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DDW announces new production site in Ireland

Colours company DD Williamson (DDW) has announced expansion plans with the opening of a new production site in Cork, Ireland.

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Did United Cacao destroy Amazon rainforest to clear path for world’s largest cocoa plantation?

United Cacao is accused of clearing primary forest in the Peruvian Amazon and usurping local farmers to make way for what will be the world’s largest cocoa plantation - allegations...

Barentz reveals expansion plans after gaining added funds

On the back of a deal with a ‘strong’ equity partner, Barentz International will use the additional funds to accelerate growth in its key markets in Europe, India, China and Asia Pacific,...

UK budget largely positive, says food and drink industry

The drop in corporation tax, promise of increased investment funding and support for British farmers in the 2015 UK budget were largely supported by British food and drink manufacturers.

500 new Lidl distribution centre jobs

Lidl’s proposed 41,806m² new distribution centre would create up to 500 jobs and be the discounter’s 11th in the UK if plans were approved.

Last year was a breakthrough year for stevia, says PureCircle

Market demand for stevia last year increased PureCircle’s half-year sales by 24%, the company has said.

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Irish agri firm Aurivo buys UK sports nutrition player

The Irish agri-business Aurivo Co-operative Society has acquired London-based sports nutrition company My Goodness Ltd in an attempt to gain access to the protein drinks market.

Symrise exceeds target with 18% jump in sales from last year

Growth at the fragrance and flavour company was fuelled by the acquisition of the Diana Group and a particularly strong quarterly earnings beating forecasts, said the company.

Finnish snacks giant Paulig considers axing Swedish Tex Mex chips site

Finland’s Paulig Group has mooted a plan to close a Swedish factory in Sweden that produces Tex Mex potato chips and consolidate production in Belgium.

Food prices drop to lowest in five years, says FAO

Global food prices have dropped to their lowest level since July 2010, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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Müller Dairy appoints new boss

Müller UK & Ireland has appointed Bergen Merey as md of its Müller Dairy business.

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Hellenic announce Russian beverage plant closures

PepsiCo Russia and Coca-Cola Hellenic have both announced plans to shut down beverage plants in Russia, with Coca-Cola telling BeverageDaily.com the company has to enhance its competitiveness in ‘the new...

Nestlé #notjustaboutfood! Multinational launches internship contest with Twitter

Nestlé UK & Ireland is launching a joint internship scheme with Twitter, a programme that will help it draw in talent from previously untapped areas. 

Sweden to make keyhole “cooler” for consumers

Sweden’s National Food Agency (NFA) said that it is set to undergo an image makeover to make keyhole nutrition labelling “cooler” for its citizens.

Nestlé to dump artificial flavors in Europe, but tightlipped on price hikes

Nestlé says it will remove artificial flavors in confectionery across Europe, but refuses to confirm whether it will implement European price hikes to offset declining confectionery margins.

Nestlé Pure Life ‘growth engine’ keeps waters business ticking over

Nestlé CFO Wan Ling Martello says Nestlé Pure Life remains a key growth engine for the company’s Nestlé Waters business, with especially strong growth in North America, UK and emerging...

Business Leaders' Forum

Gluten-free sector would be hit hard by sugar and fat taxes

Gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers would be hit hard by taxes on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content, as calls to make food and drink healthier would leave the sector...

Coca-Cola Hellenic shrugs off Boko Haram terrorist trouble to maintain Nigeria growth

Coca-Cola Hellenic boss Dmitris Lois said today that Nigeria remains a ‘key growth driver’ for the group despite the negative effects of terrorist group Boko Haram on its operations in...

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full...

Pernod Ricard CEO glosses Absolut sales slide: ‘The US vodka category is suffering’

Pernod Ricard CEO Alexandre Ricard admits that Absolut is under pressure in a ‘very challenged’ US vodka category where flavored varieties in particular are struggling.

236 jobs saved: Baronie acquires Ashbury Chocolates

Baronie has acquired UK private label chocolate firm Ashbury Chocolates, which entered administration earlier this month.

Heineken’s tribute to Sophrosyn: No and low-alcohol innovation helps brewer hit €1.5bn jackpot

Heineken says moderation is increasingly important for today’s consumers as its growing no- and low-alcohol beer portfolio helped deliver €1.5bn in innovation-related sales in 2014.

‘Security is a concern, but soft drinks growth is still strong in MENA’ – Euromonitor International

Despite regional security concerns, attractive soft drinks sales growth in the Middle East and North Africa still entices manufacturers, according to Euromonitor International.

Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages aspires to be ‘total beverage, multi-country, powerhouse’

The Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company plans to invest $500m over the next three years to drive sales of soft drinks including flag brand Ravi in the Middle East, North Africa...

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