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  • Greencore to Divest US Business in $1 Billion Deal Greencore Group, the Irish and UK convenience food business, has agreed to sell its entire US business to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.075 billion (£817 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Hearthside is a major US contract food manufacturer with a heritage in US food industry outsourcing. The disposal will leave [...]...
  • Research and Innovation Critical to Business Success Post Brexit The Managing Director of the Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG) says increased investment in research and innovation by both the business sector and the State is critical in order for Irish businesses to survive the hard hitting impact of Brexit. Denis Hayes says despite budget 2019 proposals State expenditure on research and innovation will [...]...
  • Irish Distillers to Invest €150 Million in Sites in Cork and Dublin Irish Distillers has announced investment of over €150 million in its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet demand for its products as the Irish whiskey renaissance continues apace. This is accelerated by the continued growth of the company’s flagship Jameson brand, which is now in double or triple-digit growth in more than 80 markets [...]...
  • CM Precision Components Opens New Purpose-built Factory in Downpatrick Downpatrick-based CM Precision Components Ltd has officially opened its new 16,000 sq ft manufacturing facility at Invest Northern Ireland’s Killough Road Industrial Estate. The advanced engineering firm has invested almost £1 million in the construction project, to expand its production capabilities and meet the growing demands of its customers. CM Precision Components produces precision machined components for [...]...
  • Arkphire Secures New Investment IT solutions and networking company, Arkphire, has announced that Bregal Milestone, a private capital firm, has completed an investment into the business. The investment by Bregal Milestone comes from their new €400 million pan-European fund dedicated to investing in high-growth European companies. Typical commitments from Bregal Milestone range from €20 million to €60 million. Arkphire provides [...]...

Coolsuredoors – A New Business Venture in Britain

With a remit to design and manufacture innovative doors for refrigerated retail cabinets, coolsuredoors is a new business based in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
Utilising the company’s new £250,000 research and development facility on site, the team at coolsuredoors rigorously test new door concepts to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency under varied conditions. By continuously analysing different […]

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Tomatin Distillery Reduces its Carbon Emissions by Over 80%

  Tomatin Distillery Reduces its Carbon Emissions by Over 80%

Tomatin Distillery, located 16 miles south of Inverness, has become the first Scottish distillery to install a new, state-of-the-art, sustainable biomass boiler. This new renewable energy boiler, displaces the distillery’s previous heavy-fuel oil usage and produces both heat and steam for the whisky making process.
The installation of the new biomass boiler as part of an […]

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Call For Scottish Chicken Sourcing Policy

  Call For Scottish Chicken Sourcing Policy

The Scottish Government is writing to major supermarkets, catering companies and fast food chains to find out where they currently source their chicken and what their future intentions are.
Scoping demand for Scottish chicken is one of the first actions from the Scottish Government’s new Poultry Plan which was published on December 24, 2013. It identifies […]

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29 Million Brits Have Tried to Lose Weight in the Last Year

  29 Million Brits Have Tried to Lose Weight in the Last Year

As a new year begins and the thoughts of many Brits turn to the tricky problem of how to alleviate the excesses of the festive season, new research from Mintel reveals we are a nation of dieters, with a massive 55% of Brits – equating to 29 million – having tried to lose weight in […]

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Emmi Acquires Stake in Mexican Cheese Business

  Emmi Acquires Stake in Mexican Cheese Business

Swiss dairy group Emmi is to acquire for an undisclosed sum a 50% stake in Mexideli 2000 Holding, Mexico’s leading importer of speciality cheeses. The deal strengthens Emmi’s presence in Latin America and further advances its programme of international growth.
Emmi’s strategy is to increase, over the medium term, the share of sales attributable to international […]

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Scotch Whisky Exports Soar

  Scotch Whisky Exports Soar

New analysis from the Scottish Government, based on the latest HMRC figures, shows the value of Scotch whisky exports from the UK has increased by 87 per cent over the last ten years from £2.3 billion in 2002 to £4.3 billion in 2012 – the latest figures available.
The volume of exports has also experienced a […]

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United Biscuits Returns to Classic Recipe for McVitie’s Digestives

  United Biscuits Returns to Classic Recipe for McVitie’s Digestives

United Biscuits has announced that, following consumer feedback, it is returning to the classic recipe for its production of McVitie’s Digestives, from February 2014.
The McVitie’s Digestive biscuit recipe was changed in two stages in 2009 and 2010, removing sustainable palm oil and replacing it with the reduced saturated fat sunflower oil. However, some consumers have […]

