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  • 2 Sisters Outlines Transformation Agenda Ronald Kers, the new chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, has spelled out his vision for the future of the company. His first 100 days have been taken up with an assessment of the opportunities for the group and creating the new initiatives he plans to put in place. Ronald Kers comments: “2 Sisters can [...]...
  • General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division General Mills is launching new lines across both its Fibre One and Nature Valley portfolios, as it reveals its snacking division has grown +35.4% and household penetration has grown +12.1 percentage points to 25.3%[1] – equating to the size of London[2]. Cake Bars will be added to Fibre One’s guilt-free snacking range in two flavours: Triple Choc [...]...
  • Lorien and Britvic – Manufacturing Success Lorien Engineering Solutions, a division of GP Strategies, is working with soft drinks provider Britvic to help install new state-of-the-art production lines at Britvic’s Leeds and Rugby manufacturing sites. Lorien Engineering Solutions is part of a multi-disciplined project team, created and led by Britvic, to deliver a step-change in business capability. Alongside other specialists, Lorien [...]...
  • Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership in Cambodian Business Carlsberg Group has increased its ownership in the Cambodian brewer Cambrew from 50% to 75%. Cambrew is among the largest brewers in Cambodia. Its largest beer brand – the iconic Angkor Premium Beer with its well-known tagline ‘Our Country, Our Beer’ – is a popular brand among Cambodian consumers. In addition, Cambrew produces and bottles [...]...
  • Kerry Group Reports Healthy Volume Growth Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods group, has reported a solid underlying business performance for the half year ended 30 June 2018. Group revenue on a reported basis increased by 1.4% to €3.2 billion, reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions, offset by adverse currency movements. Business volumes grew by [...]...

2 Sisters Outlines Transformation Agenda

  2 Sisters Outlines Transformation Agenda

Ronald Kers, the new chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, has spelled out his vision for the future of the company. His first 100 days have been taken up with an assessment of the opportunities for the group and creating the new initiatives he plans to put in place.
Ronald Kers comments: “2 Sisters can […]

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General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

  General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

General Mills is launching new lines across both its Fibre One and Nature Valley portfolios, as it reveals its snacking division has grown +35.4% and household penetration has grown +12.1 percentage points to 25.3%[1] – equating to the size of London[2]. Cake Bars will be added to Fibre One’s guilt-free snacking range in two flavours: Triple Choc […]

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Lorien and Britvic – Manufacturing Success

  Lorien and Britvic – Manufacturing Success

Lorien Engineering Solutions, a division of GP Strategies, is working with soft drinks provider Britvic to help install new state-of-the-art production lines at Britvic’s Leeds and Rugby manufacturing sites. Lorien Engineering Solutions is part of a multi-disciplined project team, created and led by Britvic, to deliver a step-change in business capability. Alongside other specialists, Lorien […]

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Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership in Cambodian Business

  Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership in Cambodian Business

Carlsberg Group has increased its ownership in the Cambodian brewer Cambrew from 50% to 75%. Cambrew is among the largest brewers in Cambodia. Its largest beer brand – the iconic Angkor Premium Beer with its well-known tagline ‘Our Country, Our Beer’ – is a popular brand among Cambodian consumers. In addition, Cambrew produces and bottles […]

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Kerry Group Reports Healthy Volume Growth

  Kerry Group Reports Healthy Volume Growth

Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods group, has reported a solid underlying business performance for the half year ended 30 June 2018. Group revenue on a reported basis increased by 1.4% to €3.2 billion, reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions, offset by adverse currency movements. Business volumes grew by […]

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Glanbia and US Partners to Build $470 Million Cheese and Whey Factory

  Glanbia and US Partners to Build $470 Million Cheese and Whey Factory

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, along with US dairy co-operatives – Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers – expect to commission their new joint venture large-scale cheese and whey production facility for the State of Michigan in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a cost of $470 million.
The new facility will process 3.6 […]

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Ardagh Group Completes Conversion of Rugby Plant From Steel to Aluminium

  Ardagh Group Completes Conversion of Rugby Plant From Steel to Aluminium

Ardagh Group has announced that it has recently completed the conversion of its Rugby (UK) beverage can manufacturing plant from steel to aluminium. “The conversion of the Rugby plant has further enhanced Ardagh’s manufacturing footprint. Operating two highly-efficient aluminium beverage can plants in the UK, at Wrexham and Rugby, supported by our recent investment in […]

