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  • Agrial Continues Strategic Expansion With German Dairy Acquisition Agrial, the French farming and food co-operative, is continuing its quest to create value for its dairy farmer members by acquiring German company Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group, a specialist in cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses. The acquisition of Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group, which owns three famous brands in Germany, furthers the growth strategy of Eurial, [...]...
  • €191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad The European Commission has adopted the 2019 promotion policy work programme, with €191.6million to be made available for programmes selected for EU co-financing – an increase of €12.5 million compared with 2018. €89 million will be allocated to campaigns in high growth countries such as Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. Some [...]...
  • Müller Removes Sugar With New Yogurt Culture Müller Corner, one of Britain’s best loved yogurt ranges, is set to reduce sugar by up to 9% and gain a creamier texture, thanks to the discovery of a new yogurt culture. Following a rigorous research and development process which involved access to more than 13,000 strains, Müller discovered that the combination of two specific yogurt [...]...
  • Mintel Launches Purchase Intelligence in the UK Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has launched Mintel Purchase Intelligence, the newest innovation in product comparison technology, providing rapid, reliable consumer opinion on every reported new food and drink product in the UK*. Every day, Mintel benchmarks consumer reactions to new product launches so manufacturers, companies and brands can immediately understand and analyse what is [...]...
  • Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019 Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019. The connected world has led consumers of all ages to become more knowledgeable of other cultures, contributing to 35 percent growth of “discovery” claims, when comparing 2017 and 2016 new product launch [...]...

Britvic Moves to 100% Renewable Electricity in New Deal With E.ON

  Britvic Moves to 100% Renewable Electricity in New Deal With E.ON

Britvic has announced that from October 2018, every Britvic manufacturing site in Great Britain, from its offices to warehouses and factories, will be powered by 100% renewable electricity. The move forms part of a new four-year deal with energy provider E.ON, which will provide power needs for the whole of Britvic’s business operations in Great […]

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IFE is Back and Bursting With Inspiration

  IFE is Back and Bursting With Inspiration

Celebrating its 21st year, The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) – the UK’s leading and largest food & drink event – is returning to ExCeL London 17–20 March 2019. A must-attend event, IFE 2019 will provide buyers with the chance to discover emerging trends; meet with thousands of international, future-focused producers and brands; and hear inspiring and […]

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JDE to Acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland

  JDE to Acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) is to acquire JOBmeal in Sweden and Finland from and Valedo Partners Fund II. Subject to a limited number of pre-closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018.
JOBmeal is a dedicated out of home coffee business, head quartered in Stockholm, offering a range of office […]

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Calbee UK Acquires Seabrook Crisps

  Calbee UK Acquires Seabrook Crisps

Calbee UK has acquired the Seabrook Crisps business for an undisclosed sum from mid-market private equity investor LDC. The purchase brings the Seabrook brand into the Calbee UK portfolio as well as its equally important bagged-snack private label business.
LDC backed the management buyout of the Seabrook Crisps business in July 2015 to support its growth. […]

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IFF Completes Combination With Frutarom

  IFF Completes Combination With Frutarom

International Flavors & Fragrances has completed its $7.1 billion acquisition of Frutarom to become a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition. The acquisition creates a differentiated portfolio with an increased focus on naturals and health and wellness as well as more comprehensive solutions. It also provides opportunities to expand into attractive and fast-growing categories, […]

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AG Barr Reaps Substantial Environmental Savings Using CHEP Pooled Pallets

  AG Barr Reaps Substantial Environmental Savings Using CHEP Pooled Pallets

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of branded soft drinks is enjoying substantial environmental savings, thanks to the use of CHEP’s pooled pallets within its supply chain. In early 2017, the owner of brands such as IRN-BRU, Rubicon and Strathmore, signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, and is now […]

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Unilever Abandons Plans to Move Headquarters to The Netherlands

  Unilever Abandons Plans to Move Headquarters to The Netherlands

The Board of Unilever has decided to withdraw its proposal to simplify the global consumer products group’s dual-headed legal structure. Unilever had proposed to streamline its corporate structure by moving from two legal entities – Unilever NV and Unilever PLC, into a single legal entity incorporated in the Netherlands.
In developing the proposal, the Board was […]

