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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 [...]...

C&C Group Completes Acquisition of Wallaces Express

  C&C Group Completes Acquisition of Wallaces Express

Beer and cider producer C&C Group has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Wallaces Express, Scotland’s largest wines and spirits wholesaler, in a move designed to offer enhanced service and increased value for the independent on-trade across Scotland. The move to acquire the business outright follows C&C Group’s purchase of a 50% stake in the […]

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Superquinn Rebrand Makes SuperValu Ireland’s Second Biggest Grocer

  Superquinn Rebrand Makes SuperValu Ireland’s Second Biggest Grocer

The latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 2 March, show that SuperValu has become Ireland’s second largest grocer following the rebrand of Superquinn’s stores on 13 February.
David Berry, commercial director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Bringing 24 Superquinn stores under the SuperValu banner has enhanced the retailer’s position […]

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Nichols Lifts Sales and Improves Profitability

  Nichols Lifts Sales and Improves Profitability

UK soft drinks group Nichols has reported a 2% rise in sales to £109.9 million and a 10% rise in profit before tax (pre-exceptional items) to £22.5 million for the year ended 31 December 2013. The group’s UK sales grew 2% to £86.8 million.
The Nichols brand portfolio includes Vimto, which is sold in over 65 […]

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Snowbird Goes the Whole Hog!

  Snowbird Goes the Whole Hog!

Snowbird Foods has taken a huge step in the sausage manufacturing industry by offering UK customers a guarantee that its fully cooked and frozen sausages are in natural casings sourced from British abattoirs and processed in the UK. The company is using the casings for its Gourmet and Gourmet Plus ranges of top quality sausages.
The […]

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Food Inspection Trailblazer to Launch Cutting-edge Innovations at Interpack – Hall 17, Stand B52

  Food Inspection Trailblazer to Launch Cutting-edge Innovations at Interpack – Hall 17, Stand B52

Loma Systems, winner of EEF’s Innovative Operating Practices and Processes Award, will showcase a total of seven flagship systems on the interpack stand this year with Lock Inspection Systems.
Significantly Loma will unveil the ‘next generation’ IQ3+ ST (SureTune) metal detector. Packed with some incredible new innovations, it resolves challenges like user traceability, with a new […]

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NATECO2 Consults and Proofs Best Practice on How to Benefit from Carbon Dioxide Extraction at Vitafoods Europe 2014

At the Vitafoods Europe show 2014 at Geneve the German extraction service provider NATECO2 gives advice in how to gain the maximum output of natural colours from a great variety of raw materials.
No matter whether it’s for getting intensive red asthaxantin and zeaxanthin from algae or goji-berries, dark green chlorophylls from plant leaves, bright yellow […]

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Sheffield’s Burgeoning Independent Real Ale Sector Boosted by City’s Newest Brewery

Knight Frank has boosted Sheffield’s burgeoning independent real ale sector by finding a perfect home for the city’s newest brewery.
The Stancill Brewery, which uses equipment bought from the historic Oakwell Brewery, needed a base and the Knight Frank Sheffield office found the ideal spot – complete with high quality water for the finest beer.
Kane Yeardley, […]

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Tullamore D.E.W. Marks Major Milestone

  Tullamore D.E.W. Marks Major Milestone

Irish whiskey brand Tullamore D.E.W. celebrated St Patrick’s Day 2014 with the arrival of four hand crafted copper stills, in preparation for the landmark opening of its new distillery in Tullamore in the heart of Ireland. This is the first public glimpse inside the distillery building and marks a major milestone in Tullamore’s history by […]

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Danone Launches New Global Campaign to Revitalise Activia Brand

  Danone Launches New Global Campaign to Revitalise Activia Brand

Danone has launched its largest ever dairy advertising campaign in a bid to revive global sales growth in its Activia yoghurt brand. The French dairy products group is joining forces with Columbian-born pop star Shakira, who heads the new ‘Dare to Feel Good’ campaign
The international collaboration will bring to life Activia’s ‘Feeling Good Starts from […]

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Tate & Lyle Acquires Leading Chinese Polydextrose Business

  Tate & Lyle Acquires Leading Chinese Polydextrose Business

Tate & Lyle, the global speciality food ingredients and solutions group, has agreed to acquire Winway Biotechnology Nantong, a leading producer of polydextrose speciality fibre in the People’s Republic of China. The transaction is subject to governmental approval which is expected later in the year.
Winway operates from a manufacturing facility and laboratories in Nantong, Jiangsu […]

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Have a Bake – Have a KitKat

  Have a Bake – Have a KitKat

Nestlé Japan has developed a new mini KitKat that can be eaten as chocolate bar or baked. When put in the oven for two minutes, this KitKat becomes like a crispy cookie.
 
