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Editor's Spotlight: Startup Focus

Advice for startups: What you can do during a pandemic

By Nikki Hancocks

This pandemic is causing huge economic uncertainty and that’s scary for any startup but it’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity for health and wellness entrepreneurs to educate and engage with a health-focused and captive online audience.

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Ardagh invests in Dutch warehouse

By Joseph James Whitworth

Ardagh Group has invested €2.4m in a warehouse at its Deventer production facility in the Netherlands.

Peak Rock acquires Berner Food & Beverage

Peak Rock acquires Berner Food & Beverage

By Jenny Eagle

Peak Rock private equity firm has acquired Berner Food & Beverage, which manufactures private label cheese dips, salsa con queso, alfredo sauce, aerosol cheese products and coffee and latte-based beverages.

Dr Pepper invests $15m in minority stake in Bai Brands

Dr Pepper invests $15m in minority stake in Bai Brands

By Elaine Watson

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has invested $15m in a minority stake in Bai Brands, which has generated explosive growth in multiple retail channels with its 'antioxidant infusion' low-calorie Bai5 beverages.

Pamplona to acquire Charter NEX Films

Pamplona to acquire Charter NEX Films

By Jenny Eagle

Private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management (Pamplona) has agreed to acquire Charter NEX Films, expected to be completed in Q1, 2015.

Cadbury Kenya to be sales & marketing arm for East Africa, but will no longer produce goods

Mondelēz abandons Kenyan manufacturing

By Oliver Nieburg

Mondelēz International will stop manufacturing from its Cadbury Kenya plant at the end of this month as it shifts capacity for Cadbury Drinking Chocolate to Egypt.

CCE has invested £13M in a new bottling line at its Wakefield site

CCE’s £13M Wakefield investment to boost economy

By Laurence Gibbons

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) planned £13M bottle production line at its Wakefield facility could help Yorkshire attract global investment and boost the UK economy, according to prime minister David Cameron.

DS Smith axes jobs after £100m investment

DS Smith axes jobs after £100m investment

By Jenny Eagle

DS Smith plans to make 54 redundancies across two plants in the UK as it installs a corrugator machine as part of a £100m investment programme, which will be fully operational by the end of the year.

Avantium $50m deal 100% PEF bottle

Investment from Swire, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone and ALPLA

Avantium closes $50m deal to create 100% PEF bottle

By Jenny Eagle

Avantium has closed a financing round of $50m from a consortium including Swire Pacific, The Coca-Cola Company, DANONE, ALPLA, and existing shareholders to advancing PEF packaging material.

A supply chain cannot be run from an office, according to Adams

Site visits fundamental to securing growth: CCE boss

By Nicholas Robinson

Steve Adams is a sensation at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). A former electrical apprentice, he rose to become CCE group director of supply chain operations for Great Britain in April last year, following a four-year stint as operations director at the...

PepsiCo plans $5 bn investment in Mexico

PepsiCo plans $5 bn investment in Mexico

By Maggie Hennessy

PepsiCo Inc. has announced plans to invest $5 billion in Mexico over the next five years in an effort to strengthen the firm’s Latin American food and beverage footprint.

Future Group gains Sunkist, kisses goodbye to Capital Foods

Future Group gains Sunkist, kisses goodbye to Capital Foods

By RJ Whitehead

Future Consumer Enterprise, the FMCG division of Kishore Biyani’s Future Group, has been busy this week, announcing it will launch Sunkist in India, and divesting itself of Capital Foods, a major private-label brand.

CEO Paul Bulcke said:

Nestlé nine-month sales growth below full-year target


Nestlé organic sales growth slowed to 4.4% in the first nine months of the year, compared to 6.1% in the same period last year, hit by weaker demand from emerging markets and ongoing recession in Europe.


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