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UK Bottled Water Sales Top 4 Billion Litres For First Time

    UK Bottled Water Sales Top 4 Billion Litres For First Time

Last year’s hot summer boosted UK water drinks consumption by more than 7% to 4,267 million litres, according to a new report from food and drink experts Zenith Global. This was worth an estimated £3.330 billion at retail prices. Sales of plain bottled water in retail packs increased by 7.9% to 3.4 billion litres, whilst […]

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Morrisons Signs Up to Arla UK 360 Farm Standards Programme

    Morrisons Signs Up to Arla UK 360 Farm Standards Programme

Arla Foods’s new farming standards programme Arla UK 360 continues to gain traction as Morrisons becomes the first retailer to commit to supporting the standards across its entire Arla milk supply. The move means approximately 200 Arla farmer owners will be directly supported by Morrisons to deliver across the eight farm business areas identified in […]

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Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production

    Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production

Nordzucker Group will concentrate its sugar production in Sweden at its factory in Örtofta and as part of this process the refinery at Arlöv will be closed. Around €100 million will be invested in the strategy. The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2021. Based at Braunschweig in Germany, Nordzucker Group is one […]

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FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant

    FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant

International dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina is exploring options to build a sustainable and innovative dairy processing plant in the Netherlands. The plant is intended for the processing of member milk into fresh dairy products, ingredients used for the production of early life and adult nutrition, and for cheese manufacturing. It would be built according to […]

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Heineken Opens First Brewery in Mozambique

    Heineken Opens First Brewery in Mozambique

Heineken has officially opened its first brewery in Mozambique. The new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a US$100 million (€85 million) investment. Located in the province of Maputo, between the Marracuene and Manhiça districts, the brewery will have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectolitres. It recently started to brew Txilar, a brand-new beer […]

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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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Danish Crown’s Sustainability Goals are Now Set

    Danish Crown’s Sustainability Goals are Now Set

Danish Crown is going to build a position for itself as the world’s leading producer of sustainable meat. This will be achieved by halving the company’s climate footprint per kilogramme of pork by 2030, the vision being a completely climate-neutral value chain by 2050.
According to climate scientists worldwide, meat is a big challenge for the […]

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Orkla Moves into New HQ

    Orkla Moves into New HQ

Orkla, the Nordic region’s largest branded consumer goods company, has moved into new headquarters in Oslo, Norway. The move marks a new era in the company’s history, with Orkla’s businesses in Norway now assembled under one roof.
More than 900 Orkla employees are based in the new office premises.
“The building we are now moving into is […]

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New Heads For Carlsberg Group’s European Businesses

    New Heads For Carlsberg Group’s European Businesses

Lars Lehmann has been appointed as Executive Vice President (EVP) for Carlsberg Group’s Eastern European region and as a member of the global brewer’s Executive Committee (ExCom). He will replace Jacek Pastuszka, who will change from EVP Eastern Europe to Western Europe, while current Western Europe EVP Chris Warmoth reverts to Group Strategy as EVP.
Effective […]

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New EU Rules to Ensure Fairness in the Food Supply Chain

    New EU Rules to Ensure Fairness in the Food Supply Chain

The European Parliament has approved a new set of EU rules that will blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information. Threats of retaliation against suppliers, for instance delisting […]

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Mondelēz International Invests in Prebiotic Functional Snacks

    Mondelēz International Invests in Prebiotic Functional Snacks

Mondelēz International has taken a minority investment in Uplift Food, a US-based early-stage start-up focusing on prebiotic functional foods. This is the first venture investment the company is making as part of SnackFutures, the company’s innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth opportunities around the world.
A key pillar of the company’s consumer-centric growth […]

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Arla Foods Aims For Carbon Net Zero Dairy

    Arla Foods Aims For Carbon Net Zero Dairy

Arla Foods and its 10,300 farmer owners have launched their most ambitious targets so far to accelerate the transition to sustainable dairy production with intensified focus on the farms. The main target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent per kilo of milk over the next decade and to work towards carbon […]

