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  • Year of Considerable Progress For Dairy Crest Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, increased revenue by 10% to £456.8 million and adjusted profit before tax increased by 2.8% to £62.3 million for the year ended 31 March 2018, compared with the previous year. Dairy Crest’s Cheese & Functional Ingredients business increased revenue by 8.8% to £277.2 million while revenue at the Butters, [...]...
  • Edrington Unveils the New Home of The Macallan Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan brand. The new distillery and visitor experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. From humble beginnings, the brand has risen to become [...]...
  • Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland Nestlé has announced changes that further strengthen its research and development operations, the largest of any food company worldwide. Nestlé will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one impactful organization, Nestlé Research. The combination of two world-renowned research facilities with highly [...]...
  • Algaia Receives €4 Million Boost Algaia, will accelerate development and install a new specialty seaweed extract production unit at its Lannilis (Brittany-France) manufacturing facility dedicated to specialty algae extracts. The company’s main shareholder, Maabarot Products, has injected an additional €4 million in equity to support further expansion of the production facility and innovation center located in Saint-Lo (Normandy-France). Algaia works with local [...]...
  • Smarter Factories – Safer Working In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software can [...]...

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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Fast and Efficient Help – KHS Expands its Service Activities

  Fast and Efficient Help – KHS Expands its Service Activities

Help with troubleshooting seven days a week round the clock – KHS has made the worldwide service offered by its 24-hour hotline even more efficient. Fast reaction times and quick processing of customer inquiries are not only ensured by the qualified and experienced hotline engineers who act as direct contacts; with its uniform hourly package […]

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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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ACMA Develops New Solutions For the Secondary Packaging of Tea

  ACMA Develops New Solutions For the Secondary Packaging of Tea

ACMA, a company of Coesia group, has developed a new range of solutions suitable to cover specific needs for the secondary packaging of tea bags. Different options are available: from pre-glued or flat blanks to pouches, from Bag-in-bags to micro-box with 10 units with overwrapping. Regardless of the choice, the product keeps its freshness and […]

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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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Faerch Plast UK Signs Up to UK Plastics Pact

  Faerch Plast UK Signs Up to UK Plastics Pact

Faerch Plast UK, one of the leading manufacturers of plastic packaging for the food industry, has signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, a bold and unique initiative set to transform the UK plastic industry. By bringing together the entire plastics value chain behind a common set of ambitious targets, the new Pact will move the […]

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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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Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

  Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

Arla Foods is set to launch into the UK breakfast food-to-go market with the introduction of its new Milk & Oats range of healthy* ready to drink beverages. Bringing the benefits of dairy into the soft drinks category, Milk & Oats is a simple blend of skimmed milk, hearty wholegrain oats and natural flavour that […]

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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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GEA Commissions the Mast-Jägermeister SE Blending System

  GEA Commissions the Mast-Jägermeister SE Blending System

After GEA completed the production tests for spirits manufacturer Mast-Jägermeister SE at its new “South Production” plant in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, the production plant went into commercial operation in April 2018. Mast-Jägermeister SE requires a completely self-sufficient and multifunctional plant at its headquarters in Wolfenbüttel that allows product changeovers between classic Jägermeister liqueur and other spirits. […]

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Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

  Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

Many casual dining brands continued to expand on British high streets over the last year, despite the host of challenges facing the eating and drinking out sector – fuelling concerns about market saturation. That is among the key findings from the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. It reveals that […]

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‘Webrooming’ Widespread in Consumer Food Purchasing Decisions

  ‘Webrooming’ Widespread in Consumer Food Purchasing Decisions

The food industry can no longer afford to ignore the influence of technology on consumer buying habits as ‘webrooming’ becomes widespread, recent research shows. The practice of scrutinising ingredient lists and verifying nutritional claims online before buying in store – also known as webrooming – is increasingly common. The survey indicates that 48% of respondents […]

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Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

  Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

Today, 90% of organic chemicals are based on fossil fuels, meaning they are based on non-renewable resources. 70% of proteins in the European Union are imported. An alternative is needed! Due to their high growth rate and the small land area required, algae could become that alternative. We’re not at that stage just yet. The […]

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Measom Freer Prove Their Environmental Credentials

