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  • EIB to Back €1.2 Billion Pan-European Renewable Investment Through Irish NTR Fund The world’s largest international financier for renewable energy, the European Investment Bank, will back renewable energy investment across Europe in co-operation with Dublin-based NTR plc. The EIB’s €84 million backing for the NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II was announced at an EIB investment conference at the Central Bank of Ireland attended by more than [...]...
  • ABP’s Olleco on Shortlist For Davos Sustainability Award ABP Food Group’s renewable division, Olleco, has been shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Circular’ sustainability award for its development of a circular economy model with McDonald’s and Arla Foods in the UK. The awards are an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders and winners will be announced at the [...]...
  • Pioneering Proteomics Researcher and Entrepreneur Receives the NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award The NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award has been presented to University College Dublin’s (UCD) Professor Stephen Pennington (pictured), a global leader in proteomics (the study of proteins) research and innovation. The Award was presented to him in recognition of his commitment and success in protein biomarker research, undertaken during the last 15-years at the UCD School [...]...
  • National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019 – Thursday, January 17th – Citywest Hotel, Dublin Approximately 3,000 people from all over Ireland are expected to visit the 2019 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, January 17th, making the event the largest gathering of the manufacturing and supply chain community in the country. Now in its sixth year, the National Manufacturing and Supply [...]...
  • DIT Launches New MSc in Transport and Mobility Over 250 million journeys were taken by passengers on Irish public transport services in 2017, and with the population set to increase, this number is likely to continue growing in the coming years. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has launched Ireland’s first ever MSc programme in Transport and Mobility designed to equip graduates with the knowledge [...]...

Further Progress by Greencore

  Further Progress by Greencore

Despite the challenging trading environment and the impact of the horsemeat scandal on ready meals sales, Greencore, the UK and international convenience food processor, increased group operating profit by 8.1% to £76.5 million on revenue up 3% to £1.2 billion for the year ended 27 September 2013. Greencore’s strong operating and financial discipline helped to deliver […]

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OFT Considers Diageo Divestment Remedy in Whisky Merger

  OFT Considers Diageo Divestment Remedy in Whisky Merger

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering an offer from Diageo to sell most of its Whyte & Mackay business to address competition concerns regarding bottled blended Scotch whisky, arising from its completed acquisition of United Spirits. Diageo and United Spirits are both suppliers of spirits in the UK and across the world. In […]

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IK Investment Partners to Sell Europe Snacks

  IK Investment Partners to Sell Europe Snacks

Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners is selling Europe Snacks, a leading French manufacturer of savoury snacks under private label brands, to Apax Partners, the French private equity firm. The transaction, which is subject to the approval of competition authorities, is expected to close before the end of the year.
For over 20 years, Europe […]

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Dawn Meats Receives Environmental Management Certificates

  Dawn Meats Receives Environmental Management Certificates

Irish food group Dawn Meats has been presented with its ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificates for sites throughout Ireland and the UK. Philip Tallon, group operations manager, who accepted the certificates on behalf of Dawn Meats, comments: “This is a chance for us to take a look at everything we have achieved. The delivery of […]

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Foam Phenomenon – Diversey Enduro Power Enhances Operational Efficiency, Food Safety and Sustainability

  Foam Phenomenon – Diversey Enduro Power Enhances Operational Efficiency, Food Safety and Sustainability

Diverse food manufacturing sectors – from poultry and fish processing to pizza manufacturing, and from dairy processing to potato crisp frying – have tested and proven the effectiveness of Enduro Power™. This innovative range of cleaning foams from Diversey™ demonstrates up to 50% less water usage, a reduction of up to 33% in chemical levels […]

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Frutarom Acquires Control of Russian Flavours Company

  Frutarom Acquires Control of Russian Flavours Company

Frutarom Industries, one of the world’s largest companies in the field of flavours and fine ingredients, is continuing to implement its rapid growth strategy with the acquisition of 75% of Moscow-based Protein Technologies Ingredients Group, for a cash consideration of US$50.3 million (reflecting a company value of $67 million). PTI has net assets valued at above […]

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The east – the market of the future: Paulaner on the road to success in the CIS region .

 From Moscow to Astana to Baku – Paulaner’s Bavarian beer specialities are more popular than ever in the emerging markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, where sales have risen 15% this year alone.  
Munich, November 2013 – The Munich-based traditional brewing company Paulaner has increased its sales in the CIS region by around […]

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EUROPE’S CONVERTED FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MARKET WORTH MORE THAN EUR 21 BILLION .

