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  • Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste A bold new industry campaign has been launched to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the entire UK hospitality and food service sector, of which 75% could have been eaten. The Guardians of Grub campaign was developed by WRAP as part of its ambitious work to cut food [...]...
  • Olleco Awarded Royal Warrant ABP Renewables Division, Olleco, the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant recognises the company’s work to create a ‘closed loop’ solution for the Royal Household. Olleco supplies fresh, sustainable [...]...
  • Premier Foods Plans to Increase Investment in Capital Projects and Consumer Marketing Premier Foods has reported a 0.6% rise in revenue to £824.3 million for the 52 weeks ended 30 March 2019. Group trading profit at £128.5 million was up by 4.5% compared to the previous year and adjusted profit before tax rose by 12.1% to £88.0 million. However, due to GMP pensions recognition and impairment of [...]...
  • HKScan Plans to Strengthen its Financial Position HKScan, the Nordic meat and meals company, is planning a share issue of up to €60 million to secure its financial position and to strengthen its capital structure. The planned share issue is intended to provide a strong foundation for developing the company’s business portfolio and balancing its financial situation and for building future growth. The [...]...

Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

  Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

UK convenience foods producer Northern Foods has agreed to sell Dalepak Frozen Foods to the Irish Food Processors Group, one of the largest meat processors in Europe, for an expected cash consideration of £6.4m. Dalepak, based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, is a supplier of frozen food products, including meat and meat free grills, with […]

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Recession Boosts Domestic/local Spirits at Expense of International Brands

  Recession Boosts Domestic/local Spirits at Expense of International Brands

2009 was not a good year for multinational spirits companies. Euromonitor International’s ‘2010 Millionaires’ ranking saw total volumes of international brands on the list fall by 5% while domestic/local brands saw growth of 6%, selling over 400 million 9-litre cases. The Millionaires supplement is a ranking of spirits with sales of over one million 9-litre […]

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First Milk and Morrisons to Reduce Energy Consumption on British Farms

  First Milk and Morrisons to Reduce Energy Consumption on British Farms

First Milk, the UK’s largest farmer-owned dairy business, and Morrisons supermarkets have set up a strategic partnership to improve sustainability throughout the British cheese supply chain. The initial step for the partnership has been to work with a group of First Milk’s dairy farmers in Ayrshire on projects that can boost efficiencies on farm. After […]

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CVC Capital Partners to Acquire Autobar Group

Private equity group CVC Capital Partners is acquiring a majority stake in Autobar Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners, which will retain a significant minority stake. Autobar is one of Europe’s leading vending businesses, with around 100,000 customers in 11 countries in Europe and sales of Eur569m in the year to March 2010. Autobar supplies and […]

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Cadbury Acquisition Drives Profit at Kraft Foods

  Cadbury Acquisition Drives Profit at Kraft Foods

The acquisition of Cadbury has helped Kraft Foods to report higher than expected second quarter profit despite a decline in its North American sales. Cadbury contributed 91% of the 25% rise in the US-based food and beverage giant’s net revenues to $12.3b during the quarter.
Kraft Foods’ operating income increased 16.8% to $1.70b, including a favourable […]

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Milk Link to Launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar in the UK

  Milk Link to Launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar in the UK

UK dairy co-operative Milk Link is planning to launch I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheddar, a new cheese product that contains 30% less fat than standard Cheddar, early next year. The new product will be produced by Milk Link under licence from Unilever, which also owns the popular I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter brand. […]

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Further International Development by Yoplait

  Further International Development by Yoplait

Yoplait Group of France has granted exclusive franchise rights for the manufacture and distribution of Yoplait branded fresh dairy products, starting in UAE and later expanding in the rest of the GCC, to Arabian food producer Agthia Group.
The partnership with Yoplait is in line with Agthia’s business diversification strategy and marks Agthia’s entry into the […]

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Belgian Brewer Expands Through Acquisition

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat is expanding its portfolio of speciality beers with the acquisition of Antwerp-based Brouwerij De Koninck for an undisclosed sum. Brouwerij De Koninck is best known for its Bolleke brand which is popular in Antwerp and surrounding areas and parts of the Netherlands, and also enjoys strong brand recognition throughout Belgium.
The Bolleke […]

