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  • Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends With one in four global consumers increasing their consumption of confectionery over the past year (Innova Market Insights Consumer Survey, 2018) because “there is more variety & novelty available,” the food industry is responding. New data from Innova Market Insights finds a 15 percent average annual growth in global confectionery launches with a “discovery” claim [...]...
  • 80,000 Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder Sold in Biggest Tender A total of 80,424.05 tonnes of the skimmed milk powder bought into public stock by the European Commission since 2015 were sold in the latest tender sale, bringing the remaining stock to around 22,000 tonnes out of the original 380,000 tonnes, stockpiled since the crisis that hit the dairy sector in 2015. In effect, almost [...]...
  • Müller Rolls Out ‘Stealth’ Milk Caps Müller, Britain’s leading producer of branded and private label fresh milk, cream, butter and ingredients, is rolling out a new lightweight recyclable milk cap, which uses 13% less plastic material. The innovative solution allows the business to remove 300 tonnes of plastic every year, the equivalent weight of 231 million ‘stealth’ milk caps. The dairy company has [...]...
  • Greene King Announces New Chief Executive The board of Greene King has announced that Nick Mackenzie will join the board on 1st May 2019 as chief executive in succession to Rooney Anand. Nick Mackenzie will be joining from Merlin Entertainments where, as a member of the executive committee, he is responsible for the Midway portfolio of attractions, which comprises over 100 [...]...
  • Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas The Irish grocery market grew by an impressive 3.0% over the 12 weeks to 30 December, ensuring a record festive period for retailers. The latest Kantar Worldpanel data shows value sales reached €995 million in the month of December – the highest monthly total ever recorded in the Irish grocery market. This was driven by [...]...

Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

  Roquette and Barentz Confirm Strong Future Partnership in Food in Europe

Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for food, nutrition and health markets, has reconfirmed Barentz as the preferred distribution partner for the Roquette food product range in Europe. This new partnership with Barentz is driven by Roquette’s strategic plan to implement the best high-performance distribution network to support its position as a world leading […]

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Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

  Proseal Opens New US Factory Amid Continued International Growth

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has expanded its business in the US with the opening of a new production facility. The growth of Proseal America reflects the hard work and dedication of the Proseal America team, in particular in identifying and meeting the growing demand in the US for fresh convenience foods.
The new facility – situated […]

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Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

  Record First Half Revenue and Capital Expenditure at Cranswick

Cranswick, the UK-based supplier of premium, fresh and added value food products, has posted a 0.6% increase in revenue to a record £719.2 million for the six months ended 30 September 2018, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year, and has also reported record first half capital expenditure of £41 million to provide […]

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Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

  Greencore Completes $1.075 Billion Sale of US Business

Greencore Group, the Irish and UK convenience food business, has completed the sale of its entire US business to Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.075 billion (£817 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Hearthside is a major US contract food manufacturer with a heritage in US food industry outsourcing. The disposal will leave Greencore focused […]

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Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

  Carbery Launches Bifipro Fermented Dairy Ingredients

Speciality food ingredient supplier, Carbery, is launching a range of fermented dairy ingredients that deliver a unique combination of high quality protein with prebiotic promoting properties. Interest in fermented products is on the rise. Globally there has been an 18% average annual growth of food and beverage launches tracked with a fermented claim from 2013-2017 […]

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Mondi Shows Innovative Flair With Novel Ice Cream Cone Sleeve and Lid

  Mondi Shows Innovative Flair With Novel Ice Cream Cone Sleeve and Lid

Ever since Mondi scooped up Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer Kalenobel via a July 2016 acquisition, it has eyed the ice cream sector as a cool growth opportunity. Now known as Mondi Kalenobel, the Istanbul-based business, with its pair of production facilities in the northern Turkish city of Kirklareli, continues to establish itself as a packaging […]

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Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

