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Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

    Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading international merchant and processor of agricultural goods, has announced its decision to exit its dairy business by mid-2019. The move is in line with the company’s strategy over the past three years to exit non-core areas and refocus on its core businesses, including investments in origination markets and expansion along […]

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

    Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

Japan-based Suntory Beverage & Food is investing £13 million in its UK-based subsidiary Lucozade Ribena Suntory to install a new, high-speed bottle filler at its factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire. The new filler will produce 1.3 million bottles a day and will be instrumental in increasing productivity and efficiency at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory factory.
The investment […]

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BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

    BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

BBF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of own label, licensed and branded ambient cakes and desserts, has secured a new £40 million financing facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance (WFCF) to support future growth plans. BBF serves all the UK’s most recognisable food retailers such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S, Aldi and Lidl.
With manufacturing facilities in […]

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Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends

    Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends

With one in four global consumers increasing their consumption of confectionery over the past year (Innova Market Insights Consumer Survey, 2018) because “there is more variety & novelty available,” the food industry is responding. New data from Innova Market Insights finds a 15 percent average annual growth in global confectionery launches with a “discovery” claim […]

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80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender

    80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender

A total of 80,424.05 tonnes of the skimmed milk powder bought into public stock by the European Commission since 2015 were sold in the latest tender sale, bringing the remaining stock to around 22,000 tonnes out of the original 380,000 tonnes, stockpiled since the crisis that hit the dairy sector in 2015. In effect, almost […]

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Greene King Announces New Chief Executive

    Greene King Announces New Chief Executive

The board of Greene King has announced that Nick Mackenzie will join the board on 1st May 2019 as chief executive in succession to Rooney Anand. Nick Mackenzie will be joining from Merlin Entertainments where, as a member of the executive committee, he is responsible for the Midway portfolio of attractions, which comprises over 100 […]

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Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

    Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as  Retailers Cash in on Christmas

The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by […]

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Arla Foods Further Strengthens its Innovation Agenda

As Arla Foods continues its pursuit to become one of the leading dairy innovators in the world, it is taking a bold new approach to innovation and new product development, including creating a new Product and Innovation organisation and appointing a new Senior Vice President. Driving the development of the new organisation is the opportunity Arla has […]

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Orkla Buys Pama Brand

    Orkla Buys Pama Brand

Okla, the leading branded consumer goods company in the Nordic region, has purchased the Pama brand, a local brand offering consumers porridge rice in Denmark and Sweden, from PepsiCo for an undisclosed price. Pama had been a part of PepsiCo since its acquisition of The Quaker Oats Company in 2001.
Orkla Foods Danmark is currently distributor […]

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PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

    PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

PepsiCo’s board of directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta as the company’s Chairman, succeeding Indra K. Nooyi who announced in August 2018 her intention to step down as PepsiCo CEO effective October 3, 2018 and remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. The appointment is effective when Chairman Nooyi retires from the company […]

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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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Resilient Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

    Resilient Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports in 2018

Despite a year of unprecedented global volatility, involving political uncertainty, extreme weather events and continuing currency fluctuations impacting competitiveness, the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports reached €12.1 billion in 2018, down just 4% from a record high in 2017, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2018/2019 report. 2019 marked the […]

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UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

    UK Grocers Buck High Street With Record Christmas Spend

Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period. Though lower inflation took its toll on sales, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 30 December 2018, show consumers still spent an extra £450 […]

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Valio Gains Access to China’s Growing Infant Formula Market

    Valio Gains Access to China’s Growing Infant Formula Market

Valio’s consumer-packaged infant formulas have received an export permit from the Chinese authorities. These new export permits allow the Finnish dairy co-operative to export its powdered infant formulas, manufactured at the Lapinlahti plant, and ready-to-feed liquid infant formula, made at the Turenki plant, to China.

Valio has exported milk powders and demineralised Valio Demi™ whey powders for industrial use in […]

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Cargill Launches Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands – Supported by First e-commerce Chocolate Sales Platform in Europe

    Cargill Launches Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands – Supported by First e-commerce Chocolate Sales Platform in Europe

Cargill has launched its artisan chocolate brand Veliche Gourmet in the Netherlands at the country’s leading hospitality fair – Horecava, in Amsterdam. Inge Demeyere, managing director for Cargill’s chocolates and compound activities in Europe explains: “We are proud to launch Veliche Gourmet, our high quality Belgian chocolate range with outstanding sensorial profile that brings a […]

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£6 Million Funding For Mindful Chef