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New Production Line For Danish Crown to Serve Japanese Market

  New Production Line For Danish Crown to Serve Japanese Market

Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for Danish pork, which is still growing. Danish Crown is consequently installing a new production line at its abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees from 1,100 to 1,200. Danish Crown’s exports to Japan amounted to more than DKr3 […]

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Glanbia’s First Half Performance in Line With Expectations

  Glanbia’s First Half Performance in Line With Expectations

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has delivered in line with expectations in the first half of 2018. Wholly owned revenue from continuing operations was €1,112.0 million, an increase of 3.6% constant currency (down 6.2% on a reported basis). Wholly owned EBITA from continuing operations was €123.7 million, down 7.3% at constant currency (down 16.6% reported). […]

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Synergy Flavours Launches Ruby Chocolate Flavour

  Synergy Flavours Launches Ruby Chocolate Flavour

Synergy Flavours, leading global flavour expert, has launched its newly developed Ruby Chocolate flavour to add to its wide range of chocolate flavour profiles. Ruby Chocolate is made using a unique type of cocoa bean with a particular process to give the pink colour and deliver a taste that is described as ‘sweet yet sour’ as […]

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Seafood Processor in Denmark Turns to SEALPAC’s Sustainable FlatSkin® System

  Seafood Processor in Denmark Turns to SEALPAC’s Sustainable FlatSkin® System

These days, more and more skin packs are conquering the retail shelves around the world. The advantages of the skin packaging system are obvious: securely sealed under deep vacuum, food products have a significantly longer shelf life and can be presented in a much more attractive way. By launching FlatSkin®, SEALPAC now offers a revolutionary […]

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Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

  Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

Over the past few years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called ‘vegan revolution’. New research from Mintel shows that Germany has retained its crown as the country with the highest percentage of global vegan food and drink launches, accounting for 15% of global vegan introductions between July 2017 and June 2018.

Vegan […]

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New Managing Director at Heineken Ireland

  New Managing Director at Heineken Ireland

HEINEKEN Ireland has appointed Maarten Schuurman (pictured) as its new Managing Director, effective 1st September 2018. Maarten Schuurman has enjoyed a successful 22-year career at HEINEKEN encompassing both global and general management leadership positions.
He will join the Irish business from his current role as Head of Global Sales based in the company’s international headquarters in The […]

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UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Show Announces Cutting-Edge Seminar Programme

  UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Show Announces Cutting-Edge Seminar Programme

Diageo, M&S, Lush and Carlsberg are just some of the major names already on board as part of Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London’s free-to-attend seminar programme. The expert sessions, packed with real life stories, advice and innovative ideas, will offer packaging professionals insights into the latest developments, technologies and research when the show returns to London Olympia on 12-13 […]

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St Peter’s Brewery Opens New State-of-the-art Bottling Line

  St Peter’s Brewery Opens New State-of-the-art Bottling Line

Two years ago St Peter’s Brewery launched Without®, the world’s first 0.0% alcohol craft beer, which provided a huge sales boost and turned the English brewery business back to profit. Now, to cope with the huge demand for its three-product-strong Without® brand, the Suffolk-based brewery has just cut the ribbon on its brand new, state-of-the-art […]

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Expect Indulgence, Alternative Concepts and ‘Premiumisation’ in Beverages This Festive Season

  Expect Indulgence, Alternative Concepts and ‘Premiumisation’ in Beverages This Festive Season

Dessert-inspired treats, iced drinks, premium ingredients and unexpected flavours will be prominent on beverage menus across Europe this Christmas, according to research from Kerry Taste & Nutrition. The festive season is a crucial sales period in the beverage market, and the company has announced this year’s consumer trends, key flavours and easy-to-make concepts, based on […]

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Macsa ID UK Underlines Commitment to Industry 4.0 Readiness

  Macsa ID UK Underlines Commitment to Industry 4.0 Readiness

Further underlining its commitment to Industry 4.0 readiness for improved manufacturing efficiencies, Macsa ID UK Ltd – a newly established division of Barcelona-based laser coding, marking and scoring equipment manufacturer, Macsa ID – is highlighting the benefits of its integra modular software for easy integration of its machines with other key devices on the production line.
Many […]

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Heineken and China Resources Enterprise to Join Forces in China

