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  • Hilton Food Group to Move into UK Fish Processing Hilton Food Group, the UK-based specialist international meat packing business, has agreed to acquire Icelandic Group UK (Seachill), a leading chilled UK fish processor, for cash consideration of £80.8 million. The acquisition will provide Hilton with entry into the processing and supply of fish in the UK. Robert Watson OBE, chief executive of Hilton Food Group. Founded [...]...
  • UK Health Costs of Obesity Soaring Money spent last year on junk food advertising in the UK far outweighs the amount Government is able to spend on healthy eating campaigns, leading to an unbalanced environment pushing us towards unhealthy choices, according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA). Junk food brands are spending 27.5 times more on advertising their products [...]...
  • The End of EU Sugar and Isoglucose Quotas Will Benefit All Stakeholders EU sugar and isoglucose production quotas ended on 30 September 2017. At its recent conference at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels, Starch Europe called on all stakeholders to embrace the benefits of this historic development. Speaking at the conference, Starch Europe president, Alain Dufait said: “As an industry, we find ourselves in a time of opportunity. [...]...
  • Scotbeef Purchases Blast Freezer From Blue Cube In a move to boost freezer capacity at its modern plant in Glasgow, leading UK fresh meat processing company, Scotbeef has purchased a BFT40 portable blast freezer from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores – part of The Turner Group – after renting the unit for several years. Scotbeef is one of the largest privately owned fresh [...]...
  • Kasih Food Revitalises Hummus Range For International Market Kasih Food Production Co, a leading food production company in Jordan, has unveiled a new range of hummus products in Tetra Pak packages. With the new Mézete brand product line, the company aims to increase its share of the hummus market, projected to reach US$1.1 billion globally by 2022, according to Market Research Future. That [...]...

Refresco Receives Renewed Interest From PAI

  Refresco Receives Renewed Interest From PAI

Refresco Group, the leading independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and A-brands with production in the Benelux, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the UK and the US, has received a new unsolicited, indicative and conditional proposal from private equity firm PAI Partners. It regards a possible offer to acquire all […]

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The Brewers of Europe Ahead of Target in Fulfilling Commitment For Comparable Information

  The Brewers of Europe Ahead of Target in Fulfilling Commitment For Comparable Information

The Brewers of Europe are successfully implementing their voluntary commitment to list ingredients and provide comparable nutrition information, calling on other sectors to follow their lead in view of the alcohol industry proposal due in March next year.
In March 2015, The Brewers of Europe announced a major voluntary move from brewers across Europe to list ingredients […]

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Tetra Pak Strengthens Ice Cream Offering With Acquisition of Big Drum

  Tetra Pak Strengthens Ice Cream Offering With Acquisition of Big Drum

Tetra Pak has strengthened its product offering for ice cream manufacturers with the acquisition of Big Drum Engineering GmbH, a leading supplier of filling machines for the industry. The deal further extends the company’s ability to provide end-to-end solutions for food and beverage companies around the world, and reinforces its global leadership in the sector.
Ice […]

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SternMaid Opens a Second Plant

  SternMaid Opens a Second Plant

SternMaid has officially opened its second production plant in Wittenburg, Germany. With the new plant, the contract manufacturer for food ingredients and supplements in powder form has increased its annual production capacity to 50,000 tonnes. The new complex, covering an area of 5,000 m² opposite Plant 1, will in future be used for the manufacture […]

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Kerry Group Reaches Sustainability Milestone With Certification of Milk Suppliers

  Kerry Group Reaches Sustainability Milestone With Certification of Milk Suppliers

Kerry Group has become the first major Irish milk processor to achieve 100% certification of its milk suppliers in Ireland under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme. Kerry Group has completed the certification of all its 3,300 milk suppliers under the internationally accredited, Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS). The first national programme of its kind, SDAS […]

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Poor Performance by Real Good Food

  Poor Performance by Real Good Food

Real Good Food, the diversified UK food business, has reported a fall in EBITDA from £5.0 million to £1.2 million leading to an operating loss of £5.8 million for the year ending 31 March 2017. Revenue increased by 8% to £108.2 million. The company has initiated a review of its financial processes and procedures and […]

