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Serving The Irish Food & Drink Industry "To support the tradition of excellence in Irish food enshrined in the phrase, 'Rogha gach bia agus togha gach di", by providing information, analysis and a forum for shared experience to those who shape the Irish food industry". Food Ireland's mission statement.

FOREWORD Paul Kelly, Director of Food, Food and Drink Industry Ireland, writes on the strong performance of the Irish food and drink sector in 2006 and the potential for further growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 NEWS Old Kilbeggan Distillery Re-Opens; GM Crops Under the Spotlight; The Forefront of RFID; Low-Calorie Carbonates Hit New High; Irish Exporters Association Courses; Shalvey Poultry Wins National Award; New Irish Cream Liqueur Launched . . . . 4

FOOD LAW Food lawyer Raymond O’Rourke writes on the latest legislative developments to affect the food industry in Ireland . . . 14 RESEARCH More than 50 new food research projects have been granted funding under the FIRM initiative . . . . . . . . 16 SEAFOOD D BIM is doing an excellent job of steering the Irish seafood industry, which was worth almost €725m in retail sales in 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 PACKAGING Hugh Stephens, Enterprise Ireland’s packaging expert, explains how packaging has moved from its traditional protective function to become a valuable marketing and cost-saving tool . . . . 23

BORD BIA 2006 saw Irish food and drink exports delivering double digit growth to exceed €8 billion for the first time . . . . . . . . 6

MATERIALS HANDLING Materials Handling has been described as the industry that makes the supply chain work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

BAR CODING & LABELLING The latest developments from the bar coding and labelling sector, including the launch of a new bar code symbol, GS1 Databar, to meet more demanding business and consumer needs . . . . . 38



WASTE MANAGEMENT We examine the trend towards minimisation of packaging and profile the new Repak/EPA Packaging Prevention Programme. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 ENTERPRISE IRELAND Mike Feeney, Executive Director, Food Division, explains how Enterprise Ireland is helping the food industry to meet market challenges . . . . . . . . . . 51 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT Edward Sweeney, Director of Learning at NITL, on the changing dynamics of food supply chains in Ireland . . . . . 53

DRINKS INDUSTRY OVERVIEW Rosemary Garth, Director of Drinks, FDII, writes about the continued importance of the alcoholic drinks industry to the Irish economy and the issues facing the industry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 COVER STORY Packex Industries, which recently celebrated its 15th year in business, is renowned as one of the best specialist packaging companies in Ireland . . . 12

IRISH EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION The Irish Eporters Association provides vital support for food and drink firms wishing to break into overseas markets. . . . 44

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TESTING & ANALYSIS INAB is the Irish national body with responsibility for accreditation to European and international standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 EDUCATION UCD, through its BagrSc degree programme, is fully committed to a knowledge-based agri-food sector. . 58

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The Potential for Further Growth


ALTERNATIVES TO 006 demonstrated the strong export potential of the Irish REGULATION Food and Drink sector. Total Practical alternatives to the heavy and exports exceeded €8 billion for costly hand of regulation should always the first time and were 10% ahead of be considered. July saw the successful 2005. Growth was experienced across launch of a pilot campaign for the all categories, with meat exports 10% Gum Litter Taskforce – the outcome of higher, dairy 6% higher, prepared foods a negotiated agreement between the 10% higher and beverages 26% higher. chewing gum industry/FDII and the The growth in 2006 is another chapter Department of the Environment, in the expansion of a sector that has Heritage and Local Government. The adapted successfully to changes in the national rollout begins this summer. Common Agricultural Policy, in conThis is a very good example of indussumer choices/trends and the focus on try and Government working togethconvenience and wellness. Over the er and FDII believes it could work last decade, the industry has more or well on other issues. less doubled its turnover from €10 bilOn the regulatory front itself, leglion to €20 billion. islation standardising Nutrition and On the other hand, conditions in the Health Claims on foods came into domestic grocery retail market in 2006 effect in January and we will soon see were difficult. Despite buoyant consumer the roll-out on packaging. Clear defidemand and spending, cost recovery nitions for nutrition claims (e.g. “low through increased prices was a problem, fat” or “high fibre”) and a scientific at a time of rampant inflation in input approval procedure for more advanced Paul Kelly, Director of Food, costs such as energy. In the longer term, health claims (e.g. “eat wholegrain for Food and Drink Industry Ireland. this is not sustainable and will affect the a healthy heart”), will ensure that consector’s ability to innovate and grow if not addressed. sumers receive consistent independently verified information in food marketing and on labels and drive industry innoTHE IMPORTANCE OF THE vation, now that there is a level playing pitch. At the same time, the debate on more comprehensive nutrition labelling FOOD & DRINK SECTOR will continue. There is a clear agreement across industry that At first glance, the food and drink industry makes a fairly Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA’s) can provide consumers substantial contribution to the Irish economy of €8.1 bilwith more easily understandable information about their lion or 22% of Gross Value Added (GVA) in manufacturfood, as they can see at a glance the percentage of key nutriing. However, as demonstrated in a report published last ents contained in a food portion against average daily November by FDII – ‘An End To End Strategy for the Irish requirements. Food and Drink Sector’ – when linked raw materials and services provided in the economy are accounted, it is estimated that the true value of the food and drink sector is subTHE LOSS OF COMPETITIVENESS stantially higher, being the equivalent of 35-40% of value Looking ahead, 2007 and beyond should see further added in Irish manufacturing. It is, thus, very important that growth in the sector if the conditions are right. As an econpolicy makers understand the critical economic, social omy, we need to stop high levels of inflation in our cost base. Recent job loss announcements in manufacturing are a conand regional importance of the sector to Ireland. cern and demonstrate only too clearly the difficulties some Policy decisions to date have aided growth in the sector companies are experiencing. Ireland’s high cost economy but many new challenges now face the industry and a new approach is now needed for the next phase of development. cannot be sustained without significant increases in proKey amongst the policy responses are the need for co-ordiductivity and a reduction in costs - the loss of competination amongst Government Departments and development tiveness must be reversed. agencies, fair trade conditions in the domestic retail marketplace, greater industry involvement in setting research and innovation policies and a rigorous approach to reguPaul Kelly, Director of Food, latory impact assessment. Food and Drink Industry Ireland.





Pictured are (back row, l-r): Noel Sweeney, Master Blender; Brian Quinn, Manager of the Kilbeggan Distillery; John Teeling, Chairman, Cooley Distillery; David Hynes, Managing Director, Cooley Distillery; and (front) Jack Teeling, Marketing Director, Cooley Distillery.

COOLEY Distillery recently announced the startup of Irish whiskey distillation in the Old Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. The Old Kilbeggan Distillery is celebrating 250 years of existence on the same site this year. The distillery, which uses a single pot still, last used in the 19th century, will initially produce up to 250,000 bottles of whiskey a year which will mature in the adjacent stone warehouses. This is the oldest pot still working in Ireland and will revive a traditional style of distillation not seen in Ireland for many years. To mark the occasion a special bottling of Kilbeggan 15 Year Old whiskey is being released.

LOW-CALORIE CARBONATES HIT NEW HIGH THE latest market data shows that consumption of low-calorie carbonates across Europe increased again in 2006. According to Canadean, lowcalorie soft drinks broke new ground in the last year as the European market grew in volume to 6.5 billion litres, up 400 million litres from 2005. Since 2000, consumption of low-calorie carbonates in Europe has increased by a third and the latest figures confirm their growing popularity.

GM CROPS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT A seminar on issues associated with genetically modified (GM) crop technology in Irish agriculture was recently held in Dublin, organised by Teagasc, Rural Economy Research Centre, in association with the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland and the Agricultural Science Association. Presently, no GM crops are cultivated in Ireland. However, it is anticipated that the introduction of co-existence guidelines could encourage the uptake of certain GM varieties. Hence, this timely seminar

focused on regulatory, management and economic issues that will become increasingly important in the debate on the implications of GM technology for Irish agriculture. Gerry Lohan, Department of Agriculture and Food, discussed the regulatory issues in relation to GM crop technology and the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops in Irish agriculture, while Dr Ewen Mullins of Teagasc Crops Research Centre, outlined findings from recent research on GM crop technology in Ireland.

Dr Fiona Thorne, Teagasc Rural Economy Centre, presented research findings from an inter-disciplinary project which examined the potential economic implications for Ireland of a voluntary adoption of a GM-free island. ”From this research it is clear that the likely costs to the livestock industry in particular are significant, when a total ban on the import and cultivation of GM crops is considered,” Dr Thorne said. “While the net benefit, for crop, livestock and dairy farms, resulting from the

growing of GM cereal crops is not as significant as the benefits arising from the use of imported sources of GM soyabean and maize, it is important not to consider these two scenarios in isolation from each other.” The net economic cost, if Ireland adopted a voluntary ban on the import and cultivation of GM crops is estimated to be approximately €7m per annum, rising to nearly €40m per annum when different scenarios were analysed.

THE FOREFRONT OF RFID WITH RFID on everyone's lips, Beta Barcode Solutions now exclusively supply PJM Radio Frequency Tags, which superceed current HF (13.56 MHz) and UHF (860-960 MHz) technology. Through their Dutch partners, Beta Barcode Solutions are introducing PJM StackTags, which, due to their unique functionality, are largely unaffected by the presence of metals or liquids, which would cause serious problems for old RFID tag technology which uses other frequencies. The PJM StackTag is unique in its design. It can be identified, read and written to, even when tags touch, overlap or are present in a stack of some form. A special functionality ensures a reliable read/write operation of any PJM

StackTag, even when it is buried inside a deep stack of other tags. The system is able to work with high speed belt conveyors and in situations where a large quantity of RFID tagged items in all orientations need to be identified quickly. Using a Tunnel Reader from Magellan Technologies, it can detect overlapping or touching tags and Beta Barcode Solutons are capable of writing a unique 96-bit PIMS Global Tracking System for product integrity monitoring from Beta Barcode Solutions. number such as an Electronic Product Code (EPC) at a rate of 3,000 more on PJM StackTag Technology and tags per minute with 100% reliability. Production line Barcode Quality See for Control. 4 FOOD IRELAND


NEW FOOD LABORATORY COMPLEX OPENS THE official opening of the Department of Agriculture and Food Laboratory Complex at Backweston took place recently. These state-of-the-art facilities will play a vital role in supporting the agri-food industry, particularly in ensuring the safety of Irish food and maintaining the high animal health status of the

country. Not alone does the Backweston Laboratory Complex represent a critical piece of infrastructure for the agri-food sector, but it will allow the Laboratory Service expand its operations to meet the demands of the new marketoriented environment in which the sector now operates.

SHALVEY POULTRY WINS NATIONAL AWARD SHALVEY Poultry Ltd won the Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business 2007 Award in the Food and Drink category. Based outside Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Shalvey and Carmel Shalvey of Shalvey Poultry, Poultry is a family run Gabriel winners of the Best Food and Drink category at business which has the SFA National Small Business 2007 Awards, been operating since are pictured receiving their Award from An Bertie Ahern, with Aidan Cotter, 1949. They are special- Taoiseach Chief Executive, Bord Bia (left) and Pat Crotty, ist producers of cooked Chairman, SFA (right). poultry products and supply many of the large superown brand products. The commarket chains in Ireland, as well pany currently employs 35 fullas Sainsbury’s in the UK, with time and 15 part-time staff.

NEW IRISH CREAM LIQUEUR LAUNCHED COOLE Swan is the world’s first super premium cream

liqueur, from Ireland’s Scion Spirits Company Ltd. Inspired by the imagery of WB Yeats, Coole Swan is created using fresh double cream, which is blended with single malt Irish whiskey, tempered with the purest charcoal-filtered spirit, along with white and dark chocolate, Madagascan vanilla and rich, organic cocoa from the Cote d’Ivoire, and is packaged in a premium frosted bottled, David Phelan, Managing Director of Scion Spirits accented with stunCompany, is pictured with a bottle of Coole ning blue labelling. Swan.


IRISH EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION COURSES ANY company trading in Europe will be required to be AEO certified with effect from January 1, 2008, if they are to avoid ongoing delays with shipments, face increased audits and encounter greater difficulties in trading with the US. AEO has been introduced as part of the EU’s security policy and is seen as a certification of a company's compliance with security, safety and customs standards as set out by the EU.

The Irish Exporters Association are running a series of one-day courses dealing with AEO certification. Two dates remain available: - Cork: 21st June 2007 at Radisson Hotel, Little Island; - Dublin: 20th September 2007 at CityWest Hotel, Saggart For more information, contact: Kellymarie Gleeson. Email: or tel: (01) 6612182.

DIARY DATES 2007 EU Food Law Conference June 12-13, 2007 Renaissance Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. Web: Nanotechnology in Food One Day Seminar June 14 Renaissance Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. Web: Agro 2007 June 12-16, 2007 Expocenter of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Web: Moorepark National Dairy Open Day June 21, 2007 Fermoy Co. Cork Web: Shop Exhibition 2007 September 2/3/4, 2007 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin, Ireland Web: The Specialty & Fine Food Fair September 2-4, 2007 Olympia London, United Kingdom Web: Riga Food 2007 September 5-8, 2007 Riga International Exhibition Centre Riga , Latvia Web:


The Fourth IMS World Pork Conference 2007 September 14-17, 2007 Nanjing, Jiangsu China. Web: Polagra-Food September 17-20, 2007 Poznan International Fair Poznan, Poland Web: World Food Moscow 2007 September 18-21, 2007 Krasnaya Presnya Expocenter Moscow, Russia Web: National Tourism/Artisan Food Conference 2007 October 3, 2007 Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. ANUGA 2007 October 13-17, 2007 Koelnmesse, Germany Cologne. National Dairy Conference 2007 November 21-22, 2007 Ireland. Exact Location to be decided

2008 Europain 2008 March 29 - April 2, 2008 Parc des expositions Paris, France. Web: Food and Drink Expo 2008 April 6-9, 2008 NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom. Web: Sial Paris 2008 October 19-23, 2008 Parc des expositions de Paris Nord Paris, France. Web:




he agriculture and food industry remains Ireland’s largest indigenous sector, providing total employment in the order of 155,000. It accounts for over half of Ireland’s indigenous exports and represents almost one tenth of the Irish economy. Total turnover of Irish food and drink is estimated at almost €20 billion for 2006, with a relatively low import content. Irish food and drink exports recorded a strong performance in 2006, delivering double digit growth to exceed €8 billion for the first time, according to Bord Bia’s ‘Export Performance & Prospects 2006/2007’ report. The value of exports is estimated to have increased by €756 million, or 10%, to €8.1 billion, significantly outperforming growth in total merchandise exports. The jump in exports was achieved despite a strong euro exchange rate against the US dollar and ongoing competitive pressures in major export markets. “Irish food and drink exporters delivered an exceptional performance in what remains a very competitive market environment,” noted Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia. “The scale of the achievement, with all major categories contributing to export growth, highlights the capacity of the industry to meet changing consumer needs and its potential to remain a significant driver of growth in the Irish economy.” Some of the highlights of Ireland’s export performance were: • The top two performing grocery brands in the British retail sector last year were Irish.

Pictured are (l-r): Angela Kennedy, Chairman of Bord Bia, and Aidan Cotter, Bord Bia Chief Executive, at the presentation of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects Report 2006/2007.

The success of the beef sector in penetrating Continental EU markets with a further growth of 20%, representing the fifth successive year of increased exports, demonstrates the potential offered by mainland Europe. Exports to Asia are expected to exceed €300m for the first time, driven by growth in exports to the Chinese market.

“The beef industry is now well placed to capitalise on Europe’s growing deficit, which Bord Bia forecasts will treble to at least one million tonnes by 2015,” according to Aidan Cotter. Also, the dairy sector, where exports grew by 6% and which accounts for a quarter of the total, is set to benefit 6 FOOD IRELAND

from its role as a platform for functional foods. A major factor in its success is the infant formula category, driven by the high quality of Irish dairy ingredients, whose expanding exports to the Middle East and Asia were a significant factor in growing sales in 2006. Meanwhile, the success of cider exports to the UK demonstrates the continued potential of the strongly branded drinks sector to diversify into new markets and expand internationally. The growth in beverage exports of 26%, adding €284m to export values, was also spurred on by growth in the liqueur and spirits categories, where the rapidly developing Asian market promises further new opportunities. The industry’s ability to compete and expand internationally, particular-


ly in the prepared food sector, relies partly on its capacity to sustain a strong home base. “Over the last year, the trading environment on the domestic market would appear to have deteriorated compared with export markets,” noted Aidan Cotter. “70% of respondents to a December 2006 survey by Bord Bia cited price deflation in the Irish market as having a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ impact on their business in 2007, as against 54% in relation to the UK market, Similarly, the ‘strength/intensity of competition’ was expected to have a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ impact by 77% of respondents in relation to the Irish market, in contrast to just 54% in relation to the UK market.”

MARKET-RELATED CHALLENGES Indeed, Irish food and drink manufacturers identified a number of market related challenges: •

77% expect “stronger competition in existing markets” to have a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ impact on their business. Companies cited new competitors from both Continental EU and lower cost countries outside the EU. 68% rate ‘increasing retailer power’ as a development that will have a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ impact

on their business, in particular the continuing drive to rationalise ranges, taking out smaller brands as they develop their private label ranges. •

‘Price deflation’ is seen as having a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ impact by 61% of Irish food and drink manufacturers. As well as reducing prices in ‘real’ if not absolute terms in annual negotiations, companies report that the demand for participation in promotions is accelerating.

Despite this difficult environment, however, there are significant opportunities for growth:

INNOVATION The Bord Bia survey also revealed an increasing focus on innovation, with 30% of sales last year generated by new or reformulated products, up from 27% in 2005. Moreover, 68% of companies have indicated they will develop new products over the next 12 months, with 49% saying they will reformulate existing product lines. “The prime motivator for both new products and reformulations, cited by 74% of respondents, is based on nutrition, health and well-being,” explained Aidan Cotter. “Other motivators include a focus on more natural ingredients, premiumisation, diet and, not surprisingly, convenience.”


A domestic market that is expected to remain in a strong expansionist phase in the period ahead;

Building on strong positions across most categories in the UK market;

The continuing development of the New Accession countries;

The rapid growth projected in the Asian region;

A growing interest on the part of consumers in the EU in the provenance and authenticity of the foods they are eating.

2006 initiatives from Bord Bia included the official sponsorship of the Ryder Cup, raising the profile of “Ireland - The Food Island”. 7 FOOD IRELAND

Convenience and the demand for quick options are catalysts behind a switch from cooking from scratch to using ready prepared ingredients and ready-to-eat foods. In Britain, 77% of all adults do not prepare from scratch on a daily basis, with the corresponding figure in Ireland at 65%. Snacking and grazing is also becoming more prevalent, as on average, Europeans eat more than 4.5 meals per day, significantly more than the traditional 3 ‘proper’ meals a day. This is supported by Bord Bia research, which found snacking is an accepted part of eating habits, with almost 90% of Irish consumers agreeing that they regularly treat themselves to snacks. More and more consumers are busier than ever. With longer working hours, more time spent travelling and the increasing pressure on time caused by the increase in mobile technology, consumers are developing ‘split personalities’ as their needs change drastically, depending on whether they are in ‘frenetic weekday’ or ‘relaxed weekend’ mode. This ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ mentality impacts on consumer eating and drinking behaviour, which has led to a polarisation in consumer choice between value and premium products, and similarly between health and indulgence, and convenience and experience. Whereas in the distant past, food was simply for sustenance and enjoyment, consumers over the last decade have acknowledged the need for food


to not only maintain their normal health, but also to help reduce the risk or delay the onset of some diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. More recently, consumers have even gone one step further, seeking food to optimise their performance and wellness.

INDULGENCE The counterpoise to the health and wellbeing trend is consumers’ desire for indulgence, which can best be shown in Ireland by the growth of private label gourmet ranges, by the increasingly diverse types of ethnic food now available and finally by the nation’s love of cookery and TV chefs. A similar dichotomy in trends is emerging in the polarisation of value and premium products. ‘Armani meets Aldi’ is the trend that Datamonitor calls ‘income complexity’, as consumers curb spending in some areas so that they can splurge on others. While the premium segment of the food and drink markets is growing, discount retailers are also experiencing growth. The implication of the ‘health and indulgence’, ‘value and premium’, and ‘convenience and experience’ trends side-by-side for food and drink companies is that they can target the same consumer with different offerings, depending on their state of mind. Products can be tailored to best meet the needs of the consumer in each mindset. These trends, however, need not be mutually exclusive. Manufacturers that can meet an indulgence and health benefit are likely to do well, but only on the basis that it fits with the simplicity trend: confusing multiple benefits put consumers off.

PRICE CONCERNS For the manufacturer, price concerns remain the biggest issue. The Irish food industry has been facing a sustained price-cost squeeze on the domestic market for almost five years now, as higher costs, particularly the increasing cost of energy, have combined with a failure to recover these costs through price increases. The Bord Bia survey results reflect the fact that, while there has been some easing of price pressures in the UK market, the opposite has been the case in Ireland. The sector’s

Total turnover of Irish food and drink is estimated at almost €20 billion for 2006, with a relatively low import content.

capacity to successfully address this challenge will be critical to its future development. “The challenge facing Irish food

and drink exporters in 2007 will be to continue to invest in the development of new products and routes to market, which will allow them to compete suc-

BORD BIA GUIDE TO SPECIALITY FOOD RETAIL MARKET BORD Bia recently launched a guide to the Speciality Food Retail Market in Ireland, offering the most up-to-date information available on the speciality food market in Ireland, with a focus on retail trade, both multiple and high-end independent specialists. The guide highlights the issues that small companies and entrepreneurs face when entering the speciality food market in Ireland, while outlining the different demands that each route to market presents as speciality companies gain entry and grow their presence. The demands can vary widely from retailer to retailer but there are particular characteristics that differentiate dealings with multiple retailers and independent specialists, all of which are explored in the guide. Bord Bia research, conducted by those directly involved in speciality retailing in Ireland, reveals that the market is significant, diverse and growing. A 2006 Bord Bia survey of the sector valued output at €475m, representing a 10% growth year on year. “The Guide provides valuable insight for producers and start-ups targeting the Irish Speciality Food market,” noted Muiris Kennedy, Director of Marketing Services, Bord Bia. “It will help companies understand buyer requirements and the trading policies of multiple retailers and independent delicatessens throughout the country. It also outlines the changing characteristics of the speciality market and the increasing sophistication of the Irish consumer, who is becoming more discerning about the quality of the foods which they buy and knowledgeable about their provenance.” 8 FOOD IRELAND

There is an emerging category of ‘purge and splurge’ consumers, who trade down on basic grocery items, while treating themselves to foods that are luxurious, indulgent and more expensive. Additionally, Ireland's economic prosperity means that many different nationalities now reside in the country. This has created a demand for specific ethnic foodstuffs, often varieties rarely seen in Ireland before. Current research on consumer behaviour points to three key emerging trends that are influencing buying patterns. These are convenience, health & wellbeing, and quality. Speciality foods can very often meet all of these needs, representing potential for additional growth in the marketplace. Retailers have not been slow to recognise this and have responded to changing demand in a variety of ways. Larger retailers such as Tesco Ireland, Dunnes Stores and SuperValu have developed premium own-label ranges, while independent specialists, in the form of premium delicatessens and high-end general retailers have responded by embracing the concept of speciality foods and place a significant focus on stocking high quality products that are not necessarily available among the major multiples. A precise definition of 'speciality foods' is difficult but trade specialists agree that elements common to these foods include: • Delivery of superior taste, • Use of high quality ingredients, • Manufactured using artisan/handcrafted techniques.


cessfully in what are likely to remain difficult trading conditions,” Aidan Cotter argued. “Bord Bia is committed to working with Irish food and drink companies to build differentiated positions in the marketplace and exploit the opportunities that are part of a dynamic and fast-changing market.”

