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  • Carlsberg Launches ‘The Danish Way’ Integrated Campaign in the UK Carlsberg has launched a £15 million, integrated marketing campaign called ‘The Danish Way’, aimed at revitalising its Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export brands in the UK with a premium positioning, reflective of its rich history and Danish provenance. The campaign sees the brand emphasise its Danish roots, with the nation’s philosophy on life forming the centerpiece [...]...
  • Spanish Brewer Enters Irish Craft Beer Sector Hijos de Rivera, the Spanish family-owned business, has purchased a 32% stake in Carlow Brewing Company, the independent Irish craft brewer. The founders will retain their controlling majority shareholding and leadership of Carlow Brewing Company and the investment will enable the company to offer a return on investment to its original group of minority shareholders [...]...
  • Kerry Group’s Taste and Nutrition Division Appoints New President and CEO of Europe Kerry Group’s Taste and Nutrition division, a world leader in providing food and beverage solutions, has announced that it has appointed Malcom Sheil (pictured) as President and CEO of its business in Europe. Malcolm joined Kerry as a Graduate Accountant from Dublin City University in 1988. He spent three years in the US as Plant Controller [...]...
  • Vitafoods Europe 2017 Will be the Most Global Ever This year’s Vitafoods Europe will showcase ingredients, products, and services from the widest range of countries yet, new figures reveal. A record 1000 companies will exhibit at this year’s event, which takes place between 9 and 11 May in Palexpo, Geneva. They will travel from 56 countries – more than ever before. Meanwhile, around 18,500 visitors [...]...
  • Dry Running High-speed Can Line With Rexnord PSX Material A large beer brewery in South Africa is operating a 90.000 c/h can filling line, installed in 2013. The line is equipped completely with Rexnord “Flush Grid” MatTop® conveyor chains in PSX® material in combination with Magnetflex curves in ULF material (“Combi-X”). Rexnord PSX material selected for this project as a result of the need [...]...
  • Addo Food Group Sold to LDC LDC, the UK mid-market private equity investor, has backed the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group, the UK’s leading chilled savoury pastry producer, in a transaction that marks a successful exit for Vision Capital. Details of the transaction are not disclosed. LDC has invested to support Addo’s growth strategy, which will include further investment in product [...]...

Carlsberg Launches ‘The Danish Way’ Integrated Campaign in the UK

  Carlsberg Launches ‘The Danish Way’ Integrated Campaign in the UK

Carlsberg has launched a £15 million, integrated marketing campaign called ‘The Danish Way’, aimed at revitalising its Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export brands in the UK with a premium positioning, reflective of its rich history and Danish provenance. The campaign sees the brand emphasise its Danish roots, with the nation’s philosophy on life forming the centerpiece […]

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Spanish Brewer Enters Irish Craft Beer Sector

  Spanish Brewer Enters Irish Craft Beer Sector

Hijos de Rivera, the Spanish family-owned business, has purchased a 32% stake in Carlow Brewing Company, the independent Irish craft brewer. The founders will retain their controlling majority shareholding and leadership of Carlow Brewing Company and the investment will enable the company to offer a return on investment to its original group of minority shareholders […]

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Kerry Group’s Taste and Nutrition Division Appoints New President and CEO of Europe

  Kerry Group’s Taste and Nutrition Division Appoints New President and CEO of Europe

Kerry Group’s Taste and Nutrition division, a world leader in providing food and beverage solutions, has announced that it has appointed Malcom Sheil (pictured) as President and CEO of its business in Europe.
Malcolm joined Kerry as a Graduate Accountant from Dublin City University in 1988. He spent three years in the US as Plant Controller […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2017 Will be the Most Global Ever

  Vitafoods Europe 2017 Will be the Most Global Ever

This year’s Vitafoods Europe will showcase ingredients, products, and services from the widest range of countries yet, new figures reveal.
A record 1000 companies will exhibit at this year’s event, which takes place between 9 and 11 May in Palexpo, Geneva. They will travel from 56 countries – more than ever before. Meanwhile, around 18,500 visitors […]

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Dry Running High-speed Can Line With Rexnord PSX Material

