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  • Nordzucker to Invest €100 Million in Swedish Sugar Production Nordzucker Group will concentrate its sugar production in Sweden at its factory in Örtofta and as part of this process the refinery at Arlöv will be closed. Around €100 million will be invested in the strategy. The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2021. Based at Braunschweig in Germany, Nordzucker Group is one [...]...
  • FrieslandCampina Plans to Build a Sustainable Dairy Processing Plant International dairy co-operative Royal FrieslandCampina is exploring options to build a sustainable and innovative dairy processing plant in the Netherlands. The plant is intended for the processing of member milk into fresh dairy products, ingredients used for the production of early life and adult nutrition, and for cheese manufacturing. It would be built according to [...]...
  • Microwaveable Crumb-coated Snacks With Perfect Crunch Crisp Sensation, global food coating system expert, has developed snack coatings that promise perfect, crispy results. With its latest innovation, the company will soon enable manufacturers to develop microwaveable crumb-coated snacks. The technical breakthrough, which has been highly anticipated by the market, all comes down to moisture control. Even if the product is kept in a [...]...
  • Heineken Opens First Brewery in Mozambique Heineken has officially opened its first brewery in Mozambique. The new brewery, incorporating the latest technologies, represents a US$100 million (€85 million) investment. Located in the province of Maputo, between the Marracuene and Manhiça districts, the brewery will have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectolitres. It recently started to brew Txilar, a brand-new beer [...]...
  • Müller Targets UK Natural Yogurt Market Müller, the UK’s most popular yogurt brand[1], has launched its first ever range of natural yogurt. Made with milk from British farms, the natural range is fat free, high in protein and includes 0% added sugar. With the launch of Müllerlight Natural and Müllerlight Greek Style Natural, the Official Yogurt of British Athletics[2] is continuing to target [...]...

Proseal Looks to the Future – Hall 9, Stand C-19 -Fruit Logistica, February 6-8, 2019

  Proseal Looks to the Future – Hall 9, Stand C-19 -Fruit Logistica, February 6-8, 2019

Solutions to help fruit growers and processors deal with some of the sector’s latest global packing challenges will be the theme of the Proseal stand at Fruit Logistica 2019.
Major current trends include the anti-plastic backlash that is leading to the introduction of alternative materials for trays, and the increasing focus on the importance of minimising […]

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Functional Packaging Meets Automation

  Functional Packaging Meets Automation

Growing demand for functional packaging of fresh produce that is suited for automation has prompted StePac to tailor its branded range of Xtend® Modified Atmosphere/Modified Humidity (MA/MH) packaging solutions to be compatible with both automated bulk and retail packing lines.
This move facilitates the use of substantially leaner packaging films, with multiple benefits of extending fresh produce […]

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Dole Completes the Sale of Nordic Salad Business

  Dole Completes the Sale of Nordic Salad Business

Dole Food Company, having received approval from the European Commission, has completed the sale of Saba Fresh Cuts and Saba Fresh Cuts to BAMA International. Saba Fresh Cuts, with a production facility at Helsingborg in Sweden, and Saba Fresh Cuts, with a production facility at Espoo in Finland, are producers of washed and ready-to-eat salads. […]

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Kerry Launches Non-GMO Yeast as Natural Solution For Acrylamide Reduction

  Kerry Launches Non-GMO Yeast as Natural Solution For Acrylamide Reduction

Acrylamide is fast becoming a big concern for the food industry, due to the growing body of evidence of its role as a potential carcinogen. Acryleast™ is a new fully non-GMO solution for acrylamide reduction brought to market by Kerry Group, the world leading Taste & Nutrition company, in partnership with Renaissance BioScience. It is […]

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99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

  99% of EU Skimmed Milk Powder Public Stocks Now Sold

The latest successful tender sale of skimmed milk powder public stocks means that 99% of the total stocks bought and managed by the European Commission have now been sold. The stocks have been prudently released, maintaining market balance and supporting the recovery of the dairy sector, following the 2015-2016 market crisis.
In total, 380,000 tonnes of […]

