Nestle outlook is bright

Nestle has announced sales of CHF67.7 billion for the food and beverage group worldwide during the first nine months of 2005. The 5.6% organic growth across food and beverage was due to the successful extension of distribution beyond the traditional supermarket grocery channel. Peter Bra-beck-Letmathe, chairman and CEO of Nestle said,“The acceleration in our core […]

Ice cream plant

Fredericks Dairies is investing £10 (£14.7) million in a new plant in Lancashire to increase brand and private label ice cream tubs. The new site is said to have Europe’s largest and most automated production line, capable of producing over 16,000 tubs every hour. This follows an announcement that Fredericks is the UK’s No. 2 […]

Coca-Cola goes green

The Coca-Cola Company has released its third annual report on the environment detailing gains in water, packaging and energy efficiency. The 2004 study details progress in company and bottler operations that improved water use ratios, increased energy efficiency and improved recycling efforts. “This report shows that we are serious about our commitment to the environment, […]

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Campina invests £80 million in Belgian plant

Campina has opened a fully refurbished production facility in Aalter, Belgium, representing an investment of £80 million. The plant will produce long-life dairy products such as Yazoo and Yogho Yogho, for Europe and other parts of the world. Production capacity is expanded, with an annual capacity of 275 million units (UHT bottles), employing 500 people. […]

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Premier may exit tea

Premier Foods has confirmed that it is in talks regarding the sale of its tea business, which includes Typhoo, London Fruit & Herb, Lift and other associated brands. The company, which bought Marlow Foods and the Quorn brand earlier this year, includes Branston pickle, Sun-Pat peanut butter, Loyd Grossman and Crosse & Blackwell sauces among […]

Study finds high pesticide levels in school fruit

A study by the Soil Association has found over 25% more pesticides in samples of fruit and vegetables supplied to school children than in those on sale in shops. The fruit is supplied to children under the official School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. According to the Soil Association, nearly 30% more instances of multiple pesticides […]


Heinz and Unilever to exit frozen foods

Both Heinz and Unilever have announced preliminary plans to divest their frozen food businesses. Unilever said it was undertaking a study into ‘strategic options’ for the future of its frozen foods business in western Europe. This encompasses the main brands – Iglo, Findus and BirdsEye – and will cover the 11 countries in Europe where […]

Uniq CEO plans reorganisation

Geoff Eaton, the new chief executive of Uniq plc, has announced a programme of initatives for the convenience food group, in the face of a challenging trading environment. A major reorganisation of the UK division sees the creation of six, entrepreneurially-led, customer focused business units – three desserts businesses, sandwiches and dips, prepared salads, and […]


Industry slims on fat, salt and sugar

The UK food and drink industry is revolutionising the nutritional profile of its products, according to a nationwide survey. In September 2004, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) issued a Food and Health Manifesto which set out a series of commitments ranging from reductions in salt, sugar and fat, to action on portion sizes and […]

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Sugar production forecast

In the past few months, growing conditions in all Danisco’s production countries have offered strong potential for the growth of sugar beets up to the September to December harvesting period. With recent favourable growing conditions, the sugar beet harvest is expected to yield a sugar production slightly above Danisco’s European Union quotas in Denmark, Sweden, […]

Salt is no secret, says FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has refuted allegations that manufacturers conceal salt in food. “Claims that the industry hides salt in food are inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful to consumers, said FDF deputy director general Martin Paterson. “The food manufacturing industry is committed to continuing to reduce levels of salt in products and providing lower […]

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Global growth for Kerry Group

Sales revenue has risen to £2,117 million according to Kerry Foods’ latest half yearly statement despite surging energy costs. The report, which showed an increase of 8.3%, also reveals a 6.2% rise in trading profit to £160 million. Kerry Group chief executive, Hugh Friel, said,“In a highly competitive trading environment, the group performed well in […]

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Training for Chilean workforce

Workers in Chile are to receive improved training in the agricultural and fresh fruit industry. In addition, producers and processors will be able to take advantage of the tax exemption awarded by the Chilean government for training schemes. Agrocap, the training division of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (ASOEX), has signed an agreement with BSI […]

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Costa opens first coffee shop India

Costa Coffee is opening its first coffee shop in India. The new 1,200ft store in Connaught Place, central Delhi can accommodate 60 customers, and is part of a franchise contract to open more stores across India. The franchise, negotiated by Costa’s commercial director Nick Williams with Ravi Jaipuria, leader of a large corporate business with […]

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