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  • Record Results For Mahou San Miguel Mahou San Miguel, the 100% family-owned Spanish brewer, and the industry leader in Spain, has announced the best-ever full-year results in the company’s history. Mahou San Miguel’s turnover increased by 3.6% in 2016 to €1.22 billion, the highest figure ever reached. It has also seen a significant rise in its operating profits which stood at [...]...
  • International Brewing & Cider Awards Winners Brewers and cider makers from across the world gathered at London’s Guildhall on 26 April for the unveiling of the Championship winners in the International Brewing & Cider Awards 2017. Trophies were awarded to nine brewers and one cider maker from three continents, with all bar one of them winning a Championship for the first [...]...
  • £5 Million Boost For Five Star 2 Sisters Food Group, Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, has invested £5 million in the expansion and upgrade of its secondary processing site in Grimsby. The investment at Five Star Fish comes on the back of new chilled business that was won at the turn of the year. The upgrade has introduced new technology, added an [...]...
  • How to Achieve the Best Results From Key Ingredients Using Silverson Mixers Silverson Machines Ltd have recently released a series of new ‘How to’ videos on their YouTube channel intended to demonstrate and instruct how to get the best results from various key ingredients in the food industry. Produced by Silverson’s videographer Emanuel Caetano, the series includes ‘How to’ information on applications such as Mixing Xanthan Gum, Dispersing [...]...
  • The Admix Fastfeed System – Revolutionizing Batching The Admix Fastfeed powder induction and dispersion system consistently delivers smooth product for any batch size at controlled feed rates up to 450 pounds per minute in a single pass. With hundreds of global installations, food and beverage processors rely on this system to: Cut batch times in half Improve operator safety and ergonomics Reduce energy consumption up [...]...
  • Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has agreed to sell 60% of its Dairy Ireland segment to Glanbia Co-op. Dairy Ireland is currently 100% owned by Glanbia plc and is comprised of two business units, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Glanbia Agribusiness. In 2016, Dairy Ireland generated revenue of €616.2 million, earnings before interest, tax and [...]...

Pesticide Residues in Food Remain Low in EU

Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or contains residues that fall within legal limits according to the latest monitoring report published by EFSA. The report has revealed that more than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with just over […]

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Robertet Launches Two Ingredients for Skin and Joint Health

Robertet has launched two new natural solutions for the skincare and joint health markets: a beauty drink aimed at restoring skin hydration and decreasing wrinkles, and a melon juice concentrate powder aimed at decreasing pain and muscular tensions.
The Robertet Beauty Shot Concept contains Lipowheat, a natural ingredient concentrating phytoceramides and glycolipids. Lipowheat is supported by […]

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US Post Holdings to Acquire Weetabix in US$1.76 Billion Deal

The UK’s iconic cereal brand Weetabix is reportedly being swallowed up by US Post Holdings in a £1.4 billion (US$1.7 million) deal. Chinese owners, The Bright Group, took a 60% share in Weetabix in May 2012 with Baring Private Equity Asia acquiring the remaining 40% from Lion Capital in 2015.
Speculation has been mounting since the […]

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Refresco Rejects €1.4 Billion Takeover Offer

  Refresco Rejects €1.4 Billion Takeover Offer

Refresco Group, the Netherlands-based soft drinks manufacturer, has rejected an unsolicited, indicative and conditional proposal from PAI, the European private equity firm, regarding a possible offer to acquire all 81.2 million issued shares in the company for an aggregate cash consideration of €1.404 billion. Refresco has informed PAI that the proposed terms and conditions did […]

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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

  Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for […]

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Solid Performance From Dairygold

  Solid Performance From Dairygold

Dairygold, Ireland’s largest farmer owned dairy co-operative, has reported a solid financial performance for 2016, against a backdrop of very weak returns from international dairy markets, especially in the first half of the year. Dairygold recorded turnover of €756.1 million – down from €784.9 million in 2015 – delivering an EBITDA of €39.0 million, against […]

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International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

  International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) recently hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a 2-day meeting to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient […]

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Full Range of Tetra Pak eBeam-based Filling Machines Now Available

