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Irish Foodservice Market Set to Grow by 6.1% to Reach Value of €8.2 Billion in 2018

    Irish Foodservice Market Set to Grow by 6.1% to Reach Value of €8.2 Billion in 2018

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has released the findings of its 2018 Irish Foodservice Market Insights Report which shows that Ireland’s foodservice market is set to grow by 6.1% this year to reach a value of €8.2 billion. The report tracks trends in consumer behaviour when eating out of home and also highlights some of the challenges […]

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Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

    Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

Research by a leading software company has been shared with UK food manufacturers in a bid to improve the UK’s health by reducing the amount of antibiotics used on livestock. Trade Interchange, a leading supplier management solutions provider that specialises in the industry, collated the findings into the white paper ‘Anticipating Change: Antibiotics in the Food […]

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UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

    UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

July’s heatwave was good news for Britain’s pubs but heaped more pressure on the country’s restaurant chains, latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. Managed pub and bar groups saw collective like-for-like sales rise 2.7% against last July, while sales across restaurant groups plummeted, down a substantial 4.8% in like-for-like trading.
Overall, the differing […]

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Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

    Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

Four of Ireland’s top food companies will benefit from a significant boost to their businesses as Center Parcs announces the awarding of food supplier contracts to its Center Parcs Longford Forest resort – due to open in summer 2019 – worth a combined total of €5.2 million. Center Parcs has awarded the following food supplier contracts:

Dublin […]

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England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

    England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal England’s poorest areas are fast food hotspots, with 5 times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent. The data also suggests fast food outlets – including chip shops, burger bars and pizza places –account for more than a quarter (26%) of all eateries […]

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JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

    JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

JAB, a global investment firm with a proven track record of investing in premium brands, is acquiring Pret A Manger, a leading company in the ready‐to‐eat food market, from Bridgepoint, an international private equity firm and its majority owner, and other minority shareholders. The transaction is expected to be completed during the Summer 2018. Terms […]

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Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

    Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Global “Scale for Good” Award. This Global award is a first for McDonald’s and is the second occasion where Dawn Meats sustainability credentials have been recognised by the McDonald’s Global Leadership Team.
The award recognises the key leadership role that Dawn Meats has played […]

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Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

    Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

South and East England-based franchise business, Caskade Caterers, has secured a £29.4 million funding package from HSBC to support its ambitious expansion plans. The £13 million loan, £10 million revolving credit facility and £6.4 million commercial mortgage from HSBC will help with the roll-out of new Taco Bell restaurants across London and South West England, the […]

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Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

    Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

Many casual dining brands continued to expand on British high streets over the last year, despite the host of challenges facing the eating and drinking out sector – fuelling concerns about market saturation. That is among the key findings from the latest edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. It reveals that […]

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Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

    Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

A food service delivery operation supplying fresh milk and other products to 3,000 non-residential customers in England and Wales which is suffering losses of around £5 million per annum, is to be reviewed by Müller Milk & Ingredients. The company has confirmed a 45 day review and consultation, placing 250 roles at risk of redundancy. […]

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Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

    Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

The 900g Euro Squeeze multilayer polypropylene bottle from RPC Corby has been selected by leading Greek food manufacturer Provil for its new Sandwich Creams range of sauces for the foodservice sector. The bottle combines safe handling, ease of use and effective product protection to support and maintain Provil’s brand image and help build customer loyalty. […]

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UK Casual Dining Contraction is Independents’ Opportunity

    UK Casual Dining Contraction is Independents’ Opportunity

With casual dining brands closing sites and scaling back expansion in the UK, well-run independent operators have an opportunity to take back market share, says buying specialist Lynx Purchasing. Operators who do their homework on the eating-out market, including implementing strong buying disciplines, can broaden their customer appeal, says Lynx Purchasing managing director Rachel Dobson. “Since the […]

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1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

    1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

More flexible menus and an increase of meal occasions from breakfast and all day brunch through to dinner has led to a €4.1 billion increase in food service sales in 2017 to €335.9 billion according to a new report launched by IRI GIRA Foodservice. One in five meals (18% of all meals) are consumed outside the […]

