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  • Britvic Delivers Strong First Half Britvic, the UK-based soft drinks group, increased revenue by 4.9% to £769.2 million – by 1.9% on an organic basis – for the 28 weeks ended 14 April 2019, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Adjusted EBIT increased 4.0%, on a reported basis, to £83.7 million, whilst organic adjusted EBIT increased 5.0%. [...]...
  • Carlsberg and Liverpool FC Extend Partnership to 31 Seasons Carlsberg and Liverpool Football Club have agreed a five-year extension to their partnership – securing Carlsberg’s role as Official Beer until the end of the 2023-24 season. The new deal builds on the longest standing partnership in the Premier League, which began in 1992 and has seen Carlsberg sponsor the team ever since. As a [...]...
  • Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 Set to Return For 10th Year With Biggest Show Yet As Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 prepares to return to the Olympia on 11 & 12 September, James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, discusses plans for the show. Why should the event be in all packaging professionals’ calendars? Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 provides packaging professionals with the perfect platform to network with peers [...]...
  • Diageo Launches New Super-premium Gin Diageo is introducing a new super-premium Italian gin, Villa Ascenti. The launch comes at a time when the super-premium and ultra-premium gin categories are the fastest growing segment within gin in Europe. Villa Ascenti will initially be available in 14 European countries. A new €420,000 (£360,000) distillery has been built on the site of the brand [...]...
  • European Commission Proposes to Increase Price Transparency in the Food Chain Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer co-operation, the European Commission has presented the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission has tabled a proposal that will make available crucial information on how prices are determined [...]...

Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

  Tetra Pak Introduces Connected Packaging Platform

Tetra Pak has launched its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
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Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

  Reorganisation Going to Plan at DMK Group

The DMK Group, the biggest German dairy co-operative, and one of the biggest suppliers to the German food retail industry, is continuing to build for the future. The dairy company’s realignment towards being a clear customer and consumer-based food producer, which was started in the summer of 2017, is reflected in the stable figures for […]

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Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

  Glanbia Ireland and Kepak Group Launch Innovative New Twenty20 Beef Club

Glanbia Ireland (GI) and Kepak Group have announced an ambitious and innovative new calf-to-beef programme in Ireland. The “Twenty20 Beef Club” affords Members a guaranteed market for their heifers and steers with a predictable and transparent pricing formula at time of slaughter; a production blueprint supported by safe and secure high-quality farm inputs and leading-edge […]

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Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

  Research Reveals Consumer Demand For Climate Change Labelling

Two-thirds (67%) of consumers support the idea of a recognisable carbon label to demonstrate that products have been made with a commitment to measuring and reducing their carbon footprint, according to new international research released by the Carbon Trust.
The YouGov study of more than 9,000 consumers, across the USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands […]

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Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

  Ornua Delivers Strong 2018 Performance With Operating Profit Up 14.8%

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products, delivered a strong trading performance in 2018. Group turnover reached €2.082 billion with group EBITDA of €60.5 million, up 12.5%, and operating profit rose by 14.8% to €40.4 million. The performance was achieved during a period of significant and sustained investment across its facilities and brand portfolio.
The late […]

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Nestlé to Launch New 100% Plant-based Burgers in Europe and US

  Nestlé to Launch New 100% Plant-based Burgers in Europe and US

Nestlé has announced its biggest move yet into the meat-free market, launching a new ‘cook from raw’ plant-based burger in Europe, and unveiling plans for the United States.
Wayne England, the head of Nestlé’s food business, says: “These new burgers don’t compromise on flavour, texture and cooking experience. They underline Nestlé’s increased focus on tasty, authentic […]

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Emmi Group Emmi Expands its Goat’s Milk Business

  Emmi Group Emmi Expands its Goat’s Milk Business

Swiss dairy processor Emmi Group has gradually been expanding its international goat’s milk network since 2010. By taking a 66% stake in Austrian goat’s and sheep’s milk processor Leeb Biomilch, Emmi is building on its position in this market. The acquisition also expands Emmi’s range of organic vegan products.
Founded in 2001, Leeb Biomilch has established […]

