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  • Danone Investing €280 Million at Evian Production Site Danone has opened a state-of-the-art production facility at Evian-les-Bains in the French Alps to support the future growth of evian, the international water brand that is sold in more than 140 countries. After six years of construction and transformation, the new look site combines greater operational efficiency, new technology and the highest quality processes with [...]...
  • European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise According to a survey of European shoppers by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, the increasing use of the Internet, particularly via smart phones, is helping shoppers to find information on promotions and offers that will help them reduce the cost of their grocery shop. The survey, which was conducted among shoppers [...]...
  • California Almonds Continue to Inspire New Products Worldwide New data from Innova Market Insights reveals that California almonds were the number one nut used in new products worldwide in 2016, the tenth year that almonds have held the lead position for nuts used in new product introductions. According to the Innova Global New Products Report, almonds were featured in 38 percent of new [...]...
  • Premium Shelf Presentation – Marel Linerless Wraparound Labeler Consumers feel much more tempted to buy poultry meat products when trays are attractively packed and labeled. It is therefore of high importance to present a premium presentation. The new Marel M360 labeler will provide wrap-around labels with great shelf impact. Marel’s M360 standard wrap-around labeler makes use of the latest technologies in flexible linerless labeling. [...]...
  • Springhill Farms Upgrade – Biomethane to the Grid and CO2 to the Tomatoes In the heart of the English countryside, Springhill Farms makes the very most of agricultural waste. Upgraded biogas is injected into the national gas grid, while the carbon dioxide (CO2) by-product goes straight to the farms’ tomato greenhouses. The gas produced during anaerobic digestion consists roughly of 60 percent methane and 40 percent CO2. Until recently, [...]...

Danone Investing €280 Million at Evian Production Site

  Danone Investing €280 Million at Evian Production Site

Danone has opened a state-of-the-art production facility at Evian-les-Bains in the French Alps to support the future growth of evian, the international water brand that is sold in more than 140 countries. After six years of construction and transformation, the new look site combines greater operational efficiency, new technology and the highest quality processes with […]

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European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

  European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

According to a survey of European shoppers by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, the increasing use of the Internet, particularly via smart phones, is helping shoppers to find information on promotions and offers that will help them reduce the cost of their grocery shop. The survey, which was conducted among shoppers […]

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California Almonds Continue to Inspire New Products Worldwide

  California Almonds Continue to Inspire New Products Worldwide

New data from Innova Market Insights reveals that California almonds were the number one nut used in new products worldwide in 2016, the tenth year that almonds have held the lead position for nuts used in new product introductions. According to the Innova Global New Products Report, almonds were featured in 38 percent of new […]

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Premium Shelf Presentation – Marel Linerless Wraparound Labeler

  Premium Shelf Presentation – Marel Linerless Wraparound Labeler

Consumers feel much more tempted to buy poultry meat products when trays are attractively packed and labeled. It is therefore of high importance to present a premium presentation. The new Marel M360 labeler will provide wrap-around labels with great shelf impact.
Marel’s M360 standard wrap-around labeler makes use of the latest technologies in flexible linerless labeling. […]

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Springhill Farms Upgrade – Biomethane to the Grid and CO2 to the Tomatoes

  Springhill Farms Upgrade – Biomethane to the Grid and CO2 to the Tomatoes

In the heart of the English countryside, Springhill Farms makes the very most of agricultural waste. Upgraded biogas is injected into the national gas grid, while the carbon dioxide (CO2) by-product goes straight to the farms’ tomato greenhouses.
The gas produced during anaerobic digestion consists roughly of 60 percent methane and 40 percent CO2. Until recently, […]

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UK Supermarket Sales Continue to Increase

  UK Supermarket Sales Continue to Increase

Supermarket sales in the UK have increased by 3.6% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 10 September 2017. This is the sixth consecutive month in which sales have increased by more than 3%.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and […]

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Much ‘Brexit’ Fatigue in Brussels

  Much ‘Brexit’ Fatigue in Brussels

“There is a lot of ‘Brexit’ fatigue in Brussels, which is a pity because it is such an important issue,” according to Mella Frewen (pictured above), Director General of Brussels-based Food, Drink Europe, which represents Europe’s largest manufacturing industry. Mella Frewen was addressing the 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition held recently […]

