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  • Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries. A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand [...]...
  • European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined [...]...
  • Irish Distillers Launches ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’ Podcast Series Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has launched its first podcast, ‘A Story of Irish Whiskey’. Produced by Last Cast Media, the five-part series is a story of coming together, sharing, conquering markets and how three families, competitors for [...]...
  • C&C Group Increases Revenue by 187.3% to over €1.5 Billion C&C Group, the UK and Ireland drinks production and distribution business, increased net revenue by 187.3% to €1.575 billion in 12 months ended 28 February 2019, reflecting the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum from the administrators of Conviviality Group in April 2018. Excluding Matthew Clark and Bibendum, and on a constant currency basis, net [...]...
  • 2 Sisters Accelerates Business Transformation 2 Sisters Food Group has announced a series of actions as part of its accelerating transformational strategy to turnaround the business. The company is making further investments in its UK Poultry and Fox’s Biscuits businesses, and is proposing to reduce the number of its UK Poultry sites in order to produce shorter, more efficient supply [...]...

Kerrygold Brand Reaches €1 Billion Annual Retail Sales Globally

  Kerrygold Brand Reaches €1 Billion Annual Retail Sales Globally

Kerrygold, the brand owned by Irish dairy farmers through the Ornua dairy co-operative, has exceeded €1 billion annual retail value – the first Irish food brand to reach this momentous milestone. The Kerrygold brand was created by Sir Anthony O’Reilly, CEO of what was then called An Bord Bainne, in 1962. His vision was to […]

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Global Dairy Leaders Link Up in Lisbon

  Global Dairy Leaders Link Up in Lisbon

Dairy industry leaders from around the world will be linking up in Lisbon for the 13th Global Dairy Congress from 25 to 27 June at the MYRIAD by SANA Hotels. Confirmed speakers include top Chinese company Yili on its new billion dollar brand Ambrosial and top Indian producer Amul on developing India’s only global megabrand, […]

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Heineken to Invest £50 Million in its UK Pub Business

  Heineken to Invest £50 Million in its UK Pub Business

Heineken, the UK’s third largest pub business, has announced a record investment of £50 million to refurbish nearly 150 pubs across the UK, creating an estimated 1,200 hospitality jobs. The ambitious investment programme will see everything from gardens, kitchens, bars and snugs, given a bespoke refurbishment to fit each pub’s individual character. Every pub will […]

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Bakkavor to Close UK Site

  Bakkavor to Close UK Site

Following the completion of a consultation period, Bakkavor Group has confirmed the closure of its Freshcook meals facility at Holbeach St Marks, Lincolnshire. The site will cease to operate from 29 April 2019.
Management reviewed a number of different options to improve the performance of the loss-making site but unfortunately concluded that this business is no […]

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JBT Corporation to Acquire Proseal

  JBT Corporation to Acquire Proseal

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry, has agreed to acquire Proseal UK, a leading provider of tray sealing technology for the food industry. Privately held Proseal is headquartered in Adlington, UK, with additional production facilities in Richmond, Virginia and Melbourne, Australia.
Tray sealing is a packaging […]

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Further International Expansion By Saputo Group

  Further International Expansion By Saputo Group

Having just completed its £975 million acquisition of Dairy Crest in the UK, Canadian dairy company Saputo Group is further expanding its international presence by purchasing the speciality cheese business of Australia’s Lion Dairy & Drinks for A$280.0 million (C$265.0 million). The specialty cheese business is conducted at two manufacturing facilities located in Burnie and […]

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Müller Confirms UK Dairies Review and Logistics Partnership With Culina Group

  Müller Confirms UK Dairies Review and Logistics Partnership With Culina Group

Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI), Britain’s largest producer of branded and private label fresh and flavoured milk, cream, butter and dairy ingredients, is to review its network of dairies as part of its £100 million Project Darwin programme, and enter a logistics partnership with Müller Group sister company Culina Group. The business will commence a […]

