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UK Supermarket Sales Continue to Increase

    UK Supermarket Sales Continue to Increase

Supermarket sales in the UK have increased by 3.6% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 10 September 2017. This is the sixth consecutive month in which sales have increased by more than 3%.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and […]

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Much ‘Brexit’ Fatigue in Brussels

    Much ‘Brexit’ Fatigue in Brussels

“There is a lot of ‘Brexit’ fatigue in Brussels, which is a pity because it is such an important issue,” according to Mella Frewen (pictured above), Director General of Brussels-based Food, Drink Europe, which represents Europe’s largest manufacturing industry. Mella Frewen was addressing the 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition held recently […]

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Sweet Dreams For UK Chocolatier After Factory Investment

    Sweet Dreams For UK Chocolatier After Factory Investment

UK-based chocolatier Sweetdreams has invested £500,000 in a new 15,000 sq ft factory which will drastically increase the company’s output and create a variety of new jobs. Sweetdreams, the creator of Choc Nibbles, has experienced unprecedented growth in the past twelve months and now the business is looking forward to maintaining its rapid rise in the […]

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First Milk to Cut 30 Jobs

    First Milk to Cut 30 Jobs

Following a thorough review of its manufacturing operations, First Milk, the UK dairy farmers co-operative, is to planning to make changes to its Lake District and Haverfordwest creameries to improve the productivity and efficiency of these sites.
Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk.
Shelagh Hancock, chief executive of First Milk, comments: “We have made significant capital […]

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UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

    UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

“The political dimension means that common sense may not always prevail,” said David Thomson (pictured above), CEO of Food and Drink Federation Scotland, about the current Brexit negotiations and their impact on the food and drink industry in Scotland and the UK. He stressed the importance of heightening the profile of the food and drink […]

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Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

    Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

Müller will invest £100 million over the next three years to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded and private label yogurt and desserts products, made from milk produced by British farmers. Already the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand picked from supermarket shelves 208 million times each year*, Müller aims to strengthen […]

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Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

    Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

“250,000 jobs are linked to agrifood, which is the most exposed sector with deep linkages to the wider economy,” pointed out Paul Kelly, Director of Food & Drink Industry Ireland- IBEC, when assessing the Brexit challenge facing the Irish food and drink sector at the recent 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition […]

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Revival of the Famous Newry Distillery in Northern Ireland

    Revival of the Famous Newry Distillery in Northern Ireland

Irish whiskey distilling may soon be revived in Newry in Northern Ireland. Matthew D’arcy & Company has formally submitted a planning application to build a craft micro distillery and visitor centre on the old distillery site at Monaghan Street – the site of Darcy’s Old Irish Whiskey since 1817. The scheme is designed to protect […]

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Nestlé Expands Coffee Portfolio

    Nestlé Expands Coffee Portfolio

Nestlé has acquired a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, a high-end speciality coffee roaster and retailer based at Oakland, California in the US. Over the last 15 years, Blue Bottle Coffee has achieved iconic status amongst discerning coffee drinkers. It offers one of the highest quality coffees available, with an uncompromising attention to taste, freshness […]

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Innis & Gunn Raises Additional Capital With Equity Sale

    Innis & Gunn Raises Additional Capital With Equity Sale

US-based L Catterton, the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in the world, is purchasing a minority stake of 27.9% in Innis & Gunn, one of the UK’s most successful international craft brewers, for £15 million. Founded in Scotland in 2003, Innis & Gunn has grown to be the No.2 craft brewer in the UK off-trade, […]

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Pilgrim’s Pride Acquires Moy Park For $1.3 Billion

    Pilgrim’s Pride Acquires Moy Park For $1.3 Billion

US-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has acquired Moy Park, a leading poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, from Brazilian meat group JBS for an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion (£1.0 billion, €1.1 billion).
Pilgrim’s employs approximately 42,000 people and operates chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 14 […]

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ABF Expands Speciality Foods Portfolio

    ABF Expands Speciality Foods Portfolio

Associated British Foods, the UK-based diversified international food, ingredients and retail group, is acquiring Acetum, the leading Italian producer of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (BVM),for an undisclosed sum. BVM is one of the best known vinegars in the world, which has been granted European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status due to its unique manufacturing tradition […]

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Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North America

    Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North America

Ardo, the European leader in the production of a full range of fresh frozen vegetables, herbs and fruit for retail, foodservice and industry, has acquired a majority stake in VLM Foods, a well-established supplier of processed food in North America. Headquartered in Montreal, VLM Foods has sales of €129 million (US$143 million). Besides VLM Foods, […]

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Lakeland Dairies Opens €40 Million Expansion

    Lakeland Dairies Opens €40 Million Expansion

Lakeland Dairies, one of Ireland’s leading farmer owned dairy processing co-operatives, has opened a €40 million technologically advanced milk powder plant at Bailieboro in County Cavan. This is Lakeland Dairies’ third milk drying plant at its Bailieboro processing centre.
The Bailieboro facility is among the most advanced milk powder plants in the world and one of […]

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Nestlé Moves into Plant-based Foods in the US

    Nestlé Moves into Plant-based Foods in the US

Nestlé has agreed to acquire Sweet Earth, a US plant-based foods manufacturer. The acquisition gives Nestlé immediate entry into the plant-based foods segment in the US. The plant-based food market is growing by double digits and expected to reach SFr5 billion worldwide by 2020.
One of Nestlé’s strategic priorities is to build out its portfolio of […]

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McCain Foods Starts Work on £100 Million Renewal of UK Facility

    McCain Foods Starts Work on £100 Million Renewal of UK Facility

Canadian frozen food giant McCain Foods, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, has commenced construction work on its planned £100 million investment programme to renew its production facility at Scarborough in England. The production facility at Eastfield has been one of McCain Foods’ most successful sites. The investment plan has been […]

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Unilever Acquires Organic Herbal Tea Business

    Unilever Acquires Organic Herbal Tea Business

Unilever has expanded its refreshment portfolio with the acquisition of Pukka Herbs, the organic herbal tea business, for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2001 by Tim Westwell and Sebastian Pole, the pioneering British brand has a turnover of over £30 million and growth of around 30%. It is also growing rapidly across Europe and the […]

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Ireland’s Gin Revolution Continues With Creation of New Gin Group

    Ireland’s Gin Revolution Continues With Creation of New Gin Group

The Irish Spirits Association has hosted the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s gin producers, to represent this re-emerging Irish food and drink sector. Recent figures suggest that gin has grown by 31.6% year-on-year, in on-trade value to reach €74 million. Mirroring this, preliminary figures from the CSO suggest that 2017 may see a significant and unprecedented increase […]

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Refresco Shareholders Approve Cott Acquisition

    Refresco Shareholders Approve Cott Acquisition

Refresco Group’s shareholders have approved the acquisition of Cott’s bottling activities. The transformational acquisition, which is at the heart of Refresco’s buy and build strategy, will create the world’s largest independent bottler with leadership positions across Europe and North America.
The resolution to approve the acquisition was adopted by 99.5% of the votes cast. The transaction […]

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Glanbia Co-op Members to Benefit From €92 Million Share Spin-out

    Glanbia Co-op Members to Benefit From €92 Million Share Spin-out

Glanbia Co-operative Society has transferred, via a ‘spin-out’, about €92 million worth of shares in Glanbia, the global nutrition group, to over 14,700 members across its Irish catchment area. The transaction is aimed at releasing a portion of the value of Glanbia Co-op and making it available to members at a time of significant investment […]

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Great Taste Announces Supreme Champion 2017

    Great Taste Announces Supreme Champion 2017

Out of 12,366 products entered into Great Taste 2017, the top honour of Great Taste Supreme Champion has been awarded to a Smoked Black Pudding, a brand new product from Hugh Maguire of Meath in Ireland. Celebrating the very best in food and drink, Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, reached its grand finale at the Great Taste Golden Fork […]

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C&C Group Takes Minority Stake in Admiral Taverns

    C&C Group Takes Minority Stake in Admiral Taverns

C&C Group, the Dublin-based international drinks business, is acquiring a 47% stake in Admiral Taverns, which currently owns and operates 845 pubs, mainly in England and Wales, for £37 million. C&C Group is acting in partnership with Proprium Capital Partners and Admiral management to acquire the entire issued share capital of Admiral.
C&C Group’s investment will […]

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Britons Drinking Less But Drinking Better

