decreased by 4.3% to $3.312 billion and margin decreased 60 basis points to 12.8%, driven primarily by the impact from pension participation changes in North […]

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Müller Corner Lactose Free Wins Product of the Year 2019

  Müller Corner Lactose Free Wins Product of the Year 2019

Müller Corner Lactose Free[1], the dairy company’s first step into the lactose free sector has been crowned Product of the Year 2019 in the Free From category[2]. Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, with 10,399 people surveyed.
Müller is the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand[3] and the business is […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates New Coffee Factory in Egypt

  Nestlé Inaugurates New Coffee Factory in Egypt

Nestlé has inaugurated its new Bonjorno coffee factory in Egypt, with an investment of SFr13.9 million (€12.3 million).The new 12,740 sq m factory is located in the 6th of October industrial zone in Egypt. It has a workforce of about 240 employees and provides around 7000 indirect jobs. The Bonjorno factory has eight state-of-the-art production lines of soluble coffee […]

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HKScan Takes on New Territory in Demanding Chinese Market

  HKScan Takes on New Territory in Demanding Chinese Market

HKScan has landed an important contract with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. With its Omega-3 Pork® quality products HKScan is the first company in the Finnish meat industry to place products in Alibaba’s grocery retail reinventing Hema supermarkets and online store.
“Hema chain stands out in the Chinese market with high-quality and exceptional products. This chain […]

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Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

  Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

The demand to live a healthier lifestyle is increasing, yet 4 in 5 people across Northern Europe do not know about the essential nutrients they have in their diet. New research from Arla Foods* has uncovered a big knowledge gap when it comes to our understanding about food, with 40 per cent also admitting they feel […]

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Proseal GT1s Tray Sealers Give One Heck of a Boost to Sausage Maker

  Proseal GT1s Tray Sealers Give One Heck of a Boost to Sausage Maker

The high speed and low maintenance of three Proseal GT1s tray sealers are providing Heck Foods with increased efficiency in its factory operations as well as better quality packaging for its sausage and burger products. The tray sealers deliver a fast and reliable sealing operation, running for 12 hours a day and at a speed […]

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EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

  EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €40 million loan to Sodiaal, the leading dairy co-operative in France and the third largest in Europe, to support the financing of its Research and Development program. The transaction is part of the actions of the European Strategic Investment Fund (SIEF), also known as the ‘Juncker Plan’.
Sodiaal […]

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Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno Demerge Joint Venture

  Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno Demerge Joint Venture

The directors of Walsh Whiskey Distillery have decided to split the business by separating out the existing drinks brands part, built on the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys, from the distillery operation at Royal Oak, in County Carlow. Current sales, marketing and distilling objectives are being fully met, however the […]

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Unilever Innovates Durable, Reusable and Refillable Packaging to Help Eliminate Waste

  Unilever Innovates Durable, Reusable and Refillable Packaging to Help Eliminate Waste

Unilever has unveiled reusable packaging innovations across nine of its brands, including four new product formats. The new products will be trialled on Loop™, a global, first-of-its-kind, waste-free shopping system.
Bringing together a coalition of consumer goods companies, along with international recycling leader TerraCycle, Loop™ is an innovative new business model for premium durable packaging which is delivered […]

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Tesco’s Moves to Simplify its Business to Impact 9,000 Staff

  Tesco’s Moves to Simplify its Business to Impact 9,000 Staff

Tesco is making a number of changes to its stores and offices in the UK to further simplify its business. This will entail closing counters in around 90 stores, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for customers. The move is in response to changing customer shopping habits, which […]

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EU Food Safety System Overstretched

  EU Food Safety System Overstretched

Although the EU’s system for protecting consumers from chemical hazards in food is soundly based and respected worldwide, it is currently overstretched, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The European Commission and the Member States do not have the capacity to implement the system fully, the auditors say.
EU food safety […]

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Mondelēz International Joins Innovative Loop Platform to Reduce Packaging Waste With Milka Biscuits

  Mondelēz International Joins Innovative Loop Platform to Reduce Packaging Waste With Milka Biscuits

Mondelēz International has joined the Loop initiative, founded by recycling leader TerraCycle, which aims to tackle packaging waste with a new subscription-based model for distributing consumer goods to homes in reusable containers. The initiative aims to reduce reliance on single-use packaging and to provide a convenient and durable solution to consumers.
Loop enables consumers to enjoy Milka biscuits responsibly, by allowing […]

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Fuller, Smith & Turner to Sell Beer Business For £250 Million to Asahi Group

  Fuller, Smith & Turner to Sell Beer Business For £250 Million to Asahi Group

Fuller, Smith & Turner, the UK brewing, pub and hotel group, has agreed to sell its entire beer business to Asahi Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, for an enterprise value of £250 million on a debt free, cash free basis.
The business being sold comprises the entirety of Fuller’s beer, cider and […]

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New President For European Soft Drinks Association

  New President For European Soft Drinks Association

Tim Brett (pictured), President of Coca-Cola Western Europe, has been elected President of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the industry association representing the non-alcoholic soft drinks sector in Europe. He commences his two-year tenure with immediate effect, and assumes the presidency from Stanislas de Gramont.
Following recent UNESDA pledges to make packaging more sustainable by increasing recyclability, […]

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D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

  D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

As the UK struggles through the dark January days, with vitamin D in short supply, latest research from Mintel reveals some good news for the ‘sunshine drug’, as it is crowned Britain’s favourite single vitamin supplement. According to Mintel, usage of Vitamin D has risen a glowing 7 percentage points in the last year and today […]

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FrieslandCampina Opens New Distribution Centre

  FrieslandCampina Opens New Distribution Centre

FrieslandCampina has opened a new distribution centre at Meppel in The Netherlands. The facility will store and transfer dairy products coming from the dairy group’s production locations in Beilen and Meppel and transport these products towards export markets. The sustainably built distribution centre improves transport efficiency and this substantially reduces annual CO2 emission.
The 31,000 sq […]

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Further Global Expansion by Lactalis Group

  Further Global Expansion by Lactalis Group

Lactalis Group is expanding its presence in India and Egypt with two acquisitions. In India, the French dairy group is purchasing Prabhat, a dairy products company specialising in the production of packaged milk in plastic bags/pouches and ghee, that was established in 1998 at Shrirampur (State of Maharashtra). Prabbat is also a leading supplier of […]

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