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New GEA Service Kits Enable Convenient and Preventive Maintenance

  New GEA Service Kits Enable Convenient and Preventive Maintenance

With the new GEA Service Kit concept for both packaging and forming machines, maintenance is now more convenient and even easier to plan. The kits ensure that service personnel always have the original spare parts they need to carry out trouble-free maintenance on their systems and according to given operating times and intervals.
The GEA Service Kits […]

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UK Craft Beer Boom Sobers

  UK Craft Beer Boom Sobers

The craft beer boom in the UK has slowed sharply in the last year with the total number of breweries increasing by just 8 versus the 390 added in prior twelve months, research by UHY Hacker Young shows. The total number of UK breweries reached 2,274 at the end of 2018, up from 1,352 five […]

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Mondelēz International to Collaborate With Israeli FoodTech Incubator

  Mondelēz International to Collaborate With Israeli FoodTech Incubator

Mondelēz International has reached a collaboration agreement with The Kitchen, Israel’s only FoodTech-focused incubator and one of the first FoodTech incubators in the world. This collaboration is led by Mondelēz International’s R&D and SnackFutures teams, the company’s innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth opportunities around the world.
Through the collaboration, Mondelēz International will have […]

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New Whey Protein Hydrolysate Adds Sparkle to Crystal-clear Sports Drinks

  New Whey Protein Hydrolysate Adds Sparkle to Crystal-clear Sports Drinks

Arla Foods Ingredients is injecting some fizz into the sports nutrition category with its new Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear. The advanced 100% whey protein hydrolysate solution is specially developed for formulating sparkling protein waters.
Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear is fat and sugar-free and delivers optimized taste, a low bitterness profile and long shelf life. It is lactose-free, low in energy, […]

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IFFA 2019 to Show Ways to Greater Sustainability in the Meat Industry

  IFFA 2019 to Show Ways to Greater Sustainability in the Meat Industry

Sustainability in terms of resource usage and the employment of energy-efficient processes along the entire value chain is one of the foremost challenges of our time. And this applies to the meat-processing industry, too. Intelligent control and automation technology, energy-saving drive systems, compressors, ventilators and pumps rank among the classic solutions for improving energy and […]

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Creating High Quality, Home-style and Flatbed Coated Products –The Dual-mode RevoBreader

  Creating High Quality, Home-style and Flatbed Coated Products –The Dual-mode RevoBreader

Marel’s new RevoBreader is a flexible machine that offers flatbed and drum modes in one enclosure. This dual-mode configurability is the ultimate solution for applying high-quality coating, both to home-style and flatbed coated products.
Thanks to the large drum size, changing between flatbed and drum position doesn’t require the removal of any machine parts. Changeover from […]

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Merger Between Sainsbury’s and Asda Blocked

  Merger Between Sainsbury’s and Asda Blocked

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the £7.3 billion proposed Sainsbury’s-Asda merger after finding it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and at many petrol stations across the UK. In its final report, the CMA found that UK shoppers and motorists would be worse off if Sainsbury’s and Asda – two […]

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European Commission Adopts New Regulation to Cut Down Presence of Trans Fatty Acids

  European Commission Adopts New Regulation to Cut Down Presence of Trans Fatty Acids

The European Commission has adopted a new Regulation to set a maximum limit on the use of industrially produced trans-fat in foods in the EU. The measure aims at protecting consumers’ health and providing Europeans with healthier food options.
Over the years, a number of scientific studies, including one from the European Food Safety Authority, have stressed that the dietary […]

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Mondelēz International Makes Minority Investment in Healthy Lifestyle Snacking Company

  Mondelēz International Makes Minority Investment in Healthy Lifestyle Snacking Company

Mondelēz International has made a minority investment in Hu Master Holdings, the parent company of both Hu Products and Hu Kitchen, a fast-growing US-based snacking company offering minimally processed, high-quality snacks. This is the second venture investment Mondelēz International is making as part of SnackFutures, its innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth […]

