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  • Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition Lactalis Group, the international dairy group based in Laval, France, is acquiring the Nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (R12.9 billion). The business being acquired supplies a wide range of infant nutritional and growing-up milk products across both the premium and value segments. It manufactures and markets well established quality brands, including S-26, [...]...
  • Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill Thatchers Cider, the family owned English cider producer, is to invest £14 million in a new cider mill at its Myrtle Farm site in Somerset to meet growing demand for its products. The company has applied for planning permission and, if granted, the new mill would come on stream in 2019. “This investment is about our [...]...
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League Premier League and Coca-Cola Great Britain have announced a new three-and-a-half-year partnership, starting in January 2019. It is the first sponsorship Coca-Cola Great Britain will activate across multiple brands within its portfolio, showcasing a range of drinks including sparkling soft drinks, water and fruit-based drinks, with low and no-sugar options. The partnership will see Coca-Cola work [...]...
  • Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St Albans, Vermont. The investments amount to close to US$30 million and are in line with previously announced plans. Recent investments [...]...
  • Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group Hilton Food Group, the UK-based leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 25.0% increase in turnover to £863.6 million and by 24.5% on a constant currency basis for the 28 weeks to 15 July 2018. Volumes increased by 12.7% reflecting growth in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Operating profit for the first half [...]...

Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

  Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

Lactalis Group, the international dairy group based in Laval, France, is acquiring the Nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (R12.9 billion). The business being acquired supplies a wide range of infant nutritional and growing-up milk products across both the premium and value segments. It manufactures and markets well established quality brands, including S-26, […]

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Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

  Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

Thatchers Cider, the family owned English cider producer, is to invest £14 million in a new cider mill at its Myrtle Farm site in Somerset to meet growing demand for its products. The company has applied for planning permission and, if granted, the new mill would come on stream in 2019.
“This investment is about our […]

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

  Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

Premier League and Coca-Cola Great Britain have announced a new three-and-a-half-year partnership, starting in January 2019. It is the first sponsorship Coca-Cola Great Britain will activate across multiple brands within its portfolio, showcasing a range of drinks including sparkling soft drinks, water and fruit-based drinks, with low and no-sugar options.
The partnership will see Coca-Cola work […]

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Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

  Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St Albans, Vermont. The investments amount to close to US$30 million and are in line with previously announced plans.
Recent investments […]

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Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group

  Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 25.0% increase in turnover to £863.6 million and by 24.5% on a constant currency basis for the 28 weeks to 15 July 2018. Volumes increased by 12.7% reflecting growth in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Operating profit for the first half […]

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The Lakes Distillery Considers Possible IPO

  The Lakes Distillery Considers Possible IPO

The Lakes Distillery, a leading English single malt whisky distillery, is exploring the possibility of seeking admission of its shares to trading on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller growing companies. The company has appointed N+1 Singer as its nominated adviser and broker in relation to a possible admission and a potential fundraising […]

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Food & Drink Business Europe Conference & Exhibition UK – 2nd October 2018 – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

  Food & Drink Business Europe Conference & Exhibition UK – 2nd October 2018 – Ricoh Arena, Coventry

The Food & Drink Business Europe Conference & Exhibition UK – the must attend event for food and beverage professionals – will be held on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Over 2,000 delegates from the UK’s food and drink processing, retail and food service industries will gather to participate in […]

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GEA Shows How to Produce Delicacies Effectively at iba 2018

  GEA Shows How to Produce Delicacies Effectively at iba 2018

GEA will highlight its innovative process and technology solutions for the bakery and pasta processing industries at iba 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks. Customers are invited to join the international technology group at booth 211 in Hall A6 to discover the comprehensive portfolio of equipment and processing solutions and to discuss […]

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Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

  Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of UK adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes – improving their diet, exercising more, […]

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Green Light For Acquisition of Frutarom by IFF

  Green Light For Acquisition of Frutarom by IFF

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Frutarom Industries of Israel by International Flavors & Fragrances of the US. Frutarom develops, produces, and markets taste and health products, including flavours, fine ingredients, pharmaceutical/nutraceutical products, and cosmetics and personal care products. IFF is active in the development, creation and sale […]

