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  • SEAI and OPW Partner on Energy Saving Pilot Programme The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is working in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to help make government buildings more energy and cost efficient with the added benefit of making them warmer and healthier places to work. The Central Government Building Upgrade Fund, funded by SEAI and administered by the OPW, [...]...
  • British Institute of Facilities Management Ireland Region Awards Launched The search is on for top facilities management talent across Ireland as the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland region launches this year’s BIFM Ireland Region Awards. The prestigious awards will be celebrated at the industry body’s 21st annual FM Summit which returns to the newly refurbished National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast [...]...
  • Keelings Raises Over €15,000 For Dyslexia Association of Ireland Keelings, Ireland’s leading producer and supplier of fresh fruit, has raised €15,556.50 for Dyslexia Association Ireland. Founded in 1972, the Dyslexia Association of Ireland works with people affected by dyslexia, by providing information, offering appropriate support services, engaging in advocacy, and raising awareness of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty, which affects the capacity for fluent and [...]...
  • New Directors Steer MaREI’s Vision For Ireland as Energy Leader MaREI, Ireland’s national centre for marine and renewable energy research and development, has appointed UCC professors Brian Ó Gallachóir and Jerry Murphy as its new co-directors, after the Citizens’ Assembly recently turned its attention to tackling climate change. The Assembly’s efforts align with MaREI’s vision to make Ireland a global leader in marine and renewable energy [...]...
  • ABP Food Group in £22 Million Renewable Energy Project A £22 million investment by ABP Food Group’s renewable division in a green energy plant in the UK will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes.  ABP’s renewables division, Olleco, has just opened the new 15 MW Anaerobic Digestion facility in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The ABP Food Group facility is located adjacent to [...]...

New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

  New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

FANUC Robotics UK has launched a new universal palletising robot that boasts best-in-class speed, payload, energy-efficiency and reach. The M410-iC/185 is the first of a new generation of palletising robots that combines FANUC’s proven 99.99% reliability with tangible improvements in performance, allowing food and beverage manufacturers to palletise heavier loads faster and stack pallets higher.
Thanks […]

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Chocolate and Almonds: A Sweet Sensation For Global Consumers

The confectionery combination of almonds and chocolate is gaining tremendous momentum with consumers and capturing the attention of manufacturers worldwide. Over a five-year period (2007–2011), confectionery product introductions with almonds jumped an impressive 113 percent. Thirty three percent of the global almond introductions in 2012 occurred in the confectionery category.
Research shows that including almonds in […]

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Dawn Meats Wins Another Environment Award

  Dawn Meats Wins Another Environment Award

Dawn Meats has accepted its fourth sustainability award in three weeks when it was recognised with the Process Award at the IBEC Environment Awards 2013. This latest award further cements Dawn Meats’ position as Ireland’s most sustainable meat processor.
The Process Award recognises Dawn Meats as a pioneer in the development and implementation of sustainable production […]

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Leadership Changes at Noble Foods

  Leadership Changes at Noble Foods

Andrew Cracknell will be joining Noble Foods as chief executive from 14th January 2014, as replacement for Peter Thornton, who is stepping down after over five years at the group. Noble Foods is the leading supplier of fresh eggs to the major retailers in the UK and has also widened its portfolio into the premium […]

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Britvic’s Irish Licensed Wholesale Business Repositions to Counterpoint

  Britvic’s Irish Licensed Wholesale Business Repositions to Counterpoint

One of Ireland’s largest on-trade wholesalers with a heritage that spans 150 years, Britvic Licensed Wholesale, is undertaking a large scale repositioning programme which includes rebranding the company to Counterpoint and rolling out a new model of customer engagement for the licensed trade.
As part of this repositioning, Counterpoint has announced the creation of 20 new […]

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CO2-Neutral Raclette Cheese From Emmi

  CO2-Neutral Raclette Cheese From Emmi

Manufacturing dairy products is energy intensive. Most of the energy Emmi currently consumes comes from the fossil fuel natural gas. One of the Swiss dairy company’s stated aims is to use lower carbon alternatives where possible.
 A forward-looking solution has been developed by the Landquart site, which specialises in manufacturing raclette cheese, and local waste management […]

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Larco Foods Reaps the Rewards of PDX Reactor Technology

  Larco Foods Reaps the Rewards of PDX Reactor Technology

Early adopter of PDX Reactor cooking technology, Larco Foods, is reaping the rewards of its investment. Since installing the PDX Reactor system the Dutch company has achieved some incredible results reducing production time and energy consumption for its soups and ready meals whilst increasing product quality and significantly improving business performance.
The success of the PDX […]

