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Dairy Crest to Invest £85 Million to Expand Cheese Business

    Dairy Crest to Invest £85 Million to Expand Cheese Business

Dairy Crest, the leading British-owned dairy company, is investing £85 million in growing the capacity of its cheese business, £75 million of which will be invested at its Davidstow creamery in Cornwall. The investment will allow further growth of the company’s market-leading cheese brands Cathedral City and Davidstow, enhance whey production capacity and support farmers […]

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Record Annual Sales and Capital Investment at Cranswick

    Record Annual Sales and Capital Investment at Cranswick

Driven by robust growth across all product categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – as well as a 30.2% increases in exports, Cranswick, the UK food group, has increased total revenue by 18% to a record £1.464.5 billion for the year ended 31 March 2018. Like-for-like revenue increased 13% over the prior […]

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Challenging First Half For Greencore Group

    Challenging First Half For Greencore Group

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported revenue of £1.239 billion for the 26 weeks ended 30 March 2018, up by 22.6% versus first half of 2017. Adjusted operating profit of £59.7 million was 8.0% higher than the corresponding period in 2017, primarily driven by the acquisition […]

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Deliveroo to Make All Staff Shareholders

    Deliveroo to Make All Staff Shareholders

Deliveroo, the leading food delivery company, has announced that it is to make all of its employees shareholders in the company and give them equity. The move will mean all permanent staff, present and future, will be given share options in the company.
The move will be worth nearly £10 million for the majority of the […]

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China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

    China’s Yoghurt and Cheese Markets Experience Steady High Value Retail Sales Growth

While the overall dairy market in China is growing stably, the various categories are experiencing differing performance. New research from Mintel reveals that yoghurt and cheese are the market’s winning categories in recent years with yoghurt maintaining an annual retail sales growth of over 20% since 2014. Meanwhile, the cheese category has seen a growth […]

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Campbell Soup Company CEO Retires

    Campbell Soup Company CEO Retires

US food group Campbell Soup Company has announced that Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, has chosen to retire with immediate effect. Keith McLoughlin, a Campbell Board member since 2016, has been named interim CEO and will also remain a member of the Board to facilitate an orderly transition in management while recently elevated […]

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Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

    Valio Establishes New Business Units in China

Valio, the Finnish dairy co-operative, is stepping up its activities in China with the opening of a new head office in Shanghai. The newly established head office will focus on serving the Chinese market. Besides the Ingredient business units, Valio China has also established the new business units of Retail and Food Service.
According to Euromonitor […]

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Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection Recognised at International Excellence Awards

    Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection Recognised at International Excellence Awards

Dunnes Stores’ Simply Better Collection will be presented with five prestigious accolades at the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA’s) 2018 International Salute To Excellence Awards, taking place later this month in Amsterdam. This is the third year in a row that the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection has been recognised for excellence at the PLMAs, last year […]

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The Intersnack Group to Acquire Tyrrells

    The Intersnack Group to Acquire Tyrrells

The Intersnack Group, one of the leading manufacturers of savoury snacks in Europe, has reached agreement for its KP Snacks business to acquire Tyrrells and its global portfolio of better-for-you, premium snack brands from US-based The Hershey Company for an undisclosed sum. The Tyrrells business includes a head office and two manufacturing sites in the […]

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2 Sisters Food Group Appoints New CEO

    2 Sisters Food Group Appoints New CEO

2 Sisters Food Group,  Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, has appointed Ronald Kers as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from June 1st. Ronald Kers is the former Global CEO of Muller, the €6 billion international food company, and he brings with him more than two decades of experience at global FMCG companies including Nestle and […]

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Biscuit International Acquires Northumbrian Fine Foods

    Biscuit International Acquires Northumbrian Fine Foods

Biscuit International, one of Europe’s leading players in the private label sweet biscuit market owning Poult in France, Banketgroep in the Netherlands and A&W in Germany, has acquired Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF), the UK’s leading gluten and milk-free biscuit manufacturer, from CriSeren Foods.
Created in 1936, NFF has experienced strong growth in recent years with an […]

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Marston’s Reports Another Period of Good Growth