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Unilever Expands in Brazil

  Unilever Expands in Brazil

Unilever has agreed to acquire Brazilian natural and organic food business Mãe Terra. Mãe Terra is a fast-growing and well-loved brand in Brazil and operates in several categories with a portfolio that includes organic cereals, cookies, snacks and culinary products. The main Mãe Terra categories represent a Brazilian market worth more than €8 billion (Euromonitor).
Globally, […]

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CEO of Coca Cola HBC Dies

Coca‑Cola HBC has announced with deep sadness the death of its CEO, Dimitris Lois, on 2 October 2017. In September, Dimitris Lois had taken a temporary leave of absence from the company in order to undergo treatment for a medical condition.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Dimitris’s death. It was a great privilege […]

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It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

  It’s a Double-whammy For Verner Wheelock at RSPH Prize-giving and AGM

There were double celebrations for Verner Wheelock at this year’s prestigious Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) AGM in London recently. The top prizes for the Level 4 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing and Level 4 Award in HACCP both went to Verner Wheelock delegates.
Yanis Skerstins (pictured above right), a Global A&A auditor at […]

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European Commission Clears ABP Food Group and Fane Valley Deal

  European Commission Clears ABP Food Group and Fane Valley Deal

The European Commission has cleared unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over Linden Foods by ABP Food Group and Fane Valley. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not adversely affect competition in the EU Single Market.
ABP, Fane Valley, and Linden are active in Ireland and the UK in […]

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British Pub-going Tradition in Danger as Beer Prices Soar

  British Pub-going Tradition in Danger as Beer Prices Soar

The tradition of going to the pub is becoming an unaffordable luxury for the majority of Brits as new research shows that just 15% of UK beer drinkers now think that the price of a pint in the UK is either very or fairly affordable.
CAMRA will be presenting its Budget submission including research, conducted by […]

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Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

  Irish Company to Provide DNA Traceability For All Swiss Beef

Irish food safety and traceability company IdentiGEN has secured a major contract in Switzerland which will see it provide DNA based traceability for all Swiss beef. The deal is estimated to be worth in excess of €17 million over a five-year contract period and involves use of IdentiGEN’s DNA-TraceBack system to guarantee the integrity of […]

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2017 Bridge2Food Protein Award Winners Announced

  2017 Bridge2Food Protein Award Winners Announced

Innovation in the protein industry was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Protein Awards 2017 at the Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 held between 27-28 September at Reims in France. The winners are detailed below.
Best Plant-based Food was awarded to Hampton Creek for Just Scramble Patty.
With a mission to make healthy and […]

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Archroma Offers New Food-compliant, Bright Yellow Dye

  Archroma Offers New Food-compliant, Bright Yellow Dye

Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has extended its Cartasol® range by introducing a new, improved bright yellow dye called Cartasol® Yellow 6GFC liq. that has no added diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA, and also called TAN).
New European regulations have come into force that greatly lower the limits for DEA and TEA […]

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The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

  The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

The very last agricultural quota system in place, managing sugar production in the European Union, was scrapped on 30 September 2017, after nearly 50 years. The decision to end the sugar quotas was agreed between the European Parliament and Member States in the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural policy (CAP) after a major reform […]

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia Deal Closes

  Dawn Meats and Dunbia Deal Closes

The strategic partnership and acquisition agreement announced in May 2017 by Dawn Meats and Dunbia has been completed, with all relevant regulatory clearances approved. Dawn has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia to establish a joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations.
The combined UK businesses now trade as Dunbia […]

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Nestlé to Invest SFr310 Million in New Pet Food Factory

  Nestlé to Invest SFr310 Million in New Pet Food Factory

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has announced plans to open a factory and distribution centre in Hartwell, Georgia in the US. The plant will create as many as 240 new jobs over the next five years. The Hartwell site will be Purina’s 21st factory in the US and the first new factory therein 20 years.
The company […]

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What Do People Know About Food Additives and More Specifically Acacia Gum?

  What Do People Know About Food Additives and More Specifically Acacia Gum?

