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  • Irish Manufacturing Renaissance in Peril “Manufacturing is incredibly important to our economy and we are going through a ‘Renaissance’. Our economy has been performing strongly and manufacturing is at the centre,” said Fergal O’Brien (pictured), Director of Policy and Chief Economist, IBEC, when addressing the recent National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. “Ireland is one of [...]...
  • Winners of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards Former CEO and non-executive director of Creganna-Tactx Medical, Helen Ryan has been crowned the Outstanding Industry Contribution winner at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. The event, which celebrates the finest in Irish manufacturing, took place at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre on the evening of the 17th of January, following the record [...]...
  • Manufacturing Sector Represents Almost a Third of the Irish Economy The Irish manufacturing sector employs over 250,000 people and accounts for 32% of Ireland’s GDP – significantly higher than the European average of 15% and Germany at 21%, according to Martin Shanahan (pictured), CEO of IDA Ireland. Manufacturing also plays a key role in helping to address the regional imbalance in the Irish economy with [...]...
  • National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019 Sets New Records The recent National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, held at the Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin, set new records in terms of its scale and visitor numbers. More than 5,000 people from all over Ireland attended the 2019 National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which incorporated a comprehensive conference programme featuring 220 speaks [...]...
  • Ireland’s Ocean Energy Test Facility Opens Lir, Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, has been officially opened in Ringaskiddy, County Cork by Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, TD. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the National Ocean Test Facility – provides world-class laboratory testing for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy devices. The [...]...

Suntory Acquisition of Beam Nears Completion

  Suntory Acquisition of Beam Nears Completion

The proposed $16 billion acquisition of US-based spirits group Beam by Suntory Holdings of Japan is expected to be completed by the end of April 2014, following approval of the deal by Beam shareholders.
“Shareholder approval of the acquisition by Suntory is a reflection of the substantial value created for our investors over the past several […]

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AG Barr Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

  AG Barr Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

UK soft drinks producer AG Barr has acheived a 9.6% increase pre-tax profit before exceptional items, to £38.1 million on turnover up 6.9% to £254.1 million for the 12 months ended 26 January 2014. Revenue growth outpaced the wider UK soft drinks market.
The Scottish drinks company’s carbonates sales grew by 8.2% in value, fuelled by […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Return to Growth

  UK Food and Drink Exports Return to Growth

Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew by 5% to £12.8 billion in 2013, a welcome rise after a flat 2012, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 2013 saw exports recover to the EU28 (+3%), with strong growth in Q2 (+9%) and Q4 (+7%), correlating closely to EU economic performance. Exports were […]

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Olympus Automation’s Steam Infusion Awarded £30,000 by Shell Springboard

Olympus Automation has been awarded a £30,000 prize as part of the Springboard competition sponsored by industry giant Shell. The expert panel of judges recognised the potential for Steam Infusion to significantly reduce carbon emissions due to a more efficient industrial heating and mixing process.
 
The Shell Springboard programme is a nationwide search for the next […]

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Finsbury Food Group is Optimistic

  Finsbury Food Group is Optimistic

Finsbury Food Group, the UK manufacturer of cake and speciality bread, has reported a 5% increase in operating profit to £2.6 million on revenue from continuing operations down 1.8% to £86.6 million for the six months ended 28 December 2013.
Profit before tax from continuing operations rose 50.6% to £2.1 million. Finsbury sold its Free From […]

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PepsiCo Named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

  PepsiCo Named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

PepsiCo has been named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical (WME) Company by the Ethisphere Institute, attaining this accolade for the eighth consecutive year.
The World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies designation is given by the Ethisphere Institute (Ethisphere), which recognizes companies with leading ethics and compliance programs. Ethisphere determines which companies go beyond making statements about doing […]

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Nestlé to Cut Water Use Across European Operations by 40%

