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Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

    Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, has commenced production at its new, state-of-the-art nutritional ingredients plant at Belview in County Waterford, so completing a €200 million investment programme designed to increase processing capacity in readiness for the abolition of EU milk quotas.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland processes1.6 billion litres of milk annually or 30% of […]

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Fast Response from UK Company to Help Save Lives in Iraq

    Fast Response from UK Company to Help Save Lives in Iraq

2 days ago UK based engineering firm Olympus Automation (OAL) were approached by the president of Azersun, the leading food producer in Azerbaijan, for a rapid cooking system to feed refugees in Northern Iraq. The president was so appalled by the plight of the refugees stuck on mount Sinjar he has chosen to fund the […]

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FDF Recognition for RSSL

Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) has been shortlisted for the Food & Drink Federation Awards in the category for Education Initiative. The award is made to companies that support education about the food and drink industry within schools and colleges, and help to facilitate employment opportunities for young people.
RSSL has been active in many such initiatives […]

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The east – the market of the future: Paulaner on the road to success in the CIS region .

 From Moscow to Astana to Baku – Paulaner’s Bavarian beer specialities are more popular than ever in the emerging markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, where sales have risen 15% this year alone.  
Munich, November 2013 – The Munich-based traditional brewing company Paulaner has increased its sales in the CIS region by around […]

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Britvic productivity boosted by Videojet trial.

Soft drinks group Britvic is looking at upgrading its Rugby site following the trial of a Videojet 1620 UHS coding machine.
The addition enabled Britvic to increase its production line speed by 30m per minute and the site cans Pepsi-Cola products as the company has an exclusive agreement in the UK with PepsiCo to make and […]

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Wood, as far as the eye can see

    Wood, as far as the eye can see

Few high-bay facilities are as impressive as the new distribution center operated by Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH in Lorsch, Germany. It rises 17.5 meters into the sky and—this is the most extraordinary part—it is made entirely of wood. The high-capacity high-bay warehouse is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world, Alnatura […]

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Walsh Whiskey Distillery Unveils €25m Expansion Programme to Build Share of Global Irish Whiskey Market

    Walsh Whiskey Distillery Unveils €25m Expansion Programme to Build Share of Global Irish Whiskey Market

Walsh Whiskey Distillery Unveils €25m Expansion Programme to Build Share of Global Irish Whiskey Market
· Major Italian drinks company Illva Saronno Holding S.p.A. invests in Walsh Whiskey Distillery Ltd – an established producer of super-premium and ultra-premium Irish whiskey brands based in Carlow.
· […]

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Packed to the Rafters: Packaging Innovations London

    Packed to the Rafters: Packaging Innovations London

Packaging Innovations London closed its doors Wednesday 2 October at 4pm, reporting record visitor and exhibitor numbers for the fourth year running, a trend that has continued since its launch in 2010. The show attracted world-class speakers, international exhibitors from all corners of the globe and 3,560 visitors, smashing last year’s record attendance with an […]

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Case report: Implementation of an energy management system

    Case report: Implementation of an energy management system

By Juliane Bränzel, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
 
In view of steadily rising energy costs, the sustainable and efficient use of energy in production is becoming increasingly important. But how can large companies analyse their energy consumption, potential for energy savings and opportunities for improvement? An energy management system in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard […]

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Kliklok announces new Managing Director

    Kliklok announces new Managing Director

Kliklok International, manufacturers of automatic packaging machinery, has announced the appointment of Neil Fowell as Managing Director with effect from 28th October 2013, taking over from Bob Morley who is retiring after six years at the helm.
Fowell brings to Kliklok a wealth of experience within the packaging industry, having been Managing Director at Yamato Scale […]

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Starbucks opens new design concept stores in China

