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  • FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence Royal FrieslandCampina, the global dairy group, has acquired US-based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US market. Jana Foods will be integrated in the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy USA business. “This acquisition supports our strategy of investing for growth. This investment is in line [...]...
  • Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, has reported a 4.2% increase in revenue from continuing operations to £1.499 billion for the year ending 28 September 2018. Adjusted operating profit rose by 3.6% to £110.6 million, with improved profits in food to go categories being partly offset by a decline in [...]...
  • Strategic Partnership Sets New Industry Standard For Sourcing Cocoa Dutch impact organization Tony’s Chocolonely, retailer Albert Heijn and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut have forged a strategic partnership to end child labour and modern slavery in the chocolate industry. Together the companies are setting a new industry standard that increases pressure on the wider chocolate industry to drive structural change to work towards a more [...]...
  • Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year Global sales of premium bottled water reached US$16.5 billion at consumer prices in 2017, 48% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts. Consumption volume also rose strongly by 26% over the five years to 11.2 billion litres. “This 8.1% annual value growth, compared with [...]...
  • Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017 bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased low-alcohol products. According to The Brewers of Europe’s latest report on Europe’s beer sector, production increased by 2 million HL 39.6 billion litres, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and [...]...

FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

  FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

Royal FrieslandCampina, the global dairy group, has acquired US-based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US market. Jana Foods will be integrated in the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy USA business.
“This acquisition supports our strategy of investing for growth. This investment is in line […]

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Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

  Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, has reported a 4.2% increase in revenue from continuing operations to £1.499 billion for the year ending 28 September 2018. Adjusted operating profit rose by 3.6% to £110.6 million, with improved profits in food to go categories being partly offset by a decline in […]

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Strategic Partnership Sets New Industry Standard For Sourcing Cocoa

  Strategic Partnership Sets New Industry Standard For Sourcing Cocoa

Dutch impact organization Tony’s Chocolonely, retailer Albert Heijn and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut have forged a strategic partnership to end child labour and modern slavery in the chocolate industry. Together the companies are setting a new industry standard that increases pressure on the wider chocolate industry to drive structural change to work towards a more […]

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Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

  Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

Global sales of premium bottled water reached US$16.5 billion at consumer prices in 2017, 48% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts. Consumption volume also rose strongly by 26% over the five years to 11.2 billion litres.
“This 8.1% annual value growth, compared with […]

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Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

  Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017 bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased low-alcohol products. According to The Brewers of Europe’s latest report on Europe’s beer sector, production increased by 2 million HL 39.6 billion litres, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and […]

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PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

  PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

PepsiCo has completed its $3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream International, the international producer of home carbonation systems. SodaStream is the largest sparkling water brand by volume in the world and the leading manufacturer and distributor of Sparkling Water Makers.
PepsiCo’s strong distribution capabilities, global reach, R&D, design and marketing expertise, combined with SodaStream’s differentiated and unique […]

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India and China to Host IDF World Dairy Summits in 2022 and 2013

  India and China to Host IDF World Dairy Summits in 2022 and 2013

India and China will host the forthcoming IDF World Dairy Summits in 2022 and 2023 respectively in their capitals. Both countries won the right to host the annual IDF flagship event with unanimous support from the General Assembly.
India, the world’s largest producer of milk, and China, the world’s fourth-largest producer of cow’s milk by country, […]

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New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

  New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

The negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament with the presence of the European Commission have reached a political agreement on the new rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of spirit drinks registered as geographical indications (GI).
Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said: “I am confident […]

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Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

  Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

Cargill has acquired Campollo, one of Colombia’s leading producers of chicken and protein products, for an undisclosed price. The acquisition marks the expansion of Cargill’s global protein business in Colombia after acquiring Pollos Bucanero in June 2017. Campollo has more than 20 years of experience in the market and its products are a top choice […]

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UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

  UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

According to a new study by Carlsberg UK, consumers across the UK believe that low or no alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable. The brewer behind a growing collection of low and no alcohol beers including Carlsberg 0.0% and San Miguel 0.0%, commissioned a study carried out by OnePoll, which delved into the drinking […]

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Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields Unveil Latest Stevia Innovation

  Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields Unveil Latest Stevia Innovation

Tate & Lyle, a leading global food and beverage ingredients and solutions provider, is introducing two new no-calorie sweeteners extracted from stevia leaves. These are the latest additions to its partnership portfolio with Sweet Green Fields, one of the largest privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies.
With OPTIMIZER Stevia™ 4.10 and INTESSE® Stevia 2.0, […]

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Ardagh’s Can Shows Off the Quality of Cassegrain

