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  • Hilton Food Group to Move into UK Fish Processing Hilton Food Group, the UK-based specialist international meat packing business, has agreed to acquire Icelandic Group UK (Seachill), a leading chilled UK fish processor, for cash consideration of £80.8 million. The acquisition will provide Hilton with entry into the processing and supply of fish in the UK. Robert Watson OBE, chief executive of Hilton Food Group. Founded [...]...
  • UK Health Costs of Obesity Soaring Money spent last year on junk food advertising in the UK far outweighs the amount Government is able to spend on healthy eating campaigns, leading to an unbalanced environment pushing us towards unhealthy choices, according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA). Junk food brands are spending 27.5 times more on advertising their products [...]...
  • The End of EU Sugar and Isoglucose Quotas Will Benefit All Stakeholders EU sugar and isoglucose production quotas ended on 30 September 2017. At its recent conference at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels, Starch Europe called on all stakeholders to embrace the benefits of this historic development. Speaking at the conference, Starch Europe president, Alain Dufait said: “As an industry, we find ourselves in a time of opportunity. [...]...
  • Scotbeef Purchases Blast Freezer From Blue Cube In a move to boost freezer capacity at its modern plant in Glasgow, leading UK fresh meat processing company, Scotbeef has purchased a BFT40 portable blast freezer from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores – part of The Turner Group – after renting the unit for several years. Scotbeef is one of the largest privately owned fresh [...]...
  • Kasih Food Revitalises Hummus Range For International Market Kasih Food Production Co, a leading food production company in Jordan, has unveiled a new range of hummus products in Tetra Pak packages. With the new Mézete brand product line, the company aims to increase its share of the hummus market, projected to reach US$1.1 billion globally by 2022, according to Market Research Future. That [...]...

Astarta and Danone Form Joint Venture in Ukraine

Astarta, the biggest producer of sugar and industrial milk in Ukraine, has entered a joint venture for the production and processing of milk with Danone, the world leader in dairy products, waters and baby nutrition.
Astarta’s high level of vertical integration in industrial cattle farming, own forage supply, as well as accumulated experience of industrial livestock […]

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UK Grocery Market Growth Slows as Consumers Show Caution

  UK Grocery Market Growth Slows as Consumers Show Caution

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20th February 2011, show that the market is subdued as shoppers watch their pennies. Overall market growth slowed slightly this period to 3.9% compared to 4.2% last month. However, both Sainsbury at 5.2% and Morrisons at 4.5% outperformed, growing ahead of the […]

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SABMiller to Build New $100 Million Brewery

  SABMiller to Build New $100 Million Brewery

SABMiller will invest over $100m in building a new greenfield brewery in Onitsha, in South Eastern Nigeria. The Anambra State Government and other Nigerian investors will hold up to 20% of the shares in the new business.
On completion the brewery, which is expected to produce Grand Lager, Eagle, and Castle Milk Stout among other brands, […]

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Kellogg Takes Stance in Support of Sustainable Palm Oil

  Kellogg Takes Stance in Support of Sustainable Palm Oil

Kellogg is helping fund sustainable palm oil production through purchasing GreenPalm certificates covering 100% of its global palm oil use. Today, GreenPalm estimates that only 6% of the current global supply of palm oil is sustainably grown.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) continues to work toward the development of a consistent and sufficient supply […]

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Preventing Shattered Glass Risks

 
Health and safety is a vital part of any business, but when it comes to food manufacture and processing, one of the most frustrating problems is foreign body contamination, especially when it is so preventable. GlassGuard®’s Sales Director Chris Payne explains how using the right fluorescent lamps helps Arla Foods manage risk effectively.
 
Glass is […]

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SOLARSOFT ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT AS COMMERCIAL PARTNER WITH THE FOOD AND DRINK FEDERATION (FDF

Solarsoft Business Systems (“Solarsoft”), the UK’s leading developer and provider of ERP and business software solutions for food and drink manufacturers, has today become a Commercial Partner of the Food and Drink Federation, the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.
“This announcement is positive news for our […]

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Hansa-Milch and Arla Foods to Merge

  Hansa-Milch and Arla Foods to Merge

Dairy co-operatives Arla Foods of Scandinavia and Hansa-Milch Mecklenburg-Holstein of Germany are set to merge. A merger plan put forward by the boards of the two companies has now been approved by the members of the two co-operatives. The decision is being implemented with retrospective effect for the full 2011 financial year, and is enacted […]