  Fuller, Smith & Turner Benefits From Well-balanced Business

Fuller, Smith & Turner has reported a 2% rise in EBITDA to £38.2 million and a 6% jump in revenue to £222.1 million for 26 weeks ended 29 September 2018 as the UK brewer, pub operator and hospitality group increased investment for long-term growth. However, adjusted profit before tax slipped by 1% to £23.6 million.
The […]

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21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

  21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

Blackwater Distillery has become the 21st operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new distillery at Ballyduff, near Lismore in County Waterford, recently commenced Irish whiskey distillation.
The distillery’s three stills have travelled more than 2,300 km from Siena, Italy, where they were manufactured by leading distillation technology company Frilli. The distillery will produce […]

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Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

  Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

The European Commission has adopted its report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union. The report reviews the supply and demand situation for plant proteins (such as rapeseed, sunflower seeds or lentils) in the EU and explores ways in which to further develop their production in an economically and environmentally sound way.
Agriculture […]

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NiceLabel Launches Market’s First Public Cloud-based Label Management System

  NiceLabel Launches Market’s First Public Cloud-based Label Management System

NiceLabel, a leading global developer of label design software and label management systems, has launched the world’s first public cloud label management system, developed to allow businesses to rapidly digitally transform their factory and warehouse labeling process. Label Cloud is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution built on the NiceLabel Label Management System. It allows users to centrally […]

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Danish Crown Results Weakened by Problems in the UK

  Danish Crown Results Weakened by Problems in the UK

Much of Danish Crown’s business is performing well but, as a result of continued losses in the UK company Tulip, the group has decided to postpone its strategic target by two years. The ongoing problems in the UK business are impacting Danish Crown’s earnings to such an extent that it will now take an extra […]

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Nespresso Invests SFr43 Million in its Romont Site

  Nespresso Invests SFr43 Million in its Romont Site

Nespresso has announced a SFr43 million (€38 million) investment in the creation of two new production lines at its factory in Romont, Switzerland, to satisfy growing demand for the versatile coffee system Vertuo. This will create 33 additional jobs in the next two years. It has also inaugurated a state-of-the-art innovation center consisting of a […]

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New Irish Food Collaboration Aims to Make Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

  New Irish Food Collaboration Aims to Make Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

Nine of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable. Plastics Action Alliance is the new collaboration that includes market leaders from Ireland’s beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables and packed salad sectors. Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia, will […]

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Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

  Denomination Launches New Design and Identity For Dow’s Aged Tawny Ports

Historic Port brand Dow’s is relaunching its range of Aged Tawnies in a bid to attract a younger audience, with elegant, refined packaging design by Denomination. Dow’s wanted a contemporary, luxurious look befitting of a Wine Spectator award-winning brand. The new packaging needed to communicate its place in the premium on-trade market and feel relevant to […]

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Orkla Makes Offer For Finnish Pizza Chain

  Orkla Makes Offer For Finnish Pizza Chain

Orkla, a leading supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions to the consumer, out-of-home and bakery markets in the Nordics, Baltics and selected markets in Central Europe and India, has agreed to launch a €146.1 million offer to purchase all the shares in Kotipizza Group, the owner of Finland’s largest chain of pizza restaurants. […]

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Marston’s Breaks Through £1.1 Billion Revenue Barrier

  Marston’s Breaks Through £1.1 Billion Revenue Barrier

Marston’s, the UK pub operator and brewer, has reported record revenue and underlying profit before tax growth for the 52 weeks ended 29 September 2018. Total underlying revenue increased by 14.9% to £1.140 billion, reflecting the rollover benefits of the acquisition of the Charles Wells Beer Business from the previous year, new distribution contracts in […]

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Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

  Launch of the Inaugural Irish Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019

Manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism are set to be celebrated and acknowledged at the upcoming IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019. The event, which was officially launched in Dublin recently, will showcase exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing industry. Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is an independent not-for-profit Research Organisation, funded under the Enterprise […]

