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  • Tesco Ireland Achieves Great Place to Work Status Tesco Ireland has been awarded the coveted Great Place to Work accreditation. As a leading food retailer, Tesco is one of the biggest private sector employers in Ireland employing over 13,000 people across the country in its network of stores, head office and distribution centre. The Great Place to Work process celebrates Irish companies who promote [...]...
  • Guinness Enterprise Centre Bags Global Award For Top Business Incubator Dublin’s Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) has been named as the World’s Top Business Incubator, Collaborating with University, 2018. The award was presented to the GEC at the recent UBI Awards and Recognition Gala ceremony at the World Incubation Summit in Toronto, Canada. The GEC saw off strong competition from more than 1,300 incubators worldwide, which [...]...
  • Datapac Wins €5.5 Million in New Managed Services Contracts Datapac, a leading technology solutions and services provider, won €5.5 million in new managed services contracts with Irish organisations in 2017. The company is expecting to grow its managed services business by a similar figure again in 2018. Following recent investment in its Network Operations Centre (NOC) that included deployment of new remote monitoring platforms in [...]...
  • MSD is to Develop a New Biotechnology Facility in Dublin MSD is to develop a new biotechnology facility in Dublin, with the expected creation of up to 350 new jobs. Known as MSD Biotech, Dublin, the facility will be constructed on an existing MSD-owned property, the site of its former facility in Swords, Co. Dublin. Commenting on the announcement, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, [...]...

Carlsberg Acquires Chinese Breweries

  Carlsberg Acquires Chinese Breweries

Carlsberg Group is expanding its brewing interests in China by acquiring 100% of Chongqing Beer Group Assets Management Co, which is a holding company headquartered in Chongqing. The Chinese company comprises a total of eight breweries with a capacity of approximately 12 million hl.
The breweries are located in three provinces (three in Jiangsu, three in […]

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UK Gravy Sales are Missing the Boat

  UK Gravy Sales are Missing the Boat

New research from Mintel finds sales of gravy are missing the boat, as British consumers embrace stock in all its new formats. Sales of gravy are struggling – the market for gravy having risen only 8% since 2008, and just 2% in the past year to reach a value of £141 million in 2013. But […]

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Emmi Expands in US Yogurt Sector

  Emmi Expands in US Yogurt Sector

Swiss dairy group Emmi has strengthened its standing in the US after acquiring a 25% stake in yogurt supplier Siggi for an undisclosed sum. The US is Emmi’s largest foreign market. The majority of sales there are generated by the exports of Swiss cheese as well as locally produced cow’s and goat’s milk specialty cheeses.
Cheese […]

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Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Gains PGI Status

  Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Gains PGI Status

The Wensleydale Creamery, based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in England, has been successful in achieving Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Commission for its Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.
This ensures no other cheese-maker outside the Wensleydale area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale. In celebration, The Wensleydale […]

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Multi-million Investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

  Multi-million Investment by First Milk at Haverfordwest Creamery

First Milk, the British farmer owned food business, has just commenced two major investment projects at its Haverfordwest Creamery in Pembrokeshire. Wales. Nearly £7 million is being invested in a brand new effluent treatment plant and the installation of new boilers which run on clean burn natural gas.
These projects come on top of a £9 […]

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SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness

  SABMiller Chairman Graham Mackay Dies Following Illness

SABMiller has sadly announced that chairman Graham Mackay died peacefully on December 18th, with his family at his side. The board has appointed acting chairman John Manser as chairman with immediate effect, and has appointed Guy Elliott as senior independent director in succession to John Manser.
On behalf of the board of SABMiller, John Manser says: […]

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Axing Alcohol Super Tax Would Generate £230 Million and Create 6,000 Jobs in the UK

  Axing Alcohol Super Tax Would Generate £230 Million and Create 6,000 Jobs in the UK

Scrapping the Government’s alcohol duty escalator (ADE) would boost public finances by over £230million and create 6,000 new jobs, a new report reveals. The Ernst & Young (EY) research has been published by the WSTA (Wine and Spirit Trade Association) and coincides with the launch of a ‘Call Time on Duty’ campaign www.calltimeonduty.co.uk urging the […]

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Stainless Steel Products For Hygienic Environments

  Stainless Steel Products For Hygienic Environments

In food factories and specialist dairy industries, hygiene is major factor when manufacturing, processing and packaging goods for distribution. In 2012, ASPEN Stainless secured a contract for a super dairy in Aylesbury to manufacture and install thousands of metres of their stainless steel kerbing range and several large, high level gantries. Working hand in hand […]

