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  • Grand Canal Innovation District Planned For Dublin A far-reaching plan for the creation of the Grand Canal Innovation District in Dublin has been launched. The proposal from Trinity College Dublin is modelled on innovation districts in cities such as Boston, Toronto, Rotterdam and Barcelona. It will significantly strengthen Ireland’s competitive advantage when developing new indigenous companies or competing for foreign direct investment. [...]...
  • Heiton Buckley Unveils Newly Refurbished Mayo Branch Heiton Buckley, Ireland’s leading supplier of doors, floors, bathrooms, garden, plumbing and heating products, has officially unveiled its newly refurbished branch in Castlebar, County Mayo . GAA star, Andy Moran, CEO of Grafton Merchanting ROI, Patrick Atkinson, Heiton Buckley Castlebar Branch Manager, Mick Kane, and longtime customer Mick Duane officially cut the ribbon and kicked [...]...
  • Export Sales by Enterprise Ireland Client Companies Hit New Record Enterprise Ireland, the state agency responsible for helping Irish companies export to international markets, has announced that its clients recorded export sales of €22.71 billion in 2017, representing a 7 per cent increase on 2016. This is the highest level of export sales recorded in the history of the agency and the eighth-consecutive year of [...]...
  • BAM Wins €25 Million Contract to Build New Cheese Factory in Cork TINE Ireland, a subsidiary of the Norwegian dairy co-operative TINE, has awarded the construction of a new Jarlsberg® cheese production facility and administration building at Mogeely, County Cork, to BAM Ireland. The contract value is more than €25 million. TINE is Norway’s largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products with 11,400 members (owners) and [...]...
  • HBAN Scoops Major European Business Angel Network Award HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, was crowned Globally Networked Organisation 2018 at the recent EBAN (European Business Angel Network) Awards Ceremony held in Sofia, Bulgaria. HBAN was awarded the prominent European accolade in recognition of the significant [...]...

EC Clears Suntory Acquisition of Beam

  EC Clears Suntory Acquisition of Beam

The European Commission has given regulatory clearance to the pending $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings.
“Regulatory clearance from the European Commission paves the way to complete the transaction with Suntory Holdings next week,” says Matt Shattock, president and CEO of Beam. “We have been working with Suntory to help ensure a smooth integration […]

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Highland Spring Enters Flavoured Water Category

  Highland Spring Enters Flavoured Water Category

Highland Spring, the UK’s number one bottled water brand, has launched its first ever flavoured water. Highland Spring Country is a new range of naturally flavoured drinks, blending water drawn from the brand’s organic catchment area in the Ochil Hills, Perthshire in Scotland with home-grown British fruit.
Made with only natural flavours and sweeteners, Highland Spring […]

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Welsh Frozen Yoghurt Producer Receives Royal Recognition

  Welsh Frozen Yoghurt Producer Receives Royal Recognition

North Wales frozen yogurt producer, Plas Farm, is celebrating being named winner of the UK’s highest accolade for business success – The Queen’s Award For Enterprise. The Anglesey-based company, which has customers worldwide, is to receive its award for its excellence in International Trade in recognition of its increased year on year export sales.
The prestigious […]

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Kellogg Company Highlights Donation Of 230 Million Breakfasts

  Kellogg Company Highlights Donation Of 230 Million Breakfasts

Kellogg Company’s just released annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report includes progress against the company’s Breakfasts for Better Days™ initiative to donate 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks – including one half billion servings of breakfast – to children and families in need, by the end of 2016.
The company is on track to meet its […]

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Getting to Grips With Robot End-effectors – A Beginner’s Guide

  Getting to Grips With Robot End-effectors – A Beginner’s Guide

For perfectly understandable reasons, when it comes to pick and place installations for consumer goods, the robotic arm tends to attract the most attention. Although there is less of a focus on the end tooling at the tip of the arm, it is these end effectors that, when working in unison with a robotic arm, […]

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New clinically proven Flowens™ opens the door to fresh men’s health opportunities

Avignon, 24th April 2014 – Naturex has launched a natural, clinically proven botanical ingredient that addresses an uncomfortable prostate condition common among men – without causing any side effects.

