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  • Coca-Cola European Partners to Remove 4,000 Tonnes of Single-use Plastic by Swapping Shrink Wrap For Cardboard in Western Europe Coca-Cola European Partners, will be replacing plastic shrink wrap with cardboard for its can multipacks across Western Europe, removing approximately 4,000 tonnes of single-use plastic per year across the region. This is the latest move in Coca-Cola’s commitment to tackle packaging waste and remove all unnecessary single-use plastic from its secondary packaging. Plastic shrink wrapping is used [...]...
  • EU Leading in Global Agri-food Trade The EU has been confirmed for yet another year in its position as the largest global exporter of agri-food products, with sales reaching €138 billion in 2018. Agriculture products represent a solid share of 7% of the value of EU total goods exported in 2018, ranking fourth after machinery, other manufactured goods and chemicals. Agriculture and [...]...
  • Is ‘Flexitarianism’ the Future? A workshop held recently at the University of Nottingham has revealed that ‘flexitarianism’ is a new and growing trend amongst British consumers. Delegates at an event that discussed plant-based diets heard how eating more plant-based products represented a sustainable future for food and drink production. Organised by the Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP), and chaired by AFTP [...]...
  • Chivas Brothers Opens New Head Office Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, has opened a new 27,000 sq ft head office in the centre of Glasgow. Jean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and chief executive of Chivas Brothers, says: “We need to keep moving with the times and this is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for Chivas Brothers [...]...
  • Unilever Achieves 100% Renewable Electricity Across Five Continents Unilever has announced that its factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centres, warehouses and distribution centres across five continents are now powered by 100% renewable grid electricity. As far as possible, Unilever’s transition to renewable electricity has been delivered through supporting the development of local renewable energy markets, with 38% of its grid electricity supplied through [...]...

Work Starts on Flagship Wells & Co Brewery

  Work Starts on Flagship Wells & Co Brewery

Work has started on the new state-of-the-art home and visitor centre for Wells & Co, an English, independent, family-owned business with a 190-strong estate of award-winning pubs. Clegg Food Projects – a national designer and constructor of food and drink manufacturing facilities – is the principal contractor responsible for delivering the Bedford-based project, which is […]

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Ebro Foods to Sell Organic Food Business to Midsona

  Ebro Foods to Sell Organic Food Business to Midsona

Ebro Foods, the largest food group in Spain, the world leader in rice production and the second biggest global fresh and dry pasta manufacturer, is selling its Alimentation Santé organic food business to Midsona of Sweden for €57.5 million. Alimentation Santé and its subsidiaries generated net sales of €35 million in 2018. A pioneer in […]

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Dawn Meats Reports Significant Progress Towards 2025 Sustainability Goals

  Dawn Meats Reports Significant Progress Towards 2025 Sustainability Goals

Dawn Meats, one of Europe’s leading meat processors, has cut its CO2 emissions by 33% just four years into a ten-year strategy to reduce the company’s environmental impact. Publishing its second Group CSR report, Dawn provided a progress update on its ambitious targets to reduce water and energy intensity by 40% and CO2 emission intensity […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Continue Growing at Record Pace

  EU Agri-food Exports Continue Growing at Record Pace

The latest monthly agri-food trade report  shows that a strong increase in exports observed from the beginning of the year continues. According to the latest monthly data available (May 2019), agri-food exports are now doing 13% better than a year ago. The best performing exports include pork meat, spirits and liqueurs, wine and vermouth, and infant […]

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Diageo Focuses on Quality Sustainable Growth

  Diageo Focuses on Quality Sustainable Growth

Diageo has reported a 5.8% increase in net sales to £12.9 billion and a 9.5% rise in operating profit to £4.0 billion for the year ended 30 June 2019. All regions – North America, Europe and Turkey, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific – contributed to the broad based organic net sales growth of […]

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Emmi Strengthens its Dessert Network in Italy

  Emmi Strengthens its Dessert Network in Italy

Italian dessert specialities are an important strategic area for the growth of Emmi Group’s European business. Through the acquisition of Pasticceria Quadrifoglio, the Swiss dairy group is expanding and strengthening its existing dessert network in Italy.
A fourth player is being added to the existing ‘Emmi Dessert Italia’ network, which comprises the three production locations in […]

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UK On-trade Gin Sales Soar as Pink Gin Drinkers Double in the Past Year