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Glanbia Appoints New Group Finance Director

  Glanbia Appoints New Group Finance Director

Glanbia plc has announced the appointment of Mark Garvey as Group Finance Director and a Director of the Board. Mark succeeds Siobhan Talbot, who has taken up the role of Glanbia Group Managing Director.
Mark joins Glanbia from Sara Lee Corporation where he was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer until 2012. Sara Lee, a […]

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Mondelez International Increases Share Repurchase Program to $7.7 Billion

  Mondelez International Increases Share Repurchase Program to $7.7 Billion

The board of Mondelez International, the global snacking and beverages group, has approved an increase of $1.7 billion in the company’s current share repurchase program. The company is now authorized to repurchase up to $7.7 billion of Mondelez International Class A Common Stock through 2016, up from the previous authorization of $6 billion. In addition, […]

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Hilton Food Group to Increase Supply to Tesco

  Hilton Food Group to Increase Supply to Tesco

Hilton Food Group, Europe’s leading specialist international meat packing business, has signed a new agreement with Tesco, the UK’s market leading retailer, for the increased supply of packed fresh meat products in the UK from its dedicated facility near Huntingdon. Under the new agreement, which runs until February 2019, Hilton will make an additional investment […]

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1000 Foreign Bodies Anticipated

  1000 Foreign Bodies Anticipated

RSSL’s microscopy laboratory is anticipating its 1000th foreign body identification project for the food industry this year during the Christmas period. RSSL relaunched its routine, 5-day turn-round foreign body identification service at the start of 2013, and also offers a more in-depth investigative service.
The Christmas period often sees a peak in foreign body incidents. People […]

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Pearlfisher Revitalises Danone’s Stonyfield Brand Portfolio

  Pearlfisher Revitalises Danone’s Stonyfield Brand Portfolio

Pearlfisher New York has created the new brand architecture, identity, and packaging, for Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt maker.
Pearlfisher’s challenge was to help unify the growing portfolio of baby and kids yogurts, traditional and Greek yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk and cream; and to convey Stonyfield’s unique organic proposition. Stonyfield’s packaging appeared as a house of […]

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Ashbury Labelling Expands its Management Team With Senior Appointment

Ashbury Labelling, the leading provider of specification and labelling services to the food and drink industry, has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Geoff Brown as Technical Director. Geoff joins the team from NSF International where he was a Divisional Managing Director, and has previously held senior positions with Whitbread and Sainsbury’s.
As Technical […]

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British Dairy Products to be Sold on the Global Dairy Trade Auction For the First Time

  British Dairy Products to be Sold on the Global Dairy Trade Auction For the First Time

When Arla Foods begins selling skimmed milk powder, processed at Westbury Dairies, in Wiltshire, on the Global Dairy Trade auction, from 17 December, it will be the first time that a British dairy product has entered the auction.
Ash Amirahmadi, head of Arla UK milk and member services, eomments: “Not only is this a first for […]

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New Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) Launched

  New Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) Launched

A new Green Coffee CFP-PCR has been published, providing the first Product Category Rule for the calculation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production. The Green Coffee CFP-PCR rule was initiated by SAI Platform’s Coffee Working group members, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).
This is the latest development from SAI Platform’s […]

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Finalists of First Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

  Finalists of First Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Unilever and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) have announced the seven finalists for the inaugural Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013.
The international awards programme is designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. The competition is for anyone aged 30 years or under, and the […]

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Only Sugar Tastes as Good

  Only Sugar Tastes as Good

AminoSweet Aspartame tastes like sugar. When they taste water sweetened with aspartame and water sweetened with sugar, most people cannot tell the difference. As The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness has stated: “Of all of the low- and no-calorie sweeteners, aspartame has a sweetness that most closely replicates the taste of table sugar.”
It’s not […]

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Star’s Cool Performance Nets a 25% Energy Saving For Seafood Firm

  Star’s Cool Performance Nets a 25% Energy Saving For Seafood Firm

A Scottish seafood processor has cut over 25% from its annual energy bill by investing in a high efficiency cooling system from Star Refrigeration. Braehead (SFO Enterprises) is a seafood processing company run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO). The firm operates a large processing facility in the coastal town of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, NE […]

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Edrington to Invest £100 Million in New Distillery

