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  • Morrisons Expands Food Production Base UK grocery chain Morrisons has acquired Chippindale Foods, a leading English supplier of free range eggs. The acquisition means that Morrisons will make even more of its own fresh food and become more competitive for customers on these important everyday products. It will also bring forward the date at which all Morrisons eggs will come [...]...
  • Jarlsberg Cheese Launches New Product into 265 Waitrose Stores Jarlsberg, the famous Norwegian cheese export, has confirmed the launch of its new on the go product called Jarlsberg Minis with product listing confirmed in 265 Waitrose stores. Jarlsberg is the UK’s number one deli cheese with holes and contains a lower fat and salt percentage to its rival cheddar. The Jarlsberg cheese minis became famous after [...]...
  • Double A Grade BRC Accreditation For FRIP FRIP Finishing has gained Double A accreditation at its plants in Scotland and Redditch, England, following the award of Double A BRC accreditation in FRIP Hinckley. Group Managing Director, Leslie Gibson says:  “We set out an ambitious timetable of achieving accreditation for both of these sites by the end of the year, and are delighted [...]...
  • Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting Irish All-island Supply Chains Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of [...]...
  • GEA Cooling Systems For Pork Production in Russia At the end of last year, the pig slaughter and processing entity Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with the technology group GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an extensive cooling system. This plant will be built in the Voronezh region and will be one of Russia’s largest businesses for the slaughter and processing of [...]...

Morrisons Expands Food Production Base

  Morrisons Expands Food Production Base

UK grocery chain Morrisons has acquired Chippindale Foods, a leading English supplier of free range eggs. The acquisition means that Morrisons will make even more of its own fresh food and become more competitive for customers on these important everyday products. It will also bring forward the date at which all Morrisons eggs will come […]

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Jarlsberg Cheese Launches New Product into 265 Waitrose Stores

  Jarlsberg Cheese Launches New Product into 265 Waitrose Stores

Jarlsberg, the famous Norwegian cheese export, has confirmed the launch of its new on the go product called Jarlsberg Minis with product listing confirmed in 265 Waitrose stores. Jarlsberg is the UK’s number one deli cheese with holes and contains a lower fat and salt percentage to its rival cheddar. The Jarlsberg cheese minis became famous after […]

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Double A Grade BRC Accreditation For FRIP

  Double A Grade BRC Accreditation For FRIP

FRIP Finishing has gained Double A accreditation at its plants in Scotland and Redditch, England, following the award of Double A BRC accreditation in FRIP Hinckley. Group Managing Director, Leslie Gibson says:  “We set out an ambitious timetable of achieving accreditation for both of these sites by the end of the year, and are delighted […]

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Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting Irish All-island Supply Chains

  Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting Irish All-island Supply Chains

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of […]

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GEA Cooling Systems For Pork Production in Russia

  GEA Cooling Systems For Pork Production in Russia

At the end of last year, the pig slaughter and processing entity Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with the technology group GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an extensive cooling system. This plant will be built in the Voronezh region and will be one of Russia’s largest businesses for the slaughter and processing of […]

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Modulfill Bloc FS-C Filler-seamer Block – Krones’ First Block Solution For Cans Premiered

  Modulfill Bloc FS-C Filler-seamer Block – Krones’ First Block Solution For Cans Premiered

This is definitely something new – for the first time, beverage producers can buy, from Krones, an all-in-one solution for filling and seaming cans. This block is packed full of Krones’ knowledge coupled with state-of-the-art technology.
Modulfill VFS-C Filler
The Modulfill VFS-C is a volumetric can filler, suitable for both small and large output ranges. Depending on […]

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The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

  The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets

Aldi is the UK’s favourite supermarket for 2018, according to exclusive Which? research. The budget retailer has knocked Waitrose from the top spot, which it held for three years.
Sainsbury’s finished in last position, with the least-satisfied in-store customers overall. Asda, Morrisons and Tesco, the other three largest supermarkets, complete the bottom half of the rankings.
The […]

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Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

  Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]

