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  • UK Consumers Favour British Brands British consumers are developing a growing taste for home-grown brands, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s fifth annual barometer of the nation’s most chosen FMCG brands. The latest UK ranking, which measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the number of British favourites among the top 10 UK [...]...
  • Fight Against Illegal Fishing The European Commission has expanded the global fight against illegal fishing by listing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and the Comoros as uncooperative. Under the EU’s rules to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, defining a country as uncooperative is tantamount to issuing a red card which effectively bans trade in fisheries products between [...]...
  • Field-to-Fork Organic Rosemary Solutions From Frutarom The Frutarom Food Protection Business Unit has expanded its organic oxidation management solutions line with an organic rosemary extract designed to prevent oxidation and increase the shelf-life of food products. This natural Mediterranean botanical has been made possible through collaboration between Hishtil Nurseries in Israel and organic farmers in Spain. A rising demand for natural and [...]...
  • Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa Danone, together with The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, has added three new production lines to its factory at Accra in Ghana. The total investment of US$25 million will help Fan Milk (Ghana), its local subsidiary, to sustain the growing demand for dairy products in the regional West African market. The investment is [...]...
  • Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales UK food group Cranswick has reported a 22.5% jump in revenue from continuing operations to £1.245 billion for the year ended 31 March 2017. Growth was driven by a strong performance from each of the group’s categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – and reflected positive contributions from the Crown Chicken and [...]...
  • Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business The Lavazza Group, the Italian coffee roaster, has purchased an 80% equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee, from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital. Kicking Horse Coffee, a leading Canadian organic and fair-trade coffee player, has distinguished itself over the last several years with remarkable growth in both Canada and the United States. Kicking Horse [...]...

UK Consumers Favour British Brands

  UK Consumers Favour British Brands

British consumers are developing a growing taste for home-grown brands, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s fifth annual barometer of the nation’s most chosen FMCG brands. The latest UK ranking, which measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the number of British favourites among the top 10 UK […]

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Fight Against Illegal Fishing

  Fight Against Illegal Fishing

The European Commission has expanded the global fight against illegal fishing by listing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and the Comoros as uncooperative. Under the EU’s rules to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, defining a country as uncooperative is tantamount to issuing a red card which effectively bans trade in fisheries products between […]

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Field-to-Fork Organic Rosemary Solutions From Frutarom

  Field-to-Fork Organic Rosemary Solutions From Frutarom

The Frutarom Food Protection Business Unit has expanded its organic oxidation management solutions line with an organic rosemary extract designed to prevent oxidation and increase the shelf-life of food products. This natural Mediterranean botanical has been made possible through collaboration between Hishtil Nurseries in Israel and organic farmers in Spain.
A rising demand for natural and […]

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Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

  Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

Danone, together with The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, has added three new production lines to its factory at Accra in Ghana. The total investment of US$25 million will help Fan Milk (Ghana), its local subsidiary, to sustain the growing demand for dairy products in the regional West African market.
The investment is […]

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Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

  Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

UK food group Cranswick has reported a 22.5% jump in revenue from continuing operations to £1.245 billion for the year ended 31 March 2017. Growth was driven by a strong performance from each of the group’s categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – and reflected positive contributions from the Crown Chicken and […]

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Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

  Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

The Lavazza Group, the Italian coffee roaster, has purchased an 80% equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee, from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital. Kicking Horse Coffee, a leading Canadian organic and fair-trade coffee player, has distinguished itself over the last several years with remarkable growth in both Canada and the United States. Kicking Horse […]

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Dietary Reference Values – EFSA Publishes Advice on Vitamin K

  Dietary Reference Values – EFSA Publishes Advice on Vitamin K

EFSA has set dietary reference values for vitamin K as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) decided to maintain the dietary reference values established by the Scientific Committee for Food in 1993. Consequently, the NDA Panel defined daily adequate intakes (AIs) for […]

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Cutting Food Waste in the EU

  Cutting Food Waste in the EU

MEPs are supporting efforts to halve food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labels.
“In developed countries food is wasted mostly at the end of the chain, at distribution and consumption. Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this problem,” says […]

