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Cargill Appoints New Managing Director, Chocolate EMEA & Asia

Orkla Expands its Baltic Operation by Acquiring Strong Local Brands

Morrisons Ajusts to New ‘Dawn and Dusk’ Shopper

Nespresso to Invest SFr500 Million in Sustainability Initiatives

Cargill Appoints New Managing Director, Chocolate EMEA & Asia

01 September 2014

Cargill’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia cocoa & chocolate business has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new Managing Director, Chocolate. Inge Demeyere began her career working in the vegetable oils sector and joined Cargill from Vandemoortele in 1998 as a purchasing manager. Following a range of roles in Cargill’s European refined oils business, [...]

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Orkla Expands its Baltic Operation by Acquiring Strong Local Brands

01 September 2014

Norwegian food group Orkla has entered into an agreement with Nordic Partners Food to purchase NP Foods Group including the Laima, Staburadze, Gutta, Margiris and Staburadzes Konditoreja brands. The acquisition, for an undisclosed price, will nearly double the scale of Orkla’s Baltic operations, making Orkla one of the largest consumer goods companies in the region. NP [...]

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Morrisons Ajusts to New ‘Dawn and Dusk’ Shopper

01 September 2014

New research has established the emergence of a ‘dawn and dusk’ shopper, with one in five consumers now regularly shopping before 9am in the morning and after 8pm at night. UK grocery group Morrisons is responding to the growing trend by introducing an extra 1,600 hours of trading a week – with 230 stores moving [...]

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Nespresso to Invest SFr500 Million in Sustainability Initiatives

01 September 2014

Nespresso is to announce its 2020 sustainability strategy based on a new SFr500 million (Eur414 million) investment to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption. The new initiative, The Positive Cup, builds upon the steps that Nespresso has already taken over the past five years. Over the next six years, Nespresso [...]

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Kliklok International to Reveal New Wraparound Cartoning System at Emballage Packaging Exhibition 2014

01 September 2014

Kliklok International, one of the world’s leading packaging machinery manufacturers, is gearing up to launch its new Certiwrap ELITE wraparound cartoning system when it joins Prud’Homme on stand 5a F035 at the Emballage Packaging Exhibition (17th–20th November) at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. Attendees to the show will be able to view live demonstrations of [...]

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WILD at SIAL 2014

31 August 2014

At this year’s SIAL, WILD will present ideas which satisfy consumer demands for natural products while also offering additional opportunities for growth. The portfolio at the trade fair includes concepts for energy drinks, ready-todrink (RTD) teas, soft drinks, beverages with malt, mixed beers and drinks with juice as well as new flavors for confectionery products in the food [...]

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Strong First Half By Arla Foods But Milk Prices Set to Fall

29 August 2014

Arla Foods increased revenue grew by 11% to DKr39.8 billion (Eur5.3 billion) in the first half of 2014 due to strong organic growth in core markets and global price increases. This meant that the farmer-owned dairy group delivered a record performance price of 3.30 DKr/kilo milk to farmer owners during the period compared to DKr2.87 [...]

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Revenue Grows at FrieslandCampina But Profits Fall

29 August 2014

Royal FrieslandCampina has reported a 3.5% increase in revenue to Eur5.713 billion for the first half of 2014. However, operating profit fell by Eur102 million (37.1%) to Eur173 million with currency translation having a negative effect of Eur59 million. The revenue growth was due to higher sales prices (6.4%) and acquisitions (1.7%) which offset a negative [...]

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Beam Suntory Names New Chief Financial Officer

29 August 2014

Beam Suntory, one of the world’s leading spirits companies, has appointed Mauricio Restrepo as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mauricio Restrepo will join Beam Suntory from SABMiller, where he currently serves as Regional Finance Director for the brewer’s European business. He has previously been the company’s CFO – Latin America, and CFO of its Grupo [...]

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Sales and Profits Decline at Pernod Ricard

29 August 2014

Pernod Ricard has reported a 7% decline in full year sales to €7.945 billion, due to adverse foreign exchange factors and a 23% drop in sales in the Chinese market, with group profit from recurring operations falling 8%. However, as a result of strict control of resources, the operating margin rate increased 52 bps in [...]

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Challenging Italian Yogurt Market Impacts Emmi’s First Half Profits

28 August 2014

Swiss dairy group Emmi has increased sales by 3.1% to SFr1.63 billion (Eur1.35 billion) in the first half of 2014 but net profit after exceptional items decreased by 76.1% to SFr9.8 million with EBIT down 41% to SFr39.8 million. The drop in profitability was due to the difficult economic situation in Italy and the challenging [...]

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Half of Households in Britain Shop in a Discounter

28 August 2014

Grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 17 August 2014, show Aldi and Lidl have maintained their record shares of 4.8% and 3.6% respectively, mainly thanks to some 53% of households in Great Britain shopping at either outlet over the past 12 weeks. The data also shows that grocery price inflation has [...]

