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  • Agrial Continues Strategic Expansion With German Dairy Acquisition Agrial, the French farming and food co-operative, is continuing its quest to create value for its dairy farmer members by acquiring German company Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group, a specialist in cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses. The acquisition of Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group, which owns three famous brands in Germany, furthers the growth strategy of Eurial, [...]...
  • €191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad The European Commission has adopted the 2019 promotion policy work programme, with €191.6million to be made available for programmes selected for EU co-financing – an increase of €12.5 million compared with 2018. €89 million will be allocated to campaigns in high growth countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. Some [...]...
  • Müller Removes Sugar With New Yogurt Culture Müller Corner, one of Britain’s best loved yogurt ranges, is set to reduce sugar by up to 9% and gain a creamier texture, thanks to the discovery of a new yogurt culture. Following a rigorous research and development process which involved access to more than 13,000 strains, Müller discovered that the combination of two specific yogurt [...]...
  • Mintel Launches Purchase Intelligence in the UK Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has launched Mintel Purchase Intelligence, the newest innovation in product comparison technology, providing rapid, reliable consumer opinion on every reported new food and drink product in the UK*. Every day, Mintel benchmarks consumer reactions to new product launches so manufacturers, companies and brands can immediately understand and analyse what is [...]...
  • Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019 Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019. The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures, contributing to 35 percent growth of “discovery” claims, when comparing 2017 and 2016 new product launch [...]...

Gerhard Schubert Impresses at FachPack 2018

  Gerhard Schubert Impresses at FachPack 2018

Gerhard Schubert GmbH looks back on a very successful FachPack 2018. Schubert’s new lightline machine series met with great interest. At the trade fair, the packaging specialist premiered the lightline Cartonpacker from its new product family. Schubert established many contacts, laying the foundation for numerous new projects.
“Our results from this year’s FachPack are positive in […]

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Strong First Half Performance by C&C Group

  Strong First Half Performance by C&C Group

C&C Group has reported net revenue of €838.7 million and operating profit of €58.4 million, including the acquisitions of the Matthew Clark and Bibendum businesses in April 2018, for the six months ended 31 August 2018. On a constant currency basis, net revenue for existing C&C operations increased by 6.4% while operating profit rose by […]

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Carlsberg Group Upgrades 2018 Earnings Expectations

  Carlsberg Group Upgrades 2018 Earnings Expectations

As a result of higher-than-expected third-quarter revenue and operating profit, the Carlsberg Group is adjusting its 2018 earnings expectations upwards. Good progress on the brewer’s strategic priorities, strong execution of its Funding the Journey strategy and a warm summer in Western Europe are the main reasons behind the strong third-quarter performance. Consequently, Carlsberg Group now […]

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Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

  Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

The benefits of grass-fed dairy systems on the nutritional composition and properties of milk and dairy products were highlighted at the recent Teagasc organised ‘Grass-Fed Dairy Conference’. The conference detailed the scientific evidence to support the conclusions that milk from grass fed cows is superior. It is currently estimated that only 10% of global milk […]

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2018 Global Bottled Water Awards Winners

  2018 Global Bottled Water Awards Winners

The winners of the 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards have been announced at a Gala Dinner during the 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian. The awards were organised by global food and drink experts Zenith Global, with the support of category sponsors Ardagh Group, Bericap, ICE Water Management, Sidel and Tetra Pak. The entries demonstrated […]

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Kerry Group Makes Further Strategic Acquisitions

  Kerry Group Makes Further Strategic Acquisitions

Kerry Group, the global taste, nutrition and consumer foods business, has agreed to acquire Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company and AATCO Food Industries for a total consideration of €365 million. The acquisitions further expand Kerry Group’s foundational technology portfolio, as well as strengthening its foodservice and developing markets positioning, in line with its strategic growth priorities.
These acquisitions […]

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Kraft Heinz to Sell Indian Brands