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Froneri Launches Nuii Premium Ice Cream Stick in the UK and Europe

    Froneri Launches Nuii Premium Ice Cream Stick in the UK and Europe

Leading ice cream company Froneri has launched Nuii – a brand new premium ice cream stick – in key markets across Europe, including the UK. Created from high quality, exotic ingredients – and with a tantalising taste to match – Nuii reflects the booming indulgent and adult ice cream market. Research by Kantar Worldpanel* shows […]

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Sales and Profits Continue to Rise at Lindt & Sprüngli Group

    Sales and Profits Continue to Rise at Lindt & Sprüngli Group

Despite the challenging market environment in 2018, the Lindt & Sprüngli Group once again continued its solid growth path and further extended its leading position in the premium chocolate market. Lindt & Sprüngli’s group sales increased by 5.5% in Swiss francs to reach SFr4.313 billion (€3.791 billion). Organic sales growth amounted to 5.1%, which is […]

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2 Sisters Food Group Completes Disposal of Green Isle Brands and Donegal Catch Business

    2 Sisters Food Group Completes Disposal of Green Isle Brands and Donegal Catch Business

Boparan Holdings, the parent company for 2 Sisters Food Group, has completed the sale of its Green Isle Brands and Donegal catch frozen foods business in Ireland. The transaction further strengthens the 2 Sisters Food Group balance sheet and demonstrates its commitment to its core strategy.
Green Isle Brands operates from Gurteen (Donegal Catch) and Naas […]

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Greggs Breaks Through the £1 Billion Sales Barrier

    Greggs Breaks Through the £1 Billion Sales Barrier

Greggs, the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the UK, with over 1,950 retail outlets throughout the country, has reported a 7.2% rise in total sales to £1.029.3 billion in 2018, the first time in its history that the business has generated turnover of more than a billion pounds in a year. Within this, company-managed shop […]

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Fazer Group to Build €40 Million Xylitol Factory in Finland

    Fazer Group to Build €40 Million Xylitol Factory in Finland

Fazer Group is continuing to develop its business and is investing €40 million in an oat hull based xylitol manufacturing facility in Finland to enter the xylitol market. The investment will strengthen Fazer’s position as a forerunner in value added grain-based products. In Fazer’s oat milling process, a substantial amount of oat hulls are derived […]

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Vion to Modernises Boxtel Production Plant and Strengthen Competitive Position With €35 Million Investment

    Vion to Modernises Boxtel Production Plant and Strengthen Competitive Position With €35 Million Investment

Vion Food Group plans to modernise its pork production site in Boxtel in the Netherlands to further increase its competitiveness on the national and international meat markets. Some of the activities that currently take place at Vion’s plant at Scherpenzeel will be integrated into the Boxtel site. With the planned investment of €35 million, Vion […]

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HKScan Opens its Modernised Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

    HKScan Opens its Modernised Kristianstad Plant in Sweden

HKScan, the Nordic meat and meals company, has opened its modernised plant at Kristianstad in Sweden. An investment of almost €7 million has enabled an upgrading of the site, but also important energy savings, enhanced food safety and increased production efficiency.
“This is a state-of-the art project and an investment that both improves our work environment […]

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Finnebrogue’s Major Investment in Nitrite-free Bacon to Create 125 Jobs

    Finnebrogue’s Major Investment in Nitrite-free Bacon to Create 125 Jobs

Finnebrogue, the Northern Ireland-based artisan food manufacturer, is to create up to 125 new jobs following its £17 million investment in its state-of-the-art nitrite-free bacon facility. The investment, which was backed by Invest Northern Ireland, has enabled the company to establish a manufacturing facility in Downpatrick for the production of its nitrite-free bacon, hailed by […]

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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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Irish Dairy Merger Receives Green Light

    Irish Dairy Merger Receives Green Light

Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society and LacPatrick Co-operative Society have jointly welcomed regulatory approval, for the merger of both dairy co-operatives, received from the Competition and Markets Authority (UK) and from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (Ireland). Both authorities determined and ruled that competition would not be adversely affected as a result of the merger […]

