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Solid Revenue Growth at Froneri as Significant Investment Programme Continues

    Solid Revenue Growth at Froneri as Significant Investment Programme Continues

Froneri, the international ice-cream manufacturer, has reported solid group revenue growth of 3.6% to €2.6 billion for year ended 31 December 2018. Created in 2016 as a joint-venture between PAI Partners and Nestlé, Froneri is the second largest manufacturer of ice cream in Europe, the third largest worldwide and the number one private label producer […]

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Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris

    Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris

This year, Food ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients will once again be the food industry’s epicentre over the course of three days. The Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte will become the number 1 platform where leading ingredient manufacturers establish numerous high-quality business connections. Trade visitors can expect a broad spectrum of products, concepts and […]

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A Gut Feeling About Body Fat

    A Gut Feeling About Body Fat

Research shows that loss of body fat causes the growth of the intestine and increases its capacity to absorb nutrients. This presents new approaches for weight management.
Researchers at Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and the University of Aberdeen have found that the depletion of fat stores inside the body causes the growth of […]

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First Milk Acquires Fonterra’s 51% Stake in Fast Forward Joint Venture

    First Milk Acquires Fonterra’s 51% Stake in Fast Forward Joint Venture

First Milk, a wholly British farmer-owned dairy co-operative, has agreed to purchase Fonterra’s 51% share of its Fast Forward joint venture, established in 2011, and has entered a new strategic partnership with Havero Hoogwegt for global WPC80 sales and distribution. From July 2019, First Milk will be the sole owner of the whey protein concentrate […]

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Leaders in Luxury Packaging Join London’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

    Leaders in Luxury Packaging Join London’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

Luxury Packaging London 2019 will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it returns to Olympia on 11 & 12 September, hosted alongside Packaging Innovations. As the UK’s leading luxury packaging event, it will bring together over 180 exhibitors and a dedicated audience of senior buyers, all looking to source the latest in luxury packaging solutions.
With consumer concerns […]

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The Lakes Distillery Announces £3.75 Million Investment

    The Lakes Distillery Announces £3.75 Million Investment

The Lakes Distillery, based in Cumbria, England, has secured a £3.75 million investment from a group of investors led by Gresham House Asset Management, a specialist equity investment and asset management company. Joining existing investors and high-net-worth individuals, who recently made an additional £1.6 million investment, this is a milestone for the distillery and Gresham […]

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Kerry Group Inaugurates New €20 Million Production Facility in India

    Kerry Group Inaugurates New €20 Million Production Facility in India

Kerry Group has officially opened its new €20 million production facility in Tumkur, India. The new, state-of-the-art 40,585 square metre facility, located 120 km from Bangalore, will serve Kerry Taste & Nutrition’s global and regional customers in the South West Asia region, with Kerry Taste and Beverage systems for the fast-growing retail and foodservice markets.
This is Kerry Group’s […]

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Lamb Weston to Acquire Australian Frozen Potato Processor

    Lamb Weston to Acquire Australian Frozen Potato Processor

Lamb Weston has agreed to acquire Ready Meals, a frozen potato processor in Australia. Terms were not disclosed. Ready Meals sells frozen potato products under the Harvest Choice brand and operates frozen potato processing and storage facilities in Hallam, Victoria.
Lamb Weston, along with its joint venture partners, is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet […]

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Millenials Adopt a Fouth Meal Culture

    Millenials Adopt a Fouth Meal Culture

There has been a 14% average annual growth in food and beverage launches with a snacking claim (Global, CAGR 2014- 2018), according to Innova Market Insights. For most consumers, snacking is a part of daily life and always has been. What is changing is the way people think about snacking and what is considered to […]

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European Commission Proposal to Support Irish Beef Producers Impacted by Market Uncertainty

    European Commission Proposal to Support Irish Beef Producers Impacted by Market Uncertainty

EU Member States have agreed to a proposal from the European Commission to make €50 million available to Irish beef farmers, which can be matched by national funds to reach a maximum of €100 million. The establishment of the fund reflects the European Commission recognition of the particular challenges facing the Irish beef and veal […]

