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  • Fane Valley and ABP to Extend Joint Venture Arrangement Northern Ireland-based Fane Valley Co-op and ABP Food Group, the Irish and international meat processor, are to extend their joint venture relationship to include Linden Foods, the UK-based meat processing business of Fane Valley. The partnership will see Republic of Ireland-based ABP Food Group take a 50% stake in the Linden Foods company. An agreement in [...]...
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery Agrees French Distribution Deal Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the independent Irish distillery, has signed an exclusive agreement with Dugas of Paris, for the distribution, throughout France, of its range of Writers’ Tears premium Irish whiskeys from the 1st September 2017. Established in 1980 by Francois-Xavier Dugas, the Dugas company is a renowned distributor of leading spirits with a particular emphasis on [...]...
  • IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers IRI, the global provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new Growth Solutions team providing specialist assistance for manufacturers. The Growth Solutions team is being set up to support IRI’s clients across five specific focus areas: Media Strategy and Optimisation, Shopper Marketing Effectiveness, Price and Promotions, In-Store Activation [...]...
  • CROWN Food Europe Wins Gold Award in 29th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation CROWN Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, has been honored with a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its easy-open foil sealed can. The Peelfit™ can, which enhances convenience, lightweighting and product protection, was highlighted as a standout product in the ‘technological advancement’ and ‘responsible packaging’ categories of [...]...
  • Patak’s Paste Pots Unleash Indian Flavours Easily With Design by Hornall Anderson A new range of spice Paste Pots by Patak’s has launched into Morrison’s with contemporary packaging design by Hornall Anderson. To showcase the intense aromas and flavours generated by the paste pots and forge a sensory experience for the consumer, graphic squirls feature on the front of pack. Patak’s wanted to communicate the benefits of its [...]...
  • Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications. The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with [...]...

Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

  Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its latest global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland. This state-of-the-art facility will support new products and technologies for many of the company’s iconic Power Brands, including Milka and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate as well as Oreo, belVita and Barni biscuits.
The Wroclaw Technical Centre is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in nine large R&D hubs, strategically […]

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Britain Affirms its Love For Gin After Spirit Duty Revenues Top Beer For First Time

  Britain Affirms its Love For Gin After Spirit Duty Revenues Top Beer For First Time

Sales of spirits brought more money to the British Treasury than beer for the first time ever, latest HMRC figures have revealed. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says the gin boom – sales of which have surged 12% the fastest growth rate of any spirit drink according to the latest WSTA Market Report – […]

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Harrogate Water Backs Keep Britain Tidy Campaign

  Harrogate Water Backs Keep Britain Tidy Campaign

Amid growing concern about plastic litter, Keep Britain Tidy has teamed up with Harrogate Water in a joint campaign to promote greater recycling of plastic water bottles. It follows independent research, jointly commissioned by Keep Britain Tidy and Harrogate Water, which shows an overwhelming majority of bottled water consumers want to do the right thing […]

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6,000 Opportunities in Irish Dairy Farming Over the Next Decade

  6,000 Opportunities in Irish Dairy Farming Over the Next Decade

A Teagasc report on the future people requirements of Irish dairy farming has been published. The People in Dairy Project Report identifies the need for 6,000 people to enter dairy farming over the next 9 years. This is made up of 2,000 new employment opportunities and 4,000 people to provide for regeneration of existing dairy […]

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OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

  OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

OAL are building a new state of the art facility to support their APRIL Robotics Systems in Peterborough, UK. The new facility supports a growing order book as food manufacturers seek to avoid rising costs in the UK and Europe through significant productivity improvements.
Currently, 529,800 people globally are associated with the common repetitive task of […]

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UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

  UK Food and Grocery Forecast to Grow by 15% by 2022

The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 15% between now and 2022, giving it a value of £213 billion, according to the latest forecasts released today by grocery research organisation IGD. IGD is predicting growth across all the major grocery channels, with the discounters set to put in a particularly strong […]

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Award-winning Wine Merchant Celebrates Four Decades of Excellence

