Tetra Pak, Stora Enso partner to boost Europe’s carton recycling capacity as Scholle IPN works on flexible plastic recycling

POLAND – Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak and Stora Enso, a manufacturer of pulp, paper, and other forest products, are investing €29.1 million (US$39.98 million) in boosting the recycling capacity of beverage cartons in Central and Eastern Europe.   The investment will see the installation of a large-scale carton repulping line at Stora Enso’s Ostroleka production unit in Poland, tripling the annual recycling capacity of used beverage cartons in Poland from 25,000 to 75,000.  The increased capacity will enable the recycling of the entire volume of beverage cartons sold in the country, as well as those from neighboring countries including Hungary,…

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Aryzta sells Switzerland sandwich assets as Dawn Foods snaps up Polish food ingredients supplier Jabex

EUROPE – Cash-strapped specialty food company, Aryzta has announced the sale of its sandwich production business in Switzerland to Bell Food Group subsidiary, Hilcona for an undisclosed sum. The sale comes one month after the Zurich-based food company signed an agreement to sell its North American business to an affiliate of US private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg for US$850 million, as part of its efforts to reduce debt. As part of the deal, Hilcona will acquire Aryzta’s production premises located in Schlieren and will take on around 25 employees. Aryzta…

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Diversey acquires SaneChem to expand presence in global food and beverage industry

POLAND – Hygiene and cleaning solutions company Diversey has announced the acquisition of SaneChem, a Polish-based supplier of specialist hygiene solutions for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry. The acquisition will cement Diversey’s market-leading position in the domestic Polish market while reinforcing the company’s growth plans for Eastern Europe in its core F&B sectors of Brewing, Beverage, Processed Food, Dairy, Agriculture and Pharmaceuticals. Phil Wieland, CEO, Diversey said:  “Diversey’s acquisition of SaneChem is a significant moment for both companies. There is considerable synergy between us that reflects more than just…

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New PET bottle recycling capacities in France and Poland a major boost to EU’s move towards circular economy

FRANCE – Europe’s move towards a circular economy has received a major boost following reports that Thailand-based company Indorama Ventures is planning to build a new recycling plant in France and a further expansion of two facilities in Poland. The installations and expansions are aimed at boosting the company’s PET recycling and are inline with the company’s plans to invest US$1.5 billion globally to expand its recycling facilities. Indorama Ventures has a target of processing a minimum of 750,000 metric tons of rPET globally by 2025. The new plant in…

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Tesco agrees to sell its business in Poland to Salling Group for US$224m

UK – Tesco has announced the sale of its business in Poland, which includes of 301 stores together with the associated distribution centres and head office to the Salling Group, owned by Denmark-based Salling Foundations, in a transaction valued at £181 million (US$224.48m) The transaction, which is subject to antitrust approval, is expected to close in the current financial year. The retail giant said that the proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes. Commenting on the sale, Dave Lewis, Chief Executive of Tesco, said: “We have…

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Azelis and Kerry Group expand distribution partnership in Poland

POLAND – Speciality chemicals and food ingredients supplier, Azelis has agreed to extend its distribution agreement with Kerry Group, a producer of taste and nutrition solutions serving the food, beverage and pharma industries in Poland Under the agreement, Azelis will distribute Kerry’s solutions for meat, ready meals and plant-based food processors on the Polish market, further building on the existing global partnership between the two companies. As Kerry’s new distribution partner in Poland, the new mandate is an extension of the existing distribution agreements that the two companies have in…

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South Africa bans poultry imports from Poland due to Avian Influenza outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has instituted a ban on poultry imports from Poland due to recent outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), which Poland notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on January 2. The outbreaks occurred at Stary Uscimow in the district of Lubartowski in Lubeskie province and the Ostrów district, in the Wielkopolskie province. All birds at each of the affected premises have now been culled with Protection and Surveillance Zones established by the Polish National Veterinary Institute. The poultry products banned include, live poultry,…

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Kellogg invests US$121m to expand its Pringles plant in Poland

POLAND – Kellogg Company is investing €110 million (US$121.6 million) in setting up a new manufacturing line at its Pringles Factory in Kutno, Poland, to enable the company meet the growing demand for Pringles across Europe. The new manufacturing line will be housed in a 21,000 square meter building, bringing the total number of production lines at the Kutno plant to four. Kellogg said that the investment will integrate the latest food production technology. The high-speed line will see capacity at the factory increase by 34 percent to produce approximately…

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Tetra Pak opens US$27m cheese production centre in Poland

POLAND – Tetra Pak has opened a US$27.8 million (€25 million) site in Poland, with sales, engineering and manufacturing facilities for cheese production solutions. Building on the company’s global expertise in cheese, the centre has full scale engineering capabilities, from cheese making process design to mechanical, automation and electrical engineering through to manufacturing of processing solutions itself.   Tetra Pak said that the 12,000 square-meter site in Olsztyn, north-eastern Poland will double its cheese-making solution capacity in the country and allow extensive equipment testing. The facility will employ over 350 staff…

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Mondelez invests US$5m in Global Technical Center in Poland

EUROPE – Mondelēz International has said that it has invested a further US$5 million in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland to serve as an R&D centre for both local and global brands. The company said the new investment expands its research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation. The R&D hub will expand its expertise in product development including for Oreo, belVita biscuit brands, Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Toblerone chocolates, and Trident, Hollywood, Stimorol and Dirol which form part of its gum and…

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