Nearly 700 tonnes of Irish beef were exported to the US in the first quarter of 2016, representing a value of €6 million, reports FarmersJournal.ie. This figure comes from Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, who was responding to a parliamentary question from Charlie McConalogue.
The official opening of the new €25 million Walsh Whiskey Distillery and Visitor Centre at Royal Oak, Co. Carlow takes place this morning, 21 June. Officiating at the opening will be Bernard and Rosemary Walsh, together with Augusto Reina, Chief Executive of Illva Saronno SpA of Milan (owners of Disaronno and Tia Maria), which has a 50% share in Walsh Whiskey Distillery.
Dealz is set to open 20 new stores in Ireland within the next year, according to IrishTimes.com. The British discount retailer commented after its annual results were published, stating that it would open the stores, “primarily in the Republic of Ireland and in retail parks.”
A survey of 15 major European processors by the Dutch Dairy Board has found that Glanbia and Dairygold paid the lowest prices in April, reports IrishTimes.com. According to the survey, Glanbia paid processors €22.01 per 100kg of milk, which was 16 per cent below the European average of €26.29.
Maria Lucia Bakes has launched a new range of toasted mueslis, available in either Date & Banana Toasted Muesli or Fig & Almond Toasted Muesli. Both are now available in 400g packs at a RRP of €5.95 in SuperValu stores or online at www.marialuciabakes.com.
Tesco Ireland has lodged two appeals to An Bord Pleanála against decisions by local authorities giving Aldi permission for a new store in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, and Lidl the go-ahead for a store in Drogheda. According to Examiner.ie, the move follows Tesco’s success earlier this year, when it opposed plans by Aldi to develop a new store in Ardee, Co. Louth.
Meat Industry Ireland has revealed plans to see national lamb kill increase by 1 million head per year, reports Agriland.ie. This goal is part of the group’s Five Year Development Plan for the Irish Sheepmeat Sector, which is drawn from the high level growth projections set out in Food Wise 2025.
Free-from bakery brand, BFree, has been awarded the overall Product Range of the Year award at the inaugural Irish Free From Food Awards, which took place 9 June in Dublin’s Mansion House. The brand also received a silver award in the Bread Products category for its Stone Baked Pitta Breads, along with a silver in the Innovation category for its Quinoa & Chia seed wraps.
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