Muller invests in Milk & More delivery fleet to expand UK operations

UK – Dairy company, Muller has announced that it is set to invest in its milk delivery service, Milk & More by expanding its fleet of electric vehicles for more deliveries in the UK. The company said it is rolling out 160 new environmentally friendly electric delivery vehicles, taking its fleet to just over 500…

Saputo completes acquisition of Dairy Crest for US$1.2b

UK – Canadian dairy company, Saputo has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Dairy Crest, a United Kingdom-based milk products company in a transaction valuing the company at US$1.2 billion (£975 million). Dairy Crest adds Saputo a portfolio of cheese, butters, spreads and oils under leading British brands, such as Cathedral City, Clover,…

Diageo removes plastic packaging from Guinness, Harp beer packs

UK – The British alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has announced that some of its beer brands including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s will eliminate use of plastic packaging from its beer packs. The new sustainable beer packs will be on shelves on the island of Ireland from August 2019 and from Summer 2020 in Great Britain,…

Waitrose in partnership to develop food packaging film from waste shells

UK – British supermarket chain, Waitrose has partnered a Scottish biotechnology company, CuanTec to trial a new food packaging film made from langoustine shells. The partners are exploring the potential for eco food packaging made from the waste shells to address the increasing concerns around plastic packaging and their impact on the environment, reports FoodBev.…

Müller reduces milk and cream range to reduce food and plastic waste

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) has unveiled intentions to remove up to 40% of its 835 fresh milk and cream SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) in the UK as part of the ambitious goal to cut on both food and plastic waste. This is part of MMI’s Darwin project launched in February to promote…

Wessanen agrees to US$997m takeover offer from a consortium of PAI

UK – The Kallø, Whole Earth, and Clipper Teas brands owner Wessanen UK has announced that it has accepted a takeover offer from a consortium of private equity firm in a US$997.83 million (885 million euros) all-cash offer deal. Wessanen will be bought by a consortium consisting of private equity firm PAI Partners and Charles…

UK investor to establish US$2.97m tea processing factory in Kenya

KENYA – Tea farmers in the western region of Kenya are set to benefit from a US$2.97million (Shs 300 million) state-of-the-art tea processing factory from a United Kingdom-based investor in a move to rejuvenate the tea sector in the region. The tea factory will be the second in the western region in addition to Mudete…

Orkla Food acquires Swedish supplier of bakery ingredients Zeelandia

SWEDEN – Orkla Food Ingredients has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Zeelandia Sweden AB, a manufacturer and supplier of margarine and other edible fats in Sweden. Zeelandia distributes food products including shortening, table oils, margarine, vegetable oils, bakery ingredients and other edible fats and oils in Sweden and exports to…

Wessanen UK launches organic low-salt gravy granules under Kallo range

UK – The organic and natural food company, Wessanen UK has launched new organic gravy granules which it says are low in salt, providing consumers with healthier product alternatives. Launched under the ‘healthier and sustainable’ range Kallo, the new gravy granules were developed to help consumers looking for better-for-you products in bigger pack formats. According…

GlaxoSmithKline Chairman Philip Hampton to step down amidst company split

UK – The British pharmaceutical and consumer goods company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that company chairman Philip Hampton will be stepping down from his role in the middle of a possible split of its business. Hampton will be leaving the company after more than three and a half years as chairman even as he succumbs…