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Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition

Diageo Bids to Increase Stake in United Spirits

Heineken on Way to Meeting 2020 Sustainability Commitments

Natural and Organic Awards 2014 – Winners Announced

Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition

16 April 2014

German-based food ingredients manufacturer Symrise has made a binding €1.3 billion offer to acquire Diana Group, a world leader in natural and functional food solutions and palatability enhancers for pet food. The deal will allow Symrise to significantly expand its position in the flavour and nutrition market, strengthen its backward integration and expand its activities into [...]

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Diageo Bids to Increase Stake in United Spirits

16 April 2014

Diageo is seeking to increase its stake in United Spirits Ltd, the leading spirits producer in India, from 28.8% to 54.8%. Diageo has launched a tender offer of £1.13 billion to acquire a further 26% of USL. On a consolidated basis, in the financial year ended 31 March 2013, USL earned net revenue of INR105,980 million [...]

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Heineken on Way to Meeting 2020 Sustainability Commitments

16 April 2014

Heineken has published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s progress toward its 2020 commitments. Key activities and achievements for the year include: Reducing CO2 emissions – A key highlight of the year is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 119 kton CO2 in 2013, or almost 2,400 trips around the globe with a fully [...]

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Natural and Organic Awards 2014 – Winners Announced

16 April 2014

The winners of the coveted Natural and Organic Awards 2014 were announced at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show. Now in its 19th year, the annual awards brought together over 450 industry professionals to recognise and celebrate the standout brands and products of the year The 2014 Natural & Organic Awards attracted a wealth of high [...]

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Anuga FoodTec underlines the significance of functional ingredients in the production chain

16 April 2014

The coming edition of Anuga FoodTec from 24 to 27 March 2015 in Cologne is positioning the theme “Food Ingredients” as a new exhibition segment and is thus adding an important element for the production of food and beverages to its wide spectrum of exhibits. The focus here lies on functional ingredients. They change the [...]

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Food and Drink Industry Ireland publishes 2014 Priorities

15 April 2014

Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, today published its ‘Policy recommendations of the food and drink sector 2014′, which stresses the central role the industry can play in the economic life of the country in the coming years. FDII Director Paul Kelly said: “As exports reach €10 billion, [...]

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First Nestlé Milk Product For Lactose-intolerant Children

15 April 2014

Nestlé Mexico has launched the first Nestlé milk product for lactose-intolerant children between one and three years old. Nido Kinder Deslactosado is designed for the 5-6% of Mexican children under four years of age who are lactose-intolerant. According to the American Academyof Pediatrics, lactose intolerance is much more common among Hispanic, Asian and black children younger [...]

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Freshways Appoints New Head of Innovation

15 April 2014

Freshways, Ireland’s largest sandwich maker has appointed Ian Mullin as its new Head of Innovation. Ian’s primary role will be new product development, formulating exciting recipes for front of store range and also developing menus and ingredients for sandwich bars. Ian holds an MSc in Food Product Development & Culinary Innovation and a BSc in [...]

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Setting Up the Next Generation Dairy and Nutritionals Processing Plants

15 April 2014

By Carsten Juhl Jessen, M.Sc. Dairy Science & Technology, Deputy Division Manager, GEA Process Engineering Soeborg, Denmark Worldwide, the dairy and nutrition industry is gearing up – increasing capacity and upgrading facilities to meet the growing demand for high quality and safe products from a rising global population. Serving the industry for decades with a full [...]

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The Right Food Grade Lubricant – It Makes a Difference

15 April 2014

Effective lubrication of food processing equipment is becoming increasingly important. Manufacturing operations can be expected to run continuously and the equipment may have to endure conditions such as extreme temperature swings and contamination-prone environments. Finding a lubricant that meets stringent food safety standards, provides lubrication even under tough conditions, helps reduce downtime and ultimately saves [...]

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New premium brand IC engine forklift range offers exceptional value proposition

15 April 2014

Jungheinrich has launched a completely re-designed generation of IC-engine powered counterbalanced forklift trucks. The new ‘Torque Converter’ hydrodynamic drive trucks have been engineered in such a way that allows maximum cost-efficiency to be achieved in the manufacturing process. But despite their attractive value proposition, the trucks – which are manufactured in Germany at Jungheinrich’s state-of-the-art Moosburg factory [...]

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Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser

15 April 2014

Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser. The Technology Strategy Board is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is the UK’s innovation agency. It brings together business, research [...]

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Linkx Packaging Systems is appointed ‘System Partner’ by Kuka Robotics

15 April 2014

End-of-line packaging expert Linkx Packaging Systems has been appointed a ‘System Partner’ by Kuka Robotics. Linkx Systems was selected on the basis of the company’s experience and technical ability in the design and manufacture of packaging machinery. System Partner status will give engineers at Linkx Systems priority access to Kuka’s specialist application support and design teams in [...]

