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  • Record Results For Mahou San Miguel Mahou San Miguel, the 100% family-owned Spanish brewer, and the industry leader in Spain, has announced the best-ever full-year results in the company’s history. Mahou San Miguel’s turnover increased by 3.6% in 2016 to €1.22 billion, the highest figure ever reached. It has also seen a significant rise in its operating profits which stood at [...]...
  • International Brewing & Cider Awards Winners Brewers and cider makers from across the world gathered at London’s Guildhall on 26 April for the unveiling of the Championship winners in the International Brewing & Cider Awards 2017. Trophies were awarded to nine brewers and one cider maker from three continents, with all bar one of them winning a Championship for the first [...]...
  • £5 Million Boost For Five Star 2 Sisters Food Group, Britain’s biggest food manufacturer, has invested £5 million in the expansion and upgrade of its secondary processing site in Grimsby. The investment at Five Star Fish comes on the back of new chilled business that was won at the turn of the year. The upgrade has introduced new technology, added an [...]...
  • How to Achieve the Best Results From Key Ingredients Using Silverson Mixers Silverson Machines Ltd have recently released a series of new ‘How to’ videos on their YouTube channel intended to demonstrate and instruct how to get the best results from various key ingredients in the food industry. Produced by Silverson’s videographer Emanuel Caetano, the series includes ‘How to’ information on applications such as Mixing Xanthan Gum, Dispersing [...]...
  • The Admix Fastfeed System – Revolutionizing Batching The Admix Fastfeed powder induction and dispersion system consistently delivers smooth product for any batch size at controlled feed rates up to 450 pounds per minute in a single pass. With hundreds of global installations, food and beverage processors rely on this system to: Cut batch times in half Improve operator safety and ergonomics Reduce energy consumption up [...]...
  • Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has agreed to sell 60% of its Dairy Ireland segment to Glanbia Co-op. Dairy Ireland is currently 100% owned by Glanbia plc and is comprised of two business units, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Glanbia Agribusiness. In 2016, Dairy Ireland generated revenue of €616.2 million, earnings before interest, tax and [...]...

Asda the First UK Supermarket to Improve Vegan Labelling

  Asda the First UK Supermarket to Improve Vegan Labelling

Asda has paved the way as the first UK supermarket to approach The Vegan Society with intention to improve the labelling of its vegan products – including vodka. The retail giant has started putting the Vegan Trademark on 16 different items, some of which have already reached the supermarket shelves, causing positive social media reactions. […]

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Future-proof For Success

  Future-proof For Success

The meat market remains fast-moving and competitive. As part of this processors and retailers are always looking for a point of differentiation. As well as new product development, this can mean new pack formats. Convenience remains a major driver here but this has to be matched by the ability to maintain product quality and freshness […]

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Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

  Researchers Show How to Navigate Complex EU Health Claim Regulations For Food and Drinks

EU regulations on health claims on food are complex but navigable, a study into food regulations has found. The study, led by Professor Monique Raats at the University of Surrey, working with researchers from Slovenia and Denmark, found that EU regulation, which is aimed at substantiating marketing claims of the health benefits of food, has […]

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Strong Year For Hilton Food Group

  Strong Year For Hilton Food Group

Reflecting higher volumes and the new trading business, Hilton Food Group, the UK-based international meat packing specialist, has reported a 12.8% increase in revenue to £1.234 billion – up by 7.2% on a like-for-like 52 week constant currency basis – for the year ended 1 January 2017. . Underlying volume increases were seen in the […]

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Leadership Change at Ferrero Group

  Leadership Change at Ferrero Group

The Ferrero Group has decided to introduce a new governance structure to strengthen its competitive position in the global chocolate and sweet packaged food market and to accelerate growth. Giovanni Ferrero (pictured), chief executive of Ferrero Group, will assume the role of executive chairman as of September 1st, 2017. As such, he will drive the […]

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Müller Introduces Three New Yogurts

