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Strong Operating Results From Refresco Gerber Reflect Merger Benefits

Strong Operating Results From Refresco Gerber Reflect Merger Benefits

Müller Dairy Appoints New Managing Director

Müller Dairy Appoints New Managing Director

Unilever Expands Personal Care Brands Portfolio

Unilever Expands Personal Care Brands Portfolio

Diageo Completes Acquisition of Tequila Don Julio

Diageo Completes Acquisition of Tequila Don Julio

Strong Operating Results From Refresco Gerber Reflect Merger Benefits

Strong Operating Results From Refresco Gerber Reflect Merger Benefits

04 March 2015

Refresco Gerber, the leading European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and brand owners, has reported a 28.3% jump in revenue to €2,036.9 million for 2014, attributable to the merger between Refresco and Gerber Emig which took place in November 2013, partially offset by lower underlying volumes and slightly declining raw material […]

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Müller Dairy Appoints New Managing Director

Müller Dairy Appoints New Managing Director

04 March 2015

The UK’s leading yogurt and chilled desserts manufacturer Müller Dairy, part of Müller UK & Ireland Group, has confirmed the appointment of Bergen Merey as managing director. He joins Müller Dairy on 4th May having spent nearly 25 years with Procter & Gamble (P&G), latterly as a member of P&G’s Global Business Leadership Council and […]

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Unilever Expands Personal Care Brands Portfolio

Unilever Expands Personal Care Brands Portfolio

04 March 2015

Unilever has agreed to acquire REN Skincare, the iconic British skincare brand. Created in 2000 by Antony Buck and Robert Calcraft, REN pioneered a new type of high performance skin care. The multi-award winning brand is today sold in 50 countries and has built a committed consumer base. The range is sold predominantly in specialty […]

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Diageo Completes Acquisition of Tequila Don Julio

Diageo Completes Acquisition of Tequila Don Julio

04 March 2015

Diageo has completed the acquisition of full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio following the receipt of all regulatory approvals. The acquisition strengthens Diageo’s position in the growing super premium and above tequila segments globally and the important tequila market in Mexico with an already strong and well-positioned brand. Gaining full ownership and […]

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New Belvoir Cox Apple Pressé is Simply Sweet Enough

New Belvoir Cox Apple Pressé is Simply Sweet Enough

04 March 2015

Belvoir Fruit Farms has bottled the crisp fresh taste of English Cox’s Apples to produce a refreshing, sparkling new Cox Apple Pressé which, because it contains no added sugar, is wonderfully balanced without being overly sweet. The Leicestershire-based company hand makes all its Cordials and Pressés on the family farm using only natural ingredients and […]

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Mixed 2014 Sales Performance by Bel

Mixed 2014 Sales Performance by Bel

03 March 2015

French dairy group Fromageries Bel has reported a 2.3% rise in sales to €2.78 billion for 2014 – up 3% organically against 2013. In Western Europe, despite a lackluster economic environment and a fiercely competitive market, sales advanced 4.1%, excluding the foreign exchange impact, to €1.12 billion – thanks to the sales and marketing effectiveness […]

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CONSISTENT PRODUCTION OF HIGHER QUALITY PET BOTTLES WITH SIDEL MATRIX INTELLIBLOWER™

CONSISTENT PRODUCTION OF HIGHER QUALITY PET BOTTLES WITH SIDEL MATRIX INTELLIBLOWER™

03 March 2015

Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has recently developed Intelliblower™ technology, a significant innovation which brings control and self-regulation to the blow moulding process.  The patented technology ensures greater accuracy in distribution of material during the production of individual bottles, with the elimination of inconsistencies resulting in improved quality, regardless […]

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Nestlé Rolls Out Global Youth Initiative

Nestlé Rolls Out Global Youth Initiative

03 March 2015

The Nestlé Global Youth Initiative will help young people across the world develop skills and become more employable. It aims to develop young talent for the company and help tackle the global youth unemployment crisis. The initiative follows Nestlé’s Youth Employment Initiative in Europe, launched in 2013 with a pledge to create 20,000 positions for […]

