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  • UK Ethical Food and Drinks Sales Hit £8.2 Billion British consumers are increasingly eating with a conscience as latest research from Mintel reveals that last year the nation spent £8.2 billion on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% [...]...
  • UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals — with high streets in the south of England, excluding London, hit especially hard by closures. The figure equates to net closures of 768 restaurants over 12 [...]...
  • European Commission Clears Acquisition of European and Thai Businesses of BRF by Tyson Foods The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the $340 million acquisition of the European and Thai Businesses of BRF of Brazil by Tyson Foods of the US. BRF’s European and Thai businesses are active throughout the poultry supply chain in Thailand, and import into and further process poultry meat in the European [...]...
  • Samworth Brothers Launches New Food-To-Go Business Samworth Brothers, the family-owned British food group, has launched a new food-to-go business and delivery service – Fresh Food For Now Company. The new venture marks the evolution of the existing Ginsters van operation into a fresh new business, offering vendors a complete food-to-go solution with an extended range of brands and products to cater [...]...

National Flexible Strengthens its Ethical Credentials

National Flexible, the Bradford-based company specialising in flexible film packaging, has strengthened its ethical credentials through actively working with Sedex, one of the fastest growing not-for-profit organisations dedicated to driving improvements in standards and practices on a global scale.
As a long standing participant in the Sedex scheme, National Flexible’s Quality Assurance team has worked hard […]

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Amplo Filtration Adds Environmental Water Systems to Further Strengthen Offering

Amplio Filtration Holdings, which already includes Puresep Technologies as part of its offering, has purchased Environmental Water Systems (UK), the water treatment specialists. EWS specialises in the design, manufacture, service and supply of water treatment, water purification and waste water recovery systems in the healthcare and industrial sectors, with state-of-the-art products including the EndoTherm and […]

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Encouraging First Half by Tate & Lyle

  Encouraging First Half by Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle, the global sweeteners and food ingredients group, has reported an 18% increase in adjusted operating profit to £170m (up 13% in constant currency) for the first six months to September 30th 2010 as its specialist food ingredients and bulk ingredients businesses improved profits by 32% and 13% respectively.
Sales in the first half […]

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First Milk Returns to the Black

  First Milk Returns to the Black

UK dairy co-operative First Milk has reported profit before tax of £3.2m for the six months period ended September 30th 2010, recovering from a loss of £9m in the first half of last year. Similarly, operating profit increased by £11.8m to £3.8m as improvements were achieved across the group’s various businesses, and turnover rose by […]

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McCormick Expands in India and the Middle East

  McCormick Expands in India and the Middle East

McCormick & Company, a global leader in spices, seasonings, specialty foods and flavours, has expanded its interests in India and the Middle East with the acquisition of a 26% minority stake in Eastern Condiments for $36m. Based in Kerala, India, Eastern is a leading brand of spices, seasonings and other related food products in India […]

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Nestle Eyes Yoplait

  Nestle Eyes Yoplait

Nestle is reported to be considering joining forces with French dairy group Lactalis to make a joint bid for Yoplait, the yoghurt producer. Yoplait has been in play following the decision by 50% owner PAI Partners, the private equity firm, to sell its stake. The other co-owner, French dairy co-operative Sodiaal, may also be willing […]

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New Chief at Thorntons

  New Chief at Thorntons

UK confectionery retailer Thorntons has appointed Jonathan Hart as group chief executive with effect from January 4th 2011. Jonathan Hart’s retail and consumer goods experience spans more than 25 years. For the past five years he has been managing director of UK coffee chain Caffe Nero, where, during his tenure, the business has more than doubled […]

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FrieslandCampina Opts for Sustainable Palm Oil

  FrieslandCampina Opts for Sustainable Palm Oil

Dutch dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina will exclusively purchase sustainably produced palm oil in the future. Palm oil and palm oil products are used as ingredients in for example, coffee creamers and fat powders for the food industry.
FrieslandCampina made this decision in the context of its sustainability policy and in this way hopes to contribute to increasingly […]

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Expanding Irish Dairy Output by 50% Would Cost €850m

