Month: November 2017


Sales of beer in Britain’s pubs suffered a worrying, 3.6 per cent drop in the third quarter, the worst Q3 performance for five years. The news has prompted urgent calls for a halt to yet more beer tax rises in the Budget on 22nd November. The figures are released today in the Quarterly ‘Beer Barometer’, from the British Beer & Pub Association.

The 3.6 per cent drop in on-trade sales from July to September, represents an astonishing 35 million fewer pints sold in Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants. when compared with the same period in 2016. Beer sales have been hit by a substantial, 3.9 per cent tax rise in the March Budget, yet the Chancellor plans yet another increase in his second Budget, in November.

Coupled with pressure from sky-high business rates, the move would see many more pubs closing, says Brigid Simmonds Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, who is instead calling for a one penny cut in duty in the Budget:

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“When the Government was cutting or freezing beer duty from 2013-15, sales of British beer stabilised, after years of steep decline. With sales down this quarter, following the Budget tax hike, urgent action from the Chancellor is needed.

“Beer has had a 39 per cent tax rise in the past decade. With tax rates 14 times higher than in Germany, these levels are unsustainable.

“We need fair taxes for British beer, so that brewers and pub operators can invest in thriving pubs, and take advantage of new opportunities to export more beer around the world as we leave the EU.”

Fazer acquires leading Nordic smoothie brand Froosh

As part of its growth and internationalisation strategy, Fazer Group acquires the leading Nordic smoothie brand Froosh. Froosh is the leading smoothie brand in Finland and Sweden and a strong number two in Denmark and Norway. By acquiring Froosh, Fazer will enter a new category and expand its presence in retail. Froosh will serve as a platform for Fazer Lifestyle Foods Business Area’s offering for healthy fruit-based products. Brendan Harris, CEO of Froosh, has been appointed Managing Director of Fazer Lifestyle Foods.

The acquisition of Froosh is a perfect strategic fit for Fazer’s future growth and internationalisation plans, supporting its expansion by providing a larger product range to offer retail in current and new markets. Froosh will be part of the Fazer Lifestyle Foods Business Area, being a platform for the offering for healthy fruit-based products. Fazer Lifestyle Foods focuses on non-dairy products, plant-based meals and on-the-go food and drinks.

“Health and well-being as well as sustainable lifestyles are strong global consumer trends, and we see great potential in this area. Fazer is transforming into a modern sustainable food company. Our new mission, ‘Food with a purpose’, supports our strategic goals and opens up new opportunities to grow our current businesses and enables international expansion. We aim to be a top 3 plant-based business with a 300 M€ revenue in selected Northern European countries by 2022. Acquiring Froosh is part of the growth plan, especially as the smoothie market is expected to grow at 10+% per year”, says Christoph Vitzthum, CEO and President, Fazer Group.

Froosh – the leader in the Nordic smoothie market

Froosh is a Swedish company with offices throughout the Nordic region and a fast growing export business.  Froosh is being acquired from Unilever Ventures, the venture capital arm of Unilever, which has been the majority owner of Froosh since its original investment in Froosh in 2008. Froosh has a range of unique, award-winning smoothies created in-house with high quality fruit ingredients, all 100% natural with no added sugar or preservatives. Froosh responds perfectly to the growing consumer demand for healthy options, especially on-the-go. The company has over 50 employees across the Nordic region and it is with its 35-per-cent market share the clear market leader in the Nordic smoothie market. In addition to its strong position in the Nordics, Froosh exports to Iceland, the Baltics, Germany, France, Ireland and elsewhere and has a recently established presence in Japan.

Fazer and Froosh share the same interests in the impact of global value chains and in promoting the development of origin countries. Through working visits to tropical fruit farms, Froosh has gained substantial insight of the impact of trade, and is greatly acknowledged by its campaign for trading with developing countries.

Froosh CEO Brendan Harris, announced today as Managing Director of Fazer Lifestyle Foods and a member of Fazer’s Group Management Team, commented: “Froosh has enjoyed great success over the past 9 years by providing simple, healthy, delicious fruit drinks to busy, health-conscious consumers. We are an ambitious company and the time is now right to further expand our aspirations. We are delighted to become part of Fazer. Together, Fazer and Froosh will grow, utilising the strengths of both companies. It’s an exciting step for Froosh and our employees who do so much to make Froosh special.”

Fazer Lifestyle Foods captures emerging consumer needs

Fazer Lifestyle Foods was established in the spring of 2017 to further boost Fazer’s response to emerging consumer needs within the areas of health, well-being and sustainable lifestyles. In addition to Froosh, the Fazer Lifestyle Foods Business Area comprises Fazer Mills (incl. breakfast products e.g. porridges and mueslis) and Bioferme (Yosa products). Fazer Lifestyle Foods’ development team is currently creating a strong, innovative and international concept, brand and product portfolio for the health-conscious consumer.