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Produce World Group Expands Through Acquisition

Arrabawn Co-op and Gaslink Sign Natural Gas Agreement

HPP Allows Processors to Maintain Freshness, Texture, Flavour and Healthy Nutrients Without Using Heat or Chemicals

Danish Technological Institute – A Valuable Resource For the Food Industry

Produce World Group Expands Through Acquisition

25 July 2014

Produce World Group, one of the largest expert growers and suppliers of high quality fresh vegetables in Europe, has acquired TIO, a company based in Forres, Morayshire in Scotland, which supplies organic root vegetables into retail and food service sectors. “The acquisition of TIO is a natural fit for Produce World, which is already a leader [...]

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Arrabawn Co-op and Gaslink Sign Natural Gas Agreement

25 July 2014

Arrabawn Co-op and Gaslink have signed an agreement for the extension of the natural gas network to the Irish co-op’s milk processing plant in Nenagh, County Tipperary. Arrabawn, which has a turnover of €220 million and employs 300 staff, will become the anchor customer in the region for natural gas when Nenagh is connected to [...]

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HPP Allows Processors to Maintain Freshness, Texture, Flavour and Healthy Nutrients Without Using Heat or Chemicals

25 July 2014

Up until about 25 years ago, heat was chosen as the pasteurization standard because it was practical and easy to apply to large volumes of product. But when applied to juices and other beverages for shelf stability and sterilization, it comes at the expense of flavour, nutrition, and texture. High pressure processing, or HPP, applies ultra-high [...]

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Danish Technological Institute – A Valuable Resource For the Food Industry

25 July 2014

Responsible for developing, applying and disseminating research- and technologically-based knowledge for the Danish and international business sectors, the Danish Technological Institute is playing an increasingly important role within the food and beverage industry. A not-for-profit organisation, DTI has established a strong position as a research partner in collaboration with leading research and educational institutions both in [...]

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2degrees to Support Collaboration and Best Practice in the Irish Food Sector

24 July 2014

2degrees has been appointed by Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board), following a public tender process, to collaborate on the development, implementation and management of an online platform to facilitate programs and engagement within the Irish food and drink industry on sustainability issues. The Origin Green Platform will support Bord Bia’s Origin Green initiative, an industry-wide [...]

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FANUC to Showcases Widest Range of Food Handling Robots – PPMA Show, Hall 5, Stand C50

24 July 2014

Showcasing five different food handling robots, FANUC will present their biggest selection ever at a PPMA show this year. IP67 and IP69K certified robots, will perform palletising and food packing assembly tasks. Delta and articulated arm robots will show high levels of dexterity when handling unpackaged and packaged foods at speeds of up to 180 [...]

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Sensient Announces Bright Natural Red Range

24 July 2014

Sensient Food Colors Europe has introduced further innovation enabling food manufacturers to create vibrant red colour shades without having to use carmine. The bright Natural Red Range is especially beneficial for manufacturers of ice cream, water ice and other frozen desserts. In August 2014, new EU aluminium regulations limiting the conditions and levels of use for [...]

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Sales Slump at Premier Foods But Trading Profit Rises

23 July 2014

UK food group Premier Foods has reported a 2.1% increase in trading profit to £48.1 million for its underlying business despite a 6.1% fall in sales to £364.4 million in the first half to 30 June 2014. Sales of the company’s Power Brands declined by 4.9%, while non-branded sales were 6.0% lower. Support brands decreased [...]

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Sainsbury Supermarket is Powered by Food Waste Alone

23 July 2014

UK waste management company Biffa and Sainsbury have unveiled an innovative facility that will allow the UK retail group’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Using Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link up, Sainsbury’s Cannock store will be powered using electricity generated using [...]

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Ice-cold innovations: Compelling new ice cream products from WILD

23 July 2014

WILD is using creative ideas to breathe new life into the ice cream segment. The focus is on premium-quality enjoyment. The ingredient expert is also implementing new concepts based on the current trend towards “lemonade on a stick.” All of the options are based exclusively on natural ingredients, satisfying the high consumer demand for natural [...]

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Northern Ireland Bakery Takes Traditional Irish Breads to the Gulf

23 July 2014

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to win its first export business in Abu Dhabi. Northern Ireland’s leading local bakery has secured a deal to supply its Rankin Selection range of traditional Irish breads, including soda farls, potato farls, stone-ground wheaten, to LuLu Group in Abu Dhabi, one of the biggest [...]

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European Co-Packers Association and EasyFairs Join Forces

23 July 2014

EasyFairs and the European Co-Packers Association have joined forces behind the easyFairs Benelux Packaging Portfolio. The partnership between the event organiser and the professional association will take shape for the first time at Empack Brussels, which will take place at Brussels Expo on 24 and 25 September. The cooperation will continue at the Packaging Innovations [...]

