Mondelez International invests US$200m in Czech Republic

EUROPE - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced it has invested US$200 million since 2014 in its Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, Europe. According to the company, the investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making center and supports the company’s global growth strategy…

100 jobs to be lost as Nestle closes facility in Portugal by end of 2018

EUROPE – Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, is set to close a production facility which produces the coffee substitute drink Caro by the end of 2018, at the cost of approximately 100 jobs. According to FoodBev, a report in the Stuttgarter Zeitung said the production of Caro will be moved from the…

Lidl opens new US$65.02m distribution facility in Serbia

EUROPE - Lidl, the German supermarket chain has inaugurated a new US$65.02 million distribution facility in Nova Pazova, Serbia in preparation to open its first stores in the country. The facility has the capacity to store up to 30,000 pallets with ability to supply about 100 stores once it starts operating to its full capacity.…

Orkla consolidates biscuits production to build new factory in Europe

NORWAY – Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate operating in the Nordic region, has consolidated production of biscuits in the Group, to build a new biscuits factory outside Latvia, Europe. According to the company, investing in a new, modern factory and concentrating production in one location, can strengthen the future competitiveness and innovative ability and at the…

EU offers possible counter-measures to Trump’s metal tariffs

EU - The European Union has issued a list of possible measures in retaliation against US’s metal tariffs which came into effect 1 June unless Trump administration shuns away from the trade war which threatens the economies of both the countries. According to FoodIngredientsFirst, the EU has pledged to implement the retaliatory measures and seek…

Europe commits to collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025

EUROPE - Europe’s bottled water industry has committed to major plastic goals to collect 90% of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025 as an average across the European Union, the efforts aimed at reducing plastic waste into landfill and oceans. The goal was revised from the previous 60% target and will ensure discarded plastic…

Ishida’s new technology to solve water ingress in food weighing applications

EUROPE - Ishida Europe has unveiled a new technology including an internal moisture sensor and monitoring system that controls and prevent water entering production equipment when weighing fresh and frozen food. The technology together with Ishida’s advanced Sentinel monitoring and reporting system will allow producers achieve both high performance and longer term reliability while protecting…

Drifter Brewing raises funding to drive expansion into US, Europe and Asia

SOUTH AFRICA - Drifter Brewing Company, one of SA’s upcoming brewers has raised almost quarter a million US dollars (R3million) in funding to explore beer markets outside its home continent that is US, Europe and Asia. Business Day reported that the company’s plans to expand its reach outside Cape Town where it is based and…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…