BORD BIA INITIATIVES 2006 initiatives from Bord Bia included the official sponsorship of the Ryder Cup, reaching an international audience estimated at one billion, making it one of the top three events in the world sporting calendar. Bord Bia leverages its sponsorship on behalf of industry to raise the profile of “Ireland - The Food Island”, attracting key international buyers, showcasing the best of Irish food, drink and horticulture, integrated with appropriate promotional programmes. Other notable events in 2006 included the International Speciality Food Forum, the European Beef Promotion, the food delegation to India and the roll-out of the Food Dudes programme, designed to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables among schoolchildren. Meanwhile, the Bord Bia Brand Forum continues to champion the branded route to market for Irish companies. The forum meets four times a year in Dublin and twice outside it. New initiatives have been put in place to incorporate workshops, publications, study tours and mentoring. Brands provide an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves by building their own consumer franchise and mitigate many of the pressures identified earlier. INITIATIVES FOR 2007 Bord Bia’s initiatives for 2007 include:

THE 2006 EXPORT PERFORMANCES BY SECTOR: BEVERAGE exports showed accelerated growth in 2006, largely due to considerable export growth in cider and liqueur categories. Increased exports were also recorded in beer and spirits, while in the non-alcoholic beverage category, both water and fruit juices performed well. Overall, total beverage exports increased by 26% to reach €1.4 billion. Meat and livestock exports are estimated to have reached almost €2.4 billion in 2006, accounting for 30% of the total. This represents an increase of 10% on 2005 levels. Beef exports led the way, recording a growth of some 14% in the value of exports to €1,525m with record shipments recorded to Continental EU markets. Pigmeat exports were 5% higher at €250m while the value of sheepmeat exports were 5% lower at €180m with poultry exports easing by 8% to €237m. Exports of live animals put in a strong performance during the year with exports growing by 33% to €200m, due largely to a strong demand for cattle on the Continent. Dairy exports performed strongly in 2006, due mainly to strong growth in exports of infant formula and other value added products. Overall, exports for the year grew by 6% to reach almost €2.1bn or 26% of total exports. The value of primary dairy product exports was boosted by increased volumes, which offset somewhat lower unit values. Prepared food exports increased by 10% to reach €1.7 billion. The category remains very competitive, leaving Irish exporters facing a number of significant challenges. Ongoing pressure from retailers to reduce prices combined with rising energy, labour and local authority charges have all impacted on profitability. In addition, the level of competition from European suppliers on the UK and Continental European markets is further increasing the pressure on Irish exporters. Edible horticulture and cereal exports fell by 10% in 2006 to €204m, reflecting a continuing competitive UK mushroom sector and a slow down in cereal exports following a strong trade in 2005. Mushroom market penetration in the UK declined during 2006, showing a drop of 1.6% with purchase frequency falling by almost 2%. Price deflation remains a considerable issue on the UK market, which continues to make trade competitive for Irish exporters.

Marketplace, a showcase for Irish food and drink companies which will be attended by 200 plus trade buyers from around the world;

A Centre of Excellence, a resource to provide best practice for small food and drink firms to develop business;

The Food & Drink Industry Awards will acknowledge particular achievements by food and drink companies;

The Brand Forum, a source of marketing insights and best practice for companies wishing to pursue the branded route to market;

An increasing focus on Market

THE CONSUMER VIEW IRISH consumers regard health and nutrition as the most important factor affecting their food purchase decisions ahead of price, in contrast to their Northern Ireland and British counterparts, according to research from Bord Bia. Price is the most important factor influencing Northern Ireland consumers (41%) while health and nutrition (37%) was the most influential reason in the Republic. The research went on to show that over two-fifths of respondents rarely or never read nutritional information on a product. While costs rank as an important factor for most respondents, over a quarter of respondents in each region (from 27% in Great Britain to 33% in the Republic) “rarely or never” know the price of a product before purchasing it some 62% of ROI respondents do not check unit pricing, compared to 65% of NI respondents and 51% of GB respondents. 9 FOOD IRELAND

Knowledge, expanding the portfolio of analytical reports and leading edge market intelligence; •

Foresight4FOOD, an expanding programme to assist and stimulate the development of innovative food and drink products;

Food Dudes, national roll-out of a programme targeted at primary school children to increase consumption of fresh produce;

Féile Bia, a programme designed to allow foodservice establishments with credible traceability schemes differentiate themselves to consumers;

European Beef Promotion, the final phase of the current three year programme to increase consumer loyalty of Irish Beef across European markets.

Bord Bia will also be conducting marketing and promotion campaigns in all key export markets, participating in key major international food and drink exhibitions, and working with individual Irish food and drink exporting companies to maximise their success in overseas markets in 2007.




he drinks industry is a major contributor to the Irish economy, supporting over 6,000 jobs directly, with many thousands more employed indirectly (total of approx. 75,000 FTEs). Exports are worth over €1 billion per anum (representing a significant trade surplus) and growing. Almost 80% of the Irish beer market is supplied domestically, over 50% of the Irish spirits market and almost 90% of the Irish cider market. Excise receipts contribute over €1.02 billion per anum to the exchequer (excluding corporation tax or returns from exports). This increases to over €2 billion when VAT, income tax and other taxes are included. The retail market is worth over €6.4 billion, that is split between over €4.5 billion in on-trade and €1.9 billion in the off-trade (2005) The market breaks down into beer (51%), spirits (19%), wine (21.5%) and cider (8.5%). Wine is still the major growth area. The 2006 sectoral growth performance showed the beer market declining by 0.3%, while spirits grew by 4.9%, cider grew by 3.7% and wine grew by 7.2%.

CONSUMPTION LEVELS The amount of alcohol being consumed per adult in Ireland has fallen by over 6.7% since 2001. In 2001, 14.45 litres of alcohol were consumed per adult (defined as 15 years and older) in Ireland. In 2006 that figure had reduced to 13.48 litres. This trend has now been established for a number of years. The latest figures confirm that the decline continued – albeit slowly – in 2006, when the amount of alcohol consumed per adult reduced from 13.52 litres to 13.48 (-0.3%).


Rosemary Garth, Director of Drinks, FDII

These figures highlight that the supposed trend of rising consumption, which has dominated much debate on the issue of alcohol, was outdated. Much of the debate is still dominated by what happened in the 1990s, when consumption was rising. However, consumption peaked at the start of this decade and we’ve seen a pattern of slowly declining consumption per adult since then. One of the factors is that the very high proportion of ‘young adults’ [late teens, early twenties] is now maturing and as they get older they will typically consume less alcohol than they did previously. This has happened in every market in the world. The CSO estimated personal consumption of alcohol to be €6.4 billion in 2005. Based on the volume and price changes in 2006 the 2006, market is about 4% higher at €6.67 billion. 1 0 FOOD IRELAND

The off-licence market has continued to grow faster than the on-licence sector. This was driven by the multiples’ aggressive sales strategy (facilitated by the abolition of the Groceries Order), and the continuation of longer term market factors, including immigration levels. While the volume of alcohol has increased by 2.58%, the index of retail sales shows that bar sales volume grew by 1% in 2006 as a whole compared with 2005. This suggests that offlicence sales volume grew by 4-5%. While the bar sales volume increase of 1% is low, it is an improvement on the stagnant performance of 2005 (increase of 0.1%) Over 2006 as a whole, alcohol prices grew by only 1.6% compared to the total CPI of 4%.

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2006 was characterised by overall reasonable growth compared with previous years. This followed the sectoral pattern of recent years, with high growth in wine, weak beer performance but with a strong spirits performance. Off-licence sales continued to out-perform bar sales but bar sales improved on the 2005 performance. Alcohol price increases were low.

MARKET TRENDS There are a number of trends shaping the drinks market. In general, wine, vodka and cider continue to experience growth. The light beers sector is moving along at a good pace, primarily driven by Coors Light, and now with the introduction of Bud Light, signs are this sector will continue to grow. It is extremely difficult to establish a new brand from scratch in Ireland. The base is small and initial investment levels required are not supported by sales levels, leading to inadequate investment and timelines. There will be a continued trend towards the off-trade. The primary reason for consumers staying at home is family considerations, price aside. The smoking ban and Random Breath Testing are also considerations. Alcohol is losing share of leisure spend. Restaurants and coffee bars are gaining share, along with other experiences, which are giving consumers more perceived benefit for their investments. As a result of the factors stated above, pub closures are becoming commonplace, with an estimated 800 pub closures in the past three years.

SERIOUS ISSUES The industry recognises that there are serious issues with the misuse of alcohol amongst sections of the population in Ireland and the industry is committed to working with policy-makers to address these problem areas. We fully share the concern of policy-makers at the abuse of alcohol by certain sections of the population and we are playing a role in devising constructive policies to tackle these problem areas. However, we do not believe that it is necessary, fair or wise to demonise the majority of people who enjoy a drink responsibly, simply because of problems caused by a minority. The drinks industry fully accepts

the role that it must play in addressing the issue of alcohol misuse. While a lot of progress has been made, there is no doubt that more remains to be done. In recognition of its responsibility, the industry has agreed a number of strict self regulatory codes governing advertising, sponsorship and placement of its products. It also set up MEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society), the social aspects organisation, whose job is to promote a responsible approach to alcohol consumption. Also, the establishment of Central Copy Clearance Ireland (CCCI) is a good example which gets remarkably little credit. CCCI, which has an independent board, was set up to examine all advertising copy for alcohol products to ensure that it complies with legislation and the industry’s voluntary code. Of crucial importance is the fact that in the past three years no complaints have been upheld.

RESPONSIBLE APPROACH The industry’s responsible approach was recently endorsed by the Government when it agreed not to proceed with the Alcohol Products Bill but to establish the Government’s Alcohol Marketing and Communications Monitoring Body (AMCMB) which is chaired by Peter Cassells and monitors the operation of the industry’s Voluntary Advertising Code. This prohibits saturation advertising, placing of drinks advertising near schools or churches, advertising on TV when young people are watching and wrapping buildings with advertising, amongst other things. The AMCMB is due to report shortly on the findings of its first year of operation. A further recognition of the need for a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach was the creation of a working group established under Sustaining Progress to tackle alcohol misuse. This innovative approach meant that, for the first time, all the social partners including government, industry, trade unions and the community and voluntary pillar set aside their differences to focus on developing a meaningful and effective long term strategy to deal with alcohol related harm. The result is a series of 29 recommendations aimed at 1 1 FOOD IRELAND

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addressing underage drinking, binge drinking and drink driving and includes the development of local community responses, policies to deal with alcohol misuse in the workplace and a code of practice for the off-trade sector. An Implementation Group has been set up to oversee the implementation of all of the recommendations, thereby ensuring that a difference will be made. While the industry must do all that it can to minimise the abuse of its products, others also need to play their part. It seems that we suffer increasingly from a new disease, BSE (aka Blame Someone Else), which threatens to escalate the problem of alcohol misuse. It seems that we prefer to point the finger at the manufacturer, retailers or government rather than look into our own behaviour. If we really wish to change attitudes and behaviours about alcohol misuse, then surely we as consumers or parents need to lead by example.




ince its conception in 1991, Packex Industries have provided high quality flexible packaging to the food processing industry across Ireland and the UK. The success of this company has been ongoing, but the team at Packex are not prepared to rest on their laurels, promising more top grade products and customer service over the months and years ahead. “We have been going from strength to strength, adding extra products to our range as we go,” reveals Ivan Cruise, Managing Director of Packex Industries, a wholly Irish owned company. “We are celebrating our 15th year in business and will be moving to a larger premises in Rathnew in July – a purpose built facility about a mile away from our current location.” Stephen Curtis, Packex Sales Director, sheds some light on the secret behind the company’s success: “We offer customers a personal service. By their very nature, larger packaging companies are somewhat impersonal. Our forte is a personal service at a high level with our customers.”

Pictured are (seated, l-r): Stephen Curtis, Sales Director; and Ivan Cruise, Managing Director; (standing, l-r): Gerry Shaw, New Products Development Manager; Sarah Kilkelly, Office Administrator; and Pat Jones, Stores Administrator.


Packaging Ltd, and three years as General Manager of Broderick Bros. Ltd (one of Ireland’s largest food processing machinery suppliers), before founding Packex; in his previous role, Stephen Curtis was Sales Manager with Fispak Ltd.

Both Ivan and Stephen visit clients on site, stepping onto the factory floor and suggesting more effective and economical methods of packaging. “We reveal innovative products to companies and demonstrate the benefits of their usage,” Stephen notes. These levels of expertise and work commitment come from a wealth of experience in the industry. Ivan Cruise and Stephen Curtis have a combined 60 years experience in the packaging business: Ivan spent 11 years as Sales Manager for Alert

SOLID TRADING RELATIONSHIPS Packex has developed solid trading relationships with all the major food processing companies in Ireland, North and South, including Kerry Group, Dairygold, the Dawn Group, and Glanbia. The company is also a major supplier of high quality packaging products to the Irish poultry and fish processing industry. Among the extensive range of packaging that Packex supplies are: 1 2 FOOD IRELAND

modified atmosphere packaging – pouches and machinery; vac pack pouches; printed casings for the retail market, and in-house cooking casings; printed film on the reel; printed and clear polythene bags; salmon boards and pouches; EPS trays; and shrink bags. Packex Industries are exclusive agents for CVP Systems Ltd, an international market leader in the manufacture and distribution of modified atmosphere packaging machinery and co-extruded gas flush packaging, based in Chicago, USA. Amongst CVP’s machinery is the A200 bulk pack model, used in the packaging and gas flushing of pork, beef, and lamb primals. “Also available from CVP is the new A200 overhead gantry gas flush-


ing machine,” explains Ivan Cruise. “This machine is designed for the bulk gas flushing of all types of product from fresh meat to fruit and vegetables - increasing shelf life and cutting down on individually packed product. Large quantities of product can now be transported in CVP pouches and sent for further processing.”

CHANGING MARKET DYNAMICS Since Packex was last featured on the cover of Food Ireland, in 1996, the industry has undergone major transformations, but Packex has risen to meet the challenge. “Ten years ago, the vast majority of fresh meat products on supermarket shelves were in EPS trays with PVC over-wrap film. These were put into mother packs, gas flushed and sent to retail,” says Ivan Cruise. “Now the majority of poultry, fresh meat and fish, for retail are packed in modified atmosphere packaging trays.” Packex will shortly sign an exclu-

sive deal with a leading European manufacturer to distribute a full range of tray lidding machines. As the company already supplies a range of PP, CPet and APET trays, and is a major supplier of plain and printed top-web anti-fog lidding films, it will become a one-stop shop for anybody wishing to pack product in modified atmosphere packaging trays. As well as providing a personal touch that customers appreciate, Packex Industries is driving packaging innovation in Ireland. The company has spent the last five years working on new and innovative films, trying to reduce the thickness and gauge of films and in turn reduce packaging amounts. Manufacturers that once used a 90-micron film or bag can now use 50-micron, almost half the amount of packaging while maintaining the same shelf life. “Film technologies are rapidly changing and we are involved in research and development to further reduce their thickness,” notes Stephen Curtis.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE “As a self-compliant producer of packaging products for the marketplace, Packex consistently meets environmental challenges by offering customers a wide range of recyclable materials,” explains Ivan Cruise. “We have also dramatically reduced the weight of packaging put into the marketplace by changing the structure of films that we sell - making them just as effective but a lot lighter.” From 1991 to 2007, Packex Industries has proven itself as one of Ireland’s most forward thinking packaging companies. The management team is constantly in contact with its suppliers, passing on questions and suggestions as to how they might innovate. There are many opportunities for packing suppliers over the years ahead, but Packex customers are likely to remain on the cutting edge of superb innovation and exemplary service.

A SHAW THING IN 2004, Gerry Shaw joined the company as new Products Development Manager. Gerry has 25 years’ experience in the packaging business and worked for a number of high profile manufacturers of flexible packaging, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the company. Gerry has developed a number of products for Packex, including OPP wraparound labels for the drinks industry, PVC sleeves for the dairy industry and a wide range of products for the healthcare business. Stephen Curtis and Ivan Cruise, outside Packex Industries HQ. 1 3 FOOD IRELAND




ast year finished with concerns about Avian Flu and with the recent outbreak of Avian Flu in the UK, regulators both at national and European level have to once again contemplate an EU-wide outbreak that could affect the poultry industry, and, by implication, the food industry, in a similar fashion to the foot-and-mouth outbreak some years ago. The problem in the case of Avian Flu is that although the European Union has been attempting to streamline the approach of all Member States, national governments have previously ‘done their own thing’. Last year, when there were outbreaks in South-East Europe, Germany and France announced that their policy would be to force farmers to confine their poultry flocks indoors as a precautionary measure. The EU’s position is that such a policy is not necessary: and that these curbs should apply on a regional basis. Governments, they feel, when faced with an Avian Flu infection, should establish a 3km protection area where poultry must be kept indoors, as well as a larger surveillance zone of 10km around sites where infected birds are found. If Member States take the German or French route, the question arises of what becomes an organic egg/freerange egg or an organic/free-range chicken? Unfortunately, at this stage, there seems to have been no preparation at EU level as to the likely confusion that will be faced by consumers in such a scenario – confusion that sadly will only undermine their confidence in the safety of the food they purchase.

Raymond O’ Rourke, Food & Consumer Lawyer.

2007 and will have major implications for the food retail sector. These are an EU Regulation on Nutrition & Health Claims and an EU Regulation on Fortified Foods (i.e. foods that have added vitamins or minerals).

UNDER THE NUTRITION & HEALTH CLAIMS REGULATION: • a ‘nutrition claim’ is defined as one which suggests or implies that a food has particular nutrition prop-

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erties such as ‘low in fat’, ‘low in sodium/salt’, ‘source of fibre’, ‘source of protein’ . These are all defined in an Annex to the Regulation: therefore, ‘low in fat’ is defined as 3g fat per 100g or 100ml. a ‘health claim’ means any claim that states, suggests or implies that a relationship exists between a food category, a food or one of its constituents and health – an example might be: ‘Source of Protein. Protein builds strong bones and teeth’. The Commission will be preparing a list of such claims in conjunction with Member States which should be completed by January 31, 2008. After that date, unless a health claim is on that list, then the food company must have it authorised by application to the national competent authority who will seek a scientific evaluation from the European Food Safety Authority and, finally, a decision from the European Commission. This procedure will


also be utilised for claims based on new scientific evidence, disease reduction claims and claims referring to the health of children. The aim of the Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims is to ensure that consumers are not misled by unsubstantiated, exaggerated or untruthful claims about foodstuffs.

FORTIFIED FOODS REGULATION The Fortified Foods Regulation covers situations where food manufacturers add vitamins and minerals to foodstuffs such as: • •

to restore nutrients lost during the processing of foods; or to enrich foods with nutrients that they do not usually contain or contain at lower levels.

The Regulation covers the voluntary addition of vitamins or minerals to foodstuffs such as breakfast cereals, margarines and spreadable fats. The Regulation establishes a positive list of more than 100 vitamin/mineral formulae that can enrich foods. Annex I of the Regulation lists the vitamins and minerals which may be added to foods. Annex II lists the sources of vitamins and minerals which may be added to foods. Vitamins and minerals can be added as long as the resulting product does not pose a risk to the health of the consumer. An important exception is fresh fruit, vegetables or meat, which should be preserved in their natural state and where such addition will be prohibited. The Regulation sets the criteria for establishing maximum levels for the different vitamins and minerals added to food: these levels have to be established by the Commission as of July 1, 2009.

GM FOODS The other major development in 2006 was the publication of the WTO’s Dispute Panel ruling on GMOs/GM Foods. The WTO condemned the EU for its ‘undue delay’ or moratorium in approving GMO products for a fouryear period ending in 2003 and accused a number of Member States [Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg] of maintaining unjusti-

fied national bans on GMOs already approved by the EU to be safe. On the other hand, the WTO rejected claims by the USA that the EU’s strict labelling and traceability rules for GMOs/GM foods were illegal and therefore trade restrictive. In that case, the EU can continue to demand strict labelling of such products. The EU decided not to appeal the ruling, but the Commission will have to find a way to deal with the issue of national bans. Although a backlog of GMOs are being approved by the EU, there is still a great divide between those Member States in favour of GM foods and those against, and therefore, it is unlikely that European consumers will see a major influx of products with GM ingredients/GM foods in the foreseeable future.