  Müller Introduces Three New Yogurts

Müller UK & Ireland has launched three new yogurt products as it continues to grow the category through innovation and product development. Following the success of Müller Bliss Corner and Müller Simply Bliss, a new multimedia campaign, including a new TV advert, will launch the creamy tasting Müllerlight Kremas – the dairy company’s first ever […]

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Get More Value Out of Your Dairy Based Ingredients

  Get More Value Out of Your Dairy Based Ingredients

The global market for high-value dairy based ingredients for infant, sports, and clinical nutrition is growing at high rates. At the moment, the world’s major dairy processors are expanding and refining their milk and whey processing facilities to capitalize on this opportunity, looking to get maximum value out of their product streams by means of […]

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Specialist Packaging Solutions From CoCopac

  Specialist Packaging Solutions From CoCopac

Since 2008, CoCopac has evolved into one of the premier suppliers of high quality, specialist packaging solutions to clients in the food packaging industry across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australasia.
Based at its purpose built 23,000 sq ft facility in Somerset, CoCopac combines fifty years of experience of converting specialist papers, paperboard and […]

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UK Guidelines on Reducing Sugar in Food Published For Industry

  UK Guidelines on Reducing Sugar in Food Published For Industry

Public Health England (PHE) has published the technical guidelines setting out the approaches the food industry can take to reduce the amount of sugar children consume through the everyday foods that contribute the most to intakes. The reduction programme could see 200,000 tonnes of sugar removed from the UK market per year by 2020.
The guidelines […]

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Britvic Introduces Robinsons Innovation

  Britvic Introduces Robinsons Innovation

With innovation a continued focus Britvic Soft Drinks has announced a new product that will offer consumers a tasty way to keep their thirst quenched on-the-go from the Great Britain leading squash brand, Robinsons. Robinsons Refresh’d is made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients, containing spring water mixed with real fruit, and will be aimed at busy […]

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Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

  Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

Eilersen is releasing a new series of digital load cells in a hygienic (aseptic) design for dynamic weighing, process weighing, filling, packaging and general weighing applications targeted primarily at food and pharma customers. The new hygienic design is unique without any exposed bellow grooves, facilitating easy cleaning to minimize the risk of bacteria and contaminants […]

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Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

  Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

In the food and drink factories it is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to its impact wear.
With strict demands within the food and drink industry […]

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Goliath – A ‘Spirited’ Automation Systems Provider

  Goliath – A ‘Spirited’ Automation Systems Provider

Goliath Packaging Systems, in business since 2007, sources, supplies, installs & after-sales services a comprehensive range of End-of-Line Automation, Materials Handling & Industrial Washing equipment to the Irish Food/Beverage sector with recent projects successfully delivered for whiskey distillers such as Cooley Distillery (Beam Suntory), Bushmill’s plus William Grant & Sons amongst others.
The Goliath product range […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

  EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in January 2017 reached a level of €10.3 billion, which is almost €1 billion higher than in January 2016, according to the latest agri-food trade report. USA remains the most important destination for EU agri-food exports with the highest increases in monthly export values (January 2017 compared to January […]

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Natural, Fat-soluble Flavourings Allow For the Creation of Outstanding Indulgence Goods

  Natural, Fat-soluble Flavourings Allow For the Creation of Outstanding Indulgence Goods

Sensient Flavors has introduced innovative fat-soluble flavours for fillings in bakery, confectionery and dairy applications. Nine sophisticated taste profiles have been developed as internal concepts, either as single or dual flavours: apple & almond, banana split, butter mint, cherry, mango, orange & ginger, peanut, praline and smoked coconut. All of the flavours are natural, suitable […]

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AGRO Merchants Group Expands in the Iberian Region

  AGRO Merchants Group Expands in the Iberian Region

AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, has announced the acquisition of Cold Land SGPS SA from funds affiliated with Inter-Risco, a premier Portuguese private equity firm, and Portugal Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. Cold Land is the parent company of Frissul and Frigomato, which together offer […]

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HARIBO Group to Build Manufacturing Plant in the US