  Measom Freer Prove Their Environmental Credentials

The well-established plastic packaging manufacturer Measom Freer is proud to announce it has achieved the BSI ISO 14001:2015 Certificate in Environmental Management. The company believes it has a moral duty to protect the natural environment and they are committed to minimising their global impact as a business by improving resource efficiency, reducing waste and reducing costs.
They ensure their […]

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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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New Report – How Digital Tech Is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry

  New Report – How Digital Tech Is Changing the Food & Beverage Industry

For years, next generation technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things have been singled out as driving innovation in a number of industries. The food and beverage industry is embarking on its biggest transformation in decades, leveraging new technology to improve food quality, increase plant efficiency and boost productivity. While other industries have embraced digital technology, […]

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New Wave of Alcohol Avoiders Intensifies Demand For Soft Drink Innovation

  New Wave of Alcohol Avoiders Intensifies Demand For Soft Drink Innovation

Many younger consumers are drinking alcohol in moderation – or abstaining from it altogether – creating a new and unmet need in the market for innovative soft drinks. Data from the US highlights how, in the past two years, volume sales of alcoholic beverages in America have fallen – by around 0.1% in 2016 and […]

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Tetra Pak to Develop Paper Straws For its Portion-size Carton Packages

  Tetra Pak to Develop Paper Straws For its Portion-size Carton Packages

Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral functional role on portion packages, but if not properly disposed of, they then become […]

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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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Mondi’s BarrierPack Recyclable Further Extends Functionality

  Mondi’s BarrierPack Recyclable Further Extends Functionality

Mondi’s award-winning BarrierPack Recyclable laminate is a highly sustainable material with performance properties equivalent to conventional alternatives and fully compatible with existing industrial recycling streams. Now, thanks to a recent innovation, it is suitable for more applications.
The product made its debut only recently but, even so, has already captured the attention of judges for the 2018 […]

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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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UK Businesses Make World-leading Pact to Tackle Plastic Pollution

  UK Businesses Make World-leading Pact to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean. The UK Plastics Pact, launched by sustainability experts WRAP, is a unique collaboration which […]

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Brook House Hops to Sell Direct to UK Brewers

  Brook House Hops to Sell Direct to UK Brewers

Brook House Hops is changing the way that hop farmers and brewers trade, by selling its hops online; making it the first direct to brewer hop grower in the UK. Traditionally, hops are sold via merchants, however, hop farmer Will Kirby believes that this new direct approach will be well received by brewers who are […]

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The Dynafill Beer Filler – Fills and Crowns in a Single Unit

  The Dynafill Beer Filler – Fills and Crowns in a Single Unit

Beverage bottlers’ requirements are extremely exacting: achieving progressively higher outputs while consuming less CO2 and nonetheless upgrading the filling quality – and all this in a sturdy system that’s ideally designed for cleaning. For beer filling, these are precisely the criteria Krones has satisfied with the new Dynafill.
And this product has some persuasive pluses that […]

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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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Omega Ingredients Launching Next Generation of ΩMegaSweet®

  Omega Ingredients Launching Next Generation of ΩMegaSweet®

As the Sugar Tax launches, Biochemist Steve Pearce and the team at Omega Ingredients are moving the front line of sugar replacement technology forward by launching a new formulation of their natural flavour system ΩMegaSweet® with ΩMegaSweet® Extra, an unprecedented new sugar replacement, blended with the addition of third generation Stevia.
The key benefit of Omega’s […]

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Qualvis’ New Selection Pack Increases Sales For Twisting Spirits

  Qualvis’ New Selection Pack Increases Sales For Twisting Spirits

Leading carton manufacturer, Qualvis Print & Packaging, has produced distinctive new gift packaging for Oxfordshire-based craft gin micro-distillery, Twisting Spirits. The selection gift pack, comprising 3 x 20cl bottles, was created to showcase three flavours – Douglas-Fir, Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass and Earl Grey.  In maintaining consistency with the distillers’ brand identity, the pack complements the […]

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New Cost-saving Programme to Transform Arla Foods

  New Cost-saving Programme to Transform Arla Foods

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has launched an internal transformation programme called ‘Calcium’, which is set to deliver more than €400 million of savings by the end of 2020 through improved efficiency in all areas of the company. The programme looks to boost Arla’s performance to the benefit of its farmer-owners and further strengthen the […]

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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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