- The Future of Nutrition Summit (13 May, Marriott Hotel, Geneva) – designed for independent futurist thinkers throughout the industry and beyond, this exclusive paid-for one-day summit will offer a snapshot of the nutrition industry in 5+ years’ time, diving deep into the future of health, product development and retail. It will also provide opportunities to network with C-level experts from a range of diverse disciplines, including food science, sustainability, retail, nutrition and public health, as well as start-ups, scale-ups and investors.
- The Vitafoods Europe Conference (14-15 May) – free to attend in 2024, this two-day conference will see experts from across the field present data-driven and evidence-based solutions, the latest research, ingredient insights, innovations and formulation strategies within the biggest trends in nutrition today. Visitors can discover expert insights across a range of health benefit areas, including sports nutrition, immune and gut health, cognitive and emotional health, and healthy ageing.
- The NEW Technology & Equipment Area and R&D Pavilion – this year, Vitafoods Europe introduces its first ever area exclusively dedicated to the technology and equipment innovations driving the industry forward. Created in response to visitor demand, it will bring together leading players in technology innovation – such as IMA, OMAG and Marchesini Group – to showcase their cutting-edge solutions in action.
- The Finished Products Area – back and bigger than ever, the expanded 2024 Finished Products Area provides even more opportunities for manufacturers to connect with leading brands, retailers and distributors. With the likes of Nestlé, Mars, Holland & Barrett and Wholefoods visiting the event each year, the Finished Products Area is the go-to place to discover the latest innovative concepts and market-ready products on offer.
- The Vitafoods Insights Theatre – this renowned theatre returns to the show floor, hosting a range of free expert-led content. Attendees from all sectors can discover insights to help their businesses overcome the real-world challenges facing the industry today, with sessions on sustainability, regulatory, market challenges and more.
PPMA Show, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition, will be back in September
Brown‑Forman Corporation has sold its cooperage in Trinity, Alabama, to Independent Stave Company (ISCO).
The cooperage will continue to make barrels for the Jack Daniel Distillery as part of a strategic relationship between the companies. ISCO will rename the cooperage from the Jack Daniel Cooperage to the Alabama Cooperage upon closing, expected by May 1, 2024.
“We believe that barrels are more than a container for our whiskey, they’re an important ingredient. This agreement helps ensure a steady supply of the same high quality barrels at a competitive price to Brown‑Forman and Jack Daniel’s,” said Tim Nall, Chief Global Supply Chain and Technology Officer.
“ISCO will continue to craft American White Oak barrels using the same meticulous process that we have for generations, keeping the quality and taste of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey consistent around the world.”
“We are grateful to Brown‑Forman for the opportunity to craft barrels of the highest quality for their iconic brand, Jack Daniel’s. Alabama Cooperage will be a great addition to our existing network of mills and cooperages,” said Independent Stave Company CEO Brad Boswell.
“We will utilize our 112 years of industry experience to manufacture barrels to the exacting standards they have been adhering to in Trinity, Alabama, since it opened in 2014. Our team looks forward to welcoming the employees in Trinity to the Independent Stave Company family.”
Previously, Brown‑Forman sold stave mills in Alabama, Ohio, and Tennessee, to ISCO. Like these prior transitions, current cooperage employees will be offered employment by Independent Stave Company.
Brown‑Forman will maintain ownership and operation of the long-standing Brown‑Forman Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. The Cooperage produces approximately half of the barrels for the Brown‑Forman portfolio of brands and enables ongoing barrel research, development, and innovation for brands and new expressions.
First Milk has acquired BV Dairy (Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited), a manufacturer of specialist chilled dairy products based in Dorset.
It services customers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, offering a comprehensive end-to-end solution to customers across food manufacturing and food service, as well as offering co-manufacturing to exciting growth markets such as the home meal solutions and gut health sectors, offering considerable opportunities for the future.