PROPOSED LEGISLATION In the coming year, those in the food industry should be aware of the following developments. The EU has proposed new legislation on food additives, flavourings and enzymes which are 1 5 FOOD IRELAND

presently being discussed by the European Parliament. Following a public consultation, the Commission is preparing a new Regulation on food labelling which will amend the existing labelling rules. It looks likely that the new Regulation will include new measures on the origin of foodstuffs; misleading terms such as ‘pure’, ‘natural’; animal welfare provisions; trans-fatty acids; organic food and nutrition labelling. The European Commission also plans to review the EU’s new hygiene rules to determine whether further amendments are needed to strengthen provisions related to meat inspection, gelatine, and good food safety practices. Finally, as nutrition and the debate on obesity has become centre-stage with debates in Member States and the recent Ries Report on Obesity adopted by the European Parliament, the EU is likely to soon tackle the issue of establishing EU Dietary Guidelines, perhaps in line with a World Health Organisation Report (Nov. 2006) to restrict the advertising of foods which are high in salt, fat and sugar to children.




ifty eight new food research projects were granted funding under the FIRM (Food Institutional Research Measure) initiative, bringing the total number of projects to 194. These projects are funded through the Department of Agriculture and Food under the National Development Plan. In many cases, the new projects enhance and complement existing research ongoing in the universities, research institutes and institutes of technology. Some of the projects are delving into new areas of research, ranging from developing biodegradable chewing gum to assessing mushroom quality and searching for new food grade enzymes.

THE THIRST FOR RESEARCH Novel preservation strategies are being investigated for non-alcoholic beverages. Scientists are attempting to extend the shelf-life of beer and improve its quality. A PICTURE OF HEALTH As consumers battle to eat healthily, coupled with the growth of functional foods, researchers are formulating foods containing beta-glucans and omega-3, both of which have reputed heart benefits. Similarly, foods for diabetics and pregnant women will be created. The anti-cancer properties of vegetables will be inspected and ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among Irish children will be sought.

ter. Likewise, antioxidants in the waste from fruit, vegetable and fish processing will be extracted and added to foods.

THE MEAT OF THE MATTER Being able to predict the eating quality of meat is an ongoing area of research. This is supplemented with studies focusing on genes for pig-meat quality. Scientists are also searching for biomarkers which identify Irish beef and answer questions such as “is beef a functional food?” and “can CLA-rich beef protect against heart disease and diabetes?” A quick and reliable method to detect ham quality is also being developed, while studies will also be conducted to show if high pressure processing is suitable for meat-containing meals.



Bread research is vibrant and new product development is focusing on gluten free, reduced salt and low GI breads.

Improved information on the quality and safety of farmhouse cheese, the lactoferrin activity of milk and the stickiness in milk powders is being generated. Nanotechnology is being explored as a technique to search for functional dairy ingredients.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT The issue of food waste is a massive challenge for the food industry and research is underway to help. The aim of one project is to remove phosphates from wastewater and examine whether it can be used as a fertiliser. Other projects aim to show that nutrients from food waste can boost soil organic mat-

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY As always, food safety underpins all developments in food research. Projects focusing on the reduction of Salmonella in cattle and pigs and the prevalence of 1 6 FOOD IRELAND

Toxoplasma Gondii and Yersinia Enterocolitica in meat are some topics of research. For the poultry industry, issues such as Campylobacter-free chickens, tracking and tracing chickens and the antiCampylobacter properties of seaweed are being addressed. The National Food Residue Database (, which was set-up previously through FIRM, has been extended and will assist in providing information on the risk that consumers are exposed to from pesticides. Quick and reliable tests to detect Listeria, flukicides, mycotoxins and drug residues in food are being developed. Some research groups are searching for biopreservatives that protect against Listeria and E.coli. Identifying the strain of MAP in cattle and assessing whether phytosterols are toxic are also being explored.

NEW EQUIPMENT AND SKILLS FIRM has also funded the purchasing of strategic equipment to strengthen the research being conducted in Irish research institutions. It has also set up a Graduate Development Programme for FIRM researchers to enhance their skills for a career in the food industry.

RELAY ON HAND TO HELP The results of the projects are being disseminated by RELAY to the Irish food industry. The RELAY team organise workshops, write and distribute updates on each project and meet with food companies to communicate the results of the projects. All of the information on each project and participating institute is available on RELAY’s interactive website, As there is so much research activity underway, it is advisable to stay in touch with RELAY at, or 025-42321. RELAY is a one-stop-shop for information on food research in Ireland.

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n 2006, Irish seafood sales reached an estimated €724.6m. The value of sales delivered to retailers/caterers within the domestic market grew by 17% to €362.4m, while export sales amounted to an estimated €362.2m. Domestic seafood sales to the retail sector grew by 15% to €157.7m, while sales to the food service sector increased by 18% to €204.7m. Outgoing BIM Chief Executive Pat Keogh said the increase in sales was mainly driven by the growing consumer awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of seafood. “Approximately half of the increase in domestic seafood sales was of Irish origin, with the other half being met through increased imports,” he said. “In contrast, export sales were up by a mere 2% to reach €362.2m. This was the result of sharply opposite trends, with pelagic exports falling by 27% (to €78.8m) while increased exports were recorded for all other categories, the most notable being the increase of 16% in shellfish exports (to €147m).” Four fifths of exports were sold on European Union markets, with France accounting for 25% of total export sales, while Great Britain and Spain jointly account for 37%.

EXPORT CATEGORIES In terms of product category, exports of all freshwater products including salmon increased by 2% in volume to 9,280 tonnes and by 17% in value to €49.4m. Of this amount, exports of salmon in fresh/chilled form amounted to 5,400 tonnes valued at € 29m, reflecting stronger prices in European markets last year and the positive impact of the EU Minimum Import Price on salmon imports from Norway. Exports of smoked salmon, volume-wise, were at a similar level to 2005, with values increasing by 17% to reach €7m. The most significant fea-

ture of the 2006 salmon market was the rapid increase in salmon prices during the summer season. Reduced supplies of Irish salmon and greater product differentiation in the market contributed to higher returns and greater stability of prices to producers. The increased production of organically farmed salmon has helped reinforce this differentiation. The market in 2007 will be increasingly difficult, as it is unlikely salmon prices will reach the levels experienced in 2006. However, the evidence would suggest that Irish producers have managed to create a niche position and, while certainly influenced by trends in the main markets, are not totally subjected to them. The export of pelagic products showed a marked decline in 2006. Exports of mackerel in all forms were down 37% in volume to 22,200 tonnes and by 19% in value to €35m. In the case of herring, the decline in volume was 32% to 14,700 tonnes and by 26% in value to €14m. Exports of horse mackerel declined 20% to 22,700 tonnes and by 44% in value to €14m. Exports of whitefish in all forms increased by 13% in volume to 19,700 tonnes and by 14% in value to €67m compared with 2005. While Irish whitefish exporters 1 9 FOOD IRELAND

experienced growth in value terms during 2006, imports are showing similar rises in value. Imports of seafood for human consumption amounted to an estimated 36,390 tonnes, valued at €144m, representing an increase of 6.7% in volume and 15.6% in value compared to the previous year. Iceland and Denmark have assumed an increasing role as suppliers of whitefish, but the UK remains the key source for Irish whitefish imports, supplying €29.3m of whitefish to the Irish market in 2006. Shellfish exports were up 9% in volume to 42,785 tonnes and by 16% in value to € 147m in 2006. The export value of molluscs, particularly mussels in both fresh and prepared product forms, increased by over 30% in value to €63m and benefited from the scarcity in supply of mussels from traditional European sources. The more buoyant returns on the fresh market have led to higher prices for producers, though the increased price of raw material for processors has todate not been fully recouped in terms of higher prices for processed mussel products. Exports of Dublin Bay prawns and shrimps were slightly down in volume terms but maintained their value at over €46m in 2006. The market for crab products was stronger in 2006, with exports increasing by 18% in value to €26m on a volume increase of 14% to 7,270 tonnes. Exports of fishmeal and oil were slightly below the volume of 2005 at 19,695 tonnes, valued at €19.5m in 2006.

GRANT-AIDED INVESTMENT Total BIM grant-aided investment in the seafood sector amounted to €27.6m, supported by national and EU grant-aid of €17m. Aquaculture accounted for 48% of grant aided


investment (€13.352m) while total grant-aided investment for the future fleet and sea fisheries amounted to €7.699m and €6.538m for processing and marketing. Additionally 35 fishing vessels over 15 metres in length, involving BIM/EU expenditure of €11.86m, were withdrawn from the fleet under the Fleet Decommissioning Scheme, which was aimed at re-aligning fleet capacity with available fish resources.

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SOLID PERFORMANCE Commenting on the aquaculture industry, Pat Keogh, said, “The sector performed solidly in 2006 with output at first point of sale up 10% to €120m, in part driven by higher production of farmed salmon (at 14,500 tonnes) and increased prices for farmed mussels. In the absence of quotas and benefiting from buoyant market conditions, the aquaculture industry now accounts for 38%, by value, of fish raw material supplies and is due to further increase its share of total fish supplies into the future.” The continued strong focus on training and education saw attendance on BIM training courses up 19% on 2005 with 2,098 trainee places, equating to 1,635 individuals availing of one or more courses. During the year, BIM’s new state-of-the-art mobile Coastal Training Unit was launched, and along with the existing unit visited 30 locations around the coast. “The latter half of 2006 was dominated by the work of the Government appointed, independent Strategy Review Group into the seafood industry, for which BIM provided secretariat,” noted Pat Keogh. “This report, subsequently adopted by Government and incorporated in the new National Development Plan 2007-2013, sets out an achievable vision and strategy which can help to secure a viable future for the Irish seafood industry.”

BIM – A BRIEF HISTORY BIM/Irish Sea Fisheries Board is the government agency with responsibility for the development of the Irish seafishing and aquaculture industry. Founded in 1952, BIM is a fully integrated organisation whose role and client base has expanded to cater for all sectors of the Irish seafood indus-

try, providing information and support services, including advisory, financial, technical, marketing and training support. These services are delivered through a number of integrated development programmes, which are administered by four development divisions, namely: Market Development, Aquaculture Development, Fisheries Development and Marine Services. BIM provides support for the renewal of the fishing fleet, the development and diversification of fisheries, the development of aquaculture, fisheries and aquaculture training and seafood market development. The integrated nature of BIM support from the sea to the table enables it to most effectively address industry development needs and opportunities. BIM's Head Office is located in Dublin and there is also a network of regionally based officers located in coastal counties with particular involvement in aquaculture and fisheries development, as well as area representation in Killybegs, Galway, Castletownbere and Howth. Market support services are also provided through BIM's overseas offices, located in Paris, Madrid and Dusseldorf.

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2006 marked the final year of the various Irish National Development Plan (NDP) programmes administered by BIM for the sustainable development of the fisheries, aquaculture, processing and marketing sectors. BIM worked closely with industry stakeholders and the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural 2 0 FOOD IRELAND

Key elements of BIM’s strategy and vision for the future will be shaped by the recent recommendations of the Strategy Review Group, appointed by the Irish Government to take an impartial picture of the Irish seafood industry and point the way forward. From a marketing perspective, a key feature of this report is the recognition and emphasis on the importance of developing sales and marketing strategies within the seafood sector, so as to fully capitalise on each tonne of fish landed in Ireland. The report acknowledges the challenges facing the seafood industry, and the Review Group have made a number of recommendations to address these challenges, while recognising the opportunities and potential for growth within the Irish seafood market. Further information on BIM and Steering a New Course, Strategy for a Re-structured, Sustainable and Profitable Irish Seafood Industry 20072013 can be found at

WORLD SEAFOOD CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN DUBLIN BIM will co-host the 2007 World Seafood Congress (WSC), a prestigious event that has rapidly established itself as one of the key diary dates for the international seafood, food safety and health sectors. BIM has partnered with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to support the WSC after Ireland emerged victorious from a global trawl for the Congress’s 2007 host country.700-plus delegates are expected to attend Dublin’s Croke Park Conference Stadium from September 25-27 next to participate in the Congress programme, which will be dominated by the core themes of seafood and health benefits; nutrition and well being; trade and market access; seafood standards and assurance initiatives. For further information on the World Seafood Congress, or to register for the event, readers should access the World Seafood Congress website:


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ood packaging sells products,” remarks Hugh Stephens, Senior Specialist for Packaging at Enterprise Ireland (EI). “Good packaging can redefine a product. It can move beyond the basic function of protection into marketing, inventory management… even customer service.” Packaging’s prominence in the Irish food and drink industry should not be underestimated. Print and packaging is one of the country’s oldest industries, representing over 600 companies, 16,500 employees, and generating a turnover of around €2.4 billion. Packaging and product success are indelibly linked. “We have a thriving industry in Ireland, especially in the areas of selfadhesive labelling, flexible packaging and, to a lesser extent, folded cartons,”

some successes in terms of exports to Europe. Larger packaging products such as corrugated boxes are not particularly viable for exporting because they are so bulky. However, these are indirect exports because they tend to go to multinational companies that ship products out of Ireland.”


Hugh Stephens, Senior Packaging Specialist, Enterprise Ireland.

explains Hugh, who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. “There are

AMCOR EASYPACK PERFETTI Van Melle, one of the world’s leading confectionery producers, has chosen the innovative, easy-open and recloseable, Amcor EasyPack system, from Amcor Flexibles, for the launch of its new range of Klene Candish Licorice sweets in The Netherlands. “The Amcor Easy Pack concept was chosen to reinforce the launch of this completely new range,” explains David van der Lei, Group Brand Manager, Klene. “The candy itself creates a different sensation, so we wanted the pack to do the same. Seduction and pack design were key in this develop-

ment and we believe the Amcor EasyPack packaging reinforces the product’s message.” This stand up pouch version of the successful patented and award winning Amcor EasyPack has been produced by Amcor Flexibles Drammen of Norway. The Klene packs really stand out on the retail shelf thanks to the new upright presentation. They also have the added convenience benefits for consumers of easy opening and recloseability. The easy-open feature of Amcor EasyPack is built into the laminate without the need to use extra material and the airtight lapseal peels away easily when pulled. EasyPacks are reclosed simply by removing a tape to expose an adhesive strip and pressing the flap back down. Contact: Amcor Flexibles. Tel: +44 (0) 1452 634100.


Enterprise Ireland plays a crucial role in the continuing development of packaging. The organisation offers practical help in the form of mentoring, as well as financial assistance in the form of innovation and productivity improvement grants. EI is partnered with the UK-based Packaging Industry Research Association (PIRA), Europe’s largest body for packaging technical services, and frequently uses the Association’s expertise at seminars and workshops. PIRA representatives also travel to Ireland to assist clients. While the Irish market may not be big enough to maintain a full-blown centre of excellence for print and packaging, EI’s relationship with PIRA allows the sector to remain on the cutting edge. EI is divided into sectoral teams: Human Resource Development, Business Development, Marketing, and Technology. Hugh Stephens fills the latter bracket. “We approach a sector or client on a team basis and tailor our service according to the client’s situation, their strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs,” he explains. “If it happens to be a technology issue, then I liase with the client. For example, last year I travelled to Japan with a client looking for new ideas to help the company diversify.”


MEASOM FREER HAVE THE SCOOP ON PACKAGING MEASOM Freer have an extensive stock range of Scoops and Measures. They now manufacture four sizes of Scoop and 13 Measure sizes, ranging from 0.5ml to 150ml, which can be used in a wide variety of dosage and bulk handling applications including food processing, confectionery, catering, baking, food packaging, foodstuffs, retail etc. The Scoops are available in very durable natural food grade Polyethylene, allowing extensive usage, and the Measures are available in Blue food grade Polystyrene. Both are available from stock with colours to order. Samples are available from their sales department. Measom Freer also have extensive ranges of plastic bottles, caps, scoops, measures, boxes, jars, rigid tubes, fasteners, spatulas, spoons etc. All their products are designed and manufactured in-house. You'll find your packaging needs for food, ingredients, seasoning, oils, flavourings, additives, health products etc. Established in 1937, Measom Freer have 70 years’ experience in the plastics industry and continue to offer a prompt personal service. They offer bespoke product design and a printing service for their bottles and ancillary products. Bespoke design bottles and injection mouldings can be made to customers' own requirements using their in-house CAD CAM 3D design & quality CNC tool-making facilities. Contact: Measom Freer & Co. Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 116 2881588.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF PACKAGING In 2007, manufacturers must consider packaging during the product conception stages, asking ‘What implication will the product have on transport, storage and assembly?’ After all, there are legal and moral implications at stake, particularly in the realm of environmental issues. Ireland is currently ahead of it recycling targets and Hugh Stephens praises Repak, the industry’s response to environmental legislation, as “a great success”. Nevertheless, the industry must continue to strive for ways to minimise packaging.

AMCOR PUSHPOP AMCOR PushPop, the new easy-open and fun-shaped flexible pack from Amcor Flexibles, has been chosen by Evolution Foods Ltd for the launch of two variety packs of its roasted seed-mix snack products. The patent pending, innovative, vertical form fill seal, Amcor PushPop pack has a novel easy open system and is ideal for a wide range of products consumed directly from the pack. The easy open system is created during AF conversion and allows the consumer to push and pop open the pack through the centre of the top side gusset. The bowl-shaped free standing pack, thus created, has a conveniently wide opening which gives full accessibility to the product packed inside. The pack is ideal either for single use or for re-closing with the application of a pressure sensitive adhesive coated label. The Natural Selection Seed Mix PushPop packs are made by Amcor Flexibles in the UK from a laminate of 20 micron natural OPP, reverse printed and laminated to a proprietary 70 micron white polyethylene. Gravure printing, lamination to the PE supplied by AF Extrusion UK and application of the Fancy Slit

easy open system were all carried-out at AF S&R assisted by Amcor Flexibles’ UK Development team. The stackable and stand-up Amcor PushPop offers excellent on shelf product differentiation and the entire surface can be printed, including the top and bottom of the pack. Gas tight and gas flushable material solutions are also available. The Amcor PushPop pack can be run on any VFFS packing machine with 4-side seal facility. Contact: Amcor Flexibles. Tel: +44 (0) 1452 634100.

FILLING MACHINES & EQUIPMENT LTD FILLING Machines & Equipment Ltd is a long-established manufacturer of precision-built packaging machinery. The company has been involved in the design and manufacture of its core products for 16 years at its premises in Dublin. FM&E Ltd currently employs 14 highly skilled personnel, who are involved in the design and manufacture of its machinery. All FM&E machinery is manufactured using high speed CNC controlled methods, under strict quality-controlled work practices to ensure precision-built, reliable machines, designed to meet and cope with today’s demanding working conditions. The FM&E product range includes processing machinery, in particular tumbler mixers and potato mashing machines/moule. Its core products include filling/depositing machines suitable for both semi-automatic and fully automatic applications, which can be used for a wide range of products, from free-flowing liquides to very viscous pastes. FM&E Ltd has a broad customer base within the food industry, and has a full range of machinery, suitable for start-up operation right up to high-speed production lines. The company already has customers in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Thailand, China, the Philippines and India. Contact: Filling Machines & Equipment Ltd. Tel: (01) 4565311.

“You need to design the product with packaging in mind,” he says. “Far too often, the product is designed in isolation. You must then protect the product after it has been designed.” 2 4 FOOD IRELAND

One area of packaging, while profitable, clashes with the minimisation premise. “Retailers want products that will sit on a shelf for as long as possible. They want products to arrive in shelf-ready formats, ready

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MAREL GROUP UNVEILS NEW CORPORATE IDENTITY MAREL (OMX Nordic Exchange: MARL) has announced the launch of a new corporate identity, Marel Food Systems, adding momentum to its progress in becoming a leading provider of food processing technology around the world. Marel Food Systems is a unified sales and service front for its four main brands: AEW Delford, Carnitech, Marel and Scanvaegt. Marel has experienced robust external and internal growth, including the 2006 acquisitions of AEW Delford, UK, and Scanvaegt, Denmark. The resulting changes in both company structure and product portfolio are now reflected in the new corporate identity. Integrating into one corporate name and one policy is a step forward that makes the best use of all the company’s resources. The change is expected to create more value and deliver better service to customers, while improving interaction and economic benefits within the value-chain. As a single source supplier, Marel Food Systems will better serve its customers and offer complete solutions to all stages of food processing. The company's internationally known brand names - AEW Delford, Carnitech, Marel, and Scanvaegt - have become a benchmark for consistent reliability and service and will continue to be marketed as such. The company’s new corporate image sends out a clear

for display and merchandising upon arrival, that can be wheeled to the front of the store with a minimal amount of handling and cost. But this is causing more packaging to be used and is not an ideal situation to be in. Shelf-ready packaging is a concern.”

RETAIL PACKAGING TRENDS Current retail packaging trends include a move toward reusable containers at the expense of the corrugated box, but packaging’s biggest innovation leap is in the area of intelligent packaging. Manufacturers are now seeking ways to add value to their products via technologies that give consumers added benefits. Topping the research list is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), an automatic identification system that sends signals from product packaging via tags or transponders. From the perspective of food and drink, this technology benefits all stages of the chain. A shopping trolley can be equipped with a scanner, offering information about each chosen product, suggesting complementary items, and keeping a list of the chosen items alongside a price tally. RFID allows staff to identify the exact location of any single retail item, handling customer requests quickly and efficiently, and retailers can keep a close eye on stock levels as well as purchasing trends. At present, Wal-Mart and Marks & Spencers are piloting RFID. Hugh Stephens insists that the

message: there are still four companies, a collective force with a unified corporate identity, sharing the same image and the same innovative spirit. Marel Food Systems' vision is based on the strengths of the individual companies, AEW Delford, Carnitech, Marel and Scanvaegt. “We are innovative in everything we do and we provide outstanding new solutions and services to the food processing industry in order to create greater value for all our stakeholders,” summed up a company spokesperson. Contact: Marel Food Systems. Tel: +44 (0) 116 2843500.

advantages of RFID are “far superior” to current bar-coding, although “it will be seven to eight years before the technology replaces the cashier. Eventually, the benefits will outweigh the costs and the unit cost of the tag will fall. RFID has to fall below a cent [per product] and I believe that will be achieved via print, using a magnetic property in printing ink rather than a separate tag. At the moment, the benefits are proving very worthwhile, particularly from a marketing and track-and-trace point of view. In time, RFID will replace your VISA card – people will have non-

contact credit cards.”

