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New Head For Arla Foods UK

    New Head For Arla Foods UK

Arla Foods, the leading European dairy co-operative, has announced the departure of its UK Managing Director, Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa. Pietrangeli will be replaced by Ash Amirahmadi, who is currently SVP – Sales for Arla Foods in the UK. Tomas Pietrangeli will leave on 30 June […]

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HKScan Invests in its Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

    HKScan Invests in its Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

HKScan, the Nordic meat and food group, is investing close to €7 million in its Kristianstad plant in Sweden. This is one of the steps in HKScan’s strategic development of the entire value chain, from farm to fork. The investment further modernizes Sweden’s largest pig slaughterhouse and strengthens thereby further HKScan’s operational footprint.
“HKScan’s investment increases […]

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Craft Beer Revolution is Here to Stay

    Craft Beer Revolution is Here to Stay

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, has published a new report in its Global Insights Series which indicates the consumer demand for craft beer is not likely to slow down anytime soon. The report, which surveyed 3,300 consumers in seven countries in the Europe and US, shows that 4 […]

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DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

    DeutscheBack Reduces Acrylamide in Bakery Products

With Innovase ASP DP, DeutscheBack now offers manufacturers of bakery products an enzyme system that prevents the formation of acrylamide in baked goods such as biscuits, wafers, bread and rolls. A simple dosing makes the new solution easier for bakers to use than enzyme concentrates and enables adherence to the statutory tolerances for acrylamide without […]

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AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

    AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD (pictured above left), has officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and Research and Development facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in the food industry for over 20 years, develops and manufactures ingredients, sauces and blends for the processed food market. Its R&D lead team have developed […]

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Starbucks Extends Strategic Partnership With Arla Foods

    Starbucks Extends Strategic Partnership With Arla Foods

After seven years of a successful business partnership, Starbucks has a new strategic licensing agreement with the farmer-owned dairy co-operative Arla Foods. The two companies have signed a long-term 21-year strategic agreement, giving Arla Foods license to continue to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region (Europe, […]

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Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

    Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

The European Commission has just released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s Science and Knowledge service, has developed a common methodology to allow national consumer authorities to carry out tests comparing the composition and characteristics of food products sold […]

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Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

    Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

Müller has introduces FRijj with a longer lasting ambient recipe for the first time. The new FRijj ambient range is being produced at Müller’s Severnside site, which has benefited from substantial investment to create a new centre of excellence for milk drinks and fresh cream.
Müller intends to use the increased capabilities at Severnside and across […]

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Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

    Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

New CSO figures reveal that the value of Irish gin exports grew by a whopping 433 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, exports of Irish gin were valued at €935,000, compared to just €175,000 in the first quarter of 2017. […]

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Global Coding & Marking Company Establishes First UK Business

    Global Coding & Marking Company Establishes First UK Business

Barcelona-based Macsa ID, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance laser coding, marking and scoring systems for the food, beverage, packaging, pharmaceutical, chemical, aerospace and automotive markets, has continued its global expansion with the recent acquisition of a majority stake in UK business, Halo Lasers. Halo Lasers has been rebranded to Macsa ID UK […]

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery Names New Global President

    Mars Wrigley Confectionery Names New Global President

Mars, Incorporated has appointed Andrew Clarke, currently Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, to the role of Global President ‐ Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Andrew Clarke will assume his new role in September. He will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Clarke.
Since 2015 Andrew Clarke has been Chief Marketing & Customer Officer. […]

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More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

    More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production. This was one of the main findings of the latest publication, from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network – discussed at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, held at Teagasc, Moorepark, Cork […]

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Danone Early Life Nutrition Launches Category Overhaul

    Danone Early Life Nutrition Launches Category Overhaul

Danone Early Life Nutrition is launching a category refresh that spans its leading baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, […]

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Speed Up Poultry Processing – 15,000 bph With Meyn

    Speed Up Poultry Processing – 15,000 bph With Meyn

Rising consumer demand for high-protein food and changing customer preferences have spurred the global market for poultry meat. In response to this growing demand, the market has been forced to increase production volumes. This results in longer production days and increased line speeds. Especially greenfield projects, but also existing plants demand the highest possible processing […]

