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  • Pernod Ricard to Acquire Super-premium Italian Gin Brand Pernod Ricard is acquiring Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy from Biggar & Leith for an undisclosed price. Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the [...]...
  • Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform Nestlé and Carrefour, the French retail group, have announced that they are giving consumers access to blockchain data for Mousline purée in France. This is the first time that Nestlé is sharing information on its products with consumers via a blockchain platform. Consumers can use their smartphone or other device to scan a QR code on [...]...
  • Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic in Ireland Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations. Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that [...]...
  • Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer Carlsberg UK has launched its most ambitious and honest consumer facing campaign ever in a bid to drive reappraisal of its flagship beer brand. Expected to reach 97% of the UK, the £20 million campaign conceived in collaboration with agency partners Fold7, Clifford French and Initiative – trades on the equity of the brand’s renowned [...]...
  • Alternative Proteins Challenge Dairy Dominance The value of the sports nutrition market is set to grow by around 8% per year to reach over US$17 billion globally in 2021, according to Innova Market Insights’ forecasts. The mainstreaming of the market has led to a surge in interest in plant-based alternatives with the traditional dominance of whey and other dairy proteins [...]...

Pernod Ricard to Acquire Super-premium Italian Gin Brand

  Pernod Ricard to Acquire Super-premium Italian Gin Brand

Pernod Ricard is acquiring Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy from Biggar & Leith for an undisclosed price. Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the […]

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Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

  Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

Nestlé and Carrefour, the French retail group, have announced that they are giving consumers access to blockchain data for Mousline purée in France. This is the first time that Nestlé is sharing information on its products with consumers via a blockchain platform.
Consumers can use their smartphone or other device to scan a QR code on […]

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Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic in Ireland

  Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic in Ireland

Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations.
Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that […]

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Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

  Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

Carlsberg UK has launched its most ambitious and honest consumer facing campaign ever in a bid to drive reappraisal of its flagship beer brand. Expected to reach 97% of the UK, the £20 million campaign conceived in collaboration with agency partners Fold7, Clifford French and Initiative – trades on the equity of the brand’s renowned […]

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Alternative Proteins Challenge Dairy Dominance

  Alternative Proteins Challenge Dairy Dominance

The value of the sports nutrition market is set to grow by around 8% per year to reach over US$17 billion globally in 2021, according to Innova Market Insights’ forecasts. The mainstreaming of the market has led to a surge in interest in plant-based alternatives with the traditional dominance of whey and other dairy proteins […]

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Creating High Quality, Home-style and Flatbed Coated Products –The Dual-mode RevoBreader

  Creating High Quality, Home-style and Flatbed Coated Products –The Dual-mode RevoBreader

Marel’s new RevoBreader is a flexible machine that offers flatbed and drum modes in one enclosure. This dual-mode configurability is the ultimate solution for applying high-quality coating, both to home-style and flatbed coated products.
Thanks to the large drum size, changing between flatbed and drum position doesn’t require the removal of any machine parts. Changeover from […]

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Danone Sells US-based Earthbound Farm

  Danone Sells US-based Earthbound Farm

Danone has sold Earthbound Farm, the US organic salads business, to California-based Taylor Farms, a family-owned salads and fresh foods company. The sale of Earthbound Farm, which had annual sales of about US$400 million in 2018, is part of Danone’s portfolio management and capital allocation optimization strategy.
Earthbound Farm, founded in 1984 in California, is the […]

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Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

  Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

Asia will generate US$4264 billion of grocery sales by 2023 – almost the same as Europe and North America combined – according to new market forecasts from IGD Asia, the food and consumer goods research organisation.
Findings include:

Asia, the largest regional grocery market in the world, is expected to grow by a CAGR of 6% between 2018 and 2023
The grocery […]

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Guinness Removes Plastic Packaging From its Beer Packs

  Guinness Removes Plastic Packaging From its Beer Packs

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of Diageo’s beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s. Diageo is investing £16 million to reduce the amount of plastics used in its beer packaging, which will see:

The introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic
A reduction of plastic waste that is […]

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Wessanen Sold For €885 Million to a Consortium of PAI and Charles Jobson

  Wessanen Sold For €885 Million to a Consortium of PAI and Charles Jobson

Royal Wessanen, a European leader in healthy, organic and sustainable food, is being acquired for €885 million by a consortium consisting of PAI Partners and Charles Jobson, who already owns 25.74% of the Netherlands-based food group. PAI has a strong track-record of acquiring businesses and supporting management teams to invest for growth, both organically and […]

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St Austell Brewery Names New Chief