    Starbucks opens new design concept stores in China

Starbucks Coffee Company has opened two flagship stores in China featuring new design concepts.
Starbucks China unveiled a ‘coffee tribute’ store at the Kerry Center in Beijing, celebrating Starbucks’ coffee heritage and leadership, as well as an ‘eclectic chic’ 24-hour store in the heart of the Taikoo Li Sanlitun district of Beijing.
“We are very proud of these two […]

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IGD Leads Industry Push to Improve Nutrient Content of Food and Drink

    IGD Leads Industry Push to Improve Nutrient Content of Food and Drink

IGD has published an interactive guide on reformulation aimed to help food and drink companies improve the nutrient content of their products, making healthier options available to consumers. At present, 65% of men and 58% of women are overweight or obese, with many exceeding their recommended intake for salt, saturated fat and sugar. There is […]

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New Irish Food Academy to Educate Small Food Businesses

    New Irish Food Academy to Educate Small Food Businesses

According to organizers, nearly 350 Irish small food businesses will benefit from Food Academy Start, a newly launched training program aimed at supporting and nurturing start up Irish food businesses. Bord Bia, SuperValu and the County Enterprise Boards have joined forces on this initiative to provide a consistent level of food marketing knowledge to new […]

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FDF teams up with UKTI’s open to export website to help smes boost exports

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) today announced its activities during next week’s Open To Export Food & Drink Focus Week, a joint-initiative between UK Trade & Investment and industry to support food and drink businesses with expansion into new markets. The Food & Drink Focus Week will run from 23-27 September. Its highlights will […]

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fdf: a return to growth for food and drink export

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) today reported that in the first half of 2013, total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew by 2.5% to £6.1billion. This comes as welcome news with FDF a key partner in today’s launch of the Open To Export Food & Drink Focus Week, a programme of online activity […]

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Scotch Whisky Association Appoints New Chief Executive

    Scotch Whisky Association Appoints New Chief Executive

David Frost CMG (pictured), director for Europe, Trade and International Affairs at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Government department focusing on economic growth and trade policy, will take over as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association from Gavin Hewitt when he steps down as planned at the end of […]

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Chivas Brothers Opens Prestige Bottling Facility

    Chivas Brothers Opens Prestige Bottling Facility

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially opened a brand new bottling hall designed to cater for today’s luxury Scotch whisky and gin consumers during a visit to Renfrewshire. The Prestige Hall was completed last year as part of an annual £40 million investment in operations by Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium […]

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Coca-Cola top brand in Irish grocery for ninth year in a row

Coca-Cola is the biggest selling brand in the Irish grocery sector for the ninth year in a row, according to the Checkout Top 100 brands report, produced by Checkout magazine in association with Nielsen.
It’s followed by milk brand Avonmore, Brennan’s bread in third place and Lucozade fourth.
In fifth place, Cadbury Dairy Milk is the first […]

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Nestlé turns to flower power at its UK factories

Food manufacturing giant Nestlé has pledged to plant wildflower meadows at all its 13 UK factories within two years and to encourage its Scottish dairy farmer suppliers to plan wild flowers on their land.
The wild flower meadows at Nestlé sites are intended to “encourage the development of natural habitats while creating more green space for […]

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KP Snacks uses Printpack for snack re-launch

Printpack has created stand-out designs for the re-launch of KP Snacks’ Phileas Fogg potato chip range in the UK.
Printpack’s flexo print technology enabled vibrant, stand-out graphics on the packs – something important for KP Snacks.
“Printpack has enabled us to make the most of our rebranded design by providing us with a tailored packaging solution. The […]

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Starbucks, Danone team up to develop Greek yogurt brand

Starbucks has teamed up with Danone’s US subsidiary, Dannon, in an attempt to establish a foothold in the country’s booming Greek yogurt market.
In a joint statement issued yesterday, French dairy giant Danone and Starbucks revealed that they have entered into a “strategic agreement” to create and develop an exclusive line of ready-to-eat Greek yogurt parfait […]

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Gluten-free taste improvements spur market growth

