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NovaUCD Awarded €3 Million For Collaborative Project to Develop an AgTech Connector Innovation Hub in Kildare

    NovaUCD Awarded €3 Million For Collaborative Project to Develop an AgTech Connector Innovation Hub in Kildare

NovaUCD (UCD Nova DAC), the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), has been awarded €3 million in funding to develop an AgTech Connector Innovation Hub

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‘Herbal Leys – Milk Production for the Future’ Wins Teagasc Award at BTYSTE 2020

    ‘Herbal Leys – Milk Production for the Future’ Wins Teagasc Award at BTYSTE 2020

A project which investigated whether agriculture can be both profitable and sustainable for the future was the recipient of the Teagasc Special Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology

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Elaine Donohue Appointed as BIA Innovator Campus General Manager

    Elaine Donohue Appointed as BIA Innovator Campus General Manager

BIA Innovator Campus, the multi-million euro food innovation hub in Athenry, has announced Elaine Donohue as its General Manager. BIA Innovator Campus will transform the food entrepreneurship landscape in the West

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New €10 Million Investment in Moorepark Technology

    New €10 Million Investment in Moorepark Technology

A new €10 million investment in Moorepark Technology Limited (MTL) has been officially opened in Fermoy, County Cork. The €10 million investment in the new Moorepark Technology Limited Pilot Plant

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Research Shows Significant Dairy Beef Carbon Reduction Potential

    Research Shows Significant Dairy Beef Carbon Reduction Potential

ABP Food Group, which is the largest beef processor in the UK and Ireland, in conjunction with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) and Teagasc, has announced the latest results

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€21.6 Million Boost For ‘Functional Food’ Technology Centre

    €21.6 Million Boost For ‘Functional Food’ Technology Centre

The Government has announced Enterprise Ireland funding of €7.2 million, over five years, for Food for Health Ireland, a Technology Centre based in University College Dublin (UCD) that aims to

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Bridging Science and the Consumer: Key Market Trends and Implications For the Irish Food Industry

    Bridging Science and the Consumer: Key Market Trends and Implications For the Irish Food Industry

Market experts, research scientists and industry commentators met recently at a joint Bord Bia-Teagasc conference to discuss how science is responding to key market trends, and wider policy issues such

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Should Infant and Follow-on Formula Continue to Contain Arachidonic Acid in the Future?

    Should Infant and Follow-on Formula Continue to Contain Arachidonic Acid in the Future?

From February 2020 onwards, new standards for infant and follow-on formulae will be in effect in the European Union (Commission Delegated Regulation 2016/127). They stipulate the obligatory addition of the

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The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

    The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

Obesity “represents the greatest single threat to the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland today and drastic action is needed to protect them.” This is the main message of

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Many Popular Packaged Foods in the EU Contain too Much Fat, Sugar, Salt and too Little Fibre

    Many Popular Packaged Foods in the EU Contain too Much Fat, Sugar, Salt and too Little Fibre

A large number of food products frequently sold on the EU market contain too much sugar, salt, fat, and not enough fibre. This is the result of a JRC study

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Kerry Health & Nutrition Institute White Paper Unravels the Science Behind Umami

    Kerry Health & Nutrition Institute White Paper Unravels the Science Behind Umami

Umami is a flavour seeing more popularity across the globe, leaving many wondering “what exactly is umami?” To address this question, the Kerry Health & Nutrition Institute, which provides science-based

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University College Dublin to Host EU and UN Agrifood Research Collaboration Forum in Brussels to Support the UN SDGs

    University College Dublin to Host EU and UN Agrifood Research Collaboration Forum in Brussels to Support the UN SDGs

University College Dublin (UCD) will host a UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) satellite side event on enabling research collaboration in Agrifood between the UN and EU at the Permanent Representation

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IDF Issues Guidance to Help Determine Milk Fat Purity

    IDF Issues Guidance to Help Determine Milk Fat Purity

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has released guidance on the determination of milkfat purity, providing important additional direction to both scientists and non-scientists involved in the testing of milk and

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Precision Livestock Farming

    Precision Livestock Farming

Over 250 delegates from 29 countries will be in Cork next week to attend the European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming (ECPLF). The conference is attracting delegates nationally and internationally

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Food Profilers Develop New Methodological Approach For Food Analysis

