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Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

    Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at Midleton Distillery in Cork, has entered the top 10 of IMPACT magazine’s annual ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list for the first time ever, after increasing sales 10% to a record 7.5 million nine-litre cases in 2018. In addition, Jameson scored its 18th consecutive year […]

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Supermarket Becomes UK’s First to Make it Mandatory For Suppliers to be Transparent

    Supermarket Becomes UK’s First to Make it Mandatory For Suppliers to be Transparent

A Cotswolds-based supermarket has experienced a flood of customers wanting to use new provenance-scanning technology after it became the UK’s first major retailer to make it mandatory for suppliers to tell shoppers where their ingredients are sourced from. Midcounties Co-operative in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, recently made it obligatory for a relevant group of its suppliers to […]

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Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

    Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

Kerrygold, Ireland’s iconic dairy brand and one of the country’s most successful food exports globally, is placing Irish farming families at the fore of a major new global campaign that will reach over 36 million people worldwide and aims to take the brand to new heights.
The digital campaign entitled ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ puts Ireland’s grass-fed […]

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Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

    Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

Diageo has announced that plans have been formally submitted for the flagship Johnnie Walker visitor centre in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh attraction is intended to be the focal point of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism.
The planning application, jointly submitted by Diageo and the building owner Parabola, sets out proposals for a stunning seven […]

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Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

    Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

Carlsberg Group has unveiled a new Carlsberg Danish Pilsner as part of a bold strategy to revitalise its flagship beer in the UK. New Carlsberg Danish Pilsner will be available in trade from 1 March, supported by a multi-million pound investment and new visual identity which aims to increase brand quality perceptions. The trade launch […]

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Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

    Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

As the IQF vegetable market moves towards stand-up pouches, ILAPAK is at the ready with a new generation of versatile bag makers that can switch seamlessly between films and formats, whether LDPE pillow packs or laminated PET/PE pouches.
“There is a growing trend towards the use of stand-up pouches for packing frozen vegetables, as this format […]

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Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

    Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

Investors and consultants alike are full of excitement about the success potential of start-ups. Phrases like “there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up” pop up frequently.
“But the reality is that although start-ups are doing better than established companies, they are only doing a little bit better,” says food industry analyst Julian Mellentin, […]

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Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

    Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

    Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000. The figures are based on returns from 13 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres and brand homes located across the island of Ireland.
Overseas […]

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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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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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Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

    Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

Historic Port brand Dow’s is relaunching its range of Aged Tawnies in a bid to attract a younger audience, with elegant, refined packaging design by Denomination. Dow’s wanted a contemporary, luxurious look befitting of a Wine Spectator award-winning brand. The new packaging needed to communicate its place in the premium on-trade market and feel relevant to […]

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Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

    Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has released its first ever global advertising campaign for The Macallan brand, the leading single malt Scotch whisky by value in the world. The initial focus for the launch of the ongoing campaign is a film, ’Make The Call’, which features across TV, cinema and digital channels in the […]

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€191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad

    €191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad

The European Commission has adopted the 2019 promotion policy work programme, with €191.6million to be made available for programmes selected for EU co-financing – an increase of €12.5 million compared with 2018. €89 million will be allocated to campaigns in high growth countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. Some […]

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Arla Baby&Me® Organic Clicks into the UK

    Arla Baby&Me® Organic Clicks into the UK

Arla Foods is bringing its heritage in milk production and follow-on formula to parents with a new range of baby products into the UK. The dairy co-operative is aiming to build on the success already seen in Denmark and China by extending the Arla Baby & Me Organic brand which will include porridge and pouches, […]

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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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€172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

    €172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next three years.

Agriculture and […]

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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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Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

    Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

Premier League and Coca-Cola Great Britain have announced a new three-and-a-half-year partnership, starting in January 2019. It is the first sponsorship Coca-Cola Great Britain will activate across multiple brands within its portfolio, showcasing a range of drinks including sparkling soft drinks, water and fruit-based drinks, with low and no-sugar options.
The partnership will see Coca-Cola work […]

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New Look For Coca-Cola Range in Great Britain

    New Look For Coca-Cola Range in Great Britain

The Coca-Cola range, including Coca-Cola Original Taste and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, has a brand-new look in the UK. The newly designed packaging aims to unify the range with the iconic red colour of Coca-Cola to make it even clearer that, whichever consumers choose, they will get the same great Coca-Cola taste and experience – either […]

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Iconic Biscuits Launches New Local Brand – Boozy Biccies

    Iconic Biscuits Launches New Local Brand – Boozy Biccies

Launched in 2017, Iconic Biscuits was developed to fill the need for a locally produced, Northern Ireland biscuit in the international gift market. This year, they have a new range of biscuits, designed for the home market.
Boozy Biccies is a fun and exciting new selection of biscuits in three flavours, all made using local ingredients […]

