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  • 2 Sisters Strengthens its Board Richard Pike. Boparan Holdings, trading as 2 Sisters Food Group, has announced two new appointments to its board. Richard Pike is to be appointed as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and current chief operating officer, Martyn Fletcher, is being appointed to the main Boparan Holdings board from July 1st 2017. Richard Pike will join 2 [...]...
  • Starch-based Ingredients Made Simple – Starch Europe Launches a New Interactive Platform Starch Europe has launched a new online Q&A platform “Starch in Food: Your Questions Answered” (www.starchinfood.eu) inviting visitors to learn more about the use of all starch based ingredients, including modified starch and starch-based sugars in food through a set of Q&As, a video and an interactive infographic. Starch-based ingredients, depending on the way they are [...]...
  • Packaging Automation and Versatile Packaging Form New Tray Sealing Machinery Partnership in Irish Market British manufacturer, Packaging Automation (PA) which has a virtually unrivalled reputation for quality and choice in the tray sealing market across the UK, and further afield is setting out on an exciting road which it hopes will give it similar prestige in targeted export markets. The company has signed an exclusive agreement with Versatile Packaging based [...]...
  • Activist Hedge Fund Takes $3.5 Billion Stake in Nestlé Third Point, the New York-based activist hedge fund, has purchased a 1.3% stake in Nestlé for SFr3.28 billion ($3.5 billion). Third Point is urging the world’s largest food group, which is now under new leadership following the accession of new chief executive Mark Schneider, to improve its margins, shed non-core businesses, including its 23% stake [...]...
  • Richardson Acquires European Oat Millers to Expand Global Reach Richardson International, Canada’s leading agribusiness, has expanded its oat milling business with the acquisition of European Oat Millers. Based in Bedford, England, European Oat Millers is the second largest oat miller in Europe, producing a wide range of oat products, including various oat flakes, flour and groats, as well as wheat and barley flakes and [...]...
  • O’Kale Krisps Wins University College Dublin’s 2017 Start-Up Programme For Students University College Dublin (UCD) has announced O’Kale Krisps (www.okalekrisps.com) as the overall winner of the 2017 UCD Startup Stars Programme. This year’s  programme, the University’s start-up support initiative for student entrepreneurs, has just ended at NovaUCD. O’Kale Krisps, an early-stage food venture, has developed low-calorie, highly nutritious and air-dried kale crisps to give consumers a unique [...]...

2 Sisters Strengthens its Board

  2 Sisters Strengthens its Board

Richard Pike.
Boparan Holdings, trading as 2 Sisters Food Group, has announced two new appointments to its board. Richard Pike is to be appointed as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and current chief operating officer, Martyn Fletcher, is being appointed to the main Boparan Holdings board from July 1st 2017.
Richard Pike will join 2 […]

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Starch-based Ingredients Made Simple – Starch Europe Launches a New Interactive Platform

  Starch-based Ingredients Made Simple – Starch Europe Launches a New Interactive Platform

Starch Europe has launched a new online Q&A platform “Starch in Food: Your Questions Answered” (www.starchinfood.eu) inviting visitors to learn more about the use of all starch based ingredients, including modified starch and starch-based sugars in food through a set of Q&As, a video and an interactive infographic.
Starch-based ingredients, depending on the way they are […]

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Packaging Automation and Versatile Packaging Form New Tray Sealing Machinery Partnership in Irish Market

  Packaging Automation and Versatile Packaging Form New Tray Sealing Machinery Partnership in Irish Market

British manufacturer, Packaging Automation (PA) which has a virtually unrivalled reputation for quality and choice in the tray sealing market across the UK, and further afield is setting out on an exciting road which it hopes will give it similar prestige in targeted export markets.
The company has signed an exclusive agreement with Versatile Packaging based […]

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Activist Hedge Fund Takes $3.5 Billion Stake in Nestlé

  Activist Hedge Fund Takes $3.5 Billion Stake in Nestlé

Third Point, the New York-based activist hedge fund, has purchased a 1.3% stake in Nestlé for SFr3.28 billion ($3.5 billion). Third Point is urging the world’s largest food group, which is now under new leadership following the accession of new chief executive Mark Schneider, to improve its margins, shed non-core businesses, including its 23% stake […]

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Richardson Acquires European Oat Millers to Expand Global Reach

  Richardson Acquires European Oat Millers to Expand Global Reach

Richardson International, Canada’s leading agribusiness, has expanded its oat milling business with the acquisition of European Oat Millers. Based in Bedford, England, European Oat Millers is the second largest oat miller in Europe, producing a wide range of oat products, including various oat flakes, flour and groats, as well as wheat and barley flakes and […]