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tna Breaks Boundaries With Launch of New Ultra-high Speed Case Packer

  tna Breaks Boundaries With Launch of New Ultra-high Speed Case Packer

Tna has launched the tna ropac® 5, a ground-breaking, ultra-high-speed case packer for flexible bags that is capable of industry-leading speeds of up to 300 bags per minute. Part of tna’s performance 5.0 packaging system, the new tna ropac 5 is the first and only side-load case packer in the world that uses tna’s unique, […]

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

  Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia, the Northern Ireland-based meat processor, to establish a majority owned joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. Dawn Meats will separately acquire Dunbia’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. The deal is subject to approval […]

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Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

  Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

UK soft drinks group Britvic increased revenue by 11.5% to £756.3 million and pre-exceptional EBITA by 6.7% to £73.6 million in the 28 weeks ended 16 April 2017, compared to the corresponding period last year. Organic revenue rose by 3.7% and organic pre-exceptional EBITA by 5.1%.
In the period, Britvic sold over 1.1 billion litres of […]

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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

  Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

The fifth annual Brand Footprint Ireland ranking from Kantar Worldpanel, measuring which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the top four most chosen brands in the country are home-grown favourites, with Avonmore, Brennans, Denny and Jacob’s leading the way.
In Ireland, six of this year’s top 10 brands […]

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Creating New Protein Strategies: – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

  Creating New Protein Strategies: – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

Protein is in the global spotlight as we strive to meet the nutritional needs of a population set to hit 9 billion by 2040 and European food and protein markets will evolve considerably in the coming years. ‘High’ protein is still hot in Europe and Western worlds and consumer awareness of the benefits of plant-based […]

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Orkla Licences Acrylamide-reducing Yeast From Renaissance BioScience

  Orkla Licences Acrylamide-reducing Yeast From Renaissance BioScience

Orkla Food Ingredients, a business area of Orkla, has signed a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to exclusively produce and sell Renaissance acrylamide-reducing yeast to food manufacturers in the European Nordic and Baltic markets, starting in Q3 2017.
“Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast has shown promising results in baked goods trials, and Orkla is pleased to be […]

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Transformational Period For Greencore

  Transformational Period For Greencore

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported a 46.1% increase in revenue to £1.01 billion for the 26 weeks ended 31 March 2017, reflecting the impact of acquisitions and strong underlying growth, particularly in the UK. Group EBITDA rose by 31.2% to £79.1 million while operating profit […]

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Britain Braces For Price Hikes

  Britain Braces For Price Hikes

While the outcome of Brexit may be uncertain, Mintel’s flagship British Lifestyles report reveals that consumers are braced for an expensive future ahead. Over four in five (83%) Brits are currently concerned about seeing price rises on goods and services, with 59% worried about the mounting cost of groceries, 35% worried about the climbing cost of holidays […]

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Häagen-Dazs Launches Landmark UK Brand Re-set

  Häagen-Dazs Launches Landmark UK Brand Re-set

Häagen-Dazs has announced a major brand reset, to bring a new generation of shoppers on board as part of a wider portfolio update. The brand will receive a refresh through distinctive new packaging and formats, a new experientially focused marketing programme and a new lifestyle led campaign. The update, which will be significant in continuing […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

  New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of a new wine name from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). The “Darnibole” is a white, dry wine made from bacchus grapes variety.
Darnibole is situated exactly in the centre of Cornwall. Darnibole wines have a combination of original wine grape […]

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Purple Patch Cereals’ Stunning New Packs From Qualvis

  Purple Patch Cereals’ Stunning New Packs From Qualvis

Leading print and packaging business, Qualvis, has created a new range of eye-catching packs for Purple Patch Cereals. The new cartons have a hot air balloon theme, displaying bold and vibrant colours, with purple being dominant throughout to reinforce the brand’s identity.
The cereals come in four different flavours: Honey Nut Granola, Honey Nut & Fruit […]

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Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

  Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

According to the latest figures published by the European Commission, the monthly value of EU agri-food exports in March 2017 reached a value of almost €12.7 billion, which is €1.31 billion (+11.3%) higher than in March 2016. This is the highest monthly export value seen over the last 5 years.
Highest increases in monthly export values (March 2017 compared […]

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Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

  Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a major renewable project, with all electricity generated by a brand new solar farm being used to support production of its famous brands at Europe’s largest soft drinks factory, at Wakefield in England. The solar farm covers eight hectares, the size of twelve football pitches, and will produce up […]

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Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

  Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

Manor Farm, which is the largest chicken processor in the Republic of Ireland, and Tesco Ireland have launched the first Omega 3 Irish chicken. The 100% Irish chicken is fed on a diet that includes Omega 3 rich algae and has the same great​ taste of​ Irish chicken. The launch of Omega 3 Irish chicken into the market in Tesco […]

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Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

  Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, has introduced 17 new non-GMO starches with the same functionality as their traditional counterparts. This is part of an ongoing programme of non-GMO ingredient expansions across Tate & Lyle’s texturants, fibre enrichment, and sugar and calorie reduction portfolios.
Werner Barbosa, Global Platform Leader, Texturants […]

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RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

  RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

RAPS has invested around €1.5 million in new technology at its German headquarters. Working with a renowned plant manufacturer, a state-of-the-art facility for raw material preparation has come to life. Offering a wider selection of cleaning methods and improved contaminant detection, the company can now handle a broader array of raw materials at higher throughput speeds.
RAPS […]

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Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

  Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

Marston’s, the UK beer and pubs group, has agreed to acquire the Charles Wells brewing business from the Charles Wells Group for a cash consideration of £55 million, plus working capital adjustments. Based in Bedford, Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business has a portfolio of more than 30 beers including leading brands such as Bombardier, […]

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Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

  Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

Nomad Foods, Europe’s leading frozen foods company which was created following a series of major acquisition deals, is reported to have a €600 million war-chest at its disposal to fund further deals.
Nomad Holdings, a publicly listed acquisition company, initially purchased Iglo Foods, Europe’s largest frozen food business with iconic brands including Birds Eye in the […]

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ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

  ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery,  has appointed Kevin Toland as Chief Executive Officer. He joins ARYZTA from daa plc which operates Dublin and Cork airports, ARI (a global retailer in travel retail) and daa International where he has served as Chief Executive since 2013. He previously held the […]

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Bord Bia and Irish Food Companies Target Private Label Retailers

  Bord Bia and Irish Food Companies Target Private Label Retailers

Bord Bia and 21 Irish food companies are exploring new opportunities with Continental European food retailers as they look beyond their existing UK customer base to grow their businesses. Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy (pictured above) explains: “Private Label food and drink now forms a significant part of retail sales in Europe, and our recent consumer […]

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Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

  Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

As consumers across Europe embrace a healthier lifestyle, a growing trend for more moderate alcohol consumption is emerging. Research conducted by Kerry Taste and Nutrition shows that half of consumers are actively reducing their alcohol intake, with 40 per cent of those surveyed stating that their change in habit comes as a result of health […]

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Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

  Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

Dairy Crest has reported a 1.3% decrease in revenue to £416.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2017, although revenue in the second half of the year was 3.7% ahead of the same period last year. Despite sales volumes across its four key brands remaining broadly flat, the UK dairy group faced price deflation […]

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Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

  Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

Aston Manor, the largest independently owned cider maker in the UK and the second largest manufacturer of cider in the country, has appointed investment bank Lazard to advise on the future direction of the business, which could result in a sale. Aston Manor is controlled by Doug Ellis, the former chairman of Aston Villa Football […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

  75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

  Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

Product of the Year – the UK’s largest independent survey of product innovation – is now in its 14th year running. The prestigious awards, open to all FMCG retailer and branded products, shine a spotlight on the most innovative products launched within the past 18 months. Voted for by over 11,500 consumers, winning products gain […]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Visits Flow Technology on Trade and Investment Mission in Ireland

  Minister Mitchell O’Connor Visits Flow Technology on Trade and Investment Mission in Ireland

As part of the two-day Enterprise Ireland/IDA Trade & Investment Mission in Ireland event, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD visited Flow Technology at their facility in Charleville, County Cork on 17 May. The company, set up 40 years ago by the current owner’s father, Denis Murphy, is now one of […]

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A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

  A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

C&C Group, the Irish and UK drinks business, has reported a flat operating profit on a constant currency basis of €95 million on revenue down by 6.9% to €559 million for the year ended 28 February 2017 (FY2017). However, after a challenging FY2016, the group’s key markets and trading performance was stable over the course […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

  Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

Nestlé has inaugurated its new SFr145 million (€132 million) Al-Maha factory in Dubai, which produces Nescafé coffee and Maggi cooking aids for the local and regional market. Now operating at full capacity, the site employs 340 people from 20 countries. 60% of the team are under 30 years of age.
The environmental performance of the factory […]

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Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

  Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

Ian Peart, currently Channel Director, On-Trade for Pernod Ricard UK, has been promoted to the position of Business Development Director, reporting directly to Laurent Pillet, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard UK. Ian Peart has over 20 years’ experience in the drinks trade, the last 11 years at Pernod Ricard UK, firstly as Field Sales Controller […]

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Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross Becomes First Irish Food Manufacturer to achieve ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark

  Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross Becomes First Irish Food Manufacturer to achieve ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the coveted Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. A significant milestone on its journey to becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat company, Dawn Meats has now joined a group of only 25 companies in Ireland to have attained this […]

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Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

  Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

Bridge2Food, the international food industry networking company, is running a state of the industry survey to gauge views on the current state of active & sports nutrition sector, and discover the issues that are most important to you. To take part, visit: http://bit.ly/2pVzfBy by 24 May 2017. Share your views on economic performance, innovation, new […]

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Challenging Year For Premier Foods

  Challenging Year For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported a 1.4% decrease in underlying sales to £790.4 million for the 52 weeks ended 1 April 2017, with underlying trading profit of £117.0 million, down from £129.1 million in the previous year. On a statutory basis, revenue grew by 2.4%, reflecting the inclusion of results from […]

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Peter’s Food Service Wins National CIM Marketing Excellence Award

  Peter’s Food Service Wins National CIM Marketing Excellence Award

Peter’s Food Service’s successful Welsh Rugby Heroes campaign has been recognised at this year’s CIM Marketing Excellence Awards, beating off competition from the likes of ITV, EDF Energy and the NHS Professionals. The campaign, which sought to find Wales’ unsung rugby heroes, picked up the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for a large organisation. […]

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New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

  New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé UK & Ireland, Dame Fiona Kendrick has decided to stand down as the CEO of the UK & Ireland market but will continue to serve as Chairman providing strategic support to the company. Stefano Agostini (pictured above), currently President & CEO of Nestlé Waters Italy will succeed Dame […]

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Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

  Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has agreed a new three-year contract starting in March 2018 that will mean its own-brand liquid milk is provided by Arla Foods. Morrisons is looking forward to working more closely with their farmers on a range of sustainability and animal welfare measures.

As part of this deal, Morrisons is […]

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Bosch Opens Customer Solutions Centre in the Netherlands

  Bosch Opens Customer Solutions Centre in the Netherlands

Bosch Packaging Technology has opened its new customer solutions centre at Weert in the Netherlands, to help food and non-food producers maximize the value of their operations when selecting a complete vertical system solution for their packaging operation. At the centre, Bosch displays a selection of systems for the confectionery, chocolate, nuts, snacks and powder […]

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Advice on Follow-on Formulae With Lower Protein Content

  Advice on Follow-on Formulae With Lower Protein Content

Follow-on formula with a protein content of at least 1.6 g/100 kcal made from either cow or goat’s milk is safe and suitable for infants living in Europe, EFSA says. Current EU legislation sets the minimum protein content at 1.8 g/100kcal.
For the scientific assessment, EFSA considered the dietary protein requirements of infants from 6 to […]

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£10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

  £10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer has invested £10 million in new technology and innovation as it ramps up the capabilities of its prepared meals facility in South Wales. 2 Sisters Food Group’s Rogerstone site – the biggest prepared meals facility in Europe – now has a dedicated Oriental foods ‘pod’. This will act as the foundation […]

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Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

  Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

Arla Foods has officially opened its new state-of-the-art global innovation centre, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark. Arla has put open innovation at the centre of its growth plans for the next decade. The dairy farming co-operative aims to be the most collaborative innovator in […]

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Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

  Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

The Reputations Agency has announced the results of the annual Ireland RepTrak® 2017 study. Based on the perceptions of more than 4,500 respondents who completed the survey in the first quarter of 2017, the survey quantifies the emotional bond stakeholders have with 50 leading companies, and how these connections drive supportive behaviour such as a […]

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Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

  Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has announced that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide. This is up from 22% in 2015.
Key to this achievement was the purchase earlier this year of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for all its […]

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Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

  Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

Global brewer Heineken has presented its latest innovation – Heineken® 0.0 – a non-alcoholic lager brewed with a unique recipe for a distinct balanced taste – and only 69 calories per 33cl bottle. Initially available in 14 markets in 2017, the brand’s iconic green label has been turned blue – the colour associated with the […]

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