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Nestlé Fuels Solar Impulse For Longest Ever Non-stop Solar Flight

Nestlé Fuels Solar Impulse For Longest Ever Non-stop Solar Flight

Kraft Foods and Heinz Complete Merger

Kraft Foods and Heinz Complete Merger

Spearhead International Sold

Spearhead International Sold

Irish Drinks Industry a ‘Firm Ally’ in Reaching Food Wise 2025 Objectives

Irish Drinks Industry a ‘Firm Ally’ in Reaching Food Wise 2025 Objectives

Nestlé Fuels Solar Impulse For Longest Ever Non-stop Solar Flight

Nestlé Fuels Solar Impulse For Longest Ever Non-stop Solar Flight

06 July 2015

Solar Impulse, the world’s first attempt to fly around the globe in a solar-powered aircraft, has broken the record for the longest solo flight in such a machine. The plane piloted by André Borschberg covered the 7,212 kilometres from Nagoya, Japan to Honolulu in the US in five days and five nights, and will now […]

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Kraft Foods and Heinz Complete Merger

Kraft Foods and Heinz Complete Merger

06 July 2015

Kraft Foods Group and HJ Heinz Company has completed their merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. The merger was first announced on March 25, 2015. “The Kraft Heinz Company will unite two powerful businesses, […]

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Spearhead International Sold

Spearhead International Sold

06 July 2015

Paine & Partners, a US-based private equity investment firm focused on investing globally in food and agribusiness, has acquired Spearhead International, one of the largest agricultural producers in the European Union. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, Spearhead has farming operations on approximately 85,000 hectares of high-quality agricultural land […]

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Irish Drinks Industry a ‘Firm Ally’ in Reaching Food Wise 2025 Objectives

Irish Drinks Industry a ‘Firm Ally’ in Reaching Food Wise 2025 Objectives

06 July 2015

The Irish drinks industry has pledged support for the Government’s new ten year strategy for the agri-food sector, Food Wise 2025. Ross MacMathuna, director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the representative group for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland says: “Food Wise 2025 predicts that over the next decade Ireland can increase the value […]

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Nestlé Invests $112 Million in Dubai Factory

Nestlé Invests $112 Million in Dubai Factory

06 July 2015

Nestlé is investing US$20 million in a new manufacturing facility in Dubai to produce coffee and culinary products and cater for rising demand throughout the Middle East. The new facility will be built on a 175,000 square meter plot and will provide employment for 400 people. Nestlé is building the new factory to provide fresher […]

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Mondelez International and D.E Master Blenders 1753 Complete Coffee Deal

Mondelez International and D.E Master Blenders 1753 Complete Coffee Deal

03 July 2015

Mondelēz Internationaland D.E Master Blenders 1753 have completed the transactions to combine their respective coffee businesses, including Mondelēz International’s coffee portfolio in France, to create JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE), which will be the world’s leading pure-play coffee company with annual revenues of more than €5 billion. Upon closing, Mondelēz International received cash of approximately €3.8 […]

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Irish Government Launches Food Wise 2025 Strategy

Irish Government Launches Food Wise 2025 Strategy

03 July 2015

The Irish Government has unveiled a new ten year development strategy for the agri-food sector, Ireland’s most valuable indigenous industry. Aptly named Food Wise 2025, the strategy sets new ambitions for the sector for further growth, growth which is sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally. With global demand for high quality, safe and nutritious food […]

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Record Year For Greene King

Record Year For Greene King

03 July 2015

Greene King, the UK brewer and pub group, has reported record revenue of £1.315 billion for the 52 weeks ended 3 May 2015. Operating profit before exceptional items was down 1.7% to £256.2 million and profit before tax and exceptional items was down 0.8% to £168.5 million, each being affected by lower like-for-like sales growth […]

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Diageo Sells Gleneagles Hotel

