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Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

    Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

Lactalis Group, the international dairy group based in Laval, France, is acquiring the Nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (R12.9 billion). The business being acquired supplies a wide range of infant nutritional and growing-up milk products across both the premium and value segments. It manufactures and markets well established quality brands, including S-26, […]

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Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

    Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

Thatchers Cider, the family owned English cider producer, is to invest £14 million in a new cider mill at its Myrtle Farm site in Somerset to meet growing demand for its products. The company has applied for planning permission and, if granted, the new mill would come on stream in 2019.
“This investment is about our […]

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Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

    Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St Albans, Vermont. The investments amount to close to US$30 million and are in line with previously announced plans.
Recent investments […]

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Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group

    Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 25.0% increase in turnover to £863.6 million and by 24.5% on a constant currency basis for the 28 weeks to 15 July 2018. Volumes increased by 12.7% reflecting growth in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Operating profit for the first half […]

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The Lakes Distillery Considers Possible IPO

    The Lakes Distillery Considers Possible IPO

The Lakes Distillery, a leading English single malt whisky distillery, is exploring the possibility of seeking admission of its shares to trading on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller growing companies. The company has appointed N+1 Singer as its nominated adviser and broker in relation to a possible admission and a potential fundraising […]

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Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

    Public Health England and Drinkaware Launch Drink Free Days

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of UK adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes – improving their diet, exercising more, […]

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Green Light For Acquisition of Frutarom by IFF

    Green Light For Acquisition of Frutarom by IFF

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Frutarom Industries of Israel by International Flavors & Fragrances of the US. Frutarom develops, produces, and markets taste and health products, including flavours, fine ingredients, pharmaceutical/nutraceutical products, and cosmetics and personal care products. IFF is active in the development, creation and sale […]

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Wessanen Acquires Plant Based Food Brand

    Wessanen Acquires Plant Based Food Brand

Wessanen, a leader in the European market for healthy and sustainable food, has acquired Abbot Kinney’s, a fast growing innovation leader in plant based yoghurt alternatives and ice-cream. Founded in 2014, Abbot Kinney’s has already built a leading position in its category in health food stores in The Netherlands and has started to build a […]

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of Pret A Manger by JAB

    European Commission Clears Acquisition of Pret A Manger by JAB

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of PAM Group (Pret A Manger) of the UK, by JAB Holdings, controlled by JAB Holding Company of Luxembourg. Pret A Manger is a food and drink retailer.
JAB holds interests in tea and coffee brands (including Jacobs, Douwe Egberts and Tassimo) and coffee […]

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Lidl Ireland Secures 60 New Irish Suppliers as Part of Kick Start Supplier Development Programme

    Lidl Ireland Secures 60 New Irish Suppliers as Part of Kick Start Supplier Development Programme

In February, Lidl Ireland called out to Irish suppliers nationwide to enter products into their Supplier Development Programme, Kick Start. This programme, run by Lidl Ireland and supported by Bord Bia, is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses to grow their brand and build their supply network. 60 suppliers have been chosen […]

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Bakkavor Announces £12 Million Strategic Acquisition in UK Desserts

    Bakkavor Announces £12 Million Strategic Acquisition in UK Desserts

Bakkavor Group, the leading provider of fresh prepared food, has acquired Haydens Bakery from Real Good Food for a consideration of £12 million. Established in 1976, Haydens is a leading manufacturer of sweet bakery products for the major UK grocery retailers and provides a distribution operation for one of the UK’s leading retailers. The business […]

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Edrington Moves into American Whiskey

    Edrington Moves into American Whiskey

Edrington has expanded its portfolio of premium spirits into the American whiskey category by forming a strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey. Effective immediately, Wyoming Whiskey will become part of Edrington Americas’ portfolio which includes many of the world’s most acclaimed spirit brands, including The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Brugal, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, […]

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Irish Government’s Three Pronged Approach Ahead of Brexit

    Irish Government’s Three Pronged Approach Ahead of Brexit

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle TD (pictured) has identified three key areas the Irish Government is negotiating on as Brexit looms. Speaking at the recent Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition held at The Citywest Hotel in Dublin, the Minister outlined the importance of maintaining a strong trading […]