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Mondelēz International Invests $200 Million in Czech Biscuit Plant to Accelerate Growth in Europe

    Mondelēz International Invests $200 Million in Czech Biscuit Plant to Accelerate Growth in Europe

Mondelēz International has invested $200 million since 2014 in its Czech Republic-based Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, which employs nearly 1,000 people and produces Power Brands like Oreo, belVita, Milka and Cadbury, for the European market. The investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making centre and supports the company’s […]

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European Soft Drinks Industry Generates Revenue of €185 Billion

    European Soft Drinks Industry Generates Revenue of €185 Billion

A recent study illustrates how the European soft drinks industry is rooted in the European economy and boosts progress throughout its value chain. The sector generates €185 billion revenue – equivalent to 1.24% of EU GDP – indirectly supports 1.7 million jobs and delivers almost €30 billion in tax contributions to EU member states.
The industry […]

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Packaging Automation Help Seal in Freshness

    Packaging Automation Help Seal in Freshness

When Funky Nut Company, a small business manufacturing creative, healthier alternative peanut butters, were looking at developing their product range and tapping into the snack packs market, they needed a solution to seal in the freshness. Wanting a British manufacturer with reliable products and great service, Packaging Automation ticked the box from day one.
Being new […]

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GEA Develops a Large Rotary Lobe Pump For Sensitive Products

    GEA Develops a Large Rotary Lobe Pump For Sensitive Products

GEA is expanding its NOVALOBE pump range with the large-volume GEA Hilge NOVALOBE 60. The robust rotary lobe pump is specifically designed for pumping and dosing highly viscous media, also with large particles. This new development meets the hygiene standards of the EHEDG guidelines for applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries.
GEA Product Manager Ulla Främke […]

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Barilla to Invest €1 Billion Over 5 Years

    Barilla to Invest €1 Billion Over 5 Years

Barilla, the world’s largest pasta company, expects to invest about €1 billion over five years on its industrial assets. About 60% of the investments will be aimed at boosting competitiveness and sustainability by improving processes and technologies, while over 40% will support innovation and geographic expansion. The expansion of the plant near Parma in Italy […]

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Orkla to Consolidate Biscuits Production

    Orkla to Consolidate Biscuits Production

Norwegian food group Orkla is to consolidate its production of biscuits and to build a new biscuits factory outside Riga, Latvia. The move is part of the group’s strategy of consolidating production in fewer and more efficient plants.
Consequently, the current biscuits production operations in Kungälv and Riga will be closed down and relocated to the […]

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Success of Vitafoods Europe Reflects Strength of Nutraceutical Industry

    Success of Vitafoods Europe Reflects Strength of Nutraceutical Industry

The success of Vitafoods Europe 2018, which attracted over 20,000 visitors for the first time, reflects the strength of the industry, the organisers say. A total of 21,132 visitors passed through the doors at Palexpo, Geneva between 15th and 17th May. The numbers were the highest in the event’s 21-year history and represented a 6% […]

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Blockchain – The Future of Food Traceability?

“The Blockchain, can change…well everything.” That was the prediction of Goldman Sachs in 2015. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about Blockchain, particularly around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but just as the investment bank giant predicted, the technology is starting to have more wide-reaching impacts on other sectors. Here, Shan […]

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Moy Park to Invest £18 Million in Latest Processing Technology

  Moy Park to Invest £18 Million in Latest Processing Technology

Moy Park, which is one of the UK’s largest poultry producers, has announced an investment of over £18 million across a number of its sites in Lincolnshire. The investments form part of the company’s ongoing strategic investment programme which is focused on enhancing operations across its agriculture and processing facilities, boosting production to a record […]

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Tulip Starts Next Phase in Turnaround Under New Leadership