Diageo Sells Gleneagles Hotel

03 July 2015

Diageo has sold Gleneagles Hotel to a private investment group led by Ennismore for an undisclosed amount. Ennismore is a real estate hospitality firm which owns The Hoxton brand, and develops and operates a series of unique hotels in Europe and the United States. The group has its origins in Shoreditch, East London. Gleneagles Hotel […]

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Morrisons Growth Continues in UK Grocery Market

Morrisons Growth Continues in UK Grocery Market

02 July 2015

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 21 June 2015, show the overall grocery market slipping back into decline with 0.1% less going through the tills compared to last year. However, against this backdrop, some individual supermarkets have shown growth. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at […]

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Faccenda Foods Named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

Faccenda Foods Named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

02 July 2015

Faccenda Foods, one of the UK’s leading food companies, has won the Manufacturer of the Year award at the Meat Management Awards. These annual awards recognise excellence throughout the meat industry and aim to set a high benchmark for all of the UK’s meat manufacturers. All meat producers were eligible for this award, which highlights […]

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Irish Government Launches New €50 Million Dairy Equipment Scheme

Irish Government Launches New €50 Million Dairy Equipment Scheme

02 July 2015

The Irish Government has introduced the new TAMS II Dairy Equipment Scheme which is the second of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Scheme is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The Scheme is open to all farmers who […]

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New Efficient, Sustainable Temperature Measurement Solutions at IT Food Summit 2015

New Efficient, Sustainable Temperature Measurement Solutions at IT Food Summit 2015

02 July 2015

Family-run, British business TME are proud to unveil their innovative range of ThermoBar Scan thermometers at this year’s IT Food & Drink Summit. These unique instruments ensure an efficient and sustainable temperature monitoring regime by recording not only the temperature, time and date of each measurement but also scanning barcodes to identify products or test […]

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Edrington Benefits From Continued Strong Demand For Premium Spirits

Edrington Benefits From Continued Strong Demand For Premium Spirits

01 July 2015

Scottish distiller Edrington, which produces global spirits brands, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Highland Park Scotch whiskies, Brugal rum, and Snow Leopard vodka, has reported earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) pre exceptionals of £181.1 million on revenues of £617.1 million for the year ended 31 March 2015. The results reflect a […]

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Diageo Appoints New President of North American Business

Diageo Appoints New President of North American Business

01 July 2015

Diageo recently announced that Larry Schwartz, President North America would retire by the end of this calendar year. Diageo has now appointed Deirdre Mahlan (pictured), currently Chief Financial Officer, as his replacement as President Diageo North America. Deirdre Mahlan’s replacement will be announced in due course and until that time she will continue in her […]

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The Scottish Burger Company is Launched

The Scottish Burger Company is Launched

01 July 2015

Inspired by growing consumer demand for home-grown, traceable meat, an Ayrshire-based husband and wife have launched The Scottish Burger Company. Promising burger lovers locally sourced, ethically farmed Scotch beef prepared with traditional butchery techniques, Alex and Carlyn Paton hope to bring butcher shop quality to the convenience of the supermarket. The range – which has […]

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Ensuring the Safety and Security For Your Premises, Staff and Products

01 July 2015

Visitor Management Limited, based in Long Eaton, has the systems that will help you ensure safety and security for your premises, staff and products. Food and drink industry production facility operators are encouraged to review their site safety and security procedures and controls in light of the potential for tampering or other malicious, criminal or […]

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New Head For Cargill’s European Poultry Business

New Head For Cargill’s European Poultry Business

30 June 2015

Mary Thompson, president of US-based Cargill Value Added Meats, has been appointed to lead Cargill’s European poultry business based in Hereford, England, effective August 1, 2015. Mary Thompson replaces Pilar Cruz, who was appointed corporate vice president to lead Cargill’s Strategy and Business Development team at the group’s Minneapolis headquarters. Mary Thompson led Cargill Value […]

