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Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership of Super Bock Group in Portugal

    Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership of Super Bock Group in Portugal

The Carlsberg Group has acquired 28.5% of the shares in Viacerm which is the controlling shareholder of Super Bock Group, holding 56% of the shares. The other 44% of the shares in Super Bock Group are owned by Carlsberg.
Super Bock Group is the market leader in Portugal, holding a market share of 47% with a […]

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UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

    UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

The number of restaurants in Britain slipped by 2.0% over the year to September 2018, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals – equivalent to more than 10 closures a week. The exclusive research shows that Britain had a total of 26,892 restaurants at September. The net fall of 539 […]

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ABP’s Olleco on Shortlist For Davos Sustainability Award

    ABP’s Olleco on Shortlist For Davos Sustainability Award

ABP Food Group’s renewable division, Olleco, has been shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Circular’ sustainability award for its development of a circular economy model with McDonald’s and Arla Foods in the UK. The awards are an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders and winners will be announced at the […]

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Arla Foods Acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft Branded Cheese Business From Mondeléz International

    Arla Foods Acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft Branded Cheese Business From Mondeléz International

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has reached an agreement with US-based international confectionery, food, and beverage company Mondeléz International to acquire its processed cheese business in the Middle East region, which is currently licensed under the Kraft brand. The acquisition also gives Arla full ownership of a state-of-the-art cheese production site in Bahrain, which provides […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

    UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

Despite retailers and shoppers getting into the festive spirit, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018, show the sector is now growing at 2.0% – its slowest rate since March 2017.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Consumers are benefiting […]

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Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

    Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

In concurrent studies, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered new mechanisms that demonstrate why and how regularly eating red meat can increase the risk of heart disease, and the role gut bacteria play in that process. The research, led by Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., builds upon previous work showing TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) – a gut bacteria […]

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The Complete Package at Contract Pack 2019

    The Complete Package at Contract Pack 2019

Packaging Innovations 2019 is set to welcome back Contract Pack for the twelfth-year at Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019. Supported by the British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA), the Contract Pack 2019 zone will host 20 BCMPA accredited exhibitors, offering an unrivaled opportunity for brand owners and manufacturers to meet potential […]

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Müller Completes Largest Single Investment in Scottish Dairy Processing in a Decade

    Müller Completes Largest Single Investment in Scottish Dairy Processing in a Decade

Müller Milk & Ingredients has completed a £15 million project to substantially upgrade Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy in Bellshill and secure 265 jobs. The project represents the largest single investment in Scottish dairy processing for more than a decade.
It gives Müller’s Bellshill dairy the capacity to process more than 370 million litres of fresh […]

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Changing Consumer Habits to Shape EU Agricultural Markets by 2030

    Changing Consumer Habits to Shape EU Agricultural Markets by 2030

The European Commission has published projections for the European agricultural markets to 2030 for a wide range of agri-food products, including meat, arable crops, milk and dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. The evolution of agricultural income and the environmental aspects of EU agriculture are also covered, as well as a special focus on the […]

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Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

    Irish Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But what about the consumer? Is grass-fed beef better than other types of beef for consumers?
This was the focus of a Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

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Change of Leadership at Edrington

    Change of Leadership at Edrington

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in that role. His successor will be Scott McCroskie, who is currently a member of the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan.
Ian Curle joined the business in 1986 through Edrington’s subsidiary […]

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Guinness to Sponsor Six Nations Rugby

    Guinness to Sponsor Six Nations Rugby

The iconic global brand Guinness is to become the new title sponsor of the Six Nations, with the Championship to be known as the Guinness Six Nations from 2019. The Six Nations is one of the world’s best attended sports events and regularly attracts record TV and online audiences in the UK, France, Ireland, Italy […]

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Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

    Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

Mondelēz International has announced a new investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland. Only 1.5 years after the center opening, the company invested a further $5 million, in addition to the initial $17 million investment, to expand the research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation. This state-of-the-art facility will now serve […]

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Givaudan Launches a New Innovation Platform

