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  • Nomad Foods to Acquire Goodfella’s Pizza UK-based Nomad Foods, Europe’s largest frozen food producer, has agreed to acquire the Goodfella’s Pizza business of Green Isle Foods from Boparan Holdings (incorporating 2 Sisters Food Group) for approximately €225 million on a debt free, cash free basis. Green Isle Foods is Ireland’s largest frozen food producer and is headquartered in Naas, County Kildare. The [...]...
  • CMA Accepts Refresco’s Remedy Proposal The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has in principle accepted the remedy proposed by Refresco regarding the acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities. Completion of the acquisition is now anticipated on 30 January 2018. On 3 January 2018, the CMA decided that the acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities by Refresco raises potential competition concerns in the [...]...
  • Dairy Crest Appoints Tom Atherton as Deputy Chief Executive Dairy Crest has appointed Tom Atherton as Deputy Chief Executive with immediate effect. He retains his responsibilities as Group Finance Director. Tom Atherton. Since his appointment to the Board in 2013, Tom Atherton has taken on additional responsibilities including the chairmanship of Frylight, the strategic leadership of Dairy Crest’s Butters, Spreads and Oils business, and more recently [...]...
  • European Strategy on Plastic Waste Adopted The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, has been adopted. It is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It is designed to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way [...]...
  • Nestlé to Sell US Confectionery Business to Ferrero Nestlé has agreed to sell its US confectionery business to Ferrero, the third-largest company in the global chocolate confectionery market, for SFr2.8 billion ($2.8 billion) in cash. Nestlé’s 2016 US confectionery sales reached about SFr900 million. The transaction is expected to close around the end of the first quarter of 2018 following the completion of [...]...

Nomad Foods to Acquire Goodfella’s Pizza

  Nomad Foods to Acquire Goodfella’s Pizza

UK-based Nomad Foods, Europe’s largest frozen food producer, has agreed to acquire the Goodfella’s Pizza business of Green Isle Foods from Boparan Holdings (incorporating 2 Sisters Food Group) for approximately €225 million on a debt free, cash free basis. Green Isle Foods is Ireland’s largest frozen food producer and is headquartered in Naas, County Kildare.
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CMA Accepts Refresco’s Remedy Proposal

  CMA Accepts Refresco’s Remedy Proposal

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has in principle accepted the remedy proposed by Refresco regarding the acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities. Completion of the acquisition is now anticipated on 30 January 2018.
On 3 January 2018, the CMA decided that the acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities by Refresco raises potential competition concerns in the […]

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Dairy Crest Appoints Tom Atherton as Deputy Chief Executive

  Dairy Crest Appoints Tom Atherton as Deputy Chief Executive

Dairy Crest has appointed Tom Atherton as Deputy Chief Executive with immediate effect. He retains his responsibilities as Group Finance Director.
Tom Atherton.
Since his appointment to the Board in 2013, Tom Atherton has taken on additional responsibilities including the chairmanship of Frylight, the strategic leadership of Dairy Crest’s Butters, Spreads and Oils business, and more recently […]

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European Strategy on Plastic Waste Adopted

  European Strategy on Plastic Waste Adopted

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, has been adopted. It is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
It is designed to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way […]

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Nestlé to Sell US Confectionery Business to Ferrero

  Nestlé to Sell US Confectionery Business to Ferrero

Nestlé has agreed to sell its US confectionery business to Ferrero, the third-largest company in the global chocolate confectionery market, for SFr2.8 billion ($2.8 billion) in cash. Nestlé’s 2016 US confectionery sales reached about SFr900 million. The transaction is expected to close around the end of the first quarter of 2018 following the completion of […]

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Asahi Super Dry Re-launching in the UK

  Asahi Super Dry Re-launching in the UK

Asahi UK, the UK subsidiary of Asahi Europe, is boosting its strong portfolio of beer brands by re-launching Asahi Super Dry in Britain in its authentic form. For the first time in Europe, full access to the exact Japanese brewing standards have been given to Asahi Europe and these innovations will bring the authentic taste […]

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Natural Preservatives Extend Frying Oil Shelf Life