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World First For Friskies

World First For Friskies

30 June 2015

Nestlé Purina PetCare brand Friskies has launched Pull ‘n Play, the world’s first tender edible strings for cats, in North America. Pull ‘n Play comes in a choice of three flavour varieties, and pets can enjoy it on its own, or with ‘Wobbert’, a wobbly cat toy also sold by Friskies that dispenses the string. […]

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Grimsby Institute Strengthens Services to Europe’s Foodtown

Grimsby Institute Strengthens Services to Europe’s Foodtown

30 June 2015

Grimsby Institute has further strengthened its commitment to the local food industry with the appointment of Mat Thompson (pictured right) as Senior Trainer Consultant (Food). A food industry specialist who has worked locally, nationally and internationally, Mat has joined the Grimsby Institute’s business training services division to bring a fresh dimension to the training and […]

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Introducing the New Bottle Conveyor From Gebo

Introducing the New Bottle Conveyor From Gebo

30 June 2015

Bottle conveyor manufacturer Gebo has unveiled the K110 universal guiding system. Gebo’s new bottle conveyor builds on the company’s acknowledged expertise in the field, offering a robustness which far outstrips that required for the PET business, as well as two innovative features which set a new standard for conveying expertise. This new bottle guidance mechanism […]

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Former Sainsburys CEO Justin King CBE confirmed as headline speaker at PPMA Show 2015

29 June 2015

29th September – 1st October 2015, NEC, Birmingham Justin King CBE, former CEO of Sainsbury’s, and a leading figure in the FMCG and Grocery Retailing sectors, has been confirmed as the headline seminar speaker at the PPMA Show 2015, the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery. Taking to the […]

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Proposed Dairy Crest/Muller Deal Moves Forward

Proposed Dairy Crest/Muller Deal Moves Forward

29 June 2015

On 12 June 2015 the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it would refer the proposed £80 million sale of Dairy Crest’s Dairies operations to Muller UK & Ireland Group for a phase 2 investigation unless Müller offered acceptable undertakings to address the CMA’s competition concerns. Müller has offered undertakings to address the CMA’s […]

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Nestlé Commits to Halving Food Waste Through Consumer Goods Forum

Nestlé Commits to Halving Food Waste Through Consumer Goods Forum

29 June 2015

Nestlé and other members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have announced a resolution to halve food waste across their operations by 2025 versus a 2016 baseline and support UN goals on the issue. The CGF brings together consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to pursue business practices for efficiency and positive change, and its 400 […]

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Nordic Organic Food Fair Opens Visitor Registration For 2015

Nordic Organic Food Fair Opens Visitor Registration For 2015

29 June 2015

Sunday 1 November marks the return of Nordic Organic Food Fair to Malmö, Sweden.  With its focus on new innovations from across the organic food and drink sector, this popular two-day event is an essential calendar date for thousands of retailers and foodservice professionals from across Scandinavia. The Nordic region’s only dedicated international trade show […]

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Acid Whey is a Big Dipper Thanks to New Protein Solution

Acid Whey is a Big Dipper Thanks to New Protein Solution

29 June 2015

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a protein solution that enables manufacturers to make delicious high-protein low-fat dips using the acid whey they have left over after making Greek yogurt. It is estimated that Greek yogurt manufacturers in the US generate about 1 million tonnes of acid whey every year. But simply by adding Arla Foods […]

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EU Moves to Harmonise Authorisation Procedure For Novel Foods

EU Moves to Harmonise Authorisation Procedure For Novel Foods

26 June 2015

Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, have been endorsed by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament. In talks, MEPs insisted that foods from cloned animals must be clearly included in the scope of the regulation, as must […]

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McCormick Acquiring Barbeque Sauces Business

McCormick Acquiring Barbeque Sauces Business

26 June 2015

McCormick & Company, the global flavour specialist, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of One World Foods, seller of Stubb’s barbeque sauces, a US-based private company for $100 million in cash. Stubb’s is the leading premium barbeque sauce brand in the US. In addition to sauces, Stubb’s products include marinades, rubs […]

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Bord Bia Announces the Return of the Food & Drink Awards