Alland & Robert, an international leader in acacia gum, asked the polling organisation Toluna to carry out a survey in the UK, Germany, Japan and the USA regarding their nutritional knowledge, in particular regarding acacia gum. The responses were both surprising and unexpected! 
More than 58% of British people always read food labels before purchasing
58.47% of […]

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Zensar Enables 2 Sisters Food Group Realize Return on Digital®

  Zensar Enables 2 Sisters Food Group Realize Return on Digital®

Zensar Technologies, a leading digital solutions and technology services company that specializes in partnering with global organisations across industries on their Digital transformation journey, has announced that 2 Sisters Food Group has seen measurable Return on Digital® with the implementation of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within their Shared Services Centre. In the last six months, […]

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New Chief For Kellogg Company

  New Chief For Kellogg Company

The board of directors of Kellogg Company has unanimously elected Steven A Cahillane as Chief Executive Officer of the global cereal and snack company effective from October 2, 2017, to replace John A Bryant, who has decided to retire. Cahillane most recently served as President and CEO of The Nature’s Bounty Co, a leading health […]

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Danone Invests in Frozen Organic Baby Food Start-up

  Danone Invests in Frozen Organic Baby Food Start-up

Danone, through its a corporate venture capital unit, Danone Manifesto Ventures, has become a shareholder of Yooji, the French start-up aiming to revolutionise baby food by providing frozen portion-sized organic products. This investment is the fourth of Danone Manifesto Ventures in a year, building on its commitment to support companies at the forefront of bringing […]

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Coca-Cola HBC is Global Beverage Leader in Sustainability

  Coca-Cola HBC is Global Beverage Leader in Sustainability

Coca-Cola HBC, a leading bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, was named sustainability leader in the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment for a fourth consecutive year. Following a robust sustainability performance in 2016, particularly in the areas of labour practices, strategy for emerging markets, health and nutrition, and across the environmental dimension, […]

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European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

  European Commission Guides Member States in Tackling Dual Quality Food Products

The European Commission has issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products, as announced by President Juncker in this year’s State of the Union speech. The guidelines will help national authorities to determine whether a company is breaking EU laws when selling products of dual […]

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Givaudan Strengthens Global Offering of Natural Extracts

  Givaudan Strengthens Global Offering of Natural Extracts

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, is acquiring the Nutrition Division of Centroflora Group, as part of its 2020 strategy to strengthen its global offering of natural extracts and further develop its presence in Brazil. Centroflora’s Nutrition Division (Centroflora Nutra) manufactures botanical extracts and dehydrated fruits for the food, beverage and consumer goods […]

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Ter Beke Assumes Control of KK Fine Foods in the UK

  Ter Beke Assumes Control of KK Fine Foods in the UK

Ter Beke, the Belgian fresh food group, has acquired 90% of the shares in KK Fine Foods, the UK manufacturer of fresh ready made meals which are sold in the food service and retail markets as frozen products. The remaining 10% of KK Fine Foods will remain in the hands of existing shareholders. The takeover […]

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AG Barr Maintains Strong Sales Momentum

  AG Barr Maintains Strong Sales Momentum

AG Barr, which produces and markets some of the UK’s leading drink brands, including Irn-Bru, Rubicon, Strathmore and Funkin, increased revenue by 8.8% to £136.6 million and profit on ordinary activities before tax and exceptional items by 2.9% to £17.5 million for the six months ended 29 July 2017. The revenue growth was significantly higher […]

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Unilever Sells South African Spreads Business

  Unilever Sells South African Spreads Business

Unilever is acquiring Remgro’s 25.75% shareholding in Unilever South Africa Holdings in exchange for the Unilever Spreads business in Southern Africa as well as a cash consideration of ZAR4.9 billion (€312 million), representing a transaction value of ZAR11.9 billion. The deal values the Spreads business at ZAR7.0 billion, representing a 13.4 multiple of 2016 EBITDA.
Unilever […]

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Rising Drinking Culture Will Boost Chinese Spirits Through to 2021

  Rising Drinking Culture Will Boost Chinese Spirits Through to 2021

The rise of a drinking culture at Chinese social gatherings, along with increased disposable income among younger consumers, are set to drive the Chinese spirits market through a CAGR of 15% over 2016-21, says GlobalData, a recognized leader in business intelligence and analytics. According to its latest report, the market is expected to reach over $450 […]

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Because The Little Things Can Become Big Advantages