    Marston’s Reports Another Period of Good Growth

Marston’s, the UK pub operator and independent brewer, has reported a 4.6% increase in underlying operating profit to £74.3 million and a 19.8% rise in underlying revenue to £528.1 million for the 26 weeks ended 31 March 2018, with growth in all trading segments principally driven by the acquisition of the Charles Wells Beer Business, […]

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Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

    Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

Ireland’s largest bagged salad producer and specialist in prepared vegetables, Willowbrook Foods, has marked the tenth anniversary of its Innovation Centre in County Down, describing it as instrumental in helping the business grow by on average 18% year on year over the past decade. The centre, at Willowbrook’s Killinchy headquarters, was designed in 2008 to be […]

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Premier Foods Reports Strongest Revenue Growth For Over Five Years

    Premier Foods Reports Strongest Revenue Growth For Over Five Years

Premier Foods has reported a 5.1% increase in trading profit to £123.0 million on group revenue up 3.6% to £819.2 million for the 52 weeks ended 31 March 2018. Branded revenue grew by 1.6% to £670.1 million while non-branded revenue was up 13.9% to £149.1 million.
Trading profit benefitted from the improved commercial performance as well […]

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Heineken Expands in Central America

    Heineken Expands in Central America

Heineken has acquired a minority stake in Belize Brewing Company, Belize’s market leader in beer and a subsidiary of Bowen & Bowen, which has been an importer and distributor of the global brewer’s brands including Heineken®, Amstel and Red Stripe in Belize since 2016. The financial terms of the deal are not disclosed.
Marc Busain, President […]

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Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

    Harmonised Standards Vital to Dairy’s Continued Global Success

The global dairy sector must continue its efforts to harmonise methods of analysis and sampling for milk and milk products if trade in dairy products is to continue to thrive, delegates at the recent International Dairy Federation (IDF)/Organisation for International Standardisation (ISO) Analytical Week in Dublin, Ireland, were told.
Speaking at the Analytical Symposium during the week-long event, […]

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Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

    Lantmännen Pays Record Dividend to Members

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, continues to contribute to the positive development of Swedish agriculture and is paying SEK566 million (€54.9 million) in dividends to its owners, Swedish farmers. The dividend, a record amount, is thanks to Lantmännen’s positive growth in recent years.
“It pays to be a member […]

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New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

    New Report – Out-of-home, Out of Mind?

Kantar Worldpanel’s new report on out-of-home (OOH) reveals that OOH consumption makes up nearly half (41%) of global spend on snacking and non-alcoholic beverages. In some categories, such as coffee, purchases outside the home make up as much as 70% of total spend, exposing a significant opportunity for retailers and manufacturers not currently considering OOH […]

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Whitewater Brewery Builds its International Customer Base

    Whitewater Brewery Builds its International Customer Base

Northern Ireland-based Whitewater Brewery Company has secured new customers in Spain, Japan and Russia as part of efforts to increase traction in international markets. This success follows an investment to build a new, state-of-the-art, brewing facility to support the company’s continued growth in the global craft beer market.
Invest NI supported the development of Whitewater’s new manufacturing […]

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Nestlé Waters Invests in Swiss Water Bottling Site

    Nestlé Waters Invests in Swiss Water Bottling Site

Nestlé Waters has announced a SFr25 million (€21 million) modernisation of its bottling site at Henniez, Switzerland. The investment will allow the Henniez site to continue to meet demand for its popular mineral water. Bottled water is a high-growth category for Nestlé.
Production at Henniez will become more flexible and innovative in order to meet current […]

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No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

    No More Big Four in UK Grocery?

The latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 22 April 2018, reveal a market share of 15.9% and 15.5% for Sainsbury’s and Asda respectively, giving the proposed combined entity a potential share of 31.4%. Over the past 12 weeks, Sainsbury’s increased sales by 0.2% while Asda’s sales rose by 1.4%. Both Sainsbury’s and […]

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Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

    Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

South and East England-based franchise business, Caskade Caterers, has secured a £29.4 million funding package from HSBC to support its ambitious expansion plans. The £13 million loan, £10 million revolving credit facility and £6.4 million commercial mortgage from HSBC will help with the roll-out of new Taco Bell restaurants across London and South West England, the […]

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Huhtamaki Sells Confectionery Portfolio

