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  • UK Bottled Water Sales Top 4 Billion Litres For First Time Last year’s hot summer boosted UK water drinks consumption by more than 7% to 4,267 million litres, according to a new report from food and drink experts Zenith Global. This was worth an estimated £3.330 billion at retail prices. Sales of plain bottled water in retail packs increased by 7.9% to 3.4 billion litres, whilst [...]...
  • Morrisons Signs Up to Arla UK 360 Farm Standards Programme Arla Foods’s new farming standards programme Arla UK 360 continues to gain traction as Morrisons becomes the first retailer to commit to supporting the standards across its entire Arla milk supply. The move means approximately 200 Arla farmer owners will be directly supported by Morrisons to deliver across the eight farm business areas identified in [...]...
  • Vitafoods Europe 2019 – Guiding the Industry to a More Sustainable Future As environmental awareness reaches new heights and the world’s population continues to rise, the issue of providing sustainable foods which also offer a high nutritional value is set to grow, in both importance and complexity, over the next decade. It is with these considerations in mind that Vitafoods Europe 2019 has developed its agenda. The [...]...
  • Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production Nordzucker Group will concentrate its sugar production in Sweden at its factory in Örtofta and as part of this process the refinery at Arlöv will be closed. Around €100 million will be invested in the strategy. The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2021. Based at Braunschweig in Germany, Nordzucker Group is one [...]...
  • FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant International dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina is exploring options to build a sustainable and innovative dairy processing plant in the Netherlands. The plant is intended for the processing of member milk into fresh dairy products, ingredients used for the production of early life and adult nutrition, and for cheese manufacturing. It would be built according to [...]...

New European Head For Mondelēz International

  New European Head For Mondelēz International

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

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UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

  UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

Britain’s supply of casual dining restaurants dipped for the first time in nine years in 2018 as a sustained decline in the wider licensed sector continued, reveals the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. The new research shows that Britain had 5,780 managed restaurants in December 2018—27.3% or 1,241 more than just five years ago.
But […]

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European Commission Increases National Support to Farmers up to €25,000

  European Commission Increases National Support to Farmers up to €25,000

The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.
The European Commission has adopted revised rules on state aid in the agriculture sector (the so-called de minimis aid), increasing the maximum amount that national authorities can use […]

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

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

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

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Salmonella Cases in Humans – Assessing Current EU Reduction Targets

  Salmonella Cases in Humans – Assessing Current EU Reduction Targets

After several years of decline, salmonellosis cases in the EU have flattened out. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) scientists say that setting stricter targets for Salmonella in laying hens at farm level could help reduce cases of this origin by a half.
EU countries are currently required to reduce the proportion of laying flocks infected with certain types […]

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Carbery Group Investing €78 Million to Diversify Cheese Portfolio

  Carbery Group Investing €78 Million to Diversify Cheese Portfolio

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

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New Geographical Indication From the UK

  New Geographical Indication From the UK

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

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GEA Introduces MultiJector 2mm – A New Injection System For Brining Bacon and Poultry

  GEA Introduces MultiJector 2mm – A New Injection System For Brining Bacon and Poultry

The new brine injection system is part of GEA MultiJector product family and is specifically dedicated to precise bacon and poultry processing, for 700 mm wide lines. The system features two millimeters OptiFlex needles, to date unique by GEA, promoting a tight injection pattern and allowing for exceptional injection accuracy, product quality and consistency.
The new equipment […]

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

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

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

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Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

  Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

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

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Schubert Targets Simple Packaging Tasks With New Machine Series

  Schubert Targets Simple Packaging Tasks With New Machine Series

Confectionery manufacturers can now rely on a new machine series from Gerhard Schubert for simple, frequently sought-after packaging tasks. The Schubert lightline offers cost-effective and highly efficient solutions for elementary everyday packaging assignments. The compact lightline machine types cover the entire range of most common packaging requirements. They automate a wide variety of standard packaging […]

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Compact Dynamic Accumulation of Ready Meals

One of Denmark’s leading food manufacturers is increasing its efficiency by installing an AmbaFlex AccuVeyor® AVX Dynamic accumulation system. This overcomes any slowdowns at the downstream packer as the AccuVeyor® can accumulate several minutes of frozen ready meal trays from the spiral freezer. The freezer can keep running without causing any slowdowns, while the packer […]

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Canadian Dairy Giant to Acquire Dairy Crest For £975 Million

  Canadian Dairy Giant to Acquire Dairy Crest For £975 Million

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

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Danone Continues to Make Progress Towards its 2020 Objectives

  Danone Continues to Make Progress Towards its 2020 Objectives

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

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European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