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Innovation Set to Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

  Innovation Set to Take Centre Stage at UK’s Largest Packaging Show

Over 300 leading suppliers are already signed up for Packaging Innovations 2019, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019. Now in its 14th year, the UK’s largest annual event for the entire packaging supply chain boasts its largest ever exhibitor base, with more innovation and exclusive product launches than ever before.
Macpac will […]

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Glanbia Completes $350 Million Acquisition of SlimFast

  Glanbia Completes $350 Million Acquisition of SlimFast

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has completed its $350 million acquisition of SlimFast and other brands. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It is a well-established and growing brand with high levels […]

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Salt of the Earth Expands Global Availability

  Salt of the Earth Expands Global Availability

Salt of the Earth has announced new, exclusive distribution agreements for Australia, Poland, South Africa, and Thailand of its clean-labelMediterranean Umami savory flavor enhancement and sodium reduction ingredient. The company is expanding offerings of the plant-based ingredient by partnering with leading food ingredient distributors around the world.
These global deals have served to underline the broad functionality […]

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Redefining Product Quality and Power Usage in Frozen Food Processing Plants

  Redefining Product Quality and Power Usage in Frozen Food Processing Plants

Every business wants to produce the finest quality products at the lowest possible cost. Every business wants to reduce energy consumption to save money and help protect the wider environment. The merging of two technologies from GEA, the S-Tec and A-Tec spiral freezer with CALLIFREEZE® and GEA heat pumps, is now enabling food processing companies […]

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Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

  Edrington Launches First Global Advertising Campaign For The Macallan

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has released its first ever global advertising campaign for The Macallan brand, the leading single malt Scotch whisky by value in the world. The initial focus for the launch of the ongoing campaign is a film, ’Make The Call’, which features across TV, cinema and digital channels in the […]

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Three Global Food and Drink Trends For 2019

  Three Global Food and Drink Trends For 2019

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced three forward-looking trends which will lead the momentum of global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond.
2019 Global Food and Drink Trends at a glance

Evergreen Consumption: A circular view of sustainability that spans the entire product lifecycle requires action from suppliers to consumers.
Through the Ages: Food and […]

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Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

  Irish Grocery Shoppers Cross the Border to Spend €65 Million

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, debate rages on about the implications of a hard border in Ireland. The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the value of cross-border trade is at its highest level for five years.  Over the 12 months to 4 November 2018, shoppers from the Republic of […]

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Tate & Lyle Extends Distribution Agreement With Azelis

  Tate & Lyle Extends Distribution Agreement With Azelis

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of ingredients and solutions, has extended its partnership with Azelis, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients. The enhanced agreement will see Azelis distribute Tate & Lyle’s texturants, low and no calorie sweeteners, fibres, and stabilisers to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia.
The new […]

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South Korean Food Group Agrees $1.84 Billion US Deal

  South Korean Food Group Agrees $1.84 Billion US Deal

CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea, is continuing its international expansion after agreeing to acquire a majority stake in Schwan’s Company, a leading US food business, for about US$1.84 billion. The transaction will include 80% of Schwan’s Company and specific subsidiaries that focus on foods sold in retail and grocery channels and food-service venues.
The Schwan […]

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The World’s Biggest Meat Alternative Production Facility Opens

  The World’s Biggest Meat Alternative Production Facility Opens

The world’s biggest meat alternative production facility has been officially opened by Quorn Foods at its Belasis site in Billingham, in the North East of England. The factory expansion of 9,500 sq m will double production capacity of Quorn’s core products, adding approximately 20,000 tonnes per annum. It is part of a £150 million investment […]

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HEINEKEN Ireland is First Drinks Company in Ireland to Achieve Business Working Responsibly Mark

  HEINEKEN Ireland is First Drinks Company in Ireland to Achieve Business Working Responsibly Mark