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03 March 2015

Vitafoods Europe 2015, booth K99: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) will present Prospector®, the world’s most comprehensive food and beverage ingredients database.  Overland Park (Kansas / USA), March 2015: Visitors to the Prospector® booth at Vitafoods Europe will see first hand how the innovative search engine can speed up their R&D processes significantly. The comprehensive global database […]

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Disappointing First Half From Thorntons

Disappointing First Half From Thorntons

03 March 2015

Thorntons has reported a decline in both first half sales and profits as the British confectionery manufacturer and retailer continues to transform its business from one focused primarily on retail distribution towards an emerging international FMCG company with a strong UK multichannel retail division. Overall sales decreased by 8.2% to £128.2 million and profit before […]

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Diageo and Thinfilm Unveil the Connected ‘Smart Bottle’

Diageo and Thinfilm Unveil the Connected ‘Smart Bottle’

03 March 2015

Diageo and Thin Film Electronics, a global leader in the development of printed electronics and smart systems, will look to completely change the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL® “smart bottle”. The connected “smart bottle” aims to enhance the consumer experience by using printed sensor tags […]

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Record Numbers Flock to UK’s Biggest Packaging Show

Record Numbers Flock to UK’s Biggest Packaging Show

03 March 2015

The UK’s biggest packaging show just got bigger! Packaging Innovations (incorporating Contract Pack and Ecopack), Empack and Label&Print, closed its doors recently to record numbers. 6,585 visitors, 350 exhibitors, a mass of product launches, six new show features, and over 40 seminars all packed into the Birmingham’s NEC, bringing together the very best in packaging […]

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Drinks Concepts For Emotional Wellbeing

Drinks Concepts For Emotional Wellbeing

03 March 2015

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that respond to the rising demand for products that influence and balance our emotional state in a gentle, natural way. Health and wellness benefits are no longer simply a matter of physical nourishment; the emotional influence of foods and drinks is also an important consideration. With that in […]

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Mondelez International to Dispose of Interest in Japanese Coffee Joint Venture

Mondelez International to Dispose of Interest in Japanese Coffee Joint Venture

02 March 2015

In line with its ongoing efforts to further focus its portfolio on snacking products, Mondelez International has agreed to sell its 50% interest in Ajinomoto General Foods to its joint venture partner, Ajinomoto Co, for Yen27 billion ($226 million). AGF manufactures and sells instant, ground and liquid coffee products as well as other beverages in […]

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Almost Half of British Consumers Trying to Monitor or Limit Sugar Intake

Almost Half of British Consumers Trying to Monitor or Limit Sugar Intake

02 March 2015

As the debate surrounding the potential dangers of sugar and how to tackle this issue continues to rage, new research from Mintel finds a significant 46% of British consumers have taken at least one course of action to monitor or reduce their sugar intake in the last year. Indeed, over the last year, over a […]

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2015 May Be the Most Challenging Ever in UK Fresh Produce

2015 May Be the Most Challenging Ever in UK Fresh Produce

02 March 2015

The next twelve months may be among the most challenging ever for the fresh produce industry according specialist recruitment consultancy MorePeople, which has just completed its first-ever ‘Best for Business Barometer’. This polls the opinion of a small number of people at the highest level in fresh produce every six months to determine the current […]

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Nestlé to Provide Tailored Food For Round-world Solar Flight Pilots

Nestlé to Provide Tailored Food For Round-world Solar Flight Pilots

02 March 2015

The world’s first attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered aircraft is set for take-off this week in Abu Dhabi, and Nestlé Research is playing a crucial role in helping make the mission a success. Solar Impulse is a pioneering aircraft which can fly long distances powered only by the sun. The two […]

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AGRANA’s Worldwide Focus on Sustainability

AGRANA’s Worldwide Focus on Sustainability

02 March 2015

AGRANA, an internationally oriented Austrian company, adds value to agricultural commodities to produce top quality foodstuffs and numerous industrial upstream products. With its close dependence on agricultural crops, AGRANA is passionately committed to the careful use and conservation of natural resources. The company was founded in 1988 and is now the leading sugar company in […]

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Danish Crown and Tican to Merge