  HARIBO Group to Build Manufacturing Plant in the US

HARIBO Group, the German confectionery manufacturer, is planning to build its first manufacturing facility in the United States of America. The world market leader in the fruit gum and liquorice segment, HARIBO is a family company which is now run by the third generation. It currently operates 16 production facilities throughout Europe, and employs nearly […]

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Opportunities For Healthy Soft Drinks

  Opportunities For Healthy Soft Drinks

As global consumers’ attitudes towards soft drinks grow increasingly negative due to their high levels of sugar, calories, and ‘artificial’ ingredients, new opportunities are arising for companies to diversify their portfolios, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report states that healthy, ‘clean’ and functional soft drinks are in demand, with 89% of global consumers […]

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Premier Foods Launches New Bisto Ready-to-Use Gravy

  Premier Foods Launches New Bisto Ready-to-Use Gravy

Premier Foods, the British convenience foods group, is introducing some tasty innovation under its Bisto brand, aiming to drive category value with the launch of Bisto Best ready-to-use Beef and Chicken Gravy. Made with real meat juices, the new range is rolling out from March and offers all the flavour and quality of Bisto Best in […]

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PEFC Certified Coffee Cups Commission to Mark Hull City of Culture 2017

  PEFC Certified Coffee Cups Commission to Mark Hull City of Culture 2017

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC UK), has announced that leading UK paper cup manufacturer, Benders Papers Cups, has produced distinctive coffee cups which will carry the PEFC certification label for its client Falkingham & Taylor (Vending) Ltd. They have been manufactured to mark the occasion of Hull becoming UK City of […]

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Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

  Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR; combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation launched at Pro2Pac, ahead of the Ravenwood Annual Conference.
The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit […]

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Big interest in interpack 2017

  Big interest in interpack 2017

interpack 2017 is recording the highest demand among exhibitors in its history of over 55 years. By the official closing date of the international event for the packaging industry and related processing industries, exhibitors had booked about 20% more space than was available at the exhibition centre with its 262,400 square metres in 19 halls. […]

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Special Jameson label art created for St Patrick’s Day

  Special Jameson label art created for St Patrick’s Day

For 2017, Jameson, one of the top Irish whiskey brands owned by Pernod Ricard, celebrated by commissioning local artist Steve McCarthy to create a piece of original label art for its Limited Edition Bottle. But this year Jameson took this creativity a step further by introducing the brand’s first ‘connected’ bottle. When the Jameson family […]

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Scottish Food & Drink Industry Aims to Double Size to £30 Billion By 2030

  Scottish Food & Drink Industry Aims to Double Size to £30 Billion By 2030

A new, ambitious strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by industry body, Scotland Food & Drink. Food and drink has been Scotland’s best performing sector in recent years, with record export figures and sales at home increasing rapidly too.
The sector is worth £14.4 billion annually, 119,000 […]

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The Coca-Cola Company Unveils Senior Leadership Appointments

  The Coca-Cola Company Unveils Senior Leadership Appointments

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a number of senior leadership appointments to drive its ongoing transformation into a growth-oriented, consumer-centered, total beverage company.  Key changes, which will be effective when President and COO James Quincey becomes Chief Executive Officer on May 1, include:
* Combining Global Marketing, Customer and Commercial Leadership, and Strategy into one combined […]

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Non-GMO Project Verification For Truly Grass Fed™

  Non-GMO Project Verification For Truly Grass Fed™

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland has announced the verification of Truly Grass Fed™ by the Non-GMO Project, North America’s most trusted seal for genetically modified organisms (GMO) avoidance for consumers. Truly Grass Fed™ is a premium range of dairy ingredients from Glanbia designed for customers and consumers who are looking for the best natural choice for their […]

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Britvic Innovators Develop a Bottle Made of Wood Fibre

  Britvic Innovators Develop a Bottle Made of Wood Fibre

Britvic, the owner of major soft drinks brands including Robinsons squash, J20 and Fruit Shoot, and the PepsiCo bottler in the UK, has taken significant steps towards exploring wood fibre bottles as a viable packaging option for multiple sectors.
In partnership with Innovate UK and Natural Resources (2000) Ltd, the soft drinks manufacturer has been working […]