HEINEKEN Ireland is the first drinks company in Ireland to achieve the Business Working Responsibly mark from Business in the Community in recognition of its responsible and sustainable business practices. The Mark, developed by Business in the Community Ireland, and audited by the NSAI, is based on ISO 26000 and is the only independently audited […]

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Starch Europe Announces Winners of 2017-2018 Safety Awards

  Starch Europe Announces Winners of 2017-2018 Safety Awards

EU starch producers are proud to renew their firm commitment to continuously improve safety practices and to achieve a safer working environment, through their contribution to the 4th exercise of the Starch Europe Safety Programme. The Starch Europe Safety Programme, launched in 2014, recognises the best performing EU starch plants in terms of reducing workplace […]

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UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

  UK Discounters Off to a Strong Start in Race For Christmas

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 4 November 2018, show shoppers have made an additional 14 million trips to Aldi and Lidl compared with last year.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Five years ago, just under half of British households were […]

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Marine Harvest Launches Brand Strategy and Changes Name to Mowi

  Marine Harvest Launches Brand Strategy and Changes Name to Mowi

Marine Harvest, the world’s leading seafood company, has launched a global brand called MOWI, and is changing the company name to Mowi. The company now know as Marine Harvest was originally founded as Mowi by Norwegian aquaculture pioneers more than 50 years ago. The company will launch the MOWI brand into selected markets.
“I am really […]

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ABP Successful at Prestigious UK Industry Awards

  ABP Successful at Prestigious UK Industry Awards

The UK Division of ABP, one of Europe’s leading privately owned agribusiness companies, has been named Company of the Year at the 2018 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, which has taken place in London. The awards celebrate and recognise quality and excellence in the UK food and drink manufacturing market. ABP UK was praised by the judging […]

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The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

  The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology, and the University of Hohenheim have developed a new methodical approach. It allows for the faster identification of flavour-giving protein fragments in foods such as cheese or yogurt, thus optimizing production processes.
The taste of fermented foods such as cheese, yogurt, beer, […]

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Agrial Continues Strategic Expansion With German Dairy Acquisition

  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, […]

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€191 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products at Home and Abroad

  €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 […]

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Müller Removes Sugar With New Yogurt Culture

  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 […]

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Mintel Launches Purchase Intelligence in the UK

  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 […]

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Discovery, Plant-Based and Alternatives Lead the Top Ten Trends For 2019

  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 […]

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Pearse Lyons Brewery to Open New Facility at Historic Irish Site

  Pearse Lyons Brewery to Open New Facility at Historic Irish Site

Alltech Beverage Division Ireland (ABDI) has made an announcement about the planned opening of a new brewery at the historic site of the old MacArdle Moore Brewery in Dundalk. The new Pearse Lyons Brewery will incorporate the relocation of the Station Works Brewery in Newry, which was acquired by the late Dr. Pearse Lyons in […]

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WRAP Comes Up With Winning Formula to Tackle Milk Waste

  WRAP Comes Up With Winning Formula to Tackle Milk Waste

A new report from the UK’s leading sustainability experts WRAP shows for the first time the scale of milk wastes across the food chain, from processing to our homes, and highlights ways we can significantly reduce the 330,000 tonnes of total milk lost each year, worth more than £150 million.
Milk waste in the home is […]

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Samworth Brothers Launches New Fitness-focused Ready Meal Range With Innovative Identity by Brandon

  Samworth Brothers Launches New Fitness-focused Ready Meal Range With Innovative Identity by Brandon

Leading British food manufacturer Samworth Brothers is launching a ground-breaking range of ready meals to appeal to everyday athletes, with brand identity and packaging by design consultancy Brandon. Responding to an increasing consumer demand for healthier convenience options, the meals, which come in three variants – Cajun Chicken, Turmeric Chicken and Pad Thai Chicken – are […]

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Premier Foods Shows Resilience

