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  • Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant Irish genetics company IdentiGEN has welcomed a €1.8 million research and development award to further strengthen its position as a world leader in DNA technologies within the food industry. IdentiGEN, which is based in Dublin and provides DNA traceability solutions for the meat and seafood sectors, will use the investment to advance food quality and [...]...
  • Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year. Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from [...]...
  • TriMedika Secures Four Export Contracts TriMedika has secured four new orders of its innovative non-contact thermometer at Medica 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for the medical industry. The deals in Switzerland, Germany and Austria are the latest for this growing Belfast-based medical devices business. Co-founders Julie Brien, COO, and Dr Roisin Molloy, CEO, have been working closely with Invest Northern [...]...
  • CRU Proposals to Facilitate Greater Integration of Renewable Natural Gas The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) is supporting the introduction of renewable natural gas to the Irish transmission network with a revision to the Gas Safety Guidelines to incorporate renewable gas injection facilities. In addition, the CRU has commenced a consultation on changes to the gas transmission tariff methodology, which includes proposals to facilitate [...]...
  • Enterprise Ireland and HSE Invite SMEs to Tackle Diabetes in New Challenges A new competition to address health complications that arise as a result of diabetes has been announced by Enterprise Ireland and the HSE through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative. The health and wellness challenges aim to harness innovation and technology to help diabetes patients avoid the development of typical complications associated with the [...]...

Scotch Whisky Exports Soar

  Scotch Whisky Exports Soar

New analysis from the Scottish Government, based on the latest HMRC figures, shows the value of Scotch whisky exports from the UK has increased by 87 per cent over the last ten years from £2.3 billion in 2002 to £4.3 billion in 2012 – the latest figures available.
The volume of exports has also experienced a […]

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United Biscuits Returns to Classic Recipe for McVitie’s Digestives

  United Biscuits Returns to Classic Recipe for McVitie’s Digestives

United Biscuits has announced that, following consumer feedback, it is returning to the classic recipe for its production of McVitie’s Digestives, from February 2014.
The McVitie’s Digestive biscuit recipe was changed in two stages in 2009 and 2010, removing sustainable palm oil and replacing it with the reduced saturated fat sunflower oil. However, some consumers have […]

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Management Changes at Remy Cointreau

  Management Changes at Remy Cointreau

Frederic Pflanz has resigned as chief executive of French drinks group Remy Cointreau for personal reasons. However, he will remain in the group as development director, with responsibility for specific assignments that he has already initiated.
As a transitional measure, the Remy Cointreau board has asked its chairman, François Heriard Dubreuil, to assume the responsibilities of […]

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GSK Completes Divestment of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory

  GSK Completes Divestment of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory

GlaxoSmithKline, which is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has completed the previously announced divestment of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food for £1.35 billion.
Suntory Beverage & Food is a leading global soft drink company, headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with […]

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ABP Food Group Expands in Poland

  ABP Food Group Expands in Poland

ABP Food Group has expanded its operations in Poland with the acquisition of a second production facility in Klosowice, Western Poland. The facility, acquired from Italian food group Ferrarini, will increase ABP’s production capacity in Poland to over 100,000 animals per year.
ABP entered Poland in 2011 through the acquisition of a plant in Pniewy, which […]

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New Head at Scotch Whisky Association

  New Head at Scotch Whisky Association

David Frost (pictured) has taken up his position as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association replacing Gavin Hewitt, who has stepped down. David Frost was formerly director for Europe, Trade and International Affairs at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Government department focusing on economic growth and trade policy. In his […]

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Morrisons Launches Online Food Offer

  Morrisons Launches Online Food Offer

Supermarket group Morrisons has launched its online food offer Morrisons.com that is designed to set new standards for the delivery of fresh food in the UK. The website has gone live and deliveries begin across much of the Midlands on January 10th.
Morrisons is famous for high quality fresh food prepared by butchers, bakers and fishmongers […]

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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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