  Full Range of Tetra Pak eBeam-based Filling Machines Now Available

Tetra Pak has announced that the full range of Tetra Pak® E3 machines, which is based on the revolutionary eBeam technology, is now ready for customer rollout. This means that customers can now produce all types of beverage products on an eBeam-based filling machine, both ambient and chilled, and in family or portion sized packages.
Charles […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

  UK Coffee Shop Sales Enjoy a Growth High

New research from Mintel reveals that the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion. Over the last five years, the market rose by 37%, up from £2.4 billion in 2011 to reach an impressive £3.4 billion in 2016. What is more, […]

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Arla Foods to Expand Infant Milk Formula Production

  Arla Foods to Expand Infant Milk Formula Production

International dairy group Arla Foods has decided to invest €12 million in an upgrade of its AKAFA production site in Northern Denmark, which will allow it to add infant milk formula (IMF) production to its existing powdered milk capacity. The investment will not require an expansion of the site, but consists of an upgrade of […]

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Iceland Announces €12 Million Investment in 9 New Stores in Ireland

  Iceland Announces €12 Million Investment in 9 New Stores in Ireland

Food retailer Iceland has announced a €12 million investment in nine new stores in Ireland this year. 270 new jobs will be created across the country as part of the investment in the new stores, as the company continues to expand nationwide. 2017 is set to be the biggest year yet for Iceland Ireland, with […]

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Klöckner Pentaplast to Acquire LINPAC

  Klöckner Pentaplast to Acquire LINPAC

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global leader in rigid plastic film and packaging solutions, has signed a binding agreement to acquire LINPAC Group, an important film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction will create a global leader in the rigid and flexible film […]

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Enter By 30th April to Win Sports & Active Nutrition Award

  Enter By 30th April to Win Sports & Active Nutrition Award

Nootropics, sports shots and organic magnesium from sea lettuce are all nominees in this year’s 2nd Bridge2Food Sports & Active Nutrition Awards which celebrate the innovators creating the next generation of categories, products, beverages and ingredients to delight an increasingly health conscious consumer. For your chance to win, enter by 30 April.
OmniMind is nominated for […]

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Cherkizovo Group to Acquire NAPKO

  Cherkizovo Group to Acquire NAPKO

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, is acquiring NAPKO, one of Russia’s leading grain producers.
Among other assets, Cherkizovo Group will acquire NAPKO’s agricultural land of 147,000 hectares located in the Lipetsk, Tambov and Penza regions, which are strategically important areas for Cherkizovo Group. In 2016, NAPKO produced 250,000 tons […]

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For healthier food choices just tap the APP!

  For healthier food choices just tap the APP!

Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH), a healthier diet pressure group, in collaboration The George Institute of Global Health (TGI) and other leading UK nutrition experts have launched a free and simple to use app for Smartphone called FoodSwitch to help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating.
Many foods can be high […]

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Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

  Irish Grocery Market Returns to Deflation

The Irish grocery market has slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years, dropping 0.7 percentage points month-on-month to -0.2%. This is according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Only now are we starting to […]

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EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

  EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

The European Union and Norway have come to an agreement which will facilitate bilateral trade in agricultural products, allowing EU exporters to reinforce their position on their 8th largest export market for agricultural products. The EU is the number one agri-food exporter in the world with €130 billion of exports in 2016.
The agreement reached following […]

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New Country Business Manager For Nestlé Ireland

  New Country Business Manager For Nestlé Ireland

Nestlé has appointed Andrew Shaw (pictured) as the new Country Business Manager for Ireland. Andrew Shaw assumes responsibility for Nestlé Ireland’s operations and its wide portfolio of products across the confectionery, beverage, food and petcare categories.  He will lead the company in Ireland as it continues to expand its presence and deliver growth across its […]

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Bakkavor Relaunches Tesco Indian Ready Meals in Perforated Snap Packs From Faerch Plast

  Bakkavor Relaunches Tesco Indian Ready Meals in Perforated Snap Packs From Faerch Plast

Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge has recently relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays from sole supplier, Faerch Plast, a leading manufacturer of high performance plastic packaging for the European food industry. The change of packaging format allows the microwaveable main meal and pilau rice accompaniment to be heated separately […]

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Brexit: food industry calls for clarity