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World’s Third Largest Quick Serve Restaurant Group Launched

28 August 2014

US-based Burger King has acquired Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnuts chain, for C$12.5 billion (US$11.4 billion) to create the world’s third largest quick service restaurant group. The merged business will have approximately $23 billion in system sales, over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and two strong, thriving, independent brands. The new global company [...]

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Tetra Pak Launches Tetra Alsafe® For ESL

28 August 2014

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has launched Tetra Alsafe for ESL production, an automated tank with constant temperature control that preserves product quality between processing and packaging. This innovation completes the company’s offer for production of extended shelf-life (ESL) products with full line quality control. Distributed under chilled conditions with [...]

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Parmalat Expands in Brazil

27 August 2014

Parmalat is acquiring the UHT milk and cheese manufacturing facilities along with certain brands of Brazilian dairy business Lácteos do Brasil for R$250 million (Eur83 million). The operations being acquired had 2013 proforma revenues of about R$580 million (Eur190 million). The transaction, which is being carried out through Parmalat’s Brazilian subsidiary Lactalis do Brazil, is subject [...]

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New Products With Almonds Grow 35% Across Multiple Categories in 2013

27 August 2014

According to the latest Innova Market Insights Global New Products Report, almonds outpaced overall food and nut introductions around the world in 2013, climbing 35 percent, compared to a 10 percent increase in 2012. As the number one ingredient nut for eight years running, almonds continue to lead new product introductions around the world and [...]

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‘Natural’ Foods Equal ‘Healthy’ for Older UK Consumers

27 August 2014

A new survey by Canadean finds that consumers aged 55 and older associate ‘natural’ products with a healthy, yet tasty, lifestyle and diet. The survey of 2,000 UK consumers finds that 38% of those aged 55 and older are looking for ‘natural’ food choices. According to Canadean, this is due to older consumers growing more [...]

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Siemens wins contract to supply turbines for UK offshore wind farm

27 August 2014

Norwegian energy firms Statoil and Statkraft have awarded a contract worth approximately £500m to Siemens to deliver turbines for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the east of England, UK. Under the contract, Siemens will manufacture, supply, install and commission 67 6MW direct-drive wind turbines. Turbine installation is expected to start in 2017 and the contract [...]

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Lonza will present new research results on its Memree™ line of products at Hi Europe

26 August 2014

Lonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. For the nutrition market, Lonza supplies high quality health ingredients supported by scientific research, regulatory compliance and marketing support. Clear benefits and a broad array of product applications make our products attractive for the dietary supplements, food and beverage, [...]

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Alvean – A New Sugar Venture Emerges From Cargill and Copersucar

26 August 2014

Cargill and Copersucar, the largest Brazilian sugar and ethanol trader, have successfully completed all required regulatory clearances to form Alvean, their new 50/50 sugar trading joint venture. Operating as an independent entity, Alvean will begin integrating global activities to originate, commercialize and trade raw and white sugar. As announced in March 2014, Alvean will bring together [...]

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Tullamore Distillery Nears Completion as Spirit Safe Installed

26 August 2014

The long-awaited return of Irish whiskey production to the town of Tullamore has moved a significant step closer with the installation of the custom-made Tullamore Distillery Spirit Safe. The symbolic and functional heart of a distillery, the installation of the Spirit Safe is a major milestone in bringing Tullamore D.E.W. production back to its hometown. [...]

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Impressive List of Speakers For Dublin Conference & Exhibition – Innovation For Sustainable Growth

26 August 2014

An impressive line-up of key note speakers has been assembled for the ‘Innovation for Sustainable Growth’ Conference and Exhibition to be held on Wednesday, September 10th at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The event will connect key stakeholders in the food and beverage manufacturing, retail and food service industries in Ireland. The keynote speakers have been [...]

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Nestlé Announces Farm Animal Welfare Commitment

26 August 2014

Nestlé has announced a major pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection. The agreement means that the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestlé with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with [...]

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Diageo Breaks Ground on New $115 Million Kentucky Distillery

25 August 2014

Diageo has broken ground on its new Shelby County, Kentucky distillery, which will officially be called ‘The Bulleit Distilling Co’ after the distillery’s flagship brand. In May, Diageo announced its intention to invest an estimated $115 million to build the 1.8 million proof gallon (750,000 9-liter cases) distillery and six barrel warehouses. In June, Shelby [...]

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A Third of UK Diners Rarely Think About the Healthiness of Food When Eating Out

25 August 2014

New research from Mintel reveals that a third (33%) of British consumers ordered a takeaway once a week or more in the past three months and 31% ate in a restaurant once a week or more over the same period. But despite this regularity in eating out, over a third (37%) of diners say they [...]

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Mini Jackets Added to Bannisters’ Farm Range

25 August 2014

Bannisters’ Farm, the UK’s leading supplier of frozen baked potato products to the foodservice sector, has introduced a new line of small jacket potatoes to its range. Littl’uns are smaller versions of the brand’s signature Ready Baked Jacket Potatoes and offer great versatility, whether served solo, as a meal accompaniment or as part of a buffet. Ideal [...]