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FrieslandCampina Sells Creamy Creation

  FrieslandCampina Sells Creamy Creation

Royal FrieslandCampina has sold its cream liqueur manufacturing business, Creamy Creation based at Rijkevoort in the Netherlands, to Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners. The transaction includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America).
FrieslandCampina has decided to focus more on nutritional and functional solutions with […]

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New Head For Kraft Heinz Company

  New Head For Kraft Heinz Company

The Kraft Heinz Company has appointed Miguel Patricio (pictured above) as chief executive effective July 1, 2019. He will succeed Bernardo Hees, who will remain as chief executive through to June 30, 2019, to ensure a seamless transition.
“Miguel is a proven business leader with a distinguished track record of building iconic consumer brands around the […]

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McCain Foods Signs Up to e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

  McCain Foods Signs Up to e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, has signed up to eCommerce analytics provider e.fundamentals to help drive sales of its products through retailers’ websites.
McCain Foods has become a client of e.fundamentals’ core retail service, which continuously reports how brands are performing against eight ‘fundamentals’, identified as the key elements that influence […]

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Saputo Group Completes £975 Million Acquisition of Dairy Crest

  Saputo Group Completes £975 Million Acquisition of Dairy Crest

Canada-based Saputo Group, which is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, has completed its £975 million acquisition of 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 well-established and successful industry player […]

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Milk & More Invests in UK’s Biggest Electric Fleet

  Milk & More Invests in UK’s Biggest Electric Fleet

Milk & More, which is part of Müller UK & Ireland, is set to become the largest operator of electric vehicles in the UK. The country’s largest doorstep delivery service has announced that it is rolling out 160 new environmentally friendly electric delivery vehicles, taking its fleet to just over 500 by May 2019.
The new […]

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to More Sustainable Packaging

  One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to More Sustainable Packaging

Sustainability is complicated, and when it comes to packaging, it can manifest itself in many ways and on many levels. Most consumers want ‘to do the right thing’ but as feedback from trade event ProSweets19 showed, they often lack understanding about the complexities of materials composition, when paper or plastic is the best option, and […]

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Pernod Ricard to Acquire Super-premium Italian Gin Brand

  Pernod Ricard to Acquire Super-premium Italian Gin Brand

Pernod Ricard is acquiring Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy from Biggar & Leith for an undisclosed price. Malfy is a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. Each gin in the […]

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Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

  Nestlé and Carrefour Give Consumers Access to Blockchain Platform

Nestlé and Carrefour, the French retail group, have announced that they are giving consumers access to blockchain data for Mousline purée in France. This is the first time that Nestlé is sharing information on its products with consumers via a blockchain platform.
Consumers can use their smartphone or other device to scan a QR code on […]

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Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic in Ireland

  Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic in Ireland

Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations.
Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that […]

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Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

  Carlsberg UK Gets Honest About Its Beer

Carlsberg UK has launched its most ambitious and honest consumer facing campaign ever in a bid to drive reappraisal of its flagship beer brand. Expected to reach 97% of the UK, the £20 million campaign conceived in collaboration with agency partners Fold7, Clifford French and Initiative – trades on the equity of the brand’s renowned […]

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Alternative Proteins Challenge Dairy Dominance

  Alternative Proteins Challenge Dairy Dominance

The value of the sports nutrition market is set to grow by around 8% per year to reach over US$17 billion globally in 2021, according to Innova Market Insights’ forecasts. The mainstreaming of the market has led to a surge in interest in plant-based alternatives with the traditional dominance of whey and other dairy proteins […]

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Danone Sells US-based Earthbound Farm