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Sweet Dreams For UK Chocolatier After Factory Investment

  Sweet Dreams For UK Chocolatier After Factory Investment

UK-based chocolatier Sweetdreams has invested £500,000 in a new 15,000 sq ft factory which will drastically increase the company’s output and create a variety of new jobs. Sweetdreams, the creator of Choc Nibbles, has experienced unprecedented growth in the past twelve months and now the business is looking forward to maintaining its rapid rise in the […]

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Isle of Harris Distillery Wins Excellence in Branding Category at Inaugural Scottish Gin Awards

  Isle of Harris Distillery Wins Excellence in Branding Category at Inaugural Scottish Gin Awards

The Isle of Harris Distillery has won the McLaren Packaging-sponsored Excellence in Branding category in an inaugural professional drinks competition to assess Scotland’s booming gin business. A new annual business event established to celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland, the Scottish Gin Awards is held in partnership with The Scottish Gin Society.
Michael […]

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Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

  Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

Major drinks manufacturer, Halewood International, is to launch a UK-wide quality management system using software from Ideagen. The producers of Crabbie’s, Lambrini and Red Square Vodka – among other brands – will adopt Ideagen Q-Pulse for the management of key operational documentation such as quality policies, specification information, consumer feedback and internal and external audits.
Q-Pulse will become […]

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Industry Leaders Join PPMA Show 2017 Learning Hub Line-up – 26-28 September 2017, NEC Birmingham

  Industry Leaders Join PPMA Show 2017 Learning Hub Line-up – 26-28 September 2017, NEC Birmingham

Building on its reputation as a best-in-class exhibition, the PPMA Show 2017 has announced the line-up for its new and improved Learning Hub, providing visitors and exhibitors with insights from influential industry experts and opinion leaders on the industry’s hottest trends and topics. From the implications and opportunities of Brexit, IIoT enabled adaptive packaging to […]

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First Milk to Cut 30 Jobs

  First Milk to Cut 30 Jobs

Following a thorough review of its manufacturing operations, First Milk, the UK dairy farmers co-operative, is to planning to make changes to its Lake District and Haverfordwest creameries to improve the productivity and efficiency of these sites.
Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk.
Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk, comments: “We have made significant capital […]

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UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

  UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

“The political dimension means that common sense may not always prevail,” said David Thomson (pictured above), CEO of Food and Drink Federation Scotland, about the current Brexit negotiations and their impact on the food and drink industry in Scotland and the UK. He stressed the importance of heightening the profile of the food and drink […]

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Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

  Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority) has launched ‘Ireland’s Ancient East – A Guide for Food and Drink Visitor Experiences’ for food businesses who wish to diversify into tourism in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The guide will provide businesses with the tools to help give visitors an unforgettable experience by sharing the great stories of our […]

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10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments By Mobile Phone

  10,000 Ghana Cocoa Farmers Able to Receive Premium Payments By Mobile Phone

Cargill has made its first ever sustainable premium payment by electronic transfer to cocoa farmers in Ghana. Just over 10,000 farmers are benefiting from the 2 million GHS mobile payments made by Cargill in partnership with its customers through the Cargill Cocoa Promise, Cargill’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities that will secure a […]

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Bridge2Food Announces Finalists in Protein Awards 2017

  Bridge2Food Announces Finalists in Protein Awards 2017

The finalists have been announced for the Bridge2Food Protein Awards 2017 which celebrate those creating new plant-based and high protein foods and ingredients, driving growth and innovation in the Protein industry. The finalists for each category are as follows:
Best Plant-based Food: awarded to a company or individual that has created a new plant-based food.

