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Voortman Cookies Ltd. bought for nearly 425 million

Voortman Cookies Ltd. bought for nearly 425 million

05-12-2019

Voortman Cookies Limited, a manufacturer of premium, branded wafers as well as sugar-free and specialty cookies, was acquired from Swander Pace Capital for approximately C$425 million in cash.

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From Bourbons to Digestives: how biscuits got their names

From Bourbons to Digestives: how biscuits got their names

12-11-2019

What is a biscuit?

Biscuits are mostly sweet, small enough to be eaten with a hand, crisp (with the exception of cookies or macaroons), and consumed as a snack or treat rather than a full meal. They are not to be confused with cake: this will harden as it gets stale, whereas an ageing biscuit will go soft!

The name biscuit comes from the Latin “biscoctum”, meaning “twice cooked.” Bread was cooked twice to extract all its moisture and then, once hard, it would stay fit for consumption for months on end. The biscuit was born.

The 19th century marked a big moment for the biscuit. The endeavors of the Industrial Revolution caused breakfast to be earlier and dinner to move much later. This meant that teatime and snacking came to greater prominence.

By the First World War the sweet biscuit had become the first truly global convenience food.

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Team GB and McVitie’s announce partnership through to Tokyo 2020

Team GB and McVitie’s announce partnership through to Tokyo 2020

11-10-2019

With just over a year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Team GB is delighted to announce that Britain's biggest biscuit brand, McVitie’s, has joined its roster of official partners.

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Burton’s Biscuit Company buys Scottish firm Paterson Arran

Burton’s Biscuit Company buys Scottish firm Paterson Arran

17-09-2019

Burton’s Biscuit Company has acquired Scottish business Paterson Arran as it increases its presence in the foodservice sector.

The deal includes the Paterson’s shortbread as well as foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods.

 

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Mondelēz International to bring 100% of its chocolate and biscuit products typically bought for children under 100 calories in the UK and Ireland

Mondelēz International to bring 100% of its chocolate and biscuit products typically bought for children under 100 calories in the UK and Ireland

19-08-2019

Mondelēz International is continuing its strong track record of offering more portion control options for consumers by pledging to bring all its Cadbury chocolate and wider biscuit products typically bought by parents for children under 100 calories. This will see billions of calories removed from the market.

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International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) 2019

International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) 2019

12-07-2019

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), commonly known as the Baking Expo and the Western Hemisphere’s largest baking industry event, is now open for registration and features an enhanced program with added show features that are certain to appeal to retail and craft bakers. When the show opens Sept. 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas, the enlarged expo floor plan will host more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest in automation/technology, ingredients and industry trends across the vertical supply chain for every role and every segment of the grain-based food industry.

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Private-label manufacturer Biscuit International is seeking to expand its presence across Europe with the acquisition of Netherlands-based peer Aviateur

Private-label manufacturer Biscuit International is seeking to expand its presence across Europe with the acquisition of Netherlands-based peer Aviateur

26-06-2019

The proposed transaction is subject to antitrust approvals and clearance by the works council, with the financial terms not disclosed. Biscuit International said the deal will solidify the firm's "position as a major player in the European private-label sweet biscuit market" following a number of other recent acquisitions.

 

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World Biscuit Market and Trends

World Biscuit Market and Trends

09-05-19

While demand for nutrition is increasing worldwide, biscuit consumption is rising accordingly. Demand for biscuits in the snack category has been increasing every day because of active life, women’s active participation into the business life, spending less time for cooking homemade food, and increased income level. Producers pay importance to this market that has been growing rapidly throughout the world. This rapidly growing market, which reached $76 billion 385 million by the end of 2017, attracted all small and large players in the industry. It is estimated that this market will reach $110 billion by 2025. It seems that there will be a fierce rivalry.

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Kellogg agrees $1.3 billion cookie sale with Nutella-maker Ferrero

Kellogg agrees $1.3 billion cookie sale with Nutella-maker Ferrero

08-04-2019

U.S. food group Kellogg Co has agreed to sell its Keebler biscuits brand and other assets to Nutella maker Ferrero for $1.3 billion (992.59 million pounds) as it focuses on its core cereals and snacks businesses.

The deal comes as packaged food companies struggle to adjust to changing consumer tastes and rising demand for low-sugar, healthier items. Kellogg’s fruit-flavoured snacks, pie crusts and ice-cream cones businesses will also pass to the Italian confectioner as part of the deal.

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Mondelez to funnel rising ad budgets into ‘local brands’ after internal reshuffle

Mondelez to funnel rising ad budgets into ‘local brands’ after internal reshuffle

13-03-2019

Mondelez upped its marketing spend by more than $150m last year. It plans to maintain this level of investment over the coming year, but bosses have revealed it will be directed towards “local brands at the detriment of global brands”.

On a call with analysts this week, chief financial officer Luca Zaramella outlined the company's investment in 2018, saying it had increased by about $150m (which included product R&D) as it pushed further into Russia, China, and India – emerging markets which represent 80% of the growth potential in snacking around the world.