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Boparan Now Holds 34% of Northern Foods as Offer Deadline Extended

  Boparan Now Holds 34% of Northern Foods as Offer Deadline Extended

Boparan Holdings, headed by chicken business entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Boparan, now controls more than a third of Northern Foods, the leading UK convenience food group. On January 21st 2011, Boparan made a £342m offer for Northern Foods, which was recommended by the board of Northern Foods in preference to an earlier offer by Greencore involving […]

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New £3.2 Million Bottling Facility Opens in Northern Ireland

  New £3.2 Million Bottling Facility Opens in Northern Ireland

Nampak Plastics Europe has officially opened its bottling facility in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, following investment of £3.2m investment. Plans for the bottle manufacturing plant located at the Dale Farm liquid milk factory in Pennybridge Industrial Estate, were announced last year. Invest NI has offered £254,000 with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The […]

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ILAPAK DEMONSTRATES CUTTING EDGE PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AT INTERPACK 2011

 
Ilapak is demonstrating a number of cutting edge technological innovations at Interpack this year, including its revolutionary Ultrasonic sealing system fitted to both a Delta 3000 long dwell flow-wrapper as well as a Vegatronic 2000 bagging machine, an exclusive new stand-up pack, Flexidity ®, developed in conjunction with Amcor and an ultra hygienic sachet machine. […]

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Return to Profitability in Ireland Underpins Strong Glanbia Performance

  Return to Profitability in Ireland Underpins Strong Glanbia Performance

Buoyed by improved global dairy markets and good demand in key nutritionals sectors, Glanbia, the global nutritional solutions and cheese group, increased total revenue by 21.4% to Eur2.6b and EBITA, before exceptionals, by 21.6% to Eur173.2m for the year ended January 1st 2011. The improvement in performance was driven by the return to profit of […]

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Bright Food Group Favourite For Yoplait Stake

  Bright Food Group Favourite For Yoplait Stake

Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group is reported to be in pole position in the race to acquire PAI Partners’ 50% stake in Yoplait. Rivals for the shareholding in the French and international yoghurt producer are believed to include Switzerland-based Nestle and General Mills of the US. The other 50% of Yoplait is owned by […]

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Agrial Strengthens Milk Business

  Agrial Strengthens Milk Business

French co-operative Agrial has strengthened its milk business by acquiring a minority stake in Delicelait, a producer of dairy ingredients, for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Agrial will supply 70m litres of milk annually to Delicelait with a view to increasing this to 120m litres.
The move is in line with Agrial’s strategy […]

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ACTIVEION TECHNOLOGY ENDORSED AS “FOOD SAFE” BY HACCP INTERNATIONAL

HACCP International has endorsed Activeion and its ionator EXPä as a tool recommended for use in food facilities as part of a food hygiene program. The endorsement is aimed at organisations that are required to supply food safe equipment, machinery, supplies and services to the food industry.
HACCP International certifies non-food products intended for use in […]

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Tesco Initiates UK Price War With Asda

  Tesco Initiates UK Price War With Asda

Tesco has launched a £200m campaign to lower prices on more than 1,000 everyday items – from fruit and vegetables to bread, meat and medicines. Customers are being invited to compare Tesco’s prices to those at other supermarkets using Price Check. If Tesco is not cheaper than main rival Asda, the customer can claim back […]

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UK Fairtrade Sales Break £1 Billion Barrier

  UK Fairtrade Sales Break £1 Billion Barrier

UK sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in 2010 to an estimated retail value of £1.17b compared with £836m in 2009. UK shoppers are continuing to embrace Fairtrade, showing no downturn on ethical values despite the tough economic times.
Figures released by the Fairtrade Foundation reveal that every day in the UK, some 9.3 million […]

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Devro Accelerates Capital Investment to Meet Growing Demand

Devro, the world’s leading manufacturer of collagen products for the food industry, has reported a 39.4% increase in operating profit before exceptional items to £38.2 m on revenue up 7.5% to £237.0m for the year ended December 31st 2010. Pre-tax profit including exceptional items was £55.2m against £26.9m in 2009.
The two key drivers for Devro’s […]

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Almond Milk is New Entrant in Dairy Free