  Kraft Heinz to Sell Indian Brands

The Kraft Heinz Company is to sell its Indian brands Complan, Glucon-D, Nycil and Sampriti to Zydus Cadila for approximately US$625 million on a debt free and cash free basis. The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to regulatory approvals of the Competition Commission of India and other customary closing conditions.
“The sale […]

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DuPont Nutrition & Health Survey Reveals the Key to Senior Nutrition

  DuPont Nutrition & Health Survey Reveals the Key to Senior Nutrition

A DuPont Nutrition & Health consumer survey has identified the top health concerns of European seniors and found that active ingredients are a primary driver of senior nutrition purchases. For food manufacturers, the findings reveal a realm of opportunities to develop targeted nutritional products for active adults as they age.
DuPont has used the insights in […]

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A Site to Behold

  A Site to Behold

Measom Freer are extremely proud to unveil their brand new and improved e-commerce website, available to view at www.measomfreer.co.uk  Many months in the making all the hard work has been worth it because their fresh site now boasts brand new features and pages such as buying on account, quick re-ordering from previous orders and soon to be […]

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Scotch Whisky Exports Show Growth in First Half of 2018

  Scotch Whisky Exports Show Growth in First Half of 2018

Scotch whisky exports increased in the first half of 2018 to £1.97 billion, a 10.8% rise in the value of exports against the same period last year. The analysis of official HMRC figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) also shows the volume of exports increased by 5.6% to almost 558 million bottles.
Single Malts […]

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Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

  Bottled Water to Overtake All Other Soft Drinks Worldwide

“Bottled water consumption is set to overtake all other soft drinks worldwide this year,” according to Richard Hall, Chairman of Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts, when speaking at the recent 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian. “This is all the more remarkable because other soft drinks include carbonates, juices, energy, sports, […]

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Cargill Launches the Waxy Corn Promise™

  Cargill Launches the Waxy Corn Promise™

To ensure a long-term sustainable crop supply for food starch, Cargill has committed to source waxy corn 100 percent sustainably from European farmers. In support of this initiative Cargill has developed the Waxy Corn Promise program, leveraging the strong partnerships between Cargill, farmers and co-op suppliers to address key sustainability challenges in the waxy corn […]

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Arla Baby&Me® Organic Clicks into the UK

  Arla Baby&Me® Organic Clicks into the UK

Arla Foods is bringing its heritage in milk production and follow-on formula to parents with a new range of baby products into the UK. The dairy co-operative is aiming to build on the success already seen in Denmark and China by extending the Arla Baby & Me Organic brand which will include porridge and pouches, […]

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Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

  Dunnes Takes Top Spot in Irish Grocery While Aldi Hits Record Share

Dunnes Stores has claimed the top spot in the Irish grocery market for the first time since February this year, according to the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 7 October 2018. Dunnes posted strong sales growth of 3.4% over the latest period, propelling the retailer to an overall […]

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Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

  Synergy Flavours Uncovers Flavours of the Future in Sports Nutrition

Synergy Flavours, a leading global flavour expert, has revealed the findings of its recent research project that has highlighted new and inspirational flavours for the sports nutrition market. The company’s ‘Flavours of the Future’ research has revealed a hotlist of emerging, growing, mainstream and established flavour trends that look set to excite the sports nutrition […]

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Thanet Earth gets LEAN thanks to training with Remit Group

  Thanet Earth gets LEAN thanks to training with Remit Group

Thanet Earth is celebrating some serious productivity benefits as its latest cohort of apprentices achieve their national qualification through Remit Food.
As the UK’s largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex, growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and distributing them to major retailers and farm shops across the UK; Thanet Earth, based in Birchington Kent, is a leading light […]

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Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

  Patent War Looms as Cannabis Legalisation Spreads

The recent legalisation of recreational marijuana use in Canada indicates a broader trend of a move towards legalisation, opening up a brand new multi-billion dollar market. Currently, 22 states in the USA have legalised marijuana for medicinal use, with nine states and the District of Columbia having legalised marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use. […]

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New Food Lounge Opened at Moy Park Grantham

