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  • HKScan Strengthens its Meals Offering With Investment in Estonia HKScan, the leading Nordic food company, plans to invest in its Rakvere unit in Estonia. The €8 million investment will go towards modernising the unit’s frying department, including the expansion of the building and the installation of new cooking and packaging lines enabling implementation of new technologies and packaging solutions. Construction is to commence in [...]...
  • Food and Drink is at the Heart of the UK’s Largest Packaging Show Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 28 February-1 March 2018, and is set to be the most innovative show to date. With over 290 exhibitors already signed up, the UK’s largest annual event for the entire packaging supply chain will feature the latest industry innovations and technologies, alongside a major free-to-attend [...]...
  • AGRO Merchants Group Acquires Grocontinental AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, announced today the acquisition of UK-based Grocontinental Limited. This transaction reinforces AGRO’s position as the leading cold storage and logistics provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, deepens its commodity expertise, and substantially enhances its value-added service offerings for customers. David Grocott and Linda Grocott, third generation owners of [...]...
  • Trade Fair and More – The Event and Congress Programme For Anuga FoodTec 2018 Resource efficiency will be the primary focus of Anuga FoodTec 2018, the leading international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, which will be held in Cologne, Germany from 20 to 23 March 2018. Around 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will be presenting their new products for the production and packing of [...]...
  • TINE to Invest €77 Million in New Jarlsberg Plant in Ireland TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, is to invest €77 million in a dairy with the capacity to produce 20,000 tonnes of Jarlsberg cheese a year. The goal is to secure and strengthen Jarlsberg sales outside of Norway as export supports are phased out in 2020. This will make export of Jarlsberg from Norway unprofitable. “Jarlsberg [...]...

HKScan Strengthens its Meals Offering With Investment in Estonia

  HKScan Strengthens its Meals Offering With Investment in Estonia

HKScan, the leading Nordic food company, plans to invest in its Rakvere unit in Estonia. The €8 million investment will go towards modernising the unit’s frying department, including the expansion of the building and the installation of new cooking and packaging lines enabling implementation of new technologies and packaging solutions. Construction is to commence in […]

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Food and Drink is at the Heart of the UK’s Largest Packaging Show

  Food and Drink is at the Heart of the UK’s Largest Packaging Show

Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 28 February-1 March 2018, and is set to be the most innovative show to date. With over 290 exhibitors already signed up, the UK’s largest annual event for the entire packaging supply chain will feature the latest industry innovations and technologies, alongside a major free-to-attend […]

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AGRO Merchants Group Acquires Grocontinental

  AGRO Merchants Group Acquires Grocontinental

AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, announced today the acquisition of UK-based Grocontinental Limited. This transaction reinforces AGRO’s position as the leading cold storage and logistics provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, deepens its commodity expertise, and substantially enhances its value-added service offerings for customers. David Grocott and Linda Grocott, third generation owners of […]

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Trade Fair and More – The Event and Congress Programme For Anuga FoodTec 2018

  Trade Fair and More – The Event and Congress Programme For Anuga FoodTec 2018

Resource efficiency will be the primary focus of Anuga FoodTec 2018, the leading international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, which will be held in Cologne, Germany from 20 to 23 March 2018. Around 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will be presenting their new products for the production and packing of […]

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TINE to Invest €77 Million in New Jarlsberg Plant in Ireland

  TINE to Invest €77 Million in New Jarlsberg Plant in Ireland

TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, is to invest €77 million in a dairy with the capacity to produce 20,000 tonnes of Jarlsberg cheese a year. The goal is to secure and strengthen Jarlsberg sales outside of Norway as export supports are phased out in 2020. This will make export of Jarlsberg from Norway unprofitable.
“Jarlsberg […]

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Sidel Launches Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis For Highly Flexible Production

  Sidel Launches Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis For Highly Flexible Production

Sidel has introduced the versatile Aseptic Combi Predis, a new solution that can produce aseptically both still beverages and carbonated soft drinks in PET bottles. This results in a high degree of production flexibility and productivity while contributing to reduced costs and lowering the environmental impact.
Different consumer expectations drive the demand for beverages today: a […]

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Aseptic Soft Drink Bottling Without Changeover Time

  Aseptic Soft Drink Bottling Without Changeover Time

GEA has launched the latest generation of aseptic filling technology: the Fillstar CX EVO. This multi-functional system provides beverage industry customers with the capacity to seamlessly switch between different types of products, from carbonated to still aseptic beverages and vice-versa. The usual product changeover times of approximately three hours are a thing of the past as […]