Working with Japanese chocolatier Takagi, who recently developed KitKat’s first boutique, the company has developed the world’s first KitKat that can be baked to […]

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Mushroom-derived Technology Takes the Bitter out of Coffee & Chocolate

An all-natural fermentation process using mushrooms to remove bitter and acidic qualities from food ingredients created by food technology firm MycoTechnology Inc. claims it will revolutionize the coffee and chocolate markets.
The brainchild of Brooks Kelly, PhD, Penn State University researcher and chief science officer of MycoTechnology, the patent-pending process is trademarked ReishiSmooth, based on a […]

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UK Market For Scotch Whisky Shrinks

  UK Market For Scotch Whisky Shrinks

The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by 3% last year at the same time as annual above-inflation excise duty increases continued to pile pressure on the industry. Figures just published reveal that the number of 70cl bottles of Scotch whisky released for sale in the UK fell to 87.5 million in 2013 from 90m […]

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Good Year For FrieslandCampina

  Good Year For FrieslandCampina

FieslandCampina has reported a 10.8% increase in revenue to Eur11.4 billion for 2013 driven by volume growth and higher prices. Profit before a goodwill impairment charge of Eur200 million was up by 17.6% to Eur327 million and the Netherlands-based dairy co-operative paid a historically high milk price to its dairy farmers. The goodwill impairment charge […]

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Mondelez International Announces Global Commitments to Well-being

  Mondelez International Announces Global Commitments to Well-being

Mondelez International has unveiled a plan to improve the well-being of the planet and its people – from farmers to consumers. The holistic Call for Well-being strategy will significantly broaden the reach and impact of the company’s worldwide programs, starting with new global nutrition targets across its product portfolio.
“We know the health of people, communities, […]

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Seminar Sessions Confirmed For Foodex 2014

  Seminar Sessions Confirmed For Foodex 2014

The organisers of Foodex 2014 – the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries, have confirmed an extensive seminar schedule where a panel of experts across the full industry spectrum will host live discussions on some of the industry’s most pressing topics.
Run over three days (24-26 March 2014) […]

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One-stop Shop For Consumables – KIC Krones Expands its Product Range

  One-stop Shop For Consumables – KIC Krones Expands its Product Range

Breweries and beverage plants all over the world are seeking complete-range vendors, to avoid unnecessary interfaces. This also applies to all consumables that assure reliable functioning of the lines concerned. KIC Krones has always been known as a vendor of colfix adhesives for container labelling and packaging, colclean cleaning agents and celerol lubricants.
The company has […]

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Ravenwood Celebrates a Decade as Linerless Labelling Experts

  Ravenwood Celebrates a Decade as Linerless Labelling Experts

Ravenwood Packaging is celebrating 10 years of producing linerless labelling technology during 2014 after breaking through the milestone of selling 1,000 linerless applicators. The UK-based company which has pioneered linerless labelling since it set up in 2004 has customers spanning major supermarkets and brands including Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer.
Two new […]

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WILD at Food & Drink Technology Africa 2014

At this year’s food & drink technology Africa, WILD presents trendsetting beverage concepts for malt and beer mix drinks, carbonated soft drinks as well as ideas for still drinks custom-tailored to the African market. The Great Taste expert has the right innovation and solutions to help every manufacturer achieve new growth.
Be it malt beverages, beer […]

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Pacepacker To Offer 20+ Robot Options for Food Handling, Assembly and Packing at Foodex

Working closely with two of the leading robot manufacturers, Festo and FANUC, Pacepacker will launch at Foodex a new pick and place robot portfolio incorporating the widest range of robots on the market. The range, which currently includes over 20 different options for food manufacturers to choose from, is made up of Cartesian, articulated arm […]

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Tullamore D.E.W. Marks Major Milestone

