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A Record Brewing Year For Adnams EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters ADM Introduces New Sweeteners
 
A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

A Record Brewing Year For Adnams

24 March 2017

Adnams has reported a record brewing year for 2016 with volumes passing the 100,000 barrels mark for the first time in the English regional brewer’s history. Overall turnover for the year to 31 December 2016 was also a record high at £70.3 million – up 7% on 2015 – and operating profits were £3.94 million. […]

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EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

EFSA to Give Advice on the Intake of Sugar Added to Food

24 March 2017

EFSA will provide scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority aims to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects. The work will be carried out following a request from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway […]

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Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

Bord Bia’s ‘Brexit Barometer’ to Measure Impact on Irish Food Exporters

24 March 2017

A dedicated team of Bord Bia food, drink and horticulture specialists will embark on a ‘Brexit Roadshow’ over the coming weeks visiting more than 150 Irish exporters nationwide. Following Theresa May’s announcement to trigger Article 50 on March 29th, this timely initiative will see fourteen Bord Bia sector managers travel across the country to conduct […]

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ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

ADM Introduces New Sweeteners

24 March 2017

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is bringing two new sweetener brands, SweetRight stevia and VerySweet monk fruit, to market. These two new additions to the ADM portfolio, sourced through ADM’s partnership with GLG Life Tech Corporation, offer food and beverage product developers all the benefits of stevia and monk fruit, as well as access to […]

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Bonduelle Completes $409 Million US Acquisition

Bonduelle Completes $409 Million US Acquisition

23 March 2017

Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-eat vegetables, present in canned, frozen, fresh cut and delicatessen, has completed its $409 million acquisition of Ready Pac Foods, the US-based producer of convenience fresh meal solutions, salads and fresh cut produce. Having established a national presence and wide customer base in the US, Ready Pac Foods operates four […]

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Acquisitions Boost Emmi

Acquisitions Boost Emmi

23 March 2017

Acquisitions enabled Emmi, the Swiss dairy group, to achieve 1.4 % sales growth to SFr3.259 billion (€3.047 billion) in 2016. In organic terms (adjusted for currency and acquisition effects), sales declined by 1.0 %, which is at the lower end of the -1 % to +1 % range forecast in August 2016. However, earnings increased more than sales. Earnings […]

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Fever-Tree Breaks Through £100 Million Revenue Barrier

Fever-Tree Breaks Through £100 Million Revenue Barrier

23 March 2017

Fever-Tree, the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, increased revenue by 73% to £102.2 million for the year ended for 31 December 2016. The revenue growth achieved in 2016 was underpinned by improving margins, with a gross profit margin of 55.2% and adjusted EBITDA margin of 35.1%, resulting in adjusted EBITDA of £35.8 million […]

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A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

23 March 2017

What chicken processor would not welcome an automatic in-line system allowing him to match hour after hour, consistently accurately and with minimum give-away customer orders for fixed weight breast fillet retail packs to fillet coming off his de-boning line. By using Innova software to link its RoboBatcher and I-Cut technologies, Marel Poultry can offer just […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

23 March 2017

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs. Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Benefits From Improved Platform For Growth

Coca-Cola European Partners Benefits From Improved Platform For Growth

22 March 2017

Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue, has reported a 12% increase in operating profit to €851 million on net revenue up by 44.5% to €9.1 billion for the year ended 31 December 2016, reflecting the inclusion of Germany and Iberia in 2016. Created following last year’s merger of Coca-Cola […]

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94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

94% of World’s 19,000+ Breweries are Craft

22 March 2017

The craft beer revolution is taking hold in more countries across the globe. According to a new survey released by Alltech and The Brewers Journal, the number of breweries worldwide has surpassed 19,000, representing 209 countries and territories surveyed. Some 17,732, or 94 percent, of these breweries can be defined as craft beer producers. For […]

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Fox’s Biscuits Streamlines Production and Service Levels After Deploying FuturMaster Supply Chain Technology

Fox’s Biscuits Streamlines Production and Service Levels After Deploying FuturMaster Supply Chain Technology

