Unilever’s TaiCang facility named world’s most advanced ice cream factory

CHINA – Unilever’s food manufacturing facility in the Chinese county of Taicang has been added to the list of the world’s most advanced factories by the World Economic Forum.  Since 2018, the World Economic Forum has been recognising companies that incorporate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies into their manufacturing and supply chain operations.  These sites adopt and deploy 4IR technology – such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things – to maximise efficiency and competitiveness, and drive sustainable and responsible business growth, while upskilling the workforce and protecting the environment.   They also provide a…

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Pizza Hut to offer Indian customers ice cream, desserts following partnership with Hindustan Unilever

INDIA – Quick service restaurant Pizza Hut has partnered with Hindustan Unilever to introduce ice creams and desserts cross its owned and aggregator platforms.  As a result of the partnership, HUL’s Kwality Wall’s ice cream and desserts will now be added to Pizza Huts to dine-in as well as the delivery and takeaway menu.   With this partnership, Pizza Hut expects to increase its average order value by 10 percent for orders that have Kwality Wall’s ice cream and desserts, a joint statement said.   Pizza Hut and the Anglo-Dutch FMCG major Unilever, the parent company of HUL, have a similar global partnership across…

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Post Holdings makes new executive appointments as Tyra Banks unveils new ice cream brand

US – American consumer packaged goods company, Post Holdings, has made two executive appointments to drive better collaboration, cost reduction and revenue opportunities across the company’s portfolio.  Howard A. Friedman, currently President and CEO of Post-Consumer Brands, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Post Holdings.  Friedman will serve on Post’s executive management team, reporting to Post’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert V. Vitale.   Post said in a statement that Mr. Friedman will work with each of Post’s businesses to among other things manage long-tail projects and support each business…

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Kind launches plant based ice creams as Ferrara revamps fruit snacks portfolio

US –  Kind Healthy Snacks, a better-for-you snack company owned by Mars Incoporated,  is entering the ice cream aisle with new plant-based Kind Frozen Pints. The non-dairy frozen desserts contain 4 to 6 grams of protein per serving and feature a base of pear juice, tapioca starch and/or syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, sugar, water, gum acacia, sea salt, soy lecithin, tara gum, guar gum and carob bean gum. The recently launched treats come in seven flavors: dark chocolate almond sea salt, dark chocolate peanut butter, cherry cashew, coffee hazelnut,…

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In2food, Gelato Roma collaborate to introduce chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – South African premium food business In2food has launched Choc Brownie Ice Cream in partnership with Froneri Dairymaid’s Gelato Roma Brand. The company notes that the decadent gelato is made with chocolate sauce and brownie pieces to create the perfect balance of soft chewy texture at a frozen temperature. It has revealed that its team of creative scientists are already working around the clock to expand on the variety and range of the product. “If you are a ice cream lover like us this is a must TASTE.…

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Sugar-free ice cream brand Nick’s raises US$30M to fund global expansion drive

SWEDEN – Swedish ice cream brand Nick’s has raised US$30 million in funding to expand its production capacity, as well support its global expansion drive that majorly focuses om setting foot in the US and Germany. “Our key focus is to continue our international expansion with the US being our highest priority. We are also continuing our geographical expansion in Europe,” Stefan Lagerqvist, Nick’s CEO, said during an interview with  FoodIngredientsFirst. Stefan Lagerqvist, further noted that Nicks also planned to use part of the funds to set up a new…

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Kenya’s ice cream, chocolate maker Glacier Products clinches investment from EXEO Capital

KENYA – Glacier Products Ltd, one of Eastern Africa’s leading ice cream and chocolate confectionery manufacturers operating from Kenya has received an undisclosed amount of investment from EXEO Capital, a leading pan-African private equity investment manager, through its Food and Agribusiness fund, Agri-Vie Fund II. The financial and management backing, according to reports by Private Equity News, is aimed to steer the producers of renowned Dairyland ice-creams and chocolates, towards continued sustainable growth. Commenting on the investment Sunil Shah and Minesh Shah, Directors of Glacier, said, “We are delighted to…

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Dairyworks divests its ice cream brand portfolio to focus on its cheese business

NEW ZEALAND – Dairyworks, a subsidiary of Synlait Milk, has sold its Deep South ice cream brand and operations to New Zealand-based food company, Talley’s Group, effective 12 November 2020, as it looks trim its portfolio and focus on its core cheese business. The 42 years old Deep South brand was acquired by Dairyworks in 2016. Dairyworks was subsequently acquired by Synlait earlier this year, following an announcement in October. “The sale of Deep South enables Dairyworks to focus on our core business, explore new market opportunities and deliver strong…

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Coca-Cola expands fairlife product line with new light ice cream range

USA – fairlife, an American dairy beverage brand wholly owned by The Coca-Cola Company has launched new variants of fairlife Light Ice Cream, which the company said will be available in select grocery and retail stores in 14-oz. packages. The new range includes seven flavours of fairlife Light Ice Cream; Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Fudge Brownie, Java Chip and Mint Chip. The dairy processor said that all varieties are made with ultra-filtered milk for a “creamy texture and delicious taste” and depending on the flavor,…

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