  Award-winning Wine Merchant Celebrates Four Decades of Excellence

Leading Northern Ireland wine merchant, JN Wine, is celebrating 40 years in business supplying selected wines to Northern Ireland’s best restaurants with a £300,000 investment in the company.
Widely recognised as one of the most experienced wine merchants on the island of Ireland, the Crossgar-based company has recently developed and implemented a bespoke online ordering and […]

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Lampados Launches 3D Stevia Sweetener

  Lampados Launches 3D Stevia Sweetener

Lampados International has launched Liteez, its new, 3D stevia sweetener for hot drinks. This “free-from” meringue kiss addresses the growing demand for sugar reduction in beverages.
The patent-pending vegan meringue kiss is a completely plant-based treat. It is free from any allergens, such as eggs, gluten, lactose, or nuts, and contains just a few simple ingredients, […]

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Carlsberg UK Unveils Innovation in Beer Technology

  Carlsberg UK Unveils Innovation in Beer Technology

Carlsberg UK has launched a new dispense system developed to improve beer quality and consumer experience, as well as saving time and reducing cost for publicans. The Carlsberg Quality Dispense System (CQDS) provides a fully enclosed environment from ‘keg to glass’, helping to ensure every pint is delivered consistently and to a perfect standard of […]

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Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

  Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

The Robotics & Automation exhibition is taking place 11th & 12th October 2017 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes. This innovation-packed exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet and connect with robot manufacturers, system integrators and experts in automation & machine vision.  The show’s top name suppliers will be ready and waiting to help visitors improve […]

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Willowbrook Foods Awarded For Innovative Products & Service

  Willowbrook Foods Awarded For Innovative Products & Service

Willowbrook Foods, has won the ‘Best New Service and Product of the Year’ award at the recent Northern Ireland Food Manufacturing Awards 2017. Furthermore, founder and Managing Director of Willowbrook Foods, John McCann MBE, was singled out for individual praise after he was announced as a runner up in the Special Recognition category. Now in […]

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Russian Turkey Facility Reaches Full Production Capacity

  Russian Turkey Facility Reaches Full Production Capacity

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, has reached full production capacity at its Tambov Turkey facility, a joint venture with Grupo Fuertes, Spain’s leading agricultural producer. The new production facility for the growing and processing of turkey meat will allow Cherkizovo Group to become one of the largest producers […]

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EU Fisheries Controls – More Effort Needed

  EU Fisheries Controls – More Effort Needed

More efforts are needed if the EU is to have an effective fisheries control system in place, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors say that Member States and the European Commission have made progress over the last decade; however, the EU does not yet have a sufficiently effective […]

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Irish Drinks Industry Welcomes Decline in Alcohol Consumption by Young People

  Irish Drinks Industry Welcomes Decline in Alcohol Consumption by Young People

The Alcohol and Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents alcohol drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has welcomed findings in a report just published which confirms that young people are consuming less alcohol and having their first alcoholic drink at a later stage.  The Report published by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUIG has looked […]

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New RF Auto Codes Troublesome ‘Lift-the-flap’ Sleeves With Ease

  New RF Auto Codes Troublesome ‘Lift-the-flap’ Sleeves With Ease

Responding to the coding and handling challenges of the latest ‘lift-the-flap’ style luxury pack sleeve, Rotech will launch its new off-line RF Auto sleeve and carton friction feeder at PPMA 2017 (stand A37). This offline sleeve coding solution for overprinting essential information, such as batch numbers and use-by dates, accurately handles the latest cardboard watch […]

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Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

  Pub-grub Props Up UK Bar Sales

According to new research from Mintel, sales of pub meals in the UK grew by an estimated 14% between 2012 and 2016 to reach £7.4 billion. In the same time period, sales of alcoholic drinks grew by 6%, while soft drink sales rose by 7%.
Indeed, it is increasingly likely that pub punters will be there for […]

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Nature Valley Names Johanna Konta as First UK Brand Ambassador