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Unilever Predicts Continued Slow Economic Growth

  Unilever Predicts Continued Slow Economic Growth

Unilever has reported a 35% increase in net profit to Eur2.21b on turnover ahead by 9.7% to Eur21.89b with underlying sales growth of 3.8% for the first half of 2010. Group operating profit rose by 20% to Eur3.07b.
Although prices were down by 2.6% during the first half, this was offset by underlying volume growth of […]

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Spirited First Half Performance by Campari

Benefiting from good consumption momentum across key brand and markets, the consolidation of its Wild Turkey acquisition and an easy comparison base versus last year’s first half, which was hit by the credit crunch and destocking activities, Italian drinks group Campari has increased net profit by 15.2% to Eur69.3m on sales up by 16.7% to […]

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First Half Loss For Pieno Zvaigzdes

Lithuanian dairy company Pieno Zvaigzdes has reported a loss of LTL0.8m (Eur0.2m) for the first half of 2010 compared to a net profit of LTL6.6m in the corresponding period of 2009. Sales for the first 6 months of 2010 declined by 9% to LTL273.4m (Eur79.2 m) as high raw milk prices and soft export markets […]

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Premier Foods Increases Branded Sales in First Half

  Premier Foods Increases Branded Sales in First Half

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has increased operating profit by £40m to £67m for the six months to 30th June 2010 following the completion of exceptional integration expenditure in 2009. However, trading profit declined 6% to £110m reflecting £11m of additional pension, marketing and restructuring costs.
Although the group’s brands are trading well […]

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Nichols Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

  Nichols Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

Nichols, the soft drinks group, has increased profit before tax by 39% to £6.0m on sales ahead by 17.8% to £44.2m for the six months to 30th June 2010. Whilst the total soft drinks market has grown by 5.1% in value terms, sales in Nichols’ UK soft drinks business grew by 19.3% in the first […]

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Cloned Meat Entered UK Food Chain

The Food Standards Agency in the UK has confirmed that meat from a cloned animal has entered the British food chain and has been eaten. While there is no evidence that consuming products from healthy clones, or their offspring, poses a food safety risk, meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel […]

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Arrow Group in the Red

Arrow Group has posted a Eur1.9m pre-tax loss on revenue down 18% to Eur340m for 2009, compared to a pre-tax profit of Eur4.6m in the previous year, as the Irish meat processor was impacted by reduced consumer spending and the weakness of sterling. Controlled by brothers Peter, Michael and John Queally, who also own Dawn […]

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Packaging Relaunch and Repositioning by Emmi

  Packaging Relaunch and Repositioning by Emmi

Swiss dairy processor Emmi is repositioning its products under the ‘Emmi’ umbrella brand. Typical Swiss symbols and the silhouette of a mountain peak in red and white are the key elements of the new packaging. For the first time, well-established products from the white (dairy and fresh products) and yellow (cheese) ranges will come under […]

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Nestle Enters Clinical Nutrition Products Market

  Nestle Enters Clinical Nutrition Products Market

Nestle has completed the acquisition of Vitaflo, a Liverpool-based global provider of clinical nutritional products which has enjoyed double-digit growth in the order of 30% over the last three years. This strategic transaction allows Nestle to enter the fast-growing global market for clinical nutrition products tailor-made for people with inherited metabolic disorders. This sector is […]

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Rectory Foods Expands in Eastern Europe

Rectory Foods, the UK-based supplier of poultry, red meat, fruit and vegetables and food ingredients to the food service, wholesale, food manufacturing and retail sectors, has expanded its business in Eastern Europe with the opening of a facility in Lithuania. Established through its UAB Baltreka subsidiary, the new facility will be used to source, store […]

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Cargill Supports Unilever’s Drive to Use Sustainable Palm Oil

Cargill has entered into a supply agreement to provide Unilever’s European operations with 10,000 metric tonnes of segregated refined palm oil, certified by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This means that the oil will have been certified as sustainable, having been segregated at every step in the supply chain. Cargill’s new offering […]

