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  • Raisio to Invest €45 Million in New Healthy Foods Facility Finnish and international food company Raisio is investing €45 million in a production facility developing and manufacturing plant-based added value products. The investment is in response to the strong growth in demand for plant-based food, particularly in the European markets. The project is funded by the company’s strong cash position and cash flow. The investment [...]...
  • Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, bringing to 14 the number of international offices it has promoting the Irish food and drinks industry overseas. Through its Prioritising Markets – Opportunities for Growth study, Bord Bia has identified Japan as being in the top five priority markets for Irish [...]...
  • Packaging Innovations London Set to Inspire at 10th Anniversary Show Packaging Innovations 2019 will return to Olympia for its 10th edition on 11 & 12 September, hosted alongside Luxury Packaging London. As the capital’s most exclusive packaging event it will bring the industry together in a festival of cutting-edge, branded and bespoke packaging, when it welcomes over 180 industry specialists to what is set to be [...]...
  • Fazer to Sell Food Service Business to Compass Group For €475 Million In line with its strategy of focusing on its fast-moving consumer goods and direct-to-consumer businesses, Fazer Group, the international family-owned food business, has agreed to sell Fazer Food Services, a food service provider in the Nordic region, to Compass Group for €475 million, subject to EU Commission competition approval. Fazer Food Services has a total [...]...
  • Müller Targets 25% Sugar Reduction The UK’s favourite yogurt brand[1], which includes Müller Corner and Müllerlight, has confirmed that it is targeting a total sugar reduction of 25%[2] across its branded yogurt portfolio by June 2020 which would equate with the removal of 3300 tonnes of sugar since 2015. If achieved, the reduction would be substantially ahead of Public Health England’s voluntary guidelines which seek [...]...

Raisio to Invest €45 Million in New Healthy Foods Facility

  Raisio to Invest €45 Million in New Healthy Foods Facility

Finnish and international food company Raisio is investing €45 million in a production facility developing and manufacturing plant-based added value products. The investment is in response to the strong growth in demand for plant-based food, particularly in the European markets. The project is funded by the company’s strong cash position and cash flow. The investment […]

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Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

  Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, bringing to 14 the number of international offices it has promoting the Irish food and drinks industry overseas. Through its Prioritising Markets – Opportunities for Growth study, Bord Bia has identified Japan as being in the top five priority markets for Irish […]

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Packaging Innovations London Set to Inspire at 10th Anniversary Show

  Packaging Innovations London Set to Inspire at 10th Anniversary Show

Packaging Innovations 2019 will return to Olympia for its 10th edition on 11 & 12 September, hosted alongside Luxury Packaging London. As the capital’s most exclusive packaging event it will bring the industry together in a festival of cutting-edge, branded and bespoke packaging, when it welcomes over 180 industry specialists to what is set to be […]

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Fazer to Sell Food Service Business to Compass Group For €475 Million

  Fazer to Sell Food Service Business to Compass Group For €475 Million

In line with its strategy of focusing on its fast-moving consumer goods and direct-to-consumer businesses, Fazer Group, the international family-owned food business, has agreed to sell Fazer Food Services, a food service provider in the Nordic region, to Compass Group for €475 million, subject to EU Commission competition approval. Fazer Food Services has a total […]

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Müller Targets 25% Sugar Reduction

  Müller Targets 25% Sugar Reduction

The UK’s favourite yogurt brand[1], which includes Müller Corner and Müllerlight, has confirmed that it is targeting a total sugar reduction of 25%[2] across its branded yogurt portfolio by June 2020 which would equate with the removal of 3300 tonnes of sugar since 2015. If achieved, the reduction would be substantially ahead of Public Health England’s voluntary guidelines which seek […]

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Tetra Pak and FOSS Combine Expertise to Deliver Industry First In-line Standardization Analyser

  Tetra Pak and FOSS Combine Expertise to Deliver Industry First In-line Standardization Analyser

Tetra Pak and FOSS have launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak® Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
The partnership between Tetra Pak, global […]

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Zero Alcohol Drinks Growing 10% a Year in Europe

  Zero Alcohol Drinks Growing 10% a Year in Europe

A new report from Zenith Global on European Zero Alcohol Drinks forecasts sales growth of almost 10% a year over the next five years. Zenith Global estimates the European market at €5.9 billion in 2018. This would take 2023 value to €9.3 billion.
“The United Kingdom is expected to achieve the highest growth rate at 30% […]

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CO2 Refrigeration System For BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

  CO2 Refrigeration System For BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

Star Refrigeration has been commissioned a second time to work with Scottish multinational craft beer company BrewDog as it continues to expand. The cold storage and distribution specialists successfully delivered an eco-friendly, cost effective solution for Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse.
Having recently acquired the brand new Eurocentral warehouse in Motherwell, BrewDog commissioned Star to […]