  European Commission Clears Acquisition of Gleadell by ADM

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

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Arla Foods Delivers Turn-around After Tough Start to 2018

  Arla Foods Delivers Turn-around After Tough Start to 2018

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

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British Gin Boosted by Exports

  British Gin Boosted by Exports

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

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Operating Profit Declines as PepsiCo Announces $2.5 Billion Restructuring Programme

  Operating Profit Declines as PepsiCo Announces $2.5 Billion Restructuring Programme

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

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Kerry Group Benefits From Unique Business Model

  Kerry Group Benefits From Unique Business Model

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

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Premier Foods Discontinues Ambrosia Sale Process

  Premier Foods Discontinues Ambrosia Sale Process

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

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Heineken Maintains Strong Top Line Growth in 2018

  Heineken Maintains Strong Top Line Growth in 2018

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

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Another Year of Progress For Nestlé

  Another Year of Progress For Nestlé

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

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Fast-growing Asia Maternal Nutrition Market to Boost Demand For Dairy ingredients and Formula

  Fast-growing Asia Maternal Nutrition Market to Boost Demand For Dairy ingredients and Formula

Maternal nutrition is a hot new opportunity in emerging markets, according to the latest report from food and drink experts, Zenith Global. In many parts of Asia, the concept of optimal nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life (from conception to two years old) is capturing the attention of mothers and their […]

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Innovation in the Spotlight at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

  Innovation in the Spotlight at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2019 returns to Birmingham’s NEC later this month with its most innovative show to date. The show, which also includes Contract Pack, Ecopack and Industrial Pack, will showcase more product launches and innovation from across the industry than ever before as it welcomes over 300 suppliers.
As always, Innovation is the […]

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£100 Million Müller Programme to Transform UK Fresh Milk Business

  £100 Million Müller Programme to Transform UK Fresh Milk Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

  Record Year For Scotch Whisky Exports

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

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Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

  Kerrygold Unveils Major New Global Campaign

Kerrygold, Ireland’s iconic dairy brand and one of the country’s most successful food exports globally, is placing Irish farming families at the fore of a major new global campaign that will reach over 36 million people worldwide and aims to take the brand to new heights.
The digital campaign entitled ‘A True Taste of Kerrygold’ puts Ireland’s grass-fed […]

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Hundreds of New Food and Drink Products to Launch at IFE 2019

  Hundreds of New Food and Drink Products to Launch at IFE 2019

Many new and exciting products are set to launch during the 21st International Food & Drink Event [IFE] 2019, taking place at ExCeL London on 17-20 March. From next generation water to vegan friendly snacks and the latest product launches featuring global influences, the biennial event is a must-attend for buyers and suppliers looking to explore a taste of […]

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Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

  Diageo Submits Plans For Flagship Johnnie Walker Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

Diageo has announced that plans have been formally submitted for the flagship Johnnie Walker visitor centre in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh attraction is intended to be the focal point of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism.
The planning application, jointly submitted by Diageo and the building owner Parabola, sets out proposals for a stunning seven […]

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Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

  Carlsberg UK Unveils New Danish Pilsner

Carlsberg Group has unveiled a new Carlsberg Danish Pilsner as part of a bold strategy to revitalise its flagship beer in the UK. New Carlsberg Danish Pilsner will be available in trade from 1 March, supported by a multi-million pound investment and new visual identity which aims to increase brand quality perceptions. The trade launch […]

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Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

  Ireland’s Leading Snack Food Manufacturer Changes Name

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

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New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

  New Year’s Resolutions Lead to Healthy UK Grocery Sales

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 27 January 2019 show the sector remains in growth – up 1.7% compared to this time last year – boosted in part by the strong performance of fresh produce for Veganuary.  However, despite an overall sales increase year-on-year, total till roll […]

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Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

  Nordzucker Takes Majority Stake in Australian Sugar Producer

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

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Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

  Stand-up Pouches For Stand-out Frozen Veg

As the IQF vegetable market moves towards stand-up pouches, ILAPAK is at the ready with a new generation of versatile bag makers that can switch seamlessly between films and formats, whether LDPE pillow packs or laminated PET/PE pouches.
“There is a growing trend towards the use of stand-up pouches for packing frozen vegetables, as this format […]

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

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

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

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

  Irish Grocery Market Fends Off January Blues

The Irish grocery market followed up a record-breaking festive period by posting year-on-year sales growth of 3.4% during the 12 weeks to 27 January. Despite shoppers tightening the purse strings, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show a strong start to 2019 as New Year’s resolutions shaped shopping baskets.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar […]

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Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

  Increase in Social Media Sharing Driving Shift in Beverage Trends, According to New Kerry Foodservice Research