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HKScan Seeks Strong International Presence in Meals Category

  HKScan Seeks Strong International Presence in Meals Category

HKScan’s strategic target is to establish a strong global footprint in the rapidly growing meals segment. Demand for ready meals is growing at an annual rate of 10% across Europe. HKScan is currently expanding its production facility at Rakvere in Estonia. The investment is progressing on schedule as part of the Nordic food group’s drive […]

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Natural Dairy Ingredient Brand ‘Truly Grass Fed™’ Now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW

  Natural Dairy Ingredient Brand ‘Truly Grass Fed™’ Now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW

Truly Grass Fed™ – a natural dairy ingredients range from Glanbia Ireland – has recently been Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW), the leading animal welfare label in North America (and now operating in Europe). Launched in 2016, TGF is a range of natural dairy ingredients from Glanbia Ireland made with milk […]

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‘Disruptive’ Design From Harrogate Water

  ‘Disruptive’ Design From Harrogate Water

Harrogate Water, Britain’s largest independent producer of bottled water, has unveiled a ‘daring and disruptive’ shrink wrap design to give stand-out appeal to its retail multipacks. The new style borrows from the brand’s artistic roots to create something design-led and avant-garde with abstract bursts of colour.
Brand manager Nicky Cain says: “When contemplating a new design, we […]

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Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

  Irish Dairy Co-operatives to Merge

Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies have agreed to merge. The amalgamation of Lakeland and LacPatrick is a coming together of two dairy co-operatives on the island of Ireland to form a strong force in the global dairy industry. Both co-operatives are highly successful agrifood industry players with excellent manufacturing facilities and complementary strengths and advantages […]

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McCormick & Company Opens New Global Headquarters

  McCormick & Company Opens New Global Headquarters

McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavour, has opened its new global headquarters at Hunt Valley in the US. The state-of-the-art headquarters brings together 1,000 employees previously located across four different office buildings.
“Our move to one global headquarters is a transformative step for McCormick – it exemplifies our continued commitment to the Baltimore region […]

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Hi Europe & Ni 2018 – Food Safety in Focus

  Hi Europe & Ni 2018 – Food Safety in Focus

This year, taking place from 27–29 November in Frankfurt, Germany, Hi Europe & Ni will shine a spotlight on processing and packaging technology. Numerous exhibitors will demonstrate the industry’s innovative power in the new Expo FoodTec pavilion. Additionally, with food safety being a key topic, expert presentations will showcase innovations in processing technologies, hygiene, certification […]

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Karmelle Launches ‘T’ Cork Capper

  Karmelle Launches ‘T’ Cork Capper

Liquid filling, capping and labelling specialist Karmelle Ltd has launched a fully automatic ‘T’ cork capper. Developed as part of a turnkey project for a leading gin distillery, Karmelle’s ‘T’ cork capper sorts corks, before placing and pushing them into bottles.
The machine is housed in a stainless steel cabinet, and operated via an HMI touch-screen. […]

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Brexit Driving Growth But Not Profit For UK’s Food and Drink Industry

  Brexit Driving Growth But Not Profit For UK’s Food and Drink Industry

Revenue growth for the UK’s top food and drink producers including Nestle UK and Arla Foods experienced a sharp turnaround in 2017, reaching 7.5% – the highest rate since 2009. Growth was driven by inflation and a weak pound triggered by the Brexit referendum.
The research finds that a weaker pound has also helped boost international […]

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New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

  New Clean Label Research Shows the Power of Clean Ingredient Lists

New research, commissioned by functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO, shows that consumers pay more attention to what is inside the products they are buying, than to either the product’s description, or the brand name itself. This highlights the drive by consumers to make healthier choices and shows the continued importance of manufacturers offering cleaner label, product […]

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Baxters Adds ABB Drive to the Mix

  Baxters Adds ABB Drive to the Mix

Baxters Food Group is using an ABB variable speed drive (VSD) to help ensure consistent mixing of its range of sauces, dressing and marinades. The drive is used to adjust the mixer motor’s speed based on requirements for a particular product.
Installed on a 750 kg capacity holding vessel, the VSD is used to mix sauces […]

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Market-leading Food Contact Conference, P&P, Takes Place This December in Vienna

