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A Question of Balance for Clean and Clear Label

    A Question of Balance for Clean and Clear Label

Clean and clear labeling concerns are now well established in the food and beverage industry, having featured as a key and running theme through all Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends forecasts in recent years. More than ten years ago ‘Go Natural’ led the company’s annual top trends listing and since then clean label claims have […]

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Bord Bia Drive to Make Potatoes More “Insta-friendly” With the Millennial Consumer

    Bord Bia Drive to Make Potatoes More “Insta-friendly” With the Millennial Consumer

Potatoes are still the most consumed carbohydrate in Ireland with 97% of all households purchasing potatoes and a recorded growth in purchase of 1.3% to September 20181. Irish people are eating potatoes on average more than 3 times a week, however, millennial consumers are buying with less frequency than the overall market. To understand the reasons behind […]

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WHO/Europe Studies Find Baby Foods are High in Sugar and Inappropriately Marketed For Babies

    WHO/Europe Studies Find Baby Foods are High in Sugar and Inappropriately Marketed For Babies

Two new studies from WHO/Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, and that many of those foods contain inappropriately high levels of sugar. WHO’s long-standing recommendation states that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first 6 months. Its 2016 […]

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AB World Foods Selects e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

    AB World Foods Selects e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

AB World Foods, the ethnic foods division of Associated British Foods, has selected ecommerce analytics provider e.fundamentals to help drive sales of its products through retailers’ websites. AB World Foods, whose brands include Patak’s, Blue Dragon, Levi Roots and Tabasco, has become a client of e.fundamentals’ retail service, which continuously reports how brands are performing […]

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Always Coca-Cola – World’s Favourite Soft Drink Tops Brand Ranking

    Always Coca-Cola – World’s Favourite Soft Drink Tops Brand Ranking

American drinks giant, Coca-Cola, retains its position as the world’s most valuable soft drinks brand after recording a 19% increase in brand value to US$36.2 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy. The brand has further widened its lead, as second-placed Pepsi suffers an 8% drop […]

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Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

    Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, bringing to 14 the number of international offices it has promoting the Irish food and drinks industry overseas. Through its Prioritising Markets – Opportunities for Growth study, Bord Bia has identified Japan as being in the top five priority markets for Irish […]

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From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

    From Breast Milk to Formula – MFGM Registers High Awareness Levels Among Mothers

Research shows that there is good awareness of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), an important nutritional component of breast milk, among mothers and mothers-to-be.1 MFGM is found naturally in breast milk and is comprised of phospholipids, glycolipids, proteins and glycoproteins.
Recently, MFGM ingredients made from whey have been introduced into the infant nutrition category. This means […]

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AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

    AG Barr Expands IRN-BRU Brand into Energy Drinks Sector

AG Barr, the UK-based soft drinks group, is launching IRN-BRU Energy, a new energy drink that will hit shelves from 1 July 2019. The brand-new formula will combine the iconic flavour of IRN-BRU’s top secret essence with the taurine, caffeine, B vitamins and taste of an energy drink.

IRN-BRU Energy is designed to meet the needs […]

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Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

    Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons

Carlsberg and Liverpool Football Club have agreed a five-year extension to their partnership – securing Carlsberg’s role as Official Beer until the end of the 2023-24 season. The new deal builds on the longest standing partnership in the Premier League, which began in 1992 and has seen Carlsberg sponsor the team ever since. As a […]

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Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

    Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for […]

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Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

    Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business

Samworth Brothers, the family-owned British food group, has launched a new food-to-go business and delivery service – Fresh Food For Now Company. The new venture marks the evolution of the existing Ginsters van operation into a fresh new business, offering vendors a complete food-to-go solution with an extended range of brands and products to cater […]

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Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

    Müller Revolutionises the UK’s Favourite Yogurt Brands

Müller is set to revolutionise the UK yogurt category with new and improved recipes for the nation’s two favourite yogurt brands, Müllerlight and Müller Corner[1]. The dairy company has also revealed details of its biggest ever marketing campaign.
As the business continues to strengthen its core brands, and inspire people to live healthier and happier lifestyles, […]

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‘Changing Tides’ to Drive Scotland’s Seafood Growth Ambitions

    ‘Changing Tides’ to Drive Scotland’s Seafood Growth Ambitions

Seafood Scotland has launched ‘Changing Tides’ – a strategic action plan designed to be a catalyst for change in Scotland’s seafood sector. The action plan is designed to deliver a strategy for the growth of the Scottish seafood sector. The strategic plan for collaboration, sustainable change and growth fits within Scotland Food & Drink ‘Ambition […]

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2019 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year For the Industry