  Natural Preservatives Extend Frying Oil Shelf Life

Arjuna Naturals Extracts has launched its natural preservative formulation for combating oxidation, thermal degradation, hydrolytic rancidity and extending the frying cycle of vegetable oils. The new, all-natural preservative formulation contains a few simple ingredients and enables a clean label. It is GMO-free, oil-soluble and vegan. Initial response was so strong, Arjuna Natural Ltd. decided to […]

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Alison Unveils New UK-made Bread Basket Dolly

  Alison Unveils New UK-made Bread Basket Dolly

Alison Handling Services (AHS), Europe’s largest stockist of plastic containers and boxes, has introduced a new bread basket dolly designed for standard (762 x 508 x 216mm) 12-loaf stack nests. Capable of holding up to eight nests and available in grey or purple (to match Alison’s distinctive trays and baskets), the dolly has been designed […]

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Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

  Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]

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Britvic Continues to Put Health at the Heart of its New Sustainable Business Programme

  Britvic Continues to Put Health at the Heart of its New Sustainable Business Programme

Britvic has launched ‘A Healthier Everyday’, its new sustainable business programme which builds on its commitment to: help consumers make healthier choices; support the well-being of communities; and minimise its impact on the planet.
The creation of ‘A Healthier Everyday’ follows a review by the company into how it can ensure that its sustainability programme is […]

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Bayn Europe Sets Up Chinese Subsidiary For Sugar Reduction

  Bayn Europe Sets Up Chinese Subsidiary For Sugar Reduction

Bayn Europe AB has signed a joint venture agreement with real estate development company HuaHe International Asset Management to introduce sugar reduction to the China market.

Both partners agreed on a co-operation model and mutual commitments for the set up of joint venture. Bayn will hold 65% of equity and HuaHe will hold 35%. Further to […]

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Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

  Ishida X-ray Flexibility Ensures Premium Product Quality

Ishida X-ray inspection technology is helping to maintain the premium quality reputation of one of Russia’s most popular traditional snack brands.
The ‘ROSTRAGROEXPORT’ company was founded by Mr Boris Aleksandrov in 1995, who spotted a niche in the Russian food market for a good quality traditional curd snack.  Its ‘B.Y. Aleksandrov’ brand, named after the company’s […]

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‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

  ‘Latte Levy’ – Coffee Drinkers Want to Go Green, But Price is a Barrier

As the UK Government aims to eliminate avoidable waste with the announcement of its 25-Year Environmental Plan, Mintel research reveals that Britain’s coffee shop drinkers are happy to do their bit for the environment, but not at any cost.

40% of out of home hot drinks consumers wouldn’t mind paying extra for drinks served in 100% […]

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US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

  US Beverage Alcohol Volumes Decline Again in 2017

The IWSR, the leading provider of data and analysis on the global beverage alcohol market, has released initial 2017 category results for the US market as part of its US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database. After analyzing preliminary 2017 volume, the IWSR says total US beverage alcohol consumption declined for the second consecutive year […]

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Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

  Revised Safe Intake For 3-MCPD in Vegetable Oils and Food

EFSA’s experts have used an updated scientific approach to reassess the possible long-term adverse effects of the food processing contaminant 3-MCPD on the kidney and male fertility.
Consumption levels of 3-MCPD in food are considered safe for most consumers but there is a potential health concern among high consumers in younger age groups. In the worst […]

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£500,000 Investment Doubles Advanced Dynamics’ Capacity

  £500,000 Investment Doubles Advanced Dynamics’ Capacity

Advanced Dynamics Ltd, one of the UK’s leading packaging and labelling equipment suppliers, has crowned a highly successful trading year with a significant investment totalling £500,000 in expanded premises, extended stock, additional jobs and a sophisticated new ERP system.
The company started with the acquisition of a neighbouring unit that doubles its engineering capacity to around […]

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UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

  UK Food and Grocery Convenience Market Will Grow by 22.0% by 2022

The UK food and grocery convenience market will grow 4.1% in 2018, outperforming the total UK food and grocery market by 0.9 percentage points (ppt), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
The company’s latest report: ‘Convenience Retailing in the UK 2017’ states that the highest growth category in convenience retail* will be food, […]

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Emmi Expands its Presence in Tunisia

