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  • Nestlé Inaugurates New Nescafé Dolce Gusto Production in Vietnam Nestlé has inaugurated a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsule production line in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. The site will process an expected 2,500 tons of coffee per year (equivalent to 130 million capsules), using high quality coffee beans from Vietnam. This volume is expected to increase in the coming years. The investment reflects Nestlé’s clear focus on high-growth, [...]...
  • Pink Lemonade Yogurt? Arla Brings Indulgence to New Markets Arla Foods is to expand its successful Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets with the premium yogurt range being launched in Denmark and the UK. Meaning ‘wonderful’ in Finnish, Ihana was launched through an extensive brand launch in 2016 in Finland with an iconic new design. Indulgence is one of the few areas in growth within [...]...
  • Process Components Announces Kemutec Expansion into Netherlands Process Components has announced the expansion of subsidiary company Kemutec in Europe, with the long-established manufacturing brand opening a new office in the Netherlands. The move forms a key part of its global strategy to extend its global territories, significantly grow its revenues and create new jobs. Kemutec has more than three decades’ worth of heritage in [...]...
  • Packaging Automation Supports the Reduction in Plastic Packaging Waste With the launch of the UK Plastics Pact to address the impact plastic waste is having on the environment, retailers and manufacturers are more conscious of single use and non-recyclable plastics and want to cater for the green consumer. The industry is turning to various kinds of eco-friendly packaging with the aim of reducing plastic [...]...
  • Glanbia Cheese Joint Venture to Build New €130 Million Mozzarella Cheese Facility Glanbia Cheese, the joint venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods, plans to build a new, world-class mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland. A site for the new facility has been identified at the recently established Togher National Industrial Estate in Portlaoise. A total of €130 million will be invested in [...]...

Nestlé Inaugurates New Nescafé Dolce Gusto Production in Vietnam

  Nestlé Inaugurates New Nescafé Dolce Gusto Production in Vietnam

Nestlé has inaugurated a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsule production line in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. The site will process an expected 2,500 tons of coffee per year (equivalent to 130 million capsules), using high quality coffee beans from Vietnam. This volume is expected to increase in the coming years.
The investment reflects Nestlé’s clear focus on high-growth, […]

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Pink Lemonade Yogurt? Arla Brings Indulgence to New Markets

  Pink Lemonade Yogurt? Arla Brings Indulgence to New Markets

Arla Foods is to expand its successful Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets with the premium yogurt range being launched in Denmark and the UK. Meaning ‘wonderful’ in Finnish, Ihana was launched through an extensive brand launch in 2016 in Finland with an iconic new design.
Indulgence is one of the few areas in growth within […]

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Process Components Announces Kemutec Expansion into Netherlands

  Process Components Announces Kemutec Expansion into Netherlands

Process Components has announced the expansion of subsidiary company Kemutec in Europe, with the long-established manufacturing brand opening a new office in the Netherlands. The move forms a key part of its global strategy to extend its global territories, significantly grow its revenues and create new jobs.
Kemutec has more than three decades’ worth of heritage in […]

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Packaging Automation Supports the Reduction in Plastic Packaging Waste

  Packaging Automation Supports the Reduction in Plastic Packaging Waste

With the launch of the UK Plastics Pact to address the impact plastic waste is having on the environment, retailers and manufacturers are more conscious of single use and non-recyclable plastics and want to cater for the green consumer. The industry is turning to various kinds of eco-friendly packaging with the aim of reducing plastic […]

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Glanbia Cheese Joint Venture to Build New €130 Million Mozzarella Cheese Facility

  Glanbia Cheese Joint Venture to Build New €130 Million Mozzarella Cheese Facility

Glanbia Cheese, the joint venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods, plans to build a new, world-class mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland. A site for the new facility has been identified at the recently established Togher National Industrial Estate in Portlaoise. A total of €130 million will be invested in […]

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PepsiCo Reveals the 10 Finalists Joining its 2018 Nutrition Greenhouse Programme

  PepsiCo Reveals the 10 Finalists Joining its 2018 Nutrition Greenhouse Programme

PepsiCo has announced the 10 entrepreneurs that will form the second class of its health and wellness incubator in Europe. First launched in 2017 to support the next generation of food and beverage entrepreneurs, the PepsiCo Nutrition Greenhouse programme offers each of the 10 participating companies a €20,000 grant, and access to PepsiCo mentors and experts to take […]

