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Air Cleaners in Food Storage Warehouses – A New Sizing Tool

    Air Cleaners in Food Storage Warehouses – A New Sizing Tool

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Food Quality is of the utmost importance for Food and Beverage manufacturing. Ensuring that food is delivered to your customers to the highest standard is key for brand image and customer satisfaction.
Have you noticed dust build up in your storage warehouses? Are products being affected by Dust problems? Are vehicle exhausts entering your […]

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EHL Ingredients increases manufacturing capacity by 50%

    EHL Ingredients increases manufacturing capacity by 50%

EHL Ingredients, a leading importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, has acquired a new manufacturing site at the Broadstone Industrial Estate in Stockport giving them 8000 sq. ft. of extra space to further expand the family business which has been operating for over 20 years.
The acquisition is an exciting prospect for […]

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All Island Agri-Food Summit takes place in UCC May 2017

    All Island Agri-Food Summit takes place in UCC May 2017

Companies in the agri-food sector are invited to register for the All Island Agri-Food Summit which will take place in University College Cork (UCC) on the 17th & 18th of May, 2017.
Organised by Enterprise Europe Network Ireland in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Institute of Technology Tralee and UCC, the summit will provide […]

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Calls made for free trade agreement between EU27 and UK post Brexit

    Calls made for free trade agreement between EU27 and UK post Brexit

FoodDrinkEurope, the EU organisation of the food and drink industry, met in Dublin recently to call for a comprehensive free trade agreement between the EU27 and the UK post Brexit. The group met with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael […]

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Sugar sweetened drink tax will not tackle obesity

    Sugar sweetened drink tax will not tackle obesity

The Irish Beverage Council (IBC), the Ibec group that represents soft drinks companies, has highlighted the benefits achieved by soft drinks companies reducing the sugar content of their products through reformulation. The IBC also raised questions regarding the minimal benefit of the proposed tax on sugar sweetened drinks.
IBC Director Colm Jordan said: “As an industry […]

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Meat Technology Ireland launched

    Meat Technology Ireland launched

Meat Technology Ireland, a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheep meat processing in Ireland, has been launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O Connor and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
Meat Technology Ireland (MTI) is a new industry-led initiative with significant funding from Enterprise Ireland […]

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Teagasc hosts meeting to support short food supply chains

    Teagasc hosts meeting to support short food supply chains

On the 10th and 11th of April, Teagasc hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a two day meeting to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient […]

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Brexit talks must deliver free access to UK market says IDIA

    Brexit talks must deliver free access to UK market says IDIA

The Irish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA), the Ibec group that represents the dairy sector, has called for the sector to be a key priority for the Irish government in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Speaking after the triggering of Article 50, Irish Dairy Industries Association Director, Conor Mulvihill, said: “Irish diary is the fastest growing agri-food industry in […]

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IFA calls for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat

    IFA calls for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat

IFA President Joe Healy has called for an immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU. He said the latest revelations on the failure of Brazil to meet EU standards and controls in the meat sector raises very serious concerns around EU meat imports.
Joe Healy said the IFA has written to the EU Commissioner […]

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Just Eat records 52% revenue rise in 2016

    Just Eat records 52% revenue rise in 2016

Online food ordering service Just Eat saw a 52% rise in revenues to £375 million (€432 million) last year. The London-headquartered company recorded earnings before day-to-day expenses (EBITDA) of £115 million (€132 million), representing a 93% increase.
The company also said orders rose 55% during the period, with underlying orders up 40%. Mobile now accounts for […]

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Restaurants Association of Ireland Appoints New President

    Restaurants Association of Ireland Appoints New President

Liam Edwards, proprietor of Jim Edwards Bar and Restaurant in Kinsale, is the new president of the RAI. Edwards, 43, says the year ahead would undoubtedly pose challenges for the restaurant industry as the fallout from Brexit is felt, skills shortages persist and the cost of running establishments continue to rise.
However, Edwards, who runs the […]

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Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

    Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

The impact of climate change represents a significant opportunity for Ireland’s Dairy Sector but also poses a threat, a special industry conference held recently at the Teagasc Ashtown conference centre, Dublin, heard. The conference included details of a safefood sponsored research project which surveyed dairy industry stakeholders to determine their level of awareness of the potential impacts […]

