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Cranswick Acquires Benson Park AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013
 
Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

Cranswick Acquires Benson Park

24 October 2014

UK food group Cranswick has broadened its product range and customer base with the acquisition of Benson Park, a specialist producer of cooked poultry, for an undisclosed sum. Employing about 90 people and operating from a purpose built factory in Hull, Benson Park supplies ingredients to customers operating in the ‘food to go’ sector of […]

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AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

AMIGA Project at its Last Stage in Study of GM Plants

24 October 2014

After three years of activities and fields studies, the AMIGA (Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems) project will meet with stakeholders to disclose some significant outcome of the project on the 30th of October at the ENEA premises in Brussels. One year before the closure, AMIGA has reached its late […]

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Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

Students From Eight Nations Ready For FoodTech Challenge

24 October 2014

FoodTech Challenge sponsored by Damstahl is a new innovation competition being held from 28-30 October at the trade fair FoodTech 2014 in MCH Messecenter Herning, where the visitors can follow the competition during all three days. Young students are eager to participate in the 3-day innovation competition. This is clearly apparent from the number of […]

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PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

PM Group Reports Strong Turnover and Profit Growth for 2013

24 October 2014

PM Group, the international engineering and project management firm headquartered in Dublin, has reported turnover of €355.5 million for the year ended December 31st 2013, well ahead of prior year due to a significant increase in construction revenue. Operating profit before exceptional items was €7.2 million, a 26% increase on 2012. Pre-tax profits rose 20% to […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Moves to Drive Stronger Growth

The Coca-Cola Company Moves to Drive Stronger Growth

23 October 2014

The Coca-Cola Company is to implement a series of actions to reinvigorate growth. These actions support the previously announced five strategic priorities to restore momentum and the Company’s long-term growth target of high single-digit comparable currency neutral EPS. “We are taking decisive action to position The Coca-Cola Company to continue delivering long-term value for our […]

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Nestlé Opens its Most Water Efficient Factory

Nestlé Opens its Most Water Efficient Factory

23 October 2014

Nestlé has opened its most water efficient factory in the world in Mexico, in a move that the company plans to replicate in other Nestlé factories globally. Through new processes that deliver significant efficiencies, Nestlé’s Cero Agua dairy factory in the central, water-stressed state of Jalisco will move towards being a zero-water factory. It will […]

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UK Grocery Market Enters Deflation

UK Grocery Market Enters Deflation

23 October 2014

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 12 October 2014, show that like-for-like prices have declined by 0.2%, pushing the UK grocery market into deflation. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel explains: “While the supermarkets are battling it out on price, the real winners […]

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Freezers Left Out in the Cold as Younger UK Shoppers Shun Food ‘Graveyards’

Freezers Left Out in the Cold as Younger UK Shoppers Shun Food ‘Graveyards’

23 October 2014

Freezers across the UK are ‘neglected’, ‘under-used’ and ‘under-appreciated’, with younger shoppers dubbing them ‘graveyards’ for food that is soon to go off, according to the latest consumer research from IGD ShopperVista. 18-34-year-olds are twice as likely to agree that they don’t like eating food that is stored in the freezer than over-35s (18% versus […]

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Symington’s Acquires Tanfield Foods

Symington’s Acquires Tanfield Foods

22 October 2014

UK convenience food manufacturer Symington’s has acquired ready meals producer Tanfield Foods for an undisclosed sum. Consett-based Tanfield Foods produces own label products for UK retailers and ‘Look What We Found’, the Ilumi free-from brand. The deal further strengthens Leeds-based Symington’s position in the ambient convenience food category. The Symington’s portfolio includes national and international […]

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Big Four UK Grocery Retailers' Profit Margins to Shrink Further

Big Four UK Grocery Retailers’ Profit Margins to Shrink Further

22 October 2014

Operating profit margins of the big four UK grocery retailers – Tesco, J Sainsbury, Asda and Wm Morrison Supermarkets – are likely to shrink further over the next 12 to 18 months, as they cut prices to reverse declining sales and curb the losing battle of market share to discounters, says Moody’s Investors Service in […]

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EIB Supports Agri-Food Sector in Ukraine With €50 Million

EIB Supports Agri-Food Sector in Ukraine With €50 Million

22 October 2014

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €50 million to Astarta-Kiev, a leading Ukrainian agro-industrial producer. Founded in 1993, Astarta–Kiev is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding specializing in sugar and agricultural production. Astarta–Kiev business units are located in different districts of Poltava, Vynnitsia, Kharkiv and Khmelnitskiy regions. Astarta-Kiev invests in bioenergy projects and recently commissioned […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates Major Dairy Farming Institute in China

Nestlé Inaugurates Major Dairy Farming Institute in China

22 October 2014

Nestlé has inaugurated the Dairy Farming Institute in Northeast China, in one of the company’s biggest dairy investments that will help modernize Chinese dairy farming practices to enable farmers to meet the country’s fast-growing milk demand in a sustainable manner in the years ahead. The institute, located in Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang Province, is part of […]