  Nature Valley Names Johanna Konta as First UK Brand Ambassador

Nature Valley, the UK’s number 1 bar in regular cereal bars[1] has announced Britain’s top female tennis player, Johanna Konta, as its first UK brand ambassador. The link-up demonstrates Nature Valley’s continued endeavour towards British tennis as a key brand driver following its position last year as the Official Snack Bar of the Lawn Tennis […]

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Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

  Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that Irish family farm income decreased by 9% in 2016, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €24,060. This is the return for the farmers’ labour and for the land and capital employed in the business.
Dr. Emma Dillon, Economist with the […]

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Fi Europe & Ni 2017 Announces Record Number of Exhibitors

  Fi Europe & Ni 2017 Announces Record Number of Exhibitors

Fi Europe & Ni 2017 is the must attend event on the calendar of virtually everybody who works in the food, beverage and ingredients industry. This year, it will be the biggest show to date: With a record number of exhibitors, a 4-day conference programme focused on thought leadership and new sections and initiatives, organiser […]

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IGD Reveals Vision For Grocery Store of the Future

  IGD Reveals Vision For Grocery Store of the Future

In a brand-new report, international grocery research organisation IGD and The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) reveal the 10 areas grocery retailers must focus on to ensure physical stores remain relevant for shoppers in an increasingly digital age. Prepared by IGD for CGF’s E2E Value Chain Learning Series, ‘The Evolution of the Physical Store’ maps out […]

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Pladis to Bring Imported Chocolates, Sweets and Biscuits to China

  Pladis to Bring Imported Chocolates, Sweets and Biscuits to China

Pladis, the fast-growing global biscuit and confectionery company, and JD.com, China’s largest retailer – online or offline, are joining forces to bring a new range of snack foods imported from Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East and Africa directly to Chinese consumers. Pladis offers consumer treats including chocolates, biscuits, sweets, cakes and crackers.
Brands under […]

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Ferrero International Completes US Chocolate Confectionery Acquisition

  Ferrero International Completes US Chocolate Confectionery Acquisition

Ferrero International, the Italian confectionery group, has completed the acquisition of Fannie May Confections Brands and the Harry London chocolate brands from 1-800-FLOWERS.com, a multi-brand provider of gourmet and floral gifts. The acquisition includes all operations of Fannie May, together with the manufacturing facility in Ohio and two warehouse and distribution facilities, located in Ohio […]

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Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

  Organic Milk Continues to Buck the Trend in the UK

UK organic milk volumes increased by 4.4% in 2016, in contrast to the standard milk category which fell by 1.9% during the same period. The increase is being attributed to an organic milk recovery, in spite of reducing conventional prices and increasing organic shelf premiums.
According to the 2017 organic milk market report, produced by the Organic […]

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Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

  Italy’s Love of Pasta Goes Off the Boil

New research from Mintel reveals that sales of pasta in Italy had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2% between 2011 and 2015, with sales falling to 908,100 tonnes in 2016. According to Mintel, health is the reason this national cuisine has fallen on hard times. Indeed, today, almost one quarter (23%) of Italians say […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

  New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up
by Arla Foods Ingredients. The new Whey & Protein Blog – thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest in whey protein and lactose can share information.
Writing in the […]

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PPMA Show 2017 Returns to Reveal the Best of Manufacturing Innovation

  PPMA Show 2017 Returns to Reveal the Best of Manufacturing Innovation

The PPMA Show, the UK’s unmissable, free-to-attend, processing and packaging machinery exhibition, returns to the NEC from 26-28 September to provide manufacturers with insights into the latest machinery products, technologies and materials. Registration is now open and easier than ever before – taking less than three minutes for attendees to secure their place to join […]

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV & SI Foodware -One Integrated Standard Solution

  Microsoft Dynamics NAV & SI Foodware -One Integrated Standard Solution

The food and beverage sector is dealing with constantly changing requirements imposed by clients and suppliers such as exchanging messages via EDI or tighter margins due to price changes. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is essential for companies operating in the food and beverage industry.
Microsoft Dynamics
ProStrategy provide companywide ERP solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. […]

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UK Consumers Favour British Brands