  New Food Lounge Opened at Moy Park Grantham

Moy Park has unveiled its new Food Lounge at its Grantham processing facility following a £450,000 investment. The creative space includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, BBQ area, culinary library and a breakout area for customers. The Lounge will be used by the company for food innovation and development.
The opening comes as Moy Park launches its latest […]

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Better Juice Reduces All Types of Sugar in Juice

  Better Juice Reduces All Types of Sugar in Juice

Better Juice has developed innovative technology to reduce the load of simple sugars in orange juice. The patent-pending enzymatic technology uses all-natural ingredients to convert monosaccharides and disaccharides (fructose, glucose, and sucrose) into prebiotic and other non-digestible fibers and sugars, while keeping the juicy flavour of the beverage.
Popular juices, such as orange juice and apple […]

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Hilton to Purchase 50% of Leading Vegetarian Manufacturer

  Hilton to Purchase 50% of Leading Vegetarian Manufacturer

Hilton Food Group, the leading specialist international food packing business supplying major food retailers in Europe and Australia, has agreed to purchase a 50% shareholding in Dalco Food, a leading vegetarian product manufacturer based in Oss, the Netherlands. Hilton has agreed to enter into a joint venture agreement with Dalco’s shareholders, which includes an option […]

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Great British Cheese Awards Winners Announced

  Great British Cheese Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the Great British Cheese Awards have been announced. The Great British Cheese awards were established three years ago to celebrate the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheese makers and retailers and this year, both established artisan brands and new cheesemakers have taken top awards.
The category winners are:
Artisan Producer – Tenacres, […]

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Over 90% of Sampled Salt Brands Globally Found to Contain Microplastics

  Over 90% of Sampled Salt Brands Globally Found to Contain Microplastics

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) East Asia.[1]
The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, […]

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Ardgowan Unveils Plans For Inverclyde Distillery

  Ardgowan Unveils Plans For Inverclyde Distillery

Ardgowan Distillery has revealed ambitious designs for its new £12 million distillery which is being built on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow. The plans showcase the flagship building which has just secured revised planning consent from Inverclyde Council.
The striking new design, by Michael Laird Architects, brings a number of improvements […]

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HKScan Launches Exports of Finnish Poultry Products to Sweden

  HKScan Launches Exports of Finnish Poultry Products to Sweden

HKScan, the Nordic food and meat group, has started exporting Finnish poultry products to Sweden. They will initially be sold through the largest retailer ICA’s outlets under the Karinäs®(Kariniemen®) brand.
The launch gives Swedish consumers access to a new innovation: high welfare farm-born poultry that is hatched on the farm where it is raised. This new concept is […]

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Almonds Retain Top Spot For Nut Introductions in Europe

  Almonds Retain Top Spot For Nut Introductions in Europe

According to Innova Market Research’s latest Global New Product Introductions Report, almonds retain the number one spot for nut introductions in Europe. With a 47% share of global almond product introductions, the region leads globally for the eleventh year running. Europe as a whole saw a total of 5,017 new introductions with almonds – a […]

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Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

  Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming

With ongoing volatility in the global milk markets, increasing consumer misunderstanding of the sector, polarised levels of support for UK dairy farmers and a new post-Brexit Agriculture Bill the challenges for dairy farmers are mounting. Farmer-owned co-operative Arla Foods has launched ‘Arla UK 360’ – a new standard in UK dairy farming.
The Arla UK 360 […]

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€172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

  €172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next three years.

Agriculture and […]

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€40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

  €40 Million VistaMilk SFI Research Centre Launched in Ireland

The Irish Government has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark, in partnership with a number of research performing organisations. Multinational and SME companies in the food and ICT […]

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Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

  Autumn Chill Puts Sunday Lunch Back on the Menu For UK Shoppers

UK shoppers have returned to seasonal favourites as supermarket spending cools off, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 7 October 2018. Overall sales grew 3.2% compared to the same 12 weeks last year. Though this is a slight slowdown from the highs reached during 2018’s hot summer, sales […]

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Müller Milk & Ingredients Completes Integration and Appoints CFO

