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  • Year of Considerable Progress For Dairy Crest Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, increased revenue by 10% to £456.8 million and adjusted profit before tax increased by 2.8% to £62.3 million for the year ended 31 March 2018, compared with the previous year. Dairy Crest’s Cheese & Functional Ingredients business increased revenue by 8.8% to £277.2 million while revenue at the Butters, [...]...
  • Edrington Unveils the New Home of The Macallan Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan brand. The new distillery and visitor experience is located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate in Scotland, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824. From humble beginnings, the brand has risen to become [...]...
  • Nestlé Strengthens its Research Capabilities in Switzerland Nestlé has announced changes that further strengthen its research and development operations, the largest of any food company worldwide. Nestlé will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one impactful organization, Nestlé Research. The combination of two world-renowned research facilities with highly [...]...
  • Algaia Receives €4 Million Boost Algaia, will accelerate development and install a new specialty seaweed extract production unit at its Lannilis (Brittany-France) manufacturing facility dedicated to specialty algae extracts. The company’s main shareholder, Maabarot Products, has injected an additional €4 million in equity to support further expansion of the production facility and innovation center located in Saint-Lo (Normandy-France). Algaia works with local [...]...
  • Smarter Factories – Safer Working In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software can [...]...

Bord Bia Welcomes Irish Beef Access to China

  Bord Bia Welcomes Irish Beef Access to China

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has welcomed the granting of access for Irish beef to China. Ireland is the first European beef exporter to secure access to China, where consumers’ appetite for the meat is growing steadily. According to Bord Bia, China officially imported more than 700,000 tonnes of beef in 2017 – a figure […]

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HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

  HKScan Launches Pork Exports to China

Leading Nordic food group HKScan has newly launched pork exports to China from its Forssa production unit. Within the first year of the launch, HKScan aims to ship roughly three million kilograms of pork to China and to subsequently triple that volume by 2020. Relative to the volume of pork currently produced annually in Finland, this […]

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English Craft Brewer Reaches Crowdfunding Target

  English Craft Brewer Reaches Crowdfunding Target

English independent craft beer company, The Five Points Brewing Company, has smashed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 with a week to spare. The Five Points Brewing Co, located in the heart of Hackney, began its crowdfunding campaign on the 9th March 2018. Launched with the intention to treble the brewery’s production capacity, the campaign offered members of […]

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British Gin Buying Service Launches for Retailers

  British Gin Buying Service Launches for Retailers

The Great British Exchange has launched a gin buying service to help retail and hospitality buyers meet customer expectations for volume, newness and variety. The service has been developed to support up and coming UK-based gin makers into the mainstream and to offer stores, bars and restaurants an opportunity to differentiate by stocking local artisan brands […]

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European Commission Clears Ireland’s Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax

  European Commission Clears Ireland’s Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax

The European Commission has concluded that Ireland’s sugar sweetened drinks tax does not involve State aid. In particular, the Commission found that the measure’s scope and design are consistent with the health objectives pursued by Ireland, namely tackling obesity and other sugar related diseases.
In February 2018, Ireland notified to the Commission its plans to introduce […]

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Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

  Pladis Hires New Chief Commercial Officer to Build FMCG Powerhouse

Building on the strength of its leadership team, pladis,  the global biscuit and confectionery company with operations in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, has appointed Dmitry Ivanov to the newly created global position of Chief Commercial Officer. Joining the company as part of the Executive Committee, Dmitry – also […]

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Mondelēz International Opens $90 Million ‘Factory of the Future’

  Mondelēz International Opens $90 Million ‘Factory of the Future’

To meet growing consumer demand, Mondelēz International has inaugurated its newest ‘Factory of the Future’ in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The company invested $90 million in the state-of-the-art biscuit manufacturing plant that produces iconic Power Brands, including Oreo cookies and Barni soft cakes, for local consumers and serves as a hub for exports to the Gulf region, the Levant and Africa, […]

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Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

  Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

Musgrave Group, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, has announced an export deal worth €5 million with Alosra, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading high-end supermarket. Alosra is the grocery retail subsidiary of BMMI Group, a long-established retail, distribution and hospitality group that is listed on the Bahraini stock exchange.
Under the terms of the agreement, Musgrave will […]

