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Carlsberg to Close Two Russian Breweries New Leadership at Rémy Cointreau First Milk Returns to Profitability Soufflet Group Enters the UK Malt Market
 
Carlsberg to Close Two Russian Breweries

Carlsberg to Close Two Russian Breweries

New Leadership at Rémy Cointreau

New Leadership at Rémy Cointreau

First Milk Returns to Profitability

First Milk Returns to Profitability

Soufflet Group Enters the UK Malt Market

Soufflet Group Enters the UK Malt Market

Carlsberg to Close Two Russian Breweries

Carlsberg to Close Two Russian Breweries

30 January 2015

Following last year’s suspension of production at two of our Russian breweries, the Carlsberg Group has evaluated its production structure and decided to close two of its 10 breweries in Russia. The two breweries are located in Chelyabinsk (Baltika-Chelyabinsk) and Krasnoyarsk (Baltika-Pikra). The sales and distribution organisations will be maintained in the two cities but […]

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New Leadership at Rémy Cointreau

New Leadership at Rémy Cointreau

30 January 2015

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet has been confirmed as Chief Executive Officer of the Rémy Cointreau Group, the France-based global wines and spirits group. François Hériard Dubreuil, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Rémy Cointreau Group, comments: “The strategic plan presented by Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet is both ambitious and bold – it heralds a new era in the […]

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First Milk Returns to Profitability

First Milk Returns to Profitability

29 January 2015

First Milk, the UK’s only major dairy company 100% owned by British farmers, increased revenue by 15% to £610 million for the year ending 31 March 2014 and reported profit before tax before exceptionals of £3.5 million, compared to a loss of £0.8 million in 2013, to return to profitability. First Milk’s operating profits before […]

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Soufflet Group Enters the UK Malt Market

Soufflet Group Enters the UK Malt Market

29 January 2015

French cereals giant Soufflet Group has acquired Molson Coors’ UK malting business based in Burton upon Trent, England. The acquisition is a logical step forward in Soufflet Group’s long-term strategy and an opportunity for entering the British malt market, the second largest in Europe. Malteries Soufflet has also signed a long term malt supply contract. […]

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Subway Celebrates 2,000th Store Opening in the UK and Ireland

Subway Celebrates 2,000th Store Opening in the UK and Ireland

29 January 2015

The SUBWAY® brand is celebrating the opening of its 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland, with a new store in the Jarman Leisure Park in Hemel Hempstead. The milestone opening highlights the more than £200 million investment that SUBWAY® franchisees contribute to their local economies, alongside providing over 20,000 jobs in stores across the […]

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Pearlfisher Partners With Bud Light to Create New Bottle to Celebrate Super Bowl XLIX

Pearlfisher Partners With Bud Light to Create New Bottle to Celebrate Super Bowl XLIX

29 January 2015

Pearlfisher New York has designed Bud Light’s new limited edition aluminum twist Super Bowl XLIX bottle to help fans celebrate the special occasion. An official sponsor of Super Bowl XLIX, Bud Light wanted to find a way to express passion for the event in an unconventional way. Pearlfisher’s challenge was to help Bud Light harness […]

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Arla Foods Inaugurates New Production Facilities in Germany

Arla Foods Inaugurates New Production Facilities in Germany

28 January 2015

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has officially inaugurated a brand-new production area at its site at Pronsfeld in Germany. A total of about €110 million was invested in the construction of a new milk drying tower, a new creamery and additional milk preparation and processing capacity. This represents a further step in the company’s continuous, […]

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Consolidation in US Breakfast Cereals Market

Consolidation in US Breakfast Cereals Market

28 January 2015

Post Holdings, the third biggest breakfast cereal group in the US, is acquiring rival business MOM Brands Company in a deal worth $1.15 billion. Founded in 1919, MOM Brands is the fourth largest cereal company in the United States. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, is expected to close […]

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Fiber, Wholegrains and Protein Lead Health Focus in Cereals

Fiber, Wholegrains and Protein Lead Health Focus in Cereals

28 January 2015

Breakfast cereals have traditionally had a fairly healthy image, despite the proliferation of relatively high-sugar products in some parts of the market. Three-quarters of the breakfast cereal launches recorded by Innova Market Insights over the 12 months to the end of October 2014 had a health positioning of some kind. This did vary regionally, however, […]

