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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 buzzing with health benefits. The findings showed that there was

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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 of the Dublin Food Chain and the Local Enterprise Offices

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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 Ireland, has announced a €48 million investment plan for the

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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 consign Irish agriculture to the scrapheap of history, according to

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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 and documented the wide variation of sugar and calorie content

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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 and helping them to manage their sugar intake. The new

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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 of over US$10 billion, according to a new report by

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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. The guidance gives practical suggestions on the types of testing

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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 of the continuing impact of past research, and the new

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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. The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s Science and

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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 facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in

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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 partnership model to build capacity for agri-food sustainability. Europe is losing

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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 Centre in County Down, describing it as instrumental in helping

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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 known as NUELIPIDTM) supplementation to provide milk fat globule membrane

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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 in the European Union are imported. An alternative is needed!

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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 for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the Joint Research

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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 a finalist in two categories at the awards, ‘Best New

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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 an annual basis to a member of staff who has

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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 be officially launched in 2018. The Food Institute UCC is

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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 each, over the next five years. These fellowships aim to

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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 target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the

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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 health and state of mind are intimately connected to our

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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. More than 600 teams from top universities across the globe,

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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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“Components for processing and packaging” to introduce revamped concept at interpack 2017

Event for packaging industry suppliers to take place at new location, concurrently with world’s leading trade fair.   Following its debut

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Cork students make Time’s most influential teenager list

    Cork students make Time’s most influential teenager list

Three Irish students from Cork have made it onto Time magazine’s annual list of most influential teenagers, alongside Nobel Peace

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Three Irish schoolgirls win Google Science Fair

    Three Irish schoolgirls win Google Science Fair

Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School were last night named the overall winners of the

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Wireless sensors to improve poultry production wins UCD award

    Wireless sensors to improve poultry production wins UCD award

An early-stage business idea focused on using wireless sensors to monitor environmental conditions in chicken barns to improve poultry production

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Scientists producing hydrogen energy from water at 30x faster rate

    Scientists producing hydrogen energy from water at 30x faster rate

Scientists from the University of Glasgow have claimed to have cracked the process of creating hydrogen fuel from water 30

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BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

    BT Young Scientist winners selected as Google Science Fair Global finalists

The 2014 Google Science Fair Global finalists have been announced and, among the 15 projects selected from teenagers around the

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Stem cells a future source for eco-friendly meat

    Stem cells a future source for eco-friendly meat

The scientific progress that has made it possible to dream of a future in which faulty organs could be regrown

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Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

    Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that increasing coffee consumption by

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‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

    ‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows.

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Food Testing Firm AltraTech Secures €900k Investment

    Food Testing Firm AltraTech Secures €900k Investment

Clare-based food diagnostics firm AltraTech has secured significant financial backing after developing a single-use test kit that can identify the

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Irish BFree Foods Market Leaders in Gluten-Free Food Innovations

    Irish BFree Foods Market Leaders in Gluten-Free Food Innovations

Gluten-free foods have suffered from a bad press over the years. It has been seen as low quality, with poor

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Ireland’s Largest Beef Cow Fertility Research Under Way

    Ireland’s Largest Beef Cow Fertility Research Under Way

There is clear evidence of a decline in the reproductive efficiency of Irish beef cow herds, according to Teagasc, and it

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British Scientists Produce Blight-Immune GM Potatoes

    British Scientists Produce Blight-Immune GM Potatoes

A new strain of genetically modified potato appears immune to the devastating fungus responsible for the great Irish Famine of

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Test Detects Genetic Modification in Food

    Test Detects Genetic Modification in Food

As the abundance of genetically modified (GM) foods continues to grow, so does the demand for monitoring and labeling them.

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New Study Shows How to Get More People Buying Healthy Foods

    New Study Shows How to Get More People Buying Healthy Foods

A new study, the first of its kind in the UK, indicates that shoppers are more likely to buy healthy

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Action on Sugar Launched in the UK

    Action on Sugar Launched in the UK

Leading health experts from across the globe have united to form ‘Action On Sugar’ – an unprecedented call to tackle

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British Study on Geographic Origin of Foods

    British Study on Geographic Origin of Foods

The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is carrying out a study

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SRL Research Scales For Future Growth With Merger

    SRL Research Scales For Future Growth With Merger

As part of continuing expansion at leading Irish sensory, scientific and consumer research firm, SRL Research has announced a merger

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T-Stór Joins RIAN, the National Open Access Portal

    T-Stór Joins RIAN, the National Open Access Portal

T-Stór, Teagasc Open Access Repository, has been included as a participating repository in RIAN, the national open access portal, which

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