Beyond Meat […]

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Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

  Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

Müller will invest £100 million over the next three years to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded and private label yogurt and desserts products, made from milk produced by British farmers. Already the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand picked from supermarket shelves 208 million times each year*, Müller aims to strengthen […]

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Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

  Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

“250,000 jobs are linked to agrifood, which is the most exposed sector with deep linkages to the wider economy,” pointed out Paul Kelly, Director of Food & Drink Industry Ireland- IBEC, when assessing the Brexit challenge facing the Irish food and drink sector at the recent 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition […]

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Arla Foods Bolsters UK Online Strategy With New Head of E-commerce & Digital

  Arla Foods Bolsters UK Online Strategy With New Head of E-commerce & Digital

Arla Foods UK, the country’s leading dairy co-operative, has appointed Steve Millard as its new Head of E-commerce & Digital. The newly created role forms part of Arla’s wider ambitions to increase the proportion of its online sales in the UK to 20% by 2025, as more shoppers than ever turn to digital retailers to […]

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Innovators of Natural Flavour Launch New SigNATURE® Range

  Innovators of Natural Flavour Launch New SigNATURE® Range

Expert natural flavour creators, Omega Ingredients, have announced the creation of their brand new SigNATURE® range, a collection of 100% pure and natural flavours that are true to life, meaning the taste experience is indistinguishable from the original ingredient.
With consumers demanding more authenticity and less synthetic flavourings in even the most processed of foods, Omega Ingredients […]

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Tetra Pak Launches Pioneering Ice Cream Extrusion Line For Medium-sized Producers

  Tetra Pak Launches Pioneering Ice Cream Extrusion Line For Medium-sized Producers

Tetra Pak has launched an ice cream extrusion line that promises unparalleled product quality and volume flexibility for medium-capacity producers. In an industry first, the new line uses an independently controlled horizontal cutter to slice the ice cream as it emerges from the extruder. This patented technology means the cutting speed stays consistently fast, irrespective […]

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The Who’s Who of the Packaging Industry at London’s Leading Packaging Event

  The Who’s Who of the Packaging Industry at London’s Leading Packaging Event

Unilever, Bulgari, Innocent, ASDA, Superdrug, The Body Shop, Chanel, Heineken, Harrods, Dyson and Mars were just some of the major names at this year’s Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London, as well as leading entrepreneurs Peter Jones from Dragon’s Den and Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle. With over 4,300 visitors in attendance over the two […]

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UNI Packaging’s New Vacuum Pouch Line

  UNI Packaging’s New Vacuum Pouch Line

Flexible packaging group, UNI Packaging, has increased manufacturing capacity and the range of products produced at its UK site with the installation of a vacuum pouch manufacturing line.
Following an investment in a Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret Slitter installed at the site last year, the addition of vacuum pouch manufacture is set to provide their UK […]

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Finalists Announced For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2017

  Finalists Announced For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2017

Now in its 6th year, The PPMA Group Industry Awards 2017, which recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing, entrepreneurship and collaboration in the processing and packaging machinery industry’s prestigious annual awards ceremony, has announced the shortlist for this year’s ceremony.
Following an impressive number of entries, the independent panel of 10 esteemed industry experts came […]

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Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

  Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

Leading German dairy company Karwendel-Werke Huber is ensuring outstanding product quality for its Exquisa and miree cream cheese and quark specialities with the help of eleven X-ray inspection systems from Ishida Europe. Two models from the Ishida X-ray range have been installed, the IX-GA-4075, which is inspecting plastic tubs with fill weights between 135g and […]

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Innovate or Evaporate

  Innovate or Evaporate

‘Innovate or Evaporate’ was the stark message from Tim Casey (pictured above), Country Manager at Innocent Drinks, when speaking at the 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition held recently in Dublin. “If you stand still, you go backwards,” he said before outlining how Innocent Drinks, which was founded by three friends eighteen […]

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The Largest Gathering of Food and Drink Industry Professionals on the Island of Ireland

  The Largest Gathering of Food and Drink Industry Professionals on the Island of Ireland

The 4th Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, which was held at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday 13th of September, attracted 1,500 visitors from across Ireland. According to the organiser, Premier Publishing & Events, the event, which also incorporated 150 exhibition stands, was the largest annual gathering of food industry professionals on […]

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Paul Vernon is New Chairman of Dairy UK

  Paul Vernon is New Chairman of Dairy UK

Dairy UK has elected Paul Vernon, Chief Executive of Glanbia Cheese, as its new chairman, to succeed Dr David Dobbin. Paul Vernon, who has worked with Glanbia for 22 years, says of his new role: “For me it is a huge privilege to be elected chairman of an organisation that puts itself at the forefront […]