  Ardagh’s Can Shows Off the Quality of Cassegrain

To present the highest quality asparagus and artichoke in a variety of dressings, Bonduelle has turned to Ardagh Group to produce an eye-catching rectangular aluminium can for its premium Cassegrain range. Each of the products in the range is identified through the striking design printed at Ardagh’s at the La Flèche facility, France, whose advanced […]

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Unilever to Acquire Horlicks and Other Consumer Healthcare Nutrition Products From GSK

  Unilever to Acquire Horlicks and Other Consumer Healthcare Nutrition Products From GSK

Unilever has agreed to acquire the Health Food Drinks portfolio (GSK HFD) of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in India, Bangladesh and 20 other predominantly Asian markets for €3.3 billion in a combination of cash and shares. In 2018, the GSK HFD portfolio delivered total turnover of about €550 million, primarily through the Horlicks and Boost brands. Almost […]

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Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

  Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

Nestlé Health Science has inaugurated its new Nestlé Product Technology Center at Bridgewater, New Jersey in the USA. The event marks the completion of a three-year, US$70 million investment to establish a global research and development hub that will advance the company’s offerings in further elevating the power of nutrition to make a positive difference […]

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A Red Like No Other

  A Red Like No Other

Chr. Hansen has launched a vibrant, minimally processed red vegetable juice with unique colouring benefits. Red is a key shade in many food products – from cakes to confectionery to milkshakes. But naturally sourced red solutions can be rife with technical constraints for food and beverage manufacturers and it can be challenging to create a […]

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Loma Launches New X5 bulkflow X-ray Inspection System

  Loma Launches New X5 bulkflow X-ray Inspection System

Loma Systems®, a leading manufacturer of high performance metal detectors, checkweighers and X-ray inspection equipment for the global food industry, has further strengthened its X5 X-ray Series for the detection of foreign bodies, with the addition of its X5 Bulkflow model.  The X5 Bulkflow is an advanced X-ray inspection system for bulk loose, unpackaged, and free-flowing […]

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Britvic Continues to Execute its Strategy

  Britvic Continues to Execute its Strategy

Britvic, the UK-based soft drinks group, has reported a 5.1% increase in revenue to £1.504 billion for the 52 weeks ended 30 September 2018 and a 2.7% rise on an organic basis, compared with last year. Adjusted EBIT increased 5.4% on a reported basis to £206.0 million, whilst organic adjusted EBIT increased 4.0% and organic […]

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William Jackson Food Group Acquires Belazu

  William Jackson Food Group Acquires Belazu

William Jackson Food Group, a UK-based a sixth-generation family business, has acquired premium ingredients brand Belazu for an undisclosed sum. Belazu is the UK’s top-selling balsamic vinegar and premium olive oil brand. In addition to selling into Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and Ocado, the international brand operates across premium food service channels with high-quality authentic Mediterranean […]

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PepsiCo Europe to Expand Trial of Traffic Lights For Nutritional Information on its Beverages and Food Products

  PepsiCo Europe to Expand Trial of Traffic Lights For Nutritional Information on its Beverages and Food Products

PepsiCo has announced it will trial interpretative colour-coded labelling for both beverages and foods in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland. The company was one of the first to introduce “traffic light” labelling in the UK and Ireland where the scheme has been in operation since […]

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Gerhard Schubert Introduces New Series of Preconfigured Machines

  Gerhard Schubert Introduces New Series of Preconfigured Machines

Compact design, short delivery times, quick set-up and commissioning – this is what the new lightline machine series from Gerhard Schubert stands for. For customers who want to efficiently automate standard packaging tasks with reduced format and packaging variants, and who value high-quality design and construction, the company now offers three attractively priced preconfigured machine […]

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Greene King Shows Resilience

  Greene King Shows Resilience

Greene King, the UK brewer and pub group, has reported a 1.9% increase in revenue to £1.051 billion and a 0.2% rise in profit before tax, exceptional and non-underlying items to £128.2 million for the 24 weeks to 14 October 2018, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Revenue growth was fuelled by […]

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Change of Leadership at Unilever

  Change of Leadership at Unilever

Unilever has announced that CEO Paul Polman has decided to retire from the company. Alan Jope (pictured above), currently President, Beauty & Personal Care, has been appointed to the position, effective 1 January 2019, with Paul Polman supporting the transition process during the first half of the year before leaving the company in early July […]

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O-I : EXPRESSIONS Awarded ‘Most Promising Launch’ at Oscars De L’Emballage

