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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 [...]...

New Chairman For Premier Foods

  New Chairman For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has appointed Ronnie Bell, the former president of Kraft Foods Europe, as non-executive chairman with effect from 1st October 2010. Ronnie Bell spent 30 years with Kraft, the world’s second largest food company. During this time he held a number of senior management appointments culminating in his […]

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Board Appointments at Glanbia

  Board Appointments at Glanbia

The board of Glanbia, the Irish and international cheese and nutritional ingredients group, has appointed Martin Keane as vice-chairman to succeed John Gerald Fitzgerald, who has retired. Martin Keane has also been appointed vice-chairman of Glanbia Co-operative Society. He has been a member of the Glanbia board since 2006.
The board of Glanbia has also announced […]

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Pernod Ricard Disposes of Spanish Wine Interest

Global spirits and wine group Pernod Ricard has agreed to sell its shares in Spanish drinks company Ambrosio Velasco to Diego Zamora for a cash consideration of Eur33.1m. The closing of the transaction is subject to clearance by the Spanish competition authorities.
Diego Zamora is a family owned Spanish company, best known as the producer of […]

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Tate & Lyle Disposes of EU Sugar Operations For £211m

  Tate & Lyle Disposes of EU Sugar Operations For £211m

Tate & Lyle is selling its EU sugar refining operations to American Sugar Refining, the largest cane sugar refiner in North America, for £211m in cash. The deal reflects the change in development strategy adopted by Javed Ahmed, the new chief executive of Tate & Lyle.
EU S consists of the cane sugar refineries in London, […]

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William Grant Completes €300m Irish Acquisition

  William Grant Completes €300m Irish Acquisition

Independent Scottish distiller, William Grant & Sons, has completed the acquisition of C&C’s spirits and liqueurs business for Eur300m. The deal gives William Grant ownership of a portfolio of Irish spirits and liqueur brands, including Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist.
The newly acquired business will operate as William Grant & Sons Irish […]

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Atlantic Grupa Expands With Slovenian Acquisition

Atlantic Grupa, the largest food and healthcare company in Croatia, is acquiring Slovenian food manufacturer Droga Kolinska from energy, tourism and food group Istrabenz. In addition to Slovenia, Droga also has production units in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia. The purchase price is Eur382m but will be reduced by Droga’s net debt, which was not disclosed.

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Record Entries to International Cheese Awards 2010

More than 3,000 cheese makers have registered their produce for this year’s International Cheese Awards, creating a world record for entries to any cheese show. The International Cheese Awards 2010 is in its 113th year and is the biggest event of its kind, featuring around 600 producers and more than 60 trade stands.
It will take […]

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UK First For Nestle Waters and S Pellegrino

Nestle Waters UK has teamed up with world famous Italian fashion house Missoni to design a limited edition bottle for the S Pellegrino water brand. It is the first pack collaboration between the two iconic Italian super brands and the first time Missoni’s name will appear on UK supermarket shelves.
The house of Missoni and S […]

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Molson Coors Enters Russian Beer Market With Coors Light

  Molson Coors Enters Russian Beer Market With Coors Light

Molson Coors Brewing Company, the North American beer group, has launched the Coors Light brand in Russia. Coors Light in 330 ml bottles will be available in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as selected bars and neighbourhood stores across the Moscow region.
With consumption per capita at around 71 litres and a market size […]

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Nestle Investing in Greenfield Factory in Russia

Nestle Rossiya is investing SFr60m (Eur45m) in the construction of a greenfield factory in the Vyazniki district of Vladimir region (some 300 kilometers east of Moscow) to produce a wide range of culinary products under the Maggi brand. When the first phase of construction is completed in the third quarter of 2011, the new plant […]

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German Dairy Merger Moves Closer