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Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

    Dairygold Crowned King at the 2018 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Dairygold Food Ingredients was crowned company of the year at the 2018 Food & Drink Business Awards. The event, which celebrated the best of Irish manufacturing and the people behind the products, followed the Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition. Both events were held recently at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
A total of […]

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Campbell to Divest International and Fresh Businesses to Focus on Domestic Market

    Campbell to Divest International and Fresh Businesses to Focus on Domestic Market

Campbell Soup Company has announced a series of significant actions it is taking as part of its strategy and portfolio review to improve performance and drive shareholder value. The actions include focusing the company on two distinct businesses – Campbell Snacks and Campbell Meals and Beverages – in its core North American market. Consequently, Campbell […]

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Children to Receive Milk, Fruit and Vegetables at School Thanks to EU Programme

    Children to Receive Milk, Fruit and Vegetables at School Thanks to EU Programme

The EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme has resumed with the school year in the participating countries. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the EU school scheme includes the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products, as well as dedicated educational programmes to teach pupils about the importance of good nutrition and […]

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Agrial to Acquire UK’s Largest Independent Cider Maker

    Agrial to Acquire UK’s Largest Independent Cider Maker

Agrial, the French farming, food and beverage co-operative, is continuing to pursuing its international development with the acquisition of Aston Manor to expand operations to Great Britain, the largest cider market in the world. Agrial’s Beverage Division is the leading player in the French cider market and is already present in the United States.
Birmingham-based Aston […]

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Finsbury Food Group Acquires Gluten Free Bakery

    Finsbury Food Group Acquires Gluten Free Bakery

Finsbury Food Group, a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for both the retail and ‘out of home eating’ foodservice channels, has acquired Ultrapharm, a ‘free from’ bakery manufacturer, for £17 million. The acquisition of Ultrapharm supports the Finsbury Food Group’s ongoing strategy to further diversify its product capability into […]

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The Coca-Cola Company to Acquire Costa For £3.9 Billion

    The Coca-Cola Company to Acquire Costa For £3.9 Billion

The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to acquire Costa, which was founded in London in 1971 and has grown to become a major coffee brand across the world. The acquisition of Costa from parent company Whitbread is valued at £3.9 billion ($5.1 billion) and will give Coca-Cola a strong coffee platform across parts of Europe, Asia […]

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Arla Foods UK Delivers 2.3% First Half Revenue Growth

    Arla Foods UK Delivers 2.3% First Half Revenue Growth

Despite globally challenging market conditions including the impact of a continued weak pound and changes in fat and protein prices, Arla Foods UK delivered a steady start to the first half of the year. A 6.7 per cent volume driven branded growth contributed to an overall net revenue growth of 2.3 per cent, comparative to […]

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Slane Distillery Rolls Out First Barrel at State-of-the-art Distillery

    Slane Distillery Rolls Out First Barrel at State-of-the-art Distillery

Slane Distillery, the recently-opened whiskey distillery located on the historic grounds of Slane Castle in the Boyne Valley, has celebrated a major milestone when it filled its first barrel. The inaugural cask contains new make malt whiskey using barley harvested on the Slane Castle Estate filled into a sherry hogshead.
Brown-Forman, a leader in whiskey since […]

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Pernod Ricard Accelerates Sales Growth and Improves Margins

    Pernod Ricard Accelerates Sales Growth and Improves Margins

Pernod Ricard achieved sales of €8.99 billion for its 2018 financial year, after accelerating its organic sales growth to 6.0% from 3.6% the previous year. Sales growth was broadly based across a wide spectrum of markets – Americas grew by 6%; Asia-Rest of the World rose by 9%, due to strong growth in China and […]

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£1 Million Mincing Line Secures New Business For Tulip

    £1 Million Mincing Line Secures New Business For Tulip

Tulip, a UK subsidiary of Danish Crown, has invested over £1 million in a new mincing line at its factory at Tipton to improve efficiencies and increase output at the site. The investment has already led to increased business for Tulip, with significant additional volumes of mince being processed for a key client each week. […]

