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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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Parliamentary committee to look into ‘Brand Britain’

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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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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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Crawshaw Group appoints new CEO and CFO

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Rotherham-based butcher Crawshaw Group has named Asda’s former head of fresh meat department, Jim Viggars, as its new chief executive officer (CEO) and Nick Taylor of Janan Meats as its chief financial officer (CFO). Viggars will replace Noel Collett as CEO, following over 30 years’ experience within the meat industry across procurement, customer strategy and agriculture; prior to heading Asda’s ...

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NFU Scotland discusses livestock sector concerns with SAMW

Front L to R: SAMW president Frank Clark and NFUS president Andrew McCornick; Back L to R: NFUS Livestock Committee Chair Charlie Adam, SAMW executive secretary Martin Morgan and NFUS livestock policy manager John Armour.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland met with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) to discuss the need for stability for the Scottish livestock sector. Following the SAMW Annual Conference in April, at which there was concern over declining livestock numbers in Scotland, the two bodies agreed that the industry must work together to identify opportunities while “continuing to ...

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Lords EU Committee warns of rising food prices after Brexit

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Food prices would rise if the Government fails to secure a Brexit deal, peers have warned. The Lords EU Energy and Environment Subcommitee noted that it was “inconceivable” that Brexit will have no impact on EU food imports to the UK, echoing concerns raised by representatives of the food and farming industry, importers, port authorities and consumer organisations in the ...

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