  Market-leading Food Contact Conference, P&P, Takes Place This December in Vienna

Over 200 experts from across the food contact industry will come together in Vienna, Austria from 3–6 December 2018 to attend Smithers Pira’s P&P (Plastics & Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs) – http://www.foodcontact.com/plastics-paper.
P&P will provide an in-depth and timely overview of the latest EU legislation as well as a small focus on global regulations. Described […]

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Danish Crown Appoints New CEO For Tulip Ltd

  Danish Crown Appoints New CEO For Tulip Ltd

Andrew Cracknell has been appointed as CEO of Tulip Ltd. He takes up the job with immediate effect and his mission is clear: to restore earnings in Danish Crown’s UK business unit.
Andrew Cracknell has been chosen to manage the on-going transformation of Tulip. He brings with him considerable experience of the meat industry and the […]

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Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

  Global Wheat Production Down in 2018

Informa’s Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018. Wheat futures have hit multi-year highs in recent months as adverse weather curtailed production in key exporting countries, leading to expectations of the first drop in world production in five years, and the first consecutive contraction of global wheat stocks […]

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Fierce Competition in Irish Grocery Market

  Fierce Competition in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 9 September 2018, show growth of 2.6% among Irish supermarkets. This is the seventh consecutive period that all five of Ireland’s major grocers have recorded increased sales, the longest run since December 2017.
The summer heatwave continued to provide a […]

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PA Wins Award For Innovation

  PA Wins Award For Innovation

Packaging Automation has won a PPMA Group Industry Award in the Innovative Processing System category for the company’s brand new MiWeigh weigh scale system. The MiWeigh system has now provided many customers with a cost saving product that has had a direct impact on their financial performance. The unique features and the low cost of ownership […]

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Lavazza to Acquire Mars Drinks Business

  Lavazza to Acquire Mars Drinks Business

The Lavazza Group, the Italian and international coffee roaster, has agreed to acquire Mars’ Drinks business, including the Flavia and Klix systems, leading brands in the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending segments. 
The deal, which has an enterprise value of about $650 million, is in line with Lavazza Group’s strategy of consolidation at the […]

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European Soft Drinks Industry Sets Ambitions to Make its Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

  European Soft Drinks Industry Sets Ambitions to Make its Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced a set of EU-wide ambitions to make the sector’s plastic packaging more sustainable. The ambitions aim to contribute towards building a circular model for plastic packaging by improving its recyclability, recycled content, collection, and reuse. The ambitions cover the EU28 plus Switzerland and Norway and are made by UNESDA’s network […]

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A Celebration of Outstanding Achievement and Business Excellence

  A Celebration of Outstanding Achievement and Business Excellence

The processing and packaging machinery industry celebrated another year of outstanding achievement and business excellence at the recent 2018 PPMA Industry Awards gala event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. Hosted by TV personality and comedian, Brian Conley, this year’s PPMA Group industry awards continue to recognise manufacturing excellence, technical innovation, entrepreneurship, customer service, sales and […]

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RSSL’s Simon Flanagan Wins Scientist of the Year at Food & Drink Federation Awards

  RSSL’s Simon Flanagan Wins Scientist of the Year at Food & Drink Federation Awards

Food allergen specialist Simon Flanagan took the top spot in the prestigious Scientist of the Year category at this year’s Food & Drink Federation awards ceremony. With a long-standing career specialising in allergen risk assessment and management, Simon Flanagan – head of food safety and quality at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) – successfully demonstrated […]

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Kellogg Again Named to Prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

  Kellogg Again Named to Prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Kellogg Company has again been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World and North American indices (DJSI World/DJSI North American) of companies recognized for their sustainable business practices. Companies included on the indices must exhibit best-in-class performance against a wide variety of environmental, social, and governance metrics that are critical for generating long-term share owner value.
“This […]

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Refresco and Albert Heijn Make Orange Juice Supply Chain Transparent

  Refresco and Albert Heijn Make Orange Juice Supply Chain Transparent

Soft drinks group and Refresco and Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn have made the supply chain of Albert Heijn’s own brand of ambient orange juice transparent by using blockchain technology. Refresco supplies Albert Heijn with juice, sourced from Louis Dreyfus Company’s juice business. Never before have consumers been able to follow the chain of a […]