  O-I : EXPRESSIONS Awarded ‘Most Promising Launch’ at Oscars De L’Emballage

A new service from the world’s largest glass packaging container manufacturer Owens-Illinois (OI) has been named the most ‘Promising Launch’ by The Oscar De L’Emballage (Oscars of Packaging) Awards. O-I : EXPRESSIONS (www.discoverexpressions.com) allows brands to turn their glass packaging into a canvas through digital printing. Unveiled in early September 2018, the new service responds to […]

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Large Wins For Flowcrete UK at FeRFA Awards 2018

  Large Wins For Flowcrete UK at FeRFA Awards 2018

Flowcrete UK has won the Large Industrial Project of the Year and Large Commercial Project of the Year categories at the FeRFA 2018 Best Practise Awards. The Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA) represents major businesses and organisations involved in resin flooring, screeding and surface preparation. Its annual awards event celebrates the best of the resin flooring industry’s achievements from […]

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Edrington Disposes of Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky

  Edrington Disposes of Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky

Scottish distiller Edrington has agreed to sell is Cutty Sark Scotch whisky brand to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, the second largest spirits group in France, for an undisclosed price. Cutty Sark Scotch whisky was launched in 1923 and is one of the most recognisable Scotch whiskies in the world, with a long and distinguished heritage celebrating the […]

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New CFO at Emmi

  New CFO at Emmi

Ricarda Demarmels is to be the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Emmi Group, the Swiss and international dairy business. She will be replacing Jörg Riboni.
Ricarda Demarmels, a Swiss national, who grew up in Andeer in the canton of Grisons, is a proven financial expert who is currently working at ORIOR Group as its Chief […]

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Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

  Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for food, nutrition and health markets, has reconfirmed Barentz as the preferred distribution partner for the Roquette food product range in Europe. This new partnership with Barentz is driven by Roquette’s strategic plan to implement the best high-performance distribution network to support its position as a world leading […]

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Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

  Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has expanded its business in the US with the opening of a new production facility. The growth of Proseal America reflects the hard work and dedication of the Proseal America team, in particular in identifying and meeting the growing demand in the US for fresh convenience foods.
The new facility – situated […]

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Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

  Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

Cranswick, the UK-based supplier of premium, fresh and added value food products, has posted a 0.6% increase in revenue to a record £719.2 million for the six months ended 30 September 2018, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year, and has also reported record first half capital expenditure of £41 million to provide […]

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Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

  Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

Greencore Group, the Irish and UK convenience food business, has completed the sale of its entire US business to Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.075 billion (£817 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Hearthside is a major US contract food manufacturer with a heritage in US food industry outsourcing. The disposal will leave Greencore focused […]

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Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

  Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

Speciality food ingredient supplier, Carbery, is launching a range of fermented dairy ingredients that deliver a unique combination of high quality protein with prebiotic promoting properties. Interest in fermented products is on the rise. Globally there has been an 18% average annual growth of food and beverage launches tracked with a fermented claim from 2013-2017 […]

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Mondi Shows Innovative Flair With Novel Ice Cream Cone Sleeve and Lid

  Mondi Shows Innovative Flair With Novel Ice Cream Cone Sleeve and Lid

Ever since Mondi scooped up Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer Kalenobel via a July 2016 acquisition, it has eyed the ice cream sector as a cool growth opportunity. Now known as Mondi Kalenobel, the Istanbul-based business, with its pair of production facilities in the northern Turkish city of Kirklareli, continues to establish itself as a packaging […]

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Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

  Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

Fuller, Smith & Turner has reported a 2% rise in EBITDA to £38.2 million and a 6% jump in revenue to £222.1 million for 26 weeks ended 29 September 2018 as the UK brewer, pub operator and hospitality group increased investment for long-term growth. However, adjusted profit before tax slipped by 1% to £23.6 million.
The […]

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21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

  21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

Blackwater Distillery has become the 21st operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new distillery at Ballyduff, near Lismore in County Waterford, recently commenced Irish whiskey distillation.
The distillery’s three stills have travelled more than 2,300 km from Siena, Italy, where they were manufactured by leading distillation technology company Frilli. The distillery will produce […]

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Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

  Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

The European Commission has adopted its report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union. The report reviews the supply and demand situation for plant proteins (such as rapeseed, sunflower seeds or lentils) in the EU and explores ways in which to further develop their production in an economically and environmentally sound way.
Agriculture […]

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NiceLabel Launches Market’s First Public Cloud-based Label Management System

  NiceLabel Launches Market’s First Public Cloud-based Label Management System

NiceLabel, a leading global developer of label design software and label management systems, has launched the world’s first public cloud label management system, developed to allow businesses to rapidly digitally transform their factory and warehouse labeling process. Label Cloud is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution built on the NiceLabel Label Management System. It allows users to centrally […]

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Danish Crown Results Weakened by Problems in the UK

