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Ardgowan Unveils Plans For Inverclyde Distillery

    Ardgowan Unveils Plans For Inverclyde Distillery

Ardgowan Distillery has revealed ambitious designs for its new £12 million distillery which is being built on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow. The plans showcase the flagship building which has just secured revised planning consent from Inverclyde Council.
The striking new design, by Michael Laird Architects, brings a number of improvements […]

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HKScan Launches Exports of Finnish Poultry Products to Sweden

    HKScan Launches Exports of Finnish Poultry Products to Sweden

HKScan, the Nordic food and meat group, has started exporting Finnish poultry products to Sweden. They will initially be sold through the largest retailer ICA’s outlets under the Karinäs®(Kariniemen®) brand.
The launch gives Swedish consumers access to a new innovation: high welfare farm-born poultry that is hatched on the farm where it is raised. This new concept is […]

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Almonds Retain Top Spot For Nut Introductions in Europe

    Almonds Retain Top Spot For Nut Introductions in Europe

According to Innova Market Research’s latest Global New Product Introductions Report, almonds retain the number one spot for nut introductions in Europe. With a 47% share of global almond product introductions, the region leads globally for the eleventh year running. Europe as a whole saw a total of 5,017 new introductions with almonds – a […]

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Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

    Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

With ongoing volatility in the global milk markets, increasing consumer misunderstanding of the sector, polarised levels of support for UK dairy farmers and a new post-Brexit Agriculture Bill the challenges for dairy farmers are mounting. Farmer-owned co-operative Arla Foods has launched ‘Arla UK 360’ – a new standard in UK dairy farming.
The Arla UK 360 […]

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Müller Milk & Ingredients Completes Integration and Appoints CFO

    Müller Milk & Ingredients Completes Integration and Appoints CFO

Brian Watson has been appointed as Chief Finance Officer at Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI). He joins the business from Marmon, a $7.7 billion Berkshire Hathaway company operating in the supermarket and food service sector. The appointment comes as MMI confirms completion of the biggest integration the UK dairy industry has ever seen – merging […]

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Emmi Leads by Example

    Emmi Leads by Example

As a manufacturer of speciality cheeses, Swiss dairy group Emmi is now setting an example for environmental protection by investing in a high-performance photovoltaic system at its Platteville site in the state of Wisconsin in the US. With 1,600 panels installed on the roof, the system can cover 15% of the company’s electricity requirement. The […]

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New Pearl Range Launched to Help Reduce Risk of Cross Contamination

    New Pearl Range Launched to Help Reduce Risk of Cross Contamination

Single use glove specialist Unigloves has launched the brand new 15-glove Pearl Colour System nitrile gloves range, helping organisations across the food sector more effectively manage cross contamination risks. The expanded range, combines high quality food handling approved, AQL 1.5 medical grade, powder-free nitrile gloves available in a range of colour finishes – including those […]

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Signed Sealed Delivered

    Signed Sealed Delivered

With the increased customer focus on postable items such as confectionery, drinks and gifts, UK plastic bottle manufacturers Measom Freer have developed their very own Post Bottle (Ref 6143). With a flat rectangular shape, the bottle can easily be boxed and posted through standard letterboxes, fitting the UK large letter dimensions.
Made from clear PVC, which […]

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Irish Distillers to Invest €150 Million in Sites in Cork and Dublin

    Irish Distillers to Invest €150 Million in Sites in Cork and Dublin

Irish Distillers has announced investment of over €150 million in its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet demand for its products as the Irish whiskey renaissance continues apace. This is accelerated by the continued growth of the company’s flagship Jameson brand, which is now in double or triple-digit growth in more than 80 markets […]

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Kepak Sweeps Up Seven Awards at Blas na hEireann

    Kepak Sweeps Up Seven Awards at Blas na hEireann

Irish meat processor Kepak Group has picked up seven awards at this year’s prestigious Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, including a Gold award for its newly launched Centra Irish Angus Sirloin Steaks with Pink Peppercorn Butter. As one of Europe’s leading food innovators, Kepak was up against the top Irish producers in a range of distinct […]

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Chr. Hansen Acquires Dairy Ingredient Supplier