INNOVATION Enterprise Ireland – whose primary agenda is to grow profitable export sales for all Irish industry – urges packaging manufacturers to innovate. Just as the country’s larger food groups have proved their mettle on a global stage, so too must our packaging industry. This requires considerable R&D investment, says Hugh. “A lot of the packaging companies in Ireland are very traditional in approach,” he notes. “Some think, ‘We won’t have to innovate until we

SARTORIUS LAUNCHES SIGNUM SERIES SARTORIUS, a world-leader in weighing technology, demonstrates its commitment to innovation with the launch of the new Signum series, a new generation of easy-to-use compact industrial scales set to revolutionise industrial weighing. Suitable for use in legal metrology, the new Signum range of compact industrial scales come in a choice of three innovative weighing technologies. The Signum Regular models (SIWR) use a standard weighing system that can handle resolutions of up to 35,000d; Signum Advanced models (SIWA) feature a mechatronic weighing system offering resolutions up to 65,000d; and, the Signum Supreme models (SIWS) are equipped with a monolithic weigh cell that offer resolutions up to 350,000d. Both exceptionally fast and versatile, Signum is ideally suited to virtually any job, from simple weighing to more demanding applications, such as counting with automatic reference weight updating. With full connectivity including Profibus and


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HEINZ CHOOSES KLIKLOK FOR HIGH SPEED CARTONING LINE KLIKLOK Woodman recently installed another two high-speed packaging lines for HJ Heinz Frozen Foods in Dundalk, to accommodate increased production on their range of Weight Watchers From Heinz ready meals. Kliklok takes responsibility from product handling, including tray re-orientation, cartoning and shrinkwrapping. Each Kliklok line contains a Smooth Independent Product Transfer Unit (SIPTU), a Rotary Transfer System (RTS), an HSR high-speed end load cartoner, and a QS600 shrinkwrapper. The trays are received narrow end leading from upstream equipment, and using Kliklok’s unique ‘smartbelt’ technology, the SIPTU smoothly positions them for entry into the RTS carousel unit. Recognising the combination of high speed and the characteristics inherent in handling frozen trays, Kliklok developed this unique product transfer, orientation and loading system. The RTS has a series of product control arms to gently lift each tray and using a rotary motion, re-orientate them to become broadside leading on entry to the product infeed conveyor of Kliklok’s HSR end loader, inserting and closing at up to 250 cartons per minute, to a boost capacity of 300 per minute. Filled cartons are checked through an

come under threat’.” Hugh urges companies to travel to international packaging conventions and learn skill-sets from the global market. Great packaging innovation ultimately boosts sales. Biodegradable materials are under development, but these are still a tad expensive

efficient. “Plastics are a challenge because they have many different ingredients and formulas that must be separated during recycling,” continues Hugh.


open flap detector unit, and then collated and shrinkwrapped on the QS600 machine in bundles of 10 and 12. Contact: Kliklok-Woodman. Tel: +44 (0) 1275 836131.

and do not have the same performance characteristics of traditional materials in terms of shelf life and availability. However, the benefits of re-usable materials are proven and well developed in Ireland. Paper recycling has been established for the last 60 years, while glass is also

Recycling might sound unsuitable when discussing food packaging, but Hugh begs to differ: “In food products, recycling materials can be sandwiched between two virgin grades in a laminate. Some people are concerned that recycled material might be in contact with food, but there is never an intention for that to happen. It is always isolated within virgin material.” In today’s Irish market, decisions around packaging innovation are collectively driven. Most of the larger user groups (pharmaceuticals, multinationals, food businesses) employ packaging engineers as part of their staff. Retailers, especially the multiples, are extremely influential, largely due to their Repak levy. Hugh Stephens believes that if a food company does not have the technical expertise, then larger packaging companies should work with them in envisaging a new form of packaging that can add value or differentiate their product from the competition. Using such a model, the entire Irish food and drink sector can only rise to new heights.

AVERY WEIGH-TRONIX IRELAND AVERY Weigh-Tronix Ireland, incorporating Eddie Connally & Co., is part of the global weighing solutions group, Avery Weigh-Tronix. Their extensive product range is used throughout Ireland in all sectors of business. Indeed, Avery Weigh-Tronix specialise in catering to the specific requirements of each customer. As well as their core scales product

range, Avery Berkel Ireland also supply a range of labels, designed specifically for weighing, pricing and product information, slicers, fly killers, knife sterilisers and gas-flush tray sealers. Their entire product range is backed up by comprehensive customer service. Contact Avery Weigh-Tronix Ireland. Tel: (01) 4000700.





aterials Handling has been defined as “the industry that makes the supply chain work”. However, rarely has one term covered so many different sectors as ‘Materials Handling’: the sector includes manufacturers of materials handling and logistics equipment, systems and software manufacturers, consultants, systems integrators and simulators, third party logistics providers and indeed everything needed to move a product at any stage of the supply chain. Generally, materials handling is considered to primarily cover the forklift industry but it’s much more than that, impacting on every aspect of the supply chain, including conveyers, elevating equipment, industrial trucks, storage equipment and methods, to name just a few sectors included. The Materials Handling Institute of America, the world’s biggest materials handling association, outlined the key issues facing the material handling & logistics industry in 2007 as: • Energy costs and alternate energy sources will be critical for manufacturers and the supply chain; • Raw material costs, inflation and overcapacity will continue to affect operations and profitability, although some moderation is expected; • The overall state of manufacturing and the continued pressure on infrastructure due to increased imports from China and other emerging markets will continue; • Significant demographic shifts in provider and end user markets are expected due to current and impending retirement; • The increased expansion and

sophistication of distribution centres to handle imports means that many service sectors will dominate over the next decade, rather than manufacturing; • The increase in internet orders and fulfillment coupled with increased imports, creates the need for improved reverse logistics, especially on goods from emerging markets; • A continued shift from full to broken and mixed-case order picking; • Emphasis on automation to overcome looming worker shortages. Here in Europe, FEM (Féderation Européenne de la Manutension) is the European federation of national associations of materials handling, storage and hoisting equipment manufacturers. Its 12 members represent more than 1,000 companies with about 110,000 employees, or about 80% of all eligible companies in Europe. With a production value of more than €20 billion, this is the largest branch within the mechanical engineering sector.

ABB ROBOTICS Easy integration with existing equipment designs, substantial space savings and exceptional versatility are some of the many benefits which the new panel-mounting robot controllers from ABB Robotics offer to users of industrial robots. In addition, because the new controllers are supplied in chassis form for mounting in the user’s own control panel, they make it easy to meet special requirements, such as hygienic systems with stainless steel enclosures, and systems which can withstand washdown cleaning. Providing all the functionality of 3 1 FOOD IRELAND

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the existing fully enclosed controllers, the new models are just 250mm deep. This makes them particularly easy to accommodate, while the elimination of the integral enclosures allow useful cost savings to be made. Fifth-generation products, the new controllers have been specifically designed to provide end users with simplified application planning, set-up, operation and maintenance of single or multiple robot cells. Used in conjunction with the controllers, FlexPendant hand-held terminals, with touch screens and Windows-style operation, provide an intuitive yet powerful user interface.

PANEL-MOUNTING ROBOT CONTROLLERS To ensure maximum versatility, ABB’s new panel-mounting robot controllers


feature a modular design, with separate modules for robot control functions, axis drives and process control functions. This modularity makes it easy to configure assemblies which exactly match the requirements of the application, as well as making the systems straightforward to service and upgrade. The new units can each control up to four robots, allowing significant economies to be made in multi-robot installations. The TrueMove and QuickMove technologies used in the controllers automatically optimise motions for all robots and external axes, while MultiMove functionality allows fully synchronous operation of multiple robots, opening up application areas which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to address. Richard Seager, of AEW Delford Systems, comments, “The new panel mounting robot controller is a huge step forward from the old system, in terms of its design for easy integration and adaptation to various environments. We assisted ABB on the devel-

THERMO KING TRACKING SINCE the release of TracKing from Thermo King in June 2006, customers have endorsed its value to their business. Fleet operators with vehicles traveling as far south as North Africa and as far East as Russia often lack the tools to intervene real time to protect their refrigerated cargo and track their vehicles. Refrigerated loads can be lost in a few hours because of human error, leading to serious financial loss. TracKing is a unique, easy to use web-based system that allows operators to monitor and manage their refrigerated fleets right from their desktops. It gives them visibility of their assets anytime, anywhere. Communicating directly with the Thermo King Cargowatch, DAS and TKDL dataloggers, TracKing provides the ability to manage the set point, monitor alarms, read door status and get fleet location. Now operators can also download and analyse temperature data remotely over the Internet, instead of using cables and software. Operators can manage their fleets and their drivers with real time vehicle position and journey information. TracKing’s new geofencing feature allows operators to set a geo fence around multiple vehicles to monitor when they enter or leave a location. This is an important feature for operators to manage customer delivery schedules, route digressions and safeguards against unauthorized vehicle movement. Current fleet management systems are good for monitoring vehicle location and providing passive temperature data but they do not allow operators to actively manage the temperature. When used with the SL-400 (SR-2 controller) TracKing gives its customers an additional edge by allowing them to remotely change the set point to fit the refrigerated load, clear alarms, initiate defrost, perform pre-trips and monitor fuel levels.

MATCON CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS Matcon Group Ltd, turnkey providers of IBC powder solutions, recently ran two conferences on “Lean Manufacturing in Powder Processing” at their company headquarters in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, UK. The programme for each conference spanned two days and included academic presentations of current lean thinking as well as real solutions and case-studies for putting “lean” into practice in powder process manufacture. Topics included: • Manufacturing on Demand • Minimising Work In Progress • Mixing without cleaning • Practical Manufacturing Execution Systems • Efficient Traceability • Packing with total Flexibility • Maximising Overall Equipment Effectiveness OEE

Live full-scale powder demonstrations took place, involving the latest IBC and related technology in sieving, dosing, mixing and packing. Each of the two conferences was attended by almost 40 powder processing manufacturers who travelled from the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and mainland Europe, representing a wide variety of industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, printing, ceramics, chemicals, adhesives and many more. The attendees showed great interest and very diverse knowledge and experience on the subject of ‘lean’, which was obvious from the high level of questions and interaction throughout. The balance of theoretical and practical content was highly appreciated. There was also ample opportunity for positive networking between attendees, who responded very favourably to the events, as evidenced by some of their comments: • “This has been a valuable 2 days, I have learnt more about how to develop a coherent lean manufacturing strategy than what I knew over the past 5 years.” • “On the whole a very enjoyable and informative conference. Definitely some food for thought and some new ideas to pursue.” • “A well executed conference and I am glad to have benefitted from others’ expertise.” • “Thank you very much. I am looking forward to moving the relationship forward.” • “Very good conference with well delivered information.” • “The content of the conference would be of great benefit internally with operational management personnel.”

Matcon Group’s ‘Lean Manufacturing in Powder Processing’ conferences were a great success and the company will be repeating the conferences later in the year.

Owing to the high level of interest in this subject and the success of the above conferences, Matcon will repeat them later in the year. The next conference is scheduled for June 27-28 and bookings are already being taken. For further information, see


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PWR Robotics and Packaging, represented in Ireland by Odenberg Engineering Ltd, has been operating for five years, delivering high speed robotic systems for the packaging industry.

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GS Ireland Ltd offer certification and training services for Irish food companies. The main services are:

comply and have third party certification to GMP B2/B3 etc. It is a standard based on HACCP principles and feed safety, as the feed sector is an important link in the food production chain.

ISO 22000:2005 – Food Safety Management Systems

For the first time, there is a food industry standard that: • is internationally formulated and will be internationally recognised; • is a full food safety management system - exceeding the requirements of HACCP; • is applicable for all organisations right across the food supply chain; • embodies and maintains the Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles. The most important difference with standards like BRC and IFS is that ISO 22000 will not have a detailed list of requirements for good practices. But, being realistic, it is impossible to make a list that covers all such requirements for all organisations and all situations. However, ISO 22000 requires

the implementation of good practices and expects organisations to define the practices that are appropriate to them. And, as a result, the standard makes references to several internationally recognised codes of practice relating to the Codex Alimentarius. BRC Global Standard Food Issue 4 & BRC Storage and Distribution Standard

The BRC Standard has been in existence since 1998 and has provided retailers and consumers with assurance in the food products on their shelves. Within Ireland’s food industry, the requirement for third party certification to BRC Global Food is ever increasing. The BRC Standard is comprehensive in scope, covering areas of quality, hygiene and product safety. SGS also provide Certification of the BRC Packaging Standard and also new BRC Storage and Distribution Standard GMP B2/B3: Dutch Animal Feed Standards for foreign suppliers (PDV Standard)

The PDV (Product Board of the Netherlands) have developed standards for the Dutch Animal Feed Industry and included within their series of Standards is GMP B2 for production of feed materials and also GMP B3 for the trade, collection, storage and transhipment of feeds. Any foreign supplier wishing to trade in the Netherlands must 3 7 FOOD IRELAND

EUROPEAN CODE OF GOOD TRADING PRACTICE – COCERAL: With the aim of showing more transparency of its commitments, the trade has established this European Code of Good Trading Practice. This Code was established in order to assure that goods are being traded according to best current professional standards, in accordance with European legislation and to maintain consumer confidence. This Code applies to traders of raw materials for food and feed production. FOOD SAFETY TRAINING: SGS Ireland offers expert in-house and public training in the following areas: - HACCP and Hygiene training to operator and management; - ISO 22000:2000 training: 1 day Foundation Training, 2 day Internal Auditor, 5 day Lead Auditor Training courses (all IRCA Approved); - BRC Food and Transport Standard training courses.

SECOND PARTY AUDITS/SUPPLIER AUDITS: SGS, as an independent certification body, can provide inspection or second party auditing services within the food industry on behalf of foreign or local companies who wish to audit their suppliers. As SGS internationally has a network of offices and skilled auditors, second party audits and inspections can be carried out in over 140 countries. For further details of any of these services, contact: Fiona O’Brien, Management Systems Auditor and Food Safety Tutor, SGS Ireland Ltd. Tel: (01) 2950654 or email: fiona.o’




anuary 1, 2010 is the worldwide readiness date for a new type of bar code called GS1 DataBar - this bar code was formerly referred to as the Reduced Space Symbology (or RSS) bar code, but adopted its new public name on 12 February, 2007. GS1 DataBar symbols have two distinct advantages over the standard EAN & UPC codes in use in the grocery sector today. Firstly, they can be used to put bar code symbols on small and hard-to-mark products, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Secondly, a lot more information than just the product’s identification (bar code) number can be encoded in the same amount of space that a standard EAN/UPC bar code symbol uses today. For the first time, key product information such as batch number, expiry date or serial number will be available in bar code format at the retail point of sale. This will be a significant breakthrough for both retailers and suppliers alike, enabling the more efficient and timely management of traceability systems, inventory management and the handling of promotions and coupons in particular. GS1 DataBar sets a new horizon in terms of making product information visible in the supply chain and will enable greater collaboration between trading partners. Additionally, the GS1 DataBar bar code symbol will also help pave the way towards EPC (RFID) adoption in the future.

DATA SYNCHRONISATION Meanwhile, GS1 are heralding a new era in product specification management, as the Irish FMCG Sector prepares to adopt new standards for data quality.

Changes in our trading environment, both locally and globally, are necessitating an ever increasing demand for information about our products to be collected, stored and shared. These drivers for additional information include legislative requirements (such as traceability and recycling), new sales channels (such as online shopping) and the ever present need to cut costs to preserve margins. The real issue with data management is keeping it up-to-date: ensuring it is accurate and that at all times everyone has an identical copy of the data. It is when there are variations in the information held by different parties that problems arise throughout 3 8 FOOD IRELAND

the supply chain. Rejected orders, invoice matching difficulties, delayed payments and product out-of-stocks are just some of the problems. New product launches, promotions and changes to existing products all contribute to make data management a mammoth task. The problems and costs associated with inaccurate or ‘bad’ data have been of growing concern to the industry in recent times. Companies the world over have been discussing ways they might collaborate to improve data accuracy and quality. These discussions have given rise to a solution called GDSN or the Global Data Synchronisation Network.

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GLOBAL DATA SYNCHRONISATION NETWORK Essentially, GDSN is a global network of product databases (called data pools) which store and exchange product master data. Each of the GDSN data pools has been built in accordance with global data and e-messaging standards (GS1 Standards) which enables them to exchange data both within the local market and across borders. The use of these data pools has increased rapidly in the last number of years, with suppliers and retailers both reporting significant savings and efficiencies. A major benefit will undoubtedly be the availability of timely and accurate new product and promotional product data, which, it is accepted, has been the source of major problems and losses for suppliers and retailers in the past. The experience of retailers such as Wegman’s, a leading East Coast US retailer, provides an impressive business case for the use of GDSN for supplier and retailer alike. The benefits of using data pools are clearly documented in a recent Accenture report, ‘Synchronisation – the Next Generation of Business Partnering’. Benefits and savings have been seen across-the-board, from reductions in freight and transport costs (2-8%), improvements in direct store deliveries (9%) and in the time it takes to check deliveries and significant improvements in the streamlining of administrative activities. For example, Wegmans has reported a 50% increase in productivity for employees entering new line information and an 8% improvement in accounting administration costs. THE IRISH EXPERIENCE In recent times, the Irish grocery trade too has been working hard to establish a GDSN compliant data pool for the Irish market. “The advent of the Irish Data Pool

is GS1 Ireland’s response to the requirements of the user community of retailer and supplier member companies for the more timely exchange of accurate product data, which will help to ensure greater supply chain efficiency for all,” explained Jim Bracken CEO of GS1 Ireland. “It will provide Irish suppliers with a shop window for other GDSN retailers abroad and, of course, it will give Irish retailers the opportunity to view products listed in overseas data pools which have GDSN connectivity. It is also important to note that the Irish data pool has been designed to meet the requirements of both trading in Ireland and abroad.” The key benefits of the GS1 Ireland Data Pool Service will be: 1) Suppliers will only need to upload their product information once in order to share it with all of their customers; 2) Changes and new product launches will also only have to be uploaded once in order to notify all trading partners; 3) Data accuracy will be improved, thanks to the rigorous checks that the data will have to pass before it is added to the data pool; 4) Time spent managing product information and form-filling will be dramatically reduced. GS1 Ireland is currently working with suppliers and retailers to ensure that the benefits of high quality, synchronised data are achieved by Irish companies. For more information about data synchronisation and GDSN contact GS1 today or log on to

RFID GS1 is also heavily involved in the roll-out of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), and reports that the pace of EPC/RFID adoption continues to accelerate. EPCglobal Inc, the RFID arm of GS1, the not-for-profit supply chain standards organisation, has announced that it has passed the 1,000th subscriber benchmark, with these 1,000 subscribers across 12 major industries joining EPCglobal to enable accurate information and product visibility in the supply chain using RFID technology “Today more than 1,000 companies across the globe benefit from the standards that have been developed since 4 1 FOOD IRELAND

our inception in 2003,” said Chris Adcock, President of EPCglobal Inc. In all, 12 major industries and 51 industry segments are represented in EPCglobal. “Although EPCglobal maintains strong ties to its first industry partner, consumer packaged goods, today our subscriber companies represent a wide range of industries, from healthcare and life sciences to transportation and logistics, footwear and apparel, and aerospace, automotive and high technology,” said Adcock. In only three short years, the EPCglobal community has ratified seven global standards, which has accelerated the development of hardware and software products for EPC/RFID implementations. More than 45 hardware and software products have been certified by EPCglobal and are on the market. The past few months have yielded several significant developments for EPCglobal including ISO ratification of the UHF Gen 2 Air Interface protocol, the formation of the HF Air Interface Working Group and the UHF Air Interface Working Group, which is looking at the security features needed for item level tagging. “At Procter & Gamble, EPC/RFID provides us with the means to see our products move from the point of production to the point of sale,” said Dick Cantwell, EPC Team Leader, Procter & Gamble and Chairman, EPCglobal Board of Governors. “The technology allows us to watch every step between those two points, which results in a more accurate, safer, and more secure supply chain.”

QUANTUM E WATER BOILER FROM CATERQUIP Calomax, manufacturers of autofill water boilers for catering applications, have launched a brand new model, with Caterquip. The Quantum “E” is counter-top boiler with a unique lockable push-button dispense system, incorporating an energy saving system. An economy function is not new: it has featured in some Calomax boilers for the past 20 years. However, with environmental impact and spiralling energy costs in mind, the company has decided to re-introduce it on their new range. The unique function of the Quantum “E” is the key-controlled dispense system: access to the boiling water can be restricted and controlled in environments where health and safety aspects are paramount.

For more information, contact: Michael Hill Caterquip Ltd Unit q19 Greenogue Business Park Rathcoole Co. Dublin

Tel 01 4011858 Fax 01 4011857




improvers will enhance the nifood, a long softness of the product without established speaffecting the quality and are cialised ingredient based on a new enzyme techsupplier and a nology. Egg replacement is division of Shamrock Foods another technology which they Ltd, recently hosted a unique are exploring, and when combakers’ conference in Croke pleted, it will act as a cost Park. effective partial or total ‘Born To Bake’, which replacement of egg in cakes was held in conjunction with and other bakery products. UK ingredient specialists, As part of AB Mauri, a Cereform, showcased the latmultinational employing over est new products available to 35,000 people worldwide, the sector, and also included a Pictured at ‘Born To Bake’ are Vivion Powney and Denis Lynch of Cereform have the ability to discussion on current and Unifood, with Richard Westaway of Cereform Ltd. offer a wealth of products and emerging trends which are services to the bakery sector. affecting the bakery trade in Being one of the leading ingredient Ireland. With the bakery business EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE suppliers in the country and the largest undergoing dramatic changes over the The extensive range of products which importer of dried fruit, Unifood has a last decade, this event proved to be Cereform have to offer was evident at wealth of experience and expertise in both timely and noteworthy. the event. Matthew Green, R&D the bakery business in Ireland. Manager with Cereform, highlighted Together with their close relationships the company’s passion for innovation with the leading bakeries, Unifood and new product development. Of parintend to capitalise on this technology ticular interest was the company’s new to increase their service offering to the range of ‘clean label’ products. As the Irish bakery trade. demand for additive-free ingredients continues to increase, Cereform have used the latest enzyme technology to formulate a selection of non-soya conditioners that are both emulsifier free and ‘e-number friendly’. This technology also allows bakers to take advantage of a longer shelf life. In an effort to capitalise on the growing health and wellness market and consumer demand for healthier products, Cereform also highlighted a range of ingredient solutions which have low fat and sodium contents, to name but a few.

R&D PROJECTS Delegates listen attentively as Matthew Green of Cereform highlights the latest new product developments.

