AG Barr has completed its acquisition of exotic fruit juice company Groupe Rubicon. The deal was completed for an initial cash consideration of £59.8m. The addition of Rubicon will enhance Barr’s customer base and diversify its portfolio.
Greggs adds outlet
Greggs has opened a new shop in Yeovil, Somerset - the 117th within its Treforest division. The 986sq ft shop, which has created 16 new jobs for the area, will sell freshly-baked bread and a wide range of sweet and savoury goods. In an interview with British Baker (5 September), chief executive Ken McMeikan said expansion in the south-west of England was a priority for the company.
Cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has opened its first chocolate academy in Russia. The centre in Moscow will offer training to professional users of chocolate. Workshops, seminars and demonstrations will also be available.
Flavours for India
Food travel specialist SSP has opened a convenience brand outlet, Flavours, at Delhi International airport. The unit is SSP’s first in India, bringing the company’s global presence to 31 countries in total. Flavours is a convenience store brand with an emphasis on freshly-made products, including sandwiches and pastries.
Starbucks is expanding its range of breakfast options in its US and Canadian stores, with the addition of Perfect Oatmeal, Chewy Fruit & Nut Bar, Apple Bran Muffin, Berry Stella and Power Protein Plate. The company has also teamed up with Kraft Foods in Switzerland to launch Starbucks branded coffee in Swiss Co-op stores.