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EC Clears Suntory Acquisition of Beam

Highland Spring Enters Flavoured Water Category

Welsh Frozen Yoghurt Producer Receives Royal Recognition

Kellogg Company Highlights Donation Of 230 Million Breakfasts

EC Clears Suntory Acquisition of Beam

23 April 2014

The European Commission has given regulatory clearance to the pending $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings. “Regulatory clearance from the European Commission paves the way to complete the transaction with Suntory Holdings next week,” says Matt Shattock, president and CEO of Beam. “We have been working with Suntory to help ensure a smooth integration [...]

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Highland Spring Enters Flavoured Water Category

23 April 2014

Highland Spring, the UK’s number one bottled water brand, has launched its first ever flavoured water. Highland Spring Country is a new range of naturally flavoured drinks, blending water drawn from the brand’s organic catchment area in the Ochil Hills, Perthshire in Scotland with home-grown British fruit. Made with only natural flavours and sweeteners, Highland Spring [...]

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Welsh Frozen Yoghurt Producer Receives Royal Recognition

23 April 2014

North Wales frozen yogurt producer, Plas Farm, is celebrating being named winner of the UK’s highest accolade for business success – The Queen’s Award For Enterprise. The Anglesey-based company, which has customers worldwide, is to receive its award for its excellence in International Trade in recognition of its increased year on year export sales. The prestigious [...]

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Kellogg Company Highlights Donation Of 230 Million Breakfasts

23 April 2014

Kellogg Company’s just released annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report includes progress against the company’s Breakfasts for Better Days™ initiative to donate 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks – including one half billion servings of breakfast – to children and families in need, by the end of 2016. The company is on track to meet its [...]

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Getting to Grips With Robot End-effectors – A Beginner’s Guide

23 April 2014

For perfectly understandable reasons, when it comes to pick and place installations for consumer goods, the robotic arm tends to attract the most attention. Although there is less of a focus on the end tooling at the tip of the arm, it is these end effectors that, when working in unison with a robotic arm, [...]

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Children Who Cook Eat More Greens, Nestlé Study Reveals

22 April 2014

Children who help to prepare their own meals eat significantly more vegetables than those who are not involved in cooking, a Nestlé study published in the journal Appetite suggests. The research, carried out by the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, compared what children chose to eat when they helped cook their own meal with what [...]

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Irish Dairy Board Reports Strong Financial Performance

22 April 2014

The Irish Dairy Board increased turnover by 5% to over €2.1 billion and EBIT up 25% to €25.8 million in 2013. This strong operating performance enabled an €11 million bonus to be declared to members, an increase of 16% on the year prior. The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is an agri-food commercial co-operative which markets and [...]

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Chilli Adds Bite to Devilish Meatballs

22 April 2014

Wonderfully named Devilishly Spiced Pork Chilli Meatballs and Meat Bites are the perfect ingredients for caterers and ready meal and snack manufacturers seeking to add pzazz to snacks for the millions of football followers who will take advantage of relaxed licensing laws to watch this summer’s World Cup on TV. Both products strongly feature chillies – [...]

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Shared Responsibility of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil to be Discussed at RSPO Conference – London, June 4th 2014

17 April 2014

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi stakeholder organization and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, will gather industry and NGOs from across the UK and Europe at the London River Bank Plaza, on June 4th 2014. The conference – “100 % Certified Sustainable Palm Oil: Our shared Responsibility” – will also serve [...]

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Campari Strengthens Portfolio With €104 Million Acquisition

17 April 2014

Italian drinks group Gruppo Campari has agreed to pay €103.8 million to acquire 100% of Fratelli Averna, an independently owned business, based in Caltanissetta, Sicily. Averna Group is a leading spirits company in the Italian market, owner of Averna, the second best-selling bitter inItaly, and one of the best well-known bitters worldwide. Averna Group also [...]

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Golden Cow Creates 23 New Jobs in Northern Ireland

17 April 2014

Golden Cow, which is part of Kerry Group, is providing 23 new jobs at Portadown in Northern Ireland with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund as part of a £2.5 million expansion. The expansion will see the plant manufacture two innovative products, LowLow Snack Packs and Matteson’s Chicken Dippers, for major retailers in the [...]

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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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Irish food-tech company raises €900,000 investment

16 April 2014

An Irish food diagnostics company AltraTech has raised €900,000 in investment through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, as well as Enterprise Ireland and company founders. AltraTech is developing a single-use portable semiconductor test kit for use in the food and agri sector, for high sensitivity species-specific identification of food content and [...]

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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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