  Premier Foods Shows Resilience

Premier Foods has reported a 1.3% increase in group revenue to £358.0 million and a 6.2% rise in trading profit to £51.0 million for the 26 weeks ended 29 September 2018. The group’s largest brand, Mr Kipling, was key to this growth following an excellent consumer response to its relaunch in the UK with revenues […]

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Greene King Chief to Step Down

  Greene King Chief to Step Down

Rooney Anand, chief executive of UK brewer and pub group Greene King, intends to step down from the role at the end of the current financial year ending 30th April 2019. The process to appoint his successor is well advanced and a further announcement concerning succession is expected to be made early in the new […]

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GEA Develops Yeast Propagator For Craft Breweries

  GEA Develops Yeast Propagator For Craft Breweries

Just in time for the BrauBeviale, GEA is completing the development of the GEA Craft Propagator, a yeast propagation system specially designed for small and medium-sized craft breweries. With production volumes from 5 to 25 hectoliters, the propagator’s dimensions are adapted to GEA’s brewhouse solutions CRAFT-STAR™ and COMPACT-STAR™ (25 to 125 hectoliters brew size). The official sales launch is […]

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Brewers and Distillers ‘Leave the Wood’ and ‘Go plastic’

  Brewers and Distillers ‘Leave the Wood’ and ‘Go plastic’

When sourcing pallets for handling spirits and other alcoholic beverages, safety in the supply chain is a primary consideration. The alcoholic drinks industry invests in customised pallet solutions – pallets that are suitable for use in automation, whether that’s being moved by forklifts, handled by automated conveyors or stored in high bay racking systems.
Switching from […]

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Innovation Driving Dairy Crest

  Innovation Driving Dairy Crest

Dairy Crest Group has reported a 2% rise in revenue to £224.9 million and a 13% increase in adjusted profit before tax to £22.7 million for the first six months ended 30 September 2018 as its two largest brands, Cathedral City and Clover, delivered strong growth of 7% and 9% respectively and demand for the […]

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Diageo Sells Portfolio of Brands to Sazerac

  Diageo Sells Portfolio of Brands to Sazerac

Diageo has agreed the sale of nineteen brands to Sazerac, the US-based alcoholic beverages company, for an aggregate consideration of $550 million. The net proceeds of approximately £340 million, after tax and transaction costs, will be returned to shareholders through a share repurchase following completion, which will be incremental to the previously announced programme of […]

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GEA Builds Dairygold’s Next Milk Powder Plant in Ireland

  GEA Builds Dairygold’s Next Milk Powder Plant in Ireland

In July of this year, GEA received the order for Dairygold’s next milk powder plant in Ireland at Mallow, County Cork. The scope includes one new spray drier (GEA’s Multi-Stage Dryer – MSD® size 1000), one new evaporator to match (type 3 MVR), one new 12MT/hr x 25kg GEA powder packing LI Line (Limited Intervention) […]

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Strongbow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider Launched With Identity and Packaging Design by Denomination

  Strongbow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider Launched With Identity and Packaging Design by Denomination

Leading drinks design agency Denomination has designed a new product, Strongbow Blossom Rosé Sparkling Apple Cider, for Carlton & United Breweries (CUB, part of the AB InBev family), aiming to bring growth and inject excitement back into the cider category. Denomination developed an elegant and Insta-worthy design to appeal to the repertoire of drinkers who usually enjoy white […]

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Parmalat Acquires Canadian Natural Cheese Division of Kraft Heinz For €1.1 Billion

  Parmalat Acquires Canadian Natural Cheese Division of Kraft Heinz For €1.1 Billion

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group, is acquiring Kraft Heinz Canada’s division that produces and markets Kraft’s natural cheese products, mainly under the Cracker Barrel, P’tit Quebec and aMOOza brands, for C$1.62 billion (€1.1 billion). Net revenue generated by the business being acquired amounted to about C$560 million (€374 million) in 2017. The acquired business includes […]

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