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Emmi Remains on Track

    Emmi Remains on Track

Emmi generated sales of SFr1.675 billion in the first half of 2018 – an increase of 4.7 % (2.4% in organic terms) compared the first six months of the previous year. EBIT rose by 5.1 % to SFr95.0 million, while the EBIT margin remained stable at 5.7 %. The Swiss dairy group achieved an adjusted net profit of […]

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New Head at Orkla Confectionery & Snacks

    New Head at Orkla Confectionery & Snacks

Jeanette Hauan Fladby (pictured) has been appointed new Executive Vice President at Orkla in charge of the Orkla Confectionery & Snacks business area. She will take up her position as of 1 October 2018. Hauan Fladby will report to Orkla’s President and CEO and be part of Orkla’s Group Executive Board. She is taking over […]

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Douglas Laing & Co to Open New Distillery in Autumn 2019

    Douglas Laing & Co to Open New Distillery in Autumn 2019

Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co has announced that its new distillery in Glasgow is to be named the ‘Clutha Distillery’. ‘Clutha’, meaning Clyde in Gaelic, reflects both the company’s heritage and the location of the new distillery which will sit on the banks of the river in the heart of the city.
Planning has […]

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Battle of the Brands to Take Centre Stage at this Year’s Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

    Battle of the Brands to Take Centre Stage at this Year’s Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

Dozens of leading own brand goods are set to go head to head to scoop the ‘Own Label Brand of the Year title at this year’s Irish Food and Drink Business Awards. The event which celebrates the best of manufacturing and the people behind the products, takes place in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on the […]

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Carlsberg Group to Invest €100 Million in Kronenbourg Brewery in France

    Carlsberg Group to Invest €100 Million in Kronenbourg Brewery in France

Carlsberg Group plans to invest up to €100 million in the Kronenbourg brewery at Obernai in France – the Danish company’s largest brewery in Europe. The investments will allow further modernisation and capacity increases as well as capability improvements and advances within Environment, Health & Safety.
Carlsberg Group acquired Kronenbourg in 2008, and Kronenburg is now […]

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Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

    Sunny Weather and Love Island Boost Irish Grocery Sales

Despite an intensely competitive retail environment – with just 1.5 percentage points separating the market share of the three largest retailers – all the major Irish supermarkets have grown sales for the sixth period in a row. This is according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending […]

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Nestlé and Starbucks Close Deal For Perpetual Global License of Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice Products

    Nestlé and Starbucks Close Deal For Perpetual Global License of Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice Products

Nestlé and Starbucks Corporation have closed a $7.15 billion deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. Through the alliance, the two companies will work closely together on the existing Starbucks range of roast and ground coffee, whole beans as well […]

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Rye River Scoops an Impressive 19 Awards at the World Beer Awards

    Rye River Scoops an Impressive 19 Awards at the World Beer Awards

Recognised as one of Ireland’s largest independent craft breweries, Rye River Brewing Company based in Celbridge, County Kildare, has won a remarkable 19 awards at the prestigious World Beer Awards 2018, making Rye River the most-awarded brewery in Europe. Among the awards were best double IPA for McGargles Dan’s Double IPA, best Kölsch style for Grafters Kölsch and […]

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New President, Northern Europe at Mondelēz International

    New President, Northern Europe at Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International has announced the appointment of Clive Jones as President, Northern Europe. Clive Jones will be responsible for Mondelēz International’s businesses in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, where Mondelēz manufactures and sells some of Europe’s best-loved brands including Cadbury, Oreo, Maynards Bassetts, Ritz, belVita, Freia and Maribou.
Clive Jones joined Mondelēz International […]

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Online Shopping Near Universal in Germany

    Online Shopping Near Universal in Germany

Online shopping is nearly universal in Germany, according to new research from Mintel. Over nine in ten (92%) German internet users have made an online purchase in the past 12 months. What’s more, almost all demographics have made the shift to buying online, as even 89% of those over age 65-year-old internet users have shopped […]