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Ferrero Acquires Kellogg’s Cookies and Fruit Snacks Business For $1.3 Billion

  Ferrero Acquires Kellogg’s Cookies and Fruit Snacks Business For $1.3 Billion

The Ferrero Group is acquiring the cookie, fruit and fruit-flavoured snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses from Kellogg Company for $1.3 billion (€1.16 billion). These US-based businesses generated sales of approximately $900 million and operating profit of approximately $75 million in 2018.
Ferrero will acquire a strong portfolio of beloved brands in the cookie category, […]

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

  Coca-Cola Great Britain Launches Coca-Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Great Britain will expand its portfolio with the launch of Coca-Cola Energy, the first energy drink released under the Coca-Cola brand. Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine.
It will be available in 250ml cans and in two variants – with and without sugar. Coca-Cola Energy will launch […]

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UK Supermarkets Await Easter Sales Boost

  UK Supermarkets Await Easter Sales Boost

The latest UK grocery market share figures from Kantar show year-on-year supermarket sales growth of 1.4% during the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. This year’s late Easter, and the fact that Mother’s Day falls outside the reported period, contributed to the market growing at its slowest rate since March 2018 and trimmed an estimated […]

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Charles Brand Appointed President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia Region

  Charles Brand Appointed President of Tetra Pak  Europe & Central Asia Region

Tetra Pak has announced the appointment of Charles Brand to the position of President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia (E&CA) Region and he will continue to be a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team.
Charles Brand.
Charles joined Tetra Pak in 1985 as an Electronics Development Engineer and has since held several key senior […]

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Vion Builds a Strong Foundation Despite a Challenging Market

  Vion Builds a Strong Foundation Despite a Challenging Market

In 2018, Vion, the international meat group, finalised its four year business plan to invest in and modernise its production footprint in its home markets of Germany and the Netherlands. This contributed to the annual results for 2018, where a strong operational cash flow reduced the net debt position and further improved the solvency rate […]

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Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

  Lakeland Dairies Reports Record Revenues and Profitability

Lakeland Dairies, the major Irish cross border dairy processing co-operative, has turned in an excellent business performance in 2018 with record revenues and profitability, underpinned by targeted business development activity, relative stability in global dairy markets and growth in volumes shipped.
Group revenues increased by 5.3% to €810.5 million, yielding an operating profit of €17.5 million […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Lists on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange

  Coca-Cola European Partners Lists on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler by revenue, generating sales last year of €11.5 billion and operating profit of €1.6 billion, has commenced trading on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange. The company operates across 13 countries in Western Europe.
The move does not impact on CCEP’s listing on the New York […]

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McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

  McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s leading global food service retailer with nearly 38,000 locations in over 100 countries around the world, is acquiring Dynamic Yield, a leader in personalisation and decision logic technology, for a reported reported US$300 million. With the acquisition of Dynamic Yield, based in New York and Tel Aviv, McDonald’s builds on its […]

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€250 Million to Support Healthy Eating Habits For European Schoolchildren

  €250 Million to Support Healthy Eating Habits For European Schoolchildren

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU’s School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018.
The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the 2019/2020 school year has been adopted. €145 million are […]

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DuPont Achieves Major Milestone to Expand Probiotics Capacity

  DuPont Achieves Major Milestone to Expand Probiotics Capacity

DuPont has completed construction on a new, state-of-the art probiotics fermentation unit at its Rochester, New York, facility. The unit, now largest in the world, is part of a multiphase nearly $100 million investment to expand probiotics capacity and enhance the company’s leadership in delivering high-quality, clinically documented probiotics to dietary supplement and food and […]

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Hilton Food Group Building a Bigger and More Diversified Business

  Hilton Food Group Building a Bigger and More Diversified Business

Hilton Food Group, the leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 21.5% increase in revenue to £1.649 billion with adjusted operating profit 27.1% higher at £48.7 million, driven by a full year trading from the Seachill acquisition, for the 52 weeks ended 30 December 2018.
Following the acquisition of Seachill last year to diversify […]

