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Asahi Super Dry Re-launching in the UK

    Asahi Super Dry Re-launching in the UK

Asahi UK, the UK subsidiary of Asahi Europe, is boosting its strong portfolio of beer brands by re-launching Asahi Super Dry in Britain in its authentic form. For the first time in Europe, full access to the exact Japanese brewing standards have been given to Asahi Europe and these innovations will bring the authentic taste […]

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Current Food and Drink Ingredient Information ‘Not Sufficient’

    Current Food and Drink Ingredient Information ‘Not Sufficient’

Information currently provided online and on-pack on the contents of food and drink products is not sufficient, according to consumers in EMEA. New research conducted on behalf of leading global ingredients solutions provider Ingredion shows that just 13% of consumers surveyed across EMEA believe the information currently made available on food and drink ingredients is […]

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

    Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

The number of visitors to Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres reached 814,000 in 2017, according to new figures published by the Irish Whiskey Association. This marked an increase of over 11 per cent from 2016, when 733,000 visitors were recorded. More significantly, it marks an increase of 25 per cent from 2015, when 653,000 visitors […]

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Coca-Cola Uses the Force of Ardagh’s Shaped Aluminium Bottles For Star Wars Limited Edition

    Coca-Cola Uses the Force of Ardagh’s Shaped Aluminium Bottles For Star Wars Limited Edition

Coca-Cola has teamed up with Ardagh to create a most eye-catching packaging presentation for its limited edition Star Wars: The Last Jedi Coca-Cola Zero Sugar bottles. Each 25cl  shaped aluminium bottle uses the award winning high definition, high resolution printing expertise of Ardagh’s specialist plant in Beaurepaire, France to feature one of the film’s 6 main […]

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Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

    Irish Cream Liqueur Recovers From ‘Lost Decade’

The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has launched a Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign. In the lead-up to Christmas, which is a very important time for Irish cream liqueur sales, the campaign aims to restart a conversation about the uniqueness of the product category, its importance to Ireland, and the need to protect it against fake products.
According to […]

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It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

    It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

Taste Cork is teaming up with The Loop at Cork Airport to showcase the very best of Cork’s outstanding, locally produced food and drink products to the more than 2.3 million passengers who pass through the Irish airport each year. The food and drink section at The Loop at Cork Airport is being rebranded by […]

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Kellogg UK Commits to Making Breakfasts Healthier

    Kellogg UK Commits to Making Breakfasts Healthier

Kellogg UK has launched its Better Starts Plan which, by the end of 2018, will overhaul its breakfast cereals to help people in Britain make healthier choices in the morning. Kellogg will reduce sugar across three of its best-selling children’s cereals.
Sugar in Kellogg’s Coco Pops cereal, one of the best-selling cereals in the UK, will […]

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Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

    Quality and Digitisation Major Factors For Future Success

Increased quality and a greater focus on digitisation in factories are two key trends identified in a recent global survey of 120 decision-makers in the international food and beverage industry.
The research, carried out by food and drink IT specialist CSB-System, revealed that respondents were optimistic about future prospects, expecting the economic situation for their businesses […]

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FrieslandCampina Makes a Fresh Start in Germany

    FrieslandCampina Makes a Fresh Start in Germany

FrieslandCampina has announced a comprehensive reorientation in the German market. Central to the strategic refocus are considerable investments in its core brands, such as Landliebe, Tuffi and Frico, a bundling of its commercial activities in the Düsseldorf area and other measures to improve profitability. The measures include the closure of the plant in Gütersloh, which […]

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Ornua Expands into South Korea With Launch of Kerrygold

    Ornua Expands into South Korea With Launch of Kerrygold

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has announced a major product expansion into the South Korean market with the launch of Kerrygold butter. Kerrygold will be sold through major Korean retailers.
Kerrygold dairy products, made from the milk of grass-fed cows, will bring a unique new offering to South Korean consumers. Korean consumers place a high […]

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Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

    Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. More conscious than ever about making responsible food choices, 4 in 10 US and UK consumers increased their consumption of “healthy foods,” 7 in 10 want to know and understand the ingredient list, […]