Tullamore D.E.W. celebrated St Patrick’s Day 2014 with the arrival of four hand crafted copper stills, in preparation for the landmark opening of its new distillery in Tullamore in the heart of Ireland. 
This is the first public glimpse inside the distillery building and marks a major milestone in Tullamore’s history by bringing Tullamore D.E.W. […]

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Campari Enters Canadian Whisky Category With €120.5 Million Acquisition

  Campari Enters Canadian Whisky Category With €120.5 Million Acquisition

Italian drinks group Gruppo Campari has agreed to acquire Forty Creek Distillery, a leading independently owned spirits company in Canada. This transaction marks the Campari’s first move into the growing and attractive Canadian whisky category with high-end premium products.
The total purchase price for 100% of FCD is C$185.6 million (€120.5 million) on a cash free/debt […]

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Strong Growth in Global Performance Nutrition Drives Glanbia

  Strong Growth in Global Performance Nutrition Drives Glanbia

Driven by its two growth platforms, Global Performance Nutrition and Global Ingredients, Irish dairy group Glanbia has delivered a good operating and financial performance for 2013. Total group revenues increased by 8% (10.5% constant currency) to €3.3 billion. Total group EBITA at €226.7 million was up 5.6% (9.2% constant currency). Total group EBITA margin was […]

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Cargill Introduces Next-Generation of Stevia-based Sweeteners

  Cargill Introduces Next-Generation of Stevia-based Sweeteners

Cargill is introducing its new ViaTech™ line of stevia-based sweeteners, which enable food and beverage manufacturers to achieve optimal sweetness and significant sugar reduction. Part of what sets the ViaTech™ portfolio apart from previous stevia-based sweeteners is the use of Cargill’s proprietary taste prediction model, which leads to clean sweetness in even some of the most […]

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GEA Group Invests in Production Capacity for Confectionery Equipment

  GEA Group Invests in Production Capacity for Confectionery Equipment

The GEA Group is setting the standard – with a multi-million euro investment in a new technology center and the production capacity for vertical packaging and confectionery equipment (in Weert, NL). Goal: To create further growth for the Group and the Segment by expanding the production site and increasing its capacity.
The focus lies on the […]

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New Head of Global Sales, Marketing & Innovation at Carlsberg

  New Head of Global Sales, Marketing & Innovation at Carlsberg

Graham Fewkes (pictured), currently Carlsberg Group’s Commercial Vice President in Asia, is to replace Khalil Younes who, after five years as Carlsberg’s Senior Vice President for Global Sales, Marketing and Innovation, has decided to leave Carlsberg.
During his time, Khalil Younes has led the transformation of the group’s sales and marketing operation. As well as implementing […]

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Unilever Makes Biggest Acquisition in China in Over a Decade

  Unilever Makes Biggest Acquisition in China in Over a Decade

Unilever has acquired a majority stake in the Qinyuan Group, a leading Chinese water purification business for an undisclosed amount. Qinyuan generated sales approaching €140 million (RMB1.2 billion) for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2013.
Unilever chief executive Paul Polman (pictured) says: “We are delighted to be making this strategic investment – a majority stake in […]

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Survey Finds Broad Support Among Europeans For New CAP Content

  Survey Finds Broad Support Among Europeans For New CAP Content

Over three-quarters (77 %) of Europeans believe the common agricultural policy (CAP) benefits all EU citizens and over 90 % support the main trends of the new CAP, such as making aid fairer and more targeted (92 %) and linking the granting of aid to farmers to adhering to environmentally-friendly farming practices (‘greening’, 91 %). These are the main […]

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Warburtons Receives Green Light For New £20 Million Bakery

  Warburtons Receives Green Light For New £20 Million Bakery

Warburtons, the UK’s largest independent bakery group, has been granted planning permission to build a new £20 million bakery in Lancashire. The new facility, which will make products such as wraps and Sandwich Thins, will be constructed adjacent to Warburtons’ existing factory at Billington Road in Burnley.
The development is expected to result in the creation […]

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Nestlé Reports Progress on Commitments

  Nestlé Reports Progress on Commitments

Nestlé’s efforts to meet a series of commitments in areas where the company engages with society are detailed in a new report, Nestlé in Society 2013. The 35 pledges cover nutrition, water, rural development, sustainability and compliance.
Nestlé aims to fulfill all these commitments by 2020 or earlier. Ten are new this year and six are […]

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