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  • Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries. A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand [...]...
  • European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined [...]...
  • Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for [...]...
  • C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion C&C Group, the UK and Ireland drinks production and distribution business, increased net revenue by 187.3% to €1.575 billion in 12 months ended 28 February 2019, reflecting the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum from the administrators of Conviviality Group in April 2018. Excluding Matthew Clark and Bibendum, and on a constant currency basis, net [...]...
  • 2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation 2 Sisters Food Group has announced a series of actions as part of its accelerating transformational strategy to turnaround the business. The company is making further investments in its UK Poultry and Fox’s Biscuits businesses, and is proposing to reduce the number of its UK Poultry sites in order to produce shorter, more efficient supply [...]...

Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

  Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.
A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand […]

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European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

  European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.
The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined […]

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Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

  Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for […]

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C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion

  C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion

C&C Group, the UK and Ireland drinks production and distribution business, increased net revenue by 187.3% to €1.575 billion in 12 months ended 28 February 2019, reflecting the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum from the administrators of Conviviality Group in April 2018. Excluding Matthew Clark and Bibendum, and on a constant currency basis, net […]

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2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation

  2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a series of actions as part of its accelerating transformational strategy to turnaround the business. The company is making further investments in its UK Poultry and Fox’s Biscuits businesses, and is proposing to reduce the number of its UK Poultry sites in order to produce shorter, more efficient supply […]

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Morrisons to Introduce Plastic-free Fruit and Veg Areas to Help Customers Buy Bagless

  Morrisons to Introduce Plastic-free Fruit and Veg Areas to Help Customers Buy Bagless

Morrisons is to become the first British supermarket to roll-out plastic free fruit and veg areas in many of its stores. Customers will be able to choose from up to 127 varieties of fruit and veg – and buy them loose or put them in recyclable paper bags.

The move follows a ten-month trial in three […]

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Continued Growth by Marston’s

  Continued Growth by Marston’s

Marston’s, a leading British pub operator and independent brewer, has reported a 4.7% rise in underlying revenue to £553.1 million for the 26 weeks ended 30 March 2019, reflecting strong growth in its brewing business, the contribution from new openings and pub acquisitions and positive like-for-like sales in its pub businesses. Underlying operating profit at […]

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UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

  UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion

British consumers are increasingly eating with a conscience as latest research from Mintel reveals that last year the nation spent £8.2 billion on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% […]

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UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

  UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals — with high streets in the south of England, excluding London, hit especially hard by closures. The figure equates to net closures of 768 restaurants over 12 […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of European and Thai Businesses of BRF by Tyson Foods

  European Commission Clears Acquisition of European and Thai Businesses of BRF by Tyson Foods

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the $340 million acquisition of the European and Thai Businesses of BRF of Brazil by Tyson Foods of the US. BRF’s European and Thai businesses are active throughout the poultry supply chain in Thailand, and import into and further process poultry meat in the European […]

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Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

  Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

Samworth Brothers, the family-owned British food group, has launched a new food-to-go business and delivery service – Fresh Food For Now Company. The new venture marks the evolution of the existing Ginsters van operation into a fresh new business, offering vendors a complete food-to-go solution with an extended range of brands and products to cater […]

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Starch Europe Announces 60th Anniversary Campaign With Launch of New StarchinFood.eu Website

  Starch Europe Announces 60th Anniversary Campaign With Launch of New StarchinFood.eu Website

2019 marks the 60 year anniversary of Starch Europe, the trade association representing the European starch industry. Starch Europe and their members will be organising a series of actions throughout the year, as the European starch industry celebrates its long and proud history, and looks forward to a bright future.
Announcing the launch of the newly […]

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Nestlé to Sell Skin Health Business For €9 Billion

  Nestlé to Sell Skin Health Business For €9 Billion

Nestlé has entered into exclusive negotiations with a consortium led by EQT and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) for the sale of Nestlé Skin Health for a value of SFr10.2 billion (€9.0 billion). Nestlé Skin Health had net sales of SFr2.8 billion in 2018. The proposed transaction will be […]

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Bakkavor Group Expands in UK Desserts Category

  Bakkavor Group Expands in UK Desserts Category

Bakkavor Group, the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, is acquiring Blueberry Foods, a desserts business owned by Samworth Brothers for an undisclosed price. Blueberry operates from a custom-built facility in Leicestershire with approximately 420 employees and produces a range of desserts for the UK’s leading grocery retailers.
A capital investment of more […]

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Waitrose Plans to Treble the Size of Online Operations