    2019 is Shaping Up to be a Good Year For the Industry

At the beginning of every year there is a flurry of industry forecasts with every brand, restaurant and manufacturer throwing its predictions into the ring. Just four months in, 2019 is looking to be a positive year for the industry; as major manufacturers and producers continue to plough forward to meet customer demand.
John Moxon, business […]

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Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

    Challenges Faced in the Food & Beverage Industry Require a Specific Planning & Scheduling Tool

By Filip Schiettecat, Senior Director Industry Management at Siemens PLM Software.
The food and beverage industry faces a set of unique demands that, when combined together, result in an environment that is particularly challenging for planning and scheduling.
Challenges
* Variation in raw materials and demand – Seasonality and reliance on crop yields means that the quantity and […]

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FrieslandCampina Relaunches Global Ingredients Company

    FrieslandCampina Relaunches Global Ingredients Company

FrieslandCampina Ingredients, one of the leading global ingredient manufacturers, has introduced its new global segment organisation which incorporates its four individual operating companies DOMO, Kievit, DMV and Nutrifeed. This marks the company’s evolution to a unique position in value-added, healthy and functional ingredients and solutions.
FrieslandCampina Ingredients provides advanced solutions to customer needs for nutritional, healthy […]

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Kerrygold Brand Reaches €1 Billion Annual Retail Sales Globally

    Kerrygold Brand Reaches €1 Billion Annual Retail Sales Globally

Kerrygold, the brand owned by Irish dairy farmers through the Ornua dairy co-operative, has exceeded €1 billion annual retail value – the first Irish food brand to reach this momentous milestone. The Kerrygold brand was created by Sir Anthony O’Reilly, CEO of what was then called An Bord Bainne, in 1962. His vision was to […]

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McCain Foods Signs Up to e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

    McCain Foods Signs Up to e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, has signed up to eCommerce analytics provider e.fundamentals to help drive sales of its products through retailers’ websites.
McCain Foods has become a client of e.fundamentals’ core retail service, which continuously reports how brands are performing against eight ‘fundamentals’, identified as the key elements that influence […]

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to More Sustainable Packaging

    One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to More Sustainable Packaging

Sustainability is complicated, and when it comes to packaging, it can manifest itself in many ways and on many levels. Most consumers want ‘to do the right thing’ but as feedback from trade event ProSweets19 showed, they often lack understanding about the complexities of materials composition, when paper or plastic is the best option, and […]

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Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

    Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

Nestlé and Carrefour, the French retail group, have announced that they are giving consumers access to blockchain data for Mousline purée in France. This is the first time that Nestlé is sharing information on its products with consumers via a blockchain platform.
Consumers can use their smartphone or other device to scan a QR code on […]

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Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

    Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

Carlsberg UK has launched its most ambitious and honest consumer facing campaign ever in a bid to drive reappraisal of its flagship beer brand. Expected to reach 97% of the UK, the £20 million campaign conceived in collaboration with agency partners Fold7, Clifford French and Initiative – trades on the equity of the brand’s renowned […]

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Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

    Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestlé R&D Accelerator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology with the objective to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. Internal, external or mixed teams are eligible to use dedicated hot desks at the accelerator […]

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Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

    Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

Valio is the most sustainable brand in Finland for the sixth consecutive year, if you ask consumers. The 2019 Sustainable Brand Index survey measured the sustainability of European and Finnish brands.

According to the consumers participating in the survey, the best things about Valio are its Finnish milk, its attention to animal welfare, and its environmentally […]

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Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

    Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

Dairy has long been one of the most creative categories in the supermarket, creating new types of products and bringing new benefits to the consumer. But there is an increasingly wide gap between the performance of companies who understand the key consumer trends and make them part of their strategy – and those who do […]

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Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

    Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

Two of Diageo’s iconic spirit brands – Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray – have been recognised in the annual list of Great British Brands for 2019. Great British Brands is an annual list that uniquely showcases 150 of the greatest names in British luxury; those that are held in the highest regard for their impact and […]

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

    EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved. Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, Member States were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February […]

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Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

    Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

Two-thirds (67%) of consumers support the idea of a recognisable carbon label to demonstrate that products have been made with a commitment to measuring and reducing their carbon footprint, according to new international research released by the Carbon Trust.
The YouGov study of more than 9,000 consumers, across the USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands […]

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

    Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Great Britain will expand its portfolio with the launch of Coca-Cola Energy, the first energy drink released under the Coca-Cola brand. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine.
It will be available in 250ml cans and in two variants – with and without sugar. Coca-Cola Energy will launch […]

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National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

    National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

A national board has been brought together to oversee the delivery of an ambitious plan to boost food tourism in Scotland by £1 billion. Made up by leaders from organisations including Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Tourism Alliance, the board will aim to significantly increase visitor spend on food and drink.
Launched by the First […]

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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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