22 March 2017

Fox’s, the £250 million UK biscuit company, has improved its forecasting, manufacturing and promotions planning practices after implementing new supply chain technology from specialist vendor FuturMaster. The software has helped the manufacturer boost its service levels and manage up to 150 deliveries a week to retailers including Tesco, M&S and Aldi, while customer service levels […]

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New Initiative to Inform How Dublin Will Manage Food Waste Reduction and Sustainable Eating

New Initiative to Inform How Dublin Will Manage Food Waste Reduction and Sustainable Eating

22 March 2017

Dublin is one of seven European cities chosen to take part in an exciting pan-European TRiFOCAL project designed to reduce food waste while promoting healthy and sustainable eating. The Eastern-Midland Regional Waste Management Office (EMWRO) is the Irish participant in the project, which aims to find food waste solutions specifically suited to cities. The EU LIFE […]

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AGRO Merchants Group Unveils Next Phase of its Development

AGRO Merchants Group Unveils Next Phase of its Development

22 March 2017

AGRO Merchants Group recently celebrated the opening of their first European greenfield site in the port of Rotterdam. AGRO Merchants Group completed the first phase of the Rotterdam-Maasvlakte facility in December 2016. The 18,000-pallet-space cold store expanded the company’s service offering to its client base in the critical port hub. AGRO Merchants Rotterdam-Maasvlakte provides comprehensive […]

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Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

Record Year For Scottish Food and Drink Exports

21 March 2017

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. The figures also show that food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion. The […]

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EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

21 March 2017

Nearly 44,000 farmers from across the EU have applied for support from the EU for agreeing to voluntarily reduce their production of milk by nearly 852,000t in the last quarter of 2016. This EU milk production reduction scheme, launched last summer and financed with €150 million, was one of the flagship measures decided by the […]

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Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

21 March 2017

A first-ever ‘farm to fork’ programme for shrimp production has been announced, offering consumers DNA based assurance on the origin and quality of shrimp. Through enhanced transparency the TraceBack programme will also help promote ethical labour practices, which have been highlighted in the global shrimp industry. The technology offering – already available in animal meat […]

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Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

21 March 2017

The context in which consumers eat, has a major impact on how they evaluate the taste of foods. This conclusion has been drawn following a study of airplane meals, carried out by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The scientists demonstrated that real-life testing situations can be effectively simulated in a lab. The study, published in […]

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The Origins of Minch Malt

The Origins of Minch Malt

21 March 2017

Minch Malt has been producing the highest quality malt since 1847. It all began when Matthew Minch, a tenant farmer from Portersize, Ballitore, opened his first malting business in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland in around 1845. Although he didn’t come from a wealthy background, Minch proved that hard work, passion and dedication go a long […]

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The Label Factory Creates Award-winning Labels

The Label Factory Creates Award-winning Labels

21 March 2017

The Label Factory Ltd is an Irish-owned and managed independent, multi award-winning, label print company based in County Tipperary. Since its inception in 2002, the company has developed a strong reputation within the drinks sector, particularly in the growing spirit category in Ireland. Nominated a total of 18 times, over the last nine years, The […]

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Ferrero International to Acquire US Chocolate Confectionery Manufacturer

Ferrero International to Acquire US Chocolate Confectionery Manufacturer

20 March 2017

Ferrero International, the Italian confectionery group, has agreed to acquire Fannie May Confections Brands, a US premium chocolate confectionery manufacturer of the Fannie May and Harry London brands, from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Additionally, Ferrero will enter into a strategic commercial partnership agreement, to be signed on or before the transaction close, to include selected Ferrero and Fannie […]

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Good Progress By Refresco

Good Progress By Refresco

20 March 2017

Refresco, the European soft drinks and fruit juices group, has reported a 4.5% rise in 2016 revenue to €2.107 billion as volume increased by 6% to 6.46 billion litres and adjusted EBITDA advanced 2.7% to €222 million and adjusted net profit by 11.1% to €86 million. On a like-for-like basis total volume decreased by 2.1%. […]

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Brexit Upheaval Demands EU State Aid Exemptions For Ireland

Brexit Upheaval Demands EU State Aid Exemptions For Ireland

20 March 2017

Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), the Ibec group, has said the increased likelihood of a hard and disruptive Brexit, and a fracture of the single market demands a series of exceptions from EU state aid rules for the Irish agri-food and drink sector. In a new report, which sets out the case for exceptional […]

