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  • Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to Build New €140 Million Continental Cheese Facility Royal A-ware, a leading global cheese and dairy producer in The Netherlands, and Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, plan to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is proposed that a total of €140 million will be invested in this best-in-class [...]...
  • Pladis Appoints Global CEO Pladis, one of the world’s leading snacking companies, has appointed A Salman Amin as global CEO. He will take over the leadership officially in February. With a strong reputation in the food and drink sector, Salman Amin takes up the role after a highly successful international career spanning 30 years and three continents. Most recently, he [...]...
  • ADM Adds New Line of Specialty Tapioca Starches For the EMEA Region Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced a long term partnership with General Starch Limited (GSL), a leading tapioca starch producer located in Thailand. ADM will have exclusive distribution rights of the GSL modified tapioca starch products in the majority of the European countries, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. This range of [...]...
  • Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading international merchant and processor of agricultural goods, has announced its decision to exit its dairy business by mid-2019. The move is in line with the company’s strategy over the past three years to exit non-core areas and refocus on its core businesses, including investments in origination markets and expansion along [...]...
  • Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory Japan-based Suntory Beverage & Food is investing £13 million in its UK-based subsidiary Lucozade Ribena Suntory to install a new, high-speed bottle filler at its factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire. The new filler will produce 1.3 million bottles a day and will be instrumental in increasing productivity and efficiency at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory factory. The investment [...]...

Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to Build New €140 Million Continental Cheese Facility

  Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to Build New €140 Million Continental Cheese Facility

Royal A-ware, a leading global cheese and dairy producer in The Netherlands, and Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, plan to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is proposed that a total of €140 million will be invested in this best-in-class […]

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Pladis Appoints Global CEO

  Pladis Appoints Global CEO

Pladis, one of the world’s leading snacking companies, has appointed A Salman Amin as global CEO. He will take over the leadership officially in February.
With a strong reputation in the food and drink sector, Salman Amin takes up the role after a highly successful international career spanning 30 years and three continents. Most recently, he […]

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ADM Adds New Line of Specialty Tapioca Starches For the EMEA Region

  ADM Adds New Line of Specialty Tapioca Starches For the EMEA Region

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced a long term partnership with General Starch Limited (GSL), a leading tapioca starch producer located in Thailand. ADM will have exclusive distribution rights of the GSL modified tapioca starch products in the majority of the European countries, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. This range of […]

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Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

  Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading international merchant and processor of agricultural goods, has announced its decision to exit its dairy business by mid-2019. The move is in line with the company’s strategy over the past three years to exit non-core areas and refocus on its core businesses, including investments in origination markets and expansion along […]

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

  Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

Japan-based Suntory Beverage & Food is investing £13 million in its UK-based subsidiary Lucozade Ribena Suntory to install a new, high-speed bottle filler at its factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire. The new filler will produce 1.3 million bottles a day and will be instrumental in increasing productivity and efficiency at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory factory.
The investment […]

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Tetra Pak to Offer New Levels of Customisation and Flexibility With Digital Printing Technology

  Tetra Pak to Offer New Levels of Customisation and Flexibility With Digital Printing Technology

Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, a global leader in the field. The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and […]

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BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

  BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

BBF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of own label, licensed and branded ambient cakes and desserts, has secured a new £40 million financing facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance (WFCF) to support future growth plans. BBF serves all the UK’s most recognisable food retailers such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S, Aldi and Lidl.
With manufacturing facilities in […]

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Clean-label, Plant-Based Yogurt Alternative

  Clean-label, Plant-Based Yogurt Alternative

Yofix Probiotics, the winner of PepsiCo’s European Nutrition Greenhouse Programme 2018, has launched its first dairy-free, soy-free yogurt alternative line with three fruit flavors. The products are based on a unique, clean-label formula made from just a few natural ingredients. It is traditionally fermented and contains live probiotic cultures plus the prebiotic fibers that feed […]

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Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

  Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as […]

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Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends

  Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends

With one in four global consumers increasing their consumption of confectionery over the past year (Innova Market Insights Consumer Survey, 2018) because “there is more variety & novelty available,” the food industry is responding. New data from Innova Market Insights finds a 15 percent average annual growth in global confectionery launches with a “discovery” claim […]

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80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender

  80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender

A total of 80,424.05 tonnes of the skimmed milk powder bought into public stock by the European Commission since 2015 were sold in the latest tender sale, bringing the remaining stock to around 22,000 tonnes out of the original 380,000 tonnes, stockpiled since the crisis that hit the dairy sector in 2015. In effect, almost […]

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Müller Rolls Out ‘Stealth’ Milk Caps

