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Good First Half From Glanbia as it Increases Capital Investment

Heineken Set For Healthy Top and Bottom Line Growth in 2014

Nestlé Purina Takes Key Step to Help Aging Pets Maintain Brain Health

New Range of Oven Snacks Made With Breakthrough Crisp Sensation Crumb Coating

Good First Half From Glanbia as it Increases Capital Investment

21 August 2014

Glanbia, the global nutritional solutions and cheese group which is based in Ireland, has increased EBITA by 6% to €129.5 million (up 10.3% at constant currency) as total revenue (including its share of joint ventures and associates) rose by 8.1% to €1.8 billion, for the six months ended 5 July 2014. Total Group EBITA margin [...]

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Heineken Set For Healthy Top and Bottom Line Growth in 2014

21 August 2014

Heineken has reported a 14% increase in net profit (beia) to €772 million – up 19% organically – on revenue down 1.4% to €10.2 billion. However, on an organic basis, group revenue increased by 4.6%, made up of a 3.1% increase in group total volume and a 1.5% increase in group revenue per hectolitre. In [...]

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Nestlé Purina Takes Key Step to Help Aging Pets Maintain Brain Health

21 August 2014

Nestlé Purina, one of the world’s leading pet care producers, has developed a nutritional supplement consisting of fish oil and antioxidants that can help pets maintain their mental capacities into older age. Nestlé Purina will begin adding the nutritional supplement, known as Brain Protection Blend, to select Purina products for cats and dogs in the next [...]

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New Range of Oven Snacks Made With Breakthrough Crisp Sensation Crumb Coating

21 August 2014

Following years of research and development, Crisp Sensation Holding, owner of a worldwide patented food coating system, has announced that its licensee Royaan has launched the first products made with its breakthrough crumb coating. The Dutch manufacturer of snack products has introduced a comprehensive range of oven snacks under the brand name Kwekkeboom. All products [...]

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European Commission Announces Exceptional Support Measures For EU Fresh Fruit & Veg Producers

20 August 2014

In the context of Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products, the European Commission is moving to introduce support measures for certain perishable fruits & vegetables. Dacian Cioloș, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, comments: “Taking into account the market situation following the Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products, I am triggering CAP [...]

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Arla Foods Appoints New Head of Danish Business

20 August 2014

Tomas Pietrangeli (pictured) has been named the new head of Arla Denmark. Coming from a job as Managing Director at Reckitt Benckiser, he will start his new role in Arla later this year. Tomas Pietrangeli has broad experience from other fast-moving consumer goods companies like P&G, Gillette, and Royal Unibrew “Tomas brings some exciting skills with [...]

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Nescafé Milano 2.0 Joins Red Dot Design Award Winners

20 August 2014

Nescafé Milano 2.0 has been awarded the coveted Red Dot Design Award, highlighting the premium coffee machine’s blending of form and function. Rolled out commercially to food service operators in 2013, the Nescafé Milano 2.0 was awarded the “Communication Design 2014: Software Interface and Usability” prize for overall concept idea, user friendliness and visual design. Past winners [...]

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Pearlfisher Futures Presents the Future of Food and Drink With Launch of the Taste Mode Report

20 August 2014

Pearlfisher Futures, Pearlfisher’s future insight and innovation team, has launched the Taste Mode Report – a highly inspirational study of the macro cultural changes affecting our relationships with food and drink and the implications of these changes on brands and their behaviour. The Taste Mode Report is the second in the series of Pearlfisher Futures [...]

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What is Lean Maintenance?

20 August 2014

Far from being a necessary evil, experience shows that the proactive involvement of Maintenance within a Lean Manufacturing programme accelerates the delivery of an organisation’s Lean capability. The key to releasing the full value adding potential of Lean Manufacturing is to transform the shop floor role of maintenance engineering. Traditionally even best practice maintenance has concentrated [...]

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CAMRA Launches Pubs Matter Campaign

19 August 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is lobbying the UK Government over failure to close planning loopholes – as pub closures rise to 31 per week. CAMRA has launched a new ‘Pubs Matter’ campaign, which calls on the Government to recognise that pubs matter and make a simple change to the law in England so [...]

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Chiquita Rejects Offer From Cutrale Group and Safra Group

19 August 2014

The board of directors of Chiquita Brands International has unanimously decided that the unsolicited offer from the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group announced on August 11, 2014, to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Chiquita for $13.00 per share in cash, is inadequate and not in the best interests of Chiquita shareholders. The board [...]

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Kellogg Company Announces New Responsible Sourcing Commitments and Renews Conservation Goals

19 August 2014

Building on the company’s heritage, Kellogg Company has announced new social and environmental commitments that will enrich the lives of consumers and farmers while supporting the environment. “This company was founded on the belief that there’s an inherent goodness in grains and that continues to hold true today,” says John Bryant, Kellogg Company, chairman and chief executive [...]