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Thermo King Keeps it Cool and Quiet at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014

14 April 2014

Brussels, Belgium, April 15, 2014 – In order to relieve the overwhelming traffic congestion and improve road safety, debates are taking place to shift deliveries outside of peak traffic hours. At the same time, voices are being raised to reduce noise emitted by transportation. With this in mind, distribution companies are looking for ways to [...]

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Dairygold Achieves Record Profits

14 April 2014

Irish dairy co-operative Dairygold has increased operating profit by 33% to€27.3 million in 2013 on turnover up 15,9% to €847 million. The record operating profit was generated after paying a leading milk price and paying €7.5 million in year-end bonuses to milk suppliers and trading customers. The overall operating profit including share trading was €27.9 [...]

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Stay in Control from Pack to Pallet Marel hosts Packing, Labeling & Dispatch Event in Copenhagen

14 April 2014

Labeling and Dispatch Event at their new state-of-the-art demonstration center Progress Point in Copenhagen. Innovative manual, semi-automatic and automatic systems and software solutions that enable processors to optimize and control their packing, labeling and dispatch processes will be demonstrated. Interactive Innova displays and presentations from experts will feature along with a number of new machines and systems [...]

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ABP first in Ireland to receive Carbon Trust’s Triple Award

14 April 2014

ABP Food Group has become the first company in Ireland to receive triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives from the Carbon Trust, a leading authority on monitoring the efforts of companies and governments to reduce their environmental impact. ABP joins only four other companies in the UK to have received all three Carbon [...]

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Consultancy expands at RSSL

14 April 2014

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has appointed Sarah Marshall as its new Head of Consultancy Business, as a crucial step in the expansion of its Consultancy Department. With 22 years’ experience of the food industry, Sarah brings a wealth of expertise to her new position from previous work in ingredients and process research for Cadbury, [...]

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AB InBev Expands in Asia Pacific

14 April 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev has successfully completed the acquisition of Oriental Brewery, the leading brewer in South Korea. The acquisition returns OB to the AB InBev portfolio after AB InBev sold the company in July 2009. OB is now the largest brewer in South Korea, an attractive beer market with a strong domestic growth outlook. Additionally, Cass has [...]

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Nestlé Chairman Taken Ill

14 April 2014

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestlé, has been diagnosed with an illness which is curable but requires periodic medical treatment over the next six months. This does not affect Mr Brabeck-Letmathe’s ability to carry out his role as chairman of the Nestlé board of directors and he will continue to fully exercise his duties during the treatment [...]

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Smarter Cleaning Solutions From JEROS

14 April 2014

Danish company JEROS specialises in the manufacturing of dish washers, utensil washers, crate washers, conveyor tunnel washers and tray cleaners for the food processing industry, as well as for the retail and food service sectors. With more than 50 years of experience, JEROS has developed a wide range of high quality products to meet the [...]

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Palsgaard advises on how to achieve success in Asia

14 April 2014

Palsgaard, the renowned Danish producer of food ingredients, hosts Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr. Dan Jørgensen during visit in Malaysia. On 7 April, a Danish trade delegation headed by Mr. Dan Jørgensen visited Palsgaard’s newly inaugurated emulsifier factory in Johor Bahru, Malaysia during the delegation’s visit to Malaysia and Singapore. The aim was [...]

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Packo NanoPad Seal Works For 2 Years @ 140°C

14 April 2014

In April 2011 Packo replaced a pump from a German manufacturer in a milk sterilization unit in one of the leading Dairy groups in France. The pump was used in a UHT flash pasteurizer to transfer hot water at 140°C through a heat exchanger. It had a double seal, but the seal needed replacement every [...]

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Irish Whiskey Sector to Invest €1 Billion in Ireland Over Next Ten Years

11 April 2014

The newly launched Irish Whiskey Association has announced that the Irish whiskey sector is set to invest over €1 billion in Ireland in the next 10 years. With more than 15 new distilleries currently being developed across the country, the new association brings together new entrants and existing companies to promote Irish whiskey and to [...]

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Arla Foods Expands UK Milk Pool

11 April 2014

Arla Foods has secured over 150 million litres of owner milk, in its latest recruitment initiative, just months after 1,200 British farmers were offered co-ownership of Arla Foods amba. The volume has been signed up in one month following the decision of Arla’s board of Directors to secure a further 300 million litres of owner [...]