Danish Crown and Tican to Merge

27 February 2015

Denmark’s two co-operative slaughterhouse companies – Danish Crown and Tican – have agreed to combine their activities in a joint company. With revenue of DKr58 billion (Eur7.8 billion), Danish Crown engages in pig and cattle slaughtering as well as meat processing all over the world. The group is the biggest of its kind in Europe […]

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Mondelēz International to Restructure Manufacturing in Ireland

Mondelēz International to Restructure Manufacturing in Ireland

27 February 2015

Mondelez International is to close its chewing gum ingredient factory in Tallaght, County Dublin, and to restructure its Cadbury chocolate manufacturing plants located in Coolock, Dublin and Rathmore in County Kerry, resulting in the loss of more than 200 jobs. At its gum-base production plant in Tallaght, the company has announced proposals to employees and […]

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Solid Financial Performance by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Solid Financial Performance by Anheuser-Busch InBev

27 February 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev achieved organic growth of 5.9% in revenue to $47.06 billion and a 6.6% rise in EBITDA to $18.54 billion for 2014. Total volumes grew by 0.6% in 2014, with own beer volumes growing by 0.5% and non-beer volumes growing by 1.3%. Revenue per hl grew by 5.3% organically and by 5.7% on a […]

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Tate & Lyle Launches DOLCIA PRIMA™ Low-Calorie Sugar

Tate & Lyle Launches DOLCIA PRIMA™ Low-Calorie Sugar

27 February 2015

Tate & Lyle has launched DOLCIA PRIMA™ Low-Calorie Sugar, its newest ingredient set to transform the way the food and beverage industry develops low- or reduced-calorie products. DOLCIA PRIMA™ is Tate & Lyle’s brand name for allulose, a low-calorie sugar that exists in nature and can be found in small quantities in some fruits and […]

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Glanbia Completes Fifth Consecutive Year of Double Digit Growth

Glanbia Completes Fifth Consecutive Year of Double Digit Growth

26 February 2015

Glanbia, the global performance nutrition and ingredients group, delivered a strong performance in 2014 as it continues to develop its two major business groups – Global Performance Nutrition and Global Ingredients. Total group revenue, including Glanbia’s share from Joint Ventures & Associates, was up 7.3% on a reported basis to €3.5 billion and by 6.9% […]

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Major Restructuring at Produce World Group

Major Restructuring at Produce World Group

26 February 2015

The Produce World Group, the UK’s leading grower and supplier of fresh organic vegetables, has announced plans for restructuring which will consolidate the company’s recent growth and prepare it to face the challenges of an increasingly competitive market-place. The company intends forming a joint venture growing, harvesting, packing and marketing brassicas with LFP (Lincolnshire Field […]

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UK Organic Market Shows Improved Growth

UK Organic Market Shows Improved Growth

26 February 2015

The Soil Association’s 2015 Organic Market reveals UK sales of organic products increased by 4% in 2014. The new figures show this is significant growth in a year when both food prices (down 1.9%) and food spending (down 1.1%) fell. Shoppers spent an extra £1.4 million a week on organic products and the organic market […]

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Primera’s LX900e Color Label Printer Adds Pigment Ink Option

Primera’s LX900e Color Label Printer Adds Pigment Ink Option

26 February 2015

Primera Technology, a leading manufacturer of specialty printers, has announced the availability of highly-durable pigment inks for its popular LX900e Color Label Printer. Previously, only traditional photo-quality dye-based inks were available. The LX900e’s new, specially-designed pigment inks, when paired with Primera’s Tuffcoat Extreme Polyjet material, offer far more stability against harsh conditions including water, chemicals, […]

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Producing Biofuel From Whisky Industry Waste

Producing Biofuel From Whisky Industry Waste

25 February 2015

A spin-out company from Edinburgh Napier Univesity has become the first in the world to produce biofuel capable of powering cars from residues of the whisky industry. Celtic Renewables now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland after manufacturing the first samples of bio-butanol from the by-products of whisky fermentation. A spin-out from […]

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Another Year of Solid Growth at Kerry Group