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Ruby Chocolate Revolution Continues With Baci Perugina

  Ruby Chocolate Revolution Continues With Baci Perugina

The legendary Baci Perugina is the latest sweet treat to be wrapped in Ruby chocolate, following the introduction of KitKat Ruby earlier this year by Nestlé. The pink Baci Perugina Limited Edition is made with chocolate derived from Ruby cocoa beans, which has an intense berry-fruitiness taste without the addition of any flavour or colour.
Although it is almost 100 years old, Baci Perugina continues […]

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New Headquarters For Spreafico Automation

  New Headquarters For Spreafico Automation

Spreafico Automation keeps growing, confirming its leadership position in the designing, building and marketing of automated machines and technologies for the filling of liquid food. In order to support the order increase and customers portfolio growth, the Italian company has recently acquired a new factory, where it consolidated all the machine designing and assembly activities.
Improving, […]

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Flexible and Innovative Solutions From AMP Automation at IBA 2018

  Flexible and Innovative Solutions From AMP Automation at IBA 2018

AMP Automation designs and builds flexible automation solutions for multipack products, from complete bespoke systems to off the shelf equipment. The company works with both robotics and the latest in linear transport technology, the benefit of being able to work with both systems is delivering a system without compromise to meet the client’s exact needs. […]

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Wessanen Acquires Plant Based Food Brand

  Wessanen Acquires Plant Based Food Brand

Wessanen, a leader in the European market for healthy and sustainable food, has acquired Abbot Kinney’s, a fast growing innovation leader in plant based yoghurt alternatives and ice-cream. Founded in 2014, Abbot Kinney’s has already built a leading position in its category in health food stores in The Netherlands and has started to build a […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of Pret A Manger by JAB

  European Commission Clears Acquisition of Pret A Manger by JAB

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of PAM Group (Pret A Manger) of the UK, by JAB Holdings, controlled by JAB Holding Company of Luxembourg. Pret A Manger is a food and drink retailer.
JAB holds interests in tea and coffee brands (including Jacobs, Douwe Egberts and Tassimo) and coffee […]

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Lidl Ireland Secures 60 New Irish Suppliers as Part of Kick Start Supplier Development Programme

  Lidl Ireland Secures 60 New Irish Suppliers as Part of Kick Start Supplier Development Programme

In February, Lidl Ireland called out to Irish suppliers nationwide to enter products into their Supplier Development Programme, Kick Start. This programme, run by Lidl Ireland and supported by Bord Bia, is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses to grow their brand and build their supply network. 60 suppliers have been chosen […]

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Muntons Appoints New Director

  Muntons Appoints New Director

The UK-based malt and malted ingredients manufacturer, Muntons, has appointed Steve Miller to the position of Production Director. With over thirty years’ experience in the food industry, Steve Miller not only brings a wealth of experience but also a firm grasp of the demands of modern food manufacturing practices, having previously managed sites making everything […]

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Bakkavor Announces £12 Million Strategic Acquisition in UK Desserts

  Bakkavor Announces £12 Million Strategic Acquisition in UK Desserts

Bakkavor Group, the leading provider of fresh prepared food, has acquired Haydens Bakery from Real Good Food for a consideration of £12 million. Established in 1976, Haydens is a leading manufacturer of sweet bakery products for the major UK grocery retailers and provides a distribution operation for one of the UK’s leading retailers. The business […]

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Edrington Moves into American Whiskey

  Edrington Moves into American Whiskey

Edrington has expanded its portfolio of premium spirits into the American whiskey category by forming a strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey. Effective immediately, Wyoming Whiskey will become part of Edrington Americas’ portfolio which includes many of the world’s most acclaimed spirit brands, including The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Brugal, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, […]

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Nespresso Revives Zimbabwe’s Coffee Production