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PureCircle Increases Capacity to Supply Reb M

  PureCircle Increases Capacity to Supply Reb M

PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of stevia sweeteners, has announced that its recent advances in expanding capacity now enable it to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten about 500 million cases of zero-calorie […]

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Introducing the Propack Synchronized Staging Transfer Model PSST/120

  Introducing the Propack Synchronized Staging Transfer Model PSST/120

Propack has announced a new, economical, safe product delivery system that uses stepper servo technology to receive randomly presented products from baggers, pouchers and flow wrappers to synchronise product delivery to high-speed cartoning machines. With a maximum packing rate of 120 packs per minute (PPM) to 80 twin PPM (depending on product size), the PSST/120 […]

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Bel to Produce Mini Babybel at its First Canadian Factory

  Bel to Produce Mini Babybel at its First Canadian Factory

Bel Group, a world leader in branded cheese and a major player in the healthy snack market, plans to build its first Canadian plant in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. The facility, which is scheduled to begin commercial production in early 2020, will be fully dedicated to producing Mini Babybel® cheese. These dairy snacks encased in small and […]

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Irish Whiskey Industry Welcomes EU-Japan Trade Agreement

  Irish Whiskey Industry Welcomes EU-Japan Trade Agreement

The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest trade deal negotiated yet by the European Union. While sales of Irish whiskey remain relatively low, Japan is currently the largest market in Asia for Irish whiskey and last year Irish whiskey sales in Japan recorded a 15.7% growth to […]

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Optimal Packaging – iba.OPERATE!

  Optimal Packaging – iba.OPERATE!

Sustainable, efficient, safe, fast and smart: With “iba.OPERATE! Packaging & Processing Solutions”, iba is dedicating a large special section in hall B1 to packaging solutions, materials and processes.
An attractive appearance is not everything. Hygienic packaging is just as crucial, especially in the food sector. Over 180 companies will be presenting their solutions and novelties in […]

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Eriez Magnetics Europe Celebrates 50 Years of Manufacturing Excellence

  Eriez Magnetics Europe Celebrates 50 Years  of Manufacturing Excellence

Industry-leading manufacturers, Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd, mark its 50th anniversary this year. From humble beginnings has emerged a company who now has a strong customer base and can proudly boast numerous technological achievements and significant growth over half a century.
Eriez Europe was established when Bob Merwin, CEO of Eriez Manufacturing Co. in Erie, USA recognised […]

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Royal Unibrew Completes Acquisition of French Lemonade Business

  Royal Unibrew Completes Acquisition of French Lemonade Business

Royal Unibrew, the Denmark-based beverages group, has completed the acquisition of Etablissements Geyer Fréres for an enterprise value of DKr660 million (€88.5 million) financed by bank debt. The acquisition of Etablissements Geyer Fréres will give Royal Unibrew increased access to the French soft drinks market and will further strengthen its export portfolio. Employing about 100 […]

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Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

  Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

Private label continues to grow across Europe and is now outperforming brands in the majority of markets measured by big data and technology expert for consumer FMCG industries, IRI in its analysis of private label performance across eight major Western economies markets (UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and the US) during 2017.
Growing +4% year on […]

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Meat & Poultry – Future-proof For Success

  Meat & Poultry – Future-proof For Success

The meat market remains fast-moving and competitive. As part of this processors and retailers are always looking for a point of differentiation. As well as new product development, this can mean new pack formats. Convenience remains a major driver here but this has to be matched by the ability to maintain product quality and freshness […]

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Ready Meals – Not Ready For the Future

  Ready Meals – Not Ready For the Future

New research (1) published by Eating Better, a powerful alliance of more than 50 organisations, shows that supermarkets need to shake up their ready meal ranges. They are not catering for the growing number of flexitarian customers who are cutting back on their meat eating for their health and the health of the planet (2). […]

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Top 100 Largest Spirits Brands Revealed

  Top 100 Largest Spirits Brands Revealed

The world’s most popular alcoholic drink in 2017 was the South Korean soju brand Jinro, owned by Hite-Jinro, according to the IWSR Real 100, the definitive ranking of the world’s largest spirits brands by volume. Selling almost 76m nine-litre cases, Jinro retains its number one position from last year, and once again by a staggering […]

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Ireland’s Most Sustainable Paper-free Cup Launched