  Heineken and China Resources Enterprise to Join Forces in China

Heineken has joined forces with China Resources Enterprise (CRE) and acquired a 40% stake in China Resources Beer (CR Beer) to create a long-term strategic partnership for Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.CRE will own the other 60% of CR Beer, which is the undisputed market leader in China.
As part of the strategic partnership, Heineken […]

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Diageo Invests $90 Million to Open New Guinness Brewery in the US

  Diageo Invests $90 Million to Open New Guinness Brewery in the US

Diageo has opened the new home of Guinness in America – the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Maryland. The creation of a world-class brewery, barrel house and visitor centre, and development of packaging and warehousing operations has generated more than 200 jobs and represents an investment by Diageo of approximately $90 million in […]

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ABP Wins 17 Great Taste Awards

  ABP Wins 17 Great Taste Awards

ABP Ireland has been awarded a total of 17 stars at the prestigious annual Great Taste 2018 Awards in London, which is run by the Guild of Fine Food. ABP accounted for 14 out of 25 Irish beef products that were recognised at the event.
As part of a highly impressive performance, ABP Ireland received two stars […]

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Tesa Offers Fresh Approach to Food Packing

  Tesa Offers Fresh Approach to Food Packing

Tesa, a global market leader in adhesive tapes, has introduced a new double-sided tape especially designed for reclosure on tape top doy packs. Tesa® 64621 PV6 joins the company’s existing range of double-sided resealable bag closure systems, providing the food industry with an additional means to control and protect food products against biological and physical […]

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Ramon Laguarta to Replace Indra Nooyi as Head of PepsiCo

  Ramon Laguarta to Replace Indra Nooyi as Head of PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s board of directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta to succeed Indra Nooyi as chief executive officer. Indra Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as chief executive. She will remain chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Under Indra Nooyi’s leadership, […]

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Campari Reports Solid Organic Growth

  Campari Reports Solid Organic Growth

Campari, the Italian drinks group, has reported solid organic growth across net sales and all profit indicators in the first half of 2018. Sales at €778.2 million showed organic growth of 5.4%. However, on a reported basis, sales fell by 4.7% after the exchange rate and perimeter effects.
A favourable sales mix was driven by the […]

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Carbery Takes Home 13 Awards at 2018 International Cheese Awards

  Carbery Takes Home 13 Awards at 2018 International Cheese Awards

Irish dairy processor Carbery Group achieved great success at the world renowned International Cheese Awards which took place recently in Nantwich, near Manchester. Taking home 13 awards in total, Carbery once again had a very successful year at the annual cheese awards.
Carbery secured the following awards at the event:

3 Gold Awards for Dubliner Lighter White, Carbery […]

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Issues-led Conference Programme and Keynote Speakers Set to Inspire at PPMA Show 2018

  Issues-led Conference Programme and Keynote Speakers  Set to Inspire at PPMA Show 2018

The PPMA Show 2018, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 25 to 27 September, has unveiled a first-class industry-responsive conference programme that looks set to create a forum for education, knowledge share and debate.  The free to attend conference sessions will run over the first two days of the show in the […]

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Total Produce Completes $300 Million Dole Investment

  Total Produce Completes $300 Million Dole Investment

Dublin-based Total Produce, Europe’s leading fresh produce company, has completed the acquisition of a 45% equity stake in Dole Food Company for a cash consideration of $300 million, following approval of the deal by the European Commission.
Dole is a US company whose EEA operations are headquartered in Germany. It produces, markets and distributes fresh fruit […]

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Hot Weather Proves Thirsty Work as Irish Drink Sales Boom

  Hot Weather Proves Thirsty Work as Irish Drink Sales Boom

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 15 July 2018, show sales soaring by 3.1% in the midst of the recent summer heatwave.  Two of the big winners have been bottled water and lager, which have seen take home sales growth of 27.3% and 11.6% respectively, buoyed […]

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Food Start-up Innovation Challenge – Apply Now!

  Food Start-up Innovation Challenge – Apply Now!

