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Danone Expands its Chinese Strategic Alliance Nestlé to Use Humanoid Robot to Sell Nescafé in Japan Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success SuperValu Gains Ground in Ireland as Aldi and Lidl Increase Share
 
Danone Expands its Chinese Strategic Alliance

Danone Expands its Chinese Strategic Alliance

Nestlé to Use Humanoid Robot to Sell Nescafé in Japan

Nestlé to Use Humanoid Robot to Sell Nescafé in Japan

Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

SuperValu Gains Ground in Ireland as Aldi and Lidl Increase Share

SuperValu Gains Ground in Ireland as Aldi and Lidl Increase Share

Danone Expands its Chinese Strategic Alliance

Danone Expands its Chinese Strategic Alliance

31 October 2014

Danone is to subscribe to a private placement totaling €437 million by Yashili, one of China’s leading infant milk companies. Upon completion of the subscription, Mengniu, currently Yashili’s majority shareholder, will hold a 51.0% equity interest and Danone will hold 25.0%. As part of this agreement, Danone will recommend candidates to serve as Yashili’s chief […]

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Nestlé to Use Humanoid Robot to Sell Nescafé in Japan

Nestlé to Use Humanoid Robot to Sell Nescafé in Japan

31 October 2014

Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines as part of its ongoing effort to enhance brand engagement with consumers in Nescafè’s biggest market. Nescafé will use the humanoid robot Pepper to sell Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Nescafé Gold Blend Barista coffee machines in home appliance stores in Japan starting […]

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Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

31 October 2014

450 delegates from food and drink businesses across the UK and Ireland attended the inaugural Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition, which was held at the Motor Cycle Museum, Birmingham on Thursday, 23rd of October 2014. In line with the event’s theme of ‘sustainable growth for sustainable profits’, the speakers at the Conference […]

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SuperValu Gains Ground in Ireland as Aldi and Lidl Increase Share

SuperValu Gains Ground in Ireland as Aldi and Lidl Increase Share

30 October 2014

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 12 October, show SuperValu to be the only major multiple grocer to be in growth other than the discount retailers. It also highlights a continued strong performance from Aldi and Lidl, as the two reach a combined market share record […]

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Isle of Skye Brewery to Expand

Isle of Skye Brewery to Expand

30 October 2014

A brewery based on the Isle of Skye which is experiencing a growing demand for its award winning beers is to expand into new markets around the world. The £450,000 development at the Isle of Skye Brewing Company is being supported by a grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at the company’s site in […]

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State-of-the-art Food-Grade Lubricants Contribute to Economic Success

State-of-the-art Food-Grade Lubricants Contribute to Economic Success

30 October 2014

The most recent lubricant developments contribute to economical and successful plant and machine operation. With safety such a key consideration, we look at how safety, reliability and cost effectiveness are achieved. Regarding the lubricant as an investment in economic efficiency rather than just as a commodity, pays off in many ways. Of course, the price […]

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80% of UK Switching Socialising For Saturdays on the Sofa

29 October 2014

80 per cent of British consumers are now switching into hibernation mode, choosing cosy nights in with the family over nights on the town with friends, according to new research from VoucherCodes.co.uk, the UK’s largest voucher website which works with over 3,000 of the UK’s biggest retailers and restaurants. The draw of Saturday night TV […]

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New Marketing Chief For The Coca-Cola Company

New Marketing Chief For The Coca-Cola Company

29 October 2014

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that after more than seven years of distinguished leadership and service as the US-based drinks giant’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Joe Tripodi will retire from the company at the end of February 2015. He will be succeeded by Marcos De Quinto, a seasoned and respected company veteran who is […]

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Irish Whiskey Awards Celebrate Diversity & Quality of Indigenous Irish Industry