    Huhtamaki Sells Confectionery Portfolio

Huhtamaki, a global specialist in packaging for food and drink, has sold its confectionery trademark portfolio to Highlander Partners, a US-based investment firm. Related to the sale, an after taxes gain of approximately US$16 million will be booked as an item affecting comparability (IAC) during the second quarter of 2018.
The sold trademark portfolio was related […]

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Mondelēz International to Acquire US Biscuit Brand For $500 Million

    Mondelēz International to Acquire US Biscuit Brand For $500 Million

Mondelēz International has agreed with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, and other shareholders, including founder Kathleen King, to acquire Tate’s Bake Shop for approximately $500 million. Known for its signature thin-and-crispy cookies with simple, authentic, high-quality ingredients, Tate’s is a fast growing, premium cookie and baked goods brand.
Founded in 2000 on Long […]

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IFF Acquires Frutarom in $7.1 Billion Deal

    IFF Acquires Frutarom in $7.1 Billion Deal

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) is acquiring Frutarom in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion, including the assumption of Frutarom’s net debt.
Frutarom is a flavours, savoury solutions and natural ingredients company, with production and development centres on six continents. It markets and sells over 70,000 products to more than 30,000 customers […]

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C&C Agrees Exclusive Distribution Partnership With Tsingtao

    C&C Agrees Exclusive Distribution Partnership With Tsingtao

C&C Group, the manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded cider, beer, wine and soft drinks, has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with Tsingtao Brewery Company, China’s leading beer company, for the importation and distribution of Tsingtao in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Stephen Glancey, Group CEO at C&C Group plc, comments: “This distribution agreement […]

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Nestlé and Starbucks Bring Together the World’s Most Iconic Coffee Brands in $7.15 Billion Deal

    Nestlé and Starbucks Bring Together the World’s Most Iconic Coffee Brands in $7.15 Billion Deal

Nestlé has announced an agreement granting the company perpetual rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. This transaction provides Nestlé with a strong platform for continued growth in North America with leadership positions in the premium roast and ground and portioned coffee businesses. It also allows Nestlé […]

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Carlsberg Group Launches New Alcohol-free Beer Brand Birell

    Carlsberg Group Launches New Alcohol-free Beer Brand Birell

Leading global brewer, Carlsberg Group, has launched Birell, a new alcohol-free beer brand. Driven by strong consumer demand, the Alcohol-Free Beer (AFB) category has experienced 90% growth during the last ten years. Birell will initially launch in two styles – Pilsner Lager and Belgian Wit – in Poland and Bulgaria, before a more widespread roll […]

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Golden Export Success For Popcorn Firm

    Golden Export Success For Popcorn Firm

Northern Ireland-based Golden Popcorn has won a major contract estimated to be worth around €1 million with Aldi in the Republic of Ireland. The contract will see Golden Popcorn manufacture popcorn under the Snackrite brand for Aldi in a new multi-bag format for their Irish supermarkets.
Invest NI has offered Golden Popcorn support of £93,000 towards […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

    New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of a new product from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). “Lough Neagh Pollan” is a white fish with a bright silver skin caught and processed in Lough Neagh, a lake in Northern Ireland. Lough Neagh is the largest lake in […]

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Planning Approval For Charles Wells’ New Brewery

    Planning Approval For Charles Wells’ New Brewery

English brewer, Charles Wells is a step closer to realising its ambition of a new £13 million brewery complex following approval of its planning application by Bedford Borough Council. Work will begin in August at the Fairhill site, just off the A6 in Bedford, on the new 30,000 hectolitre brewery, which should be operational by […]

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“Radical Transparency Will Shape Future Food Agenda,” Says Cranswick Report

    “Radical Transparency Will Shape Future Food Agenda,” Says Cranswick Report

Growing consumer demand for new levels of transparency are set to disrupt the food industry in the wake of continued food scares, according to a Cranswick report, published in association with sustainability consultants Veris Strategies. Earlier this year, UK food regulators launched a nationwide review of the meat industry following a series of high profile food safety breaches […]

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Lantmännen Acquires Cattle Feed Business From Raisio

