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Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

    Scientists Investigate Origin of Isolated BSE Cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission has asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU is […]

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€70 Million to Further Support European Fruit Producers

    €70 Million to Further Support European Fruit Producers

The exceptional measures already in place to help producers of perishable fruits affected by the ban on imports imposed by the Russian authorities have been extended for a further year until end of June 2018.
The measures were first introduced by the European Commission in the wake of the Russian import ban in August 2014. The […]

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Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

    Dairy – How do You Take Yours?

Researchers at Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and University College Cork are analysing dairy consumption patterns in Irish adults and have found that those who consume dairy tend to have healthier dietary behaviours.
We all know the benefits of consuming dairy foods in our diets but not all consumers eat dairy in the same way […]

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Richardson Acquires European Oat Millers to Expand Global Reach

    Richardson Acquires European Oat Millers to Expand Global Reach

Richardson International, Canada’s leading agribusiness, has expanded its oat milling business with the acquisition of European Oat Millers. Based in Bedford, England, European Oat Millers is the second largest oat miller in Europe, producing a wide range of oat products, including various oat flakes, flour and groats, as well as wheat and barley flakes and […]

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Nestlé to Support Start-ups Through Terra Accelerator

    Nestlé to Support Start-ups Through Terra Accelerator

Nestlé is expanding its support for innovative start-ups in the USA. Nestlé USA will enter into a new partnership with Rabobank and RocketSpace for the Terra Food + Agtech Accelerator programme.
Nestlé will work with Terra and other corporate collaborators to select and coach some of the most innovative and disruptive start-ups in the food and […]

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6,000 Opportunities in Irish Dairy Farming Over the Next Decade

    6,000 Opportunities in Irish Dairy Farming Over the Next Decade

A Teagasc report on the future people requirements of Irish dairy farming has been published. The People in Dairy Project Report identifies the need for 6,000 people to enter dairy farming over the next 9 years. This is made up of 2,000 new employment opportunities and 4,000 people to provide for regeneration of existing dairy […]

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Russian Turkey Facility Reaches Full Production Capacity

    Russian Turkey Facility Reaches Full Production Capacity

Cherkizovo Group, the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, has reached full production capacity at its Tambov Turkey facility, a joint venture with Grupo Fuertes, Spain’s leading agricultural producer. The new production facility for the growing and processing of turkey meat will allow Cherkizovo Group to become one of the largest producers […]

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Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

    Fall in Milk Prices and Crop Yields Lead to Lower Average Irish Farm Income in 2016

A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that Irish family farm income decreased by 9% in 2016, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €24,060. This is the return for the farmers’ labour and for the land and capital employed in the business.
Dr. Emma Dillon, Economist with the […]

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Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

    Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

Manor Farm, which is the largest chicken processor in the Republic of Ireland, and Tesco Ireland have launched the first Omega 3 Irish chicken. The 100% Irish chicken is fed on a diet that includes Omega 3 rich algae and has the same great​ taste of​ Irish chicken. The launch of Omega 3 Irish chicken into the market in Tesco […]

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New Campaign to Boost Irish Beef Sales in Italy

    New Campaign to Boost Irish Beef Sales in Italy

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has launched its new trade communications strategy for Irish beef in the Italian market. The strategy emerged from research begun by Bord Bia’s Thinking House into Italian consumer behaviour and subsequent work on consumer trends around animal welfare and sustainability.
It aims to convince food buyers that in choosing Irish beef […]

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Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

    Price Rises and Private Label Drive Up Sales of Olive Oil Across Europe

The success of private label and the impact of price increases across European countries is driving up value sales of olive oil, according to the latest figures from IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers. Despite challenging economic conditions and poor harvests in Spain, Italy and Greece during 2015, […]

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Danish Crown Launches Ambitious Growth Package

    Danish Crown Launches Ambitious Growth Package

In response to the continued demand for Danish pork in the key export markets, Danish Crown, the world’s largest exporter of pork and the largest cattle slaughtering business in Denmark, has launched a growth package to encourage farmers to invest in producing more pigs.
Danish Crown is now offering its existing members a cash growth supplement […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Remain Higher than Previous Years

    EU Agri-food Exports Remain Higher than Previous Years

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports increased by +1.2% (+ €131 million) compared with February last year, according to the latest figures.  The monthly exports particularly increased for Russia (+86 million), China (+77 million), the USA (+58 million) and Korea (+55 million).
For the 12-months period covering March 2016 to February 2017, EU agri-food exports reached […]

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NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

    NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

Global public health organization NSF International has developed an independent certification protocol — Raised Without Antibiotics — to certify animal products have been raised without exposure to antibiotics. The new certification protocol will help consumers identify products that do not contribute to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
NSF International’s Raised Without Antibiotics certification can be granted […]

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The Co-op Ends Fresh Meat Imports