  St Austell Brewery Names New Chief

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer, has announced that Kevin Georgel will become its new chief executive, replacing James Staughton upon his retirement in January 2020. Kevin Georgel, who has been a non-executive board member at St Austell Brewery for four years, has decided to step down from his five-year tenure as chief executive […]

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Natural and Brilliant – ADM Expands its Range of Colours

  Natural and Brilliant – ADM Expands its Range of Colours

Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s leading suppliers for ingredients, has added new colours to its product range: firstly, micronized colour powders made from colouring foodstuffs; secondly, paprika extract for particularly vibrant shades of orange. 
The new micronized colour powders from ADM are made up of particles that are much smaller than conventional colour […]

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Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

  Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

Dairygold, the Irish dairy co-operative, has announced that its annual turnover rose by €27.4 million to a record €992.9 million in its 2018 financial year. However, the extreme weather conditions experienced in 2018 had a severe impact at farm level. As a co-operative, Dairygold responded by supporting milk and grain prices and introducing a range […]

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Müller Milk & Ingredients to Reduce Plastic Use and Food Waste as it Simplifies Fresh Milk and Cream Range

  Müller Milk & Ingredients to Reduce Plastic Use and Food Waste as it Simplifies Fresh Milk and Cream Range

Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) is set to reduce plastic use by 400 tonnes per annum whilst substantially cutting food waste and distribution costs as it simplifies its range of fresh milk and cream products. The SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) rationalisation programme, part of MMI’s Darwin project, could see the company pare down the 835 […]

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Record Start in 2019 For EU Agri-food Trade

  Record Start in 2019 For EU Agri-food Trade

The value of EU agri-food exports in January 2019 increased for the 4th year in a row to reach a new record level of €11.2 billion, as shown in the latest monthly agri-food trade report. With agri-food imports to the EU also increasing to €10.8 billion, the monthly trade value topped €22 billion, compared to […]

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Construction Starts on €40 Million Betaine Plant in Austria

  Construction Starts on €40 Million Betaine Plant in Austria

The fruit, starch and sugar group AGRANA is constructing a betaine crystallisation plant at its sugar refinery in Tulln in Austria under a joint venture with Amalgamated Sugar, the second-largest sugar beet producer in the USA. The new plant, entailing the investment of around €40 million, will take a year to construct.

AGRANA has been processing […]

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Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

  Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestlé R&D Accelerator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology with the objective to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. Internal, external or mixed teams are eligible to use dedicated hot desks at the accelerator […]

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Cargill Launches World’s First Coatings and Fillings Using Sustainably Sourced Coconut Oil

  Cargill Launches World’s First Coatings and Fillings Using Sustainably Sourced Coconut Oil

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business is the first company to use Rainforest Alliance Certified coconut oil sourced through a mass balance* model as an ingredient in its coatings and fillings – responding to consumers’ growing demands for sustainably sourced ingredients.
Inge Demeyere, managing director of Cargill’s chocolate activities in Europe explains the thinking behind this development: “The demand from consumers […]

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Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

  Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

Valio is the most sustainable brand in Finland for the sixth consecutive year, if you ask consumers. The 2019 Sustainable Brand Index survey measured the sustainability of European and Finnish brands.

According to the consumers participating in the survey, the best things about Valio are its Finnish milk, its attention to animal welfare, and its environmentally […]

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Better Production, Labelling and Protection Rules For Spirit Drinks

  Better Production, Labelling and Protection Rules For Spirit Drinks

The European Council has adopted new rules aimed at clarifying and improving the legal framework setting out the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, including their use in other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications (GIs).
The regulation will guarantee a clearer labelling of spirit drinks such as Whisky, Brandy, Cognac, or Ouzo […]

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Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

  Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

Dairy has long been one of the most creative categories in the supermarket, creating new types of products and bringing new benefits to the consumer. But there is an increasingly wide gap between the performance of companies who understand the key consumer trends and make them part of their strategy – and those who do […]

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Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

  Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

Two of Diageo’s iconic spirit brands – Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray – have been recognised in the annual list of Great British Brands for 2019. Great British Brands is an annual list that uniquely showcases 150 of the greatest names in British luxury; those that are held in the highest regard for their impact and […]

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

  EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved. Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, Member States were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February […]

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Unicare Flex Nitrile – The Environmentally Friendly Food Approved Glove

  Unicare Flex Nitrile – The Environmentally Friendly Food Approved Glove

Single use hand protection specialist Unigloves has enhanced its food-dedicated range with the launch of the new Unicare Flex Nitrile disposable glove. Food handling approved, the new Unicare Flex Nitrile disposable, blue glove has been designed to provide exceptional levels of comfort and performance across a range of food handling environments. It is also more environmentally […]

