Tesco and WWF join forces to improve sustainability of UK food chain

UK – The UK grocery retailer, Tesco has announced a four-year partnership with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), a global conservation organisation to enhance sustainability of the UK food chain. The partnership aims to reduce the environmental impact of the average UK shopping cart by 50 percent, improving the sustainability of food while ensuring…

Arla Foods unveils new high-protein and healthy concept in biscuit making

UK – Arla Foods Ingredients has released a new Whey-Pro Biscuit concept that will enable biscuit manufacturers tap into the high-protein and healthy indulgence trends while overcoming technical challenges. The new concept which features the company’s whey protein ingredient, Nutrilac involves a biscuit recipe with a premium look, taste and feel. It was designed to…

UK based Vieve launches ‘world’s first’ watermelon-flavoured protein drink

UK – Vieve, a UK based producer of naturally flavoured protein waters has expanded its portfolio with the launch of what it claims the world’s first watermelon-flavoured protein drink. The company said the watermelon flavoured water contains NO fat, NO sugar, NO artificial colours or flavours, low calorie and the ideal amount of protein in…

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby to step down, considers Ambrosia brand sale

UK – The British grocery and food manufacturer has said that its Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Darby will step down from the company in January, soon after announcing that it is considering sale of its Ambrosia brand. Darby will be leaving after six years as CEO at the company that has been heavily indebted in…

Diageo sells portfolio of nine brands to Sazerac for US$550m

USA – The British multinational alcoholic beverages company has agreed the sale of nineteen brands to a privately held American alcoholic beverage company, Sazerac for a consideration of US$550 million. Diageo has also entered into long-term supply contracts with Sazerac on completion for five of the brands each for a period of ten years. Supply…

Temperature monitoring could reduce milk wastage in the UK, save US$190m – report

UK- A new report from the UK’s leading sustainability experts WRAP shows for the first time the scale of milk waste across the food chain and highlights ways to significantly reduce the 330,000 tonnes of milk lost each year, equating to 7% of total UK production andworth more than £150 million (US$192 million). According to…

Tate & Lyle half-year sales decrease 1% as costs squeeze margins

UK – The British agribusiness firm, Tate & Lyle has reported 1% decrease in sales to US$1.81 billion in the half-year period, as results continue to be impacted by rising costs of doing business. The company however said it performed according to expectations, having delivered growth in adjusted profit before tax and strong cash flow…

PepsiCo to acquire UK chips company Pipers Crisps

UK – Beverage and snacks major PepsiCo has announced that it will acquire the UK maker of natural potato chips, Pipers Crisps for an undisclosed amount. The deal which awaits regulatory approval by the Competition and Markets Authority will allow PepsiCo to develop and export the Lincolnshire based crisp brand. Pipers was founded in 2004…

Arla Foods to cut 140 jobs as part of 400m euro cost-saving plan

DENMARK – Arla Foods, the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia plans to cut 140 roles as part of its cost saving initiative it launched in April this year. According to FoodBev, the new redundancies will take place across the company’s Marketing, Supply Chain Finance, International and HR units, predominantly at the company’s head office…

2 Sisters sells Manton Wood sandwich business to Samworth Brothers

UK - 2 Sisters Food Group has agreed to sell its Manton Wood sandwich business to Samworth Brothers for an undisclosed sum to enable it focus on key operations. Samworth Brothers is a Leicester based food manufacturer, the owner of Cornish pasty maker Ginsters and the largest maker of certified Melton Mowbray pork pies. According…