    Britons Drinking Less But Drinking Better

British drinkers are increasingly favouring premium drinks from branded pubs and upmarket bars, new data from CGA’s exclusive Alcohol Sales Tracker reveals.  The research estimates the total value of the out-of-home alcoholic drinks market at £24.6 billion in the year to mid-June – a year-on-year increase of just 0.6%, but against a decline of 2.6% in […]

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European Commission Proposes Baltic Sea Fishing Opportunities For 2018

    European Commission Proposes Baltic Sea Fishing Opportunities For 2018

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018. In particular, the Commission proposes to increase catches for Central Herring, Sprat and the Main Basin Salmon stocks, and to maintain the number of catches for the important stock of Western Baltic Cod. For the remaining stocks the Commission […]

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Higher Sales Prices Fuel Revenue Growth at FrieslandCampina

    Higher Sales Prices Fuel Revenue Growth at FrieslandCampina

International dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina increased revenues by 10.7% to €6.1 billion over the first half-year 2017 and profit by 1.3% to €162 million. Revenue growth was due to an increase in sales prices and the acquisition of Engro Foods in Pakistan at the end of 2016. The increase in profit resulted from the strong […]

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Arla Foods Launches New Business in Africa

    Arla Foods Launches New Business in Africa

Arla Foods is adding another market to its Sub-Saharan Africa business region by establishing a new sales and packaging facility in Ghana. The new subsidiary will begin selling Arla’s branded dairy products in Ghana from September 2017 in response to growing demand for nutritious dairy products.
The new business will be based in Accra, Ghana and […]

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Strong Year For Pernod Ricard

    Strong Year For Pernod Ricard

Global drinks group Pernod Ricard has reported a 4% increase in revenue to €9.01 billion and a 5% rise in profit from recurring operations (PRO) to €2.39 billion for its 2017 financial year. Organic sales growth accelerated to 3.6% during the year, moving closer to Pernod Ricard’s mid-term objective of 4% to 5%.
Alexandre Ricard.
The acceleration […]

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Cherkizovo Group to Export Poultry Products to Iraq

    Cherkizovo Group to Export Poultry Products to Iraq

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, has received permission to export poultry products to Iraq from its Vasilyevskaya production facility.  The Vasilyevskaya poultry farm is Cherkizovo Group’s largest poultry production facility. The permit was issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture in August 2017.
A key requirement for the export […]

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Nielsen Launches Grocery Sales Measurement in Northern Ireland

    Nielsen Launches Grocery Sales Measurement in Northern Ireland

Grocery retailers and FMCG manufacturers in Northern Ireland will now have access to weekly granular sales data across supermarkets and convenience retailers, courtesy of Nielsen’s Scantrack service launching in the country. The Scantrack scanning service uses actual EPOS data from retailers to quantify total store sales every week by SKU across the major food and drink […]

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Premier Foods Completes Strategic Global Partnership With Mondelēz International

    Premier Foods Completes Strategic Global Partnership With Mondelēz International

Premier Foods has completed the signing of a strategic global partnership with US-based Mondelēz International to renew the UK company’s long-standing licence to produce and market Cadbury branded cake and ambient dessert products. This is further to the announcement on 8 May 2017 which outlined the signing of a ‘Heads of Terms’ with Mondelēz International.
The […]

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Updated Profits Warning From Real Good Food

    Updated Profits Warning From Real Good Food

Real Good Food, the diversified UK food business, has provided an update on its earlier, surprise profits warning. The company announced on 1 August 2017 that it anticipated EBITDA for the year ended 31 March 2017 would be lower than market expectations at approximately £2.0 million, subject to final audit.
Since the announcement of 1 August, […]

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Arla Foods UK Achieves Strong Brand Revenue Growth

    Arla Foods UK Achieves Strong Brand Revenue Growth

Arla Foods’ business in the UK, which is the international dairy co-operative’s largest market, has reported net revenue up four per cent overall year-on-year for the first half of 2017. Underpinning the UK growth was a 10 per cent increase in net revenue from its category-leading brands including Lurpak and Castello, with the Arla brand […]

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SuperValu Remains Ireland’s Top Grocer Despite Tesco Turnaround

    SuperValu Remains Ireland’s Top Grocer Despite Tesco Turnaround

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 13 August 2017, show that despite strong sales growth of 3.4% by Tesco, SuperValu has retained the position of Ireland’s largest grocery retailer.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “A year-on-year sales growth of 0.4% was enough for SuperValu to […]