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Management Changes at Remy Cointreau

  Management Changes at Remy Cointreau

Frederic Pflanz has resigned as chief executive of French drinks group Remy Cointreau for personal reasons. However, he will remain in the group as development director, with responsibility for specific assignments that he has already initiated.
As a transitional measure, the Remy Cointreau board has asked its chairman, François Heriard Dubreuil, to assume the responsibilities of […]

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GSK Completes Divestment of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory

  GSK Completes Divestment of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory

GlaxoSmithKline, which is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has completed the previously announced divestment of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food for £1.35 billion.
Suntory Beverage & Food is a leading global soft drink company, headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with […]

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ABP Food Group Expands in Poland

  ABP Food Group Expands in Poland

ABP Food Group has expanded its operations in Poland with the acquisition of a second production facility in Klosowice, Western Poland. The facility, acquired from Italian food group Ferrarini, will increase ABP’s production capacity in Poland to over 100,000 animals per year.
ABP entered Poland in 2011 through the acquisition of a plant in Pniewy, which […]

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New Head at Scotch Whisky Association

  New Head at Scotch Whisky Association

David Frost (pictured) has taken up his position as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association replacing Gavin Hewitt, who has stepped down. David Frost was formerly director for Europe, Trade and International Affairs at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Government department focusing on economic growth and trade policy. In his […]

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Morrisons Launches Online Food Offer

  Morrisons Launches Online Food Offer

Supermarket group Morrisons has launched its online food offer Morrisons.com that is designed to set new standards for the delivery of fresh food in the UK. The website has gone live and deliveries begin across much of the Midlands on January 10th.
Morrisons is famous for high quality fresh food prepared by butchers, bakers and fishmongers […]

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Carlsberg Acquires Chinese Breweries

  Carlsberg Acquires Chinese Breweries

Carlsberg Group is expanding its brewing interests in China by acquiring 100% of Chongqing Beer Group Assets Management Co, which is a holding company headquartered in Chongqing. The Chinese company comprises a total of eight breweries with a capacity of approximately 12 million hl.
The breweries are located in three provinces (three in Jiangsu, three in […]

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UK Gravy Sales are Missing the Boat

  UK Gravy Sales are Missing the Boat

New research from Mintel finds sales of gravy are missing the boat, as British consumers embrace stock in all its new formats. Sales of gravy are struggling – the market for gravy having risen only 8% since 2008, and just 2% in the past year to reach a value of £141 million in 2013. But […]

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Emmi Expands in US Yogurt Sector

  Emmi Expands in US Yogurt Sector

Swiss dairy group Emmi has strengthened its standing in the US after acquiring a 25% stake in yogurt supplier Siggi for an undisclosed sum. The US is Emmi’s largest foreign market. The majority of sales there are generated by the exports of Swiss cheese as well as locally produced cow’s and goat’s milk specialty cheeses.
Cheese […]

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Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Gains PGI Status

  Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Gains PGI Status

The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in England, has been successful in achieving Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Commission for its Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.
This ensures no other cheese-maker outside the Wensleydale area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale. In celebration, The Wensleydale […]

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Multi-million Investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

  Multi-million Investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

First Milk, the British farmer owned food business, has just commenced two major investment projects at its Haverfordwest Creamery in Pembrokeshire. Wales. Nearly £7 million is being invested in a brand new effluent treatment plant and the installation of new boilers which run on clean burn natural gas.
These projects come on top of a £9 […]

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SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness

  SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness

SABMiller has sadly announced that chairman Graham Mackay died peacefully on December 18th, with his family at his side. The board has appointed acting chairman John Manser as chairman with immediate effect, and has appointed Guy Elliott as senior independent director in succession to John Manser.
On behalf of the board of SABMiller, John Manser says: […]

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Axing Alcohol Super Tax Would Generate £230 Million and Create 6,000 Jobs in the UK

  Axing Alcohol Super Tax Would Generate £230 Million and Create 6,000 Jobs in the UK

Scrapping the Government’s alcohol duty escalator (ADE) would boost public finances by over £230million and create 6,000 new jobs, a new report reveals. The Ernst & Young (EY) research has been published by the WSTA (Wine and Spirit Trade Association) and coincides with the launch of a ‘Call Time on Duty’ campaign www.calltimeonduty.co.uk urging the […]

