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  • Bluedrop Medical Raises €3.7 Million Investment HBAN has announced that Bluedrop Medical, a Galway-based Medical device start-up, has secured €3.7 million in funding to help manage one of the most devastating complications of diabetes – the diabetic foot. An initial seed investment of €1.2 million was led by HBAN’s MedTech Syndicate – which itself invested €340,000 in the seed round. Enterprise Ireland [...]...
  • NTR and Nord/LB Close Two Further Project Financings For a Combined €45 million NTR has successfully closed two project debt facilities back-to-back in recent weeks with Nord/LB  for a combined €45 million. The debt facilities are being used to finance the construction of two wind farms in the Republic of Ireland, both of which are expected to be fully constructed by the end of 2019 in time for awarding of the Irish government REFIT [...]...
  • Huckletree Announces European FinTech Hub in Dublin 4 Huckletree, the pan-European co-working space operator and accelerator, has announced it will open Ireland’s first fintech co-working hub in Dublin, establishing a European Fintech Hub similar to Barclays RISE, Level39 London and Lhoft Luxembourg. Located in The Oval, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, the ambition for the fully equipped 23,500 sq ft space is to be a leading [...]...
  • Rye River Brewing Company Crowned the World’s Most Decorated Independent Craft Brewery Irish craft beer brewery, Rye River Brewing Company, has been crowned the world’s most decorated independent craft brewery at the World Beer Awards 2019. Rye River Brewing Company has achieved critical acclaim on the world stage, winning an unprecedented 21 World Beer Awards in 2019, officially making it the “World’s most decorated independent craft brewery”. The Celbridge-based brewery [...]...
  • Health Plan Technology Company Chooses Northern Ireland For New Software Engineering Centre American company HighRoads has announced that it is establishing a product development Centre of Excellence in Belfast to support its rapid growth, and the company plans to recruit at least 20 professionals over the next three years. This team will bring together experts in engineering, product management, and engineering operations to support the creation and expansion [...]...

Improving the Integrity and Assurance of Britain’s Food Supply Networks

The independent review into the integrity and assurance of Britain’s food supply networks in the UK, being led by Professor Chris Elliott, has made a number of interim recommendations.
The interim report sets out the current weaknesses of supply chain networks in the UK (ahead of the final report to be published in spring 2014), and […]

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National ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme Launched in Ireland

  National ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme Launched in Ireland

Bord Bia has launched its national ‘Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme’ (SDAS) in Ireland, following eighteen months of planning in conjunction with a stakeholder group, comprising of producers, milk processors and regulatory authorities, appointed to develop the scheme on behalf of milk producers nationwide. The new dairy scheme is fundamental to Bord Bia’s plans to invest […]

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Nestlé is First Major Multi-national to Launch Human Rights White Paper

  Nestlé is First Major Multi-national to Launch Human Rights White Paper

Nestlé has become the first major multi-national company to report publicly on its human rights impacts across seven countries, and what it is doing to address them. The company has published a white paper using information from human rights impact assessments performed in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) in Angola, Colombia, […]

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EU Adopts Guidance Notes on the Classification of Colouring Foods

  EU Adopts Guidance Notes on the Classification of Colouring Foods

At its most recent meeting, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has adopted new European Guidance notes for the classification of food extracts with colouring properties. “This decision closes the remaining gap in the legislative regulations on Colouring Foods and paves the way for more transparency and consistency in […]

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Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

  Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

Partner Logistics is assisting staff to reach their full potential by offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) to help consolidate and develop existing skills into formal credentials.
Thirty four out of the forty members of staff at the Wisbech site are in the process of completing NVQs thanks to Partner Logistics’ investment in continuing professional development programmes.
Having […]

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Exhibitors Flock to Triple Whammy

  Exhibitors Flock to Triple Whammy

Print Innovations returns to the NEC next February with co-located show Labelling Innovations, and the launch of Converting Innovations, bringing exhibitors out in force.
Opening its doors on 26 and 27 February 2014, Print Innovations has rapidly become Europe’s top print and packaging event as companies descend on the show to display their latest printing machinery, technology and techniques.
The show has […]

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CAD Team’s Low-carbon Commute Raises Charity Cash

  CAD Team’s Low-carbon Commute Raises Charity Cash

CAD Schroer challenged its staff members to cycle to work from April to October, encouraged by charity donations, which grew commensurate with CO2 savings. Staff in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the U.S. started their cycling campaign on April 11th. 50 cents per kilometre cycled in June/July went to a good cause, […]

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EFSA Completes Full Risk Assessment on Aspartame