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New CEO For Europe at ARYZTA

  New CEO For Europe at ARYZTA

ARYZTA has appointed Gregory Sklikas as CEO Europe as a sucessor to Dermot Murphy, who has decided to step down from his position. Gregory will join ARYZTA at the end of May 2018 with Dermot providing mentoring and support as Gregory transitions into the role on Dermot’s departure at the end of August.
ARYZTA CEO, Kevin Toland […]

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Frutarom Reduces Acrylamide, Naturally

  Frutarom Reduces Acrylamide, Naturally

Frutarom Food Protection Solutions is offering its all-natural, high-antioxidant solution for reducing acrylamides in heat-processed foods, decreasing oxidation and extending shelf life. High-heat cooking can impart potentially carcinogenic acrylamides at levels that can exceed 1,000 ppb. As of April 11, 2018 new European Union legislation set new “benchmark” levels for the amount of acrylamide in foods […]

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New Technology Gives Distillery Owners a Virtual Experience

  New Technology Gives Distillery Owners a Virtual Experience

The opening of the first legal distillery on the island of Raasay was the latest in a series of projects that underline the technological advancements being made in the distilled spirits sector in the UK and Ireland. As more and more distillers look to launch their own unique spirit, so the pressure is on for […]

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SICK’s LabelChecker Ticks the Box for All-in-one Quality Control

  SICK’s LabelChecker Ticks the Box for All-in-one Quality Control

SICK has launched the LabelChecker, an ‘off-the-shelf’ label inspection solution with the ability to read and verify text, numbers, bar codes and 2D codes, as well as checking label design and print quality. Based on SICK’s InspectorP vision sensor, the all-in-one solution is the first to be developed using SICK’s pioneering AppSpace programming environment. The […]

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Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

  Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

A food service delivery operation supplying fresh milk and other products to 3,000 non-residential customers in England and Wales which is suffering losses of around £5 million per annum, is to be reviewed by Müller Milk & Ingredients. The company has confirmed a 45 day review and consultation, placing 250 roles at risk of redundancy. […]

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Ryvita’s New Re-Launch

  Ryvita’s New Re-Launch

Following a hugely successful year in 2017, healthy snacking favourite Ryvita is kicking off 2018 with not only a brand new campaign but also an exciting re-freshed look in addition a host of new and innovative products. On a mission to help women enjoy positive healthy living every day, Ryvita has teamed up with CRUK and one of the […]

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Campari Group Launches New Super Premium Gin

  Campari Group Launches New Super Premium Gin

Campari Group has launched its new super-premium Italian gin, O’ndina, in the UK. The UK is the first market to roll out the product, which will later launch globally. With the launch of O’ndina, Campari Group enters the fast-growing Super Premium Gin category, with this Small Batch Italian Gin, crafted in Italy using fresh basil […]

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KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

  KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

Nestlé UK is introducing a Ruby chocolate version of its iconic four finger KITKAT. Consumers in the UK will be the first in Europe to try a four finger KITKAT made with Ruby chocolate, a fourth chocolate after dark, milk and white.
This unique KITKAT offers a new taste experience. The crispy four-finger wafer bar is […]

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A Wee Dram Goes Further Than You Think Thanks to Goplasticpallets.com

  A Wee Dram Goes Further Than You Think Thanks to Goplasticpallets.com

It’s one of the world’s favourite food exports and it’s important to keep the whisky flowing at all times. As the US writer, Mark Twain said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough.” That’s why The Edrington Group, the international premium spirits company, approached Goplasticpallets.com when it needed […]

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Vion Names New CEO

  Vion Names New CEO

Vion, the international meat group, has appointed Ronald Lotgerink as its new CEO with effect from 1 September. Ronald Lotgerink is currently the CEO of Zwanenberg Food Group, a leading European producer and exporter of meat products, canned meat, snacks, soups and sauces.
Ronald Lotgerink started his career at KPMG. In 1989 he joined Zwanenberg Food […]

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Harrogate Water Reports Record Sales

  Harrogate Water Reports Record Sales

Harrogate Water has announced another year of record sales with growth of 24 per cent – almost four times higher than market growth for bottled water. The company has seen increased sales in the high-volume supermarket sector, continued strong growth in export and travel markets and greater demand for premium glass products in both grocery […]