In addition, Cereform showcased other research and development projects which they have underway. Cake 4 3 FOOD IRELAND

The extensive range of products which Cereform have to offer was evident at the event.




nternationally, the Food and Drink sector has never been more competitive. Irish companies, if they are to prosper or even survive in this increasingly competitive environment, as a matter of urgency, must stay one step ahead of their international competition. They can do this by keeping themselves well informed of all new policies and how they are implemented, changes in consumers’ habits, new trends in the sector and a myriad of other issues necessary to compete successfully. The food and drink industry is increasingly challenging and competitive. Total exports of Irish goods reached €88.5 billion in 2006 of which Irish food and drink exports accounted for €8 billion to 120 countries worldwide annually. This creditable export performance shows Irish food exports growing by 8% compared to 2005. Drink exports grew by over 14% during the same period. If Irish food and drink companies are to continue to grow and develop in export markets, then customised and tangible support is vital. To ensure that such support is available to Irish companies, Food and Drink Export Ireland, the Food and Drink Division of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), was created to provide the assistance that Irish food and drink companies require to enhance their business performance in the home market and to increase their sales abroad.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE IEA In order to access the range of assistance and programmes specifically designed to meet the needs of food and drink companies, membership of the IEA is the first step. As a member of

Pictured are (l-r): John Whelan, IEA; Ann Rudden, MD of Aine’s Chocolates; Monica Duff, IEA; Chiara Mazzetti, IEA; and Theresa Reilly.

the IEA, companies can access a range of services and programmes which will enable them to achieve maximum results in terms of sales and marketing strategies, revenue and business expansion. Membership of the IEA gives companies full access to a vast array of benefits designed to back-up Irish food and drink companies in competing in the international arena. The IEA’s programmes are designed specifically to cover key business areas such as sales and marketing strategies, export strategies and international best practice. Major programmes include the Accel Food and Drink Export Project; Celtic Recipes for Business Success and the True Marketing Extension Programme 4 4 FOOD IRELAND

THE ACCEL FOOD AND DRINK EXPORT PROJECT The Accel Food and Drink Export Project offers customised training for food and drink companies on-site. Flexibility is the core feature of this Project and provides owners and managers of companies with a practical perspective through the following courses: International Sales Management and Strategic Planning; Brand Management; Category Management; Key Account Management and E-Business. Tailored training in these areas positions the Irish food and drink company to be more competitive, to increase its profits, to boost its business performance and to reach top quality international standards.


The innovative aspect of the Accel Project is the format, which comprises a mix of on-site mentoring within the company and group workshops. Most companies that benefited from these courses in 2006 have already signed up to the second level of the same course as result of excellent results they had at first stage. This Project is funded through the European Social Fund (ESF).

THE CELTIC RECIPES FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS The Celtic Recipes for Business Success Project aims to identify, develop and share marketing best practice in food and drink micro enterprises and SMEs in Ireland and Wales. Participating companies benefit from first-class skills development material, such as a DVD and a workbook illustrating the key marketing success factors of well-established Irish and Welsh food and drink companies. In total, 12 case studies of best business practice of Welsh and Irish companies are presented. Irish case studies include Lir Chocolates, Olhausen’s Ltd, Stable Diet Ltd, J&L Grubb Ltd, E.

Flahavan & Sons Ltd and Glenisk. The DVD also contains interviews with the managing directors of these successful companies. The full package includes three days of one-on-one mentoring sessions run by specialists and the DVD with accompanying workbook illustrating best practice. This European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Interreg IIIA project is intended to help enterprises in rural areas and SMEs to increase their marketing orientation.

THE TRUE MARKETING EXTENSION PROGRAMME The True Marketing Extension Programme is aimed at the UK Speciality Food and Drink market. This market is currently valued at €7.5 billion per annum which, by any standard, makes it an attractive and profitable market for Irish food and drink firms. The True Marketing Extension Programme consists of a series of mentoring and training seminars which are designed to assist Irish food and drink companies to develop and expand their business in the UK market. Through

the mentoring component, an appointed Professional Export Adviser will provide companies with practical business mentoring, assist in designing and developing a company’s UK market export plan and strategy, as well as identifying the most suitable distribution channels for a company’s products.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP The Irish Exporters Association, aside from the programmes outlined above, also provides a range of other services and benefits to its members. On a macro level, the IEA provides a voice to companies by representing members’ interests at the highest level and providing key networking opportunities. On a day-to-day operational level, the IEA provides its members with a range of services, including expert assistance and advice on international trade matters; regular communication on the latest national and international developments affecting trade; a range of export training programmes; notification of business opportunities and a visa and export documentation and legalisation service.

THE EXPORT CHALLENGE How can you be sure that your company is ready to run an export development campaign? Bearing in mind that profits will only arrive and increase over a medium to long-term period, five essential points can help predict success in external markets: •

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A domestic business with a solid base is a starting point to break into export markets; Large availability or adaptability of production capacity; Stability of available supply; Financial resources available during the whole export process; Specialised staff.


Pictured are l-r: Monica Duff, IEA; Jim Healy, MD of Wicklow Fine Foods; John Whelan, IEA; and Chiara Mazzetti, IEA 4 5 FOOD IRELAND

For more information on any of the IEA’s programmes for the Food and Drink sector or to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of the Irish Exporters Association, please contact: Chiara Mazzetti, Marketing Executive, on 01 6424177, email:; or Clare Reynolds, Project Manager, on 01 6612183, email: For further information, see &




n today’s cost conscious business sector, there are many win wins to be gained through the smallest of changes in one’s own daily routine. Product packaging has become a prime example of this win-win scenario. By reducing packaging usage by just 3%, 1 milion gigajoules of energy is saved: this is good news for the environment, absolutely, but it is also good news for industry, who see cost reductions in packaging, and for consumers, who save on excess packaging and recycling activities. The total environmental impact and the carbon footprint of both packaging and product are major considerations in today’s best practice strategies. Reducing the environmental impact can only be successful if the entire packaging production chain is taken into account. • 1 million Gigajoules of energy could be saved with a 3% reduction in packaging usage; • Packaging recycling is at an all time high of 60%. Repak, the packaging waste compliance scheme, will be assisting its members in the calculation of the carbon and environmental impact of their packaging supply changes.

REPAK/EPA PACKAGING PREVENTION PROGRAMME In a bid to introduce best practice in today’s industry and to curb the growing packaging rate, Repak and the EPA have announced the launch of a €200,000 packaging prevention programme to help Irish industry reduce the amount of packaging on their products. The Repak/EPA ‘Packaging Waste Prevention Programme’ aims to utilise

Pictured at the launch of the Repak/EPA Packaging Prevention Programme were Dr Gerry Byrne, Chairman of the National Waste Prevention Committee and EPA Programme Manager; Andrew Hetherington, CEO of Repak; and Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche TD.

the best indigenous and international experience and practice to educate and promote improvements in packaging utilisation. Waste prevention and minimisation means using less material to get a job done. This “stop waste before it happens” approach is an integral part of how industry now approaches packaging decisions: avoiding over-packaged, disposable, and non-reusable or nonrecyclable products where possible. This is a process of continuous improvement. Good design can play a hugely supportive role in determining where packaging can and should contain a high proportion of recycled material.

INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE Repak has already identified a number of best practice examples from among its members, which show how Irish 4 6 FOOD IRELAND

industry is already adopting a very practical prevention approach to packaging materials. These include examples of savings on transit packaging, light-weighting of packaging products such as bottles and cans, and savings achieved through switching some materials to more recyclable materials. The Repak/EPA Packaging Waste Prevention Programme will be cofunded by the EPA and Repak as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). The programme measures will see: a series of awareness raising seminars; • a ‘what is best practice in packaging’ website; • a supply chain benchmarking study; • exemplar best practice case studies; •


consumer research study on packaging preferences and purchase behaviour; Packaging Design Awards aimed at promoting examples of best practice; Development of a carbon footprint calculator for member companies; Development of a interactive householder carbon footprint calculator.

POSITIVE IMPACT The programme was officially launched at the Enterprise Ireland buildings in Glasnevin, by Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick Roche, TD, with additional presentations by Dr Gerry Byrne, Chairman of the National Waste Prevention Programme and

CASE STUDIES OUTLINED below are some current examples of packaging prevention strategies adopted by Irish companies: 1. Diaego Baileys Daiego Baileys prevents almost 53 tonnes of cardboard (over 900 trees) and 378 tonnes of glass (1.2 million glass bottles) coming to market every year thanks to the innovative industrial design of its new bottle, introduced in 2004. 2. eircom With broadband sales increasing significantly, eircom investigated ways to reduce the packaging of its broadband product without reducing its effectiveness, but all to meet the increasing demands for the product. It prevented a staggering 15 tonnes of cardboard reaching the market (over 250 trees) by reducing the amount of cardboard required by 15%. It used one material instead of two and also reduced the amount of ink used. 3. Tetra Pak Tetra Pak developed a new stronger but lighter inner plastic coating for its beverage cartons, resulting in the weight of all its products reducing by 3% and also saving 4% on the Gross Energy Requirement of producing it.

4. C&C a) By redesigning the way it transports 9x2 Litre packs of 7Up, C&C removed cardboard required by 100% and the amount of plastic shrink wrap required by almost 31%. This means, every year, 290 tonnes (or almost 5,000 trees) of cardboard is prevented from reaching the market and 68 tonnes of shrink wrap. b) By changing the Ritz PVC sleeve to a PET sleeve, C&C introduced a more recyclable product (PET) and reduced the polymer usage by 6.4%. 5. Musgrave Group In their chilled food portfolio, Musgrave discovered that by substituting their cardboard sleeves with labels, they would save 17g of packaging per unit. Their total ready meal sales alone amount to 1m units, translating into a wasted saving of 15 tonnes and €57,500 per annum.



EPA Programme Manager, and Dr Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Repak. “We are calling on Irish industry to engage in the challenge and see where they can make a direct positive impact on the future of the Irish environment,” explained Dr Hetherington, at the launch. ”A reduction of just 3% of packaging material could prevent over 25,000 tonnes of packaging waste reaching the market. In an era of depleting natural resources, rising CO2 concerns and increasing waste management costs, this programme will help prevent avoidable packaging.” At the launch of the prevention programme, John Curran from Musgrave Group spoke of the massive savings they have achieved via reduced packaging on some of their most popular products. On their chilled goods and ready meals, they discovered that by doing away with the cardboard outer-sleeve, using instead a packet label, they were reducing their waste by 15 tonnes per annum, a monetary saving of €59,500.

PACKAGING MINIMISATION As packaging recycling rates have reached an all-time high of 60%, there

has been much debate on product packaging minimisation and prevention. The rationale for reducing the

FOOD SURPLUS MANAGEMENT OPEN NEW RECYCLING FACILITY FOOD Surplus Management (FSM) have opened a new state-of-the-art processing facility at Trim, Co. Meath, which is now fully operational and employs 25 people. The company was also one of the first in Europe to receive a “Category 3 Intermediate Plant License”, which permits FSM to recycle packaged waste food into products for the pet food, animal feed, technical and bio-fuel industries.

was as simple as that.” “With environmental concerns at the top of the business agenda, companies need to reduce the quantity of their waste that goes to landfill. Food Surplus Management offers food manufacturers and retailers a solution which is both environmentally compliant and cost effective to business,” said Tom McEnaney, Business Editor, The Irish Independent.

Speaking at the official announcement of the Plant Licence, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Micheál Martin TD, said, “There are significant opportunities for Irish companies in all areas of waste recycling. Food Surplus Management is an excellent example of an Irish company providing an innovative solution to address the problem of packaged food waste. “Recycling waste food is an extremely beneficial activity from both a business and environmental perspective. FSM create value-added products for sale in international markets by providing the Irish manufacturing, wholesale and retail food sector with an EU compliant solution for handling high quality packaged waste food.” Niall Lord, Sales & Marketing Director at FSM said, “Food Surplus Management offers the Irish manufacturing, wholesale and retail food industry a cost effective and environmentally compliant alternative to landfill. FSM currently provides this service to many of Ireland’s key food producers and distributors, including Musgrave Group.” Meanwhile, Food Surplus Management were recently awarded the Ulster Bank Invoice Finance and Irish Independent Business Achievers Award for March. “We are delighted to have won this prize and to be shortlisted for the overall Business Achievers Award,” noted Niall Lord. “Our company is an example of how you can succeed in business if you identify a niche in the market. We recognised a demand and sought to meet it, the concept

Pictured at the presentation of the Ulster Bank Invoice Finance and Irish Independent Business Achievers Award to Food Surplus Management are Patricia Clements, Senior Manager, Ulster Bank Invoice Finance, Pat Maher, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland and Adam and Niall J Lord of Food Surplus Management.



amount of packaging surrounding products is clear, both from an environmental and a cost perspective. However, the debate needs to take cognisance of the complexities of the production cycle, the nature of packaging (in terms of attractiveness to consumers and physically protecting the product), consumer demands and the long transit distances that modern day products need to make. In line with many innovations, consumer demands play an important part. Many consumers have indicated strong interest in buying products with less packaging and are actively encouraged to recycle any packaging via the many avenues available to them.

CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS However, these prevention and minimisation strategies must also take account of our personal demographics and other consumer requirements. Smaller households are on the increase in Ireland. The average household size has fallen from 4.01 in 1966 to 2.94 in 2002. Single-person households now account for more than one in five of all households. This means that many consumers are looking for smaller packs and more singleserve portions in a bid for convenience and mobility, and this has significant implications for product packaging decisions. With more and more smaller households vying for this ‘convenient’ option, the question is then asked, ‘where does this packaging responsibility lie’? Do packaging decisions lie with the

manufacturer or with the consumer? The retail industry will use the old adage of ‘Consumer is King’: in effect, it is the consumer and societal trends which dictate what they wish to buy and how they wish to buy it. However, consumers will also argue that they can only buy what is made available to them. This chicken and egg scenario has led to certain ‘finger pointing’ in the past, with consumers agreeing that over-packaging is a problem but then admitting that the ‘packaging aesthetics’ of certain products bears a major influence on their purchasing decisions.

THE FUNCTIONALITY OF PACKAGING Whatever way you wish to perceive the use of packaging on today’s products, it must also be understood that packaging does also possess a valuable function and is a key decision attribute to the product selection. Longer shelf lives, nutritional and ingredient information, safer and reliable portability: these are all vital services carried out by packaging. It also needs to be acknowledged that many products are imported into Ireland pre-packaged and these longer transport cycles need more robust packaging. Mobile phones and computers are all high-end products, whose packaging is vital to ensuring their safe arrival to the consumer. An inadequately packaged computer that is damaged in transit will cost significantly more in “waste” than the packaging in which it it arrived.

Packaging is also a key cost for industry, outside of the actual physical cost. Under the Repak scheme, the more packaging produced, the greater the membership cost, in order to fund the recycling of it. This cost is also environmental with studies showing that a 1 million Gigajoules of energy could be saved with a 3% reduction in packaging usage. The packaging recycling rate in Ireland stands at an all time high of 60%, while the volume of packaging on the market continues to grow, in line with changing demographics and economic activity. For more information on the Repak/EPA packaging prevention programme, see or

TETRA PAK SHOWS ITS GREEN CREDENTIALS AS part of its commitment to sustainable forest management, Tetra Pak UK & Ireland, manufacturers of paper-based drinks cartons, has become the only packaging company to currently be a member of WWF-UK’s Forest & Trade Network (FTN). The FTN provides a framework for members to adopt a stepwise, monitored approach to sourcing from credibly certified forests. Membership of the FTN demonstrates that Tetra Pak operates a responsible purchasing policy for timber and paper products, and has an action plan that shows how the policy is implemented. Tetra Pak aims to ensure that all its paperboard comes from independently certified forests, managed in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management. The company already has traceability in place for all its paperboard, through Chain of Custody certificates at all its European supplier mills, demonstrating that all of its paperboard comes from known, legal sources. It also buys 48% of its paperboard from independently certified

sources (of which 29% is Forest Stewardship Council certified, Tetra Pak’s favoured certification scheme). Beatrix Richards, Head of WWF Forest Trade and Policy said, “It is great that Tetra Pak have rejoined the WWF-UK FTN and have made a commitment to credible certification. We look forward to working with them.” Richard Hands, Environment Manager for Tetra Pak UK said, “Tetra Pak already has an excellent partnership with the Global Forest & Trade Network and WWF internationally, not only on forestry but also as part of the Climate Savers programme. We're very pleased that Tetra Pak UK & Ireland has now rejoined the UK FTN to work with both WWF-UK and other Network members.” Beck Woodrow, the Forestry Stewardship Council said, “The FSC welcomes Tetra Pak's decision to rejoin FTN, looks forward to working with them and hopes we will soon have sufficient FSC pulp supplies to enable FSC labels to be used on their cartons.”





he food industry is Ireland’s single largest indigenous industry and extremely significant to the Irish economy. The Irish food sector accounts for approximately 65% of Enterprise Ireland client exports in 2006, more than any other single sector. The food sector in Ireland is of great national importance and its potential as an engine of economic growth and development is somewhat underestimated. The international food sector is highly competitive and driven by new product development and innovation. Successful Irish food companies have invested heavily in R&D in order to anticipate and meet new market demands, and achieve improvements and innovations in both products and processes. In Ireland, we are lucky to have the example of a number of extremely strong global food players. I believe the food sector has great potential to sustain strong growth and Enterprise Ireland is committed to building competitive Irish food companies of international scale. Enterprise Ireland’s annual High Potential Start Up Showcase event was especially encouraging this year, with a record nine food companies among the 76 high growth potential companies created with Enterprise Ireland assistance in 2006. The Irish food industry is facing considerable challenges; ever increasing competitive pressures, rising costs and the impact of CAP Reform and WTO concessions. In addition, the food industry markets are characterised by strong buyer power, a challenge which again can be addressed by investment in R&D, competitiveness, management development and in building scale.

ENTERPRISE IRELAND’S FOOD DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY Enterprise Ireland is working proactively with Food Sector clients to: - Access new markets and new technologies.

Pictured at Enterprise Ireland’s Management Development Programme for the Irish Bakery and Desserts Sector are (l-r): Mike Feeney, Executive Director, Food Division, Enterprise Ireland; Donal Horgan, MD, Teatime Express; and Siobhán McAleer, Programme Director, IMI.

- Support a significant increase in the level of R&D expenditure and activity by food sector companies. - Support SME companies through the Productivity Improvement Fund, which provides finance for Capital investment and Human Resource Development. - Improve the growth potential of high potential start-up companies. - Diversify, increase scale and expand market presence. - Up-skill through Workforce and Management Development and Benchmarking Programmes. - Drive growth and competitiveness, particularly in the beef, pork, sheep, dairy and consumer foods sectors. - Enhance sector capabilities through tailored management development, research and network initiatives. Recent key investments and initiatives involving Enterprise Ireland include:

- A €28m investment, including the establishment of a Meat Science Innovation Centre by the Dawn Farm Group at Naas. 5 1 FOOD IRELAND

- Enterprise Ireland supported of a €180m Strategic Capital investment by Cuisine De France Group. THE YEAR AHEAD Enterprise Ireland will continue to support it client companies by encouraging innovation, increased R&D activity, skills and training imitative and productivity and competitiveness improvements.

Food company clients have strongly endorsed the effectiveness of sector specific training and management development programmes offered by Enterprise Ireland. In April, Enterprise Ireland launched a Management Developmnet Programme for the bakery and desserts sector, building on the success of similar programmes for the seafood and pork sectors. This sector specific focus shall continue throughout 2007. Despite the challenges international markets present, the Irish food sector is highly regarded internationally. Through a commitment to quality, innovation and competitivenss, the industry is strongly positioned to avail of significant future opportunities in this evergrowing international food industry.


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ood Safety Interactive (FSI) Training, has designed and developed a food safety training CD programme, that allows for high quality, low cost training. It is based on the ‘Guide to Food Safety Training, Level 1 and Level 2 for Food and Non-Food Handlers’ by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. This step-by-step computer training programme is learner-paced, easily understood and sets achievable learning goals that give on the job results. The CD training programme is presented in four sections: Overview, Personal Hygiene, Contamination & Prevention, and Cleaning & Pest Control. It has been developed using an interactive format to engage and

train people of all abilities. It is presented using quality video with real life demonstrations. The training pro-

Pictured at the launch of the Food Safety Interactive (FSI) Training CD Rom, a high quality, low cost food safety training programme, are: Sharon Williams, Training Executive FSAI, Minister Mary Coughlan and Cathy Hannigan, Founder of FSI Training.

gramme is presented in English, Polish and Latvian. After successful completion of a final test, a certificate is awarded. A training record can be printed and used as a tool to assess competency in the workplace. This documentation shows compliance to Food Safety Regulations in the workplace. FSI Training has produced a product which is suitable for companies of all sizes, regardless of staff nationality, number or turnover. It supports all segments of the food industry, including foodservice, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, grocery and the general public. FSI Training is supported and accessible on the web at


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upply chain management (SCM) has become a more commonly used phrase throughout business in recent years. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the food sector. This can be attributed to recent developments in the industry which have included, but are not limited to: • traceability requirements; • the adoption of centralised distribution by the retail multiples; • more stringent requirements in terms of, for example, store replenishment and on-shelf availability; • continuing downward pressure on cost; and, • increased competition. These, along with many other key success factors in the sector, have sharpened the industry’s focus on SCM. Indeed, the increasing use of the supply chain concept in the media is a reflection of this. However, many unanswered questions remain. For example: • What is SCM and what are the key SCM issues in the food sector? • What are the key characteristics of SCM excellence? • How do Irish companies measure up? This article aims to address these questions, with reference to NITL’s work in the sector over the last decade.

WHAT IS SCM AND WHAT ARE THE KEY SCM ISSUES IN THE FOOD SECTOR? SCM is about much more than the physical movement of product, although this remains a critical constituent activity. NITL’s Four Fundamentals represents an attempt to concisely yet comprehensively define the essence of SCM.

FUNDAMENTAL 1 Firstly, the objectives of SCM are to meet or exceed the required or demanded customer service level in targeted markets/segments and to optimise total supply chain investment and cost. This service/cost approach has long been regarded as central to SCM. This approach requires companies to have a clear understanding of both issues. Customer service requirements, dictated by the marketplace, “sets the spec” for the supply chain. Achieving this level of service at the optimal cost focuses attention on the elimination of “non value adding activities” (NVAs) throughout the supply chain. It is clear in the food industry that customers are demanding higher levels of quality and service at increasingly competitive prices. Given that customer service is delivered by the supply chain, and that most of the cost of supplying food is tied up in the supply chain, it is unsurprising that SCM has become more recognised in the sector in recent years. FUNDAMENTAL 2 Secondly, every product or service is delivered to the final consumer (the only source of “real” money in the chain) through a series of often complex movements between companies which comprise the complete chain. An inefficiency anywhere in the chain will result in the chain as a whole failing to achieve its true competitive potential. In other words, supply chains are increasingly competing with other supply chains rather than, in the more traditional axiom, companies simply competing with other companies. The phrase “supply chain” is used to indicate that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The simple representation in Figure 1 of a supply chain 5 3 FOOD IRELAND

shows product flowing from the raw material source through the various stages in the chain to the final consumer. Money then flows back down the chain. The point is that every link matters and that value is added, and profit generated, at each link along the way. The phrase “From Farm to Fork” reflects the application of this concept of supply chain integration in the food industry.

