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  • Zevas Communications to Create 50 New Jobs in Cork Zevas Communications, a national and global leading provider of outsourced sales services, has announced the creation of 50 new jobs in Cork. The 50 new positions to be filled immediately, are as a result of Zevas’ sustained growth and development strategy, resulting in winning two new contracts with international global digital technology companies. The announcement follows the [...]...
  • House Prices Could Rise By 20% From 2017 to 2020 New ESRI research analyses a number of demographic and economic factors to forecast trends in house prices. The research finds that over the period from 2017-2020, house prices could rise by 20% in real terms if projections for strong economic growth over the period are realised and if the slow rate of housing supply continues. The [...]...
  • Invest NI Expands International Network With New Office in Sydney Invest Northern Ireland is to increase its presence in Australia with a new Regional Manager to be based in Sydney. The announcement was made as Invest NI’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton was leading a recent trade mission to Australia. The trade mission includes thirteen companies from a number of leading Northern Ireland sectors including ICT, Advanced [...]...
  • Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh Voted Best National Engineering Project of 2017 The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been voted national Engineering Project of the Year for 2017 at eighth Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The regeneration of the stadium, home of Cork City and County GAA activities since it was established in 1898, has resulted in a multi-purpose floodlit bowl-shaped venue that can accommodate a capacity [...]...
  • Ireland Has Relatively Strong Infrastructure With Some Sectoral Weaknesses A recent IMF Assessment evaluating Ireland’s public investment in infrastructure finds that infrastructure levels and management practices are generally well developed, but areas where improvements can be made have been identified. A number of recommendations have been made by the IMF and the process of addressing these recommendations is being implemented. During July this year, an [...]...

£4 Million Project Completed at Grain D’Or

  £4 Million Project Completed at Grain D’Or

Grain D’Or – part of the Fletchers Group of Bakeries – has completed a £4 million expansion of its food manufacturing facilities to increase production capacity by 40 per cent and enhance technical standards. The London-based company, which specialises in continental sweet bakery products and speciality breads, has converted three industrial units into a new […]

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Farm Animal Welfare is Rising Up the Business Agenda

  Farm Animal Welfare is Rising Up the Business Agenda

The second report of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare has applauded Coop Group (Switzerland), Marks & Spencer, Arla Foods, Marfrig, Royal FrieslandCampina, Sainsbury’s, VION and Waitrose for the notable improvements they have made in their farm animal welfare related management and reporting approach over the past year.
The Benchmark report has been produced with […]

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Emmi is Successful at the World Cheese Awards

  Emmi is Successful at the World Cheese Awards

Emmi cheese has done incredibly well at the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham (UK) this year, winning a total of 15 medals, including three ‘Super Gold’ medals. Emmi’s range of cave-aged cheeses proved to be a particularly good hit too, winning five medals. Furthermore, Emmi was able once again to showcase its top-quality Gruyère range […]

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€20 Million Acquisition for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland

  €20 Million Acquisition for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, is set to expand its milk pool by 100 million litres and processing capacity by 200 million litres with the €20 million purchase of Wexford Creamery. The acquisition has been agreed following the decision by shareholders in the farmer co-op, Wexford Milk Producers, which owns 70% of […]

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Nestlé Empowers Female Coffee Farmers in Kenya

  Nestlé Empowers Female Coffee Farmers in Kenya

Nestlé is encouraging more female coffee growers in Kenya to take up leadership roles in farming cooperatives as part of its commitment to scaling up its business-related activities to promote gender equality and education for women and girls. The company has launched a programme to train more than 1,000 women in better agricultural practices at […]

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Low Carb Food and Drink Products Double Over Past Five Years

  Low Carb Food and Drink Products Double Over Past Five Years

While low carbohydrate diets may have peaked around 2004, according to new research from Mintel, it seems they may be experiencing a resurgence in Europe. Indeed, Mintel’s research reveals new food and drink product launches with low carb claims inEuropehave doubled (+95%) between 2008 and 2013.
What is more, the most popular categories are those traditionally […]

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Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Submit Your Paper For the Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014

  Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Submit Your Paper For the Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014

The Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014, which takes place alongside Vitafoods Europe – the leading ingredients and raw materials event for the nutraceutical and functional food and drink industries – has extended its deadline for papers. Leading scientists, research teams and commercial managers from around the world are invited to submit papers by Friday 13 December […]

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Kloosterboer to Open New Cold Store Facility in Poland

Kloosterboer, in collaboration with PAOP (Północnoatlantycka Organizacja Producentów), is to open a 30,000 tonne capacity cold store in the Polish port city of Gdansk. The cold store, which will be managed by Kloosterboer, will be in use by March/April 2014.
Kloosterboer Gdansk will feature its own EU veterinary inspection point as well as licenses for the […]

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Diageo is ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ For Second Year in a Row

  Diageo is ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ For Second Year in a Row

Diageo has been named ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ for the third time, and for the second consecutive year, in a peer review of corporate reputation run by leading UK business magazine Management Today. Diageo is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious award three times since 1994. In addition to winning the overall […]

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Greene King Lifts Group Revenue and Profits

  Greene King Lifts Group Revenue and Profits

Helped by the good summer weather but hindered by continued consumer caution, Greene King, the British regional brewer and pub operator, has increased revenue by 5.2% to £595.4 million and operating profit before exceptional items by 3.7% to £127.2 million for the 24 weeks to 13 October 2014. Profit before tax and exceptional items rose 5.7% […]

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Meadow Foods to Increase Milk Price

  Meadow Foods to Increase Milk Price

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independently owned dairy group and leading supplier of milk based dairy ingredients to the food industry, will be increasing the price it pays for milk by +0.3ppl from 1st January 2014. This will take the company’s standard litre price to 32.55ppl. The price increase will be added to the flat […]

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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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