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Danone Strengthens Probiotic Business

  Danone Strengthens Probiotic Business

Danone has signed exclusive 10 years licence agreements with Probi, providing the French food and beverage giant with exclusive rights to use the Swedish probiotic research company’s Lp299 technology in probiotic fruit drinks and fruit juices for gut health outside North America. Danone is also acquiring a 51% stake in the ProViva probiotic digestive health […]

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Roshen Investing €8m to Modernise Lithuanian Factory

  Roshen Investing €8m to Modernise Lithuanian Factory

Roshen Confectionery Corporation will invest Eur3.2m towards the end of 2010 in new production lines as the first phase of a Eur8m modernisation programme at its caramel factory in Lithuania. When the programme is complete production will increase to 1,290 tons per month. Products from the modernised factory will be sold on EU markets from […]

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AB InBev Loses EU Trade Mark Decision

  AB InBev Loses EU Trade Mark Decision

The European Court of Justice, the top court in the European Union, has upheld earlier rulings by the European trade mark office and the European Court of First Instance which deny Anheuser-Busch InBev the right to register the Budweiser name as a trade mark in the EU. US brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which was acquired by […]

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Kellogg Expanding European HQ

  Kellogg Expanding European HQ

Kellogg is creating fifty new jobs at its European headquarters at Swords in Ireland. The world’s largest breakfast cereal manufacturer is recruiting for senior positions in marketing, finance and sales at its European headquarters, and also expanding the sales team for its local Irish business. The fifty new staff will increase the number employed by […]

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Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard Appoints Commercial Director

Denis O’Flynn.
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has appointment Denis O’Flynn as commercial director Ireland. Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is Ireland’s leading spirits and wines company producing five of the top ten spirits brands in Ireland. Included in its portfolio are Jameson, Powers and Paddy Irish whiskies, Absolut vodka, Havana Club rum and West Coast Cooler. The […]

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Europe’s Leading Canned Seafood Company Sold For €680m

  Europe’s Leading Canned Seafood Company Sold For €680m

Thai Union Frozen Products, Thailand’s major processor and exporter of canned and frozen seafood, is acquiring MW Brands, Europe’s leading canned seafood company, for an enterprise value of Eur680m from private equity firm Trilantic Capital Partners.
MW Brands is one of the European leaders in tuna and other ambient seafood products through its strong brands – […]

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Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

  Lactalis Acquires Rachel’s Organic

French and international dairy group Lactalis has extended its UK interests with the acquisition of Rachel’s Organic, the Welsh company best known for its organic yoghurt range, from US-based Dean Foods. Employing 140 people and with annual sales of about £30m, Rachel’s supplies more than 10 million pots of yoghurt a year and is the […]

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Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

  Simply Fresh Foods Acquired by Morrisons

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, has expanded its manufacturing division with the acquisition of Simply Fresh Foods, a supplier of stir-fry mixes, prepared vegetables and ready-to-eat salad products to the retail trade, for an undisclosed sum.
Based at Worsley near Manchester, Simply Fresh Foods will supply packed vegetable lines to Morrisons’ retail network of […]

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Interim Profits Stable at Coca-Cola Hellenic

Coca-Cola Hellenic, which is one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world and the biggest in Europe, has reported stable net profit of Eur201m for the six months ended 2nd July 2010, despite a tax charge of Eur21m related to the ‘Extraordinary Social Contribution Tax’ in Greece, imposed as part of the […]

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Danone to Sell Stake in Chinese Juice Business For €200m

  Danone to Sell Stake in Chinese Juice Business For €200m

Danone has agreed to sell its 22.98% shareholding in China Huiyuan Juice Group, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, for about Eur200m to SAIF Partners, a Hong-Kong-based private equity firm. Huiyuan holds a leading position in the fruit juice market in China.
The disposal is in line with Danone’s strategy to focus the […]

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Shortlist for 2010 UK Community Partnership Awards

