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Stronger Second Half Performance Drives Growth at Diageo

  Stronger Second Half Performance Drives Growth at Diageo

A stronger second half performance has helped global alcoholic drinks giant Diageo to increase reported operating profit by 6.5% to

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Nestle Completes Disposal of Alcon

  Nestle Completes Disposal of Alcon

Nestle has completed the sale of its remaining 52% stake in Alcon, the global eye care business, to Novartis for

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European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

  European Organic Food Market Continues to Grow

EU-27 demand for organic products continues to grow. The European organic consumer market is the biggest in the world, and

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Mixed Views on UK Minimum Pricing For Alcohol Proposal

Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron backed councils across the country in their plans to implement a minimum price

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Good Performance From Glanbia as Irish Business Returns to Profit

  Good Performance From Glanbia as Irish Business Returns to Profit

Glanbia, the international nutritional ingredients and cheese group, has delivered strong top line revenue, profit and margin growth for the

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Strong Showing From Heineken

  Strong Showing From Heineken

Global brewer Heineken has produced a strong first half performance but remains cautious on the development of beer consumption in

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Lactalis Acquisition of Puleva Dairy Cleared

  Lactalis Acquisition of Puleva Dairy Cleared

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by the French group Lactalis of Spanish group Ebro Puleva’s dairy business.

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Northumberland Foods Goes Out of Business

English frozen vegetable producer Northumberland Foods has ceased trading with the loss of 250 jobs. The Morpeth-based company recently entered

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Emmi Strengthens US Cheese Business

  Emmi Strengthens US Cheese Business

Swiss cheese producer Emmi has expanded its international business with the acquisition of US cheese specialist Cypress Grove Chevre. Based

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Efes Breweries Shows Improvement in Russia

  Efes Breweries Shows Improvement in Russia

Despite the continued adverse economic climate and the significant excise tax increase in Russia, one of its key markets, Efes

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Approval For Vion’s Proposed Acquisition of Weyl

  Approval For Vion’s Proposed Acquisition of Weyl

The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Weyl by Vion, two Dutch producers of meat products. The Commission

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Danone Purchases French Smoothie Maker

Danone has acquired Immedia, the third largest smoothie manufacturer in France, for an undisclosed sum. Immedia generated sales of Eur4m

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Lindt & Sprüngli continues dynamics of long-term success

  Lindt & Sprüngli continues dynamics of long-term success

Lindt & Sprüngli continues its dynamics of long-term success of the previous years in terms of growth and profit after

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Mitchells & Butlers announces the proposed disposal of 333 Non-Core Pubs for a cash consideration of £373m to Stonegate Pub Company Limited

  Mitchells & Butlers announces the proposed disposal of 333 Non-Core Pubs for a cash consideration of £373m to Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Mitchells & Butlers announces the proposed disposal of 333 Non-Core Pubs for a cash consideration of £373m to Stonegate Pub

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Synergy Widens International Reach

  Synergy Widens International Reach

Synergy, one of the leading distilled spirits producers in Russia, has signed distribution agreements for exports of Beluga vodka to

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SABMiller Interested in Foster’s

  SABMiller Interested in Foster’s

SABMiller, the world’s second biggest brewer, is reported to be considering launching a £7b bid for the beer business of

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Dairy Farmers to Increase Stake in Arla Foods UK

  Dairy Farmers to Increase Stake in Arla Foods UK

Arla Foods Milk Partnership, the British farmers group which supplies milk to dairy processor Arla Foods UK, is considering increasing

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Campbell Considering Bid For United Biscuits

  Campbell Considering Bid For United Biscuits

US-based Campbell, the world’s largest soup company, is reported to be preparing a £1.5b break-up bid for United Biscuits, the

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New insights from Danisco on xylanases

  New insights from Danisco on xylanases

Key papers from Danisco Animal Nutrition at the XIII European Poultry Conference, 23-27 August 2010, Tours, France, will be focusing

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Cargill smallholder scheme receives RSPO sustainability certification

  Cargill smallholder scheme receives RSPO sustainability certification

Smallholders at Cargill’s oil palm plantation, PT. Hindoli in South Sumatra, Indonesia, have received Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

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Continued good improvement of volumes and operating profit for AAK

  Continued good improvement of volumes and operating profit for AAK

The positive development of volumes and operating profit for AarhusKarlshamn AB continued during the second quarter of 2010 compared with

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European Business News – Week ending August 27, 2010

Brewing and dairy were prominent within the European food and drink industry during the past week. International brewers Heineken and

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Super whisky biofuel to power cars

  Super whisky biofuel to power cars

Topping up at the petrol pump is about to take an intriguing twist thanks to a new super biofuel made from whisky

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Symrise enters second half 2010 backed by strong earnings and profitability growth

  Symrise enters second half 2010 backed by strong earnings and profitability growth

Symrise AG looks back on a successful first half with significantly higher sales and profitability. In the first six months

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Graham Packaging’s U.K. Subsidiary and StarBrands Unveil New PET Packaging for ‘Sqezy’

  Graham Packaging’s U.K. Subsidiary and StarBrands Unveil New PET Packaging for ‘Sqezy’