  German Dairy Merger Moves Closer

Nordmilch, Germany’s largest dairy group, is close to merging with fellow co-operative Humana Milchindustrie. The two German dairy co-operatives have already bundled their sales activities together to form Nord-Contor Milch.
Rolf Janshen (left), chief director of Humana Milchindustrie, and Dr Josef Schwaiger, chief executive of Nordmilch.
The boards of management and supervisory boards of Nordmilch and Humana […]

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Ukrainian Dairy Group Resumes Cheese Production

Ukrainian branded dairy company Ukrproduct Group has resumed hard cheese production at its Starokonstantinovskiy plant and will restart selling in the second half of 2010. Production was suspended last summer due to price cutting and flooding of the market by local producers during the first half of 2009. However, hard cheese prices have risen in […]

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Lantmannen Unibake Continues UK Expansion

  Lantmannen Unibake Continues UK Expansion

International bakery group Lantmannen Unibake has completed the takeover of UK’s leading supplier of sweet and savoury pastries and specialty breads, Bakehouse, by acquiring the remaining shares in the company. To further consolidate its position in the UK market, Lantmannen Unibake plans to make a major investment in new UK production capacity.
In May 2009, Lantmannen […]

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Kraft Foods Sells Wedel Business in Poland

  Kraft Foods Sells Wedel Business in Poland

Kraft Foods is selling Cadbury’s E. Wedel-branded chocolate and sugar confectionery operations in Poland to Lotte Group for an undisclosed sum. The sale, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, includes the E. Wedel business, its related brands and a manufacturing facility in Warsaw. Approximately 1,000 Cadbury Wedel employees will transfer to Lotte Group.
Kraft Foods […]

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British Public Confused by Health Messages Surrounding Dairy Products

  British Public Confused by Health Messages Surrounding Dairy Products

A YouGov SixthSense report into the dairy market reveals that 1 in 3 adults in the UK are confused about the health messages surrounding dairy products. Although 82% of respondents agree that dairy products are good for children, many are unsure where dairy ‘fits’ in their diet. Health perceptions of dairy vary widely, with 65% […]

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Real Good Food Company Expands Hayden’s Bakeries

Peiter Totte, chairman of the Real Good Food Company.
Hayden’s Bakeries, a subsidiary of Real Good Food Company, the UK bakery, ingredient and sugar group, will create up to 150 new jobs over the next 2-3 years. Hayden’s has opened an additional 33,000 sq ft of capacity close to its current site in Devizes, Wiltshire.
The expansion […]

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Record Year for St Austell Brewery

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer, pub operator and drinks wholesaler, is continuing to increase sales of its cask ales and to outperform the overall UK beer market. The Cornwall-based group has reported a 20% increase in underlying profit to £9.0m for the year ended January 2nd 2010 on turnover up by £6.6m to […]

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GSK to Launch Lucozade Brand in the US

  GSK to Launch Lucozade Brand in the US

UK-based global healthcare group GlaxoSmithKline is planning to launch its Lucozade energy drink in the US, which is the world’s biggest nutritional health market. The Lucozade brand, which had sales of £376 million in 2009, is currently predominantly sold in Britain and Ireland.
However, it was recently launched in the vast Chinese market, after GSK signed […]

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Arla Foods Continues to Increase Milk Price

  Arla Foods Continues to Increase Milk Price

Continuing progress in its international industrial markets and a generally increasing demand for milk have enabled Arla Foods to raise the price paid to its co-operative members per kg of milk – the so-called Arla price – by 7.5 Danish ore.
“Global market prices in the industrial area combined with exchange rate developments have resulted in […]

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Sold Performance By Milk Link

  Sold Performance By Milk Link

Milk Link has increased profit before tax to £10.6m for the year ended April 3rd last from £0.5m in 2009, when the British dairy co-operative incurred exceptional charges of £9.6m. EBITDA rose by 1.7% to £28.7m and turnover edged up 0.5% to £550m. The profit attributable to co-op members was £10.1m.
The amount of milk handled […]

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Newly Weds Foods Strengthens International Business With Acquisition of Witwood Food Products