  Nespresso Revives Zimbabwe’s Coffee Production

Nespresso has announced a long-term investment plan to help revive Zimbabwe’s coffee industry and stimulate the rural economy. The company will provide training and technical assistance to 400 smallholder coffee farmers over the next five years, with the goal of increasing the country’s production of quality sustainable coffee.
Zimbabwe’s coffee sector is in danger of disappearing […]

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New International Standard For Determining Infant Formula Ingredients Just Published

  New International Standard For Determining Infant Formula Ingredients Just Published

Infant formula is perhaps one of the most highly regulated foodstuffs in the world, so checking the exact composition is a rigorous affair. ISO is developing a series of standards for verifying many of the ingredients, to demonstrate the product is safe for consumption and contains what it says on the tin. The latest one, […]

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Carlsberg Launches Ground-breaking Innovations to Reduce Plastic Waste

  Carlsberg Launches Ground-breaking Innovations to Reduce Plastic Waste

Carlsberg has announced a series of ground-breaking innovations including its new Snap Pack, which is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tonnes a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags. The Snap Pack replaces the plastic wrapping used around Carlsberg’s six packs with a pioneering technology that glues its […]

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Irish Government’s Three Pronged Approach Ahead of Brexit

  Irish Government’s Three Pronged Approach Ahead of Brexit

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle TD (pictured) has identified three key areas the Irish Government is negotiating on as Brexit looms. Speaking at the recent Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition held at The Citywest Hotel in Dublin, the Minister outlined the importance of maintaining a strong trading […]

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Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

  Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Dairygold Food Ingredients was crowned company of the year at the 2018 Food & Drink Business Awards. The event, which celebrated the best of Irish manufacturing and the people behind the products, followed the Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition. Both events were held recently at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
A total of […]

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA Presents Solutions to Current Developments in the Vanilla Market

  Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA Presents Solutions to Current Developments in the Vanilla Market

Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA, one of the leading suppliers of flavours, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities, has introduced its ‘Authentic Vanilla Solutions’ as an answer to present challenges in the vanilla market. Its range of natural vanilla profiles allows for adjustments in product formulations without compromising on taste. They represent sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to […]

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Campbell to Divest International and Fresh Businesses to Focus on Domestic Market

  Campbell to Divest International and Fresh Businesses to Focus on Domestic Market

Campbell Soup Company has announced a series of significant actions it is taking as part of its strategy and portfolio review to improve performance and drive shareholder value. The actions include focusing the company on two distinct businesses – Campbell Snacks and Campbell Meals and Beverages – in its core North American market. Consequently, Campbell […]

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Children to Receive Milk, Fruit and Vegetables at School Thanks to EU Programme

  Children to Receive Milk, Fruit and Vegetables at School Thanks to EU Programme

The EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme has resumed with the school year in the participating countries. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the EU school scheme includes the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products, as well as dedicated educational programmes to teach pupils about the importance of good nutrition and […]

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New Sustainability Report From Bakkafrost

  New Sustainability Report From Bakkafrost

Bakkafrost has underlined the growing importance to the UK market of its expanding salmon farming operation, the largest in the Faroe Islands, with the publication of a two year plan which addresses important sustainability issues.
Against a background of very high (96%) customer satisfaction, the employment of more than 1,100 people on the islands and the  […]

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Bunge Loders Croklaan Takes Industry Lead in Offering its Food Portfolio in Europe as Low 3-MCPDE and GE

  Bunge Loders Croklaan Takes Industry Lead in Offering its Food Portfolio in Europe as Low 3-MCPDE and GE

Ahead of European legislation, Bunge Loders Croklaan, a leading global producer of sustainable premium quality vegetable oils and fats, can now offer its entire palm oil food portfolio with low 3-MCPDE levels, in addition to its already available low Glycidyl Esters (GE) portfolio.
The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) published Scientific Opinion points to concerns with regards to […]

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Agrial to Acquire UK’s Largest Independent Cider Maker

  Agrial to Acquire UK’s Largest Independent Cider Maker

Agrial, the French farming, food and beverage co-operative, is continuing to pursuing its international development with the acquisition of Aston Manor to expand operations to Great Britain, the largest cider market in the world. Agrial’s Beverage Division is the leading player in the French cider market and is already present in the United States.
Birmingham-based Aston […]