As part of Hi Europe & Ni 2018, trade show organizer UBM will showcase some of the most promising start-ups involved in the F&B industry. Applications for the Start-up Innovation Challenge are now being accepted and the most promising concepts will be presented live to a professional audience on the first day of the event. […]

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Key Technology Introduces VERYX® Digital Sorters For Fresh-Cut Leafy Greens

  Key Technology Introduces VERYX® Digital Sorters For Fresh-Cut Leafy Greens

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced VERYX® digital sorters for fresh-cut leafy greens. VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors in order to detect and eliminate all foreign material (FM) and product defects. Combining Key’s expertise in sorting […]

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Resilient First Half Performance by Greggs

  Resilient First Half Performance by Greggs

Greggs, the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the UK with almost 1,900 retail outlets, increased revenue by 5.2% to £476 million, with like-for-like sales in company-managed shops up by 1.5%, in the 26 weeks ended 30 June 2018 in a period that was significantly affected by extremes of weather and increased consumer caution. Operating profit […]

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Crust & Crumb to Build New State-of-the-art Factory in Ireland

  Crust & Crumb to Build New State-of-the-art Factory in Ireland

Crust & Crumb, the manufacturers of chilled pizzas, pizza bases and flat breads, has announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art factory in Ballyconnell, County Cavan, Ireland. A total of €5 million will be invested in this new facility, which is supported by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland.
The development of the company into […]

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RSSL Opens Dedicated Acrylamide Laboratory

  RSSL Opens Dedicated Acrylamide Laboratory

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), a global leader at the forefront of scientific analysis, consultancy, product development and training, has established a dedicated acrylamide testing laboratory in a move to increase capacity and reduce turnaround times. While acrylamide testing has been part of RSSL’s technical service for many years, the prospect and subsequent adoption of the new […]

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Alco System Proves Hot Option For Cooking Applications

  Alco System Proves Hot Option For Cooking Applications

A system is now available from Interfood Technology which offers a wide range of cooking methods for many different applications, all from a single machine. Interfood is the sole supplier in the UK and Ireland of the Hot-Cook system from Alco Food Machines, an ingenious technology that can be used for various products, from soups, […]

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Kepak Group Acquires 2 Sisters UK Red Meat Business

  Kepak Group Acquires 2 Sisters UK Red Meat Business

Kepak Group has agreed to acquire the UK business and assets of 2 Sisters Red Meat (incorporating St Merryn Foods and McIntosh Donald) for an undisclosed sum from Boparan Holdings. 2 Sisters Red Meat has been trading since 2013 and has four facilities in the UK – its flagship site at Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, […]

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New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits, as Industry is Accused of Not Complying

  New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits, as Industry is Accused of Not Complying

A new study by Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London, published by the journal BMJ Open,1 has investigated and documented the wide variation of sugar and calorie content within the same category of cakes and biscuits sold in the UK in 2016. The shock findings highlight 97% of cakes and 74% of biscuits […]

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Coley Porter Bell Puts the Smile Back into Breakfast With Jordans Grin-ola

  Coley Porter Bell Puts the Smile Back into Breakfast With Jordans Grin-ola

Award-winning global brand and design agency Coley Porter Bell has unveiled the design for a healthy new children’s offering from Jordans Cereals. The launch of Jordans Grin-ola, a tasty, fun and healthy cereal, is set to end breakfast battlegrounds by appealing both to children aged 5 to 11 and their parents.
It bridges the gap in the current market which […]

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Intelligent Waste Management Facility Turns Food Waste into Water

  Intelligent Waste Management Facility Turns Food Waste into Water

Food waste is an issue that affects everyone, whether at home or at work. It is also a particular concern for businesses in the Irish hospitality and food service sector. According to GHP.ie who have been working with the Irish Hotel Sector on sustainability and resource efficiency for the past 15 years, “the average quantity […]

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Change of Leadership at McCain Foods GB & Ireland

  Change of Leadership at McCain Foods GB & Ireland

Nick Vermont, regional chief executive of McCain GB & Ireland, will retire in September after 35 years with the business. His replacement is Howard Snape, a 25 years McCain Foods veteran and currently global leader for sustainable cost advantage strategy.
McCain Foods GB is the UK’s leading frozen potato products manufacturer. Indeed, McCain is the best […]

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Heineken Revises Full-year Profit Margin Projection

  Heineken Revises Full-year Profit Margin Projection

Heineken achieved 5.6% organic growth in net revenue reached to €10.78 billion in the first half, with total consolidated volume growth of 4.4% and a 1.1% increase in net revenue per hectolitre. Currency factors had a negative impact of 6.6% (€682 million), mainly driven by adverse development against the Euro of the Mexican Peso, the […]

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Pesticides in Food – Latest Figures Remain Steady