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British Organic Food Exports at Mercy of EU Discretion After No-deal Brexit

    British Organic Food Exports at Mercy of EU Discretion After No-deal Brexit

The UK organic certification body OF&G has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks the continuation of organic food exports to the EU relying on interim reciprocal and discretionary trading arrangements. The news comes in response to a government paper outlining the implications of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.
CEO of OF&G (Organic Farmers and Growers) Roger Kerr […]

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FDF Responds to UK Government’s No-Deal’ Technical Notices on Brexit

    FDF Responds to UK Government’s No-Deal’ Technical Notices on Brexit

The Food and Drink Federation, which represents the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, has responded to the publication by the Government of a set of ‘no-deal’ Technical Notices. Food and Drink Federation chief executive, Ian Wright CBE, said: “The Government’s laudable decision to publish these Technical Notices nevertheless confirms what a grisly prospect for UK food […]

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New Look For Coca-Cola Range in Great Britain

    New Look For Coca-Cola Range in Great Britain

The Coca-Cola range, including Coca-Cola Original Taste and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, has a brand-new look in the UK. The newly designed packaging aims to unify the range with the iconic red colour of Coca-Cola to make it even clearer that, whichever consumers choose, they will get the same great Coca-Cola taste and experience – either […]

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Danish Crown Hones its Strategy

    Danish Crown Hones its Strategy

Danish Crown has announced that its target for savings in procurement has been raised, a number of administrative functions are set to be moved to Poland, and construction of a new head office in Randers is on hold until further notice.
It is almost two years since Danish Crown presented its 4WD strategy, which includes the […]

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Sun Shines on Co-op and UK Grocery Brands

    Sun Shines on Co-op and UK Grocery Brands

The growth of branded products has outstripped that of own-label lines for the first time since May 2015 according to the latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks to 12 August 2018. Heavily branded categories – such as savoury snacks, ice cream and soft drinks – performed particularly well […]

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FrieslandCampina Expands its Cheese Activities With Parrano and Tjiezi

    FrieslandCampina Expands its Cheese Activities With Parrano and Tjiezi

Royal FrieslandCampina has taken over the activities of Best Cheese Holland, including its brands Parrano and Tjiezi. The move by FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy is in response to the growing consumer demand to use more cheese in cooking and for dairy snacks as dippers.
The Parrano brand is famous for its cheese flakes, grated cheese and powder […]

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PepsiCo to Acquire SodaStream International For $3.2 Billion

    PepsiCo to Acquire SodaStream International For $3.2 Billion

PepsiCo has agreed to acquire SodaStream International, the international producer of home carbonation systems, for $3.2 billion. The transaction will be funded with PepsiCo’s cash on hand. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies but is subject to a SodaStream shareholder vote, certain regulatory approvals and other customary […]

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€48 Million Investment Programme at Aurivo

    €48 Million Investment Programme at Aurivo

As a key component of its Engage 2022 strategic growth plan, Aurivo, the agri business headquartered in the north-west of Ireland, has announced a €48 million investment plan for the next five years. The expansion programme incorporates a range of projects across its dairy ingredients, consumer foods and agri businesses and will grow employment across […]

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Coca-Cola to Acquire Minority Stake in Sports Performance Brand

    Coca-Cola to Acquire Minority Stake in Sports Performance Brand

Coca-Cola is taking a minority ownership stake in BODYARMOR, a fast-growing line of premium sports performance and hydration beverages. Through this strategic relationship, BODYARMOR will remain an independent company and gain access to the expansive Coca-Cola bottling and distribution system.
The initial investment, which will be part of the Coca-Cola North America Venturing & Emerging Brands […]

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UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

    UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

July’s heatwave was good news for Britain’s pubs but heaped more pressure on the country’s restaurant chains, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. Managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.7% against last July, while sales across restaurant groups plummeted, down a substantial 4.8% in like-for-like trading.
Overall, the differing […]

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Valeo Foods Acquires Tangerine Confectionery For £100 Million

