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Bell supplies Jetran packaging for food

Bell Packaging has announced that is now able to supply Jetran packaging suitable for presenting food.
Traditionally Jetran has been used for non-food items and the only opportunity for food and confectionery producers to use this unique packaging is for pre-wrapped items.
Director Peter Lennie said: “For many years Bell have worked in the non-food sector and […]

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Plastics are Future will meet in Valencia

AIMPLAS is holding on 26 and 27 April an international meeting, where they will be tackled the future of plastic materials and the latest innovations of sectors such as medicine, packaging, automotive, water supply and lighting.
Since their inception in the last century, these polymers have extended their applications to almost all the sectors of economic […]

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New GM risk to EU supply chain

An expert on Non-GMO has highlighted a new GM risk that may appear in the EU food supply. Those in the food industry should be alert to CV 127, (known as Cultivance), a new genetically modified soy bean that has been inserted with genes that give it herbicide resistance and can now be legally imported into […]

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Canary seed gets novel food approval

Canary seed, which has been used almost exclusively as birdseed, has received novel food approval from Health Canada as well as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“With the achievement of this milestone, we’re hopeful that the food industry and consumers will begin to adopt this nutritious, high protein, […]

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The Great Fragmentation of health drives growth for small and niche brands

    The Great Fragmentation of health drives growth for small and niche brands

The massive fragmentation of consumers’ beliefs about health is contributing to the break-up of traditional food and beverage markets and opening the doors of opportunity for start-ups and small brands, says Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business and author of 10 Key Trends in Food, Nutrition and Health 2016.
“Big food companies are being forced […]

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Food and packaging waste workshop for manufacturers in Scotland

    Food and packaging waste workshop for manufacturers in Scotland

Resource Efficient Scotland is running a free food and packaging waste workshop next week for manufacturers in Scotland.
This  workshop has been specially designed to help food and drink businesses in Scotland benefit from reduced food waste and improved packaging design.
Using tried-and-tested techniques, best practice case studies, facilitator-led sessions and industry-leading guest speakers, this workshop will […]

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Foodex 2016 to bring UK food and drink manufacturing sectors together

    Foodex 2016 to bring UK food and drink manufacturing sectors together

Foodex 2016, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, will return to the NEC Birmingham in April 2016. The show provides a business platform for professionals across full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood.
Run over three days (18–20 April 2016), […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Top £12 Billion

    UK Food and Drink Exports Top £12 Billion

UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports rose to over £12 billion (£12,152.4m) in 2011, exceeding expectations and confirming significant potential for overseas growth over the next decade. The previous year’s results (2010) proved a landmark for the industry when figures broke through the £10 billion barrier, but the 2011 results show performance is up by […]

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UK Shoppers Plan and Shop Around More to Secure Best Value

    UK Shoppers Plan and Shop Around More to Secure Best Value

An increasing number of consumers in the UK are now planning before going out to do their food and grocery shopping, compared to three years ago, according to the latest IGD shopper research. Nearly seven in ten shoppers (67%) plan most of their food and grocery shopping before they even get to a store, up from […]

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International Buyers With Purchasing Power of €18 billion Attend Irish Food and Drink Event

    International Buyers With Purchasing Power of €18 billion Attend Irish Food and Drink Event

The Irish food and drink industry’s ambitions for growth and expansion moved a further step forward today when over 520 food buyers from 28 countries across four continents, gathered at Dublin’s Convention Centre to attend Marketplace International 2012, a major one-day business development event organised by Bord Bia. Some 177 Irish food and drink companies, […]

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Ireland’s Food and Drink Exports Reach Record Levels

    Ireland’s Food and Drink Exports Reach Record Levels

The value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 12%, or Eur1 billion, in 2011 to reach an all-time high of Eur8.85 billion, according to Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. For the first nine months of the year, food and drink exports increased at three times the rate of Ireland’s total merchandise exports. […]

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A Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

    A Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

With overall food exports breaking the £1 billion mark for the first and whisky exports also at a record high, 2011 was a momentous year for Scotland’s food and drink industry. Combined food and drink exports reached an all-time high of £4.5 billion with whisky exports worth £3.45 billion.
The most popular food export from Scotland […]

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Ireland’s Food and Drink Exports to Approach €9 Billion in 2011

    Ireland’s Food and Drink Exports to Approach €9 Billion in 2011

Irish food and drink exports in 2011 are expected to reach a record high of €8.9 billion, an increase of more than 12%, or almost €1 billion, on 2010 levels. This follows growth of €700 million in 2010 leaving Ireland’s food exports in 2011 some 25% ahead of 2009 levels. Meanwhile, against a backdrop of […]

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Nestle Partners With King’s College London on Food and Gene Research