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Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

20 March 2017

Kefir appears to be bucking the trend that has seen launch activity in drinking yogurts and fermented beverages remain relatively static in recent years. While kefir launch numbers are still limited globally, Innova Market Insights data indicate that they grew more than three-fold between 2011 and 2016. This is despite launches in the overall drinking […]

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Forsyths – An Enterprising Family Business

Forsyths – An Enterprising Family Business

20 March 2017

There has been a Coppersmiths based in Rothes, Moray, Scotland since the mid-1850s servicing the fledgling Scotch Whisky Industry in Speyside. In the 1890s Alexander Forsyth started his apprenticeship as a coppersmith with the then owner Robert Willison who had his main operation in Alloa in the Central Belt of Scotland. When Willison came to […]

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Tate & Lyle opens Global Innovation Centre in Germany

Tate & Lyle opens Global Innovation Centre in Germany

19 March 2017

Tate & Lyle PLC has unveiled its upgraded Food Systems Global Innovation Centre in Lübeck, Germany. In May 2016, Tate & Lyle’s Food Systems facility in Lübeck was refocused as a site dedicated exclusively to innovation, applications and solutions expertise for customers of its global Food Systems business. As part of this refocusing, investments were […]

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A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

A Third of All British Drinkers Have Reduced or Limited Their Alcohol Intake

17 March 2017

While the majority of British adults enjoy a tipple, it seems today’s consumers are taking a more conservative approach towards their alcohol consumption. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that as many as one third (32%) of all Brits have reduced or limited their alcohol intake over the past 12 months* in comparison to what they would […]

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Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

17 March 2017

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain. The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and […]

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Organic Starches to Meet Growing Food Industry Demand

Organic Starches to Meet Growing Food Industry Demand

17 March 2017

The organic German food industry is booming, with organic farming playing, once again, a key role in the food and agriculture industries. So much so that in 2017, the federal government is expected to invest €20 million to support and strengthen organic farming in order to push organically cultivated land to total 20% of Germany’s […]

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SternMaid Extends its Filling Capacities For Small Packs

SternMaid Extends its Filling Capacities For Small Packs

17 March 2017

In order to respond even more flexibly to customers’ wishes, SternMaid has invested in a Doypack line. From now on, the contract manufacturer and co-packing service provider will be able to pack end products in ready-made stand-up pouches with or without a zipper and three- or four-edge seal bags. Up to 40 bags per minute […]

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Lighthouse Systems a Finalist at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

Lighthouse Systems a Finalist at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

17 March 2017

Lighthouse Systems, the UK-based Manufacturing Execution System (MES) vendor, is a Finalist at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards, 2017, in the category ‘International Business of the Year’. In the last 5 years, Lighthouse Systems has substantially grown through the continued collaboration with existing customers on one hand, and the on-boarding of new customers and larger […]

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New £38 Million Roastery Fires Costa Growth Plans

New £38 Million Roastery Fires Costa Growth Plans

16 March 2017

Costa, the UK coffee brand, has commenced production at its new £38 million roastery, signalling a major milestone in the business’ expansion to serve an increasingly global customer base. The £38 million new facility has more than quadrupled Costa’s roasting capacity from 11,000 tonnes of coffee per annum to 45,000 tonnes per annum, providing the […]

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Bord Bia Launches Major Irish Beef Campaign in Germany

Bord Bia Launches Major Irish Beef Campaign in Germany

16 March 2017

A major new Bord Bia campaign to support Irish beef exports to Germany has been launched by Bord Bia (Irish Food Board). The promotional campaign, valued at almost €1 million this year alone, will target in excess of 8 million German consumers. In 2016, Ireland exported 23,000 tonnes of beef to Germany, a doubling in […]

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EU Rules on Listing Ingredients and Nutrition Information Should Apply to All Alcoholic Drinks

EU Rules on Listing Ingredients and Nutrition Information Should Apply to All Alcoholic Drinks

16 March 2017

The Brewers of Europe has welcomed the European Commission’s call for alcoholic drinks to list ingredients and nutrition information, matching the requirement for non-alcoholic beverages that came into force in December 2016. EU rules oblige producers of beverages below 1.2% ABV to list ingredients and provide the seven nutritional values per 100 ml. The EU […]

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Food Industry and BREXIT – Doom & Gloom? Far from it...