  UK On-trade Gin Sales Soar as Pink Gin Drinkers Double in the Past Year

UK gin sales have rocketed 56% by value in a year, new research from CGA reveals, and the number of people drinking pink gin has more than doubled. A report into major current gin trends based on CGA’s drinks data and insights, highlights the stellar growth of the gin category for suppliers, bars, pubs and […]

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Unilever Shows Consistent Growth Led by Emerging Markets

  Unilever Shows Consistent Growth Led by Emerging Markets

Unilever has reported a 0.9% decrease in group turnover to €26.1 billion for the first half of 2019, reflecting the sale of its spreads business, partially offset by a 1.1% currency benefit. Underlying operating margin improved by 50bps to 19.3%.
Growth in global markets was mixed. Market growth in Europe and North America was held back […]

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The Accelerator Zone at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019

  The Accelerator Zone at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019

For the first time ever, the Accelerator Zone will be at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London on 11 & 12 September 2019. Companies with an innovative new product or solution are encouraged to apply and showcase their development. It could be a new material, new pack format or technological application, such as augmented reality.
“Our […]

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Irish Food & Drink Start-ups Encouraged to Enter Food Works Accelerator Programme Supports Valued at Over €50,000

  Irish Food & Drink Start-ups Encouraged to Enter Food Works Accelerator Programme Supports Valued at Over €50,000

Food Works, an initiative of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, is calling on food and drink entrepreneurs throughout the country to apply for its 2020 programme. The supports offered by the programme are valued at over €50,000 and include in-depth consultancy and advice from the three agencies, access to consumer and market research, feasibility […]

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McCain Foods Invests in its First Frozen French Fry Factory in Brazil

  McCain Foods Invests in its First Frozen French Fry Factory in Brazil

McCain Foods, the world leader in frozen french fries, potato specialties and appetizers, and one of the top 10 most valuable food brands in the world, it to invest in its first french fry factory in Brazil. With the investment, McCain continues to strengthen its expansion strategy in the Brazilian market.
After acquiring 49% of Forno […]

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Cadbury Dairy Milk Expands Range With New 30% Less Sugar Choice

  Cadbury Dairy Milk Expands Range With New 30% Less Sugar Choice

Cadbury Dairy Milk, the UK’s favourite chocolate bar, which has been around since 1905, has now added Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar to its range. The introduction of the new bar marks the three-year achievement of over 20 scientists, nutritionists and chocolatiers to achieve 30% less sugar with no artificial sweeteners – and most […]

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StePac – Taking Broccoli Packaging Out of the Ice Age

  StePac – Taking Broccoli Packaging Out of the Ice Age

StePac’s innovative MA/MH (Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity Packaging) technology is changing the paradigm of cold-chain supply and integrating sustainability into the long-haul transport of fresh broccoli and other vegetables traditionally shipped in ice. The technology effectively eliminates the need for ice and nonrecyclable wax cartons while enhancing food safety.
Stakeholders along the supply channel are realizing the […]

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£50 Million Telford Expansion Gives Müller 500 Million Pot Capacity

  £50 Million Telford Expansion Gives Müller 500 Million Pot Capacity

A £50 million expansion project by Müller UK & Ireland to build a chilled yogurt manufacturing facility capable of producing 500 million pots each year in Telford, England, has been completed. The investment, which has created 65 new jobs in the area, enables Müller to meet growing demand from consumers for branded and private label yogurts made with […]

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A Question of Balance for Clean and Clear Label

  A Question of Balance for Clean and Clear Label

Clean and clear labeling concerns are now well established in the food and beverage industry, having featured as a key and running theme through all Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends forecasts in recent years. More than ten years ago ‘Go Natural’ led the company’s annual top trends listing and since then clean label claims have […]

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Bord Bia Drive to Make Potatoes More “Insta-friendly” With the Millennial Consumer

  Bord Bia Drive to Make Potatoes More “Insta-friendly” With the Millennial Consumer

Potatoes are still the most consumed carbohydrate in Ireland with 97% of all households purchasing potatoes and a recorded growth in purchase of 1.3% to September 20181. Irish people are eating potatoes on average more than 3 times a week, however, millennial consumers are buying with less frequency than the overall market. To understand the reasons behind […]

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PepsiCo Targets African Growth in $1.7 Billion Deal

  PepsiCo Targets African Growth in $1.7 Billion Deal

PepsiCo has agreed to acquire all the outstanding shares of Pioneer Foods Group of South Africa for approximately US$1.7 billion. Pioneer Foods has a robust, locally relevant product portfolio that complements PepsiCo’s current line-up, with strong positions in cereals, juices, and other African nutritional food staples, including well-known, scaled brands like Weet-Bix, Liqui-Fruit, Ceres, Sasko, […]