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Carlsberg Celebrates Barclays Premier League Partnership With ‘Take Your Seats’ Film

19 August 2014

Following a successful first year of Premier League sponsorship, Carlsberg has launched ‘Take Your Seats’, a film that celebrates iconic moments from the competition’s opening weekends. “Carlsberg’s continued sponsorship of this league is a great asset for the Carlsberg brand and continues to cement its position as the beer of football,” says Mike Thompson, Marketing Director [...]

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Labels Make the Difference

19 August 2014

Speciality & Fine Food Fair is the leading UK trade event that exclusively targets food and drink buyers from the speciality and artisan food industry. Each year the show welcomes visitors that are looking for fine food and drink products from the best suppliers in the UK and around the world. In order to help [...]

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Coca-Cola Strengthens Position in Energy Drinks

18 August 2014

The Coca-Cola Company is acquiring a 16.7% stake in international energy drinks producer Monster Beverage Corporation for $2.15 billion as part of a long-term strategic partnership designed to accelerate growth for both companies. The agreement is expected to close at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015 following regulatory approvals. To align product portfolios [...]

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Innovation For Sustainable Growth – Aviva Stadium, Dublin – September 10th 2014

18 August 2014

‘Innovation for Sustainable Growth’ is the theme of Food & Drink Business Europe’s inaugural Conference and Exhibition for the Irish food and beverage industry to be staged on Wednesday, September 10th at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The event will connect key stakeholders in the food and beverage manufacturing, retail and food service industries in Ireland. [...]

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Joe’s Tea Co Picks Up Three Gold Stars in Great Taste Awards

18 August 2014

Joe’s Tea Co, the London-based organic tea company, has been recognised for yet more outstanding tea at this year’s Great Taste Awards. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste Awards is the recognised benchmark for speciality food and drink and the three Gold Stars awarded to Joe’s Tea Co’s Proper Peppermint is its [...]

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Nestlé Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Farming

18 August 2014

Nestlé is helping hundreds of children whom it has found to be working on the Côte d’Ivoire cocoa farms where it sources the cocoa for its chocolate. For two years the company, with its partner the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), has been raising awareness of the child labour issue in the country’s cocoa-growing communities, and [...]

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Vitro secures $950m contract from Constellation Brands

17 August 2014

Mexico-based glass manufacturer Vitro has received a new contract from its client Constellation Brands to produce 7.3 billion beer bottles. During the seven-year life of the contract, the estimated sales transaction is valued at $950m. The deal is expected to triple the present volume of Vitro’s production for the beer market. As part of this latest development, Vitro [...]

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Danish Crown Shifts Some Domestic Production to Tulip UK

15 August 2014

The board of directors of Danish Crown has approved the plan to move production from international meat group’s Faaborg site in Denmark to one of Tulip UK’s production facilities in Cornwall, England. Danish Crown subsidiary Tulip has 17 production facilities in the UK, several of which are sited in Cornwall. The production in Faaborg will be [...]

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Gin Set to Flow From New Scottish Micro Distillery

15 August 2014

Work has now finished at the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain with the final piece of equipment – a new still called ‘Elizabeth’ – installed in the new custom-built distillery at Dunnet, Caithness. Husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray (pictured), the founders of Dunnet Bay Distillers have distilled and tested the [...]

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Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker Crowned Champion Beer of Britain

15 August 2014

After over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced that Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been crowned the ‘Best Beer’ in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London. The West Yorkshire brewed real ale was judged the Supreme Champion over [...]

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AAK Working With Food Manufacturers to Support Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge

15 August 2014

AAK (UK), the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of fats and functional ingredients, is helping food manufacturers and retailers to reduce the saturated fat content of their products, enabling them to commit to the government’s ‘Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge’. Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, launched the pledge in October 2013 as part of a [...]

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Fast Response from UK Company to Help Save Lives in Iraq

14 August 2014

2 days ago UK based engineering firm Olympus Automation (OAL) were approached by the president of Azersun, the leading food producer in Azerbaijan, for a rapid cooking system to feed refugees in Northern Iraq. The president was so appalled by the plight of the refugees stuck on mount Sinjar he has chosen to fund the [...]

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Constellation Brands to Purchase Casa Noble Tequila

14 August 2014

International alcoholic beverages group Constellation Brands is acquiring the Casa Noble tequila brand. The transaction includes the Casa Noble trademark and related assets. It is expected to close in September 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Casa Noble tequila is made from organic blue agave grown in [...]

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European Commission Announces Deductions From 2014 Fishing Quotas

14 August 2014

The ten Member States that declared having exceeded their fishing quotas in 2013 will face reduced fishing quotas for those stocks in 2014. The European Commission announces these deductions on a yearly basis to immediately address the damage done to the stocks overfished in the previous year and ensure a sustainable use by Member States [...]