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Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition – Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – October 23, 2014

Sustainable Food and Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition – Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – October 23, 2014

21 October 2014

Time is running out to register to attend the inaugural Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition to be held at the Motor Cycle Museum, Birmingham on Thursday, 23rd of October 2014. The theme of the event is sustainable growth for sustainable profits. An impressive list of speakers has been assembled for the conference, […]

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Chivas Regal Launches First New Blend Since 2007

Chivas Regal Launches First New Blend Since 2007

21 October 2014

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky brand, has introduced Chivas Regal Extra — its first new global expression since 2007. Complementing its collection of premium blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal Extra is a special selection of whiskies matured in Oloroso sherry casks together with the rarest and finest Chivas malts, creating a rich and […]

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Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

Rapid Intensification of Brazilian Beef Production to Continue

21 October 2014

In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets. According to its latest report ‘Beefing up in Brazil: Feedlots to Drive Industry Growth’, Rabobank expects Brazil’s feedlot capacity to […]

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Arcil Presents the A7 - The Next Generation FFS Machine

Arcil Presents the A7 – The Next Generation FFS Machine

21 October 2014

Less than a year after it joined Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Arcil is launching a new generation of FFS machines that results from a completely revised design method. Assigned to the widest multidisciplinary team ever in Arcil’s history, the project was brought to life within 9 months and sets the guidelines of the french company’s future development. […]

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Green10 – The Business Intelligence Dashboard Tool For Food Service

21 October 2014

  Green10 (G10) provides access to an interactive, online dashboard that measures and monitors any caterer’s unique, responsible CSER buying profile. The innovation is truly exceptional because of the sheer depth and far reaching capabilities of G10.  It brings millions of pieces of data together in one place, enabling operators to make rational, informed buying […]

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UK Sales of Halloween Products to Reach £240 Million

UK Sales of Halloween Products to Reach £240 Million

20 October 2014

New research from Mintel reveals that retail sales of Halloween products reached £230 million in 2013 and are expected to grow to around £240 million this year. In 2013, more than two-fifths (43%) of British consumers joined in the festivities by spending on products or services for the occasion and it seems that it is […]

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EU Projects Promote the Development of Breads With a Plus on Health

EU Projects Promote the Development of Breads With a Plus on Health

20 October 2014

As a result of two in-depth EU projects a team of leading European researchers, industry partners and artisan bakeries has developed a range of innovative grain-based raw materials for baked goods with improved nutritional profiles The EU-funded HealthGrain and HealthBread projects set out to develop wheat-based raw materials that would help to improve the nutritional […]

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Improved Bakery Production Facilities

Improved Bakery Production Facilities

20 October 2014

When maintaining a hygienic environment there are many elements to be considered by a contractor before any construction can begin. One of the main elements in the food processing industry is the drainage. Having an inappropriate drainage system in a processing room can lead to a number of problems that directly lead to bacteria build-up […]

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Sweet Hygienic Resin Flooring

Sweet Hygienic Resin Flooring

20 October 2014

In food production it is vital that the correct flooring is chosen for maximum safety and efficiency around the workplace. The main flooring requirements in the food industry are a balance of durability, cleanability and an anti-slip profile, which all contribute to a safe and hygienic environment. Recently John Lord was commissioned to manufacture and […]

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Doosan Launches New Environmentally-friendly, Cost-effective Forklifts Range

Doosan Launches New Environmentally-friendly, Cost-effective Forklifts Range

20 October 2014

Doosan Industrial Vehicle has launched five new 2.0t to 3.5t capacity forklifts incorporating Doosan’s revolutionary, award-winning G2 diesel engine. By utilising the Doosan G2 engines, the new D20S-7, D25S-7, D30S-7, D33S-7 and D35C-7 models will meet stringent new EU emissions standards without using a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF). They also set new standards for […]

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Arla Foods Acquires Swedish Cheese Business

Arla Foods Acquires Swedish Cheese Business

17 October 2014

Arla Foods in Sweden is acquiring cheese business Falbygdens Ost from Finnish food group Atria. The acquisition is in line with Arla’s strategy to drive its premium cheese segment. The acquisition is subject to approval from the Swedish Competition Authority. Falbygdens Ost has operations in Falköping, where it matures and processes cheese by flavouring and […]

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Produce World Group Forms Strategic Alliance

Produce World Group Forms Strategic Alliance

17 October 2014

UK-based Produce World Group, which is one of the largest expert growers and suppliers of high quality fresh vegetables in Europe, has formed a long-term strategic alliance with LFP (Lincolnshire Field Products) which will be one of its largest growing partners for brassicas for the 2015 harvest. It will work in partnership with LFP and […]

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EU Research Turning Food Waste into Feed

EU Research Turning Food Waste into Feed

17 October 2014

Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment the goal of several EU-funded research projects. The EU is investing over €4 billion in research and innovation for a European bioeconomy that […]

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Sales Spice Up For EHL Ingredients