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WHO/Europe Studies Find Baby Foods are High in Sugar and Inappropriately Marketed For Babies

  WHO/Europe Studies Find Baby Foods are High in Sugar and Inappropriately Marketed For Babies

Two new studies from WHO/Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of 6 months, and that many of those foods contain inappropriately high levels of sugar. WHO’s long-standing recommendation states that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first 6 months. Its 2016 […]

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AB World Foods Selects e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

  AB World Foods Selects e.fundamentals to Help Drive Online Sales

AB World Foods, the ethnic foods division of Associated British Foods, has selected ecommerce analytics provider e.fundamentals to help drive sales of its products through retailers’ websites. AB World Foods, whose brands include Patak’s, Blue Dragon, Levi Roots and Tabasco, has become a client of e.fundamentals’ retail service, which continuously reports how brands are performing […]

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AxFlow Holding Acquires Induchem Group in Ireland

  AxFlow Holding Acquires Induchem Group in Ireland

AxFlow Holding, the international fluid handling group that is active in all European markets, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, has acquired the Irish Induchem Group, the specialist provider of fluid handling solutions, which predominately focuses on valves, pipe solutions, mixers and pneumatics. Headquartered in Cork, the Induchem Group has four sites, located in Ireland and […]

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AB InBev to Sell Australian Business For US$11.3 Billion to Asahi Group

  AB InBev to Sell Australian Business For US$11.3 Billion to Asahi Group

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to divest Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), its Australian subsidiary, to Asahi Group Holdings for Au$16.0 billion, (US$11.3 billion) in enterprise value. The transaction represents an implied multiple of 14.9x 2018 normalised EBITDA.
As part of this transaction, AB InBev will grant Asahi Group Holdings rights to commercialise the portfolio of AB […]

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UK Spirits Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing

  UK Spirits Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing

Spirits producers across the UK are gearing up to dramatically increase production over the next 12 months amid signs that the boom in UK spirits is set to continue, according to research conducted by a campaigning alliance that has just been launched. A poll by Survation for the newly-established UK Spirits Alliance has found that 65 […]

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Mondelēz International Completes Acquisition of Majority Interest in Perfect Snacks

  Mondelēz International Completes Acquisition of Majority Interest in Perfect Snacks

Mondelēz International has completed its acquisition of a majority interest in Perfect Snacks®, a pioneer in the fast-growing refrigerated nutrition bars segment with a range of offerings including Perfect Bar, The Original Refrigerated Protein Bar™, and Perfect Snacks’ other lines of organic, non-GMO, nut-butter based protein bars and bites.
“The Perfect Snacks majority acquisition further expands […]

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Interim Revenue and Profits Up at Nichols

  Interim Revenue and Profits Up at Nichols

Nichols, the UK-based soft drinks group, has reported a 10.2% increase in revenue to £71.6 million and a 2.0% rise in profit before tax to £13.3 million for the half year ended 30 June 2019, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. EBITDA increased by 9.7% to £15.3 million. To support the trading […]

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First Milk Announces Proposed Changes at Scottish Creameries

  First Milk Announces Proposed Changes at Scottish Creameries

First Milk, the UK dairy co-operative, has announced the commencement of employee consultation about proposed changes at its Scottish Creameries. The Scottish Creameries were put up for sale in April 2018 when First Milk announced that its Campbeltown and Arran Creameries were not core to its business strategy for the future.
Despite significant effort over the […]

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Enter Now – Start-up Innovation Challenge For Food and Beverage Ingredients Open

  Enter Now – Start-up Innovation Challenge For Food and Beverage Ingredients Open

At this year’s Food ingredients Europe & Ni, trade show organiser Fi Global will highlight the most exciting new F&B start-ups in the Start-up Innovation Challenge. Entrants to the competition are invited to apply now, with the winners receiving business advice and coaching from top industry experts.
Innovation is the secret of success in the F&B […]

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Kelsen Group Being Sold For $300 Million

  Kelsen Group Being Sold For $300 Million

CTH, a Belgian holding company affiliated to the Ferrero Group, has agreed to acquire Kelsen Group, the Danish biscuit producer, from US-based Campbell Soup Company for $300 million. The proceeds from the divestiture will allow Campbell to reduce debt.
Based in Nørre Snede, Denmark, Kelsen is a producer of quality baked snacks whose primary brands include […]