    Lantmännen Acquires Cattle Feed Business From Raisio

Lantmännen, the Nordic Region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, is acquiring the cattle feed business from the Finnish listed company Raisio Group. The acquisition is part of Lantmännen’s growth strategy in the Baltic Sea region and strengthens the group’s presence on the Finnish market by expanding its offer to farmers there.
Lantmännen is […]

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Minimum Unit Pricing Implemented in Scotland

    Minimum Unit Pricing Implemented in Scotland

Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol. New legislation brought into force sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.
Research shows that the move is expected to save 392 lives in the first five years of […]

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Nestlé Purina Acquires Majority Share in Tails.com

    Nestlé Purina Acquires Majority Share in Tails.com

Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired a majority stake in Tails.com, a direct-to-consumer, tailor-made dog nutrition business based in the UK. With the rapid growth of personalised pet nutrition, as well as subscription services, Nestlé Purina’s shareholding in this digital first business offers significant growth opportunities for both companies.
Launched in 2014, Tails.com has brought tailored dog nutrition to […]

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Novio Packaging Group to Merge With Scandinavian Packaging

    Novio Packaging Group to Merge With Scandinavian Packaging

The international Novio Packaging Group has joined forces with Scandinavian Packaging. As a result, this Danish packaging company will become a ‘member of Novio Packaging’ operating under its present name, and as from January 1, 2019 under the name Novio Scandinavia.
The recently established Novio Packaging Group, consisting of the international packaging distribution companies Oosterbeek Packaging, […]

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€22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

    €22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

The European Commission has announced €22 million in funding for a new bio-economy research project to be led by Glanbia Ireland. The project, called AgriChemWhey, will receive €22 million in funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
It is the first dairy industry project to […]

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Proposed Combination of J Sainsbury and Asda Group

    Proposed Combination of J Sainsbury and Asda Group

J Sainsbury plc and Walmart have agreed terms in relation to a proposed combination of Sainsbury’s and Asda Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart, to create an enlarged business within the UK grocery market. The combined business will create a dynamic new player in UK retail with an outstanding breadth of products, delivered through […]

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EFSA Announces Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

    EFSA Announces  Major Step Forward on Food Consumption Data

EFSA has published a new release of its Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, which for the first time includes data collected under EFSA’s EU Menu project. The updated database consists of the most recent data collected in Member States covering more population groups and new food categories, such as energy drinks.
The EU Menu project aims […]

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Synergy Flavours Acquires Italian Natural Flavourings Supplier

    Synergy Flavours Acquires Italian Natural Flavourings Supplier

Synergy Flavours has completed the acquisition of Janoušek, based in Trieste, Italy. One of the world’s first suppliers of herbal extracts and natural flavourings and an expert in Italian profiles, Janoušek has been serving customers in its home market of Italy for 135 years and also operates across Eastern Europe. The acquisition of Janoušek will […]

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Petrow Food Group Invests £850,000 in New Fruit Processing Line

    Petrow Food Group Invests £850,000 in New Fruit Processing Line

Petrow Food Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of ingredients to the breakfast cereal, bakery, confectionery, ready meals, sauces and snack sectors, can now offer unprecedented levels of safety, quality and capacity following a major investment in a new fruit processing line. Petrow invested £850,000 in one of the most sophisticated and well-designed machines […]

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Nomad Foods Completes Acquisition of Goodfella’s Pizza

    Nomad Foods Completes Acquisition of Goodfella’s Pizza

Nomad Foods, the leading frozen foods company in Western Europe, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Green Isle Foods (Goodfella’s Pizza) from a subsidiary of Boparan Holdings for a purchase price of £200 million, subject to customary working capital adjustments.
Goodfella’s Pizza manufactures and distributes a portfolio of leading branded and private label frozen pizzas […]

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Biggest Single Investment in Scotch Whisky Tourism Launched by Diageo

    Biggest Single Investment in Scotch Whisky Tourism Launched by Diageo

Diageo has announced a £150 million investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experiences in the biggest concerted programme ever seen in Scotland’s whisky tourism sector. The centre-piece of the investment will be a new state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker immersive visitor experience based in Edinburgh, bringing to life the story of the world’s […]

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AGRANA to Invest €100 Million in New Wheat Starch Plant