  Müller Milk & Ingredients Completes Integration and Appoints CFO

Brian Watson has been appointed as Chief Finance Officer at Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI). He joins the business from Marmon, a $7.7 billion Berkshire Hathaway company operating in the supermarket and food service sector. The appointment comes as MMI confirms completion of the biggest integration the UK dairy industry has ever seen – merging […]

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Emmi Leads by Example

  Emmi Leads by Example

As a manufacturer of speciality cheeses, Swiss dairy group Emmi is now setting an example for environmental protection by investing in a high-performance photovoltaic system at its Platteville site in the state of Wisconsin in the US. With 1,600 panels installed on the roof, the system can cover 15% of the company’s electricity requirement. The […]

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Kerry Group Commits €1 Million to Bring RAIN Programme to West Africa

  Kerry Group Commits €1 Million to Bring RAIN Programme to West Africa

Kerry Group has extended its partnership with Concern Worldwide through a 4-year project to improve food security and nutrition in Niger. The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) programme will make lasting improvements to food security, nutrition and the overall livelihoods in the Tahoua Region of Niger. This second phase of the RAIN programme will […]

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Greencore to Divest US Business in $1 Billion Deal

  Greencore to Divest US Business in $1 Billion Deal

Greencore Group, the Irish and UK convenience food business, has agreed to sell its entire US business to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.075 billion (£817 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Hearthside is a major US contract food manufacturer with a heritage in US food industry outsourcing. The disposal will leave […]

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The Macallan’s Pioneering New Distillery Installs Flowcrete UK Flooring

  The Macallan’s Pioneering New Distillery Installs Flowcrete UK Flooring

The new distillery for luxury whisky brand The Macallan has installed a variety of Flowcrete UK floors to create surfaces that would reflect its visual identity and maintain the functional properties required to produce this iconic Scottish spirit.
When Edrington, the international spirits group that owns The Macallan, decided to build a £140 million facility to meet increasing global […]

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New Pearl Range Launched to Help Reduce Risk of Cross Contamination

  New Pearl Range Launched to Help Reduce Risk of Cross Contamination

Single use glove specialist Unigloves has launched the brand new 15-glove Pearl Colour System nitrile gloves range, helping organisations across the food sector more effectively manage cross contamination risks. The expanded range, combines high quality food handling approved, AQL 1.5 medical grade, powder-free nitrile gloves available in a range of colour finishes – including those […]

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Signed Sealed Delivered

  Signed Sealed Delivered

With the increased customer focus on postable items such as confectionery, drinks and gifts, UK plastic bottle manufacturers Measom Freer have developed their very own Post Bottle (Ref 6143). With a flat rectangular shape, the bottle can easily be boxed and posted through standard letterboxes, fitting the UK large letter dimensions.
Made from clear PVC, which […]

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Irish Distillers to Invest €150 Million in Sites in Cork and Dublin

  Irish Distillers to Invest €150 Million in Sites in Cork and Dublin

Irish Distillers has announced investment of over €150 million in its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet demand for its products as the Irish whiskey renaissance continues apace. This is accelerated by the continued growth of the company’s flagship Jameson brand, which is now in double or triple-digit growth in more than 80 markets […]

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Kepak Sweeps Up Seven Awards at Blas na hEireann

  Kepak Sweeps Up Seven Awards at Blas na hEireann

Irish meat processor Kepak Group has picked up seven awards at this year’s prestigious Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards, including a Gold award for its newly launched Centra Irish Angus Sirloin Steaks with Pink Peppercorn Butter. As one of Europe’s leading food innovators, Kepak was up against the top Irish producers in a range of distinct […]

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Chr. Hansen Acquires Dairy Ingredient Supplier

  Chr. Hansen Acquires Dairy Ingredient Supplier

Through the acquisition of Austrian-based ingredient supplier Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler, Chr. Hansen will further expand its enzyme production and presence into the traditional segments of specialty cheeses. Hundsbichler products are widely recognized for high quality, and this acquisition will enable Chr. Hansen to offer cheesemakers a second-to-none product portfolio in the animal rennet space.
The acquisition […]