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Bidfood Expands its Network

  Bidfood Expands its Network

Bidfood, the UK foodservice wholesaler supplying fresh, frozen, ambient and non-food related products to customers in a wide range of sectors within the foodservice and catering industries, has announced the acquisition of Elite Fine Foods. This is the latest business to join Bidfood’s successful network of independent businesses trading alongside other companies in the delivered […]

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Nestlé Invents First 70% Dark Chocolate Made Entirely From Cocoa Fruit

  Nestlé Invents First 70% Dark Chocolate Made Entirely From Cocoa Fruit

Nestlé has announced it has created a unique chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit, using the beans and pulp as the only ingredients and therefore not adding any refined sugar. Nestlé plans to introduce the first product in Japan in the autumn of this year through its KitKat Chocolatory. Further products in other countries […]

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Always Coca-Cola – World’s Favourite Soft Drink Tops Brand Ranking

  Always Coca-Cola – World’s Favourite Soft Drink Tops Brand Ranking

American drinks giant, Coca-Cola, retains its position as the world’s most valuable soft drinks brand after recording a 19% increase in brand value to US$36.2 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy. The brand has further widened its lead, as second-placed Pepsi suffers an 8% drop […]

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Fi Europe & Ni 2019 – 3-5 December – Villepinte Parc des Expositions, Paris

  Fi Europe & Ni 2019 – 3-5 December – Villepinte Parc des Expositions, Paris

For more than 30 years Fi Europe & Ni (Natural ingredients) has been the world’s leading food and beverage ingredients sourcing platform. Its unique influence is underlined by the fact that more than 25 per cent of all annual food and beverage manufacturer ingredient procurement budgets are influenced by a visit to the show.
Fi Europe […]

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Karro Food Group Acquiring Young’s Seafood

  Karro Food Group Acquiring Young’s Seafood

Karro Food Group, the UK pork processor, has agreed to acquire Young’s Seafood, the leading seafood manufacturer in the UK, for an undisclosed price. With a turnover of £600 million and operating 12 manufacturing sites across the UK, Young’s Seafood provides a broad portfolio of chilled and frozen fish to Britain’s major retailers, restaurants and […]

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New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

  New Geographical Indication From the United Kingdom

The European Commission has approved the addition of ‘Ayrshire New Potatoes’/‘Ayrshire Earlies’ in the register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The newly protected product is planted, grown and harvested in the county of Ayrshire in the South West of Scotland.
Ayrshire has been at the heart of the British potato industry since the cultivation of the crop was […]

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Potato Partnership Powers Success

  Potato Partnership Powers Success

Teagasc (Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global markets. IPM and Teagasc have now signed a new fifteen year agreement continuing this successful partnership and collaboration.
Teagasc Director, […]

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Finalists Announced For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

  Finalists Announced For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards. The prestigious awards programme, which was first introduced last year, is the first of its kind on the island of Ireland in celebrating and promoting the best of the Irish food and drink manufacturing industry and the people behind the products.
The […]

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McCain Partners With Plant-based Chicken Nugget Alternative Start-up

  McCain Partners With Plant-based Chicken Nugget Alternative Start-up

McCain Foods, the global leader in frozen French fries, potato specialties and appetizers, has announced a new strategic partnership and lead investment in NUGGS, a New York-based start-up which has developed an innovative plant-based chicken nugget alternative.
The partnership combines NUGGS pioneering textured pea protein technology and breakthrough research & development process with McCain’s production and […]

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ABP Food Group Wins World’s Best Fillet Steak

  ABP Food Group Wins World’s Best Fillet Steak

ABP Food Group, the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK, was the winner of the World’s Best Fillet Steak at the recent World Steak Challenge 2019, which took place in Dublin. The annual competition sees beef producing nations across the globe compete for these prestigious industry awards. ABP was the most successful Irish […]

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Baby Food Industry Needs Better Products and Clearer Labelling

  Baby Food Industry Needs Better Products and Clearer Labelling

Public Health England (PHE) has published an evidence review of commercially available baby foods and drinks aimed at children up to 36 months. The main findings of the report Foods and drinks aimed at infants and young children: evidence and opportunities for action show clear inconsistencies between national infant feeding advice and how some commercial […]

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Pea Plant Completion Marks First Phase of £80 Million UK Investment by Princes

  Pea Plant Completion Marks First Phase of £80 Million UK Investment by Princes

International food and drink group Princes, which is part of Mitsubishi Corporation, has completed the first phase of a planned £80 million investment in its Long Sutton site in Lincolnshire, England, with the opening of a new pea plant. The investment is Princes biggest ever capital investment. Long Sutton is the firm’s largest food production […]

