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  • Carlsberg Group Remains on Course Carlsberg Group has announced organic and reported net revenue growth of 2% to DKr31.77 billion (€4.27 billion) for the first half of 2017 although group beer volumes fell organically by 3%, chiefly due to a decline in Russia. Operating profit was up 15% organically, with all three regions – Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia [...]...
  • UK Food-to-go Market to Reach £23.5 Billion by 2022 The UK’s food-to-go sector is in rude health and will be worth £23.5 billion by 2022, up from £17.4 billion in 2017, according to IGD, as shoppers’ preference for eating on the move shows no signs of slowing down. IGD’s food-to-go research splits the market into five segments, with the organisation’s latest forecasts suggesting particularly strong [...]...
  • Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address the [...]...
  • Norwegians Sceptical About Ready-to-eat Food Around 40% of Norwegian consumers agree with the statement that industrially produced food is unhealthy, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kantar TNS on behalf of Orkla. Nine out of 10 think that the food they prepare themselves is better than industrially produced food, while close to half think that the industry [...]...
  • Mandatory CCTV in All Slaughterhouses Under New Animal Welfare Plans CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new plans recently announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, as he outlined a series of measures to cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare. The proposals will deliver a manifesto commitment for CCTV to be required in every slaughterhouse in England [...]...
  • £3.7 Billion Worth of Discounts Disappear From UK Supermarket Shelves as Promotions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years The pressure on UK retailers to be more transparent in their pricing has seen the number of trade promotions fall to their lowest levels for 10 years, and in 2017, shoppers will receive £3.7 billion less in promotional savings. This is according to a new report by IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics [...]...

Carlsberg Group Remains on Course

  Carlsberg Group Remains on Course

Carlsberg Group has announced organic and reported net revenue growth of 2% to DKr31.77 billion (€4.27 billion) for the first half of 2017 although group beer volumes fell organically by 3%, chiefly due to a decline in Russia. Operating profit was up 15% organically, with all three regions – Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia […]

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UK Food-to-go Market to Reach £23.5 Billion by 2022

  UK Food-to-go Market to Reach £23.5 Billion by 2022

The UK’s food-to-go sector is in rude health and will be worth £23.5 billion by 2022, up from £17.4 billion in 2017, according to IGD, as shoppers’ preference for eating on the move shows no signs of slowing down. IGD’s food-to-go research splits the market into five segments, with the organisation’s latest forecasts suggesting particularly strong […]

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Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

  Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address the […]

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Norwegians Sceptical About Ready-to-eat Food

  Norwegians Sceptical About Ready-to-eat Food

Around 40% of Norwegian consumers agree with the statement that industrially produced food is unhealthy, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kantar TNS on behalf of Orkla. Nine out of 10 think that the food they prepare themselves is better than industrially produced food, while close to half think that the industry […]

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Mandatory CCTV in All Slaughterhouses Under New Animal Welfare Plans

  Mandatory CCTV in All Slaughterhouses Under New Animal Welfare Plans

CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under new plans recently announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, as he outlined a series of measures to cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare. The proposals will deliver a manifesto commitment for CCTV to be required in every slaughterhouse in England […]

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£3.7 Billion Worth of Discounts Disappear From UK Supermarket Shelves as Promotions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

  £3.7 Billion Worth of Discounts Disappear From UK Supermarket Shelves as Promotions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

The pressure on UK retailers to be more transparent in their pricing has seen the number of trade promotions fall to their lowest levels for 10 years, and in 2017, shoppers will receive £3.7 billion less in promotional savings. This is according to a new report by IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics […]

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Whisky, Tequila and Gin to Drive Global Spirits Category Growth to 2021

  Whisky, Tequila and Gin to Drive Global Spirits Category Growth to 2021

Just released data from the IWSR 2017-2021 Forecast suggests global volumes of whisky, gin and tequila are expected to make gains of 55.2m, 7.1m and 5.8m nine-litre cases respectively over the next five years, following their rapid growth in 2016. These categories together with baijiu (+48.2m cases between 2016 and 2021), will contribute the most in the […]

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Huge Export Win to China For UK Food Producers

