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Coca-Cola HBC Invests £9.3 Million in Expanding Lisburn Plant

    Coca-Cola HBC Invests £9.3 Million in Expanding Lisburn Plant

Coca-Cola HBC has commissioned a new ‘canning line’ at its plant in Lisburn. The canning line is the second of its kind to be installed at the plant and will

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Jameson Irish Whiskey Passes 8 Million Cases Annual Sales Barrier

    Jameson Irish Whiskey Passes 8 Million Cases Annual Sales Barrier

Sales of Jameson Irish whiskey passed a record 8 million cases in the twelve months to December 2019 as the brand experienced strong value growth of 9% in the last

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Lidl Announces €40 Million Deal With O’Brien Fine Foods

    Lidl Announces €40 Million Deal With O’Brien Fine Foods

Lidl Ireland has announced a two-year supply deal with Kildare-based cooked meats producer, O’Brien Fine Foods (OBFF) worth €40 million. Lidl has also made a further €50,000 investment in O’Brien

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GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending

    GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending

EY has revised upwards its forecasts for the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in the firm’s latest EY Economic Eye report, thanks to a strong domestic economy with wage growth and public spending

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Keelings Acquires Pineapple Farm in Costa Rica

    Keelings Acquires Pineapple Farm in Costa Rica

Keelings, the Irish-owned family business, has acquired Las Brisas, a pineapple farm located in Costa Rica that is highly acclaimed for its product quality and community initiatives. Las Brisas is

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Management Changes at the Guinness Storehouse

    Management Changes at the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness and Diageo have announced that Paul Carty (pictured above) is to retire from his role as Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular paid visitor attraction and

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Manor Farm Wins IFSA Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020

    Manor Farm Wins IFSA Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020

Irish chicken producer Manor Farm, has won the IFSA (Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020. Manor Farm, received the award for the company’s ‘Farmers to Market’

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Coronavirus to Impact Irish Exports

    Coronavirus to Impact Irish Exports

By John Whelan The outbreak of the coronavirus has come at a difficult and sensitive time for China’s economy. China’s GDP growth last year was the slowest since 1990 –

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Ireland Tightens its Belt as Election Impacts Customer Confidence

    Ireland Tightens its Belt as Election Impacts Customer Confidence

Following a record-breaking festive season for the Irish grocery market, the buzz around Veganuary and Dry January failed to outweigh falling consumer confidence in the post-Christmas trading period. Figures from Kantar for

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European Commission Approves €200 Million Investment Scheme For Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products in Ireland

    European Commission Approves €200 Million Investment Scheme For Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products in Ireland

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Irish scheme to support long-term capital investments in the primary food processing sector. The investment scheme, which will have

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Exceed 1 Million For First Time

    Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Exceed 1 Million For First Time

Over one million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries and brand homes last year, the first time visitor numbers have exceeded the one-million mark. That is according to Drinks Ireland/Irish Whiskey Association,

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Reasons to be Cheerful For Grocery Retailers as December Sales Beat €1 Billion

    Reasons to be Cheerful For Grocery Retailers as December Sales Beat €1 Billion

The Irish grocery market hit a new milestone over the Christmas period, as December sales eclipsed €1 billion for the first time on record. The latest figures from Kantar show that

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Record Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports

    Record Performance by Irish Food and Drink Exports

Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects report 2019/2020 reveals a stand out 2019 performance by Ireland’s food, drink and horticulture industry as exports reached €13 billion in 2019 (2018: €12.1

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Enterprise Ireland Announces Funding of €35,000 For Food & Drink Start-ups

    Enterprise Ireland Announces Funding of €35,000 For Food & Drink Start-ups

Enterprise Ireland has announced that it is offering up to €35,000 in funding for food and drink companies who participate in the Food Works programme in 2020. This funding is in addition to the supports already

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New €10 Million Investment in Moorepark Technology

    New €10 Million Investment in Moorepark Technology

A new €10 million investment in Moorepark Technology Limited (MTL) has been officially opened in Fermoy, County Cork. The €10 million investment in the new Moorepark Technology Limited Pilot Plant

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Grocery Retailers in the Black as Christmas Approaches

    Grocery Retailers in the Black as Christmas Approaches

Grocery retailers enjoyed increasing sales again in the 12 weeks to 1 December, as the market grew by 2.3% according to the most recent figures from Kantar.  This is slightly

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BrewDog Opens its First Bar in Ireland

    BrewDog Opens its First Bar in Ireland

Independent Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has opened its 100th brewpub worldwide and its first in Ireland. BrewDog has been on a quest to open in Dublin for over four years,

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McDonald’s Contributes €196 Million to the Irish Economy