The gluten-free foods market has continued to grow as new ingredients and technologies have significantly improved the taste of products, according to experts at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting. 
In a presentation at the IFT show in Chicago last week, researchers and product developers said that the focus had shifted toward ensuring good nutrition […]

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Premier Foods puts faith in Power Brands and cost cutting

Premier Foods will continue to develop its Power Brands and deliver a further £10M of cost savings this year, according to a statement accompanying its half-year results posted today.
Gavin Darby, chief executive officer, said: “The second half will see further plans to grow our Power Brands, in addition to a new £10M of cost savings […]

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Small meat firms ‘pressured’ to use longer shelf-life dates

Smaller manufacturers who produce ready-to-eat (RTE) products or packed meats should be helped to ensure they are not responsible for outbreaks of listeria, with one Food Standards Agency (FSA) official claiming some firms feel pressured to specify longer shelf-life dates than they would want.
This “worrying trend” was uncovered after the FSA visited a number of smaller […]

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Future plans will involve a greater export push and targeting customers in Africa, Australia, the EU and South America.

Unilever ceo Paul Polman outlined a three-pronged strategy for the firm’s future growth, encompassing innovations, costs and food performance in an analyst call covering first-half results.
Addressing the interim results on July 25, Polman said the global economic climate would stay challenging. “We’re well-placed to respond to these challenges … But there are three areas that […]

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Hershey reports 17.6% rise in Q2 net profit

US chocolate manufacturer Hershey has reported that its net earnings for the second quarter of 2013 increased by 17.6% to $159.5m, compared with $135.6m for the same quarter in 2012, driven by core brand and new product performance.
For the quarter ending 30 June 2013, net sales increased 7.09% to $1.51bn, compared with $1.41bn a year […]

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2 Sisters and Premier Foods strike deal

2 Sisters Food Group has forged a licensing agreement with Premier Foods for the production, distribution, sales and marketing of its Hovis Breakfast Bakes range of breakfast biscuits.
The three variants of Hovis Breakfast Bakes: Malted Crunch; Oats & Honey; and Milk & Oats will be manufactured by 2 Sisters at the former Northern Foods Fox’s […]

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PepsiCo needs marketing muscle behind Mighty Lights in the UK, expert

PepsiCo UK needs marketing muscle behind its new reduced fat Mighty Lights potato chip line if the product is to have any public health impact among kids, a nutrition policy expert says.
PepsiCo will launch its 30% reduced fat Mighty Lights line at the end of July across UK retailers. The ridged potato chips will come […]

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Young’s Seafood transforms IT operations

Young’s Seafood has transformed its IT systems, bringing them in-house to boost service to all its factories and improve IT support.
That’s according to Bill Dougan, transition manager and project head at the frozen fish processor, who told FoodManufacture.co.uk the initiative had already smashed return on investment targets.
“We were looking at the cost versus service and […]

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Cargill Cocoa Promise helps first Brazilian cocoa farmers to become UTZ Certified

Cargill’s commitment towards a sustainable supply chain provides new opportunities for cocoa farmers and farming communities
 
Ilhéus, Brazil, July 18, 2013 – As part of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the first Brazilian cocoa farmers have become UTZ Certified and their products can now carry the UTZ Certified label.
 
Cargill is a founding member of the UTZ Certified […]

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Britvic and AG Barr Terminate Merger Discussions

    Britvic and AG Barr Terminate Merger Discussions

Following discussions, the boards of Britvic and AG Barr have decided not to proceed with a possible merger after the proposal received clearance from the Competition Commission on 9 July. According to Britvic, it received a new proposal from AG Barr for a merger with a shareholder ratio for the combined business of 65% Britvic […]

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Kerry begins work on €100m technology and innovation centre