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Givaudan Opens New Flagship Innovation Centre in Switzerland

    Givaudan Opens New Flagship Innovation Centre in Switzerland

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, has officially inaugurated its new flagship Innovation Centre in Kemptthal, Switzerland, aimed to accelerate its global efforts in creating differentiated and sustainable flavour, taste and fragrance solutions for the food and beverage and beauty, personal and home care industries.
The SFr120 million centre, Givaudan’s largest investment in research […]

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Brits Get a Taste For Cocktails

    Brits Get a Taste For Cocktails

Nine million consumers are enjoying cocktails when they go out, making this one of Britain’s fastest growing drinks categories within spirits, according to exclusive new research by out of home food and drink expert CGA. The popularity of cocktails, and the fact they are more widely available, has helped boost sales through Britain’s pubs, bars […]

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New Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts How Much Milk 1.5 Million Cows Will Produce

    New Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts How Much Milk 1.5 Million Cows Will Produce

Arla Foods has developed a new artificial intelligence tool to better predict their milk intake from farmer-owners. This means that 200 million kilos of milk can now be utilised better each year making Arla’s value chain even more sustainable.
Every year, Arla collects around 13 billion kilos of milk from their 10,300 farmer-owners across Northern Europe. […]

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PPMA Total Show 2019 to Showcase the Latest Developments in Packaging and Processing

    PPMA Total Show 2019 to Showcase the Latest Developments in Packaging and Processing

Staged every three years, PPMA Total Show (1-3 October 2019, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham) is the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition.
With over 400 exhibitors and 1,600 brands, PPMA Total Show 2019 encompasses the breadth of the packaging and processing industry, including food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, […]

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Emmi Expands Presence in South America

    Emmi Expands Presence in South America

Emmi is increasing its stake in Brazilian dairy company Laticínios Porto from 40% to 70%. Emmi has held a stake in the business since July 2017. The acquisition of the majority of the shares is subject to approval by the local competition authority.
Laticínios Porto Alegre produces the natural cheese, mozzarella and requeijão (cream cheese), UHT […]

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Teeling Whiskey Distillery ‘Maturing Nicely’ as it Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

    Teeling Whiskey Distillery ‘Maturing Nicely’ as it Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Teeling Whiskey, the Irish whiskey producer which was founded in 2012, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its award-winning distillery. In June 2015, Teeling Whiskey began a new chapter in modern Irish whiskey history when it opened the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years to the public.
In the past four years, over […]

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Coca-Cola to Use Bottles Made From 100% Recycled Plastic For Three Brands

    Coca-Cola to Use Bottles Made From 100% Recycled Plastic For Three Brands

Coca-Cola, in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, has announced that its Honest, GLACÉAU Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands will all be sold in bottles made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). They will transition between the end of 2019 and 2020, replacing 9,000 tonnes of virgin plastic per year across Western Europe.
This move supports Coca-Cola’s commitment that, […]

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Tyson Foods Completes $340 Million Acquisition of Thai and European Businesses from BRF

    Tyson Foods Completes $340 Million  Acquisition of Thai and European Businesses from BRF

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein, has successfully completed the $340 million acquisition of the Thai and European businesses from BRF of Brazil. The purchase includes four production facilities in Thailand, and one each in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These businesses build on the […]

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Mondelez International Invests £4.7 Million into Reading Science Centre

    Mondelez International Invests £4.7 Million into Reading Science Centre

Mondelez International, home to some of the UK’s best loved brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Green & Black’s, OREO, Maynards Bassets, Trebor and Ritz, is investing £4.7 million into its UK food research and development programme. The investment at the company’s Reading Science Centre will support the development of new and improved chocolate, biscuit and […]

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Continuously Cooked Product in Just 60 Seconds

    Continuously Cooked Product in Just 60 Seconds

Interfood Technology is offering the versatile Power Heater system which can reduce traditional processing and cooking costs for higher value meat products as well as upgrade meat trim. The same system also offers flexible opportunities to enter the vegetarian and/or vegan markets.
The Power Heater system is manufactured in Denmark by Source Technology and is available […]