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Finsbury Food Group Acquires Gluten Free Bakery

  Finsbury Food Group Acquires Gluten Free Bakery

Finsbury Food Group, a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for both the retail and ‘out of home eating’ foodservice channels, has acquired Ultrapharm, a ‘free from’ bakery manufacturer, for £17 million. The acquisition of Ultrapharm supports the Finsbury Food Group’s ongoing strategy to further diversify its product capability into […]

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Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

  Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

A research team from Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin has found that Irish heather honey is quite literally buzzing with health benefits. The findings showed that there was a similar overall presence of powerful antioxidants called phenolic compounds in Irish heather honey as in Manuka honey. These antioxidant compounds help to prevent damage […]

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The Coca-Cola Company to Acquire Costa For £3.9 Billion

  The Coca-Cola Company to Acquire Costa For £3.9 Billion

The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to acquire Costa, which was founded in London in 1971 and has grown to become a major coffee brand across the world. The acquisition of Costa from parent company Whitbread is valued at £3.9 billion ($5.1 billion) and will give Coca-Cola a strong coffee platform across parts of Europe, Asia […]

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Arla Foods UK Delivers 2.3% First Half Revenue Growth

  Arla Foods UK Delivers 2.3% First Half Revenue Growth

Despite globally challenging market conditions including the impact of a continued weak pound and changes in fat and protein prices, Arla Foods UK delivered a steady start to the first half of the year. A 6.7 per cent volume driven branded growth contributed to an overall net revenue growth of 2.3 per cent, comparative to […]

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Slane Distillery Rolls Out First Barrel at State-of-the-art Distillery

  Slane Distillery Rolls Out First Barrel at State-of-the-art Distillery

Slane Distillery, the recently-opened whiskey distillery located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley, has celebrated a major milestone when it filled its first barrel. The inaugural cask contains new make malt whiskey using barley harvested on the Slane Castle Estate filled into a sherry hogshead.
Brown-Forman, a leader in whiskey since […]

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Source Labels Transforms Confectionery Brands’ Labelling Needs

  Source Labels Transforms Confectionery Brands’ Labelling Needs

Leading label manufacturer, Source Labels, has utilised UtroqueTM system to slash functional confectionery brand BLOCKHEAD’s label backing requirements in half. Source Labels’ Utroque double-sided labelling system is a significant breakthrough in label manufacture, reducing release liner consumption by 50 percent and material weight by 40 percent. The technology uses both sides of the release liner, offering a simple […]

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Plastics in Packaging a Major Focus at UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Show

  Plastics in Packaging a Major Focus at UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Show

The UK’s hottest topic – plastics in packaging, is set to take centre stage at Packaging Innovations, Luxury Packaging and ADF London 2018, when it returns to Olympia London later this month (12 & 13 September). New for 2018, the show will host the UK’s first ever plastic-free aisle, which visitors will be able to […]

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Pernod Ricard Accelerates Sales Growth and Improves Margins

  Pernod Ricard Accelerates Sales Growth and Improves Margins

Pernod Ricard achieved sales of €8.99 billion for its 2018 financial year, after accelerating its organic sales growth to 6.0% from 3.6% the previous year. Sales growth was broadly based across a wide spectrum of markets – Americas grew by 6%; Asia-Rest of the World rose by 9%, due to strong growth in China and […]

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£1 Million Mincing Line Secures New Business For Tulip

  £1 Million Mincing Line Secures New Business For Tulip

Tulip, a UK subsidiary of Danish Crown, has invested over £1 million in a new mincing line at its factory at Tipton to improve efficiencies and increase output at the site. The investment has already led to increased business for Tulip, with significant additional volumes of mince being processed for a key client each week. […]

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Ireland to Host Global Accelerator Programme For Aquaculture