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Long-life Probiotics in a Tasty Chew

  Long-life Probiotics in a Tasty Chew

Anlit is launching ProBites LLP, a long-life probiotic chew supplement line in a variety of flavours. According to Innova Market Insights, new product development for probiotic supplements has witnessed an average annual growth of 26.5% between the years 2012 and 2017.
This has been fueled by growing consumer awareness on the numerous health benefits of probiotic especially in […]

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Work Commences on New €100 Million Lidl Distribution Centre in Ireland

  Work Commences on New €100 Million Lidl Distribution Centre in Ireland

Work has commenced on a new €100 million distribution centre and regional headquarters for Lidl in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. The new facility, which is a key part of Lidl Ireland’s €200 million investment programme for 2018, will cost €100 million and is expected to be completed by November 2019.
This project represents Lidl’s largest single […]

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Arla Foods Launches New Innovation in Fruit Yogurts

  Arla Foods Launches New Innovation in Fruit Yogurts

As the consumer demand for healthy, natural products increases, Arla Foods has created a new innovation in fruit yogurts which has just hit the shelves in the German market. Driven by the dairy co-operative’s desire to create products with no added or unnecessary ingredients, the Arla® Bio yogurt is the first product of its kind for […]

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UK Gin Breaks £2 Billion Mark – Doubling in Value in 5 Years

  UK Gin Breaks £2 Billion Mark – Doubling in Value in 5 Years

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report shows the summer of 2018 reached record highs for gin in the UK with sales, both home and abroad, peaking at £2.2 billion. The records show that combined yearly sales of gin in the UK and British gin overseas have doubled in the last five years. […]

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Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

  Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

Research by a leading software company has been shared with UK food manufacturers in a bid to improve the UK’s health by reducing the amount of antibiotics used on livestock. Trade Interchange, a leading supplier management solutions provider that specialises in the industry, collated the findings into the white paper ‘Anticipating Change: Antibiotics in the Food […]

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Rugby Stars Back Harrogate Water Recycling

  Rugby Stars Back Harrogate Water Recycling

English Rugby Union champions Saracens are adding their considerable weight and sense of fun to Harrogate Water’s recycling message. Saracens are staying hydrated in defence of their Premiership title with Harrogate Spring Water – whose PET bottles are made using more than 50 per cent recycled content.
The partnership will include humorous social media video activity […]

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AG Barr Delivers Solid First Half Performance

  AG Barr Delivers Solid First Half Performance

AG Barr has delivered a solid first half financial performance during a period of substantial volatility in the UK soft drinks market. Group revenue grew by 5.5% to £136.9 million for the six months ended 28 July 2018, underpinned by a strong volume growth performance of 7.2%, reflecting the resilience of the UK-based soft drinks […]

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Nestlé to Explore Strategic Options For Nestlé Skin Health

  Nestlé to Explore Strategic Options For Nestlé Skin Health

As part of its regular strategy review earlier this year, the Nestlé  Board of Directors assessed the group’s ‘Nutrition, Health and Wellness’ strategy. The Board fully confirmed the company’s strategic direction and resolved to sharpen its focus on food, beverage and nutritional health products. By enhancing the group’s focus, the Board expects to deepen resource […]

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UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event Hailed Huge Success

  UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event Hailed Huge Success

Exhibitors and speakers hailed Packaging Innovations, Luxury Packaging and ADF London’s return to London Olympia this September a huge success, as it celebrated its biggest and busiest edition to date. Sustainability was top of the agenda, with leading figures from Coca-Cola, Sainsburys, The Packaging Federation and WRAP all taking to the stage for the launch […]

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New Food Safety Culture Service Launches For Food Manufacturers

  New Food Safety Culture Service Launches For Food Manufacturers

Instinctif Partners is launching a service for the food industry designed to enhance food safety culture, which puts driving cultural and individual behavioural change in food manufacturing at its heart.
The service will help food manufacturers meet the food safety culture challenge set out in the newly-published BRC Global Food Safety Standard Issue 8 (BRC8). This […]

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UK Shoppers Spend Extra Half a Billion Enjoying the Summer

  UK Shoppers Spend Extra Half a Billion Enjoying the Summer

Widely touted as the hottest summer on record, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks to 9 September, show it has been an indulgent one for UK consumers. Spanning the World Cup kick off in June through to the August bank holiday and beyond, the figures show consumers spent £228 million more […]

