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  • An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline A traditional barometer of the construction industry environment in Ireland is the number of cranes punctuating the Dublin skyline. “The crane count in Dublin reached a record 123 in March 2019 – the fifth consecutive month when the survey recorded a new high,” pointed out Tom Moloney, Managing Director of CIS (Construction Information Services), when [...]...
  • LEOs Unite to Create New Opportunity For Producers to Pitch to Top Food Buyers Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities from all over the country have joined forces to make an unprecedented investment in raising the profile of the country’s finest food producers. They have linked with The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards to create a brand new ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, the first of its kind, [...]...
  • HNH Creates 14 Financial Services Jobs in Export-focused Expansion Belfast financial services company HNH is investing over £1.3 million to create 14 new jobs to help it capitalise on opportunities in the global financial advisory market. The firm currently offers corporate finance, business restructuring, forensic accounting, recruitment and human capital advisory services. It is now adding a transactions services division and a mergers and acquisition [...]...
  • Diaceutics Floats on the London Stock Exchange Diaceutics, which has offices in Belfast and Dundalk, has floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £52.9 million. Founded by EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 finalist Peter Keeling, Diaceutics helps pharmaceutical companies reach more patients that need to be on better, targeted and potentially life-saving drugs. In [...]...
  • €31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. The project is [...]...

Dairy Industry Protein Measurement Standard Expanded For Greater Consumer Protection and Harmonised Trade

  Dairy Industry Protein Measurement Standard Expanded For Greater Consumer Protection and Harmonised Trade

IDF and ISO have joined forces to expand the scope of an international standard used worldwide in the dairy industry to measure the protein content of cow’s milk. The Kjeldahl method now encompasses milk from other species as well as internationally traded dairy products covered by Codex standards. The revised standard ISO 8968-1:2014 (IDF 20-1:2014) […]

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Icelandic Group Acquires Icelandic Primary Fish Processor

  Icelandic Group Acquires Icelandic Primary Fish Processor

Icelandic Group, the international seafood processor and trader, has completed the acquisition of primary fish processing company Ny-Fiskur, following approval from the competition authority in Iceland. Icelandic Group will also take over, as part of the transaction, one line vessel (Von GK-113) with quota of around 800 tons.
Ny-Fiskur specialises in processing and sales of various […]

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OFT Approves First Milk/Adams Foods Partnership

  OFT Approves First Milk/Adams Foods Partnership

The Office of Fair Trading has cleared the proposed strategic partnership between Adams Foods, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cheese, and First Milk, the largest British farmer-owned dairy co-operative. The partnership will establish a fully integrated supply chain for hard cheese in the UK retail, food service and wholesale sectors through harnessing the […]

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TSC Foods Joins The Billington Group

  TSC Foods Joins The Billington Group

UK food manufacturer The Billington Group has acquired TSC Foods, the Scunthorpe-based manufacturer of chilled and frozen products for the food service, retail & B2B markets. Supplying the food service industry for more than two decades, TSC Foods will become part of the The Billington Group and will continue to be led by David Bondi […]

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Ex-British Sugar MD Becomes Chief Operating Officer at Real Good Food Company

  Ex-British Sugar MD Becomes Chief Operating Officer at Real Good Food Company

Diversified UK food group, The Real Good Food Company, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of former British Sugar managing director, Gino De Jaegher, as the group’s chief operating officer, with immediate effect.
Gino De Jaegher has wide-ranging experience in marketing and sales of branded consumer goods and agriculture-based manufacturing businesses in the […]

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Fletchers Group Refinances to Maintain Growth

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £22m refinancing package and renewal of its banking facilities as it aims for long term business growth.
The group, which is a leading supplier of bakery and morning goods to the Foodservice and Retail markets, has partnered with ABN AMRO, which provides the £22m banking facility for the […]

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Fletchers Fill Cupcakes for First Foray into Market

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has launched its first ever cupcake range – complete with an indulgent filling – through its foodservice Kara brand.
Kara, which specialises in frozen buns, rolls and doughballs for the food service and convenience sectors, now offers a range of four new cupcakes – Chocolate Heaven filled with chocolate sauce; Strawberry […]

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New Clinical Trial Backs Arla Foods Ingredients’ Infant Immunity Ingredient