Irish Whiskey Awards Celebrate Diversity & Quality of Indigenous Irish Industry

29 October 2014

The diversity and quality of Irish Whiskey were celebrated at the second annual Irish Whiskey Awards. The event, which was organised by the Celtic Whiskey Shop, showcased and honoured this rapidly growing indigenous Irish Industry over 17 categories. The judging panel consisting of members from the Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society chose […]

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Nestlé Purina Introduces Personalised Dog Food Product in the US

Nestlé Purina Introduces Personalised Dog Food Product in the US

29 October 2014

Nestlé Purina has launched a new personalised dog food product in the United States to help support specific nutritional needs – the first time a major pet food producer has moved into the personalised food category for dogs in the US market. The product, Just Right by Purina, is derived from a mixture of a […]

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Global Stevia Market Up 14% in 2014

Global Stevia Market Up 14% in 2014

28 October 2014

The rapid rise of stevia as a natural sweetener has continued unabated over the past year. A new study by leading food and drink consultancy Zenith International estimates that worldwide sales of stevia are set to advance by 14% in 2014 to 4,670 tonnes, taking its overall market value to $336 million. “Consumers are increasingly […]

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Cutrale-Safra to Acquire Chiquita in $1.3 Billion Deal

Cutrale-Safra to Acquire Chiquita in $1.3 Billion Deal

28 October 2014

Chiquita Brands International is being acquired by Cutrale-Safra group in a deal that will combine one of the leading fresh produce companies with one of the world’s most highly regarded agribusiness and juice companies. Cutrale-Safra is part of the Safra Group, a leading global financial services firm with a strong track record of successful investments. […]

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Sustainability Double For Coca-Cola HBC

Sustainability Double For Coca-Cola HBC

28 October 2014

Coca-Cola HBC, the world’s second largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company, has been awarded an A rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – and a place in the CDP Global Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. This is a further achievement for the company as it has also recently been named the global […]

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Vegetable Boxes ‘Come of Age’ With New Organic Range From Produce World

Vegetable Boxes ‘Come of Age’ With New Organic Range From Produce World

28 October 2014

The UK’s leading grower and supplier of fresh vegetables, Produce World Group, has launched a new branded range of organic vegetable boxes called ‘Nature’s Premium.’ The launch follows the Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report published in March this year which revealed that the organic vegetable sector has seen growth of 2.8 per cent in […]

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10 Food Trends Worth Watching for 2015 by Innova Market Insights

Clear Label Leads Top 10 Trends for 2015 10 Food Trends Worth Watching

27 October 2014

Duiven, The Netherlands — “From Clean to Clear Label” and “Convenience for Foodies” lead the Innova Market Insights food & beverage Top 10 Trends list for 2015. Innova Market Insights will present these trends in a webinar on November 6 (4pm CET, 10am EST). Register here! The Top Ten Trends likely to impact the food […]

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Carlsberg Group Expands in China

Carlsberg Group Expands in China

27 October 2014

Carlsberg Group has completed the acquisition of 100% of Chongqing Beer Group Assets Management Co for RMB1.56 billion (approximately DKr 1.4 billion, Eur188 million) to expand its brewing interests in China. Headquartered in Chongqing, Chongqing Beer Group Assets Management Co is a holding company comprising a total of eight breweries with a capacity of approximately […]

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The PPMA Show 2014 Makes its Triumphant Return to the NEC

The PPMA Show 2014 Makes its Triumphant Return to the NEC

27 October 2014

The PPMA Show 2014 reaffirmed its status as the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery, as 8,190 visitors took to the NEC for its 27th show. Joining over 320 exhibitors, visitors arrived to discover the latest product launches, technological developments as well as insights from industry leaders such as […]

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DELIVERING WORLD-CLASS CHOCOLATES: Caffarel partners with Ammeraal Beltech

26 October 2014

Caffarel, one of the world’s leading, long-established chocolatiers, is the creator of the delicious Piedmontese gianduiotto boat-shaped chocolate – a confection which, once fashioned, must be carefully conveyed for individual foil wrapping.   This function is today performed in Caffarel’s kitchens in partnership with Ammeraal Beltech – global specialists in conveyor belt systems, particularly for the […]