  Brexit: food industry calls for clarity

The UK food and beverage industry is calling for swift action to move from speculation to real details as the sector waits to find out what the EU exit will mean in real terms for the industry. According to Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF): “The triggering of Article 50 […]

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Gluten-free and healthy too

  Gluten-free and healthy too

Unicorn Ingredients, a leading British supplier of ingredients for the bakery and specialist breads markets has confirmed its latest range of seeds meets growing market demand for gluten-free products as well as ongoing demand for products that are nutritionally beneficial. Many seeds are naturally gluten-free, however, this in itself is not sufficient; a guarantee that […]

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Natural flavours market to reach US$6.3m by 2020

  Natural flavours market to reach US$6.3m by 2020

The global natural flavours market will be worth $6.295.3 billion by 2020, according to estimates by IndustryARC, the research and consulting firm that publishes more than 500 reports annually in various industries, including agriculture, food, beverages, life sciences and healthcare.
Natural flavours are used to add flavour and aroma to food products, drinks, supplements and pharmaceuticals. […]

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Mondelēz International Unveils Four New Chocolate Lines in Bournville Cadbury Factory

  Mondelēz International Unveils Four New Chocolate Lines in Bournville Cadbury Factory

Mondelēz International has officially unveiled the finished four new state-of-the-art production lines, the results of a £75 million investment, at its Bournville site in Birmingham, the world-famous home of Cadbury.
Two of the new lines are dedicated to retaining Bournville as the home of Cadbury Dairy Milk, producing the core classic range including Cadbury Dairy Milk […]

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Unilever to Combine Foods and Refreshment Units and to Quit Spreads

  Unilever to Combine Foods and Refreshment Units and to Quit Spreads

Following a review of its operating model, Unilever has decided to combine its Foods and Refreshment divisions into one organisation. It has also decided to dispose of its Spreads business, which incorporates the Flora, Stork and I Can’t Believe it’s So Good brands.
The integrated Foods & Refreshment unit will be located in the Netherlands, which […]

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Deliveroo Launches New Platform to Enable Restaurants to Reach New Audiences

  Deliveroo Launches New Platform to Enable Restaurants to Reach New Audiences

Deliveroo has launched Deliveroo Editions, a revolutionary platform that will enable hundreds of restaurants to reach new customers in cities around the world, without needing a high street premise. Customers across the world will gain access to over 300 leading restaurants as Deliveroo Editions brings chefs and restaurateurs to new locations in cities across the world.
Deliveroo […]

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Cargill to Establish New European Logistics Platform For Malt

  Cargill to Establish New European Logistics Platform For Malt

Cargill’s malt business has announced a partnership with Zuidnatie, a Belgian logistics service provider, to build a new logistics platform in the port of Antwerp. Set to open in August 2018, it will offer trans-shipment facilities and storage for up to 300,000 metric tons (MT) of barley and malt.
This new facility will allow Cargill to […]

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Stork AMF-i Sets the World’s Benchmark – Breast Cap Filleting Meets Intelligence

  Stork AMF-i Sets the World’s Benchmark – Breast Cap Filleting Meets Intelligence

Breast cap deboning is an extremely important stage in any poultry processing plant. During this process, end products with the highest value, such as breast fillets and tenderloins, should be harvested in the most accurate and consistent way with highest yield. That’s why markets around the world ask for the most efficient automated solutions to […]

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Real Good Food Purchases Majority Stake in Brighter Foods

  Real Good Food Purchases Majority Stake in Brighter Foods

Real Good Food, the diversified UK-based food group, has acquired an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, the Welsh snacks manufacturer, for up to £9 million, on a cash and debt free basis. Brighter Foods creates and manufactures snack bars for the healthy snacking market from its factories in Tywyn, Gwynedd in Mid Wales, where it […]

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Harrogate Water to Invest £6.5 Million to Increase Capacity

  Harrogate Water to Invest £6.5 Million to Increase Capacity

Harrogate Water, the English bottled water company, has announced a multi-million-pound investment in the wake of another year of double-digit growth. State-of-the-art production technology is being installed to increase capacity in a £6.5 million project.
The company’s original glass bottle filling line is being replaced with a combination line, which can handle both glass and PET […]

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Bawnbua Foods Wins Major Contracts

