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  • Record High Number of New UK-based Wine Producers Opening The number of new wine producers opening within the UK in a year hit a record high last year with 80 new wine producers starting up – a rise of 25% from 64 in 2016, and more than double the 36 that opened five years ago, according to research by chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young [...]...
  • Mondelēz International Names New Chief Financial Officer Mondelēz International has announced that Luca Zaramella, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. As CFO, Zaramella will be responsible for the oversight of the company’s global Finance, Information and Technology Solutions and shared services functions. He will report directly [...]...
  • We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers Nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America are willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein, according to a survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients. Researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia if they would spend more on buying a product if it [...]...
  • Nestlé and XPO Logistics Build a Digital Warehouse of the Future in the UK Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK. The facility, a digital warehouse of the future, will be occupied predominantly by Nestlé for its consumer [...]...
  • Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results The Irish Government has launched the Bord Bia 2018 Brexit Barometer, a comprehensive survey of 117 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies, representing 48% of the sector’s exporters to the United Kingdom. Over 100 senior industry representatives attended the launch in Bord Bia to hear the report findings. The purpose of the Brexit Barometer is to assess [...]...

Record High Number of New UK-based Wine Producers Opening

  Record High Number of New UK-based Wine Producers Opening

The number of new wine producers opening within the UK in a year hit a record high last year with 80 new wine producers starting up – a rise of 25% from 64 in 2016, and more than double the 36 that opened five years ago, according to research by chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young […]

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Mondelēz International Names New Chief Financial Officer

  Mondelēz International Names New Chief Financial Officer

Mondelēz International has announced that Luca Zaramella, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. As CFO, Zaramella will be responsible for the oversight of the company’s global Finance, Information and Technology Solutions and shared services functions. He will report directly […]

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We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

  We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

Nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America are willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein, according to a survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients. Researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia if they would spend more on buying a product if it […]

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Nestlé and XPO Logistics Build a Digital Warehouse of the Future in the UK

  Nestlé and XPO Logistics Build a Digital Warehouse of the Future in the UK

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park in Leicestershire, UK. The facility, a digital warehouse of the future, will be occupied predominantly by Nestlé for its consumer […]

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Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results

  Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results

The Irish Government has launched the Bord Bia 2018 Brexit Barometer, a comprehensive survey of 117 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies, representing 48% of the sector’s exporters to the United Kingdom. Over 100 senior industry representatives attended the launch in Bord Bia to hear the report findings.
The purpose of the Brexit Barometer is to assess […]

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Cargill Invests in Mouscron Facility to Meet Demand For Belgian Chocolate

  Cargill Invests in Mouscron Facility to Meet Demand For Belgian Chocolate

With the rapid rise in consumer demand for premium, high quality Belgian chocolate, Cargill has invested in a new liquid chocolate production line in its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new local jobs.
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business will […]

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Heineken Makes Biggest Ever Investment in UK Pub Estate

  Heineken Makes Biggest Ever Investment in UK Pub Estate

Heineken UK is making its largest ever annual investment in Star Pubs & Bars, investing £44 million during 2018. This investment is more than double the figure invested last year (£20 million) and brings Heineken’s total expenditure on pubs to almost £140 millioin over the past five years.Around a quarter of Star’s 2,900 pubs will […]

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New Starter Culture Secures Mild and Creamy Soft Cheeses

  New Starter Culture Secures Mild and Creamy Soft Cheeses

Chr. Hansen’s latest launch helps cheesemakers to produce soft cheese that maintains the desired taste and texture. The extension to the DVS® SSC series is the latest addition to Chr. Hansen’s soft cheese starter culture range. The product series now consists of four cultures and is designed to create soft cheese with a mild flavor and […]

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TOP Develops Technology Platform For Dairy Farmers

  TOP Develops Technology Platform For Dairy Farmers

TOP from Wageningen in the Netherlands is developing a technology platform that enables dairy farmers to sell bottled milk from individual cows. With the technology it will be possible to pasteurize and package bottles of milk from individual cows. Dutch consumers will soon be able to buy milk from their very own favourite cow.
In the […]

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New Head For Arla Foods UK

  New Head For Arla Foods UK

Arla Foods, the leading European dairy co-operative, has announced the departure of its UK Managing Director, Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa. Pietrangeli will be replaced by Ash Amirahmadi, who is currently SVP – Sales for Arla Foods in the UK. Tomas Pietrangeli will leave on 30 June […]

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HKScan Invests in its Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