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KHS Innoket Roland 40 – Compact Labeling Machine For the Beverage and Food Industries

  KHS Innoket Roland 40 – Compact Labeling Machine For the Beverage and Food Industries

With the Innoket Roland 40 the KHS Group has launched a compact labeler to market. The KHS Innoket Neo’s little brother has a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour and is thus specifically tailored to the requirements of the food industry. The Innoket Roland 40 can be fitted with various labeling stations and […]

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Nestlé Acquires Majority Stake in Healthy Snacks Company

  Nestlé Acquires Majority Stake in Healthy Snacks Company

Nestlé has acquired a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company selling natural, organic, plant-based foods and healthy snacks. The move widens Nestlé’s presence in a fast-growing category in Latin America, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Terrafertil, and its flagship brand ‘NATURE’S HEART®’, is recognized for its wide portfolio of natural and mostly organic products. […]

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Unilever to Sell Alsa Business to Dr Oetker

  Unilever to Sell Alsa Business to Dr Oetker

Unilever has received a binding offer for the purchase of its Alsa baking and dessert business from Dr Oetker for an undisclosed amount. The transaction would include the manufacturing unit in Ludres, France.
Founded in 1891, the family-run business Dr Oetker ranks among the leading brand manufacturers in the German food industry. Dr Oetker production and […]

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Arla Foods Ingredients Consolidates its Position in South America

  Arla Foods Ingredients Consolidates its Position in South America

Arla Foods Ingredients has agreed to buy the 50% stake in Arla Foods Ingredients SA (AFISA), its joint venture in South America, from partner SanCor, an Argentinian dairy co-operative. Founded in 2001, and operating from a plant in the Argentinian province of Cordoba, AFISA processes approximately 900 million kilos of whey every year, which makes […]

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1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

  1 in 4 Consumers Prepare and Consume Breakfast in Less than 5 Minutes per Day

DSM, the global health, nutrition and materials company, has published the first part of a new report in its Global Insight Series, focused on breakfast habits and behavior in Europe and the US. The report, drawn from a survey conducted in seven countries, shows that breakfast is a meal under pressure. Around a quarter of […]

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Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

  Health Hits the Aisles as UK Supermarket Sales Grow

Despite a seasonal dip in shopper spend post-Christmas, the latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 28 January 2018, show that grocery sales increased in value by 3.4% compared with this time last year. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Following a record-breaking Christmas, January saw customers […]

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Changes to the Pernod Ricard Executive Committee

  Changes to the Pernod Ricard Executive Committee

Pernod Ricard has announced a series of changes to its Executive Committee, including the creation of a new leadership role for Global Business Development and changes in leadership at Chivas Brothers, the group’s Scotch whisky and premium gin business, and Irish Distillers, the Irish whiskey producer. Most of the new appointments are due to come […]

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Global Growth in Irish Whiskey Leading to Increased Demand For Irish Barley and Malt

  Global Growth in Irish Whiskey Leading to Increased Demand For Irish Barley and Malt

The continuing global growth in Irish whiskey sales means that ensuring a sustainable future supply of barley and malt is critical to the continued growth of Irish whiskey, according to the Irish Whiskey Association. Irish whiskey is the world’s fastest-growing spirits category, representing a third of the value of all Irish drinks exports. It is […]

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New All-in Compounds Address Growing Beverage Market With New Ideas

  New All-in Compounds Address Growing Beverage Market With New Ideas

The market for refreshing beverages is growing around the world. The main drivers in the category are fruit juices and fruit juice drinks, which are seeing disproportionate growth. Hydrosol’s new all-in compounds let beverage manufacturers as well as dairies benefit from this growing demand. Its Stabifruit functional systems contain all the important components for making […]

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Proseal Tray Sealer Enables Outstanding Throughput

  Proseal Tray Sealer Enables Outstanding Throughput

A tray sealing machine from leading specialist Proseal is enabling faster-than-ever line speeds at fruit packer ASF- Salford Priors Packhouse. As well as helping the company to reach an impressively high speed of 260 berry packs per minute, the Proseal GT6sXTwin with a mega infeed system also provides many other excellent benefits.
An extremely fast tray […]

