Nestlé Purina PetCare acquires majority stake in Tails.com

UK - Nestlé Purina PetCare has acquired a majority stake in Tails.com, a direct-to-consumer, tailor-made dog nutrition business based in the UK in a commitment to provide happier and healthier lives to pets through proper nutrition and care. With the rapid growth of personalised pet nutrition, as well as subscription services, Nestlé Purina’s shareholding in…

AB InBev’s ZX Ventures acquires UK-based spirits company Atom Group

UK - AB InBev’s incubator, operator, and venture capital team ZX Ventures has acquired Atom Group, a company brand of spirits based in the UK for an undisclosed sum. Atom Group is a drinks company that encompasses production of spirits under the Atom Brands and importation, distribution and brand development via Maverick Drinks; to global…

Costa Coffee to recycle 500m disposable cups yearly by 2020

UK - Costa Coffee, the British coffee company has made a commitment to recycle the same volume of disposable cups as it puts onto the market, half a billion every year by 2020. To achieve this, Costa will pay coffee cups collectors a subsidy to enhance their collection then send them to paper mills where…

Commonwealth countries pledge to eliminate single-use plastic for sustainability

UK - Countries from across the Commonwealth have pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans. According to UK Whales Org, other countries like New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an…

Müller Milk & Ingredients reviews food service delivery operations after incurring losses

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients has begun reviews on its food service delivery operation supplying fresh milk and other products to 3,000 non-residential customers in England and Wales as it suffers losses of around US$7.1million per annum. The company has confirmed a 45 day review and consultation, placing 250 roles at risk of redundancy.…

USA and UK scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme that could solve pollution

WORLD - Scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States have said they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution, according to Reuters. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in…

Sainsbury’s to introduce touch-free packaging for its meat

UK - Sainsbury’s, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK has revealed plans to introduce touch free meat packaging, that allows customers who fear touching raw meat to cook them without directly touching the product. Their chicken products will be packaged in straight-to-pan plastic pouches, referred to as ‘doypacks’ within the industry to…

Diageo invests US$185.8m in Scotch whisky attraction programme

UK - Diageo, the British multinational distiller will invest US$185.8 million in Johnnie Walker global brand attraction & distillery programme, Scotch Whisky tourism for over a period of three years in Scotland. The investment will be used to construct a new Johnnie Walker facility in Edinburgh to change Scotch whisky visitor experiences while acting as…

Tesco reports 28% rise in annual profits boosted by high sales

UK - Tesco, the British multinational grocery retailer has announced a 28% rise in annual profits to US$2.02 billion, boosted by high sales of up to US$70.98 billion in ninth consecutive quarter of growth. The supermarket’s sales grew 2.8% more than expected in the last three months of its financial year while it made a…

Diageo grows its Tanqueray gin range with a new variant

UK - Diageo, the British multinational alcoholic beverages company has continued to expand its portfolio with a new Tanqueray gin made from Seville oranges, launched in the UK. The new flavor was developed to pay homage to Tanqueray’s roots, when founder Charles Tanqueray used the citrus fruit in his original 1830s recipes. The gin, made…