  Waitrose Plans to Treble the Size of Online Operations

Waitrose & Partners has announces plans to treble the size of its successful online grocery operation to a £1 billion business over the next three years, working in partnership with Today Development Partners (TDP) . The move with TDP, which is headed by Jonathan Faiman and Mo Gawdat, will accelerate the development of Waitrose.com through […]

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Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

  Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

Müller is set to revolutionise the UK yogurt category with new and improved recipes for the nation’s two favourite yogurt brands, Müllerlight and Müller Corner[1]. The dairy company has also revealed details of its biggest ever marketing campaign.
As the business continues to strengthen its core brands, and inspire people to live healthier and happier lifestyles, […]

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Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

  Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

A bold new industry campaign has been launched to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the entire UK hospitality and food service sector, of which 75% could have been eaten. The Guardians of Grub campaign was developed by WRAP as part of its ambitious work to cut food […]

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Olleco Awarded Royal Warrant

  Olleco Awarded Royal Warrant

ABP Renewables Division, Olleco, the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant recognises the company’s work to create a ‘closed loop’ solution for the Royal Household.
Olleco supplies fresh, sustainable […]

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Premier Foods Plans to Increase Investment in Capital Projects and Consumer Marketing

  Premier Foods Plans to Increase Investment in Capital Projects and Consumer Marketing

Premier Foods has reported a 0.6% rise in revenue to £824.3 million for the 52 weeks ended 30 March 2019. Group trading profit at £128.5 million was up by 4.5% compared to the previous year and adjusted profit before tax rose by 12.1% to £88.0 million. However, due to GMP pensions recognition and impairment of […]

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HKScan Plans to Strengthen its Financial Position

  HKScan Plans to Strengthen its Financial Position

HKScan, the Nordic meat and meals company, is planning a share issue of up to €60 million to secure its financial position and to strengthen its capital structure. The planned share issue is intended to provide a strong foundation for developing the company’s business portfolio and balancing its financial situation and for building future growth.
The […]

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First Slaughter-free Meat Start-up to Grow Steaks Raises $12 Million

  First Slaughter-free Meat Start-up to Grow Steaks Raises $12 Million

Aleph Farms, co-founded by The Kitchen Hub, the first company to grow real meat cuts directly from cattle cells, has raised US$12 million in series A investments. This new influx of support includes a blend of classic venture capitalists and strategic partners. It is led by VisVires New Protein (VVNP), Singapore; with Cargill Protein, USA; […]

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Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

  Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

The hot Easter weekend delivered starkly different outcomes for Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. While pub sales surged in the sunshine, restaurants struggled in the heat. Pub and bar chains reported collective like-for-like sales up 5.3% for the four-day break compared to Easter 2018, with […]

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European Commission Fines AB InBev €200 Million For Restricting Cross-border Sales of Beer

  European Commission Fines AB InBev €200 Million For Restricting Cross-border Sales of Beer

The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200.4 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. AB InBev, the world’s biggest beer company, has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium.
Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: “Consumers in Belgium have been paying more for their […]

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PPMA Total Show 2019 to Showcase the Latest Developments in the Packaging and Processing Industry

  PPMA Total Show 2019 to Showcase the Latest Developments in the Packaging and Processing Industry

Staged every three years, PPMA Total Show (1-3 October 2019) is the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition and is expected to cover over 13,200 square metres at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. With over 400 exhibitors and 1,600 brands, PPMA Total Show 2019 encompasses the breadth of the packaging and processing industry, […]

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2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards Open For Entries

  2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards Open For Entries

The 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards, which recognise the pre-eminent manufacturing and supply chain companies operating across the food and drink sector in Ireland, are now open for entries.
The prestigious awards programme, which was first introduced last year, is the first of its kind on the island of Ireland in celebrating the food […]

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Froneri Unlocks New Zealand and Pacific Region With Acquisition of Tip Top

  Froneri Unlocks New Zealand and Pacific Region With Acquisition of Tip Top

Froneri, the UK-based international ice cream group, has agreed to acquire the iconic New Zealand ice cream business Tip Top from global dairy co-operative Fonterra with completion expected by the end of May. The deal is worth NZ$380 million (US$250.2 million).
Created in 2016 as a joint-venture between PAI Partners and Nestlé, Froneri is the second […]

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GEA Launches its SmartPacker CX400

  GEA Launches its SmartPacker CX400

GEA, one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry, launched two innovations in the area vertical packaging to support meat and poultry manufacturers increase uptime and boost consumer confidence at the recent IFFA 2019 – held in Frankfurt. GEA’s SmartPacker CX400 packaging machine, available in both sanitary and standard configurations, is now equipped […]

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‘Changing Tides’ to Drive Scotland’s Seafood Growth Ambitions