  Shortlist for 2010 UK Community Partnership Awards

The British Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has unveiled the final shortlist for its annual Community Partnership Awards. FDF’s Community Partnership Awards recognise the food and drink chain’s longstanding commitment to the community and provide a showcase for the sector’s widespread activities in corporate social responsibility.
The companies shortlisted for the 2010 Awards are: AF Blakemore […]

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Pernod Ricard Reorganises Premium Wine and International Vodka Businesses

  Pernod Ricard Reorganises Premium Wine and International Vodka Businesses

Global wines and spirits group Pernod Ricard has reorganised its premium wines and vodka businesses. A new brand company called Premium Wine Brands has been created which is responsible for the development and global strategy of the group’s strategic wine brands. The portfolio includes: Australian wines (Jacob’s Creek), New Zealand wines (Montana and Brancott), as […]

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PureCircle Wins Major Global Contracts

PureCircle, the world’s leading producer of high purity stevia products, has won a number of new contracts with major food and beverage companies. In addition to its existing global supply contracts with PepsiCo, Merisant and Firmenich, PureCircle has secured global multi-year contracts with customers including Danone, Unilever, Bimbo Bakeries, Dean Foods and Kerry Ingredients.
“We have […]

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Steady Volume and Sales Growth at Danone

  Steady Volume and Sales Growth at Danone

French food and beverage giant Danone has reported an 11.2% increase in consolidated sales to Eur8.35b in the first half of 2010 and a 7% rise on a like-for-like basis. The like-for-like sales growth was driven by a 9.8% jump in volume and a 2.8% decline in value. Trading operating income increased by 2% on […]

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Nestle Chief Backs Move for Harsher Climate Change Targets

  Nestle Chief Backs Move for Harsher Climate Change Targets

Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestle, supports the move to drive the European Union to toughen greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. In a signed letter together with 26 business leaders from companies across Europe – published by The Financial Times, Le Monde and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – EU ministers are urged to push for increased […]

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First Half Sales Surge at Roshen Confectionery

  First Half Sales Surge at Roshen Confectionery

Roshen Confectionery Corporation has reported a 35% increase in sales to US$425m in the first half of 2010. Total confectionary output by the Ukrainian confectionery manufacturer was 184,000 tons, which is 12% rise compared to the first half of 2009. Exports amounted to 37,000 tons during the first half of this year.
Roshen operates four factories […]

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Emmi to Use Swiss National Day to Promote New Umbrella Brand

Switzerland celebrates its birthday on August 1st. Together with internationally renowned light artist Gerry Hofstetter, Emmi, the country’s largest dairy group, is giving the Swiss population a special present to mark the occasion. The artist will illuminate well-known buildings in all four corners of the country on 1st August 2010. The light installations play on […]

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EBRD Supports Atlantic Grupa’s Expansion

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting regional corporate consolidation in south-eastern Europe and the development of strong local food and beverages brands with a Eur57.5m financing package for Atlantic Grupa, Croatia’s biggest food and healthcare company, to fund its expansion through the acquisition of Droga Kolinska, the largest branded food company […]

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Ambitious Three Year Development Strategy For Irish Seafood Industry

  Ambitious Three Year Development Strategy For Irish Seafood Industry

An ambitious development strategy for the Irish seafood sector has been unveiled. The three year strategy, drafted in consultation with the Irish seafood industry and entitled ‘Delivering on the Potential of Irish Seafood 2010-2012’, will be delivered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board. The detailed plan sets out over 70 detailed […]

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Europastry Investing €20m in 2010 as Sales Set to Reach €385m

  Europastry Investing €20m in 2010 as Sales Set to Reach €385m

Europastry is investing Eur20m this year to expand its production and logistics capacity in Spain. The Spanish and international bakery group is spending Eur12m on a third production line for premium bread brand ‘Gran Reserva’ at its plant in Vallmoll (Tarragona).. The remaining Eur8m is the final tranche of the investment in a new automated […]

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Nestle Establishes a New Hub for Innovation in Beverages

  Nestle Establishes a New Hub for Innovation in Beverages

In response to the growing demand for coffee mixes, Nestle has created a new hub for innovation in beverages. This new regional hub, which incorporates a team of technical specialists, will be located at the company’s R&D Centre in Singapore to serve the Asia Pacific region. Its mission will be to accelerate renovation and innovation […]