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Temporary Building Provides Breathing Space for Irish Catering Supplier

    Temporary Building Provides Breathing Space for Irish Catering Supplier

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A multinational FTSE 100 distributor of non-food consumables and equipment turned to temporary building specialist, Spaciotempo, to provide a welcome breathing space whilst the firm builds a 70,000 square feet permanent building inclusive of 30,000 square feet of office space.
Bunzl McLaughlin, based in Armagh, has been supplying the hospitality trade […]

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Smart Factory to Launch MES Data Entry Stations

    Smart Factory to Launch MES Data Entry Stations

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Smart Factory is to launch a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) range of mobile and fixed data entry stations with various screen options and full keyboard options during the first quarter of 2017 The stations are rated IP65, which means that they are protected against dust ingress and against low pressure water jets […]

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Dawn Farms to Invest €25 Million in Research, Creating 150 Jobs

    Dawn Farms to Invest €25 Million in Research, Creating 150 Jobs

Meat ingredient supplier Dawn Farms announced plans to create 150 new jobs over the next five years. The investment by Dawn Farms which will amount to over €25m over the period is focussed on enhancing the company’s R&D capabilities at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre in Naas and is supported by the Department of […]

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One Third of Irish Hotels Have Changed Hands Since 2011

    One Third of Irish Hotels Have Changed Hands Since 2011

One third of Irish hotels have changed hands since 2011, according to a study from property consultants, Savills Ireland. The combined sales value over the five-year period was approximately €2.4 billion. The highest number of hotel sales occurred in the larger cities of Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
“Hotel development, like many areas of the property sector, […]

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Price of Basic Metals Rises 12.1 Percent

    Price of Basic Metals Rises 12.1 Percent

The price of basic metals rose 12.1 % in January while other factory gate prices remained relatively stable, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday. Total monthly factory gate prices increased by 0.2% in January compared to the previous month, and fell by 0.1 % compared to Janaury 2016.
The price index […]

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Is your head in the cloud?

    Is your head in the cloud?

Rising material costs, extended supply chains and stricter regulatory controls and food safety standards have put ever increasing demands on the food and beverage industry.
You may begin to wonder what the way forward could be for a food and beverage business looking to keep up with customer satisfaction and regulatory demands, as their business continues […]

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Egypt Reopens Market to Irish Beef

    Egypt Reopens Market to Irish Beef

The Egyptian authorities reopened the market there to Irish beef, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed announced on Wednesday.  The agreement provides for the approval of five Irish plants to commence exports to Egypt once the necessary technical arrangements are in place.
Egypt is the largest consumer market in the Middle East and […]

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Government to Grant More Than €28m for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

    Government to Grant More Than €28m for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced on Thursday awards of over €28 million for collaborative inter-institutional research projects under the Department’s competitive research funding programmes.
The 43 awards involve collaborations between 19 different institutions and organisations including Teagasc, a number of universities and institutes of technology.  The research investment announced will […]

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BOIPA Partners With Licensed Vintners Association

    BOIPA Partners With Licensed Vintners Association

Card payment provider BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) entered a partnership that will see BOIPA become the preferred payments platform for the LVA’s 600 Dublin pubs and bars ahead of the busy festive season., it was announced on Tuesday.
Cashless transactions in Ireland are currently valued at over €35 billion. Both […]

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Quotas Worth €280m Secured for Irish Fishing Industry in 2017

    Quotas Worth €280m Secured for Irish Fishing Industry in 2017

233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million were secured for Irish fishermen for 2017, following negotiations at the annual Fisheries Council in Brussels on Wednesday morning, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016.
“I am satisfied that I have managed to turn an […]

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Carten’s New Sanitary Ball Valves – Sterile, Aseptic and Sanitary Valves for Biotech, Pharma, Food and Beverage Applications

    Carten’s New Sanitary Ball Valves – Sterile, Aseptic and Sanitary Valves for Biotech, Pharma, Food and Beverage Applications

Sanitary ball valves are generally used on the utility side of processing – for example caustics delivered to a CIP skid to formulate recipes for cleaning product lines, processing plant steam, and bulk utility supplies. The design and operation of ball valves make them unsuitable for product contact surfaces, but can be required at certain […]