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Alcohol Worth £16 Billion is UK’s Leading FMCG Category

  Alcohol Worth £16 Billion is UK’s Leading FMCG Category

Innovation in the drinks sector and a reduction in the amount of trade promotions has seen Alcohol retain its place as the top selling FMCG category in the UK, worth £16.1 billion (€18.2 billion) in value sales to the economy. This is according to big data and technology expert for consumer industries, IRI’s Top Categories Special Report – an analysis […]

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

  Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published today for the 12 weeks ending 25 March 2018, show that the Irish grocery market brushed off the Beast from the East to post strong sales growth of 3.8%.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Although shoppers had upped their spend in preparation for […]

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TrayTrack – A Unique Inline Overhead Concept For Optimum Tray Logistics

  TrayTrack – A Unique Inline Overhead Concept For Optimum Tray Logistics

Once trays have been filled with product, poultry processors will often be faced with how to transport them to packaging equipment elsewhere in the plant. This job can be done manually using crates. Alternatively, product can be transported on a complex system of belt conveyors, usually criss-crossing other similar systems. TrayTrack, a unique automated solution […]

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Top Speaker Line-up Confirmed For Foodex 2018 – The NEC, Birmingham, 16-18 April 2018

  Top Speaker Line-up Confirmed For Foodex 2018 – The NEC, Birmingham, 16-18 April 2018

The UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries, Foodex 2018 is set to welcome a host of the industry’s most foremost thought leaders at this year’s event, taking place from 16-18 April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. The 2018 seminar programme will provide visitors access to the latest insights into […]

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Tetra Pak Launches New Packaging Material Effects to Help Brands Attract Shoppers’ Attention

  Tetra Pak Launches New Packaging Material Effects to Help Brands Attract Shoppers’ Attention

Tetra Pak has launched a suite of new packaging material effects, known as Tetra Pak® Artistry, to help food and beverage producers revitalise the look and feel of their products. These effects help brands attract shoppers’ attention without the need for the manufacturer to switch to a new packaging format or invest in new equipment.
​Charles Brand, […]

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Bord Bia Hosts the Largest Ever International Food Buyer Event Held in Ireland

  Bord Bia Hosts the Largest Ever International Food Buyer Event Held in Ireland

Marketplace 2018, a week-long business development event aimed at building new trade relationships with retailers, foodservice and ingredient buyers and distributors from across the globe, will be the largest international food buyer event ever staged in Ireland, with well over 550 food and drink trade buyers from 50 countries travelling to meet, and do business, with […]

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Deoleo to Invest €50 Million to Drive Ambitious Growth Plans

  Deoleo to Invest €50 Million to Drive Ambitious Growth Plans

Spanish multinational Deoleo, the world’s top selling olive oil bottler and processing company, has announced investments of €50 million to drive its ambitious growth plans. The investments will focus on international markets with high growth potential, increased support of the company’s leading brands and on forging strategic business agreements with providers that are committed to quality.
Deoleo, which currently represents 10.4%[1] of […]

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‘On-the-go’ Consumers Driving Sales of Snacks Across Europe

  ‘On-the-go’ Consumers Driving Sales of Snacks Across Europe

Demand for convenience and food and drink ‘on-the-go’ is helping to drive sales of snacking products, particularly crisps and salty snacks, across Europe. This is according to IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, which has analyzed the Top FMCG Categories in 2017 across six major European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands).
A key […]

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Irish Gin Producers Aim to Treble Sales to 5 Million Bottles by 2022

  Irish Gin Producers Aim to Treble Sales to 5 Million Bottles by 2022

Irish gin producers want to treble sales by 2022, with the aim to sell 5 million bottles or 400,000 9-litre cases around the world, according to the Irish Spirits Association (ISA). The ISA has launched a Strategy for Irish Gin 2018-2022, which aims to promote the worldwide growth of Irish gin over the next five years by […]

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Clear Up Back of Pack Declarations With Innovative Glazing Systems

  Clear Up Back of Pack Declarations With Innovative Glazing Systems

Consumer and retailer pressure is mounting to clear up label declarations and to embrace new diet trends. Ulrick & Short’s Clean Label, allergen free, and vegan friendly glazing systems prove to provide solutions for this to manufacturers.
The eziglazeTM range is used in place of existing commercial glazes and traditional egg or milk washes. It is a unique ingredient […]