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£40 Million Payment to Scottish Beef Producers

  £40 Million Payment to Scottish Beef Producers

Around 7,000 specialist beef producers in Scotland are to benefit from payments worth around £40 million. The Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme supports producers breeding beef calves from suckler cows.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says: “Suckler herds form the backbone of quality beef production in Scotland, and I can confirm that the first tranche of the 2018 […]

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Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

  Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show that the Irish grocery market grew by 3.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. Despite Easter falling three weeks later than last year, and the absence of the extreme weather which provided an unexpected boost for some retailers in 2018, strong overall performance means market […]

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Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

  Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

Tetra Pak has launched its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
For […]

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Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

  Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

The DMK Group, the biggest German dairy co-operative, and one of the biggest suppliers to the German food retail industry, is continuing to build for the future. The dairy company’s realignment towards being a clear customer and consumer-based food producer, which was started in the summer of 2017, is reflected in the stable figures for […]

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Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

  Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

Glanbia Ireland (GI) and Kepak Group have announced an ambitious and innovative new calf-to-beef programme in Ireland. The “Twenty20 Beef Club” affords Members a guaranteed market for their heifers and steers with a predictable and transparent pricing formula at time of slaughter; a production blueprint supported by safe and secure high-quality farm inputs and leading-edge […]

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Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

  Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

Two-thirds (67%) of consumers support the idea of a recognisable carbon label to demonstrate that products have been made with a commitment to measuring and reducing their carbon footprint, according to new international research released by the Carbon Trust.
The YouGov study of more than 9,000 consumers, across the USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands […]

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Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

  Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products, delivered a strong trading performance in 2018. Group turnover reached €2.082 billion with group EBITDA of €60.5 million, up 12.5%, and operating profit rose by 14.8% to €40.4 million. The performance was achieved during a period of significant and sustained investment across its facilities and brand portfolio.
The late […]

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Nestlé to Launch New 100% Plant-based Burgers in Europe and US

  Nestlé to Launch New 100% Plant-based Burgers in Europe and US

Nestlé has announced its biggest move yet into the meat-free market, launching a new ‘cook from raw’ plant-based burger in Europe, and unveiling plans for the United States.
Wayne England, the head of Nestlé’s food business, says: “These new burgers don’t compromise on flavour, texture and cooking experience. They underline Nestlé’s increased focus on tasty, authentic […]

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Emmi Group Emmi Expands its Goat’s Milk Business

  Emmi Group Emmi Expands its Goat’s Milk Business

Swiss dairy processor Emmi Group has gradually been expanding its international goat’s milk network since 2010. By taking a 66% stake in Austrian goat’s and sheep’s milk processor Leeb Biomilch, Emmi is building on its position in this market. The acquisition also expands Emmi’s range of organic vegan products.
Founded in 2001, Leeb Biomilch has established […]

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Ferrero Acquires Kellogg’s Cookies and Fruit Snacks Business For $1.3 Billion

  Ferrero Acquires Kellogg’s Cookies and Fruit Snacks Business For $1.3 Billion

The Ferrero Group is acquiring the cookie, fruit and fruit-flavoured snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses from Kellogg Company for $1.3 billion (€1.16 billion). These US-based businesses generated sales of approximately $900 million and operating profit of approximately $75 million in 2018.
Ferrero will acquire a strong portfolio of beloved brands in the cookie category, […]

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

  Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Great Britain will expand its portfolio with the launch of Coca-Cola Energy, the first energy drink released under the Coca-Cola brand. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine.
It will be available in 250ml cans and in two variants – with and without sugar. Coca-Cola Energy will launch […]

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UK Supermarkets Await Easter Sales Boost

  UK Supermarkets Await Easter Sales Boost

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar show year-on-year supermarket sales growth of 1.4% during the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. This year’s late Easter, and the fact that Mother’s Day falls outside the reported period, contributed to the market growing at its slowest rate since March 2018 and trimmed an estimated […]

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Charles Brand Appointed President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia Region

  Charles Brand Appointed President of Tetra Pak  Europe & Central Asia Region

Tetra Pak has announced the appointment of Charles Brand to the position of President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia (E&CA) Region and he will continue to be a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team.
Charles Brand.
Charles joined Tetra Pak in 1985 as an Electronics Development Engineer and has since held several key senior […]

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Vion Builds a Strong Foundation Despite a Challenging Market

