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Weekly Roundup, November 15, 2016

Over 20,000 Irish food and drink lovers are expected to descend on the RDS between November 18-20 for the second annual Bite Food Festival. The festival will showcase the best of Ireland’s artisan food and drink producers to huge audiences in the run-up to the Christmas season, and gives festivalgoers the chance to try their hands at making gourmet recipes at the Bite Cook Along classes.

The Teagasc National Dairy Conference is taking place on December 6 2016. The conference will be held at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and on 7 December at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Co Westmeath. This year’s conference will follow the format adopted successfully at last year’s event, with a mixture of presentations and workshop sessions. ‘Technologies for Success’ is the conference’s theme.

Carole Scott has been appointed Head of Corporate Communications for Ireland, the UK and the Nordic Region with Henkel, the company behind many well-known global brands such as Pritt, Sellotape, Loctite, Right Guard and Schwarzkopf. Carole’s new role will focus on working closely with Liam Murphy, Henkel’s UK & Ireland President, to increase Henkel’s profile as an employer and sustainability leader.

Innovation in the agricultural sector has been recognised at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2016. William Egenton, Managing Director of Dromone Engineering, won the “President’s Award”, sponsored by CRH, and the “Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award”, sponsored by Siemens, went to four IT Sligo students for their ‘Automatically fed post driver’ project.

Cisco Ireland has signed a partnership with the supply chain standards organisation, GS1 Ireland. Together the two organisations intend to help digitise manufacturing for GS1 standards users globally, across more than 20 different industry sectors.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued ten enforcement orders during the month of October. Two wholesalers, K&C Norton Wholesale Foods in Ballymount, Dublin, and Mr Paul Howley, a distributor in Castlebar, Mayo, were served, as were a hotel in Dublin, three restaurants (Dublin, Roscommon, Meath), and four take-aways (Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Limerick).

Mace has raised over €187,000 for The Irish Hospice Foundation so far this year. The funds have been raised through a number of different activities including FM104’s ‘The Big Ask’ Fundraiser and donations via the sale of a selected range of Mace Own Brand products.

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