    The Co-op Ends Fresh Meat Imports

Meat imports into the UK have doubled over the last 20 years, according to new research by the Co-op, the British convenience retailer. It comes as the Co-op announces it will become the first national retailer to switch all of the fresh meat which bears its name to British. The Co-op has called on more […]

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Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

    Major International Meat Science Congress to Take Place in Cork, Ireland

Teagasc will host the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), in collaboration with University College Cork. This prestigious global Congress will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, from August 13-18, 2017. ICoMST reconvenes in Ireland after an 11- year absence.
It’s the 63rd ICoMST and the theme this year is: ‘Nurturing […]

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Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

    Ireland Still One of the Lowest Cash Cost Producers of Milk Internationally

A detailed report and analysis of trends in the competitiveness of the main sectors in Irish agriculture has been published by Teagasc, as part of an international workshop on measuring international competitiveness and efficiency in agriculture. Profitability, costs of production, value of output and some partial productivity indicators (such as milk yield, stocking density, cereal […]

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Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland

    Glanbia to Sell 60% of Dairy Ireland

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has agreed to sell 60% of its Dairy Ireland segment to Glanbia Co-op. Dairy Ireland is currently 100% owned by Glanbia plc and is comprised of two business units, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Glanbia Agribusiness.
In 2016, Dairy Ireland generated revenue of €616.2 million, earnings before interest, tax and […]

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Meat Technology Ireland Launched

    Meat Technology Ireland Launched

Meat Technology Ireland, a new Enterprise Ireland, industry-led initiative that will build a strategic research and innovation base in beef and sheepmeat processing in Ireland, has been launched. The Centre will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for meat processing research and technology, serving as a hub to co-ordinate all beef and sheepmeat processing research needs.
Meat Technology […]

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International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

    International Best Practice Being Shared to Support Vibrant Food Chains

Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) recently hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a 2-day meeting to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient […]

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EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

    EU and Norway Conclude Negotiations to Enhance Trade of Agricultural Products

The European Union and Norway have come to an agreement which will facilitate bilateral trade in agricultural products, allowing EU exporters to reinforce their position on their 8th largest export market for agricultural products. The EU is the number one agri-food exporter in the world with €130 billion of exports in 2016.
The agreement reached following […]

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Cargill to Establish New European Logistics Platform For Malt

    Cargill to Establish New European Logistics Platform For Malt

Cargill’s malt business has announced a partnership with Zuidnatie, a Belgian logistics service provider, to build a new logistics platform in the port of Antwerp. Set to open in August 2018, it will offer trans-shipment facilities and storage for up to 300,000 metric tons (MT) of barley and malt.
This new facility will allow Cargill to […]

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Keelings Celebrates Harvest of First Irish Strawberries

    Keelings Celebrates Harvest of First Irish Strawberries

Keelings, Ireland’s largest supplier, and producer of fresh fruit, has celebrated its harvest of the First Irish Strawberries of 2017.  Keelings produce can be found north and south of the border.  The farm growers nurture the Keelings crop all year round, enabling the strawberries to flourish early in the season. The state-of-the-art strawberry glasshouse on Keelings […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

    EU Agri-food Exports Start 2017 at High Level

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in January 2017 reached a level of €10.3 billion, which is almost €1 billion higher than in January 2016, according to the latest agri-food trade report. USA remains the most important destination for EU agri-food exports with the highest increases in monthly export values (January 2017 compared to January […]

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EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

    EU Support Scheme Helps to Reduce Milk Production

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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Organic Starches to Meet Growing Food Industry Demand

    Organic Starches to Meet Growing Food Industry Demand

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

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

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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One in Four British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From £31 Million Arla Windfall

    One in Four British Dairy Farmers to Benefit From £31 Million Arla Windfall

Arla Foods UK, Britain’s leading farmer-owned dairy company, has announced that its British owners will receive £31 million as their 2016 year-end bonus. Arla is owned by 12,000 dairy farmers across Europe, 2,500 of whom are British and make up almost a quarter of all British dairy farmers.
Once a year, Arla distributes its profits equally […]

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WTO Confirms Russian Pork Ban is Illegal

    WTO Confirms Russian Pork Ban is Illegal

The WTO’s Appellate Body has confirmed that Russia’s import ban from 2014 on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU violates international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia because of the outbreak of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus.
In August […]

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Additional €124 Million Paid Out to Arla Farmers

    Additional €124 Million Paid Out to Arla Farmers

Arla Foods’ Board of Representatives has decided to distribute a total of €124 million to the farmer-owners as the annual supplementary payment, also known as the 13th payment. On average, that amounts to one eurocent per kilo of milk supplied by each farmer.
At the meeting in Halmstad, Sweden, the Board of Representatives debated and decided […]

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Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

    Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

The impact of climate change represents a significant opportunity for Ireland’s dairy Sector but also poses a threat, a special industry conference held recently at the Teagasc Ashtown conference centre, Dublin, heard. The conference included details of a safefood sponsored research project which surveyed dairy industry stakeholders to determine their level of awareness of the potential impacts […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Reach Record High in 2016

    EU Agri-food Exports Reach Record High in 2016

The annual value of EU agri-food exports in 2016 reached a new record level with total exports reaching €130.7 billion, up €1.7 billion on 2015. The biggest increases in annual exports were to the USA (up €1.26 billion) and China (up €1.06 billion).
At the same time, the value of EU agri-food imports went down 1.5% […]

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Glanbia to Create New €1.5 Billion Turnover Irish Dairy Business

    Glanbia to Create New €1.5 Billion Turnover Irish Dairy Business

Glanbia plc, the global nutrition group, has agreed to sell a 60% interest in its wholly-owned Dairy Ireland segment to Glanbia Co-op, Ireland’s largest and most valuable co-operative with 14,773 members, for €112 million. Dairy Ireland is comprised of two business units, Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland and Glanbia Agribusiness.
Glanbia Consumer Foods Ireland is the leading […]

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A Positive Future for the UK Beet Sugar Industry

    A Positive Future for the UK Beet Sugar Industry

The lifting of European Union (EU) sugar quotas in October 2017 and leaving of the EU, offers exciting opportunities for great British businesses and industries, such as British Sugar and the wider UK beet sugar industry.
According to Paul Kenward, Managing Director of British Sugar: “We are one of Britain’s most globally competitive industries and we […]

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Tesco’s Organic Food Sales Grow By 15%

    Tesco’s Organic Food Sales Grow By 15%

Organic foods in Britain are experiencing the strongest growth in customer demand for over a decade. In the last year alone, Tesco has seen organic sales rise by 15 per cent.
While fruit and vegetables continue to be the most popular choice for shoppers, over the last 12 months the retailer has seen increasing numbers of […]

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Morrisons Launches Search For the Local UK Foodmakers

    Morrisons Launches Search For the Local UK Foodmakers

British supermarket group Morrisons is starting a search for the best local food producers, as a new report calls for the UK to be more self-sufficient in food production and new consumer research shows a growing appetite from British shoppers for more local food.
‘The Nation’s Local Foodmakers’ will see Morrisons aim to recruit more than […]

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Irish Food Research Presented to Chinese Food Companies

    Irish Food Research Presented to Chinese Food Companies

Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, recently outlined its dairy and nutrition research to Chinese food companies at seminars organised by Enterprise Ireland in Shanghai and Beijing in China. The seminars were planned to promote Ireland’s dairy product offerings on the Chinese market and to champion Ireland as a location for Chinese investment […]

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Public Consultation on Future of Common Agricultural Policy

    Public Consultation on Future of Common Agricultural Policy

The European Commission has launched the first phase of the modernisation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the opening of a three-month public consultation. The contributions received will support the Commission’s work to define the agricultural policy priorities for the future. A modernised and simplified Common Agricultural Policy would address the key […]

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Jaffa Orri Mandarin Export Sales Expected to Increase by 50%

    Jaffa Orri Mandarin Export Sales Expected to Increase by 50%

The Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel predicts an export increase of 50% for Jaffa Orri mandarin fruit in 2017. The harvest of these highly desired mandarins started in mid-December, 2016 (a week before the season started last year), and met the growing demand for Jaffa Orri. The fruit was available on shelves by […]

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Dutch Agri and Food Exports Achieve Record High in 2016

    Dutch Agri and Food Exports Achieve Record High in 2016

The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost €94 billion, compared to €90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for €85 billion and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for €9 billion: a new record. This means the agri […]

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Walsh Mushrooms Acquires Golden Mushrooms in Positive Move For Irish Mushroom Industry

    Walsh Mushrooms Acquires Golden Mushrooms in Positive Move For Irish Mushroom Industry

Walsh Mushrooms Group has acquired the business and assets of Golden Mushrooms, one of Ireland’s top mushroom growers. Walsh Mushrooms Group is the second largest mushroom supplier to the UK marketplace, with operations in Ireland and the UK in compost manufacture, mushroom growing, marketing and distribution. The move, which comes amid on-going volatility in the […]

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EU Agri-food Exports Remain at Record Level

    EU Agri-food Exports Remain at Record Level

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in November 2016 reached a new record level of €11.7 billion, which is €813 million higher than in November 2015. Considering a slight decrease in agri-food imports from third countries, the EU now has a trade surplus in agri-food products at €19 billion over 12 months.
Major gains in […]

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EU Trade Surplus in Agri-food at €18 Billion Over 12 Months