  Emmi Expands its Presence in Tunisia

Swiss dairy group Emmi is continuing to strengthen its international presence. Kaiku, an Emmi subsidiary based in San Sebastián (Spain), is increasing its stake in Centrale Laitière de Mahdia (Vitalait), based in Mahdia (Tunisia), from 45.4 % to 54.7 %. As a result, Emmi, which holds 73.4 % of shares in Kaiku, will have a 40.2 % stake in […]

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Current Food and Drink Ingredient Information ‘Not Sufficient’

  Current Food and Drink Ingredient Information ‘Not Sufficient’

Information currently provided online and on-pack on the contents of food and drink products is not sufficient, according to consumers in EMEA. New research conducted on behalf of leading global ingredients solutions provider Ingredion shows that just 13% of consumers surveyed across EMEA believe the information currently made available on food and drink ingredients is […]

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RPC Jar Range Gets an Ultra Extension

  RPC Jar Range Gets an Ultra Extension

RPC Kutenholz has extended its market-leading Thermic Ultra range of jars with the addition of a new standard size. Aimed at the retail sector, the 500ml polypropylene jar with 80mm neck features an oxygen barrier that provides effective ambient product protection, making it ideal for a wide range of foods.
The eye-catching ribbed round design creates […]

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Another Record Year For Irish Food and Drink Exports

  Another Record Year For Irish Food and Drink Exports

The value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 13% in 2017, to reach €12.6 billion for the first time. The figure increase to €13.5 billion when non-edible products such as forestry are included.
According to Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), last year’s export performance was driven by a surge in dairy exports to […]

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Public Consultation – Sugars in Food

  Public Consultation – Sugars in Food

EFSA is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a cut-off value for intake of “free” sugars that is not associated with adverse health effects.
EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has drafted a protocol to […]

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New Head For Givaudan Flavour Division

  New Head For Givaudan Flavour Division

Givaudan has announced the appointment of Louie D’Amico as President of the Flavour Division and a member of the Executive Committee. Louie D’Amico will succeed Mauricio Graber, currently President of the Flavour Division, who will leave the Company to become Chief Executive Officer at Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company. Louie D’Amico, currently Head of […]

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Frip Finishing Invests in Pick and Place Window Technology

  Frip Finishing Invests in Pick and Place Window Technology

A major investment of over £300,000 by Frip Finishing in pick and place window technology has further extended the range of packaging services available to its carton customers, reinforcing the company’s position as the leading provider of decorative print finishing and specialist lamination services to the UK packaging industry.
The Esatec Digistar 2 1100 pick and […]

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Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

  Bumper Christmas as UK Shoppers Spend £1 Billion More

The latest UK grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 31 December 2017, show that the average household shrugged off economic worries to spend a record £1,054 on groceries over the three months including the Christmas period. Despite tightening household budgets, shoppers continued to trade up to more expensive options: a record £469 […]

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Molson Coors Acquires Aspall Cyder

  Molson Coors Acquires Aspall Cyder

Molson Coors Brewing Company has expanded its cider portfolio through the acquisition of Suffolk-based Aspall Cyder in the UK for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1728 by Clement Chevallier and run by the eighth generation of his family, Aspall is an established premium brand of quality and provenance. The company’s high-quality portfolio strengthens Molson Coors’ […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

  Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

The number of visitors to Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres reached 814,000 in 2017, according to new figures published by the Irish Whiskey Association. This marked an increase of over 11 per cent from 2016, when 733,000 visitors were recorded. More significantly, it marks an increase of 25 per cent from 2015, when 653,000 visitors […]

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GEA Supplements its Portfolio With Bottle and Can Filling

  GEA Supplements its Portfolio With Bottle and Can Filling

GEA has strengthened its market position as a total solutions provider in the beverage processing industry by finalising the acquisition of the Slovenian machine manufacturer VIPOLL in January 2018. VIPOLL develops and produces filling technologies for soft drinks, beer and fresh dairy products. GEA can now also fill beverages that do not require sterile processing […]

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Burts Potato Chips Accelerates Growth With Acquisition

  Burts Potato Chips Accelerates Growth With Acquisition

Burts Potato Chips’ ambition of being the leading UK-owned premium snacking company over the next five years is one step closer following its purchase of Leicester-based Savoury & Sweet. The acquisition is the first made by Burts since being founded in 1997, and will diversify its product portfolio to include a wider range of healthy […]