  Dry Running High-speed Can Line With Rexnord PSX Material

A large beer brewery in South Africa is operating a 90.000 c/h can filling line, installed in 2013. The line is equipped completely with Rexnord “Flush Grid” MatTop® conveyor chains in PSX® material in combination with Magnetflex curves in ULF material (“Combi-X”). Rexnord PSX material selected for this project as a result of the need […]

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Addo Food Group Sold to LDC

  Addo Food Group Sold to LDC

LDC, the UK mid-market private equity investor, has backed the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group, the UK’s leading chilled savoury pastry producer, in a transaction that marks a successful exit for Vision Capital. Details of the transaction are not disclosed.
LDC has invested to support Addo’s growth strategy, which will include further investment in product […]

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Unilever to Acquire US Condiments Business

  Unilever to Acquire US Condiments Business

Unilever has agreed to acquire Sir Kensington’s, a New York-based condiment maker. Sir Kensington’s is a pioneer and leader in condiments sold in the organic and natural marketplace. Having seen strong growth the past four years, the product line now includes award-winning mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and a ground-breaking vegan mayo made from aquafaba called Fabanaise. […]

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One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

  One in Five Irish People are Regular Gluten Free Shoppers

According to new Bord Bia research, gluten free has now gone mainstream with one in five (20%) Irish people shopping for gluten free food regularly. The gluten free market in Ireland is estimated to be worth some €66 million, experiencing a 36% increase since last year (Kantar Worldpanel).
Highlighting where the growth has come from, Paula […]

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Sports & Active Nutrition – Continued Growth in Europe

  Sports & Active Nutrition – Continued Growth in Europe

Euromonitor International predicts that the sports nutrition market is forecast to grow at an average of 8–10% year on year by the end of 2021. In Europe, the market was worth $2.24 billion, up more than 12.3% on the previous year.
Sports nutrition continues to demonstrate significant growth, and faster than many comparable consumer health and […]

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New Director at Snowbird Foods

  New Director at Snowbird Foods

Helen Swan.
Snowbird foods has appointed Helen Swan to the key post of commercial director and she joins joint managing directors Albert McGovern and Philip Paul on a three person board. Well known in the food industry, Ms Swan joined the fully cooked sausages and meatballs company in 2003 and was latterly its national accounts manager. […]

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Associated British Foods Reports Strong Underlying Growth

  Associated British Foods Reports Strong Underlying Growth

Associated British Foods has reported revenue of £7.3 billion for the 24 weeks ended 4 March 2017, up 19% on the previous year, with adjusted operating profit ahead by 36% to £652 million. The growth reflects the benefit of the devaluation of sterling on the translation of ABF’s overseas results, as some two thirds of […]

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William Grant & Sons Ventures into American Whiskey Distilling

  William Grant & Sons Ventures into American Whiskey Distilling

Independent family-owned Scottish distiller, William Grant & Sons, has acquired Tuthilltown Spirits, New York State’s first distillery since Prohibition. Considered the inspiration of the American craft whiskey movement, Tuthilltown produces a number of craft spirits including the award-winning Hudson Whiskey which was acquired by William Grant & Sons in 2010. Based in the Hudson Valley, […]

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Müller Targets UK Growth With Shareable Desserts

  Müller Targets UK Growth With Shareable Desserts

Müller is continuing to refine and energise its desserts offering with the launch of Müller Püd mmMousse. This is the first time that Müller UK & Ireland, the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, has launched a branded mousse and it is also their first branded shareable dessert. The product has a light and soft texture, no […]

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Interpack 2017 – 4-10 May – Düsseldorf

  Interpack 2017 – 4-10 May – Düsseldorf

Interpack 2017 is recording the highest demand among exhibitors in its history of over 55 years. By the official closing date of this outstanding international event for the packaging industry and related processing industries, exhibitors had booked about 20% more space than was available at the exhibition centre with its 262,400 square metres in 19 […]

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Admix Announces Product Line-up For Interpack

  Admix Announces Product Line-up For Interpack

Admix Europe ApS will be showcasing several flagship products along with new mixing services specials at the Interpack Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany on 4-10 May. With thousands of installations around the world in food, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, Admix sets the global standard in sanitary mixing across countless applications.
For 100% wetting out […]

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Primoreels Has Revolutionised Production of Ultra Filtrated White Cheese

