CMA considers dairy proposal

The UK governments Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is considering the undertakings offered by Müller relating to the German company's proposed acquisition of UK dairy manufacturer Dairy Crest.The CMA previously declared that it would refer the acquisition for an in-depth investigation unless acceptable undertakings were offered to address concerns about the loss of competition in...

More US investment for Anheuser-Busch InBev

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev says it will be investing more than US$1.5 billion in its US brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018.It is planning to spend an estimated $850 million on brewery and packaging expansion projects, $220 million on product innovation initiatives and $720 million in sustaining and increasing efficiency of its existing operations.“Our beers...

Energy savings for Kirin’s Mt Fuji water bottling line

Substantial energy savings have been made on Kirin’s water-bottling line at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan during an upgrade by Sidel, the French-based manufacturer.The line uses PET bottles, and changes to heating lamps on the blow moulder have resulted in an 18 percent saving in electricity.The water bottling line is at the same Gotemba distillery where Kirin...

Production halted at Latvian fish cannery

Russia’s embargo on Latvian fish produce has led to the partial closure of the Kolumbija-owned fish cannery at Liepaja on the west coast of the country. Around 225 of the 300 employees at the site have lost their jobs, reports the Latvian Information Agency.One of the largest fish processing companies in Latvia, Kolumbija said some staff would remain at the...

Coca-Cola Enterprises commits to cut calories

Leading European Coke filler Coca-Cola Enterprises says it will cut the calories in its drinks by 10 percent over the next five years as it takes a leadership position for the soft drinks industry amid growing concerns about calorie intake and obesity. The bottler says in its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report that it is making its most...

Thai Union forges Morocco partnership

Canned tuna giant Thai Union Frozen Products has started a partnership with Moroccan sardine cannery Oceanic Laayoune, reports Undercurrent News.  The facility at Laayoune on the north-west coast of Africa will co-pack sardines for sale on the European market under the John West and Parmentier brands, owned by Thai Union’s MW Brands business.Oceamic Laayoune, which is owned by Sarma Food, says...

Coca-Cola Femsa opens filling plant in Brazil

Latin American bottler Coca-Cola Femsa has opened a US$258 million filling plant in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.The company’s ninth facility in Brazil is located about 25 miles south of the city of Belo Horizonte in Itabirito. The 65,000sqm site will initially house eight production lines, including canning operations and have an annual production capacity for around 2.1...

Campbell Soup buys Garden Fresh Gourmet

New Jersey-based food and beverage company Campbell Soup has announced a deal for salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet worth US$231 million, as it expands into the fresh packaged foods business. The purchase follows similar moves by a number of key US food manufacturers into the fresh and organic segments. Hormel Foods paid $775m for organic meat processor Applegate Farms last...

Coca-Cola commits to renewable plastics

Plans to increase its use of recycled PET (rPET) or renewable plastics to 40 per cent from the current 34 per cent form part of Coca-Cola's newly launched Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2014/15.The news comes just a week after the US-headquartered beverage giant announced that it had cracked the code for the other key molecular component of PlantBottle...