    McDonald’s Contributes €196 Million to the Irish Economy

McDonald’s has launched an economic impact report, ‘McDonald’s in Ireland’, highlighting the significant economic contribution of the company in Ireland. The independent report* looks at the impact McDonald’s has on

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Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards Celebrate the Passion and Drive of Irish Producers

    Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards Celebrate the Passion and Drive of Irish Producers

At its biennial Food and Drink Awards, held at the RDS Dublin, Bord Bia presented nine awards for excellence to some of Ireland’s foremost organisations and brands. ABP Food Group received the

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€21.6 Million Boost For ‘Functional Food’ Technology Centre

    €21.6 Million Boost For ‘Functional Food’ Technology Centre

The Government has announced Enterprise Ireland funding of €7.2 million, over five years, for Food for Health Ireland, a Technology Centre based in University College Dublin (UCD) that aims to

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Lidl Opens New €100 Million Distribution Centre

    Lidl Opens New €100 Million Distribution Centre

Lidl has opened its new €100 million Distribution Centre in Newbridge, County Kildare. The state-of-the-art facility, which represents the single largest investment made by Lidl in Ireland since 2000, is

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New €20 Million Dairy Powders Plant Opens in Monaghan

    New €20 Million Dairy Powders Plant Opens in Monaghan

Newbaze Ireland Nutrition Food (trading as Ireliffey) has opened its new dairy formula plant at Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, marking the completion of a two-year building programme with a capital

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Grocery Market on Strong Footing Ahead of Christmas Rush

    Grocery Market on Strong Footing Ahead of Christmas Rush

All of Ireland’s major grocery retailers achieved growth again in the 12 weeks to 3 November 2019, according to the latest figures from Kantar. On average people visited stores 62 times

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The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

    The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

Obesity “represents the greatest single threat to the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland today and drastic action is

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Kepak Group Serving Up ‘Sunday Roast’ to the Homeless

    Kepak Group Serving Up ‘Sunday Roast’ to the Homeless

Kepak Group is to supply enough meat to table a ‘Sunday Roast’ to those affected by homelessness supported by the

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Landmark Agreement to Protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

    Landmark Agreement to Protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

The EU and China have concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in

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Ornua Opens €30 Million State-of-the-art Cheese Facility in Spain

    Ornua Opens €30 Million State-of-the-art Cheese Facility in Spain

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has officially its new €30 million, state-of-the-art cheese production facility at Ávila

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Winners of the Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2019

    Winners of the Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2019

The winners of the prestigious Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2019 have been announced. The Awards were made in over

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Putting the Science into Irish Beer and Spirits With a Brewing and Distilling Degree

    Putting the Science into Irish Beer and Spirits With a Brewing and Distilling Degree

The Irish brewing and distilling industry has undergone a resurgence in recent years as global consumer demand for novel beverages

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Consumer Confidence Helps Grocery Retailers Cash In

    Consumer Confidence Helps Grocery Retailers Cash In

The latest figures from Kantar show that the Irish grocery market remains buoyant, with growth accelerating to 3.3% in the 12 weeks

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Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

    Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

Kepak Group, a  family owned Irish company and one of Europe’s leading food innovators, has become the first ever European

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Classic Mineral Water to Invest £3.7 Million and Triple Workforce

    Classic Mineral Water to Invest £3.7 Million and Triple Workforce

Lurgan-based Classic Mineral Water is investing over £3.7 million in its soft drinks manufacturing business, to drive growth. This will

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Irish Spirits Exports Increase by 10%

    Irish Spirits Exports Increase by 10%

Irish spirits exports exceeded €1 billion for the first time in 2018. The value of spirits exports from Ireland increased

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Cavan and Limerick Companies Take Top Honours at National Q Mark Awards

    Cavan and Limerick Companies Take Top Honours at National Q Mark Awards

Manor Farm in Cavan and Roadbridge in Limerick have been named as national winners at The National Q Mark Awards

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Irish Grocery Growth Holds Steady With Arrival of New Season

    Irish Grocery Growth Holds Steady With Arrival of New Season

The latest figures from Kantar show that growth in the Irish grocery market remained at 2.7% during the 12 weeks to 8

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Aurivo Invests to Create Most Sustainable Liquid Milk Facility at its Killygordon Site

    Aurivo Invests to Create Most Sustainable Liquid Milk Facility at its Killygordon Site

Aurivo, which is one of Ireland’s leading dairy and agribusinesses, has completed a significant investment in its milk processing facility

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Rye River Brewing Company Crowned the World’s Most Decorated Independent Craft Brewery

    Rye River Brewing Company Crowned the World’s Most Decorated Independent Craft Brewery

Irish craft beer brewery, Rye River Brewing Company, has been crowned the world’s most decorated independent craft brewery at the

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Deliveroo Revenue Soars 80% in Ireland

    Deliveroo Revenue Soars 80% in Ireland

Deliveroo has revealed that it grew rapidly in 2018. The company’s revenue rose by over 80% to €9,238,131 in 2018

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Java Republic is ‘Beverage Company of the Year 2019’

    Java Republic is ‘Beverage Company of the Year 2019’

Java Republic won the award of Beverage Company of the Year at the recent 2019 Food & Drink Business Awards.