  Primoreels Has Revolutionised Production of Ultra Filtrated White Cheese

By replacing the traditional permeable membrane with a specially developed impermeable membrane, Primoreels has radically simplified the process of producing UF white cheese.
Salting UF cast cheese using permeable membranes is a cumbersome process that requires two turns of the containers.
Primoreels has devised a two-part solution comprising:

a special impermeable membrane which eliminates the need to turn […]

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CPM Wolverine Proctor – A Total Solution Supplier For Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers

  CPM Wolverine Proctor – A Total Solution Supplier For Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers

By Robin Holding, Commercial Director, CPM Wolverine Proctor Ltd
The breakfast cereal industry sector has seen a steady growth over the last few decades with new markets such as Asia and Eastern Europe developing a taste for traditional breakfast cereals. However, in recent times, the major cereal manufacturers have been challenged by calls for recipe changes, […]

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Automation and Data Solutions For the Confectionery, Chocolate & Snack Industries

  Automation and Data Solutions For the Confectionery, Chocolate & Snack Industries

Established over 35 years ago, A.M.P Rose is one of the world’s leading machine builders, process and packaging solutions provider for the confectionery, chocolate and snack industries, all of which will be on display at this year’s Interpack exhibition.
The company continues to further develop new and exciting range of factory automation machinery, both with and […]

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Connect and Automate at Interpack 2017 With OAL

  Connect and Automate at Interpack 2017 With OAL

Experience how you can integrate and automate your factory to protect your brand with OAL Connected at Interpack 2017, Düsseldorf, Hall 5, Stand B28. The all in one software package helps food manufacturers get more from their factories by improving safety, monitoring performance and productivity, protecting packaging and date codes and providing traceability, ERP validation and […]

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Cargill, in Close Collaboration With its Partners, Drives Sector Transformation in Ghana

  Cargill, in Close Collaboration With its Partners, Drives Sector Transformation in Ghana

Cargill has celebrated the establishment of its own licensed buying company (LBC) – Cargill Kokoo Sourcing Ltd – in Ghana, in the presence of a Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, a Deputy Minister designate for Food and Agriculture, Hon William Quaitoo, the Ambassador of the United States to Ghana, H.E […]

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Post Holdings to Acquire Weetabix For £1.4 Billion

  Post Holdings to Acquire Weetabix For £1.4 Billion

Post Holdings, a US-based consumer packaged goods holding company which is the third largest cereal company in the country, has agreed to acquire Weetabix from Shanghai-based state-owned enterprise Bright Food Group and an investment fund advised by Baring Private Equity Asia for £1.4 billion. UK-based Weetabix primarily produces ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal products spanning branded and […]

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Barilla Launches Organic Pasta in Italy

  Barilla Launches Organic Pasta in Italy

Barilla Group, the world’s largest pasta producer, is launching organic pasta in Italy, after the positive performance registered in the United States and various European countries, where it was introduced last year. Barilla spaghetti and fusilli are now organic in Italy being made with 100% carefully selected durum wheat originating from organic crops. This product […]

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Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

  Three Million UK Young Adults Putting Their Future Health in Danger

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is warning that the current eating habits of teenagers and young adults is a ticking time bomb for their bones and time is running out for them to prevent permanent damage. A survey carried out on behalf of the NOS has found that 70% of 18 – 35 year olds […]

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Measom Freer Still Going Strong 80 Years On!

  Measom Freer Still Going Strong 80 Years On!

When Gordon & Eve Freer started a business selling buttons in 1937, little did they know that 80 years later their thriving business would still be going from strength to strength. Now in its third generation Measom Freer & Co Ltd still have the same ethos of good customer care at their core, allowing them […]

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Meat Technology Ireland Launched

  Meat Technology Ireland Launched

Meat Technology Ireland, a new Enterprise Ireland, industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland, has been launched. The Centre will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs.
Meat Technology […]

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New Beer Membrane Filtration Solution Meets Requirements of Craft and Small Breweries

  New Beer Membrane Filtration Solution Meets Requirements of Craft and Small Breweries