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Green Light For Cargill/Faccenda Foods Joint Venture

  Green Light For Cargill/Faccenda Foods Joint Venture

The proposed joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda Foods to create a leading UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck is expected to be operating as a standalone business by the end of January 2018. The alliance, which entails Faccenda Foods merging with Cargill’s UK fresh chicken business, has just been approved by […]

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Fi Europe 2017 Innovation Awards – The Winners

  Fi Europe 2017 Innovation Awards – The Winners

A true barometer of food and beverage trends, the Fi Europe Innovation Awards honour research teams and product developers for their outstanding innovations and invaluable contributions to the industry. Mirroring the market, protein solutions featured high on the winners’ podium this year.
More hotly contested than ever before, the 2017 Awards were presented at a festive […]

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Coca-Cola Uses the Force of Ardagh’s Shaped Aluminium Bottles For Star Wars Limited Edition

  Coca-Cola Uses the Force of Ardagh’s Shaped Aluminium Bottles For Star Wars Limited Edition

Coca-Cola has teamed up with Ardagh to create a most eye-catching packaging presentation for its limited edition Star Wars: The Last Jedi Coca-Cola Zero Sugar bottles. Each 25cl  shaped aluminium bottle uses the award winning high definition, high resolution printing expertise of Ardagh’s specialist plant in Beaurepaire, France to feature one of the film’s 6 main […]

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New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

  New Acrylamide Legislation Announced

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that new EU legislation would be in force from April 2018 requiring food businesses to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. Since acrylamide was first identified in food products in 2002, laboratories have developed and validated analytical methods for the quantification of […]

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Inver House Distillers Drives Sustainability With £3 Million Biogas Investment at Balmenach

  Inver House Distillers Drives Sustainability With £3 Million Biogas Investment at Balmenach

Balmenach, one of Speyside’s oldest whisky distilleries and the home of Caorunn Scottish Gin, is set to become one of Scotland’s greenest distilleries with the announcement that work has started on a £3 million biogas project to significantly reduce the site’s carbon footprint.
Inver House Distillers has commissioned a new anaerobic digestion system, which breaks down […]

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Kepak Extends Added Value Cooked Products Capability

  Kepak Extends Added Value Cooked Products Capability

Kepak Group, which is one of Ireland’s leading meat producers, is acquiring the Moy Park Poppintree facility at Ballymun in Dublin. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of December.
The Poppintree factory was custom built in 1995 and has been the subject of significant investment in cooking processes that complement the Kepak […]

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IOI Loders Croklaan Wins Sustainability Champion Award at Fi Europe

  IOI Loders Croklaan Wins Sustainability Champion Award at Fi Europe

The jury of the Food Ingredients Europe Innovation Awards has awarded IOI Loders Croklaan with the Sustainability Champion Award for the company’s efforts in building a traceable, transparent and sustainable palm oil supply chain. The Palm Oil Sustainability Program of IOI Loders Croklaan shows the ability to demonstrate and stimulate innovation, and raises the bar […]

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Omega Ingredients to Develop Natural Vanilla Alternatives

  Omega Ingredients to Develop Natural Vanilla Alternatives

In light of the on-going worldwide vanilla crisis, expert natural flavour creators Omega Ingredients have developed a vanilla flavour and an extract, both of which are 100% natural. With customers actively avoiding artificial flavourings in favour of all-natural ingredients in their food, and prices for vanilla surging ever higher due to bad weather in Madagascar […]

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The EfficiencyManager Goes Mobile

  The EfficiencyManager Goes Mobile

The EfficiencyManager from Klüber Lubrication, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, provides companies with a comprehensive overview of all the machines and equipment relevant to the production process, together with any potentials for optimisation. The online-based software package enables the growing level of complexity in the networked firm to be efficiently structured, assuring […]

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Nestlé Extends Consumer Healthcare Portfolio in $2.3 Billion Deal

  Nestlé Extends Consumer Healthcare Portfolio in $2.3 Billion Deal

Nestlé has agreed to acquire privately-held Atrium Innovations, a global leader in nutritional health products, from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for US$2.3 billion in cash. Atrium’s 2017 sales are expected to reach almost US$700 million.
The move supports Nestlé’s pursuit of growth opportunities in consumer healthcare to complement the company’s focus on […]