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US Cannabis-based Drinks Market to Pass $1 Billion in 2022

    US Cannabis-based Drinks Market to Pass $1 Billion in 2022

US sales of cannabis-based drinks jumped to $86 million in 2018, according to the new 2019 US CBD Drinks Report from food and drink experts Zenith Global and US industry newsletter Beverage Digest. The market is expected to rapidly achieve mass market appeal, surging to over $1.4 billion in 2023, even with some regulatory restrictions […]

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Senior Leadership Changes at PepsiCo

    Senior Leadership Changes at PepsiCo

PepsiCo has announced a number of senior leadership appointments, including the creation of a Global Chief Commercial Officer, to support the company’s strategic priorities and growth agenda.
“As we pursue our new vision to ‘Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose,’ we have taken some important steps to reorganize our […]

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Noble Foods and Cranswick Recognised as Global Leaders on Farm Animal Welfare

    Noble Foods and Cranswick Recognised as Global Leaders on Farm Animal Welfare

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, has confirmed Cranswick, Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Co-op Group (Switzerland), as global leaders on farm animal welfare. However, while many of the 150 companies covered by the Benchmark have now adopted farm animal […]

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British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From a £64 Million Share of a £245 Million Arla Foods Pot

    British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From a £64 Million Share of a £245 Million Arla Foods Pot

Arla Foods, the UK’s biggest farmer-owned dairy company, has announced that its British owners will receive a total of £64 million (€70 million) as their 2018 year-end bonus from a European wide pay-out of £245 million (€290 million). The payment was agreed by the company’s Board of Representatives, which is almost wholly comprised of elected […]

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Premier Foods to Review Strategic Options

    Premier Foods to Review Strategic Options

Following discussions with its largest shareholders, the board of Premier Foods has decided to conduct a review of its strategic options for increasing shareholder value. In connection with these discussions, the company has announced a number of board changes.
Daniel Wosner of Oasis Management Company and Orkun Kilic of Paulson & Co will join the board […]

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£10.5 Million Upgrade For Bunnahabhain Distillery

    £10.5 Million Upgrade For Bunnahabhain Distillery

A three year refurbishment programme has begun at Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay, Scotland, as its owners, spirits and wine producer, Distell International invests £10.5 million in an extensive upgrade and refresh of the iconic distillery. As part of the upgrade, a number of the original buildings will be carefully restored to their former glory giving […]

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Emmi Delivers Solid, Broad-based Results

    Emmi Delivers Solid, Broad-based Results

Emmi Group, the Swiss and international dairy business, increased sales by 2.8% (2.3% in organic terms) to SFr3.457 billion (€3.046 billion) in 2018 and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) by 5.3 % to SFr217 million. Adjusted net profit was 8.6% higher than the previous year at SFr175 million.
Emmi produced a good sales performance in all […]

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Brakes Names Harrogate Water Top Supplier

    Brakes Names Harrogate Water Top Supplier

Harrogate Water has been awarded three supplier-of-the-year ‘Oscars’ – including overall Supply Partner of the Year – by UK foodservice giant Brakes. The business also won the Brakes Service Partner award with a service level of 99.8 per cent and the Brakes Sustainability Partner award.
Brakes is the market leader in UK foodservice, operating from multiple sites […]

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New European Head For Mondelēz International

    New European Head For Mondelēz International

As of January 2019, Vince Gruber has taken over the role of Executive Vice President & President Europe for Mondelēz International. With his extensive experience in the FMCG sector, he will shape and drive the company strategy ‘Snacking Made Right’ in the European business. The new strategy aims to empower people to snack right by […]

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Strong Growth For Arla Foods in the UK as Sales Exceed £2 billion

    Strong Growth For Arla Foods in the UK as Sales Exceed £2 billion

Arla Foods achieved strong growth in the UK, its largest market, during 2018.Total revenues in this country from retail and foodservice exceeded £2 billion for the first time, going up by 3.3% to reach £2.01 billion (€2.27 billion) compared with £1.94 billion (€2.21 billion) in 2017.
Success in 2018 was underpinned by the continued success of […]