  Ireland’s Most Sustainable Paper-free Cup Launched

Ireland’s only completely paper-free compostable cup has been launched by Zeus, the Irish global packaging solutions company. Unlike other compostable cups, the Treefree Cup contains absolutely no paper product, making it the most sustainable single-use cup available in the Irish market.
Additionally, to tackle the composting waste problem in Ireland, the cups and lids will be […]

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GEA Supplies Largest Buttermaking Machine in India

  GEA Supplies Largest Buttermaking Machine in India

GEA recently sold its first buttermaking machine type BUE to an Indian dairy producer. Creamy Foods Limited, located in the state Uttar-Pradesh, placed an order for a GEA BUE 6000, which has a capacity of up to 6000kg/h butter, making it the largest buttermaking machine in India. The new machine will be brought into operation in […]

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Clearance For Arla Foods UK and Yeo Valley Deal

  Clearance For Arla Foods UK and Yeo Valley Deal

The British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Arla Foods UK’s proposed acquisition of 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 […]

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M&A Deals Amongst the World’s Largest Consumer Goods Businesses Reached a 15-year High in 2017

  M&A Deals Amongst the World’s Largest Consumer Goods Businesses Reached a 15-year High in 2017

The number of mergers and acquisition deals among the top 50 consumer goods giants reached a 15-year high in 2017 – a 45% increase from the previous year. This is according to OC&C Strategy Consultants’ annual Global 50 report which, in collaboration with the Grocer, examines the financial performance of the world’s largest consumer goods […]

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Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

  Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

Four of Ireland’s top food companies will benefit from a significant boost to their businesses as Center Parcs announces the awarding of food supplier contracts to its Center Parcs Longford Forest resort – due to open in summer 2019 – worth a combined total of €5.2 million. Center Parcs has awarded the following food supplier contracts:

Dublin […]

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Helping Food Manufacturers Derive Best Value From Vision Systems

  Helping Food Manufacturers Derive Best Value From Vision Systems

Intelligent line optimization enables food manufacturers to make the most of their production assets by securing uptime and reducing rework. Product inspection technologies like vision systems have evolved to support these ambitions: with their role changing from a function of brand protection to a more encompassing one related to productivity and increasing overall equipment effectiveness.
Yet […]

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The Most Chosen FMCG Brands in the UK

  The Most Chosen FMCG Brands in the UK

Kantar Worldpanel’s latest ranking of the world’s most chosen brands has been released. Looking specifically at the most chosen brands in the UK, half of the top 10 brands are in growth. Warburtons remains the UK’s most chosen brand overall, chosen 544 million times at the supermarket shelves during the course of 2017. Bought on […]

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Green Eating Driving Plant-based Innovation

  Green Eating Driving Plant-based Innovation

Plant-based innovation is flourishing. Growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics is driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity. Innova Market Insights reports that plant-based product claims increased by 62% globally (CAGR, 2013-2017) with growth occurring on platforms such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs & seasonings and coloring foodstuffs.
“The dairy alternatives market has been […]

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Tetra Pak Achieves 50% Renewable Electricity Consumption in Just Two Years Since RE100 Commitment

  Tetra Pak Achieves 50% Renewable Electricity Consumption in Just Two Years Since RE100 Commitment

Tetra Pak now obtains half of its global electricity supply from renewable sources, putting the company firmly on course to meet its RE100 commitment of using only renewable electricity across all global operations by 2030. In the past two years alone, the company’s use of renewable electricity has increased by a factor of 2.5, up from […]

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Revenue and Profits Down at Greene King

  Revenue and Profits Down at Greene King

Greene King, the UK brewing and pubs group, has reported a 1.8% drop in revenue to £2.177 billion and a 9.3% fall in operating profit before tax, exceptional and non-underlying items to £373.1 million for the 52 weeks to 29 April 2018. Group profit before tax rose by 6.8% to £197.5 million while group profit […]

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European Commission Publishes a New Agriculture Production and Markets Forecast

  European Commission Publishes a New Agriculture Production and Markets Forecast

The European Commission has published a report presenting a short-term agricultural markets’ outlook. The report covers production, exports and imports and the overall situation of global markets for several sectoral products, including dairy, cereals, oilseeds, pigmeat, poultry and beef. For the first time, the report also covers tomatoes, peaches and nectarines.
Due to adverse weather conditions, cereal […]

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Europe’s Brewers Continue to Lead by Example on Food Information to Consumers

  Europe’s Brewers Continue to Lead by Example on Food Information to Consumers

The Brewers of Europe is stepping up its voluntary commitment on consumer information, recommending to all breweries to list ingredients and calories on the labels of pre-pack containers. Brewers have since 2015 been voluntarily rolling out ingredients listing and calorie information in full accordance with EU law, on-label and online.
“We are taking our commitment even […]

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ACMI Opens New Possibilities For Repacking!