While soy milk continues to dominate the growing dairy-free market in most countries of the world, there are signs that newer alternatives are emerging into the mainstream grocery sector, using alternative ingredients such as rice, oats and, more recently, almonds. Dairy alternative drinks launches recorded on the Innova Database reached over 600 in 2010, with […]

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Agrana to Invest €27.6m to Expand Russian Fruit Preparation Plant

  Agrana to Invest €27.6m to Expand Russian Fruit Preparation Plant

Austrian group Agrana is to invest Eur27.6m to expand its Russian fruit preparation plant at Serpuchov over the next five years. Agrana is one of the leading producers of fruit juice concentrates in Europe, and the top global manufacturer of fruit preparations for the dairy industry.
The expansion programme will boost the factory’s production capacity by […]

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More British Shoppers Expect Higher Food Inflation

  More British Shoppers Expect Higher Food Inflation

Most British shoppers are expecting food prices to rise and are actively seeking out value in order to deal with this, according to IGD’s latest research. More than nine out of ten shoppers (91%) think food prices will be higher in the next 12 months, with a third (33%) believing they will be much more […]

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Business is Good For Irish Fairtrade

  Business is Good For Irish Fairtrade

Contrary to what might be expected during the recession, Fairtrade sales continue to grow in Ireland. In 2010 consumer spending on Fairtrade Certified products grew by an impressive 17%, from €118m in 2009 to €138m in 2010. Ireland now has one of the highest per capita spends on Fairtrade Certified products anywhere in the world.
And […]

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Glass Recycling Continues to Increase in Europe

  Glass Recycling Continues to Increase in Europe

According to the latest glass recycling estimates – published one year ahead of the official Eurostat data – more than 67% of glass bottles and jars were collected for recycling in the European Union in 2009. The figures released by FEVE, the EU Container Glass Federation, translate into about 11 million tonnes or 25 billion […]

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European Business News – Week ending February 25, 2011

The continuing rise in raw material costs was again highlighted during the past week when Britvic, the second biggest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK and Ireland, cautioned that its profitability would be impacted. Britvic had initially been projecting input cost inflation in the 5-6% range for its core Great Britain and Ireland markets and […]

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GGR Communications’ work with Kinnerton Confectionery

Kinnerton Confectionery, the largest independent company in the confectionery novelties industry, relies on GGR Communications for their communications infrastructure.
Operating across multiple sites, Kinnerton Confectionery need to know that their data communications are secure and reliable. That’s why their chosen provider is GGR Communications, experts in the design, delivery and management of data communications and networking […]

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Britvic Cautions on Unprecedented Input Cost Inflation

  Britvic Cautions on Unprecedented Input Cost Inflation

Britvic, the second biggest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK and Ireland, has cautioned that escalating input cost inflation, particularly for sugar, PET and steel, will not permit any improvement in its operating profit margin in 2011. When Britvic commenced price negotiations with the aim of protecting cash margins, it anticipated that input-cost inflation in […]

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Tangerine Looks For Investment to Fund Further Expansion

  Tangerine Looks For Investment to Fund Further Expansion

Blackpool-based Tangerine Confectionery, the largest British manufacturer of sugar confectionery and branded popcorn in the UK, is reported to be seeking a new private equity investor to help fund further expansion. Since its formation in 2005, following the buy-out of Danish company Toms, Tangerine Confectionery has quadrupled in size through both organic growth and acquisition. […]

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Coca-Cola and Heinz Form Landmark Packaging Partnership

  Coca-Cola and Heinz Form Landmark Packaging Partnership

The Coca-Cola Company and HJ Heinz have announced a strategic partnership that enables Heinz to produce its ketchup bottles using Coca-Cola’s breakthrough PlantBottle packaging. The PET plastic bottles are made partially from plants and have a lower reliance on non-renewable resources compared with traditional PET plastic bottles. The partnership is an industry-first, and one that […]

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Orkla Brands Merges Russian Confectionery Companies

  Orkla Brands Merges Russian Confectionery Companies

Norway-based Orkla Brands has decided to merge its Russian chocolate and confectionery companies – Krupskaya and SladCo – into one entity named Orkla Brands Russia. The integration process has already started. Headquartered in St Petersburg, Orkla Brands Russia will have about 3,350 employees and a turnover of approx. RUB6.8b (Eur170m).
Vadim Ter-Israelyan has been appointed chief […]

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Campina Still Most Popular Brand in Dutch Supermarkets