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ABF to Enter Joint Venture in China

  ABF to Enter Joint Venture in China

Associated British Foods and Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings, a subsidiary of Wilmar International, are to form a 50:50 joint venture in China for the manufacture, sale and distribution of yeast and bakery ingredients. The joint venture will acquire existing Chinese yeast and bakery ingredients activities of AB Mauri, a division of ABF, and will leverage […]

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Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Irish Grocery Shoppers

  Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Irish Grocery Shoppers

The latest figures from Kantar show that overall the Irish grocery market grew by 4.2% over the 12 weeks to 19 May 2019, with Dunnes Stores holding off the challenge of Tesco and retaining pole position. Respective growth of 12.6% and 5.9% for Aldi and Lidl means that the retailers’ combined grocery market share stands […]

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Lactalis Expands in Italy

  Lactalis Expands in Italy

Lactalis Group is strengthening its position within the Italian dairy industry by acquiring cheese maker Nuova Castelli for an undisclosed sum. Operating 13 production sites in Italy and three abroad – in Poland, Hungary and the US – Nuova Castelli specialises in the production and distribution of AOC cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2019 is Most Successful Show to Date

  Vitafoods Europe 2019 is Most Successful Show to Date

A record 24,211 visitors attended this year’s Vitafoods Europe, an increase of 15 per cent from 2018, while the size of the show floor grew by 10 per cent to meet demand, showcasing everything from new ingredients and finished products to packaging and contract manufacturing. As a reflection of the success of the event, more […]

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Entry Now Open For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019

  Entry Now Open For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019

The 2019 PPMA Group Industry Awards will be held at the National Conference Centre (NEC), Birmingham, on the evening of the first day of the PPMA Total Show 2019 – Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Award entry submissions are FREE and now open to all PPMA Group members (PPMA, BARA and UKIVA) and others involved in […]

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Federation of Bakers Forms New Private Company

  Federation of Bakers Forms New Private Company

The Federation of Bakers has formally announced that the organisation will now be managed as a private limited company, Federation of Bakers Limited. The announcement was made at the first Annual General Meeting of the newly formed company.
The change follows a review by the Federation of Bakers of its constitution and rules during the past […]

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Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

Carlsberg Breweries has entered into a new revolving credit facility of €2 billion maturing in June 2024 with an option to extend the maturity until June 2025/2026. The facility has been signed with the group of relationship banks and replaces the €2.51 billion facility signed in December 2013, which was reduced to €2.01 billion in […]

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Arla Farmers Launch Initiative to Get British Bees Buzzing Again

  Arla Farmers Launch Initiative to Get British Bees Buzzing Again

A group of farmers from the Arla Foods dairy co-operative have launched a trial initiative to see whether their efforts for environmentally friendly dairy farming can be broadened to help increase wild bee populations given the crucial role they play in supporting our ecosystems. The news follows the recent UN report which revealed one million […]

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Mondelēz International Completes Sale of Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa to Arla Foods

  Mondelēz International Completes Sale of Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa to Arla Foods

Mondelēz International has completed the sale of its Kraft-branded Cheese business in Middle East and Africa (MEA) to Arla Foods of Denmark. All Kraft-branded Cheese products in the MEA markets, as well as a Cheese manufacturing site in Bahrain, are part of this agreement.
The transaction enables Mondelēz International to focus on faster-growing snacks categories, including chocolate, […]

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Finland Takes Action to Enhance Protein Self-sufficiency

  Finland Takes Action to Enhance Protein Self-sufficiency

Finland is in an excellent position to enhance its protein self-sufficiency while building a sustainable, carbon-neutral food chain. A new report by VTT and VYR (the Finnish Cereal Committee) presents action plan for using grains, grass, fisheries, insects and cellular agriculture more efficiently as sources of protein in the production of both food and feed.
Raising […]

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Veolia Launches NURION™ – An Ingredient Water Compliant RO System

  Veolia Launches NURION™ – An Ingredient Water Compliant RO System

Through its business unit SOLYS, Veolia Water Technologies has launched NURION™, a skid-mounted, reverse osmosis (RO) system designed to produce high-quality ingredient water. The food and beverage industry requires water for various applications within their manufacturing facilities, notably as an ingredient, where it must be free from undesirable taste, odor, color and impurities that could be […]

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European Brewers Ahead of Schedule With Better Ingredients and Calorie Labelling

  European Brewers Ahead of Schedule With Better Ingredients and Calorie Labelling

Continuing to exceed expectations, The Brewers of Europe have announced that 60% of beers sold in Europe are now labelling calories. Brewers have been voluntarily rolling out ingredients listing and energy information in full accordance with EU law, on-label and online, since 2015. In July 2018 the commitment was bolstered with a recommendation to all breweries […]

