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  • National Survey Highlights Challenges Facing Irish Projects The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI), the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland with over 1,300 members, has released its inaugural Annual Index Survey. The national survey completed by members across industries such as IT, construction, pharmaceuticals, and financial services outlined that almost 75% of Irish project management leaders had projects negatively impacted [...]...
  • Calor Begins a New Era of Energy in Ireland Calor Gas, Ireland’s longest established supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has launched Ireland’s first certified renewable LPG for homes and businesses. Calor BioLPG will be available throughout Ireland and will allow customers to switch to a green clean renewable alternative. Calor BioLPG is certified at EU level, as offering up to 90% lower emissions [...]...
  • Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal Musgrave Group, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, has announced an export deal worth €5 million with Alosra, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading high-end supermarket. Alosra is the grocery retail subsidiary of BMMI Group, a long-established retail, distribution and hospitality group that is listed on the Bahraini stock exchange. Under the terms of the agreement, Musgrave will [...]...
  • €900,000 Funding For New Smart Dublin Solutions Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve city life.  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently hosted the launch of the 2018 Smart Dublin Challenges at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s smart library. The funding has been increased from €600,000 in [...]...
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstown Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commenced a 6 week pre-draft public consultation process on a new Local Area Plan (LAP) for Ballyogan and Environs. Following this consultation period, a draft LAP will be produced to help frame development in the area over the coming 6 years. The areas covered will include Ballyogan, Kilgobbin, The Gallops/Glencairn (Leopardstown) [...]...

AAK acquires bakery fats specialist in Belgium

AAK has agreed to acquire the oils and fats business of CSM Benelux NV in Merksem. The company is a leading bakery fats supplier to the bakery markets in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The acquired business employs around 100 people and had revenues of approximately SEK 970 million in 2013.
The business provides a variety […]

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Cabinplant reduces give-away with new multi batcher

Cabinplant launches a new multi batcher that reduces the give-away by four times compared to any other machine on the market. An accurate weighing technology ensures that the portions are packed in an optimal combination, thus enabling fish manufacturers to deliver portions that meet legal requirements and reduces the give-away to an absolute minimum.
“The weighing […]

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Technology So Advanced You Don’t See It…

AYR, Scotland, April 9, 2014 – Neogen has introduced an advanced ATP hygiene monitoring system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to make testing in a facility much easier, and an updated software program to simplify data creation and interpretation.
Neogen’s AccuPoint® 2 Hygiene Monitoring System features the newest advancement in ATP monitoring, RFID technology. […]

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Quintessential Brands Enters Irish Cream Liqueurs Category

  Quintessential Brands Enters Irish Cream Liqueurs Category

International drinks group, Quintessential Brands, has acquired the First Ireland Spirits Company, Ireland’s largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs and Irish country creams, for an undisclosed sum. The multi-million Euro investment is part of Quintessential Brands’ on-going strategy to acquire drinks companies that complement its existing portfolio of brands, enhance its industry services and […]

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Heineken to Invest £58 Million to Expand UK Cider Capacity

  Heineken to Invest £58 Million to Expand UK Cider Capacity

Heineken is to invest £58 million in expanding capacity at its HP Bulmer cider production site at Hereford in England. The site will also take on a packaging role.
However, the changes will entail transferring production and packaging activities from Heineken’s Universal Beverages site at Ledbury – a move that will impact 97 people presently employed […]

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Weetabix Launches £5 Million Marketing Campaign For On The Go Breakfast Drinks

  Weetabix Launches £5 Million Marketing Campaign For On The Go Breakfast Drinks

Weetabix, the UK’s second largest branded manufacturer of cereals and cereal bars, has launched a £5 million cross-media marketing campaign, to promote its new breakfast drink. The campaign is aimed at positioning Weetabix On The Go Breakfast Drinks as a convenient breakfast solution for the estimated 15 million people on any one day who don’t […]

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What We Think About When We Think About Food

  What We Think About When We Think About Food

In Italy, a new tool developed byRome’s La Sapienza University, with support from Nestlé Italia, enables food producers, growers, processors and marketeers to better understand how people feel about a particular product, culinary raw material or food group.
It maps out consumers’ perception of the environmental and economic impact of the food or food product and […]

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Allergen Roadshows go International