  Campina Still Most Popular Brand in Dutch Supermarkets

Campina, owned by Dutch dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina, was once again the biggest selling A-brand in Dutch supermarkets in 2010. Campina maintained its lead for the ninth consecutive year, a position it first took in 2002.
Campina was one of eight FrieslandCampina brands in the top 100 best-selling A-brands in Dutch supermarkets, according to an annual […]

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Cornish Pasties Gain PGI Status

  Cornish Pasties Gain PGI Status

The Cornish Pasty Association has received Protected Geographical Indication status for its world famous pasty. The decision from the European Commission means that only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can now be called ‘Cornish pasties’.
The CPA, which represents more than 50 pasty makers based in Cornwall, submitted the application for […]

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Adams Foods Boosts Green Performance

  Adams Foods Boosts Green Performance

Dairy products company Adams Foods is achieving impressive carbon performance at its new factory at Leek in Staffordshire, England, thanks to combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The 150kW CHP unit, supplied by sustainable power group ENER-G, is part of an environmental management programme at the factory. Since full commissioning of the CHP system in June 2010 […]

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Major Expansion Planned by Russian Confectionery Manufacturer

  Major Expansion Planned by Russian Confectionery Manufacturer

As part of its expansion strategy to increase turnover to $100m by 2012, CJSC Landrin, one of the largest chocolate confectionery manufacturers in Russia, is to invest in the region of Eur20m in upgrading and expanding its production capacity.
The company will modernise its production facility in Saint Petersburg and install a new chocolate egg line […]

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Arla Foods Achieves 2010 Profit Target

  Arla Foods Achieves 2010 Profit Target

2010 has been a year of expansion for Arla Foods following a period of restructuring and cost reduction in 2009. The Scandinavian dairy co-operative increased turnover by 6% to DKr49.03b (Eur6.6b) in 2010 and annual profit by 30.6% to DKr1.27b. In 2010 Arla’s board of directors decided that the company would aim for annual profits […]

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Strong Showing by Kerry Group

  Strong Showing by Kerry Group

Kerry Group, the international ingredients, flavours and consumer foods manufacturer, increased revenue by 9.7% to Eur5.0b in 2010 and trading profit by 11.3% to Eur470m, resulting in an improvement of 20 basis points in group trading profit margin to 9.5%. On a like-for-like basis, revenue rose by 4.6%. Adjusted profit before tax increased by 16.2% […]

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First Milk Signs Export Deal With Eilers and Wheeler

  First Milk Signs Export Deal With Eilers and Wheeler

First Milk, the largest dairy farmer-owned business in the UK, has set up a strategic alliance with Eilers and Wheeler, one of Europe’s most established suppliers of dairy products. Under the new arrangement, Eilers and Wheeler will be First Milk’s preferred partner for export sales of cheese and packet butter.
“Currently world markets are providing strong […]

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Irish Regional Bakery Saved

  Irish Regional Bakery Saved

The fresh bread element of Gallagher’s Bakery in Ardara, County Donegal, has been saved from closure following its acquisition by managing director Declan Gallagher for an undisclosed amount. Declan Gallagher sold the family-owned bakery in 2007 to IAWS Group, now part of international bakery group Aryzta.
Last month Aryzta announced that it was closing the frozen […]

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Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers Return to Growth

  Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers Return to Growth

The Swiss chocolate industry returned to growth last year following a decline in 2009. Over the course of 2010, Switzerland’s 18 chocolate manufacturers increased volume sales by 1.3% to 176,424 tonnes while turnover across the industry rose 2.4% to SFr1.74b (Eur1.35b). The higher increase in sales turnover was partly due to the price adjustments necessitated […]

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Tesco to Outpace Global Rivals

  Tesco to Outpace Global Rivals

With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% between 2010 and 2015, Tesco is set to be the fastest growing retailer of the global grocery top four, according to the latest forecasts from international food and grocery analysts IGD. Driven by sharing best practice in areas like loyalty and services across its markets, and […]

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British Shoppers Choose Wine by Colour Before Special Offers or Price

  British Shoppers Choose Wine by Colour Before Special Offers or Price

47% of British adults who buy wine for themselves or others in supermarkets or off licences say that the first thing they decide upon is colour, according to new research published by the Wilson Drinks Report. 18% choose special offers on wine first, 13% choose the retail selling price, 9% decide on grape variety, 6% […]