Food Industry and BREXIT – Doom & Gloom? Far from it…

16 March 2017

Whilst industries are still pondering their next move, the food industry in both Ireland and the UK is busy addressing the challenges posed by BREXIT and other factors such as overall lifecycle costs. The emerging trend in food engineering is towards brownfield expansions and upgrades. Brownfields can be hugely beneficial as manufacturers look to get […]

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Mercury Engineering Combines Traditional Methods and Latest Technologies at Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre

Mercury Engineering Combines Traditional Methods and Latest Technologies at Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre

16 March 2017

Mercury were delighted to secure the MEP and Fire Protection packages on such a prestigious, landmark project as the Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre (GTIC), Millennium Business Park, Naas, Co Kildare. Mercury’s works ran from September 2013 with a handover date in January 2015. As well as securing the major services installation packages on […]

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Danish Crown Sells American Business to JBS

Danish Crown Sells American Business to JBS

15 March 2017

Danish Crown has signed an agreement to sell its American subsidiary Plumrose USA for DKr1.6 billion (€215 million) to Brazil-based JBS, which is the world’s largest meat-processing company. The sale is in line with the 4WD strategy, under which Danish Crown has decided to focus its business on Northern Europe and Asia. “The focus of […]

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Green Light For Bath Ales Investment

Green Light For Bath Ales Investment

15 March 2017

St Austell Brewery, the English regional brewer, has unveiled its ambitious plans for its Bath Ales business with a multi-million pound investment. The investment in a state-of-the-art new brewery – which is set to double the available brewing capacity – will put Bath Ales on the map as having some of the most sophisticated and […]

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Dunnes Stores Remains Ireland’s Largest Grocer For a Second Month

Dunnes Stores Remains Ireland’s Largest Grocer For a Second Month

15 March 2017

For the first time Dunnes Stores has held its position as Ireland’s largest grocer for two consecutive months. This is according to the latest supermarket share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Dunnes’ shoppers are adding more to their baskets, […]

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Industry Invited to Submit a Self-regulatory Proposal on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages

Industry Invited to Submit a Self-regulatory Proposal on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages

15 March 2017

The European Commission has adopted a report on the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration for alcoholic beverages. Following the conclusions of the report, the Commission has decided to invite the alcoholic beverages’ industry to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory proposal aiming to provide information on ingredients and nutrition […]

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MSL Engineering Continues to Grow into New Markets

MSL Engineering Continues to Grow into New Markets

15 March 2017

Operating from its base in Watergrasshill, Cork, Ireland, MSL Engineering Ltd (MSL) has close to four decades of industry experience as a trusted partner engaging in specialist design, fabrication, installation, testing and commissioning of process pipework, utilities and high-purity pipework, as well as installation of process and heavy equipment. MSL also manages multi-discipline sub-contractors as […]

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Maison Ferrand Makes First Distillery Acquisition Outside France

Maison Ferrand Makes First Distillery Acquisition Outside France

14 March 2017

French spirits distiller Maison Ferrand has acquired the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados which has produced rum continually since the 19th century. Maison Ferrand is the owner of the Plantation rum brand with global distribution in 68 countries. The company produces Cognac and gin at its facility in Cognac, France and the purchase of West […]

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IFE 2017 - A Shop Window to the Future

IFE 2017 – A Shop Window to the Future

14 March 2017

This March, the UK’s largest pop-up supermarket for industry buyers is coming to London’s ExCeL.  Between 19–22 March, The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) will be the global shopping hub for the industry’s most influential buyers. With 1000’s of new product launches and countless innovative offerings on display across the four-day event, trade attendees are […]

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£1 Million Boost For Scottish Aquaculture Supply Chain Innovation

£1 Million Boost For Scottish Aquaculture Supply Chain Innovation

14 March 2017

A £1 million pilot programme to boost innovation in aquaculture in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is set to go ahead. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved the funding package and will run the programme in conjunction with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The 30-month pilot is expected to attract a similar level […]

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Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