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Kerry Group Opens First Plant in Moscow

  Kerry Group Opens First Plant in Moscow

Kerry Group, the global taste and nutrition company, has opened its first plant in Russia, in the Istra district of Moscow. The new production and warehouse complex occupies a site covering more than 7,000 square meters and employs over 50 people. Production begins immediately with ingredients for the meat processing and snacks market. At full […]

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iba’s Universe is Full of New Ideas

  iba’s Universe is Full of New Ideas

The 24th iba has drawn to a close with a new world champion confectioner, Haoran Lyu (China), 76,800 trade visitors, and trade fair contracts worth €2.1 billion. Trade visitors were particularly interested in testing new products and the presentation of innovations in production technology, raw materials, and shopfitting.
58 hours of ambience, exchange, and contacts: iba […]

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Mondi (Re)seals the Deal With Innovative Meat Package For Orkla

  Mondi (Re)seals the Deal With Innovative Meat Package For Orkla

With the goal of enhancing consumer convenience and reducing food waste, Norway’s Orkla Group challenged Mondi to develop a new, reclosable package for Orkla’s Vossafår sliced cured meat. Its package at the time offered an easy-open, peelable solution, but was not resealable.
A leading supplier of branded consumer goods to the grocery, out-of-home, specialized retail, pharmacy […]

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Cargill’s European Poultry Business Expands into Poland

  Cargill’s European Poultry Business Expands into Poland

Cargill has agreed to acquire Konspol, one of Poland’s leading value-added food companies, providing an array of products in the chilled convenience, frozen and cold cut categories. This acquisition marks the introduction of Cargill’s global protein business into the Polish market and strengthens the company’s global poultry footprint, expanding operations to 14 countries.
Under the agreement, […]

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Social Enterprise ‘Brewgooder’ Secures Biggest Ever Listing

  Social Enterprise ‘Brewgooder’ Secures Biggest Ever Listing

Scottish beer brand ‘Brewgooder’ has secured a new UK listing with Tesco that will significantly advance its mission to bring clean water access to one million people. Representing its biggest ever listing deal to date, the agreement will see the social enterprise supply single bottles of its popular Clean Water Lager to 481 Tesco stores […]

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First Clean Label Liquid Margarine

  First Clean Label Liquid Margarine

Bunge Loders Croklaan is launching Delica Pro Gold, its new, next-gen liquid margarine. The plant-based, clean-label margarine has been developed for artisanal and industrial bakeries.
Delica Pro Gold is a liquid, non-hydrogenated margarine without E-numbers and contains no artificial colors or flavors. This innovative fat formula has exceptional functionality.
“The real challenge was to create a liquid margarine […]

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Global Aseptic Packaging to Grow 16% by 2022

  Global Aseptic Packaging to Grow 16% by 2022

The world market for aseptically packed products amounted to 152 billion litres in 347 billion packs during 2017, according to the new Global Aseptic Packaging report from leading food and drinks consultancy Zenith Global and packaging experts Warrick Research. Volumes have risen by 2.7% a year since 2012, with South East Asia achieving the fastest […]

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Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

  Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition

Lactalis Group, the international dairy group based in Laval, France, is acquiring the Nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (R12.9 billion). The business being acquired supplies a wide range of infant nutritional and growing-up milk products across both the premium and value segments. It manufactures and markets well established quality brands, including S-26, […]

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Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

  Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill

Thatchers Cider, the family owned English cider producer, is to invest £14 million in a new cider mill at its Myrtle Farm site in Somerset to meet growing demand for its products. The company has applied for planning permission and, if granted, the new mill would come on stream in 2019.
“This investment is about our […]

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Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

  Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League

Premier League and Coca-Cola Great Britain have announced a new three-and-a-half-year partnership, starting in January 2019. It is the first sponsorship Coca-Cola Great Britain will activate across multiple brands within its portfolio, showcasing a range of drinks including sparkling soft drinks, water and fruit-based drinks, with low and no-sugar options.
The partnership will see Coca-Cola work […]

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Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

  Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St Albans, Vermont. The investments amount to close to US$30 million and are in line with previously announced plans.
Recent investments […]

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