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From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

  From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

Research shows that there is good awareness of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), an important nutritional component of breast milk, among mothers and mothers-to-be.1 MFGM is found naturally in breast milk and is comprised of phospholipids, glycolipids, proteins and glycoproteins.
Recently, MFGM ingredients made from whey have been introduced into the infant nutrition category. This means […]

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DS Smith Sets Sights on Removable Plastic

  DS Smith Sets Sights on Removable Plastic

DS Smith, a leading international sustainable packaging company, has released new research which finds that 1.5 million tonnes of plastic could be replaced each year from just five areas within supermarkets across Europe[1]. Its report, ‘Transforming the Supermarket Aisle’, was developed in conjunction with White Space, the leading growth strategy consultancy.It identifies plastic packaging, such […]

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Cranswick Continues to Build For Future Growth

  Cranswick Continues to Build For Future Growth

Despite a challenging trading environment, Cranswick, the UK food producer, has reported a 1.8% increase in like-for-like adjusted group operating profit to £92.3 million on revenue down by 1.9% to £1.437 billion for the year ended 31 March 2019. Strong revenue growth from poultry, sausages and continental products partly offset lower year-on-year revenue in other […]

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AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

  AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

AG Barr, the UK-based soft drinks group, is launching IRN-BRU Energy, a new energy drink that will hit shelves from 1 July 2019. The brand-new formula will combine the iconic flavour of IRN-BRU’s top secret essence with the taurine, caffeine, B vitamins and taste of an energy drink.

IRN-BRU Energy is designed to meet the needs […]

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Irish Business is First in Europe to Launch Compostable Packaging For Takeaway Food

  Irish Business is First in Europe to Launch Compostable Packaging For Takeaway Food

Healthy Thai delivery chain Camile Thai, have launched their new compostable range of packaging across their restaurants, which can go straight into the compost bin without washing. They are the first restaurant chain in Europe to make this move and replace their packaging with a more environmentally friendly, 100% compostable solution. The innovation will reduce […]

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Tate & Lyle Reports Solid Progress

  Tate & Lyle Reports Solid Progress

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, has reported solid financial progress in delivering sales from continuing operations up 2% to £2.75 billion for the year ended 31 March 2019. The group’s Food & Beverage Solutions business maintained momentum, Sucralose performed strongly and its Primary Products division achieved volume […]

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Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris – 3-5 December 2019

  Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris – 3-5 December 2019

This year, Food ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients will once again be the food industry’s epicentre over the course of three days. The Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte will become the number 1 platform where leading ingredient manufacturers establish numerous high-quality business connections.
Trade visitors can expect a broad spectrum of products, concepts and innovations […]

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Bühler Opens its CUBIC Innovation Campus

  Bühler Opens its CUBIC Innovation Campus

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about SFr50 million, Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and […]

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Britvic Delivers Strong First Half

  Britvic Delivers Strong First Half

Britvic, the UK-based soft drinks group, increased revenue by 4.9% to £769.2 million – by 1.9% on an organic basis – for the 28 weeks ended 14 April 2019, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Adjusted EBIT increased 4.0%, on a reported basis, to £83.7 million, whilst organic adjusted EBIT increased 5.0%. […]

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Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

  Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

Carlsberg and Liverpool Football Club have agreed a five-year extension to their partnership – securing Carlsberg’s role as Official Beer until the end of the 2023-24 season. The new deal builds on the longest standing partnership in the Premier League, which began in 1992 and has seen Carlsberg sponsor the team ever since. As a […]

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Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 Set to Return For 10th Year With Biggest Show Yet

  Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 Set to Return For 10th Year With Biggest Show Yet

As Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 prepares to return to the Olympia on 11 & 12 September, James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, discusses plans for the show.

Why should the event be in all packaging professionals’ calendars?

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 provides packaging professionals with the perfect platform to network with peers […]

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Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

  Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.
A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand […]

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European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

  European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.
The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined […]

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Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

  Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for […]

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C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion

  C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion

C&C Group, the UK and Ireland drinks production and distribution business, increased net revenue by 187.3% to €1.575 billion in 12 months ended 28 February 2019, reflecting the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum from the administrators of Conviviality Group in April 2018. Excluding Matthew Clark and Bibendum, and on a constant currency basis, net […]

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2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation

  2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a series of actions as part of its accelerating transformational strategy to turnaround the business. The company is making further investments in its UK Poultry and Fox’s Biscuits businesses, and is proposing to reduce the number of its UK Poultry sites in order to produce shorter, more efficient supply […]

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Morrisons to Introduce Plastic-free Fruit and Veg Areas to Help Customers Buy Bagless

  Morrisons to Introduce Plastic-free Fruit and Veg Areas to Help Customers Buy Bagless

Morrisons is to become the first British supermarket to roll-out plastic free fruit and veg areas in many of its stores. Customers will be able to choose from up to 127 varieties of fruit and veg – and buy them loose or put them in recyclable paper bags.

