AB InBev explores US$1.2B sale of German brands as part of beyond the beer aisle strategy

GERMANY – Belgium-based multinational drink and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev is exploring a sale of some of its German beer brands as it focuses on growth beyond the beer aisle, Bloomberg has reported.   Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, noted that the world’s largest brewer was in the business review stage and there’s no certainty that it will decide to proceed with a sale of the German brands which are valued at about US$1.2 billion.   “We continuously assess our options to optimize our business and drive growth,” a spokesperson…

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German retailer Aldi to invest US$1.8B to expand presence in Britain

UK – Aldi will invest 1.3 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) in its British and Irish business over the next two years as it attempts to accelerate its growth in market share.  The company, now Britain’s fifth largest supermarket, plans to use the funds to open another 100 new stores in Britain in addition to expanding its logistics infrastructure and enhancing its technology capabilities.   Aldi UK, which has over 920 stores, including 48 stores within the M25, has around 38,000 employees and is led by Giles Hurley.  It plans to launch 2,000 new roles, adding to 7000…

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Siemens debuts new servomotors for food and beverages as Bürkert unveils new fluid control valves

GERMANY – Siemens is launching a new line of servomotors, designed for the clean condition requirements of the food, beverage, sterile packaging, pharmaceutical, and other process industries.   The SIMOTICS S-1FS2 servomotors are available in a range of power ratings, from 0.45–2kW (0.60–2.68 hp) with torque from 3.1–14 Nm (2.28–10.32 ft-lbs.).    Made with housings of 1.4404 (AISI 316/316L) stainless steel, EPDM seals, and bearing grease with NSF H1 approval, the company said the new servomotors are resistant to corrosion and acidic chemicals found in the process industries.    This degree of…

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Oterra beefs up natural colour offering with acquisition of Symrise’s Diana Food’s coloring business

GERMANY – Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, has signed a transactional agreement with German flavour and fragrance company Symrise, to acquire its natural food coloring business, Diana Food’s. Following the completion of the transaction, Oterra will fully integrate Diana Food’s natural coloring business into its world class offering. This is the second acquisition in a short period of time for Oterra since its acquisition by private equity firm EQT and becoming a standalone company. In June this year, the food ingredients company acquired SECNA Natural Ingredients…

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SIG invests in a new tech center in Europe to accelerate development of new packaging solutions

GERMANY – Swiss-based packaging supplier SIG is investing €12 million (US$14.19m) in a pilot plant at its new Tech Center Europe, which will be located close to SIG’s packaging plants in Linnich, Germany.  According to SIG, the new pilot plant will help the Tech Center expedite new product and packaging development, to meet the ever-increasing demand for more sustainable packaging solutions.   The pilot plant will be particularly important in boosting the tech center’s capabilities to get the development and validation of new packaging solutions and innovative materials even faster…

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Bühler, DIL inaugurate new technology center to support development of extruded meat substitutes

GERMANY – Bühler AG and DIL (Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V.) have inaugurated a new technology center in Germany to support further development of extruded meat substitutes.   Dubbed the Technology Center Proteins of the Future, the new facility in Quakenbrück, Germany, provides state-of-the-art research, test, and production infrastructure for the development of healthy, sustainable-protein food products.    A statement from both companies revealed that the center is now fully operational and ready to receive requests from customers.    “The center with its advanced technological setup and expert teams assists our customers in the food industry as well as start-ups to fully realize…

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Meal-kit firm HelloFresh eyes Japanese, Italian markets as Deliveroo heats up food delivery competition in Germany

GERMANY – HelloFresh, a German multinational meal kit company, is planning to enter Japan and Italy by the end of the year, as it looks to tap into robust demand across regions.  The Berlin-based company, which delivers pre-portioned meal ingredients with recipes to subscribers, said it planned to bulk up its warehouse network, while exploring the idea of bringing its brands, such as U.S. specialist diet meal kit brand Green Chef, to Germany and other international markets.  HelloFresh, which like its U.S.-based peer Blue Apron and takeaway food groups Delivery…

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Endress+Hauser integrates measurement specialist SensAction AG, launches new flowmeter with enhanced reliability

GERMANY – Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier, has fully integrated concentration measurement specialist SensAction AG. Following the integration, SensAction AG –founded in 2008 and part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2017 – will from now on operate as Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG.  Chairman of the Board Stefan Rothballer said the company has been growing together with Endress+Hauser for years, and the new company name and the adapted appearance “now make this change visible.”   Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG is a specialist in instruments for measuring concentrations in liquids that utilize surface acoustic waves (SAW).  SAW is a form of…

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HelloFresh to acquire ready meals firm Youfoodz to strengthen its Australian brand portfolio

AUSTRALIA – German-based meal kit company HelloFresh has agreed to acquire Australian ready-to-eat meal manufacturer Youfoodz to enhance its Australian brand portfolio and product offering.  FoodBev reported that the US$93.3 million deal marks an important step in HelloFresh’s growth strategy and will strengthen its direct-to-consumer (D2C) ready-to-eat capabilities.  Youfoodz provides and distributes fresh readymade meals, as well as snacks and drinks through both home delivery (D2C) and retail (B2B).   The company operates three production facilities in Brisbane, which it claims produce more than 400,000 ready-made meals, 80,000 snacks, and 25,000 drinks per week. …

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Refresco to expand presence in German beverage market with acquisition of Hansa-Heeman

GERMANY – Refresco, the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages, has entered into an agreement to acquire Hansa-Heemann, a German independent beverage manufacturer that specializes in the production and bottling of mineral water and CSDs.  A majority of the company’s volume (60%) is in mineral water, with the remaining 40% in carbonated soft drinks.  The independent bottler has five production sites across Germany and serves three different market segments: private label, own brands, and contract manufacturing for A-brands.  Hansa-Heeman reportedly has annual revenues of approximately €300 million (about US$355 million) and employs over 800 people.  According…

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