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Lamb Weston Launches New Solution For Home to Door Delivery

    Lamb Weston Launches New Solution For Home to Door Delivery

Lamb Weston, a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world, has introduced a solution for fries that arrive hot and crispy via home delivery – new Crispy on Delivery is a comprehensive solution that goes from store to door. Crispy on Delivery combines the […]

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Sysco Grows European Business

    Sysco Grows European Business

Sysco Corporation is to acquire Kent Frozen Foods, a successful UK-based food service distributor with revenue in the year ended 31st December 2016 of £47 million. The acquisition, which is conditional upon approval from the Competition and Markets Authority, will see Kent Frozen Foods join Sysco’s other UK businesses, including Brakes, Fresh Direct and M&J […]

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Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

    Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

Bord Bia released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report in advance of its annual foodservice seminar which took place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market […]

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UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

    UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

The latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals that in some categories actual prices are starting to come down slightly compared with previous months, although in other key sectors the trend is still up. Inflation in wholesale food service prices fell in July 2017, welcome news to the UK’s eating out operators who […]

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McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

    McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

McDonald’s Corporation has announced a major acceleration of its expansion plans in China following the successful completion of a strategic partnership with CITIC Ltd, CITIC Capital Partners, and The Carlyle Group. Ramping up a new era of growth and innovation, the partnership will operate and manage McDonald’s businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong, leveraging […]

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Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

    Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

The Subway® brand has opened its 2,500th store in the UK at Keynsham, Banes. The new outlet features the new Subway® Fresh Forward design. Following the global launch of the new format in Manchester in March, the store near Bristol is the second pilot featuring the design to open in the UK. This location features a […]

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TripAdvisor and Deliveroo Announce Agreement

    TripAdvisor and Deliveroo Announce Agreement

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, and Deliveroo, the on-demand food-delivery service, have announced the integration of Deliveroo’s restaurant network into the TripAdvisor desktop website, mobile web and mobile app experiences across 12 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions. Consumers browsing TripAdvisor restaurant listings now have the option to order food from […]

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Around Noon Accelerates Growth With Significant London Acquisition

    Around Noon Accelerates Growth With Significant London Acquisition

Around Noon, the Northern Ireland-based food-to-go manufacturer, has expanded its presence within the UK. The Newry headquartered company, which already has a market-leading position on the island of Ireland, has acquired Chef in a Box, a premium sandwich and snack manufacturer with market-leading customers in the corporate sector.
The purchase from Donegal Investment Group will enable […]

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SUBWAY® Stores to Cut Almost Four Billion Calories From British Diets

    SUBWAY® Stores to Cut Almost Four Billion Calories From British Diets

From July 2016 to July 2017, SUBWAY® stores will have removed around 3.7 billion calories from Great British diets, after converting to Britvic and PepsiCo beverages. This new partnership provides all customers with a broader product range whilst significantly reducing their overall calorie and sugar intake.
The dynamic design of the new drinks fountains and fridge […]

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Deliveroo Launches New Platform to Enable Restaurants to Reach New Audiences

    Deliveroo Launches New Platform to Enable Restaurants to Reach New Audiences

Deliveroo has launched Deliveroo Editions, a revolutionary platform that will enable hundreds of restaurants to reach new customers in cities around the world, without needing a high street premise. Customers across the world will gain access to over 300 leading restaurants as Deliveroo Editions brings chefs and restaurateurs to new locations in cities across the world.
Deliveroo […]

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JAB Extends Global Coffee and Food Empire With $7.5 Billion Acquisition

    JAB Extends Global Coffee and Food Empire With $7.5 Billion Acquisition

Investment group JAB is acquiring Panera Bread Company, the US-based restaurant chain, for transaction value of approximately $7.5 billion (including the assumption of $340 million of net debt) to extend its global coffee and food empire.
“By any measure, Panera has been one of the most successful restaurant companies in history,” says Ron Shaich, founder, chairman […]

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Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