  ACMI Opens New Possibilities For Repacking!

Repacking is certainly not a new concept, but the technical innovations introduced by ACMI between 2015 and 2017 have opened new possibilities for repackaging, especially for soft drink makers. The line that ACMI will introduce, and which is actually in operation at one of the most important European plants of the Coca-Cola European Partners group, […]

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AGRANA Acquires Stake in Algerian Fruit Preparations Producer

  AGRANA Acquires Stake in Algerian Fruit Preparations Producer

The fruit, starch and sugar group AGRANA has extended its presence in the African market by acquiring 49% of the shares in Elafruits, an Algerian producer of fruit preparations. Located in Akbou, around 200 km east of Algiers, this company with a workforce of around 100 employees generated revenues of approximately €7 million in its […]

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England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

  England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal England’s poorest areas are fast food hotspots, with 5 times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent. The data also suggests fast food outlets – including chip shops, burger bars and pizza places –account for more than a quarter (26%) of all eateries […]

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Laïta Launches New Nutrition Division

  Laïta Launches New Nutrition Division

Laïta, the French and international dairy co-operative, has launched ESI Nutrition, which specialises in the development, industrialisation and manufacturing of high-end nutritional products for its clients in the B to B sector. Thanks to cutting-edge industrial tools, ESI Nutrition can produce very specific products, in both powder and liquid forms for all nutrition markets. Combining […]

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Food Enzymes – EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool

  Food Enzymes – EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool

EFSA has published the Food Enzyme Intake Model (FEIM), a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food enzymes used in different food processes. FEIM follows the methodology recommended in 2016 by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF). It has been developed on the basis of actual food consumption data collected […]

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Carlsberg and Brooklyn Open New Craft Brewery in Lithuania

  Carlsberg and Brooklyn Open New Craft Brewery in Lithuania

After a three year reconstruction project, the Svyturys Brewery has finally opened its doors in the Klaipeda port area in Lithuania. Here, beer enthusiasts can find a modern craft beer line, beer museum, gastrobar and shop, and conference and degustation halls – all under one roof. The project is a joint investment between the Carlsberg […]

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Impressive Nine Awards For Kepak at World Steak Challenge

  Impressive Nine Awards For Kepak at World Steak Challenge

Kepak Group, an Irish company and one of Europe’s leading food innovators, has scooped a whopping nine awards at this year’s prestigious World Steak Challenge. Flying the flag for Ireland, Kepak beat off stiff competition from entrants from large beef-producing nations such as Japan, Brazil and the United States to take home gold and bronze […]

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Hard Times are Over For Protein Bars Thanks to New Lacprodan TexturePro

  Hard Times are Over For Protein Bars Thanks to New Lacprodan TexturePro

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a single whey protein solution to address the problem of textural deterioration in protein bars. Lacprodan TexturePro retains a superior texture and softer bite for longer, ensuring bars remain deliciously soft until the end of their shelf life.
The sports bars category, which includes protein bars, has enjoyed a period of […]

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Nomad Foods Completes €240 Million Acquisition of Aunt Bessie’s

  Nomad Foods Completes €240 Million Acquisition of Aunt Bessie’s

Nomad Foods, the leading frozen foods company in Western Europe, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Aunt Bessie’s from William Jackson & Son for a purchase price of approximately €240 million.
The Aunt Bessie’s brand holds number one and number two market share positions, respectively, within the UK frozen Yorkshire puddings and frozen potatoes, which […]

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Summer Sun Heats Up the Irish Grocery Market

  Summer Sun Heats Up the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 17 June 2018, reveal that the soaring temperatures have increased sales of summer grocery favourites by 9% – ahead of the overall market at 2.1%.  This surge in summer essentials, such as sun care products and ice cream, has boosted the Irish […]