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O’Kale Krisps Wins University College Dublin’s 2017 Start-Up Programme For Students

  O’Kale Krisps Wins University College Dublin’s 2017 Start-Up Programme For Students

University College Dublin (UCD) has announced O’Kale Krisps (www.okalekrisps.com) as the overall winner of the 2017 UCD Startup Stars Programme. This year’s  programme, the University’s start-up support initiative for student entrepreneurs, has just ended at NovaUCD.
O’Kale Krisps, an early-stage food venture, has developed low-calorie, highly nutritious and air-dried kale crisps to give consumers a unique […]

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New Schütz Factory in Poland Officially Opened

  New Schütz Factory in Poland Officially Opened

On 22 June, the new Schütz Polska Sp. z o.o. factory was officially opened, and the inauguration was duly celebrated with a large event. At the beginning of December 2016, production of Schütz Ecobulks commenced at the 23,000-square-metre site in Zory, which is around 35 kilometres south of Katowice. An IBC reconditioning line was installed […]

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Separating Products From Packaging For Disposal or Recycling

  Separating Products From Packaging For Disposal or Recycling

The Atritor Turbo Separator de-packaging system is designed to separate packaging from its contents, increasing product recovery and cutting back on waste. Coventry-based Atritor has supplied over 180 systems worldwide, for a range of packaged waste recovery applications. The smallest of the range, the TS1260 was developed with the requirements of food production in mind.
Since […]

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Emerging-market Brands Dominate the IWSR’s Top 100 List

  Emerging-market Brands Dominate the  IWSR’s Top 100 List

The 2017 edition of the IWSR’s annual Top 100 rankings has been published in the IWSR Magazine. It lists the world’s 100 largest spirits brands by volume, pitting famous international brands against local spirits titans that dominate in their home markets. The Top 100 list is uniquely based on the IWSR’s proprietary database, the authoritative […]

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Lycored Sells Premix Business to Prinova

  Lycored Sells Premix Business to Prinova

Global carotenoid leader Lycored is selling its nutrient premix business to US food ingredients supplier Prinova. As part of the transaction all the company’s premix-related activities and assets, which are based mainly in the UK and China, will be transferred to Prinova.
The divestment is another step in executing the business strategy Lycored announced two years ago. […]

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Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

  Organic Conditions Boost Flavonoids and Antioxidant Activity in Onions

Five years ago, a highly publicised meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now, researchers have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in […]

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Bespoke Water Recovery Plant Exceeds Water Reduction Targets For Britvic Beckton

  Bespoke Water Recovery Plant Exceeds Water Reduction Targets For Britvic Beckton

Advanced 3D modelling techniques and engineering innovation led Britvic to significantly reduce wastewater discharge, far exceeding their original targets. This modified system, built around existing technology and fully integrated with their current production line, led to huge additional cost savings.
Bill Denyer of Envirogen says: “An audit had taken place of the wastewater streams at the […]

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Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

  Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

By Francisco Pedrosa, National Clean Steam Specialist at Spirax Sarco
While quality and purity of steam used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries has been an important consideration for years, the food and beverage sector has been slower to analyse the type of steam it uses.
There is a misplaced assumption amongst many food manufacturers that steam […]

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Hanovia is Helping Cott Beverages Keep its Process Water Pure

  Hanovia is Helping Cott Beverages Keep its Process Water Pure

In an increasingly regulated and safety-conscious market, legislations such as the EU Directive for Bottled Water 98/88/EC (1998) drives the beverage industry to meet ever more stringent standards of quality. Microbial growth due to contaminated water or ingredients can cause discolouration, off flavours and shortened shelf-life. The threat of contamination is further increased as manufacturers […]

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Diageo to Acquire Super-premium Tequila Brand For $1 Billion

  Diageo to Acquire Super-premium Tequila Brand For $1 Billion

Diageo has agreed to acquire Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US. The deal provides an opportunity for Diageo to strengthen its participation in the fast growing tequila category, as well as expand the brand internationally.
The transaction values Casamigos at up to $1 billion, with initial consideration set at $700 million and […]

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New Head at Raisio

  New Head at Raisio

Pekka Kuusniemi (pictured) is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Raisio, the Finnish plant-based nutrition group. He will take up his new post at the beginning of November 2017. He transfers to Raisio from the position of President and CEO of the Oras Group.
Matti Perkonoja, Chairman of Raisio’s Board of Directors says: “Pekka […]