  ‘Changing Tides’ to Drive Scotland’s Seafood Growth Ambitions

Seafood Scotland has launched ‘Changing Tides’ – a strategic action plan designed to be a catalyst for change in Scotland’s seafood sector. The action plan is designed to deliver a strategy for the growth of the Scottish seafood sector. The strategic plan for collaboration, sustainable change and growth fits within Scotland Food & Drink ‘Ambition […]

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Dairy Crest Chief Steps Down

  Dairy Crest Chief Steps Down

Mark Allen is stepping down as chief executive of Dairy Crest following the £975 million sales of the UK dairy business to Canada-based Saputo Group, which is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world. Tom Atherton, chief executive and group finance director of Dairy Crest, has been appointed president and chief operating […]

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Increasing Demand For Laser Coders From Fruit and Vegetable Producers

  Increasing Demand For Laser Coders From Fruit and Vegetable Producers

Macsa ID UK, a division of Barcelona-based laser coding, marking and scoring systems manufacturer, Macsa ID, is reporting increasing demand for laser coding technology from fruit and vegetable producers that require consistent quality and fast and accurate identification of production batches in the event of a product recall. Macsa ID UK meets the diverse requirements […]

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2019 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year For the Industry

  2019 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year For the Industry

At the beginning of every year there is a flurry of industry forecasts with every brand, restaurant and manufacturer throwing its predictions into the ring. Just four months in, 2019 is looking to be a positive year for the industry; as major manufacturers and producers continue to plough forward to meet customer demand.
John Moxon, business […]

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Mondelēz International Announces Winners of First ‘Future of Snacking’ Awards

  Mondelēz International Announces Winners of First ‘Future of Snacking’ Awards

Mondelēz International’s global innovation and venture hub, SnackFutures, has recognized two start-ups for their innovative snacking solutions to help support a healthier planet, at the recent Seeds & Chips annual Global Innovation Summit in Milan. The sustainable snacking competition was held as part of SnackFutures’ mission to create snacks that are good for people, kind […]

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Ireland Experiences Boost in Alcohol Sales Over Easter Period

  Ireland Experiences Boost in Alcohol Sales Over Easter Period

Supermarket shoppers in Ireland spent €34.6 million on alcohol in the week leading to Easter, a 5.3% increase in sales compared to last year, reveals Nielsen data. The rise in alcohol sales was a significant uplift over last year where sales increased by 3.9%, and the second year that the alcohol category benefited from changes […]

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Organic Waste Heavyweights Collaborate in Sophisticated Aerobic Digestion Projects

  Organic Waste Heavyweights Collaborate in Sophisticated Aerobic Digestion Projects

A UK engineering company specialising in the scientific bio-degradation of waste has formed a partnership with UNTHA shredding technology, to roll out a sophisticated aerobic digestion solution for a selection of mixed waste streams. Bath-headquartered Advetec has treated a variety of waste and effluent, since it was established in 2000. But keen to develop a […]

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ESI Nutrition’s Infant Nutrition Powders Now Approved For Export to China

  ESI Nutrition’s Infant Nutrition Powders Now Approved For  Export to China

ESI Nutrition – the new nutrition division of French dairy co-operative Laïta – has just received approval from Chinese authorities (GACG – General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China), allowing the business to produce infant formulas in powder for China at its new industrial site, Laiterie Nouvelle de l’Argenon.
With the start of […]

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European Commission Adopts Common Methodology to Measure Food Waste Across the EU

  European Commission Adopts Common Methodology to Measure Food Waste Across the EU

Each year around 20% of food produced in the EU is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. The EU is committed to solving this problem and putting its food system onto a sustainable path. To be able to take effective action, we need more data on food waste than we currently […]

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Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

  Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

By Filip Schiettecat, Senior Director Industry Management at Siemens PLM Software.
The food and beverage industry faces a set of unique demands that, when combined together, result in an environment that is particularly challenging for planning and scheduling.
Challenges
* Variation in raw materials and demand – Seasonality and reliance on crop yields means that the quantity and […]

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Heineken Enters Ecuadorian Beer Market

  Heineken Enters Ecuadorian Beer Market

Heineken has acquired a majority stake in Biela Ecuador from a group of mainly local investors for an undisclosed sum. Over the past few years, Biela Ecuador has established its place in the Ecuadorian beer market by re-launching the Biela® brand.
The Beila brewery is located in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, and is fully operational using […]

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Conagra Brands to Sell Gelit

  Conagra Brands to Sell Gelit

Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies, has agreed to divest its Italian-based frozen pasta business, Gelit, which is headquartered in Doganella di Ninfa, to an Italian investment company owned by Consilum, Progressio and MMM, whose reference shareholder is Massimo Menna.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and includes the sale […]