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Revival of the Famous Newry Distillery in Northern Ireland

  Revival of the Famous Newry Distillery in Northern Ireland

Irish whiskey distilling may soon be revived in Newry in Northern Ireland. Matthew D’arcy & Company has formally submitted a planning application to build a craft micro distillery and visitor centre on the old distillery site at Monaghan Street – the site of Darcy’s Old Irish Whiskey since 1817. The scheme is designed to protect […]

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EU Must Maintain Duties on Sugar

  EU Must Maintain Duties on Sugar

When beet sugar production quotas end in October this year the European sugar industry will find itself in a completely new situation. Whether this new challenge will turn into a success story with the sugar industry profiting from unlimited sugar production for export and food use is largely dependent on how the EU supports Europe’s […]

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Nestlé Expands Coffee Portfolio

  Nestlé Expands Coffee Portfolio

Nestlé has acquired a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, a high-end speciality coffee roaster and retailer based at Oakland, California in the US. Over the last 15 years, Blue Bottle Coffee has achieved iconic status amongst discerning coffee drinkers. It offers one of the highest quality coffees available, with an uncompromising attention to taste, freshness […]

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Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

  Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

Müller has identified a taste barrier in the UK plain yogurt market and plans to solve it with Müller White Velvet. As the dairy company continues to innovate and leverage the Müller brand in areas where the business doesn’t have a presence, the innovative new plain Greek style yogurt has been designed to disrupt the […]

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Firmenich Opens New Savory and Culinary Facility in Vienna

  Firmenich Opens New Savory and Culinary Facility in Vienna

Firmenich has opened its expanded Savory and Culinary facility in Vienna, Austria. In this global center of excellence for Soups
and Green Proteins, the Firmenich European culinary team develops leading savory solutions for its customers, working with flavorists, sensory and application experts. This new purpose-built facility confirms the company’s commitment to advancing its Savory and Culinary capabilities […]

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Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

  Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

Process Components Ltd has revealed a global strategy that is set to see it extend its global territories, significantly grow its revenues and create new jobs. Having completed a global market research project into the world’s powder processing sectors this year, the company has invested in a series of moves to evolve every aspect of its business, […]

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Kellogg Company Selected For Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  Kellogg Company Selected For Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Kellogg Company has been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, an independent validation of the important work the company is doing in the area of corporate responsibility. The DJSI serves as a benchmark for investors who recognize sustainable business practices as a critical component to generating long-term shareholder value. Through environmental, social, […]

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Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

  Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

Leading Mexican brand Old El Paso is set to introduce White Corn Tortillas to the UK market to appeal to a growing number of consumers putting Mexican on their home menus. The popularity of Mexican food in restaurants is also continuing to grow as shown by of out- of-home consumption of Mexican meals rising by […]

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Bunge to Create a Leading Solutions Provider in B2B Oils

  Bunge to Create a Leading Solutions Provider in B2B Oils

Bunge, a leading global agribusiness and food company, is to acquire 70% of IOI Loders Croklaan for $946 million. The transaction expands Bunge’s value-added capabilities, reach and scale across core geographies to establish Bunge as a global leader in B2B oil solutions. Following the completion of the transaction, Bunge’s enhanced product offering will further support the growth […]

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Innis & Gunn Raises Additional Capital With Equity Sale

  Innis & Gunn Raises Additional Capital With Equity Sale

US-based L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world, is purchasing a minority stake of 27.9% in Innis & Gunn, one of the UK’s most successful international craft brewers, for £15 million. Founded in Scotland in 2003, Innis & Gunn has grown to be the No.2 craft brewer in the UK off-trade, […]

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Mondelez International Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  Mondelez International Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Mondelēz International has once again been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for both the North America and World indices. The DJSI is a globally recognized independent benchmark that conducts comprehensive assessments of a company’s economic, environmental and social performance with a strong focus on long-term value creation for shareholders.
Mondelēz International’s overall score […]

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Pilgrim’s Pride Acquires Moy Park For $1.3 Billion

  Pilgrim’s Pride Acquires Moy Park For $1.3 Billion

US-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has acquired Moy Park, a leading poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, from Brazilian meat group JBS for an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion (£1.0 billion, €1.1 billion).
Pilgrim’s employs approximately 42,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 14 […]