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Arla Foods to Acquire Yeo Valley Dairies in the UK

  Arla Foods to Acquire Yeo Valley Dairies in the UK

Arla Foods will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group. The transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy co-operative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property licence with Yeo Valley.
The Yeo Valley yogurt, ice cream, cream and desserts business will continue […]

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New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

  New Research Highlights Personalised Packaging Trends

New research suggests that demand for personalised packaging is becoming an industry norm and is increasingly being integrated into companies’ packaging strategies. 66% of packaging professionals who took part in the study stated that the personlisation of packaging is something they are currently implementing into their offering, or at least considering. In addition to this […]

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GEA Optimises Flavour Manufacturing

  GEA Optimises Flavour Manufacturing

The technology group GEA has specified its process solution for flavour manufacturing and developed a new machine design as well as control and cleaning elements for the production facilities from the handling of raw materials right through to final packaging. With this, GEA helps flavour manufacturers to ensure the taste, consistency and repeatability of their […]

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Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

  Nestlé and Nuritas to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

Nestlé and Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]

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Carlsberg Group Reports Further Progress on Strategic Growth Priorities in 2017

  Carlsberg Group Reports Further Progress on Strategic Growth Priorities in 2017

Carlsberg Group has reported a net profit of DKr1.259 billion (€169.2 million) for 2017, down from DKr4.486 billion in 2016, as the global brewer was impacted by problems in the Russian beer market and special items, including a DKr4.8 billion impairment of its Baltika brand. Net sales declined by 1.3% to DKr61.8 billion in 2017 […]

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Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

  Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

Mondelēz International has unveiled its newest global Technical Centre in Jurong, Singapore. This advanced facility focuses on innovation, developing new products and technologies for some of the company’s iconic brands like Clorets, Halls and The Natural Confectionery Company candy; Stride, Trident and Dentyne gum; Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreobiscuits.
The Singapore Technical Centre is part […]

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Danish Crown to Export Meat Products to China

  Danish Crown to Export Meat Products to China

Danish Crown’s subsidiary Tulip Food Company now has permission to export both sausages and canned products to China. Tulip Food Company has for several years been ready to export its products to China, but it is only now that all the details have finally fallen into place. Initially, it will be possible to export three […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

  New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of a new product from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI). ‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’, also called ‘Traditional Welsh Caerffili’ (both terms are protected) is a white, hard cheese with a mild slightly lemony taste.
It is made in Wales from pasteurised or raw milk […]

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA Declares Botanical Extracts as Hot Topic For 2018

  Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA Declares Botanical Extracts as Hot Topic For 2018

Being one of the leading suppliers of flavours, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA is making natural ingredients a key focus for 2018. Already presented as a crucial part of Bell’s ‘Flavour & Trend Forecast’, Bell now introduces its new range of botanical extracts created for various applications within the savory, […]

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UK’s Leading Packaging Show Calls for Truly Innovative and Sustainable Solutions

  UK’s Leading Packaging Show Calls for Truly Innovative and Sustainable Solutions

The UK’s largest event for the entire packaging community, Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 28 February & 1 March 2018. With the reduction of plastic packaging a current hot topic in the media, the event comes at a time when there is more attention on the packaging industry than ever […]

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Quorn Foods Achieves 16% Global Growth in 2017

  Quorn Foods Achieves 16% Global Growth in 2017

Quorn Foods, which offers a range of products to appeal to the rapidly expanding group of people wanting to reduce their meat consumption, has announced unprecedented results for 2017, with sales totalling £205 million for the year. With its UK headquarters in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, Quorn Foods employs around 600 people and exports to 20 […]

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Carlsberg Group Acquires Remaining 49% of Olympic Brewery in Greece

