Diageo’s Tanqueray Gin goes alcohol-free

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a new alcohol-free version of Tanqueray London Dry Gin which will be available in Spain and the UK from March. The suggested retail price is £16 per 70cl bottle in British supermarkets. Alcohol-free and low-alcohol…

Seafood ‘a leading driver’ in grocery sales in 2020 says FMI report

Seafood generated more than $16.6 billion in sales for food retailers in 2020 and outperformed other fresh food categories according to a new report from US-based FMI—The Food Industry Association. The Power of Seafood 2021 study was released at the…

MERGER TO CREATE THE WORLD’S LARGEST FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE COMPANY

US manufacturer Dole Foods is to merge with Irish business Total Produce to create the world’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable supply business with annual sales of €8.2 billion. The deal, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, will…

ONLINE SALES IN EUROPE & THE US DRIVE BUSINESS AT AHOLD DELHAIZE

Netherlands-based supermarket chain Ahold Delhaize has reported better than expected fourth quarter sales, driven by a surge of online orders due to COVID-19. The retailer, which operates chains in the United States and Europe, said its sales rose 18% to…

POULTRY & EGG EXPORTS FROM THE US SOARED IN 2020

In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, poultry and egg exports from the United States soared in 2020, setting records in several key markets. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service said that broiler and egg exports increased in both volume…

Redefine Meat a step closer to market launch after raising $29 million

Tech innovator in the meat alternatives sector, Redefine Meat, has completed a US$29 million Series A funding round that will be used to expand the company’s product portfolio and support its launch and international growth this year. Redefine, founded in…

Energy ratings for refrigerated vending machines coming soon

Energy inefficient refrigerated food and drink vending machines will soon be banned from sale in the EU and UK as new regulations come in from 1 March. According to the European Vending & Coffee Service Association (EVA), the new Ecodesign…

CARREFOUR KEEN TO RESTART TAKEOVER TALKS

Grocery retailer Carrefour has said that it is open to takeover opportunities, despite the French government blocking talks between the retailer and Canadian group Couche-Tard. Alexandre Bompard, Carrefour’s Chief Executive and Chairman, said: “We were only at the beginning of…

Lockdowns help Nomad Foods achieve near double-digit sales growth

Nomad Foods, one of Europe’s largest frozen food manufacturers, has announced near double-digit sales growth in 2020, but more modest increases are expected this year.Lockdowns have hit restaurant and cafe sales across the continent, leading consumers to spend more on…

Sweden leads its neighbours in promoting organic food within the public sector

Sweden leads its neighbours in the amount of organic food served in hospitals, kindergartens and other public-sector canteens, according to a new study.Research from the University of Copenhagen found that organic food had a 39% market share in the Swedish…

UK GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES €26.5 MILLION SEAFOOD DISRUPTION SUPPORT SCHEME

A new fund, launched by the UK Government, will cover up to €115,351 of losses per business caused by delays related to the export of fresh or live fish and shellfish to the European Union during January 2021. The UK-wide…

LOCKDOWN DISRUPTS THE UK’S CHRISTMAS MEAT TRADITIONS

Fresh beef, fish and pork all prospered in the four weeks to December 27 as UK consumers celebrated Christmas under tight restrictions – up collectively by £70 million (€80.9m) compared with the same period last year.  The latest retail figures…