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Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    Fight Against Illegal Fishing

The European Commission has expanded the global fight against illegal fishing by listing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and the Comoros as uncooperative. Under the EU’s rules to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, defining a country as uncooperative is tantamount to issuing a red card which effectively bans trade in fisheries products between […]

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Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

    Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

Danone, together with The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, has added three new production lines to its factory at Accra in Ghana. The total investment of US$25 million will help Fan Milk (Ghana), its local subsidiary, to sustain the growing demand for dairy products in the regional West African market.
The investment is […]

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Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

    Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

UK food group Cranswick has reported a 22.5% jump in revenue from continuing operations to £1.245 billion for the year ended 31 March 2017. Growth was driven by a strong performance from each of the group’s categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – and reflected positive contributions from the Crown Chicken and […]

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Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

    Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

The Lavazza Group, the Italian coffee roaster, has purchased an 80% equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee, from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital. Kicking Horse Coffee, a leading Canadian organic and fair-trade coffee player, has distinguished itself over the last several years with remarkable growth in both Canada and the United States. Kicking Horse […]

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

    Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia, the Northern Ireland-based meat processor, to establish a majority owned joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. Dawn Meats will separately acquire Dunbia’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. The deal is subject to approval […]

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Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

    Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

UK soft drinks group Britvic increased revenue by 11.5% to £756.3 million and pre-exceptional EBITA by 6.7% to £73.6 million in the 28 weeks ended 16 April 2017, compared to the corresponding period last year. Organic revenue rose by 3.7% and organic pre-exceptional EBITA by 5.1%.
In the period, Britvic sold over 1.1 billion litres of […]

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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

    Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

The fifth annual Brand Footprint Ireland ranking from Kantar Worldpanel, measuring which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the top four most chosen brands in the country are home-grown favourites, with Avonmore, Brennans, Denny and Jacob’s leading the way.
In Ireland, six of this year’s top 10 brands […]

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Transformational Period For Greencore

    Transformational Period For Greencore

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported a 46.1% increase in revenue to £1.01 billion for the 26 weeks ended 31 March 2017, reflecting the impact of acquisitions and strong underlying growth, particularly in the UK. Group EBITDA rose by 31.2% to £79.1 million while operating profit […]

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Britain Braces For Price Hikes

    Britain Braces For Price Hikes

While the outcome of Brexit may be uncertain, Mintel’s flagship British Lifestyles report reveals that consumers are braced for an expensive future ahead. Over four in five (83%) Brits are currently concerned about seeing price rises on goods and services, with 59% worried about the mounting cost of groceries, 35% worried about the climbing cost of holidays […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

    New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of a new wine name from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). The “Darnibole” is a white, dry wine made from bacchus grapes variety.
Darnibole is situated exactly in the centre of Cornwall. Darnibole wines have a combination of original wine grape […]

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Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

    Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

According to the latest figures published by the European Commission, the monthly value of EU agri-food exports in March 2017 reached a value of almost €12.7 billion, which is €1.31 billion (+11.3%) higher than in March 2016. This is the highest monthly export value seen over the last 5 years.
Highest increases in monthly export values (March 2017 compared […]

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Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

    Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

Manor Farm, which is the largest chicken processor in the Republic of Ireland, and Tesco Ireland have launched the first Omega 3 Irish chicken. The 100% Irish chicken is fed on a diet that includes Omega 3 rich algae and has the same great​ taste of​ Irish chicken. The launch of Omega 3 Irish chicken into the market in Tesco […]

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Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

    Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

Marston’s, the UK beer and pubs group, has agreed to acquire the Charles Wells brewing business from the Charles Wells Group for a cash consideration of £55 million, plus working capital adjustments. Based in Bedford, Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business has a portfolio of more than 30 beers including leading brands such as Bombardier, […]

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Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

    Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

Nomad Foods, Europe’s leading frozen foods company which was created following a series of major acquisition deals, is reported to have a €600 million war-chest at its disposal to fund further deals.
Nomad Holdings, a publicly listed acquisition company, initially purchased Iglo Foods, Europe’s largest frozen food business with iconic brands including Birds Eye in the […]

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ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

    ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery,  has appointed Kevin Toland as Chief Executive Officer. He joins ARYZTA from daa plc which operates Dublin and Cork airports, ARI (a global retailer in travel retail) and daa International where he has served as Chief Executive since 2013. He previously held the […]

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Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

    Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

Dairy Crest has reported a 1.3% decrease in revenue to £416.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2017, although revenue in the second half of the year was 3.7% ahead of the same period last year. Despite sales volumes across its four key brands remaining broadly flat, the UK dairy group faced price deflation […]

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Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

    Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

Aston Manor, the largest independently owned cider maker in the UK and the second largest manufacturer of cider in the country, has appointed investment bank Lazard to advise on the future direction of the business, which could result in a sale. Aston Manor is controlled by Doug Ellis, the former chairman of Aston Villa Football […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

    75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

    A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

C&C Group, the Irish and UK drinks business, has reported a flat operating profit on a constant currency basis of €95 million on revenue down by 6.9% to €559 million for the year ended 28 February 2017 (FY2017). However, after a challenging FY2016, the group’s key markets and trading performance was stable over the course […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

    Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

Nestlé has inaugurated its new SFr145 million (€132 million) Al-Maha factory in Dubai, which produces Nescafé coffee and Maggi cooking aids for the local and regional market. Now operating at full capacity, the site employs 340 people from 20 countries. 60% of the team are under 30 years of age.
The environmental performance of the factory […]

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Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

    Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

Ian Peart, currently Channel Director, On-Trade for Pernod Ricard UK, has been promoted to the position of Business Development Director, reporting directly to Laurent Pillet, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard UK. Ian Peart has over 20 years’ experience in the drinks trade, the last 11 years at Pernod Ricard UK, firstly as Field Sales Controller […]

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Challenging Year For Premier Foods

    Challenging Year For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported a 1.4% decrease in underlying sales to £790.4 million for the 52 weeks ended 1 April 2017, with underlying trading profit of £117.0 million, down from £129.1 million in the previous year. On a statutory basis, revenue grew by 2.4%, reflecting the inclusion of results from […]

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New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

    New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé UK & Ireland, Dame Fiona Kendrick has decided to stand down as the CEO of the UK & Ireland market but will continue to serve as Chairman providing strategic support to the company. Stefano Agostini (pictured above), currently President & CEO of Nestlé Waters Italy will succeed Dame […]

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Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

    Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has agreed a new three-year contract starting in March 2018 that will mean its own-brand liquid milk is provided by Arla Foods. Morrisons is looking forward to working more closely with their farmers on a range of sustainability and animal welfare measures.

As part of this deal, Morrisons is […]

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£10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

    £10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer has invested £10 million in new technology and innovation as it ramps up the capabilities of its prepared meals facility in South Wales. 2 Sisters Food Group’s Rogerstone site – the biggest prepared meals facility in Europe – now has a dedicated Oriental foods ‘pod’. This will act as the foundation […]

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Camden Town Brewery to Open New £30 Million Site

    Camden Town Brewery to Open New £30 Million Site

Camden Town Brewery, the London-based English craft brewer, is preparing to open its new brewing facility at Enfield, close to its existing site in Kentish Town. Involving investment of £30 million, the new 50,000 sq ft, carbon neutral brewery site will increase the company’s production to 400,000 hectolitres a year. The new Enfield brewery will […]

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Nestlé to Invest €37 Million in Nescafé Factory in Spain

    Nestlé to Invest €37 Million in Nescafé Factory in Spain

Nestlé will invest €37 million in the next few months at its Nescafé soluble coffee facility at Girona in Spain. The investment will be used for the renovation of a soluble coffee production line, with the incorporation of advanced technology allowing for a 20% increase in production capacity, resulting in the creation of between 15 […]

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St Austell Brewery Delivers Record Results For 2016

    St Austell Brewery Delivers Record Results For 2016

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer and pub operator, has reported another record financial performance after increasing turnover by 13.2% to £153.2 million and operating profit before other items by 5.2% to £14 million in the 52-week period to 31st December 2016.
During the year, the company invested £25.9 million in capital expenditure, of which […]

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Kerrygold Drives Ornua’s Strong Performance

    Kerrygold Drives Ornua’s Strong Performance

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of primary Irish dairy products, delivered a strong trading performance in 2016, with group EBITDA up 18% to €43.1 million and turnover ahead by 9%, on a like for like basis, to €1.75 billion. This performance was achieved in a year of volatile milk prices and political uncertainty in a number […]

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Roger Federer is Barilla’s New Global Brand Ambassador

    Roger Federer is Barilla’s New Global Brand Ambassador

Barilla Group, the world’s largest pasta producer, has reached a long-term agreement with Roger Federer, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, for the promotion of its pasta and sauces products around the world. Throughout his long and brilliant career, Roger Federer has won numerous titles and achieved many records: he has […]