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FrieslandCampina Relaunches Global Ingredients Company

  FrieslandCampina Relaunches Global Ingredients Company

FrieslandCampina Ingredients, one of the leading global ingredient manufacturers, has introduced its new global segment organisation which incorporates its four individual operating companies DOMO, Kievit, DMV and Nutrifeed. This marks the company’s evolution to a unique position in value-added, healthy and functional ingredients and solutions.
FrieslandCampina Ingredients provides advanced solutions to customer needs for nutritional, healthy […]

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Global Food Companies are Increasingly Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

  Global Food Companies are Increasingly Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

Global introductions of food and beverage products that use sweet potato as an ingredient, flavour, or more increased by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% for the period from 2015 to 2018, according to Innova Market Insights. This news comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) just-released Census of Agriculture […]

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Clean Sweep For Irish Grocers as Bank Holidays Boost Growth

  Clean Sweep For Irish Grocers as Bank Holidays Boost Growth

Sales in the Irish grocery market hit record levels as shoppers splashed out €208.2 million in the Easter week alone helping the overall sector grow by 4.1% in the 12 weeks to 21 April 2019, according to the latest figures from Kantar. Meanwhile, SuperValu’s return to growth means all the major retailers are once again […]

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2019 InnoBev Awards Finalists Announced

  2019 InnoBev Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 InnoBev Awards have been published. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the UK Soft Drinks Conference on 15th May in London. The awards are organised by global food and drink experts Zenith Global, with support from headline sponsor EXBERRY® plus category sponsors Anton Paar, Bericap, PureCircle, Tetra […]

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Scotch Whisky Contributes £5.5 Billion Annually to the UK Economy

  Scotch Whisky Contributes £5.5 Billion Annually to the UK Economy

The contribution of the Scotch whisky industry to the UK economy has grown by 10% since 2016 to £5.5 billion. A new report by the Scotch Whisky Association, building on research carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), also reveals Scotland’s national drink generates two-thirds of all spirits Gross Value Added […]

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Late Easter Sunshine Heats Up the UK Grocery Market

  Late Easter Sunshine Heats Up the UK Grocery Market

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar show total year-on-year sales increased by 2.0% during the 12 weeks to 21 April 2019. Bolstered by a record-breaking £2.5 billion spent during the Easter week, this is the fastest rate of growth the overall sector has experienced in 2019.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer […]

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Consumers in the Dark About Light Damage to Milk

  Consumers in the Dark About Light Damage to Milk

Nine in ten (90%) UK dairy farmers say they are aware that light damages nutrients and taste in milk with 62% saying the whole dairy supply chain should take responsibility for the issue, according to research published by packaging technology company Noluma International LLC. Despite the widespread knowledge among dairy farmers, fewer than a third […]

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Heineken and China Resources Complete Strategic Partnership Deal in China

  Heineken and China Resources Complete Strategic Partnership Deal in China

Heineken has completed all transactions to form the long-term, strategic partnership with China Resources Enterprise (CRE) and China Resources Beer (Holdings) (CR Beer) for Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. CRE has also become a shareholder in Heineken.
The completion of the transactions enables Heineken, CRE and CR Beer to now start the implementation of their […]

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Green Light For £30 Million Developments at Old Bushmills Distillery

  Green Light For £30 Million Developments at Old Bushmills Distillery

Irish whiskey producer Old Bushmills Distillery has been granted planning permission for a £30 million capacity expansion at its site at Bushmills in County Antrim. The company, which has been part of Mexico-based Jose Cuervo since 2014, is also planning to build 29 warehouses to support its long-term growth.
“Our plans for building additional distilling capacity […]

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Mettler-Toledo Presents Latest Meat Inspection Solutions at IFFA

  Mettler-Toledo Presents Latest Meat Inspection Solutions at IFFA

Mettler-Toledo, one of the market-leading suppliers of product inspection and industrial weighing technologies, is presenting its latest metal detection, x-ray, checkweighing and vision solutions for ensuring quality and conformity in meat products at IFFA 2019 (4 to 9 May 2019, Messe Frankfurt) in hall 11.1, booth B65.
Visitors to the stand will be able to meet with the company’s […]

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EIB to Unlock €2 Billion For Agriculture Across Europe

  EIB to Unlock €2 Billion For Agriculture Across Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, has launched a loans package of nearly €1 billion for agriculture and the bio-economy. The sum will be matched by the implementing financial institutions, thereby mobilizing close to €2 billion of long-term financing for companies in the sector.
In this package, a €700 million programme loan for agricultural […]

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