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Nestlé to Support Start-ups Through Terra Accelerator

  Nestlé to Support Start-ups Through Terra Accelerator

Nestlé is expanding its support for innovative start-ups in the USA. Nestlé USA will enter into a new partnership with Rabobank and RocketSpace for the Terra Food + Agtech Accelerator programme.
Nestlé will work with Terra and other corporate collaborators to select and coach some of the most innovative and disruptive start-ups in the food and […]

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Slaney Foods to Supply Certified Irish Hereford Beef to Lidl in the US

  Slaney Foods to Supply Certified Irish Hereford Beef to Lidl in the US

Irish beef processor Slaney Foods International has landed a deal to supply premium speciality Certified Irish Hereford beef to Lidl stores in the United States. The deal, facilitated due to Slaney’s relationship with Lidl Ireland, was actively supported by Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
“Our partnership with Lidl Ireland is very […]

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Record Breakers – Vitafoods Europe Enjoys Big Surge in Visitors and Exhibitors

  Record Breakers – Vitafoods Europe Enjoys Big Surge in Visitors and Exhibitors

Vitafoods Europe has enjoyed another record-breaking year, with visitor and exhibitor numbers both significantly up on 2016. Almost 20,000 (19,951) visitors attended the global nutraceutical event in Geneva between 9 and 11 May – 13% more than last year. Furthermore, a record 1,034 companies exhibited – up 15% on 2016.
This was the most international Vitafoods Europe […]

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Fane Valley and ABP to Extend Joint Venture Arrangement

  Fane Valley and ABP to Extend Joint Venture Arrangement

Northern Ireland-based Fane Valley Co-op and ABP Food Group, the Irish and international meat processor, are to extend their joint venture relationship to include Linden Foods, the UK-based meat processing business of Fane Valley. The partnership will see Republic of Ireland-based ABP Food Group take a 50% stake in the Linden Foods company.
An agreement in […]

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Walsh Whiskey Distillery Agrees French Distribution Deal

  Walsh Whiskey Distillery Agrees French Distribution Deal

Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the independent Irish distillery, has signed an exclusive agreement with Dugas of Paris, for the distribution, throughout France, of its range of Writers’ Tears premium Irish whiskeys from the 1st September 2017.
Established in 1980 by Francois-Xavier Dugas, the Dugas company is a renowned distributor of leading spirits with a particular emphasis on […]

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IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

  IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers

IRI, the global provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new Growth Solutions team providing specialist assistance for manufacturers. The Growth Solutions team is being set up to support IRI’s clients across five specific focus areas: Media Strategy and Optimisation, Shopper Marketing Effectiveness, Price and Promotions, In-Store Activation […]

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CROWN Food Europe Wins Gold Award in 29th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation

  CROWN Food Europe Wins Gold Award in 29th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation

CROWN Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, has been honored with a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its easy-open foil sealed can. The Peelfit™ can, which enhances convenience, lightweighting and product protection, was highlighted as a standout product in the ‘technological advancement’ and ‘responsible packaging’ categories of […]

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Patak’s Paste Pots Unleash Indian Flavours Easily With Design by Hornall Anderson

  Patak’s Paste Pots Unleash Indian Flavours Easily With Design by Hornall Anderson

A new range of spice Paste Pots by Patak’s has launched into Morrison’s with contemporary packaging design by Hornall Anderson. To showcase the intense aromas and flavours generated by the paste pots and forge a sensory experience for the consumer, graphic squirls feature on the front of pack.
Patak’s wanted to communicate the benefits of its […]

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Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

  Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.
The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with […]

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Moy Park Put Up For Sale

  Moy Park Put Up For Sale

Brazil-based JBS, which is the world’s largest meat processing company, is to sell its Moy Park business as part of a wider divestment programme of non-core and less strategic assets. Based in Northern Ireland, Moy Park is one of Europe’s largest poultry producers. It was acquired by JBS for $1.5 billion in September 2015 and […]

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Greene King Pledges to Reach Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020

  Greene King Pledges to Reach Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020

Greene King, the UK’s leading pub retailer and brewer, has announced a new target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020 – the first pledge of its kind in the UK’s pub industry. The declaration follows the launch of Greene King’s partnership with waste management company SWR in April 2016, and its commitment to […]

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German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

  German Grocery Market to Grow 10.5% to 2021

Germany’s grocery market is forecast to be worth €259 billion by 2021, a growth rate of 10.5%, according to new figures released by IGD, the international grocery research organisation.
Key findings include:

All of Germany’s major grocery channels are expected to grow over the next four years, primarily driven by inflation combined with population growth, plus retailers […]

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PureCircle Successfully Produces New StarLeaf™ Stevia Extract With High Degree of Sugar-Like Taste

  PureCircle Successfully Produces New StarLeaf™ Stevia Extract With High Degree of Sugar-Like Taste

PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of stevia ingredients for the global beverage and food industry, has announced the successful production of the first stevia leaf extract from the new, breakthrough, proprietary stevia leaf – StarLeaf™ stevia.
StarLeaf stevia contains over 20 times more sugar-like steviol glycoside content compared to standard stevia leaf varieties. The […]

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Ferrarelle SpA – A ‘Single Format’ Line of 40,000 bph

  Ferrarelle SpA – A ‘Single Format’ Line of 40,000 bph

Ferrarelle SpA, one of the most important Italian mineral water bottlers, confirmed its trust in Parma-based ACMI for the construction of an innovative PET line of 40,000 bottles per hour. The line was installed in the Riardo plant, in the province of Caserta (Italy), and is dedicated to the production of the famous 1.5 litre […]

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Nestlé Enters Online Prepared Meals Market in the US

  Nestlé Enters Online Prepared Meals Market in the US

Nestlé has acquired a minority interest in Freshly, a leading provider of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) healthy prepared meals, which currently supplies consumers in 28 states in the US with weekly shipments of meals. As the lead investor in the $77 million round of new funding just announced by Freshly, Nestle is entering an online prepared meals […]

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Scottish Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow

  Scottish Food and Drink Exports Continue to Grow

Scotland’s food and drink exports increased by over 11% to £1.2 billion in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. The EU remains Scotland’s largest regional export market outside of the UK, with exports growing by £50 million.
Statistics also show:
* Total food exports were valued at £371 million, up […]

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Lab Innovations – Back For 2017!

  Lab Innovations – Back For 2017!

Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – returns for its sixth consecutive year on 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. With the largest gathering of laboratory suppliers in the UK, this free-to-attend show has lots on offer for professionals across a wide range […]

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DuPont Nutrition & Health Increases the Appeal of Dairy-Free Drinks

  DuPont Nutrition & Health Increases the Appeal of Dairy-Free Drinks

DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has made it easier for beverage manufacturers to produce stable soy, almond and other plant-based drinks with a refreshing texture and a clean label. Utilizing a new ingredient in the DuPont™ Danisco® range, manufacturers can obtain all the functionality they need without mixing in other additives.
The gelling ingredient is GRINDSTED® […]

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Stork Inline Thigh Filleting Up to High Capacities

  Stork Inline Thigh Filleting Up to High Capacities

The market for thigh fillet is opening up, offering plenty of opportunities worldwide. To benefit fully from this development, poultry processors can now process thighs by using the all-new inline Stork Thigh Fillet System.
In some countries, mainly in the Far East, chicken thigh meat has always been more popular than breast fillet. Nowadays however, there’s […]

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Amazon Moves into the Supermarket Sector With $13.7 Billion Acquisition

  Amazon Moves into the Supermarket Sector With $13.7 Billion Acquisition

Amazon, the global on-line shopping giant, and is acquiring Whole Foods Market, a leading natural and organic foods supermarket, for $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. In fiscal year 2016, Whole Foods Market had sales of approximately $16 billion and has more than 460 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United […]

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Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

  Global Plant Milk Market to Top US$16 Billion in 2018

The global market for dairy alternative drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion in 2018, up dramatically from US$7.4 billion in 2010, according to Innova Market Insights. Significant developments in this area include the acquisition of WhiteWave in 2016, presenting Danone with the opportunity to further developing its interests in this dynamic market in both […]

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EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

  EFSA Confirms Safe Levels For Nitrites and Nitrates Added to Food

Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety. Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is within safe levels for all population groups, except for a slight exceedance in children whose diet is high in […]

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Winners of 2017 Bridge2Food Sports & Active Nutrition Awards

  Winners of 2017 Bridge2Food Sports & Active Nutrition Awards

Carbonated protein soda, delicious meat snack bars, ready to drink meals (RTD) and ingredients designed to mask the flavour of protein were the winners of Bridge2Food’s 2017 Sports & Active Nutrition Awards showcasing innovation, the use of natural, functional ingredients and the continued trend to adapt mainstream products to target the active nutrition market.
FORI Meat […]

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New Manufacturing Halls and Offices For Meyn Polska