US-based Newly Weds Foods, the producer of food coatings, seasonings and functional ingredients for the food processing and food service industries, has acquired Witwood Food Products, the UK’s largest independent food ingredients business, for an undisclosed sum. Witwood Food Products produces food coatings from production sites in the UK, Australia and Thailand. Its customer base […]

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Heineken Disposes of UK Drinks Wholesale Business

  Heineken Disposes of UK Drinks Wholesale Business

Heineken has sold Waverley TBS, its loss-making UK wholesale drinks subsidiary, to private equity firm Mansfield Partners for an undisclosed sum. Heineken took over Waverley following its joint £7.8b acquisition with Carlsberg of Scottish & Newcastle in 2008.
Waverley employs 1,100 staff, after announcing 220 job cuts as part of a restructuring programme. Heineken will continue […]

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Coca-Cola Hellenic to Take Full Control of Serbian Operation

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling is purchasing all shares in Coca-Cola HBC Serbia that it does not currently own for Eur16.9m. Coca-Cola Hellenic indirectly controls 89.1% of the shares of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia.
With sales of more than 2 billion unit cases Coca-Cola Hellenic is one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products. It has broad geographic […]

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Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

  Lantmannen Unibake Continues International Expansion With Hungarian Acquisition

In line with its international expansion strategy, Lantmannen Unibake, , which is one of Europe’s leading frozen bakery products suppliers, is acquiring a new fast food bakery from Hungarian milling and bakery group Elso Pesti for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition of new production capacity in Hungary strengthens the Danish bakery group’s position in the […]

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Improvement at Loss-making Bernard Matthews

  Improvement at Loss-making Bernard Matthews

UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews has reported a loss before tax, but after exceptional items, of £4m for the year ended January 3rd 2010 on turnover from continuing operations down slightly from £335.1m in 2008 to £330.5m. However, operating profit from continuing operations before exceptional costs rose to £2.5m, from £0.9m in 2008, as initiatives […]

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UK Concern Over the Effects of Soft Drinks Advertising on Children

A YouGov SixthSense report into the UK drinks market has shown that 1 in 4 adults believe fizzy drinks contribute significantly to obesity, and 71% feel that soft drinks are largely responsible for bad teeth, while a significant minority would support a blanket ban on sugary drinks advertising.
For many parents, getting their kids to eat […]

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Strong Performance From Fuller Smith & Turner

James Douglas (left), finance director, and Michael Turner, chairman of .Fuller Smith & Turner.
Despite the challenging environment for the UK economy and the drinks industry, British regional brewer and pub operator Fuller Smith & Turner increased revenues by 8% to £227.7m in the 52 weeks ended March 27th 2010 and adjusted profit before tax (excluding […]

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Reprieve For British Brewery

  Reprieve For British Brewery

Strong sales of Budweiser lager have prompted Anheuser-Busch InBev to defer the planned closure of the Stag Brewery at Mortlake in South London. The brewery was scheduled to shut at the end of 2010 with the loss of 180 jobs as part of a £690m cost saving programme following the merger of InBev and Anheuser-Busch. […]

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Hain Celestial Acquires Churchill Foods

  Hain Celestial Acquires Churchill Foods

US-based natural and organic products company Hain Celestial Group has acquired Churchill Food Products, a manufacturer and distributor of food-to-go products in the UK, for an undisclosed sum. Located in Nottingham, Churchill’s production is expected to complement Hain Celestial’s existing Daily Bread brand. The acquisition is part of Hain Celestial’s plan to return to profitability […]

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Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

Global food giant Danone is to merge its fresh dairy products business in the CIS area with Unimilk, Russia’s second largest manufacturer of dairy products and baby food. Established in 2002, Unimilk operates 28 production plants in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and has 14,000 employees. Unimilk’s sales in 2009 amounted to Eur1b (up 7% on […]

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Nestle Completes SFr25b Share Buyback and Starts New Programme

Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestle.
Nestle has completed the remaining SFr10b (Eur7.2b) share buyback of its SFr25b share buyback programme initiated in August 2007. Since August 2009, Nestle has repurchased 203,400,000 of its shares for a total of SFr10b at an average purchase price per share of SFr49.17. The average purchase price per share for […]

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Heinz Continues Drive into Emerging Markets With Expansion in China

  Heinz Continues Drive into Emerging Markets With Expansion in China

HJ Heinz is acquiring Foodstar, a leading manufacturer of soy sauces and fermented bean curd in China, from Transpac Industrial Holdings, a private equity firm. The acquisition will increase Heinz’s annual sales in China to about $300m and enable the group to enter the nation’s fast-growing $2b retail soy sauce market.
The purchase price consists of […]

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Vandemoortele to Extend Margarines and Fats Business

  Vandemoortele to Extend Margarines and Fats Business

Belgium-based Vandemoortele Group, which specialises in the production of frozen bakery products and margarines and fats, is acquiring the margarine and frying fats activities of Dutch company Van Dijk Food Products, part of the EFS Group, for an undisclosed sum.
Located in Zeewolde, the margarine and frying fats business of Van Dijk Food Products, achieved a […]

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Austrian Dairy Merger

  Austrian Dairy Merger

Austria’s largest and fourth biggest dairy groups, Berglandmilch and Tirol Milch respectively, are planning to merge. The deal is subject to agreement by the two companies’ 16,000 dairy farmer members and approval by the competition authority.

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Emmi Strengthens Position in Swiss Cheese

  Emmi Strengthens Position in Swiss Cheese

Emmi has consolidated its position within the Swiss cheese market following approval of its proposed acquisition of Fromalp by the competition authority. Fromalp, which specialises in the manufacture and distribution of typical Swiss cheese products, employed 150 people in 2009 and generated sales of approximately SFr100m (Eur70m), with exports accounting for 40%.
Emmi expects that the […]

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Aryzta Makes Strategic Acquisitions Worth $1.08b

  Aryzta Makes Strategic Acquisitions Worth $1.08b

Switzerland-based speciality bakery group Aryzta has made two strategic acquisitions to significantly strengthen its position in Europe, North America and in other international markets. Aryzta has acquired Fresh Start Bakeries (incorporating Pennant Food and Sweet Life) and Great Kitchens for $900m and $180m respectively.
Operating 29 specialist production facilities across the US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, […]

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Dairy Crest Reduces stake in Wexford Creamery

Dairy Crest has reduced its stake in its Irish dairy joint venture, Wexford Creamery, from 80% to 30%. Wexford Milk Producers, Dairy Crest’s partner in Wexford Creamery, has increased its stake from 20% to 70% after the approval of its farmer members for the transaction.
The deal is in line with Dairy Crest’s strategy of concentrating […]

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Danone Bolsters US Medical Nutrition Business

  Danone Bolsters US Medical Nutrition Business

Danone is acquiring Medical Nutrition USA for $ 62m in cash. MNI introduced the concept of liquid protein supplements for elderly people in the US long-term care market in 2003. The company’s flagship range of products now addresses protein supplementation and wound care support. MNI, which had revenue of $16m last year, will become part […]

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Valio Opens New €40m Butter Plant in Finland

  Valio Opens New €40m Butter Plant in Finland

Finnish dairy group Valio has officially opened a new Eur40m butter facility at its plant at Seinajoki. According to Valio, the new 100,000 tons per annum production unit is the most modern of its type in the world.
Built in 1979, the Seinajoki plant produces all of Valio’s butter and spreads and also houses a powder […]

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Carlsberg to Increase Stake in Chinese Brewer

  Carlsberg to Increase Stake in Chinese Brewer

Carlsberg is increasing its shareholding in Chongqing Brewery Co from 17.5% to 29.7%. The purchase price for the 12.25% stake in CBC is approximately RMB2.385b (DKr 2.1b) in total. With 15 breweries in China, CBC is market leader in the Chongqing province and operates in the surrounding provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan and […]

