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Asia's fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam, according to IGD

Vietnam is the fastest-growing convenience market

By Gwen Ridler

Asia’s fastest growing convenience market is Vietnam – which is set to achieve annual growth of 37.4% over the next four years – according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Heineken posted its full-year results for 2016

Drinks giant Heineken posts £238M sales rise

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks giant Heineken saw a £238M boost to sales last year, revealed in its full-year results for 2016, despite weaker performance in Africa and the Middle East.

Poultry exporter BRF SA has launched a Halal focused subsidiary. Image courtesy of MaxPixel

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

By Gwen Ridler

One of the world’s largest exporters of poultry BRF – which operates a factory in the UK – has launched a subsidiary to target the growing halal processed foods market in the Middle East. 

A yogurt’s texture and flavour can be improved by the freeze-dried cultures, says DSM

Yogurt cultures range can reduce whey

By Noli Dinkovski

A new range of freeze-dried cultures designed to add texture and flavour in set yogurts was unveiled at last month’s Gulfood Manufacturing show in Dubai (November 7–9).

Food industry ‘big data’ should be used much more effectively to support decison making

Food industry ‘big data’ should be mined better

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should be making more of ‘big data’ if they want to better understand the sales impact of their products, a business analytics software provider has claimed.

Oreo maker Mondelēz International reported a 1.1% boost in organic revenue

Mondelēz reports sales lift but drops growth forecast

By Matt Atherton

Mondelēz International reported a 1.1% increase in organic revenue to £5.2bn ($6.4bn) in its third-quarter trading update this week, despite lowering its full-year growth forecast from 2% to 1.6%.

Inside R&R Ice Cream’s Northallerton factory

Nestlé agrees frozen foods deal with R&R Ice Cream

By Rick Pendrous

Nestlé and R&R, a leading ice cream company based in the UK owned by PAI Partners, have signed an agreement to set up Froneri, a global ice cream and frozen food joint venture (jv).

Wilf Lewis has installed a cultural change since taking on the family business

Me and my factory

Eyes on the pies

By Noli Dinkovski

Wilf Lewis has set his sights on refocusing his company's priorities.

Chinese consumers are tucking into Ambrosia rice

Premier Foods targets China, US and Australia

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods’s formation of a new business unit and the launch of Ambrosia rice in China are spearheading the firm’s plans to step up global sales in three key markets.

Bon Buddies makes confectionery under license for brands such as Disney and Warner Bros

Bon Bon Buddies’ export expansion drive

By Rod Addy

Confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies is investing in international export growth as brand licensing pays dividends for the South Wales-based company.

Dairy products have to move with the times to keep up with consumer demands


Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

By Rod Addy

Weight management and an ageing population are two major global trends affecting product development and ingredient use in the dairy sector.

The joint venture is expected to boost whisky exports by £3.6M over three years and to create 15 jobs

New £6.7M distillery to boost exports and jobs

By Michael Stones

Perthshire whisky distillery John Fergus & Co has teamed up with Indian alcoholic-beverages company Kyndal to invest £6.7M in a new Glenrothes distillery, which is expected to lead to exports worth £3.6M and to create 15 jobs.

German energy drink launched in the UK

German 'mental energiser' invades UK

Following its success in Germany, the Middle East and Spain, the German energy drink Effect is being launched in the UK by MBG International Premium Brands in partnership with UK healthy drinks manufacturer, Feel Good Drinks.

Dairy manufacturers promised lower costing ingredients

Creamy yet clean-label, cost-effective starch

Ingredion's new functional native starch - Indulge 1720 - is a clean-label co-texturiser designed to enable dairy manufacturers to deliver thick and creamy - yet cost-effective - indulgent yogurt products.

The joint venture will mark Cargill's first operations in Saudi Arabia

Cargill expands with Saudi starches venture

By Gary Scattergood

Cargill and Arasco are creating a new starches and sweeteners joint venture in Saudi Arabia to meet growing demand in the confectionery, bakery and juice sectors in the region.

Five region restruction for ADM Cocoa

ADM shakes up structure

By Gary Scattergood

ADM Cocoa has restructured its organisation into five key regions and business units as it looks to enhance the level of service and support offered to customers by its global cocoa and chocolate team.

Policing FSA halal guidelines could open up a £1bn export market for British meat, one expert has claimed

UK ‘missing out on £1bn halal opportunity’

By John Wood

The UK meat industry is missing out on a £1bn export opportunity in the Middle East because it has failed to adopt Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines on halal, an expert has warned.

Chocolate hungry consumers have prompted Highland Chocolatier to invest £200,000 in quadrupling the size of its production area

Highland Chocolatier takes high road to success

By Rod Addy

Chocolate manufacturer Highland Chocolatier is investing £200,000 in quadrupling the size of its production area in a bid to expand capacity to meet rapidly rising demand.

Rick Pendrous, editor Food Manufacture

We can’t go back to the future

By Rick Pendrous

We live in uncertain times. I am sure I’m not alone in being concerned by recent global events that are the backdrop to other worries closer to home, such as the fragile state of our economy and the impact of swingeing public sector cuts.

New appointment at Dawn Foods

New appointment at Dawn Foods

Sweet bakery specialist Dawn Foods has appointed a new management accountant.Emma von Landkammer, who was previously working in the Middle East as...


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