  EFSA Completes Full Risk Assessment on Aspartame

Aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) concludes in its first full risk assessment of this sweetener. To carry out its risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken a rigorous review of all available scientific research on aspartame and its breakdown products, including both […]

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Cloetta Broadens Product Portfolio Through Acquisition

  Cloetta Broadens Product Portfolio Through Acquisition

Confectionery group Cloetta has signed an agreement to acquire Alrifai Nutisal, a leading Swedish company within dry roasted nuts. The acquisition is in line with Cloettas’s strategy to broaden its product portfolio within Munchy Moments.
“I am very happy to announce a significant step in to a new category in our home markets with the acquisition […]

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Accolade Wines Names New CEO

  Accolade Wines Names New CEO

Accolade Wines has appointed experienced wine industry executive John Ratcliffe as its chief executive officer. Over the past 11 years John has Ratcliffe been providing operational and strategic expertise to the boards of multinationals, major financial institutions, distributors, retailers and brand owners across the globe. Prior to this, he was the managing director of Seagram UK […]

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Dairy Crest’s Proper Welsh Milk Dairy to Close

  Dairy Crest’s Proper Welsh Milk Dairy to Close

Dairy Crest has starting consultation with employees and their representatives regarding the proposed closure of its Proper Welsh Milk dairy in Whitland, Carmarthenshire, which currently employs 31 people. Proper Welsh Milk was days from closure when Dairy Crest bought the business from the administrators in March this year, with the aim to maintain production and […]

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Nestlé Tops Global Corporate Responsibility Survey

  Nestlé Tops Global Corporate Responsibility Survey

KPMG has named Nestlé as one of the world’s top ten companies reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility. Nestlé is also the only food and beverage company to be among the top tier of firms analysed as part of KPMG’s 2013 Survey of Corporate Responsibility.
The survey, first published in 1993, assesses reporting by firms in 41 […]

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£4 Million Project Completed at Grain D’Or

  £4 Million Project Completed at Grain D’Or

Grain D’Or – part of the Fletchers Group of Bakeries – has completed a £4 million expansion of its food manufacturing facilities to increase production capacity by 40 per cent and enhance technical standards. The London-based company, which specialises in continental sweet bakery products and speciality breads, has converted three industrial units into a new […]

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Farm Animal Welfare is Rising Up the Business Agenda

  Farm Animal Welfare is Rising Up the Business Agenda

The second report of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare has applauded Coop Group (Switzerland), Marks & Spencer, Arla Foods, Marfrig, Royal FrieslandCampina, Sainsbury’s, VION and Waitrose for the notable improvements they have made in their farm animal welfare related management and reporting approach over the past year.
The Benchmark report has been produced with […]

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Emmi is Successful at the World Cheese Awards

  Emmi is Successful at the World Cheese Awards

Emmi cheese has done incredibly well at the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham (UK) this year, winning a total of 15 medals, including three ‘Super Gold’ medals. Emmi’s range of cave-aged cheeses proved to be a particularly good hit too, winning five medals. Furthermore, Emmi was able once again to showcase its top-quality Gruyère range […]

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€20 Million Acquisition for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland

  €20 Million Acquisition for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, is set to expand its milk pool by 100 million litres and processing capacity by 200 million litres with the €20 million purchase of Wexford Creamery. The acquisition has been agreed following the decision by shareholders in the farmer co-op, Wexford Milk Producers, which owns 70% of […]

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Nestlé Empowers Female Coffee Farmers in Kenya

  Nestlé Empowers Female Coffee Farmers in Kenya

Nestlé is encouraging more female coffee growers in Kenya to take up leadership roles in farming cooperatives as part of its commitment to scaling up its business-related activities to promote gender equality and education for women and girls. The company has launched a programme to train more than 1,000 women in better agricultural practices at […]

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Low Carb Food and Drink Products Double Over Past Five Years

  Low Carb Food and Drink Products Double Over Past Five Years

While low carbohydrate diets may have peaked around 2004, according to new research from Mintel, it seems they may be experiencing a resurgence in Europe. Indeed, Mintel’s research reveals new food and drink product launches with low carb claims inEuropehave doubled (+95%) between 2008 and 2013.
What is more, the most popular categories are those traditionally […]

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Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Submit Your Paper For the Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014

  Deadline Extended: Last Chance to Submit Your Paper For the Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014

The Vitafoods Europe Conference 2014, which takes place alongside Vitafoods Europe – the leading ingredients and raw materials event for the nutraceutical and functional food and drink industries – has extended its deadline for papers. Leading scientists, research teams and commercial managers from around the world are invited to submit papers by Friday 13 December […]