  Because The Little Things Can Become Big Advantages

Within the IQF potato industry steam peeling is the most common and efficient way of peeling. It is easy to obtain better yields compared with cold peeling systems, which are preferred within the fresh potato industry for a better end quality. However, this doesn’t mean that perfect quality can’t be achieved within the IQF industry.
The […]

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Nestlé Outlines Value Creation Plans

  Nestlé Outlines Value Creation Plans

Nestlé has outlined its strategy for sustainable value creation and detailed how it will reach its mid-single digit organic growth target by 2020. The world’s largest food group has also raised its underlying trading operating profit margin target from 16.0% in 2016 to 17.5% to 18.5% by 2020.
Nestlé plans to accelerate organic sales growth, building […]

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Hein Schumacher to Succeed Roelof Joosten as CEO of FrieslandCampina

  Hein Schumacher to Succeed Roelof Joosten as CEO of FrieslandCampina

Hein Schumacher will become Chief Executive Officer of Royal FrieslandCampina on 1 January 2018, succeeding Roelof Joosten, who will resign. Hein Schumacher became a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of FrieslandCampina on 1 January 2015. Previous to this, he worked, among others, at Heinz in both financial and general management positions […]

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Tesco Sees Strongest Growth in Five Years in Ireland

  Tesco Sees Strongest Growth in Five Years in Ireland

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 10 September 2017, reveal that SuperValu has managed to retain its position as the largest supermarket in Ireland – growing sales by 0.9% year on year – despite another strong performance from Tesco. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Retains Place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  Coca-Cola European Partners Retains Place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Coca-Cola European Partners has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second year running. In total, 3,400 companies were evaluated for inclusion, with just 149 making the European list. Coca-Cola European Partners is listed on both the DJSI Europe and DJSI World Indices, and achieved the highest industry score on the […]

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Bühler Breaks Ground on Innovation Campus

  Bühler Breaks Ground on Innovation Campus

Bühler has celebrated the ground breaking for its Innovation Campus in Uzwil, Switzerland. Completion of the building is expected for the first quarter of 2019. This significant investment of over SFr50 million, spent over three years, demonstrates Bühler’s commitment to innovation and technology, and to Switzerland. “This innovation campus will reinforce our innovation power and […]

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Cargill and Faccenda Foods to Combine Their Fresh Poultry Activities in the UK

  Cargill and Faccenda Foods to Combine Their Fresh Poultry Activities in the UK

Cargill and Faccenda Foods have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a leading UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck. The new company will have the capability to respond to changing customer needs in the retail and food service sectors with a strategy for growth. The formation of this joint venture […]

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Year of Significant Change For ARYZTA

  Year of Significant Change For ARYZTA

ARYZTA, the global speciality bakery business, has reported a 2.1% decline in total revenue to €3.8 billion and a 31.1% drop in group EBITDA to €420.3 million for the year ended 31 July 2017. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, ARYZTA has operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It has a […]

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Stalling Productivity Cost UK Food & Drink Industry £400 Million in 2016

  Stalling Productivity Cost UK Food & Drink Industry £400 Million in 2016

The UK food and drink industry has seen falling productivity as an era of cheap labour has reduced incentives to invest in efficiency-enhancing technologies, according to new research from OC&C Strategy Consultants. The drop in productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400 million in labour costs in 2016, bringing the total labour cost […]

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Companies Commit to Simplify Food Date Labels Worldwide By 2020

  Companies Commit to Simplify Food Date Labels Worldwide By 2020

‘Sell by’, ‘Use by’, ‘Display until’, ‘Best before’, what do they all mean? Consumers around the world navigate a range of date labels on food products, and the resulting confusion costs families up to $29 billion annually in the United States alone. The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 of the biggest […]

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X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

  X-ray Detection With the Least False Positives

When it was launched in 2006, the Marel SensorX set a new standard in bone detection for poultry processors around the world. In the meantime Marel has not rested on its laurels but has continued to improve on a popular concept. The company’s drive to achieve the ultimate in quality, a wholly bone-free product, is […]

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Good Year For Shepherd Neame

  Good Year For Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer and the owner and operator of 327 pubs, has reported an 11.7% increase in turnover to £156.2 million and a 7.2% rise in underlying operating profit to at £15.3 million for the 52 weeks ended 24 June 2017. Underlying profit before tax was up 8.0% to £11.2 million and statutory […]