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Qualvis Creates Distinctive Packaging For Thomas Fudge’s Rebrand

    Qualvis Creates Distinctive Packaging For Thomas Fudge’s Rebrand

Leading carton manufacturer, Qualvis, has recently produced a full packaging rebrand for artisan baker, Thomas Fudge’s. Covering their full sweet and savoury biscuit line-up of 7 packs, together with a new range of flatbreads, the packaging includes a fresh logo design and updated illustrations featuring beautiful, bold and colourful graphics by design agency, Big Fish.
With […]

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Brewing Up Authenticity, Vibrancy, and Sol

    Brewing Up Authenticity, Vibrancy, and Sol

With the hot summer months in full swing, beer lovers are reaching for their favorite cold brews to beat the heat. But as consumers venture down their grocer’s beer aisle, they are met with an onslaught of brands vying for attention in a sea of packaging. When MillerCoors recently relaunched the Mexican import brand Sol, they […]

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General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

    General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

General Mills is launching new lines across both its Fibre One and Nature Valley portfolios, as it reveals its snacking division has grown +35.4% and household penetration has grown +12.1 percentage points to 25.3%[1] – equating to the size of London[2]. Cake Bars will be added to Fibre One’s guilt-free snacking range in two flavours: Triple Choc […]

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Macsa ID UK Underlines Commitment to Industry 4.0 Readiness

    Macsa ID UK Underlines Commitment to Industry 4.0 Readiness

Further underlining its commitment to Industry 4.0 readiness for improved manufacturing efficiencies, Macsa ID UK Ltd – a newly established division of Barcelona-based laser coding, marking and scoring equipment manufacturer, Macsa ID – is highlighting the benefits of its integra modular software for easy integration of its machines with other key devices on the production line.
Many […]

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Coley Porter Bell Puts the Smile Back into Breakfast With Jordans Grin-ola

    Coley Porter Bell Puts the Smile Back into Breakfast With Jordans Grin-ola

Award-winning global brand and design agency Coley Porter Bell has unveiled the design for a healthy new children’s offering from Jordans Cereals. The launch of Jordans Grin-ola, a tasty, fun and healthy cereal, is set to end breakfast battlegrounds by appealing both to children aged 5 to 11 and their parents.
It bridges the gap in the current market which […]

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Rotech Machines – Sizing Up Ready Meals Coding Trends

    Rotech Machines – Sizing Up Ready Meals Coding Trends

Manufacturers in the growing ready meals sector are facing increasing challenges regarding the labelling and coding of convenience food products. Cutting some sophisticated shapes, with tubs, round ‘bowl’ trays and compartmentalised trays, in addition to ‘lift-the-flap’-style luxury pack sleeves, offline coding and marking specialist Rotech has observed a marked uptake of its off-line RF Auto […]

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ABP Food Group to Target 300 Million Subscribers Via Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

    ABP Food Group to Target 300 Million Subscribers Via Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

ABPFood Group, the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK, has announced an exclusive ground breaking deal with Beijing Hopewise to launch a range of premium Irish beef products on JD.com, a Chinese e-commerce platform. It is one of the largest business-to-consumer online retailers in China by transaction volume and revenue, with 301.8 million […]

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Pink Lemonade Yogurt? Arla Brings Indulgence to New Markets

    Pink Lemonade Yogurt? Arla Brings Indulgence to New Markets

Arla Foods is to expand its successful Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets with the premium yogurt range being launched in Denmark and the UK. Meaning ‘wonderful’ in Finnish, Ihana was launched through an extensive brand launch in 2016 in Finland with an iconic new design.
Indulgence is one of the few areas in growth within […]

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Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

    Private Label Outperforms FMCG Brands in Europe

Private label continues to grow across Europe and is now outperforming brands in the majority of markets measured by big data and technology expert for consumer FMCG industries, IRI in its analysis of private label performance across eight major Western economies markets (UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and the US) during 2017.
Growing +4% year on […]

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The Most Chosen FMCG Brands in the UK

    The Most Chosen FMCG Brands in the UK

Kantar Worldpanel’s latest ranking of the world’s most chosen brands has been released. Looking specifically at the most chosen brands in the UK, half of the top 10 brands are in growth. Warburtons remains the UK’s most chosen brand overall, chosen 544 million times at the supermarket shelves during the course of 2017. Bought on […]

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Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

    Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

Nestlé and Coca-Cola have yet again dominated brand rankings in their respective industries, each keeping runners-up at a healthy distance of over US$10 billion, according to a new report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy.
Valued at US$19.4 billion, Nestlé again claimed the title of the world’s most valuable food […]

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We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

    We’ll Pay Extra For More Protein, Say South American Consumers

Nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America are willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein, according to a survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients. Researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia if they would spend more on buying a product if it […]

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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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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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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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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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Volvic Re-launches Touch of Fruit