    £6 Million Funding For Mindful Chef

Piper, the private equity firm, has invested £6 million in Mindful Chef, the UK’s favourite healthy recipe box brand. Mindful Chef was set up by childhood school friends Rob Grieg-Gran, Giles Humphries and Myles Hopper with a mission to make healthy eating easy. Since its launch in 2015 it has experienced rapid growth – including […]

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Emmi Purchases Blue Cheese Plant in the US

    Emmi Purchases Blue Cheese Plant in the US

Through its purchase of the Great Lakes Cheese Company’s production site at Seymour in Wisconsin, Swiss dairy group Emmi is gaining additional capacity for the production of blue cheese in the United States. The United States is Emmi’s largest foreign market, where the company primarily produces and sells cheese. The business involves both exported cheeses […]

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PepsiCo Announces Winner of European Incubator Programme

    PepsiCo Announces Winner of European Incubator Programme

Israel-based start-up, Yofix, one of the 10 finalists in PepsiCo’s European Nutrition Greenhouse programme, has been awarded the final €100,000 grant following a six-month journey. Yofix, which makes clean-label plant-based fermented dairy alternatives impressed PepsiCo’s selection committee with its strategic launch and significant retail growth during the programme.
Earlier this year Yofix was announced – along […]

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Hochland to Take a Stake in Greek Feta Producer

    Hochland to Take a Stake in Greek Feta Producer

Hochland, the German cheese manufacturer, is purchasing a 25% stake Greek Feta producer Greek Family Farm. Based in Almyros, Greek Family Farm has been providing Hochland with original Greek Feta since 2015. Greek Family Farm also produces Feta and goat’s milk cheese for the European, US and Australian markets and trades in milk, sheep and […]

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New Change4Life Campaign to Help English Families Cut Back on Sugar

    New Change4Life Campaign to Help English Families Cut Back on Sugar

Children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, according to Public Health England (PHE). This is based on their total sugar consumption from the age of 2.
This figure comes as a new Change4Life campaign has been launched, supporting families to cut […]

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Deli 24 Doubles HPP Capacity

    Deli 24 Doubles HPP Capacity

The UK’s largest provider of High Pressure Processing (HPP) services to the food industry has announced an investment programme that has doubled the company’s processing capacity. Deli 24 is based in Milton Keynes in the UK and has made a £2 million investment in a new 420-litre HPP machine from Hiperbaric to operate alongside the […]

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Quintessential Brands Expands Spirits Production

    Quintessential Brands Expands Spirits Production

Leading international spirits company, UK-based Quintessential Brands, has expanded its first-class operations at the multi-award-winning G&J Distillers in Warrington to include a new production line for 20cl miniature bottles, as demand for ‘minis’ grows around the world. The site produces up to 160,000 bottles of gin each day.
The new miniature bottles production line has the […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Completes $4.9 Billion Costa Deal

    The Coca-Cola Company Completes $4.9 Billion Costa Deal

The Coca-Cola Company has completed the acquisition of Costa from Whitbread. The $4.9 billion transaction follows approval from regulatory authorities in the European Union and China. The acquisition was first announced on August 31, 2018.
Costa, which has operations in more than 30 countries, gives Coca-Cola a significant footprint in the global coffee business. Worldwide, the […]

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AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

    AB InBev and Tilray Announce Research Partnership Focused on Non-Alcohol THC and CBD Beverages

AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer, and Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution, have announced a partnership to research non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialization of the beverages will be made in the future.
The research partnership combines AB InBev’s […]

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New Head at Campbell Soup Company

    New Head at Campbell Soup Company

Mark A Clouse will become the new President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company on January 22, 2019. He previously served as CEO of Pinnacle Foods and will succeed Campbell’s interim President and CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a Director of the company and will work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition.
Mark […]

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Orkla Expands in Denmark

    Orkla Expands in Denmark

Orkla, the leading branded consumer goods company in the Nordic region, has agreed to purchase a 90% stake in Easyfood, a Danish producer of bread-based convenience products for the out-of-home channel. The purchase price values Easyfood at DKr330 million (NOK433 million, €44 million). The agreement is subject to the approval of the Danish competition authorities.
Established […]

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Cherkizovo Group Acquires 75% of Russian Meat Products Company

    Cherkizovo Group Acquires 75% of Russian Meat Products Company

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat producer in Russia, is to acquire 75% of St Petersburg-based Samson – Food Products, a group of companies offering meat products under such brands as Samson, Grillmania, Fileya and others. The acquisition will cost Cherkizovo RUB350 million (€4.5 million), with about RUB550 million in debt to be assumed […]

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Lamb Weston Expands in Australia