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Vion Food Looks For New CEO

Vion Food Looks For New CEO

28 January 2015

Michiel Herkemij has announced that he is leaving his position as CEO of Dutch meat producer Vion Food. Herkemij and the Board of Directors at Vion Food have mutually agreed that after a number of drastic measures implemented under Herkemij, it is time for a change of leadership at the company. Last year, the CEO […]

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Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, NEC 2015 - Q&A session with Stuart Kellock, Owner of Label Apeel

Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, NEC 2015 – Q&A session with Stuart Kellock, Owner of Label Apeel

28 January 2015

The UK’s biggest packaging event, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 25 and 26 February 2015, brings together the very best in the packaging and print industry from right across the globe. Celebrating it tenth anniversary Packaging Innovations, with dedicated Ecopack and Contract Pack areas, and co-located with Empack and Label&Print, will showcases over 350 exhibitors specialising in all aspects of packaging […]

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How Western Companies Can Navigate China’s Animal Protein Market

How Western Companies Can Navigate China’s Animal Protein Market

27 January 2015

China’s demand for foreign animal protein products shows great growth potential. However, the path to success for western animal protein companies in China will remain complex and challenging. In its latest report titled “Bulls in a China Shop”, Rabobank foresees that the path to success can be navigated with a relentless focus on adding value […]

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Kestrel Foods Announces £750,000 Investment

Kestrel Foods Announces £750,000 Investment

27 January 2015

Kestrel Foods, the successful UK dried fruit and nut business, is investing over £750,000 in new processing and packaging technology to drive export sales, supported by Invest Northern Ireland. The Portadown-based company, which owns the Forest Feast and Acti-Snack brands, is receiving assistance of £60,000 from Invest NI towards supporting its export growth strategy, which […]

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New Research Shows Snacking On Almonds Instead of a High-carbohydrate Snack Reduced Abdominal Fat

New Research Shows Snacking On Almonds Instead of a High-carbohydrate Snack Reduced Abdominal Fat

27 January 2015

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a daily snack of 42 grams of almonds instead of a high-carbohydrate muffin with equivalent calories, consumed as part of an overall healthy diet, improved a number of heart disease risk factors in study participants1. In addition to significantly improving LDL […]

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SternMaid believes in systematic food safety

26 January 2015

Successful certification of the system according to FSSC 22000 Wittenburg, January 2015: Since January 2015, the food safety management system of the contract manufacturer SternMaid has been certified according to FSSC 22000. The certificate confirms that the company meets all the safety requirements relevant to the production of food. SternMaid is always fully up to […]

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Arla Foods Ingredients to Offer Lactose in Global Dairy Trade Auction

Arla Foods Ingredients to Offer Lactose in Global Dairy Trade Auction

26 January 2015

Arla Foods Ingredients is set to sell lactose ingredients through the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) online auction platform for the first time as part of its bid to become the world’s leading lactose supplier. More than 900,000 tonnes of dairy ingredients are traded each year on GDT, the majority in the form of milk powder. […]

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Premier Foods Shows Resilience

Premier Foods Shows Resilience

26 January 2015

UK food manufacturer Premier Foods has reported a 5.3% decline in turnover to £788.5 million for 2014 as branded sales fell 4.8% by to £703 million and non-branded by 9% to £85.5 million. Trading profit dropped by 6.1% to £131 million. Adjusted profit before tax declined by £4.0 million in the year to £77.1 million […]

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Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-fiber Bottle

Carlsberg and Partners to Develop Biodegradable Wood-fiber Bottle

26 January 2015

Carlsberg has announced a ground-breaking agreement to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fiber bottle for beverages. Carlsberg has initiated a three-year project with packaging company ecoXpac, with the collaboration of Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, to develop a biodegradable and biobased bottle made from sustainably sourced wood-fiber, to be known […]

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Evolva and Cargill to Collaborate on Second Family of Ingredients