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Kellogg Publishes Fifth Diversity & Inclusion Report

25 August 2014

Kellogg Company has issued its fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) report, ‘Features’, which details the company’s efforts toward strengthening its diversity and becoming a more inclusive organisation. “With greater diversity throughout Kellogg, we can encourage the sharing of richer, broader ideas that can lead to exciting, innovations,” says John Bryant, Kellogg Company President and CEO. [...]

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Deteriorating Beer Markets in Eastern Europe Will Adversely Impact Carlsberg

22 August 2014

Carlsberg Group expects the continuing challenging economic conditions in some countries in Eastern Europe and destocking among distributors in Russia, a major market for the Danish brewer, to adversely impact its second half financial performance. Carlsberg expects reported adjusted net profit to decline by mid- to high-single-digit percentages (previously low-single-digit growth). Reported operating profit is [...]

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Vion Invests in Bavarian Meat Plants

22 August 2014

Vion Food is to make a multi-million euro investment in its Bavarian processing plants as part of a new strategy for its German operations. Almost half of the investments will focus on the expansion of the slaughter- and cutting plant in Landshut, Bavaria. Completion of the project in mid-2015 will see processing capacity almost double [...]

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Irish Company Patents New DNA Testing Technology

22 August 2014

Irish genetics company IndentiGEN has announced details of a new DNA testing technology which will offer it major advantages in the global marketplace. IdentiGEN has patented a new chemistry based technology which can cut the labour cost of DNA testing by 60%. IdentiGEN is based in Dublin and offers DNA traceability services to major meat producers [...]

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Pearlfisher New York Designs Brand Identity and Visual Language For Legit Organics – A New Concept in Confectionery

22 August 2014

Pearlfisher New York has created the brand strategy, identity, packaging and visual language for new confectionery brand, Legit Organics. In a category that has remained stagnant for generations, Legit Organics disrupts the notion that candy is an unhealthy and nostalgic indulgence. Instead, the brand offers consumers products that are credible: cool, tasty and created without artificial ingredients. Pearlfisher’s challenge was to [...]

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Good First Half From Glanbia as it Increases Capital Investment

21 August 2014

Glanbia, the global nutritional solutions and cheese group which is based in Ireland, has increased EBITA by 6% to €129.5 million (up 10.3% at constant currency) as total revenue (including its share of joint ventures and associates) rose by 8.1% to €1.8 billion, for the six months ended 5 July 2014. Total Group EBITA margin [...]

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Heineken Set For Healthy Top and Bottom Line Growth in 2014

21 August 2014

Heineken has reported a 14% increase in net profit (beia) to €772 million – up 19% organically – on revenue down 1.4% to €10.2 billion. However, on an organic basis, group revenue increased by 4.6%, made up of a 3.1% increase in group total volume and a 1.5% increase in group revenue per hectolitre. In [...]

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Nestlé Purina Takes Key Step to Help Aging Pets Maintain Brain Health

21 August 2014

Nestlé Purina, one of the world’s leading pet care producers, has developed a nutritional supplement consisting of fish oil and antioxidants that can help pets maintain their mental capacities into older age. Nestlé Purina will begin adding the nutritional supplement, known as Brain Protection Blend, to select Purina products for cats and dogs in the next [...]

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New Range of Oven Snacks Made With Breakthrough Crisp Sensation Crumb Coating

21 August 2014

Following years of research and development, Crisp Sensation Holding, owner of a worldwide patented food coating system, has announced that its licensee Royaan has launched the first products made with its breakthrough crumb coating. The Dutch manufacturer of snack products has introduced a comprehensive range of oven snacks under the brand name Kwekkeboom. All products [...]

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European Commission Announces Exceptional Support Measures For EU Fresh Fruit & Veg Producers

20 August 2014

In the context of Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products, the European Commission is moving to introduce support measures for certain perishable fruits & vegetables. Dacian Cioloș, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, comments: “Taking into account the market situation following the Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products, I am triggering CAP [...]

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Arla Foods Appoints New Head of Danish Business

20 August 2014

Tomas Pietrangeli (pictured) has been named the new head of Arla Denmark. Coming from a job as Managing Director at Reckitt Benckiser, he will start his new role in Arla later this year. Tomas Pietrangeli has broad experience from other fast-moving consumer goods companies like P&G, Gillette, and Royal Unibrew “Tomas brings some exciting skills with [...]

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Nescafé Milano 2.0 Joins Red Dot Design Award Winners

20 August 2014

Nescafé Milano 2.0 has been awarded the coveted Red Dot Design Award, highlighting the premium coffee machine’s blending of form and function. Rolled out commercially to food service operators in 2013, the Nescafé Milano 2.0 was awarded the “Communication Design 2014: Software Interface and Usability” prize for overall concept idea, user friendliness and visual design. Past winners [...]

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