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A Year of Continued Profitable Growth at Unilever

  A Year of Continued Profitable Growth at Unilever

Despite volatile market conditions, Unilever has reported continued profitable growth for its 2018 financial year. Underlying sales, excluding the spreads business that was sold last July, rose 3.1% to Eur49.6 billion with 2.1% volume and 1.0% price growth. Underlying operating margin increased 90bps and underlying earnings per share increased 5.2%
Alan Jope (pictured), chief executive of […]

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2 Sisters Completes Sale of Sandwich Business

  2 Sisters Completes Sale of Sandwich Business

2 Sisters Food Group has completed the sale of its sandwich business to Samworth Brothers, the UK-based family owned group that produces chilled and ambient foods, both own label and branded. The facility, located at Manton Wood, Nottinghamshire, produces a range of retailer chilled sandwiches, wraps and rolls.
The disposal is in line with 2 Sisters’ […]

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Mondelēz International Delivers on Key Financial and Strategic Commitments

  Mondelēz International Delivers on Key Financial and Strategic Commitments

Mondelēz International has reported a 0.2% rise in net revenue to $25.938 billion for 2018 despite the impact of currency and divestitures. Organic net revenue increased by 2.4%. Operating income decreased by 4.3% to $3.312 billion and margin decreased 60 basis points to 12.8%, driven primarily by the impact from pension participation changes in North […]

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Müller Corner Lactose Free Wins Product of the Year 2019

  Müller Corner Lactose Free Wins Product of the Year 2019

Müller Corner Lactose Free[1], the dairy company’s first step into the lactose free sector has been crowned Product of the Year 2019 in the Free From category[2]. Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, with 10,399 people surveyed.
Müller is the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand[3] and the business is […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates New Coffee Factory in Egypt

  Nestlé Inaugurates New Coffee Factory in Egypt

Nestlé has inaugurated its new Bonjorno coffee factory in Egypt, with an investment of SFr13.9 million (€12.3 million).The new 12,740 sq m factory is located in the 6th of October industrial zone in Egypt. It has a workforce of about 240 employees and provides around 7000 indirect jobs. The Bonjorno factory has eight state-of-the-art production lines of soluble coffee […]

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HKScan Takes on New Territory in Demanding Chinese Market

  HKScan Takes on New Territory in Demanding Chinese Market

HKScan has landed an important contract with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. With its Omega-3 Pork® quality products HKScan is the first company in the Finnish meat industry to place products in Alibaba’s grocery retail reinventing Hema supermarkets and online store.
“Hema chain stands out in the Chinese market with high-quality and exceptional products. This chain […]

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Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

  Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

The demand to live a healthier lifestyle is increasing, yet 4 in 5 people across Northern Europe do not know about the essential nutrients they have in their diet. New research from Arla Foods* has uncovered a big knowledge gap when it comes to our understanding about food, with 40 per cent also admitting they feel […]

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Proseal GT1s Tray Sealers Give One Heck of a Boost to Sausage Maker

  Proseal GT1s Tray Sealers Give One Heck of a Boost to Sausage Maker

The high speed and low maintenance of three Proseal GT1s tray sealers are providing Heck Foods with increased efficiency in its factory operations as well as better quality packaging for its sausage and burger products. The tray sealers deliver a fast and reliable sealing operation, running for 12 hours a day and at a speed […]

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EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

  EIB Lends €40 Million to Sodiaal to Fund Research and Innovation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €40 million loan to Sodiaal, the leading dairy co-operative in France and the third largest in Europe, to support the financing of its Research and Development program. The transaction is part of the actions of the European Strategic Investment Fund (SIEF), also known as the ‘Juncker Plan’.
Sodiaal […]

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Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno Demerge Joint Venture

  Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno Demerge Joint Venture

The directors of Walsh Whiskey Distillery have decided to split the business by separating out the existing drinks brands part, built on the Writers’ Tears and The Irishman premium and super-premium Irish whiskeys, from the distillery operation at Royal Oak, in County Carlow. Current sales, marketing and distilling objectives are being fully met, however the […]

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Unilever Innovates Durable, Reusable and Refillable Packaging to Help Eliminate Waste

  Unilever Innovates Durable, Reusable and Refillable Packaging to Help Eliminate Waste

Unilever has unveiled reusable packaging innovations across nine of its brands, including four new product formats. The new products will be trialled on Loop™, a global, first-of-its-kind, waste-free shopping system.
Bringing together a coalition of consumer goods companies, along with international recycling leader TerraCycle, Loop™ is an innovative new business model for premium durable packaging which is delivered […]

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Tesco’s Moves to Simplify its Business to Impact 9,000 Staff

  Tesco’s Moves to Simplify its Business to Impact 9,000 Staff

Tesco is making a number of changes to its stores and offices in the UK to further simplify its business. This will entail closing counters in around 90 stores, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for customers. The move is in response to changing customer shopping habits, which […]

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EU Food Safety System Overstretched

  EU Food Safety System Overstretched

Although the EU’s system for protecting consumers from chemical hazards in food is soundly based and respected worldwide, it is currently overstretched, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The European Commission and the Member States do not have the capacity to implement the system fully, the auditors say.
EU food safety […]

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Mondelēz International Joins Innovative Loop Platform to Reduce Packaging Waste With Milka Biscuits

  Mondelēz International Joins Innovative Loop Platform to Reduce Packaging Waste With Milka Biscuits

Mondelēz International has joined the Loop initiative, founded by recycling leader TerraCycle, which aims to tackle packaging waste with a new subscription-based model for distributing consumer goods to homes in reusable containers. The initiative aims to reduce reliance on single-use packaging and to provide a convenient and durable solution to consumers.
Loop enables consumers to enjoy Milka biscuits responsibly, by allowing […]

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Fuller, Smith & Turner to Sell Beer Business For £250 Million to Asahi Group

  Fuller, Smith & Turner to Sell Beer Business For £250 Million to Asahi Group

Fuller, Smith & Turner, the UK brewing, pub and hotel group, has agreed to sell its entire beer business to Asahi Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, for an enterprise value of £250 million on a debt free, cash free basis.
The business being sold comprises the entirety of Fuller’s beer, cider and […]

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New President For European Soft Drinks Association

  New President For European Soft Drinks Association

Tim Brett (pictured), President of Coca-Cola Western Europe, has been elected President of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the industry association representing the non-alcoholic soft drinks sector in Europe. He commences his two-year tenure with immediate effect, and assumes the presidency from Stanislas de Gramont.
Following recent UNESDA pledges to make packaging more sustainable by increasing recyclability, […]

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D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

  D Outshines C to Become UK’s Favourite Single Vitamin Supplement

As the UK struggles through the dark January days, with vitamin D in short supply, latest research from Mintel reveals some good news for the ‘sunshine drug’, as it is crowned Britain’s favourite single vitamin supplement. According to Mintel, usage of Vitamin D has risen a glowing 7 percentage points in the last year and today […]

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FrieslandCampina Opens New Distribution Centre

  FrieslandCampina Opens New Distribution Centre

FrieslandCampina has opened a new distribution centre at Meppel in The Netherlands. The facility will store and transfer dairy products coming from the dairy group’s production locations in Beilen and Meppel and transport these products towards export markets. The sustainably built distribution centre improves transport efficiency and this substantially reduces annual CO2 emission.
The 31,000 sq […]

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Further Global Expansion by Lactalis Group

  Further Global Expansion by Lactalis Group

Lactalis Group is expanding its presence in India and Egypt with two acquisitions. In India, the French dairy group is purchasing Prabhat, a dairy products company specialising in the production of packaged milk in plastic bags/pouches and ghee, that was established in 1998 at Shrirampur (State of Maharashtra). Prabbat is also a leading supplier of […]