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SAP Consultancy, Edenhouse Solutions Help Warburtons Secure a Bronze SAP Quality Award

    SAP Consultancy, Edenhouse Solutions Help Warburtons Secure a Bronze SAP Quality Award

Warburtons have been selected as the Bronze Winner of the SAP UKI Quality Awards in the Transformation category for their migration to SAP Business Suite on HANA. Implemented by SAP Consultancy, Edenhouse Solutions, SAP’s Quality Awards celebrates and recognises businesses who have excelled in the implementation of their SAP solution.
Looking to safeguard their future, Warburtons […]

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UK Demand For Soft Drinks Set to Soar This Christmas as Alcohol Consumption Declines

    UK Demand For Soft Drinks Set to Soar This Christmas as Alcohol Consumption Declines

New research from Britvic, the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks and the number two supplier of branded carbonated soft drinks in Great Britain, reveals that almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas1 as figures show that over a fifth (21%) plan to drink less alcohol. With […]

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Slippery Slope For Yellow Fats and Edible Oils in the UK

    Slippery Slope For Yellow Fats and Edible Oils in the UK

Many UK consumers are frying, baking and eating less bread today, which is melting volume sales of yellow fats and edible oils. Indeed, new research from Mintel reveals that over three in five (62%) Brits who buy butter, spread, oil and fat say they are frying less food at home now compared to a few years ago, […]

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Ireland’s Leading Food and Drink Companies to be Recognised at Bord Bia’s Industry Awards

    Ireland’s Leading Food and Drink Companies to be Recognised at Bord Bia’s Industry Awards

More than 350 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for Bord Bia’s biennial Food and Drink awards, hosted by Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, on Wednesday 29th November in the RDS Concert Hall. Bord Bia has announced the details of 24 companies who have been shortlisted for these awards which recognise excellence and celebrate success in Ireland’s […]

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Product Range Rather Than Convenience or Price Drives Consumers In-store

    Product Range Rather Than Convenience or Price Drives Consumers In-store

Product range continues to drive shoppers into stores, with the majority of shoppers preferring a ‘wide range of products’ over convenience, quality and store services in many cases. This is according to a new Shopper Insights Report of 2,600 European consumers across seven countries conducted by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries.
The report indicates […]

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‘Drink Good. Feel Good’ Message Hits the Spot in Continental Cafés

    ‘Drink Good. Feel Good’ Message Hits the Spot in Continental Cafés

Feel Good Drinks, the 100% natural brand owned by Nichols plc, has been listed by Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Starbucks after a complete brand overhaul last September. The three major coffee shop brands have stocked the range following extensive marketing activity by Nichols in the European hotels, restaurants and cafés (HoReCa) sector that focused […]

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Volatility Creates Opportunity in Global Drinks Market

    Volatility Creates Opportunity in Global Drinks Market

The global drinks market is changing at an unprecedented rate with consumption swings and market preferences both unpredictable and surprising. The recently-released IWSR Global Trends Report 2017 highlights some of the key trends that are creating both opportunities and challenges for industry executives. These include ever-changing consumer tastes, the role of digitization in driving both preference and […]

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IGD Chief Executive Urges Grocery Industry to Seize the Moment

    IGD Chief Executive Urges Grocery Industry to Seize the Moment

Global grocery retailing is undergoing a period of momentous change, according to Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive of international researcher IGD, giving the industry an unprecedented opportunity to deliver an inspirational, exciting future for shoppers.
Speaking to delegates at APRCE in Kuala Lumpur, two years after last addressing the global retail summit in Manila, Joanne said: “I’m […]

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Spidex Now Offers Factbird Production Monitoring Systems in the UK

    Spidex Now Offers Factbird Production Monitoring Systems in the UK

A revolutionary shopfloor datacapture technology is now available in the UK after successful implementations at manufacturing facilities on mainland Europe. The Factbird system was developed by Danish company Blackbird. It comprises a small standalone hardware unit that requires just a power supply and sensor, and which can be installed on a production line in under […]

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Pet Food Producer Achieves 30% OEE Improvement and Brand Security With OAL Connected

    Pet Food Producer Achieves 30% OEE Improvement and Brand Security With OAL Connected