AMI, Bristol, 26th November 2013– Converted flexible packaging represents one of the most complex and dynamic sectors of the European packaging industry.  AMI estimates the industry consumed 3.8 million tonnes of substrates in 2012 in a business worth more than EUR 21 billion.
 
This valuation may surprise some industry observers as considerably lower figures have more […]

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Chesapeake Bristol switches to ultra low migration ink

Chesapeake Bristol has incorporated an ultra-low migration ink system standards and is understood to be the first self-adhesive label manufacturer in the UK to make the move.
The company is part of Chesapeake’s Branded Packaging division, which manufactures packaging in the food and drink sector. The move follows a set of trials with its supplier Paragon […]

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European First For Irish Food Company

  European First For Irish Food Company

Irish organic food company Just Food, has launched an innovative new range of soups, HiLo, which is the first high protein, low fat soup to be marketed in Europe. The Cork-based company has been a pioneer in the highly dynamic fresh soup category.
Just Food was the first Irish soup company to produce chunky, pulse and […]

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European SME Week: Small and Medium-sized Food and Drink Companies Driving Growth in Europe

  European SME Week: Small and Medium-sized Food and Drink Companies Driving Growth in Europe

On the occasion of this year’s European SME week, FoodDrinkEurope wishes to underline the value of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the European economy. Europe’s food and drink industry (the largest manufacturing industry in the EU in terms of turnover and employment), is highly fragmented in nature, comprising more than 287,000 companies, the overwhelming […]

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Altia to Replace CEO

  Altia to Replace CEO

The board of directors of Altia has decided to release chief executive Antti Pankakoski from his duties. Antti Pankakoski has served as chief executive since 2007 and has now left office.
“Altia has recently clearly fallen behind its financial targets and lost market share. Performance has decreased during the past two years. The company needs new […]

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GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE MORE OF ANAEROBIC DIGESTION – JUNIPER .

Speaking ahead of the ADBA National Conference [3 Dec] where he will be chairing a session, Tony Juniper*, said:“A range of cutting edge technologies offer the opportunity to achieve economic and job creation benefits while at the same time meeting environmental goals. Government really needs to wake up to this basic fact and to more […]

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Britvic productivity boosted by Videojet trial.

Soft drinks group Britvic is looking at upgrading its Rugby site following the trial of a Videojet 1620 UHS coding machine.
The addition enabled Britvic to increase its production line speed by 30m per minute and the site cans Pepsi-Cola products as the company has an exclusive agreement in the UK with PepsiCo to make and […]

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Digital print technology for packaging market to reach £9bn

Huge growth is expected in the digital print for packaging market, forecast to reach $15.3bn (£9.4bn) by 2018, according to a new report by Smithers Pira, the packaging research and consultancy group.

“The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2018” market report says the digital print for packaging market is currently estimated to be worth […]

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MULTIVAC is showing packaging solutions from a range of technologies.

Wolfertschwenden, 21st November 2013 – At Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5 to 7 February 2014, MULTIVAC will be giving visitors information about a range of packaging and marking technologies for the fruit and vegetable sector. The packaging specialist will be showing on Stand D-05 in Hall 3.1 a variety of packaging […]

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Clearer Future for Anti-Fogging.

The recent K exhibition in Dusseldorf saw AIPIA member AkzoNobel introduce Armofog 151 anti-fog additive which, says the company, enhance anti-fog performance for food packaging and agricultural films.
The first product in this range is marketed under the name of Armofog 151, and improves hot and cold fog performance of polyethylene and EVA food packaging films. […]

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Smartphones get Fresh with Fish.

From the outside you can’t tell whether pre-packed fish is still fresh. Once you remove the plastic it’s immediately obvious but, by then, it has already in your kitchen! So PhD student Jenneke Heising from Wageningen University in the Netherlands is working on packaging with a built-in nose that tells your smartphone how fresh the […]

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Glass-clear PET with Oxygen Scavenging.

Mullinix showcased its innovative, glass-clear, PET/scavenger packaging – maintaining zero oxygen permeation for over four years – at the recent Pack Expo Las Vegas exhibition. The company says the container performs better than metal cans or glass to prevent oxidation of foods and beverages and is ideal for convenience of prepared foods. 
The contents can be […]

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See Triple NOT Double with 3D Whisky Pack.