    Nestle Partners With King’s College London on Food and Gene Research

The Nestle Research Center in Switzerland will collaborate with King’s College London on a joint research project into the relationship between food and genes. Due to begin later this year, the six-month project will examine the interactions between genes and food ingredients, and how they can affect human health.
It will look at how our genes […]

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Record Fall in UK Food Prices

    Record Fall in UK Food Prices

UK prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 1.4% between February and March this year compared with a rise of 0.3% between the same two months a year ago, according to the Office for National Statistics. The 1.4% this year was a record fall for a February to March period.
The downward effects were widespread […]

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UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

    UK Food and Grocery Industry Recovers 115,000 Tonnes of Waste

Participants in a scheme run by ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) UK are well on the way to achieving targets set last autumn to prevent and recover waste in the FMCG supply chain in the UK. By thinking differently about waste when looking at products, packaging design, range and forecasting, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers have […]

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McDonald’s Boosts Irish Beef Exports

    McDonald’s Boosts Irish Beef Exports

McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland, which employs nearly 4,000 people, increased its exports of Irish beef to Eur110m in 2010, up from Eur80m in 2007. The restaurant business sources all of its beef from Bord Bia certified Irish farms.
McDonald’s opened in Ireland in 1977 and there are now currently 77 restaurants in operation nationwide. Approximately 5,000 […]

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Consolidation in Irish Grain and Feed Industry

Irish agri-nutrition and food company Origin Enterprises, which is 71% owned by international bakery group Aryzta, has together with W&R Barnett completed the transaction to establish an all-Ireland grain and feed handling, logistics and trading business. The new enterprise will be formed through the integration of Origin’s business of R&H Hall in the Republic of […]

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Food Sales Lift Marston’s

    Food Sales Lift Marston’s

Helped by growth in its sales of food and premium ales, Marston’s has increased underlying pre-tax profit by 4.6% to £73.5m on revenue up 0.9% to £650.7m for the year ended October 2nd last. The British brewer and pub operator also managed to reduce debt by £17.1m to £1.08b during the year.
Operating profit fell in […]

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Healthy Balanced Diet Communications Guide For Food Companies

A new guide to help UK food businesses communicate with consumers in a clear and consistent way about achieving a healthy balanced diet is being published by IGD, the international food and grocery experts. The Best practice guide to communicating to consumers about a healthy balanced diet has been developed to ensure information provided is […]

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Early Recovery in UK Food and Beverages to Boost M&A Activity

    Early Recovery in UK Food and Beverages to Boost M&A Activity

69% of senior executives at UK-based food and beverage producers expect M&A activity to increase in the next 12 months, according to a report by Grant Thornton UK LLP which indicates that the sector has recovered early from recession. 20% (10 of the 50 respondents) said that they were planning to broker a merger or […]

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Nestle to Target New Opportunity in Personalised Health Science Nutrition

    Nestle to Target New Opportunity in Personalised Health Science Nutrition

Nestle is creating Nestle Health Science and the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer a new industry between food and pharma. These two separate organisations will allow Nestle to develop the innovative area of personalised health science nutrition to prevent and treat health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, which […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Deliver Strong First Half Performance

  UK Food and Drink Exports Deliver Strong First Half Performance

UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks grew to more than £5b in the first half of 2010 – a rise of 4.3% on the same period in 2009 – and full-year sales to overseas markets are forecast to break the £10 b barrier for the first time, according to figures released by the Food […]

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Tata Global Beverages Seeking to Diversify into Food

Tata Global Beverages of India, which owns the UK-based Tetley Tea business, is planning to move into food via acquisitions. The beverages group is reported to be considering raising funds for acquisitions by selling a stake to private equity investors, and has already approached Blackstone and Advent International.
Following the recent integration of its five beverage […]

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First Half Improvement at Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods

Russian dairy, food and beverages group Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods increased net income by 7.1% year-on-year to US$69.5m on revenue up 17.1% to US$1.26b for the first six months ended June 30th 2010. EBITDA rose marginally to US$159.7m from US$158.3m in the same period of 2009.
The revenue increase was driven by volume growth in the group’s dairy, […]

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Strong Profits Growth at Refocusing Sara Lee

  Strong Profits Growth at Refocusing Sara Lee

Despite a 0.8% drop in net sales to $10.8b, reflecting lower volume sales and prices, Sara Lee increased operating income by 88.6% to $918m in its 2010 financial year, driven by improved profits from across all of the US-based food and beverages group’s five continuing business segments. In particular, the North American Retail and International […]

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Strong First Half From Nestle

  Strong First Half From Nestle

Benefiting from deeper penetration in emerging markets of the world, the continued success of its premium products in both developing and developed markets and extra marketing investment, Nestle has increased net profit by 7.5% to SFr5.5b (Eur4.0b) on group sales up by 5.9% to SFr55.3b for the first half of 2010. Organic sales growth was […]