  Huge Export Win to China For UK Food Producers

A new export deal with China will bring a £200 million boost to the UK food industry and support 1,500 jobs. Taking advantage of the growing demand for UK and drink in China, seven new businesses in England and Northern Ireland have secured access to export pork – including three producers who, in a first […]

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CSM Bakery Solutions Closes Sale of BakeMark Business

  CSM Bakery Solutions Closes Sale of BakeMark Business

CSM Bakery Solutions, a global leader in bakery ingredients, products and services, has completed the sale of its BakeMark business to private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management. The sale of BakeMark, which was announced mid-July, is an important element in CSM’s decision to focus on their core business in Europe and North America.
“Completing the sale […]

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Needham Coding Ireland to Show Own Brand ‘N’ Series CIJ Printers For the First Time

  Needham Coding Ireland to Show Own Brand ‘N’ Series CIJ Printers For the First Time

Newly established business, County Westmeath-based Needham Coding Ireland Limited, which was formed following a merger between The Needham Group and long-standing Irish distributor, Advanced Coding Solutions (ACS), will be highlighting a wide range of continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ) and laser coding and marking equipment, and associated printer inks and makeup at […]

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Mars Food Expands its Portfolio With Acquisition

  Mars Food Expands its Portfolio With Acquisition

Mars Food, part of Mars Incorporated, is acquiring Preferred Brands International, a US-based, fully integrated manufacturer and marketer of all-natural, ready-to-heat Indian and Asian food products sold primarily under the Tasty Bite® brand. Tasty Bite’s® portfolio includes a wide range of vegetarian offerings, including Indian/Asian entrees, spice and simmer meal kits, and organic rice and […]

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British Consumers Demand Clarity on Who is Brewing Their Craft Beer

  British Consumers Demand Clarity on Who is Brewing Their Craft Beer

New research shows the majority of British beer drinkers want greater clarity over who is brewing the beer they drink, following an increase in the popularity of craft beer and a number of buyouts of independent craft breweries by global brewers. The independent YouGov survey of more than 1,000 beer drinkers was commissioned by SIBA, […]

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FiE Invites Thought Leaders and Innovative Start-ups to Apply For 2017 Awards

  FiE Invites Thought Leaders and Innovative Start-ups to Apply For 2017 Awards

“Thought Leadership”, the guiding concept for this year’s Food ingredients Europe, is echoed in the 2017 Fi Europe Innovation Awards. With ten newly created categories spanning all industry sectors, the Awards recognise and reward the ability to demonstrate and stimulate innovation. Especially for young start-ups, FiE offers an exclusive platform: After last year’s inaugural success, […]

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Givaudan Announces Exclusive Distribution Partnership With IMCD in Western Europe

  Givaudan Announces Exclusive Distribution Partnership With IMCD in Western Europe

Givaudan has announced an exclusive new distribution partnership with IMCD, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients. The partnership gives more food and beverage manufacturers across Western Europe access to the best of Givaudan’s flavour technology, expertise and inspiration through IMCD’s dedicated flavour team.
Working collaboratively, the two companies have made a special selection […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

  Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

After abandoning plans to build a new $70 million state-of-the-art plant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in nearby Staten Island, N.Y., world-famous craft brewers, Brooklyn Brewery, sought major re-development work at their long standing home in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, including upgrades to floor coating systems located in the brewery’s main production halls. Bucking the trend […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Increases Full Year Outlook

  Coca-Cola European Partners Increases Full Year Outlook

Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue, has increased its full year 2017 outlook after reporting solid interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2017. First-half reported revenue totalled €5.4 billion, up 3.0% on a comparable basis, or up 5.0% on a comparable and foreign exchange neutral basis. […]

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Good First Half Performance by Glanbia

  Good First Half Performance by Glanbia

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, delivered a good performance in the first half of 2017, driven by its Nutritionals business division. On 2 July 2017, Glanbia completed the sale of its Dairy Ireland operations to form a new joint venture, Glanbia Ireland, which encompasses the businesses of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland and Dairy Ireland. Total […]

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Goat’s Milk by Church End is Crowned Champion Beer of Britain

  Goat’s Milk by Church End is Crowned Champion Beer of Britain

A Warwickshire brewery, originally located in an old coffin shop, has won the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Champion Beer of Britain award. Goat’s Milk by Church End scooped gold in the competition thanks to its blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and aromatic hops.
The award comes after almost a year of local tasting […]

