In Brief…

Dairy Crest sees H1 2011 revenue increase 2% to £796.2m and pre-tax profit grow 9% to £39.2m, with strong performances in Cheese and Spreads divisions offsetting lower Dairies division profits.

The European Commission formally approves the use of steviol glycosides in food and beverages across the EU’s 27 member states.

Robert Wiseman Dairies posts a 42% decline in pre-tax profit to £11.8m for the six months ended 1 October 2011, driven by input price inflation and continuing tough economic conditions.

Irish dairy company Glanbia posts a 28% increase in revenue for the first 10 months of 2011, with US Cheese & Global Nutritionals division revenue up 35% and Dairy Ireland growing 23%.

Tetra Pak appoints Ilkka Dunder as Technical Director for itsUKandIrelandsites.

In the UK, Apeejay Surrendra Group-owned Typhoo Tea obtains Rainforest Alliance certification.

Nestlé Waters UK is to invest £35m to construct a bottling and warehouse plant in Buxton, Derbyshire, which will produce new lightweight bottles for the Buxton and Nestlé Pure Life brands.

UKpub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers sees FY 2011 net sales fall 9.3% to £1.8bn due to pub disposals, but net profits reach £125m from an £84m loss the previous year.

NestléUKis to invest £100m to treble production at its Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee pod manufacturing plant in Tutbury, Staffordshire.

Britvic partners with Recoup to launch Britvic Recycling Hubs, a pilot national re­cycling scheme to encourage consumers to recycle used beverage bottles and cans.