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Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

  Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has launched a Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign. In the lead-up to Christmas, which is a very important time for Irish cream liqueur sales, the campaign aims to restart a conversation about the uniqueness of the product category, its importance to Ireland, and the need to protect it against fake products.
According to […]

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BENEO Launches Prebiotic Logo

  BENEO Launches Prebiotic Logo

BENEO had double cause for celebration at this year’s FiE. As well as marking ten years of BENEO at the show, the company also launched a new on-pack logo to further support the promotion of digestive health and wellness achievable through its prebiotic chicory root fibres.
‘Digestive wellness’ is now proving ever more popular with consumers […]

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New Website Simplifies Tray Sealer Selection

  New Website Simplifies Tray Sealer Selection

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has launched a new website, specifically designed to help visitors identify the best solution for their sealing requirements. The easy-to-navigate site includes two special sections to guide customers through the different Proseal machines and variety of options that are available to deliver fast, high quality sealing for a huge range of […]

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Hain Celestial Acquires UK Natural Sweeteners Business

  Hain Celestial Acquires UK Natural Sweeteners Business

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has acquired Clarks UK, The Natural Sweeteners Company, the leading maple syrup brand, and a natural sweetener brand, in the United Kingdom, for an undisclosed price.
Based at Newport in South Wales, Clarks produces […]

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‘Crisis’ – New Report Shows Brexit Impact on Europe’s Meat Industry

  ‘Crisis’ – New Report Shows Brexit Impact on Europe’s Meat Industry

A hard Brexit will have a ‘catastrophic impact’ on the European Meat Industry, according to a stark new report published tby Europe’s Meat Industry body, UECBV, as the UK and EU continue negotiations. ‘Crisis – The EU Meat Industry in a Hard Brexit scenario’ report was commissioned by UECBV and carried out by Red Flag […]

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It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

  It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

Taste Cork is teaming up with The Loop at Cork Airport to showcase the very best of Cork’s outstanding, locally produced food and drink products to the more than 2.3 million passengers who pass through the Irish airport each year. The food and drink section at The Loop at Cork Airport is being rebranded by […]

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Chr. Hansen Enters into Partnership With Rheolution

  Chr. Hansen Enters into Partnership With Rheolution

Chr. Hansen has entered into a partnership with Rheolution Inc. on the global distribution of Rheolution’s CoaguSens™ and ElastoSens™ products. Aimed at cheesemakers, the products offer real-time analytics of the milk coagulation process. In real time and near the vats, they measure the flocculation point (where solid particles are separated from the liquid), the milk gel firmness, […]

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Spoon-in-lid Solutions For Dairy Products

  Spoon-in-lid Solutions For Dairy Products

An innovative spoon-in-the-lid from RPC Superfos for its popular 75mm container is guaranteed to make yogurts, desserts and other dairy products stand out from the crowd. The new solution is perfect for consumers who eat on-the-go, with the foldable polypropylene spoon simple to access, assemble and use. The APET lid features a fine PET seal […]

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HEINEKEN to Build First Brewery in Mozambique

  HEINEKEN to Build First Brewery in Mozambique

HEINEKEN has laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique. This new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a $100 million (€85 million) investment.
Located in the province of Maputo, between the Marracuene and Manhiça districts, the brewery will have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectoliters and will brew high quality beers for […]

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Nespresso to Invest in Post-conflict Colombian Coffee

  Nespresso to Invest in Post-conflict Colombian Coffee

Nespresso has announced that it will expand its coffee-sourcing programme into several former conflict zones in Colombia for the first time. The move comes as part of a SFr49 million (US$50 million) investment in sustainable high-quality coffee cultivation.
The pledge builds on Nespresso’s long-term commitment to Colombian coffee and its efforts to improve production in regions […]

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The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

  The Future of Food and Farming – For a Flexible, Fair and Sustainable Common Agricultural Policy

Simpler rules and a more flexible approach will ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) delivers real results in supporting farmers and leads the sustainable development of EU agriculture. These are the cornerstone ideas of the Communication recently adopted to by the European Commission on ‘The Future of Food and Farming’, outlining the ways to ensure […]

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Thatchers Cider Becomes More Sustainable and Recycles More

