The Government has announced funding for the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) FutureMilk Centre, bringing to 17 the total number of funded SFI research centres. The FutureMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc, in partnership with the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s national microelectronics institute, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology […]
Strabane-based food manufacturer, Dragon Brand Foods is investing over £500,000 in jobs, innovation and a new factory with the support of Invest Northern Ireland. The company is due to begin construction on its new factory at Strabane Business Park as part of its plans to grow its business.
The company is also creating four new roles […]
Bord Bia is increasing its investment in the German food and beverage market as Irish exporters continue to look outside the traditional UK market to build business. Speaking recently at ANUGA, the biggest food fair in the world, where a record 34 Irish companies exhibited, the CEO Tara McCarthy outlined the strategic importance of the […]
Irish food safety and traceability company IdentiGEN has secured a major contract in Switzerland which will see it provide DNA based traceability for all Swiss beef. The deal is estimated to be worth in excess of €17 million over a five-year contract period and involves use of IdentiGEN’s DNA-TraceBack system to guarantee the integrity of […]
The Bailieboro facility is among the most advanced milk powder plants in the world and one of the largest such plants in Europe. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys also attended, together with Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies, the Board and regional committees of the co-operative and Group Chief Executive, […]
C&C Group plc has announced that in partnership with Proprium Capital Partners & Admiral management, it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Admiral. The equity investment by C&C is £37m and represents 47% of the issued capital of Admiral. It will be funded from existing C&C facilities and Admiral will be […]
The Irish Beverage Council, the Ibec group that represents soft drinks companies, has published its pre-Budget submission, “All cost – No benefit”. Calling on the Minister for Finance to defer the proposed sugar-sweetened drink tax, the Irish Beverage Council submission highlights that the combination of cross border shopping, uncertain all-island trade post-Brexit and the increasing cost […]
Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, has launched its Budget 2018 submission which calls on Government to introduce a series of measures so that the sector can maintain its competitiveness and achieve its growth potential against the backdrop of Brexit and a significant weakening of sterling.
In order to support […]
Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address […]
Economist Jim Power has published a report entitled ‘The Potential Impact on Irish Media of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015’, which was commissioned by media owners. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 seeks to introduce widespread restrictions to the advertising of alcohol in Ireland. This includes restrictions on the content of advertisements and advertising […]
Novi, the proactive managed services provider, has announced that it has designed and implemented an all new IT infrastructure for O’Brien Fine Foods in a €450,000 deal. The new infrastructure is designed to enable mobile working for employees as well as increased security, reliability and performance. Novi will monitor and manage the infrastructure.
O’Brien Fine Foods […]
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Have you noticed dust build up in your storage warehouses? Are products being affected by Dust problems? Are vehicle exhausts entering your […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The business sector in Ireland is preparing for the blows that the economy will face after hearing the results of the Brexit vote.
The Irish branch of Ferrero, the Italian producer of Nutella, chocolate praline and Kinder Eggs, saw a rise in profits by 34% this year
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]