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Raisio to Invest €45 Million in New Healthy Foods Facility

    Raisio to Invest €45 Million in New Healthy Foods Facility

Finnish and international food company Raisio is investing €45 million in a production facility developing and manufacturing plant-based added value products. The investment is in response to the strong growth in demand for plant-based food, particularly in the European markets. The project is funded by the company’s strong cash position and cash flow. The investment […]

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Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

    Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, bringing to 14 the number of international offices it has promoting the Irish food and drinks industry overseas. Through its Prioritising Markets – Opportunities for Growth study, Bord Bia has identified Japan as being in the top five priority markets for Irish […]

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Packaging Innovations London Set to Inspire at 10th Anniversary Show

  Packaging Innovations London Set to Inspire at 10th Anniversary Show

Packaging Innovations 2019 will return to Olympia for its 10th edition on 11 & 12 September, hosted alongside Luxury Packaging London. As the capital’s most exclusive packaging event it will bring the industry together in a festival of cutting-edge, branded and bespoke packaging, when it welcomes over 180 industry specialists to what is set to be […]

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Fazer to Sell Food Service Business to Compass Group For €475 Million

  Fazer to Sell Food Service Business to Compass Group For €475 Million

In line with its strategy of focusing on its fast-moving consumer goods and direct-to-consumer businesses, Fazer Group, the international family-owned food business, has agreed to sell Fazer Food Services, a food service provider in the Nordic region, to Compass Group for €475 million, subject to EU Commission competition approval. Fazer Food Services has a total […]

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Müller Targets 25% Sugar Reduction

  Müller Targets 25% Sugar Reduction

The UK’s favourite yogurt brand[1], which includes Müller Corner and Müllerlight, has confirmed that it is targeting a total sugar reduction of 25%[2] across its branded yogurt portfolio by June 2020 which would equate with the removal of 3300 tonnes of sugar since 2015. If achieved, the reduction would be substantially ahead of Public Health England’s voluntary guidelines which seek […]

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Tetra Pak and FOSS Combine Expertise to Deliver Industry First In-line Standardization Analyser

  Tetra Pak and FOSS Combine Expertise to Deliver Industry First In-line Standardization Analyser

Tetra Pak and FOSS have launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak® Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
The partnership between Tetra Pak, global […]

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Zero Alcohol Drinks Growing 10% a Year in Europe

  Zero Alcohol Drinks Growing 10% a Year in Europe

A new report from Zenith Global on European Zero Alcohol Drinks forecasts sales growth of almost 10% a year over the next five years. Zenith Global estimates the European market at €5.9 billion in 2018. This would take 2023 value to €9.3 billion.
“The United Kingdom is expected to achieve the highest growth rate at 30% […]

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CO2 Refrigeration System For BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

  CO2 Refrigeration System For BrewDog’s Eurocentral Warehouse

Star Refrigeration has been commissioned a second time to work with Scottish multinational craft beer company BrewDog as it continues to expand. The cold storage and distribution specialists successfully delivered an eco-friendly, cost effective solution for Europe’s first fully refrigerated beer warehouse.
Having recently acquired the brand new Eurocentral warehouse in Motherwell, BrewDog commissioned Star to […]

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ABF to Enter Joint Venture in China

  ABF to Enter Joint Venture in China

Associated British Foods and Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings, a subsidiary of Wilmar International, are to form a 50:50 joint venture in China for the manufacture, sale and distribution of yeast and bakery ingredients. The joint venture will acquire existing Chinese yeast and bakery ingredients activities of AB Mauri, a division of ABF, and will leverage […]

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Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Irish Grocery Shoppers

  Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Irish Grocery Shoppers

The latest figures from Kantar show that overall the Irish grocery market grew by 4.2% over the 12 weeks to 19 May 2019, with Dunnes Stores holding off the challenge of Tesco and retaining pole position. Respective growth of 12.6% and 5.9% for Aldi and Lidl means that the retailers’ combined grocery market share stands […]