    Valeo Foods Acquires Tangerine Confectionery For £100 Million

Valeo Foods Group, the acquisitive Irish and international food business, is reported to have purchased Tangerine Confectionery of the UK for £100 million (€112 million) from Blackstone Group. The deal adds popular UK confectionery brands such as Dip Dab, Fruit Salad and Blackjack to Valeo Foods Group’s growing portfolio, and will increase annual turnover to […]

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Constellation Brands to Invest $4 Billion to Develop Canabis Market

    Constellation Brands to Invest $4 Billion to Develop Canabis Market

Constellation Brands, the North American and international alcoholic drinks group, is investing US$4 billion (C$5 billion) to increase its stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading diversified cannabis company, to 38%. The significantly expanded strategic partnership will position Canopy Growth as the global leader in cannabis production, branding, intellectual property and retailing.
As a result of […]

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Carlsberg Group Delivers Strong First Half

    Carlsberg Group Delivers Strong First Half

Carlsberg Group has increased operating profit organically by 14.2% in the first half of 2018 with all three of its regions – Western Europe, Asia and Eastern Europe – delivering very solid performances. Organic net revenue growth was 5.1%. Reported operating profit rose by 6.0% to DKr4.373 billion (€586.5 million), impacted by negative currency factors […]

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National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Wednesday, September 5th

    National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Wednesday, September 5th

The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2018, Ireland’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, is being held at the Citywest Convention Centre on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.
The theme of the 2018 National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition is ‘Collaborating for an Innovative […]

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2 Sisters Outlines Transformation Agenda

    2 Sisters Outlines Transformation Agenda

Ronald Kers, the new chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, has spelled out his vision for the future of the company. His first 100 days have been taken up with an assessment of the opportunities for the group and creating the new initiatives he plans to put in place.
Ronald Kers comments: “2 Sisters can […]

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Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership in Cambodian Business

    Carlsberg Group Increases Ownership in Cambodian Business

Carlsberg Group has increased its ownership in the Cambodian brewer Cambrew from 50% to 75%. Cambrew is among the largest brewers in Cambodia. Its largest beer brand – the iconic Angkor Premium Beer with its well-known tagline ‘Our Country, Our Beer’ – is a popular brand among Cambodian consumers. In addition, Cambrew produces and bottles […]

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Kerry Group Reports Healthy Volume Growth

    Kerry Group Reports Healthy Volume Growth

Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods group, has reported a solid underlying business performance for the half year ended 30 June 2018. Group revenue on a reported basis increased by 1.4% to €3.2 billion, reflecting strong volume growth and contribution from acquisitions, offset by adverse currency movements. Business volumes grew by […]

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Glanbia and US Partners to Build $470 Million Cheese and Whey Factory

    Glanbia and US Partners to Build $470 Million Cheese and Whey Factory

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, along with US dairy co-operatives – Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers – expect to commission their new joint venture large-scale cheese and whey production facility for the State of Michigan in the fourth quarter of 2020 at a cost of $470 million.
The new facility will process 3.6 […]

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New Production Line For Danish Crown to Serve Japanese Market

    New Production Line For Danish Crown to Serve Japanese Market

Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for Danish pork, which is still growing. Danish Crown is consequently installing a new production line at its abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees from 1,100 to 1,200. Danish Crown’s exports to Japan amounted to more than DKr3 […]

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Glanbia’s First Half Performance in Line With Expectations

    Glanbia’s First Half Performance in Line With Expectations

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has delivered in line with expectations in the first half of 2018. Wholly owned revenue from continuing operations was €1,112.0 million, an increase of 3.6% constant currency (down 6.2% on a reported basis). Wholly owned EBITA from continuing operations was €123.7 million, down 7.3% at constant currency (down 16.6% reported). […]

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New Managing Director at Heineken Ireland

    New Managing Director at Heineken Ireland

HEINEKEN Ireland has appointed Maarten Schuurman (pictured) as its new Managing Director, effective 1st September 2018. Maarten Schuurman has enjoyed a successful 22-year career at HEINEKEN encompassing both global and general management leadership positions.
He will join the Irish business from his current role as Head of Global Sales based in the company’s international headquarters in The […]

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