Germany’s Haribo to build one of the largest confectionery production plants in the US

US – Haribo Group, one of the fastest growing confectionery brand in North America, has launched the construction of its first-ever manufacturing plant in the US. Based in Bonn, Germany HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG, is a market leader for fruit gum and licorice products in Europe and has market share of about 60 percent in Germany. It makes over 200 other chewy sweets, including fruit gum products, licorice, marshmallow candies, chewing gum, and so-called Kaubonbons–chewy candy with the texture of gum that dissolves in the mouth. The company plans…

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O-I Glass collaborates with Krones to create solutions for the glass packaging market

GERMANY – Owens-Illinois Inc (O-I Glass), a company that specializes in container glass products, and Krones, a packaging and bottling machine manufacturer, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement that will see the two companies work together to create solutions for the glass packaging market. According to a joint statement from the companies, this partnership combines O-I’s specialised knowledge of glass with Krones’ competence in manufacturing machines and filling lines for the food and beverage industries. “For O-I, glass is the preferred packaging solution in a world that increasingly values health,…

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Nestlé set to move candy Lentilky chocolate brand from the Czech Republic to Germany after 110 years

GERMANY – Nestlé is moving the production of the popular hard-shelled chocolate candy Lentilky chocolate brand from the Czech Republic to Germany after more than 110 years, due to a change in the recipe and packaging. The candies have been produced in by candy company Sfinx in Holešov, a town in the Zlín region of Moravia, since 1907. Sfinx has been a subsidiary of Swiss-based food giant Nestlé since 1992 and one of the oldest confectionery factories in the country. To date, more than half of the Holešov’s plant production…

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Carlsberg set to acquire Germany’s most modern brewery Wernesgrüner Brewery

GERMANY – The Carlsberg Group has entered into an agreement with Bitburger Braugruppe to acquire the Wernesgrüner Brewery, one of the most modern and successful breweries in Germany, for an undisclosed sum. The traditional German Wernesgrüner beer brand in the Vogtland region of Saxony, Germany is also included in the deal and is expected to strengthen Carlsberg’s market position in its ‘core regions’ of northern and eastern Germany. “The acquisition of the Wernesgrüner Brewery will strengthen our position in our core regions of northern and eastern Germany. We will be…

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Mühlenchemie appoints Peter Steiner as global head of business unit

GERMANY — German food ingredients solutions provider Mühlenchemie has named Peter Steiner as the new global head of business unit. Peter contributing over 30 years of experience in the international functional ingredients industry will structure and gear services to customers’ needs in a volatile and globalized market. “With Peter Steiner we have acquired a wealth of know-how for Mühlenchemie in respect of strategy, change management and team formation.” Dr. Matthias Mose – Managing Director Food Ingredients Division of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe According to reports by World Grain, the focus of…

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Chr. Hansen acquires HMO manufacturer Jennewein Biotechnologie for US$363m

GERMANY – Chr. Hansen, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Jennewein Biotechnologie, a manufacturer of rare functional sugars, for a total consideration of €310 million (US$363.6m), entering the human milk oligosaccharides (HMO). The deal includes all the shares of the international industrial biotechnology company and is in line with Chr. Hansen’s 2025 strategy of pursuing acquisitions that extend and strengthen its microbial and fermentation technology platforms. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected later this month, Jennewein will transfer into the…

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Urban farming network Infarm raises US$170m in Series C funding for development

GERMANY – Berlin-based urban farming network Infarm has announced that it has raised US$170 million in Series C funding that it will use for infrastructure, hiring, research and development. The latest funding, which represents the first close of a US$200 million round, was led by impact investing firm LGT Lightstone and brings Infarm’s total equity and debt financing raised to date to US$300 million. Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel and Latitude also joined the round, as did existing Infarm backers Atomico, TriplePoint Capital, Mons Capital and Astanor Ventures. Infarm’s latest funding comes…

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Asia bans imports of pork from Germany over fears of African swine fever

GERMANY – Germany’s pork producers have been cut off from key Asian markets after a boar with African swine fever was reported, a major setback in an already challenging year for meat producers following COVID-19 outbreaks at plants. Japan joined China, South Korea and Singapore in halting German pork imports. The bans followed quickly after German officials confirmed the presence of the porcine plague in the carcass of a wild boar. African swine fever spreads through contact with infected animals and can also be spread by people and trucks. It…

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Symrise Group launches Taste for Alternative Protein to generate insights in the plant-based market

GERMANY – Symrise Group, which includes Symrise Flavors NA and Diana Food and a major producer of flavours and fragrances has launched Taste for Alternative Protein (TAP), a global initiative to develop products in the meat alternative, dairy alternative and nutritional beverage categories. Symrise’s Research and development (R&D) teams rely on a range of tools to generate insights into the plant-based market for food and beverage manufacturers. “Alternative proteins in the food and beverage categories are poised for growth, driven by changes in consumer lifestyle behavior and sustainability considerations,” said…

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Diageo’s Distill Ventures acquires minority stake in German gin brand Siegfried

GERMANY – Just a few days after agreeing to acquire Aviation gin and Davos Brands for a total consideration of US$610 million, Diageo continues to eye expansion in the gin category. Diageo, through its Distill Ventures accelerator, has made a minority investment in German gin producer Rheinland Distiller, the creator of the Siegfried brand. Distill Ventures is designed to help small brands scale up their business, receiving a percentage of interest in return. Following the transaction, the founders of Rheinland Distillers will retain majority ownership, with Diageo holding a minority…

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