• Food Matters Summit launches in London on 19th/20th November

    Food Matters Summit launches in London on 19th/20th November

    The inaugural Food Matters Summit will take place on 19th and 20th November 2019 at ExCeL London. Described as ‘The Davos of the food industry’ the Summit is the first high-level gathering of its kind in London. The Summit aims to connect organisations across the food supply chain, bringing together disruptive innovators and established multinational

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  • News Roundup – September 2019

    News Roundup – September 2019

    Recession to follow no-deal BrexitA no-deal Brexit will send Britain crashing into recession and shrink the economy by two percent, the UK’s official economic forecaster has warned.Since the 2016 referendum, there have been endless warnings about the repercussions of leaving without a deal. But now the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has officially spoken up,

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  • World News Roundup – September 2019

    World News Roundup – September 2019

    Chile: Walmart strike endsWalmart workers in Chile have ended a six-day strike after trade unionists won their demand for a pay rise. More than 17,000 employees had walked off the job, triggering the largest-ever strike in the country’s private sector history. The stand-off ended when salary increases, bonuses, training, and other benefits were agreed to

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  • Arrivals and Departures

    Arrivals and Departures

    McGuigan resigns from wine postAustralian Vintage has announced its Chief Executive Neil McGuigan will stand down in November. McGuigan has been named International Winemaker of the Year a record four times at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. He will remain a technical advisor to the company he has been with since 2004.Australian Vintage said

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  • Packaging merger on watchdog radar

    Packaging merger on watchdog radar

    The competition watchdog has warned that the merger of two of the UK’s biggest food and drink packaging companies could lead to a rise in prices for customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has demanded assurances that Liqui-Box’s proposed takeover of DS Smith’s rigid and flexible packaging division will not reduce competition. There is

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  • Exal merges with Ardagh business in $2.5 billion deal

    Exal merges with Ardagh business in $2.5 billion deal

    Ardagh Group has agreed to merge part of its food tin business with Exal Corporation in a deal that paves the way for one of the largest metal packaging companies in the world.  The new entity, named Trivium, will be based in the Netherlands and operate 57 production facilities, predominantly across Europe and the Americas,

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  • Food waste spotlight falls firmly on farms

    Food waste spotlight falls firmly on farms

    More than £1 billion of food surplus occurs in primary production every year, according to a study highlighting the scale of the country’s waste problem. Crops rejected by retailers because they do not meet quality standards, fluctuations in demand or problems during storage or packing all contribute to 3.6m tonnes of waste that never ends

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  • Majority support calls for deposit return scheme

    Majority support calls for deposit return scheme

    Almost three-quarters of Britons back a national deposit return scheme (DRS) for drink containers, a survey has found. The results followed an announcement last month by Michael Gove, then environment secretary, in which he expressed support for a comprehensive DRS. In his speech, Gove said an ‘all-in’ model would give consumers the greatest possible incentive

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  • Goodbye packaging, hello refill zones

    Goodbye packaging, hello refill zones

    Pasta, washing up liquid and wine are being sold through dispensers at Waitrose as part of a pioneering, packaging-free trial. Shoppers will be able to fill up their own containers in a special “refill zone” of the supermarket which also includes a “pick-and-mix” for various frozen fruits that work out cheaper than the packaged equivalent.

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