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  • Fane Valley and ABP to Extend Joint Venture Arrangement Northern Ireland-based Fane Valley Co-op and ABP Food Group, the Irish and international meat processor, are to extend their joint venture relationship to include Linden Foods, the UK-based meat processing business of Fane Valley. The partnership will see Republic of Ireland-based ABP Food Group take a 50% stake in the Linden Foods company. An agreement in [...]...
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery Agrees French Distribution Deal Walsh Whiskey Distillery, the independent Irish distillery, has signed an exclusive agreement with Dugas of Paris, for the distribution, throughout France, of its range of Writers’ Tears premium Irish whiskeys from the 1st September 2017. Established in 1980 by Francois-Xavier Dugas, the Dugas company is a renowned distributor of leading spirits with a particular emphasis on [...]...
  • IRI Launches New Growth Solutions Team to Unlock Opportunities for Manufacturers IRI, the global provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new Growth Solutions team providing specialist assistance for manufacturers. The Growth Solutions team is being set up to support IRI’s clients across five specific focus areas: Media Strategy and Optimisation, Shopper Marketing Effectiveness, Price and Promotions, In-Store Activation [...]...
  • CROWN Food Europe Wins Gold Award in 29th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation CROWN Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, has been honored with a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its easy-open foil sealed can. The Peelfit™ can, which enhances convenience, lightweighting and product protection, was highlighted as a standout product in the ‘technological advancement’ and ‘responsible packaging’ categories of [...]...
  • Patak’s Paste Pots Unleash Indian Flavours Easily With Design by Hornall Anderson A new range of spice Paste Pots by Patak’s has launched into Morrison’s with contemporary packaging design by Hornall Anderson. To showcase the intense aromas and flavours generated by the paste pots and forge a sensory experience for the consumer, graphic squirls feature on the front of pack. Patak’s wanted to communicate the benefits of its [...]...
  • Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications. The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with [...]...

RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

  RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

RAPS has invested around €1.5 million in new technology at its German headquarters. Working with a renowned plant manufacturer, a state-of-the-art facility for raw material preparation has come to life. Offering a wider selection of cleaning methods and improved contaminant detection, the company can now handle a broader array of raw materials at higher throughput speeds.
RAPS […]

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Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

  Marston’s Acquiring Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business For £55 million

Marston’s, the UK beer and pubs group, has agreed to acquire the Charles Wells brewing business from the Charles Wells Group for a cash consideration of £55 million, plus working capital adjustments. Based in Bedford, Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business has a portfolio of more than 30 beers including leading brands such as Bombardier, […]

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Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

  Nomad Foods is Back on the Acquisitions Trail

Nomad Foods, Europe’s leading frozen foods company which was created following a series of major acquisition deals, is reported to have a €600 million war-chest at its disposal to fund further deals.
Nomad Holdings, a publicly listed acquisition company, initially purchased Iglo Foods, Europe’s largest frozen food business with iconic brands including Birds Eye in the […]

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ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

  ARYZTA AG Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

ARYZTA, a global food business with a leadership position in speciality bakery,  has appointed Kevin Toland as Chief Executive Officer. He joins ARYZTA from daa plc which operates Dublin and Cork airports, ARI (a global retailer in travel retail) and daa International where he has served as Chief Executive since 2013. He previously held the […]

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Bord Bia and Irish Food Companies Target Private Label Retailers

  Bord Bia and Irish Food Companies Target Private Label Retailers

Bord Bia and 21 Irish food companies are exploring new opportunities with Continental European food retailers as they look beyond their existing UK customer base to grow their businesses. Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy (pictured above) explains: “Private Label food and drink now forms a significant part of retail sales in Europe, and our recent consumer […]

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Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

  Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunity For Adult Soft Drinks

As consumers across Europe embrace a healthier lifestyle, a growing trend for more moderate alcohol consumption is emerging. Research conducted by Kerry Taste and Nutrition shows that half of consumers are actively reducing their alcohol intake, with 40 per cent of those surveyed stating that their change in habit comes as a result of health […]