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Free Tool to Fight Food Fraud Released

    Free Tool to Fight Food Fraud Released

A free tool to help food companies to assess their food fraud vulnerabilities was released on Monday, December 12. The tool was developed by SSAFE in partnership with PwC, Wageningen University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and food industry leaders around the world.
“Recent food fraud incidents have increased the need to strengthen the food industry’s ability to […]

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AIB Loans More Than €300 Million to Irish Hotels in 2016

    AIB Loans More Than €300 Million to Irish Hotels in 2016

AIB announced on Tuesday, November 22, that it had approved over €300 million in loans to the hotel sector in 2016. AIB’s Head of Hospitality Owen Travers said that the funding would “contribute to over 1,000 new bedrooms on the island of Ireland over the course of the next 12 to 18 months.”
A report by […]

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€445,000 Funding Announced for Agri-Food Tourism Projects in Rural Areas

    €445,000 Funding Announced for Agri-Food Tourism Projects in Rural Areas

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced on Thursday, Novmber 17, the projects that will receive €445,000 in funding this year, under the Commission for the Development of Rural Areas Rural Innovation and Development Fund. The funding is awarded to initiatives to promote and develop agri-food tourism projects in rural areas.
Agri-food […]

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English Food Producer Buys Dunbia Ballymena

    English Food Producer Buys Dunbia Ballymena

English food producer Cranswick announced on Wednesday, November 16, that it has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of Northern Irish pork processing company Dunbia Ballymena, which employs about 360 people.
The acquisition establishes a significant presence for Cranswick in Northern Ireland. Cranswick issued a press release stating that Jack Dobson, Executive Director of Dunbia […]

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Boost for Wicklow Wolf brewers with €2 million investment

    Boost for Wicklow Wolf brewers with €2 million investment

Irish craft beer brewing company Wicklow Wolf are set to add 20 jobs and significantly expand their production capabilities after receiving an investment of €2 million from HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network).
A joint initiative by InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland, HBAN’s Food Syndicate is the main financier of the deal, contributing €722,000. The remainder of the […]

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Tesco’s sales in Ireland rise 0.2% in “highly competitive” market

    Tesco’s sales in Ireland rise 0.2% in “highly competitive” market

Tesco may not be out of trouble yet after a turbulent few years, but there was nevertheless positive signs as it published its latest set of financial results.
Shares at Tesco began to fall in 2011, and have kept on falling, culminating in an accounting scandal that wrote off £263 million in profits towards the end […]

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An overview of the Agri-food Sector and the benefits of R&D tax credits and the Knowledge Development Box for Irish based companies

Ireland benefits from its green image and reputation for quality which is most important given the increased focus on traceability, food security, standards and quality production systems. With this in mind, brand recognition is vital to build consumer trust and confidence and international reputation 1. The Irish Agri-food sector is Ireland’s most important indigenous sector […]

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Jameson sales continue to grow

According to full-year reports from Pernod Ricard, Jameson sold 5.7m cases of whiskey around the world in the 12 months to June. This is Jameson’s 27th consecutive year of growth.
Jameson sales rose 12% in volume terms and 16% in value terms during the period, recording double- and triple-digit growth in 62 markets globally.

Pernod Ricard Chairman and CEO Jean-Christophe Coutures […]

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Craft breweries helped push beer production and exports higher in 2015

The rise of craft breweries helped push beer production and exports higher in 2015, according to the Irish Brewers Association.
In its annual Beer Market Report for Ireland, the business group said 750m litres of beer were produced in Ireland last year – up 6% year on year and the first rise in production since 2011.
43% […]

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72 jobs at risk in Lakeland Dairies

72 jobs are at risk in Lakeland Diaries Banbridge facility.

The Cavan headquartered company is to alter production schedules at its Down facility.

Lakeland Dairies has confirmed it intends to switch production at Banbridge to a “seasonal processing schedule from September onwards”.

A spokesperson said Lakeland Dairies is consulting with staff at Banbridge on the implementation of these […]

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Dale Farm announces 60 new jobs

Dale Farm has announced that it will be creating 60 jobs for Co. Tyrone. The company has decided to go ahead with its £7m investment in a new cheese processing and packing plant.