  Danone Sells US-based Earthbound Farm

Danone has sold Earthbound Farm, the US organic salads business, to California-based Taylor Farms, a family-owned salads and fresh foods company. The sale of Earthbound Farm, which had annual sales of about US$400 million in 2018, is part of Danone’s portfolio management and capital allocation optimization strategy.
Earthbound Farm, founded in 1984 in California, is the […]

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Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

  Asian Grocery Market to be Worth US$4264 Billion by 2023

Asia will generate US$4264 billion of grocery sales by 2023 – almost the same as Europe and North America combined – according to new market forecasts from IGD Asia, the food and consumer goods research organisation.
Findings include:

Asia, the largest regional grocery market in the world, is expected to grow by a CAGR of 6% between 2018 and 2023
The grocery […]

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Guinness Removes Plastic Packaging From its Beer Packs

  Guinness Removes Plastic Packaging From its Beer Packs

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of Diageo’s beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s. Diageo is investing £16 million to reduce the amount of plastics used in its beer packaging, which will see:

The introduction of 100% recyclable and biodegradable cardboard to replace plastic
A reduction of plastic waste that is […]

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Wessanen Sold For €885 Million to a Consortium of PAI and Charles Jobson

  Wessanen Sold For €885 Million to a Consortium of PAI and Charles Jobson

Royal Wessanen, a European leader in healthy, organic and sustainable food, is being acquired for €885 million by a consortium consisting of PAI Partners and Charles Jobson, who already owns 25.74% of the Netherlands-based food group. PAI has a strong track-record of acquiring businesses and supporting management teams to invest for growth, both organically and […]

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St Austell Brewery Names New Chief

  St Austell Brewery Names New Chief

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer, has announced that Kevin Georgel will become its new chief executive, replacing James Staughton upon his retirement in January 2020. Kevin Georgel, who has been a non-executive board member at St Austell Brewery for four years, has decided to step down from his five-year tenure as chief executive […]

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Natural and Brilliant – ADM Expands its Range of Colours

  Natural and Brilliant – ADM Expands its Range of Colours

Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s leading suppliers for ingredients, has added new colours to its product range: firstly, micronized colour powders made from colouring foodstuffs; secondly, paprika extract for particularly vibrant shades of orange. 
The new micronized colour powders from ADM are made up of particles that are much smaller than conventional colour […]

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Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

  Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

Dairygold, the Irish dairy co-operative, has announced that its annual turnover rose by €27.4 million to a record €992.9 million in its 2018 financial year. However, the extreme weather conditions experienced in 2018 had a severe impact at farm level. As a co-operative, Dairygold responded by supporting milk and grain prices and introducing a range […]

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Müller Milk & Ingredients to Reduce Plastic Use and Food Waste as it Simplifies Fresh Milk and Cream Range

  Müller Milk & Ingredients to Reduce Plastic Use and Food Waste as it Simplifies Fresh Milk and Cream Range

Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) is set to reduce plastic use by 400 tonnes per annum whilst substantially cutting food waste and distribution costs as it simplifies its range of fresh milk and cream products. The SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) rationalisation programme, part of MMI’s Darwin project, could see the company pare down the 835 […]

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Record Start in 2019 For EU Agri-food Trade

  Record Start in 2019 For EU Agri-food Trade

The value of EU agri-food exports in January 2019 increased for the 4th year in a row to reach a new record level of €11.2 billion, as shown in the latest monthly agri-food trade report. With agri-food imports to the EU also increasing to €10.8 billion, the monthly trade value topped €22 billion, compared to […]

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Construction Starts on €40 Million Betaine Plant in Austria

  Construction Starts on €40 Million Betaine Plant in Austria

The fruit, starch and sugar group AGRANA is constructing a betaine crystallisation plant at its sugar refinery in Tulln in Austria under a joint venture with Amalgamated Sugar, the second-largest sugar beet producer in the USA. The new plant, entailing the investment of around €40 million, will take a year to construct.