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Danone Opens €240 Million Sustainable Nutricia Plant in the Netherlands

  Danone Opens €240 Million Sustainable Nutricia Plant in the Netherlands

Danone has officially opened its new Nutricia Cuijk production facility in the Netherlands, marking the completion of a three-year journey to build a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, zero-waste plant. The facility will primarily produce specialized infant formula that meets the needs of infants diagnosed with specific medical conditions – such as cow’s milk protein allergy, as well […]

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Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

  Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

Two vertical ‘container farms’ capable of producing natural crops which are more nutritious, have far bigger yields – and are ready to harvest in at least half the time – have been created by Nottingham Trent University. The farms, thought to be the first of their kind in the UK and housed inside two converted […]

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Food Companies – Are You Ready to Communicate in a Crisis?

  Food Companies – Are You Ready to Communicate in a Crisis?

Instinctif Partners is launching CrisisCommsOptic – the latest in its ‘family’ of online diagnostic tools – alongside CrisisOptic and RecallOptic.
“As social media becomes more and more embedded in our lives it is now often user-generated content which drives the pace of a crisis,” explains Victoria Cross, Head of Instinctif Partners’ Business Resilience Practice. “This is […]

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A Significant Year For Fever-Tree

  A Significant Year For Fever-Tree

Fever-Tree, the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, increased revenue by 40% to to £237.4 million and adjusted EBITDA from £58.7 million to £78.6m in the year ended 31 December 2018. The gross profit margin at 51.8% – down from 53.5% in 2017 – and profit after tax was £61.8 million – up from […]

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ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

  ABP Food Group Extends Range With Chinese Internet Giant JD.com

ABP Food Group has confirmed that it will be extending its range of online beef products for Chinese consumers on the JD.com platform from three product lines to ten product lines. The announcement was made during a visit of its Chinese distribution partner Hopewise to ABP Clones in Ireland. Hopewise was the first company to […]

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Bringing Together the Great & Good of the Food & Drink Industry at IFE 2019

  Bringing Together the Great & Good of the Food & Drink Industry at IFE 2019

From 17–20 March 2019, over 27,000 professionals in the global food & drink industry travelled to ExCeL London for The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2019. The hotly anticipated event showcased a taste of tomorrow with more than 1,350 new and trend-setting international food & drink brands exhibiting their latest product innovations; including everything […]

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AG Barr Delivers Another Strong Financial Performance

  AG Barr Delivers Another Strong Financial Performance

AG Barr, the UK-based soft drinks group, has reported a 5.6% increase in total revenue to £279.0 million and a 2.5% rise in profit before tax and exceptional items to £45.2 million for the 52 weeks ended 26 January 2019. However, operating margin before exceptional items at 16.4% was down by 66 bps on the […]

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Nestlé to Accelerate Innovation in China With a New R&D Centre

  Nestlé to Accelerate Innovation in China With a New R&D Centre

Nestlé has inaugurated a new Research & Development centre (R&D) in Beijing and a System Technology hub in Shenzhen. The new R&D centre will enable Nestlé to accelerate trend-based innovation in China to meet fast-changing consumer demand. The systems hub will strengthen collaboration with Chinese partners and suppliers in the area of systems.
Nestlé R&D in […]

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National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

  National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

A national board has been brought together to oversee the delivery of an ambitious plan to boost food tourism in Scotland by £1 billion. Made up by leaders from organisations including Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Tourism Alliance, the board will aim to significantly increase visitor spend on food and drink.
Launched by the First […]

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Lantmännen Expands its Oats Capacity

  Lantmännen Expands its Oats Capacity

Lantmännen, the Nordic region´s leader in agriculture, machinery, bioenergy and food products, has signed an agreement with Tate & Lyle, the UK-based global food and beverage ingredients and solutions provider, for the acquisition of a production facility in Sweden. The acquisition gives Lantmännen opportunities to expand its oats capacity and invest in additional processing of […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Growth Slows to a Crawl in 2018

  UK Food and Drink Exports Growth Slows to a Crawl in 2018

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published analysis showing that food and drink exports have increased by only 2.5% to £22.6 billion from January–December 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, down from 9.7% growth in the previous year. This slower growth was seen in both exports to EU markets, up 4.3% in […]

