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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 [...]...

AmbaFlex – Science in Spirals

With AmbaFlex’s invention of the SpiralVeyor® in the mid nineties a new era in conveyor systems started. Continued development and expansion of the scope made AmbaFlex a leader of spiral conveyor solutions. With over 9000 systems installed together with a global production and service organization AmbaFlex offers a spiral conveyor solution for each application and […]

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ADM Launches New Range Of Customisable Soya Protein Crisps

ROLLE, Switzerland, 19th November, 2013 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today the launch of Textura™, a new line of soya protein crisps that can be tailored to individual formulation needs. A great source of high quality protein, fibre and whole grains, Textura soya crisps are a cost-effective way to enhance nutrient content, […]

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DM and Olenex Showcase Extensive New Ingredients Portfolio at FiE 2013

ROLLE, Switzerland, 19th November, 2013 – Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) will bring a breadth of ingredients knowledge to Food Ingredients Europe 2013. Showcasing an extensive portfolio, ADM will be featuring new products across a range of categories, including premium cocoa powders; a new confectionery and baked goods range; and flaked vegetable fats for […]

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Only Sugar Tastes as Good

AminoSweet Aspartame tastes like sugar.  When they taste water sweetened with aspartame and water sweetened with sugar, most people cannot tell the difference.  As The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness has stated, “Of all of the low- and no-calorie sweeteners, aspartame has a sweetness that most closely replicates the taste of table sugar.”  It’s […]

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New Nestlé Freezers to Help Tackle Climate Change

  New Nestlé Freezers to Help Tackle Climate Change

Nestlé is systematically introducing more environmentally efficient ice cream freezers using natural refrigerants acrossEurope. The company has pledged that from now on all new commercial horizontal ice cream chest freezers bought by Nestlé across Europe will use only natural refrigerants.
These are naturally occurring substances – like carbon dioxide, ammonia, water or air and hydrocarbons, like […]

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€21 Million Irish Investment in ‘Milk Mining’

  €21 Million Irish Investment in ‘Milk Mining’

The Irish Government has announced a second term of funding worth €21 million for the functional foods Technology Centre, Food for Health Ireland (FHI). The Department of Jobs, Enterpriseand Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland will invest €16 million in FHI with the remaining €5 million being provided by the companies involved in the research centre – Carbery, […]

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Mondelez International Employees Serve and Learn From Communities Around the World

  Mondelez International Employees Serve and Learn From Communities Around the World

Mondelez International is celebrating as it wraps up its first global month of service. During October 2013, 15,000 employees donated nearly 26,000 hours of service across 80 countries in projects to help protect the well-being of the planet.
In teams of three to 300, employees rolled up their sleeves and took on all sorts of work, […]

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Arla Foods Starts Up World’s Largest Fresh Milk Dairy

  Arla Foods Starts Up World’s Largest Fresh Milk Dairy

The first milk for its retail customers is now rolling off the filling lines at Arla Foods UK’s new Aylesbury dairy in Buckinghamshire. Arla has invested over £500 million in the UK since 2007 and commenced building the Aylesbury site in February 2012.
The £150 million state-of-the-art dairy is set to be the world’s largest fresh […]

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Britvic Grows Revenue and Profit

  Britvic Grows Revenue and Profit

UK and international soft drinks group Britvic has reported strong operating profit growth of 18.4% to £137.9 million on revenue up 4.4% to £1.32 billion for the year ended 29 September 2013. Britivic is continuing to pursue its new development strategy, launched last May, and remains on course to deliver £30 million of cost savings […]

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Nestlé Expands Factory Production in Turkey

  Nestlé Expands Factory Production in Turkey

Nestlé has invested SFr9.9 million (Eur8 million) to expand production at one of its major regional manufacturing hubs, in western Turkey, creating an additional 100 jobs. The Karacabey plant first opened in 1989 and will now also make Maggi brand bouillon for the growing Saudi Arabian market.
“Turkey is one of the fastest growing and most […]