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Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

  Dairy Crest Delivers a Robust Performance

Dairy Crest has reported a 1.3% decrease in revenue to £416.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2017, although revenue in the second half of the year was 3.7% ahead of the same period last year. Despite sales volumes across its four key brands remaining broadly flat, the UK dairy group faced price deflation […]

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Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

  Aston Manor Cider Business Could be Put Up For Sale

Aston Manor, the largest independently owned cider maker in the UK and the second largest manufacturer of cider in the country, has appointed investment bank Lazard to advise on the future direction of the business, which could result in a sale. Aston Manor is controlled by Doug Ellis, the former chairman of Aston Villa Football […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

  75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

  Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

Product of the Year – the UK’s largest independent survey of product innovation – is now in its 14th year running. The prestigious awards, open to all FMCG retailer and branded products, shine a spotlight on the most innovative products launched within the past 18 months. Voted for by over 11,500 consumers, winning products gain […]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Visits Flow Technology on Trade and Investment Mission in Ireland

  Minister Mitchell O’Connor Visits Flow Technology on Trade and Investment Mission in Ireland

As part of the two-day Enterprise Ireland/IDA Trade & Investment Mission in Ireland event, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD visited Flow Technology at their facility in Charleville, County Cork on 17 May. The company, set up 40 years ago by the current owner’s father, Denis Murphy, is now one of […]

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A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

  A Year of Consolidation For C&C Group

C&C Group, the Irish and UK drinks business, has reported a flat operating profit on a constant currency basis of €95 million on revenue down by 6.9% to €559 million for the year ended 28 February 2017 (FY2017). However, after a challenging FY2016, the group’s key markets and trading performance was stable over the course […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

  Nestlé Inaugurates SFr145 Million Factory in Dubai

Nestlé has inaugurated its new SFr145 million (€132 million) Al-Maha factory in Dubai, which produces Nescafé coffee and Maggi cooking aids for the local and regional market. Now operating at full capacity, the site employs 340 people from 20 countries. 60% of the team are under 30 years of age.
The environmental performance of the factory […]

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Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

  Pernod Ricard UK Confirms Two Promotions at its Senior Commercial Team

Ian Peart, currently Channel Director, On-Trade for Pernod Ricard UK, has been promoted to the position of Business Development Director, reporting directly to Laurent Pillet, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard UK. Ian Peart has over 20 years’ experience in the drinks trade, the last 11 years at Pernod Ricard UK, firstly as Field Sales Controller […]

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Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross Becomes First Irish Food Manufacturer to achieve ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark

  Dawn Meats Carroll’s Cross Becomes First Irish Food Manufacturer to achieve ‘Business Working Responsibly’ Mark

Dawn Meats has become the first Irish food manufacturing company to achieve the coveted Business Working Responsibly Mark at its Carroll’s Cross site in Waterford. A significant milestone on its journey to becoming Europe’s most sustainable meat company, Dawn Meats has now joined a group of only 25 companies in Ireland to have attained this […]

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Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

  Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

Bridge2Food, the international food industry networking company, is running a state of the industry survey to gauge views on the current state of active & sports nutrition sector, and discover the issues that are most important to you. To take part, visit: http://bit.ly/2pVzfBy by 24 May 2017. Share your views on economic performance, innovation, new […]

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Challenging Year For Premier Foods

  Challenging Year For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported a 1.4% decrease in underlying sales to £790.4 million for the 52 weeks ended 1 April 2017, with underlying trading profit of £117.0 million, down from £129.1 million in the previous year. On a statutory basis, revenue grew by 2.4%, reflecting the inclusion of results from […]

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Peter’s Food Service Wins National CIM Marketing Excellence Award

  Peter’s Food Service Wins National CIM Marketing Excellence Award

Peter’s Food Service’s successful Welsh Rugby Heroes campaign has been recognised at this year’s CIM Marketing Excellence Awards, beating off competition from the likes of ITV, EDF Energy and the NHS Professionals. The campaign, which sought to find Wales’ unsung rugby heroes, picked up the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award for a large organisation. […]