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Dietary Reference Values – Advice on Riboflavin

  Dietary Reference Values – Advice on Riboflavin

EFSA has set dietary reference values for riboflavin (vitamin B2) as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. Based on new scientific findings, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) decided to update the dietary reference values for riboflavin established by the Scientific Committee for Food in 1993. The panel […]

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Foam Modelling Fills a Gap

  Foam Modelling Fills a Gap

The RPC Design team has completed construction on a purpose-built foam modelling studio that will enable its designers to rapidly make mock-ups of packs in order to test and modify them before release. Based at RPC Rushden, the team has been successfully making 3D printed models for some time, but until now, printing costs and the […]

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British Consumers Cut Back on Meat

  British Consumers Cut Back on Meat

New research from Mintel finds that over a quarter (28%) of meat eating Brits have reduced or limited their meat consumption in the last six months*. What is more, a further one in seven (14%) adults say they are interested in limiting or reducing their consumption of meat or poultry in the future, proving that […]

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Unilever to Acquire Australian Ice Cream Business

  Unilever to Acquire Australian Ice Cream Business

Unilever is to acquire Weis, an Australian ice cream business, for an undisclosed sum. Weis is a second-generation ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer, founded in 1957 by Les Weis with the original iconic Fruito Bar. Its range features a variety of ice cream formats including single bar, multi-pack bars, dairy-free sorbet tubs and frozen […]

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Kerry Group Reports Solid First Half Performance

  Kerry Group Reports Solid First Half Performance

Kerry Group, the global taste, nutrition and consumer foods business, has reported a solid underlying business performance for the half year ended 30 June 2017, despite significant adverse currency movements and increased raw material pricing. Revenue on a reported basis increased by 4.8% to €3.2 billion, reflecting 3.8% business volume growth. Group trading profit rose […]

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Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

  Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

Working together with McDonald’s, Arla Foods is launching a new co-branded Happy Meal and Arla Organic Milk bottle which will roll-out across McDonald’s UK restaurants. The new design of the 250ml bottles, which will feature the Arla logo alongside the iconic Golden Arches, will be available in Happy Meals and will be sold in over […]

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Pearlfisher Combines Craftsmanship and Flavour in a Reinvention of Taylors of Harrogate

  Pearlfisher Combines Craftsmanship and Flavour in a Reinvention of Taylors of Harrogate

Taylors of Harrogate, a family business that dates back to 1886, has earned itself a reputation for quality through its devotion to the craft of outstanding coffee and tea. Finding itself struggling to resolve inherent tensions in the present day – the brand is both conservative and contemporary, traditional and progressive, considered and entrepreneurial – […]

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McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

  McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

McDonald’s Corporation has announced a major acceleration of its expansion plans in China following the successful completion of a strategic partnership with CITIC Ltd, CITIC Capital Partners, and The Carlyle Group. Ramping up a new era of growth and innovation, the partnership will operate and manage McDonald’s businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong, leveraging […]

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AB InBev and Anadolu Efes to Merge Russian and Ukrainian Operations

  AB InBev and Anadolu Efes to Merge Russian and Ukrainian Operations

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes, the leading brewer in Turkey, have agreed on 50:50 merger of their existing businesses in Russia and Ukraine. The proposed deal follows AB InBev’s acquisition of a 24% stake in Anadolu Efes as part of the world’s largest brewer’s purchase of SABMiller, which completed in October 2016. The transaction remains […]

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New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

  New Research By Action on Sugar Reveals Cereal Manufacturers Are Using Poor Nutrition Labelling

Leading sugar and health expert group Action on Sugar, based at Queen Mary University of London, is calling for colour-coded ‘traffic light’ front of pack (FOP)1 nutrition labelling to be introduced across all food and drink products after exposing many perceived ‘healthy’ cereal brands who have failed to include the Department of Health endorsed colour-coded labelling […]

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New Chairman For Premier Foods