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Lactalis Expands in Italy

  Lactalis Expands in Italy

Lactalis Group is strengthening its position within the Italian dairy industry by acquiring cheese maker Nuova Castelli for an undisclosed sum. Operating 13 production sites in Italy and three abroad – in Poland, Hungary and the US – Nuova Castelli specialises in the production and distribution of AOC cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2019 is Most Successful Show to Date

  Vitafoods Europe 2019 is Most Successful Show to Date

A record 24,211 visitors attended this year’s Vitafoods Europe, an increase of 15 per cent from 2018, while the size of the show floor grew by 10 per cent to meet demand, showcasing everything from new ingredients and finished products to packaging and contract manufacturing. As a reflection of the success of the event, more […]

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Entry Now Open For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019

  Entry Now Open For the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019

The 2019 PPMA Group Industry Awards will be held at the National Conference Centre (NEC), Birmingham, on the evening of the first day of the PPMA Total Show 2019 – Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Award entry submissions are FREE and now open to all PPMA Group members (PPMA, BARA and UKIVA) and others involved in […]

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Federation of Bakers Forms New Private Company

  Federation of Bakers Forms New Private Company

The Federation of Bakers has formally announced that the organisation will now be managed as a private limited company, Federation of Bakers Limited. The announcement was made at the first Annual General Meeting of the newly formed company.
The change follows a review by the Federation of Bakers of its constitution and rules during the past […]

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Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

Carlsberg Breweries has entered into a new revolving credit facility of €2 billion maturing in June 2024 with an option to extend the maturity until June 2025/2026. The facility has been signed with the group of relationship banks and replaces the €2.51 billion facility signed in December 2013, which was reduced to €2.01 billion in […]

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Arla Farmers Launch Initiative to Get British Bees Buzzing Again

  Arla Farmers Launch Initiative to Get British Bees Buzzing Again

A group of farmers from the Arla Foods dairy co-operative have launched a trial initiative to see whether their efforts for environmentally friendly dairy farming can be broadened to help increase wild bee populations given the crucial role they play in supporting our ecosystems. The news follows the recent UN report which revealed one million […]

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Mondelēz International Completes Sale of Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa to Arla Foods

  Mondelēz International Completes Sale of Cheese Business in Middle East and Africa to Arla Foods

Mondelēz International has completed the sale of its Kraft-branded Cheese business in Middle East and Africa (MEA) to Arla Foods of Denmark. All Kraft-branded Cheese products in the MEA markets, as well as a Cheese manufacturing site in Bahrain, are part of this agreement.
The transaction enables Mondelēz International to focus on faster-growing snacks categories, including chocolate, […]

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Finland Takes Action to Enhance Protein Self-sufficiency

  Finland Takes Action to Enhance Protein Self-sufficiency

Finland is in an excellent position to enhance its protein self-sufficiency while building a sustainable, carbon-neutral food chain. A new report by VTT and VYR (the Finnish Cereal Committee) presents action plan for using grains, grass, fisheries, insects and cellular agriculture more efficiently as sources of protein in the production of both food and feed.
Raising […]

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Veolia Launches NURION™ – An Ingredient Water Compliant RO System

  Veolia Launches NURION™ – An Ingredient Water Compliant RO System

Through its business unit SOLYS, Veolia Water Technologies has launched NURION™, a skid-mounted, reverse osmosis (RO) system designed to produce high-quality ingredient water. The food and beverage industry requires water for various applications within their manufacturing facilities, notably as an ingredient, where it must be free from undesirable taste, odor, color and impurities that could be […]

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European Brewers Ahead of Schedule With Better Ingredients and Calorie Labelling

  European Brewers Ahead of Schedule With Better Ingredients and Calorie Labelling

Continuing to exceed expectations, The Brewers of Europe have announced that 60% of beers sold in Europe are now labelling calories. Brewers have been voluntarily rolling out ingredients listing and energy information in full accordance with EU law, on-label and online, since 2015. In July 2018 the commitment was bolstered with a recommendation to all breweries […]

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From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