  Tulip Starts Next Phase in Turnaround Under New Leadership

Danish Crown has announced that Steve Francis is stepping down from his position as CEO of Tulip Ltd as the UK business kicks off the next step of its turnaround programme. Danish Crown CEO and Chairman of Tulip Ltd Jais Valeur will take on the role of Executive Chairman of Tulip Ltd.
Steve Francis was appointed […]

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Carrs Foods Ranked 9th in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

  Carrs Foods Ranked 9th in Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

Carrs Foods, the Manchester-based bakery business, has been ranked at number nine in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Carrs Foods achieved an international sales growth of 29% compared to 2016, with a global sales turnover of £49.2 million.
This is the second consecutive year […]

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Smurfit Kappa Launches Bag-in-Box For Apple Juice

  Smurfit Kappa Launches Bag-in-Box For Apple Juice

Smurfit Kappa, leader in complete Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, has expanded its range of packaging solutions for the fresh apple juice market. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in Box® developed the Thermo Bag to meet the specifications of hot filling which is a commonly used processing method in the drinks industry. During hot filling, the product is pressed, filtered, […]

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Leadership Changes at Kellogg Company’s North American and European Businesses

  Leadership Changes at Kellogg Company’s North American and European Businesses

Kellogg Company has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company’s growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Chris Hood, currently President of Kellogg Europe, has been named President of Kellogg North America reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Cahillane. The company has appointed Dave Lawlor, currently, Vice President, European Cereal Business, […]

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ABP Food Group to Invest £17 Million in Scotland

  ABP Food Group to Invest £17 Million in Scotland

ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food processors, has announced an investment of £17 million for the planned redevelopment of its Perth processing plant in Scotland. The redevelopment includes an extension and upgrade of the facilities chilled storage area, dry goods storage, maturation and meat production facilities and staff amenities. On completion, the project, […]

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Consumers Prefer Taste and Sweetness of Reduced-sugar Cookies With Taura’s JusFruit Pieces

  Consumers Prefer Taste and Sweetness of Reduced-sugar Cookies With Taura’s JusFruit Pieces

Reduced-sugar cookies containing Taura’s JusFruitTM pieces are perceived to be just as sweet as full-sugar alternatives, research has found. In a consumer sensory panel, reduced-sugar cookies containing the concentrated fruit pieces were not perceived to be less sweet than a full sugar alternative, even though they contained 30% less sugar. Furthermore, they outscored both full-sugar and standard […]

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Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

  Tesco Back on Top in Ireland For First Time Since 2015

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20 May 2018, show Tesco reclaiming the top spot on its own for the first time in more than two years with an overall share of 22.3%.  The retailer grew sales by 4.5% – far ahead of the overall market, which […]

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Seafood Supplier Scoops Top Scottish Award

  Seafood Supplier Scoops Top Scottish Award

Leading seafood producer Loch Fyne Oysters celebrated its 40th year of trading by scooping the top prize in the Fish and Seafood category of Scotland’s prestigious Food and Drink Awards. The awards recognise innovation, enterprise and quality amongst Scottish food and drink producers.
Loch Fyne Oysters won an award for its Bradan Orach smoked salmon, which […]

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Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

  Actions to Stop the Decline of Pollinating Insects

One in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species is declining. This is why the European Commission is proposing the first-ever EU initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects. The new measures include a new indicator to improve monitoring and data, and better […]

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Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

  Warm Weather and the ‘Markle Sparkle’ Dazzle UK Grocery

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 20 May 2018, reveal that the recent hot weather combined with the Meghan Markle effect sparked strong market growth – up 2.7% on last year. Chris Hayward, consumer specialist at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The sun shone on the grocery market over the past month […]

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Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

  Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

Walled City Brewery, located in Derry’s exciting new cultural quarter Ebrington Square, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop a new craft beer. Master Brewer, James Huey used an Invest NI £5,000 Innovation Voucher to develop the recipe for its ‘1689’ Mumm ale, which comes from a recipe dating back to the Siege […]

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Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