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Norwegian Seafood Exports Reach Record-high

  Norwegian Seafood Exports Reach Record-high

Norway exported 2.6 million tonnes of seafood worth NOK94.5 billion (€9.76 billion) in 2017. This is an increase in value of 3 per cent, or NOK3 billion, and an increase in volume of 7 per cent from the record year of 2016. This is the equivalent of 36 million meals every day, year round.
“2017 was […]

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New CEO For Chr. Hansen Holding

  New CEO For Chr. Hansen Holding

The Board of Directors of Chr. Hansen Holding has appointed Mauricio Graber (pictured) as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of 1 June 2018. Mauricio Graber (54) has been President of the Flavours Division of Givaudan and a member of Givaudan’s Executive Committee since 2006.
Mauricio Graber holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in […]

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Needham Coding Launches S Series Drop on Demand Inkjet Printers

  Needham Coding Launches S Series Drop on Demand Inkjet Printers

Reinforcing its commitment to an ambitious growth strategy, Needham Coding – part of The Needham Group – has launched the ‘S’ series of drop-on-demand inkjet printers. The new range has been specially developed to offer high resolution, large character printing for secondary packaging applications within the food and beverage industry.
Needham Coding has introduced the ‘S’ […]

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Lactalis to Acquire US Skyr Yogurt Brand

  Lactalis to Acquire US Skyr Yogurt Brand

Lactalis has agreed to acquire siggi’s – the US-based maker of Icelandic style skyr yogurts with ‘simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar’ – for an undisclosed price. The deal further expands the French dairy giant’s yoghurt platform in the US.
Siggi’s was founded by Siggi Hilmarsson, who, after moving to the US from his native […]

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Greenyard’s Bid to Acquire Dole Ends

  Greenyard’s Bid to Acquire Dole Ends

Greenyard, the Belgian fresh and frozen foods company, has announced that its negotiations to acquire Dole Food Company, the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable producer, have ended without a definitive agreement.
Hein Deprez, executive chairman of Greenyard, comments: “While the acquisition of Dole by Greenyard would have marked a significant milestone for both companies, we […]

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New Ingredient Capable of Substantial Egg Replacement

  New Ingredient Capable of Substantial Egg Replacement

According to the official European Commission figures, EU egg prices have risen by an average of 55.8%[1] across Europe between November 2016-2017, and the worst affected areas have seen prices more than double. With no end to this in sight, leading British-owned starch specialist, Ulrick & Short has developed functional ingredients dedicated to egg reduction.
Derived from […]

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Lamb Weston Invests $250 Million to Expand French Fry Capacity

  Lamb Weston Invests $250 Million to Expand French Fry Capacity

Lamb Weston Holdings, a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world, is expanding its French fry processing capacity in North America.
The company announced an investment to expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility with the construction of a 300 million pound-per-year, state-of-the-artFrench fry […]

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New Analysis Confirms Drinks Industry is an Irish Success Story, Driven by Innovation

  New Analysis Confirms Drinks Industry is an Irish Success Story,  Driven by Innovation

Irish drinks businesses have released an end of year analysis for the sector, highlighting key areas of growth in 2017, as well as trends and future prospects. The analysis was compiled by Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which says that the drinks industry is a great Irish success story, with innovation at its core.
The […]

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Cargill Introduces the Lowest Saturated Fat, High Oleic Commercial Canola Oil

  Cargill Introduces the Lowest Saturated Fat, High Oleic Commercial Canola Oil

Cargill has introduced the lowest saturated fat, high oleic canola oil available to commercial food customers worldwide. The oil is made from a canola hybrid that contains 4.5 percent or less saturated fat while maintaining high fry and shelf life performance, freshness and taste. It reduces saturated fat content 35 percent from previous canola oil […]

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Presentation Box is a Winter Storm

  Presentation Box is a Winter Storm

The latest single malt in Glenfiddich’s acclaimed Experimental Series of innovative new whiskies – Winter Storm – which is intensified in ice wine casks is being presented in a stunning presentation box from Pollard Boxes, maximising its on-shelf presence. The presentation box features an eye-catching and distinctive all-over white and grey frosted appearance that differentiates […]