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What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

  What Eggs Can Teach Us About Traceability

By Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs […]

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The Beast From the East Fails to Freeze UK Grocery Sales

  The Beast From the East Fails to Freeze UK Grocery Sales

The latest grocery market share figures, for the 12 weeks to 25 March 2018, show that grocery sales have increased in value by 2.5% compared to this time last year despite adverse weather conditions disrupting shoppers. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The Beast from the East played havoc […]

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Focusing on the Future – Vitafoods Europe 2018 – 15-17 May 2018, Palexpo Geneva

  Focusing on the Future – Vitafoods Europe 2018 – 15-17 May 2018, Palexpo Geneva

With consumer awareness of functional nutrition higher than ever, and science and technology driving exciting new innovations, the future for nutraceuticals is looking bright. In fact, a survey by the organisers of Vitafoods Europe – which takes place between 15 and 17 May 2018 in Palexpo, Geneva – shows that 92% of industry professionals feel […]

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Five Trends Shaping Dairy Food and Beverage Manufacturing

  Five Trends Shaping Dairy Food and Beverage Manufacturing

NZMP, the global dairy ingredients brand of New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra, has released a list of the top five global consumer food and beverage trends that it recommends manufacturers address to stay relevant.
Gillian Munnik, NZMP Marketing Director, says, “NZMP teams in over 130 markets are seeing a renewed focus on foods that suit individual […]

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Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

  Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

The 900g Euro Squeeze multilayer polypropylene bottle from RPC Corby has been selected by leading Greek food manufacturer Provil for its new Sandwich Creams range of sauces for the foodservice sector. The bottle combines safe handling, ease of use and effective product protection to support and maintain Provil’s brand image and help build customer loyalty. […]

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SF Engineering Launches First Industry Scrappage Incentive

  SF Engineering Launches First Industry Scrappage Incentive

An innovative machinery scrappage incentive has been launched by SF Engineering supported by their strategic partner Marelec Food Technologies. Like Government-sponsored car scrappage schemes, SF Engineering are giving an allowance of £13,000 (€15,000) for old portion cutting machines against a new Marelec Portio.
SF Engineering say the scheme is being launched to encourage UK and Irish […]

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Premier Foods Unveils New Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes Range

  Premier Foods Unveils New Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes Range

Premier Foods has launched a range of indulgent Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes, taking the Heroes brand into the cake market for the first time.  Available now in Tesco and Morrisons, and rolling out nationwide, the range comprises three iconic Cadbury flavours – Crunchie, Caramel and Flake.
With the cupcake market currently worth £20 million and growing at […]

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ABP Acquires Third Anaerobic Digestion Facility

  ABP Acquires Third Anaerobic Digestion Facility

ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, has announced the acquisition of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Westcott Park, Buckinghamshire in England from Renewi plc, a leading waste-to-product business, for an undisclosed sum. The facility has capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity […]

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Teeling Whiskey Takes Over at World Whiskies Awards 2018

  Teeling Whiskey Takes Over at World Whiskies Awards 2018

Irish distiller Teeling Whiskey has taken the top prize in four categories at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. Teeling Whiskey’s innovative product range has established the brand as category leaders within both the Irish and broader world whiskey industry.
The Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask won the award for Best Irish Blended Limited Release,Brabazon II came top in the NAS […]

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Lipogen’s Natural Formula Clinically Shown to Reduce PMS Symptoms

  Lipogen’s Natural Formula Clinically Shown to Reduce PMS Symptoms

A new clinical study has confirmed the positive effects of Lipogen PMS™, a natural phospholipid formulation, in treating and relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. PMS defines physical and/or emotional symptoms that occur one to two weeks before a woman’s period.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study was directed by Juliane Hellhammer, PhD, the CEO of daacro GmbH […]

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Intersnack Signs Multi-million Cloud Deal With Infor

  Intersnack Signs Multi-million Cloud Deal With Infor

Intersnack, the savoury snack producer and owner of well known brands including McCoys, Hula Hoops and KP nuts, has selected Infor for a multi-million, 10 year Cloud transformation. The project will see Infor support almost every process across every Intersnack brand, throughout Europe, facilitating the market leader’s digital transformation strategy, and establishing a modern platform from which […]