  Expanding Irish Dairy Output by 50% Would Cost €850m

The cost of proposals to increase production of Ireland’s dairy industry by 50% over the next decade, to coincide with the ending of EU milk quotas, would cost about Eur850m, according to Kevin Lane, chief executive of the Irish Dairy Board.
The hike in Irish dairy output, as envisaged under the Government’s recently published Food Harvest […]

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Warsaw IPO For Milkiland

  Warsaw IPO For Milkiland

Dairy company Milkiland, which operates in the Ukraine and Russia but is registered in the Netherlands, is seeking to raise about $100m via an initial public offering of 20-25% of its equity on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The funds are expected to be used for acquisitions.
Established to develop dairy processing businesses in Eastern Europe, Milkiland […]

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PepsiCo Continues to Invest Heavily in Emerging Markets

  PepsiCo Continues to Invest Heavily in Emerging Markets

Having recently unveiled plans to invest $140m to build its tenth plant in Russia as part of a $1b investment programme in the country, PepsiCo has announced that it will construct a $73m beverage facility in Vietnam. The move marks the first phase of a $250m investment programme in Vietnam. The new plant in the […]

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European Brewers Face Malting Barley Supply Problems

  European Brewers Face Malting Barley Supply Problems

European brewers and maltsters are likely to face problems sourcing quality malting barley following poor harvests. Heavy rain during harvest time adversely affected grain crops in Germany, Scandinavia and many eastern European countries. Indeed, the size of the European Union barley crop, which is of malting quality, shrank to 10.05 million tones in 2010 from […]

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Belvedere Disposes of US Spirits Production Business

Belvedere, the French spirits group, has sold its US production business, Florida Distillers, for $48m. However, Belvedere will retain is US distribution business, which includes the 4 Orange and Sobieski vodka brands. Belvedere acquired Florida Distillers for $56m in 2007.

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Coca-Cola Opens Three Plants in China

  Coca-Cola Opens Three Plants in China

Coca-Cola has opened three new bottling plants in China worth a combined $240m, continuing its rapid expansion in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing beverage markets. The new investments are a part of Coca-Cola’s three-year $2b accelerated investment in China and the latest phase of Coca-Cola’s long-term commitment to its business in China.
Muhtar […]

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Only Three EU Member States Exceed Milk Quotas

  Only Three EU Member States Exceed Milk Quotas

Denmark, the Netherlands and Cyprus were the only EU Member States which exceeded their milk quotas in the 2009/2010 quota year, triggering superlevy fines totalling Eur19m. This compares with the Eur99m triggered last year and Eur340m the previous year.
Following the increase in quotas agreed under the 2008 CAP Health Check, Italian production finished within quota […]

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Food Operators Welcome Moves to Create an EU Industrial Policy

  Food Operators Welcome Moves to Create an EU Industrial Policy

CIAA (the Confederation of the food and drink industries of the EU) has welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s ‘Communication for An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era – Putting Competitiveness And Sustainability Centre Stage’.
The document presented under the guidance of DG Enterprise, aims to put industrial competitiveness ‘front and centre’ of the […]

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Obesity Continues to Grow in the UK

Two thirds of the UK population is now either overweight or obese. Research by the independent market analyst Datamonitor has revealed that there is no end in sight to the national health crisis as, by 2014, one in four women will be obese and a further one in three overweight. In fact by 2014, 16.5 […]

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European Business News – Week ending October 29, 2010

Russia has been in the news lately with PepsiCo announcing plans to build a $140m factory, its tenth plant in the country, as part of a $1b investment programme. The US-based soft drinks and snacks behemoth has already invested $3b in developing its Russian business over the previous decade and sees the region as providing […]

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Premier Foods Encounters Worsening UK Consumer Environment

  Premier Foods Encounters Worsening UK Consumer Environment

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has reported that the British consumer environment has become markedly tougher in the third quarter. Sales of its branded products slipped by 0.5%, despite volume growth of 4.5%, during the quarter and total group sales were down 4.2% owing to a reduction in non-branded sales, which fell […]

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The Future of the $7 Billion International Weight Management Market