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New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

  New CEO For Nestlé UK & Ireland

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé UK & Ireland, Dame Fiona Kendrick has decided to stand down as the CEO of the UK & Ireland market but will continue to serve as Chairman providing strategic support to the company. Stefano Agostini (pictured above), currently President & CEO of Nestlé Waters Italy will succeed Dame […]

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Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

  Morrisons Agrees Milk Deal With Arla Foods

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has agreed a new three-year contract starting in March 2018 that will mean its own-brand liquid milk is provided by Arla Foods. Morrisons is looking forward to working more closely with their farmers on a range of sustainability and animal welfare measures.

As part of this deal, Morrisons is […]

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Bosch Opens Customer Solutions Centre in the Netherlands

  Bosch Opens Customer Solutions Centre in the Netherlands

Bosch Packaging Technology has opened its new customer solutions centre at Weert in the Netherlands, to help food and non-food producers maximize the value of their operations when selecting a complete vertical system solution for their packaging operation. At the centre, Bosch displays a selection of systems for the confectionery, chocolate, nuts, snacks and powder […]

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Advice on Follow-on Formulae With Lower Protein Content

  Advice on Follow-on Formulae With Lower Protein Content

Follow-on formula with a protein content of at least 1.6 g/100 kcal made from either cow or goat’s milk is safe and suitable for infants living in Europe, EFSA says. Current EU legislation sets the minimum protein content at 1.8 g/100kcal.
For the scientific assessment, EFSA considered the dietary protein requirements of infants from 6 to […]

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£10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

  £10 Million Investment Adds Kick to 2 Sisters’ Prepared Meals

Britain’s biggest food manufacturer has invested £10 million in new technology and innovation as it ramps up the capabilities of its prepared meals facility in South Wales. 2 Sisters Food Group’s Rogerstone site – the biggest prepared meals facility in Europe – now has a dedicated Oriental foods ‘pod’. This will act as the foundation […]

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Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

  Arla Foods Opens New State-of-the-art Global Innovation Centre

Arla Foods has officially opened its new state-of-the-art global innovation centre, built in the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing food clusters in Aarhus, Denmark. Arla has put open innovation at the centre of its growth plans for the next decade. The dairy farming co-operative aims to be the most collaborative innovator in […]

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Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

  Kerry Group, Glanbia and Irish Distillers Top the Ireland RepTrak 2017 Study of the Most Highly Regarded Organisations in Ireland in Food & Beverage

The Reputations Agency has announced the results of the annual Ireland RepTrak® 2017 study. Based on the perceptions of more than 4,500 respondents who completed the survey in the first quarter of 2017, the survey quantifies the emotional bond stakeholders have with 50 leading companies, and how these connections drive supportive behaviour such as a […]

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Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

  Tetra Pak Uses More Than One Third Renewable Electricity

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has announced that it now uses renewable electricity for more than a third of its total annual consumption worldwide. This is up from 22% in 2015.
Key to this achievement was the purchase earlier this year of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for all its […]

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Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

  Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

Global brewer Heineken has presented its latest innovation – Heineken® 0.0 – a non-alcoholic lager brewed with a unique recipe for a distinct balanced taste – and only 69 calories per 33cl bottle. Initially available in 14 markets in 2017, the brand’s iconic green label has been turned blue – the colour associated with the […]

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Camden Town Brewery to Open New £30 Million Site

  Camden Town Brewery to Open New £30 Million Site

Camden Town Brewery, the London-based English craft brewer, is preparing to open its new brewing facility at Enfield, close to its existing site in Kentish Town. Involving investment of £30 million, the new 50,000 sq ft, carbon neutral brewery site will increase the company’s production to 400,000 hectolitres a year. The new Enfield brewery will […]

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Guinness Export House Launched