With the development of the BMF +Flux Compact S4, Pentair makes the benefits of diatomaceous earth (DE)-free beer membrane filtration accessible to craft and small breweries. The first BMF +Flux Compact S4 systems are already operating successfully at the Princen Brewery in the Netherlands, and two other breweries in Europe.
The BMF +Flux Compact S4 is […]

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Consolidation in Licensed Confectionery

  Consolidation in Licensed Confectionery

BIP Candy & Toys Germany has acquired International Food Cooperation Germany, one of the German market leaders in the development, production and distribution of children’s confectionery under the brand licence of internationally leading film and toy companies, for an undisclosed sum. BIP Candy & Toys Germany is a subsidiary of BIP Holland, the European market […]

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Danone Completes $12.5 Billion Acquisition of WhiteWave

  Danone Completes $12.5 Billion Acquisition of WhiteWave

Danone has completed its acquisition of WhiteWave, a global leader in organic foods, for a total enterprise value of approximately $12.5 billion. Danone and WhiteWave will now combine their activities in North America to operate as a strategic business unit, named ‘DanoneWave’.
The combination will include Danone Dairy’s and WhiteWave’s current North American businesses under the […]

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Half of Coca-Cola Sales Coming From No Sugar for the First Time in Great Britain

  Half of Coca-Cola Sales Coming From No Sugar for the First Time in Great Britain

Coca-Cola Great Britain is accelerating its investment in Coca-Cola Zero Sugar as new data from Nielsen shows that nine months after its launch, sales in grocery and convenience stores are up 52% and for the first time ever sales of no sugar Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke) are matching those of Coca-Coca Classic. […]

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Aquapak Helps Food Manufacturers (Dis)-Solve Plastic Packaging Waste

  Aquapak Helps Food Manufacturers (Dis)-Solve Plastic Packaging Waste

Sustainable plastics manufacturer Aquapak Polymers Limited is helping food manufacturers (dis)-solve the issue of how to reduce its plastic packaging waste. Last year in the UK only a third of plastic packaging was recycled, with the remaining two thirds being buried in landfill sites or burnt in incinerators.
Although the recycling rate for plastic bottles is […]

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Pesticide Residues in Food Remain Low in EU

Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or contains residues that fall within legal limits according to the latest monitoring report published by EFSA. The report has revealed that more than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with just over […]

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Robertet Launches Two Ingredients for Skin and Joint Health

Robertet has launched two new natural solutions for the skincare and joint health markets: a beauty drink aimed at restoring skin hydration and decreasing wrinkles, and a melon juice concentrate powder aimed at decreasing pain and muscular tensions.
The Robertet Beauty Shot Concept contains Lipowheat, a natural ingredient concentrating phytoceramides and glycolipids. Lipowheat is supported by […]

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US Post Holdings to Acquire Weetabix in US$1.76 Billion Deal

The UK’s iconic cereal brand Weetabix is reportedly being swallowed up by US Post Holdings in a £1.4 billion (US$1.7 million) deal. Chinese owners, The Bright Group, took a 60% share in Weetabix in May 2012 with Baring Private Equity Asia acquiring the remaining 40% from Lion Capital in 2015.
Speculation has been mounting since the […]

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Refresco Rejects €1.4 Billion Takeover Offer

  Refresco Rejects €1.4 Billion Takeover Offer

Refresco Group, the Netherlands-based soft drinks manufacturer, has rejected an unsolicited, indicative and conditional proposal from PAI, the European private equity firm, regarding a possible offer to acquire all 81.2 million issued shares in the company for an aggregate cash consideration of €1.404 billion. Refresco has informed PAI that the proposed terms and conditions did […]

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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

  Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for […]

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Solid Performance From Dairygold

  Solid Performance From Dairygold

Dairygold, Ireland’s largest farmer owned dairy co-operative, has reported a solid financial performance for 2016, against a backdrop of very weak returns from international dairy markets, especially in the first half of the year. Dairygold recorded turnover of €756.1 million – down from €784.9 million in 2015 – delivering an EBITDA of €39.0 million, against […]

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International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

  International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) recently hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a 2-day meeting to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient […]

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Full Range of Tetra Pak eBeam-based Filling Machines Now Available