    Chr. Hansen Acquires Dairy Ingredient Supplier

Through the acquisition of Austrian-based ingredient supplier Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler, Chr. Hansen will further expand its enzyme production and presence into the traditional segments of specialty cheeses. Hundsbichler products are widely recognized for high quality, and this acquisition will enable Chr. Hansen to offer cheesemakers a second-to-none product portfolio in the animal rennet space.
The acquisition […]

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Croxsons Pulls Out All the Stops For HMS Spirits Company

    Croxsons Pulls Out All the Stops For HMS Spirits Company

Leading glass packaging company, Croxsons, recently came to the aid of start-up artisan gin distiller, the HMS Spirits Company, to fulfil an urgent packaging requirement. The distiller had found itself without a closure for its latest release, Mary Rose Gin, a small batch London Dry Gin produced to celebrate Henry VIII’s famous warship.
The distiller, who […]

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Mains Overtaking Bottled Water Coolers in West Europe

    Mains Overtaking Bottled Water Coolers in West Europe

102,500 more water coolers were installed across West Europe in 2017, marking a 3.4% increase and taking the total to 3.1 million, according to a new report from the sector’s leading specialist consultancy Zenith Global. The number of mains water, point of use coolers rose by 6.2% to reach 46.9% of the total, up from […]

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Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

    Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

Europe’s leading health, natural and nutrition show, Hi Europe & Ni, is celebrating its 10th edition with a move to a larger hall at Messe Frankfurt this year. From 27-29 November 2018, visitors will be able to access all of the show’s many features and live events under one roof. In addition, the Healthy Finished Products […]

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Northern Lights to Add Momentum to Sales of Finnish Pork in China

    Northern Lights to Add Momentum to Sales of Finnish Pork in China

Omega-3 Pork® from Finnish family-owned farms will soon be sold to highly demanding Chinese consumers in packages portraying the Nordic Arctic and the magical northern lights. The new premium packages continue to build Finland’s rising image in Chinese markets.
The Chinese people are interested in Finland. The purity of nature and the opportunity to see the […]

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Tetra Pak Launches Total-plant Management Service Boosting Customer Profitability

    Tetra Pak Launches Total-plant Management Service Boosting Customer Profitability

Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Pak® Plant Secure, a game-changing plant management service that delivers profitability improvements for customers. The new service starts with a detailed audit of all the equipment and systems across the customer’s value chain.
This analysis, combined with Tetra Pak’s deep knowledge of the industry and benchmark data on food manufacturing, enables its specialists to […]

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Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million

    Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has agreed to acquire SlimFast and other brands for $350 million from the owners KSF Holdings LLP and HNS Intermediate Corporation. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It […]

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The Independent Brewers of Europe Formed

    The Independent Brewers of Europe Formed

The independent craft brewing associations of nine European countries have announced successful discussions towards the formation of a new body, the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE), whose aim is to work together to promote and advance the mutual interests of their members with the European institutions and media. The Bodies from France, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, […]

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Mondelēz International Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

    Mondelēz International Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

Mondelēz International has announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. The company will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world.This new commitment is part of the company’s strategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver its […]

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AB InBev Opens Robo-warehouse in Wales

    AB InBev Opens Robo-warehouse in Wales

AB InBev is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. The world’s largest brewer plans a global roll-out of the warehouse technology, making Wales the starting point for the technology expected to cut its carbon impact.
The 80,000 cubic metre […]

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Barry Callebaut to Acquire Inforum in Russia

    Barry Callebaut to Acquire Inforum in Russia

The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has agreed to acquire Inforum, a leading Russian B2B producer of chocolate, coatings and fillings, serving many of the well-known consumer chocolate brands in Russia. This strategic acquisition will strengthen Barry Callebaut’s presence and production capacity in the high-growth Russian market, […]

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Further Steps Taken to Cutting Down Presence of Fatty Acids

    Further Steps Taken to Cutting Down Presence of Fatty Acids

The European Commission has launched a feedback mechanism to seek stakeholders’ views on setting a maximum limit of trans fats of 2 grams per 100 grams of fat in the food intended for the final consumer. Commission’s proposed Regulation comes as a follow-up of the Report adopted in 2015 and of discussions with stakeholders (notably NGOs, industry…) which have been taking […]