  Allergen Roadshows go International

The “Allergens in a Nutshell” Roadshow events run by Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) have recently made a leap across the ocean to their first ever international venue in Schiphol, the Netherlands. March’s event in Schiphol took to a new international audience RSSL’s regular knowledge-sharing about the latest allergen legislation, clinical developments, and best practice […]

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Coca-Cola Launches Biggest Ever Marketing Program

  Coca-Cola Launches Biggest Ever Marketing Program

The Coca-Cola Company has launched the largest marketing program in its history, inviting the world to celebrate football as a force for social good. Through “The World’s Cup” campaign, Coca-Cola aims to create unrivalled access, participation, empowerment and conversation with the goal of delivering the most accessible and inclusive FIFA World Cup ever. “The World’s […]

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UK Soft Drinks Market Worth £10 Billion

  UK Soft Drinks Market Worth £10 Billion

UK soft drinks value sales grew steadily in 2013, rising by 2% to take the category over the £10bn mark for the first time, according to the Britvic Soft Drinks Review 2014. Faring considerably better than other FMCG categories, soft drinks were buoyed by the spectacular summer and boosted by multiple trends, such as the […]

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Green Light For Premier Foods’ Bread Joint Venture

  Green Light For Premier Foods’ Bread Joint Venture

Premier Foods has obtained competition approval from the European Commission in relation to its agreement with The Gores Group to operate its bread business as a stand-alone joint venture which will trade under the name of Hovis Ltd. The new arrangement will facilitate a significant increase in investment in the business both to improve the […]

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Safer charging

  Safer charging

Part of Groupe Guillin, Sharpak is the UK’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging.
 
The company operates three facilities in the UK – in Somerset, Kent and Gloucestershire.
 
At its site in Yate, Gloucestershire, concerns over the safety of the lift truck battery changing process led Sharpak to switch forklift suppliers and introduce a fleet of Jungheinrich […]

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Major jobs boost for Killybegs announced

  Major jobs boost for Killybegs announced

A €35m investment has been announced for Killybegs, with plans to build the world’s largest bio-marine ingredients plant in the harbour town.
The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has joined forces with Norwegian partner Biomarine Science Technology (BST) for the project which will create up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct […]

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Arla Foods and EGM Walhorn to Merge

  Arla Foods and EGM Walhorn to Merge

Dairy co-operatives Eupener Genossenschaftsmolkerei Walhorn (EGM Walhorn) and Arla Foods amba are to merge. The boards of directors have circulated a proposal to their members and the boards of representatives of both companies are expected to vote on the proposal in mid May.
Both dairy co-operatives are owned by farmers across different countries. Arla Foods amba […]

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Taking Stock at Stock Spirits Group

  Taking Stock at Stock Spirits Group

Stock Spirits Group, a leading Central and Eastern European branded spirits producer, has reported its first year-end results since listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in October 2013.
Revenue for the year ended 31 December 2013 increased 16.4% to €340.5 million and profit for the year was €8.9million against €26.2million in 2012. […]

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Tennent Caledonian Appoints New Chief Executive

  Tennent Caledonian Appoints New Chief Executive

Cider and beer producer C&C Group has appointed Brian Calder to the post of chief executive of Tennent Caledonian Breweries. Brian Calder will move into the role from his current position as managing director of Wallaces TCB, which was formed following C&C Group’s full acquisition of the Wallaces Express business earlier this month.
He will take […]

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Diageo’s Brands Lead Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirits Lists

  Diageo’s Brands Lead Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirits Lists

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, has increased its leadership of Impact Databank’s Top 100 Spirit Brands Lists, with its brands holding the number one and number two spots in both the value and volume rankings for the first time.
For the seventh consecutive year, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker have topped the rankings, as the […]

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VALUEDRUM: Every Bite Tastes Good

  VALUEDRUM: Every Bite Tastes Good

2Sisters invests in Marel Marinating System for Poultry Products.
 

Demand for easy-to-prepare, readily seasoned products is growing fast with value added products moving into the focus of retailers and consumers. Marinating is an effective way of increasing consumer appeal, product quality and ease of cooking, and a growth area more and more processors look to invest […]

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Matcon Interpack 2014 Exhibition Preview

Matcon will be unveiling two new solutions: a bulk Tablet Packing system for the quick transfer of tablets into drums for external distribution & Track Record for full recipe traceability when running multiple recipes in parallel using an IBC system.
 
In addition, visitors can see a miniature model of a typical food manufacturing plant.
 
