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  • ABF to Enter Joint Venture in China Associated British Foods and Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings, a subsidiary of Wilmar International, are to form a 50:50 joint venture in China for the manufacture, sale and distribution of yeast and bakery ingredients. The joint venture will acquire existing Chinese yeast and bakery ingredients activities of AB Mauri, a division of ABF, and will leverage [...]...
  • Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Irish Grocery Shoppers The latest figures from Kantar show that overall the Irish grocery market grew by 4.2% over the 12 weeks to 19 May 2019, with Dunnes Stores holding off the challenge of Tesco and retaining pole position. Respective growth of 12.6% and 5.9% for Aldi and Lidl means that the retailers’ combined grocery market share stands [...]...
  • Lactalis Expands in Italy Lactalis Group is strengthening its position within the Italian dairy industry by acquiring cheese maker Nuova Castelli for an undisclosed sum. Operating 13 production sites in Italy and three abroad – in Poland, Hungary and the US – Nuova Castelli specialises in the production and distribution of AOC cheese such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di [...]...

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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Royal Visit For Scottish Pate Producer

  Royal Visit For Scottish Pate Producer

Castle MacLellan Foods, the Scottish luxury pate producer based at the fishing town of Kirkcudbright, was visited recently by the British Queen. Established for over 28 years, Castle MacLellan Foods has grown from a small operation producing several tubs of pate a day in the back of a small delicatessen, to a national player, supplying […]

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Major Improvement By Zetar

Zetar, the UK confectionery and snack foods group, has reported a much improved financial performance for the year ended April 30th 2010. Turnover from continuing operations increased by 11% to £131.9m, benefiting from a focus on innovation and economy product launches.
Adjusted operating profit was up 21% at £7.3m and adjusted profit before tax rose 40% […]

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Yoplait For Sale

Private equity firm PAI Partners is reported to be considering the sale of its 50% stake in French yoghurt producer Yoplait. With sales of Eur3.8b and a gross operating profit of Eur120m in 2009, Yoplait is valued at Eur1-1.2b.Yoplait is sold worldwide through a franchise network.
Speculation is also rife that French dairy co-operative Sodiaal, which […]

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Solid Start to the Year by Dairy Crest

  Solid Start to the Year by Dairy Crest

Dairy Crest has reported that it has started the year well and trading in the first quarter has been in line with expectations, as the UK dairy group continues to make good progress with its strategy to grow added value sales and reduce costs and borrowings.
The strategy of investing in its five key brands (Cathedral […]

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FrieslandCampina Aims to Achieve Climate-neutral Growth

  FrieslandCampina Aims to Achieve Climate-neutral Growth

Dairy multinational Royal FrieslandCampina is aiming to achieve climate-neutral growth throughout the dairy chain over the coming years. Sustainability is a key element of the company’s business strategy.
In its 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, FrieslandCampina outlines its CSR ambitions, policy, related activities and the results achieved in the first year following the merger between […]

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Sharp Dip in Uniq’s Share Price

The value of shares in Uniq have fallen sharply after the UK chilled prepared foods group’s long-term proposals for tackling its pension fund deficit failed to gain clearance from the Pension Regulator. Uniq and the Trustee are continuing to work together to seek a resolution for the Pension Scheme but it is anticipated that this […]

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Major Dairy Rationalisation at Milko

Milko, one of Sweden’s largest dairy companies, is to close down two of its four processing plants. Milko plans to shut its facilities in Karlstad and Sundsvall next year, resulting in the loss of 173 jobs. Based in Ostersund, Milko produces milk, butter, yoghurt, cheese, milk powders and juice.

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Unilever Sells Findus Italy to Birds Eye Iglo for €805m

  Unilever Sells Findus Italy to Birds Eye Iglo for €805m

Unilever is selling its Italian frozen food business, Findus Italy, to Birds Eye Iglo, which is owned by private equity group Permira, for Eur805m. The deal includes four brands – Salti in Padella, Sofficini, Capitan Findus and That’s Amore – along with a factory in Cisterna, Italy. Findus Italy employs 650 people and had annual […]

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Greencore to Dispose of Dutch Convenience Food Business

  Greencore to Dispose of Dutch Convenience Food Business

Greencore Group is selling its Netherlands-based convenience foods business, Greencore Continental, to Convenience Foods Europe, a subsidiary of Parcom Buy Out Fund IV.
Greencore Continental supplies sandwiches, chilled pizzas and chilled sauces to customers based in Continental Europe. It operates from two facilities located at Liessel and Alphen in The Netherlands. The turnover of Greencore Continental […]

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Tate & Lyle Commissions First European Polydextrose Line

  Tate & Lyle Commissions First European Polydextrose Line

Global food and industrial ingredients group Tate & Lyle has fully commissioned its new Sta-Lite Polydextrose line in Koog, the Netherlands. The new facility, which is the first of its kind in Europe, was built in response to the increasing demand for functional food ingredients.
Sta-Lite Polydextrose is a premium, low calorie bulking agent used to […]

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