  Dairy Processing Equipment Market Size to Hit $13 Billion by 2024

Global Dairy Processing Equipment Market size is expected to exceed US$13 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights. Growth in geriatric population accompanied by prevailing health conditions including joint issues, obesity, diabetes, calcium deficiency has increased milk & milk products consumption which is likely to drive dairy processing equipment […]

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Nomad Foods to Acquire Aunt Bessie’s For €240 Million

  Nomad Foods to Acquire Aunt Bessie’s For €240 Million

Nomad Foods has entered into an agreement to acquire Aunt Bessie’s from William Jackson & Son for approximately €240 million. Aunt Bessie’s is a leading frozen food company in the United Kingdom where it manufactures, distributes and sells a range of branded frozen food products. The Aunt Bessie’s brand holds number one and number two […]

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Nestlé Acquires Majority Share in Welsh Spring Water Business

  Nestlé Acquires Majority Share in Welsh Spring Water Business

Nestlé Waters has acquired a majority stake in Princes Gate Spring Water, a bottled water manufacturer based in Wales. The acquisition comes in the context of increasing consumer demand for bottled water in the UK and will provide new opportunities to deliver growth in one of Nestlé’s core categories.
Princes Gate Spring Water was founded in […]

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Market Volatility Drives Demand For Egg Replacers as New Online Calculator is Launched

  Market Volatility Drives Demand For Egg Replacers as New Online Calculator is Launched

With egg prices going through an extended period of volatility, Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new calculator to help bakery companies determine how much they could save by using egg replacers in their cake recipes. A number of events in the global egg production industry have impacted on market conditions. In 2017 and 2018, scares […]

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Glanbia Appoints New Group Chairman

  Glanbia Appoints New Group Chairman

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has announced Martin Keane as Group Chairman, to succeed Henry Corbally with immediate effect. Patrick Murphy has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman in place of Martin Keane while John Murphy will continue as a Vice Chairman.
Speaking on his appointment as Group Chairman Martin Keane said: “I am […]

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Key Appointments Made to Three ‘Dream Jobs’ in Scotch Whisky

  Key Appointments Made to Three ‘Dream Jobs’ in Scotch Whisky

Appointments to three of the most coveted jobs in the Scotch whisky industry have been announced by Scotland’s leading distilling company, Diageo. The company has appointed the lead roles for the investment project to bring the iconic Port Ellen and Brora distilleries back to life, and a new manager for the famous Lagavulin Distillery on […]

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Harrogate Spring is Number One UK Food Service Choice

  Harrogate Spring is Number One UK Food Service Choice

Harrogate Spring has become the number one bottled water brand in the UK’s £2.7 billion food service soft drinks category and the number eight soft drinks brand in the sector. Value growth of more than 20% last year, five times the overall category, has seen Harrogate Spring leapfrog soft drinks Lucozade and Oasis.
Sales and marketing […]

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Mondelēz International Expands Its Sustainable Wheat Program to Cover 100% of European Biscuits By 2020

  Mondelēz International Expands Its Sustainable Wheat Program to Cover 100% of European Biscuits By 2020

Mondelēz International has announced its ambition to expand the Harmony program, the company’s sustainable wheat sourcing initiative, to cover 100 percent of its biscuit brands in the European Union by 2022, up from 60 percent of the company’s biscuit production in EU last year.
“European consumers increasingly equate high-quality products with sustainable production. They’re aware of […]

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Arla Foods UK Announces First Step in Drive to Create New Efficiencies

  Arla Foods UK Announces First Step in Drive to Create New Efficiencies

Arla Foods UK has announced a series of actions that it is proposing as part of a strategic review of its UK cheese business, logistics operations and the Arla Group’s three-year transformation programme, Calcium, where it will further create efficiencies for the benefit of its farmer owners, customers and consumers.
The proposals include creating a reorganised […]

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Nestlé Launches New Food Brand in the UK

  Nestlé Launches New Food Brand in the UK

Nestlé is bringing a new food brand to the UK, offering healthy meat-free products for consumers looking to cut down on meat but not wanting to compromise on taste. Answering the popular consumer lifestyle trend; flexitarianism, or eating less meat and more plant-based protein, Garden Gourmet offers an exciting variety of meat alternatives made with […]