  New Manufacturing Halls and Offices For Meyn Polska

A total of 10375 sqm of production space and nearly 2000 sq m of office building was officially handed over to Meyn Polska on 13 June 2017. The company, based in Lebork/Pomerania since 1996, has been part of Meyn Food Processing Technology BV since 2007. Meyn is one of the world ‘s largest manufacturers of […]

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Nestlé May Sell US Confectionery Business

  Nestlé May Sell US Confectionery Business

Nestlé will explore strategic options for its US confectionery business, including a potential sale. The review covers the US market only and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Nestlé’s US confectionery business had sales of around SFr900 million (€827 million) in 2016. It primarily includes popular local chocolate brands such as Butterfinger, […]

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Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

  Online Grocery Clicks in the UK – Sales Set to Surpass £11 Billion in 2017

British consumers are increasingly taking advantage of fresh milk and frozen peas being just a click away. Indeed, new research from Mintel forecasts UK online grocery sales to reach £11.1 billion in 2017, up from an estimated £9.9 billion in 2016.
With the market forecast to grow by 12% this year, the value of virtual shopping […]

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New Whey Protein Goes Soft on Tough Snack Bars

  New Whey Protein Goes Soft on Tough Snack Bars

Arla Foods Ingredients has cracked the problem of hard protein bars with a new whey protein solution that stays soft for at least a year.
Nearly half of US consumers (45%) purchased a high-protein bar in the past month, according to research[1]. However, due to textural deterioration during shelf life – a common issue with high-protein […]

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Tetra Pak’s New In-line Blender Improves Consistency and Saves Costs

  Tetra Pak’s New In-line Blender Improves Consistency and Saves Costs

Tetra Pak has launched a new in-line blender that helps dairy manufacturers improve consistency, ensure product quality and cut costs. At the heart of the new Tetra Pak® In-line Blender D is a sophisticated automation platform that continuously collects data and controls the precision of blending.
“Ingredients for formulated products can be expensive. Precision of blending […]

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Kerry to Showcase New Snacking Research and Highlight Opportunities For Snacking Industry

  Kerry to Showcase New Snacking Research and Highlight Opportunities For Snacking Industry

Snackex, the global sourcing event for the savoury snacks industry, takes place from 21-22 June in Vienna and will see Kerry the Taste & Nutrition Company, showcase new research in the snacking category.
Consumer Insights Manager at Kerry Europe, Ciara McCabe, will present research that delves into consumer needs in the category, as well as detailing […]

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Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

  Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

As supermarkets across the UK continue to cut the number of products they stock, sales from branded new products were down by -6.5%, which equated to losses in revenue from new product development of £99.6 million. According to a new study by IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for retailers and suppliers, […]

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Irish Cheesemakers Win Gold, Silver and Bronze at International Cheese Fair

  Irish Cheesemakers Win Gold, Silver and Bronze at International Cheese Fair

Bord Bia is celebrating the success of three Irish cheesemakers who were awarded top prizes at a prestigious international cheese and dairy fair, Mondial du Fromage. For the second time, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers were successful in the Sheep Milk Blue Cheese category, winning a Super Gold Medal for their Crozier Blue Cheese. Cahill’s Farm Cheese […]

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New Powdered Version of ΩMegaSweet® Launched

  New Powdered Version of ΩMegaSweet® Launched

Earlier in 2017, Omega Ingredients announced the launch of their revolutionary liquid natural sugar alternative, ΩMegaSweet®, which resulted in calls from the largest drinks companies around the world and record sales. Following this success, their next innovation is a powdered version, a 100% natural, calorie-free flavour system that can be used in dry food as well as beverages. ΩMegaSweet® […]

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Easy Packaging Solutions is New Licensee of PacXpert™ Packaging Technology for Southern Europe and Belgium

  Easy Packaging Solutions is New Licensee of PacXpert™ Packaging Technology for Southern Europe and Belgium

As one of the leading materials solutions providers to the packaging industry, the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business of The Dow Chemical Company has announced that Easy Packaging Solutions, a leading converter in the French packaging market, is the newest licensee of Dow’s PacXpert™ Packaging Technology. As a licensee, Easy Packaging Solutions (EPS) will be […]

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Heineken/Punch Must Resolve Concerns Over Pub Merger

  Heineken/Punch Must Resolve Concerns Over Pub Merger

The CMA, the UK competition authority, has found that Heineken’s proposed purchase of part of the Punch Taverns estate could reduce competition in 33 local areas across Great Britain. Heineken must now offer proposals to address these concerns by 20 June or face an in-depth investigation into the merger. Punch is one of the UK’s […]

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