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Stainless Steel Products For Hygienic Environments

  Stainless Steel Products For Hygienic Environments

In food factories and specialist dairy industries, hygiene is major factor when manufacturing, processing and packaging goods for distribution. In 2012, ASPEN Stainless secured a contract for a super dairy in Aylesbury to manufacture and install thousands of metres of their stainless steel kerbing range and several large, high level gantries. Working hand in hand […]

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Over Half of British Households Now Shop in a Discounter

  Over Half of British Households Now Shop in a Discounter

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 8 December 2013, show that, for the first time, over half the country shopped in either Aldi or Lidl during the past 12 weeks. Some 50.1% of all British households stepped into a discount retailer compared with 46.1% a year ago.
Chris Longbottom, […]

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Nestle Opens New Dairy Distribution Centre in Brazil

  Nestle Opens New Dairy Distribution Centre in Brazil

Dairy Partners Americas, a joint venture between Nestlé and New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra, has opened a new distribution centre in the Brazilian city of Araras. The facility, which represents an investment of SFr33 million (Eur27 million), covers an area of 4,600 sq m and features the very latest technology.
According to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, […]

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Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

  Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

Carlsberg Breweries has entered into a new revolving credit facility of Eur2.510 billion maturing February 2019, with an option to extend the maturity until February 2020/2021. The Facility has been signed with the group of relationship banks and replaces the Eur1.749 billion facility signed in 2010 and the Eur800 millioin facility signed in 2011.
With the […]

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Rademaker Provides Innovative Solutions For the Bakery Industry

  Rademaker Provides Innovative Solutions For the Bakery Industry

Rademaker has managed to transform bakery traditions of the past into robust, state-of-the-art industrial bakery production lines that meet and exceed customer requirements all over the world.
Founded in 1977, Rademaker was one of the first companies to specialize in the development and supply of innovative solutions for the bakery industry. Today, Rademaker is one of […]

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Scotch Whisky Industry Moves Closer to its Green Targets

  Scotch Whisky Industry Moves Closer to its Green Targets

The Scotch whisky industry is embracing the use of non-fossil fuel and investing significantly in renewable technologies as part of its far-reaching Environmental Strategy, according to a newly published report.
The strategy launched in 2009 – the only one embracing an entire manufacturing sector in Scotland – set a number of ambitious targets covering a range […]

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Cargill to Double Capacity at Belgian Chocolate Facility

  Cargill to Double Capacity at Belgian Chocolate Facility

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has broken ground on a $48 million (€35 million) investment to double the capacity of its Belgian chocolate production facility in Mouscron over the next two years. The additional capacity will meet growing demand for chocolate in confectionary, bakery, dairy and artisanal applications from European customers.
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business […]

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Frutarom Expands in the Beverage Flavours Sector

  Frutarom Expands in the Beverage Flavours Sector

Frutarom Industries, one of the world’s ten biggest companies in the flavours and fine ingredients industry, is continuing to implement its rapid and lucrative growth strategy, following its fourth acquisition in 2013. Frutarom is purchaing US-based Hagelin for a cash consideration of $52.4 million.
This acquisition strengthens Frutarom’s foothold in the US market, which is the […]

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Avure Technologies Names Jeff Williams CEO of High Pressure Processing Equipment and Services Division

  Avure Technologies Names Jeff Williams CEO of High Pressure Processing Equipment and Services Division

As demand for high pressure processing (HPP) continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, Avure Technologies, the world’s leading supplier of HPP equipment and related services, has experienced rapid growth in 2013. A major milestone has been reached this year with the announced separation of Avure Technologies into two distinct operating units: Avure Industrial Division, […]

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RC Cola Neo Offers Consumers Big Cola Taste with Half the Calories

To help bottlers offer health-conscious consumers a bold cola flavor with only half the calories, Royal Crown Cola International (RCCI), a division of Cott Beverages, recently launched RC Cola Neo, a full-flavor, mid-calorie cola. Sweetened with stevia and cane sugar, the beverage caters to the growing market of consumers who demand wholesome ingredients.
“We’re very pleased […]

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Produce World Group in Strong Position For the Future

  Produce World Group in Strong Position For the Future

Leading UK vegetable grower and supplier Produce World Group has completed a successful turnaround of its business over the past three years, according to chairman Neil Fraser. Speaking following the announcement of annual results for the year ending 30th June 2013 he confirms that the company is now in a strong position to develop its […]

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