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European Commission Tables Update of Rules on Alcohol Excise Duties

  European Commission Tables Update of Rules on Alcohol Excise Duties

The European Commission has proposed to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health. The announcement means that small and artisan alcohol producers (including, for the first time, small independent cider […]

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Board Changes at Hilton Food Group

  Board Changes at Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based specialist international meat packing business, has announced a number of changes to its board. Robert Watson OBE, the current CEO, will become Executive Chairman with effect from 1 July 2018, and Non-Executive Chairman during 2020. Philip Heffer will be promoted to Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 July 2018. […]

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The Most Effective Marketers in the World Announced

  The Most Effective Marketers in the World Announced

Effie Worldwide has announced the most effective marketers in the world, based on the global results of the 2018 Effie Effectiveness Index. Unilever, Pepsi, WPP Group, McCann Worldgroup, Sancho BBDO and ACG Advertising Agency hold the top global rankings in the categories of Most Effective Marketer, Brand, Agency Holding Group, Agency Network, Agency Office and […]

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Nestlé Announces Re-Organization of its Global Information Technology Activities

  Nestlé Announces Re-Organization of its Global Information Technology Activities

Following a thorough review of its global information technology (IT) setup, Nestlé has announced plans to re-organize parts of its IT activities to benefit from its existing technology hub in Spain and other Nestlé locations. With this change, Nestlé intends to accelerate its digital transformation and to respond more quickly to fast-paced technological changes. The […]

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Food Industry Progress to Cut Sugar in the UK Unveiled

  Food Industry Progress to Cut Sugar in the UK Unveiled

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first assessment of progress on the government’s sugar reduction programme, measuring how far the food industry has gone towards reducing the sugar children consume through everyday foods. As part of the government’s plan to reduce childhood obesity, the food industry, including retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, cafés and pub chains, […]

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JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

  JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

JAB, a global investment firm with a proven track record of investing in premium brands, is acquiring Pret A Manger, a leading company in the ready‐to‐eat food market, from Bridgepoint, an international private equity firm and its majority owner, and other minority shareholders. The transaction is expected to be completed during the Summer 2018. Terms […]

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Abbey International Finance Invests in Health Drinks Category

  Abbey International Finance Invests in Health Drinks Category

C7 Brands, the rapidly growing UK health drinks distributor, has announced a direct investment from Abbey International Finance. The investment, which is a blend of equity and additional debt funding, sees Abbey International Finance take control of 60% of the share equity of C7 Brands for £2 million. The remaining 40% of the firm will […]

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New Chairman of Arla Foods Named

  New Chairman of Arla Foods Named

Arla Foods, the international dairy co-operative, has appointed Jan Toft Nørgaard (pictured) from Skærbæk, Denmark to succeed Åke Hantoft as chairman, when he steps down on July 2, after seven years in the role. The new chairman has been a dairy farmer since 1982 and an elected representative in the co-operative since 1996. In 1998 […]

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New Starter Culture Designed For Mediterranean-style White Cheese

  New Starter Culture Designed For Mediterranean-style White Cheese

DVS® WHITE FLORA is the latest addition to Chr. Hansen’s white cheese starter culture range. The new product series consists of three cultures that aid the formation of rich and aromatic notes in white cheese, and ensure consistent cheese quality and robust manufacturing.
White cheese is the fastest growing global cheese category, experiencing on average 5% […]

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PepsiCo Expands Better-For-You Portfolio into Baked Fruit and Vegetable Snacks

  PepsiCo Expands Better-For-You Portfolio into Baked Fruit and Vegetable Snacks

PepsiCo has agreed to acquire Bare Foods Co (trading as Bare Snacks), a US-based maker of baked fruit and vegetable snacks. The transaction will expand PepsiCo’s snacking portfolio and further deliver on its Performance with Purpose vision to offer consumers more positive nutrition options.
“For nearly a dozen years, PepsiCo has been committed to Performance with […]

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