FUNDAMENTAL 3 For a supply chain to achieve its maximum level of effectiveness and efficiency, material flows, money flows and information flows throughout the entire chain must be managed in an integrated and holistic manner, driven by the overall service and cost objectives. It can be argued that managing the information flows is the most critical of these activities. This is because the flow or movement of materials or money is usually triggered by an associated information movement. Effective management of material and financial flows is, therefore, predicated upon the effective management of the related information flows. For this reason, information and communications technology (ICT) is becoming an increasingly important SCM enabler. For example, the moment an item is sold at the supermarket check-out, this information is captured


via a bar code reader and can be made available to be read immediately anywhere in the distribution chain. Developments in emerging technologies - such as radio-frequency identification (RFID ) - are likely to become more important supply chain enablers in the coming years. RFID is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves.

FUNDAMENTAL 4 Finally, this holistic approach requires a reappraisal of the way in which both internal and external customer/supplier relationships are created and managed. SCM is not a “zero-sum” game based on adversarial relationships, as has traditionally been the case in many parts of the food industry, with powerful retail multiples dictating terms of business to less powerful suppliers. Rather, it needs to be more of a “win-win” game, based on partnership approaches. This raises many questions about the future of relationships between food sector companies. There is some, albeit limited, evidence that this is beginning to be taken on board. KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF SCM EXCELLENCE So what are the characteristics in evidence in companies that might be regarded as world class? “World Class” in this context means companies that have been successful in tough, competitive international markets over a sustained period of time. It is impossible to develop an exhaustive list of the characteristics of SCM excellence but the following four elements appear to be of critical importance for most companies in most sectors: • Identification and measurement of customer service because customer service ‘sets the spec’ for supply chain design; • Integration of supply chain activities and information because many supply chain NVAs are caused by fragmented supply chain configurations; • SCM a senior management function because SCM is a strategic activity;

• Few companies had clearly defined SCM KPI’s.

Figure 1: This simple supply chain shows product flowing from the raw material source through the various stages in the chain to the final consumer.

• Establishment and measurement of supply chain key performance indicators (KPI’s) because what gets measured gets done! This is based on documented evidence of SCM “best practice” and allies with the author’s experience. Any worthwhile attempt to re-engineer supply chains clearly needs to focus on the adoption of these key characteristics.

HOW DO IRISH COMPANIES MEASURE UP? The foregoing raises fundamental questions about the extent to which companies understand and implement SCM concepts and practices. NITL carries out research aimed at assessing the supply chain capability of companies on an ongoing basis. The most recently available data is from a comprehensive study which covered a wide range of SCM activities in over 1,000 companies from a range of sectors, representing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (‘Competitive Challenges, Chain Reactions’ describes this work in more detail and is available from the author). A number of interesting facts emerge in relation to the four key characteristics of SCM excellence outlined in the previous section. • Approximately 50% measure customer service formally and those have very limited measurements; • Companies score low in relation to having the latest supply chain ICT and having them integrated across the supply chain; • Less than 10% have any formal SCM position; 5 4 FOOD IRELAND

It should be noted that this data is very much in line with an earlier study which focused specifically on practice in the food industry. Overall, whilst pockets of excellence undoubtedly do exist, there is significant room for improvement in these key areas. It is important, therefore, that any robust approach to supply chain improvement and re-engineering at least addresses these areas meaningfully.

CONCLUSIONS Customers are becoming more discerning and markets more sophisticated. The changing competitive landscape requires companies in all parts of the food industry to review the way supply chains are configured – it is in many ways a moveable feast! However, all available evidence points to the significant benefits that can be derived from the effective adoption of SCM thinking. There is a need for a better understanding of: (i) how appropriate supply chain change can be identified; and, (ii) how this change can be most effectively implemented. The issues raised in this article provide some pointers as to how companies in the food sector can begin to address these issues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Edward Sweeney is Director of Learning at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), based at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). NITL was established in 1998 as Ireland’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ in supply chain management. Since then, it has provided a range of education, training, consultancy and research supports to companies in Ireland and abroad. The importance of the food industry to the Irish economy, and of SCM to the Irish food sector, is reflected in the fact that NITL has worked extensively in this area. At NITL, Edward is responsible for the development and implementation of the integrated supply chain management (SCM) development programmes and carries out research and consultancy work on behalf of NITL client companies. He is an engineer by background and has worked and lectured in over 20 countries in Europe, North America and Asia. His work has been widely published and he is a regular contributor to business and academic conferences and seminars throughout the world.

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Safe, Quality Food? If you are a food producer or processor, look for the INAB accreditation symbol


The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) is the national body that accredits. • Food Testing Laboratories • Food Certification Bodies • Food Inspection Bodies in accordance with internationally agreed standards such as EN 45011, EN 45012/ISO 17021, 17020 and ISO 17025. In 2007, INAB is considering offering accreditation for Certification Bodies certifying clients to ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management Systems. Accredited Certification provides access to world wide markets for Irish products and services.




s consumers and organisations are faced with a more complex and dynamic marketplace, the need for independent assurance grows. Consumers demand confidence in quality of the products they use, the environment they live in, construction materials, the reliability of health care services etc. It is also important for businesses and regulators to have confidence in the integrity and quality of the services provided by laboratories, inspection and certification bodies. It is the independence and impartiality of accreditation that guarantee this confidence. Accreditation is an independent assessment of an organisation’s competence to carry out a particular activity.

BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION FOR: Government: Accreditation is the preferred mechanism for ensuring public confidence in the reliability of activities that impact on health, welfare, security and the environment. Accreditation is used, therefore, to identify competent bodies for the implementation of government policies and regulations. Industry Accreditation is an essential tool for decision making and risk management. Organisations can save time and money by selecting an accredited (and therefore competent) supplier. Accreditation can provide a competitive advantage and facilitates access to export markets within Europe and beyond – with the aim of “tested or certified once, accepted everywhere”. Accurate measurements and tests carried out in compliance with best practices limit product failure, control manufacturing costs and foster innovation.

• Accredited Organisations: Accreditation is objective proof that organisations comply with best practice. It is the internationally recognised system that is used to develop and sustain high standards of performance. It is a winning formula for eligibility to tender for international projects. Consumer Accreditation gives consumers confidence through ensuring consistently high standards in the quality of products or services purchased. New Growth Areas: • INAB has been appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to accredit Verifiers for the GHG Emissions Trading Directive which is being implemented in order to meet the reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases as agreed in the Kyoto Protocol. • Food Certification: INAB has accredited Certification Bodies (CB) for certification to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food and Food Packaging standards, European Retailers Good Agricultural Practice Scheme (EUREPGAP) for Fruit and Vegetables, and nationally, the Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara schemes for food and fish at the farm and processor level. This accredited certification gives confidence to the consumer that the 5 7 FOOD IRELAND

food they eat is safe from farm to fork. In addition, the Department of Agriculture and Food has specified INAB accreditation for certification of organic farming activities in Ireland in accordance with the EU Directive on Organic Farming and it is anticipated that INAB will process a number of applications for this scheme over the next 2-3 years. INAB accredits clinical laboratories to the new medical laboratory standard ISO 15189, which is based on ISO 17025. It is specifically for medical laboratories and takes into account the specific requirements imposed by the medical environment and also addresses the critical contribution of the medical laboratory service to patient care. Accreditation is increasingly being used as the mechanism for ensuring competence in the implementation of European Directives. In particular under the Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds from Organic Solvents Directive any installation which emits organic solvents, such as dry cleaners, will be required to have an annual inspection carried out by an Accredited Inspection Contractor (AIC) in order to be registered by their local authority. A new energy management standard, IS 393, has been developed, and INAB is actively establishing and piloting an accreditation scheme to accredit these CBs so that the market can have confidence in the competence and integrity of the certificates that they issue. INAB is also in discussion with the Private Security Authority (PSA) in the development of an accreditation scheme for organisations requiring licences to undertake security activities.




CD, Ireland’s largest university, is at the forefront in leading the evolution of the agri-food sector and the creation of a knowledge-based economy, built on science, innovation and technology. Innovative teaching, cutting edge research and strong collaborations with enterprise, combined with over 100 years of experience, ensure that graduates are well equipped to contribute to challenges and opportunities emerging within the global food chain. The Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc) undergraduate degree programme and postgraduate opportunities available at UCD con-

external, to Ireland’s largest indigenous industry. Professional work experience and international study opportunities in year three provide students with the opportunity to gain access to competitive, global, consumer-oriented markets, ensuring a good balance of practical and theoretical based learning throughout their studies. Students enrolled to BAgrSc programme options also benefit directly from the broad range of expertise and research activity undertaken at UCD.


Nutrition in September 2008. Students will graduate as nutritionists who have a holistic understanding of food and health, underpinned by a strong scientific background.

The BAgrSc programme options on offer in September 2007 are: -

sider the agri-food sector in its broadest sense – from farm to fork and from consumer behaviour, animal and human health and nutrition to the efficient production of bioresources with due regard to the environment.

DEGREE PROGRAMME OPTIONS UCD offers 10 BAgrSc undergraduate four-year honors degree programme options, with graduates going on to achieve at the highest level. The structure of the programme, coupled with the broad range of modules on offer, ensures graduates receive a diverse skill set, particularly sought after by employers, both internal and

Agricultural Science, DN010; Food Science, DN040; Forestry, DN042; Food and Agribusiness Management, DN043; - Agri-Environmental Sciences, DN044; - Animal and Crop Production, DN045; - Animal Science, DN46; - Engineering Technology, DN047; - Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management, DN048; - Animal Science, Equine, DNO49. UCD will also launch a new BSc degree programme in Human

For further information on the BAgrSc programme options or the BSc in Human Nutrition, contact the UCD Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine Programme Office at (01) 7167194 or by e-mail at






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Contact: Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. (01) 405 7300 (01) 405 7366 Brian Cooney Robotics Group Manager

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Kingston House, Saxon Way, Priory Park West, Hessle, East Yorkshire, HU13 9PB, England. Telephone: (0044) 1482 372 100 Fax: (0044) 1482 372 150 Email: Web: Main Products/ Smoking Kilns, Services: Defrosters, Application Lines, Dryers, Stainless Steel Accessories. Contact: Sales Manager: Peter Martin 6 3 FOOD IRELAND

AIB Group - AIB Global Treasury Services Address:

4th Floor, AIB International Centre PO Box 2750, IFSC, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 641 8915 Fax: (01) 679 9591 Web: Main Products/ AIB Global Treasury Services: Services operates in Ireland, UK, USA and Poland, and provides a comprehensive range of treasury risk, cash management and trade finance services and solutions to an extensive domestic and international client base. Our world class teams of treasury specialists deal exclusively with corporate, commercial and institutional customers, advising on and determining exposures in major and emerging markets world-wide. Contact: Chief Dealer: John Lacey

AIC Plastic Pallets Ltd Address:

The Woodlands, Carrigmore, Ballineen, Co. Cork. Telephone: (023) 47 333 Fax: (023) 47 671 Email: Web: Main Products/ Materials Handling Services: Platforms, Pallets, Containers, Boxes, Plastic & Wooden, ISPMI5 Compliance, Trays, Tote Boxes. Contact: Joint Managing Director: Charles O’Donovan Joint Managing Director: Jerry O’ Flynn





Air Products Ireland Ltd





Managing Director: Daniel Hickey


52 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 431 0528 (Laura Passaway) Fax: (01) 431 0588 Email: Web: Main Products/ With over 40 years Services: experience of supplying gas, services and technologies to the food industry Air Products’ Freshline® Solutions can assist you with all your Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) Requirements. Freshline Gases® include CO2, Nitrogen and Oxygen in liquid or gaseous form. To find out more please visit our website. Contact: Sales Manager: David Bourke

AIS Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products:



Unit 48, Canal Walk, Park West Industrial Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12. (01) 620 5742 (01) 620 5735 Automatic Labelling - Print & Apply Systems, Industrial Barcode Scanning; Hand Held Readers, Mobile Computers, Fixed Mount Scanning. Label Printers; Mobile Printers, Desktop Printers, Industrial Printers, Barcode Printers. RFID Equipment, Labels & Ribbons. Supply, Install & Maintenance of Auto ID Products. Sales Manager: Matt Stapleton

All In All Ingredients Address:

33 Lavery Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 626 3957 Fax: (01) 626 6052 Email: Web: Main Products/ Ingredients, Blending Services: Services, Research & Development.


Alpack Ltd Address:

Unit 1B, Three Rock Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Telephone: (01) 295 7137 Fax: (01) 295 0780 Email: Web: Main Products/ Glass Bottles, Services: Jars and Closures, Corrugated Cartons and Expanded Polystyrene Packaging. Contact: Managing Director: Tony Lord

ALS Labelling Solutions Ltd Address:

Unit 8, Westpoint Business Park, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15. Telephone: (01) 824 2643 Fax: (01) 815 7497 Email: Web: Main Products/ Labelling Machines Services: Contact: Sales & Marketing Director: Phil Donaldson

Amcor Flexibles Address:

Brighouse Court, Barnett Way, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RT, England. Telephone: 0044 1452 634 100 Fax: 0044 1452 634 144 Email: Web: Main Products/ With annual sales of Services: €1.5 billion and manufacturing operations in 18 countries across Europe and the Americas, Amcor Flexibles is one of Europe’s leading flexible packaging businesses supplying a wide range of markets including confectionery, snack foods, processed foods, fresh food, beverages, healthcare and tobacco.

Andrew Ingredients Ltd Address:

141 Dromore Road, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6JA 6 4 FOOD IRELAND

Telephone: (048) 9268 3030 Fax: (048) 9268 3798 Email: Web: Main Products/ Ingredients. Services: Contact: Managing Director: Tim Andrew

Atwell Self-Adhesive Labellers Address:

Unit A3, Hays Bridge Business Centre, Brickhouse Lane, S. Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8JW, England. Telephone: (0044) 1342 844 146 Fax: (0044) 1342 843 666 Email: Web: Main Products/ Self-Adhesive Labellers Services: and Specialist Labelling Systems, Cross Web Labellers for Thermoformers and Tray Sealers. Inline Coders and Printers. Contact: David Charlesworth

Axium Process Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

Hendy Industrial Estate, Hendy, Swansea, SA4 0XP (0044) 1792 883 882 (0044) 1792 886 049 Sales Manager: Jean Jones


Bank of Ireland Global Markets Address:

Colvill House, Talbot Street, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 799 3000 Fax: (01) 799 3035 Email: Web: Main Products/ Currency Risk Services: Management, Interest Rate Risk Management, Treasury Investments and Deposits, Trade Finance, Structured Products.

Berkel (Ireland) Ltd T/A Avery Weigh-Tronix Address: Telephone: Fax:

Airton Park, Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. (01) 400 0700 (01) 400 0750

Email: Web: Main Products/ Total weighing & food Services: equipment solutions including electronic weighing scales & systems, cooked meat slicers, mincers, vacuum packing machines, gas-flush tray sealers, knife sterilisers & labels. Our entire product range is backed up by a comprehensive customer service. Contact: Business Support Manager: Dorothy Kiely

Beta Barcode Solutions /Scanology Ireland Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin (01) 282 7400 (01) 282 5018 Main Products/ Barcode Verification, RFID Tags, High Speed RFID Readers, TRACEALL Software Services: Portable Scanning, Traceability, Full Software Development, Label Printers & Service Contact: Sales: Stephen Callaghan

BIM/Irish Sea Fisheries Board Address:

PO Box 12, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 214 4100 Fax: (01) 284 1123 Email: Web: Main Products/ State Agency Services: with responsibility for Seafishing and Aquaculture Industry. Contact: Chief Executive: Pat Keogh Market Development Manager: Helen Brophy

Blakes Ingredients Address:

Unit 1 & 2, Western Business Park Oak Close, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 450 7177 Fax: (01) 450 7190 Email: Web: Main Products/ Sugars, Seasonings and






Food Ingredients (Frozen & Ambient) Richard West


Blenders Ltd Address:

Unit 4, IDA Centre, Newmarket, Dublin 8. Telephone: (01) 453 6960 Fax: (01) 453 7607 Email: Main Products/ Mayonnaises, Dressings Services: and Sauces in Bulk Catering, Sachets and Retail Jar Formats. Also Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Thai and Cajun Cooking Sauces. Branded and Private Label Formats. Contact: Director of Sales: David Chandler Directors: Robin Simpson, David Simpson

Boxmore Plastics Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

Annagh Industrial Park, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. (049) 952 6219 (049) 952 6423 chris.gaffney@ Chris Gaffney


Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Address:

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LD, UK Telephone: (0044) 1386 842 104 Fax: (0044) 1386 842 100 Email: Web: Main Products/ Research, Training, Services: Consultancy and Publications for the Food, Drink and Allied Industries Worldwide. Contact: Head of Membership & Training Department: Bertrand Emond

P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Instrument & Weighing Specialists Address: 35 Western Parkway Business Centre, Ballymount Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 450 5050 Fax: (01) 450 5183 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supply, Service and Services: Calibration of Instruments, Controls, Weighing. Contact: Managing Director: Pat J. Boner

Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board Address:

Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 668 5155 Fax: (01) 668 7521 Email: Web: Main Products/ Marketing, Promotion Services: and Development of Irish Food, Drink and Horticulture. Contact: Chief Executive: Aidan Cotter 6 5 FOOD IRELAND

Caterquip Ltd Address:

Unit Q19, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 401 1858 Fax: (01) 401 1857 Email: Main Products/ Equipment Supplies & Services: Service, Mixers, Vaccum Packers, Slicers. Contact: Director: Michael Hill Aidan Farrell

Celtic Forwarding Ltd Address:

Celtic House, 30 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 865 6000 Fax: (01) 874 6745 Email: Web: Main Products/ Shipping, transport, forwarding. Services: Warehousing & Distribution. Contact: Gerard Kiernan

Celtic Sales Company Ltd Address:

203 Northwest Business Park,





Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Telephone: (01) 829 3944 Fax: (01) 829 3955 Email: Main Products/ Distributors of Packaging Services: for Fresh Food. Contact: Managing Director: Paddy Byrne General Manager: Richard Walsh

Celtic Sales Company (Cork) Ltd Address:

Unit 36, Waterfront Business Park, Little Island, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 429 7984 Fax: (021) 429 7990 Email: Main Products/ Suppliers of Packaging, Services: Plastic Containers, Film. Contact: Mary O’Brien Conor Ahern

Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Address:

Block B, The Courtyard, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 436 166 Fax: (045) 438 851 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Safety, HACCP, Services: Health & Safety. Contact: Office Manager: Kathy Dargan

Cereform Limited Address:

Barn Way, Lodge Farm, Northampton, NN5 7UW. Telephone: (0044) 1604 755 522 Fax: (0044) 1604 752 470 Email: Web: Main Products/ Dough Conditioners, Services: Cake & Confectionery Mixes and Concenrates, Topping & Fillings. Contact: Account Manager, Ireland: Damien McDonald

Codico Distributors Ltd Address:

Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road, Co. Waterford. Telephone: (051) 379 933 Fax: (051) 372 352 Email:





Web: Main Products/ Domino Inkjet coding Services: Machines, Thermo Electron, Hot Foil and Thermal Transfer Coders, Electrox Yag Laser Systems. Contact: Sales Director: Noel Cooney

Commercial Refrigeration Ltd Address:

Mullinabro Business Centre, Mullinabro, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford. Telephone: (051) 875 441 Fax: (051) 875 449 Email: Web: Main Products/ Refrigeration, Catering, Services: Bar, Supermarket, Air Conditioning and Beer Cooling Systems. Contact: Managing Director: Mary Bowman Sales Director: Damien Hughes

Communication Technology Limited Address:

The Denhu Complex, Walkinstown Avenue, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 456 1274 Freephone: 1800 333 666 Fax: (01) 450 3181 Email: Web: Main Products/ Distributors for Kroy Services: Thermal Transfer Printers and Linerless Print & Apply Systems. Contact: Sales: Feargal Conroy

Com-Plas Packaging Address:

Naas Industrial Estate, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 874 088 Fax: (045) 874 090 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Pots & Buckets, Services: Food Trays, Lidding Machine and a Wide Range of Packaging Containers. Contact: Managing Director: Patrick Gregory General Manager: Lorraine Ledingham 6 6 FOOD IRELAND

Corcoran Chemicals Limited Address:

Kingsbridge House, 17-22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. Telephone: (01) 633 0400 Fax: (01) 679 3521 Email: Web: Main Products/ Distribution of Starch Services: Native/Modified/ Sweetners etc. Contact: Judy Murphy, Eimer Galvin.

Cross Refrigeration (Irl) Limited Address:

Unit 25 Cookstown Industrial Estate, Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 451 1915 Fax: (01) 451 1565 Email: Web: Main Products/ Refrigeration and Air Services: Conditioning Contractors and Distributors. Contact: Jim Keating, Dermot Walsh, Ken Keating, Mick O’Leary, Andy Nesbitt, Paddy Jones, Pat Jones, Frank Aherne, Ruairi Walsh, Michael Howard, Shay O’Dowd, Pat McLoughlin, John Lynch.

CRS Mobile Cold Storage Ltd Address:

Carnisle, Kildalkey, Co. Meath. Telephone: (046) 943 5000 Fax: (046) 943 5068 Email: Web: Main Products/ Rental of Mobile Cold Services: Stores, Blast Freezers, Blast Chillers and on site Temperature Controlled Storage. Contact: Managing Director: Paul Tyrrell


Dawson Rentals Irl. Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email:

Unit 20, Tougher Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare. (045) 448 810 (045) 448 811

Web: Main Products/ Rental of Portable Cold Services: Stores, Tempering Rooms and Blast Freezers and Chillers. Contact: Director: Aidan McCauley




Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact:

2007/08 Contract Packaging Services. Shane Harkin Caroline Commins


P.V.C. for the Food Industry. Director: Liam Moylan Director: Mary Moylan

DetectAmet Ltd ESB Independent Energy


Unit 2A, Hampden Road, Pockington Industrial Estate. Telephone: (0044) 1759 304 200 Fax: (0044) 1759 305 236 Email: Web: Main Products/ Metal Detectable Plastic Services: Products. Contact: Sean R Smith

Diamond Packaging Systems Address:

12-13 Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 OLU. Telephone: (048) 7126 2957 Fax: (048) 7126 7094 Email: Web: Main Products/ Corrugated, Multi-Point Services: Glued, Litho-Laminated Corrugated, Folding Cartons. Contact: Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator: Joanne Beckett


D端sseldorf Trade Fair Authority Address:

German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce, 46, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 642 4350 Fax: (01) 642 4399 Email: Main Products/ Official Irish Services: Representative D端sseldorf Trade Fairs.