Feeding babies with infant formula enriched with Arla Foods Ingredients’ Lacprodan® OPN-10 supports their immune development, according to the results of a new trial.
Lacprodan® OPN-10 is made from the whey protein osteopontin, a bioactive component associated with the maturation of the infant immune system. Osteopontin is found in high concentrations in human milk – about […]

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Moët Hennessy Continues With Value Creation Strategy

  Moët Hennessy Continues With Value Creation Strategy

The Wines & Spirits business of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), the world’s leading luxury products group, achieved organic revenue growth of 6% to Eur4.19 billion in 2013. Profit from recurring operations increased by 9% to Eur1.37 billion.
In an environment marked by good momentum in Asia and the United States, and a contrasted market in […]

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International FoodTec Brasil in an Excellent Position, Six Months Before The Premiere

Six months before the start of the trade fair, the outlook is extremely promising for International FoodTec Brasil, which is celebrating its premiere from 5 to 7 August 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. Upon expiry of the early booker period, two thirds of the floor space has been let for the Food Technology trade fair, organised […]

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Fletchers Group Refinances to Maintain Growth

  Fletchers Group Refinances to Maintain Growth

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has completed a £22 million refinancing package and renewal of its banking facilities as it aims for long term business growth. The group, which is a leading supplier of bakery and morning goods to the food service and retail markets in the UK, has partnered with ABN AMRO, which provides the […]

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€1.5 Million Investment Leads to Major Tesco Order For Irish Egg Supplier

  €1.5 Million Investment Leads to Major Tesco Order For Irish Egg Supplier

Country Cavan-based free-range egg supplier O’Egg has secured a major order from Tesco to stock 58 stores with its innovative new liquid whole egg and liquid egg white product. The order, which is the equivalent of half-a-million eggs per year, comes on the back of a €1.5 million investment in new product development, manufacturing processes […]

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Marston’s Opens New £7 Million Bottling Plant

  Marston’s Opens New £7 Million Bottling Plant

British brewer and pub group Marston’s has opened a new £7.4 million bottling plant at its brewery in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. Capable of producing 18,000 bottles per hour, the new line will help Marston’s to meet growing demand for its bottled beer. Marston’s has also installed four new 480 barrel conditioning tanks for […]

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UK Pub Chains to Serve Up Increased Demand for Sites

UK pub chains looking to expand into Ireland, along with providers of electronic goods, clothing and footwear, are likely to be the most active players in the Irish retail property market this year, according to property consultancy, Savills.
“We’re now seeing increased demand from food and drink retailers for prime city-centre space, with requirements currently outstripping […]

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United Biscuits Re-launches McVitie’s Brand

  United Biscuits Re-launches McVitie’s Brand

United Biscuits is re-launching its McVitie’s brand, unveiling a £12 million multi-media advertising campaign as part of its efforts to accelerate growth for the sweet biscuits category. Representing the biggest campaign of its kind for United Biscuits to date, all of the company’s sweet products (with the exception of go ahead!) will now sit under […]

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Nestlé Sells PowerBar

  Nestlé Sells PowerBar

Nestlé has sold its premium sports nutrition business under the PowerBar and Musashi brands to a US-based consumer packed goods holding company, Post Holdings. Nestlé’s premium sports nutrition business operates mostly in the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Based in St Louis, Missouri, Post Holdings is the third largest producer of ready-to-eat […]

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New CEO and Managing Director For Tata Global Beverages

  New CEO and Managing Director For Tata Global Beverages

The board of Tata Global Beverages has promoted Ajoy Misra, presently the group’s deputy chief executive and executive director, to the position of chief executive and managing director, effective from 1st April 2014. He replaces. Harish Bhat, who will step down at close of business on 31st March 2014 and move into a senior advisory […]

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Caledonian Brewing Company Appoints New Managing Director

  Caledonian Brewing Company Appoints New Managing Director

Scottish brewer, the Caledonian Brewing Company, has confirmed that Andy Maddock (pictured) will join the business in March, taking up the role of managing director, following the departure of Stephen Crawley at the end of December 2013. Andy Maddock is currently trade marketing controller for Heineken’s UK business and has undertaken a number of senior […]