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ABF Expands Speciality Foods Portfolio

  ABF Expands Speciality Foods Portfolio

Associated British Foods, the UK-based diversified international food, ingredients and retail group, is acquiring Acetum, the leading Italian producer of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (BVM),for an undisclosed sum. BVM is one of the best known vinegars in the world, which has been granted European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status due to its unique manufacturing tradition […]

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Brands Should Increasingly Target Connected ‘Super Leaders’ to Thrive in a Digital, Information-saturated World

  Brands Should Increasingly Target Connected ‘Super Leaders’ to Thrive in a Digital, Information-saturated World

Brands need to focus their online engagement on a new generation of influencers if they are to thrive in a connected, information-saturated world, according to the Tetra Pak Index 2017. The company has identified a group of Super Leaders, the most influential subset of the wider online community. When engaged, these influencers can become brand advocates to […]

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Mars Launches $1 Billion Sustainability Plan

  Mars Launches $1 Billion Sustainability Plan

Mars will invest approximately $1 billion in its Sustainable in a Generation Plan, which focuses on areas where the US-based group can impact change on some of the world’s biggest problems, as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. According to Grant F Reid, chief executive of Mars, business needs to lead “transformational change” in […]

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Global Experts Gather to Shape Protein 2030 Agenda For Europe at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit

  Global Experts Gather to Shape Protein 2030 Agenda For Europe at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit

Experts from the whole value chain will gather at the world’s largest protein platform to debate and shape a future protein agenda for Europe towards 2030 at the Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 in Reims, France from 27th to 28th September 2017. Protein is in the global spotlight as we strive to feed a population […]

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Natural Colours and Flavours – Roadmap to a Bursting Market

  Natural Colours and Flavours – Roadmap to a Bursting Market

What started as a trend is now the standard -rising consumer demand for Clean Label ingredients has been a huge influence on the food industry for several years now. In order to offer suitable solutions for this growing market, producers of colours and flavours have committed major investments in creating natural alternatives to synthetic materials. […]

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GEA Craft Beer Technology Goes Around the World in 2017

  GEA Craft Beer Technology Goes Around the World in 2017

Brasserie du Pays Flamand, a French brewery on the border region with Belgium, will take possession of the GEA CRAFT-STAR™ displayed at drinktec 2017 at the conclusion of the trade fair. A similar system, shown at the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C., was delivered to actor Kelsey Grammer’s Faith American Brewery after that event.
Participation in […]

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Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North America

  Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North America

Ardo, the European leader in the production of a full range of fresh frozen vegetables, herbs and fruit for retail, foodservice and industry, has acquired a majority stake in VLM Foods, a well-established supplier of processed food in North America. Headquartered in Montreal, VLM Foods has sales of €129 million (US$143 million). Besides VLM Foods, […]

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Lakeland Dairies Opens €40 Million Expansion

  Lakeland Dairies Opens €40 Million Expansion

Lakeland Dairies, one of Ireland’s leading farmer owned dairy processing co-operatives, has opened a €40 million technologically advanced milk powder plant at Bailieboro in County Cavan. This is Lakeland Dairies’ third milk drying plant at its Bailieboro processing centre.
The Bailieboro facility is among the most advanced milk powder plants in the world and one of […]

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Nestlé Moves into Plant-based Foods in the US

  Nestlé Moves into Plant-based Foods in the US

Nestlé has agreed to acquire Sweet Earth, a US plant-based foods manufacturer. The acquisition gives Nestlé immediate entry into the plant-based foods segment in the US. The plant-based food market is growing by double digits and expected to reach SFr5 billion worldwide by 2020.
One of Nestlé’s strategic priorities is to build out its portfolio of […]

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Synergy Flavours Launches Chicken Flavouring Range

  Synergy Flavours Launches Chicken Flavouring Range

Synergy Flavours, the leading global manufacturer and supplier of flavours, pastes and seasonings, has launched a new range of natural chicken flavours, to add authentic taste to a wide variety of applications, including meat-free products. Inspired by the increasing popularity of chicken, the new range is also perfect for gravies, white sauces, soups, ready meals […]

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