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  • 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 [...]...
  • Irish Whiskey Industry Welcomes EU-Japan Trade Agreement The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest trade deal negotiated yet by the European Union. While sales of Irish whiskey remain relatively low, Japan is currently the largest market in Asia for Irish whiskey and last year Irish whiskey sales in Japan recorded a 15.7% growth to [...]...
  • BD Opens New State-of-the-art R&D Facility in Limerick BD, a leading global medical technology company, is to create 85 new jobs for the Limerick region. The announcement was made as Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, officially opened BD’s Research Centre Ireland (RCI) in Limerick’s National Technology Park. The €21 million investment in BD’s [...]...
  • National Project Awards 2018 Open For Entries Entries for the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards, sponsored by PwC, are open. Over 120 applicants entered the awards last year, which celebrate the country’s leading project managers and teams and their forward-thinking projects. This year the Awards recognise the importance of community-led non-profit projects with the introduction of a new [...]...
  • McAleer & Rushe Transforming Edinburgh’s Old Town The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is being constructed by Northern Ireland-based design and build company McAleer & Rushe, has reached a significant milestone with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme. The project which is transforming a UNESCO Heritage site, in one [...]...

Puratos Introduces Topfil, Fruit Fillings with Wild Berries

With the new Topfil range of fruit fillings, Puratos introduces the superior taste of wild berries to its bakery, patisserie and chocolate customers. The Topfil range includes up to 60% of wild fruit sourced directly from the Baltic forests.
Consumer tests have shown that consumers are more willing to purchase products that contain wild berries rather […]

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Heineken Increases Irish Market Share

  Heineken Increases Irish Market Share

Despite a decline in the overall Irish beer market during 2013, Heineken Ireland has made market share gains and continues to extend its leadership of the lager segment. Covering both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Heineken Ireland employs 544 people and maintained its revenue at €477 million in 2013, driven by robust company […]

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Solid Results From Cosun

  Solid Results From Cosun

Agri-industrial co-operative Royal Cosun has achieved a strong financial result for 2013 with almost all business groups reporting higher turnover. This was due to higher selling prices, organic growth and a number of smaller acquisitions. Group turnover passed the €2 billion mark for the first time in 2013.
At €2.2 billion, consolidated turnover was 11% higher […]

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Further Expansion By Proseal

  Further Expansion By Proseal

Food industry heat sealing specialist Proseal has opened a new factory in the UK. Formed by directors Steve Malone and Robbie Hargreaves in 1998, Proseal has not only become the leading manufacturer of tray sealing machinery to all the main food producers in the UK, but is now recognised as a major force internationally, having […]

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Challenging Year For Heineken

  Challenging Year For Heineken

Heineken has posted a 1.3% increase in 2013 group revenue to €21.3 billion, despite a 2.7% decline in group beer volumes. Group operating profit (beia) increased 2.8% and grew 0.6% organically to €3.192 billion, and group operating margin expanded by 20 basis points from 14.8% to 15.0%. Net profit (beia) of €1.59 million was 2% […]

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Grupo Bimbo Expands European Presence

  Grupo Bimbo Expands European Presence

Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo has agreed to acquire Canada Bread, one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of bakery products, including sliced bread, buns, bagels, English muffins and tortillas in Canada, frozen bread in North America and specialty bakery goods in the United Kingdom.
The transaction, valued at C$1.83 billion (Eur1.22 billion), advances Grupo Bimbo’s global growth […]

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Nestlé Focuses on Skin Health

  Nestlé Focuses on Skin Health

Nestlé’s board of directors has approved a broader strategic long-term orientation for the company, building on Nestlé’s historic strength as a science-based nutrition, health and wellness company. The recent creation of Nestlé Health Science and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences reinforced this strategic direction and focus on helping consumers lead a healthier life through […]

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Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

  Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

UK robot sales figures for 2013 from the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) reveal a 60% increase in robot uptake within the food sector, compared to 2000 results.
With an install base of 2,685,000 products worldwide, FANUC Robotics’ Managing Director Chris Sumner comments: “Our hope is that robots will improve the competitive edge of firms […]

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Nestlé Reports Full Year Organic Growth of 4.6% But Net Profits Slip

  Nestlé Reports Full Year Organic Growth of 4.6% But Net Profits Slip

Nestlé has reported a 2.7% rise in sales to SFr 92.2 billion (Eur75.4 billion) for 2013, impacted by negative foreign exchange of 3.7%. Organic growth was 4.6%, comprising 3.1% real internal growth and 1.5% pricing. Acquisitions, net of divestitures, added 1.8% to sales.
Net profit at SFr10.0 billion was down slightly due to the costs of […]