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Strong Demand For Dairy Nutrition Supports Volac Growth

  Strong Demand For Dairy Nutrition Supports Volac Growth

Dairy nutrition company Volac has increased operating profit by 37% to £23.7 million and turnover by 19% to £193.3 million for the financial year ending February 2013. Volac reported a significant increase in profit from operations in the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands, and a 31% increase in export sales revenue from UK manufacturing sites […]

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£2.5 Billion Food Waste Bill in UK’s Hospitality and Food Service Sector

  £2.5 Billion Food Waste Bill in UK’s Hospitality and Food Service Sector

The UK’s hospitality and food service sector is facing an annual bill in excess of £2.5 billion for food waste, a new WRAP report reveals. The report, ‘Overview of waste in the UK Hospitality and Food Service (HaFS) Sector’, also predicts that this figure could rise beyond £3 billion by 2016 unless steps are taken […]

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Mitsubishi Electric robot emulates intuitive human cake icing movements

  Mitsubishi Electric robot emulates intuitive human cake icing movements

Solving a long-standing automation problem in cake decoration has also produced a groundbreaking development that could be taken up across a whole range of other industries.
Quasar Automation wanted to create a system that can neatly apply icing or other embellishments to cakes regardless of irregularities and imperfections in the cakes’ surface.
To achieve this they have […]

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Mark Beaver Appointed MD of Olympus Automation

  Mark Beaver Appointed MD of Olympus Automation

Olympus Automation has appointed Mark Beaver as managing director taking over from owner Harry Norman who has become CEO. Mark joins from Baker Perkins where he had a very impressive track record as business director for the confectionery division. Mark’s international sales experience coupled with advanced company system knowledge will help Olympus Automation improve its […]

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Further Progress by Greencore

  Further Progress by Greencore

Despite the challenging trading environment and the impact of the horsemeat scandal on ready meals sales, Greencore, the UK and international convenience food processor, increased group operating profit by 8.1% to £76.5 million on revenue up 3% to £1.2 billion for the year ended 27 September 2013. Greencore’s strong operating and financial discipline helped to deliver […]

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OFT Considers Diageo Divestment Remedy in Whisky Merger

  OFT Considers Diageo Divestment Remedy in Whisky Merger

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering an offer from Diageo to sell most of its Whyte & Mackay business to address competition concerns regarding bottled blended Scotch whisky, arising from its completed acquisition of United Spirits. Diageo and United Spirits are both suppliers of spirits in the UK and across the world. In […]

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IK Investment Partners to Sell Europe Snacks

  IK Investment Partners to Sell Europe Snacks

Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners is selling Europe Snacks, a leading French manufacturer of savoury snacks under private label brands, to Apax Partners, the French private equity firm. The transaction, which is subject to the approval of competition authorities, is expected to close before the end of the year.
For over 20 years, Europe […]

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Dawn Meats Receives Environmental Management Certificates

  Dawn Meats Receives Environmental Management Certificates

Irish food group Dawn Meats has been presented with its ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificates for sites throughout Ireland and the UK. Philip Tallon, group operations manager, who accepted the certificates on behalf of Dawn Meats, comments: “This is a chance for us to take a look at everything we have achieved. The delivery of […]

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Foam Phenomenon – Diversey Enduro Power Enhances Operational Efficiency, Food Safety and Sustainability

  Foam Phenomenon – Diversey Enduro Power Enhances Operational Efficiency, Food Safety and Sustainability

Diverse food manufacturing sectors – from poultry and fish processing to pizza manufacturing, and from dairy processing to potato crisp frying – have tested and proven the effectiveness of Enduro Power™. This innovative range of cleaning foams from Diversey™ demonstrates up to 50% less water usage, a reduction of up to 33% in chemical levels […]

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Frutarom Acquires Control of Russian Flavours Company

  Frutarom Acquires Control of Russian Flavours Company

Frutarom Industries, one of the world’s largest companies in the field of flavours and fine ingredients, is continuing to implement its rapid growth strategy with the acquisition of 75% of Moscow-based Protein Technologies Ingredients Group, for a cash consideration of US$50.3 million (reflecting a company value of $67 million). PTI has net assets valued at above […]

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The east – the market of the future: Paulaner on the road to success in the CIS region .

