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New Puratos White Paper Presents Latest Cake Freshness Innovations

Global bakery products specialist, Puratos, is launching a new white paper presenting the latest industry trends driving cake freshnessinnovation. The paper titled ‘Combining cake
improvers and filling technologies: A catalyst forinnovation in 2014 and beyond’ is the latest addition to The Cake Freshness Lab – Puratos’ professional online portal dedicated to sharing recent advances in cake […]

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Salt of the Earth Enters the Sodium Reduction Market with Low Sodium Sea Salt

Salt of the Earth Ltd. introduces a novel, low-sodium sea salt ingredient to address food manufacturers’ challenges to reduce sodium in bakery products, such as bread, breakfast cereals and snacks.
The new low-sodium ingredient was developed recently at Salt of the Earth’s R&D center and was tested successfully in various bread and breakfast cereals. It is […]

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Hydrosol Develops Innovative Product Ideas for the Yogurt Category

Yogurt products are a strong-selling category around the world. One reason is the variety of forms this dairy product can take. Individual flavours, refined textures and innovative packaging continuously provide the market with new growth opportunities. Hydrosol offers dairies a way to expand on this success with innovative creations. The company has developed new stabilizing […]

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New Scottish Whisky Distillery

  New Scottish Whisky Distillery

Work has begun on the first whisky distillery to be built on the Isle of Harris – with the aim of creating 20 local jobs. As only the second whisky distillery in the Outer Hebrides, the venture will open up an entirely new whisky region for Scotland.
A new single malt – to be called The […]

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US Regulatory Clearance For Proposed Acquisition of Beam By Suntory

  US Regulatory Clearance For Proposed Acquisition of Beam By Suntory

US federal antitrust regulators have cleared the proposed $16 billion acquisition of global spirits group Beam by Suntory Holdings of Japan.
Suntory’s agreed acquisition of Beam, which was spun off from Fortune Brands in 2011, will create a stronger global player in premium spirits with annual net sales exceeding $4.3 billion. The deal will make Suntory […]

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AB InBev Launches New Rum Flavoured Premium Beer

  AB InBev Launches New Rum Flavoured Premium Beer

AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, is launching a new rum flavoured premium beer brand in the UK. Cubanisto will be available in on and off trade channels in 330ml bottles from 24th March.
Inspired by the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean, AB InBev has created Cubanisto, a distinctive rum flavoured premium beer. The beer has […]

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WHO Opens Public Consultation on Draft Sugars Guideline

  WHO Opens Public Consultation on Draft Sugars Guideline

WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalised, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).
Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web […]

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Gecko® Ultra Helps Seeds Adhere to Baked Goods!

With Kampffmeyer Food Innovation’s latest product, loose seeds and similar toppings become a thing of the past in production areas and lunch boxes.
Gecko® Ultra offers a novel way to keep all kinds of seeds, kernels and decorative toppings safely attached to dough pieces. The innovative new product scores with its high powers of adhesion, effectively […]

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Danish Crown Takes Sole Control of Polish Meat Processor

  Danish Crown Takes Sole Control of Polish Meat Processor

Following a ten-year partnership with Nordic meat company HKScan Group, Danish Crown is now taking full control of Sokolow, the leading Polish producer of processed meat products. Danish Crown is paying Eur180 million (DKr1.3 billion) for 50% of the shares.
“For the past ten years, we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with HKScan and have […]

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UK Food Inflation at Lowest Level

  UK Food Inflation at Lowest Level

UK Food inflation slowed to 1.1% in February from 1.5% in January – the lowest ever recorded – according to the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index. Non-food reported annual deflation of 3.0% in February from 2.7% in January – the lowest ever recorded. Overall shop prices reported deflation for the tenth consecutive month in February, […]

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Fromageries Bel Increases 2013 Sales But Profits Fall