Evolva and Cargill to Collaborate on Second Family of Ingredients

26 January 2015

Swiss biopharmaceutical company Evolva Holding and Cargill have signed an agreement to co-develop a sustainable, customisable, and cost-effective fermentation production process for a second family of high-value food and beverage ingredients. This additional collaboration between the two companies is modelled on the first partnership signed in March 2013 to develop next-generation stevia ingredients (steviol glycosides). […]

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Real Good Food Acquires Rainbow Dust Colours

Real Good Food Acquires Rainbow Dust Colours

23 January 2015

UK diversified food business Real Good Food has completed the acquisition of Rainbow Dust Colours, a specialist supplier of cake decorating products to the sugarcraft industry, including coloured edible glitters, dusts, sprinkles and food paints. RGF is paying an initial £4 million, with an additional cash consideration of up to £3.5 million in the form […]

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UK Consumers Hesitant to Try New Alcoholic Drinks

UK Consumers Hesitant to Try New Alcoholic Drinks

23 January 2015

A new Canadean report finds that eight out of ten consumers who drink alcohol out of their homes rarely or never try new alcoholic drinks. This is concerning as substantial investment is made in developing and marketing new products. However, exciting flavours and seasonal offerings will keep the market from stagnating. According to Canadean, 77% […]

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Nestlé Makes Progress on Empowering Women in Cocoa Supply Chain

Nestlé Makes Progress on Empowering Women in Cocoa Supply Chain

23 January 2015

Nestlé’s work to empower women in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire kicked off in 2013 and the Swiss food and beverages giant is making more headway with its partners on this important issue. In recent months, for example, Nestlé has helped train four cocoa co-operatives on gender issues in order to open more […]

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CFIA 2015: March 10-12 - Rennes, France - The Food Industry Suppliers Meeting Place

CFIA 2015: March 10-12 – Rennes, France – The Food Industry Suppliers Meeting Place

23 January 2015

Ever since 1997, the largest factory in France has invited sector professionals to discover a large top-quality offer in Brittany, the capital of the food-processing industry. The event currently welcomes over 16,000 visitors and 1,300 exhibitors, as it continues to monitor changes in the food-processing industry, while retaining its manageable format. Besides a friendly atmosphere, […]

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Sensient Food Colors Europe Develops an Exciting New Range of Spirulina Products

Sensient Food Colors Europe Develops an Exciting New Range of Spirulina Products

23 January 2015

Sensient Food Colors Europe has developed proprietary technology in the extraction of Spirulina blue that complies with both the new EU Guidance Notes and FDA quality specifications. The ‘EU Guidance Notes on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties’  and FDA approval have provided the opportunity to use Spirulina concentrate as a food colouring. […]

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Challenging Year For Unilever

Challenging Year For Unilever

22 January 2015

Unilever has reported a 2.7% decline in turnover to €48.4 billion for 2014 although underlying sales growth was 2.9%, ahead of the group’s markets, with volume up 1.0% and price up 1.9%. Operating profit increased by 6% to €8.0 billion and net profit was 5% higher at €5.5 billion as core operating margins improved by […]

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Mondelez International Constructing $90 Million Biscuit Plant in Bahrain

Mondelez International Constructing $90 Million Biscuit Plant in Bahrain

22 January 2015

Mondelez International has laid the cornerstone for construction of its new $90 million biscuit plant in Bahrain as the world’s leading maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy seeks to tap rising demand in the Middle East and Africa for company brands such as Oreo, Ritz and TUC biscuits. The company announced the project in […]

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Bord Bia Launches €400,000 Fund to Boost Small Business Growth

Bord Bia Launches €400,000 Fund to Boost Small Business Growth

22 January 2015

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has announced a new financial support, entitled the ‘Step Change Programme’, for small Irish food, drink and horticulture businesses. The €400,000 grant scheme is aimed at companies, with a turnover between €100,000 and €5 million, embarking on a new project to take their business to the next level. In 2015, […]

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Denny Bros Restructures Board For Future Growth

Denny Bros Restructures Board For Future Growth

22 January 2015

Bury St Edmunds-based Denny Bros has appointed Graham Denny as its new Managing Director to lead the future growth of the company. The family owned international specialist printing business and creator of Fix-a-Form® multi-page labels has announced changes to its Board of Directors. Barry Denny, who has been the Managing Director of Denny Bros since […]

