UK competition watchdog puts businesses on notice over greenwashing claims

UK – Businesses in the UK have until the end of the year to ensure their environmental claims comply with the law, otherwise, they risk being charged, the UK Competition and Markets Authority has revealed.  Environmental claims are claims which suggest that a product, service, process, brand, or business is better for the environment, according to the CMA.     They include claims that suggest or create the impression that a product or a service has a positive or no impact on the environment.  Environmental claims are genuine when they…

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Kraft Heinz to expand presence in Brazil’s condiments and sauce market with acquisition of Hemmer

BRAZIL – American food company Kraft Heinz has signed an agreement to acquire Brazilian food producer Companhia Hemmer Indústria e Comércio (Hemmer) for an undisclosed sum.  Headquartered in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Hemmer has a reach history spanning over 106 years and primarily offers condiments and sauces.   The deal which is subject to regulatory approvals by CADE (Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense) will see Kraft Heinz acquire more than 250 “meal-enhancing” offerings.   According to Kraft, these offerings will support its strategy of accelerating its international ‘taste elevation’ product platform and growing its presence in…

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Ball Corporation to invest US$290m in a new US packaging plant as demand for cans soar

US –  Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging for beverage, personal care and household products, has announced plans to build a new aluminium beverage packaging plant in Nevada, US.   According to Ball, the new site will be located in North Las Vegas and is expected to create almost 180 manufacturing jobs once operational.   Up to US$290 million is expected to be injected into the plant, equipping it with technologies for the manufacture and supply of an assortment of can sizes to a diverse range of beverage customers.  Ball’s new investment comes against…

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