  HKScan Invests in its Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

HKScan, the Nordic meat and food group, is investing close to €7 million in its Kristianstad plant in Sweden. This is one of the steps in HKScan’s strategic development of the entire value chain, from farm to fork. The investment further modernizes Sweden’s largest pig slaughterhouse and strengthens thereby further HKScan’s operational footprint.
“HKScan’s investment increases […]

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Craft Beer Revolution is Here to Stay

  Craft Beer Revolution is Here to Stay

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, has published a new report in its Global Insights Series which indicates the consumer demand for craft beer is not likely to slow down anytime soon. The report, which surveyed 3,300 consumers in seven countries in the Europe and US, shows that 4 […]

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DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

  DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

With Innovase ASP DP, DeutscheBack now offers manufacturers of bakery products an enzyme system that prevents the formation of acrylamide in baked goods such as biscuits, wafers, bread and rolls. A simple dosing makes the new solution easier for bakers to use than enzyme concentrates and enables adherence to the statutory tolerances for acrylamide without […]

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AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

  AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD (pictured above left), has officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and Research and Development facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in the food industry for over 20 years, develops and manufactures ingredients, sauces and blends for the processed food market. Its R&D lead team have developed […]

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Starbucks Extends Strategic Partnership With Arla Foods

  Starbucks Extends Strategic Partnership With Arla Foods

After seven years of a successful business partnership, Starbucks has a new strategic licensing agreement with the farmer-owned dairy co-operative Arla Foods. The two companies have signed a long-term 21-year strategic agreement, giving Arla Foods license to continue to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region (Europe, […]

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Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

  Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

The European Commission has just released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s Science and Knowledge service, has developed a common methodology to allow national consumer authorities to carry out tests comparing the composition and characteristics of food products sold […]

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Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

  Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

Müller has introduces FRijj with a longer lasting ambient recipe for the first time. The new FRijj ambient range is being produced at Müller’s Severnside site, which has benefited from substantial investment to create a new centre of excellence for milk drinks and fresh cream.
Müller intends to use the increased capabilities at Severnside and across […]

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Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

  Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

New CSO figures reveal that the value of Irish gin exports grew by a whopping 433 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, exports of Irish gin were valued at €935,000, compared to just €175,000 in the first quarter of 2017. […]

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Global Coding & Marking Company Establishes First UK Business

  Global Coding & Marking Company Establishes First UK Business

Barcelona-based Macsa ID, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance laser coding, marking and scoring systems for the food, beverage, packaging, pharmaceutical, chemical, aerospace and automotive markets, has continued its global expansion with the recent acquisition of a majority stake in UK business, Halo Lasers. Halo Lasers has been rebranded to Macsa ID UK […]

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery Names New Global President

  Mars Wrigley Confectionery Names New Global President

Mars, Incorporated has appointed Andrew Clarke, currently Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, to the role of Global President ‐ Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Andrew Clarke will assume his new role in September. He will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Clarke.
Since 2015 Andrew Clarke has been Chief Marketing & Customer Officer. […]

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More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

  More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production. This was one of the main findings of the latest publication, from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network – discussed at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, held at Teagasc, Moorepark, Cork […]

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Danone Early Life Nutrition Launches Category Overhaul

  Danone Early Life Nutrition Launches Category Overhaul

Danone Early Life Nutrition is launching a category refresh that spans its leading baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, […]

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Speed Up Poultry Processing – 15,000 bph With Meyn

  Speed Up Poultry Processing – 15,000 bph With Meyn

Rising consumer demand for high-protein food and changing customer preferences have spurred the global market for poultry meat. In response to this growing demand, the market has been forced to increase production volumes. This results in longer production days and increased line speeds. Especially greenfield projects, but also existing plants demand the highest possible processing […]

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Mondelēz International Invests $200 Million in Czech Biscuit Plant to Accelerate Growth in Europe

  Mondelēz International Invests $200 Million in Czech Biscuit Plant to Accelerate Growth in Europe

Mondelēz International has invested $200 million since 2014 in its Czech Republic-based Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, which employs nearly 1,000 people and produces Power Brands like Oreo, belVita, Milka and Cadbury, for the European market. The investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making centre and supports the company’s […]

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European Soft Drinks Industry Generates Revenue of €185 Billion

  European Soft Drinks Industry Generates Revenue of €185 Billion

A recent study illustrates how the European soft drinks industry is rooted in the European economy and boosts progress throughout its value chain. The sector generates €185 billion revenue – equivalent to 1.24% of EU GDP – indirectly supports 1.7 million jobs and delivers almost €30 billion in tax contributions to EU member states.
The industry […]

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Packaging Automation Help Seal in Freshness