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Steam Expertise From Bürkert Reduces Costs in Pet Food Production

As with human food, the production standards laid down for pet foods are rigorous, requiring manufacturers to ensure that production processes are carefully controlled in order to deliver a consistent, high quality product. A large part of achieving this is dependent on the cooking process, which involves the controlled use of steam – an area […]

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Premier Foods Buys Ngwane’s Flour Milling Operation in Swaziland

UK-based Premier Foods has taken over the wheat and flour milling operation of Swaziland-based Ngwane Group for ZAR100m.
The Swaziland Competition Commission (SCC) has approved the transaction, subject to certain conditions.
The acquisition is part of the company’s efforts to foray into food manufacturing sector throughout Africa.
Premier Foods CEO Wayne Levendale said, “We are happy that the […]

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Candy Plus Boosts Raisio Profits

Finland-based food group Raisio have reported higher annual profits, helped by improved sales from confectionery arm Candy Plus.
Raisio’s net profit more than doubled from EUR12m (US$16.4m) in 2012 to EUR26.2m in 2013. Its bottom line in 2012 had been hit by a spike in financial expenses.
The company upped its operating profit despite lower sales. Net […]

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Strong Performances From Sainsburys, Waitrose & Discounters

  Strong Performances From Sainsburys, Waitrose & Discounters

The latest UK grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 2 February 2014, show increased market share for Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and the discounters despite the overall grocery market growing at its slowest rate since 2005.
Fraser McKevitt, retail analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Grocery market growth slipped slightly to 2.4%, indicating that […]

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Danone Increases Stake in China’s Leading Dairy Group

  Danone Increases Stake in China’s Leading Dairy Group

Danone is raising its stake from 4.0% to 9.9% in Mengniu, China’s leading dairy company, for an investment of €486 million. The transaction makes Danone the second largest shareholder in Mengniu, and follows on from agreements signed on May 20, 2013 with Mengniu and with COFCO, China’s largest state-owned food company.
In parallel, COFCO, Danone and […]

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Invensys Updates Advanced Process Control Software

  Invensys Updates Advanced Process Control Software

Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, has unveiled a new version of its SimSci® advanced process control software. To be released this spring, SimSci APC 2014 will enable customers to shorten their plant testing and commissioning schedules, as well as improve plant operations and […]

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Bread Innovators Focus on Wholegrain and Fiber Claims

  Bread Innovators Focus on Wholegrain and Fiber Claims

Tracked bread launch numbers have generally continued to rise globally and within that products using health claims of some kind made up over 42% of the total in 2013. This does vary regionally, however, rising to over 75% in the US and Australia and 70% in Latin America; but falling to less than 30% in […]

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Nestlé Reduces its Stake in L’Oréal

  Nestlé Reduces its Stake in L’Oréal

The boards of Nestlé and L’Oréal have approved a strategic transaction for both companies under which L’Oréal will buy 48.5 million of its own shares (8% of its share capital) from Nestlé. This buyback will be financed partially through the disposal by L’Oréal to Nestlé of its 50% stake in Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma […]

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Mondelez International to Invest $130 Million in US Biscuit Manufacturing

  Mondelez International to Invest $130 Million in US Biscuit Manufacturing

Mondelez International is taking another important step in creating a best-in-class global supply chain by investing more than $130 million in new biscuit manufacturing technology and capabilities in its current US network. The investment will focus on bakeries in Fair Lawn, NJ, and Richmond, Va, supporting priority cookie and cracker brands and product platforms. To […]

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Record Export Sales For Czech Brewer

  Record Export Sales For Czech Brewer

Plzeňský Prazdroj, which is the largest exporter of Czech beer, has reported a 5% growth in export sales to 1.114 million hectoliters of beer for 2013. The company’s flagship Pilsner Urquell brand heads the exports drive. In 2013 it scored a 4% annual increase, strengthening its position especially in Asia, Great Britain, Italy, Finland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Monte Negro […]

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GEA Nu-Con’s Generation 3 RDS Technology Brings Self Diagnostics to Rotary Valves

  GEA Nu-Con’s Generation 3 RDS Technology Brings Self Diagnostics to Rotary Valves