    Givaudan Launches a New Innovation Platform

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, has launched MISTA, a new innovation platform for the food industry. More encompassing than an incubator or accelerator, MISTA is an optimiser, enabling start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and investments.
Located in San Francisco, MISTA will open its physical premises in early 2019. With […]

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Cargill Celebrates a Decade of Sustainability and Innovation in Ghana With Investment Plans and Farmer Support

    Cargill Celebrates a Decade of Sustainability and Innovation in Ghana With Investment Plans and Farmer Support

Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business has commemorated its 10th anniversary in Ghana by announcing plans for future investment and farmer support. Cargill’s 2022 roadmap for Ghana includes:
* 80,000 farmers receiving capacity building support and facilitated access to inputs through our Farmer Field Schools
* The provision of one million new cocoa seedlings for rehabilitation of old farms […]

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UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

    UK Shoppers Set to Spend £21.6 Billion on Food and Groceries This Christmas

The UK grocery market is set to experience 2.4% growth this Christmas, with shoppers predicted to spend £21.6 billion over the festive period, according to the latest forecast from research organisation IGD. With nearly half (48%) of shoppers agreeing that food and drink is the most important part of Christmas Day, grocery has a key role to […]

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Europastry Broadens its Portfolio

    Europastry Broadens its Portfolio

Europastry, a family-owned business specialising in frozen bread and patisserie products, has completed its purchase of Confeitaria Torres, a Portuguese bakery company. Based in Trofa near Porto, Confeitaria Torres supplies fresh and deep-frozen bakery and pastry products.
With the acquisition, Europastry adds another craft baker to its production capacity, further consolidating its range of high quality […]

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Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

    Quality is King in China’s Infant Formula Market

Chinese parents care much more about the quality and nutritional value of infant formula than its price, new research by Advanced Lipids has shown. China accounts for almost half of all infant formula sales globally.
To gain new market insights, Advanced Lipids, manufacturer of the fat ingredient INFAT®, surveyed 211 urban Chinese parents. All fed their children […]

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Austrian Meat Manufacturers Turn to FlatSkin® System by SEALPAC

    Austrian Meat Manufacturers Turn to FlatSkin® System by SEALPAC

Food retailers in Austria, like in many other European countries, are increasingly choosing vacuum skin packaging. This technology can be found in a growing number of varieties across the retail shelves, owing to its obvious benefits: securely sealed under deep vacuum, food products have a significantly longer shelf life and can be presented in a […]

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FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

    FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

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

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Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

    Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

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

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Strategic Partnership Sets New Industry Standard For Sourcing Cocoa

    Strategic Partnership Sets New Industry Standard For Sourcing Cocoa

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

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Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

  Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

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

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

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

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

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PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

  PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

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

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

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

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

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New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

  New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

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

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Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

  Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

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

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UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

  UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

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

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Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields Unveil Latest Stevia Innovation

  Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields Unveil Latest Stevia Innovation

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

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Ardagh’s Can Shows Off the Quality of Cassegrain

  Ardagh’s Can Shows Off the Quality of Cassegrain

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

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

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

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

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Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

  Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

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

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A Red Like No Other

  A Red Like No Other

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

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Loma Launches New X5 bulkflow X-ray Inspection System

  Loma Launches New X5 bulkflow X-ray Inspection System

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

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Britvic Continues to Execute its Strategy

  Britvic Continues to Execute its Strategy

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

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William Jackson Food Group Acquires Belazu

  William Jackson Food Group Acquires Belazu

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

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

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

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

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Gerhard Schubert Introduces New Series of Preconfigured Machines

  Gerhard Schubert Introduces New Series of Preconfigured Machines

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

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Greene King Shows Resilience

  Greene King Shows Resilience

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

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Change of Leadership at Unilever

  Change of Leadership at Unilever

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

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

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

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

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Large Wins For Flowcrete UK at FeRFA Awards 2018

  Large Wins For Flowcrete UK at FeRFA Awards 2018

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

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Edrington Disposes of Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky

  Edrington Disposes of Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky

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

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New CFO at Emmi

  New CFO at Emmi

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

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Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

  Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

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

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Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

  Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

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

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Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

  Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

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

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Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

  Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

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

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Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

  Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

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

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

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

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

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Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

  Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

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

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21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

  21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

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

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Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

  Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

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

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