  Packaging Automation Help Seal in Freshness

When Funky Nut Company, a small business manufacturing creative, healthier alternative peanut butters, were looking at developing their product range and tapping into the snack packs market, they needed a solution to seal in the freshness. Wanting a British manufacturer with reliable products and great service, Packaging Automation ticked the box from day one.
Being new […]

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GEA Develops a Large Rotary Lobe Pump For Sensitive Products

  GEA Develops a Large Rotary Lobe Pump For Sensitive Products

GEA is expanding its NOVALOBE pump range with the large-volume GEA Hilge NOVALOBE 60. The robust rotary lobe pump is specifically designed for pumping and dosing highly viscous media, also with large particles. This new development meets the hygiene standards of the EHEDG guidelines for applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries.
GEA Product Manager Ulla Främke […]

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Barilla to Invest €1 Billion Over 5 Years

  Barilla to Invest €1 Billion Over 5 Years

Barilla, the world’s largest pasta company, expects to invest about €1 billion over five years on its industrial assets. About 60% of the investments will be aimed at boosting competitiveness and sustainability by improving processes and technologies, while over 40% will support innovation and geographic expansion. The expansion of the plant near Parma in Italy […]

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Orkla to Consolidate Biscuits Production

  Orkla to Consolidate Biscuits Production

Norwegian food group Orkla is to consolidate its production of biscuits and to build a new biscuits factory outside Riga, Latvia. The move is part of the group’s strategy of consolidating production in fewer and more efficient plants.
Consequently, the current biscuits production operations in Kungälv and Riga will be closed down and relocated to the […]

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Success of Vitafoods Europe Reflects Strength of Nutraceutical Industry

  Success of Vitafoods Europe Reflects Strength of Nutraceutical Industry

The success of Vitafoods Europe 2018, which attracted over 20,000 visitors for the first time, reflects the strength of the industry, the organisers say. A total of 21,132 visitors passed through the doors at Palexpo, Geneva between 15th and 17th May. The numbers were the highest in the event’s 21-year history and represented a 6% […]

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Blockchain – The Future of Food Traceability?

“The Blockchain, can change…well everything.” That was the prediction of Goldman Sachs in 2015. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about Blockchain, particularly around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but just as the investment bank giant predicted, the technology is starting to have more wide-reaching impacts on other sectors. Here, Shan […]

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Moy Park to Invest £18 Million in Latest Processing Technology

  Moy Park to Invest £18 Million in Latest Processing Technology

Moy Park, which is one of the UK’s largest poultry producers, has announced an investment of over £18 million across a number of its sites in Lincolnshire. The investments form part of the company’s ongoing strategic investment programme which is focused on enhancing operations across its agriculture and processing facilities, boosting production to a record […]

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Tulip Starts Next Phase in Turnaround Under New Leadership

  Tulip Starts Next Phase in Turnaround Under New Leadership

Danish Crown has announced that Steve Francis is stepping down from his position as CEO of Tulip Ltd as the UK business kicks off the next step of its turnaround programme. Danish Crown CEO and Chairman of Tulip Ltd Jais Valeur will take on the role of Executive Chairman of Tulip Ltd.
Steve Francis was appointed […]

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Carrs Foods Ranked 9th in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

  Carrs Foods Ranked 9th in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

Carrs Foods, the Manchester-based bakery business, has been ranked at number nine in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Carrs Foods achieved an international sales growth of 29% compared to 2016, with a global sales turnover of £49.2 million.
This is the second consecutive year […]

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Smurfit Kappa Launches Bag-in-Box For Apple Juice

  Smurfit Kappa Launches Bag-in-Box For Apple Juice

Smurfit Kappa, leader in complete Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, has expanded its range of packaging solutions for the fresh apple juice market. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in Box® developed the Thermo Bag to meet the specifications of hot filling which is a commonly used processing method in the drinks industry. During hot filling, the product is pressed, filtered, […]

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Leadership Changes at Kellogg Company’s North American and European Businesses

  Leadership Changes at Kellogg Company’s North American and European Businesses

Kellogg Company has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company’s growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Chris Hood, currently President of Kellogg Europe, has been named President of Kellogg North America reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Cahillane. The company has appointed Dave Lawlor, currently, Vice President, European Cereal Business, […]

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ABP Food Group to Invest £17 Million in Scotland

  ABP Food Group to Invest £17 Million in Scotland

ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food processors, has announced an investment of £17 million for the planned redevelopment of its Perth processing plant in Scotland. The redevelopment includes an extension and upgrade of the facilities chilled storage area, dry goods storage, maturation and meat production facilities and staff amenities. On completion, the project, […]

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Consumers Prefer Taste and Sweetness of Reduced-sugar Cookies With Taura’s JusFruit Pieces