  Edrington to Invest £100 Million in New Distillery

Scottish spirits group Edrington has announced plans for an iconic new Speyside distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan, the world’s most prestigious Scotch malt whisky. The company will work with the world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour+ Partners to build the new distillery and visitor centre.
Edrington plans to invest over £100 million in The Macallan […]

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Eating More Nuts Improves Mortality and Reduces Cancer Risk

  Eating More Nuts Improves Mortality and Reduces Cancer Risk

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that eating nuts, including almonds, was associated with a 20% reduction in total mortality, independent of other predictors for death. Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, this new epidemiological study examined the relationship between consumption of nuts and mortality, finding that eating more […]

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Teagasc Launches New Walsh Fellowships Model

  Teagasc Launches New Walsh Fellowships Model

The Walsh Fellowship Programme is an important element of Teagasc’s research strategy, providing research opportunities at postgraduate level for high calibre national and international researchers. The programme was named in honour of the first Director of An Foras Taluntais, Dr Tom Walsh. This programme has been running in Teagasc for over 50 years.
Teagasc is now […]

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GROWTH WILL BE GREEN AND UK SHOULD LEAD – HUHNE .

Speaking at the ADBA National Conference in Westminster today [3 December], former Secretary of State for Energy Chris Huhne told delegates:
“Let’s knock on the head the idea that the UK is going further or faster than our European neighbours on renewables – this is simply not true. Of all the major Member States the UK […]

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Alimentaria 2014 is focusing on foreign markets, championing the sector’s innovation and quality.

Maximum internationalisation. This will be the premise of Alimentaria 2014 that, more than ever, has its sights set on foreign markets. The show has doubled its efforts for this edition to attract buyers from all over the world so that the 3,800 plus participating companies can see an increase in their export opportunities.  Alimentaria will […]

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Buhler Ltd is a nominated finalist by the Institute of Customer Service in the category ‘Best Customer Satisfaction Strategy Award’

http://www.instituteofcustomerservice.com/11167/UK-Customer-Satisfaction-Awards.html
I am pleased to announce that Buhler Ltd has been nominated as a finalist in the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards for the category ‘Best Customer Satisfaction Strategy Award’
Other finalists in the category are: Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Direct Line Insurance, Barclays Corporate Banking, Webhelp UK and Essilor Ltd. 
The award recognises organisations that deliver excellent and innovative […]

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Video | Label Apeel and Forza Supplements develop digitally-printed labels.

PN visits Label Apeel to find out how digital print is changing the development process for the business and its client Forza Supplements.
In this exclusive video, Packaging News brand director Josh Brooks discovers how Forza Supplements and Label Apeel, the Leicester-based label printer, collaborated to develop a new range of labels for the Kent-based manufacturer.
The […]

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Rose Forgrove launches speciality cheese wrapper

Packaging equipment supplier HayssenSandiacre’s Rose Forgrove range has added a new inverted integra wrapper to its line designed to package soft, sticky or wet products.
The Integra 601 features fast pack size changeover with a single part change, gas flushing, easy-open packages and long-dwell sealing for hermetic packs.
Featuring an inverted unwind design, the wrapper is sanitation-friendly […]

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Highest degree of flexibility in the packing of life science and healthcare products.

Wolfertschwenden, 28th November 2013 – At interpack 2014 MULTIVAC will be presenting its extensive range of services for the life science and healthcare industries. The packaging specialist offers flexible solutions for the packing of sensitive medical and pharmaceutical products in single or combination packs. MULTIVAC also has flexible solutions in its product range for the […]

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Solid Growth by Marston’s

  Solid Growth by Marston’s

UK regional brewer and pub operator Marston’s has reported a 7% rise in underlying operating profit to £168.3 million on group revenue up 9% to £782.9 million for the year ended 5 October 2013, driven by growth at its Destination and Premium outlets, Taverns (community pubs) and Brewing operations.
Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, comments: “In […]

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Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 Helps Deliver £3.1 Billion in Savings

  Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 Helps Deliver £3.1 Billion in Savings

The UK grocery sector reduced food and packaging waste by 1.7 million tonnes which equates to 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq under the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 agreement. The final results, released by WRAP, show significant progress has been made. The supply chain target has been exceeded, the packaging target has been met and the […]

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Unilever Completes Skippy Sale in China

  Unilever Completes Skippy Sale in China

Unilever has completed the sale of its Skippy business in China to Hormel Foods. This follows completion of the sale of the rest of the global Skippy business to Hormel Foods on January 31, 2013.
On January 3, the two companies announced the global deal for approximately $700 million, including the Skippy trademarks and two manufacturing […]

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