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Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

24 October 2014

UK food group Cranswick has broadened its product range and customer base with the acquisition of Benson Park, a specialist producer of cooked poultry, for an undisclosed sum. Employing about 90 people and operating from a purpose built factory in Hull, Benson Park supplies ingredients to customers operating in the ‘food to go’ sector of […]

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AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

24 October 2014

After three years of activities and fields studies, the AMIGA (Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems) project will meet with stakeholders to disclose some significant outcome of the project on the 30th of October at the ENEA premises in Brussels. One year before the closure, AMIGA has reached its late […]

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Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

24 October 2014

FoodTech Challenge sponsored by Damstahl is a new innovation competition being held from 28-30 October at the trade fair FoodTech 2014 in MCH Messecenter Herning, where the visitors can follow the competition during all three days. Young students are eager to participate in the 3-day innovation competition. This is clearly apparent from the number of […]

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PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

24 October 2014

PM Group, the international engineering and project management firm headquartered in Dublin, has reported turnover of €355.5 million for the year ended December 31st 2013, well ahead of prior year due to a significant increase in construction revenue. Operating profit before exceptional items was €7.2 million, a 26% increase on 2012. Pre-tax profits rose 20% to […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Moves to Drive Stronger Growth

The Coca-Cola Company Moves to Drive Stronger Growth

23 October 2014

The Coca-Cola Company is to implement a series of actions to reinvigorate growth. These actions support the previously announced five strategic priorities to restore momentum and the Company’s long-term growth target of high single-digit comparable currency neutral EPS. “We are taking decisive action to position The Coca-Cola Company to continue delivering long-term value for our […]

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Nestlé Opens its Most Water Efficient Factory

Nestlé Opens its Most Water Efficient Factory

23 October 2014

Nestlé has opened its most water efficient factory in the world in Mexico, in a move that the company plans to replicate in other Nestlé factories globally. Through new processes that deliver significant efficiencies, Nestlé’s Cero Agua dairy factory in the central, water-stressed state of Jalisco will move towards being a zero-water factory. It will […]

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UK Grocery Market Enters Deflation

UK Grocery Market Enters Deflation

23 October 2014

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 12 October 2014, show that like-for-like prices have declined by 0.2%, pushing the UK grocery market into deflation. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel explains: “While the supermarkets are battling it out on price, the real winners […]

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Freezers Left Out in the Cold as Younger UK Shoppers Shun Food ‘Graveyards’

Freezers Left Out in the Cold as Younger UK Shoppers Shun Food ‘Graveyards’

23 October 2014

Freezers across the UK are ‘neglected’, ‘under-used’ and ‘under-appreciated’, with younger shoppers dubbing them ‘graveyards’ for food that is soon to go off, according to the latest consumer research from IGD ShopperVista. 18-34-year-olds are twice as likely to agree that they don’t like eating food that is stored in the freezer than over-35s (18% versus […]

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Symington’s Acquires Tanfield Foods

Symington’s Acquires Tanfield Foods

22 October 2014

UK convenience food manufacturer Symington’s has acquired ready meals producer Tanfield Foods for an undisclosed sum. Consett-based Tanfield Foods produces own label products for UK retailers and ‘Look What We Found’, the Ilumi free-from brand. The deal further strengthens Leeds-based Symington’s position in the ambient convenience food category. The Symington’s portfolio includes national and international […]

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Big Four UK Grocery Retailers' Profit Margins to Shrink Further

Big Four UK Grocery Retailers’ Profit Margins to Shrink Further

22 October 2014

Operating profit margins of the big four UK grocery retailers – Tesco, J Sainsbury, Asda and Wm Morrison Supermarkets – are likely to shrink further over the next 12 to 18 months, as they cut prices to reverse declining sales and curb the losing battle of market share to discounters, says Moody’s Investors Service in […]