  The Future of the $7 Billion International Weight Management Market

The international weight management market was worth an estimated $7.3b in 2009, and it is set to grow year-on-year at between 6-8% for the next 5 years, according to Leatherhead Food Research.
Weight management has been reincarnated in various forms throughout the food and drink industry over the years. The direction of the industry is shifting […]

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Diageo Strengthens Brewing Business

  Diageo Strengthens Brewing Business

Diageo has strengthened its beer business in emerging markets after its East African Breweries subsidiary acquired a 51% stake in rival Tanzanian brewer Serengeti Breweries for $60.4m (£38.1m). The deal strengthens East African’s distribution in Kenya and Uganda.
Meanwhile, speculation has heightened that Diageo is considering a move to purchase the 66% of Moet Hennessy, the […]

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Poultry Price Rises Inevitable

Expectation of a dramatic shortfall in world feed grain harvests, coupled with US Government upping the level of corn-based ethanol in petrol, has sent corn and wheat prices soaring higher again, and with it the production costs of poultry and other grain based livestock and foods. “The cost hikes are so large that they cannot […]

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Bonduelle Opens First Plant in Brazil

French and international vegetables processor Bonduelle has opened its first factory in Brazil. Based in the state of Goias, the new plant is catering to a large and growing canned-vegetables market and  was designed for year round operation in high-altitude, tropical conditions. Representing investment of Eur15m, the Brazilian factory employs 80 people and has an […]

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Danone Completes Russian Dairy Deal

  Danone Completes Russian Dairy Deal

Danone has finalised the sale of its 18.4% stake in Wimm Bill Dann Foods, the Russian dairy and food group for $470m. Danone has held the stake since Wimm Bill Dann Foods’ IPO in 2002.
The closing of the transaction was subject to the grant of the required regulatory approvals for the merger of Danone’s fresh […]

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United Biscuits Sale Talks Close to Collapse

  United Biscuits Sale Talks Close to Collapse

The exclusive talks to acquire United Biscuits, the British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer, between its owners and Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food Group are reported to have stalled over the asking price of around £2b. United Biscuits was put up for sale earlier this year by its private equity owners Blackstone Group and […]

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Lamb Weston/Meijer’s Austrian Acquisition Approved

  Lamb Weston/Meijer’s Austrian Acquisition Approved

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of a 74% controlling stake in Frisch & Frost (F&F), a producer of frozen and chilled products in Austria, by Dutch company Lamb Weston/Meijer. Currently, F&F is solely owned by Austrian company RWA International Holding, an international trading and services organisation that sells agricultural products and commodities […]

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Florette to Open Production Facility in Gran Canaria

  Florette to Open Production Facility in Gran Canaria

French fresh salads producer Florette is reported to be preparing to commence production on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Florette’s newly constructed facility will have the capacity to produce 2m bags of salad per annum and is due to commence operations in December.

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UK Consumers Balk at High Cost of Organic Food

  UK Consumers Balk at High Cost of Organic Food

Cost remains a strong deterrent against the purchase of organic goods for UK consumers, a new report from YouGov SixthSense reveals. In the same report it is shown that a significant number (13%) of UK consumers will only buy organic foods if they are locally sourced.
58% of UK consumers who avoid purchasing organic foods do […]

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Arla Foods UK to Expand Cravendale Milk Capacity

  Arla Foods UK to Expand Cravendale Milk Capacity

Arla Foods UK, the British arm of Scandinavian dairy co-operative Arla Foods, is investing £6.7m in a new bottle blowmoulding machine to increase production of its Cravendale milk brand at its production facility at Stourton in Leeds. When operational in March 2011, the new blowmoulder, which will supplement two existing machines, will expand milk production […]

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PepsiCo Plans to Revolutionise its Farming with New i-crop Technology

  PepsiCo Plans to Revolutionise its Farming with New i-crop Technology

PepsiCo plans to roll-out globally its new i-crop farming technology that will enable the soft drinks and snacks group’s farmers around the world to monitor, manage and reduce their water use and carbon emissions, while also maximizing potential yield and quality. The web-based crop management system was developed by PepsiCo in conjunction with Cambridge University […]

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New Limited Edition Absolut Vodka