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Sainsbury’s announces £200m ‘green loan’ to support environmental commitments

23 July 2014

In the first loan of its kind, Sainsbury’s announced today (21 July) an agreement with Lloyds and Rabobank for a £200m corporate ‘green loan’ to invest in its carbon reduction and sustainability projects. Green Bonds are increasingly issued by institutions to support green initiatives, but this is the first time a commercial loan has been structured [...]

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Sales for Bta.2015 start off strong, with almost 70% of the exhibition floor booked

23 July 2014

Around 70% of the available exhibition space has already been booked for the Barcelona Food Technology (Bta.) show, to be held together with Hispack on 21-24 April 2015 at Fira de Barcelona. The trade show’s marketing push could not be off to a better start. The option which allows exhibitors to receive advantageous terms when [...]

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Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

22 July 2014

PET solutions provider Sidel has created a new business unit to serve drinks products producers globally. Split into six teams including maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversions and moulds and packaging, Sidel Services has been designed to help customers achieve better product quality, efficiency, flexibility, cost optimisation and brand support. Sidel CEO and [...]

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Finsbury Food Group Doubles Capital Investment Spend

22 July 2014

Finsbury Food Group, the UK manufacturer of cake and bread bakery goods, has taken advantage of its strong balance sheet to double capital investment spend to over £6 million in the year ended 28 June 2014 to underpin future growth via new capacity and innovation whilst also improving productivity and competitiveness. Within the group’s UK [...]

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SABMiller Raising $968 Million Through Disposal

22 July 2014

SABMiller has successfully raised ZAR7.6 billion (US$707 million) through sale of 293,896,315 ordinary shares in Tsogo Sun Holdings, the South African gaming, hotel and entertainment group, through a share placing. The balance of SABMiller’s 39.6% stake in in Tsogo Sun, being 133,584,599 ordinary shares, will be repurchased by Tsogo Sun, subject to Tsogo Sun shareholder [...]

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Coca-Cola to Invest $8.2 Billion in Mexico by 2020

22 July 2014

The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners in Mexico are making a joint, six-year investment of $8.2 billion. The investment, which will be made from 2014 to 2020, will boost Coke’s infrastructure and production capacity in Mexico, create more jobs and drive innovation to continue expanding the beverage portfolio. This investment also will help develop [...]

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English Apricot Industry Starts Up

22 July 2014

It has taken several years of careful preparation but 2014 will go down in agricultural history as the year that the UK got its own apricot industry. While very small amounts of English grown apricots have appeared on supermarket shelves over the last few years this is the first time that any substantial volume has [...]

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Danone Partners With Brookside in East Africa

21 July 2014

Danone has strengthened its standing in Africa by acquiring a 40% stake in Brookside, East Africa’s leading dairy products group. Established in Kenya in 1993 and with 2013 revenues of around €130 million, Brookside operates a unique distribution platform enabling a daily access to over 200,000 outlets. The company manages the largest milk collection network [...]

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General Mills – Innovating in China For Growth

21 July 2014

US food group General Mills has opened a new innovation, technology and quality center in China, just outside Shanghai. The state-of-the-art facility will focus on developing high-quality products for Chinese consumers including snacks, convenient meals, yogurt and super premium ice cream. Inside it will house centers for product research and development, food safety, food nutrition [...]

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Tetra Pak – Leading the Way in Whey Processing

21 July 2014

DSS, a Tetra Pak Company, is leading the way in introducing new whey production technology to meet the changing demands of the global dairy industry for more sophisticated whey ingredients and more efficient processing techniques. DSS, which supplies advanced membrane filtration solutions and replacement membranes to the world’s leading dairy companies, incorporates recent Tetra Pak acquisitions [...]

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European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB) to Co-operate in Agriculture and Rural Development

21 July 2014

The European Commission and the the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020. The first of its kind in the field of agriculture, this MoU paves the way for common initiatives by both institutions, so as to stimulate rural development and boost [...]

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The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill to in October 2014

18 July 2014

Bombay Sapphire, the world’s number one premium gin by value and the fastest-growing premium gin, has announced that the doors to its gin distillery and brand home, Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England, will open to the public on 1st October 2014. The mill, which dates back to the 10th century, has been completely renovated by The [...]

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Tesco Customers Donate 5.1 Million Meals to Feed People in Need

18 July 2014

Generous Tesco customers have donated 5.1 million meals for people in need. The total was calculated following the Neighbourhood Food Collection which took place in every store across the UK between 3-5 July. The latest Neighbourhood Food Collection was held between in partnership with foodbanks charity, the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare. It takes [...]