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New Wind Farm Opens to Power Nestlé in the UK & Ireland

  New Wind Farm Opens to Power Nestlé in the UK & Ireland

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, has opened a new wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The farm, developed in partnership with energy business Community Windpower, is made up of nine turbines which, combined, are now producing around 125 GWh of power per annum. That is enough to supply half […]

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AR Packaging Supports Speed to Market For Nestlé’s New KitKat Senses Pack

  AR Packaging Supports Speed to Market For Nestlé’s New KitKat Senses Pack

When Nestlé was looking for a new packaging for its KitKat senses, AR Packaging and its group of specialised companies supported in shortening the speed to market substantially. The trend to offer chocolate as small portion-packed flow-wraps continues. Using an eye-catching outer cartonboard or flexible packaging supports the high sales target in supermarkets.
The example of Nestlé […]

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Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

  Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

Nestlé and Coca-Cola have yet again dominated brand rankings in their respective industries, each keeping runners-up at a healthy distance of over US$10 billion, according to a new report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy.
Valued at US$19.4 billion, Nestlé again claimed the title of the world’s most valuable food […]

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Emmi Strengthens its Position in Goats Milk Products

  Emmi Strengthens its Position in Goats Milk Products

Swiss dairy group Emmi is increasing its stake from 75% to 90% in the goat’s and sheep’s milk product trader AVH dairy trade, based in Bergen, the Netherlands. The remaining 10% will continue to be held by the founder of AVH.
Goat’s milk products occupy an increasingly important niche in Emmi’s product portfolio. Emmi has been […]

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Puratos Distribution Contract For Ralph Davies International

  Puratos Distribution Contract For Ralph Davies International

Puratos, which supplies food ingredients to the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors in over 100 countries, has awarded Worcester-based Ralph Davies International a 2 year contract to distribute their food ingredients throughout the UK. The RDI Food Ingredient Transport Network will be taking over from the Puratos own fleet solution, a move which will give […]

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Smart Packaging Offers Exciting Opportunities in Fast Growing Online Grocery

  Smart Packaging Offers Exciting Opportunities in Fast Growing Online Grocery

Smart packaging technologies based on unique digital codes will take both online and off-line grocery in exciting new directions during the next few years, says the Tetra Pak Index 2018. Online grocery shopping is growing at a double-digit rate, while traditional stores are being reinvented, merging together into an omnichannel where consumers expect to be able […]

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Tesco and Carrefour to Create Long-term Strategic Alliance

  Tesco and Carrefour to Create Long-term Strategic Alliance

Tesco and Carrefour have announced their intention to enter into a long-term, strategic alliance. The Alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own brand products and goods not for resale. It will be governed by a three-year operational framework.
The Alliance will enable both companies to improve the quality and […]

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ADM Expands Health & Wellness Capabilities

  ADM Expands Health & Wellness Capabilities

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient suppliers, is acquiring Probiotics International Limited, a UK-based provider of probiotic supplements for human, pet, and production-animal use. The all-cash transaction will be valued at £185 million, subject to customary adjustments. This addition to ADM’s existing health and wellness capabilities […]

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The UK’s First Amazonian Energy Tea Launches

  The UK’s First Amazonian Energy Tea Launches

BFT Drinks has created the first drink in the UK using the native Amazonian Guayusa (pronounced ‘gwhy-you-sa’) leaf. Yusa is the only energy tea in the category not to use tea extract and added caffeine – all Yusa’s energy and health benefits come from Guayusa itself, the newly discovered Amazonian super-tea-leaf.
Guayusa grows in the Amazon rainforest, primarily in Ecuador, where […]

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Third Year of Consistent Growth For Dale Farm

  Third Year of Consistent Growth For Dale Farm

Dale Farm, the largest UK farmer-owned dairy co-operative, has announced significant increases in profit, return on capital employed (ROCE) and turnover as part of its financial results for the year ending March 2018. Group operating profit rose from £9.8 million to £12.1 million, profit before tax increased from £7.9 million to £10.1 million, with an […]

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Profits Slump at Warburtons

  Profits Slump at Warburtons

Warburtons, the British bakery group, has reported a 0.3% drop in turnover to £524.7 million and a 36.7% fall in operating profit to £22.4 million for the year ended 31 September 2017, as rising input costs and a decline in the bread market impacted performance. Profits before tax plunged 40% to £34.6 million. According to […]

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