Another Year of Solid Growth at Kerry Group

25 February 2015

Despite a challenging macro-economic landscape and the impact of geopolitical issues, Kerry, the global ingredients and flavours and consumer foods group, achieved another year of solid underlying growth ahead of its markets and sustained business margin expansion in 2014. Although reported group revenue dropped 1.4% to €5.8 billion for the year ended 31 December 2014, […]

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European Commission Has Concerns About Cargill and ADM's Proposed Chocolate Merger

European Commission Has Concerns About Cargill and ADM’s Proposed Chocolate Merger

25 February 2015

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of the industrial chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) by Cargill is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. Both US-based companies supply industrial chocolate as well as fat-based coatings and fillings. Industrial chocolate, which is sold in liquid or […]

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Bold New Design For Greene King IPA

Bold New Design For Greene King IPA

25 February 2015

Greene King has unveiled a striking new design for its flagship ale Greene King IPA as it looks to claim a larger slice of the British beer market. Figures from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) show that 15% of all cask drinkers tried cask ale for the first time in the last three years, […]

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Critical Year For Danone

Critical Year For Danone

24 February 2015

Danone has reported a 4.7% increase in like-for-like net sales to €21.14 billion for 2014, despite a 1.5% fall in sales volume. On a reported basis sales slipped 0.7% and the 2014 trading operating margin at 12.59% was down 12bps like-for-like from 2013. The negative impact of fluctuations in exchange rates was 5.5%, reflecting a […]

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Hain Celestial Expands in Personal Care With Strategic Acquisition

Hain Celestial Expands in Personal Care With Strategic Acquisition

24 February 2015

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India, has acquired Belvedere International, a leader in health and beauty care products including the Live Clean® brand. With approximately 200 baby, body and hair care products as well as several mass market brands sold primarily in […]

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Growing British Consumer Interest in Chinese Cuisine

Growing British Consumer Interest in Chinese Cuisine

24 February 2015

Chinese reigns as Britain’s favourite world cuisine in both homes and ethnic restaurants. New research from Mintel reveals that almost four in five (78%) British consumers have eaten Chinese food at home in the past three months, with 12% eating it at least once a week. Indeed, consumption of Chinese food trumps both Indian fare, which […]

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McCormick to Acquire Italian Spices and Seasonings Business For €85 million

McCormick to Acquire Italian Spices and Seasonings Business For €85 million

23 February 2015

McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavour, has agreed to purchase 100% of Drogheria & Alimentari, a privately held company based in Italy, for a cash payment of approximately €50 million and a potential earn out payment in 2018 of up to €35 million based upon the performance of the business. Based on the […]

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Return of Irish Beef to China

Return of Irish Beef to China

23 February 2015

Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) has welcomed the announcement by the Chinese government to re-open its market to Irish beef following an absence of 15 years. This positive decision marks an important next step in securing new market opportunities for Irish exporters in this high potential market. Increasing prosperity in China is leading to […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Announces 53rd Consecutive Annual Dividend Increase

The Coca-Cola Company Announces 53rd Consecutive Annual Dividend Increase

23 February 2015

The board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company have approved the global drinks group’s 53rd consecutive annual dividend increase, raising the quarterly dividend 8% from 30.5 cents to 33 cents per common share. This is equivalent to an annual dividend of $1.32 per share, up from $1.22 per share in 2014. The increase reflects the […]

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Produce World Investing in the Fresh Produce Stars of the Future

Produce World Investing in the Fresh Produce Stars of the Future

23 February 2015

Produce World Group, the UK’s largest grower and supplier of fresh vegetables, is teaming up with the University of Lincoln to launch an Agri-Food Trainee scheme to find the future stars of the fresh produce industry by offering paid-for work experience and a university degree. The scheme is offering students the opportunity to gain a […]

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Ballygowan and Energise Sport Are New Hydration Partners of Dublin GAA

Ballygowan and Energise Sport Are New Hydration Partners of Dublin GAA

20 February 2015

Ireland’s leading bottled water Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water and Energise Sport, part of Britvic Ireland, have been unveiled as the official hydration partners of Dublin GAA in a new threeyear deal. Under the new partnership, Ballygowan and Energise Sport will support Dublin hurling and football teams across all age groups including under 21 and senior. […]

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