  Carlsberg Group Acquires Remaining 49% of Olympic Brewery in Greece

Carlsberg Group has acquired the remaining 49% of the shares in the second biggest Greek brewery, Olympic, following the 2014 merger through which Carlsberg gained 51%. Formed by the merger of Mythos and Olympic, the Olympic Brewery operates two breweries in the areas of Thessaloniki and Euboea. As a strong number two in the market, […]

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Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

  Irish Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]

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IGD Launches New Guide to Help Consumers Understand Front-of-pack Nutrition Information

  IGD Launches New Guide to Help Consumers Understand Front-of-pack Nutrition Information

With nearly half (46%) of shoppers feeling that nutritional labels are too difficult to read, IGD, the training and research charity, has launched a new guide to help consumers better understand front-of-pack nutrition labels. The guide, which is set to help food and grocery companies give guidance to consumers in a consistent way, contains simple messages […]

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Britvic to Invest £100 Million at Rugby Factory

  Britvic to Invest £100 Million at Rugby Factory

UK-based soft drinks company Britvic will create about 80 new jobs at its manufacturing site in Rugby and invest in three new production lines at the site. The newly created jobs include technical operators, engineers and team leaders. The site currently employs 176 people.
Britvic is investing more than £100 milllion in the Rugby site, as […]

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Mondelēz International Delivers Margin Expansion

  Mondelēz International Delivers Margin Expansion

Mondelēz International has reported a 0.1% decrease in net revenues to $25.896 billion, driven by divestitures that offset organic net revenue growth and currency tailwinds. Organic net revenue increased by 0.9%, which included a negative impact of approximately 40 basis points from the June malware incident.
Operating income margin was 13.5%, up 360 basis points, driven […]

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Review of UK Cutting Plants and Cold Stores

  Review of UK Cutting Plants and Cold Stores

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have announcing that they will be undertaking a review of meat cutting premises and cold stores. The review comes in the wake of serious non-compliance issues identified at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume and will be industry wide.

Heather Hancock, […]

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Orkla Strengthens Production Capacity in the Breakfast Category

  Orkla Strengthens Production Capacity in the Breakfast Category

Norwegian food group Orkla has purchased the Danish bakery Struer Brod. Struer produces breakfast cereals and breadcrumbs, and Orkla is its most important customer. Through the Paulúns, Bare Bra and Det Gode Liv brands, Orkla offers a broad selection of healthier breakfast products. The products are being launched in a growing number of markets, and […]

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Major Productivity Gains in Ingredient Handling With Robots

  Major Productivity Gains in Ingredient Handling With Robots

Did you know as much as 5% of a food manufacturer’s turnover is associated with the costs of raw material handling, weighing and preparation? That number is set to drop as engineers, food technologists and computer scientists, drawn from UK industry and academia, collaborate to fully automate the preparation and handling of raw materials.
OAL (Olympus […]

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Total Produce Takes 45% Stake in Dole

  Total Produce Takes 45% Stake in Dole

Total Produce, Europe’s leading fresh produce company, has agreed to acquire a 45% equity stake in Dole Food Company from David H Murdock for a cash consideration of $300 million. Dole is one of the world’s largest fresh produce companies. For the twelve months ended October 7, 2017, Dole generated revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of […]

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Unilever Continues to Make Progress

  Unilever Continues to Make Progress

Unilever has reported 16.9% increase in net profit to €6.5 billion on turnover turnover up 1.9% to €53.7 billion, which included an adverse currency impact of 2.1% and 0.9% from acquisitions net of disposals, for its 2017 financial year. Underlying sales growth, excluding the spreads business that is being disposed of, was 3.5%, with price […]

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Joint Venture Creates Avara Foods

  Joint Venture Creates Avara Foods

Avara Foods, a joint venture between Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK and Faccenda Foods’ fresh chicken, turkey and duck business, has been unveiled as the latest major player in the UK poultry sector. The new joint venture, which follows Competition and Market Authority (CMA) approval in December, will be a 50/50 shared ownership […]

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Arjuna Confirms Origin-cultivated Amaranth Supply