  Thatchers Cider Becomes More Sustainable and Recycles More

British family cider maker, Thatchers Cider, has contracted Middleton Engineering to supply and install an 80 tonne baler and slider-bed feed conveyor at its Myrtle Farm cider mill in Somerset, to compact and bale waste packaging materials at source, prior to shipment to re-processors. Sustainability and the environment are core concerns for the 100 year old cider maker which today […]

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Carbery Launches Optipep® 4bars

  Carbery Launches Optipep® 4bars

Leading whey protein supplier, Carbery, is launching the latest innovation from its hydrolysed whey protein range, Optipep® 4bars. Designed specifically to deliver a soft texture throughout shelf-life, while enhancing the nutritional profile, the new ingredient is one of the market’s latest technical breakthroughs.
Combined with the flavour expertise of sister company Synergy, Carbery can help customers create […]

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Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Inaugurates Solar Power Facility in Ghana

  Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Inaugurates Solar Power Facility in Ghana

Cargill has inaugurated a new solar power facility at its Cocoa & Chocolate site in Tema, Ghana. This energy project contributes to Cargill’s global strategy of investing in environmentally friendly, renewable ways of generating power for industrial production. By investing in renewable energy, Cargill is living up to its responsibility to find ways to continuously […]

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Kellogg UK Commits to Making Breakfasts Healthier

  Kellogg UK Commits to Making Breakfasts Healthier

Kellogg UK has launched its Better Starts Plan which, by the end of 2018, will overhaul its breakfast cereals to help people in Britain make healthier choices in the morning. Kellogg will reduce sugar across three of its best-selling children’s cereals.
Sugar in Kellogg’s Coco Pops cereal, one of the best-selling cereals in the UK, will […]

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2 Sisters Ramps Up Production at East Anglian Chicken Operation

  2 Sisters Ramps Up Production at East Anglian Chicken Operation

2 Sisters Food Group, which is Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, is ramping up production at its chicken processing facility in Flixton, as it continues to grow to meet the additional demand from its retail customers.2 Sisters has announced that its Suffolk site will create 100 jobs after the business completed its upgrade of the facility […]

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AB InBev Accused of Abusing Dominant Position in Belgium

  AB InBev Accused of Abusing Dominant Position in Belgium

The European Commission has informed AB InBev of its preliminary view that the company has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market, by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler and Leffe beers from the Netherlands and France into Belgium.
Effective competition is important for European consumers to reap all the benefits of the internal […]

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Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

  Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

Increased quality and a greater focus on digitisation in factories are two key trends identified in a recent global survey of 120 decision-makers in the international food and beverage industry.
The research, carried out by food and drink IT specialist CSB-System, revealed that respondents were optimistic about future prospects, expecting the economic situation for their businesses […]

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Strong Growth For Stand-up Pouches

  Strong Growth For Stand-up Pouches

Stand-up pouches (SUPs) is now one of the fastest growing flexible packaging formats with global demand expected to pass 90 billion units in 2017, according to a newly published report from specialist industry consultants, AMI. The favourable development of the total supply chain cost of stand-up pouches and their stronger proposition to promote sustainability compared with […]

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Challenging First Half For Greene King

  Challenging First Half For Greene King

Greene King, the UK brewer and pub operator, has reported a 1.2% decline in revenue to £1.031 billion for the 24 weeks to 15 October 2017 and a 7.5% drop in operating profit before exceptional and non-underlying items to £188.4 million, compared to the corresponding period last year. The operating margin before exceptional and non-underlying […]

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British Food and Drink Industry Welcomes Sector Council Inclusion in Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper

  British Food and Drink Industry Welcomes Sector Council Inclusion in Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy white paper, which announced the establishment of a Food and Drink Sector Council. The creation of the Sector Council recognises the importance of the many sub-sectors that make up the nation’s £112 billion ‘farm to fork’ food chain and […]

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EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

  EU Beer Sector’s Renaissance Continues

With EU beer production rising above 40 billion litres for the first time since the economic crisis, The Brewers of Europe confirm that the growth trend continues for the EU beer sector at the 7th Beer Serves Europe event. A successful mix of world-leading multinationals, deeply-rooted regional breweries, and thriving SMEs, Europe’s breweries support the delivery […]

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DSM Wins Food Ingredients Innovation Award