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New Research Shows Soil Microorganisms Can Help Farming Contribute to Cutting Harmful Greenhouse Gasses

18 July 2014

Newly published research into soil microbes shows how, eventually, farmers might reduce greenhouse gas production through the way they manage their soils. The work, by an EU wide consortium including Teagasc and researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), shows how effectively a newly discovered group of soil microbes breaks down Nitrous Oxide, a major contributor [...]

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Pearlfisher Creates a Whole New Look For Single Serving Desserts

18 July 2014

Pearlfisher New York has created the brand strategy, identity, packaging and web design for new single serving dessert brand, Just Enough of a (Very) Good Thing. Pearlfisher was tasked with creating a new language for single serving desserts, shirking the traditional indulgent design cues of the category. Pearlfisher’s solution was a refreshing and unique design that showcases [...]

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Grupo Bimbo Continues International Expansion

17 July 2014

Having recently completed the C$1.83 billion (Eur1.22 billion) acquisition of Canada Bread Company, including its UK business, Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo has agreed to acquire Supan, the leading bread producer in Ecuador for an undisclosed price. The deal represents Grupo Bimbo’s debut into the Ecuadorian market, in line with the company’s strategy to further strengthen its [...]

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Bühler Group: Marked rise in order intake

17 July 2014

The Bühler Technology Group received orders worth CHF 1309 million in the first half-year of 2014. This is a substantial and purely organic increase of 12% over a year ago. With CHF 1031 million, sales revenues were slightly below the value of the previous year. This positive development is primarily attributable to the revival of the [...]

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WRAP chief calls for UK to aim for food waste-free future

17 July 2014

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin The UK needs to take bolder steps in tackling food waste to help future generations avoid resource scarcity challenges, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin. Goodwin warned delegates at a Westminster Forum conference on food waste in London today (17 July) that food was a “scarce critical resource” that the UK [...]

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OMS Horizontal Pallet Strapper for T.H. Clements

17 July 2014

OMS 06RP Horizontal Strapper Gordian Strapping has supplied a Horizontal Strapping Machine to T.H. Clements in Boston. T.H. Clements is a family-owned vegetable company, founded in Lincolnshire in the late 1940s by Harry Clements.  The business has been developed by Harry’s son Alan and grandson Chris from a 16-acre smallholding into an industry-leading farming and packing operation, [...]

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Greene King and AB InBev Sign Goose Island Distribution Agreement

17 July 2014

UK brewer and pub operator Greene King has become the national distributor for US craft beer Goose Island following agreement with AB InBev UK. The deal will give Greene King exclusive rights to distribute the Goose Island portfolio, which includes Goose Island Indian Pale Ale, Goose Island Honkers Ale and award-winning 312 Urban Wheat, to [...]

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Italian Mineral Water Acqua Panna Marks 450 Years of History

17 July 2014

Acqua Panna, the Italian mineral water beloved by Florence’s powerful Medici family, has been re-styled to reflect the water’s Tuscan roots, as it marks 450 years of history. The water now carries the northern Italian region’s Tuscany Taste logo, an honour that, until now, has only been bestowed upon famous local wines. The new label comes 450 [...]

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Packaging Innovations London Serves Up a Tasty Treat

17 July 2014

Food and drink companies will have plenty to see at Packaging Innovations London, the exclusive event for branded and inspirational packaging, co-located with Luxury Packaging 2014, which returns to the Business Design Centre, London on 30th September and 1st October. Alison Church, Packaging Innovations’ Event Director, says: “As we move into our fifth year, Packaging Innovations [...]

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HERZA Schokolade presents exotic fruity variety for ice cream and muesli

16 July 2014

Enjoyment is fundamental to any food product. Consumers are always searching for unusual new taste sensations. Now HERZA Schokolade has developed an innovative new ingredient line – glaze-based fruit pieces. With their wide variety of colours and flavours, they open up many different creative product possibilities, for clear differentiation from the competition. Ten attractive flavours are [...]

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Preliminary report: International FoodTec Brasil 2014

16 July 2014

The international food technology industry will meet for the first time from 05.08. to 07.08.2014 at the International FoodTec Brasil in Curitiba, Brazil. The International FoodTec Brasil provides the industry with an information and business platform which covers the entire spectrum of the machines and procedures the market has to offer for the manufacturing, processing [...]

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European Commission to Recover €57 Million of CAP Expenditure From Member States

16 July 2014

A total of €57 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure. However, because some of these amounts have already been recovered from the Member States the financial impact will be some €52 million. This money returns [...]

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PPMA Show 2014 Returns to the NEC to Demonstrate Opportunities For UK Manufacturing Prosperity

16 July 2014

As growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, industry professionals are poised to flock to this year’s PPMA Show 2014, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery. Now in its 27th year, the show has been recognised as the only UK event that attracts hundreds of machinery manufacturers [...]

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