    AGRANA to Invest €100 Million in New Wheat Starch Plant

AGRANA, the fruit, starch and sugar company, has laid the foundation for a second wheat starch plant at its biorefinery at Pischelsdorf in Tullnerfeld, Austria. The €100 million investment will double AGRANA’s wheat starch production, expanding the total processing capacity at the Pischelsdorf site from the current 800,000 tonnes to more than 1 million tonnes […]

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Kerry Taste & Nutrition Announces Joint Venture With Ojah & Korys

    Kerry Taste & Nutrition Announces Joint Venture With Ojah & Korys

Kerry, the Taste and Nutrition company, as part of its ambition to become a market leader in the supply of innovative plant proteins, has just announced a joint venture with Ojah BV, market leading pioneer in the production of plant-based meat alternatives based in the Netherlands.
Kerry Taste and Nutrition will become the majority shareholder of […]

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Ornua Appoints Chief Executive Designate

    Ornua Appoints Chief Executive Designate

The Board of Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has appointed John Jordan as Chief Executive Designate. John Jordan will assume the role of Chief Executive on 30 June 2018 when he will succeed Kevin Lane, who announced his resignation as CEO on 12 December 2017.
John Jordan is currently CEO of Ornua Foods […]

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Nichols Invests £4.5 Million in Vimto Ross Factory

    Nichols Invests £4.5 Million in Vimto Ross Factory

UK-based soft drink group Nichols has unveiled a £4.5 million investment at its site in Ross-on-Wye (Vimto Ross). The newly-designed factory forms a key part of Vimto Out Of Home, manufacturing frozen and post-mix solutions for their own customers as well as for their external partners.
Having acquired the site from Dayla in 2011, Vimto Ross […]

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Bord Bia Welcomes Irish Beef Access to China

    Bord Bia Welcomes Irish Beef Access to China

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has welcomed the granting of access for Irish beef to China. Ireland is the first European beef exporter to secure access to China, where consumers’ appetite for the meat is growing steadily. According to Bord Bia, China officially imported more than 700,000 tonnes of beef in 2017 – a figure […]

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HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

    HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

Leading Nordic food group HKScan has newly launched pork exports to China from its Forssa production unit. Within the first year of the launch, HKScan aims to ship roughly three million kilograms of pork to China and to subsequently triple that volume by 2020. Relative to the volume of pork currently produced annually in Finland, this […]

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English Craft Brewer Reaches Crowdfunding Target

    English Craft Brewer Reaches Crowdfunding Target

English independent craft beer company, The Five Points Brewing Company, has smashed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 with a week to spare. The Five Points Brewing Co, located in the heart of Hackney, began its crowdfunding campaign on the 9th March 2018. Launched with the intention to treble the brewery’s production capacity, the campaign offered members of […]

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Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

    Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

Building on the strength of its leadership team, pladis,  the global biscuit and confectionery company with operations in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, has appointed Dmitry Ivanov to the newly created global position of Chief Commercial Officer. Joining the company as part of the Executive Committee, Dmitry – also […]

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Mondelēz International Opens $90 Million ‘Factory of the Future’

    Mondelēz International Opens $90 Million ‘Factory of the Future’

To meet growing consumer demand, Mondelēz International has inaugurated its newest ‘Factory of the Future’ in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The company invested $90 million in the state-of-the-art biscuit manufacturing plant that produces iconic Power Brands, including Oreo cookies and Barni soft cakes, for local consumers and serves as a hub for exports to the Gulf region, the Levant and Africa, […]

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Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

    Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

Musgrave Group, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, has announced an export deal worth €5 million with Alosra, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading high-end supermarket. Alosra is the grocery retail subsidiary of BMMI Group, a long-established retail, distribution and hospitality group that is listed on the Bahraini stock exchange.
Under the terms of the agreement, Musgrave will […]

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New CEO For Europe at ARYZTA

    New CEO For Europe at ARYZTA

ARYZTA has appointed Gregory Sklikas as CEO Europe as a sucessor to Dermot Murphy, who has decided to step down from his position. Gregory will join ARYZTA at the end of May 2018 with Dermot providing mentoring and support as Gregory transitions into the role on Dermot’s departure at the end of August.
ARYZTA CEO, Kevin Toland […]

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