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Croxsons Pulls Out All the Stops For HMS Spirits Company

  Croxsons Pulls Out All the Stops For HMS Spirits Company

Leading glass packaging company, Croxsons, recently came to the aid of start-up artisan gin distiller, the HMS Spirits Company, to fulfil an urgent packaging requirement. The distiller had found itself without a closure for its latest release, Mary Rose Gin, a small batch London Dry Gin produced to celebrate Henry VIII’s famous warship.
The distiller, who […]

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Mains Overtaking Bottled Water Coolers in West Europe

  Mains Overtaking Bottled Water Coolers in West Europe

102,500 more water coolers were installed across West Europe in 2017, marking a 3.4% increase and taking the total to 3.1 million, according to a new report from the sector’s leading specialist consultancy Zenith Global. The number of mains water, point of use coolers rose by 6.2% to reach 46.9% of the total, up from […]

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Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

  Hi Europe & Ni Celebrates 10th Edition With Inspiring Events Programme

Europe’s leading health, natural and nutrition show, Hi Europe & Ni, is celebrating its 10th edition with a move to a larger hall at Messe Frankfurt this year. From 27-29 November 2018, visitors will be able to access all of the show’s many features and live events under one roof. In addition, the Healthy Finished Products […]

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Northern Lights to Add Momentum to Sales of Finnish Pork in China

  Northern Lights to Add Momentum to Sales of Finnish Pork in China

Omega-3 Pork® from Finnish family-owned farms will soon be sold to highly demanding Chinese consumers in packages portraying the Nordic Arctic and the magical northern lights. The new premium packages continue to build Finland’s rising image in Chinese markets.
The Chinese people are interested in Finland. The purity of nature and the opportunity to see the […]

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Tetra Pak Launches Total-plant Management Service Boosting Customer Profitability

  Tetra Pak Launches Total-plant Management Service Boosting Customer Profitability

Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Pak® Plant Secure, a game-changing plant management service that delivers profitability improvements for customers. The new service starts with a detailed audit of all the equipment and systems across the customer’s value chain.
This analysis, combined with Tetra Pak’s deep knowledge of the industry and benchmark data on food manufacturing, enables its specialists to […]

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Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million

  Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million

Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has agreed to acquire SlimFast and other brands for $350 million from the owners KSF Holdings LLP and HNS Intermediate Corporation. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It […]

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The Independent Brewers of Europe Formed

  The Independent Brewers of Europe Formed

The independent craft brewing associations of nine European countries have announced successful discussions towards the formation of a new body, the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE), whose aim is to work together to promote and advance the mutual interests of their members with the European institutions and media. The Bodies from France, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, […]

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Mondelēz International Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

  Mondelēz International Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

Mondelēz International has announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. The company will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world.This new commitment is part of the company’s strategy for a circular packaging economy and will help deliver its […]

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AB InBev Opens Robo-warehouse in Wales

  AB InBev Opens Robo-warehouse in Wales

AB InBev is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. The world’s largest brewer plans a global roll-out of the warehouse technology, making Wales the starting point for the technology expected to cut its carbon impact.
The 80,000 cubic metre […]

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Barry Callebaut to Acquire Inforum in Russia

  Barry Callebaut to Acquire Inforum in Russia

The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has agreed to acquire Inforum, a leading Russian B2B producer of chocolate, coatings and fillings, serving many of the well-known consumer chocolate brands in Russia. This strategic acquisition will strengthen Barry Callebaut’s presence and production capacity in the high-growth Russian market, […]

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Further Steps Taken to Cutting Down Presence of Fatty Acids

  Further Steps Taken to Cutting Down Presence of Fatty Acids

The European Commission has launched a feedback mechanism to seek stakeholders’ views on setting a maximum limit of trans fats of 2 grams per 100 grams of fat in the food intended for the final consumer. Commission’s proposed Regulation comes as a follow-up of the Report adopted in 2015 and of discussions with stakeholders (notably NGOs, industry…) which have been taking […]

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