A Matcon IBC […]

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Lay’s to Launch Biggest Ever Global Integrated Marketing Campaign

  Lay’s to Launch Biggest Ever Global Integrated Marketing Campaign

Lay’s – the world’s top snack brand – is launching a major global integrated marketing campaign and new multi-dimensional promotional partnership featuring record breaking football superstar, Leo Messi. The campaign celebrates the simple pleasure of globally enjoyed Lay’s potato chips and extends across three executions: master brand communication, Lay’s Deep Ridged snacks and an additional […]

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Arla Foods Unveils New Strategy For Sustainable Dairy Farming

  Arla Foods Unveils New Strategy For Sustainable Dairy Farming

Arla Foods has developed a global strategy for Sustainable Dairy Farming focusing on animals, climate, nature and resources. The new strategy will further reinforce dairy group’s position as a responsible company and assist Arla farmers with their ongoing work around climate, waste and animal welfare.
European dairy farmers are already among the most efficient in the […]

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A Cracking Deal For Chippindale Foods

  A Cracking Deal For Chippindale Foods

Free range eggs from Chippindale Foods are to be distributed across the North of England after the company cracked a deal to supply the family-firm Booths Supermarkets. On a mission to engage with consumers to help the nation “enjoy eggs more” Chippindale Foods launched Free Rangers in 2013. Fronted by three ‘plucky birds’, Stef the […]

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Food Safety Focus as Nestlé Opens China Institute

  Food Safety Focus as Nestlé Opens China Institute

As part of efforts to strengthen its food safety research in China, Nestlé has opened a food safety research centre in Beijing. The Nestlé Food Safety Institute (NFSI) will work closely with agencies to help provide the scientific foundation for food safety policies and standards.
The support will include early management of food safety issues and […]

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Heineken’s Green Draught System Named Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year

  Heineken’s Green Draught System Named Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year

Heineken has announced that its David XL Green, the world’s greenest draught system, has received the prestigious Top Product of the Year Award 2014 in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Award. An expert panel of judges considered David XL Green as an exemplary innovation that provides bar owners with energy and environmental benefits.
David XL […]

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Northern Ireland Food Companies Encouraged to Invest in Innovation for Growth

  Northern Ireland Food Companies Encouraged to Invest in Innovation for Growth

Smaller food and drink companies are being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to grow faster through greater investment in innovative products for export. Companies are being invited to take part in ‘Food For Thought’, a major conference on innovation on 9th April at the College of […]

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Suntory Acquisition of Beam Nears Completion

  Suntory Acquisition of Beam Nears Completion

The proposed $16 billion acquisition of US-based spirits group Beam by Suntory Holdings of Japan is expected to be completed by the end of April 2014, following approval of the deal by Beam shareholders.
“Shareholder approval of the acquisition by Suntory is a reflection of the substantial value created for our investors over the past several […]

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AG Barr Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

  AG Barr Outperforms UK Soft Drinks Market

UK soft drinks producer AG Barr has acheived a 9.6% increase pre-tax profit before exceptional items, to £38.1 million on turnover up 6.9% to £254.1 million for the 12 months ended 26 January 2014. Revenue growth outpaced the wider UK soft drinks market.
The Scottish drinks company’s carbonates sales grew by 8.2% in value, fuelled by […]

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UK Food and Drink Exports Return to Growth

  UK Food and Drink Exports Return to Growth

Total UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports grew by 5% to £12.8 billion in 2013, a welcome rise after a flat 2012, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 2013 saw exports recover to the EU28 (+3%), with strong growth in Q2 (+9%) and Q4 (+7%), correlating closely to EU economic performance. Exports were […]

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Olympus Automation’s Steam Infusion Awarded £30,000 by Shell Springboard

Olympus Automation has been awarded a £30,000 prize as part of the Springboard competition sponsored by industry giant Shell. The expert panel of judges recognised the potential for Steam Infusion to significantly reduce carbon emissions due to a more efficient industrial heating and mixing process.
 
The Shell Springboard programme is a nationwide search for the next […]

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Finsbury Food Group is Optimistic

  Finsbury Food Group is Optimistic

Finsbury Food Group, the UK manufacturer of cake and speciality bread, has reported a 5% increase in operating profit to £2.6 million on revenue from continuing operations down 1.8% to £86.6 million for the six months ended 28 December 2013.
Profit before tax from continuing operations rose 50.6% to £2.1 million. Finsbury sold its Free From […]

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