Coca-Cola, FrieslandCampina introduce new solutions to cut their packaging carbon footprint

EUROPE – European bottler of carbonated soft drinks Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have introduced new solutions aimed at cutting down their respective packaging carbon footprints.   CCEP is trialing a new drink dispensing technology in Spain that allows consumers in out-of-home venues such as restaurants, cafes, offices, and stadiums that offer Coca-Cola brands to serve themselves and refill drinks directly from the tap.  “The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a convenient packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also cutting down queues, reducing the need for unnecessary contact, and freeing up serving staff…

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New global incubation program launched to support start-ups disrupting the milk value chain

SPAIN – The global alternative dairy industry has received a major boost in the form of a dedicated accelerator program for supporting start-ups disrupting the milk value chain. The program, Mylkcubator, is being championed by Spanish dairy specialist Pascual and will be run by the group’s new Corporate Venture unit, Pascual Innoventures. The program aims to recruit ten startups, entrepreneurs or scientific projects, with innovative dairy solutions within the following spaces: cell-based, fermentation based and applied technologies. “The goal is to identify those startups that can create cell-based milk with…

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Researchers work to upcycle avocado waste into biodegradable packaging system

SPAIN – Researchers under the Guacapack Project are developing a biodegradable packaging system from avocado waste capable of extending food shelf life by 15 percent. The Guacapack Project is funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency and led by ITC Packaging with additional support from the Universidad de Alicante’s research group on Polymer and Nanomaterial Analysis. Aimplas’ Plastics Technology Centre has also joined the project whose packaging system will include barrier labels and antioxidant additives, protecting guacamole and similar foodstuffs from oxidation. The process extracts and purifies starch from the avocado…

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Duravant, Arcadia Biosciences make new purchases to expand presence in Europe

NETHERLANDS –Duravant and Arcadia Biosciences have announced new acquisitions aimed at bolstering their presence in Europe and expanding their offering to customers. Duravant, on its part has signed an agreement to acquire Foodmate, a manufacturer of poultry processing equipment based in the Netherlands. The company’s product line spans a wide assortment of poultry processing equipment suitable for a number of activities ranging from weighing and grading to the cutting and deboning. Founded in 2006, the firm expanded its worldwide distribution into North and South America with the launch of Foodmate…

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Danone to power its Spanish production plants with 100% renewable energy

SPAIN – Danone España, a subsidiary of French multinational food-products corporation Danone S.A., has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola, a Spanish multinational electric utility company. The agreement reinforces Danone’s zero net emissions commitment for 2050 and Iberdola’s strategy for renewable project developments in Spain. Paolo Tafuri, general manager of Danone Iberia, added: “This initiative will help us turn our ambitious environmental commitments into reality – goals that form part of our global strategy and affect our entire value chain.” As part of the agreement, Iberdrola will…

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Swiss milk processor Emmi sells stake in Spanish goat’s cheese manufacturer Lácteos Caprinos

SPAIN – Emmi Group, a leading swiss milk processor, has announced the sale of its 80% stake in Spanish goat’s cheese manufacturer Lácteos Caprinos to Lácteas García Baquero. Lácteos Caprinos which was founded 18 years ago specialises in the production of goat milk products such as curd and cheese. Emmi acquired its 80% stake in Lácteos Caprinos back in 2016 from its two owners, Pedro Mantilla and Francisco Sainz. According to a statement by the Swiss dairy group, it’s now sold Spanish subsidiary generated annual revenues of around €10 million…

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Liquibox inaugurates new flexible packaging factory in Spain as demand for packages soar in EMEA

SPAIN – American multinational flexible packaging company Liquibox has opened a new flexible packaging facility in Madrid, Spain, to meet increasing demand for bag-in-box containers from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Liquibox’s bag-in-box technology can be used across beverages (such as wine): liquid foods, chemical fluids, and more. Demand for these solutions have been surging globally partly due to the corona virus pandemic that has shifted consumer eating habits from on-premise consumption to at home consumption. Research by packaging leader Smurfit Kappa in collaboration with Wine Intelligence found…

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PAI Partners acquires majority stake in Spanish seafood company Angulas Aguinaga

SPAIN – PAI Partners has acquired a majority stake in Spain-based seafood company Angulas Aguinaga, which operates well-known seafood brands in Europe, including La Gula del Norte, Krissia, and Aguinamar. Portobello Capital, which purchased a controlling stake of Angula Aguinaga in 2006, will retain a minority stake in Angulas Aguinaga, along with the company’s founding family. Following the sale, PAI will control a 50.1 majority stake while Portobello Capital and the founding family will jointly hold a 49.9 percent stake in Angula Aguinaga after the transaction closes. Angulas Aguinaga CEO…

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PepsiCo to invest US$170M to change three main pillars for the Hispanic Americans

SPAIN – PepsiCo has committed US$170 million to Hispanic Americans for facilitating change in three main pillars: people, business and communities which will tackle a range of obstacles faced by Hispanic communities, including access to higher education and a lack of managerial representation in the workforce. Over the next five years, the company has pledged a variety of initiatives, which span from building relationships with Hispanic-owned suppliers to expanding its Food for Good program, as well as providing jobs and food security to families in need. PepsiCo under its people…

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Spanish dairy processor TGT Group acquires 20% stake in goat milk firm Lácteas Cobreros

SPAIN – The TGT Group, Spain based producer and distributor of dairy product, has acquired 20% of the shareholding in Lácteas Cobreros, a local goat’s milk products supplier specializing in cheese and milk powder. The two family-run companies have a history of working together, which began with the signing of a five-year rolling partnership in 2005 that saw TGT distribute Lácteas Cobreros’ products. TGT has pointed out that, thanks to this agreement, the group, “strengthens its strategy as a manufacturer, reaching eleven production plants on the peninsula, and manufacturing most…

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