  Full Range of Tetra Pak eBeam-based Filling Machines Now Available

Tetra Pak has announced that the full range of Tetra Pak® E3 machines, which is based on the revolutionary eBeam technology, is now ready for customer rollout. This means that customers can now produce all types of beverage products on an eBeam-based filling machine, both ambient and chilled, and in family or portion sized packages.
Charles […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

  UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

New research from Mintel reveals that the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion. Over the last five years, the market rose by 37%, up from £2.4 billion in 2011 to reach an impressive £3.4 billion in 2016. What is more, […]

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Arla Foods to Expand Infant Milk Formula Production

  Arla Foods to Expand Infant Milk Formula Production

International dairy group Arla Foods has decided to invest €12 million in an upgrade of its AKAFA production site in Northern Denmark, which will allow it to add infant milk formula (IMF) production to its existing powdered milk capacity. The investment will not require an expansion of the site, but consists of an upgrade of […]

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Iceland Announces €12 Million Investment in 9 New Stores in Ireland

  Iceland Announces €12 Million Investment in 9 New Stores in Ireland

Food retailer Iceland has announced a €12 million investment in nine new stores in Ireland this year. 270 new jobs will be created across the country as part of the investment in the new stores, as the company continues to expand nationwide. 2017 is set to be the biggest year yet for Iceland Ireland, with […]

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Klöckner Pentaplast to Acquire LINPAC

  Klöckner Pentaplast to Acquire LINPAC

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global leader in rigid plastic film and packaging solutions, has signed a binding agreement to acquire LINPAC Group, an important film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction will create a global leader in the rigid and flexible film […]

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Enter By 30th April to Win Sports & Active Nutrition Award

  Enter By 30th April to Win Sports & Active Nutrition Award

Nootropics, sports shots and organic magnesium from sea lettuce are all nominees in this year’s 2nd Bridge2Food Sports & Active Nutrition Awards which celebrate the innovators creating the next generation of categories, products, beverages and ingredients to delight an increasingly health conscious consumer. For your chance to win, enter by 30 April.
OmniMind is nominated for […]

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Cherkizovo Group to Acquire NAPKO

  Cherkizovo Group to Acquire NAPKO

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, is acquiring NAPKO, one of Russia’s leading grain producers.
Among other assets, Cherkizovo Group will acquire NAPKO’s agricultural land of 147,000 hectares located in the Lipetsk, Tambov and Penza regions, which are strategically important areas for Cherkizovo Group. In 2016, NAPKO produced 250,000 tons […]

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For healthier food choices just tap the APP!

  For healthier food choices just tap the APP!

Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH), a healthier diet pressure group, in collaboration The George Institute of Global Health (TGI) and other leading UK nutrition experts have launched a free and simple to use app for Smartphone called FoodSwitch to help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating.
Many foods can be high […]

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Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

  Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

The Irish grocery market has slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years, dropping 0.7 percentage points month-on-month to -0.2%. This is according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Only now are we starting to […]

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EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

  EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

The European Union and Norway have come to an agreement which will facilitate bilateral trade in agricultural products, allowing EU exporters to reinforce their position on their 8th largest export market for agricultural products. The EU is the number one agri-food exporter in the world with €130 billion of exports in 2016.
The agreement reached following […]

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New Country Business Manager For Nestlé Ireland

  New Country Business Manager For Nestlé Ireland

Nestlé has appointed Andrew Shaw (pictured) as the new Country Business Manager for Ireland. Andrew Shaw assumes responsibility for Nestlé Ireland’s operations and its wide portfolio of products across the confectionery, beverage, food and petcare categories.  He will lead the company in Ireland as it continues to expand its presence and deliver growth across its […]

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Bakkavor Relaunches Tesco Indian Ready Meals in Perforated Snap Packs From Faerch Plast

  Bakkavor Relaunches Tesco Indian Ready Meals in Perforated Snap Packs From Faerch Plast

Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge has recently relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays from sole supplier, Faerch Plast, a leading manufacturer of high performance plastic packaging for the European food industry. The change of packaging format allows the microwaveable main meal and pilau rice accompaniment to be heated separately […]

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Brexit: food industry calls for clarity

  Brexit: food industry calls for clarity

The UK food and beverage industry is calling for swift action to move from speculation to real details as the sector waits to find out what the EU exit will mean in real terms for the industry. According to Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF): “The triggering of Article 50 […]

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