  Bawnbua Foods Wins Major Contracts

UK-based added value meat supplier, Eurostock Foods, which has recently been rebranded as Bawnbua Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million. The new contract wins span a variety of customers including international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers.
Over the last three years Bawnbua Foods has invested £2 […]

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Dawn Meats Cross Hands Achieves ISO 50001 Energy Certification

  Dawn Meats Cross Hands Achieves ISO 50001 Energy Certification

Dawn Meats, which has operations in seven locations around Ireland, and many more across the UK and Europe, has achieved ISO 50001 certification for its development and implementation of an efficient energy use policy in accordance with the highest international standards at its retail packing plant, Dawn Cross Hands in South Wales.
The International Organization for […]

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Pentair Offers Integrated and Sustainable Production Solutions

  Pentair Offers Integrated and Sustainable Production Solutions

The variety and complexity of products that dairy, food and beverage processors produce to stay competitive, challenges them to combine consistent quality, cost control and sustainability. Pentair’s integrated and sustainable production solutions that include a wide valve range for hygienic and aseptic processing, quality control instrumentation, membrane technology for water and product filtration, and biogas […]

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JAB Extends Global Coffee and Food Empire With $7.5 Billion Acquisition

  JAB Extends Global Coffee and Food Empire With $7.5 Billion Acquisition

Investment group JAB is acquiring Panera Bread Company, the US-based restaurant chain, for transaction value of approximately $7.5 billion (including the assumption of $340 million of net debt) to extend its global coffee and food empire.
“By any measure, Panera has been one of the most successful restaurant companies in history,” says Ron Shaich, founder, chairman […]

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Bel Group Opens Production Plant in Vietnam

  Bel Group Opens Production Plant in Vietnam

Bel Group has inaugurated a plant to make The Laughing Cow® cheese brand in Binh Duong province in Vietnam. The new production site is aimed at supplying the Vietnamese market and supporting the group’s growth in south-east Asia by placing production of The Laughing Cow® closer to the brand’s consumers.
Present in Vietnam for over 65 […]

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Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

  Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

Gluten-free is a growing challenge for the Irish foodservice industry, both as a dietary lifestyle choice but more significantly as an essential concern when catering for those who live with coeliac disease. A strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease, even a small amount of gluten can make someone with the disease […]

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Tate & Lyle Extends Clean-Label Portfolio With the Launch of CLARIA® Bliss Tapioca-Based Starch in Europe, Middle East & Africa

  Tate & Lyle Extends Clean-Label Portfolio With the Launch of CLARIA® Bliss Tapioca-Based Starch in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has introduced its tapioca-based CLARIA® Bliss starch to the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, responding to growing demand from consumers for cleaner label products. An extension to the line of CLARIA® Functional Clean-Label Starches, the launch of CLARIA® Bliss in EMEA follows its debut at […]

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Four PET Lines With High Flexibility

  Four PET Lines With High Flexibility

ACMI has installed in one of the South American plants of the Coca-Cola Femsa Group four PET lines of the latest generation each able to handle 12 different formats. Of the four lines, the first installed in chronological order have a nominal filling capacity of 31,500 bottles per hour, while the last two reach a […]

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Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

  Inflation Continues in UK Grocery as Lidl and Aldi Reach Record High Market Shares

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 26 March 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 1.4% compared to the same time last year. Slower growth was primarily due to Easter falling outside the latest 12 weeks, while the celebration fell within the comparable period last year.
Fraser […]

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Nestlé UK Launches New 30% Less Sugar Versions of Rowntree’s Favourites

  Nestlé UK Launches New 30% Less Sugar Versions of Rowntree’s Favourites

Nestlé’s Rowntree’s® brand has unveiled brand new 30% less sugar versions of two of its best-selling products – Rowntree’s® Fruit Pastilles and Rowntree’s® Randoms®. As part of the recipe change, the sugar removed has been replaced by increasing the fibre content in these brand new versions that are being offered alongside the existing, classic products […]

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Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

  Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

All Yorkshire Crisps and Yorkshire Popcorn produced by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Crisp Company now have accreditation from SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval).
SALSA is a food safety standard for small and micro businesses based in the UK and Channel Islands and demonstrates that The Yorkshire Crisp Company is able to produce safe and legal food […]

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Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

  Social Media – Can It Connect Science and Society?