  Müller Rolls Out ‘Stealth’ Milk Caps

Müller, Britain’s leading producer of branded and private label fresh milk, cream, butter and ingredients, is rolling out a new lightweight recyclable milk cap, which uses 13% less plastic material. The innovative solution allows the business to remove 300 tonnes of plastic every year, the equivalent weight of 231 million ‘stealth’ milk caps.
The dairy company has […]

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Greene King Announces New Chief Executive

  Greene King Announces New Chief Executive

The board of Greene King has announced that Nick Mackenzie will join the board on 1st May 2019 as chief executive in succession to Rooney Anand. Nick Mackenzie will be joining from Merlin Entertainments where, as a member of the executive committee, he is responsible for the Midway portfolio of attractions, which comprises over 100 […]

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Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

  Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as  Retailers Cash in on Christmas

The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by […]

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Scotland’s Best Food and Drink Sought For Industry Awards

  Scotland’s Best Food and Drink Sought For Industry Awards

Scotland’s premier awards for the food & drink industry is back for 2019 and is looking to celebrate the leading lights within the sector. Now in its 20th year, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will take place in Edinburgh on Thursday 23rd May 2019. Entries for the new structure of 20 categories are now open, […]

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Arla Foods Further Strengthens its Innovation Agenda

As Arla Foods continues its pursuit to become one of the leading dairy innovators in the world, it is taking a bold new approach to innovation and new product development, including creating a new Product and Innovation organisation and appointing a new Senior Vice President. Driving the development of the new organisation is the opportunity Arla has […]

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Orkla Buys Pama Brand

  Orkla Buys Pama Brand

Okla, the leading branded consumer goods company in the Nordic region, has purchased the Pama brand, a local brand offering consumers porridge rice in Denmark and Sweden, from PepsiCo for an undisclosed price. Pama had been a part of PepsiCo since its acquisition of The Quaker Oats Company in 2001.
Orkla Foods Danmark is currently distributor […]

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Label&Print 2019 Welcomes the Future of the Print Industry

  Label&Print 2019 Welcomes the Future of the Print Industry

Label&Print, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019, will offer visitors an exclusive look at the future of the industry, showcasing the very latest products, services and technologies available to the packaging community. From leading sellers and manufacturers of print and labelling equipment, through to designing, branding and finishing experts, it […]

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PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

  PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

PepsiCo’s board of directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta as the company’s Chairman, succeeding Indra K. Nooyi who announced in August 2018 her intention to step down as PepsiCo CEO effective October 3, 2018 and remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. The appointment is effective when Chairman Nooyi retires from the company […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

  Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000. The figures are based on returns from 13 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres and brand homes located across the island of Ireland.
Overseas […]

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Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

  Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, now has access to the most advanced patent analysis available in the food & drink and beauty & personal care industries, through its new partnership with Cipher.
As the world’s most sophisticated patent analysis system, Cipher harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse patents globally. The partnership will provide Mintel’s […]

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Resilient Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

  Resilient Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

Despite a year of unprecedented global volatility, involving political uncertainty, extreme weather events and continuing currency fluctuations impacting competitiveness, the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports reached €12.1 billion in 2018, down just 4% from a record high in 2017, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2018/2019 report. 2019 marked the […]

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UK’s Largest Packaging Show Welcomes Global Brands to Seminar Programme

  UK’s Largest Packaging Show Welcomes Global Brands to Seminar Programme

Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Iceland and Innocent Drinks are just some of the major names taking to the stage as part of Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2019’s exclusive seminar programme. The UK’s largest annual event for the whole packaging supply chain, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019, will host […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2019 Set to Close the Loop on a Greener Future For the Global Nutraceutical Industry

  Vitafoods Europe 2019 Set to Close the Loop on a Greener Future For the Global Nutraceutical Industry

Vitafoods Europe 2019 (7-9 May, Palexpo, Geneva) will this year explore the collaboration required to shape a more sustainable future for the nutraceutical industry. This follows the growing popularity of plant-based ingredients, as well as the demand for more responsible farming methods, and the unprecedented backlash against packaging over recent years.
The focus of the event […]

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UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

  UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period. Though lower inflation took its toll on sales, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 30 December 2018, show consumers still spent an extra £450 […]

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Valio Gains Access to China’s Growing Infant Formula Market

  Valio Gains Access to China’s Growing Infant Formula Market

Valio’s consumer-packaged infant formulas have received an export permit from the Chinese authorities. These new export permits allow the Finnish dairy co-operative to export its powdered infant formulas, manufactured at the Lapinlahti plant, and ready-to-feed liquid infant formula, made at the Turenki plant, to China.