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Britvic Moves to 100% Renewable Electricity in New Deal With E.ON

  Britvic Moves to 100% Renewable Electricity in New Deal With E.ON

Britvic has announced that from October 2018, every Britvic manufacturing site in Great Britain, from its offices to warehouses and factories, will be powered by 100% renewable electricity. The move forms part of a new four-year deal with energy provider E.ON, which will provide power needs for the whole of Britvic’s business operations in Great […]

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IFE is Back and Bursting With Inspiration

  IFE is Back and Bursting With Inspiration

Celebrating its 21st year, The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) – the UK’s leading and largest food & drink event – is returning to ExCeL London 17–20 March 2019. A must-attend event, IFE 2019 will provide buyers with the chance to discover emerging trends; meet with thousands of international, future-focused producers and brands; and hear inspiring and […]

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JDE to Acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland

  JDE to Acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) is to acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland from and Valedo Partners Fund II. Subject to a limited number of pre-closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018.
JOBmeal is a dedicated out of home coffee business, head quartered in Stockholm, offering a range of office […]

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Calbee UK Acquires Seabrook Crisps

  Calbee UK Acquires Seabrook Crisps

Calbee UK has acquired the Seabrook Crisps business for an undisclosed sum from mid-market private equity investor LDC. The purchase brings the Seabrook brand into the Calbee UK portfolio as well as its equally important bagged-snack private label business.
LDC backed the management buyout of the Seabrook Crisps business in July 2015 to support its growth. […]

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IFF Completes Combination With Frutarom

  IFF Completes Combination With Frutarom

International Flavors & Fragrances has completed its $7.1 billion acquisition of Frutarom to become a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition. The acquisition creates a differentiated portfolio with an increased focus on naturals and health and wellness as well as more comprehensive solutions. It also provides opportunities to expand into attractive and fast-growing categories, […]

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AG Barr Reaps Substantial Environmental Savings Using CHEP Pooled Pallets

  AG Barr Reaps Substantial Environmental Savings Using CHEP Pooled Pallets

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of branded soft drinks is enjoying substantial environmental savings, thanks to the use of CHEP’s pooled pallets within its supply chain. In early 2017, the owner of brands such as IRN-BRU, Rubicon and Strathmore, signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, and is now […]

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Unilever Abandons Plans to Move Headquarters to The Netherlands

  Unilever Abandons Plans to Move Headquarters to The Netherlands

The Board of Unilever has decided to withdraw its proposal to simplify the global consumer products group’s dual-headed legal structure. Unilever had proposed to streamline its corporate structure by moving from two legal entities – Unilever NV and Unilever PLC, into a single legal entity incorporated in the Netherlands.
In developing the proposal, the Board was […]

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HKScan Seeks Strong International Presence in Meals Category

  HKScan Seeks Strong International Presence in Meals Category

HKScan’s strategic target is to establish a strong global footprint in the rapidly growing meals segment. Demand for ready meals is growing at an annual rate of 10% across Europe. HKScan is currently expanding its production facility at Rakvere in Estonia. The investment is progressing on schedule as part of the Nordic food group’s drive […]

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Natural Dairy Ingredient Brand ‘Truly Grass Fed™’ Now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW

  Natural Dairy Ingredient Brand ‘Truly Grass Fed™’ Now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW

Truly Grass Fed™ – a natural dairy ingredients range from Glanbia Ireland – has recently been Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW), the leading animal welfare label in North America (and now operating in Europe). Launched in 2016, TGF is a range of natural dairy ingredients from Glanbia Ireland made with milk […]

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‘Disruptive’ Design From Harrogate Water

  ‘Disruptive’ Design From Harrogate Water

Harrogate Water, Britain’s largest independent producer of bottled water, has unveiled a ‘daring and disruptive’ shrink wrap design to give stand-out appeal to its retail multipacks. The new style borrows from the brand’s artistic roots to create something design-led and avant-garde with abstract bursts of colour.
Brand manager Nicky Cain says: “When contemplating a new design, we […]

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Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

  Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies have agreed to merge. The amalgamation of Lakeland and LacPatrick is a coming together of two dairy co-operatives on the island of Ireland to form a strong force in the global dairy industry. Both co-operatives are highly successful agrifood industry players with excellent manufacturing facilities and complementary strengths and advantages […]