EDME Ltd Address:

EDME House, Mistley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1 HG, England. Telephone: (0044) 1206 393 725 Fax: (0044) 1206 393 725 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Ingredient Services: Manufacturer Contact: Sales Director: Sharon Clayton-Bovill

Dollard Packaging Ltd




Units 6-11, Eklad Park, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Dublin 17. Telephone: (01) 847 0044 Fax: (01) 847 0614 Email: Web: Main Products/ Print and Packaging. Services: Contact: Sales Director: David Hilliard

D.S.G Packaging Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email:

Units L2 Toughers Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare. (045) 447 350 (045) 447 355

67 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 452 1111 Fax: (01) 451 3938 Web: Main Products/ Liquid Packaging, Milk Services: and Juice Cartons, Packaging Machines. Contact: Derek Nangle

Enviroclad Systems Ltd Address:

Unit 57B, Hebron Industrial Estate, Hebron Road, Co. Kilkenny. Telephone: (056) 775 2866 Fax: (056) 777 0955 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supply and Fitting of Services: Enviroclad Hygienic Wall and Ceiling Cladding in 6 7 FOOD IRELAND

Dublin Office: Woodford Business Park, Santry, Dublin 17. Belfast Office: 33 Clarendon Dock, Laganside, Belfast BT1 38G. Tel: (01) 862 8300 (028) 9051 1246 Fax: (01) 862 8350 (028) 9027 8400 Email: Web: Main Products/ Utility Supplier. Services: Contact: Marketing Manager: John Conlon Commercial Manager: Bob Turley

Espac Limited Address:

Rathruadh, Station Road, Glenageary, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 280 5257 Fax: (01) 284 2964 Email: Main Products/ Distribution of Packaging Services: Machinery and Materials. Contact: Managing Director: David Espey General Manager: Fintan Keane


Faculty of Food Science and Technology Address:

University College, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 490 3527 Fax: (021) 427 6398 Email: Web: Main Products/ Education, Research, Services: Continuing Education and Training.

Farwood Flyscreens Address:

Unit 6, Hermes Industrial Estate, Ardmore Park,





Telephone: Fax: Main Products/ Services: Contact:

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. (01) 235 0655 (01) 235 0688 Flyscreens (Pest Control) Sales Director: Richard Whelan

FĂ S - Training and Employment Authority - Services to Business Address:

27-33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4. Telephone: (01) 607 0948/607 0989/ 607 0626 Fax: (01) 607 0618 Email: Web: business/food_sector.htm Main Products/ Standards and Human Services: Resource Initiatives for Workers in the Food & Drinks Sector. Contact: Project Manager: John Simon Project Manager: Eithne Treacy

Festo Limited Address:

Dublin: (Head Office) Unit 5, Sandyford Park, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Belfast: (Branch Office) Unit 2, 34 Montgomery Road, Belfast, BT6 9HL. Telephone: (01) 295 4955 (0044) 2890 401 072 Fax: (01) 295 5680 (0044) 2890 796 899 Email: Web: Main Products/ Pneumatic, Electrical & Services: Sensoric Equipment. Industrial Automation Training. Engineering Service. Complete System Solutions.

Filling Machines & Equipment Address:

Unit A1, Ballymount Drive Industrial Estate, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 456 5311 Fax: (01) 456 5313 Email: Web: catalogues/ie_fillingmachines Main Products/ Manufacturer/Sales Services: Liquid & Cream Filling






Machines/Depositors/ Pumps/Potato Mashing Machines. Brian McNally

Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact:

Fischbein-Saxon Address:

Alexandra Business Centre, 274 Alma Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN3 7RS, England. Telephone: (0044) 8701 609 314 Fax: (0044) 8701 609 315 Email: Web: Main Products/ Sealing Equipment, Services: Sewing Systems, Coding & Marking Equipment, Bag Closing Equipment. Contact: General Manager: R. Bontemps UK Sales Manager: Y. Mannekens

Fiske Ireland (Univar Brand) Address:

536 Grants Cresent, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 401 9800 Fax: (01) 401 9042 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Ingredients Services: Contact: Marketing Manager: Frank McLaughlin Sales Manager: Mark Threadgold LP Gas Supplier Managing Director: Richard Martin Sales Manager: John O’Donoghue

Fluke (UK) Ltd Address:

52 Hurricane Way, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6JP, England. Telephone: (0044) 207 942 0700 Fax: (0044) 207 942 0701 Email: Web: Main Products/ Test and Measurement Services: Instruments. Contact: Ken West

FMC Foodtech Address:

Frigoscandia House, Wolseley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7EF England. Telephone: (0044) 1234 846 129 Fax: (0044) 1234 841 400 Email: Web: Main Products/ Freezers, Chillers, Fryers, Services: Ovens, Coating Equipment. Contact: Managing Director: Mike Cotton Regional Sales Manager: Russell Pitcher

Flight Flexible Ltd 65 Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Telephone: (01) 295 7588 Fax: (01) 295 7673 Email: Web: Main Products/ Shrink Sleeves Services: Consisting of Flexographic & Gravure Printed, Tamper Evident, Plain, Promotional and Tubing. Contact: Sales Director: Paul Kendrick

Food Industry Recruitment

Flogas Ireland Ltd

Food Safety Interactive Training




Telephone: Fax:

Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth. (041) 983 1041 (041) 983 4652 6 8 FOOD IRELAND


Third Floor, 16 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 887 0112 Fax: (01) 887 0108 Email: Web: Main Products/ Recruitment/Technical/ Services: Food Science Contact: Managing Director: Don Collins, BSc Recruitment Manager: Ann Nooney

Telephone: Email:

Tievebane, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal. (086) 827 9352

Web: Main Products/ Basic Food Safety Training Services: on an interactive CD Rom in English, Polish & Latvian. Contact: Managing Director: Cathy Hannigan Sales: Ann Robinson






Glanbia plc Glanbia House, Co. Kilkenny. Telephone: (056) 777 2200 Fax: (056) 777 2222 Email: Web: Main Products/ Cheese, Nutritional Services: Dairy Ingredients, Milk & Fresh Dairy Products Contact: Group Managing Director: John Moloney

Glenpak Industries Services Ltd GEA Process Technologies Ireland Ltd Address:

Ash House, Lime Tree Avenue, Millenium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 981 200 Fax: (045) 981 323 Email: Web: Main Products/ Process Engineering/ Services: Equipment. Contact: Claire Doyle

Georgia Pacific Ireland Ltd


3 Sandyford Office Park, Blackthorn Avenue, Dublin 18. Telephone: (01) 295 5632 Fax: (01) 295 2959 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging, Processing & Services: Materials Handling Equipment. Contact: Managing Director: Angus J. Campion Sales Manager: Donal McDonnell


McKee Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11. Telephone: (01) 806 8100 Fax: (01) 806 8183 Email: Web: Main Products/ Disposable Paper Services: Products: Wiping, Washroom, Kitchen and Dispensing Systems. Contact: Marketing Executive: Orfhlaith Nagle

German Green Dot Address:

German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce, 46 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 642 4350 Fax: (01) 642 4399 Email: gemma.freeman@ Main Products/ Official Irish Services: Representative Cologne Trade Fairs.



Grabher Indosa AG Address:

P.O Box 447 CH 9434 AU (SG) Switzerland. Telephone: (0041) 7174 75757 Fax: (0041) 7174 75747 Email: Web: Main Products/ Can Filling and Seaming Services: Machines & Lines

Heterochem (Dist.) Ltd Address:

Robertson House, Unit 49, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin 13. Telephone: (01) 839 3127 Fax: (01) 832 5746 Email: Web: Main Products/ Flavourings, Colours, Services: Preserves, Food Additives for the Food Industry. Contact: Sales Manager: Ken Cunningham Accounts Manager: Dermot Downey

Holfeld Pumps H.R. Holfeld Ltd Address:

2-4 Merville Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 288 7361 Fax: (01) 288 7380 Email: Web: Main Products/ Fluid Handling Specialists, Services: Process, Metering, Sanitary/Hygienic Rotary Lobe Pumps. Contact: Business Development & Key Accounts: Emmet Connelly Sales Estimator: Victoria Epp


Gray & Adams (Ireland) Ltd

Innovate Food Technology



Houston’s Corner, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 4TP. Telephone: (0044) 2890 342 160 Fax: (0044) 2890 848 933 Email: Web: Main Products/ Refrigerated, insulated Services: trailers and bodies from 3.5 to 26 tonnes - solid, curtain and sliding side options. Refrigerated and dry freight double and lifting deck trailers. Contact: Managing Director: Billy Dougan Sales Manager: Stuart Martin 6 9 FOOD IRELAND

16 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 887 0112 Fax: (01) 887 0108 Email: Web: Main Products/ Recruitment. Services: Contact: Ann Nooney

Innovia Films Ltd Address:

R & D Centre, West Road, Wigton, Cumbria, UK, CA7 9XX.





Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact:

(0044) 1697 342 281 (0044) 1697 341 452 Speciality BOPP and Cellulose Films for Packaging and Labels. Sales & Marketing Manager - Packaging UKIN & EEMA: Paul McKeown

International Business Wales Address:

Welsh Assembly Government, Alexandra House, The Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Telephone: (01) 664 1518 Mobile: (087) 992 0920 Email: Web: Main Products/ Economic Development. Services: Contact: Country Manager Ireland: Mel Crisp

Invensys APV Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

Unit 5, Red Cow Business Park, Naas Road, Dublin 22. (01) 403 3008 (01) 459 3399 Sales Manager: Paul Crawley Marketing Manager: Joanne Gibbs



(01) 661 2315 exportfoodanddrink@ Web: Main Products/ In 2006 Irish food and Services: drink exports accounted for almost €7.5 billion to 120 countries worldwide annually. The Food and Drink Division of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), was created to provide the assistance that Irish food and drink companies require to enhance their business performance in the home market and to increase their sales abroad. Contact: Chiara Mazzetti

Irish National Accreditation Board Address:

Telephone: Email: Web:

Address: Telephone:

28 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. (01) 661 2182

Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2. (01) 607 3003


JDM Ingredients Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Services:


Irish Exporters Association


Fax: Email:

Irish Association of Seafood Companies (IASC) 70B Clanbrassil Street. Dundalk, Co. Louth. Telephone: (042) 938 6977 Fax: (042) 939 5566 Email: Web: Main Products/ Development Services: Association Representing Independent Seafood Retailers and Wholesalers/Processors. Contact: Martina Clarke



Broad End Road, Walsoken, Nr. Wisbech, Cambs, PE14 7BQ. (0044) 1945 465 556 (0044) 1945 465 796 Garlic, Ginger. Chillie, Vegetable Puree - Fresh Roasted, Smoked, Caramellised. Crystalised Ginger. Roasted Vegetables. Managing Director: Jon Chesworth Sales & Marketing Director: William Cook

Johnsen & Jorgensen Address:

Unit 8, Westpoint Enterprise Park, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1QS. Telephone: (0044) 1618 741 930 Fax: (0044) 1618 741 931 Email: Web: Main Products/ Glass & Plastic Bottles 7 0 FOOD IRELAND

Services: Contact:

and Jars Sales Manager: Matthew Scott

Johnston Logistics Ltd Address:

Blackchurch Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 401 3333 Fax: (01) 458 8015 Email: Web: Main Products/ Warehousing & Logistics. Services: Contact: Business Development: Deirdre McGuirk


David Kellett & Partners Ltd Address:

Maple Court, Wormbridge House, Wormbridge, Hereford, HR2 9DH. Telephone: (0044) 1981 570 611 Fax: (0044) 1981 570 599 Email: Main Products/ Dairy Engineering, Services: Systems/Membranes, Reverse Osmosis, Ultra Osmosis®, Ultra Filtration and Micro Filtration, Effluent Treatment, Spiral Wound and Plate & Frame, Cheese Maturing Vacuum Pouches Contact: Managing Director: David Kellett

Kelsius Address:

Unit F, Airport Business Park, Santry, Dublin 9. Telephone: (01) 844 1100 Fax: (01) 844 9599 Email: Web: Main Products/ Automated HACCP Services: Data Monitoring. ‘Kelsius MII’. Contact: Orla Tuthill

Kiernan’s Food Ingredients Ltd Address:

Unit 8 Steadfast Industrial Estate, Carrickmacros, Co. Monaghan. Telephone: (042) 966 2096 Fax: (042) 966 3954 Email: Main Products/ Ingredients, Valued Added

Services: Contact:

Products, Foil Packaging. Joint Managing Director: Martin Kiernan, Joint Managing Director: Nuala Kiernan Secretary: James Kiernan

Kingspan Controlled Environments Address:

Hangar 1A, Wrights Lane, Burtonwood, Cheshire, WA5 4DB, England. Telephone: (0044) 1925 711 157 Mobile: 086 257 2437 Fax: (0044) 1925 711 158 Email: Web: Main Products/ Manufacturers of PIR Services: (Polyisdryanurate) Insulated Panels for Food Processing, Cold Storage & Clean Room Environments. Contact: Consultant: Michael Culhane

Kliklok Woodman Address:

Western Drive, Hengrove Park Estate, Bristol, BS14 0AY. Telephone: (0044) 1275 836 131 Fax: (0044) 1275 891 754 Email: m.tatum@ Web: Main Products/ Packaging Equipment/ Services: Machinery. Contact: Michelle Tatum

Klockner Pentaplast Ltd Address:

33-34 Fern Close, Pen-y-Fan Industrial Estate, Crumlin, Gwent, NP11 3EH, Wales. Telephone: (0044) 1495 241 800 Fax: (0044) 1495 241 811 Email: Web: Main Products/ Rigid Plastic Film for Services: Food, Medical, Pharma and Industrial Sectors. Contact: Sales Manager: Paul Foley

Krones UK Ltd Address:

Westregen House, Great Bank Road, Wingates Industrial Park,





West Houghton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL5 3XB Telephone: (0044) 1942 84 5000 Fax: (0044) 1942 845 091 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging and Bottling Services: Machinery Suppliers. Contact: Managing Director: David Kaye Sales Manager: Mark Heath

Logopak Int. Ltd Address:

Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4XF. Telephone: (0044) 1904 692 323 Fax: (0044) 1904 690 728 Web: Main Products/ Industrial Print & Apply Services: Labelling Systems & Software Solutions. Contact: General Manager: Wilson Clark

Lyonara Cold Stores Ltd Address:


Lennox Laboratory Supplies Address:

JFK Drive, Naas Road Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 455 2201 Fax: (01) 450 7906 Email: Web: Main Products/ Leading Supplier of Services: Laboratory Reagents, Consumables and Instrumentation in Ireland Contact: Product Manager: Denis Coll

Limerick Packaging Address:

D3/D4 Eastway Business Park, Ballysimon Road, Co. Limerick. Telephone: (061) 400 035 Fax: (061) 400 036 Email: Web: Main Products/ Corrugated Boxes, Services: Polythene Bags, Edgeguards, Palletwrap, Strapping, Tapes. Contact: Mike Boland

LINPAC Materials Handling Address:

Unit 1, Kinsealy Business Park, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 846 2323 Fax: (01) 846 2522 Email: Main Products/ Plastic Materials Handling Services: Products - Boxes, Bins, Trays, Pallets etc. Contact: General Manager: Kieran Barry Area Manager: Pat Belton 7 1 FOOD IRELAND

Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Telephone: (057) 862 2480 Fax: (057) 862 0775 Email: Main Products/ Refrigeration/Cold Services: Storage. Contact: Manager: Mark Keane


Manotherm Ltd Address:

4 Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 452 2355 Fax: (01) 451 6919 Email: Website: Main Products/ Temperature: Services: Thermometers, Controllers, Digital Indicators, Transmitters, Thermocouples, Bestobell Steam Traps, Recorders, Calibrators, Temperature Regulating Valves. Sanitary Valves, Controls and Instrumentation. Process Valves. Pressure: Gauges, Transducers, Switches, Transmitters, Pressure Regulators, Manometers, Calibrators. Flow: Meters, Switches, Control Valves and Regulators, D/P Transmitters. Level: Indicators, Controllers, Transducers, Sight Gauges, Float Switches.




C O M PA N Y L I S T I N G S Contact:

Humidity/Moisture: Humidistats, Recorders, Dewpoint and Moisture Contents. Electrical: Relays, Recorders. Counters: Production Counters, Tachometers. Pneumatic: Tubing, Fittings, Regulators, Calibraters, Valves, I/P Converters. Signal Conditioning: Transmitters, Isolaters, Converters, SQR Extractors. Data Acquisition: Data Loggers, Chart Recorders. Flue Gas Analysers. Controls for Clean Rooms: Magnehelic Gauges & Switches. Managing Director: R.V. Gilbert Project Engineer: Noel Walsh Sales Engineer: Robert C. Gilbert Frank Gallagher

Marel Food Systems Address:

Feldspar Close, The Warrens Industrial Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4JS. Telephone: (0044) 1162 843 500 Fax: (0044) 1162 849 339 Email: Website: Main Products/ Cutting edge equipment Services: & software components created & serviced by Marel Food Systems help food processors of all sizes, in all markets, to operate at peak productivity. Contact: Jenna Turner Email:

Mason Technology Address: Telephone:

228 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. (01) 453 4422




Fax: Email: Website: Main Products/ Services: Contact:


(01) 415 4492 Laboratory Equipment, Industrial Weighing and Industrial Vaccuum. Paul Munds

Masterlift Ireland Ltd Address:

Unit 2, Greenogue, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Branches: Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Sligo. Service Outlets: Limerick, Tipperary, Donegal. Telephone: (01) 458 0190, Callsave: 1850 230 363 Fax: (01) 458 0186 Email: Web: Main Products: Nissan Forklifts, Kalmar Heavyduty Trucks, Crown Warehousing Equipment, Narrow Aisle Flexi BP Sideloaders, JCB Teletruk. Services: Forklift Sales, Lease, 24-Hour Service, Parts, Rental Long/Short Term, Forklift Driver Training, Health & Safety Training, Manual Handling, First Aid Available Nationwide. Contact: Managing Director: Dermot Carroll

Matcon Group Limited Address:

Matcon House, London Road, Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 OHJ, England. Telephone: (0044) 1608 651 666 Fax: (0044) 1608 651 635 Email: Web: Main Products/ IBC Systems for Materials Services: Handling. Contact: Sales Director: Paul Cooper Project Sales Manager Pharmaceutical/Ireland: Jim Yetton 7 2 FOOD IRELAND

Measom Freer & Co. Ltd Celebrating 70 Years Address: 37/41 Chartwell Drive, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 2FL, England. Telephone: (0044) 116 288 1588 Fax: (0044) 116 281 3000 Email: Web: Main Products/ Measom Freer Services: Manufacture and Stock Quality Plastic Bottles, Custom Moulded Bottles, Dropper Caps, Scoops, Measures, Boxes, Jars, Tubes, Fasteners etc, For Food Use. Services Include 3D Design, In-House Tool Making and Screen Printing Contact: Mark Freer Sales Director Andrew Freer Technical Director

Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. Address:

P.O. Box 16, 1510 AA Oostzaan, The Netherlands. Telephone: + 31 75 684 3355 Fax: + 31 75 684 4150 Email: Web: www. Main Products/ Poultry Processing Services: Equipment, Services & Solutions. Contact: Nigel Grocock

Moody’s Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email:

West Carr Road Industrial Estate, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 75N, UK. (0044) 1777 701 141 (0044) 1777 709 086

Web: Contact:




Systems Effectively. The Range of Courses Offered Reflects the Wide Range of Certification Services Offered by NSAI. Patricia Whelan Chairman: Paul Moody Managing Director: Malcolm Wilkinson Contact:

Multivac UK Ltd Address:

Multivac House, Rivermead Drive, Swindon, SN5 7UY, UK. Telephone: (0044) 1793 425 800 Mobile: 087 283 4067 Fax: (0044) 1793 616 219 Email: Web: Main Products/ Vacuum Packing, Services: Traysealing, Thermoforming Packaging Machinery and Labelling. Contact: Ireland Office: Liam Cronin



Nutrition Supplies


Address: Innishannon, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 477 5522 Fax: (021) 477 5449 Email: Web: Main Products/ Vitamin and Services: Nutrient Precision Premixes Contact: Managing Director: Dr. Frank Cremin Technical Director: Ursula Lecane

Westward House, Montrose Avenue, Slough, Berks, SL1 4TN. Telephone: (0044) 1753 443 333 Fax: (0044) 1753 443 334 Email: Web: Main Products/ Functional Food Services: Ingredients.


Obeeco Ltd NITL


17 Herbert Street Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 669 0806 Fax: (01) 661 1943 Email: Web: Main Products/ Learning Services: & Research. Contact: Olivia Noone

Annaville Avenue, Blackrock, Co.Dublin. Telephone: (01) 278 2323 Fax: (01) 278 2374 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging Solution Agency Services: Contact: Director: Richard Burke Director: Olive Walker


T.S. O’Connor & Son Ltd





National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Address:

Plassey Park Road National Technology Park, Castletroy, Co. Limerick. Telephone: (061) 332 882 Fax: (061) 332 982 087 929 2673 (Vincent Delaney) Email: Web: Main Products/ Certification and Services: Inspection to National and International Product and Management System Standards. Contact: Vincent Delaney Simon Kelly C.E.O.

