Product reformulation a success in Ireland, industry says

EUROPE - The Irish trade association, Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has said that product reformulation rather than taxes, has brought tangible results for public health, a critical indicator for the success of the industry, a Euractiv article reveals. This is in line with the 2016 Reformulation Project report launched by FDI in collaboration with Crème…

UK water and soft drinks manufacturers to eliminate packaging wastes by 2030

UK - Several leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have lodged a report to the UK House of Commons, which outlines their ambition to eliminate packaging waste in the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The roadmap was developed with input from companies such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone Waters (UK…

Yakult launches new marketing campaign in the UK and Ireland

UK – Yakult, a probiotic dairy product company, has launched a new marketing campaign in the UK and Ireland, which aims to raise awareness of the science behind the creation of the company’s fermented probiotic drinks. According to FoodBev, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the nutritional value of the food and drinks they consume,…

UK government considers ban on sale of energy drinks in England

UK - Ministers will ban the sale of Red Bull, Monster Energy and other energy drinks to children in England amid growing concern about the impact that the high-caffeine, high-sugar drinks are having on young people’s health. According to Guardian, a consultation on how to implement the proposed ban will be unveiled with Downing Street…

Unilever launches new vegan versions of magnum bars in Sweden and Finland

EUROPE – Magnum, an ice cream brand owned by the British/Dutch Unilever company, is set to launch two new vegan versions of its popular ice-cream bars in Sweden and Finland next month. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the brand will add Magnum Vegan Classic and Magnum Vegan Almond, which are European Vegetarian Union approved, to its existing product…

Arla’s Board of Directors proposes to pay out entire 2018 net profit to farmers with financial strains

UK – Arla Foods, an international dairy company, has made a proposal to pay out the entire 2018 net profit of Arla Group to farmers facing tough financial situations due to the summer’s drought. According to the company, the proposal was prepared by Arla's Board of Directors due to the positive development of Arla Foods’…

Arla Foods reports 2.2% revenue growth to US$5.96b in the first half results 2018

UK - Arla Foods, an international cooperative, has announced that it has improved its profitability and reported a revenue growth of 2.2% to US$5.96 billion in its first half results in 2018. According to the company, the rise in revenue was driven in part by the company’s strategic brands in the first half of 2018…

Coca Cola Great Britain redesigns the Coca-Cola packaging range

UK - Coca-Cola Great Britain has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range featuring new look packaging for Coca-Cola original taste and Coca-Cola zero sugar. According to the company, the changes unify both variants with the iconic Coca-Cola red and form part of the company’s commercial strategy to encourage more people to try Coca-Cola…

Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for…

Scottish firm Inverleith makes multi-million investment in UK’s plant-based food company

UK - Edinburgh-based private equity fund, Inverleith, has made a seven figure, multi-million GBP investment in Braham and Murray Good Hemp, a plant based food and drink brand which manufactures products from hemp seed. According to Private Equity, Inverleith invests in consumer brand companies within the health & wellbeing, lifestyle and heritage sectors. It specialises…