Arla Foods butter brand expands with launch of Lurpak Softest

UK - Arla Foods, a global dairy company and co-operative, has expanded its number one butter brand to Lurpak Softest; a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. Lurpak is UK’s number one butter brand, which has now combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most…

Arla Foods Chairman Åke Hantoft set to retire in July

UK - Arla Foods, an international dairy company, has announced the retirement of its Chairman Åke Hantoft, set to happen in July, further to a prior announcement made on December 2017. According to the company, the Chairman of Arla Foods amba, Åke Hantoft, has announced that he has agreed to the sale of his dairy…

FrieslandCampina’s new oligosaccharide ingredient receives approval in the EU and US

NETHERLANDS - FrieslandCampina’s new Human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) to be used in infant formula has received USDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) certification and approved to be used in the European Union. The company plans to launch its first human milk oligosaccharide by the end of the year and these approvals will…

2 Sisters Group proposes expansion plans for its Carlisle site

UK - 2 Sisters Group has proposed plans to extend its Cavaghan & Gray factory in Carlisle for a new chiller unit, additional production and storage space and an expansion of the southern elevation of the current building. In the proposal, 2 Sisters indicated the expansion was necessary for a simple internal reconfiguration at the…

Petrow Food Group installs new fruit factory in Haverhill for US$1.01m

UK - Ingredients supplier Petrow Food Group has installed a new fruit processing line after investing US$1.01 million in its Haverhill, Suffolk production facility. According to Business Leader, the processing line which was described as one of the most sophisticated of its kind will be used for the processing of dates and other dried fruit. The…

Yum Brands revenue falls 3% as KFC and Pizza Hut fail to beat estimates

USA - Yum Brands, the American global leader in chicken and pizza has reported 3% fall in revenue to US$1.37 billion as its restaurant brands KFC and Pizza Hut fail to reach estimates. According to the company, the overall same-store sales across all of its brands including Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC were up 1%…

UK to ban plastic straws, stirrers, buds in war against plastic pollution

UK - The UK government through Prime Minister Theresa May has announced new plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in fresh war against plastic pollution. The announcement came before the Prime Minister met the Commonwealth leaders in London with an intention for them to sign-up the…

Sainsbury’s tables US$10 billion bid for Walmart’s Asda in an international advance

UK - Sainsbury's, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the UK has made what is considered as one of the biggest international move in the combative retail sector to merge with Walmart’s Asda for US$10 billion. Sainsbury’s is beefing up competition against Tesco, UK’s leading retailer in grocery and general merchandise for the lucrative…

Tesco introduces a new range of cold-pressed juices to reduce juice and vegetable wastes

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer has introduced a new range of cold-pressed juices, using wonky fruit and vegetables that may otherwise have gone to waste. According to the company, a product called Waste NOT, included in the range, will be surplus apples, beetroot, strawberries and watermelon that fall outside…

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…