In an article in the latest issue of TResearch (Teagasc’s research and innovation magazine), Dr Áine Regan, a researcher at Teagasc, highlights how there is an increasing need for the scientific community to have a more prominent role on social media, particularly when it comes to challenging false information spread online. “While ‘fake news’ may […]

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Tna to Double Production Line Speeds With New Ultra-high Speed Systems

  Tna to Double Production Line Speeds With New Ultra-high Speed Systems

Tna has launched performance 5.0, a revolutionary new approach to high-speed production line performance ahead of this year’s interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany. Comprising a brand new high performance vertical packaging system, high-speed multi-head scale and the world’s fastest case packer for flexible bags, tna performance 5.0 gives food manufacturers the innovation and efficiency they need […]

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Deliveroo Embraces Blue Sky Thinking

  Deliveroo Embraces Blue Sky Thinking

After almost two years in the making, Deliveroo Extreme Delivery, the innovative new concept taking the food delivery industry to all new heights – quite literally – has been launched in Australia. The Deliveroo Extreme Delivery concept engages skydivers rather than bike riders, allowing deliveries to be dropped to a much broader location base. For the […]

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Pernod Ricard Completes Domecq Disposal

  Pernod Ricard Completes Domecq Disposal

Pernod Ricard has completed the €81 million sale of its Domecq brandies and wines business to Bodega Las Copas (a Spanish joint venture between the Emperador Group and González Byass). The disposal includes the brand portfolio of Mexican brandies Don Pedro, Presidente and Azteca de Oro as well as the winery related to the production […]

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Keelings Celebrates Harvest of First Irish Strawberries

  Keelings Celebrates Harvest of First Irish Strawberries

Keelings, Ireland’s largest supplier, and producer of fresh fruit, has celebrated its harvest of the First Irish Strawberries of 2017.  Keelings produce can be found north and south of the border.  The farm growers nurture the Keelings crop all year round, enabling the strawberries to flourish early in the season. The state-of-the-art strawberry glasshouse on Keelings […]

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Mr Kipling to Introduce an Indulgent Cake Bite Range

  Mr Kipling to Introduce an Indulgent Cake Bite Range

UK convenience foods group Premier Foods is launching a new range of indulgent cakes bites – Mr Kipling’s Delectable Delights. Nibbles and bites is currently experiencing growth of 19%[1] and by entering the sector for the first time, Mr Kipling is perfectly placed to bring new shoppers and help grow the category further with its […]

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Nitro Hotfill First For 38mm Neck Format

  Nitro Hotfill First For 38mm Neck Format

Esterform has pioneered the use of a 38mm wide neck preform for juice brands Fortuna and Pysio.
Nitro Hotfill technology offers brand owner Fortuna Sp zoo an alternative to aseptic filling.
Until now the process technology has only been applied to narrower neck formats, but preform pioneers Esterform have designed and developed a stable 38mm neck format […]

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10-year Pledge to Save Fish Stocks and Protect Employment in the Mediterranean

  10-year Pledge to Save Fish Stocks and Protect Employment in the Mediterranean

The European Commission has reached an important milestone in its objective to save the Mediterranean fish stock and protect the region’s ecological and economic wealth. Months of negotiations at ministerial level have culminated in the signature of the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, which sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years, based on ambitious […]

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Bodegas Torres Voted Most Admired European Wine Brand

  Bodegas Torres Voted Most Admired European Wine Brand

Bodegas Torres continues to be the most admired European wine brand according to the ranking of the 50 most admired brands in the world, produced by British magazine Drinks International. In this year’s poll of more than 200 masters of wine, sommeliers, journalists and wine experts, Torres continues to lead the European ranking, whilst moving […]

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Teeling Whiskey On Top of the World

  Teeling Whiskey On Top of the World

Teeling Whiskey, Ireland’s leading independent whiskey producer, has collected the coveted awards for World’s Best Irish Single Grain and World’s Best Irish Single Malt at the highly prestigious World Whiskies Awards. The World Whiskies Awards is an annual celebration of the very best in whiskies from across the globe.
Over 300 whiskies were considered for the ultimate […]

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