Social media has changed the way we eat and drink with consumers expecting every dish and beverage to be #Instaworthy. As part of its identification of future beverage trends, Kerry Foodservice has commissioned proprietary research to understand the evolution of beverage trends globally. The study, launched at the recent Sirha 2019 tradeshow, shows that social […]

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Refresco Buys Cott’s Concentrate Manufacturing Business

  Refresco Buys Cott’s Concentrate Manufacturing Business

Refresco has acquired Cott Corporation’s concentrate manufacturing business in Columbus, Georgia – Cott Beverages LLC for US$50 billion. Cott Beverages LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of soft drink concentrates for bottlers in more than 70 countries. The business generated approximately $80 million in sales during 2018 including concentrate production directly supporting Refresco’s beverage […]

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Robust Performance by Carlsberg Group

  Robust Performance by Carlsberg Group

Carlsberg Group has reported a 3% rise in net revenue to DKr62.50 billion (€8.37 billion) for 2018 with organic growth of 6.5%. Operating profit grew 5.1% to DKr9.329 billion – up 11% organically. Adjusted net profit was 9% higher at DKr5.359 billion.
During the year, Carlsberg successfully completed its Funding the Journey cost saving and profit […]

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Arla 360 Wins Big Innovation Award at the 2019 Cream Awards

  Arla 360 Wins Big Innovation Award at the 2019 Cream Awards

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned cooperative, has won the Award for Innovation at the 2019 Cream Awards, for its innovative new Arla UK 360 programme to ensure sustainable production of dairy. Launched in October last year, Arla UK 360 seeks to create a supply chain that works for everyone in today’s changing world. Developed and trialled by Arla’s […]

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Tyson Foods Expands European and Thai Operations

  Tyson Foods Expands European and Thai Operations

US-based Tyson Foods, which is one of the world’s largest food companies and a global leader in protein, has agreed to acquire the Thai and European operations of BRF, the Brazilian meat group, for US$340 million. The purchase includes four processing facilities in Thailand, one processing facility in the Netherlands and one processing facility in […]

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Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

  Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has successfully registered ‘Irish whiskey’ as a certification mark in Australia. This registration provides legal protection for Irish whiskey in Australia for the first time. This will mean that decisive action can be taken against fake Irish whiskey products and will ensure consumer confidence in the quality and authenticity of […]

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Annatto Colour Certified Organic For IFF’s Frutarom Division

  Annatto Colour Certified Organic For IFF’s Frutarom Division

With consumer demand for fair trade, sustainable and organic products growing fast, Frutarom Natural Solutions, a division of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), has received organic certification for its natural annatto colour. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. Annatto seeds and extracts […]

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Unilever Acquires Graze

  Unilever Acquires Graze

Unilever has acquired graze, the UK’s leading healthy snacking brand, for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2008, graze produces a range of snacking nuts, seeds, trail mixes and snack bars, with no artificial ingredients. Having started with a snack box delivery service, graze is now a multichannel brand, with products available via retail stores, e-commerce […]

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Burton’s Biscuit Company Acquires Thomas Fudge’s

  Burton’s Biscuit Company Acquires Thomas Fudge’s

Burton’s Biscuit Company, which bakes some of the UK’s best loved biscuits brands including Jammie Dodger, Maryland Cookie and Wagon Wheel, has completed the acquisition of premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer, Dorset-based Thomas Fudge’s from Livingbridge, one of the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investors.
The acquisition marks another important milestone in Burton’s strategy of […]

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Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

  Start-ups Are More Successful Than ‘Big Food’

Investors and consultants alike are full of excitement about the success potential of start-ups. Phrases like “there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up” pop up frequently.
“But the reality is that although start-ups are doing better than established companies, they are only doing a little bit better,” says food industry analyst Julian Mellentin, […]

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Stock Spirits Group Acquires Distillerie Franciacorta

  Stock Spirits Group Acquires Distillerie Franciacorta

Stock Spirits Group is acquiring Distillerie Franciacorta, one of the leading Italian producers of grappa, liqueurs and Franciacorta – a premium Italian sparkling wine that is produced solely in the Franciacorta region. Founded in 1901, Distillerie Franciacorta is owned by the Gozio family and is located in Franciacorta, in the Lombardy region of Italy.
Stock Spirits […]

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McCormick and IBM Collaborate on Pioneering the Use of AI in Flavour and Food Product Development

  McCormick and IBM Collaborate on Pioneering the Use of AI in Flavour and Food Product Development

McCormick & Company, the US-based ingredients specialist, and IT giant IBM have announced their ongoing research collaboration to pioneer the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for flavour and food product development.
Using IBM Research AI for Product Composition, McCormick is ushering in a new era of flavour innovation and changing the course of the industry. Product […]

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