Berkmann Wine Cellars welcomes iconic Dog Point Vineyard into its portfolio

Berkmann Wine Cellars has added iconic New Zealand producer Dog Point Vineyard to its exclusive agency portfolio. The pioneering Dog Point Vineyard was established by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland in 1979, who played a significant part in establishing Marlborough’s modern reputation. The first wines were produced under the Dog Point name in 2002 in conjunction with close family friends James and Wendy Healy. Today Dog Point remains in the family, with the next generation managing both the winery and New Zealand’s largest organic vineyard. The range is focused on four wines: Sauvignon Blanc, the barrel-fermented Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. All grapes are hand-picked and the focus on quality remains paramount. All the wines are either partially or fully fermented with wild yeasts and are known for their ability to age. Alex Hunt MW, Berkmann Wine Cellars’ purchasing director, said: “I have always considered Dog Point to be one of New Zealand’s greatest producers, so it is a joy and privilege to welcome them into our portfolio. They are a perfect fit on many levels, from the relentless focus on quality and emphasis on family ownership to the incisive, complex, food-friendly style of the wines. We cannot wait to start representing them in the UK.” Matt Sutherland, Dog Point Vineyard’s general manager, added: “We are thrilled to begin working with Berkmann Wine Cellars; their shared values and aspirations made them a great fit for Dog Point Vineyard. The United Kingdom has always been hugely supportive of our wines, and we are really excited to work with a partner that has genuine national reach. Berkmann’s expertise in HoReCa and independent retail will ensure that Dog Point wines continue to be found in all key channels.” Berkmann’s new portfolio addition comes at a time when consumer interest in New Zealand wines is growing. They currently command the highest price in the on-trade for still wines, illustrating a consumer appreciation of their excellent quality and their willingness to pay a premium for them. In addition, Sauvignon Blanc is the second biggest grape variety in the on-trade market, and the number one listed grape variety in the on-trade for Berkmann, demonstrating the strength of the category.

Nominations open for Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards 2023

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation in the world of artisan food & drink, have opened nominations for their third edition.   Entries for the awards are free and will close on Monday 26 June, with the winners announced on day one of Speciality & Fine Food Fair, which takes place on 11-12 September at Olympia London. Entries can be nominations or self-nominations.   Nicola Woods, Event Manager for Speciality & Fine Food Fair, comments: “The Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards celebrate the most exciting retailers, products and innovations in the world of artisan and fine food, and we can’t wait to check out this year’s entries.”   This year’s awards are comprised of seven categories:  ‘Not Yet on the Shelf’ Award  A new category for 2023, the ‘Not Yet on the Shelf’ Award is open to products that are currently in development or have been developed but cannot yet be seen on a retailer’s shelf. This is your opportunity to get your product in front of our expert judges from across the industry and gain valuable feedback, as well as the opportunity to win a stand at the 2024 edition of the Fair. The product should show innovation and should claim to fulfil a gap in the market.  New Product of the Year – UK  The New Product of the Year Award – UK celebrates a British product at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023 that has demonstrated creativity and innovation at the heart of its concept. The judges are looking for pioneering credentials, high quality construction, a clear USP and a product that comes from a brand that is constantly innovating and experimenting to inspire its customers.  New Product of the Year – International  The New Product of the Year Award – International celebrates an international product at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023 that has demonstrated creativity and innovation at the heart of its concept. The judges are looking for pioneering credentials, high quality construction, a clear USP and a product that comes from a brand that is constantly innovating and experimenting to inspire its customers.  Sustainability Pioneer of the Year  The Sustainability Pioneer of the Year Award is presented to a person or business that leads inspiring sustainable initiatives that has driven positive change within the industry. The winner upholds sustainable values across all aspects of their business and is a true advocate for driving sustainable change within the fine food & drink sector.  Small Independent Retailer of the Year, in partnership with BIRA  The Small Independent Retailer of the Year Award is presented to a pioneering smaller retailer at the heart of their community. They provide exceptional customer service, run new, exciting initiatives to help futureproof the sector and bring the community together in their local area. The winner is a forward-thinking independent retailer with less than £500k annual turnover and/or 10 or fewer employees.   Large Independent Retailer of the Year, in partnership with BIRA  The Large Independent Retailer of the Year Award is presented to a pioneering retailer with over £500k annual turnover and/or more than 11 employees. They provide exceptional customer service, run new, exciting initiatives to help futureproof the sector and bring the community together in their local area. The winner is a forward-thinking retailer, a real advocate for independent businesses, and leads by example to push for change and development for the industry on key agendas.  Outstanding Industry Champion  The Outstanding Industry Champion Award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the fine food & drink industry. They will be recognised for passion, drive, and commitment to the sector and their community, this may include campaigning for the industry and going above and beyond to support SMEs and the fine food sector.  The judges for this year’s event are:  
  • Adrian Boswell, Food Buyer, Selfridges 
  • Stephen Minall, Co-Founder, FDReviews 
  • Vhari Russell, Managing Director, Food Marketing Experts  
  • Tara Mei, Founder, Mahalo Supplies 
  • Steve Walpole, Culinary Consultant 
  • Laura Roberts, Owner, Laura’s Larder 
Russell comments: “I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries for the Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards. Last year we had a wide variety of entries and it’s always great to see new products coming to market and hearing how brands are innovating and ensuring their green credentials are at the forefront of what they are doing. The awards are a wonderful way for brands to showcase what they are doing and to get the recognition they deserve.”  Nominations close on Monday 26 June at 5pm. For more information, and to submit a nomination, visit https://www.specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk/speciality-fine-food-fair-awards-2023/ 