  New Limited Edition Absolut Vodka

Pernod Ricard has unveiled its new limited edition Absolut vodka – Absolute Glimmer. The new product features a highly innovative glass bottle, produced and decorated in-line at Ardagh’s Limmared plant in Sweden.
Ardagh worked closely with Pernod Ricard to create a completely new appearance and texture for the iconic brand’s bottle. Previous limited editions, produced and […]

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Puratos Invests €21m in Sourdough Production

Puratos, an international group of Belgian origin specialising in the manufacture of raw materials for bakers, pastry chefs and chocolatiers, has just launched a new production unit for natural sourdoughs. Located at the group’s Andenne site in Belgium, it represents an investment of Eur21m.
The aim of the new facility is to accurately reproduce, on an industrial scale, […]

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Nestle On Track to Meet Full Year Expectations

  Nestle On Track to Meet Full Year Expectations

Nestle remains on track to deliver on its earlier forecast of full-year organic growth of around 5% combined with an EBIT margin increase in constant currencies in its food and beverages business. The Swiss company has reported group sales of SFr 82.8b, consisting of 6.1% organic growth, including 4.5% real internal growth, for the first […]

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Welsh Dairy Industry Set For Greener Future

  Welsh Dairy Industry Set For Greener Future

Welsh dairy farmers, processors, and retailers have reached an ambitious agreement to further reduce the environmental impact of milk and dairy products. The Welsh dairy industry has published a ‘Dairy Roadmap for Wales’, which clearly sets out targets for reducing the industry’s environmental footprint over the next ten years.
The document builds upon the work already […]

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Emmi Completes Extension of Cheese Ageing Cave

  Emmi Completes Extension of Cheese Ageing Cave

Swiss dairy company Emmi has completed the extension of its cheese-ageing cave in Kalthbach in response to growing demand for Kaltbach cheese specialities in Switzerland and abroad. Over the last two years the facility has been extended by 1,300 metres. Some 1,800 tonnes of Kaltbach cheese were sold in 2009 with 38% on the home […]

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ODW Frischprodukte Buys FrieslandCampina German Site

German dairy company, ODW Frischprodukte, a subsidiary of Odenwald Fruchte, is acquiring the FrieslandCampina site at Elsterwerda in Germany. In addition to the land and buildings, ODW Frischprodukte will also purchase part of the equipment for the production of yoghurt and desserts.
Part of the agreement between the two companies is that a number of FrieslandCampina […]

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Ebro Foods to Expand International Rice Business

Spanish food group Ebro Foods is in negotiations to acquire Australian rice producer SunRice for an enterprise value of A$600m (Eur425m). Based in New South Wales and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, SunRice sells approximately 500,000 tons per annum of branded rice foods principally through the retail channel and has leading positions in its […]

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PepsiCo Plans to Invest $140 Million in New Beverage Plant in Russia

  PepsiCo Plans to Invest $140 Million in New Beverage Plant in Russia

Global soft drinks and snacks giant PepsiCo plans to invest $140m to build its tenth plant in Russia. The new plant will be constructed in the city of Azov, where the company recently completed a snacks plant.
Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.
Both plants in Azov are part of PepsiCo’s $1b investment programme in […]

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Acquisitions Lift C&C Group as Magners Returns to Growth

  Acquisitions Lift C&C Group as Magners Returns to Growth

Reflecting the impact of acquisitions and a return to volume growth of its Magners brand in Great Britain for the first time since 2007, Irish cider producer C&C Group has reported a 29.4% increase in operating profit from continuing operations to Eur63.4m for the six months ended 31st August 2010 on net revenue up 73% […]

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Rising UK Sales of Pies and Pasties

  Rising UK Sales of Pies and Pasties

UK sales of pies and pasties are thriving and by 2012 will be worth over £1 billion, according to the latest research from Mintel. Valued at £941 million in 2009, sales are forecast to rise to £962 million by the end of the year. In addition, between 2008 and 2009, sales of pies and pasties […]

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Tangerine Confectionery Could be For Sale

