Food Ireland Yearbook & Directory 2008

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Univar - The Key Ingredient European Solutions Delivered Locally YEARBOOK AND DIRECTORY 2008/2009

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The Food Island. Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board operates across Europe and around the world. We promote programmes that enhance contact between local buyers in various markets and Irish companies, fostering awareness of quality food, drink and horticultural products from Ireland. Our connection to buyers is a vital part of our work, and we make it our focus to achieve more meaningful and beneficial contact for buyers and sellers alike.

Irish Food Board are also in Dublin, Amsterdam, New York, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris and Shanghai. or

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.

MINISTER’S FOREWORD Ireland’s international reputation as ‘the Food Island’ demonstrates the range and diversity of foodstuffs produced and their central importance to the economy . . 3 NEWS 2008 Healthy Foods European Summit; New Inkjet Coding System from ALS Labelling; Bench-Mounted Top-Sealers from Versatile Packaging; Potato Mashing Machine from FME; Cold Storage on the Move; FSAI Advises on Food Labelling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 EXPORT PERFORMANCE Irish food and drink exports are capitalising on strong global markets, reaching €8.62 billion in 2007, according to figures from Bord Bia . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 COVER STORY Univar Food Ingredients: the new guiding light in natural and synthetic food ingredient distribution. . . . . . . . . . . 12 ENTERPRISE IRELAND Dick Lenehan, Head of Food at Enterprise Ireland, on the organisation’s role in the development of the Irish food and drinks industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SEAFOOD Sales of Irish seafood continue to grow, and were worth over €800m in 2007. . . . . 18 RESEARCH Investment in food research is vital to the growth of the Irish food and drinks industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

ENERGY Sustainable Energy Ireland is working with industry to embrace a sustainable approach to energy usage . . . . . . . . 45

TEAGASC Teagasc is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of An Foras Talúntais. . . 22 BAR CODING Denis Coleman, Manager, Business Development, GS1 Ireland, on the advent of the new GS1 DataBar, a new range of Point of Sale bar codes . . . 24

FOOD CERTIFICATION IFQC Global Certification - Enhancing Trust and Product Value; IFQC Smart Solutions - Enhancing Competence . . 49

PACKAGING Colm Munnelly, Packaging Technology Adviser, Repak, on the changes afoot in food and drink packaging . . . . . . . . 29 MICROBIAL FOOD SAFETY Dr Geraldine Duffy, Head of Food Safety at Ashtown Food Research Centre, Teagasc, writes on managing microorganisms in the food chain . . . . . . . . 32 MATERIALS HANDLING Using ABB’s Flexipicker robots can improve productivity and product consistency on the production line, while Toyota Ireland has announced its appointment as exclusive distributor in Ireland for BT warehouse equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 SUPPLY CHAIIN MANAGEMENT Edward Sweeney, National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), argues that supply chain agility in the food and drink industry is the key to further enhancing shareholder value. . . . . . 38



LEAN PRODUCTION THEORY Adopting a lean approach to the production plant could lead to significant cost savings and improved efficiency, according to Matcon Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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WASTE MANAGEMENT When it comes to packaging, prevention is the best method of minimisation and waste management solutions, according to Repak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 IRISH DAIRY BOARD The Irish Dairy Board turnover topped €2 Billion in 2007 despite extraordinary volatility in the global dairy market . . 53 FOOD LAW The substantial revamp of EU regulations governing food and nutrition labelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 LABELLING SYSTEMS Logopak is marking its quarter century with a range of print & apply innovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Managing Director: Fergus Farrell Editorial and Marketing Director: Kathleen Belton Editorial: John Walshe Advertising Executive: Rory O’Connor Design and Origination by: Rooney Media Graphics, 2(B) Ormond Lane, Ormond Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Printed by: Graham and Heslip