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McCormick & Company Opens New Global Headquarters

  McCormick & Company Opens New Global Headquarters

McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavour, has opened its new global headquarters at Hunt Valley in the US. The state-of-the-art headquarters brings together 1,000 employees previously located across four different office buildings.
“Our move to one global headquarters is a transformative step for McCormick – it exemplifies our continued commitment to the Baltimore region […]

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Hi Europe & Ni 2018 – Food Safety in Focus

  Hi Europe & Ni 2018 – Food Safety in Focus

This year, taking place from 27–29 November in Frankfurt, Germany, Hi Europe & Ni will shine a spotlight on processing and packaging technology. Numerous exhibitors will demonstrate the industry’s innovative power in the new Expo FoodTec pavilion. Additionally, with food safety being a key topic, expert presentations will showcase innovations in processing technologies, hygiene, certification […]

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Karmelle Launches ‘T’ Cork Capper

  Karmelle Launches ‘T’ Cork Capper

Liquid filling, capping and labelling specialist Karmelle Ltd has launched a fully automatic ‘T’ cork capper. Developed as part of a turnkey project for a leading gin distillery, Karmelle’s ‘T’ cork capper sorts corks, before placing and pushing them into bottles.
The machine is housed in a stainless steel cabinet, and operated via an HMI touch-screen. […]

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Brexit Driving Growth But Not Profit For UK’s Food and Drink Industry

  Brexit Driving Growth But Not Profit For UK’s Food and Drink Industry

Revenue growth for the UK’s top food and drink producers including Nestle UK and Arla Foods experienced a sharp turnaround in 2017, reaching 7.5% – the highest rate since 2009. Growth was driven by inflation and a weak pound triggered by the Brexit referendum.
The research finds that a weaker pound has also helped boost international […]

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New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

  New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

New research, commissioned by functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO, shows that consumers pay more attention to what is inside the products they are buying, than to either the product’s description, or the brand name itself. This highlights the drive by consumers to make healthier choices and shows the continued importance of manufacturers offering cleaner label, product […]

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Baxters Adds ABB Drive to the Mix

  Baxters Adds ABB Drive to the Mix

Baxters Food Group is using an ABB variable speed drive (VSD) to help ensure consistent mixing of its range of sauces, dressing and marinades. The drive is used to adjust the mixer motor’s speed based on requirements for a particular product.
Installed on a 750 kg capacity holding vessel, the VSD is used to mix sauces […]

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Market-leading Food Contact Conference, P&P, Takes Place This December in Vienna

  Market-leading Food Contact Conference, P&P, Takes Place This December in Vienna

Over 200 experts from across the food contact industry will come together in Vienna, Austria from 3–6 December 2018 to attend Smithers Pira’s P&P (Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs) – http://www.foodcontact.com/plastics-paper.
P&P will provide an in-depth and timely overview of the latest EU legislation as well as a small focus on global regulations. Described […]

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Danish Crown Appoints New CEO For Tulip Ltd

  Danish Crown Appoints New CEO For Tulip Ltd

Andrew Cracknell has been appointed as CEO of Tulip Ltd. He takes up the job with immediate effect and his mission is clear: to restore earnings in Danish Crown’s UK business unit.
Andrew Cracknell has been chosen to manage the on-going transformation of Tulip. He brings with him considerable experience of the meat industry and the […]

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Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

  Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018. Wheat futures have hit multi-year highs in recent months as adverse weather curtailed production in key exporting countries, leading to expectations of the first drop in world production in five years, and the first consecutive contraction of global wheat stocks […]

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Fierce Competition in Irish Grocery Market

  Fierce Competition in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 9 September 2018, show growth of 2.6% among Irish supermarkets. This is the seventh consecutive period that all five of Ireland’s major grocers have recorded increased sales, the longest run since December 2017.
The summer heatwave continued to provide a […]

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PA Wins Award For Innovation

  PA Wins Award For Innovation

Packaging Automation has won a PPMA Group Industry Award in the Innovative Processing System category for the company’s brand new MiWeigh weigh scale system. The MiWeigh system has now provided many customers with a cost saving product that has had a direct impact on their financial performance. The unique features and the low cost of ownership […]