The Economy Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, Simon Hamilton, today unveiled Dale Farm’s new cheese processing and packing facility. This follows Dale Farm’s £7 […]

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Nestlé falls short of its growth targets

Nestlé, the world’s largest packaged foods maker, has had a difficult start to 2016 and fallen short of its sale growth targets during the first half of the year. The company is counting on new products and price increases in the second half of the year to meet its full-year sales growth target after a […]

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Jameson Distillery to receive €11m makeover

The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is to receive an €11m makeover.

The distillery will close at the end of August due to the reconstruction which will involve 100 jobs for the period. The distillery will then officially reopen in March 2017.
The whiskey attraction currently gets 600,000 tourists a year.
General Manager Ray Dempsey said: “When we next open our doors […]

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Mark Anthony Brands International invests €5.5m in Glendalough Distillery

North American drinks production and distribution company Mark Anthony Brands has taken a significant stake in Glendalough Distillery, investing over €5.5m into the company.
Glendalough Distillery is backed by investors including rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll, and C&C chief financial officer Kenny Neison.
Founded five years ago by five friends, including two former Davy Stockbrokers analysts, Glendalough Distillery has […]

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Ireland secures access to the US beef market

Ireland will now be able to increase its exports to the US after an agreement between the two countries was agreed. The new agreement could be worth millions of euro to the industry here.
The US authorities have agreed that Ireland will be the first EU member state in more than 15 years to export manufacturing […]

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C&C’s sales boosted with good weather

Cider sales at Irish drinks company C&C have boosted with the good weather Ireland received in March and May as the volume of Bulmers shipped jumped by 9pc in the three month period to the end of May.
In a statement released to shareholders this morning C&C said that “decent weather” had helped the Bulmers brand.
“There is momentum in […]

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Hershey rejects $23 billion takeover offer from Mondelez

Hershey has rejected a $23 billion takeover bid by Mondelez International that would seek to expand the latter’s limited US footprint and create the world’s largest confectioner.
The snub underscores the challenges Mondelez chief executive Irene Rosenfeld faces in wooing Hershey’s controlling shareholder, the Hershey Trust, a $12 billion charity created by the eponymous company’s founder […]

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Irish Business Sectors Consider how Brexit will Affect Trade

The business sector in Ireland is preparing for the blows that the economy will face after hearing the results of the Brexit vote.

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Ferrero Ireland Reports Rise in Profits

The Irish branch of Ferrero, the Italian producer of Nutella, chocolate praline and Kinder Eggs, saw a rise in profits by 34% this year

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Aryzta’s shares fall by 6%

Aryzta shares have fallen nearly 6% after the company’s latest quarterly figures showed revenue fell by 2.4% to €950m, dragged lower by its North American unit.

Aryzta North America posted its seventh losing quarter in a row with revenue down 7% to €473.5m over the 13 weeks to the end of April.
Owen Killian, Aryzta’s CEO said that quarterly […]

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Norway’s largest dairy co-operative set to form partnership with Dairygold

TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative are set to open a new Jarlsberg cheese production facility in Ireland.
The project will see the dairy company form a partnership with Dairygold’s existing speciality cheese factory in Mogeely, Co Cork.
Dairygold Chief Executive Jim Woulfe said: ““Dairygold is pleased that TINE has chosen to invest in a new Jarlsberg […]

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Ireland records its biggest jump in milk production

Ireland has recorded its biggest jump in milk production of any EU country since the lifting of quotas last year.