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Fazer Investing €40 Million in Finland

  Fazer Investing €40 Million in Finland

Fazer is investing €40 million in a new production facility at Lahti in Finland. The investment, which will take place in 2019-2020, will strengthen Fazer’s position as a forerunner in value added grain-based products. It will create 30 new jobs in Lahti.
Operating in eight countries and exporting to around 40 countries, Fazer produces bakery, confectionery, […]

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Sustainability in the Food and Drink Industry Takes Centre Stage at Packaging Innovation 2019

  Sustainability in the Food and Drink Industry Takes Centre Stage at Packaging Innovation 2019

Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print will return to Birmingham’s NEC, for the 14th edition of the show, on 27 & 28 February 2019. As the UK’s largest packaging show, and the only one that caters to the whole of the packaging supply chain, there will be plenty on offer for visitors from the food and […]

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Conagra Brands to Explore Strategic Alternatives For Gelit

  Conagra Brands to Explore Strategic Alternatives For Gelit

Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies, is exploring strategic alternatives for its Italian frozen pasta business, Gelit, which is headquartered at Doganella di Ninfa in Italy. Gelit is a leading producer of authentic Italian frozen food and ready meals, primarily for private label customers. The business employs approximately 145 full-time employees, […]

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Nestlé Opens New €27 Million Global R&D Centre in Ireland

  Nestlé Opens New €27 Million Global R&D Centre in Ireland

Nestlé has opened its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility at Askeaton in County Limerick, marking the completion of a three-year building programme with a capital investment of €27 million. The new R&D centre will focus on scientific research to support innovations in the development of milk-based maternal and […]

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Highland Spring’s 100% Recyled Plastic Eco Bottle is Here to Stay After Major Trial Success

  Highland Spring’s 100% Recyled Plastic Eco Bottle is Here to Stay After Major Trial Success

Highland Spring, the UK’s largest supplier and producer of natural source bottled water, has responded to popular demand by making a 100% recycled and recyclable plastic eco bottle a permanent hydration choice in 2019. Following a hugely successful 2018 trial, the Highland Spring eco bottle™ will be rolled out nationwide.
The eye-catching label will feature a […]

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Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to Build New €140 Million Continental Cheese Facility

  Royal A-Ware and Glanbia Ireland to Build New €140 Million Continental Cheese Facility

Royal A-ware, a leading global cheese and dairy producer in The Netherlands, and Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor, plan to enter a strategic partnership that proposes to build a new continental cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is proposed that a total of €140 million will be invested in this best-in-class […]

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Pladis Appoints Global CEO

  Pladis Appoints Global CEO

Pladis, one of the world’s leading snacking companies, has appointed A Salman Amin as global CEO. He will take over the leadership officially in February.
With a strong reputation in the food and drink sector, Salman Amin takes up the role after a highly successful international career spanning 30 years and three continents. Most recently, he […]

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ADM Adds New Line of Specialty Tapioca Starches For the EMEA Region

  ADM Adds New Line of Specialty Tapioca Starches For the EMEA Region

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced a long term partnership with General Starch Limited (GSL), a leading tapioca starch producer located in Thailand. ADM will have exclusive distribution rights of the GSL modified tapioca starch products in the majority of the European countries, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. This range of […]

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Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

  Louis Dreyfus Company to Exit Dairy

Louis Dreyfus Company, a leading international merchant and processor of agricultural goods, has announced its decision to exit its dairy business by mid-2019. The move is in line with the company’s strategy over the past three years to exit non-core areas and refocus on its core businesses, including investments in origination markets and expansion along […]

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

  Lucozade Ribena Suntory to Invest £13 Million in UK Factory

Japan-based Suntory Beverage & Food is investing £13 million in its UK-based subsidiary Lucozade Ribena Suntory to install a new, high-speed bottle filler at its factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire. The new filler will produce 1.3 million bottles a day and will be instrumental in increasing productivity and efficiency at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory factory.
The investment […]