  UK Consumers Favour British Brands

British consumers are developing a growing taste for home-grown brands, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s fifth annual barometer of the nation’s most chosen FMCG brands. The latest UK ranking, which measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the number of British favourites among the top 10 UK […]

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Fight Against Illegal Fishing

  Fight Against Illegal Fishing

The European Commission has expanded the global fight against illegal fishing by listing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and the Comoros as uncooperative. Under the EU’s rules to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, defining a country as uncooperative is tantamount to issuing a red card which effectively bans trade in fisheries products between […]

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Field-to-Fork Organic Rosemary Solutions From Frutarom

  Field-to-Fork Organic Rosemary Solutions From Frutarom

The Frutarom Food Protection Business Unit has expanded its organic oxidation management solutions line with an organic rosemary extract designed to prevent oxidation and increase the shelf-life of food products. This natural Mediterranean botanical has been made possible through collaboration between Hishtil Nurseries in Israel and organic farmers in Spain.
A rising demand for natural and […]

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Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

  Danone Expands Dairy Production in West Africa

Danone, together with The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, has added three new production lines to its factory at Accra in Ghana. The total investment of US$25 million will help Fan Milk (Ghana), its local subsidiary, to sustain the growing demand for dairy products in the regional West African market.
The investment is […]

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Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

  Cranswick Achieves Record Annual Sales

UK food group Cranswick has reported a 22.5% jump in revenue from continuing operations to £1.245 billion for the year ended 31 March 2017. Growth was driven by a strong performance from each of the group’s categories – Fresh Pork, Convenience, Gourmet Products and Poultry – and reflected positive contributions from the Crown Chicken and […]

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Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

  Lavazza Acquires Canadian Coffee Business

The Lavazza Group, the Italian coffee roaster, has purchased an 80% equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee, from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital. Kicking Horse Coffee, a leading Canadian organic and fair-trade coffee player, has distinguished itself over the last several years with remarkable growth in both Canada and the United States. Kicking Horse […]

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Dietary Reference Values – EFSA Publishes Advice on Vitamin K

  Dietary Reference Values – EFSA Publishes Advice on Vitamin K

EFSA has set dietary reference values for vitamin K as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) decided to maintain the dietary reference values established by the Scientific Committee for Food in 1993. Consequently, the NDA Panel defined daily adequate intakes (AIs) for […]

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Cutting Food Waste in the EU

  Cutting Food Waste in the EU

MEPs are supporting efforts to halve food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labels.
“In developed countries food is wasted mostly at the end of the chain, at distribution and consumption. Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this problem,” says […]

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tna Breaks Boundaries With Launch of New Ultra-high Speed Case Packer

  tna Breaks Boundaries With Launch of New Ultra-high Speed Case Packer

Tna has launched the tna ropac® 5, a ground-breaking, ultra-high-speed case packer for flexible bags that is capable of industry-leading speeds of up to 300 bags per minute. Part of tna’s performance 5.0 packaging system, the new tna ropac 5 is the first and only side-load case packer in the world that uses tna’s unique, […]

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

  Dawn Meats and Dunbia Agree Strategic Partnership

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has agreed a strategic partnership with Dunbia, the Northern Ireland-based meat processor, to establish a majority owned joint venture in the United Kingdom comprising the UK operations of both organisations. Dawn Meats will separately acquire Dunbia’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. The deal is subject to approval […]

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Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

  Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Performance

UK soft drinks group Britvic increased revenue by 11.5% to £756.3 million and pre-exceptional EBITA by 6.7% to £73.6 million in the 28 weeks ended 16 April 2017, compared to the corresponding period last year. Organic revenue rose by 3.7% and organic pre-exceptional EBITA by 5.1%.
In the period, Britvic sold over 1.1 billion litres of […]

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Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

  Irish Consumers Favour Irish Brands

The fifth annual Brand Footprint Ireland ranking from Kantar Worldpanel, measuring which brands are being bought by the most consumers the most often, has revealed that the top four most chosen brands in the country are home-grown favourites, with Avonmore, Brennans, Denny and Jacob’s leading the way.
In Ireland, six of this year’s top 10 brands […]