Administrators appointed to Plant and Bean Limited

Lincolnshire food manufacturing business Plant and Bean Limited (P&B) has fallen into administration.

Founded in 2019 and based in Boston, UK, P&B operates in the alternative protein sector, manufacturing for the likes of Quorn, Princes, and Wicked Kitchen.

Like several other businesses across the sector, P&B experienced significant inflation across its cost base, primarily increases in food and energy prices. The business also suffered from several operational issues which resulted in periodic interruptions to production.

Following the appointment of James Clark and Howard Smith from Interpath Advisory as joint administrators on 31 May 2023, the company is carrying out limited trading while the administrators explore options for a sale of the business and its assets. The administrators have retained approximately 25 employees to assist them with ongoing activities.

James Clark, Managing Director at Interpath Advisory and joint administrator, said: “Businesses across the food and drink sector, and especially those in highly competitive sub-sectors such as alternative protein, are facing immense pressures at the moment, with rising costs impacting profitability.”

He added: “Over the coming days, we will be working with key stakeholders to explore the possibility of a sale of the business.”

Campbell sells Emerald nuts business to Flagstone Foods

Campbell Soup Company has sold the Emerald nuts business to Flagstone Foods, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of private label healthy snacks in North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Campbell acquired the Emerald nuts business as part of the 2018 Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. acquisition. The Emerald business generated net sales of $66 million in fiscal 2022 and $46 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2023. The company does not expect the divestiture to have a material impact to its fiscal 2023 financial results. Chris Foley, Executive Vice President and President, Campbell Snacks, said: “The sale of the Emerald business is part of our ongoing strategic process to create even greater focus on driving accelerated growth across our Snacks division and power brands.” Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP and Barclays acted as exclusive advisors to Campbell on this transaction.

Every Can Counts reveals latest brand partnership with industry leading drinks brand

Every Can Counts has revealed its latest brand partnership with industry leading wine and spirits company, Pernod Ricard UK. The partnership will see Pernod Ricard UK collaborate with the not-for-profit programme Every Can Counts, alongside drink can manufacturers and the wider recycling industry, to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. As part of the partnership, Pernod Ricard UK will provide funding to Every Can Counts in support of the programme’s mission to increase recycling rates across the UK. A series of joint event activations between Pernod Ricard UK and Every Can Counts will also be delivered during summer 2023, with Every Can Counts supporting a number of sampling campaigns and festival activations for Pernod Ricard’s Absolut and Malibu brands. The first of these partnership activations will be at Mighty Hoopla festival where Every Can Counts’ recycling ambassadors will be on hand to collect cans and educate consumers. Pernod Ricard UK is committed to creating a better world through environmental initiatives. The company’s sustainability and responsibility roadmap – Good Times From A Good Place – has four core pillars: Circular Making, Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People and Responsible Hosting. A key commitment within the Circular Making pillar is working to reduce the company’s carbon footprint intensity by 50% by 2030 and achieving Net Zero by 2050. As it continues to expand its ready-to-drink beverage range it is also introducing circular design principles to products, including the use of aluminium packaging which is infinitely recyclable. Ian Peart, commercial director at Pernod Ricard UK, said: “For RTDs, as for any other segment, we strive to be sustainable and responsible every step of the way, including in our packaging, energy and production, as well as transport. Aluminium is an infinitely recyclable material and in the UK, 82% of aluminium drink cans were recycled in 2021. We’re excited to be working with Every Can Counts as we strive to increase that number.” Chris Latham-Warde, programme manager for Every Can Counts, said: “We’re always very excited to announce new partnerships, especially those with brands as well known and globally recognised as Pernod Ricard UK. “It’s great to see these industry leading brands taking steps to encourage their customers to do the right thing and we’re looking forward to working with them to help raise awareness and inspire recycling across the nation.” Every Can Counts is a unique partnership formed between drink can manufacturers and the wider recycling industry, all with the goal of reaching a 100% recycling rate for drinks cans. The programme aims to inspire consumers to recycle all their empty cans and works to make it easier for consumers to recycle cans while they’re out-of-home. Its team of ambassadors spread the recycling message and collect cans at many festivals and public events throughout the year. Every Can Counts also runs a Green Can Award scheme which recognises the recycling efforts of local businesses, community groups and charities.