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Lavazza to Acquire Mars Drinks Business

  Lavazza to Acquire Mars Drinks Business

The Lavazza Group, the Italian and international coffee roaster, has agreed to acquire Mars’ Drinks business, including the Flavia and Klix systems, leading brands in the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending segments. 
The deal, which has an enterprise value of about $650 million, is in line with Lavazza Group’s strategy of consolidation at the […]

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European Soft Drinks Industry Sets Ambitions to Make its Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

  European Soft Drinks Industry Sets Ambitions to Make its Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced a set of EU-wide ambitions to make the sector’s plastic packaging more sustainable. The ambitions aim to contribute towards building a circular model for plastic packaging by improving its recyclability, recycled content, collection, and reuse. The ambitions cover the EU28 plus Switzerland and Norway and are made by UNESDA’s network […]

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A Celebration of Outstanding Achievement and Business Excellence

  A Celebration of Outstanding Achievement and Business Excellence

The processing and packaging machinery industry celebrated another year of outstanding achievement and business excellence at the recent 2018 PPMA Industry Awards gala event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Hosted by TV personality and comedian, Brian Conley, this year’s PPMA Group industry awards continue to recognise manufacturing excellence, technical innovation, entrepreneurship, customer service, sales and […]

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RSSL’s Simon Flanagan Wins Scientist of the Year at Food & Drink Federation Awards

  RSSL’s Simon Flanagan Wins Scientist of the Year at Food & Drink Federation Awards

Food allergen specialist Simon Flanagan took the top spot in the prestigious Scientist of the Year category at this year’s Food & Drink Federation awards ceremony. With a long-standing career specialising in allergen risk assessment and management, Simon Flanagan – head of food safety and quality at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) – successfully demonstrated […]

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Kellogg Again Named to Prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

  Kellogg Again Named to Prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Kellogg Company has again been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World and North American indices (DJSI World/DJSI North American) of companies recognized for their sustainable business practices. Companies included on the indices must exhibit best-in-class performance against a wide variety of environmental, social, and governance metrics that are critical for generating long-term share owner value.
“This […]

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Refresco and Albert Heijn Make Orange Juice Supply Chain Transparent

  Refresco and Albert Heijn Make Orange Juice Supply Chain Transparent

Soft drinks group and Refresco and Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn have made the supply chain of Albert Heijn’s own brand of ambient orange juice transparent by using blockchain technology. Refresco supplies Albert Heijn with juice, sourced from Louis Dreyfus Company’s juice business. Never before have consumers been able to follow the chain of a […]

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Long-life Probiotics in a Tasty Chew

  Long-life Probiotics in a Tasty Chew

Anlit is launching ProBites LLP, a long-life probiotic chew supplement line in a variety of flavours. According to Innova Market Insights, new product development for probiotic supplements has witnessed an average annual growth of 26.5% between the years 2012 and 2017.
This has been fueled by growing consumer awareness on the numerous health benefits of probiotic especially in […]

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Work Commences on New €100 Million Lidl Distribution Centre in Ireland

  Work Commences on New €100 Million Lidl Distribution Centre in Ireland

Work has commenced on a new €100 million distribution centre and regional headquarters for Lidl in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. The new facility, which is a key part of Lidl Ireland’s €200 million investment programme for 2018, will cost €100 million and is expected to be completed by November 2019.
This project represents Lidl’s largest single […]

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Arla Foods Launches New Innovation in Fruit Yogurts

  Arla Foods Launches New Innovation in Fruit Yogurts

As the consumer demand for healthy, natural products increases, Arla Foods has created a new innovation in fruit yogurts which has just hit the shelves in the German market. Driven by the dairy co-operative’s desire to create products with no added or unnecessary ingredients, the Arla® Bio yogurt is the first product of its kind for […]

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UK Gin Breaks £2 Billion Mark – Doubling in Value in 5 Years

  UK Gin Breaks £2 Billion Mark – Doubling in Value in 5 Years

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report shows the summer of 2018 reached record highs for gin in the UK with sales, both home and abroad, peaking at £2.2 billion. The records show that combined yearly sales of gin in the UK and British gin overseas have doubled in the last five years. […]

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