  DSM Wins Food Ingredients Innovation Award

DSM has won the prestigious ‘Reduction & Reformulation Innovation Award’ during Food Ingredients Europe 2017. DSM’s Delvo®Cheese CT-Light cultures allow cheesemakers to create healthier continental cheeses using low-fat milk with the same taste and texture that consumers expect from a full-fat product. The cultures moreover allow cheeses to ripen faster, lowering production costs per unit […]

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Ryvita Launches New Design Created By Coley Porter Bell

  Ryvita Launches New Design Created By Coley Porter Bell

Ryvita, the original Rye crispbread, is relaunching with a new look. The vibrant and eye-catching packaging design was created by award-winning branding consultancy Coley Porter Bell and reflects Ryvita’s positive take on health and consumers’ desire to get more good stuff inside.
Tasked with changing the perception of Ryvita Crispbread from a diet food eaten in January, to delicious crunchy rye breads […]

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Britvic Shows Resilience

  Britvic Shows Resilience

Britvic, the UK-based soft drinks group, has reported a 7.7% increase in revenue to £1.541 billion for the 52 weeks ended 1 October 2017, compared to the previous year. On an organic constant currency basis, revenue rose by 2.5%. During the period, Britvic sold over 2.3 billion litres of soft drinks, an increase of 1.2% […]

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Nestlé Invests in New Factory in Cuba

  Nestlé Invests in New Factory in Cuba

Nestlé has started construction on a new factory in Cuba, to meet growing consumer demand and strengthen its presence on the island. Nestlé is investing SFr54 million (€46 million) in the factory, which will employ 260 people by its third year.
The site will produce the world’s leading coffee brand Nescafé, the local Cuban roast & ground […]

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Irish Food & Drink Industry Champion Award Presented to ‘Mr Cheestrings’

  Irish Food & Drink Industry Champion Award Presented to  ‘Mr Cheestrings’

At its Food and Drink Industry Awards in the RDS, Dublin, Bord Bia recently presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan (pictured above) of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution to delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand. More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders gathered for the awards ceremony which […]

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Parabel Wins Innovations Award at Food Ingredients Europe For Novel LENTEIN Plant Protein

  Parabel Wins Innovations Award at Food Ingredients Europe For Novel LENTEIN Plant Protein

Parabel won the FIE Innovations Award in the Growth Category, for their Novel LENTEIN Plant Protein. LENTEIN is a plant protein that comes from the world’s smallest flowering plant, Lemnaceae, commonly called the Water Lentil or Duckweed. It grows on top of still water all around the world and has been eaten by animals and […]

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The (Shelf) Life of Pie

  The (Shelf) Life of Pie

The shelf-life and freshness of a pie, along with most other confections and snacks, is mainly a factor of the flow of oxygen and water vapour through the walls of snack, any edible films it contains plus its packaging. Degradation in texture and taste are caused by the physical, chemical and biological changes which result […]

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Transformational Year For Greencore

  Transformational Year For Greencore

Benefiting from its acquisition of Peacock Foods in the US, Greencore, the UK and international manufacturer of convenience foods, has reported a 56.5% increase in revenue to £2.319 billion and a 37.4% rise in adjusted operating profit to £140.1 million for the year ended 29 September 2017, versus the 2016 financial year. Group pro forma […]

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Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

  Asia Continues to Dominate Growth in Global Grocery Retailing

The global grocery retail market will add $2.7 trillion in sales to 2022, with growth in the next five years dominated by Asia, according to new forecasts released today by international grocery research organisation IGD. Asia’s grocery retail market will be significantly boosted by a rising population and increased shopper spend, with consumer spending in the region accounting […]

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Carlsberg Group’s First Carbon-neutral Brewery

  Carlsberg Group’s First Carbon-neutral Brewery

Carlsberg Group’s brewery at Falkenberg in Sweden is now 100% powered by biogas and green electricity, making it the country’s first big brewery with zero carbon emissions from its energy consumption. Earlier in 2017, Carlsberg Group launched a new sustainability programme – ‘Together Towards Zero’.
One of its four ambitions “Zero Carbon Footprint” is supported by […]

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Barentz International and Deltagen Group Sign Strategic Partnership

  Barentz International and Deltagen Group Sign Strategic Partnership

Barentz International, an international leader in the distribution of high-quality ingredients headquartered in The Netherlands, has announced a strategic partnership with Deltagen Group, a specialized food ingredients distributor with local presence in Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The two companies will work together in Latin America and The Caribbean region, expanding both companies’ presence […]

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