Valio has exported milk powders and demineralised Valio Demi™ whey powders for industrial use in […]

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Cargill Launches Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands – Supported by First e-commerce Chocolate Sales Platform in Europe

  Cargill Launches Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands – Supported by First e-commerce Chocolate Sales Platform in Europe

Cargill has launched its artisan chocolate brand Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands at the country’s leading hospitality fair – Horecava, in Amsterdam. Inge Demeyere, managing director for Cargill’s chocolates and compound activities in Europe explains: “We are proud to launch Veliche Gourmet, our high quality Belgian chocolate range with outstanding sensorial profile that brings a […]

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£6 Million Funding For Mindful Chef

  £6 Million Funding For Mindful Chef

Piper, the private equity firm, has invested £6 million in Mindful Chef, the UK’s favourite healthy recipe box brand. Mindful Chef was set up by childhood school friends Rob Grieg-Gran, Giles Humphries and Myles Hopper with a mission to make healthy eating easy. Since its launch in 2015 it has experienced rapid growth – including […]

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Emmi Purchases Blue Cheese Plant in the US

  Emmi Purchases Blue Cheese Plant in the US

Through its purchase of the Great Lakes Cheese Company’s production site at Seymour in Wisconsin, Swiss dairy group Emmi is gaining additional capacity for the production of blue cheese in the United States. The United States is Emmi’s largest foreign market, where the company primarily produces and sells cheese. The business involves both exported cheeses […]

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PepsiCo Announces Winner of European Incubator Programme

  PepsiCo Announces Winner of European Incubator Programme

Israel-based start-up, Yofix, one of the 10 finalists in PepsiCo’s European Nutrition Greenhouse programme, has been awarded the final €100,000 grant following a six-month journey. Yofix, which makes clean-label plant-based fermented dairy alternatives impressed PepsiCo’s selection committee with its strategic launch and significant retail growth during the programme.
Earlier this year Yofix was announced – along […]

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Hochland to Take a Stake in Greek Feta Producer

  Hochland to Take a Stake in Greek Feta Producer

Hochland, the German cheese manufacturer, is purchasing a 25% stake Greek Feta producer Greek Family Farm. Based in Almyros, Greek Family Farm has been providing Hochland with original Greek Feta since 2015. Greek Family Farm also produces Feta and goat’s milk cheese for the European, US and Australian markets and trades in milk, sheep and […]

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New Change4Life Campaign to Help English Families Cut Back on Sugar

  New Change4Life Campaign to Help English Families Cut Back on Sugar

Children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, according to Public Health England (PHE). This is based on their total sugar consumption from the age of 2.
This figure comes as a new Change4Life campaign has been launched, supporting families to cut […]

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Deli 24 Doubles HPP Capacity

  Deli 24 Doubles HPP Capacity

The UK’s largest provider of High Pressure Processing (HPP) services to the food industry has announced an investment programme that has doubled the company’s processing capacity. Deli 24 is based in Milton Keynes in the UK and has made a £2 million investment in a new 420-litre HPP machine from Hiperbaric to operate alongside the […]

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Arla Foods Ingredients Launches Optimized Comfort Concept For Infant Formula

  Arla Foods Ingredients Launches Optimized Comfort Concept For Infant Formula

Optimized comfort is at the heart of a new whey protein-based concept for infant formula developed by Arla Foods Ingredients. Infant formulas contain significantly more protein than human milk. Since protein is hard to digest, this can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort issues in infants, such as colic and constipation, resulting in excessive crying. Other problems […]

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Quintessential Brands Expands Spirits Production

  Quintessential Brands Expands Spirits Production

Leading international spirits company, UK-based Quintessential Brands, has expanded its first-class operations at the multi-award-winning G&J Distillers in Warrington to include a new production line for 20cl miniature bottles, as demand for ‘minis’ grows around the world. The site produces up to 160,000 bottles of gin each day.
The new miniature bottles production line has the […]

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Starches That Bring Health and Cost Benefits to the Table

  Starches That Bring Health and Cost Benefits to the Table

A leading European natural starch specialist, KRÖNER-STÄRKE has developed an exciting range of new clean label, native, pre-gelatinised, starches and flours to boost the health credentials of many food products. All products also offer a cost-effective solution for the food industry at a time when many raw materials have increased in price, and profit margins […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Completes $4.9 Billion Costa Deal

  The Coca-Cola Company Completes $4.9 Billion Costa Deal

The Coca-Cola Company has completed the acquisition of Costa from Whitbread. The $4.9 billion transaction follows approval from regulatory authorities in the European Union and China. The acquisition was first announced on August 31, 2018.
Costa, which has operations in more than 30 countries, gives Coca-Cola a significant footprint in the global coffee business. Worldwide, the […]