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Diageo Launches New Scotch Whisky in Partnership With David Beckham and Simon Fuller

11 April 2014

Diageo has announced the global launch of Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, in partnership with global sporting icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Working alongside Diageo, Beckham and Fuller will play a fundamental role in developing the brand, its strategy and positioning. David Beckham will also lead the promotion of a responsible [...]

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Glanbia Chief Honoured as UCD Alumni of the Year

11 April 2014

Siobhan Talbot (pictured), group managing director of Glanbia, the global nutritional solutions and cheese group, was honoured recently at the UCD (University College, Dublin) Business Alumni of the Year 2014 awards. The Alumni Awards, which have been running since 1991, are the highest honour UCD Business bestows upon its graduates, recognising alumni who have demonstrated [...]

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Shochi Bronze Medallist Aileen Neilson reveals her personal motto

11 April 2014

The only female skip at an international level visited Star Refrigeration to tell staff about how she led her team to victory and won the Bronze medal for Britain. British champion and local hero Aileen Neilson received a hero’s welcome at Star Refrigeration from over a hundred staff at her arrival at a branch in her [...]

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Increased Output and Reduced Costs in Soft Drinks Production

11 April 2014

An increase in machine reliability and the improvement of lubrication management practices in order to maximise output in one of their plants was the objective of a globally active soft drink producer when they approached tribology expert Klüber Lubrication. One of the plant’s seven bottling lines was chosen for the improvement project. Analysis was undertaken [...]

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Laser Sorting Technology Enhances Pea Quality at Birds Eye

11 April 2014

TOMRA Sorting, exclusively represented in the UK by Stein Solutions, has supplied two Best Helius™ free-fall laser sorters to Birds Eye’s Lowestoft f actory in order to provide greatly enhanced quality checks for the company’s market-leading frozen peas. Birds Eye, part of Iglo Foods Group, says that the new sorters are allowing a far greater number [...]

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Span Tech Europe – Flexibility at its Very Best

10 April 2014

Today, material handling systems have become a fundamental part of a flexible manufacturing system, they must adapt to the product and production process, not the other way around. Span Tech Europe provides custom systems for the packaging, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution industries, with about two-thirds of the company’s business currently concentrated in [...]

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Mars to Expand Pet Care Business With $2.9 Billion Acquisition

10 April 2014

Mars Incorporated has agreed to acquire the IAMS®, EUKANUBA® and NATURA® pet care brands in major markets from Procter & Gamble for $2.9 billion in cash. The deal is a significant strategic move for Mars Petcare to complement its large and growing global petcare business. The geographic regions included in the acquisition, which account for approximately [...]

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Carlsberg Group Enters New Category With Global Launch of Seth & Riley’s Garage

10 April 2014

Carlsberg Group is launching its first global venture into the ‘hard drinks’ category – the category, which was launched in the USA in 1999 and is now worth $1 billion per annum. Seth & Riley’s Garage will be launched initially in Russia and Canada. The new refreshing alcoholic beverage is inspired by the USA’s tradition [...]

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Bacardi Looks For New Chief

10 April 2014

Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has commenced the search for a new head following the departure of president and chief executive officer Ed Shirley, who is retiring after a successful 36-year career. An interim CEO will be announced shortly and will serve until a successor is appointed. Pending that announcement, [...]

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Oaktree Sells 37% Stake in Stock Spirits Group

10 April 2014

Oaktree Capital Management has disposed of its entire shareholding in Stock Spirits Group, consisting of 73,665,895 ordinary shares and representing approximately 36.83% of the company’s issued share capital. The disposal was effected by way of a placing of shares to institutional investors. Stock Spirits Group, a leading Central and Eastern European branded spirits producer, was listed [...]

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Sugazym increases yield and quality in sugar production

09 April 2014

SternEnzym presents new enzyme complexes for the production of granulated and raw sugar – With dextranase and amylase Sugazym simplifies the processing of raw materials containing starch and dextrans Ahrensburg, April 2014. The enzyme designer SternEnzym GmbH & Co. KG offers new multi-enzyme complexes for the sugar industry. The innovative processing aids were developed specially for [...]

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SternVitamin presents nutrient premixes for high-impact lifestyle drinks

09 April 2014

Ahrensburg, April 2014 – “Brainpower” and “Mind-Calming” are the key words for nutrient specialist SternVitamin’s innovative new products at this year’s Vitafoods in Geneva. These newly developed vitamin and mineral premixes address current trends and support a modern, creative lifestyle. The focus is on custom product ideas for the beverage industry. Relaxation sip by sip The new [...]

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Losses For the Big Four UK Grocers

09 April 2014

The latest UK grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 30 March 2014, show what appears to be a dramatic market slowdown, with growth of only 0.6% ‒ however this is distorted by the late falling of Easter this year, which was included in the 2013 period but not in the [...]

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