 From Moscow to Astana to Baku – Paulaner’s Bavarian beer specialities are more popular than ever in the emerging markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, where sales have risen 15% this year alone.  
Munich, November 2013 – The Munich-based traditional brewing company Paulaner has increased its sales in the CIS region by around […]

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EUROPE’S CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MARKET WORTH MORE THAN EUR 21 BILLION .

AMI, Bristol, 26th November 2013– Converted flexible packaging represents one of the most complex and dynamic sectors of the European packaging industry.  AMI estimates the industry consumed 3.8 million tonnes of substrates in 2012 in a business worth more than EUR 21 billion.
 
This valuation may surprise some industry observers as considerably lower figures have more […]

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Chesapeake Bristol switches to ultra low migration ink

Chesapeake Bristol has incorporated an ultra-low migration ink system standards and is understood to be the first self-adhesive label manufacturer in the UK to make the move.
The company is part of Chesapeake’s Branded Packaging division, which manufactures packaging in the food and drink sector. The move follows a set of trials with its supplier Paragon […]

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European First For Irish Food Company

  European First For Irish Food Company

Irish organic food company Just Food, has launched an innovative new range of soups, HiLo, which is the first high protein, low fat soup to be marketed in Europe. The Cork-based company has been a pioneer in the highly dynamic fresh soup category.
Just Food was the first Irish soup company to produce chunky, pulse and […]

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European SME Week: Small and Medium-sized Food and Drink Companies Driving Growth in Europe

  European SME Week: Small and Medium-sized Food and Drink Companies Driving Growth in Europe

On the occasion of this year’s European SME week, FoodDrinkEurope wishes to underline the value of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the European economy. Europe’s food and drink industry (the largest manufacturing industry in the EU in terms of turnover and employment), is highly fragmented in nature, comprising more than 287,000 companies, the overwhelming […]

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Altia to Replace CEO

  Altia to Replace CEO

The board of directors of Altia has decided to release chief executive Antti Pankakoski from his duties. Antti Pankakoski has served as chief executive since 2007 and has now left office.
“Altia has recently clearly fallen behind its financial targets and lost market share. Performance has decreased during the past two years. The company needs new […]

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GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE MORE OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION – JUNIPER .

Speaking ahead of the ADBA National Conference [3 Dec] where he will be chairing a session, Tony Juniper*, said:“A range of cutting edge technologies offer the opportunity to achieve economic and job creation benefits while at the same time meeting environmental goals. Government really needs to wake up to this basic fact and to more […]

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Britvic productivity boosted by Videojet trial.

Soft drinks group Britvic is looking at upgrading its Rugby site following the trial of a Videojet 1620 UHS coding machine.
The addition enabled Britvic to increase its production line speed by 30m per minute and the site cans Pepsi-Cola products as the company has an exclusive agreement in the UK with PepsiCo to make and […]

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Digital print technology for packaging market to reach £9bn

Huge growth is expected in the digital print for packaging market, forecast to reach $15.3bn (£9.4bn) by 2018, according to a new report by Smithers Pira, the packaging research and consultancy group.

“The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2018” market report says the digital print for packaging market is currently estimated to be worth […]

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MULTIVAC is showing packaging solutions from a range of technologies.

Wolfertschwenden, 21st November 2013 – At Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5 to 7 February 2014, MULTIVAC will be giving visitors information about a range of packaging and marking technologies for the fruit and vegetable sector. The packaging specialist will be showing on Stand D-05 in Hall 3.1 a variety of packaging […]

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