    EU Trade Surplus in Agri-food at €18 Billion Over 12 Months

For the 12-months period November 2015 to October 2016, EU agri-food exports reached a value of €129.9 billion, corresponding to an increase by 1.9% in value terms compared to the same period one year ago, according to the latest monthly report of EU Agri-Food Trade. Considering that agri-food imports from third countries in the 12-months […]

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Avian Influenza – Biosecurity Measures Key to Protecting Poultry Farms

    Avian Influenza – Biosecurity Measures Key to Protecting Poultry Farms

Strict enforcement of high levels of biosecurity measures is the most effective way to prevent the introduction of the highly pathogenic influenza virus A (H5N8) into poultry farms, says EFSA.
EFSA experts have identified and ranked a set of biosecurity measures that can be implemented in different areas of a farm that are classified as high […]

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Irish Agri-tech Firm BHSL Secures €13 Million in UK Sales

    Irish Agri-tech Firm BHSL Secures €13 Million in UK Sales

Irish agri-tech business BHSL has agreed €13 million in sales of its pioneering manure-to-energy technology which is aimed at transforming the environmental impact of the global poultry industry. The 8 new BHSL Energy Centre units are being sold to large UK poultry farms and will all be installed by March 2017.
The patented technology will be […]

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€17.6 Million Strategic Research Partnership Between Origin Enterprises and University College Dublin

    €17.6 Million Strategic Research Partnership Between Origin Enterprises and University College Dublin

Origin Enterprises, the Irish agri-services group, and University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland’s largest university, have announced the establishment of a dedicated digital, precision agriculture and crop science collaborative research partnership, supported through the Science Foundation Ireland (‘SFI’) Strategic Partnership Programme. This is a €17.6 million five-year research programme.
The collaboration encompasses a strong multi and inter-disciplinary […]

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New Appointments in Teagasc Food Research Programme

    New Appointments in Teagasc Food Research Programme

Teagasc (Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority) has just put in place a new structure for its food research programme. The Food Research programme is headed up by Dr Mark Fenelon and is located across two campuses at Ashtown in Dublin and Moorepark in County Cork. As part of the re-structuring, a new Food Quality […]

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Nestlé and USAID Partner For High Quality Maize in Ghana

    Nestlé and USAID Partner For High Quality Maize in Ghana

Nestlé and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are partnering to help farmers in Ghana produce high quality maize. The goal is to reduce mycotoxins, a natural, fungal contamination of crops that can damage health and lead to financial ruin for farmers.
The USAID Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) programme team will […]

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Total Agricultural Output in the EU Down by 1.8% in 2015

    Total Agricultural Output in the EU Down by 1.8% in 2015

The economic accounts for agriculture show that total agricultural output in the European Union (EU) stood at €411.2 billion at basic prices in 2015, down by 1.8% compared with 2014. In 2015, the equivalent of 60% of the value of agricultural output generated was spent on intermediate consumption (input goods and services), while gross value […]

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Barry Callebaut Targets 100% Sustainable Chocolate By 2025

    Barry Callebaut Targets 100% Sustainable Chocolate By 2025

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has published its new sustainability strategy “Forever Chocolate” with the ambition to move sustainable chocolate from niche to norm in less than a decade.
In order to secure the future of chocolate, Barry Callebaut’s new sustainability strategy includes four targets that the company expects […]

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Do Food Retailers Hold the Key to Small Scale AD Success?

    Do Food Retailers Hold the Key to Small Scale AD Success?

The move towards sustainable food retailing shows no sign of slowing down, with consumers more aware of environmental issues than ever before. Research from Globescan revealed that 92 per cent of shoppers think food companies should focus their efforts on securing the future sustainability of food, with two-thirds believing that farmers should be paid more […]

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European Milk Package Strengthens Dairy Producers’ Position in the Supply Chain

    European Milk Package Strengthens Dairy Producers’ Position in the Supply Chain

The European Commission has published the second report on the operation of the so-called Milk Package, a series of measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain. The report shows that after three years of implementation, European farmers are increasingly using the tools provided by the Milk […]

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Report Highlights Economic Importance of Scottish Red Meat Industry

    Report Highlights Economic Importance of Scottish Red Meat Industry

The importance of red meat production to both the national economy of Scotland and the country’s rural areas, is very clearly highlighted in an independent new report commissioned by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The report, ‘An Assessment of the Economic Contribution of Scotland’s Red Meat Supply Chain’, reveals that the red meat supply chain in […]

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Teagasc National Dairy Conference – 6th & 7th December, 2016

    Teagasc National Dairy Conference – 6th & 7th December, 2016

The Teagasc National Dairy Conference is taking place on 6 December at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and on 7 December at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Co Westmeath.  ‘Technologies for Success’ is the theme for this year’s conference.
Announcing details of the event, Dr Tom O Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc said: “Dairy […]

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