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Over Half of British Households Now Shop in a Discounter

  Over Half of British Households Now Shop in a Discounter

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 8 December 2013, show that, for the first time, over half the country shopped in either Aldi or Lidl during the past 12 weeks. Some 50.1% of all British households stepped into a discount retailer compared with 46.1% a year ago.
Chris Longbottom, […]

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Nestle Opens New Dairy Distribution Centre in Brazil

  Nestle Opens New Dairy Distribution Centre in Brazil

Dairy Partners Americas, a joint venture between Nestlé and New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra, has opened a new distribution centre in the Brazilian city of Araras. The facility, which represents an investment of SFr33 million (Eur27 million), covers an area of 4,600 sq m and features the very latest technology.
According to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, […]

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Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

  Carlsberg Signs New Long-term Revolving Credit Facility

Carlsberg Breweries has entered into a new revolving credit facility of Eur2.510 billion maturing February 2019, with an option to extend the maturity until February 2020/2021. The Facility has been signed with the group of relationship banks and replaces the Eur1.749 billion facility signed in 2010 and the Eur800 millioin facility signed in 2011.
With the […]

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Rademaker Provides Innovative Solutions For the Bakery Industry

  Rademaker Provides Innovative Solutions For the Bakery Industry

Rademaker has managed to transform bakery traditions of the past into robust, state-of-the-art industrial bakery production lines that meet and exceed customer requirements all over the world.
Founded in 1977, Rademaker was one of the first companies to specialize in the development and supply of innovative solutions for the bakery industry. Today, Rademaker is one of […]

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Scotch Whisky Industry Moves Closer to its Green Targets

  Scotch Whisky Industry Moves Closer to its Green Targets

The Scotch whisky industry is embracing the use of non-fossil fuel and investing significantly in renewable technologies as part of its far-reaching Environmental Strategy, according to a newly published report.
The strategy launched in 2009 – the only one embracing an entire manufacturing sector in Scotland – set a number of ambitious targets covering a range […]

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Cargill to Double Capacity at Belgian Chocolate Facility

  Cargill to Double Capacity at Belgian Chocolate Facility

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has broken ground on a $48 million (€35 million) investment to double the capacity of its Belgian chocolate production facility in Mouscron over the next two years. The additional capacity will meet growing demand for chocolate in confectionary, bakery, dairy and artisanal applications from European customers.
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business […]

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Frutarom Expands in the Beverage Flavours Sector

  Frutarom Expands in the Beverage Flavours Sector

Frutarom Industries, one of the world’s ten biggest companies in the flavours and fine ingredients industry, is continuing to implement its rapid and lucrative growth strategy, following its fourth acquisition in 2013. Frutarom is purchaing US-based Hagelin for a cash consideration of $52.4 million.
This acquisition strengthens Frutarom’s foothold in the US market, which is the […]

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Avure Technologies Names Jeff Williams CEO of High Pressure Processing Equipment and Services Division

  Avure Technologies Names Jeff Williams CEO of High Pressure Processing Equipment and Services Division

As demand for high pressure processing (HPP) continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, Avure Technologies, the world’s leading supplier of HPP equipment and related services, has experienced rapid growth in 2013. A major milestone has been reached this year with the announced separation of Avure Technologies into two distinct operating units: Avure Industrial Division, […]

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RC Cola Neo Offers Consumers Big Cola Taste with Half the Calories

To help bottlers offer health-conscious consumers a bold cola flavor with only half the calories, Royal Crown Cola International (RCCI), a division of Cott Beverages, recently launched RC Cola Neo, a full-flavor, mid-calorie cola. Sweetened with stevia and cane sugar, the beverage caters to the growing market of consumers who demand wholesome ingredients.
“We’re very pleased […]

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Produce World Group in Strong Position For the Future

  Produce World Group in Strong Position For the Future

Leading UK vegetable grower and supplier Produce World Group has completed a successful turnaround of its business over the past three years, according to chairman Neil Fraser. Speaking following the announcement of annual results for the year ending 30th June 2013 he confirms that the company is now in a strong position to develop its […]

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Nestlé Inaugurates Experimental Farm in Côte d’Ivoire