    Lamb Weston Expands in Australia

Lamb Weston Holdings has acquired Marvel Packers, a frozen potato processor in Australia, for an undisclosed sum. Marvel operates frozen potato processing and storage facilities in Hallam, Victoria.
“Our purchase of Marvel is part of our strategy to strengthen our global capabilities and continue to drive growth both organically and through acquisitions,” says Tom Werner, president […]

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FrieslandCampina Expands Further in the USA

    FrieslandCampina Expands Further in the USA

Royal FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands-based global dairy group, is acquiring the activities of Best Cheese Corporation USA, an importer and vendor of specialty cheeses in the United States. Together with the recent acquisition of Jana Foods, the latest deal will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position on the American consumer market.
Headquartered in New York’s Westchester County, Best Cheese […]

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Agreement on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain Will Protect All EU Farmers

    Agreement on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain Will Protect All EU Farmers

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached a political agreement on a new set of rules that will ensure protection of 100% of EU farmers and of a very large majority of EU agri-food companies against practices contrary to good faith and fair dealing. The new European law will cover agricultural and […]

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Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development

    Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of twelve Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, County Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage. The proposed facility will have the capacity to hold 200,000 casks of whiskey in maturation.
The proposed development had previously […]

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DMK Group Appoints CFO

    DMK Group Appoints CFO

Dr Frank Claassen will become the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the DMK Group. He succeeds Volkmar Taucher, who will hand over his position in July 2019 as part of his succession plan.
Dr Frabk Claassen is considered to be a proven financial expert. He is currently still working as Vice President Finance Europe at […]

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Unilever Acquires The Vegetarian Butcher

    Unilever Acquires The Vegetarian Butcher

Unilever is acquiring The Vegetarian Butcher. The acquisition fits with Unilever’s strategy to expand its portfolio into plant-based foods that are healthier and have a lower environmental impact. With this acquisition, Unilever is responding to the growing trend among consumers to increasingly opt for vegetarian and vegan meals.
For The Vegetarian Butcher, the acquisition is the […]

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Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

    Irish Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year.
Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from […]

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Kerry Group Announces Two Further Strategic Acquisitions

    Kerry Group Announces Two Further Strategic Acquisitions

Kerry Group, the global taste, nutrition and consumer foods business, has announced that it has agreed to acquire Ariake USA, the North American Business of Ariake Japan Co, and Southeastern Mills North American coatings and seasonings business (SEM), both deals are subject to customary closing conditions. These acquisitions further enhance Kerry Group’s foundational technology portfolio, […]

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DMK Group and FrieslandCampina Sign Manufacturing Agreement

    DMK Group and FrieslandCampina Sign Manufacturing Agreement

Royal FrieslandCampina and DMK Group have signed a contract manufacturing agreement for mozzarella and yellow cheese production. The agreement will become effective in 2019. FrieslandCampina will supply the milk of its member dairy farmers to DMK. DMK will provide the production facilities and expertise at Hoogeveen (Netherlands) and Georgsmarienhütte (Germany). For this purpose, DMK will […]

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Barry Callebaut Completes Deal With Burton’s Biscuit Company in the UK

    Barry Callebaut Completes Deal With Burton’s Biscuit Company in the UK

After signing an agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company, the UK’s second biggest biscuit manufacturer, for the long-term supply of over 12,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound per year on September 19, 2018, Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has now successfully closed the transaction.
The deal also entails Barry Callebaut […]

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Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership of Super Bock Group in Portugal

    Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership of Super Bock Group in Portugal

The Carlsberg Group has acquired 28.5% of the shares in Viacerm which is the controlling shareholder of Super Bock Group, holding 56% of the shares. The other 44% of the shares in Super Bock Group are owned by Carlsberg.
Super Bock Group is the market leader in Portugal, holding a market share of 47% with a […]

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Arla Foods Acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft Branded Cheese Business From Mondeléz International

    Arla Foods Acquires Middle East and Africa Kraft Branded Cheese Business From Mondeléz International

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has reached an agreement with US-based international confectionery, food, and beverage company Mondeléz International to acquire its processed cheese business in the Middle East region, which is currently licensed under the Kraft brand. The acquisition also gives Arla full ownership of a state-of-the-art cheese production site in Bahrain, which provides […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

    UK Grocery Market Growth Cools as Christmas Nears

Despite retailers and shoppers getting into the festive spirit, the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018, show the sector is now growing at 2.0% – its slowest rate since March 2017.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Consumers are benefiting […]

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Müller Completes Largest Single Investment in Scottish Dairy Processing in a Decade

    Müller Completes Largest Single Investment in Scottish Dairy Processing in a Decade