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Metsä Board Unveils Coated Version of Modo Northern Light Liner

Finnish paper and pulp company has developed a new coated version of its Modo Northern Light liner, which is suitable for litho lamination and microflute applications, and primarily for food packaging.
The liner complements the company’s coated Kemiart kraftliners and adds a grade with high whiteness and better printing properties in lower substances.
Manufactured at Metsä Board’s […]

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Major Investment to Boost Arla’s Profitability

  Major Investment to Boost Arla’s Profitability

Arla Foods is looking to expand its production globally and make it more eco-friendly by investing DKr2.2 billion (Eur295 million) in ten of its dairy sites in 2014. The focus will be on production of profitable export products for the company’s strategic growth markets outside the EU.
With an ambition to double its exports of European […]

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Positive Outlook For Irish Agrifood if Sustainable Long-term Investment Can be Achieved

  Positive Outlook For Irish Agrifood if Sustainable Long-term Investment Can be Achieved

Top food industry executives, banking strategists, and farming interests gathered in Dublin recently for the AgriFood Business Partners conference to explore sustainable investment options for the future growth and development of Ireland’s Agrifood industry. The AgriFood Business Partners Conference is designed to frame a medium term approach to sustainable investment in the Irish agrifood sector […]

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Irishman to Run Fast-Growing UK Wine Business

A 29-year old Dubliner has been appointed managing director of Britain’s fastest-growing wine company.
Eamon FitzGerald has been named as managing director of Naked Wines UK, the online wine retailing group, which had sales of €73 million last year, an increase of 67 per cent on the previous year.
Naked Wines was founded by Rowan Gormley, who […]

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Para Print joins DuPont’s Flexo Plate Recycling Programme

Para Print will start to recover, reuse and recycle its flexographic printing plates and related materials using a programme developed by DuPont Packaging Graphics.
Participants in the TR3 programme are responsible for collecting DuPont Cyrel boxes, polystyrene in the boxes, developer rolls, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) cover sheets, Cyrel plates and trim waste. DuPont then recycles the […]

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Rexam to Sell Healthcare Packaging Business to Montagu

Global drinks can manufacturer Rexam has agreed to sell its pharmaceutical devices and prescription retail packaging units to Montagu Private Equity for $805m.
The two business units employed 1,500 people and recorded sales of £250m in 2012.
The transaction is subject to consultation with several European works councils. It would be completed in mid-2014.
Rexam plans to return […]

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Tetra Pak Launches New Carton with Removable Top

Switzerland-based food packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has launched a new carton package with a separable top for easier recycling.
The new Tetra Top packaging allows consumers to easily separate the plastic top from the carton sleeve at no additional cost, without affecting the pack’s functionality.
The Tetra Top carton package has been developed to meet the […]

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EC Proposes to Combine and Reinforce Existing School Milk and School Fruit Schemes

  EC Proposes to Combine and Reinforce Existing School Milk and School Fruit Schemes

The European Commission has published a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework. In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and […]

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FSA Publishes Latest Report on Industry Beef Product Test Results

  FSA Publishes Latest Report on Industry Beef Product Test Results

The FSA has published the third quarterly report of industry results from the testing of beef products for horse meat or horse DNA. No results found horse meat/DNA at or above the 1% reporting threshold. The report includes 6,069 new results, of which 3,333 were submitted by ABP Food Group.
These figures include all test results […]

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Major Brands Reveal Their Secrets at Packaging Innovations

  Major Brands Reveal Their Secrets at Packaging Innovations

A prestigious line-up of packaging and print experts has been unveiled for this year’s Packaging Innovations learnShops seminar programme, with presentations from packaging Guru Lars Wallentin, DHL Supply Chain, Iceland Food and Procter & Gamble.
The two day seminar programme running throughout Packaging Innovations at the NEC on 26 & 27 February 2014, will also feature […]

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Record Sales For Kerrygold Butter in Germany

  Record Sales For Kerrygold Butter in Germany

The Irish Dairy Board achieved record sales figures of € 316 million in 2013 in the German market with its Kerrygold butter brand. Managing director of the Irish Dairy Board in Germany Gisbert Kügler says: “This equates to over 200 million packs of butter in over 23,000 outlets each year – enough butter to stretch […]

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