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Are you in control of your packaging? The Packaging Prevention Programme is an initiative of Repak and the National Waste Prevention Programme led by the Environmental Protection Agency and supported by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The programme works with Irish business to optimise the amount of packaging used in the Irish market. Current projects include: • An advisory service to Repak members and packaging supply chain players on packaging optimisation, minimisation and available technology • Packaging Optimisation training programme commencing June 2008 • Commissioning of Packaging Studies • Consumer Research • Developing Sectoral Packaging Agreements • Sponsorship of Packaging Prevention Awards • ‘Best Practice’ web-sites, and • Publicity and concept promotion including regional information seminars Information on the programme, and its initiatives can be obtained by contacting Colm Munnelly, Repak’s Packaging Technology Advisor, at 01 461 9237 or by e-mail:

Supported by Repak and the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme.






Innovation is Crucial to the Food Industry’s Future Success


am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the 2008 Food Ireland Yearbook and Directory, an essential reference for everyone associated with food and drink processing and marketing in Ireland. Last year was an exceptionally good year. Food and drink exports grew by an impressive 5% to €8.6 billion. That this was achieved in conditions of a weakening US dollar and Sterling and rising costs of energy and materials says much about the industry’s resilience and capability. At sector level, a 13% increase in dairy exports underpinned growth of €400m in exports to Asia.

IRELAND: THE FOOD ISLAND Ireland is the fourth largest food exporter in the EU. Our international reputation as ‘the Food Island’ demonstrates the range and diversity of foodstuffs produced and their central importance to the economy. The food and drinks processing sector accounts for over €20 billion or 8% of GDP, is Ireland’s largest indigenous employer and has a broader regional base than any other. Over 700 companies embed wealth in the economy through the billions of euro of local raw materials purchased and links with the grocery trade, distribution and earnings from export markets. Recent research indicates that the sector accounts for twothirds of our net foreign earnings.

INNOVATION Innovation is crucial for the continued development of the food industry, which faces both the challenges of evolving market trends and changing consumer behaviour, as well as highly competitive trading conditions and energy and climate issues. The agri-food sector is identified as “crucially important to Ireland’s future development” in the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation. Publicly funded research into innovative foods, food quality and food safety technologies is now enhanced by initiatives in Food for Health and Marine Functional Foods.

Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Companies are investing in innovation, directly and in research partnerships, and industry chairs the Food Research Group set up under my Department’s Agri-Vision 2015 Action Plan. At Government level, we have also enhanced supports for environmentally friendly farming and animal welfare, to complement the huge investment by all in quality food. I am confident that with continued commitment from all sectors, the Irish food industry will continue to go from strength to strength. Brendan Smith TD. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.




2008 HEALTHY FOODS EUROPEAN SUMMIT The 5th annual Healthy Foods European Summit will be held in central London at the Royal Horseguards Hotel on the 6 -7 October, 2008. Following the massive success of previous events, the conference will draw high levels of interest from international food & beverage, government, regulatory affairs, scientific development, corporate management and marketing communities. Last year at the Summit, Dr David Hughes stirred controversy by stating that GM crops would have growing consumer acceptance and influence on the food industry in Europe over the next decade. This year’s

Summit will feature two Davosstyle debates addressing similar issues fundamental to the food and beverage industry. The first, entitled ‘Healthy Foods - Healthy Planet, the future of food production’ will form the core of the huge debate currently surrounding commercial viability versus healthy demand; the global food shortage and impact on the development of healthy foods; fair trade, eco-friendly choices, food miles and carbon footprint. Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association, will lead the panel, which also includes Dr Klaus Welsch of BASF and Helen Browning of the Soil Association

On the second day ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ will address how industrial food processes can create truly unhealthy foods and how the industry can adapt to rising scientific concerns and growing consumer resistance towards mass production of food. The most senior academics and industry researchers will give their advice. Peter Wennstrom of Health Focus International will lead a panel of distinguished figures, including Dr Gert W Meijer of theUnilever Food & Health Institute and Dr Stig Bengmark of Lunds Universitet & University College London.