  Guinness Export House Launched

Diageo and The Loop have launched the world’s first GUINNESS EXPORT HOUSE at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport. This state-of-the-art concept is the first of its kind for the Guinness brand and aims to deliver a new innovative retail solution to the travel retail sector. Custom designed from conception to completion by Diageo and The […]

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Total Produce Invests in Environmentally Friendly LPG Autogas Fleet

  Total Produce Invests in Environmentally Friendly LPG Autogas Fleet

In what is a first in Irish agri-business, Total Produce has partnered with Gallagher Brother Haulage to convert a fleet of eight 40ft. lorries from conventional diesel fuelled vehicles to BIO LPG Autogas. This conversion will yield immediate and dramatic dividends in environmental terms. When compared to a regular diesel fuelled lorry, each vehicle delivers:

A […]

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New Turkish and Colombian Members Extend IADSA’s Global Reach

IADSA, the international organization for the food/dietary supplements sector, has expanded its representation with the addition of two new member associations from Turkey and Colombia. Joining IADSA are the Turkish nutrition trade body GTBD, which is based in Ankara, and the Colombian organization ANDI located in Bogota.
With the affiliation of Colombia and Turkey, the total […]

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Nestlé to Invest €37 Million in Nescafé Factory in Spain

  Nestlé to Invest €37 Million in Nescafé Factory in Spain

Nestlé will invest €37 million in the next few months at its Nescafé soluble coffee facility at Girona in Spain. The investment will be used for the renovation of a soluble coffee production line, with the incorporation of advanced technology allowing for a 20% increase in production capacity, resulting in the creation of between 15 […]

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Orkla Expands in Ice Cream Ingredients and Accessories in Germany

  Orkla Expands in Ice Cream Ingredients and Accessories in Germany

Orkla Food Ingredients, the leading bakery ingredients player in the Nordic region, has purchased 100% of the shares in the German sales and distribution company Eis Ludwig Gräbner. With the acquisition of Eis Gräbner, Orkla Food Ingredients will strengthen its position as a supplier of ice cream ingredients and accessories.
Orkla Food Ingredients is one of […]

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New Campaign to Boost Irish Beef Sales in Italy

  New Campaign to Boost Irish Beef Sales in Italy

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has launched its new trade communications strategy for Irish beef in the Italian market. The strategy emerged from research begun by Bord Bia’s Thinking House into Italian consumer behaviour and subsequent work on consumer trends around animal welfare and sustainability.
It aims to convince food buyers that in choosing Irish beef […]

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EHL Ingredients Increases Manufacturing Capacity by 50%

  EHL Ingredients Increases Manufacturing Capacity by 50%

EHL Ingredients, a leading UK importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, has acquired a new manufacturing site at the Broadstone Industrial Estate in Stockport giving them 8000 sq ft of extra space to further expand the family business which has been operating for over twenty years. The acquisition is an exciting […]

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New Food Enzyme Exposure Tool Paves Way For Evaluations

  New Food Enzyme Exposure Tool Paves Way For Evaluations

EFSA scientists have devised a way to more accurately estimate consumer exposure to enzymes used in food production, improving their safety evaluation as required by EU law. Use of the new approach in four newly published scientific opinions paves the way for the evaluation of the remaining 300 applications.
Dr Christina Tlustos, an exposure expert who […]

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St Austell Brewery Delivers Record Results For 2016

  St Austell Brewery Delivers Record Results For 2016

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer and pub operator, has reported another record financial performance after increasing turnover by 13.2% to £153.2 million and operating profit before other items by 5.2% to £14 million in the 52-week period to 31st December 2016.
During the year, the company invested £25.9 million in capital expenditure, of which […]

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Kerrygold Drives Ornua’s Strong Performance

  Kerrygold Drives Ornua’s Strong Performance

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of primary Irish dairy products, delivered a strong trading performance in 2016, with group EBITDA up 18% to €43.1 million and turnover ahead by 9%, on a like for like basis, to €1.75 billion. This performance was achieved in a year of volatile milk prices and political uncertainty in a number […]