Caskstrength Creative has teamed up with Diageo for the fourth instalment in its Alphabet series of whisky bottlings, marking the first time 3D printing technology has been used for spirits packaging.
For its ‘D’ release, Caskstrength is releasing a 56.4% proof combination of three Scotch single malt whiskies from Diageo’s premium whisky range – Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie […]

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Anheuser-Busch provides relief to tornado victims

Anheuser-Busch is providing 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water-or 51,744 cans-for use by residents affected by the recent storms in Washington, Pekin and East Peoria, IL.
 
A truck loaded with water left Cartersville, Ga.,  earlier this week and is scheduled to arrive the next morning (Tuesday, Nov. 19) at the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, Brewers Distributing Company […]

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A Transparent Aseptic Package From Ecolean

Ecolean will begin the year 2014 with the launch of a brand new innovation: a transparent, aseptic package solution. The package is called Ecolean Air Aseptic Clear, and with its transparency and light weight it is designed to create a unique position on the market.
Ecolean Air Aseptic Clear makes the product visible for the consumer. […]

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SABMiller Continues to Drive Revenue and Growth

  SABMiller Continues to Drive Revenue and Growth

Fuelled by continued growth in its developing markets, driven by increased capacity, consumer reach and investment in brand portfolios, SABMiller has reported a 4.7% increase in group revenue to $17.6 billion, with profit before tax rising by 7% to $2.4 billion for the six months ended 30 September 2013.
Lager volume grew 1% on an organic basis, […]

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Donworth Capital Acquires Two Irish Food Companies

  Donworth Capital Acquires Two Irish Food Companies

Donworth Capital is acquiring two businesses in the Irish fresh food production sector. The company has purchased Galmere Fresh Foods in Galway along with buying Taravale Foods in Kildare out of Examinership. Galmere Fresh Foods was founded in 1980 by chef JJ Coppinger. The company produces freshly prepared salads and soups. Taravale, founded in 1995 […]

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Plant Ageing Gene Key to Food Supply

  Plant Ageing Gene Key to Food Supply

Breakthrough science with the ability to control the life-cycle of plants could be the solution to increasing food production as population exceeds nine billion by 2050.
Current estimates by the United Nations (UN) suggest that global agricultural production needs to increase by about 70 per cent between 2005 and 2050 to satisfy the growing demand for […]

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Dawn Meats Wins Irish Sustainability Award

  Dawn Meats Wins Irish Sustainability Award

Dawn Meats won the overall award within the ‘Sustainability’ category in the recent Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards 2013. The award is in recognition of the food group’s work in this area, which included water saving of between 56–60,000 million litres in 2012 alone. Between water and energy reductions, Dawn Meats has reduced its […]

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Mintel Reveals UK Consumer Trends For 2014

  Mintel Reveals UK Consumer Trends For 2014

Looking ahead to 2014, Mintel’s senior trends consultant Richard Cope outlines the four trends set to impact the consumer market in the UK, examining the areas of commercial opportunity for brands – and what consumers will be buying into in 2014.
1 – Internationalism on the Agenda
“After a period of Brand Britannia fever, driven by Olympic […]

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Strong Support From UK Farmers to Become Co-owners of Arla Foods

  Strong Support From UK Farmers to Become Co-owners of Arla Foods

Eighty five per cent of Arla Foods Milk Partnership (AFMP) farmers have already signed up to become co-owners of Arla Foods amba, making the long-standing vision of AFMP to become full owners of the European farmer-owned co-operative a reality.
Jonathan Ovens, chairman of AFMP, comments: “The farmer board is absolutely delighted that so many members have […]

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Tesco Launches Future Farmer Foundation

  Tesco Launches Future Farmer Foundation

Tesco has launched the Future Farmer Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers. The Foundation has been established to help bright, talented, determined young people make their own start in the world of agriculture, whether that is taking over the family farm, embarking on a new business venture, or entering the industry for […]

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UK Grocery Market Shares Move in Two Directions

  UK Grocery Market Shares Move in Two Directions

The latest UK grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 10 November 2013, show another all-time record share of 3.9% for Aldi as its consistent rise continues unabated. At the same time, the relaunched Tesco Finest range is surging ahead with 16% year-on-year growth and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference lifts sales by […]

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