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PM Group Expands USA Operations With a New Boston Office

  PM Group Expands USA Operations With a New Boston Office

PM Group has officially opened their new, expanded Boston office, marking further growth in their presence in the USA. PM Group is an international project delivery company, with offices operating across Europe, the USA and Asia. The Group has a 44 year track record in project management, process design, facility design and construction management for […]

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A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

  A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

Adnams has reported a record brewing year for 2016 with volumes passing the 100,000 barrels mark for the first time in the English regional brewer’s history. Overall turnover for the year to 31 December 2016 was also a record high at £70.3 million – up 7% on 2015 – and operating profits were £3.94 million. […]

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EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

  EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

EFSA will provide scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority aims to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects. The work will be carried out following a request from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway […]

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Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

  Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

A dedicated team of Bord Bia food, drink and horticulture specialists will embark on a ‘Brexit Roadshow’ over the coming weeks visiting more than 150 Irish exporters nationwide. Following Theresa May’s announcement to trigger Article 50 on March 29th, this timely initiative will see fourteen Bord Bia sector managers travel across the country to conduct […]

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ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

  ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is bringing two new sweetener brands, SweetRight stevia and VerySweet monk fruit, to market. These two new additions to the ADM portfolio, sourced through ADM’s partnership with GLG Life Tech Corporation, offer food and beverage product developers all the benefits of stevia and monk fruit, as well as access to […]

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Bonduelle Completes $409 Million US Acquisition

  Bonduelle Completes $409 Million US Acquisition

Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-eat vegetables, present in canned, frozen, fresh cut and delicatessen, has completed its $409 million acquisition of Ready Pac Foods, the US-based producer of convenience fresh meal solutions, salads and fresh cut produce. Having established a national presence and wide customer base in the US, Ready Pac Foods operates four […]

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Acquisitions Boost Emmi

  Acquisitions Boost Emmi

Acquisitions enabled Emmi, the Swiss dairy group, to achieve 1.4 % sales growth to SFr3.259 billion (€3.047 billion) in 2016. In organic terms (adjusted for currency and acquisition effects), sales declined by 1.0 %, which is at the lower end of the -1 % to +1 % range forecast in August 2016.
However, earnings increased more than sales. Earnings before […]

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Fever-Tree Breaks Through £100 Million Revenue Barrier

  Fever-Tree Breaks Through £100 Million Revenue Barrier

Fever-Tree, the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, increased revenue by 73% to £102.2 million for the year ended for 31 December 2016. The revenue growth achieved in 2016 was underpinned by improving margins, with a gross profit margin of 55.2% and adjusted EBITDA margin of 35.1%, resulting in adjusted EBITDA of £35.8 million […]

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A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

  A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

What chicken processor would not welcome an automatic in-line system allowing him to match hour after hour, consistently accurately and with minimum give-away customer orders for fixed weight breast fillet retail packs to fillet coming off his de-boning line.
By using Innova software to link its RoboBatcher and I-Cut technologies, Marel Poultry can offer just such […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

  Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs.
Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ and […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Benefits From Improved Platform For Growth

  Coca-Cola European Partners Benefits From Improved Platform For Growth

Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue, has reported a 12% increase in operating profit to €851 million on net revenue up by 44.5% to €9.1 billion for the year ended 31 December 2016, reflecting the inclusion of Germany and Iberia in 2016.
Created following last year’s merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises […]

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94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

  94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

The craft beer revolution is taking hold in more countries across the globe. According to a new survey released by Alltech and The Brewers Journal, the number of breweries worldwide has surpassed 19,000, representing 209 countries and territories surveyed. Some 17,732, or 94 percent, of these breweries can be defined as craft beer producers. For […]

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Fox’s Biscuits Streamlines Production and Service Levels After Deploying FuturMaster Supply Chain Technology