  New Chairman For Premier Foods

Premier Foods has appointed Keith Hamill, OBE, as non-executive Chairman to replace David Beever who is stepping down after nine years with the company and five years as Chairman. Keith Hamill, OBE, will join the Premier Foods board on 1 October as non-executive Chairman designate and will be appointed as Chairman on 9 November.
Keith Hamill, […]

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KHS Builds Compact Can Filler For Craft Brewers

  KHS Builds Compact Can Filler For Craft Brewers

Craft beers have long established themselves on the world market. The KHS Group is thus now offering a new can filler to meet the requirements of small to medium-sized brewing companies. The Innofill CAN Compact is designed for low to medium outputs of 10,000 to 48,000 cans per hour. This compact combination of filler and […]

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Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

  Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

The Subway® brand has opened its 2,500th store in the UK at Keynsham, Banes. The new outlet features the new Subway® Fresh Forward design. Following the global launch of the new format in Manchester in March, the store near Bristol is the second pilot featuring the design to open in the UK. This location features a […]

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Major Board Changes at Real Good Food

  Major Board Changes at Real Good Food

Real Good Food, the diversified food business, has appointed Harveen Rai as Finance Director and Company Secretary. Harveen Rai replaces David Newman, who will be stepping down from the board with immediate effect but who will remain with the company for a period of time in order to ensure an orderly handover.
Real Good Food has […]

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The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology – August 13-18th, 2017 – Cork

  The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology – August 13-18th, 2017 – Cork

The International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST)will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on August 13-18th, 2017. The theme of the Congress is ‘Nurturing Locally, Growing Globally’.
Speakers will consider how science can offer the meat production and processing sector solutions to enable it to nurture sustainably at local level while offering opportunities to […]

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KHS and Schubert Supply Swiss Brewery With First Jointly-developed System

  KHS and Schubert Supply Swiss Brewery With First Jointly-developed System

KHS and Schubert have combined their expertise to offer beverage producers a complete and powerful package to fill and pack their products in the future. A first example of the successful partnership is the block solution for the Schützengarten brewery, already implemented in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, which can process many different bottle […]

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Edina Group Launches New Website

  Edina Group Launches New Website

Edina, a leading supplier, installer and maintenance provider for combined heat and power (CHP), gas, and diesel generation solutions, has launched its newly redesigned website. The new Edina website (http://www.edina.eu) offers quick and easy access to essential information and features, whilst showcasing Edina’s technical expertise and full EPC/turnkey capabilities as a leading total solutions provider for […]

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FoodDrinkEurope Head to Address National Food and Drink Conference & Exhibition in Dublin

  FoodDrinkEurope Head to Address National Food and Drink Conference & Exhibition in Dublin

Mella Frewen, director general of FoodDrinkEurope, has been  confirmed as a keynote speaker at the  National  Food and Drink Conference & Exhibition, which will be held on the 13th September at Citywest  Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland. FoodDrinkEurope  is the representative association for Europe’s food and drink industry, which is comprised of 286,000 companies, 99% of whom […]

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Gruppo Campari Delivers Solid Growth

  Gruppo Campari Delivers Solid Growth

Gruppo Campari has reported a 13.5% increase in first half sales to €844.7 million, reflecting strong organic sales growth of 6.8%, favourable currency exchange rates and a 5% impact stemming from the acquisition of Grand Marnier (consolidated on July 1 2016), the termination of some distribution agreements and the sale of non-core businesses, such as […]

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Irish Beer Exports Worth €280 Million in 2016

  Irish Beer Exports Worth €280 Million in 2016

The Irish Brewers Association (IBA), the representative voice for the brewing industry in Ireland, has released its 2016 annual Beer Market Report for Ireland, which shows Irish beer exports were valued at over €280 million, up 23% in two years with 40% of beer produced in Ireland being exported. Beer remains Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink, with a […]

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Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

  Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

Experts in poultry health have helped one of the UK’s largest food businesses to slash its antibiotic usage in the past two years, by adopting an holistic approach to animal well-being. St David’s Poultry Team have been working with Faccenda Foods to look at innovative ways of maintaining the health of the birds on farm, […]

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Creating New Protein Strategies – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

  Creating New Protein Strategies – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

Protein is in the global spotlight as we strive to meet the nutritional needs of a population set to hit 9 billion by 2040. Protein is an integral part of a healthy diet for both people and animals but current protein consumption and production levels are unsustainable, says Gerard Klein Essink, director, Bridge2Food, host of […]