Wagg Foods, a leading producer of high-quality pet food, has increased its OEE efficiency by 30%, secured its packaging lines from errors and ensured full compliance with retailers’ code of practice with OAL Connected, a modular suite of packaging line software.
Known for its laser-focus on quality, nutrition and product development, Wagg Foods prides itself on […]

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UK Health Costs of Obesity Soaring

    UK Health Costs of Obesity Soaring

Money spent last year on junk food advertising in the UK far outweighs the amount Government is able to spend on healthy eating campaigns, leading to an unbalanced environment pushing us towards unhealthy choices, according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).
Junk food brands are spending 27.5 times more on advertising their products […]

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From Measurement Data to Smart Actions

    From Measurement Data to Smart Actions

Energy and process industry monitoring and control systems contain a lot of data, which is not always fully utilised. Data is also collected in different systems, which further hampers comprehensive overall management. The efficient use of measurement data is increasingly becoming a crucial factor in gaining a competitive advantage.
Elomatic’s FORMIOT data analysis service offers support […]

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Belvoir’s Bubbling With Joy This Christmas

    Belvoir’s Bubbling With Joy This Christmas

Belvoir Fruit Farms is getting into festive mood with a limited-edition Christmas label for their popular Elderflower Pressé. The jolly, holly covered label also features the brand’s iconic elderflower motif dressed to impress for Christmas in golden foil, bringing seasonal sparkle to the design, along with the cheerful seasonal message ‘Bubbling with Joy’.
Belvoir’s Elderflower Pressé […]

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JDE Invests Heavily in Kenco Coffee Company Rebrand

    JDE Invests Heavily in Kenco Coffee Company Rebrand

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) Professional has unveiled a fresh, new brand positioning for Kenco The Coffee Company, complete with a bold new logo and pack design. The new design brings to life the heritage, passion and expertise behind the well-loved brand, helping to further boost value and volume growth across the sector.
The Kenco brand is […]

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Harrogate Water Partners 20th Century Fox in Murder on the Orient Express

    Harrogate Water Partners 20th Century Fox in Murder on the Orient Express

Harrogate Water has launched a promotion with 20th Century Fox to celebrate the new star-studded movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Harrogate Spring is the official UK water partner for the movie, which is directed by and stars Sir Kenneth Branagh as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who needs all his investigative guile after a […]

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Nestlé UK and Ireland Launches Yorkie Protein Bar

    Nestlé UK and Ireland Launches Yorkie Protein Bar

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled a new addition to its Yorkie range, the brand new protein enriched chocolate bar, Yorkie Pro. The new bar contains 10.5g of protein and features a combination of protein-enriched milk chocolate and wheat protein crispies. Combining the taste of Yorkie with the addition of protein, the product also remains […]

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Sharwood’s Spices Up the Convenience Channel With New Authentic Flavours

    Sharwood’s Spices Up the Convenience Channel With New Authentic Flavours

Premier Foods is investing in the convenience channel with its Sharwood’s brand by launching new, authentic Chinese and Indian flavours in its popular pouch format. With 60% of all grocery spend coming from single person or two people households , the new modern pouch format will serve two, appealing to non-family occasions and shoppers looking […]

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Bord Bia Investing in Opportunities in the German Food Market

    Bord Bia Investing in Opportunities in the German Food Market

Bord Bia is increasing its investment in the German food and beverage market as Irish exporters continue to look outside the traditional UK market to build business. Speaking recently at ANUGA, the biggest food fair in the world, where a record 34 Irish companies exhibited, the CEO Tara McCarthy outlined the strategic importance of the […]

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Zensar Enables 2 Sisters Food Group Realize Return on Digital®

    Zensar Enables 2 Sisters Food Group Realize Return on Digital®

Zensar Technologies, a leading digital solutions and technology services company that specializes in partnering with global organisations across industries on their Digital transformation journey, has announced that 2 Sisters Food Group has seen measurable Return on Digital® with the implementation of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within their Shared Services Centre. In the last six months, […]

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European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

    European Grocery Shoppers Become Digital Infoseekers as Cost of Shopping Continues to Rise

