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  • Thermo King manufacturing facility in Galway with zero waste to landfill The Galway manufacturing facility of Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has become one of the first Ingersoll Rand sites to manage zero waste to landfill. The sustainability push in the Thermo King Galway factory builds on the Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment made [...]...
  • Irish SME develops app to help students connect with colleges Irish start-up StudyBundles has developed an app that helps CAO applicants connect with third-level institutions while they are deciding which college to attend. The CampusConnect app benefits students as they become immersed in college life before they step foot on campus, making the transition easier. For colleges and universities it helps them to convert student [...]...
  • Lack and cost of accommodation biggest problem for tech firms While staff retention was the primary difficulty for Digital and Technology companies in 2016, this has become secondary to the fastest emerging problem in 2017 – the lack and the cost of accommodation. According to the latest market analysis and salary survey by recruitment group Prosperity, the enduring reality is that the Digital and Tech [...]...
  • Private data exchange between businesses forecasted to be six times volume of public internet by 2020 – Equinix Equinix, Inc., the global Interconnection and data centre company, has announced that Bandwidth used in private data exchange between businesses is expected to be six times that of the public internet by 2020. The insights come from the Global Interconnection Index, a new market study published by Equinix. The Index found that Interconnection Bandwidth is outpacing growth of the public [...]...

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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Glanbia Appoints New Group Finance Director

  Glanbia Appoints New Group Finance Director

Glanbia plc has announced the appointment of Mark Garvey as Group Finance Director and a Director of the Board. Mark succeeds Siobhan Talbot, who has taken up the role of Glanbia Group Managing Director.
Mark joins Glanbia from Sara Lee Corporation where he was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer until 2012. Sara Lee, a […]

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Mondelez International Increases Share Repurchase Program to $7.7 Billion

  Mondelez International Increases Share Repurchase Program to $7.7 Billion

The board of Mondelez International, the global snacking and beverages group, has approved an increase of $1.7 billion in the company’s current share repurchase program. The company is now authorized to repurchase up to $7.7 billion of Mondelez International Class A Common Stock through 2016, up from the previous authorization of $6 billion. In addition, […]

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Hilton Food Group to Increase Supply to Tesco

  Hilton Food Group to Increase Supply to Tesco

Hilton Food Group, Europe’s leading specialist international meat packing business, has signed a new agreement with Tesco, the UK’s market leading retailer, for the increased supply of packed fresh meat products in the UK from its dedicated facility near Huntingdon. Under the new agreement, which runs until February 2019, Hilton will make an additional investment […]

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1000 Foreign Bodies Anticipated

  1000 Foreign Bodies Anticipated

RSSL’s microscopy laboratory is anticipating its 1000th foreign body identification project for the food industry this year during the Christmas period. RSSL relaunched its routine, 5-day turn-round foreign body identification service at the start of 2013, and also offers a more in-depth investigative service.
The Christmas period often sees a peak in foreign body incidents. People […]

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Pearlfisher Revitalises Danone’s Stonyfield Brand Portfolio

  Pearlfisher Revitalises Danone’s Stonyfield Brand Portfolio

Pearlfisher New York has created the new brand architecture, identity, and packaging, for Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt maker.
Pearlfisher’s challenge was to help unify the growing portfolio of baby and kids yogurts, traditional and Greek yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk and cream; and to convey Stonyfield’s unique organic proposition. Stonyfield’s packaging appeared as a house of […]

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Ashbury Labelling Expands its Management Team With Senior Appointment

Ashbury Labelling, the leading provider of specification and labelling services to the food and drink industry, has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Geoff Brown as Technical Director. Geoff joins the team from NSF International where he was a Divisional Managing Director, and has previously held senior positions with Whitbread and Sainsbury’s.
As Technical […]

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British Dairy Products to be Sold on the Global Dairy Trade Auction For the First Time

  British Dairy Products to be Sold on the Global Dairy Trade Auction For the First Time

When Arla Foods begins selling skimmed milk powder, processed at Westbury Dairies, in Wiltshire, on the Global Dairy Trade auction, from 17 December, it will be the first time that a British dairy product has entered the auction.
Ash Amirahmadi, head of Arla UK milk and member services, eomments: “Not only is this a first for […]

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New Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) Launched

  New Green Coffee Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CFP-PCR) Launched

A new Green Coffee CFP-PCR has been published, providing the first Product Category Rule for the calculation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from green coffee production. The Green Coffee CFP-PCR rule was initiated by SAI Platform’s Coffee Working group members, in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).
This is the latest development from SAI Platform’s […]

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Finalists of First Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

  Finalists of First Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Unilever and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) have announced the seven finalists for the inaugural Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013.
The international awards programme is designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. The competition is for anyone aged 30 years or under, and the […]

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Only Sugar Tastes as Good

  Only Sugar Tastes as Good

AminoSweet Aspartame tastes like sugar. When they taste water sweetened with aspartame and water sweetened with sugar, most people cannot tell the difference. As The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness has stated: “Of all of the low- and no-calorie sweeteners, aspartame has a sweetness that most closely replicates the taste of table sugar.”
It’s not […]

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Star’s Cool Performance Nets a 25% Energy Saving For Seafood Firm

  Star’s Cool Performance Nets a 25% Energy Saving For Seafood Firm

A Scottish seafood processor has cut over 25% from its annual energy bill by investing in a high efficiency cooling system from Star Refrigeration. Braehead (SFO Enterprises) is a seafood processing company run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO). The firm operates a large processing facility in the coastal town of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, NE […]

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Edrington to Invest £100 Million in New Distillery

  Edrington to Invest £100 Million in New Distillery

Scottish spirits group Edrington has announced plans for an iconic new Speyside distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan, the world’s most prestigious Scotch malt whisky. The company will work with the world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour+ Partners to build the new distillery and visitor centre.
Edrington plans to invest over £100 million in The Macallan […]

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Eating More Nuts Improves Mortality and Reduces Cancer Risk

  Eating More Nuts Improves Mortality and Reduces Cancer Risk

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that eating nuts, including almonds, was associated with a 20% reduction in total mortality, independent of other predictors for death. Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, this new epidemiological study examined the relationship between consumption of nuts and mortality, finding that eating more […]

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Teagasc Launches New Walsh Fellowships Model

  Teagasc Launches New Walsh Fellowships Model

The Walsh Fellowship Programme is an important element of Teagasc’s research strategy, providing research opportunities at postgraduate level for high calibre national and international researchers. The programme was named in honour of the first Director of An Foras Taluntais, Dr Tom Walsh. This programme has been running in Teagasc for over 50 years.
Teagasc is now […]

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GROWTH WILL BE GREEN AND UK SHOULD LEAD – HUHNE .

Speaking at the ADBA National Conference in Westminster today [3 December], former Secretary of State for Energy Chris Huhne told delegates:
“Let’s knock on the head the idea that the UK is going further or faster than our European neighbours on renewables – this is simply not true. Of all the major Member States the UK […]

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Alimentaria 2014 is focusing on foreign markets, championing the sector’s innovation and quality.

Maximum internationalisation. This will be the premise of Alimentaria 2014 that, more than ever, has its sights set on foreign markets. The show has doubled its efforts for this edition to attract buyers from all over the world so that the 3,800 plus participating companies can see an increase in their export opportunities.  Alimentaria will […]

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