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Ifac Launches Food & AgriBusiness Report 2019

    Ifac Launches Food & AgriBusiness Report 2019

Ifac, which provides specialist advisory services for the Irish farming, food and agri-business sectors, has launched its 2019 Food & AgriBusiness

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Fiid Tames the Lions Den at the 2019 National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition

    Fiid Tames the Lions Den at the 2019 National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition

Fiid, the producer of ambient vegan ready meals, emerged as the winning start-up business from the Lions Den competition held

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Winners of the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

    Winners of the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards

The winners of the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards were announced at special presentation ceremony and gala dinner

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Bob Carnell Appointed CEO of ABP UK

    Bob Carnell Appointed CEO of ABP UK

ABP Food Group (ABP) has appointed Bob Carnell (pictured) as Chief Executive Officer of its UK Division. He joins from

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New Office Delivery Snack Service Business Launched

    New Office Delivery Snack Service Business Launched

The Snack People, a brand new healthy snack delivery service has been launched to businesses nationwide, following a 6 month

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Valeo Foods to Expand With £66 Million Acquisition

    Valeo Foods to Expand With £66 Million Acquisition

Dublin-based Valeo Foods has agreed to acquire Campbell Soup Company’s European Chips Business for approximately £66 million ($80 million). Campbell’s European Chips

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Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland Call On Government to Retain Excise Relief

    Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland Call On Government to Retain Excise Relief

The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI), representing 34 small independent craft breweries, have asked Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe

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Lions Den Finalists Announced For National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition – Citywest Hotel & Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

    Lions Den Finalists Announced For National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition – Citywest Hotel & Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

Four start-ups have been chosen to enter the ‘Lions Den’ at the National Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition

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Grocery Market Defies Expectations

    Grocery Market Defies Expectations

Against a challenging back drop of last summer’s heatwave and major sporting events, the Irish grocery market continued to grow

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Small Irish Snack Manufacturer Secures Major Contract With Tesco

    Small Irish Snack Manufacturer Secures Major Contract With Tesco

Pinkfinch, a County Down-based fruit snacks supplier, has secured a major contract with Tesco Ireland, which will see an estimated

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Brand New Campaign Showcasing Ireland’s Food and Drink Starts

    Brand New Campaign Showcasing Ireland’s Food and Drink Starts

Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island campaign has gone live with a brand-new TV ad encouraging domestic holidaymakers to take a

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Fulfil Announces The Hershey Company as Minority Investor

    Fulfil Announces The Hershey Company as Minority Investor

Fulfil Holdings Ltd, the owner of the snacking brand FULFIL, has announced that The Hershey Company, the US-based food group, has

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Legal Protection For Irish Whiskey in South Africa

    Legal Protection For Irish Whiskey in South Africa

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has successfully registered Irish whiskey as a certification mark in South Africa, the seventh largest

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The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

    The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – September 5th, 2019

The National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition 2019 – Ireland’s premier trade event for the food and drink

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Around Noon Announces New Jobs in Significant Investment

    Around Noon Announces New Jobs in Significant Investment

Newry-based firm, Around Noon, producer of a wide range of ‘food-to-go’ products, has announced that it is investing over £7 million

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‘Dairy’ Best Recognition For Dale Farm

    ‘Dairy’ Best Recognition For Dale Farm

Northern Ireland-based Dale Farm, the largest UK farmer-owned dairy co-operative,  has once again been recognised for its world-class quality products,

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Grocers Seek Bright Spots as Summer Arrives Late

    Grocers Seek Bright Spots as Summer Arrives Late

The latest Irish grocery market share figures, released by Kantar for the 12 weeks to 14 July 2019, show overall sales are

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Aurivo Opens New Dryer as Part of €48 Million Investment Programme

    Aurivo Opens New Dryer as Part of €48 Million Investment Programme

Aurivo, which is one of Ireland’s leading co-operatives, with businesses in Consumer Foods, Dairy Ingredients, Retail Stores, Animal Feeds, and

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Dawn Meats Reports Significant Progress Towards 2025 Sustainability Goals

    Dawn Meats Reports Significant Progress Towards 2025 Sustainability Goals

Dawn Meats, one of Europe’s leading meat processors, has cut its CO2 emissions by 33% just four years into a

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