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  • Sisk Reports Strong Performance For 2018 Sicon Limited, which is the holding company for Sisk’s construction and construction related activities in Ireland, the United Kingdom and a number of international markets, has reported a 24% increase in turnover to just under €1.2 billion and a pre-tax profit of €28.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2018. Over 97% of the [...]...
  • Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Residential and Commercial Building Projects Honoured at 2019 ISOVER Awards Simply Architecture, and their new build residential project – ‘The Fairways’ in Cork – has been named the winner of the 2019 Overall ISOVER Award, as well as Designer of the Year 2019, at the third ISOVER Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place recently at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, saw over 100 [...]...
  • Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Grocery Shoppers The latest figures from Kantar show that overall the Irish grocery market grew by 4.2% over the 12 weeks to 19 May 2019, with Dunnes Stores holding off the challenge of Tesco and retaining pole position. Respective growth of 12.6% and 5.9% for Aldi and Lidl means that the retailers’ combined grocery market share stands [...]...
  • Strencom Acquires Leading Irish Security Company Baker Security & Networks Strencom, the Irish managed connectivity and cloud computing provider, has acquired managed network and cybersecurity company, Baker Security & Networks. The deal will bolster Strencom’s security and networking offering and further the company’s ambition to achieve annual recurring revenue of €50 million. Established in 2000, Strencom provides managed connectivity, unified communications and managed cloud hosting services to [...]...
  • New Report on Customer Experience Sector in Ireland IDA Ireland has launched a new report detailing the extent to which 5,000 jobs in the Customer Experience (Cx) sector in Ireland will be affected by technological and generational forces over the coming years. The document sets out a vision for Irish operators in the Cx sector that urges them to remain competitive by focusing [...]...

Diageo’s Brands Lead Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirits Lists

  Diageo’s Brands Lead Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirits Lists

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, has increased its leadership of Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirit Brands Lists, with its brands holding the number one and number two spots in both the value and volume rankings for the first time.
For the seventh consecutive year, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker have topped the rankings, as the […]

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VALUEDRUM: Every Bite Tastes Good

  VALUEDRUM: Every Bite Tastes Good

2Sisters invests in Marel Marinating System for Poultry Products.
 

Demand for easy-to-prepare, readily seasoned products is growing fast with value added products moving into the focus of retailers and consumers. Marinating is an effective way of increasing consumer appeal, product quality and ease of cooking, and a growth area more and more processors look to invest […]

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Matcon Interpack 2014 Exhibition Preview

Matcon will be unveiling two new solutions: a bulk Tablet Packing system for the quick transfer of tablets into drums for external distribution & Track Record for full recipe traceability when running multiple recipes in parallel using an IBC system.
 
In addition, visitors can see a miniature model of a typical food manufacturing plant.
 
A Matcon IBC […]

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Lay’s to Launch Biggest Ever Global Integrated Marketing Campaign

  Lay’s to Launch Biggest Ever Global Integrated Marketing Campaign

Lay’s – the world’s top snack brand – is launching a major global integrated marketing campaign and new multi-dimensional promotional partnership featuring record breaking football superstar, Leo Messi. The campaign celebrates the simple pleasure of globally enjoyed Lay’s potato chips and extends across three executions: master brand communication, Lay’s Deep Ridged snacks and an additional […]

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Arla Foods Unveils New Strategy For Sustainable Dairy Farming

  Arla Foods Unveils New Strategy For Sustainable Dairy Farming

Arla Foods has developed a global strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming focusing on animals, climate, nature and resources. The new strategy will further reinforce dairy group’s position as a responsible company and assist Arla farmers with their ongoing work around climate, waste and animal welfare.
European dairy farmers are already among the most efficient in the […]

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A Cracking Deal For Chippindale Foods

  A Cracking Deal For Chippindale Foods

Free range eggs from Chippindale Foods are to be distributed across the North of England after the company cracked a deal to supply the family-firm Booths Supermarkets. On a mission to engage with consumers to help the nation “enjoy eggs more” Chippindale Foods launched Free Rangers in 2013. Fronted by three ‘plucky birds’, Stef the […]

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Food Safety Focus as Nestlé Opens China Institute

  Food Safety Focus as Nestlé Opens China Institute

As part of efforts to strengthen its food safety research in China, Nestlé has opened a food safety research centre in Beijing. The Nestlé Food Safety Institute (NFSI) will work closely with agencies to help provide the scientific foundation for food safety policies and standards.
The support will include early management of food safety issues and […]

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Heineken’s Green Draught System Named Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year

  Heineken’s Green Draught System Named Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year

Heineken has announced that its David XL Green, the world’s greenest draught system, has received the prestigious Top Product of the Year Award 2014 in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Award. An expert panel of judges considered David XL Green as an exemplary innovation that provides bar owners with energy and environmental benefits.
David XL […]

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Northern Ireland Food Companies Encouraged to Invest in Innovation for Growth

  Northern Ireland Food Companies Encouraged to Invest in Innovation for Growth

Smaller food and drink companies are being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to grow faster through greater investment in innovative products for export. Companies are being invited to take part in ‘Food For Thought’, a major conference on innovation on 9th April at the College of […]

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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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