  Ireland to Host Global Accelerator Programme For Aquaculture

BIM, Ireland’s seafood development agency, has announced its plan to support a global Accelerator Programme for Aquaculture to help position Ireland as a leader in the next phase of aquaculture innovation. The Accelerator programme, an intensive fixed-term programme aimed at up-scaling start-ups, including access to investors, workshops and mentoring, is being funded under the European Maritime […]

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Sidel StarLite UltraLight CSD

  Sidel StarLite UltraLight CSD

The Sidel StarLite™ family of bottle base solutions is expanding through the StarLite UltraLight for carbonated soft drinks (CSD). As the name suggests, this design allows for an even lighter bottle than the existing solutions in the beverage marketplace. By lowering the product costs, while maintaining the expected level of carbonation, this innovative bottle addresses […]

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Emmi Remains on Track

  Emmi Remains on Track

Emmi generated sales of SFr1.675 billion in the first half of 2018 – an increase of 4.7 % (2.4% in organic terms) compared the first six months of the previous year. EBIT rose by 5.1 % to SFr95.0 million, while the EBIT margin remained stable at 5.7 %. The Swiss dairy group achieved an adjusted net profit of […]

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New Head at Orkla Confectionery & Snacks

  New Head at Orkla Confectionery & Snacks

Jeanette Hauan Fladby (pictured) has been appointed new Executive Vice President at Orkla in charge of the Orkla Confectionery & Snacks business area. She will take up her position as of 1 October 2018. Hauan Fladby will report to Orkla’s President and CEO and be part of Orkla’s Group Executive Board. She is taking over […]

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Douglas Laing & Co to Open New Distillery in Autumn 2019

  Douglas Laing & Co to Open New Distillery in Autumn 2019

Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co has announced that its new distillery in Glasgow is to be named the ‘Clutha Distillery’. ‘Clutha’, meaning Clyde in Gaelic, reflects both the company’s heritage and the location of the new distillery which will sit on the banks of the river in the heart of the city.
Planning has […]

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Battle of the Brands to Take Centre Stage at this Year’s Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

  Battle of the Brands to Take Centre Stage at this Year’s Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Dozens of leading own brand goods are set to go head to head to scoop the ‘Own Label Brand of the Year title at this year’s Irish Food and Drink Business Awards. The event which celebrates the best of manufacturing and the people behind the products, takes place in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on the […]

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Carlsberg Group to Invest €100 Million in Kronenbourg Brewery in France

  Carlsberg Group to Invest €100 Million in Kronenbourg Brewery in France

Carlsberg Group plans to invest up to €100 million in the Kronenbourg brewery at Obernai in France – the Danish company’s largest brewery in Europe. The investments will allow further modernisation and capacity increases as well as capability improvements and advances within Environment, Health & Safety.
Carlsberg Group acquired Kronenbourg in 2008, and Kronenburg is now […]

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Arla Foods Leading the Whey With New Innovation Centre

  Arla Foods Leading the Whey With New Innovation Centre

Farmer-owned Arla Foods is to build a ground breaking innovation centre in Nr. Vium, Denmark to unleash the wonders of whey. Part of Arla Foods Ingredients, the new centre will be home to leading scientists and innovators who will discover and deliver new ways of using milk and whey to serve the needs of the […]

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Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

  Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

Despite an intensely competitive retail environment – with just 1.5 percentage points separating the market share of the three largest retailers – all the major Irish supermarkets have grown sales for the sixth period in a row. This is according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending […]

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Univar and Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Launch Taste Agreement

  Univar and Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Launch Taste Agreement

Univar , a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Univar BV, has reached an agreement with Kerry Ingredients & Flavours to distribute its taste portfolio in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. As an internationally recognized and trusted brand, Kerry provides the largest, most […]

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Nestlé and Starbucks Close Deal For Perpetual Global License of Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice Products

  Nestlé and Starbucks Close Deal For Perpetual Global License of Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice Products

Nestlé and Starbucks Corporation have closed a $7.15 billion deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. Through the alliance, the two companies will work closely together on the existing Starbucks range of roast and ground coffee, whole beans as well […]

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