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Foster’s Renames Global Wine Business

Australian brewer Foster’s has renamed its troubled, global wine business as Treasury Wine Estates in advance of a planned demerger next year. With 12,000 hectares of vineyards, 20 wineries and 50 wine brands, including Penfolds, Lindemans, Wolf Blass, Rosemount, Stags’ Leap, Wynn, Beringer and Castello di Gabbiano, Treasury Wine Estates is the second largest wine […]

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Further Expansion at Johnstone’s Bakers

Independent Scottish company Johnstone’s Bakers has reported a 45% increase in turnover to £7.4m for the year ended November 30th 2009 and an improvement in pre-tax loss from £1.3m in 2008 to £40,000. Operating profit was £174,000.
Johnstone’s Bakers, which produces cake, cereal and biscuit bars and slices, including caramel shortcake, lemon cheesecake, orange chocolate tiffin, […]

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Nestle Waters Invests in Poland

  Nestle Waters Invests in Poland

Nestle Waters Poland has opened a state-of-the-art home and office delivery water bottling factory in Rzeniszow, in the southern part of Poland, close to Krakow. Costing more than Eur5m, the new 36,000 sq m factory will produce large bottles of 18.9 litres of water. Output from the factory will exceed 40m litres annually and 45 […]

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Refresco Opens New Canning Line in Spain

  Refresco Opens New Canning Line in Spain

Refresco Iberia has installed a new line for cans at its production plant in Marcilla, in the north of Spain. The canning line is producing carbonated soft drinks and still drinks, ranging from fruit and sports drinks to ice teas in 33cl cans. The installation marks an important extension of Refresco Iberia’s product-portfolio, which until […]

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World’s Strongest and Most Expensive Beer Goes on Sale

  World’s Strongest and Most Expensive Beer Goes on Sale

Brew Dog, the Scottish maverick independent brewery, has unveiled the strongest, most expensive and most shocking beer in the world. Named ‘The End of History’, the beer is now available to buy in the UK. The blond Belgian ale is served from innovative bottles made with stuffed animals dressed in eccentric outfits.
The End of History […]

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Signs of Recovery at Refocused Uniq

Having completed the sales of its operations in continental Europe and transformed into a UK-focused chilled foods business, Uniq has reported an operating profit of £1.0m for its continuing business for the first half of 2010 compared to a loss of £3.7m in the corresponding period of the previous year. Revenue from continuing business rose […]

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New Group Managing Director at Fuller, Smith and Turner

UK regional brewer and pub operator Fuller, Smith and Turner has promoted Simon Emeny, managing director of the group’s Fuller’s Inns business, to the position of group managing director with effect from November 1st 2010. Simon Emeny, whilst continuing to report to chairman Michael Turner, will assume overall responsibility for the operations of the company, […]

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United Biscuits Offered For Sale

  United Biscuits Offered For Sale

Private equity firms Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are reported to be seeking to sell British and international biscuits and snacks manufacturer United Biscuits for £2b or more. In 2009, United Biscuits increased EBITDA by 13.7% to £223.4m on turnover up 5% to £1.26b.
United Biscuits is one of the world’s leading branded biscuits and snacks […]

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Youinou to Invest €3.5m to Expand French Scallop Plant

  Youinou to Invest €3.5m to Expand French Scallop Plant

French scallops producer Youinou is investing Eur3.5m to more than double production capacity and to upgrade its plant at Saint-Hernin in Brittany. The expansion programme will extend annual capacity from 14 million scallops to 35 million by 2011. Established in 1976, Youinou’s portfolio includes the Kercelt, Pecheur de Saveurs and Duocean brands.

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Arla Foods Expands Cheese Production in America

  Arla Foods Expands Cheese Production in America

Arla Foods is expanding its dairy in Hollandtown, Wisconsin, in the US to match American consumers’ growing interest in ‘premium’ class quality cheese. The expansion will be completed in early summer 2011 and is set to boost sales.
Despite the financial crisis, Arla’s American sales continue to rise. Last year, Arla’s sales in the US rose […]

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