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Carbery Group Investing €78 Million to Diversify Cheese Portfolio

    Carbery Group Investing €78 Million to Diversify Cheese Portfolio

Carbery Group, the Irish nutritional ingredients, flavours and natural cheese producer, has started construction work on a new manufacturing facility at its site at Ballineen in West Cork. In the planning for some time, the new plant represents a €78 million investment by Carbery Group.
The investment will allow the organisation to diversify from its exclusive […]

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New Geographical Indication From the UK

    New Geographical Indication From the UK

The European Commission has approved the addition of ‘The Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum’ from the United Kingdom in the register of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). The newly protected product grows in the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire in North Wales.
The Denbigh plum is the only plum variety native to Wales. Historically, this fertile region has […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners to Invest Over €500 Million in 2019

    Coca-Cola European Partners to Invest Over €500 Million in 2019

Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler, will invest over €500 million in 2019, as part of an ongoing multi-year €1.5 billion investment programme. The programme focuses on delivering more for customers by investing in new technology, supply chain capabilities and coolers.
Damian Gammell, chief executive of Coca-Cola European Partners, says: “We’re investing in key […]

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Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

    Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

Dublin Liberties Distillery has become the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new €10 million distillery located in Dublin’s Liberties has commenced Irish whiskey distillation and has also opened the doors on a distillery visitor centre, which can accommodate up to 80,000 visitors annually. It marks the fourth Irish whiskey visitor centre […]

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Canadian Dairy Giant to Acquire Dairy Crest For £975 Million

    Canadian Dairy Giant to Acquire Dairy Crest For £975 Million

Canada-based Saputo Group, which is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, has made a recommended all cash offer of £975 million to acquire Dairy Crest, the UK dairy business. The acquisition will allow Saputo Group to increase its international presence and enter the UK market by acquiring and investing in a […]

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Danone Continues to Make Progress Towards its 2020 Objectives

    Danone Continues to Make Progress Towards its 2020 Objectives

Danone has reported a 0.7% decline in revenue to €24.66 billion with operating income down 26.5% to €2.74 billion for 2018. However, on a ‘like-for-like New Danone’ basis consolidated sales rose by 2.9% with a 3.6% growth in value, led by a continued mix and portfolio valorization, largely offsetting a 0.7% decline in volumes. All […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

    European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control of Gleadell Agriculture by ADM Arkady, both based in the UK. Gleadell is a supplier and exporter of various grain and oilseed products. ADM is part of the Archer Daniels Midland group of companies and is a processor of a […]

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Arla Foods Delivers Turn-around After Tough Start to 2018

    Arla Foods Delivers Turn-around After Tough Start to 2018

After a difficult first quarter, Arla Foods came out of 2018 with improved sales and brand share as the international dairy co-operative’s performance grew stronger throughout the year. The transformation programme Calcium delivered cost-savings far beyond targets for the year and thanks to a historically strong balance sheet the board of directors has proposed to […]

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British Gin Boosted by Exports

    British Gin Boosted by Exports

The latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs show that British gin sales abroad, in 2018, were worth £612 million – up 15% on the previous year. In 2016 export sales of the juniper-based spirit broke the half a billion-pound mark for the first time and since then the popularity of British gin has seen […]

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Operating Profit Declines as PepsiCo Announces $2.5 Billion Restructuring Programme

    Operating Profit Declines as PepsiCo Announces $2.5 Billion Restructuring Programme

PepsiCo has reported a 2% increase in net net revenue to $64.66 billion and a 2% drop in operating profit to $10.11 billion for 2018. However, organic revenue, which excludes the impacts of foreign exchange translation, acquisitions, divestitures, structural and other changes, grew 4% and and core constant currency operating profit increased 2%.
Commodity mark-to-market net […]

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Kerry Group Benefits From Unique Business Model

    Kerry Group Benefits From Unique Business Model

Kerry Group, the global taste, nutrition and consumer foods business, has reported a 3.1% increase in revenue to €6.6 billion for the year ended 31 December 2018, reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions, partially offset by adverse currency movements. Business volumes grew by 3.5% and pricing decreased by 0.5% against a backdrop of […]