According to a survey of European shoppers by IRI, the big data and technology expert for consumer industries, the increasing use of the Internet, particularly via smart phones, is helping shoppers to find information on promotions and offers that will help them reduce the cost of their grocery shop. The survey, which was conducted among shoppers […]

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Isle of Harris Distillery Wins Excellence in Branding Category at Inaugural Scottish Gin Awards

    Isle of Harris Distillery Wins Excellence in Branding Category at Inaugural Scottish Gin Awards

The Isle of Harris Distillery has won the McLaren Packaging-sponsored Excellence in Branding category in an inaugural professional drinks competition to assess Scotland’s booming gin business. A new annual business event established to celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland, the Scottish Gin Awards is held in partnership with The Scottish Gin Society.
Michael […]

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Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

    Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

Major drinks manufacturer, Halewood International, is to launch a UK-wide quality management system using software from Ideagen. The producers of Crabbie’s, Lambrini and Red Square Vodka – among other brands – will adopt Ideagen Q-Pulse for the management of key operational documentation such as quality policies, specification information, consumer feedback and internal and external audits.
Q-Pulse will become […]

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Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

    Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority) has launched ‘Ireland’s Ancient East – A Guide for Food and Drink Visitor Experiences’ for food businesses who wish to diversify into tourism in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The guide will provide businesses with the tools to help give visitors an unforgettable experience by sharing the great stories of our […]

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Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

    Müller Invests £100 Million in UK Yogurt & Desserts Business

Müller will invest £100 million over the next three years to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded and private label yogurt and desserts products, made from milk produced by British farmers. Already the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand picked from supermarket shelves 208 million times each year*, Müller aims to strengthen […]

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Arla Foods Bolsters UK Online Strategy With New Head of E-commerce & Digital

    Arla Foods Bolsters UK Online Strategy With New Head of E-commerce & Digital

Arla Foods UK, the country’s leading dairy co-operative, has appointed Steve Millard as its new Head of E-commerce & Digital. The newly created role forms part of Arla’s wider ambitions to increase the proportion of its online sales in the UK to 20% by 2025, as more shoppers than ever turn to digital retailers to […]

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Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

    Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

Müller has identified a taste barrier in the UK plain yogurt market and plans to solve it with Müller White Velvet. As the dairy company continues to innovate and leverage the Müller brand in areas where the business doesn’t have a presence, the innovative new plain Greek style yogurt has been designed to disrupt the […]

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Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

    Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

Process Components Ltd has revealed a global strategy that is set to see it extend its global territories, significantly grow its revenues and create new jobs. Having completed a global market research project into the world’s powder processing sectors this year, the company has invested in a series of moves to evolve every aspect of its business, […]

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Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

    Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

Leading Mexican brand Old El Paso is set to introduce White Corn Tortillas to the UK market to appeal to a growing number of consumers putting Mexican on their home menus. The popularity of Mexican food in restaurants is also continuing to grow as shown by of out- of-home consumption of Mexican meals rising by […]

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Brands Should Increasingly Target Connected ‘Super Leaders’ to Thrive in a Digital, Information-saturated World

    Brands Should Increasingly Target Connected ‘Super Leaders’ to Thrive in a Digital, Information-saturated World

Brands need to focus their online engagement on a new generation of influencers if they are to thrive in a connected, information-saturated world, according to the Tetra Pak Index 2017. The company has identified a group of Super Leaders, the most influential subset of the wider online community. When engaged, these influencers can become brand advocates to […]

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The Science and Software Behind the Food Label

    The Science and Software Behind the Food Label

Nutritics, a global food service software provider, has announced a new partnership with Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS) to further enhance standards in recipe management and food labelling across the UK. The partnership will provide an exciting opportunity for food businesses to improve their labels, and provide consumers with more robust information for healthier food choices […]

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Harrogate Water’s New Pack Design

    Harrogate Water’s New Pack Design

Harrogate Spring has unveiled a striking new shrink wrap design to give standout appeal across its retail multipack range. The 12-pack of 500 ml still and a brand new 6 x 1 litre sparkling pack are the first multipacks to showcase the new look, which builds on the themes used in the award-winning bottle and […]