Bord Bia Announces the Return of the Food & Drink Awards

26 June 2015

Bord Bia has launched its Food and Drink Awards programme for 2015. As the industry seeks to grow output and expand export reach, it is important to recognise the continued progress and achievements of the sector in creating value for society and strengthening the sector’s reputation and competitiveness in domestic and global markets. Through eight […]

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Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for Lab Innovations 2015

Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for Lab Innovations 2015

26 June 2015

More than 100 industry leading suppliers have already booked stands for Lab Innovations 2015, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 4 & 5 November 2015. These suppliers have been quick to show support for the UK’s only show dedicated to the latest laboratory technology and consumables, analytics and biotech equipment. Those registered for the show […]

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Ahold and Delhaize to Merge

Ahold and Delhaize to Merge

25 June 2015

Leading international food retailers Delhaize Group and Royal Ahold have agreed to merge. The combined company, which will be named Ahold Delhaize, will have a portfolio of strong, trusted local brands with more than 375,000 associates serving more than 50 million customers every week in the United States and Europe. The company will have enhanced […]

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Greene King Completes Spirit Deal

Greene King Completes Spirit Deal

25 June 2015

Greene King, the UK pub retailer and brewer, has successfully acquired Spirit Pub Company for £774 million in the most high profile deal in the pub sector since 2005 when Punch Taverns acquired the original Spirit Pub Company. The deal allows Greene King to further realise its ambition to create a clear industry leader and […]

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Doubling the Delights of Belgian Chocolate

Doubling the Delights of Belgian Chocolate

25 June 2015

Manufacturers active in confectionery, biscuits, ice cream or cereals will benefit from increased supply of Belgian chocolate following the official inauguration of Cargill’s newly expanded world class chocolate facility in Mouscron, Belgium. The €35 million investment doubles production capacity for a product range including dark and milk liquid chocolate, drops and chunks and lactose-free dark […]

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Iba Points Out Ways to the Future and to Success

Iba Points Out Ways to the Future and to Success

25 June 2015

12 exhibition halls, over 1,200 exhibitors, and a multitude of innovations: from the 12th to the 17th September 2015, bakers, confectioners, caterers, restaurateurs and the decision-makers of the food retailing industry will all come together at iba in Munich. At the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks they will learn about new […]

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Moy Park Sold For $1.5 Billion

Moy Park Sold For $1.5 Billion

24 June 2015

Brazilian meat group Marfrig Global Foods is selling Moy Park, one of Europe’s largest poultry processors, to JBS for US$1.5 billion (€1.33 billion). With 13 main production sites across the UK and Europe, employing over 10,600 people, Northern Ireland-based Moy Park is the UK’s largest producer of organic and free range chicken. Moy Park supplies leading […]

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Mondelez International Partners with Facebook on Creative Video Content and E-Commerce

Mondelez International Partners with Facebook on Creative Video Content and E-Commerce

24 June 2015

Mondelez International has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook, the world’s largest discovery platform, with a focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to leverage and innovate around two of the fastest growing consumer behaviours on social media platforms: […]

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Carlsberg No Alcohol Lager Launched in the UK

Carlsberg No Alcohol Lager Launched in the UK

24 June 2015

Carlsberg UK is continuing its year of innovation by announcing the launch of Carlsberg’s new 0.0% ABV lager. Carlsberg 0.0% retains the sharp and naturally satisfying taste of the brand’s traditional lager, yet is completely free of alcohol. Crafted using the natural ingredients of hops, malt and water, the new 0.0% ABV product is available […]

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Nespresso Wins Award For Recycling Project

Nespresso Wins Award For Recycling Project

24 June 2015

Nespresso France has won ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ in ‘Trophées Défis RSE’ 2015 for supporting innovation in recycling technology and developing partnerships to improve the recycling of aluminium coffee capsules and other small-sized metal packages. Although aluminum is 100% recyclable, only 32% of household aluminium packaging is recycled in France. Because packaging sorting centres do not […]

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