Müller Milk & Ingredients has completed a £15 million project to substantially upgrade Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy in Bellshill and secure 265 jobs. The project represents the largest single investment in Scottish dairy processing for more than a decade.
It gives Müller’s Bellshill dairy the capacity to process more than 370 million litres of fresh […]

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Change of Leadership at Edrington

    Change of Leadership at Edrington

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in that role. His successor will be Scott McCroskie, who is currently a member of the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan.
Ian Curle joined the business in 1986 through Edrington’s subsidiary […]

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Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

    Mondelēz International Expands its Global Technical Center in Poland

Mondelēz International has announced a new investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland. Only 1.5 years after the center opening, the company invested a further $5 million, in addition to the initial $17 million investment, to expand the research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation. This state-of-the-art facility will now serve […]

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Europastry Broadens its Portfolio

    Europastry Broadens its Portfolio

Europastry, a family-owned business specialising in frozen bread and patisserie products, has completed its purchase of Confeitaria Torres, a Portuguese bakery company. Based in Trofa near Porto, Confeitaria Torres supplies fresh and deep-frozen bakery and pastry products.
With the acquisition, Europastry adds another craft baker to its production capacity, further consolidating its range of high quality […]

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FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

    FrieslandCampina Strengthens US Presence

Royal FrieslandCampina, the global dairy group, has acquired US-based importer and distributor Jana Foods. The acquisition will further strengthen FrieslandCampina’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US market. Jana Foods will be integrated in the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy USA business.
“This acquisition supports our strategy of investing for growth. This investment is in line […]

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Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

    Greencore Well Placed to Drive Future Growth in Core UK Market

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, has reported a 4.2% increase in revenue from continuing operations to £1.499 billion for the year ending 28 September 2018. Adjusted operating profit rose by 3.6% to £110.6 million, with improved profits in food to go categories being partly offset by a decline in […]

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Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

    Global Premium Water Growing 8% a Year

Global sales of premium bottled water reached US$16.5 billion at consumer prices in 2017, 48% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts. Consumption volume also rose strongly by 26% over the five years to 11.2 billion litres.
“This 8.1% annual value growth, compared with […]

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Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

    Exports Boost Europe’s Beer Production to Eight-year High

Europe’s beer production rose to an eight-year high in 2017 bolstered by record exports, a rise in micro-breweries and increased low-alcohol products. According to The Brewers of Europe’s latest report on Europe’s beer sector, production increased by 2 million HL 39.6 billion litres, exports reached an all-time high, with one in five beers shipped abroad and […]

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PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

    PepsiCo Completes $3.2 Billion Acquisition

PepsiCo has completed its $3.2 billion acquisition of SodaStream International, the international producer of home carbonation systems. SodaStream is the largest sparkling water brand by volume in the world and the leading manufacturer and distributor of Sparkling Water Makers.
PepsiCo’s strong distribution capabilities, global reach, R&D, design and marketing expertise, combined with SodaStream’s differentiated and unique […]

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New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

    New European Rules For Spirit Drinks

The negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament with the presence of the European Commission have reached a political agreement on the new rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of spirit drinks registered as geographical indications (GI).
Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said: “I am confident […]

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Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

    Cargill Expands Global Poultry Business With Colombian Acquisition

Cargill has acquired Campollo, one of Colombia’s leading producers of chicken and protein products, for an undisclosed price. The acquisition marks the expansion of Cargill’s global protein business in Colombia after acquiring Pollos Bucanero in June 2017. Campollo has more than 20 years of experience in the market and its products are a top choice […]

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UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

    UK Drinkers Seek More Low and No Alcohol Choices in Pubs

According to a new study by Carlsberg UK, consumers across the UK believe that low or no alcohol beer is becoming more socially acceptable. The brewer behind a growing collection of low and no alcohol beers including Carlsberg 0.0% and San Miguel 0.0%, commissioned a study carried out by OnePoll, which delved into the drinking […]

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Unilever to Acquire Horlicks and Other Consumer Healthcare Nutrition Products From GSK

    Unilever to Acquire Horlicks and Other Consumer Healthcare Nutrition Products From GSK

Unilever has agreed to acquire the Health Food Drinks portfolio (GSK HFD) of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in India, Bangladesh and 20 other predominantly Asian markets for €3.3 billion in a combination of cash and shares. In 2018, the GSK HFD portfolio delivered total turnover of about €550 million, primarily through the Horlicks and Boost brands. Almost […]

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Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

    Nestlé Health Science Inaugurates Global R&D Center

Nestlé Health Science has inaugurated its new Nestlé Product Technology Center at Bridgewater, New Jersey in the USA. The event marks the completion of a three-year, US$70 million investment to establish a global research and development hub that will advance the company’s offerings in further elevating the power of nutrition to make a positive difference […]

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