    Food Profilers Develop New Methodological Approach For Food Analysis

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology have developed a new methodology for the simultaneous analysis of odorants and tastants. It could

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A Gut Feeling About Body Fat

Research shows that loss of body fat causes the growth of the intestine and increases its capacity to absorb nutrients. This presents new approaches for weight management. Researchers at Teagasc

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Potato Partnership Powers Success

    Potato Partnership Powers Success

Teagasc and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global

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Renewing Rural Generations, Jobs and Farms – RURALIZATION H2020

    Renewing Rural Generations, Jobs and Farms – RURALIZATION H2020

The economic, social and territorial cohesion of the EU is threatened by the unequal development of urban and rural areas. Population is expected to grow by 12% in urban areas

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UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archive

    UCC Acquires the Myrtle Allen Archive

University College Cork (UCC) has acquired the Myrtle Allen Archive of papers and is establishing the annual Myrtle Allen Memorial Lecture in honour of a pioneer in Irish food. Spanning

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Teagasc Research Impact in 2018

    Teagasc Research Impact in 2018

Teagasc has published ‘Teagasc Research Impact Highlights in 2018’. In any given year, the impact of Teagasc research is a combination of the continuing impact of past research, and the

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Teagasc Joint 5th Among Research Organisations in Europe

    Teagasc Joint 5th Among Research Organisations in Europe

Teagasc secured €6.3 million funding for research from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2018. In comparison with all other research organisations and universities across Europe, Teagasc was joint

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Beotanics Builds New R&D Centre

    Beotanics Builds New R&D Centre

Crop producer Beotanics is investing €1 million in a new research and development centre at its offices in Stoneyford, County Kilkenny. The firm has a focus on niche crops such as sweet

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Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

    Vertical ‘Container Farms’ Can Produce Bigger and Better Natural Crops

Two vertical ‘container farms’ capable of producing natural crops which are more nutritious, have far bigger yields – and are ready to harvest in at least half the time –

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LEOs Unite to Create New Opportunity For Producers to Pitch to Top Food Buyers

    LEOs Unite to Create New Opportunity For Producers to Pitch to Top Food Buyers

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in local authorities from all over the country have joined forces to make an unprecedented investment

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Standardised Protocol For Food Digestion Simulation – INFOGEST 2.0

    Standardised Protocol For Food Digestion Simulation – INFOGEST 2.0

Teagasc researchers have been involved in a large-scale EU-funded network to improve and standardise the scientific protocol for simulating food

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Salmonella Cases in Humans – Assessing Current EU Reduction Targets

    Salmonella Cases in Humans – Assessing Current EU Reduction Targets

After several years of decline, salmonellosis cases in the EU have flattened out. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) scientists say

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Research Study on New Skin Patch Treatment For Peanut Allergy Shows Increased Tolerance to Peanuts

The results of a research study on a new skin patch treatment for peanut allergy have been released. The results

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Future-proofing Ireland’s Food Talent

    Future-proofing Ireland’s Food Talent

For over 70 years, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has been at the forefront of the food and drink industry,

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Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland Celebrate Graduates of 2018 Thrive Project

    Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland Celebrate Graduates of 2018 Thrive Project

Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland recently celebrated the graduation of the third cohort of the Thrive Project. The eight ambitious Irish

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Hexafly Secures Another €1.1 Million in Funding

    Hexafly Secures Another €1.1 Million in Funding

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise

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Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

    Big Nutrient Knowledge Gap Uncovered By New Research

The demand to live a healthier lifestyle is increasing, yet 4 in 5 people across Northern Europe do not know

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New Global R&D Centre For Nestlé Opens in Ireland

    New Global R&D Centre For Nestlé Opens in Ireland

Nestlé has opened its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility at Askeaton in County

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Master Project Receives €11 Million in Funding For Microbiome Applications For Food Chain Sustainability

    Master Project Receives €11 Million in Funding For Microbiome Applications For Food Chain Sustainability

The MASTER project is a Horizon 2020 Innovation Action being coordinated by Dr Paul Cotter at Teagasc, which has received

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Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

    Mintel Delivers Ground-breaking Patent Analysis Through New Partnership

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, now has access to the most advanced patent analysis available in the food

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Blockchain Technology Can Play a Key Role in Protecting Food Integrity

    Blockchain Technology Can Play a Key Role in Protecting Food Integrity

Increasing globalisation, and pressures to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, has increased food supply chain complexity, and given rise to