GEA Nu-Con’s recently announced Generation 3 Rotor Detection System (RDS) for rotary valves will help protect food processors from the crippling costs of contamination during production and also provide a range of unique technical innovations to improve reliability and diagnose faults.
As recent high-profile cases have shown, the slightest doubt about the integrity of food products […]

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Excellent Performance, Accurate Design and High Reliability Characterise LITA Machinery

  Excellent Performance, Accurate Design and High Reliability Characterise LITA Machinery

Last year, LITA celebrated 50 years of activity and this important anniversary is evidence of the company’s efficiency and ability in satisfying the changing requirements of its customers during this period.
Excellent performance, accurate design and high reliability characterise LITA machinery, providing an excellent guarantee for anyone considering making an important investment. The engineering is entirely […]

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Alltech’s International Craft Brews and Food Fair a Spectacular Success Set to Return for 2015

  Alltech’s International Craft Brews and Food Fair a Spectacular Success Set to Return for 2015

The 2nd annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, may have closed its doors for this year but it will return same time next year. A record number of visitors, more than 6,000, tasted some of the finest craft beers from around the world over the course of the […]

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Dawn Meats Acquires UK Beef Business

  Dawn Meats Acquires UK Beef Business

Irish food group Dawn Meats has expanded its presence in the UK by acquiring the Jasper beef abattoir and boning facility in Treburley, Cornwall, from the Jasper family for an undisclosed sum. The plant can slaughter up to 1000 cattle per week, of which a high percentage are directly transferred into the cutting room. Unprocessed […]

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Scotch Whisky Association Calls For Removal of Duty Escalator

  Scotch Whisky Association Calls For Removal of Duty Escalator

The Scotch whisky industry has met with the Treasury in advance of next month’s UK Budget to explain why it is calling for the removal in 2014 of the alcohol duty escalator and for duty to be frozen.
Representatives from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) discussed the pressures on the industry caused by above-inflation excise duty […]

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Pringles Boosts Kelloggs

  Pringles Boosts Kelloggs

Kellogg Company has reported a 4.2% increase in net sales to $14.8 billion for 2013. However, full-year internal net sales, excluding the effects of foreign currency translation and acquisitions/disposals, increased by 0.3%. Reported operating profit increased by 81.6% to $2.84 billion; reflecting very strong results posted by the Pringles acquisition for the full year. Full-year […]

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Interfood’s ‘Magnificent 7’ on Show at Foodex

  Interfood’s ‘Magnificent 7’ on Show at Foodex

Interfood Technology will once again be returning to Foodex, using stand Q320 to showcase many of the latest developments from the company’s seven divisions which collectively represents one of the most comprehensive ranges of machinery and equipment in the food processing market.
On show for the first time at Foodex will be Interfood’s Packing Solutions Division, […]

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Packaging – Designed For the Consumer or the Supply Chain?

  Packaging – Designed For the Consumer or the Supply Chain?

Does the increasingly complex supply chain mean we are designing packaging more for the supply chain than for the consumer?  Is the hot topic being discussed at this year’s BIG Packaging Debate, taking place on the 26th February 2014 at 15.30, in the International Brand Summit theatre, at Packaging Innovations 2014, NEC.
This year’s expert panel […]

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Nestle’s Iconic Italian Brand Opens Rome Boutique

  Nestle’s Iconic Italian Brand Opens Rome Boutique

Perugina, the iconic Italian chocolate brand, is opening a boutique in the heart of Rome. The original Baci chocolates (“kisses” in Italian) have remained virtually unchanged since they were invented more than nine decades ago.
 
The small, hazelnut-filled chocolates were created in Umbria in 1922 by an Italian lady called Luisa Spagnoli as a way of […]

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Nutrilac® FastRipe Opens Door to Huge Savings for Cheese Producers

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched Nutrilac® FastRipe, a natural milk protein that enables cheese-makers to reduce ripening times and save thousands of euros every year without any negative impact on product quality or shelf life.
Ripening is a key stage in the production of continental and Cheddar-type cheeses. It typically takes from three weeks to more […]

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Jennifer Jorgensen Replaces Ed Culf as General Mills UK Marketing Director

Haagen-Dazs and Betty Crocker-owner General Mills has named Jennifer Jorgensen as its new marketing director.
Jorgensen replaces Ed Culf, who has been the marketing director for the UK, Ireland and Nordics for the past five years.
In a statement, General Mills said Culf had left the business to look for a new challenge, with a goal to […]

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