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EIB Supports Agri-Food Sector in Ukraine With €50 Million

EIB Supports Agri-Food Sector in Ukraine With €50 Million

22 October 2014

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €50 million to Astarta-Kiev, a leading Ukrainian agro-industrial producer. Founded in 1993, Astarta–Kiev is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding specializing in sugar and agricultural production. Astarta–Kiev business units are located in different districts of Poltava, Vynnitsia, Kharkiv and Khmelnitskiy regions. Astarta-Kiev invests in bioenergy projects and recently commissioned […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates Major Dairy Farming Institute in China

Nestlé Inaugurates Major Dairy Farming Institute in China

22 October 2014

Nestlé has inaugurated the Dairy Farming Institute in Northeast China, in one of the company’s biggest dairy investments that will help modernize Chinese dairy farming practices to enable farmers to meet the country’s fast-growing milk demand in a sustainable manner in the years ahead. The institute, located in Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang Province, is part of […]

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Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition – Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – October 23, 2014

Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition – Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – October 23, 2014

21 October 2014

Time is running out to register to attend the inaugural Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition to be held at the Motor Cycle Museum, Birmingham on Thursday, 23rd of October 2014. The theme of the event is sustainable growth for sustainable profits. An impressive list of speakers has been assembled for the conference, […]

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Chivas Regal Launches First New Blend Since 2007

Chivas Regal Launches First New Blend Since 2007

21 October 2014

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky brand, has introduced Chivas Regal Extra — its first new global expression since 2007. Complementing its collection of premium blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal Extra is a special selection of whiskies matured in Oloroso sherry casks together with the rarest and finest Chivas malts, creating a rich and […]

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Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

21 October 2014

In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets. According to its latest report ‘Beefing up in Brazil: Feedlots to Drive Industry Growth’, Rabobank expects Brazil’s feedlot capacity to […]

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Arcil Presents the A7 - The Next Generation FFS Machine

Arcil Presents the A7 – The Next Generation FFS Machine

21 October 2014

Less than a year after it joined Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Arcil is launching a new generation of FFS machines that results from a completely revised design method. Assigned to the widest multidisciplinary team ever in Arcil’s history, the project was brought to life within 9 months and sets the guidelines of the french company’s future development. […]

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Green10 – The Business Intelligence Dashboard Tool For Food Service

21 October 2014

  Green10 (G10) provides access to an interactive, online dashboard that measures and monitors any caterer’s unique, responsible CSER buying profile. The innovation is truly exceptional because of the sheer depth and far reaching capabilities of G10.  It brings millions of pieces of data together in one place, enabling operators to make rational, informed buying […]

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UK Sales of Halloween Products to Reach £240 Million

UK Sales of Halloween Products to Reach £240 Million

20 October 2014

New research from Mintel reveals that retail sales of Halloween products reached £230 million in 2013 and are expected to grow to around £240 million this year. In 2013, more than two-fifths (43%) of British consumers joined in the festivities by spending on products or services for the occasion and it seems that it is […]

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EU Projects Promote the Development of Breads With a Plus on Health

EU Projects Promote the Development of Breads With a Plus on Health

20 October 2014

As a result of two in-depth EU projects a team of leading European researchers, industry partners and artisan bakeries has developed a range of innovative grain-based raw materials for baked goods with improved nutritional profiles The EU-funded HealthGrain and HealthBread projects set out to develop wheat-based raw materials that would help to improve the nutritional […]

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Improved Bakery Production Facilities

Improved Bakery Production Facilities

20 October 2014

When maintaining a hygienic environment there are many elements to be considered by a contractor before any construction can begin. One of the main elements in the food processing industry is the drainage. Having an inappropriate drainage system in a processing room can lead to a number of problems that directly lead to bacteria build-up […]

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