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Premier Foods Discontinues Ambrosia Sale Process

    Premier Foods Discontinues Ambrosia Sale Process

Premier Foods has decided not to proceed with the potential disposal of its Ambrosia brand. A number of parties expressed interest in the business, and since the New Year Premier Foods has been engaged in detailed discussions with a small group of potential buyers. However, the Premier borad has concluded that in the present business […]

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Heineken Maintains Strong Top Line Growth in 2018

    Heineken Maintains Strong Top Line Growth in 2018

Heineken achieved organic net revenue growth of 6.1% to €22.471 billion in 2018, with a 4.0% increase in total consolidated volume and a 2.0% increase in revenue (beia) per hectolitre. Operating profit (beia) rose organically by 6.4% to €3.868 billion but the operating profit margin (beia) slipped by 17 bps to 17.2%. Net profit for […]

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Another Year of Progress For Nestlé

    Another Year of Progress For Nestlé

Nestlé has reported a 2.1% increase in sales to SFr91.4 billion (€80.6 billion) for 2018 with organic growth of 3% and group RIG of 2.5%, which was at the high end of the food and beverage industry, helped by faster innovation and successful new product launches. 2018 organic growth was supported by stronger momentum in […]

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£100 Million Müller Programme to Transform UK Fresh Milk Business

    £100 Million Müller Programme to Transform UK Fresh Milk Business

Müller Milk & Ingredients, Britain’s largest producer of branded and private label fresh and flavoured milk, cream, butter and ingredients, has launched a £100 milliion cost and margin improvement programme which aims to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for the business, to the benefit of consumers, customers, employees and farmers.
Project Darwin includes a comprehensive […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Continues to Focus on Driving Profitable Revenue Growth

    Coca-Cola European Partners Continues to Focus on Driving Profitable Revenue Growth

Coca-Cola European Partners has reported its fifth consecutive quarter of revenue growth and announced plans to trade on the London Stock Exchange. Revenue grew by 4.0% to €11.5 billion and comparable operating profit grew by 7.0% to €1.6 billion in 2018. Earnings per share were €2.30, an increase of 8.5%.
Coca-Cola Zero Sugar led growth in […]

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DMK Group Opens €145 Million High-tech Baby Food Plant

    DMK Group Opens €145 Million High-tech Baby Food Plant

In line with its strategy to create added value and develop its branded business, DMK Group, Germany’s largest dairy co-operative, has opened a new high-tech baby food facility at Strückhausen. Created in May 2011 following the merger of Humana Milchindustrie and Nordmilch, DMK Group has invested €145 million to convert a former dairy plant at […]

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Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

    Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

Official figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed a strong year for Scotch whisky exports in 2018, with global growth by both value and volume. In 2018, the export value of Scotch whisky grew 7.8% by value, to a record £4.70 billion. The number of 70cl bottles exported also reached record levels growing to […]

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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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Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

    Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

Largo Foods, Ireland’s leading snack food manufacturer, has announced its name change to Tayto Snacks, reflecting the strength, longevity, and recognition of its flagship Tayto brand. Headquartered in Ashbourne, County Meath, where its operates its 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, the company employs almost 400 staff and indirectly supports a large group of industries and jobs across […]

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Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

    Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

Germany-based Nordzucker, which is one of the leading sugar manufacturers in Europe, is acquiring a 70% majority stake in Mackay Sugar, Australia’s second-largest sugar producer. The deal will allow Nordzucker to build up production capacities outside Europe and further its strategy of focusing on sugar production from sugar beet and sugar cane.
The acquisition is subject […]

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British Beer Sales Rise 2.6% in 2018 – Biggest YoY Growth For 45 Years

    British Beer Sales Rise 2.6% in 2018 – Biggest YoY Growth For 45 Years

Sales of beer in 2018 were up 2.6% on 2017, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The increase marks the biggest year-on-year sales growth of beer in 45 years.
In the off trade, full year 2018 sales of beer increased by 4.7% on full year 2017 […]

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