14 March 2017

Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers. Flowcrete UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food […]

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Food For Thought - Reducing Your Energy Costs Through CHP

Food For Thought – Reducing Your Energy Costs Through CHP

14 March 2017

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is long established within the food industry. Offsetting grid based power supply and producing hot water, steam or chilled water from a natural gas fuelled reciprocating engine has proved very cost effective. The advantage of CHP are lower operating costs, less reliance on the electricity grid and improved sustainability in […]

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Irish Grocery Spending Rises For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

Irish Grocery Spending Rises For Seventh Consecutive Quarter

14 March 2017

The amount Irish consumers spent on everyday grocery items, such as food, drinks and toiletries, increased year-on-year for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to Nielsen retail performance data. The amount people spent on groceries increased +2.1% in Q4 2016 versus Q4 2015. The 2.1% rise was based on a 1.5% increase in the volume of groceries purchased and a 0.6% rise […]

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Bel Group Increases Profits as Revenue Remains Flat

Bel Group Increases Profits as Revenue Remains Flat

13 March 2017

French and international cheese manufacturer Bel Group has recorded a slight 0.4% decrease in sales to €2.936 billion for 2016 as operating income advanced 9.5% to €298 million with the operating margin exceeding 10%. The Americas, Asia-Pacific region continued to grow, reporting organic sales growth of 4.5%. A price war among food retailers in Europe […]

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Kerry Wins American Society of Baking’s BakingTech 2017 Innovation Award

Kerry Wins American Society of Baking’s BakingTech 2017 Innovation Award

13 March 2017

The American Society of Baking (ASB) has announced the 2017 winners of the Innovation Awards Programme. Kerry received the 2017 Innovation Award for Operational Excellence for Biobake® enzymes and taste solutions for crackers. Kerry’s natural sponge and dough flavour paired with Biobake® enzymes allows cracker manufacturers to greatly reduce fermentation time or eliminate it altogether. […]

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Irish Seafood Industry to Drive Sustainability Agenda

Irish Seafood Industry to Drive Sustainability Agenda

13 March 2017

BIM, Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has launched a new certification standard to drive sustainability in the Irish Fishing Sector. The BIM Responsibly Sourced Seafood Standard is a third party accreditation that certifies fishing vessels that adhere to strict criteria regarding Care of the Catch, Traceability and Provenance, Training, Welfare and Social Sustainability. Michael Keatinge, Interim […]

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GEA Meets Craft Beer Brewers at Trade Convention in the USA

GEA Meets Craft Beer Brewers at Trade Convention in the USA

13 March 2017

GEA will present its technology and services at the 34th Annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), the world’s largest trade fair for the craft brewing community. This conference, held from April 10-13, 2017, will attract craft beer brewers from all over the world to Washington, D.C. At stand 2619, GEA will welcome interested visitors to view […]

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Pro2Pac and Waste-Works Announce High Profile Speaker Line-up

Pro2Pac and Waste-Works Announce High Profile Speaker Line-up

13 March 2017

Pro2Pac and Waste-Works have revealed an exciting line-up of high-profile speakers for the three-day event which returns to ExCeL London this March. A host of well-known industry experts including Dick Searle, CEO of The Packaging Federation, Jonny MacNeal, Business Development Manager at Insignia Technologies (winner of Best New Concept at the 2016 UK Packaging Awards) […]

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Nestlé to cut sugar from Irish products

Nestlé to cut sugar from Irish products

11 March 2017

Nestlé Ireland says it plans to remove 10% of sugar from its products by 2018. This will result in around 400 tonnes of sugar stripped from a number of well-known brands including Aero, Drifter, KitKat, Lion, Milkybar, Rolo, Quality Street and Yorkie. The changes will see the firm replace sugar with higher quantities of existing […]

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Short-term Outlook For Agricultural Markets Shows Recovery in EU Milk Prices

Short-term Outlook For Agricultural Markets Shows Recovery in EU Milk Prices

10 March 2017

The European Commission has published its short-term outlook for arable crops, olive oil, meat and dairy markets in the EU for 2017-2018, confirming that the reduction in the EU milk supply at the end of 2016 contributed to a significant recovery in EU milk prices. Exports and domestic demand led to record high prices for […]

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