  Fox’s Biscuits Streamlines Production and Service Levels After Deploying FuturMaster Supply Chain Technology

Fox’s, the £250 million UK biscuit company, has improved its forecasting, manufacturing and promotions planning practices after implementing new supply chain technology from specialist vendor FuturMaster. The software has helped the manufacturer boost its service levels and manage up to 150 deliveries a week to retailers including Tesco, M&S and Aldi, while customer service levels […]

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New Initiative to Inform How Dublin Will Manage Food Waste Reduction and Sustainable Eating

  New Initiative to Inform How Dublin Will Manage Food Waste Reduction and Sustainable Eating

Dublin is one of seven European cities chosen to take part in an exciting pan-European TRiFOCAL project designed to reduce food waste while promoting healthy and sustainable eating. The Eastern-Midland Regional Waste Management Office (EMWRO) is the Irish participant in the project, which aims to find food waste solutions specifically suited to cities.
The EU LIFE funded […]

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AGRO Merchants Group Unveils Next Phase of its Development

  AGRO Merchants Group Unveils Next Phase of its Development

AGRO Merchants Group recently celebrated the opening of their first European greenfield site in the port of Rotterdam. AGRO Merchants Group completed the first phase of the Rotterdam-Maasvlakte facility in December 2016. The 18,000-pallet-space cold store expanded the company’s service offering to its client base in the critical port hub.
AGRO Merchants Rotterdam-Maasvlakte provides comprehensive services […]

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Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

  Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year.
The figures also show that food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion. The fish […]

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EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

  EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

Nearly 44,000 farmers from across the EU have applied for support from the EU for agreeing to voluntarily reduce their production of milk by nearly 852,000t in the last quarter of 2016. This EU milk production reduction scheme, launched last summer and financed with €150 million, was one of the flagship measures decided by the […]

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Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

  Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

A first-ever ‘farm to fork’ programme for shrimp production has been announced, offering consumers DNA based assurance on the origin and quality of shrimp. Through enhanced transparency the TraceBack programme will also help promote ethical labour practices, which have been highlighted in the global shrimp industry.
The technology offering – already available in animal meat – […]

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Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

  Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

The context in which consumers eat, has a major impact on how they evaluate the taste of foods. This conclusion has been drawn following a study of airplane meals, carried out by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The scientists demonstrated that real-life testing situations can be effectively simulated in a lab. The study, published in […]

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The Origins of Minch Malt

  The Origins of Minch Malt

Minch Malt has been producing the highest quality malt since 1847. It all began when Matthew Minch, a tenant farmer from Portersize, Ballitore, opened his first malting business in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland in around 1845. Although he didn’t come from a wealthy background, Minch proved that hard work, passion and dedication go a long […]

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The Label Factory Creates Award-winning Labels

  The Label Factory Creates Award-winning Labels

The Label Factory Ltd is an Irish-owned and managed independent, multi award-winning, label print company based in County Tipperary. Since its inception in 2002, the company has developed a strong reputation within the drinks sector, particularly in the growing spirit category in Ireland. Nominated a total of 18 times, over the last nine years, The […]

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Ferrero International to Acquire US Chocolate Confectionery Manufacturer

  Ferrero International to Acquire US Chocolate Confectionery Manufacturer

Ferrero International, the Italian confectionery group, has agreed to acquire Fannie May Confections Brands, a US premium chocolate confectionery manufacturer of the Fannie May and Harry London brands, from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Additionally, Ferrero will enter into a strategic commercial partnership agreement, to be signed on or before the transaction close, to include selected Ferrero and Fannie […]

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Good Progress By Refresco

  Good Progress By Refresco

Refresco, the European soft drinks and fruit juices group, has reported a 4.5% rise in 2016 revenue to €2.107 billion as volume increased by 6% to 6.46 billion litres and adjusted EBITDA advanced 2.7% to €222 million and adjusted net profit by 11.1% to €86 million.
On a like-for-like basis total volume decreased by 2.1%. Volume […]

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