    Unilever Food Solutions Launches Ireland’s First Foodservice Gluten-Free Guide

Gluten-free is a growing challenge for the Irish foodservice industry, both as a dietary lifestyle choice but more significantly as an essential concern when catering for those who live with coeliac disease. A strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease, even a small amount of gluten can make someone with the disease […]

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Deliveroo Embraces Blue Sky Thinking

    Deliveroo Embraces Blue Sky Thinking

After almost two years in the making, Deliveroo Extreme Delivery, the innovative new concept taking the food delivery industry to all new heights – quite literally – has been launched in Australia. The Deliveroo Extreme Delivery concept engages skydivers rather than bike riders, allowing deliveries to be dropped to a much broader location base. For the […]

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New £38 Million Roastery Fires Costa Growth Plans

    New £38 Million Roastery Fires Costa Growth Plans

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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Eleven Companies Selected For Ireland’s FoodService Academy

    Eleven Companies Selected For Ireland’s FoodService Academy

Sustainably grown seaweed, whiskey flavoured popcorn and Cork’s finest gluten-free fresh chilli sauce are just some of the innovative products selected to join this year’s FoodService Academy. Run by Bord Bia and Musgrave MarketPlace, the programme aims to help participants grow sales within the foodservice, or out of home food, market. The initiative also offers […]

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Danish Crown Buys Foodservice Business in the UK

    Danish Crown Buys Foodservice Business in the UK

Danish Crown has acquired Nottingham-base Leivers Brothers for an undisclosed sum to double the revenue generated by the international meat group’s UK foodservice business. Foodservice has been part of Danish Crown’s business in the UK since 2014. Danish Crown has succeeded in establishing a stable base in and around London and Manchester and this is […]

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Child Obesity – Technical Guidance on Procurement For Healthy Food in Schools

    Child Obesity – Technical Guidance on Procurement For Healthy Food in Schools

The European Commission Joint Research Centre and Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety have presented a report to help authorities implement healthy food standards ensuring that they procure healthy school food. The report provides technical guidance on, among others, drafting clear specifications on foods and food services to be procured to make the healthy food the default […]

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Restaurant Brands International Expands With $1.8 Billion Acquisition

    Restaurant Brands International Expands With $1.8 Billion Acquisition

Restaurant Brands International, one of the largest global quick service restaurant companies with two of the world’s most iconic QSR brands – Burger King and Tim Hortons – is expanding its US and global footprint with the acquisition of Popeyes for $1.8 billion. Popeyes is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant chicken concepts […]

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University On-campus Dining Has Great Room For Growth

    University On-campus Dining Has Great Room For Growth

Exclusive new research conducted by the NUS on behalf of Premier Foods has revealed that, despite record numbers of students attending university, dining on campus is not currently the top option when looking for meals. Less than half of students [42%] purchase food from on-campus food outlets, and whilst nearly two thirds of students [60%] […]

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UK Coffee Shop Sales to Top £3 Billion in 2016

    UK Coffee Shop Sales to Top £3 Billion in 2016

New research from Mintel reveals that this year coffee shop sales are set to reach a record new high as the market tops £3 billion. Indeed, the UK coffee shop market is in rude health, enjoying an estimated growth of 6% in 2015. Over the past five years, the market has shot up an impressive […]

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New Foodservice Academy to Grow Sales of Irish Food and Drink Businesses

    New Foodservice Academy to Grow Sales of Irish Food and Drink Businesses

Ten Irish food and drink companies have joined the first FoodService Academy, a newprogramme run by Bord Bia and Musgrave MarketPlace . The FoodService Academy seeks to help small Irish food and drink companies develop their business in the foodservice market (out of home food market). The programme also aims to help the companies achieve […]

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Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

    Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

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Calling All Cheese Lovers -­‐ Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

    Calling All Cheese Lovers -­‐ Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink.

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New Managing Director at Hydrosol

    New Managing Director at Hydrosol

On 1 July Dr. Matthias Moser took up his duties as the new Managing Director of Hydrosol, the international stabiliser and emulsifier system specialist. Dr. Moser, who holds a PhD in natural science, is also Managing Director of sister company OlbrichtArom. Both companies are part of the independent owner-operated Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, which maintains offices and production facilities in the world’s key markets.