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Diageo to Acquire Turkey’s Leading Spirits Company For £1.3 Billion

  Diageo to Acquire Turkey’s Leading Spirits Company For £1.3 Billion

Diageo has reached agreement to acquire Mey Icki, the leading spirits company in Turkey, for an enterprise value of £1.3b from investment firm TPG Capital and Actera. The transaction is expected to complete in the second half of calendar 2011, subject to regulatory clearances.
Paul Walsh, chief executive of Diageo.
Mey Icki is the leading spirits producer […]

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Challenging Year For Carlsberg

  Challenging Year For Carlsberg

Reflecting a highly challenging year in Russia, its largest market, Carlsberg increased net revenue by 1% to DKr60.05b (Eur8.0b) and operating profit by 9% to DKr10.25b in 2010. However, revenue fell 3% organically during the year with volume down 2% and a 1% decline in price/mix. Favourable currency factors were responsible for 8% of the […]

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Record First Half for Jameson Irish Whiskey

  Record First Half for Jameson Irish Whiskey

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has reported that sales growth of its Jameson brand accelerated appreciably in the first six months of its current financial, with volumes growing by 16% to 3.17m cases, to produce one of its best performances ever. As it has done over the past decade, the sales value of Jameson grew faster […]

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New Head for Kellogg’s European Business

  New Head for Kellogg’s European Business

Stephen Twaddell has been appointed as president of Kellogg’s European operations, which employs 8,000 people and had sales of $2.2b and an operating profit of $364m in 2010. Headquartered in Dublin, the division includes Kellogg’s UK & Ireland business and extends as far as Russia, Turkey and the Middle East.
Stephen Twaddell has been with the […]

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European Business News – Week ending February 18, 2011

The results season is now underway with many of the major food and drink companies across Europe reporting full year performances during the past week. The 2010 results show a marked improvement but this is hardly surprising due to the comparison with the extremely tough trading conditions of 2009, which coincided with the height of […]

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Puresep Technologies adds strength to its waste water offering

David Parocki has recently joined Puresep Technologies, a member of the Amplio Filtration Holdings Group, as Business Development Manager for their waste water and membrane technologies division.
David will be introducing the range of waste water technologies within the group to the UK market, along with broadening and growing the membrane offering. David will also work […]

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Continued Recovery at Pernod Ricard as Full Year Targets Raised

  Continued Recovery at Pernod Ricard as Full Year Targets Raised

Benefiting from an improvement in the global economic environment and favourable currency factors, Pernod Ricard has achieved strong sales and profit growth in the first half ended December 31st last. Net sales increased by 13% to Eur4.28b – up 7% organically – and group share of net profit from recurring operations rose by12% to Eur726m.
Pernod […]

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Solid Sales Growth and Bumper Profit at Nestle

  Solid Sales Growth and Bumper Profit at Nestle

Reporting growth across all regions and categories, Nestle achieved a 6.2% organic growth in 2010 group sales to SFr109.7b (Eur84.9b) with real internal growth of 4.6% and tripled net profits to SFr34.2b, reflecting the disposal of its Alcon shareholding. However, excluding the exceptional net profit of SFr24.5b from the Alcon disposal, 2010 group net profit […]

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Plans For UK’s Largest Dairy Farm Withdrawn

  Plans For UK’s Largest Dairy Farm Withdrawn

Plans to set up the UK’s largest dairy farm in Lincolnshire have been withdrawn by applicant Nocton Dairies. The company has now formally withdrawn its application for planning permission to build a 3,770 cow dairy farm at Nocton Heath due to the response of the Environment Agency, which has maintained its objection to the proposal.
The […]

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Kerry Group to Close Welsh Frozen Food Factory

Kerry Group, the Irish and international food ingredients and consumer foods manufacturer, is to close its own label frozen foods factory at Flint in Wales with the loss of 318 jobs. The site is part of Headland Foods, which makes two million ready meals a week between its factories in Flint and Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Headland Foods […]

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Robust 2010 Performance by Heineken

  Robust 2010 Performance by Heineken

Helped by the integration of its FEMSA acquisition in Latin America and continued growth of its flagship brand, Heineken increased net profit by 41% to Eur1.44b for 2010 on revenue up 9.7% to Eur16.13b. On an organic basis, net profit (beia) rose by 19.7%, driven by solid EBIT (beia) growth and lower interest costs, but […]

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