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Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

    Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

Irish genetics company IdentiGEN has welcomed a €1.8 million research and development award to further strengthen its position as a

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Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

    Cleveland Clinic Studies Reveal Role of Red Meat in Gut Bacteria, Heart Disease Development

In concurrent studies, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered new mechanisms that demonstrate why and how regularly eating red meat can

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Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

    Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass

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Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

    Report Finds Growth Potential For EU Plant Proteins

The European Commission has adopted its report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union. The report reviews

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The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

    The Hunt For Flavour-giving Fragments

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology, and the University of Hohenheim have

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Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

    Grass Fed Dairy Cows Produce Milk With Superior Nutritional Properties

The benefits of grass-fed dairy systems on the nutritional composition and properties of milk and dairy products were highlighted at

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Teagasc Launches New RD&I Portfolio, ‘Innovation through Collaboration-Our Science, Your Food’

    Teagasc Launches New RD&I Portfolio, ‘Innovation through Collaboration-Our Science, Your Food’

Teagasc, the agency that provides research, advisory and education in agriculture, horticulture, food and rural development, has launched a new Research,

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Ireland’s First Plastic Free Café at University College Cork

    Ireland’s First Plastic Free Café at University College Cork

Following the successful introduction of the ‘University Farm’ initiative in 2016, KSG Catering is once again partnering with UCC on

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Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

    Irish Heather Honey Buzzing With Health

A research team from Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin has found that Irish heather honey is quite literally

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New Online Course Targets Irish Food Start-ups

    New Online Course Targets Irish Food Start-ups

A new ‘Digital School of Food’ has been launched, aimed at enabling food start-ups to grow and succeed. An initiative

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€48 Million Investment Programme at Aurivo

    €48 Million Investment Programme at Aurivo

As a key component of its Engage 2022 strategic growth plan, Aurivo, the agri business headquartered in the north-west of

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EU and Irish Government Decisions on Novel Plant Breeding Techniques Could Consign Irish Agriculture to the Scrapheap of History

    EU and Irish Government Decisions on Novel Plant Breeding Techniques Could Consign Irish Agriculture to the Scrapheap of History

Recent decisions by the Irish government and the European Court of Justice with regard to novel plant breeding techniques could

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New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits

    New BMJ Open Study Reveals Wide Variation in Sugar and Calories in Cakes and Biscuits

A new study by Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London, published by the journal BMJ Open,1 has investigated

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Mondelēz International to Launch 30% Lower Sugar Cadbury Dairy Milk Option in the UK and Ireland

    Mondelēz International to Launch 30% Lower Sugar Cadbury Dairy Milk Option in the UK and Ireland

From 2019, Cadbury Dairy Milk will be available in a new bar with 30% less sugar, offering consumers greater choice

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Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Global Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

    Nestlé and Coca-Cola Reign Supreme in Global Food and Drink Brand Rankings as China’s Yili Surges

Nestlé and Coca-Cola have yet again dominated brand rankings in their respective industries, each keeping runners-up at a healthy distance

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New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed

    New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications.

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Teagasc Research Impact Highlights

    Teagasc Research Impact Highlights

Teagasc has published ‘Teagasc Research Impact Highlights 2017’. In any given year, the impact of Teagasc research is a com­bination

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Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

    Dual Quality of Food – European Commission Releases Common Testing Methodology

The European Commission has just released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU.

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AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

    AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD (pictured above left), has officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and Research and Development

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University College Dublin Proposes New Partnership Model For Agri-Food Sustainability

    University College Dublin Proposes New Partnership Model For Agri-Food Sustainability

During a recent Food 2030 conference at the Agriculture University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, University College Dublin (UCD) proposed a new

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Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

    Innovation Centre Drives Decade of Growth at Willowbrook Foods

Ireland’s largest bagged salad producer and specialist in prepared vegetables, Willowbrook Foods, has marked the tenth anniversary of its Innovation

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New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

    New Research Highlights Effects of MFGM Lipids During Pregnancy and Infancy

NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, has released new research showing the impact of NZMP SureStart™ MFGM Lipid100 (also

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Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

    Algae as a Viable Alternative to Food, Animal Feed and Care Products

Today, 90% of organic chemicals are based on fossil fuels, meaning they are based on non-renewable resources. 70% of proteins

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