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Creating New Protein Strategies: – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

  Creating New Protein Strategies: – Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017

Protein is in the global spotlight as we strive to meet the nutritional needs of a population set to hit 9 billion by 2040 and European food and protein markets will evolve considerably in the coming years. ‘High’ protein is still hot in Europe and Western worlds and consumer awareness of the benefits of plant-based […]

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Orkla Licences Acrylamide-reducing Yeast From Renaissance BioScience

  Orkla Licences Acrylamide-reducing Yeast From Renaissance BioScience

Orkla Food Ingredients, a business area of Orkla, has signed a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to exclusively produce and sell Renaissance acrylamide-reducing yeast to food manufacturers in the European Nordic and Baltic markets, starting in Q3 2017.
“Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast has shown promising results in baked goods trials, and Orkla is pleased to be […]

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Transformational Period For Greencore

  Transformational Period For Greencore

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and US, has reported a 46.1% increase in revenue to £1.01 billion for the 26 weeks ended 31 March 2017, reflecting the impact of acquisitions and strong underlying growth, particularly in the UK. Group EBITDA rose by 31.2% to £79.1 million while operating profit […]

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Britain Braces For Price Hikes

  Britain Braces For Price Hikes

While the outcome of Brexit may be uncertain, Mintel’s flagship British Lifestyles report reveals that consumers are braced for an expensive future ahead. Over four in five (83%) Brits are currently concerned about seeing price rises on goods and services, with 59% worried about the mounting cost of groceries, 35% worried about the climbing cost of holidays […]

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Häagen-Dazs Launches Landmark UK Brand Re-set

  Häagen-Dazs Launches Landmark UK Brand Re-set

Häagen-Dazs has announced a major brand reset, to bring a new generation of shoppers on board as part of a wider portfolio update. The brand will receive a refresh through distinctive new packaging and formats, a new experientially focused marketing programme and a new lifestyle led campaign. The update, which will be significant in continuing […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

  New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of a new wine name from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). The “Darnibole” is a white, dry wine made from bacchus grapes variety.
Darnibole is situated exactly in the centre of Cornwall. Darnibole wines have a combination of original wine grape […]

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Purple Patch Cereals’ Stunning New Packs From Qualvis

  Purple Patch Cereals’ Stunning New Packs From Qualvis

Leading print and packaging business, Qualvis, has created a new range of eye-catching packs for Purple Patch Cereals. The new cartons have a hot air balloon theme, displaying bold and vibrant colours, with purple being dominant throughout to reinforce the brand’s identity.
The cereals come in four different flavours: Honey Nut Granola, Honey Nut & Fruit […]

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Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

  Positive Trade Balance for EU Agri-food Products After Record Value in Monthly Exports

According to the latest figures published by the European Commission, the monthly value of EU agri-food exports in March 2017 reached a value of almost €12.7 billion, which is €1.31 billion (+11.3%) higher than in March 2016. This is the highest monthly export value seen over the last 5 years.
Highest increases in monthly export values (March 2017 compared […]

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Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

  Coca-Cola Now Being Made by Solar Energy in Wakefield

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a major renewable project, with all electricity generated by a brand new solar farm being used to support production of its famous brands at Europe’s largest soft drinks factory, at Wakefield in England. The solar farm covers eight hectares, the size of twelve football pitches, and will produce up […]

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Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

  Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

Manor Farm, which is the largest chicken processor in the Republic of Ireland, and Tesco Ireland have launched the first Omega 3 Irish chicken. The 100% Irish chicken is fed on a diet that includes Omega 3 rich algae and has the same great​ taste of​ Irish chicken. The launch of Omega 3 Irish chicken into the market in Tesco […]

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Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

  Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, has introduced 17 new non-GMO starches with the same functionality as their traditional counterparts. This is part of an ongoing programme of non-GMO ingredient expansions across Tate & Lyle’s texturants, fibre enrichment, and sugar and calorie reduction portfolios.
Werner Barbosa, Global Platform Leader, Texturants […]

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