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Iceland installs reverse vending machine in store


Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to be trialling a reverse vending machine in store, in support of the Government’s recently announced intention to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in England, it is reported. The retailer will be trialling the machine in its Fulham, London, store initially for six months. The trial aims to understand consumer perceptions and appetite ...

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KP Snacks acquires Tyrrells from The Hershey Company


UK snacks manufacturer, KP Snacks, has agreed to acquire Tyrrells Inc. and its global portfolio of better-for-you premium snack brands from The Hersey Company and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed sum. The Tyrrells business includes a head office and two manufacturing sites in the UK, along with US manufacturing capabilities, the Aroma Snacks business in Germany and Yarra Valley Snack ...

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Ocado strikes deal with US grocery retailer Kroger


Ocado has signed a partnership agreement with US grocery chain Kroger that will see its technology be used exclusively by the US retailer for grocery and other food distribution related activities. According to the deal, Kroger will pay “monthly exclusivity and consultancy fees” and will also take 5% of the existing issued shared capital of Ocado, at a value of ...

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2 Sisters Food Group appoints new CEO

Ronald Kers has been appointed as the new CEO of 2 Sisters Food Group.

2 Sisters Food Group has named Ronald Kers, the formal Global CEO of Müller, as its new CEO. The appointment follows Ranjit Singh’s recent decision to step down as the company’s CEO to take on a “broader leadership role” as president of parent company Boparan Holdings Ltd (BHL). Kers has had more than two decades of experience at global FMCG ...

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Co-op to trial reverse vending machines at UK summer festivals

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Co-op is to launch a deposit and return scheme (DRS) trial with reverse vending machines at four major music festivals this summer, as part of its drive to increase recycling and reduce marine pollution. Plastic bottles sold at the Co-op pop-up stores will have a mandatory deposit added to the price, with revellers able to return them to the reverse ...

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Interview: Little Cook Box, Simon Guest

Simon Guest and his wife, Philippa, are the founders of Little Cook Box.

This year, for the first time, the Quality Food Awards have categories for recipe boxes and subscription boxes to reflect the growing trend for these meal solutions. We spoke to Simon Guest about Little Cook Box, the company he and his wife have launched to bring this idea to children’s meals. How did this idea come about? About 18 months ...

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Copperpot Originals rolls out fudge flavour


Cornish-based confectionery producers, Copperpot Originals, has announced its newest fudge flavour, Limoncello Butter Fudge. Made in St Ives, the new flavour was inspired by a wedding on the Amalfi Coast, Italy, in summer 2017; originally made as a bespoke batch as wedding favours for family friends, the Limoncello flavour inspired production in the Copperpot factory in St Ives. Commercial director, ...

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Parliamentary committee to look into ‘Brand Britain’

food is great

The Environment, Food and rural Affairs (Efra) Committee is launching an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Government’s Brand Britain: Promoting and Marketing British food and drink. The inquiry will focus on the current success of the Food is GREAT campaign, how the UK Government is working with industry partners to help build global recognition of UK excellence in food ...

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Baby Quality Food Awards revealed

BFQFA 2018

The Quality Food Awards are excited to announce the launch of the Baby Quality Food Awards, which will celebrate the very best products available for babies from six months up to two years old, in partnership with Campden BRI. The ‘Baby Qs’ will tap into the growing trend for healthy and nutritious food and drink for babies by recognising, rewarding ...

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FDF members reduce salt and sugar, report finds


Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have reduced sugar in the average basket by 12.1% over the past five years, and energy by 5.5%. According to its Feeding Change report, its members have made “progress to support people in making healthier choices”, as during the lifetime of the latest salt targets (2012 – 2017), FDF members have also ...

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