Figures from Central Statistics Office show milk output in Ireland rose by 18.5% to more than 6.5 billion litres in the 12 months since April last year, effectively the first full year of quota free production.
This was the biggest jump […]

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Irish whiskey exporters may be in for windfall

Irish whiskey producers may hit their target of doubling export sales much sooner than their planned 2020 date, if the UK votes them out of the EU on the 23Rd June.
Scotch whisky currently dominates sales across Europe selling more than €1.3 billion each year, with the biggest volume going to France. In fact France is […]

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Pizza Hut to invest €50m into new outlets and staff across Ireland and the UK

Pizza Hut Delivery has announced that it is to create 3,000 jobs in 200 new stores across the UK and Ireland over the next four years.
The firm did not give an exact breakdown of how many jobs will be based in it’s stores in Ireland or where it plans to open the new stores.
However, the chain is set […]

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Carlsberg sales fall in the first quarter

Brewer Carlsberg has today said it’s sales fell more than expected in the first quarter due to decline in China’s market and foreign exchange fluctuation.
Sales fell 3% to 13.01 billion Danish crowns ($1.99 billion), missing the 13.18 billion crowns average of 14 analyst estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.
“Beer market development in Asia was mixed with […]

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C&C reports a fall in revenues and operating profits

C&C has reported a fall in revenues and operating profits for the year to the end of February due to the company facing major challenges including poor weather and increased competition.
The drinks group said its full year revenues eased by 3.1% to €662.6m while operating profits fell by 10.3% to €103.2m, as it had previously […]

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Irish Distillers discussing sale of Paddy

Pernod Ricard affiliate Irish Distillers has entered into exclusive talks with Sazerac to sell Paddy, the fourth largest Irish whiskey brand in the world.
If completed the deal would see the whiskey continued to be made at the Midleton Distillery with no impact on roles at the distillery expected.
Pernod Ricard didn’t disclose how much it would […]

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Fyffes increases its target earnings for 2016

Fyffes has increased its target earnings ranges for 2016 and has said that its existing business has performed in line with their expectations so far for 2016.
In a trading update, the company said it was now expecting earnings of between €63m-€69m compared to previous estimates of €54m-€60m. It had reported earnings of €56.1m for last […]

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Kerry Foods reaffirms guidance growth for 2016

Kerry Food Group has said it is confident of delivering 6-10% growth after reporting in a 2.9% growth in business volumes in the first quarter.
The group which makes Dairygold, Dennys and Cheesestrings, said group trading profit was up 50 basis points, reflecting a 40 basic points improvement in its taste and nutrition business and a 20 basis […]

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Glanbia total group revenue falls by 2.5%

Glanbia total group revenue fell by 2.5% in the first quarter sales. The nutritional group said the fall was mainly due to declines in its Global Ingredients sector where the falling milk price has been taking its toll.
Glanbia said its Global Performance Nutrition division performed particularly well and continues to expect its full-year adjusted earnings per share to grow […]

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Ardagh Group agrees deal with Ball Corporation

The Ardagh Group has agreed a €3.05bn deal with Ball Corporation and Rexam to purchase a metal beverage can manufacturing assets from the two firms.
The companies will sell some metal beverage can assets, support locations and functions in Europe, Brazil and the United States to Ardagh Group, Ball said on Monday.
If the deal is finalised, Ardagh […]

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Starbucks cafe sales growth falls short

Starbucks Corp on Thursday posted quarterly cafe sales that missed analysts’ growth estimates for every region where it operates and issued a disappointing full-year forecast, sending its shares down about 4 percent.
The world’s largest coffee chain said global sales at cafes open at least 13 months rose 6 percent in the fiscal second quarter ended […]

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Heineken sales rise by 7%

Brewer Heineken sold far more beer than expected in the first three months of the year, helped by growth over the Vietnamese and Chinese New Years and an earlier Easter, sending its shares to a record high.
The brewer of Heineken, Europe’s best-selling lager, Tiger and Sol retained its full-year forecast, but said currency developments would weigh […]

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Glanbia accused of paying below market rate for milk

Glanbia has been accused of paying below the market rate for milk from its suppliers after it cut base milk prices to 22 cent a litre. The lowest price it has paid in seven years, amid the ongoing downturn in dairy markets.

The IFA has severely criticised Glanbia’s decision to cut its base milk price this […]

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Nestle’s first quarter growth beats expectations

The world’s biggest food company, Nestle has confirmed its full-year outlook after first-quarter underlying sales growth of 3.9% beating analysts’ estimates, driven mostly by growth in volumes rather than pricing.
Nestle’s first-quarter growth rate is still the slowest since 2009. Nestle has struggled to get consumers interested in frozen goods and convenience meals.
But it said today it managed to gain […]

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