  From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

Research shows that there is good awareness of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), an important nutritional component of breast milk, among mothers and mothers-to-be.1 MFGM is found naturally in breast milk and is comprised of phospholipids, glycolipids, proteins and glycoproteins.
Recently, MFGM ingredients made from whey have been introduced into the infant nutrition category. This means […]

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DS Smith Sets Sights on Removable Plastic

  DS Smith Sets Sights on Removable Plastic

DS Smith, a leading international sustainable packaging company, has released new research which finds that 1.5 million tonnes of plastic could be replaced each year from just five areas within supermarkets across Europe[1]. Its report, ‘Transforming the Supermarket Aisle’, was developed in conjunction with White Space, the leading growth strategy consultancy.It identifies plastic packaging, such […]

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Cranswick Continues to Build For Future Growth

  Cranswick Continues to Build For Future Growth

Despite a challenging trading environment, Cranswick, the UK food producer, has reported a 1.8% increase in like-for-like adjusted group operating profit to £92.3 million on revenue down by 1.9% to £1.437 billion for the year ended 31 March 2019. Strong revenue growth from poultry, sausages and continental products partly offset lower year-on-year revenue in other […]

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AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

  AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

AG Barr, the UK-based soft drinks group, is launching IRN-BRU Energy, a new energy drink that will hit shelves from 1 July 2019. The brand-new formula will combine the iconic flavour of IRN-BRU’s top secret essence with the taurine, caffeine, B vitamins and taste of an energy drink.

IRN-BRU Energy is designed to meet the needs […]

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Irish Business is First in Europe to Launch Compostable Packaging For Takeaway Food

  Irish Business is First in Europe to Launch Compostable Packaging For Takeaway Food

Healthy Thai delivery chain Camile Thai, have launched their new compostable range of packaging across their restaurants, which can go straight into the compost bin without washing. They are the first restaurant chain in Europe to make this move and replace their packaging with a more environmentally friendly, 100% compostable solution. The innovation will reduce […]

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Tate & Lyle Reports Solid Progress

  Tate & Lyle Reports Solid Progress

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, has reported solid financial progress in delivering sales from continuing operations up 2% to £2.75 billion for the year ended 31 March 2019. The group’s Food & Beverage Solutions business maintained momentum, Sucralose performed strongly and its Primary Products division achieved volume […]

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Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris – 3-5 December 2019

  Where the Food and Beverage World Tastes Success – Fi Europe & Ni Returns to Paris – 3-5 December 2019

This year, Food ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients will once again be the food industry’s epicentre over the course of three days. The Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte will become the number 1 platform where leading ingredient manufacturers establish numerous high-quality business connections.
Trade visitors can expect a broad spectrum of products, concepts and innovations […]

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Bühler Opens its CUBIC Innovation Campus

  Bühler Opens its CUBIC Innovation Campus

After a construction period of 20 months and an investment of about SFr50 million, Bühler Group has officially opened its CUBIC innovation campus with eight Application Centers. “We are with this driving forward our strategy of innovation, training, and development,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. “Together with our customers, partners from industry and […]

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Britvic Delivers Strong First Half

  Britvic Delivers Strong First Half

Britvic, the UK-based soft drinks group, increased revenue by 4.9% to £769.2 million – by 1.9% on an organic basis – for the 28 weeks ended 14 April 2019, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Adjusted EBIT increased 4.0%, on a reported basis, to £83.7 million, whilst organic adjusted EBIT increased 5.0%. […]

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Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

  Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

Carlsberg and Liverpool Football Club have agreed a five-year extension to their partnership – securing Carlsberg’s role as Official Beer until the end of the 2023-24 season. The new deal builds on the longest standing partnership in the Premier League, which began in 1992 and has seen Carlsberg sponsor the team ever since. As a […]

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Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 Set to Return For 10th Year With Biggest Show Yet

  Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 Set to Return For 10th Year With Biggest Show Yet

As Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 prepares to return to the Olympia on 11 & 12 September, James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, discusses plans for the show.

Why should the event be in all packaging professionals’ calendars?

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 provides packaging professionals with the perfect platform to network with peers […]

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Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

  Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin

Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries.
A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand […]

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European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

  European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.
The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined […]

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Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

  Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for […]

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