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Altia Opens New Distillery in Sweden

    Altia Opens New Distillery in Sweden

Altia, a leading wine and spirits company in the Nordic and Baltic countries, has opened a new distillery at Sundsvall in Sweden. All of Altia’s Swedish aquavit production will be concentrated to the facility, named the OP Anderson Distillery.
The beverages that will be produced in the new distillery are flagship OP Anderson Aquavit along with […]

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Premier Foods Renews Strategic Global Partnership For Cadbury Cake

    Premier Foods Renews Strategic Global Partnership For Cadbury Cake

Premier Foods has agreed to renew its strategic global partnership with Mondelēz International concerning the long-standing licence to produce and market Cadbury branded cake and ambient dessert products. Once finalised, the new licence will run until 2022, with an option for Premier Foods to extend this to 2025, subject to meeting certain performance criteria.
The partnership […]

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Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in US Craft Brewer

    Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in US Craft Brewer

Heineken has acquired all the remaining shares in Lagunitas Brewing Company, the US-based craft brewer. Lagunitas will continue to operate as an independent entity within Heineken and will report within the Heineken Americas Region.
Heineken has enjoyed a successful partnership with Lagunitas since 2015, when it acquired a 50% stake in the company. Since then Lagunitas […]

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Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

    Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, show that deflation is limiting growth in the grocery market as supermarket prices continue to fall.  Having slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years in the last period, the grocery market grew […]

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Nestlé to Sell Some Italian Frozen Food Brands

    Nestlé to Sell Some Italian Frozen Food Brands

As part of its investment and development plan for the Italian market, Nestlé has agreed the sale of its business branch that encompasses La Valle Degli Orti, Mare Fresco and Surgela brands to with FRoSTA Group, the frozen food company.
The deal is part of the Nestlé development plan announced last December which will see the […]

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Danish Crown Launches Ambitious Growth Package

    Danish Crown Launches Ambitious Growth Package

In response to the continued demand for Danish pork in the key export markets, Danish Crown, the world’s largest exporter of pork and the largest cattle slaughtering business in Denmark, has launched a growth package to encourage farmers to invest in producing more pigs.
Danish Crown is now offering its existing members a cash growth supplement […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Remain Higher than Previous Years

    EU Agri-food Exports Remain Higher than Previous Years

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports increased by +1.2% (+ €131 million) compared with February last year, according to the latest figures.  The monthly exports particularly increased for Russia (+86 million), China (+77 million), the USA (+58 million) and Korea (+55 million).
For the 12-months period covering March 2016 to February 2017, EU agri-food exports reached […]

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UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

    UK Grocery Sales Rise by Fastest Rate Since 2013

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, reveal the overall market has grown by 3.7% – the fastest rate since September 2013 and worth almost £1 billion in additional sales to the grocery sector.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: […]

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HKScan Unveils New Operating Model

    HKScan Unveils New Operating Model

Following a review of its operating model, HKScan, the Nordic meat group, is embarking on a partial re-organisation of its operations. The new operating model is based on Operations, Concepts and Categories, Market Areas -Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Baltics, International & Biotech – as well as Business Services. New ways of operating are intended to ensure […]

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Lakeland Dairies Makes Positive Progress in a Challenging Market

    Lakeland Dairies Makes Positive Progress in a Challenging Market

In spite of difficult international dairy market conditions, Lakeland Dairies, the Irish co-operative, turned in a very robust performance with revenues up by 2% to €601 million, yielding an operating profit of €7.2 million before exceptional costs, and EBITDA of €18.9 million the year ended 31st December 2016. Lakeland Dairies closed the year with a […]

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Edrington Purchases The Glenrothes Brand From Berry Bros & Rudd

    Edrington Purchases The Glenrothes Brand From Berry Bros & Rudd

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has acquired The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky brand for an undisclosed sum from Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant. The sale will see The Glenrothes brand reunited with The Glenrothes distillery and cooperage, which have been owned and run by Edrington via Highland […]

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Parmalat Group Expands in the US

    Parmalat Group Expands in the US

Parmalat Group, the global milk, dairy products and fruit beverages producer, has acquired two companies operating in the dairy sector in the United States of America. The deal provides Parmalat Group with an important business active in the ethnic specialties segment in the US, increasing its current portfolio of gourmet cheeses and entry to the […]

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The Co-op Ends Fresh Meat Imports