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AB InBev Changes Name in the UK

  AB InBev Changes Name in the UK

AB InBev has changed the name in of its UK and Irish business to Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I and opened a new London headquarters. Now under the guidance of new president Paula Lindenberg, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has been growing by double-digits in the UK in recent years. In addition to Budweiser, the brands portfolio […]

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New Global Chief at Pilgrim’s Pride

  New Global Chief at Pilgrim’s Pride

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a worldwide leader in poultry and prepared foods and the owner of Northern Ireland-based Moy Park, has appointed Jayson Penn, formerly President of Pilgrim’s USA, to succeed Bill Lovette, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim’s Pride. Bill Lovette will remain available to provide strategic advisory services to the company through […]

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Mondelēz International Partners With Food Business Incubator

  Mondelēz International Partners With Food Business Incubator

Mondelēz International has announced a partnership with The Hatchery Chicago, a non-profit food business incubator, as it ramps up its innovation efforts to lead the future of snacking. The partnership is one of several investments the company is making as part of SnackFutures, the company’s innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth opportunities […]

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Scottish Sea Farms Investing £3.3 Million in New Salmon Farm

  Scottish Sea Farms Investing £3.3 Million in New Salmon Farm

Leading salmon farmer Scottish Sea Farms is preparing to open its new salmon farm off Lober Rock in the Scapa Flow, Orkney. The new farm, which is due to go live in autumn 2019, will see a total infrastructure investment of £3.3 million – over 90% of which will be spent with Scottish businesses.
The newly-awarded […]

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UK Bottled Water Sales Top 4 Billion Litres For First Time

  UK Bottled Water Sales Top 4 Billion Litres For First Time

Last year’s hot summer boosted UK water drinks consumption by more than 7% to 4,267 million litres, according to a new report from food and drink experts Zenith Global. This was worth an estimated £3.330 billion at retail prices. Sales of plain bottled water in retail packs increased by 7.9% to 3.4 billion litres, whilst […]

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Morrisons Signs Up to Arla UK 360 Farm Standards Programme

  Morrisons Signs Up to Arla UK 360 Farm Standards Programme

Arla Foods’s new farming standards programme Arla UK 360 continues to gain traction as Morrisons becomes the first retailer to commit to supporting the standards across its entire Arla milk supply. The move means approximately 200 Arla farmer owners will be directly supported by Morrisons to deliver across the eight farm business areas identified in […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2019 – Guiding the Industry to a More Sustainable Future

  Vitafoods Europe 2019 – Guiding the Industry to a More Sustainable Future

As environmental awareness reaches new heights and the world’s population continues to rise, the issue of providing sustainable foods which also offer a high nutritional value is set to grow, in both importance and complexity, over the next decade. It is with these considerations in mind that Vitafoods Europe 2019 has developed its agenda. The […]

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Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production

  Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production

Nordzucker Group will concentrate its sugar production in Sweden at its factory in Örtofta and as part of this process the refinery at Arlöv will be closed. Around €100 million will be invested in the strategy. The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2021. Based at Braunschweig in Germany, Nordzucker Group is one […]

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FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant

  FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant

International dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina is exploring options to build a sustainable and innovative dairy processing plant in the Netherlands. The plant is intended for the processing of member milk into fresh dairy products, ingredients used for the production of early life and adult nutrition, and for cheese manufacturing. It would be built according to […]

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Microwaveable Crumb-coated Snacks With Perfect Crunch

  Microwaveable Crumb-coated Snacks With Perfect Crunch

Crisp Sensation, global food coating system expert, has developed snack coatings that promise perfect, crispy results. With its latest innovation, the company will soon enable manufacturers to develop microwaveable crumb-coated snacks.
The technical breakthrough, which has been highly anticipated by the market, all comes down to moisture control. Even if the product is kept in a […]

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Heineken Opens First Brewery in Mozambique

