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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 in raising the profile of the country’s finest food producers.

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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 digestion. The protocol is a result of a long-term collaboration

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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 that setting stricter targets for Salmonella in laying hens at farm level

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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 of the study show that the skin patch can help

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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, in Ireland and internationally, producing many generations of innovators in

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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 companies were honoured for completing the six-month leadership programme, an

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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 Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has announced that agritech

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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 about the essential nutrients they have in their diet. New research

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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 Limerick, marking the completion of a three-year building programme with

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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 EU funding of nearly €11 Million. This ambitious research project

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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 & drink and beauty & personal care industries, through its

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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 concerns about black swan events – high impact but low

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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 world leader in DNA technologies within the food industry. IdentiGEN,

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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 increase the risk of heart disease, and the role gut

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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 results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But

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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 the supply and demand situation for plant proteins (such as

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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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European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

    European Commission Launches Knowledge Centre to Boost Food Quality

Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food, the European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre

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BLENDI Wins ‘Best New Concept’ Category at World Food Innovation Awards 2018

    BLENDI Wins ‘Best New Concept’ Category at World Food Innovation Awards 2018

Irish start-up business Blendi came away as a big winner at the World Food Innovation Awards 2018. Blendi, which was

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Teagasc Gold Medal For 2017 Awarded to Connie Conway

    Teagasc Gold Medal For 2017 Awarded to Connie Conway

The 2017 winner of the Teagasc Gold Medal is Connie Conway (pictured left). The Teagasc Gold Medal is awarded on

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Food Industry Veteran Jim Corbett Appointed Director of Food Institute UCC

    Food Industry Veteran Jim Corbett Appointed Director of Food Institute UCC

University College Cork has announced the appointment of Jim Corbett (pictured) as Director of the Food Institute UCC, which will

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Teagasc Announces New Programme For Future Research Leaders

    Teagasc Announces New Programme For Future Research Leaders

Teagasc and the European Commission will co-fund a new programme which will employ 20 new experienced researchers for 36 months

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Nuritas and Nestlé to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

    Nuritas and Nestlé to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, and Nestlé have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific

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UCC Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

    UCC Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain

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UCC Awarded Gold Medal for Potential Tropical Disease Vaccine

UCC’s Limited Lactis team was awarded a gold medal recently at the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston.

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Government to Grant More Than €28m in Awards for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

    Government to Grant More Than €28m in Awards for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced on Thursday awards of over €28 million for collaborative

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Origin and UCD Form €17.6 Million Crop Science Research Partnership

    Origin and UCD Form €17.6 Million Crop Science Research Partnership

Origin Enterprises plc and University College Dublin established a €17.6 million, five-year agriculture and crop science research programme, UCD announced

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Horizon 2020 – €6.32 m funding for agri-researchers

    Horizon 2020 – €6.32 m funding for agri-researchers

The agri-researchers from academia and companies in Ireland have been awarded a total of  €6.32 million in the most recent

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CyberColloids: an Irish SME that has made its name as a global centre of excellence for hydrocolloids research and innovation

    CyberColloids: an Irish SME that has made its name as a global centre of excellence for hydrocolloids research and innovation

CyberColloids was set up in 2002 by four founding members with a vision to provide outsourcing of every aspect of

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Irish company makes biggest breakthrough for microbiology testing in dairy industry in 100 years

    Irish company makes biggest breakthrough for microbiology testing in dairy industry in 100 years

Ballina-based Oculer has revealed a new ground-breaking system that may be the biggest microbiological breakthrough in the dairy industry in

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Taoiseach Opens Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre

    Taoiseach Opens Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre

Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods group, opened on Thursday a new Global Technology & Innovation

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Mediterranean diet good for health?

    Mediterranean diet good for health?

Researchers at the APC Microbiome Institute in University College Cork and University of Naples Federico II have shown that a

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Future challenges for food production in Europe

    Future challenges for food production in Europe

Mary Anne Carrigan reports from UCD Engineering Graduates Association’s Autumn Panel Discussion, where experts warned that we face major food

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