Kite Packaging to attend Space Comm Expo

Kite Packaging is set to attend the Space-Comm Expo from 7th to 8th June 2023. The event will be taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre with Kite Packaging situated at stand K1. The employee share-owned company is rooted in reducing the impact packaging has on the environment through cost-effective means and in the same vein will be showcasing an array of products aimed at protecting, transporting and storing aerospace and defence products. Decorated ‘Design Team of the Year’ by the UK Packaging Awards 2022, the company’s award-winning aerospace and defence packaging specialists will be available to discuss engineered packaging solutions, pack reviews and re-design, and much more over the two day event. To get in touch with Kite’s aerospace and defence specialists, please email AMED@kitepackaging.co.uk or call 01793 825444. To learn more about the products and services offered by Kite Packaging, please visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

Kite Packaging awarded Supply Chain Sustainability Award by AESSEAL

Kite Packaging has been given a Supply Chain Sustainability Award from multi award-winning client and global manufacturer of mechanical seals, AESSEAL. This accolade comes following Kite’s work with the company to help them transition to more sustainable packaging practices. The global mechanical seal manufacturer is now well on track to achieving their goal of supplying all standard seals in 100% recyclable packaging by the end of the year. Not only does this award recognise Kite’s endeavours to help AESSEAL achieve this goal, but it also commends the packaging company’s own deep-rooted commitment to environmental causes. As a carbon neutral and ISO 14001 certified packaging supplier, AESSEAL identified Kite Packaging as the ideal partner to work with to achieve their goals, having worked with the company’s Rotherham Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) since 2007. AES Engineering and AESSEAL Managing Director, Chris Rea, said: “The supply chain is the most problematic area for most businesses who are committed to the Net Zero goal, whether they have achieved this and gone beyond it as we have, or are just starting on their journey. “Kite Packaging is a worthy winner of our first supplier sustainability award, both for their own work and for the help they have given us to move towards our aim – almost now achieved – of supplying all standard seals in 100% recyclable packaging by the end of this year.” To get in touch with Kite’s Rotherham RDC, please email northern@kitepackaging.co.uk or call 01709 565 010. To learn more about the products and services offered by Kite Packaging, please visit www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

Caffѐ Culture 2023 – Announcing new partners, new features and many more fantastic brands!

