Arla Foods launches organic baby brand to the UK market

UK - Arla Foods, an international cooperative, is bringing its follow-on formula to UK parents with a new range of baby products, as it seeks to build on the success seen in Denmark and China by extending the Arla Baby&Me Organic brand which will include porridge and pouches. According to FoodingredientsFirst, Baby&Me Organic brings Arla…

UK government reveals plan to ban plastics straws in England

UK - The UK government is seeking to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds to try to force businesses to offer readily available non-plastic alternatives. According to Michael Gove, a British politician, the ban would come into force at some point between October 2019 and October 2020, subject…

Arla Foods UK launches sustainable farming standards model for dairy farming

UK - Farmer-owned cooperative Arla Foods UK has launched ‘Arla UK 360’, a new standard in UK dairy farming which is said to have “an approach to benefit everyone”. According to the cooperative, it said that it had created the standard amidst the “ongoing volatility in the global milk markets” and increasing consumer misunderstanding of…

Abraaj in talks to sell its Java House interest and Brookside stake to UK fund Actis

KENYA- The British private equity fund Actis is set to acquire Abraaj Holdings’ Kenyan assets including Java House operations and a 10% stake in the country’s leading dairy firm, Brookside Dairy Africa, Business Daily reports. This is after Reuters reported that Actis has placed a bid to acquire Middle East and North Africa private equity…

Tesco removes “best-before” dates from fruits and vegetable products to cut on food waste

UK – Tesco, a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, is scrapping more "best before" dates from another 116 fruit and vegetable products in a move the supermarket says will help consumers cut food waste. In May, the UK's biggest grocer successfully trialled removing labels from 70 pre-packaged fresh food lines, and among the…

52% of British consumers interested in plant-based diets, IGD says

UK - One in two (52%) of British grocery shoppers say they either follow or are interested in following a plant-based diet, according to new research from IGD, a firm that deals with the insight, training and best practice for the grocery industry. According to FoodBeV, this rises to 68% for 18-24 year olds who…

National craft beer associations form Independent Brewers of Europe partnership

EUROPE - European craft brewing associations Independent Brewers of Ireland, The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Syndicat National des BrasseursIndépendants (SNBI), Unionbirrai, Scanian Beverage Producers, Det Fri Øl, and Craft Brewers Netherlands have formed the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE). According to Food & Drinks Insight, the partnership will represent craft brewing associations from various parts…

Orkla integrates Hamé and Vitana companies

NORWAY – Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate, has decided to integrate the companies Hamé and Vitana and create one strong food company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. According to the company, the companies are both owned by Orkla but have been run as separate entities. Vitana has been a part of Orkla since 2013, and…

British water brand Wenlock Spring re-brands sustainable bottle line

UK - Wenlock Spring, a premium British water lien, has redesigned its recycled plastic (rPET), fully recyclable range to illustrate their natural origins, incorporating the rock strata of the Wenlock Edge limestone escarpment through which Wenlock Spring water filters. According to the company, with the introduction of over 50% recycled plastic into their rPET bottle…

Unilever withdraws proposal to move headquarters to the Netherlands

UK – Unilever, a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company, has said its board has withdrawn its proposal to move to the Netherlands, after a growing tide of opposition by U.K. shareholders. The company said that in developing the proposal, the Board was guided by the opportunity to unlock value for shareholders by creating a stronger,…