    The Co-op Ends Fresh Meat Imports

Meat imports into the UK have doubled over the last 20 years, according to new research by the Co-op, the British convenience retailer. It comes as the Co-op announces it will become the first national retailer to switch all of the fresh meat which bears its name to British. The Co-op has called on more […]

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Guinness Sets a New Record

    Guinness Sets a New Record

Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. Guinness tops the inaugural Brand Finance Ireland 10 report as the country’s strongest and most valuable brand. Guinness’s brand value grew 2% to an all-time high of €2.045 billion in the past year, positioning it among […]

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Lamb Weston/Meijer to Acquire Oerlemans Foods’ Potato Division

    Lamb Weston/Meijer to Acquire Oerlemans Foods’ Potato Division

Lamb Weston/Meijer has reached the completion phase of the acquisition of the potato division of Oerlemans Foods, including a take-over of the plant in Broekhuizenvorst in the Netherlands. The acquisition allows Lamb Weston/Meijer to further expand its production capacity in response to both the increasing demand for frozen potato products as well as the growth […]

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Hain Celestial Expands Presence into Premium Soup Offerings

    Hain Celestial Expands Presence into Premium Soup Offerings

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Europe and India, has completed the purchase, through its wholly-owned subsidiary – Hain Frozen Foods UK – of Yorkshire Provender. Yorkshire Provender, founded in 2007, is based in North Yorkshire, England, and produces premium branded soup. Its products are […]

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Scotch Whisky Exports Return to Growth as Single Malt Exceeds £1 Billion Sales Barrier

    Scotch Whisky Exports Return to Growth as Single Malt Exceeds £1 Billion Sales Barrier

Scotch exports increased last year by 4% to more than £4 billion, with the value of Single Malts exceeding £1 billion for the first time. This success marks a return to growth for Scotch exports, following a few years of levelling off and small declines as a result of economic headwinds and political uncertainty in […]

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Emmi Strengthens its Position in South America

    Emmi Strengthens its Position in South America

Swiss dairy group Emmi is acquiring a 40 % stake in Brazil’s Laticínios Porto Alegre Indústria e Comércio. Based in Ponte Nova in the state of Minas Gerais, the Brazilian company is among the five largest dairies in its main market of Minas Gerais in milk collection, with strong positions in the cheese, fresh cheese, UHT […]

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A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

    A Focus on Premiumisation in the UK Milk Market

The UK dairy market had a strong twelve weeks to the 26th March, seeing its strongest growth in value (+2.3%) since March 2014, and growing ahead of total grocery (+1.3%). A strong driver of growth in dairy has been its single biggest sub category – milk – which sees its second consecutive period of volume […]

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Record Results For Mahou San Miguel

    Record Results For Mahou San Miguel

Mahou San Miguel, the 100% family-owned Spanish brewer, and the industry leader in Spain, has announced the best-ever full-year results in the company’s history. Mahou San Miguel’s turnover increased by 3.6% in 2016 to €1.22 billion, the highest figure ever reached. It has also seen a significant rise in its operating profits which stood at […]

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International Brewing & Cider Awards Winners

    International Brewing & Cider Awards Winners

Brewers and cider makers from across the world gathered at London’s Guildhall on 26 April for the unveiling of the Championship winners in the International Brewing & Cider Awards 2017. Trophies were awarded to nine brewers and one cider maker from three continents, with all bar one of them winning a Championship for the first […]

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£5 Million Boost For Five Star

    £5 Million Boost For Five Star

2 Sisters Food Group, Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, has invested £5 million in the expansion and upgrade of its secondary processing site in Grimsby. The investment at Five Star Fish comes on the back of new chilled business that was won at the turn of the year. The upgrade has introduced new technology, added an […]

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Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland

    Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has agreed to sell 60% of its Dairy Ireland segment to Glanbia Co-op. Dairy Ireland is currently 100% owned by Glanbia plc and is comprised of two business units, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Glanbia Agribusiness.
In 2016, Dairy Ireland generated revenue of €616.2 million, earnings before interest, tax and […]

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Nestlé Proposes Factory Changes in UK Confectionery Business

    Nestlé Proposes Factory Changes in UK Confectionery Business

Nestlé UK is proposing to make some changes to the factory operations within its UK confectionery business. These proposals span four different sites: York, Fawdon, Halifax and Girvan and may result in a reduction of 298 roles, predominantly at York and Fawdon, through 2017 and 2018. It is expected that these would be achieved through […]

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