Ireland’s largest bagged salad producer and specialist in prepared vegetables, Willowbrook Foods, has marked the tenth anniversary of its Innovation Centre in County Down, describing it as instrumental in helping the business grow by on average 18% year on year over the past decade. The centre, at Willowbrook’s Killinchy headquarters, was designed in 2008 to be […]
Dunnes Stores’ Simply Better Collection will be presented with five prestigious accolades at the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA’s) 2018 International Salute To Excellence Awards, taking place later this month in Amsterdam. This is the third year in a row that the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection has been recognised for excellence at the PLMAs, last year […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 22 April 2018, show the Irish grocery market continuing to perform strongly, with overall sales up 3.1% on last year. SuperValu has returned to pole position with a 22.3% share of the market, the first time the retailer has held […]
Castlewellan-based Whitewater Brewery Co Ltd has secured new customers in Spain, Japan and Russia as part of efforts to increase traction in international markets. This success follows an investment to build a new, state-of-the-art, brewing facility to support the company’s continued growth in the global craft beer market.
Invest NI supported the development of Whitewater’s new manufacturing facilities […]
Antrim-based manufacturing food firm, Golden Popcorn has won a major contract estimated to be worth around €1 million with Aldi in the Republic of Ireland. The contract will see Golden Popcorn manufacture popcorn under the Snackrite brand for Aldi in a new multi-bag format for their Irish supermarkets.
Praising Golden Popcorn, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of […]
The European Commission has announced €22 million in funding for a new bio-economy research project to be led by Glanbia Ireland. The project, called AgriChemWhey, will receive €22 million in funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
It is the first dairy industry project to […]
Walkers Oven Baked Potato Snacks and Snack a Jacks, part of PepsiCo’s ‘Better For You’ range, have teamed up with TV3’s flagship entertainment and lifestyle programme, Xposé to announce an exciting new 10-week strand sponsorship. Walkers Oven Baked potato snacks, with 50% less fat* and Snack a Jacks, which contain 108 calories or less per standard […]
The Board of Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has appointed John Jordan as Chief Executive Designate. John Jordan will assume the role of Chief Executive on 30 June 2018 when he will succeed Kevin Lane, who announced his resignation as CEO on 12 December 2017.
John Jordan is currently CEO of Ornua Foods […]
Maxol, Ireland’s leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer, recently invested €350,000 at Maxol Ballycoolin to create Ireland’s first dedicated drive-thru Insomnia coffee offering. The recently expanded new offer saw the employment rate increase to a total of 60.
Since opening in May 2017, Ballycoolin has already proven its consumer appeal as the winner of the […]
Musgrave Group, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, has announced an export deal worth €5 million with Alosra, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading high-end supermarket. Alosra is the grocery retail subsidiary of BMMI Group, a long-established retail, distribution and hospitality group that is listed on the Bahraini stock exchange.
Under the terms of the agreement, Musgrave will […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 25 March 2018, show that the Irish grocery market brushed off the Beast from the East to post strong sales growth of 3.8%.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Although shoppers had upped their spend in preparation for the Beast […]
Irish gin producers want to treble sales by 2022, with the aim to sell 5 million bottles or 400,000 9-litre cases around the world, according to the Irish Spirits Association (ISA). The ISA has launched a Strategy for Irish Gin 2018-2022, which aims to promote the worldwide growth of Irish gin over the next five years by […]
Hi-Spirits Ireland is to take over the distribution of Paddy Whiskey in the Irish market from July 1st 2018. Until the handover date, Irish Distillers will continue to distribute Paddy Whiskey, with the two companies working together in the interim to ensure a seamless transition for on-trade and off-trade stockists.
George Roberts, Country Manager for Hi-Spirits Ireland, said: “We’re […]
ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, has announced the acquisition of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Westcott Park, Buckinghamshire in England from Renewi plc, a leading waste-to-product business, for an undisclosed sum. The facility has capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity […]
Dublin-based Teeling Whiskey has taken the top prize in four categories at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. Teeling Whiskey’s innovative product range has established the brand as category leaders within both the Irish and broader world whiskey industry.
The Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask won the award for Best Irish Blended Limited Release,Brabazon II came top in the NAS Irish […]
The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma may have caused havoc to the transport sector but the cold snap provided a huge boost to the Irish grocery market, according to Nielsen retail performance data. Shoppers spent €9.6 million more on groceries (+4%) in the week of the storms than they did the week before and […]
In a major boost for the sector Bord Bia has announced that it is commencing recruitment for 29 new positions to support the continued growth and development of Ireland’s world-class food, drink and horticulture industry. This is the largest-ever recruitment drive for the organisation enhancing Bord Bia’s capabilities in the areas of consumer and market insight; marketing and communications; and business development. The new employees will […]
Pure Roast Coffee in Lisburn is doubling its workforce and boosting its capabilities to accommodate a growing customer base outside Northern Ireland. The business specialises in the roasting, packaging and distribution of coffee. Its supply agreements with a Swedish-owned company and global business in China have prompted this investment, which is being supported by Invest Northern […]
Kerry Group has announced details of a two year partnership with Special Olympics that will include support for the 2019 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Abu Dhabi. As an Official Sponsor of Special Olympics, this new partnership will provide both organisations many opportunities to work better together to create more inclusive communities.
Harnessing the Kerry […]
Lidl is championing local suppliers with the roll-out of their Kick Start Supplier Development Programme aimed at giving food and drink companies in Northern Ireland the chance to have their products stocked in 190+ Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.
Kick Start is designed specifically to provide small and medium-sized suppliers with the support they […]
Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products which supplies to over 110 countries worldwide, has reported record revenue of €2.1 billion for the year ended 30 December 2017. It marks the first year of Ornua’s new five-year growth plan, ‘Ornua 2021’, which positions the business as a leading global dairy organisation that delivers results […]
Guinness remains Ireland’s most valuable brand after growing by 5% over the last year to a brand value of €2.1 billion on the back of new product innovations and steady sales of the world-famous draught, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy.
Guinness’s brand value has […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 25 February 2018, show continued positive momentum among Irish supermarkets, with growth hitting 3.9%.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Shoppers have spent an additional €96 million on groceries over the latest 12 weeks compared to last year and two […]
Irish start -up business Blendi came away as a big winner at the World Food Innovation Awards 2018. Blendi, which was a finalist in two categories at the awards, ‘Best New Concept’ and ‘Best Health and Wellness Product’, walked away with the prize for the World’s ‘Best New Concept.’
Blendi, a quick and easy to make […]
University College Cork has announced the appointment of Jim Corbett (pictured) as Director of the Food Institute UCC, which will be officially launched in 2018. The Food Institute UCC is a collaborative research and learning institute, combining all disciplines across the food spectrum into a single one-stop-shop for all stakeholders in the sector.
Corbett was formerly […]
Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s leading dairy and agri-business company, has officially reopened its Wexford cheese plant following a major capital investment programme. The €35 million investment in the facility, just outside Wexford town, has been supported by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland since 2014 and has doubled peak capacity at the plant.
Glanbia Ireland is […]
The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) recently hosted the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) in Dublin for their annual bilateral meeting, which this year was dominated by the challenges posed by Brexit. Ireland’s whiskey industry faces unique risks associated with regulatory divergence and trade border controls after Brexit. However, Brexit also poses opportunities for the industry, as Irish […]
As the Restaurants Association of Ireland has revealed the results of their benchmark survey conducted by BDO. The survey examined several aspects of the industry, including the current outlook of restaurateurs, industry staffing issues and the impact of digital technology on the sector. The majority of respondents to the survey were licensed restaurants.
When examining the future of the restaurant […]
A fund of €30,000 has been announced by GIY with the support of The Ireland Funds for the establishment of 10 new GIY Cottage Markets across the country during 2018. In 2017, the fund supported the establishment of 15 Cottage Markets for the first time with many of these markets being the catalyst of at least […]
Swedish native Birgitta Curtin (pictured), who founded and runs the Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare, has won the overall prize for Seafood at the recent Green Awards. Birgitta’s unending focus on sustainable sourcing and practices in her seafood business were given particular mention.
Birgitta set up the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna in 1989 with a staff […]
Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]
Teagasc and the European Commission will co-fund a new programme which will employ 20 new experienced researchers for 36 months each, over the next five years. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of agri-food research leaders to underpin the objectives of Ireland’s Food Wise 2025 strategy.
This new programme, which will launch in Spring […]
Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, and Nestlé have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]
A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]
Irish gin is expected to go global this year, with exports set to rise significantly, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which has just released its outlook for 2018. In the outlook, ABFI, which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, raised serious concerns about what it describes as the draconian and disproportionate […]
The Irish Tourism industry needs to work towards changing the perception amongst overseas visitors to reposition Irish food and drink from being a pleasant surprise to becoming one of the compelling reasons to visit Ireland, according to remarks from Paul Keeley, Director of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland, at a briefing to tourism and food […]
The Global Hospitality Tech Summit 2018, Ireland’s newest hospitality conference in association with Food and Bev Live, will take place from the 6th-7th of February at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The first conference of its kind, Global Hospitality Tech Summit 2018 is dedicated to examining recent trends in technology which are forming the future of the […]
Lidl Ireland has signed the Food Waste Forum Charter as part of the Retail Action Group for Food Waste. This charter sees Lidl commit to reduce food waste through the redistribution of surplus food. As part of the Food Waste Charter, Lidl has pledged to build an awareness and understanding of food waste and its […]
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s second survey of SMEs about the impacts of Brexit on their businesses found that while 75% of SMEs expect to be impacted by Brexit over the next 18 months, only 16% have a formal Brexit contingency plan.