Sales Spice Up For EHL Ingredients

17 October 2014

EHL Ingredients, one of the UK’s leading importers, blenders and packers of natural food ingredients, has reported an increase in sales of hot and spicy chillies for curry dishes as well as its allergen-free curry powder. The company has witnessed an 40% surge in enquiries for bhut jolokia (ghost chilli), scotch bonnet and habanero chillies, […]

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Chilled Coffee Market Gathers NPD Momentum

Chilled Coffee Market Gathers NPD Momentum

16 October 2014

Ready-to-drink (RTD) or iced coffee has been seeing a period of strong product and market activity in recent years. It remains one of the smallest sectors of the soft drinks market in terms of new product activity, accounting for just over 4.2% of global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months to […]

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Nestlé Expands Purina Factory Production

Nestlé Expands Purina Factory Production

16 October 2014

Nestlé Australia has increased production of pet food at its Purina factory in eastern Australia. An additional 100 full-time roles will be created thanks to the two-year investment of SFr54 million (Eur44.8 million) at the Blayney, New South Wales plant. The facility upgrade will mean the factory can produce over 100,000 tonnes of pet food […]

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Symrise Opens Production Site in Madagascar

Symrise Opens Production Site in Madagascar

16 October 2014

Symrise has opened an extraction facility for vanilla and is taking another important step in sustainable vanilla production in Madagascar. The investment at the Benavony site amounted to approximately €3 million. With the plant, every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time. […]

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Tetra Pak Launches Industry’s First Package Made Entirely From Plant-based, Renewable Materials

Tetra Pak Launches Industry’s First Package Made Entirely From Plant-based, Renewable Materials

16 October 2014

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has launched the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in […]

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Glanbia Completes Acquisition of Nutrition Brand

Glanbia Completes Acquisition of Nutrition Brand

16 October 2014

Glanbia, the global performance nutrition and ingredients group, has completed the acquisition of The Isopure Company for US$153 million (Eur120 million) in cash. Isopure is a US-based provider of premium branded sports nutrition products. The business focuses on powders and ready-to-drink (RTD) formats, primarily through the specialty, internet and direct distribution channels. Isopure generated net […]

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Molson Coors turns beer green with lightweight innovation

15 October 2014

Juggling sustainability with customer expectations is a daily balancing act for brewery firms like Molson Coors. The solution it would seem lies in not in the beer, but the packaging, as Maxine Perella finds out. “I don’t think consumers come to a beer brand for education around sustainability,” Molson Coors’ head of corporate responsibility Debbie […]

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PRESS RELEASE – NEW MICVAC LINE IN JAPAN

15 October 2014

Fujicco – Bästa Deli Fujicco Co. Ltd., one of the leading food producers in Japan, launched products with the Micvac method into the Japanese market in October 2012. Recently, a new line was installed to meet the increasing demand of their chilled ready meals. The brand, Bästa Deli, provides the Japanese market with a high quality range of complete […]

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HPP Tolling opens Republic of Ireland’s first High Pressure Processing (HPP) central treatment facility in the National Food Park in Dublin

HPP Tolling opens Republic of Ireland’s first High Pressure Processing (HPP) central treatment facility in the National Food Park in Dublin

14 October 2014

Irish food processors gain convenient access to HPP technology resulting in longer shelf life for products. Food processors in Ireland now have convenient access to High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology with the announcement today (16th October 2014) that HPP Tolling Ltd has opened their first HPP Tolling Station in the National Food Park. (FoodCentral, St. […]

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Finsbury Food Group to Acquire Fletchers Group For £56 Million

Finsbury Food Group to Acquire Fletchers Group For £56 Million

14 October 2014

Finsbury Food Group, which is one of the UK’s leading cake and bread bakery goods manufacturers, has agreed to acquire the Fletchers Group, which supplies morning goods and specialist bread products to leading UK grocery retailers and foodservice customers, for £56 million from private equity firm Vision Capital. The enlarged group will be one of […]

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Production Commences at Chivas Brothers’ New Speyside Malt Whisky Distillery

Production Commences at Chivas Brothers’ New Speyside Malt Whisky Distillery

14 October 2014

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has completed the construction of its new Speyside malt whisky distillery, reinforcing its long term growth prospects in the face of increased global demand for Scotch whisky. The new distillery was commissioned by Chivas Brothers in 2012 with production commencing in October 2014. […]

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CIEH Announces New Food Safety For Logistics Qualification

CIEH Announces New Food Safety For Logistics Qualification

14 October 2014

A new qualification has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) that will benefit anyone working in a logistics business where food is stored, transported or delivered. The Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Logistics can now be delivered by CIEH registered trainers and training centres. This latest qualification in the […]

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Food Businesses Advised to Increase Surveillance on Walnuts as a Potential Fraud

Food Businesses Advised to Increase Surveillance on Walnuts as a Potential Fraud

14 October 2014

Due to heavy rain in walnut growing areas such as Pakistan and Argentina, market prices are up 50% – triggering alarms that nuts could be the next target for food fraud criminals. However, this threat is potentially more dangerous than past cases as companies choosing to fraudulently use peanuts as an alternative to walnuts could […]

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