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UK Competition Authority Has Concerns Over Refresco/Cott Deal

  UK Competition Authority Has Concerns Over Refresco/Cott Deal

Refresco has been informed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK that the proposed $1.25 billion (£935 million) acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities raises potential competition concerns for one specific category, juice drinks in PET using a special aseptic production process that allows them to be sold preservative-free and without refrigeration. In […]

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Lily O’Brien’s Sold to Colian Holdings For €40 Million

  Lily O’Brien’s Sold to Colian Holdings For €40 Million

Lily O’Brien’s, the Irish manufacturer of premium chocolate and desserts, is being acquired by Colian Holding of Poland for €40 million on a debt-free, cash free basis from its existing shareholders, the Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (CCI) and members of the Lily O’Brien’s management team. The acquisition is expected to complete in January 2018.
Based in […]

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UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

  UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

FMCG suppliers need to work harder on the basics of demonstrating how new products will drive sales for retailers, online and in-store, after recent research suggested that the UK’s grocery retail sector wastes an estimated £30.4 million on failed product launches per year.
Category management and shopper marketing specialist Bridgethorne was commenting after research from E […]

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Tomatoes Star in Consumer Poll of Healthiest Fruit and Vegetables

  Tomatoes Star in Consumer Poll of Healthiest Fruit and Vegetables

Tomatoes have a powerful association with health and are seen as the star ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, research has shown. Carotenoid experts Lycored surveyed 329 consumers. They were presented with a list of 14 fruit and vegetables and asked to pick the five they most associated with health.

Green leafy vegetables, chosen by 77% of […]

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The Co-op to Open 100 New Stores

  The Co-op to Open 100 New Stores

The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018, creating an estimated 1,600 jobs. The community retailer will invest over £160 million in new stores and major makeovers for a further 150 of its outlets.
More than 20 new stores are set to open in London, and up to […]

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PHE Launches Change4Life Campaign Around Children’s Snacking

  PHE Launches Change4Life Campaign Around Children’s Snacking

Public Health England (PHE) is helping parents take control of their children’s snacking by launching the first Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks. This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.
Each year children are consuming almost […]

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Branded Functional Ingredients Reign as Top 2017 Trend in Foods & Beverages

  Branded Functional Ingredients Reign as Top 2017 Trend in Foods & Beverages

The food and beverage market has seen a plethora of new trends and innovative product launches, but branded functional ingredients topped the charts in interest and success in 2017 – a trend anticipated to continue throughout 2018. Demand for healthier versions of everyday foods and beverages that offer additional health benefits continues to rise, and […]

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Black + Blum Launches Dual-purpose Bottle

  Black + Blum Launches Dual-purpose Bottle

Black + Blum, the award-winning London-based design company, has launched a new sustainably designed dual-purpose water bottle on Kickstarter. The Eau Good Duo, made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, is the company’s latest original design, combining form, function and sustainability.
As today’s on-the-go consumers are no longer just concerned about the taste of their water but also […]

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Valeo Foods Expands Confectionery Portfolio in €100 Million Deal

  Valeo Foods Expands Confectionery Portfolio in €100 Million Deal

Valeo Foods Group has acquired the Confectionery Division of Raisio which includes a portfolio of established, iconic and growing confectionery brands such as Fox’s Glacier Mints, XXX Mints, Poppets, and Pedro. The acquisition of these food businesses, which employ over 1,000 people, is consistent with Valeo Foods’ strategic focus and offers significant opportunities for future […]

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Changes in HKScan Group Leadership Team

  Changes in HKScan Group Leadership Team

Mikko Forsell has been appointed as HKScan’s CFO and a member of the Group Leadership Team, reporting to President and CEO Jari Latvanen.
As CFO, Forsell will be responsible for leading and developing the Group’s Finance function and related processes. Group Treasury and IR as well as ICT, Sourcing and Internal Audit will be reporting to him.
Mikko Forsell.
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Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

  Salmonella Cases No Longer Falling in the EU

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off according to the annual report on zoonotic diseases published recently.
Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the EU have increased in humans by 3% since 2014 says the report, which is compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food […]

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