AB InBev UK rebrands to Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I in a transformation move

UK - Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s leading brewing companies has rebranded to Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I in the UK as part of its continued strategy to transform its businesses across the world. Alongside a new name, the company has announced Paula Lindenberg as its new President who will lead the group’s operations in…

Tate & Lyle partners APC Microbiome Ireland on dietary fibre research

UK – The global food and beverage ingredients supplier, Tate & Lyle has announced a collaborative research project with APC Microbiome Ireland, a Science Foundation Institute (SFI) Research Centre on dietary fibre research. Funded by the two companies, the research project seeks to identify potential health benefits of dietary fibres for specific age groups among…

Irish Distillers launches Method and Madness Irish micro distilled gin

IRELAND - Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard-owned whiskey distiller has unveiled Method and Madness Irish micro distilled gin to expand its modern premium gin portfolio. Brewed from the Micro Distillery in Midleton, Ireland by a team of brewing Masters and Apprentices, the new variant highlights months of research into how botanicals work together to create unique…

Glanbia Ireland and Royal A-Ware plan new US$159m cheese facility in Ireland

IRELAND – Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, global leaders in performance nutrition and the Dutch family business, Royal A-Ware have entered a strategic partnership to build a new global cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, Co Kilkenny, Ireland. According to the company, the facility will attract an investment of US$159.17 million (€140 million) and will produce cheeses in…

Irish government opens a new US$45.98m dairy research centre in Cork

IRELAND - Ireland’s Ministry for Agriculture and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have opened a new US$45.98 million dairy research centre in Cork, called the VistaMilk SFI Research Centre, to assist the Irish dairy industry. According to FoodBev, the research centre will also provide research for precision pasture-based dairying, to improve the industry’s impact on…

Irish Senate passes alcohol law, introducing minimum price and labelling

IRELAND - Ireland has adopted legislation on the risks associated with alcohol consumption, for the first time, in a country where alcoholism has had devastating consequences. According to EURACTIV, it is the first law in Ireland that treats alcohol as a matter of public health, and that the new legislation affects the price, access, marketing,…

Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies merge to improve production and cross border exports

IRELAND - Lakeland Dairies, an Irish dairy co-operative, and LacPatrick Dairies have reached agreement to merge following the unanimous approval of the Boards of both co-operative societies who are recommending the proposed merger to their respective shareholders. According to Lakeland Dairies, exclusive discussions about a possible merger started last June and have reached a positive…

Glanbia Cheese announces plans to build new mozzarella manufacturing facility

IRELAND - Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods, has announced plans to build a new, world-class mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise, Co Laois, Ireland. According to the company, a site for the new facility has been identified at the recently established Togher National Industrial Estate in Portlaoise. A…

KFC UK and Ireland commits to 20% calorie reduction by 2025

UK - KFC UK and Ireland have announced a commitment to remove 20% of calories per serving by 2025 by offering healthier and lighter side options in its menus in the UK and Ireland. KFC is also considering offering alternatives to fries, low or zero-calorie soft drinks and a trial on vegetarian option set to…

Kerry Group business volume grows by 3.7% boosted by acquisitions

IRELAND - Kerry Group, the consumer foods company has posted 3.7% growth in business volume, acquisitions contributing 4% in the first quarter ending March 31, 2018. The company said Taste & Nutrition segment grew 4.3%, Consumer Foods increased by 1.6% reaffirming full-year 2018 guidance of adjusted earnings per share growth of 6 to 10%. Results…