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PureCircle Wins Major Global Contracts

PureCircle, the world’s leading producer of high purity stevia products, has won a number of new contracts with major food and beverage companies. In addition to its existing global supply contracts with PepsiCo, Merisant and Firmenich, PureCircle has secured global multi-year contracts with customers including Danone, Unilever, Bimbo Bakeries, Dean Foods and Kerry Ingredients.
“We have […]

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Steady Volume and Sales Growth at Danone

  Steady Volume and Sales Growth at Danone

French food and beverage giant Danone has reported an 11.2% increase in consolidated sales to Eur8.35b in the first half of 2010 and a 7% rise on a like-for-like basis. The like-for-like sales growth was driven by a 9.8% jump in volume and a 2.8% decline in value. Trading operating income increased by 2% on […]

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Innovation and Investment at Heart of UK Food and Drink Industry Success

  Innovation and Investment at Heart of UK Food and Drink Industry Success

An ongoing commitment to innovation and high-value production are key reasons why the UK’s food and drink industry has emerged from recession in better shape than many other manufacturing sectors, according to a new report commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation from the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. From May 2008 […]

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Sara Lee Refocusing Continues With €320m Disposal

  Sara Lee Refocusing Continues With €320m Disposal

US-based food, household and body care products group Sara Lee has completed the sale of its air care operation to Procter & Gamble for Eur320m. The disposal is part of the divesture of Sara Lee’s household and body care business as it seeks to refocus on its global food and beverage activities.
Brenda Barnes, chairman and […]

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The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy to Merge

  The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy to Merge

The Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy, both wholly owned British subsidiaries of the Irish Dairy Board, are merging to create one consumer foods business, Adams Foods. This will take effect from 3rd October 2010.
The new company will combine the marketing capability of both organisations to grow the Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice branded portfolio and […]

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New Chairman For Premier Foods

  New Chairman For Premier Foods

Premier Foods, the UK’s largest domestic food processor, has appointed Ronnie Bell, the former president of Kraft Foods Europe, as non-executive chairman with effect from 1st October 2010. Ronnie Bell spent 30 years with Kraft, the world’s second largest food company. During this time he held a number of senior management appointments culminating in his […]

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Atlantic Grupa Expands With Slovenian Acquisition

Atlantic Grupa, the largest food and healthcare company in Croatia, is acquiring Slovenian food manufacturer Droga Kolinska from energy, tourism and food group Istrabenz. In addition to Slovenia, Droga also has production units in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia. The purchase price is Eur382m but will be reduced by Droga’s net debt, which was not disclosed.

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Nestle Completes SFr25b Share Buyback and Starts New Programme

Paul Bulcke, chief executive of Nestle.
Nestle has completed the remaining SFr10b (Eur7.2b) share buyback of its SFr25b share buyback programme initiated in August 2007. Since August 2009, Nestle has repurchased 203,400,000 of its shares for a total of SFr10b at an average purchase price per share of SFr49.17. The average purchase price per share for […]

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Heinz Continues Drive into Emerging Markets With Expansion in China

  Heinz Continues Drive into Emerging Markets With Expansion in China

HJ Heinz is acquiring Foodstar, a leading manufacturer of soy sauces and fermented bean curd in China, from Transpac Industrial Holdings, a private equity firm. The acquisition will increase Heinz’s annual sales in China to about $300m and enable the group to enter the nation’s fast-growing $2b retail soy sauce market.
The purchase price consists of […]

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Vandemoortele to Extend Margarines and Fats Business

  Vandemoortele to Extend Margarines and Fats Business

Belgium-based Vandemoortele Group, which specialises in the production of frozen bakery products and margarines and fats, is acquiring the margarine and frying fats activities of Dutch company Van Dijk Food Products, part of the EFS Group, for an undisclosed sum.
Located in Zeewolde, the margarine and frying fats business of Van Dijk Food Products, achieved a […]

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Austrian Dairy Merger

  Austrian Dairy Merger

Austria’s largest and fourth biggest dairy groups, Berglandmilch and Tirol Milch respectively, are planning to merge. The deal is subject to agreement by the two companies’ 16,000 dairy farmer members and approval by the competition authority.