With Caffѐ Culture 2023 now only four months away, show organiser Living Media Events is delighted to announce just some of the exciting new features and brands confirmed for the show, which continues to be the UK’s leading trade exhibition for the specialty coffee and café bar sector. Packed with 100s of cutting-edge equipment suppliers and specialist artisan products, Caffѐ Culture is shaping up to be the place where the trade comes for inspiration and advice to help grow their businesses. The event will be taking place at London’s iconic Business Design Centre on 3rd & 4th October and will see over 3,500 coffee shop owners and buyers from the multiples and high street chains come together to source the latest innovative kit, but also be stimulated by the show’s unparalleled line-up of industry experts and leaders in its compelling feature programme. Building on the success of last year’s event, a host of new features and partners have come on-board to elevate the show’s offering. United Baristas Founder Tim Ridley will be bringing together a range of industry leaders to deliver Total Coffee, an original new talks programme exploring four key themes across the supply chain from crop to cup – tasting and enjoying coffee, building viable coffee businesses, making a positive contribution, and empowering people. The Roasters Forum will also see some changes. Due to its growing popularity, the programme curated by the team at Sucafina Specialty has been extended to two days and will cover a whole raft of topics aimed at roasters with all levels of expertise. Making up the largest contingent of specialty roasters at any UK trade show, the ever-popular Roasters Zone and Brew Bar will offer coffee connoisseurs an unmatched opportunity to appreciate the subtly and skill of twenty-four of the UK’s finest specialty roasters using Rocket Expresso’s contemporary compact Boxer espresso machines and Marco’s fully automated SP9 pour-over brewer and MIX hot tap. For those businesses looking to improve the quality of their bakery and food offering, kitchen equipment partner UNOX will be serving delicious and nutritious food using the speed and precision of their brand-new SPEED.Pro range in their live kitchen, whilst another new fully immersive multi-sensory experience is Victoria Arduino’s beautifully designed coffee shop concept, whose team of experts will be on-hand to guide visitors through their revolutionary technology using taste, sound and sight. The show will also see the launch of FoodBev’s inaugural Coffee Innovation Awards, which will shine a light on the technological advancements and excellence within the sector and the people driving the coffee industry forward. Whilst, for competition lovers, the show will be hosting three new championships. The Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) UK Brewers Cup final and the European Speciality Tea Association’s (ESTA) inaugural Tea Cupping and Matcha Tea Latte Art competitions, raising the intensity and decibel levels at the show! More features, partners and premium brands will be announced in the coming weeks, adding to the compelling and must-attend nature of the event. To ensure you secure your complimentary trade pass and to be kept abreast of all show news, register your details at www.caffecultureshow.com

Patriot Pickle acquires First Place Foods

Patriot Pickle, a Swander Pace Capital (SPC) portfolio company that manufactures and distributes fresh pickles across the United States to restaurant chains, supermarkets and delis, has acquired First Place Foods. First Place Foods, located in Garland, Texas, is a producer of fresh pickles, fermented pickles, relish, and other pickled vegetables primarily for the foodservice and institutional channels. “The First Place Foods acquisition is a transformative opportunity allowing Patriot Pickle to expand geographically, capitalize on national sales opportunities, and provide our customers with dual source manufacturing. Fresh, refrigerated pickles are a key growth area for our foodservice and institutional partners and we are excited to be able to better serve them more directly with this acquisition,” said Bill McEntee, CEO of Patriot Pickle. “For more than 15 years, First Place Foods has been a high-quality manufacturer and supplier of pickles and other pickled vegetables to our valued customers across the country. We are excited to partner with Patriot Pickle and Swander Pace for this next phase of growth,” said Pat Hunn, First Place Foods president. “The broader pickled and fermented foods category has enjoyed strong topline growth as consumers continue to gravitate towards healthier snacks, and Patriot Pickle is well positioned to take advantage of this consumer tailwind. First Place Foods is the second acquisition for Patriot Pickle, and we believe there are additional opportunities to continue building out this exciting growth platform,” said Corby Reese and Tyler Matlock, Managing Directors at SPC.

Hillenbrand to acquire the Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials business

Global industrial company Hillenbrand has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials (FPM) business, a portfolio company of Blackstone, for an enterprise value of approximately $730 million. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, FPM has over 1,300 global employees and sells to customers in over 150 countries, with approximately 85% of revenues generated in North America. FPM specializes in the design, manufacturing, and service of feeding, filtration, baking, and material handling technologies and systems that are highly complementary to the equipment and solutions currently offered in Hillenbrand’s Advanced Process Solutions segment. FPM is expected to generate calendar year 2023 revenue of approximately $540 million and approximately $68 million of EBITDA. Upon closing, FPM will become part of the Advanced Process Solutions segment. “With this acquisition, we further strengthen our leadership across the attractive, growing end markets of food, durable plastics and chemicals, through strong brands that enhance the breadth of our technology and service capabilities,” said Kim Ryan, president and CEO of Hillenbrand. “By combining the applications and systems processing expertise of our Advanced Process Solutions segment with FPM, we will be positioned to offer greater value to our customers and drive scale benefits across manufacturing, engineering, and procurement. “Over the last twelve months, we’ve divested our legacy death care segment, and acquired high-quality industrial businesses that serve large, attractive end markets that are underpinned by long-term, secular growth trends. “These actions have significantly transformed Hillenbrand into a global leader in highly-engineered, mission-critical industrial processing solutions. I am confident this transaction further positions us to deliver compelling long-term shareholder value.”