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Private Equity Group Grabs Plum Baby

Darwin Private Equity has completed the acquisition of UK organic baby food business Plum Baby for £10m. Launched in 2006 by Susie Willis, Plum has pioneered the premium baby food sector in the UK and is on track to achieve retail turnover of £15m in 2010.
Its range of over 50 products, created with the ethos […]

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R&R Ice Cream Increases Presence in Mainland Europe

  R&R Ice Cream Increases Presence in Mainland Europe

R&R Ice Cream, with operations in the UK and Germany, is expanding its international business with the proposed acquisition of Rolland, the third largest ice cream manufacturer in France, for an undisclosed sum. Producing private label, branded and licensed products, Rolland produces about 65m litres of ice cream a year with roughly 25% exported to […]

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Sodiaal Closes in on Acquisition of Entremont Alliance

French dairy group Sodiaal has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Entremont Alliance, its loss making rival. The deal would create the fourth largest dairy group in Europe with combined annual sales of more than Eur4b and processing over 5b litres of milk annually. Sodiaal owns French milk brand Candia and also has a joint […]

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Raisio Launches Benecol Bread in Romania

Finnish food group Raisio has introduced Dobrogea Benecol, a cholesterol lowering bread, in the Romanian market. Launched by Raisio’s Romanian partner Doprogea Grup, Benecol bread is the first cholesterol-lowering foodstuff in Romania. Dobrogea Grup is a leading company in the milling and bakery industry in Romania and had net sales of Eur60m in 2009.
The launch […]

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Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

  Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

Global food giant Danone is to merge its fresh dairy products business in the CIS area with Unimilk, Russia’s second largest manufacturer of dairy products and baby food. Established in 2002, Unimilk operates 28 production plants in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and has 14,000 employees. Unimilk’s sales in 2009 amounted to Eur1b (up 7% on […]

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Cognac Fortifies Remy Cointreau

  Cognac Fortifies Remy Cointreau

Helped by a strong performance from its cognac division, French drinks group Remy Cointreau has reported a 7.2% organic growth (2.2% on a published basis) in operating profit to Eur140m for the year ended March 31st 2010 on turnover of Eur807.8m, up by 12% organically (13.1% published). Group organic operating profit margin fell from 19.2% […]

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Britvic Completes €237m French Acquisition

  Britvic Completes €237m French Acquisition

In line with its ambitions to expand internationally, UK-based Britvic has acquired Fruite, an independent French soft drinks producer with market leading positions in syrups and ambient juice with brands such as Teisseire and Moulin de Valdonne, Fruite and Pressade, for Eur237m.
The acquisition gives Britvic entry to the attractive Eur12.5b French soft drinks market and […]

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Ardo Acquires Ploegmakers Food Ingredients

Ardo Group, the Belgium-based frozen fruit and vegetables producer, has acquired Dutch company Ploegmakers Food Ingredients for an undisclosed price. Established in 1963, Ploegmakers Food Ingredients specialises in processing vegetables, herbs, potatoes and fruit. Its products are supplied as fresh-frozen or refrigerated semi-manufactured products to be used in soups, sauces, snacks, ready meals, salads, bakery […]

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Dairy Crest Delivers on Key Objectives

Dairy Crest is continuing to reap the benefits of its development strategy of brand investment, cost reduction and cash generation.
Dairy Crest has reported a slight decline in revenue from £1.648 billion to £1.63 billion for the year ended March 31st 2010, as strong sales growth of key brands and liquid milk to retailers, which together […]

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Flat Sales and Underlying Profit at Northern Foods

UK convenience food group Northern Foods has reported flat full year underlying profit of £39.2m on revenue slightly ahead from £975.2m to £977.0m. After restructuring items of £26.6m, primarily reflecting the closure of the Hull ready meals facility following the loss of the site’s anchor customer, and the impairment arising from the group’s Swansea site, […]

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