  Fromageries Bel Increases 2013 Sales But Profits Fall

French dairy group Fromageries Bel increased sales by 2.7% to Eur2.72 billion in 2013. Excluding a negative 2.6% impact from foreign exchange fluctuations, full year sales advanced 5.3% organically.
However, the group has been subject to a sharp increase in raw material prices since the second half of 2013. Despite measures to attenuate the situation, Bel […]

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Record Success For Packaging Innovations 2014

  Record Success For Packaging Innovations 2014

The UK’s biggest packaging show reports record success. Packaging Innovations 2014 attracted 6004 unique visitors over the two days of the event, an 18 percent increase on last year, with 77 percent of exhibitors rebooking onsite for next year’s show.
The show which took place at Birmingham’s NEC, 26 & 27 February 2014, included packaging buyers […]

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Algatechnologies Invests $20 million in Natural Astaxanthin Production

  Algatechnologies Invests $20 million in Natural Astaxanthin Production

Algatechnologies (“Algatech”), Israel, announces a more than 100% expansion of its production capacity of AstaPure® brand natural astaxanthin. This doubling of capacity follows an investment of $20 million in its state-of-the-art facility in the Arava Desert, Israel.
This significant step is only part of the transformation by Algatech’ new owners, Grovepoint, since the UK investment […]

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Premier Foods to Refinance as Trading Profit Improves

  Premier Foods to Refinance as Trading Profit Improves

UK convenience foods group Premier Foods has announced a £1.128 billion capital refinancing plan, comprising a share placing and rights issue, issuing new bonds and implementing a new revolving credit facility. The capital refinancing plan entails raising approximately £353 million gross proceeds by way of a fully underwritten placing of 76,923,077 shares at 130p each […]

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Mondelez International Teams Up with Prehype to Incubate Online Startups, Prankstr and Betabox

  Mondelez International Teams Up with Prehype to Incubate Online Startups, Prankstr and Betabox

Mondelez International has teamed up with Prehype, a venture development firm, to launch two beta platforms: Prankstr, which allows users to prank their friends and share the experience through social networks, and Betabox, which distributes product samples through e-commerce companies. Born out of Mondelez International’s Mobile Futures initiative, which paired its ‘power brands’ with startup […]

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Caffè Nero to Open First US Coffee House

  Caffè Nero to Open First US Coffee House

Caffè Nero, the family-owned European coffee house group, has chosen Boston as its entry point into the United States. Caffè Nero will open its first store in downtown Boston, near Boston Common, in late April. Caffè Nero offers premium, espresso-based Italian coffee, blended and roasted in its roasting facility in South West London, and a […]

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Andrew Burgess Receives Award For Services to Agriculture

  Andrew Burgess Receives Award For Services to Agriculture

Andrew Burgess of Produce World has received the prestigious award of Associate of the Royal Agricultural Society for his outstanding contribution to the agricultural industry.
Andrew Burgess is director of agriculture at Produce World Group, which has its headquarters in Peterborough and other sites in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The company is the biggest grower and supplier of […]

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Solid Performance puts Origin Enterprises on Positive Footing

Agri-services group Origin Enterprises has upgraded its full-year guidance as it reported a “solid” operating and financial performance in the first half of the year.
The firm said operating profit in its key agri-services division rose by 68.1 per cent in the six months to the end of January 2014, rising to €4 million from €2.4 […]

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Thorntons Makes Further Progress During First Half

  Thorntons Makes Further Progress During First Half

Confectionery manufacturer and retailer Thorntons has achieved further solid progress in the execution of its strategy to transform the business into an emerging international FMCG business and UK multi-channel retailer. During the first half ended 11 January 2014, Thorntons increased overall sales by by 4.5% to £139.7 million with its core channels delivering good results. Sales […]

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Tesco Announces New Lower Price For Milk

  Tesco Announces New Lower Price For Milk

Tesco has announced that the price of a four pint bottle of milk as been cut from £1.39 to £1 from Monday 3rd March, as part of the retailer’s focus on every day low prices on the products that matter most to its customers. The announcement comes a week after Tesco cut prices on tomatoes, […]