Flowens™ is a full spectrum cranberry powder engineered to relieve the lower urinary tract symptoms typically associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It offers an effective and […]

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Children Who Cook Eat More Greens, Nestlé Study Reveals

  Children Who Cook Eat More Greens, Nestlé Study Reveals

Children who help to prepare their own meals eat significantly more vegetables than those who are not involved in cooking, a Nestlé study published in the journal Appetite suggests. The research, carried out by the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, compared what children chose to eat when they helped cook their own meal with what […]

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Irish Dairy Board Reports Strong Financial Performance

  Irish Dairy Board Reports Strong Financial Performance

The Irish Dairy Board increased turnover by 5% to over €2.1 billion and EBIT up 25% to €25.8 million in 2013. This strong operating performance enabled an €11 million bonus to be declared to members, an increase of 16% on the year prior.
The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is an agri-food commercial co-operative which markets and […]

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Chilli Adds Bite to Devilish Meatballs

  Chilli Adds Bite to Devilish Meatballs

Wonderfully named Devilishly Spiced Pork Chilli Meatballs and Meat Bites are the perfect ingredients for caterers and ready meal and snack manufacturers seeking to add pzazz to snacks for the millions of football followers who will take advantage of relaxed licensing laws to watch this summer’s World Cup on TV.
Both products strongly feature chillies – […]

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Shared Responsibility of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil to be Discussed at RSPO Conference – London, June 4th 2014

  Shared Responsibility of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil to be Discussed at RSPO Conference – London, June 4th 2014

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi stakeholder organization and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, will gather industry and NGOs from across the UK and Europe at the London River Bank Plaza, on June 4th 2014.
The conference – “100 % Certified Sustainable Palm Oil: Our shared Responsibility” – will also serve […]

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Campari Strengthens Portfolio With €104 Million Acquisition

  Campari Strengthens Portfolio With €104 Million Acquisition

Italian drinks group Gruppo Campari has agreed to pay €103.8 million to acquire 100% of Fratelli Averna, an independently owned business, based in Caltanissetta, Sicily. Averna Group is a leading spirits company in the Italian market, owner of Averna, the second best-selling bitter inItaly, and one of the best well-known bitters worldwide. Averna Group also […]

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Golden Cow Creates 23 New Jobs in Northern Ireland

  Golden Cow Creates 23 New Jobs in Northern Ireland

Golden Cow, which is part of Kerry Group, is providing 23 new jobs at Portadown in Northern Ireland with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland’s Jobs Fund as part of a £2.5 million expansion. The expansion will see the plant manufacture two innovative products, LowLow Snack Packs and Matteson’s Chicken Dippers, for major retailers in the […]

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Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition

  Symrise Gearing Up For Further Accelerated Growth With €1.3 Billion Acquisition

German-based food ingredients manufacturer Symrise has made a binding €1.3 billion offer to acquire Diana Group, a world leader in natural and functional food solutions and palatability enhancers for pet food.
The deal will allow Symrise to significantly expand its position in the flavour and nutrition market, strengthen its backward integration and expand its activities into […]

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Diageo Bids to Increase Stake in United Spirits

  Diageo Bids to Increase Stake in United Spirits

Diageo is seeking to increase its stake in United Spirits Ltd, the leading spirits producer in India, from 28.8% to 54.8%. Diageo has launched a tender offer of £1.13 billion to acquire a further 26% of USL.
On a consolidated basis, in the financial year ended 31 March 2013, USL earned net revenue of INR105,980 million […]

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Heineken on Way to Meeting 2020 Sustainability Commitments

  Heineken on Way to Meeting 2020 Sustainability Commitments

Heineken has published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s progress toward its 2020 commitments.
Key activities and achievements for the year include:
Reducing CO2 emissions – A key highlight of the year is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 119 kton CO2 in 2013, or almost 2,400 trips around the globe with a fully […]

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Natural and Organic Awards 2014 – Winners Announced

  Natural and Organic Awards 2014 – Winners Announced

The winners of the coveted Natural and Organic Awards 2014 were announced at the recent Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show. Now in its 19th year, the annual awards brought together over 450 industry professionals to recognise and celebrate the standout brands and products of the year
The 2014 Natural & Organic Awards attracted a wealth of high […]

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Irish food-tech company raises €900,000 investment

An Irish food diagnostics company AltraTech has raised €900,000 in investment through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, as well as Enterprise Ireland and company founders.
AltraTech is developing a single-use portable semiconductor test kit for use in the food and agri sector, for high sensitivity species-specific identification of food content and […]

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Anuga FoodTec underlines the significance of functional ingredients in the production chain

  Anuga FoodTec underlines the significance of functional ingredients in the production chain

The coming edition of Anuga FoodTec from 24 to 27 March 2015 in Cologne is positioning the theme “Food Ingredients” as a new exhibition segment and is thus adding an important element for the production of food and beverages to its wide spectrum of exhibits. The focus here lies on functional ingredients. They change the […]

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Food and Drink Industry Ireland publishes 2014 Priorities

  Food and Drink Industry Ireland publishes 2014 Priorities

Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, today published its ‘Policy recommendations of the food and drink sector 2014’, which stresses the central role the industry can play in the economic life of the country in the coming years.
FDII Director Paul Kelly said: “As exports reach €10 billion, […]