Graham Packaging Company Inc.’s subsidiary in the United Kingdom, Graham Packaging Plastics Chalgrove, has teamed up with StarBrands Ltd. to

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Limited edition ranges launch just in Slime for a Spooky Halloween

  Limited edition ranges launch just in Slime for a Spooky Halloween

To help retailers capitalise on the extra sales opportunities at Halloween, McVitie’s Cake Company, part of United Biscuits UK, is

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Keeping the Northern Ireland Dairy Industry Competitive

  Keeping the Northern Ireland Dairy Industry Competitive

Northern Ireland’s dairy industry must aim for greater supply chain co-operation, more efficient farms and more added value products, according

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Cott completes Cliffstar acquisition

  Cott completes Cliffstar acquisition

Cott Corporation announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the assets and liabilities

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It’s official: the start of the English apple season is upon us

  It’s official: the start of the English apple season is upon us

Whilst there are question marks as to whether the end of the summer is nigh it is with certainty that

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PepsiCo and Senomyx Enter Into Collaboration to Discover, Develop and Commercialize New Sweet Flavor Ingredients

  PepsiCo and Senomyx Enter Into Collaboration to Discover, Develop and Commercialize New Sweet Flavor Ingredients

PepsiCo, the world’s second-largest food and beverage business, and Senomyx, Inc., a leading company focused on using proprietary technologies to

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Kerry Group confirms offer for Newmarket Co-operative Creameries Limited

  Kerry Group confirms offer for Newmarket Co-operative Creameries Limited

Kerry Group, the global ingredients & flavours and consumer foods group, today confirmed the terms of its offer to acquire

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Refresco to Acquire Soft Drinks International

  Refresco to Acquire Soft Drinks International

Netherlands-based Refresco, Europe’s leading manufacturer of private label soft drinks and fruit juices, is to acquire Soft Drinks International, a

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Strong performance for the Carlsberg Group and full-year earnings upgrade

  Strong performance for the Carlsberg Group and full-year earnings upgrade

The Carlsberg Group achieved 12% operating profit growth to DKK 5.0bn for the first six months of 2010 and driven

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First Milk Back in the Black

  First Milk Back in the Black

First Milk has returned to the black in the year ended March 31st 2010 with a positive £10.3m swing in

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New €12m Irish Mushroom Plant

  New €12m Irish Mushroom Plant

Irish mushrooms producer Monaghan Mushrooms has opened its new Eur12m state-of-the-art mushroom growing facility at Tyholland in County Monaghan. The

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Aryzta Makes Strategic Investments in North America, Latin America and Asia

  Aryzta Makes Strategic Investments in North America, Latin America and Asia

International speciality bakery group Aryzta is acquiring Tim Horton’s 50% share in Maidstone Bakeries, a Canadian joint venture between Aryzta

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World Cup Scores For Anheuser-Busch InBev

  World Cup Scores For Anheuser-Busch InBev

Helped by its sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, increased beer volumes by 2%

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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

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Barilla Disposes of German Bakery Business

  Barilla Disposes of German Bakery Business

Italian pasta and bakery group Barilla is selling Kamps, its German bakery chain, to ECM Equity Capital, a Frankfurt-based private

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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

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Danone to Dispose of Stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods

  Danone to Dispose of Stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods

Danone has agreed to sell its 18.4% stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods to the Russian food group for a total consideration

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Kerry Group Confirms Offer For Newmarket Co-operative Creameries

  Kerry Group Confirms Offer For Newmarket Co-operative Creameries

Kerry Group, the international ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group, has confirmed the terms of its offer to acquire Irish

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Resilient First Half From Greggs

  Resilient First Half From Greggs

Greggs, the UK’s largest retail baker, increased total group sales in the 26 weeks ended 3rd July 2010 by 2.9%

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Unilever Acquires Danish Ice Cream Business From TINE

  Unilever Acquires Danish Ice Cream Business From TINE

Unilever is acquiring Diplom-Is, a Danish ice cream business, from TINE, the Norwegian dairy group, for an undisclosed price. Employing

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VION Investment Programme Creates 250 New Jobs in Scotland

  VION Investment Programme Creates 250 New Jobs in Scotland

Netherlands-based VION, Europe’s largest fresh meat group, is creating an additional 250 jobs within its Scottish operations. A multi-million pound

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Generation Brew – Young British Coffee Drinkers Not Satisfied With a Cup of Instant

New research from YouGov SixthSense reveals that a generational divide exists in UK coffee consumption. 83% of over 55s has

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Further International Expansion By Eckes-Granini Group

  Further International Expansion By Eckes-Granini Group

Germany-based Eckes-Granini Group, one of the leading branded fruit juice producers in Europe, and KMV (Karlovarske Mineralni Vody), the leading

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Sara Lee Searches For New Head

  Sara Lee Searches For New Head

US and international food and beverage group Sara Lee has announced that Brenda Barnes is stepping down permanently from the

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Hero Disposes of French Fruit Dessert Business

Swiss and international consumer food group Hero is selling its French fruit dessert business to Charles Faraud, which is majority

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Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

  Northern Foods to Sell Dalepak Frozen Foods

UK convenience foods producer Northern Foods has agreed to sell Dalepak Frozen Foods to the Irish Food Processors Group, one

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