In addition to the debates, there will be ground-breaking insights and new information in the areas of: • Getting the message across within food law restrictions • Sustainable packaging • Supply chain management • Market opportunities and geographic trends • Marketing, branding & consumer insights • Hot new trends and innovations in beauty foods, kids nutrition, diet, health & wellbeing and more. For more information, see

DIGITAL COLOUR MATCHING FROM LABEL ART LA Digital, part of The Label Art Group of companies and the first company in Ireland to install a digital label press, has now developed Colour Matching for digitally printed labels. The specialised system links a spectrophotometer to custom software to produce accurate colour matches across the full spectrum of colours. Corporate colour schemes, special colours for cosmetic

products and colour matched labels for paint can now be achieved with this new system All label materials, from paper to PE, PP, and clear materials, can be printed with the Colour Match System For further information on digital colour matching print please contact Label Art on Ph. 01 4513555 or e-mail:

FSAI ADVISES ON FOOD LABELLING The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published a new guidance leaflet for the food industry to provide clarity on the legal requirements for the labelling of food. It will be of particular interest to food manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. The guidance leaflet is available in English, as well as nine other languages including Arabic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian and Urdu, reflecting the multicultural nature of the Irish food industry today. This is the first time that an FSAI guidance leaflet has been made available in so many different languages. The leaflet is available on the FSAI website ( or from

the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Advice Line on 1890 336677. According to Jeffrey Moon, Chief Specialist, Environmental Health, FSAI, the aim of food labelling is to provide consumers with key information on the properties, ingredients, nature and characteristics of pre-packaged food to enable them to make informed food purchasing decisions. “Food businesses should provide sufficient information, accurately and clearly, to enable consumers to select products according to their needs; to store and prepare them appropriately and to consume them safely,” he said. “Labels must be clear, accurate and unambiguous. They must not make misleading or false claims.

In addition, food labels in Ireland must be in English. A second language, including Irish, may be used, but English must always be used.” The following mandatory information must appear on the packaging or label of pre-packaged foodstuffs: • Name under which the product is sold • List of ingredients and declaration of allergens • Quantity of certain ingredients • Net quantity • Date of minimum durability • Any special storage instructions of conditions of use • Name or business name and address of the manufacturer


Jeffrey Moon, FSAI

or packager, or of a seller in the European Union • Place of origin of the foodstuff if its absence might mislead the consumer • Instructions for use where necessary • Beverages with more than 1.2% alcohol by volume must declare their actual alcoholic strength.



BENCH-MOUNTED TOP-SEALERS FROM VERSATILE PACKAGING Versatile Packaging Limited are introducing their range of Bench-Mounted Top-Sealers, which are now available with profile-cutting so that the film neatly profiles the tray shape. These top-sealers are available in two standard models: BLJ50 - Max Tray size 190 x 290, 1/4 Gastronorm; and BLJ110, Max Tray size 265 x 325, 1/2 Gastronorm. These machines are built to withstand heavy work load environments, with Teflon-coated heating surface and a leverage mechanism to ensure even sealing. These machines allow you to seal any custom tray, use any current sealing film, seal Aluminium Smoothwall Trays, and choose profile cutting options.

For more information, please contact Versatile at 047 85177 or email

NEW INKJET CODING SYSTEM FROM ALS LABELLING ALS Labelling Solutions have launched an exciting new inkjet coding system, complementing their current range of label applicators, print & apply systems, label printers, barcode scanners, vision systems and consumables, such as labels & ribbons. The Wolke M600 features the pioneering unique HP cartridge system, which contains both the environmentally friendly water-based ink and print head, to ensure a maintenance and trouble-free operation. This also ensures a consistently high quality and

easily readable code. Equally important, using cartridges prevents ink spillages both during operation and changeovers to maintain a clean working environment. This system has proven to be highly efficient, as its running costs are virtually zero, and in the right application, it gives high quality with comparatively no speed restriction and allows sequential numbering and 2D barcoding. For further information, contact ALS Labelling Solutions Ltd on (01) 8242643, email or see