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First Nestlé Milk Product For Lactose-intolerant Children

  First Nestlé Milk Product For Lactose-intolerant Children

Nestlé Mexico has launched the first Nestlé milk product for lactose-intolerant children between one and three years old. Nido Kinder Deslactosado is designed for the 5-6% of Mexican children under four years of age who are lactose-intolerant.
According to the American Academyof Pediatrics, lactose intolerance is much more common among Hispanic, Asian and black children younger […]

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Freshways Appoints New Head of Innovation

  Freshways Appoints New Head of Innovation

Freshways, Ireland’s largest sandwich maker has appointed Ian Mullin as its new Head of Innovation. Ian’s primary role will be new product development, formulating exciting recipes for front of store range and also developing menus and ingredients for sandwich bars. Ian holds an MSc in Food Product Development & Culinary Innovation and a BSc in […]

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Setting Up the Next Generation Dairy and Nutritionals Processing Plants

  Setting Up the Next Generation Dairy and Nutritionals Processing Plants

By Carsten Juhl Jessen, M.Sc. Dairy Science & Technology, Deputy Division Manager, GEA Process Engineering Soeborg, Denmark
Worldwide, the dairy and nutrition industry is gearing up – increasing capacity and upgrading facilities to meet the growing demand for high quality and safe products from a rising global population. Serving the industry for decades with a full […]

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The Right Food Grade Lubricant – It Makes a Difference

  The Right Food Grade Lubricant – It Makes a Difference

Effective lubrication of food processing equipment is becoming increasingly important. Manufacturing operations can be expected to run continuously and the equipment may have to endure conditions such as extreme temperature swings and contamination-prone environments. Finding a lubricant that meets stringent food safety standards, provides lubrication even under tough conditions, helps reduce downtime and ultimately saves […]

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New premium brand IC engine forklift range offers exceptional value proposition

Jungheinrich has launched a completely re-designed generation of IC-engine powered counterbalanced forklift trucks.
The new ‘Torque Converter’ hydrodynamic drive trucks have been engineered in such a way that allows maximum cost-efficiency to be achieved in the manufacturing process.
But despite their attractive value proposition, the trucks – which are manufactured in Germany at Jungheinrich’s state-of-the-art Moosburg factory […]

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Waitrose teams up with ITM Power to produce renewable fertiliser

Supermarket chain Waitrose is stepping up its sustainability drive by joining forces with the Technology Strategy Board and ITM Power to develop a system for the production of renewable fertiliser.
The Technology Strategy Board is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is the UK’s innovation agency. It brings together business, research […]

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Linkx Packaging Systems is appointed ‘System Partner’ by Kuka Robotics

End-of-line packaging expert Linkx Packaging Systems has been appointed a ‘System Partner’ by Kuka Robotics.
Linkx Systems was selected on the basis of the company’s experience and technical ability in the design and manufacture of packaging machinery.
System Partner status will give engineers at Linkx Systems priority access to Kuka’s specialist application support and design teams in […]

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Thermo King Keeps it Cool and Quiet at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014

Brussels, Belgium, April 15, 2014 – In order to relieve the overwhelming traffic congestion and improve road safety, debates are taking place to shift deliveries outside of peak traffic hours. At the same time, voices are being raised to reduce noise emitted by transportation. With this in mind, distribution companies are looking for ways to […]

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Dairygold Achieves Record Profits

  Dairygold Achieves Record Profits

Irish dairy co-operative Dairygold has increased operating profit by 33% to€27.3 million in 2013 on turnover up 15,9% to €847 million. The record operating profit was generated after paying a leading milk price and paying €7.5 million in year-end bonuses to milk suppliers and trading customers. The overall operating profit including share trading was €27.9 […]

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Stay in Control from Pack to Pallet Marel hosts Packing, Labeling & Dispatch Event in Copenhagen

Labeling and Dispatch Event at their new state-of-the-art demonstration center Progress Point in Copenhagen. Innovative manual, semi-automatic and automatic systems and software solutions that enable processors to optimize and control their packing, labeling and dispatch processes will be demonstrated.

Interactive Innova displays and presentations from experts will feature along with a number of new machines and systems […]

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ABP first in Ireland to receive Carbon Trust’s Triple Award

  ABP first in Ireland to receive Carbon Trust’s Triple Award

ABP Food Group has become the first company in Ireland to receive triple certification for water, carbon and waste reduction initiatives from the Carbon Trust, a leading authority on monitoring the efforts of companies and governments to reduce their environmental impact.
ABP joins only four other companies in the UK to have received all three Carbon […]

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