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Emmi Strengthens Position in Swiss Cheese

  Emmi Strengthens Position in Swiss Cheese

Emmi has consolidated its position within the Swiss cheese market following approval of its proposed acquisition of Fromalp by the competition authority. Fromalp, which specialises in the manufacture and distribution of typical Swiss cheese products, employed 150 people in 2009 and generated sales of approximately SFr100m (Eur70m), with exports accounting for 40%.
Emmi expects that the […]

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Aryzta Makes Strategic Acquisitions Worth $1.08b

  Aryzta Makes Strategic Acquisitions Worth $1.08b

Switzerland-based speciality bakery group Aryzta has made two strategic acquisitions to significantly strengthen its position in Europe, North America and in other international markets. Aryzta has acquired Fresh Start Bakeries (incorporating Pennant Food and Sweet Life) and Great Kitchens for $900m and $180m respectively.
Operating 29 specialist production facilities across the US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, […]

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Dairy Crest Reduces stake in Wexford Creamery

Dairy Crest has reduced its stake in its Irish dairy joint venture, Wexford Creamery, from 80% to 30%. Wexford Milk Producers, Dairy Crest’s partner in Wexford Creamery, has increased its stake from 20% to 70% after the approval of its farmer members for the transaction.
The deal is in line with Dairy Crest’s strategy of concentrating […]

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Danone Bolsters US Medical Nutrition Business

  Danone Bolsters US Medical Nutrition Business

Danone is acquiring Medical Nutrition USA for $ 62m in cash. MNI introduced the concept of liquid protein supplements for elderly people in the US long-term care market in 2003. The company’s flagship range of products now addresses protein supplementation and wound care support. MNI, which had revenue of $16m last year, will become part […]

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Valio Opens New €40m Butter Plant in Finland

  Valio Opens New €40m Butter Plant in Finland

Finnish dairy group Valio has officially opened a new Eur40m butter facility at its plant at Seinajoki. According to Valio, the new 100,000 tons per annum production unit is the most modern of its type in the world.
Built in 1979, the Seinajoki plant produces all of Valio’s butter and spreads and also houses a powder […]

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Carlsberg to Increase Stake in Chinese Brewer

  Carlsberg to Increase Stake in Chinese Brewer

Carlsberg is increasing its shareholding in Chongqing Brewery Co from 17.5% to 29.7%. The purchase price for the 12.25% stake in CBC is approximately RMB2.385b (DKr 2.1b) in total. With 15 breweries in China, CBC is market leader in the Chongqing province and operates in the surrounding provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan and […]

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Private Equity Group Grabs Plum Baby

Darwin Private Equity has completed the acquisition of UK organic baby food business Plum Baby for £10m. Launched in 2006 by Susie Willis, Plum has pioneered the premium baby food sector in the UK and is on track to achieve retail turnover of £15m in 2010.
Its range of over 50 products, created with the ethos […]

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R&R Ice Cream Increases Presence in Mainland Europe

  R&R Ice Cream Increases Presence in Mainland Europe

R&R Ice Cream, with operations in the UK and Germany, is expanding its international business with the proposed acquisition of Rolland, the third largest ice cream manufacturer in France, for an undisclosed sum. Producing private label, branded and licensed products, Rolland produces about 65m litres of ice cream a year with roughly 25% exported to […]

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Sodiaal Closes in on Acquisition of Entremont Alliance

French dairy group Sodiaal has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Entremont Alliance, its loss making rival. The deal would create the fourth largest dairy group in Europe with combined annual sales of more than Eur4b and processing over 5b litres of milk annually. Sodiaal owns French milk brand Candia and also has a joint […]

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Raisio Launches Benecol Bread in Romania

Finnish food group Raisio has introduced Dobrogea Benecol, a cholesterol lowering bread, in the Romanian market. Launched by Raisio’s Romanian partner Doprogea Grup, Benecol bread is the first cholesterol-lowering foodstuff in Romania. Dobrogea Grup is a leading company in the milling and bakery industry in Romania and had net sales of Eur60m in 2009.
The launch […]

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Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

  Danone and Unimilk to Create Leading Dairy Business in Russia and the CIS

Global food giant Danone is to merge its fresh dairy products business in the CIS area with Unimilk, Russia’s second largest manufacturer of dairy products and baby food. Established in 2002, Unimilk operates 28 production plants in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and has 14,000 employees. Unimilk’s sales in 2009 amounted to Eur1b (up 7% on […]

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Cognac Fortifies Remy Cointreau

  Cognac Fortifies Remy Cointreau

Helped by a strong performance from its cognac division, French drinks group Remy Cointreau has reported a 7.2% organic growth (2.2% on a published basis) in operating profit to Eur140m for the year ended March 31st 2010 on turnover of Eur807.8m, up by 12% organically (13.1% published). Group organic operating profit margin fell from 19.2% […]

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Britvic Completes €237m French Acquisition

  Britvic Completes €237m French Acquisition

In line with its ambitions to expand internationally, UK-based Britvic has acquired Fruite, an independent French soft drinks producer with market leading positions in syrups and ambient juice with brands such as Teisseire and Moulin de Valdonne, Fruite and Pressade, for Eur237m.
The acquisition gives Britvic entry to the attractive Eur12.5b French soft drinks market and […]

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