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Morrisons Expands Seafood Site in Grimsby

Morrisons Expands Seafood Site in Grimsby

21 January 2015

Less than three years after Morrisons opened its first fish manufacturing site in Grimsby the UK retailer is acquiring a nearby site, doubling its fish processing capability and creating new jobs. Morrisons has agreed a deal to take over the former Kerry Foods site, which has been empty since 2012. Morrisons currently produces 250 tonnes […]

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New: profitable back meat harvesting solution for Rapid Plus

21 January 2015

The all new Meyn back meat harvesting solution saves on labor and further increases profitability in breast deboning. The solution allows for automatic harvesting of the back meat separately with an undamaged structure, giving it a unique presentation. When opting for back meat harvesting on the Rapid Plus, the amount of back meat harvested will […]

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Faccenda Foods Sees Fourth Consecutive Year of Improved Results

Faccenda Foods Sees Fourth Consecutive Year of Improved Results

21 January 2015

Faccenda Foods, one of the UK’s leading food companies, has filed annual results showing a strong performance for the 2013/14 financial year. The results showed year-on-year top line growth of 12% to £520 million and an increase in pre- tax profits to just over £15 million. Faccenda Foods is a vertically integrated poultry focused business […]

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Norwegian Seafood Council Advertises on UK TV For First Time

Norwegian Seafood Council Advertises on UK TV For First Time

21 January 2015

A new sponsorship deal that will see the Norwegian Seafood Council promoted on the Good Food Channel throughout 2015 has commenced. This is the first time the organisaiton will appear on British televisions, aiming to increase the number of people adding seafood to their shopping baskets and generally boosting the seafood category. This will in […]

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Dairy Crest Retains Fresh Milk Contract With Morrisons But Volumes Reduced

Dairy Crest Retains Fresh Milk Contract With Morrisons But Volumes Reduced

21 January 2015

UK dairy group Dairy Crest has retained its contract to supply fresh milk to Morrisons for a further three years, following a competitive tender process, but that the volumes Morrisons purchases from Dairy Crest will be reduced by around one third from March 2015. Dairy Crest does not expect this to materially affect its financial […]

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Lantmännen to Acquire VAASAN Group

Lantmännen to Acquire VAASAN Group

20 January 2015

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, has agreed to acquire Finnish company VAASAN Group, a bakery operator in Northern Europe, currently owned by private equity firm Lion Capital. Lantmännen Unibake and VAASAN will together enhance their position in the Baltic Sea region and expand their joint offering with several […]

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Arla Establishes New Business Region in Asia

Arla Establishes New Business Region in Asia

20 January 2015

Arla Foods is integrating its markets in China and South East Asia in a new regional market called Business Unit Asia. The regional office will be placed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as of March 1st 2015. Asia is vital to Arla’s ambitions to grow and to increase earnings for its cooperative farmer-owners in Europe. As the […]

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PepsiCo Elects Ex-Heinz Boss to Board of Directors

PepsiCo Elects Ex-Heinz Boss to Board of Directors

20 January 2015

PepsiCo’s board of directors has elected William R Johnson, the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HJ Heinz Company, and an Advisory Partner of Trian Fund Management, headed by well-known activist investor Nelson Peltz, to the PepsiCo board, effective March 23, 2015. “Bill will bring deep expertise and insight to the PepsiCo Board […]

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The EU and Morocco Strike a Deal on Protection of Geographical Indications

The EU and Morocco Strike a Deal on Protection of Geographical Indications

20 January 2015

The European Union and Morocco have concluded negotiations on an agreement to mutually protect their Geographical Indications (GIs). Through this agreement Morocco and the EU will ensure high level protection for their respective GIs for food products. Also aimed at promoting and fostering trade relations in agricultural products and foodstuffs produced in Morocco and the […]

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Blue Earth Foods Protected By Autocoding

20 January 2015

Blue Earth Foods are a major supplier of chilled seafood products to retail supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Like the whole of the food industry, they were under pressure from retailers to guarantee that all packaging and date coding was correct for their products. Correct packaging and date coding prevents product recalls and […]

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