  Nestlé to Cut Water Use Across European Operations by 40%

Nestlé has committed to making significant cuts to its water use in Europe, reducing water consumption by 40% across its European production sites by 2020 versus 2010 levels. Already, Nestlé has reduced the water used in its European operations by 36% over the period between 2004 and 2010, after changes to production levels are taken […]

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Tesco Enters Joint Venture with Tata in India

  Tesco Enters Joint Venture with Tata in India

UK-based retailer Tesco has entered into an agreement with Trent Ltd, part of the Tata Group, to form a 50:50 joint venture in Trent Hypermarket, which operates the Star Bazaar retail business in India. Tesco’s investment will be around £85 million.
On completion of the transaction THL will operate 12 stores retailing a range of merchandise […]

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Pearlfisher helps Blue Bottle Coffee define their New Orleans Iced Coffee carton

Pearlfisher has created a new look for Blue Bottle Coffee’s New Orleans Iced Coffee. Though
many iced coffee brands already crowd the shelves, Blue Bottle’s offering is unique. One of the
country’s leading artisan roasters, Blue Bottle boasts eight cafés in and around the San
Francisco area, six cafes in New York City and is served in farmers […]

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A Wealth of Exhibitors at The Natural Food Show 2014

Thanks to a 38% increase in food and drink companies for 2014, The Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe is set for its biggest ever edition next month, when it returns to London’s Olympia on 13-14 April. 

The UK’s only dedicated trade show for natural, organic, fair trade, sustainable, vegan, vegetarian, free […]

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GEA Avapac announces sale of 50th RBF Limited Intervention Bag Filling System for Powdered Food Products

GEA Avapac has announced the sale of its 50th RBF Limited Intervention (Li) bag filling system for powdered dairy and food products. The RBF Li system was developed by GEA Avapac in collaboration with New Zealand dairy co-operative, Fonterra and first used in production in 2004. This latest order for two systems was placed by […]

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RSSL Clarify Food Labelling Requirements as Countdown to Compliance Begins

With just 9 months to go until the EU Food Information to Consumer Regulation (FIC) comes onto the UK statute books as the Food Information Regulation (FIR), the countdown to compliance has begun in earnest. Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has received numerous enquiries from food business operators about the new regulations, focusing on the […]

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Refresco Gerber Pursues Growth in 2014

  Refresco Gerber Pursues Growth in 2014

Refresco Gerber, the European soft drinks and fruit juices group created following the rent merger of Refresco and Gerber Emig, has reported a 3.2% increase in revenue to €1.59 billion with volume up 2.2% for 2013. On a like-for-like basis revenue and volume declined 1.6% and 0.8%, respectively mainly due to weak markets and a […]

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Cargill Expands its Speciality Cocoa Liquor Capabilities

  Cargill Expands its Speciality Cocoa Liquor Capabilities

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has made a significant investment to expand its specialty cocoa liquor capabilities in its plants in France and Germany.
Philippe Huet, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s Managing Director Cocoa, says: “This major investment in our cocoa liquor capabilities will enable us to meet growing customer demand for premium and organic chocolate products. […]

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PepsiCo Opens Snacks Plant in Thailand

  PepsiCo Opens Snacks Plant in Thailand

Emerging and developing markets in the Asia Pacific region continue to represent high-growth opportunities for PepsiCo, and the company continues to invest aggressively to increase its presence in these markets. One recent example is PepsiCo’s newly constructed potato chip plant in Ayudhaya Province, Thailand, which began production on February 4, 2014. It is PepsiCo’s second […]

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Kellogg Company Named a World’s Most Ethical Company

  Kellogg Company Named a World’s Most Ethical Company

Kellogg Company has once again been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, an independent research center promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. This is the sixth time Kellogg has received the designation since Ethisphere first began honoring companies in 2007.
According to Ethisphere, honorees understand the correlation between […]

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Cargill Inaugurates €8 Million Expansion of European R&D Hub