Irish food ingredients company Kerry Group has begun work on a €100m Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Ireland, to serve its global and regional EMEA customers.
The company said that the centre will give food and beverage manufacturers access to its complete range of research, technologies and applications expertise, and will also incorporate Kerry Ingredients […]

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Termination of discussions with A.G. BARR p.l.c (“AG Barr”)

The Board of Britvic and its advisors have had a number of discussions with AG Barr and its representatives concerning a possible merger, following the Competition Commission’s clearance received on Tuesday, 9 July 2013.  Britvic received a new proposal from AG Barr for a merger with a ratio of 65% Britvic 35% A G Barr, […]

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Rise in global meat prices

Global meat export prices increased 2% in June 2013, according to the latest data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The FAO Meat Price Index revealed that meat prices averaged 177 points in June, an increase of 3.4 points on the revised May level, which was reduced due to falling pigmeat prices. In contrast, […]

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Wrigley’s manager re-elected head of PRODULCE

Spanish confectionery association PRODULCE has re-elected Olga Martinez as its president for the next two years to improve the association’s representation.
The communications and public affairs manager at Wrigley will hold the post until 2015, working to improve representation of the Spanish confectionery, chocolate and biscuit sector.
PRODULCE was formed in 2011 and has been headed up […]

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Ready meals sales on the up across Europe

Ready meals have continued to sell well in France despite the weak economy – and growth is expected to continue for the next five years, according to market research firm Canadean.
In a new report, Canadean claims that consumers increasingly value convenience and practicality as they see eating as a task to fit into their hectic […]

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Iron Maiden’s beer ‘could double’ Robinsons’s volumes

Robinsons Breweries could double its annual volume sales, according to the company, after it has seen Iron Maiden’s premium beer Trooper, launched eight weeks ago, sell more than 1M pints.

Trooper, named after the classic song ‘The Trooper’ from the heavy rock
group’s 1983 album ‘Piece of Mind’, has become the fastest selling ale it ever brewed, Robinsons claimed.
“This is a great […]

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£3M step on the road to self-sufficient energy

Cheesemaker Wyke Farms is aiming to be 100% self sufficient in green energy after ploughing £3M into a biogas and solar project.
The Somerset firm was granted planning permission to build an anaerobic digester near its Bruton site at the end of last year.The move will allow the UK’s third largest-selling Cheddar brand to save over […]

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UK project to tackle food industry sustainability challenges

The UK government has launched a project to understand the biggest technological challenges for the food industry as it aims to increase food production while reducing environmental impact.
The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) aims to map current R&D and innovation needs, and create a comprehensive review of current innovation activity post-farm […]

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Biostime agrees to finance French infant formula plant expansion

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Biostime International Holdings has entered into a Framework Agreement with Isigny Sainte Mère (ISM) to finance an expansion of the French firm’s infant formula production capacity.
Through the expansion, which is expected to cost around €20m, ISM will build a new infant formula production and packaging facility – pushing its manufacturing capacity […]

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Crisp firm Seabrook battles back into the black

Seabrook Crisps is edging back into the black after what its chief executive conceded had been a testing two years.
While the business is likely to post a slight loss for the year to April 2013, Jonathan Bye revealed in this exclusive podcast that the firm had made a profit for the last four months.
Bye was […]

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Chobani’s strained (not Greek) yoghurt gets UK revamp

Greek yoghurt giant Chobani has reintroduced its ‘strained’ yoghurt in the UK after a court ruled that it was misleading consumers by calling its US-produced yoghurt ‘Greek’.
The company has been granted an appeal, due in September, and sticks to its position that “the term ‘Greek yoghurt’ describes yoghurt that has been crafted using a straining […]

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Krones launches cold-fill version of Twin-Flow tech at DrinkTec 2013

Krones tells BeverageDaily.com that the aseptic filling trend is growing, as the firm gears up for Drinktec where it will present a new version of its Twin-Flow technology suited for cold-fill applications ‘to give the market more opportunities’.
Stefan Kraus, product manager, filling technology at Krones, said: “It’s already one of the biggest deals for us, […]