  Arjuna Confirms Origin-cultivated Amaranth Supply

Arjuna Natural is now able to guarantee a sustainable, nitrate-enriched, all-natural Amaranthus extract supply for boosting nitric oxide levels. The company implemented a sustainable approach to meet the growing demand for its nitric oxide booster, OxyStorm®, in the US and Europe.
This natural source of nitrates is sugar-free and can be applied to a wide range of applications […]

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Arla Foods Eyes Further Growth With €527 Million Investment

  Arla Foods Eyes Further Growth With €527 Million Investment

Arla Foods plans to invest over €500 million in 2018 as the farmer-owned international dairy cooperative continues to deliver on its 2020 growth ambition. Arla Foods will invest in new, expanded and improved production capacity as well as innovative technology.
The proposed investment of €527 million in 2018 marks a significant increase on the €228 million […]

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Refresco Completes Acquisition of Cott’s Bottling Activities

  Refresco Completes Acquisition of Cott’s Bottling Activities

Refresco has completion of the acquisition of the bottling activities of Cott. In combining Refresco’s strong European capabilities and Cott’s strength in the UK and North America, Refresco almost doubles its production volume to approximately 12 billion litres.
The combination provides customers access to seamless service across geographies and an unrivalled production platform with access to […]

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Unilever to Acquire Romanian Ice Cream Business

  Unilever to Acquire Romanian Ice Cream Business

Unilever has agreed to acquire the business of Betty Ice SRL, the Romanian ice-cream producer. The value of the transaction is undisclosed. Betty Ice is the main local ice cream producer in Romania, with a total turnover of €30 million.
The company owns one factory in Suceava and has more than 180 ice cream kiosks open […]

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Global Brands Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

  Global Brands Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

Tesco, Coca Cola, M&S, Co-op, Innocent, TerraCycle, and Thorntons are just some of the major names taking to the stage as part of Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2018’s extensive two-day seminar programme.
The UK’s largest annual event for the whole packaging supply chain, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 28 February & 1 March 2018, will host […]

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Nestlé Brings Popular Premium Confectionery Brand to the UK

  Nestlé Brings Popular Premium Confectionery Brand to the UK

Nestlé is bringing its hugely successful premium chocolate brand, Les Recettes De L’Atelier, to the UK following impressive growth across Europe. The brand, which roughly translates as ‘recipes of the artisan’s shop’ is exclusive to Sainsbury’s stores and includes a range of smooth Swiss chocolate blocks with natural fruit and nut pieces.
It will be available […]

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Irish Gin Exports Set to Grow Significantly in 2018

  Irish Gin Exports Set to Grow Significantly in 2018

Irish gin is expected to go global this year, with exports set to rise significantly, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which has just released its outlook for 2018. In the outlook, ABFI, which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, raised serious concerns about what it describes as the draconian and disproportionate […]

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2018 Could be the Year of the Concord Grape

  2018 Could be the Year of the Concord Grape

Welch’s Global Ingredients Group has welcomed the news that ‘mindful choices’ is set to be 2018’s top food and beverage trend – and says it believes this could be the Year of the Concord Grape as a result. Research company Innova Market Insights has picked mindful choices as its #1 trend for 2018, predicting that this […]

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GEA Introduces Unique Continuous Control System to its S-Tec Spiral Freezer Range

  GEA Introduces Unique Continuous Control System to its S-Tec Spiral Freezer Range

GEA has announced the addition of its unique control technology CALLIFREEZE™ to its S-Tec range of spiral freezers for the food industry. The new system ensures that all products are frozen precisely to the users’ requirements. CALLIFREEZE™ takes its name from its ability to calibrate the freezer having controlled the level of frozenness of the […]

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Greencore Quits Cakes and Desserts Sector

  Greencore Quits Cakes and Desserts Sector

Greencore Group, the leading international convenience food business, has reached an agreement to sell its cakes and desserts business in Hull to Bright Blue Foods, one of the UK’s leading ambient cake manufacturers. This sale, together with the announced closure of the desserts facility in Evercreech, marks Greencore’s exit from the UK cakes and desserts […]

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