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Tetra Pak to Offer New Levels of Customisation and Flexibility With Digital Printing Technology

  Tetra Pak to Offer New Levels of Customisation and Flexibility With Digital Printing Technology

Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, a global leader in the field. The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and […]

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BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

  BBF Set For Further Growth After Securing New £40 Million Funding

BBF, the UK’s leading manufacturer of own label, licensed and branded ambient cakes and desserts, has secured a new £40 million financing facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance (WFCF) to support future growth plans. BBF serves all the UK’s most recognisable food retailers such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S, Aldi and Lidl.
With manufacturing facilities in […]

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Clean-label, Plant-Based Yogurt Alternative

  Clean-label, Plant-Based Yogurt Alternative

Yofix Probiotics, the winner of PepsiCo’s European Nutrition Greenhouse Programme 2018, has launched its first dairy-free, soy-free yogurt alternative line with three fruit flavors. The products are based on a unique, clean-label formula made from just a few natural ingredients. It is traditionally fermented and contains live probiotic cultures plus the prebiotic fibers that feed […]

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Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

  Evolution of the Jameson Bottle and Label Set to Continue

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has unveiled an evolution of its iconic bottle and label design 50 years after it was first introduced. The refreshed look highlights the brand’s provenance, triple-distillation production method and premium quality cues to whiskey drinkers as it looks to strengthen its position as […]

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Sweets and Snacks New Product Development Thrives on Adventure and Bite-size Trends

  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 […]

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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 […]

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Müller Rolls Out ‘Stealth’ Milk Caps

  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 […]

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Greene King Announces New Chief Executive

  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 […]

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Irish Grocery Market Hits Festive Record as Retailers Cash in on Christmas

  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 […]

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Scotland’s Best Food and Drink Sought For Industry Awards

  Scotland’s Best Food and Drink Sought For Industry Awards

Scotland’s premier awards for the food & drink industry is back for 2019 and is looking to celebrate the leading lights within the sector. Now in its 20th year, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will take place in Edinburgh on Thursday 23rd May 2019. Entries for the new structure of 20 categories are now open, […]

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Arla Foods Further Strengthens its Innovation Agenda

As Arla Foods continues its pursuit to become one of the leading dairy innovators in the world, it is taking a bold new approach to innovation and new product development, including creating a new Product and Innovation organisation and appointing a new Senior Vice President. Driving the development of the new organisation is the opportunity Arla has […]

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Orkla Buys Pama Brand

  Orkla Buys Pama Brand

Okla, the leading branded consumer goods company in the Nordic region, has purchased the Pama brand, a local brand offering consumers porridge rice in Denmark and Sweden, from PepsiCo for an undisclosed price. Pama had been a part of PepsiCo since its acquisition of The Quaker Oats Company in 2001.
Orkla Foods Danmark is currently distributor […]

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Label&Print 2019 Welcomes the Future of the Print Industry

  Label&Print 2019 Welcomes the Future of the Print Industry

Label&Print, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019, will offer visitors an exclusive look at the future of the industry, showcasing the very latest products, services and technologies available to the packaging community. From leading sellers and manufacturers of print and labelling equipment, through to designing, branding and finishing experts, it […]

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PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

  PepsiCo Elects CEO Ramon Laguarta as Chairman

PepsiCo’s board of directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta as the company’s Chairman, succeeding Indra K. Nooyi who announced in August 2018 her intention to step down as PepsiCo CEO effective October 3, 2018 and remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. The appointment is effective when Chairman Nooyi retires from the company […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

  Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor numbers reached 814,000. The figures are based on returns from 13 Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres and brand homes located across the island of Ireland.
Overseas […]

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Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

  Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, now has access to the most advanced patent analysis available in the food & drink and beauty & personal care industries, through its new partnership with Cipher.
As the world’s most sophisticated patent analysis system, Cipher harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse patents globally. The partnership will provide Mintel’s […]

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