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Libya opens doors to Irish sheep

Following the Republic of Ireland’s successful reintroduction of cattle shipments to Libya earlier this year, the renewed trade link is expected to open up to its first sheep shipment this week.
Irish mart prices have strengthened on the back of strong demand for live exports, including the Libyan deal, which is expected to number 4,000-5,000 lambs. […]

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‘Great confidence’ in the export future of British dairy, says retiring Dairy UK chief

– There is “great confidence” in the future of the British dairy sector, according to Dairy UK director general, Jim Begg. –
Recent investment in, and efficiency efforts by the British dairy industry demonstrates that there is “great confidence” in the future global success of the sector, departing Dairy UK director general, Jim Begg, has claimed.
Begg, who announced […]

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GEA Refrigeration Technologies opens freezer plant in France

GEA Refrigeration Technologies has opened a Freezer Competence Center in Dijon, France.
The centre will manufacture and assemble spiral chillers and freezers from the GEA A-Tec and GEA Maxi-Stack ranges.
These systems primarily chill or freeze foods produced as ready meals and as meat, bakery, and ice cream products and previously the freezers were exclusively manufactured in […]

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Lucky Charms rainbow Pride campaign targeted diverse millennials, says General Mills

General Mills wanted to resonate better with young, diverse Lucky Charms consumers through its #LuckyToBe digital campaign which honored Pride month, its marketing manager says.
Last month the cereal giant launched its #LuckyToBe digital campaign to honor and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride month. The campaign featured the iconic multi-colored rainbow Lucky Charm […]

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Nestlé ‘perplexed’ as UK shuns trademark for Kit Kat shape

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has rejected Nestlé’s application to trademark the four-finger Kit-Kat shape after opposition from Mondelez International-owned Cadbury.
The decision comes in spite of an EU ruling in Nestlé’s favour last year which caused the Swiss food giant to state it was, “perplexed and disappointed with this national decision by the UK Intellectual […]

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Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply.
The world’s third largest cocoa grinder ADM announced last month that it was in talks to sell its cocoa ingredients division – a business unit that saw profits nosedive 24% on last […]

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Morrisons expects suppliers to ‘absorb’ labelling costs

Morrisons’ suppliers will probably have to cover some of the huge costs of changing packaging labels on up to 10,000 food and drink items over the next 18 months, it has emerged.
The changes are necessary to comply with the new EU Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC), which are expected to come into effect in […]

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Options Indulgence | Shelf Review

Every month, Monica Lucas, president and research director of retail consultancy Pragma, takes a look at a recently-launched pack from the consumer’s point of view. This month: Options Indulgence

Background
Options is a leading instant hot chocolate brand and the Options Indulgence range is an alternative featuring Belgian chocolate.
The packaging had previously used dark brown graphics emphasising […]

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Provexis seeks to demerge Science in Sport and Fruitflow

UK firm Provexis has filed to demerge the Science in Sport (SiS) consumer sports brand it purchased for €10m in June 2011 from its Fruitflow tomato-based ingredients business, as it believes the separation will increase the market value and perception of SiS.
The move, if approved at a General Meeting in two weeks’ time, will see […]

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Dairy Crest finds potential milk delivery buyer

Dairy Crest is consulting staff on plans to break up its milk delivery business in the north west of England and sell it off for £1.15M to Creamline Dairies.
In a statement, the company said the sale would further reduce its exposure to the ‘middle ground’ milk market.
Deliveries to residential and middle ground customers in the north west region had become […]

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UNICEF, WHO slam Danone over misleading Turkish infant formula campaign

UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have slammed Danone for misleadingly claiming that they gave their backing to a Turkish marketing campaign for Aptamil and other infant formula products.
Over the weekend, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that Danone had mislead mothers in Turkey with a marketing campaign that warned they might not be […]

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