    Volvic Re-launches Touch of Fruit

Volvic, the UK’s no 1 bottled water brand, is re-launching its entire Touch of Fruit original range, with half the sugar and a new look ‘refreshing’ packaging. Available nationwide from June 2018, the reformulated range took 18 months of careful development to perfect the recipe. Through using extract from the stevia leaf, Volvic has managed […]

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Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland

    Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland

Nestlé has announced changes that further strengthen its research and development operations, the largest of any food company worldwide. Nestlé will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one impactful organization, Nestlé Research. The combination of two world-renowned research facilities with highly […]

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Thriving UK Brands Make Lives Healthier, Happier & Easier

    Thriving UK Brands Make Lives Healthier, Happier & Easier

Kantar Worldpanel’s latest ranking of the UK’s most chosen brands finds half of the top 10 brands in growth. Warburtons remains the UK’s most chosen brand overall, chosen 544 million times at the supermarket shelves during the course of the year. Bought on average 23 times a year, Warburtons is the nation’s most frequently purchased […]

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Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

    Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

Arla Foods UK is to expand its spreadable product portfolio with the launch of Lurpak Softest, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. The UK’s number one butter brand has combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most spreadable butter ever*.
With spreadability the most important […]

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New Machine is UK First

    New Machine is UK First

Rigid box specialist the Pollard Group has installed a bespoke magnet and ribbon loop inserting machine, the first of its kind in the UK. The £150,000 investment at Pollard’s factory in Enderby, Leicester is operating in conjunction with the company’s recently-installed Kolbus DA260 Casemaker to form a highly automated book jacket production department. In particular […]

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Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

    Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

Valio, the Finnish dairy co-operative, is stepping up its activities in China with the opening of a new head office in Shanghai. The newly established head office will focus on serving the Chinese market. Besides the Ingredient business units, Valio China has also established the new business units of Retail and Food Service.
According to Euromonitor […]

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HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

    HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

A brand new cider, Appleman’s®, has arrived in Ireland. Developed by HEINEKEN Ireland, the company behind the successful Orchard Thieves cider launched three years ago, Appleman’s® will deliver more choice to Irish consumers in an otherwise limited cider landscape.
Appleman’s® is a simple, well balanced cider and is being launched with an ambitious marketing plan by […]

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Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

    Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

Product of the Year, the world’s largest annual consumer-voted award for product innovation, has announced that entries for the 2019 awards are open since 1st May 2018, with the deadline for submissions on Tuesday 31st July 2018. Last years winners included McCain, Paul Hollywood’s Home Baking, Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, along with many others.
The Product of the Year […]

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Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

    Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

Arla Foods is set to launch into the UK breakfast food-to-go market with the introduction of its new Milk & Oats range of healthy* ready to drink beverages. Bringing the benefits of dairy into the soft drinks category, Milk & Oats is a simple blend of skimmed milk, hearty wholegrain oats and natural flavour that […]

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New Report – How Digital Tech Is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry

    New Report – How Digital Tech Is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry

For years, next generation technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things have been singled out as driving innovation in a number of industries. The food and beverage industry is embarking on its biggest transformation in decades, leveraging new technology to improve food quality, increase plant efficiency and boost productivity. While other industries have embraced digital technology, […]

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Biggest Single Investment in Scotch Whisky Tourism Launched by Diageo

    Biggest Single Investment in Scotch Whisky Tourism Launched by Diageo

Diageo has announced a £150 million investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences in the biggest concerted programme ever seen in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. The centre-piece of the investment will be a new state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker immersive visitor experience based in Edinburgh, bringing to life the story of the world’s […]

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HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

    HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

Leading Nordic food group HKScan has newly launched pork exports to China from its Forssa production unit. Within the first year of the launch, HKScan aims to ship roughly three million kilograms of pork to China and to subsequently triple that volume by 2020. Relative to the volume of pork currently produced annually in Finland, this […]

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Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

    Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

Building on the strength of its leadership team, pladis,  the global biscuit and confectionery company with operations in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, has appointed Dmitry Ivanov to the newly created global position of Chief Commercial Officer. Joining the company as part of the Executive Committee, Dmitry – also […]

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Ryvita’s New Re-Launch

    Ryvita’s New Re-Launch

Following a hugely successful year in 2017, healthy snacking favourite Ryvita is kicking off 2018 with not only a brand new campaign but also an exciting re-freshed look in addition a host of new and innovative products. On a mission to help women enjoy positive healthy living every day, Ryvita has teamed up with CRUK and one of the […]

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KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

    KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

Nestlé UK is introducing a Ruby chocolate version of its iconic four finger KITKAT. Consumers in the UK will be the first in Europe to try a four finger KITKAT made with Ruby chocolate, a fourth chocolate after dark, milk and white.
This unique KITKAT offers a new taste experience. The crispy four-finger wafer bar is […]

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