  Heineken Opens First Brewery in Mozambique

Heineken has officially opened its first brewery in Mozambique. The new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a US$100 million (€85 million) investment. Located in the province of Maputo, between the Marracuene and Manhiça districts, the brewery will have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectolitres. It recently started to brew Txilar, a brand-new beer […]

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Müller Targets UK Natural Yogurt Market

  Müller Targets UK Natural Yogurt Market

Müller, the UK’s most popular yogurt brand[1], has launched its first ever range of natural yogurt. Made with milk from British farms, the natural range is fat free, high in protein and includes 0% added sugar.
With the launch of Müllerlight Natural and Müllerlight Greek Style Natural, the Official Yogurt of British Athletics[2] is continuing to target […]

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AAK’s Flaked Fats to Deliver the Perfect Pizza Experience

  AAK’s Flaked Fats to Deliver the Perfect Pizza Experience

AAK is ready to help manufacturers create pizzas with an innovative range of flaked fats that enhance crust quality, taste and texture, as well as offering easy handling during the production process. Crust type, quality and mouthfeel are a big part of what consumers are looking for when choosing pizza.1 AAK’s flaked fats are a […]

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Global Cocoa Production to Hit a Record 4.85 Million Tonnes in 2019

  Global Cocoa Production to Hit a Record 4.85 Million Tonnes in 2019

Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence, the leading provider of news, data, analysis and forecasts across the agricultural and commodities value chain, has revealed cocoa production will hit a record high of 4.85 million tonnes in 2019. Despite uncertain times for the cocoa market, an increase in global cocoa production is almost certain this year with West African […]

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Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

  Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List

Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at Midleton Distillery in Cork, has entered the top 10 of IMPACT magazine’s annual ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list for the first time ever, after increasing sales 10% to a record 7.5 million nine-litre cases in 2018. In addition, Jameson scored its 18th consecutive year […]

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Danish Crown’s Sustainability Goals are Now Set

  Danish Crown’s Sustainability Goals are Now Set

Danish Crown is going to build a position for itself as the world’s leading producer of sustainable meat. This will be achieved by halving the company’s climate footprint per kilogramme of pork by 2030, the vision being a completely climate-neutral value chain by 2050.
According to climate scientists worldwide, meat is a big challenge for the […]

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Orkla Moves into New HQ

  Orkla Moves into New HQ

Orkla, the Nordic region’s largest branded consumer goods company, has moved into new headquarters in Oslo, Norway. The move marks a new era in the company’s history, with Orkla’s businesses in Norway now assembled under one roof.
More than 900 Orkla employees are based in the new office premises.
“The building we are now moving into is […]

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New Heads For Carlsberg Group’s European Businesses

  New Heads For Carlsberg Group’s European Businesses

Lars Lehmann has been appointed as Executive Vice President (EVP) for Carlsberg Group’s Eastern European region and as a member of the global brewer’s Executive Committee (ExCom). He will replace Jacek Pastuszka, who will change from EVP Eastern Europe to Western Europe, while current Western Europe EVP Chris Warmoth reverts to Group Strategy as EVP.
Effective […]

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Rising Prices Drive Irish Grocery Sales Growth

  Rising Prices Drive Irish Grocery Sales Growth

The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the Irish grocery market grew by 3.5% in the 12 weeks to 24 February 2019, putting the sector on a solid footing as the UK finalises preparations to leave the EU. After a prolonged period of deflation, an upward trajectory in grocery prices is making a significant contribution […]

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New EU Rules to Ensure Fairness in the Food Supply Chain

  New EU Rules to Ensure Fairness in the Food Supply Chain

The European Parliament has approved a new set of EU rules that will blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information. Threats of retaliation against suppliers, for instance delisting […]

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Mondelēz International Invests in Prebiotic Functional Snacks

  Mondelēz International Invests in Prebiotic Functional Snacks

Mondelēz International has taken a minority investment in Uplift Food, a US-based early-stage start-up focusing on prebiotic functional foods. This is the first venture investment the company is making as part of SnackFutures, the company’s innovation and venture hub aimed at unlocking snacking growth opportunities around the world.
A key pillar of the company’s consumer-centric growth […]

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