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Danish Crown Forms Chinese Online Alliance With Alibaba Group

    Danish Crown Forms Chinese Online Alliance With Alibaba Group

Danish Crown, the world’s largest pork exporter, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tmall, one of Alibaba Group’s business-to-consumer e-marketplaces in China, to make high quality Danish products available to the 466 million annual active consumers on Alibaba’s e-marketplaces. As part of the agreement, the meat of 1001 Danish pigs will be reserved for […]

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Northern Ireland Food and Drink Tops the Bill in International Markets

    Northern Ireland Food and Drink Tops the Bill in International Markets

Four Northern Ireland food and drink companies have been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to win new business in international markets, estimated to be worth nearly half a million pounds collectively. Niche Drinks, BFree, CocoMojo and Rooney Fish have secured orders to supply their products in China, the United Arab Emirates and Europe.
Alison Gowdy, Invest […]

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HKScan Revises its Strategy

    HKScan Revises its Strategy

HKScan’s board of directors has approved the Nordic meat group’s strategy, which will focus on the consumer by leading the food value chain. The ‘From Farm to Fork’ strategy focuses on active food value chain leadership, with the capability for renewal. It emphasises innovation, cost competitiveness and sustainability, with a strong focus on consumers.
Jari Latvanen, […]

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Significant Expansion for Yorkshire Food Supplier

    Significant Expansion for Yorkshire Food Supplier

As part of its strategy to become the ‘go-to’ brand for quality, ethically-sourced ingredients in the North of England, Scarborough-based Stuart’s Foods has acquired Lincolnshire-based S Clift Grimsby in a deal that could eventually be worth £0.5million. Stuart’s – which now serves in excess of 800 customers across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire; employs 33 people; operates […]

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Drinks Industry Welcomes Fall in Alcohol Consumption in Ireland

    Drinks Industry Welcomes Fall in Alcohol Consumption in Ireland

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has welcomed the latest figures from the European Commission which show that the Republic of Ireland experienced the steepest drop in alcohol consumption of 20 EU countries between 2000 and 2014, at 23.6%.
Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.
Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation, comments: “Figures […]

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Arla Foods Delivers Higher Returns For Farmer Owners

    Arla Foods Delivers Higher Returns For Farmer Owners

Arla Foods has reported revenue up by three per cent and the performance price up by 19 per cent in the first half of 2017 due to increased sales prices and the continuing growth of branded sales to improve farmer profits. The international dairy co-operative expects to achieve its full-year targets for profits, strategic branded […]

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Hilton Signs Fresh Food Contract With Tesco Central Europe

    Hilton Signs Fresh Food Contract With Tesco Central Europe

Hilton Food Group, the specialist retail meat packing business supplying major international food retailers in Europe and Australia, has signed a long term supply agreement with Tesco Central Europe to produce fresh food. This development supports Hilton’s strategy of providing key retail partners globally with a diversified food offer.
The five year agreement will involve building […]

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Danish Crown and Tulip to Move Under One Roof

    Danish Crown and Tulip to Move Under One Roof

Since its founding in 1990, Danish Crown has become one of Denmark’s largest companies and Europe’s largest meat processing company. As a result, the group has outgrown both Danish Crown’s offices in Randers and the offices of its subsidiary, Tulip Food Company in Sdr. Borup just outside of Randers. Plans to combine the two companies […]

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Finsbury Food Group to Close Grain D’Or Business

    Finsbury Food Group to Close Grain D’Or Business

Finsbury Food Group, a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for both the retail and foodservice channels, is proposing to close its Grain D’Or business. Based in London, Grain D’Or is a provider of premium baked goods for the UK pastry sector. Finsbury Food Group will be entering into a […]

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World Cheese Awards 2017 Opens For Entry

    World Cheese Awards 2017 Opens For Entry

The World Cheese Awards is now open for entry, with producers from across the globe invited to submit their cheese to be judged during the competition’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Dedicated only to cheese, with no other dairy products able to enter, the awards will return to London on Friday 17 November, to form part of Taste of London […]

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Lidl Becomes the UK’s Seventh Largest Supermarket