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Food industry warns of ‘dramatic’ consequences of no-deal Brexit

Food industry warns of ‘dramatic’ consequences of no-deal Brexit

15-01-2019

European trade body FoodDrinkEurope has warned of the “dramatic economic consequences” of a no-deal Brexit for both European Union (EU) and UK farmers, food and drink producers, traders in agri-food commodities as well as consumers.

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IBIE’s BEST In Baking Industry Awards Call For Entries

IBIE’s BEST In Baking Industry Awards Call For Entries

09-01-2019

The International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) has opened the application process for the 2019 BEST in Baking awards program.

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Bakery & Snacks: think clean

Bakery & Snacks: think clean

04-12-2018

Globally, food allergies and intolerances are rising fast. According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) in the U.S., researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans now have food allergies – including 5.9 million children under age 18 – while in the EU that figure reaches some 17 million, according to figures published by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EEACI).

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FoodTech 2018 opens for business

FoodTech 2018 opens for business

14-11-2018

The 12th edition of FoodTech, Northern Europe's largest food technology fair, opened the doors of the MCH exhibition center in Herning, Denmark. FoodTech offers three days focusing on the food industry, conferences, awards and record-wide activities.

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Mondelez to invest in snack startups through newly launched SnackFutures

Mondelez to invest in snack startups through newly launched SnackFutures

13-11-2018

The Oreo maker will launch an innovation hub 'SnackFutures' next month that will invest in snack startups through partnering with early-stage-entrepeneurs.

Mondelez expected the platform to contribute $100m to its revenue growth by 2022.

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iba 2018 Show Preview

iba 2018 Show Preview

17-08-2018

The world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks, iba 2018—organized by GHM (Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH)—will take place in Munich from September 15 through 20, providing bakers, confectioners and industry representatives with unique inspiration for their everyday professional lives. Nearly over 75,000 visitors from over 165 countries are expected to attend iba 2018.

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Who are Arville Textiles – the makers of Arville Brayband® endless woven belts?

Who are Arville Textiles – the makers of Arville Brayband® endless woven belts?

14-08-2018

The Arville Group is a privately owned company, which integrates manufacturing capabilities and expertise across a full range of technical textiles. They offer a stand-alone or fully integrated portfolio of fabric design, weaving, finishing, coating and fabrication.

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What is an endless belt?

What is an endless belt?

31-07-2018

An Arville Brayband ® endless woven belt is a belt used in the bakery and biscuit industry with a truly endless construction - i.e. it is a closed loop with NO JOINT anywhere in its length. All of the Arville belts have a woven selvedge as standard; this makes them truly endless in both the machine (warp) and transverse (weft) directions.

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Biscuit International enters Spain with Arluy purchase

Biscuit International enters Spain with Arluy purchase

30-07-2018 / By Dean Best

Biscuit International has added Spain to its roster of European markets through the acquisition of Spanish peer Arluy.

For an undisclosed sum, Biscuit International has bought what it said is the fifth-largest producer and distributor of sweet biscuits in Spain.

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Why buy your endless belts from Arville?

Why buy your endless belts from Arville?

13-07-2018

As a leader in the manufacture of woven endless belts for the biscuit industry Arville understands the requirements of modern plant bakeries. We know that production is constantly being challenged to improve output, minimise product waste, eliminate down-time, reduce running costs and improve efficiencies, Arville endless woven belts for the biscuit industry have been designed and manufactured to address these challenges.

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We have proven ourselves in the biscuit market?

We have proven ourselves in the biscuit market?

17-05-2018

Arville Brayband® endless woven belts are supplied throughout the world to biscuit manufacturers, Belting Manufacturers and Distributors and OEM’s, trusted by some of the worlds leaders in baked goods.

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Spooner Vicars opens Bakery Innovation Center in Bangalore

Spooner Vicars opens Bakery Innovation Center in Bangalore

20-12-2017

The world’s most historic biscuit equipment manufacturer, Spooner Vicars, scored another first this autumn by opening the first full-size Bakery Innovation Center in India.

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Cam firm marks centenary of important biscuit production work

Cam firm marks centenary of important biscuit production work

09-12-2017 / By Gazette Series

A company based in Cam which plays an important role in the global production of biscuits is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the field. P&S Textiles has been weaving specialist high-grade fabric conveyor belts since 1917 and over the past century has supplied them to factories in more than 50 countries.

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How the biscuit industry is adapting to Christmas

How the biscuit industry is adapting to Christmas

06-11-2017

Every year at the end of August, a murmur goes through the land, because that’s when they are back on the shelves of German supermarkets: gingerbread, gingerbread biscuits, spiced biscuits, and the rest.

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GEA Imaforni reliable and active as ever in Russia

GEA Imaforni reliable and active as ever in Russia

07-09-2017

According to Federico Angiuoni, Bakery Sector Sales Manager for GEA Imaforni equipment in Russia, the acquisition of the Italian bakery brand Imaforni by one of the largest suppliers of process technology for the food industry, GEA, in 2016 has been good for the company and good for Russian customers as well.

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