  Vion Builds a Strong Foundation Despite a Challenging Market

In 2018, Vion, the international meat group, finalised its four year business plan to invest in and modernise its production footprint in its home markets of Germany and the Netherlands. This contributed to the annual results for 2018, where a strong operational cash flow reduced the net debt position and further improved the solvency rate […]

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Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

  Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

Lakeland Dairies, the major Irish cross border dairy processing co-operative, has turned in an excellent business performance in 2018 with record revenues and profitability, underpinned by targeted business development activity, relative stability in global dairy markets and growth in volumes shipped.
Group revenues increased by 5.3% to €810.5 million, yielding an operating profit of €17.5 million […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Lists on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange

  Coca-Cola European Partners Lists on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler by revenue, generating sales last year of €11.5 billion and operating profit of €1.6 billion, has commenced trading on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange. The company operates across 13 countries in Western Europe.
The move does not impact on CCEP’s listing on the New York […]

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McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

  McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s leading global food service retailer with nearly 38,000 locations in over 100 countries around the world, is acquiring Dynamic Yield, a leader in personalisation and decision logic technology, for a reported reported US$300 million. With the acquisition of Dynamic Yield, based in New York and Tel Aviv, McDonald’s builds on its […]

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€250 Million to Support Healthy Eating Habits For European Schoolchildren

  €250 Million to Support Healthy Eating Habits For European Schoolchildren

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU’s School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018.
The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the 2019/2020 school year has been adopted. €145 million are […]

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DuPont Achieves Major Milestone to Expand Probiotics Capacity

  DuPont Achieves Major Milestone to Expand Probiotics Capacity

DuPont has completed construction on a new, state-of-the art probiotics fermentation unit at its Rochester, New York, facility. The unit, now largest in the world, is part of a multiphase nearly $100 million investment to expand probiotics capacity and enhance the company’s leadership in delivering high-quality, clinically documented probiotics to dietary supplement and food and […]

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Hilton Food Group Building a Bigger and More Diversified Business

  Hilton Food Group Building a Bigger and More Diversified Business

Hilton Food Group, the leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 21.5% increase in revenue to £1.649 billion with adjusted operating profit 27.1% higher at £48.7 million, driven by a full year trading from the Seachill acquisition, for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2018.
Following the acquisition of Seachill last year to diversify […]

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Danone Opens €240 Million Sustainable Nutricia Plant in the Netherlands

  Danone Opens €240 Million Sustainable Nutricia Plant in the Netherlands

Danone has officially opened its new Nutricia Cuijk production facility in the Netherlands, marking the completion of a three-year journey to build a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, zero-waste plant. The facility will primarily produce specialized infant formula that meets the needs of infants diagnosed with specific medical conditions – such as cow’s milk protein allergy, as well […]

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Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

  Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

Two vertical ‘container farms’ capable of producing natural crops which are more nutritious, have far bigger yields – and are ready to harvest in at least half the time – have been created by Nottingham Trent University. The farms, thought to be the first of their kind in the UK and housed inside two converted […]

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Food Companies – Are You Ready to Communicate in a Crisis?

  Food Companies – Are You Ready to Communicate in a Crisis?

Instinctif Partners is launching CrisisCommsOptic – the latest in its ‘family’ of online diagnostic tools – alongside CrisisOptic and RecallOptic.
“As social media becomes more and more embedded in our lives it is now often user-generated content which drives the pace of a crisis,” explains Victoria Cross, Head of Instinctif Partners’ Business Resilience Practice. “This is […]

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A Significant Year For Fever-Tree

  A Significant Year For Fever-Tree

Fever-Tree, the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, increased revenue by 40% to to £237.4 million and adjusted EBITDA from £58.7 million to £78.6m in the year ended 31 December 2018. The gross profit margin at 51.8% – down from 53.5% in 2017 – and profit after tax was £61.8 million – up from […]

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ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

  ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

ABP Food Group has confirmed that it will be extending its range of online beef products for Chinese consumers on the JD.com platform from three product lines to ten product lines. The announcement was made during a visit of its Chinese distribution partner Hopewise to ABP Clones in Ireland. Hopewise was the first company to […]

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Bringing Together the Great & Good of the Food & Drink Industry at IFE 2019

  Bringing Together the Great & Good of the Food & Drink Industry at IFE 2019

From 17–20 March 2019, over 27,000 professionals in the global food & drink industry travelled to ExCeL London for The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2019. The hotly anticipated event showcased a taste of tomorrow with more than 1,350 new and trend-setting international food & drink brands exhibiting their latest product innovations; including everything […]

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