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  • OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit “If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Vice President of Engineers Ireland, about preparations for installing infrastructure at ports and airports in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’. “Eighteen separate construction projects are now underway [...]...
  • Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in Britain and represent a major risk for the industry, according to executives at the recent National Construction Summit in Citywest, Dublin – writes John Whelan (pictured above). And a huge majority of [...]...
  • Marketing Campaign Worth €1.2 Million Unveiled by Guaranteed Irish Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing 600+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, has unveiled a new marketing campaign worth €1.2 million, aimed at showcasing its members’ success. The campaign has been launched to coincide with Guaranteed Irish Month, an annual event running throughout March that shines a spotlight on businesses in Ireland [...]...
  • Jameson Enters the Top 10 Premium Spirits Brands in the World List Jameson Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers at Midleton Distillery in Cork, has entered the top 10 of IMPACT magazine’s annual ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list for the first time ever, after increasing sales 10% to a record 7.5 million nine-litre cases in 2018. In addition, Jameson scored its 18th consecutive year [...]...
  • Growth in Demand For Waste Handling Equipment Expected Sales of waste handling and processing equipment are conservatively expected to increase by 5% to 10% annually in unit terms over the next decade, and possibly beyond, according to a study being conducted by leading Birdhill and Rathcoole-based plant and equipment distributor, McHale Plant Sales. Conscious of the growing importance of waste management, and of the [...]...

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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New Masterclass at Vitafoods Europe puts your Business on the Road to Success

The organisers of Vitafoods Europe, the leading event for the nutraceutical industry, have announced a new masterclass for 2014, which will offer advice on launching new products to market.
Innovation is the lifeblood of the nutraceutical industry as manufacturers continue to cater for ever-more discerning consumers in developed markets, as well as new demographics in […]

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OPTIMA at Interpack: Flexibility and Diversity for Packaging Processes

Optima will be exhibiting its intelligent process and packaging solutions at the upcoming Interpack trade fair, where the focus will be on flexibility, high outputs and line solutions to offer users the best possible return on investment. A number of important new developments will be showcased.
OPTIMA consumer
Being able to fill and close both bottles and […]

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Jump Ahead of the Competition with Accelerated Oxidative Stability Testing

A new accelerated stability testing service for oils, fats and finished products will provide invaluable support to the food industry, says Reading Scientific Services Ltd. Accelerated testing allows oxidative stability to be evaluated in a fraction of the standard time, so more stable products with longer shelf-life can be developed quicker.
The RSSL Lipids Team uses […]

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McDonald’s Launches Free Fruit Giveaways Across Europe

  McDonald’s Launches Free Fruit Giveaways Across Europe

McDonald’s has announced the launch of a campaign to give away free fruit across Europe – a major step in delivering on the company’s global commitment to increase access to fruit and vegetables and to make these items a fun and appealing choice for children. All McDonald’s European markets already offer fruit menu items but […]

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Aryzta Makes Further Progress With Transformation Initiative

  Aryzta Makes Further Progress With Transformation Initiative

Aryzta, the global speciality bakery group, has reported a 1.7% increase in group revenue to €2.10 billion and a 6.4% rise in group EBITA to €198.3 million for the six months period ended 31 January 2014. Aryzta’s core Food Group business increased revenue by 5.7% to €1.59 billion and EBITA by 5.6% to €194.2 million. At […]

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New Strategy For British Beer Exports

  New Strategy For British Beer Exports

As new figures show growth of 2% in British beer exports, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and National Association of Cidermakers, working with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), have formally published a new strategy to grow beer and cider exports in 2014 and 2015. The new strategy aims to deliver sustainable growth to […]

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Tangerine Confectionery to Consolidate Production

  Tangerine Confectionery to Consolidate Production

Tangerine Confectionery, the UK’s largest independent sugar confectionery and branded popcorn supplier, is to close one of its two sites in Blackpool. Tangerine intends shutting its site a Clifton Road, where 160 people are employed, and centralising production at other sites including Vicarage Lane in Blackpool.
“These changes at Tangerine are fundamental to creating sustainable jobs […]

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Chiquita and Fyffes to Merge

  Chiquita and Fyffes to Merge

Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes are to merge to create a global banana and other fresh produce company with approximately $4.6 billion in annual revenues. Chiquita and Fyffes plan to complete the transaction before the end of 2014.
Under the all share deal, Chiquita shareholders will own approximately 50.7% of ChiquitaFyffes, and Fyffes shareholders approximately 49.3% […]

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Coca-Cola Enterprises to Invest £1 Million a Week in its British Operations

  Coca-Cola Enterprises to Invest £1 Million a Week in its British Operations

Coca-Cola Enterprises plans to spend £52 million this year on its British operations, taking total investment to £227 million since 2011. The four year investment programme underlines CCE’s commitment to manufacturing excellence in Great Britain (GB), with a range of innovations in machinery and sustainable production.
Among CCE’s investments in 2014 will be a Combined Heat […]

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Mondelez International Partners with Facebook

  Mondelez International Partners with Facebook

Mondelez International has announced a global strategic partnership with Facebook, as the company continues to shift more media spending to digital, especially social and mobile, across the entire consumer journey. The partnership leverages the scale of both businesses to deliver overall competitive advantage via step-change brand-building, ground-breaking innovation and access to research, training and capabilities.
“Our […]

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Europe’s Brewers Call For Level Playing Field in EU-US Trade Talks

  Europe’s Brewers Call For Level Playing Field in EU-US Trade Talks

Having been tabled during the 3rd round, Europe’s brewers are calling for a level playing field on tax relief for small brewers to be included in negotiations at the 4th round of TTIP talks between the EU and the US this week. Currently small US brewers exporting to the EU are eligible for the reduced […]

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Sustainable Temperature Controlled Transport Solutions From VISBEEN

  Sustainable Temperature Controlled Transport Solutions From VISBEEN

VISBEEN specializes in frozen and temperature controlled transport (groupage and full loads). The company operates transport solutions right across Europe on a daily basis, enabling it to meet your logistical needs throughout 365 days of the year. Whatever the size of the consignment, whether it’s a small business or a multinational, VISBEEN has the right […]

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Embalance® – The Next Potato Generation

As a leading manufacturer of potato flakes and granules, Emsland Group is stepping up its production in Cloppenburg, Germany, this summer, by becoming the biggest flakes factory worldwide. Emsland Group is also starting a new flake factory at its head office in Emlichheim which will eventually produce 15.000 mt of potato flakes. Emsland Group has […]

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New CEO for CO2 Technology Manufacturers Union Engineering a/s

A unanimous Board of Directors has appointed Kim Dalum for the position as new CEO of CO2 technology Union Engineering a/s.
Kim Dalum comes from a position as General Manager, Market Unit Brewery at Alfa -Laval A/S, and has previously among other things, been co-owner and CEO of Sander Hansen A/S.
Current CEO Peter Kriklywi will continue […]

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