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Weekly Roundup, October 4, 2016

Published on Oct 4 2016 10:31 AM

Weekly Roundup, October 4, 2016

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) says that Irish beef output can increase by 80,000t per annum under Food Wise 2025. MII recently published a Beef Policy document setting out the industry’s views on growth. Such an increase in volume, it claims, could deliver up to €500m extra in export earnings for the sector.

Origin Enterprises has announced a €54.3m fall in revenue in the year ending July. The Irish agri-food group has blamed adverse weather, currency fluctuations, and firm acquisitions for the drop. A decline of 25.9% in adjusted earnings per share brought shares to €44.51.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to meet with executives from both Heineken and C&C. The meeting comes on the back of reports in the Sunday Times over the past two weeks, that Heineken Ireland’s “low-volume, high-quality draught products” were being passed off as local ‘craft beer’ in a number of on-trade outlets mainly in the Cork and Kerry regions. and that C&C admitted its Pana Cork lager brand in the Cork region was based on the Clonmel 1650 recipe.

Donegal-based Gallaghers Bakery is to create 70 jobs after winning a multi-million euro contract to supply its gluten-free bread to up to 10,000 outlets in the US and Canada. The family-run company, established in 1968, employs 300 people at its bakery in Ardara, and entered the gluten-free market in 2012 with its PureBred and Promise Gluten Free brands.

Kellog has appointed Dave Lawlor as the new Managing Director of its UK and Irish business. Lawlor joins the company’s UK and Irish arm after serving as a general manager in Russia for almost eight years. He has also run the company’s Middle Eastern business, as well as helping launch its joint venture with Ulker in Turkey. Commenting on his appointment, Lawlor said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with my new team to grow our business. With almost half of breakfasts in the UK and Ireland being a cereal one, we see lots of potential for the future.

Supervalu has gained global recognition at the 2016 World Steak Challenge. Competing against entries from around the world including Ireland, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and USA, Supervalu’s Signature Tastes Irish Striploin Steak beat off the competition to secure a Bronze Medal at the awards. Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety and Quality, SuperValu said, “At SuperValu, we pride ourselves on our commitment to fresh food leadership - providing customers with fresh, locally-sourced quality fresh Irish food – and we are delighted to have this commitment recognised on the global stage. This award reflects the continuing dedication of both SuperValu and our suppliers to the highest quality standards.”

Ardagh Group has again teamed up with Absolut to launch a new limited edition bottle, Absolute Facet. The bottle, with a blue colour and asymmetric design, is designed to look like a cut gem. Fredrik Källqvist, from Ardagh said: “Creating such packaging innovation is only possible when you have the total support of your customer, and as with all our joint projects, our successful working relationship with the Absolut team assured that it was a smooth process.”

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