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Amneal makes strategic investment in Ireland

    Amneal makes strategic investment in Ireland

U.S. generics manufacturer acquires Tipperary plant to spur European expansion – company expects to hire an estimated 250-300 employees at full build-out.

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Oakland International Confirmed as Finalist in Global Freight Awards 2015

    Oakland International Confirmed as Finalist in Global Freight Awards 2015

Ireland and UK supply chain specialists Oakland International have been confirmed as finalists in the Innovation Award category of this year’s prestigious Global Freight Awards (GFA) to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London on Thursday, 19th November.

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Oman refreshment company increases production to meet growing market demand

    Oman refreshment company increases production to meet growing market demand

To meet the two-digit market growth from carbonated soft drinks consumers, Oman Refreshment Company (ORC), a franchisee of PepsiCo International, has recently acquired a new production line from Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, which will enable the Omani bottler to increase its production capacity.

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JBT Corporation announces acquisition of leading juice and dairy solutions provider

Technology solutions provider for the liquid foods sector extends product portfolio with addition of Netherlands-based Stork Food & Dairy Systems.

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UK Allergy Sufferers Put at Risk From Fast Food Takeaways

    UK Allergy Sufferers Put at Risk From Fast Food Takeaways

An undercover investigation by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has found just over two thirds of takeaways appear to be breaking the law. The investigation, which included 10 types of takeaways, found chicken shops to be the worst offenders.
Of the chicken shops visited, four in five couldn’t supply legally required allergen information when […]

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Frutarom adds vegetarian solutions to its portfolio

Korntal-Münchingen, Germany, July 2015: Frutarom Savory Solutions’ new range of vegetarian and vegan options provides new solutions for meat industry, butchers and catering businesses. Combining high-quality ingredients and processing know-how, the range is designed to deliver a similar meat-like taste profile and mouthfeel. By using valuable protein sources, products are created with a comparable nutritional profile to meat.

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Packaging automation demonstrates truly revolutionary high speed tray sealer at fruit focus

A major technology breakthrough at Packaging Automation Ltd has culminated in the design of the fastest most energy efficient single lane tray sealing machine in the world which will be demonstrated at Fruit Focus.

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TOMRA Equips its Belgian Test and Demo Center With a New Cold Room

    TOMRA Equips its Belgian Test and Demo Center With a New Cold Room

TOMRA Sorting Solutions has installed a brand new 56 square meter cold room in its test and demonstration center in Leuven, Belgium.
Thanks to its new facility, TOMRA Sorting Solutions is now able to test the performance of its sorting machines for all individually quick frozen (IQF) products in a true-to life environment.
The conditioned room can […]

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Global Consumer Foodservice Sales Grow 5.4% in 2014

    Global Consumer Foodservice Sales Grow 5.4% in 2014

The global consumer foodservice market increased in value by over 5.4% in 2014, with over US$2.7 trillion in sales, according to market research company Euromonitor International. Full service restaurants accounted for the largest proportion of sales globally, followed by fast food and cafes/bars.
By region, Latin America and the Middle East/Africa lead with a compound annual […]

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Food Grade Hydraulic Oil Can Help Reduce Energy Consumption of Equipment by up to 3.5%

Mobil SHC Cibus™ hydraulic oils, which form part of the Mobil SHC Cibus series of advanced NSF H1-registered food-grade lubricants, have demonstrated potential energy efficiency benefits in commercial hydraulic equipment. Compared to a conventional oil, Mobil SHC Cibus hydraulic oil has the potential to help reduce the energy consumption of hydraulic equipment by up to […]

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Fast Food and Food-to-Go Dominate Irish Foodservice Market

    Fast Food and Food-to-Go Dominate Irish Foodservice Market

The Irish foodservice market has grown from €6.07 billion in 2013 to €6.13 billion this year, with growth forecasts to almost €6.5 billion by end 2017, according to Foodservice Channel Insights Report just published by Bord Bia. The report indicates the fact that Fast Food continues to dominate Irish foodservice channels and that diners’ expectations […]

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