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Roger Federer is Barilla’s New Global Brand Ambassador

  Roger Federer is Barilla’s New Global Brand Ambassador

Barilla Group, the world’s largest pasta producer, has reached a long-term agreement with Roger Federer, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, for the promotion of its pasta and sauces products around the world. Throughout his long and brilliant career, Roger Federer has won numerous titles and achieved many records: he has […]

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WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients Introduces New Colourings

  WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients Introduces New Colourings

WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), a business unit of Archer Daniels Midland Company, is extending its portfolio of natural colouring foods with the addition of products based on extracts from pumpkin and a special carrot variety containing lycopene. Launched as a celebration of the company’s heritage in colouring foodstuff innovation, the new products add […]

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Gebo Cermex Wins Best Modular Machine Award at Interpack 2017

  Gebo Cermex Wins Best Modular Machine Award at Interpack 2017

Following a global launch at Interpack 2017, Gebo Cermex has announced that its CareSelect™ bottle infeed system has won the ‘Modular Machines’ category of the ‘Best Future Machine Award’ sponsored by Rockwell Automation. CareSelect™ is a patented universal and modular shaped-bottle infeed and collating system for robotic or traditional case packers, powered by Rockwell Automation’s […]

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Altia Opens New Distillery in Sweden

  Altia Opens New Distillery in Sweden

Altia, a leading wine and spirits company in the Nordic and Baltic countries, has opened a new distillery at Sundsvall in Sweden. All of Altia’s Swedish aquavit production will be concentrated to the facility, named the OP Anderson Distillery.
The beverages that will be produced in the new distillery are flagship OP Anderson Aquavit along with […]

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Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

  Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers. Despite challenging economic conditions and poor harvests in Spain, Italy and Greece during 2015, […]

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Patricia Callan Appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

  Patricia Callan Appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

Patricia Callan has been appointed to the role of Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the trade association that represents brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors in Ireland, and will take up the position immediately. Patricia joins ABFI from the Small Firms Association (SFA) where she has been Director since 2006.
Patricia Callan, Director of […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

  New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients. Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in value-added whey solutions.
The new Whey & Protein Blog – www.thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest […]

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New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

  New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

High production temperatures in the food industry, for example in ovens, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors, put considerable strain on the bearings. Klüber Lubrication has now succeeded in developing a new high-temperature grease for a wide range of applications in the food industry, which is able to realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of […]

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Premier Foods Renews Strategic Global Partnership For Cadbury Cake

  Premier Foods Renews Strategic Global Partnership For Cadbury Cake

Premier Foods has agreed to renew its strategic global partnership with Mondelēz International concerning the long-standing licence to produce and market Cadbury branded cake and ambient dessert products. Once finalised, the new licence will run until 2022, with an option for Premier Foods to extend this to 2025, subject to meeting certain performance criteria.
The partnership […]

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Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in US Craft Brewer

  Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in US Craft Brewer

Heineken has acquired all the remaining shares in Lagunitas Brewing Company, the US-based craft brewer. Lagunitas will continue to operate as an independent entity within Heineken and will report within the Heineken Americas Region.
Heineken has enjoyed a successful partnership with Lagunitas since 2015, when it acquired a 50% stake in the company. Since then Lagunitas […]

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Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

  Deflation Continues to Impact the Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 23 April 2017, show that deflation is limiting growth in the grocery market as supermarket prices continue to fall.  Having slipped into deflation for the first time in almost two years in the last period, the grocery market grew […]

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SUBWAY® Stores to Cut Almost Four Billion Calories From British Diets

  SUBWAY® Stores to Cut Almost Four Billion Calories From British Diets

From July 2016 to July 2017, SUBWAY® stores will have removed around 3.7 billion calories from Great British diets, after converting to Britvic and PepsiCo beverages. This new partnership provides all customers with a broader product range whilst significantly reducing their overall calorie and sugar intake.
The dynamic design of the new drinks fountains and fridge […]

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