  Consumers Prefer Taste and Sweetness of Reduced-sugar Cookies With Taura’s JusFruit Pieces

Reduced-sugar cookies containing Taura’s JusFruitTM pieces are perceived to be just as sweet as full-sugar alternatives, research has found. In a consumer sensory panel, reduced-sugar cookies containing the concentrated fruit pieces were not perceived to be less sweet than a full sugar alternative, even though they contained 30% less sugar. Furthermore, they outscored both full-sugar and standard […]

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Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

  Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20 May 2018, show Tesco reclaiming the top spot on its own for the first time in more than two years with an overall share of 22.3%.  The retailer grew sales by 4.5% – far ahead of the overall market, which […]

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Seafood Supplier Scoops Top Scottish Award

  Seafood Supplier Scoops Top Scottish Award

Leading seafood producer Loch Fyne Oysters celebrated its 40th year of trading by scooping the top prize in the Fish and Seafood category of Scotland’s prestigious Food and Drink Awards. The awards recognise innovation, enterprise and quality amongst Scottish food and drink producers.
Loch Fyne Oysters won an award for its Bradan Orach smoked salmon, which […]

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Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

  Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. This is why the European Commission is proposing the first-ever EU initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. The new measures include a new indicator to improve monitoring and data, and better […]

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Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

  Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 20 May 2018, reveal that the recent hot weather combined with the Meghan Markle effect sparked strong market growth – up 2.7% on last year. Chris Hayward, consumer specialist at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The sun shone on the grocery market over the past month […]

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Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

  Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

Walled City Brewery, located in Derry’s exciting new cultural quarter Ebrington Square, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop a new craft beer. Master Brewer, James Huey used an Invest NI £5,000 Innovation Voucher to develop the recipe for its ‘1689’ Mumm ale, which comes from a recipe dating back to the Siege […]

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Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

  Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

Global Dairy Processing Equipment Market size is expected to exceed US$13 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Growth in geriatric population accompanied by prevailing health conditions including joint issues, obesity, diabetes, calcium deficiency has increased milk & milk products consumption which is likely to drive dairy processing equipment […]

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Nomad Foods to Acquire Aunt Bessie’s For €240 Million

  Nomad Foods to Acquire Aunt Bessie’s For €240 Million

Nomad Foods has entered into an agreement to acquire Aunt Bessie’s from William Jackson & Son for approximately €240 million. Aunt Bessie’s is a leading frozen food company in the United Kingdom where it manufactures, distributes and sells a range of branded frozen food products. The Aunt Bessie’s brand holds number one and number two […]

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Nestlé Acquires Majority Share in Welsh Spring Water Business

  Nestlé Acquires Majority Share in Welsh Spring Water Business

Nestlé Waters has acquired a majority stake in Princes Gate Spring Water, a bottled water manufacturer based in Wales. The acquisition comes in the context of increasing consumer demand for bottled water in the UK and will provide new opportunities to deliver growth in one of Nestlé’s core categories.
Princes Gate Spring Water was founded in […]

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Market Volatility Drives Demand For Egg Replacers as New Online Calculator is Launched

  Market Volatility Drives Demand For Egg Replacers as New Online Calculator is Launched

With egg prices going through an extended period of volatility, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new calculator to help bakery companies determine how much they could save by using egg replacers in their cake recipes. A number of events in the global egg production industry have impacted on market conditions. In 2017 and 2018, scares […]

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Glanbia Appoints New Group Chairman

  Glanbia Appoints New Group Chairman

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has announced Martin Keane as Group Chairman, to succeed Henry Corbally with immediate effect. Patrick Murphy has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman in place of Martin Keane while John Murphy will continue as a Vice Chairman.
Speaking on his appointment as Group Chairman Martin Keane said: “I am […]

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Key Appointments Made to Three ‘Dream Jobs’ in Scotch Whisky

  Key Appointments Made to Three ‘Dream Jobs’ in Scotch Whisky

Appointments to three of the most coveted jobs in the Scotch whisky industry have been announced by Scotland’s leading distilling company, Diageo. The company has appointed the lead roles for the investment project to bring the iconic Port Ellen and Brora distilleries back to life, and a new manager for the famous Lagavulin Distillery on […]

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Harrogate Spring is Number One UK Food Service Choice

  Harrogate Spring is Number One UK Food Service Choice

Harrogate Spring has become the number one bottled water brand in the UK’s £2.7 billion food service soft drinks category and the number eight soft drinks brand in the sector. Value growth of more than 20% last year, five times the overall category, has seen Harrogate Spring leapfrog soft drinks Lucozade and Oasis.
Sales and marketing […]

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