  Cargill Inaugurates €8 Million Expansion of European R&D Hub

Cargill has officially inaugurated its newly expanded European Research and Development Centre in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The expansion is the result of a Eur8 million investment in line with the highest technological and food safety standards.
The R&D Centre now features a new state-of-the-art pilot plant, adding 5,000 sq m of innovation space where Cargill’s 145 scientists […]

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Nespresso to Enter Colombian Market

  Nespresso to Enter Colombian Market

Nespresso is to start commercial operations in Colombia for the first time, commencing later this year. Colombia is the most important source of green coffee for Nespresso – Colombian coffee can be found in 80% of Nespresso Grands Crus.
“Colombia is a country where coffee holds a very special place and we’re very excited that Colombian […]

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World Water Day 2014: Europe’s Food & Drink Manufacturers Working Towards Water Sustainability

  World Water Day 2014: Europe’s Food & Drink Manufacturers Working Towards Water Sustainability

With this year’s World Water Day, on March 22, focusing on raising awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy, Europe’s food and drink industry reaffirms its commitment to contribute to a water and energy efficient food supply chain.
In 20 years’ time, demand for water will be 40% higher than it is today and freshwater […]

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Barry & Fitzwilliam Wins a Deloitte Best Managed Company Award

  Barry & Fitzwilliam Wins a Deloitte Best Managed Company Award

Ireland’s largest independent drinks distributor, Barry & Fitzwilliam has been awarded the prestigious Gold Standard Award in the Deloitte Best Managed Company Awards. A winner of the Deloitte Best Managed company award in 2011, this subsequent award has been awarded to just 15 companies throughoutIreland, following four consecutive years of operating at the highest level […]

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Greencore to Develop £20 Million Greenfield Factory in the US

  Greencore to Develop £20 Million Greenfield Factory in the US

UK convenience food manufacturer Greencore Group is to build agreenfieldsandwich manufacturing facility in Quonset, Rhode Island in the USA. The new facility will be strategically located to enable Greencore USA both to service its existing markets in New England and also to develop future business opportunities closer to New York.
As a result of the project, […]

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Britvic Launches Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water in Great Britain

  Britvic Launches Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water in Great Britain

Britvic Ireland has announced the GB launch of Ballygowan natural mineral water with export of the award-winning bottled water brand. This is a significant milestone for a home grown Irish brand like Ballygowan, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary as Ireland’s first bottled water brand.
The GB launch will see the product stocked in the […]

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WSTA Welcomes Decision to Scrap the Alcohol Duty Escalator

  WSTA Welcomes Decision to Scrap the Alcohol Duty Escalator

The wine and spirit industry is set to save £175 million in additional duty payments following the British Chancellor’s decision to scrap the Alcohol Duty Escalator, according to Budget forecasts.
The decision follows the successful Call Time on Duty campaign, spearheaded by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, along with the Scotch Whisky Association and The […]

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Darfresh® on Tray Skin Packaging Make a Clearly Visible Difference to Operational Efficiency

  Darfresh® on Tray Skin Packaging Make a Clearly Visible Difference to Operational Efficiency

Combining a revolutionary pre-made tray system with versatile vacuum skin, Darfresh® on Tray is packed with innovation. The key differentiators are the use of a perforated tray/skin and cutting process, affording zero skeleton film waste, plus the integration of special vacuum valves for optimal productivity. Developed in close collaboration with equipment manufacturer G. Mondini, the […]

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Frutarom Health BU Announces a Move into Omega-3

Frutarom Switzerland Ltd., Health BU Switzerland, announces its entry into the omega-3 market with high quality and deodorized DHA and EPA marine-sourced omega-3 ingredients designed for a variety of food & beverage applications and dietary supplements.
EPA and DHA omega-3 are vital nutrients that help every cell in the body to function optimally. However, the […]

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Industry Urged to Provide Clearer Product Information on Labelling

Despite the introduction of a standardised traffic light food labelling system in 2013, consumers want manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to provide more information on the food they’re selling, with many consumers still confused and at risk of making poor choices around healthy eating.
Although three quarters (76 per cent) of consumers claim to understand the […]

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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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