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Kloosterboer to Open New Cold Store Facility in Poland

Kloosterboer, in collaboration with PAOP (Północnoatlantycka Organizacja Producentów), is to open a 30,000 tonne capacity cold store in the Polish port city of Gdansk. The cold store, which will be managed by Kloosterboer, will be in use by March/April 2014.
Kloosterboer Gdansk will feature its own EU veterinary inspection point as well as licenses for the […]

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Diageo is ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ For Second Year in a Row

  Diageo is ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ For Second Year in a Row

Diageo has been named ‘Britain’s Most Admired Company’ for the third time, and for the second consecutive year, in a peer review of corporate reputation run by leading UK business magazine Management Today. Diageo is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious award three times since 1994. In addition to winning the overall […]

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Greene King Lifts Group Revenue and Profits

  Greene King Lifts Group Revenue and Profits

Helped by the good summer weather but hindered by continued consumer caution, Greene King, the British regional brewer and pub operator, has increased revenue by 5.2% to £595.4 million and operating profit before exceptional items by 3.7% to £127.2 million for the 24 weeks to 13 October 2014. Profit before tax and exceptional items rose 5.7% […]

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Meadow Foods to Increase Milk Price

  Meadow Foods to Increase Milk Price

Meadow Foods, the UK’s largest independently owned dairy group and leading supplier of milk based dairy ingredients to the food industry, will be increasing the price it pays for milk by +0.3ppl from 1st January 2014. This will take the company’s standard litre price to 32.55ppl. The price increase will be added to the flat […]

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New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

  New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

FANUC Robotics UK has launched a new universal palletising robot that boasts best-in-class speed, payload, energy-efficiency and reach. The M410-iC/185 is the first of a new generation of palletising robots that combines FANUC’s proven 99.99% reliability with tangible improvements in performance, allowing food and beverage manufacturers to palletise heavier loads faster and stack pallets higher.
Thanks […]

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Chocolate and Almonds: A Sweet Sensation For Global Consumers

The confectionery combination of almonds and chocolate is gaining tremendous momentum with consumers and capturing the attention of manufacturers worldwide. Over a five-year period (2007–2011), confectionery product introductions with almonds jumped an impressive 113 percent. Thirty three percent of the global almond introductions in 2012 occurred in the confectionery category.
Research shows that including almonds in […]

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Dawn Meats Wins Another Environment Award

  Dawn Meats Wins Another Environment Award

Dawn Meats has accepted its fourth sustainability award in three weeks when it was recognised with the Process Award at the IBEC Environment Awards 2013. This latest award further cements Dawn Meats’ position as Ireland’s most sustainable meat processor.
The Process Award recognises Dawn Meats as a pioneer in the development and implementation of sustainable production […]

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Leadership Changes at Noble Foods

  Leadership Changes at Noble Foods

Andrew Cracknell will be joining Noble Foods as chief executive from 14th January 2014, as replacement for Peter Thornton, who is stepping down after over five years at the group. Noble Foods is the leading supplier of fresh eggs to the major retailers in the UK and has also widened its portfolio into the premium […]

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Britvic’s Irish Licensed Wholesale Business Repositions to Counterpoint

  Britvic’s Irish Licensed Wholesale Business Repositions to Counterpoint

One of Ireland’s largest on-trade wholesalers with a heritage that spans 150 years, Britvic Licensed Wholesale, is undertaking a large scale repositioning programme which includes rebranding the company to Counterpoint and rolling out a new model of customer engagement for the licensed trade.
As part of this repositioning, Counterpoint has announced the creation of 20 new […]

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CO2-Neutral Raclette Cheese From Emmi

  CO2-Neutral Raclette Cheese From Emmi

Manufacturing dairy products is energy intensive. Most of the energy Emmi currently consumes comes from the fossil fuel natural gas. One of the Swiss dairy company’s stated aims is to use lower carbon alternatives where possible.
 A forward-looking solution has been developed by the Landquart site, which specialises in manufacturing raclette cheese, and local waste management […]

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Larco Foods Reaps the Rewards of PDX Reactor Technology

  Larco Foods Reaps the Rewards of PDX Reactor Technology

Early adopter of PDX Reactor cooking technology, Larco Foods, is reaping the rewards of its investment. Since installing the PDX Reactor system the Dutch company has achieved some incredible results reducing production time and energy consumption for its soups and ready meals whilst increasing product quality and significantly improving business performance.
The success of the PDX […]

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