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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 [...]...

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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Bonduelle to Develop and Launch Dehydrofrozen Vegetables

  Bonduelle to Develop and Launch Dehydrofrozen Vegetables

Bonduelle, the world’s leading processed vegetable producer, has been granted the exclusive global rights to develop and launch dehydrofrozen (“DHF”) vegetables using EnWave Corporation’s Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) technology. Bonduelle’s global distribution reaches into over 100 countries worldwide, primarily selling fresh, frozen and canned vegetables.
DHF vegetables are partially dehydrated and then quickly frozen. The purpose […]

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Unilever Launches Sustainable Living Initiative

  Unilever Launches Sustainable Living Initiative

Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Unilever Project Sunlight, a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Project Sunlight aims to make sustainable living desirable and achievable by inspiring people to look at the possibilities of a world where everyone lives well and within […]

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Nestlé Joins Alliance For Responsible Plant-based Plastics

  Nestlé Joins Alliance For Responsible Plant-based Plastics

Nestlé has announced that it will work in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and seven consumer firms to encourage the responsible development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials.
Along with Nestlé, the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) will include key fast-moving consumer goods firms The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford, HJ Heinz Company, Nike, P&G, and Unilever.
As […]

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Mondelez International Invests Over $100 Million in New European Biscuit Factory

  Mondelez International Invests Over $100 Million in New European Biscuit Factory

Mondelez Intenational plans to invest over $100 million in a state-of-the-art biscuit manufacturing plant at its Opava site in the Czech Republic. The investment will create 200 new roles making Oreo cookies and belVita breakfast biscuits.
Since 2009, net revenues for Oreo and belVita have grown 25% and 18% respectively in Europe. This plant will create […]

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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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Press Release.

Sustainability prize for Krone ‘recuperation’ trailer
Munich/Werlte, 22nd November 2013 – Krone was awarded with the “European Transport Prize for Sustainability 2014”. Dr. Frank Albers, Krone Sales Manager received the prize from the publisher Huss (Munich) in the “refrigerated vehicle” category for the Cool Liner with recuperation technology.
“Efficiency and sustainability are subjects that we focus on […]

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Dr Oetker packs revamped by Decide

Home baking brand Dr Oetker has turned to design agency Decide to create new packaging.

The new design is intended to create stronger shelf standout with the range under a single colour. According to Decide, the brief was to bring the design in line with the brand’s essence: quality, innovation, heritage and expertise.
The top half of […]

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Deli Wraps packs redesigned by Holmes & Marchant.

Design agency Homes & Marchant has created new packs for Mission Foods’ range of Deli Wraps.
Holmes & Marchant was tasked with creating a redesign of the packaging as part of a move to broaden the brand’s appeal and help its products to stand out on the shelf.
Consumer research revealed that the Deli Wraps range appeals […]

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Pearlfisher designs packaging for Lurpak’s Slow Churned butter.

Independent design agency Pearlfisher has created the packaging for Lurpak’s new Slow Churned butter.

The presentation pack comes in the form of a fully recyclable brushed aluminium butter dish, and Pearlfisher handled brand strategy, structure innovation, packaging design and in-home experience.
Rory Fegan, Pearlfisher senior strategist, said the design had to sit well with Lurpak’s established branding. […]

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