    Lidl Becomes the UK’s Seventh Largest Supermarket

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 13 August 2017, show Lidl has increased its market share to a new record high of 5.2% – up 0.7 percentage points year on year – to become the UK’s seventh largest grocer.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retailer and consumer insight at […]

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2 Sisters Plans Investment in Welsh Plant

    2 Sisters Plans Investment in Welsh Plant

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, 2 Sisters Food Group, has announced plans to expand supply from its Welsh processing facility in Merthyr Tydfil. The £1.4 million investment in the beef and sheep plant will be spent on modernising the beef boning hall and improving efficiency, quality and process control.
Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food […]

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World’s Most Modern Snack Plant Begins Operations in Finland

    World’s Most Modern Snack Plant Begins Operations in Finland

The world’s most modern dairy snack plant has commenced operation at Valio Riihimäki in Southern Finland. The snack plant is the largest single investment in Valio’s history. Construction of the new snack plant began in 2014 and took about three years. The area of the plant building is approximately 20,000 square metres. The plant is […]

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FrieslandCampina Sells Fruit Juice Business

    FrieslandCampina Sells Fruit Juice Business

The Dutch investment company Standard Investment is acquiring Riedel, the fruit juice business of FrieslandCampina, for an undisclosed sum. Based at Ede in the Netherlands, Riedel has a turnover of about €125 million and employs 200 people. Completion of the transaction is expected before the end of 2017.
Earlier this year, FrieslandCampina announced that it would […]

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LacPatrick is Cream of the Crop in UAE

    LacPatrick is Cream of the Crop in UAE

LacPatrick, the international dairy co-operative, has secured over £1 million of sales of its LP spray dried whole milk and skimmed milk powder in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following participation at the Gulfood exhibition in February 2017. LacPatrick is one of Northern Ireland’s major manufacturing employers, employing over 300 staff across its Ballyrashane, Artigarvan […]

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HKScan Opens New €80 Million Poultry Plant

    HKScan Opens New €80 Million Poultry Plant

HKScan, the Nordic meat group, has just opened its new, state-of-the-art poultry unit at Rauma in Finland. Valued at over €80 million, the new facility is the largest investment in HKScan’s history. Indeed, the state-of-the-art Rauma unit ranks among the most significant investments in the history of the Finnish food industry.
Jari Latvanen, president and chief […]

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Record Growth For UK Food and Drink Exports in First Half of 2017

    Record Growth For UK Food and Drink Exports in First Half of 2017

The first half of 2017 saw exports of all UK food and drink grow to £10.2 billion, up 8.5% on the first half of 2016. This represents the highest first half exports value on record. The UK’s top 3 export products are whisky, salmon and beer. Contrary to recent export trends, stronger growth was reported […]

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Florette Further Expands its UK Business

    Florette Further Expands its UK Business

In line with its strategy to be a major player within the UK fresh produce category, Florette UK & Ireland (part of the French Agrial group) has acquired the Wigan site of MyFresh Prepared Produce, a producer of a wide range of salad and vegetable products. MyFresh, Wigan, which employs almost 300 people and was […]

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FrieslandCampina Simplifies its Organisation

    FrieslandCampina Simplifies its Organisation

Royal FrieslandCampina intends to simplify its organizational structure into four to be set up global business groups – Consumer Dairy, Specialised Nutrition, Ingredients and Basic Dairy. A less complex structure will enable FrieslandCampina to more decisively respond to the market developments and to innovate better with respect to strategic priorities. The objective of the new […]

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Heineken’s Acquisition of Punch is Cleared

    Heineken’s Acquisition of Punch is Cleared

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accepted proposals by Heineken to resolve concerns over its £402.7 million acquisition of Punch Taverns, one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, with a portfolio of more than 3,500 pubs nationwide. In June, the CMA said that Heineken’s proposed purchase of part of the Punch Taverns estate […]

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Changing Consumer Tastes Drive Long-term Global Sugar Market Slowdown

    Changing Consumer Tastes Drive Long-term Global Sugar Market Slowdown

The consumers’ shift away from sugar consumption is an important driver behind significant changes in the food and beverage industry. These changes will have long-term ramifications, including a likely slowdown in the worldwide sugar market, according to the latest report of Rabobank ‘Sweetness and Lite’.
A combination of changing preferences, product reformulations and government pressure have […]

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