White Castle invests in additional retail capabilities as General Assembly Pizza secures new production facility

US – US fast-food chain White Castle is investing US$27 million to expand its retail food manufacturing facility which supplies packaged sliders to food retailers nationwide.  The project will see the size of the plant double from approximately 75,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by June next year.   The fast-food chain says when the new production lines are fully operational, the facility will employ an additional 75 people.  White Castle introduced its retail division in 1987 and claims to have been the first fast-food restaurant to offer its menu items at grocery stores…

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DS Smith sells Dutch paper mill to focus on light-weight fibre-based packaging

NETHERLANDS – British multinational packaging group DS Smith has agreed to divest its De Hoop paper mill in the Netherlands to De Jong Packaging for €50 million, as part of its strategy to focus more on light-weight fiber-based packaging.   The De Hoop mill produces 370,000 tonnes of mainly heavier grades of recycled paper per year and its continued stay in DS Smith was no longer necessary as the company enjoys access to a greater amount of external capacity. Under the terms of the deal, DS Smith will continue to purchase from and supply to the paper mill a certain amount…

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Boston Beer, Beam Suntory partner to enhance presence in emerging alcoholic beverage categories

US – Boston Beer, a leading independent, American craft brewer, has partnered with premium spirits maker Beam Suntory to take on the emerging alcoholic beverage categories that are taking the market by storm.    Boston Beer is the maker of the popular Sam Adams beer that debuted in the US in 1984 and the recently introduced Truly Hard Seltzer.  Beam Suntory on the other hand produces a number of leading premium spirits brands including Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Sauza tequila, and Pinnacle vodka.  As part of the collaboration, Beam Suntory’s Sauza tequila brand will…

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