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AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

  AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, have announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.
The research partnership combines AB InBev’s […]

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New Head at Campbell Soup Company

  New Head at Campbell Soup Company

Mark A Clouse will become the new President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company on January 22, 2019. He previously served as CEO of Pinnacle Foods and will succeed Campbell’s interim President and CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a Director of the company and will work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition.
Mark […]

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Orkla Expands in Denmark

  Orkla Expands in Denmark

Orkla, the leading branded consumer goods company in the Nordic region, has agreed to purchase a 90% stake in Easyfood, a Danish producer of bread-based convenience products for the out-of-home channel. The purchase price values Easyfood at DKr330 million (NOK433 million, €44 million). The agreement is subject to the approval of the Danish competition authorities.
Established […]

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Cherkizovo Group Acquires 75% of Russian Meat Products Company

  Cherkizovo Group Acquires 75% of Russian Meat Products Company

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat producer in Russia, is to acquire 75% of St Petersburg-based Samson – Food Products, a group of companies offering meat products under such brands as Samson, Grillmania, Fileya and others. The acquisition will cost Cherkizovo RUB350 million (€4.5 million), with about RUB550 million in debt to be assumed […]

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Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

  Global Grocery Markets to Create $1.9 Trillion Opportunity By 2013

The leading 20 global grocery markets are set to generate an additional US$1.9 trillion in sales, growing by 28% between 2018 and 2023, new forecasts from global research organisation IGD predict. IGD’s forecast anticipates:

Europe will be the second most important region in terms of additional sales between 2018 and 2023. It is forecast to generate US$322.0bn […]

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Lamb Weston Expands in Australia

  Lamb Weston Expands in Australia

Lamb Weston Holdings has acquired Marvel Packers, a frozen potato processor in Australia, for an undisclosed sum. Marvel operates frozen potato processing and storage facilities in Hallam, Victoria.
“Our purchase of Marvel is part of our strategy to strengthen our global capabilities and continue to drive growth both organically and through acquisitions,” says Tom Werner, president […]

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Mixed Progress by Food Industry to Reduce Salt

  Mixed Progress by Food Industry to Reduce Salt

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first assessment of the food industry’s progress towards meeting the government’s salt reduction targets, showing a mixed picture overall. Set by the government in 2014, the most recent targets cover 28 food categories for the food industry to achieve by 2017. This applies to retailers, manufacturers and the […]

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Making Automated Top Seal Punnet Case Loading Affordable to All

  Making Automated Top Seal Punnet Case Loading Affordable to All

Brillopak has announced its groundbreaking innovation, a new affordable ultra-high speed top seal case packer. Responding to market requests for a versatile, speedy yet affordable top seal punnet packer, the system, which is priced from £87,500, caters specifically to the fresh produce market, where productivity and profit margins are under intense pressure.
Designed to match typical […]

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FrieslandCampina Expands Further in the USA

  FrieslandCampina Expands Further in the USA

Royal FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands-based global dairy group, is acquiring the activities of Best Cheese Corporation USA, an importer and vendor of specialty cheeses in the United States. Together with the recent acquisition of Jana Foods, the latest deal will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position on the American consumer market.
Headquartered in New York’s Westchester County, Best Cheese […]

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Agreement on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain Will Protect All EU Farmers

  Agreement on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain Will Protect All EU Farmers

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached a political agreement on a new set of rules that will ensure protection of 100% of EU farmers and of a very large majority of EU agri-food companies against practices contrary to good faith and fair dealing. The new European law will cover agricultural and […]

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35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

  35% of Food and Drink Businesses Impacted by Plant-Based Trend

Plant-based food and veganism, the free-from movement and booze-free beverages have been identified as the top three trends which impacted food & drink businesses in 2018[1], according to new research by The International Food & Drink Event (IFE). The research, which surveyed members of the UK’s leading and largest food & drink event network, also […]

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AB InBev UK to Brew Budweiser With 100% Renewable Electricity

  AB InBev UK to Brew Budweiser With 100% Renewable Electricity

Budweiser, the world’s most valuable beer brand, is to be brewed with renewable electricity as AB InBev UK has signed a deal with Europe’s largest solar energy company, Lightsource BP, to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations. The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) will roll out 100 megawatts of solar power, making it […]

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Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development

  Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of twelve Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, County Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage. The proposed facility will have the capacity to hold 200,000 casks of whiskey in maturation.
The proposed development had previously […]

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