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Arla UK 360 Farmers to Trial New 3D Imagery Systems With Automated Intelligence

  Arla UK 360 Farmers to Trial New 3D Imagery Systems With Automated Intelligence

3D imagery systems will be trialled by Arla UK 360 farmers to help them identify changes in each cow’s physical wellbeing, mobility and weight, before they are visible to the human eye. The technology, Herdvision, has been developed by Kingshay working in partnership with the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotics Lab at […]

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Chinese Brands Claim Top 4 Positions in Brand Finance Spirits 50 Ranking

  Chinese Brands Claim Top 4 Positions in Brand Finance Spirits 50 Ranking

Chinese baijiu brand Moutai retains its status as the world’s most valuable spirits brand with an impressive 43% increase in brand value to US$30.5 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy.
As China’s most prestigious baijiu brand, Moutai has recorded healthy brand value growth since last year, a nod […]

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Newly Formed Burts Snacks Targets £100 Million Sales

  Newly Formed Burts Snacks Targets £100 Million Sales

Following its acquisition of Savoury & Sweet in December 2017, Burts Potato Chips has announced that it will now be known as Burts Snacks, highlighting the company’s commitment to becoming the UK’s leading producer of premium snacking products. Burts Snacks will continue to manufacture a range of crisps, popcorn, compression popped and flash fried products […]

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PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019 – Call for Entries – Deadline: 17 July

  PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019 – Call for Entries – Deadline: 17 July

PPMA Group has issued a ‘Final Call for Entries’ to the 2019 PPMA Group Industry Awards. All companies within the packaging and processing sector are invited to submit their FREE submission by the deadline of 17 July 2019.
Held at the National Conference Centre (NCC) on 1 October 2019, the Awards evening brings together more than […]

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Dairy Crest Rebrands as Saputo Dairy UK

  Dairy Crest Rebrands as Saputo Dairy UK

Following its acquisition by Saputo of Canada, Dairy Crest is changing its name to Saputo Dairy UK. The change of name reflects that Dairy Crest is now part of Saputo, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world. With the expansion of both the Davidstow Creamery in Cornwall and its functional ingredients business, […]

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Latest Short-term Outlook For Main EU Agricultural Sectors

  Latest Short-term Outlook For Main EU Agricultural Sectors

The latest agricultural short-term outlook report published by the European Commission shows in its main findings that EU exports of pork, beef, olive oil and dairy products are expected to continue increasing in 2019 with overall EU agricultural production also on the rise. The dairy sector sees sustained demand for EU dairy products and favourable weather conditions. In addition, global demand for […]

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Brigid Simmonds OBE to Step Down as Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association

  Brigid Simmonds OBE to Step Down as Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association

After 10 years as Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, Brigid Simmonds OBE (pictured) has decided to step down. Brigid is leaving to become Chairman of the new Betting and Gaming Council which will combine the Association of British Bookmakers with the Remote Gambling Association. She will step down on Friday 11 […]

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Froneri Enters Israel With Acquisition of Nestlé Ice Cream Business

  Froneri Enters Israel With Acquisition of Nestlé Ice Cream Business

Froneri has agreed to acquire the Noga Ice Creams, subject to regulatory approval. Noga is part of the Nestlé-owned business Osem Group and means Froneri will be entering the Israeli market for the first time. This milestone deal will now bring all of the Nestlé Europe, Middle East & North Africa ice cream businesses into […]

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DSM and Avril Collaborate to Bring Plant-based Protein to Food Industry

  DSM and Avril Collaborate to Bring Plant-based Protein to Food Industry

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, and Avril, an international French agro-industrial group, intend to work together to meet the growing consumer demand for plant-based proteins. Together, DSM and Avril will produce a unique protein based on non-genetically modified canola. It has excellent functional properties, a high nutritional […]

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International Food Conference Held in Wales For the First Time

  International Food Conference Held in Wales For the First Time

Academics from around the world congregated in Wales recently to discuss how food can help make society more hospitable. The International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS) was hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University from 27th to 28th June 2019. It was the first time ICCAS has taken place in Wales with over 90 delegates attending from […]

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Müller to Close English Dairy

  Müller to Close English Dairy

Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI), Britain’s largest producer of branded and private label fresh milk, cream, butter and ingredients products, has confirmed that it is to wind down production at its Foston dairy in Derbyshire with the potential loss of 223 permanent posts. The facility is likely to cease operations by the end of the […]

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