National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Training Section Address:

NSAI, Training Section, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Telephone: (01) 807 3993 Fax: (01) 807 3844 Email: Web: Main Products/ NSAI Offers Public Services: Courses to Help Indivduals Gain the Skills That They Require to Operate Management


FOS/Inulin, Dairy Ingredients. Director: Clive Lauder Director: Huntly Lauder

Transit 3, Westbank Road, Belfast, BT3 9JL. Telephone: (028) 9077 1122 Fax: (028) 9077 7139 Email: Web: Main Products/ Refrigerated and Ambient Services: Distribution, Transport and Warehousing. Contact: General Manager: Steven Macaulay Sales Manager: Andrew Scott

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: MainProducts/ Services:


Norman Lauder

Unit C, 67 Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. (01) 295 5696 (01) 295 5741 Flexible Packaging, Bags, Rolls, Sheets, Paper Bags, Labels, Polythene & Polypropylene Reels, Self Adhesive Tapes. Managing Director: James O’Connor Sales: Andrew Haughton


2A Richview Office Park, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14. Telephone: (01) 260 0442 Fax: (01) 260 0675 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Ingredients, Services: Premixes, Lecithins, 7 3 FOOD IRELAND

Odenberg Engineering Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email:

2005 Orchard Avenue, City West Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24. (01) 413 6200 (01) 457 1325





Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact: Mechanical Handling, Robotics, Automation. Business Unit Manager: James J. Deane

Odlum Group Address:

Alexandra Road, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 888 7500 Fax: (01) 855 9295 Email: Web: Main Products/ Flour, Mixes, Heat Services: Modified Flour, Oat Products. Contact: Commercial Director: Bill Ramsell R & D Manager: Susan Zaidan

Olivo UK Ltd





Packex Industries Ltd Address:

Unit 1, Rathnew Industrial Estate, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow. Telephone: (0404) 69 851 Fax: (0404) 69 861 Email: Main Products/ High Quality Services: Flexible Packaging. Contact: Ivan Cruise

P.C Packaging Limited Address:

Derrynane House, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 883 510 Fax: (045) 880 934 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging Machinery/ Services: Materials.


89 The Ashway, Brixworth, Northampton, NN6 9UZ. Telephone: (0044) 1604 881 051 Fax: (0044) 1604 881 051 Email: Web: Main Products/ Insulated/Refrigerated Services: Portable Containers Contact: Malcolm Gilbert

Omega P.C.S. Address:

7 Lime Tree Avenue, Termon Abbey, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Telephone: (01) 836 7535 Fax: (041) 984 4835 Email: Web: Main Products/ Pest Control, EFKs Services: Service and Supply. Contact: Partner: Rose Walsh Michael Walsh


Pegler & Louden Address:

White Heather Industrial Estate, 301 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. South Link Park, Ballycurreen Road, Grange, Co. Cork. Telephone: (01) 416 5170 (01) 416 5175 (021) 497 7128 Fax: (021) 491 5213 Main Products/ Industrial Valves and Services: Actuators. Contact: Sales Director: Pat Kelly Office Manager (Cork): Pat O’Brien

Pharmafoods Limited Address:

Persona Design Consultants Ltd Address:

The Packaging Centre Ltd Address:

Fox & Geese House, Naas Road, Dublin 22. Telephone: (01) 450 8759 Fax: (01) 450 7567 Email: Web: Main Products/ Glass, paper and plastic Services: packaging. Contact: Clodagh McDevitt

specialise in the creation and strategic management of brand development and packaging design. Persona Design helps their clients grow and maintain their brands through fresh creativity and strategic thinking which adds value to their products or services ensuring they sustain long term competitive advantage. Expertise: Strategic brand development, packaging design, brand auditing & appraisal consulting, brand relaunch strategy, corporate & consumer brand identity, new product development, name origination, collateral & literature systems, vehicle livery, POS, project management, print management. Established: 1993. Agency Type: Award winning graphic design consultants. Clients: Services supplied to companies both on the national and international markets (available on request). Contact: Lorraine Carter, Adv. Dip. Des. Dit., IDI, ICAD

Persona House, 21 Carrickbrack Lawn, Sutton, Dublin 13. Telephone: (01) 832 2724 087 255 2184 Fax: (01) 839 3102 Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Services: Award winning graphic design consultants who 7 4 FOOD IRELAND

Lower Waterford Road, Carrickbeg, Carrick-on-Suir Co. Tipperary. Telephone: (051) 645 066/645 084 Fax: (051) 645 033 Email: Web: Main Products/ Bilwinco Multihead Services: Weighers, Mondini Tray Sealers Vacuum and Gas, Limitech Liquid Processing Equipment, Rovema Vertical Form Fill Sealers, Cartoning, Bag In Box. Contact: Dermot Brett 086 259 0667 Don Malanowski 086 389 1567

PK Chemicals Limited







Q-Lab Ltd



Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact:


Unit 23, Sandyford Office Park, Blackthorn Avenue, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Foxrock, Dublin 18. Telephone: (01) 295 6977 Fax: (01) 295 8338 Email: Main Products/ Food Ingredients, Services: Flavours and Colours. Contact: Technical Sales Manager: Graeme Locke

PRL Group Ltd Address:

Block S, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 401 3456 Fax: (01) 401 3499 Email: Main Products/ Chilled/Ambient Services: Warehousing & Distribution. Contact: Operations Manager: Brian O’Hara

Purac UK Address:

50/54, St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B31 QS, England. Telephone: (0044) 1212 361 828 Fax: (0044) 1212 361 401 Email: Web: Main Products/ Natural Lactic Acid, Services: Lactates and Gluconates. Contact: Sales Manager: Gareth Jones

Puratos Crest Foods Limited Address:

Unit 1A, Airport Business Park, Cloghran, Swords, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 844 4600 Fax: (01) 844 4299 Email: Web: Main Products/ Ingredients for the Services: Bakery, Patisserie and Chocoate Industry. Belcolade Couverture, Belgian Chocolate, Puratos Bakery & Patisserie Products, PatisFrance Premium Patisserie Ingredients. Contact: General Manager: Sean McDaid

PO Box 27, Kerlogue Industrial Estate, Drinagh, Co. Wexford. Telephone: (053) 914 5600 Fax: (053) 914 5600 Email: Main Products/ Microbiological & Services: Chemical Analysis of Food, Water & Environmental Samples. Contact: Managing Director: Anne-Marie Kelly Financial Controller: Aidan Byrne Chem. Lab. Manager: Peter O’Byrne Micro. Lab Manager Brian Healy

QPM Ireland Address:

Unit 12, Robinhood Business Park, Robinhood Road, Dublin 22. Telephone: (01) 450 2421 Fax: (01) 450 2311 Email: Web: Main Products/ Metal Detection, Check Services: Weighing, X-Ray, Shrink Wrapping Machinery & Materials, Labelling Equipment, Tray Lidding, V.F.F.S Baggers, Flow Wrapping, Friction Feeders, Weigh Price Labelling, Hot Foil & Thermal Ribbon, Calibration Service. Contact: Director: Eddie Nevin

Quinn Packaging Ltd Address:

IDA Business Park, Green Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 437 900 Fax: (045) 437 902 Email: Web: Main Products/ Thermoform and Services: Print of Containers for the Dairy Industry. Contact: Michael Kenneally John Larkin Sales Director 7 5 FOOD IRELAND

6 Pearse Road, Co. Sligo. (071) 915 0922 (071) 915 0107 Food Safety Training and Auditing. Gerry Gilligan C.E.O. Mary Duggan Training Director Margret Roddy Administrator

Record Packaging Systems Ltd Address:

Unit 41, Stretford Motorway Estate, Manchester M32 0ZH England. Telephone: (0044) 1618 643 971 Fax: (0044) 1618 641 390 Email: Web: Main Products/ Flowrappers, Shrink Services: Wrappers, L-Sealers, Vacuum Packers, Tray Sealers, Vertical Form Fill and Seal. Contact: Operations Manager: Paul McMahon

Relay - Research For The Food Industry Address:

Moorepark Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Telephone: (025) 42 247 Fax: (025) 42 293 Email: Web: Main Products/ Communication of Services: Food Research Information. Contact: Derbhile Timon Breda Mulvihill Amanda Forde

Rentokil Pest Control Address:

Westmeath: Unit 2, Blyry Industrial Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Limerick: Ballysimon Road, Co. Limerick. Kildare:





Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: Pest Control: 1890 300 400 Fax: (045) 852 035 Email: Web: Main Products/ Suppliers of Services: Pest Control to ISO9001:2000 and OHSAS 18001:1999 Contact: Divisional Manager, Pest Control: Michael O’Mahoney





Nick Parsons Service Manager: Robert Green

Scientific & Chemical Supplies Address:

Unit 14-15, Barryscourt Business Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 488 2388 Fax: (021) 488 2389 Email: Web: Main Products/ Laboratory Supplies Services: Contact: John Molloy

Sealed Air Cryovac Address:

Repak Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

Red Cow Interchange Estate, 1 Ballymount Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. (01) 467 0190 (01) 403 0929 CEO: Andrew Hetherington Sales & Marketing Manager: Darrell Crowe


Sabert Europe Address:

Rue de l’Industrie 4, B-1400 Nivelles, Belgium. Telephone: 0032 678 88444 Fax: 0032 678 41034 Email: Web: Main Products/ Disposable Plastic Services: Packaging Contact: Patrick Taeigmans

Sartorius Mechatronics Address:

Unit 41, The Business Centre, Stadium Business Park, Ballycoolin Road, Dublin 11. Telephone: (01) 808 9050 Fax: (01) 808 9388 Email: Web: Main Products/ Industrial & Laboratory Services: Weighing Equipment Contact: Mechatronics Manager Ireland (Designate):

Unit 400, Beech Road, Western Industrial Estate, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 456 5303 Fax: (01) 450 6208 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging Solutions and Services: Equipment for all Food Markets - Meat/Fish/ Dairy/Produce/Bakery and Ready Meals. Product Offering Includes Films, Barrier Bags, Rigid Trays, Punnets and Pots.

Security Pak Address:

5 Portside Business Centre, East Wall Road, Dublin 3. Telephone: (01) 855 2377 Fax: (01) 836 5391 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging Machinery and Services: Materials, Bag Sealing, Vacuum Packing, Tray Sealing, Modified Atmosphere Packing, Shrink Packaging, Form, Fill and Seal Machines, Pallet Wrapping Machines, Paper and Film Banding Machines, Strapping Machines. Contact: Director: John Martin

Seven Refrigeration Address:

Telephone: Fax:

The Old Airfield, Town Lane, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5NF. (0044) 1449 767 777 (0044) 1449 767 779 7 6 FOOD IRELAND


enquiries@ Web: Main Products/ Portable Coldstores Services: for Hire or Purchase. Contact: Mark Smith

Seven Transcan Address:

1 Martlets Way, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, BN12 4HF. Telephone: (0044) 1903 249 000 Fax: (0044) 1903 248 740 Email: Web: Main Products/ Temperature Recorders Services: and Tracking for Refrigerated Vehicles & Coldstores. Contact: Michael Kane

SGS Ireland Limited Address:

Lakedrive 3026, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 295 0654 Fax: (01) 295 0816 Email: fiona.o’ Web: Main Products/ SGS can offer Services: certification for ISO 22000, BRC Global Food Standard Issue 4, BRC Packaging Standard (IOP), BRC Transport Standard, GMP B2 & B3, IFIS International Feed, European Code of Good Trading Practice - Coceral, Store Inspections, 2nd Party Audits and Food Safety Training e.g. bespoke HACCP, ISO 22000 (1 Day Foundation & 2 Day Internal Auditor Training Courses & Also 5 Day Lead Auditor Training) and Also BRC Training. In addition to offering certification against ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Contact: Fiona O’Brien





Shaw Scientific Ltd Address:

Greenhills Industrial Estate, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 450 4077 Fax: (01) 450 4328 Email: Web: Main Products/ Laboratory Equipment Services: Distributor. Contact : Managing Director: Derry Shaw General Manager: Seamus Amond

Sidaplax - Plastic Suppliers Inc. Address:

7 Harrowden Road, Brackmills, Northampton NN4 7EB, England. Telephone: (0044) 1604 766 699 Fax: (0044) 1604 766 768 Email: Web: Main Products/ Converter/Distributor Services: of Plastic Films & Biopolymers. Contact: General Manager: Colin Barnard

Siegling Ireland Ltd

Smurfit Kappa Ireland Address:

Ballymount Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 409 0000 Fax: (01) 456 4509 Email: Web: Main Products/ A ‘One Stop Shop’ for all Services: Packaging and Point of Purchase Display Requirements with Fourteen Plants Located Throughout Ireland. Specialists in Shelf-Ready Packaging Contact: Marketing Manager: Daragh Wall

Sustainable Energy Ireland Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (01) 836 9080 (01) 837 2848 Chief Executive Officer: David Taylor Head, Industry: Brian Motherway

SNA Associates Address:

Unit 2, West Stockwith Business Park, Misterton, Doncaster. Telephone: (0044) 1924 248 686 Fax: (0044) 1924 248 687 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supply of Food Processing Services: Machinery Contact: Managing Director: S.N. Abraham


Unit 72, Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. Siegling (UK) Ltd. Head Office, Unit 4, Fifth Avenue, Tameside Park, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4PP. Telephone: (01) 626 7510 (01) 626 7519 (0044) 845 330 7110 (0044) 1613 313 419 (David Giles) Fax: (01) 626 5206 (0044) 845 330 7112 Email: Web: Main Products/ Worldwide Leading Services: Manufacturer of Conveyor and Processing Belt Systems for the Food Industry. Contact: David Giles

Main Products/ Refrigeration Engineering Services: Including Design, Manufacture, Installation, Commissioning, Service & Maintenance of Industrial Refrigeration Systems.

Southern Tapes & Packaging Address:

Unit 17/18, City Link Park, Forge Hill, Kinsale Road, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 431 1842 Fax: (021) 431 1869 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging Machinery Services: Stretch Wrapper & Carton Sealers. PreStretch Films, Printed Tapes & Self Adhesive Labels Contact: Peter Synnott

Star Refrigeration Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

Thornliebank Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G46 8JW. (0044) 0141 638 7916 (0044) 0141 638 8111 7 7 FOOD IRELAND


Tate & Lyle Address:

Thames Refinery, Factory Road, Silvertown, London E16 2EW, UK. Telephone: (01) 429 8442 Mobile: (0044) 7768 326 942 Fax: (01) 450 7190 Email: Web: Main Products/ Sugar and Sweeteners, Services: Sauces and Toppings, Manufacturers/ Processors, Business/ Professional Service Providers, Primary Producers, UK Office and Overseas Manufacturer. Contact: Business Development Manager: William Caldwell

Teagasc Food Research Address:

Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork Telephone: (025) 42 222 Fax: (025) 42 340 Email: Web: Main Products/ R&D on Dairy Products, Services: Functional Foods and Food Ingredients. Pilot Processing Plant Facilities, Analytical Services. Contact: Centre Director: Liam Donnelly





Manager, Moorepark Technology Ltd: Sean Tuohy





Main Products/ Stainless Steel Equipment Services: Manufacturers Contact: General Manager: Anne Ferris-Jones

Teagasc Food Research Address: Telephone: Fax: Email:

Ashtown, Dublin 15. (01) 805 9500 (01) 805 9550 Web: Main Products/ Training, Consultancy, Services: Innovation and New Product Development, Research, Food Safety HACCP, Quality, Hygiene, Specialist Testing and Analysis. Contact: Declan Troy Head of Centre Pat Daly Head of Food Training and Technical Services.

Techno-Path Address:

Rosse Centre, Holland Road, National Technology Park, Plassey, Co. Limerick. Telephone: (061) 335 844 Fax: (061) 203 034 Email: Web: Main Products/ Biotrace Rapid Services: Hygiene Monitoring Systems, Tecra Pathogen Testing Kits, IDEXX Colilert Coliform & EColi Test Kits for Water, 3M Petrifilm Microbiology Plates, IDEXX Antibiotic Residue Detection. Contact: Managing Director: Dave Sullivan Technical Sales Representative: Paul Coyne

Teknomek Industries Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

Brunel Way, Sweetbriar Industrial Estate, Norwich, Norfolk, England NR3 2BD. 0044 1603 788 833 0044 1603 418 380


Commercial Sales Manager: John Staunton

Topaz Energy Limited Tetra Pak Ireland Ltd Address:

Arkle Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Telephone: (01) 296 7500 Fax: (01) 294 2396 Web: Main Products/ Cartons, Packing. Services: We supply complete processing and packaging solutions.

Thermo King Europe Address:

Monivea Road, Mervue, Co. Galway. Telephone: (091) 751 231 Fax: (091) 751 911 Email: Web: Main Products/ Thermo King produce Services: a range of self powered and direct drive refrigeration units from the smallest delivery vans up to and Including maxilength trailers. These are available for the transport of goods at deep frozen, chilled and fresh temperatures, unrivalled product offering and a unique worldwide dealer network with 24 Hour service cover. Contact: Bram Robichez


Topaz House, Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4. Telephone: (01) 202 8888 Fax: (01) 283 8318 Mobile: 086 172 6877 Head Office: (01) 202 8823 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Grade Lubricants Services: Shell Cassida, Shell Ondina. Food Grade Lubricants - An Outstanding Range of Fully Synthetic Lubricants for Virtually Every Application Within the Food Industry. Contact Technical Manager: Jack Condon

Toyota Industrial Equipment Address: Telephone: Fax: Web: Main Products/ Services:


Killeen Road, Dublin 12. (01) 419 0200 (01) 419 0325 Toyota Forklifts and Warehouse Equipment. Diesel/LPG and Electric Forklifts, Powerpallet Trucks, Stackers etc. Managing Director: Terry O’Reilly

Transtock Warehousing & Cold Storage Ltd Address:

Thorntons Recycling Ltd Address:

Unit S3B Henry Road, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12. Tel: (01) 623 5133 Fax: (01) 623 5131 Email: Web: Main Products/ Thorntons Recycling offer Services: industry specific waste and recycling solutions in compliance with Government legislation. Out offer is based on delivering efficient and economic services and exceeding our customers’ expectations. 7 8 FOOD IRELAND

Christendom, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford. Tel: (051) 832 411 Fax: (051) 832 666 Email: Web: Main Products/ Warehousing and Frozen Services: and Chilled Cold Storage, Logistics. Contact: Managing Director: Colm Browne

Treatment Systems Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email:

Canice’s Court, Dean Street, Co. Kilkenny. (056) 776 3932 (056) 776 3933

Web: Main Products/ Water & Waste Services: Water Design and Engineering. Contact: Seamus Crickley Henk van der Puil Tim Vierhout




Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Contact:


UCD (Agri-Food)


(021) 451 0588 (021) 435 1100 Steam Control Valves/ Valve Re-Conditioning Managing Director: Donal Grogan Technical Director: Tony O’Driscoll


Agri-Food, Human Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine & Environmental Sciences, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. Undergraduate UCD Agricultural Science Programmes: and Veterinary Medicine Programme Office UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre Tel: (01) 716 7194 Email: Web: Postgraduate UCD School of Programmes: Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre Tel: (01) 716 6100 Email: Web: School of Biology & Environmental Sciences: UCD Science Education and Research Centre (West) Tel: (01) 01 716 2243 Email: Web: Services: Education/Training, Research & Development.

Unifood Ltd Address:

Unifood, c/o Shamrock Foods Ltd, Merrywell Industrial Estate, Ballymount, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 405 1500 Fax: (01) 460 1366 Email: Main Products/ Food Service, Services: and Ingredient Sales. Contact: Gavin King

Versatile Packaging Ltd Address:

Silverstream Business Park, Silverstream, Tyholland, Co. Monaghan. Telephone: (047) 85 177 Fax: (047) 85 199 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food Packaging Materials Services: and Equipment - Tray Sealers, CPET, Barrier, Antifog Films, Aluminium Trays, Stand Up Pouches, Vacuum Pouches, Pouch Filling & Sealing Equipment. Contact: Director: Richard Mulligan Director: Michael O’Reilly


Waveform Solutions Address:

Unit 1B, 11 Canal Bank, Hume Avenue, Parkwest Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 620 9744 Fax: (01) 620 9722 Email: Web: Main Products/ Mobile Solutions, Services: Warehouse Management, RFID Solutions, Food Tracking, Field Force Automation, Mobile Van Sales Solutions. Contact: Managing Director: Alan Carroll

Weber Labelling & Coding Address:


Valve Services Ltd Address:

Euro Business Park, Little Island, Co. Cork.

Tel: Fax: Email: Web:

Kilcannon Industrial Estate, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. (053) 923 3778 (053) 923 3284 7 9 FOOD IRELAND

Main Products/ Print & Apply Labelling Services: Systems, Desktop Printers, Laser Coders. Manufacturers of Blank & Pre Printed Labels.

Weigh-Tech Limited Address:

9 Naas Road Business Park, Muirfield Drive, Naas Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 460 8850 Fax: (01) 460 8851 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supply and Services: Service of Industrial Weighing and Labelling Systems, Factory Management Software, Data Collection & Traceability Solutions, Calibration Service. Contact: Simon Kingman

Whiriskey Refrigeration Ltd. Address:

Cregboy, Claregalway, Co. Galway. Telephone: (091) 798 154 Fax: (091) 798 141 Email: Web: Main Products/ Commercial Services: and Industrial Refrigeration. Cold Rooms and Freezer Rooms, Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning, Bar Equipment. Contact: Managing Director: Clement Whiriskey

D.D. Williamson (Ireland) Ltd Address:

Little Island Industrial Estate, Little Island, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 435 3821 Fax: (021) 435 4328 Email: Web: Main Products/ Caramel Colours, Services: Liquid and Powders. Contact: Export Sales Manager: David Barrett









Wilson’s Country Ltd



25 Carn Road, Carn Industrial Estate, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT63 5WG. Telephone: (0044) 2838 391 029 Fax: (0044) 2838 391 042 Email: john.weathercup@ Web: Main Products/ Potato Pre-Packers, Services: Potato Processors and Processors of Fresh Cut Fruit. Contact: Managing Director: Lewis Cunningham Sales Manager NI: Ruth Pollock Sales Manager: John Weathercup Sales Manager ROI: Eamonn Long

WrenTech Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

WrenTech House, Crosshaven Hill, Crosshaven, Co. Cork. (021) 483 2644 (021) 483 1363 Administrator: Siobhan Murray


Zetes Blackbird Address:

Y Telephone:

Yeast Products Company Address:

Bellevue Industrial Estate, Tolka Valley Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. Telephone: (01) 834 7133 Fax: (01) 834 5830 Email: Web: Main Products/ Yeast Production. Services:



Managing Director: Patrick Smyth Sales Account Manager: Theresa Gillen

Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services:


The National Technology Park, Plassey, Co. Limerick. (061) 333 188 (01) 822 5123 (061) 833 133 Scanning Traceability, In-Store Data Capture Product/Price Check etc. Route Accounting Systems. Sales Manager: Barry Long