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Danish Crown Forms Chinese Online Alliance With Alibaba Group

    Danish Crown Forms Chinese Online Alliance With Alibaba Group

Danish Crown, the world’s largest pork exporter, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tmall, one of Alibaba Group’s business-to-consumer e-marketplaces in China, to make high quality Danish products available to the 466 million annual active consumers on Alibaba’s e-marketplaces. As part of the agreement, the meat of 1001 Danish pigs will be reserved for […]

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Northern Ireland Food and Drink Tops the Bill in International Markets

    Northern Ireland Food and Drink Tops the Bill in International Markets

Four Northern Ireland food and drink companies have been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to win new business in international markets, estimated to be worth nearly half a million pounds collectively. Niche Drinks, BFree, CocoMojo and Rooney Fish have secured orders to supply their products in China, the United Arab Emirates and Europe.
Alison Gowdy, Invest […]

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Bord Bia Leads First Irish Presence at Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo

    Bord Bia Leads First Irish Presence at Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) and Irish seafood exporters will exhibit for the first time at Japan International Seafood and Technology Expo in Tokyo  determined that its extensive market insight and promotion activity in South East Asia will lead to new business opportunities.
The Bord Bia seafood strategy of expanding into emerging markets and maintaining its strong position in […]

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LacPatrick is Cream of the Crop in UAE

    LacPatrick is Cream of the Crop in UAE

LacPatrick, the international dairy co-operative, has secured over £1 million of sales of its LP spray dried whole milk and skimmed milk powder in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following participation at the Gulfood exhibition in February 2017. LacPatrick is one of Northern Ireland’s major manufacturing employers, employing over 300 staff across its Ballyrashane, Artigarvan […]

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Reveal Impact – Ardagh Group to Launch a Two-Stage Thermochromic Solution

    Reveal Impact – Ardagh Group to Launch a Two-Stage Thermochromic Solution

Reveal Impact features combined temperature-sensitive inks with a twist. The new solution for aluminium cans uses two different thermochromic inks, which both boast the same colour when cooled down. However, once the can gets warmer again, one colour disappears quicker than the other, revealing a hidden message to the consumer. The revealed message surprises the […]

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B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

    B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

B&R is introducing a hypervisor for its automation system. This software allows Windows or Linux to run alongside B&R’s own real-time operating system. That enables you to combine the control and HMI applications on a single PC, for example, or have an industrial PC double as both a real-time controller and an edge controller that […]

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How is the Rise of E-Commerce Changing the Role of Physical Stores?

    How is the Rise of E-Commerce Changing the Role of Physical Stores?

The rise of the internet has allowed retailers to directly connect with consumers from beyond the physical store revolutionising the competitive space more than ever. The world recently saw the acquisition of Amazon and Whole Foods which sent shock waves through the retail industry. This unforeseen merger has put retailers under pressure more than ever […]

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Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

    Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address the […]

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British Consumers Demand Clarity on Who is Brewing Their Craft Beer

    British Consumers Demand Clarity on Who is Brewing Their Craft Beer

New research shows the majority of British beer drinkers want greater clarity over who is brewing the beer they drink, following an increase in the popularity of craft beer and a number of buyouts of independent craft breweries by global brewers. The independent YouGov survey of more than 1,000 beer drinkers was commissioned by SIBA, […]

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Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

    Arla Foods and McDonald’s Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

Working together with McDonald’s, Arla Foods is launching a new co-branded Happy Meal and Arla Organic Milk bottle which will roll-out across McDonald’s UK restaurants. The new design of the 250ml bottles, which will feature the Arla logo alongside the iconic Golden Arches, will be available in Happy Meals and will be sold in over […]

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Pearlfisher Combines Craftsmanship and Flavour in a Reinvention of Taylors of Harrogate

    Pearlfisher Combines Craftsmanship and Flavour in a Reinvention of Taylors of Harrogate

Taylors of Harrogate, a family business that dates back to 1886, has earned itself a reputation for quality through its devotion to the craft of outstanding coffee and tea. Finding itself struggling to resolve inherent tensions in the present day – the brand is both conservative and contemporary, traditional and progressive, considered and entrepreneurial – […]

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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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