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Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

  Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

Whitefish processing is about to take a giant leap forward, with the launch of Marel’s FleXicut, a trimming robot for high precision bone detection and removal.
The bones in whitefish are notoriously difficult to locate and remove, and the process traditionally requires a lot of skilled labour. The automation of this process with FleXicut is therefore […]

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The Coffee World is Gathering in Rimini

  The Coffee World is Gathering in Rimini

Representatives from the coffee industry throughout the globe are set to gather in Rimini, Italy in June for World of Coffee, Rimini 2014. World of Coffee is the premium coffee event in Europe for quality coffee from bean to cup and features the most innovative products and services on the market today. The event is […]

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Lamb Weston Meijer Invests in New State-of-the-Art Potato Grading Area in Kruiningen

  Lamb Weston Meijer Invests in New State-of-the-Art Potato Grading Area in Kruiningen

Lamb Weston / Meijer, manufacturer of deep-frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, is investing 20 million euros in its biggest plant in Kruiningen, Zeeland (NL). A fully-automated potato sorting process is being implemented in a new, state-of-the-art potato grading area.
To realize the plans, various former production buildings are being replaced with a single potato […]

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Carlow Brewing Company Releases Two New Additions to the O’Hara’s Range of Craft Beers

 
Carlow Brewing Company, one of the country’s most established craft breweries, is excited to announce the much anticipated launch of its two new beers on draught. The release of O’Hara’s Amber Adventure and O’Hara’s Nitro Red brings the brewery’s total number of draught beers to nine.
O’Hara’s Amber Adventure brings you taste buds on a journey […]

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Frutarom Strengthens Position in Healthy and Natural Taste Solutions

  Frutarom Strengthens Position in Healthy and Natural Taste Solutions

Frutarom Industries, one of the world’s ten largest flavour and fine ingredients houses, is continuing with its strategy of achieving rapid and profitable growth with the acquisition of the business and assets of US-based CitraSource for a consideration of $7.5 million plus an additional future payment conditional upon CitraSource’s performance in the years 2014-2018. CitraSource […]

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Unilever and Internet.org Partner on Internet Study For Communities Across India

  Unilever and Internet.org Partner on Internet Study For Communities Across India

Unilever has announced a partnership with Internet.org, a Facebook-led alliance of partners, to understand better how internet access can be increased to reach millions more people across rural India.
Just 13 per cent of the Indian population has internet access and as an initial step, Internet.org and Unilever will carry out a comprehensive study to examine […]

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Kellogg Company Named a Top Company for Executive Women

  Kellogg Company Named a Top Company for Executive Women

Kellogg Company has been named a Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) in the US. NAFE is one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, providing resources through education, networking and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success.
To […]

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Global Brands Drive Anheuser-Busch InBev

  Global Brands Drive Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev increased revenue by 3.3% to $43.2 billion in 2013 due mainly to a good performance by its Global Brands, which grew by 4.7%, and revenue management initiatives that drove higher revenue per hl. The Budweiser brand saw excellent growth, rising by 6.4% due to its strong appeal in China, Brazil, Russia and the […]

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Transformational Year For Greggs

  Transformational Year For Greggs

Greggs, the UK’s leading bakery food-to-go retailer with almost 1,700 retail outlets throughout the country, has reported a 3.8% increase in sales to £762.4 million for 2013, as a result of the sales contribution from new shops. However, like-for-like sales were down 0.8% for the year as a whole, although there was an improving trend […]

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Consumers Want Retailers to Back British Farming

  Consumers Want Retailers to Back British Farming

Retailers should listen to their customers and show their support for British farming by stocking more British food, according to the National Farmers Union. A year on from the horsemeat scandal, a new YouGov survey commissioned by the NFU shows that the pressure on supermarkets to sell more British food is as strong now as […]

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