  Nestlé Inaugurates Experimental Farm in Côte d’Ivoire

Nestlé has inaugurated a new experimental farm on a 30-hectare site in Côte d’Ivoire to focus on plant science and research into nutrition, sustainable agriculture and rural development. The farm, located at Zambakro, some 18km from the capital, Yamoussoukro, will create 20 jobs by 2014.
The farm will develop better varieties of key raw materials for […]

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Bonduelle Expands German Production Site

  Bonduelle Expands German Production Site

With the completion of the extension to its Straelen plant in Germany, Bonduelle has confirmed its ambitions in the European market for its cut and washed range. The Straelen plant was opened by Bonduelle in 2003 in North Rhine-Westphalia and specialises in the production of cut and washed salads.
After seven months work and an investment of […]

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Glanbia to Create 90 Jobs in Ireland

  Glanbia to Create 90 Jobs in Ireland

Glanbia plc, the global performance nutrition and ingredients group, has announces two new investments inIreland, which will create 90 jobs in Monaghan and Dublin.
Glanbia Consumer Products, owner of the Avonmore and Premier brands, will build a new UHT (Ultra-Heat-Treated) facility to produce long-life liquid milk and cream suitable for export to emerging markets such as […]

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Denny Bros Reports Rise in Multilingual Labels as Brand Owners Tap into Wider Markets

  Denny Bros Reports Rise in Multilingual Labels as Brand Owners Tap into Wider Markets

Denny Bros – the creator of Fix-a-Form® the UK’s leading brand of multi-page leaflet labels – is reporting an increase in the number of labels it is producing to accommodate European and worldwide product sales. The company is finding that multilingual Fix-a-Forms® have moved from niche to mainstream use among many manufacturers seeking to attract […]

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Budvar Claims Trademark Victory in Portugal

  Budvar Claims Trademark Victory in Portugal

According to Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar, a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country. The ruling prevents AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, from selling its beer under the Budweiser name in Portugal.
Budvar says the court in Lisbon rejected AB InBev’s challenge […]

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Carlsberg Completes Partial Take-over of Chongqing Brewery Company

  Carlsberg Completes Partial Take-over of Chongqing Brewery Company

The Carlsberg Group has increased its stake in Chinese brewer Chongqing Brewery Company Co from 29.7% to 60% for a total purchase price of RMB2.9 billion (approximately DKr 2.6 billion, Eur348 million). CBC will be fully consolidated in Carlsberg’s accounts with effect from December 2013.
CBC has 23 breweries located across Western and Eastern China, and […]

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Green Light For New Sustainable EU Fisheries Policy From 2014

  Green Light For New Sustainable EU Fisheries Policy From 2014

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package, including measures to halt overfishing and a ban on discarding fish at sea, Parliament’s key aims, has been approved in a final plenary vote. Labelling rules have also been overhauled, to improve information for consumers. The new legislation should allow for more sustainable fishing and take effect on […]

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Improving the Integrity and Assurance of Britain’s Food Supply Networks

The independent review into the integrity and assurance of Britain’s food supply networks in the UK, being led by Professor Chris Elliott, has made a number of interim recommendations.
The interim report sets out the current weaknesses of supply chain networks in the UK (ahead of the final report to be published in spring 2014), and […]

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National ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme Launched in Ireland

  National ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme Launched in Ireland

Bord Bia has launched its national ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme’ (SDAS) in Ireland, following eighteen months of planning in conjunction with a stakeholder group, comprising of producers, milk processors and regulatory authorities, appointed to develop the scheme on behalf of milk producers nationwide. The new dairy scheme is fundamental to Bord Bia’s plans to invest […]

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Nestlé is First Major Multi-national to Launch Human Rights White Paper

  Nestlé is First Major Multi-national to Launch Human Rights White Paper

Nestlé has become the first major multi-national company to report publicly on its human rights impacts across seven countries, and what it is doing to address them. The company has published a white paper using information from human rights impact assessments performed in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) in Angola, Colombia, […]

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EU Adopts Guidance Notes on the Classification of Colouring Foods

  EU Adopts Guidance Notes on the Classification of Colouring Foods

At its most recent meeting, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has adopted new European Guidance notes for the classification of food extracts with colouring properties. “This decision closes the remaining gap in the legislative regulations on Colouring Foods and paves the way for more transparency and consistency in […]

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Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

  Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

Partner Logistics is assisting staff to reach their full potential by offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) to help consolidate and develop existing skills into formal credentials.
Thirty four out of the forty members of staff at the Wisbech site are in the process of completing NVQs thanks to Partner Logistics’ investment in continuing professional development programmes.
Having […]

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