  Pesticides in Food – Latest Figures Remain Steady

Europeans continue to eat food that is largely free of pesticide residues or which contains levels of residues within legal limits, the latest monitoring figures show. More than 96% of samples analysed for the latest annual report on pesticide residues in food were found to be within legal limits; around 51% were free of any […]

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Sleeve Labeling Technologies – AWA Alexander Watson’s Latest Market Study

  Sleeve Labeling Technologies – AWA Alexander Watson’s Latest Market Study

A new in-depth study of the dynamic sleeve labelling market has just been published by AWA Alexander Watson Associates. The research report AWA Global Sleeve Label Market Study 2018 is an update on the current status in this market, and it confirms how strongly sleeve labeling technology has established itself in a relatively short timescale.  […]

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Diageo Delivers Another Year of Strong, Consistent Performance

  Diageo Delivers Another Year of Strong, Consistent Performance

Diageo has reported a 3.7% increase in operating profit pre-exceptionals to £3.819 billion on sales up 0.9% to £12.163 billion for the year ended 30 June 2018, as organic growth was partially offset by adverse currency exchange factors. All regions contributed to the broad based organic growth, with organic net sales up 5.0% and organic […]

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Historic Milestone For Pearse Lyons Distillery With Release of 5-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

  Historic Milestone For Pearse Lyons Distillery With Release of 5-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The Pearse Lyons Distillery is celebrating the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on an Irish whiskey in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills, and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually […]

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What Today’s Food Companies Can Learn From Start-ups

  What Today’s Food Companies Can Learn From Start-ups

Only 0.5% of food product launches achieve success in the marketplace. For food companies to beat those odds, real innovation is a key factor for product success. Practical Innovation — an innovation starter company — helps food and food ingredient companies develop innovative products just like any start-up, yet can break the old paradigm of marketing the same products on […]

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Rotech Machines – Sizing Up Ready Meals Coding Trends

  Rotech Machines – Sizing Up Ready Meals Coding Trends

Manufacturers in the growing ready meals sector are facing increasing challenges regarding the labelling and coding of convenience food products. Cutting some sophisticated shapes, with tubs, round ‘bowl’ trays and compartmentalised trays, in addition to ‘lift-the-flap’-style luxury pack sleeves, offline coding and marking specialist Rotech has observed a marked uptake of its off-line RF Auto […]

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Quorn Foods Continues Global Growth and Invests £7 Million in New Global Innovation Centre

  Quorn Foods Continues Global Growth and Invests £7 Million in New Global Innovation Centre

Quorn Foods, a global market leader in healthy, sustainable protein, has reported like-for-like sales totalling £112 million for the first six months of the year, up 12% on the same period in 2017. This growth builds on Quorn Foods’ strongest ever year of growth in 2017, and sees the company stay on track to become […]

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Solid First Half Performance By Nestlé

  Solid First Half Performance By Nestlé

Nestlé has reported a 2.3% increase in total sales to SFr43.9 billion (€37.8 billion) and 19.0% jump in net profit to SFr5.8 billion for the first half of 2018, as the global food and beverage group continued to make progress with its value creation model. The increase in net profit was mainly the result of […]

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Consumer Demand for Authentic Cheese Taste Driving Shift in Snack Industry

  Consumer Demand for Authentic Cheese Taste Driving Shift in Snack Industry

Consumer demand in the cheese snack category is shifting towards craft and artisan products that are closely linked to real cheese and simple ingredients, according to Kerry Taste & Nutrition. Larger, more established brands are losing market share and shelf space to smaller, more artisanal brands. Consumers perceive these brands are delivering more authentic, premium […]

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Gentle System Weighs in on Fresh Produce Waste

  Gentle System Weighs in on Fresh Produce Waste

Due to their fragile nature, susceptibility to bruising and shorter shelf life, weighing fruit and vegetables has been a longstanding challenge for fresh produce packers, with high giveaway prevalent. In an effort to reduce waste, which according to advisory body WRAP equates to 100,000 tonnes, and 11% of avoidable manufacturing food waste[1], flexible packing specialist […]

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Sizzling Summer Lights Up the UK Grocery Market

  Sizzling Summer Lights Up the UK Grocery Market

UK supermarket sales have grown at their fastest rate this year – up 3.6% – thanks to football fever and the prolonged hot weather, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 15 July 2018.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “England may […]

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