AGRANA has been processing […]

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Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

  Nestlé Launches R&D Accelerator to Boost Innovation and Speed-to-market

Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestlé R&D Accelerator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology with the objective to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. Internal, external or mixed teams are eligible to use dedicated hot desks at the accelerator […]

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Cargill Launches World’s First Coatings and Fillings Using Sustainably Sourced Coconut Oil

  Cargill Launches World’s First Coatings and Fillings Using Sustainably Sourced Coconut Oil

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business is the first company to use Rainforest Alliance Certified coconut oil sourced through a mass balance* model as an ingredient in its coatings and fillings – responding to consumers’ growing demands for sustainably sourced ingredients.
Inge Demeyere, managing director of Cargill’s chocolate activities in Europe explains the thinking behind this development: “The demand from consumers […]

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Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

  Finns Rank Valio as Most Sustainable Brand For the 6th Time

Valio is the most sustainable brand in Finland for the sixth consecutive year, if you ask consumers. The 2019 Sustainable Brand Index survey measured the sustainability of European and Finnish brands.

According to the consumers participating in the survey, the best things about Valio are its Finnish milk, its attention to animal welfare, and its environmentally […]

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Better Production, Labelling and Protection Rules For Spirit Drinks

  Better Production, Labelling and Protection Rules For Spirit Drinks

The European Council has adopted new rules aimed at clarifying and improving the legal framework setting out the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, including their use in other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications (GIs).
The regulation will guarantee a clearer labelling of spirit drinks such as Whisky, Brandy, Cognac, or Ouzo […]

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Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

  Successful Dairy Companies Embrace the Most Powerful Consumer Trends

Dairy has long been one of the most creative categories in the supermarket, creating new types of products and bringing new benefits to the consumer. But there is an increasingly wide gap between the performance of companies who understand the key consumer trends and make them part of their strategy – and those who do […]

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Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

  Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker Named as Two of the Greatest British Brands in Luxury

Two of Diageo’s iconic spirit brands – Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray – have been recognised in the annual list of Great British Brands for 2019. Great British Brands is an annual list that uniquely showcases 150 of the greatest names in British luxury; those that are held in the highest regard for their impact and […]

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

  EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved. Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, Member States were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February […]

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Unicare Flex Nitrile – The Environmentally Friendly Food Approved Glove

  Unicare Flex Nitrile – The Environmentally Friendly Food Approved Glove

Single use hand protection specialist Unigloves has enhanced its food-dedicated range with the launch of the new Unicare Flex Nitrile disposable glove. Food handling approved, the new Unicare Flex Nitrile disposable, blue glove has been designed to provide exceptional levels of comfort and performance across a range of food handling environments. It is also more environmentally […]

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£40 Million Payment to Scottish Beef Producers

  £40 Million Payment to Scottish Beef Producers

Around 7,000 specialist beef producers in Scotland are to benefit from payments worth around £40 million. The Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme supports producers breeding beef calves from suckler cows.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says: “Suckler herds form the backbone of quality beef production in Scotland, and I can confirm that the first tranche of the 2018 […]

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Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

  Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show that the Irish grocery market grew by 3.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. Despite Easter falling three weeks later than last year, and the absence of the extreme weather which provided an unexpected boost for some retailers in 2018, strong overall performance means market […]

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Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

  Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

Tetra Pak has launched its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
For […]

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Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

  Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

The DMK Group, the biggest German dairy co-operative, and one of the biggest suppliers to the German food retail industry, is continuing to build for the future. The dairy company’s realignment towards being a clear customer and consumer-based food producer, which was started in the summer of 2017, is reflected in the stable figures for […]

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Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

  Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

Glanbia Ireland (GI) and Kepak Group have announced an ambitious and innovative new calf-to-beef programme in Ireland. The “Twenty20 Beef Club” affords Members a guaranteed market for their heifers and steers with a predictable and transparent pricing formula at time of slaughter; a production blueprint supported by safe and secure high-quality farm inputs and leading-edge […]

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