The move follows a ten-month trial in three […]

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Continued Growth by Marston’s

  Continued Growth by Marston’s

Marston’s, a leading British pub operator and independent brewer, has reported a 4.7% rise in underlying revenue to £553.1 million for the 26 weeks ended 30 March 2019, reflecting strong growth in its brewing business, the contribution from new openings and pub acquisitions and positive like-for-like sales in its pub businesses. Underlying operating profit at […]

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UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

  UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

British consumers are increasingly eating with a conscience as latest research from Mintel reveals that last year the nation spent £8.2 billion on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% […]

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UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

  UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals — with high streets in the south of England, excluding London, hit especially hard by closures. The figure equates to net closures of 768 restaurants over 12 […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of European and Thai Businesses of BRF by Tyson Foods

  European Commission Clears Acquisition of European and Thai Businesses of BRF by Tyson Foods

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the $340 million acquisition of the European and Thai Businesses of BRF of Brazil by Tyson Foods of the US. BRF’s European and Thai businesses are active throughout the poultry supply chain in Thailand, and import into and further process poultry meat in the European […]

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Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

  Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

Samworth Brothers, the family-owned British food group, has launched a new food-to-go business and delivery service – Fresh Food For Now Company. The new venture marks the evolution of the existing Ginsters van operation into a fresh new business, offering vendors a complete food-to-go solution with an extended range of brands and products to cater […]

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Starch Europe Announces 60th Anniversary Campaign With Launch of New StarchinFood.eu Website

  Starch Europe Announces 60th Anniversary Campaign With Launch of New StarchinFood.eu Website

2019 marks the 60 year anniversary of Starch Europe, the trade association representing the European starch industry. Starch Europe and their members will be organising a series of actions throughout the year, as the European starch industry celebrates its long and proud history, and looks forward to a bright future.
Announcing the launch of the newly […]

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Nestlé to Sell Skin Health Business For €9 Billion

  Nestlé to Sell Skin Health Business For €9 Billion

Nestlé has entered into exclusive negotiations with a consortium led by EQT and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) for the sale of Nestlé Skin Health for a value of SFr10.2 billion (€9.0 billion). Nestlé Skin Health had net sales of SFr2.8 billion in 2018. The proposed transaction will be […]

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Bakkavor Group Expands in UK Desserts Category

  Bakkavor Group Expands in UK Desserts Category

Bakkavor Group, the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, is acquiring Blueberry Foods, a desserts business owned by Samworth Brothers for an undisclosed price. Blueberry operates from a custom-built facility in Leicestershire with approximately 420 employees and produces a range of desserts for the UK’s leading grocery retailers.
A capital investment of more […]

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Waitrose Plans to Treble the Size of Online Operations

  Waitrose Plans to Treble the Size of Online Operations

Waitrose & Partners has announces plans to treble the size of its successful online grocery operation to a £1 billion business over the next three years, working in partnership with Today Development Partners (TDP) . The move with TDP, which is headed by Jonathan Faiman and Mo Gawdat, will accelerate the development of Waitrose.com through […]

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Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

  Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

Müller is set to revolutionise the UK yogurt category with new and improved recipes for the nation’s two favourite yogurt brands, Müllerlight and Müller Corner[1]. The dairy company has also revealed details of its biggest ever marketing campaign.
As the business continues to strengthen its core brands, and inspire people to live healthier and happier lifestyles, […]

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Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

  Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

A bold new industry campaign has been launched to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the entire UK hospitality and food service sector, of which 75% could have been eaten. The Guardians of Grub campaign was developed by WRAP as part of its ambitious work to cut food […]

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Olleco Awarded Royal Warrant

  Olleco Awarded Royal Warrant

ABP Renewables Division, Olleco, the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant recognises the company’s work to create a ‘closed loop’ solution for the Royal Household.
Olleco supplies fresh, sustainable […]

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Premier Foods Plans to Increase Investment in Capital Projects and Consumer Marketing

  Premier Foods Plans to Increase Investment in Capital Projects and Consumer Marketing

Premier Foods has reported a 0.6% rise in revenue to £824.3 million for the 52 weeks ended 30 March 2019. Group trading profit at £128.5 million was up by 4.5% compared to the previous year and adjusted profit before tax rose by 12.1% to £88.0 million. However, due to GMP pensions recognition and impairment of […]

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