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Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

  Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

New research from Mintel reveals that over a quarter of consumers in France (28%) and Germany (27%) agree that low or no alcohol beer* tastes just as good as full-strength beer. And while younger consumers may have been the most enthusiastic drinkers in previous generations, this group are among the most likely to see the merits […]

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Celebrating 70 Years of ALPMA

  Celebrating 70 Years of ALPMA

Preparing for a milestone anniversary is no mean feat, even for a global market leader – ALPMA Alpenland Maschinenbau GmbH recently celebrated its 70th “birthday” with invited guests from around the globe, its employees, and a subsequent open-house event. The festivities prepared by the market leader in mechanical engineering products for food and dairy processing and packaging […]

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Biggest PPMA Show in 12 Years – 26-28 September 2017, NEC Birmingham

  Biggest PPMA Show in 12 Years – 26-28 September 2017, NEC Birmingham

More than 350 exhibitors representing 1,500 brands will descend on the NEC, Birmingham on September 26th for the biggest PPMA Show in 12 years. Taking place from 26-28 September 2017, co-located with Interplas, TCT show and Sensors and Instrumentation, the PPMA Show 2017 promises to deliver insights into the latest machinery products, technologies and materials, building on its […]

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Heat Sealing Innovators, PA Demonstrate Patented Technology and Launch a New Pot Filling Machine at PPMA –  Stand A14

  Heat Sealing Innovators, PA Demonstrate Patented Technology and Launch a New Pot Filling Machine at PPMA –  Stand A14

With over 50 years of unrivalled sealing expertise, PA support a wide range of customers from the artisan to the multinational, from initial concepts through to installation and beyond. On stand A14, PA will be exhibiting the latest patented innovative technology in high speed tray sealing and a brand new approach to pot filling and […]

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Eliminate Problem Metals at PPMA 2017

  Eliminate Problem Metals at PPMA 2017

On stand G24 at PPMA 2017, Eriez Europe will be making their debut at the event showcasing a range of their magnetic separation and metal detection solutions for improved and efficient metal removal and product purity. Magnetic separators are the first line of defence to remove unwanted metals such as steel fragments, scale, rust and […]

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Riggs Autopack – British Manufacturer of Depositors & Filling Machines

  Riggs Autopack – British Manufacturer of Depositors & Filling Machines

Riggs Autopack Ltd is a British manufacturer of high quality volumetric depositors and filling machines, transfer pumps and automatic conveyor filling lines. They are a UK market leader with an excellent reputation and supply their equipment to the food production industry.
Their semi or fully automatic depositors and filling machines are one of the most precise […]

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New Multi-lane Metal Detector Beats Food Waste Challenge

  New Multi-lane Metal Detector Beats Food Waste Challenge

At PPMA 2017, stand A42, Fortress Technology will unveil how metal detection sensitivity accomplished by its multi-aperture innovation can deliver optimal food safety whilst helping to eradicate false product rejects. Factory food waste is a huge issue. Yet, choices about production equipment, including metal detection and other quality control, can impact the 1.9 million tonnes […]

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The World’s First Truly Recyclable Disposable Coffee Cup

  The World’s First Truly Recyclable Disposable Coffee Cup

After years of research and development, Zeus have created the world’s first truly recyclable single-use disposable coffee cup. By effectively combining a fully recyclable plastic inner with a heat absorbing fully recyclable outer paper layer, Zeus solved the problem of the notoriously difficult to recycle single-use disposable cup.
For years, the packaging industry has struggled with […]

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Danone Investing €280 Million at Evian Production Site

  Danone Investing €280 Million at Evian Production Site

Danone has opened a state-of-the-art production facility at Evian-les-Bains in the French Alps to support the future growth of evian, the international water brand that is sold in more than 140 countries. After six years of construction and transformation, the new look site combines greater operational efficiency, new technology and the highest quality processes with […]

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European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

  European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

According to a survey of European shoppers by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, the increasing use of the Internet, particularly via smart phones, is helping shoppers to find information on promotions and offers that will help them reduce the cost of their grocery shop. The survey, which was conducted among shoppers […]

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