The Behaviours & Attitudes (B&A) survey, which was conducted last autumn, asked […]
Naas-headquartered Green Isle Foods, which is Ireland’s largest frozen food producer, is selling its Goodfella’s Pizza business for €225 million on a debt free, cash free basis to UK-based Nomad Foods.
The transaction includes the sale of brands such as Goodfella’s and San Marco, as well as the ongoing supply of private label frozen pizza contracts […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]
The value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 13% in 2017, to reach €12.6 billion for the first time. The figure increases to €13.5 billion when non-edible products such as forestry are included.
According to Bord Bia (Irish Food Board), last year’s export performance was driven by a surge in dairy exports to […]
The number of visitors to Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres reached 814,000 in 2017, according to new figures published by the Irish Whiskey Association. This marked an increase of over 11 per cent from 2016, when 733,000 visitors were recorded. More significantly, it marks an increase of 25 per cent from 2015, when 653,000 visitors […]
Cold-pressed vegetable ice-pops, a nutrient-rich postnatal drink for new mothers and a range of innovative sheep milk products are among the new concepts to be further developed as part of Food Works, Ireland’s leading accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups. Run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, over the last five years the […]
Lily O’Brien’s, the Irish manufacturer of premium chocolate and desserts, is being acquired by Colian Holding of Poland for €40 million on a debt-free, cash free basis from its existing shareholders, the Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (CCI) and members of the Lily O’Brien’s management team. The acquisition is expected to complete in January 2018.
Based in […]
The analysis found that in 2017 the industry continued to be a major contributor to economic activity across the country. The drinks and hospitality industry supports 204,000 jobs, with a wage bill of €4.3 billion. Many of these jobs are in rural communities, as the industry is present in every county across the country. It […]
Ornua, the largest exporter of primary Irish dairy products with annualised sales of about €2 billion across 110 countries, has secured new five-year syndicated bank facilities of €610 million, replacing its existing €420 million syndicated bank facilities from February 2014. The new facilities will extend to November 2022, and Ornua’s early refinancing of the existing […]
Handprint Coffee, a new Irish environmentally friendly coffee brand and café, has launched in Dublin at Freshii’s new outlet in Point Square beside the 3Arena. Handprint Coffee is a joint partnership between Bell Lane, a leading craft specialist coffee roastery, and Freshii Ireland’s Master Franchise owners Dave O’Donoghue and Cormac Manning.
From the very first bean […]
New figures show the extent to which Deliveroo is benefiting the Irish restaurant sector. An exclusive new report, ‘Delivering to the Global Economy’, produced by Capital Economics, shows that the additional revenue generated across the restaurant sector in Ireland due to Deliveroo’s operations was €15 million. This is a combination of increased revenue for partner restaurants due to increased […]
The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has launched a Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign. In the lead-up to Christmas, which is a very important time for Irish cream liqueur sales, the campaign aims to restart a conversation about the uniqueness of the product category, its importance to Ireland, and the need to protect it against fake products.
According to […]
Companies across Ireland are expected to benefit from cheaper financing following a new €200 million initiative agreed by the European Investment Bank and DLL, a global vendor finance company and 100% subsidiary of Rabobank. The new scheme will strengthen leasing and financing for SMEs and mid-cap companies active in agri-business and the food industry, construction, […]
Taste Cork is teaming up with The Loop at Cork Airport to showcase the very best of Cork’s outstanding, locally produced food and drink products to the more than 2.3 million passengers who pass through the Irish airport each year. The food and drink section at The Loop at Cork Airport is being rebranded by […]
Milk production in Ireland has gone from 5.5 billion litres to over 7 billion litres and that trend is set to continue. That was the opening message from Michael Hanley, chief executive of Lakeland Dairies, as he delivered the key note address at the recent Teagasc National Dairy Conference.
“Our milk suppliers are increasing production by […]
At its Food and Drink Industry Awards in the RDS, Dublin, Bord Bia recently presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan (pictured above) of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution to delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand. More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders gathered for the awards ceremony which […]
A new Bord Bia report has revealed that Irish craft beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from […]
New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2 billion (€4.6 billion in the Republic of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland). The study¹, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research […]
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 5 November 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores has returned to the top spot for the first time in nine months, capturing a 22.4% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores traditionally posts a strong performance towards […]