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Production Starts at new Arla Foods/DMK Joint Venture

14 August 2014

Production has begun at a new whey and lactose production facility that is a joint venture between Denmark’s Arla Foods Ingredients and German dairy co-operative Deutsches Milchkontor (DMK). The factory, which cost more than €50 million to build, is operated by ArNoCo, an organisation created by the two companies specifically to produce high quality ingredients [...]

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Babcock Wanson Boiler Helps Convert Food Waste into Renewable Electricity

14 August 2014

Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies, has installed a Babcock Wanson HEB 1050 Hot Water Boiler into its anaerobic digestion plant at Walpole near Bridgwater, Somerset. Each year, Viridor transforms over two million tonnes of materials into high quality recyclate, and yet more into over 760 gigawatt hours of [...]

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COVERIS designs new packaging for First Milk’s cooking sauces

13 August 2014

COVERIS Rigid (Mansfield) UK has designed a new, completely recyclable, thin wall in-mould labelled packaging for dairy firm First Milk’s Lake District Dairy Cooking Sauces. The packaging company has created in-mould labelling (IML) decoration for the new sauces, which will come in three flavours: tikka, garlic and herb, and tomato and basil. The sauces will be [...]

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VIDEOJET® MEETS DIVERSE CODING NEEDS AT PPMA

13 August 2014

Wide reaching solutions portfolio targets broad sector requirements  HUNTINGDON, UK – August 13th, 2014 – Videojet Technologies’ newly-launched Videojet 9550 Print and Apply Labelling (LPA) System will be among the solutions highlighting the manufacturers’ broad portfolio at PPMA 2014, NEC, Birmingham, September 30 to October 2, stand D50. “Visitors will be able to see a wide array [...]

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Chiquita Recieves Unsolicited Offer From Cutrale Group and Safra Group

13 August 2014

Fresh produce group Chiquita Brands International has received an unsolicited offer from the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Chiquita at a price of $13.00 per share in cash to Chiquita shareholders. On March 10, 2014, Chiquita entered into a definitive merger agreement with Fyffes in an [...]

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AAK working with food manufacturers to support the government’s Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge

13 August 2014

AAK (UK) Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of fats and functional ingredients, is helping food manufacturers and retailers to reduce the saturated fat content of their products, enabling them to commit to the government’s ‘Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge’. Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, launched the pledge in October 2013 as part of [...]

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Henri Nestlé Turns 200

13 August 2014

Nestlé is celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Henri Nestlé, the man who founded an infant cereal business that, after its merger in 1905 with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co, would grow into the world’s biggest food and beverage company. Born two centuries ago in Germany, Henri Nestlé’s sense of scientific innovation, combined with [...]

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UK Food Sales Decline as Supermarket Price Wars Continue

13 August 2014

The UK food market has experienced its deepest three-month average decline since the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor began in December 2008. Over the last three months, food showed a decline of 1.4%, in contrast with the growth of 0.4% experienced over the last twelve months. Non-food achieved growth of 3.4% over the three months to [...]

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Clegg Food Projects Completes Scheme for 2 Sisters Food Group

13 August 2014

Clegg Food Projects has completed its latest scheme for its client food manufacturing giant, 2 Sisters Food Group. The project has seen the extension and alteration of an existing factory in Cambuslang, Glasgow and continues Clegg Food Projects’ portfolio of work for 2 Sisters Food Group over the last 3-4 years. “We’ve worked with 2 Sisters [...]

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3 days, 7 riders, 278 miles 1 great charity – Puratos Buckingham to Brussels cycle ride in aid of MacIntyre

12 August 2014

Hundreds of miles of beautiful scenery and some exhausting hills, the Puratos team left UK head office in Buckingham at 5.30am on Sunday 20th July to start their epic journey to Brussels to raise money for the Milton Keynes based Charity; MacIntyre. MacIntyre provides learning, support and care for more than 900 children and adults with [...]

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Tata Global Beverages Announces Guidelines to Sustainable Beverage Production and Consumption

12 August 2014

Tata Global Beverages has announced plans for 100% sustainable sourcing by 2020. Tata Global Beverages’ sustainability strategy rests on five key pillars –  Ethical Sourcing, Water Management, Climate Change Management, Waste Management and Community Development. The company’s sustainable sourcing strategy has a major focus on sustainable agricultural practices. A key component of this effort aims [...]

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Nakd Bars Now at Over 10,000 Till Points in Tesco

12 August 2014

In response to the phenomenal growth of its Nākd range (+51.3% growth year-on year within the Cereal Bar category) and increasing consumer demand for great tasting healthy snacks, Natural Balance Foods has extended its till topper offering, enabling yet more consumers to sample the popular range on the go. Since the end of July 35g Nākd [...]

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