  Tangerine Confectionery Could be For Sale

Tangerine Confectionery, which is owned by private equity firm Growth Capital Partners, has called in investment bank NM Rothschild to advise it on options for raising capital, raising the prospect that the UK-based sugar confectionery business could be sold off. “Five years ago we were planning for a stock market listing around now, but we […]

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Uniq to be 90% Owned By Pension Scheme

Uniq has proposed a solution to its £436m legacy pension deficit which would involve the company’s Pension Scheme becoming the majority shareholder in the UK chilled convenience food processor with a 90% shareholding. The Trustee of the Uniq Pension Scheme and the company have concluded that the most appropriate solution would be to seek approval […]

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Announces Same Day Results for Environmental Listeria with DuPont Qualicon BAX® System Listeria Assay

  Thermo Fisher Scientific Announces Same Day Results for Environmental Listeria with   DuPont Qualicon BAX® System Listeria Assay

First commercially available food microbiology assay to accurately detect Listeria species in
environmental samples in just 8 hours
Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, has announced that the DuPont Qualicon BAX® System Reverse Transcriptase 8-hour Listeria Assay is now available alongside the Oxoid range in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The assay allows […]

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Sainsbury’s Spar and IGD amongst VIP speakers at Irish Retail seminar

  Sainsbury’s Spar and IGD amongst VIP speakers at Irish Retail seminar

Irish producers and manufacturers attending the first in a series of retail seminars entitled ‘Breaking into UK Retail’ on Thursday 9th September at the Marriott Hotel in Ashbourne Co. Meath, have hailed it a complete success.
Speakers at the event included: David McMahon from Sainsbury’s buying team, Blanche Armstrong from Sainsbury’s supply chain, Steve Blackmore SPAR […]

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Diageo Opens First Scotch Malt Whisky Distillery of Scale in Over 30 Years

  Diageo Opens First Scotch Malt Whisky Distillery of Scale in Over 30 Years

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland. The Roseisle distillery is the first malt distillery of scale to be opened in Scotland in over 30 years and has been built in response to the high demand for Scotch whisky brands such as […]

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Bakery and Retail Expansion Plans on Track at Greggs

  Bakery and Retail Expansion Plans on Track at Greggs

Greggs, the UK’s largest retail baker, has reported that its expansion programme remains firmly on track, with a net 32 new shops opened in the year to date, giving it a total of 1,451 shops at 2nd October 2010. The group now expects total net new shops for the year as a whole to be […]

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Cutting Energy and Carbon Usage in the UK Food Industry

  Cutting Energy and Carbon Usage in the UK Food Industry

Baking bread in lighter tins, cleaning pipes with ice instead of hot water, and using microwaves to dry fruit gums and jellies: these are just some of the ideas being explored by the Carbon Trust and food industry leaders to cut energy use and carbon emissions at UK manufacturing sites.
Over the last year, the Carbon […]

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Bacardi Completes First Phase of $250 Million Investment in Scotch Whisky Production

  Bacardi Completes First Phase of $250 Million Investment in Scotch Whisky Production

Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has completed the initial phase of its $250m investment in Scotch whisky production. The investment is to meet growing demand for the group’s portfolio of Dewar’s Scotch whiskies.
Bacardi acquired the Dewar’s brand in 1998. Bacardi, through its John Dewar & Sons subsidiary, employs 300 people […]

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Kraft Foods Opens $14 Million Sugar Confectionery R&D Centre in Europe

  Kraft Foods Opens $14 Million Sugar Confectionery R&D Centre in Europe

Kraft Foods has opened a European Gum and Candy Research & Development Centre at Eysins in Switzerland. The $14m state-of-the-art facility will focus on innovation and new product development for many of Kraft Foods’ confectionery brands, including the world’s leading gum brand Trident and the world’s leading candy brand Halls, as well as other brands […]

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Coca-Cola Retains Position as World’s Most Valuable Brand

  Coca-Cola Retains Position as World’s Most Valuable Brand

Coca-Cola has retained its leadership of Interbrand’s 11th annual ranking of the ‘Best Global Brands’ beating off competition from the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Google. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Coca-Cola has earned the distinction of being the world’s most valuable brand. Coca-Cola was valued by Interbrand at $70.45b, up 2% on […]

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