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Plenty on the Menu at London’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

  Plenty on the Menu at London’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

Those working in the food and beverage industry will have masses to see at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London, which returns to Olympia, London, on 13 & 14 September 2017 for its eighth edition.
New Concepts
Over 180 international suppliers have already signed up, many of whom will be using the show to introduce their new […]

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Operating Margins Under Pressure at Bel Group

  Operating Margins Under Pressure at Bel Group

Bel Group, the French cheese producer, has reported a 14.9% rise in sales to €1.67 billion for the first half of 2017, spurred by the consolidation of the Mont-Blanc Materne (MOM) group acquisition, which accounted for 14.1 percentage points of the increase. Foreign exchange fluctuations had a slightly negative 0.4% impact on sales. Accordingly, organic […]

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Vion to Take Over Otto Nocker and Six Meat Markets in Germany

  Vion to Take Over Otto Nocker and Six Meat Markets in Germany

Vion Food Group is about to expand its presence in the Bavarian market by taking over meat and sausage specialist Otto Nocker in Germaringen along with six meat markets. Previously, the company was part of the insolvent LUTZ Fleischwaren group of companies.
The acquisition of Nocker in Germaringen, Germany, underlines the growth strategy announced by Vion […]

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New EU School Scheme to Promote Healthy Eating Habits

  New EU School Scheme to Promote Healthy Eating Habits

The new EU scheme for distribution of milk, fruit and vegetables at schools has come into force, ahead of the new school year. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the scheme will also include dedicated educational programmes on nutrition.
The new scheme merges and optimises the existing projects that last year reached already over […]

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New Pure Dairy Campaign Raises the Bar For Dairy Ingredients

  New Pure Dairy Campaign Raises the Bar For Dairy Ingredients

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new campaign called ‘Pure Dairy’ to highlight how its range of Nutrilac® dairy ingredients satisfies growing consumer demand for natural products with ultra-clean labels. Research [1] shows that more than one third of shoppers in the EU (35%) are proactively avoiding food and drink products that contain artificial additives or preservatives, while […]

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British Men Shun Social Media For an Old-fashioned Chat Down the Pub

  British Men Shun Social Media For an Old-fashioned Chat Down the Pub

According to new research from Macmillan Cancer Support and charity partner Greene King, when it comes to catching up, men are switching screen time for face-to-face time, preferring to chat with mates in their local rather than Whatsapping their worries. When asked how they would share important news with friends, men revealed that they are […]

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Aston Manor Delivers Robust Growth as Investment Bears Fruit

  Aston Manor Delivers Robust Growth as Investment Bears Fruit

Aston Manor, the UK’s largest independent cider maker, has reported a year of further strong progress in the implementation of the group’s five year ‘Consolidate and Broaden’ strategy. For the year ended 31 December 2016, Aston Manor increased group turnover by 4% to £113 million as it grew both volume and gross profit by 3% […]

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Bacardi Announces New Europe Regional President

  Bacardi Announces New Europe Regional President

Family-owned Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has named Francis Debeuckelaere, a 23-year veteran of the company, as Regional President of Europe with immediate effect. He succeeds Mahesh Madhavan, who in March 2017 was named the successor to Michael J Dolan when he retires as CEO. Mahesh Madhavan will spend the […]

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B&M Acquires Discount Convenience Grocery Brand

  B&M Acquires Discount Convenience Grocery Brand

B&M European Value Retail, the UK’s leading multi-price value retailer, has acquired Heron Food Group, a discount convenience retailer operating predominantly in the North of England with 251 stores, for an enterprise value of £152 million including debt. B&M is a fast-growing discount retailer, operating from over 500 high street and out of town stores […]

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ABP Ireland Reaches For the Stars 21 Times at Great Taste Awards

  ABP Ireland Reaches For the Stars 21 Times at Great Taste Awards

ABP Ireland has been awarded 21 stars at the prestigious annual Great Taste 2017 Awards in London, which is run by the Guild of Fine Food. Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards initiative, whose highly respected seal of approval is recognised globally. This year, a panel of 500 industry experts […]

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