  Danish Crown Results Weakened by Problems in the UK

Much of Danish Crown’s business is performing well but, as a result of continued losses in the UK company Tulip, the group has decided to postpone its strategic target by two years. The ongoing problems in the UK business are impacting Danish Crown’s earnings to such an extent that it will now take an extra […]

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Nespresso Invests SFr43 Million in its Romont Site

  Nespresso Invests SFr43 Million in its Romont Site

Nespresso has announced a SFr43 million (€38 million) investment in the creation of two new production lines at its factory in Romont, Switzerland, to satisfy growing demand for the versatile coffee system Vertuo. This will create 33 additional jobs in the next two years. It has also inaugurated a state-of-the-art innovation center consisting of a […]

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New Irish Food Collaboration Aims to Make Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

  New Irish Food Collaboration Aims to Make Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

Nine of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable. Plastics Action Alliance is the new collaboration that includes market leaders from Ireland’s beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables and packed salad sectors. Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia, will […]

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Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

  Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

Historic Port brand Dow’s is relaunching its range of Aged Tawnies in a bid to attract a younger audience, with elegant, refined packaging design by Denomination. Dow’s wanted a contemporary, luxurious look befitting of a Wine Spectator award-winning brand. The new packaging needed to communicate its place in the premium on-trade market and feel relevant to […]

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Orkla Makes Offer For Finnish Pizza Chain

  Orkla Makes Offer For Finnish Pizza Chain

Orkla, a leading supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions to the consumer, out-of-home and bakery markets in the Nordics, Baltics and selected markets in Central Europe and India, has agreed to launch a €146.1 million offer to purchase all the shares in Kotipizza Group, the owner of Finland’s largest chain of pizza restaurants. […]

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Marston’s Breaks Through £1.1 Billion Revenue Barrier

  Marston’s Breaks Through £1.1 Billion Revenue Barrier

Marston’s, the UK pub operator and brewer, has reported record revenue and underlying profit before tax growth for the 52 weeks ended 29 September 2018. Total underlying revenue increased by 14.9% to £1.140 billion, reflecting the rollover benefits of the acquisition of the Charles Wells Beer Business from the previous year, new distribution contracts in […]

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Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

  Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

Manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism are set to be celebrated and acknowledged at the upcoming IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019. The event, which was officially launched in Dublin recently, will showcase exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing industry. Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is an independent not-for-profit Research Organisation, funded under the Enterprise […]

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Innovation Set to Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

  Innovation Set to Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

Over 300 leading suppliers are already signed up for Packaging Innovations 2019, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019. Now in its 14th year, the UK’s largest annual event for the entire packaging supply chain boasts its largest ever exhibitor base, with more innovation and exclusive product launches than ever before.
Macpac will […]

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Glanbia Completes $350 Million Acquisition of SlimFast

  Glanbia Completes $350 Million Acquisition of SlimFast

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has completed its $350 million acquisition of SlimFast and other brands. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It is a well-established and growing brand with high levels […]

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Salt of the Earth Expands Global Availability

  Salt of the Earth Expands Global Availability

Salt of the Earth has announced new, exclusive distribution agreements for Australia, Poland, South Africa, and Thailand of its clean-labelMediterranean Umami savory flavor enhancement and sodium reduction ingredient. The company is expanding offerings of the plant-based ingredient by partnering with leading food ingredient distributors around the world.
These global deals have served to underline the broad functionality […]

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Redefining Product Quality and Power Usage in Frozen Food Processing Plants

  Redefining Product Quality and Power Usage in Frozen Food Processing Plants

Every business wants to produce the finest quality products at the lowest possible cost. Every business wants to reduce energy consumption to save money and help protect the wider environment. The merging of two technologies from GEA, the S-Tec and A-Tec spiral freezer with CALLIFREEZE® and GEA heat pumps, is now enabling food processing companies […]

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Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

  Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has released its first ever global advertising campaign for The Macallan brand, the leading single malt Scotch whisky by value in the world. The initial focus for the launch of the ongoing campaign is a film, ’Make The Call’, which features across TV, cinema and digital channels in the […]

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Three Global Food and Drink Trends For 2019

  Three Global Food and Drink Trends For 2019

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced three forward-looking trends which will lead the momentum of global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond.
2019 Global Food and Drink Trends at a glance

Evergreen Consumption: A circular view of sustainability that spans the entire product lifecycle requires action from suppliers to consumers.
Through the Ages: Food and […]

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Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

  Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, debate rages on about the implications of a hard border in Ireland. The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the value of cross-border trade is at its highest level for five years.  Over the 12 months to 4 November 2018, shoppers from the Republic of […]

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