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Nestlé’s New Milkybar is World First

  Nestlé’s New Milkybar is World First

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled Milkybar Wowsomes, the first chocolate bar in the world to use Nestlé’s innovative sugar reduction technique. Nestlé researchers made a scientific breakthrough when they transformed the structure of sugar through a newly developed process using only natural ingredients. Inspired by candy floss, experts created aerated, porous particles of sugar […]

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2 Sisters Unveils New Strategy to Strengthen Gender Equality & Opportunity

  2 Sisters Unveils New Strategy to Strengthen Gender Equality & Opportunity

2 Sisters Food Group has published its Gender Pay Gap report and unveiled a series of initiatives to improve diversity, gender, equality pay and opportunity across its business. As one of the UK’s leading food manufacturers and a major employer, the business believes that it is very important for companies to be transparent about pay […]

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New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

  New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

Great taste perception, sustained frying colour and reduced heat deterioration are among the benefits of a new ‘alternative’ cooking oil, sourced from crops grown by British farmers. Produced from a new variety of oilseed rape – the familiar yellow-flowered crop that is the third-largest source of the world’s vegetable oil needs – the new oil, […]

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Packaging Automation to Demonstrate Exceptional Technical Advances at Foodex 2018 on Stand V319

  Packaging Automation to Demonstrate Exceptional Technical Advances at Foodex 2018 on Stand V319

For 55 years Packaging Automation has driven the tray sealing market with its unrivalled expertise and innovation providing not only the fastest but the most environmentally friendly machines on the market today. As a company that is used to pushing boundaries, Packaging Automation will be demonstrating exceptional technical advances which enhance speed, performance, efficiency, flexibility […]

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Arla Foods to Sell German Cheese Plant

  Arla Foods to Sell German Cheese Plant

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods plans to sell its cheese production site in Sonthofen, Germany to German-based dairy company Allgäuer Hof-Milch. Both companies have signed a letter of intent and aim to finalize the transaction before May 1st 2018. Arla Foods has decided to take this step because the production and distribution of the speciality […]

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Mondelēz International Appoints Martin Renaud as Global Chief Marketing Officer

  Mondelēz International Appoints Martin Renaud as Global Chief Marketing Officer

Mondelēz International has named Martin Renaud as Global Chief Marketing Officer. In this position, Martin Renaud will be accountable for marketing the company’s portfolio of Power Brands such as Oreo and belVita biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum. He will oversee the teams responsible for brand strategy and agency relationships, marketing capability as well as media and digital.
“Martin is […]

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DSM Introduces DelvoADD Portfolio of Adjuncts For Aged Cheddar Cheese

  DSM Introduces DelvoADD Portfolio of Adjuncts For Aged Cheddar Cheese

DSM has introduces Delvo®ADD, a portfolio of adjunct cultures for creating unique, aged cheddar cheese taste profiles. Delvo®ADD complements DSM’s portfolio for cheddar cheese, which includes cultures, coagulants, bulk starters, lipases and cheese-coating solutions.                                            […]

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Crown Opens New Easy-open Ends Facility in Hungary

  Crown Opens New Easy-open Ends Facility in Hungary

To better serve its customers in Eastern Europe and across the continent, Crown Food Europe has opened a new easy-open end manufacturing facility in Nagykoros, Hungary, approximately 100 kilometers south of Budapest. The plant is comprised of two lines that manufacture 65mm and 73mm diameter ends. The facility runs in compliance with Crown’s high quality […]

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Campbell Soup Company Completes Transformative Acquisition

  Campbell Soup Company Completes Transformative Acquisition

Campbell Soup Company has completed the $6.1 billion acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance to create a $10 billion business with nearly half of its annual net sales in the faster-growing snacks category. To unlock the power of the combined brand portfolio, and achieve both cost and potential revenue opportunities, Campbell is integrating the Pepperidge Farm and Snyder’s-Lance […]

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Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

  Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

When it comes to chocolate eggs, bunnies and other treats, it seems there has never been so much choice for chocolate lovers around the world. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), there has been a 23% rise in Easter chocolate launches over the past year* providing a plethora of chocolate choice for Easter egg […]

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