A wide range of portable insulated containers is manufactured by the European market leaders, Olivo Cold Logistics. Carefully developed and refined over 50 years, the containers provide a safe and effective method of handling frozen or chilled products through an ambient distribution system. Products can be left at retail premises “out of hours”, safe in the knowledge that the temperature will be maintained over a long period. The Olivo system provides logistics companies with true multi-temperature capabilities. Containers are available from 50 to 1,400 litres capacity (chest and roll models), with refrigeration options ranging from Olivo’s own manufactured Eutectic System to Cryogenics (manufactured dry ice) and, increas-

ingly nowadays, the Siber System of injected of liquid CO2 to special tanks inside the container, which guarantees temperatures being held for 24 hours or longer. All necessary technical, hygiene and APT certification is available. For more information, contact Olivo UK Ltd on Tel: (0044) 1604 881 051 or email:

POTATO MASHING MACHINE FROM FME Filling Machines and Equipment have just launched a new Potato Mashing Machine with speeds in excess of 35kilos a minute. The new Potato Mashing Machine features 30 to 35 kg per minute through-put, a variable speed drive, all stainless steel construction and easy strip (no tools required). The new machine joins the extensive range of Irish engineered advanced filling/packaging machinery from the company, who have been specialists in the field of filling/depositing, screw capping, heat sealing and lidding equipment for over 28 years. The company also have a fully equipped engineering workshop, complete with CNC turning and milling, and regu-


larly carry out machining and stainless steel fabricating work at very competitive prices with quick turnaround. They also have a delivery and collection service available for customers. For further information, please contact their sales team Brian McNally or Michelle Foster at Filling Machines and Equipment. Tel: 01 4565311/27/47 or email:




rish food and drink exports maintained their strong upward growth path in 2007, adding a further €414m in sales, reaching €8.62 billion, according to Bord Bia’s Export Performance & Prospects 2007/2008 report. The increase, representing 5% on the record levels of 2006, is all the more impressive when viewed against a significant strengthening of the euro against the US Dollar and Sterling, rising ingredient costs and ongoing pressure on operating costs. “The Food and Drink sector’s solid export performance has been underpinned by the upward pressure on global food prices that emerged during 2007, and that is set to remain a feature of the international marketplace in 2008 and beyond,” noted Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia. “The high export orientation of the sector, accounting for 10% of the country’s merchandise exports, means it is well positioned to exploit these global trends and maintain its contribution to Ireland’s economic performance.” Agri-food represents Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, contributing 8% to the country’s Gross Value Added and a corresponding share of its employment. Total output of the sector amounts to more than €20 billion, with a low import content magnifying its contribution to net foreign earnings. In 2007, some 55% of the sector’s exports, in equal proportion, were accounted for by meat and dairy products, with a further 21% and 17% respectively comprised of prepared foods and beverages.

Pictured at the presentation of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects Report 2007/2008 were 8-year-old Marlene Cortez and Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia.

DAIRY SECTOR DRIVES GROWTH The principal sectoral driver of growth last year was the dairy industry, whose 13% increase in exports amounted to more than €270m or 65% of the total rise in food and drink exports. The market region experiencing the highest growth in turn was Asia, which accounted for as much as one-third of the increase in total exports, already reaching the government target set for the region in its Asian strategy for 2009, of €400m. The exceptional performance by the dairy industry, with exports reaching €2.36 billion, benefited from a significant strengthening in global prices for dairy commodities and ingredients. The global market was boosted by lower output, due to drought and flooding in some key producing regions and the fact that global 6 FOOD IRELAND

demand continues to grow at a faster rate than supply, particularly in Asia and the oil producing regions. This is reflected in the fact that approximately 50% of the growth in Irish dairy exports in 2007 came from Asian markets. Beverages represented the other sector to benefit directly from the strength in Asian demand. Alcohol exports to the region more than doubled during 2007, fuelled by strong growth for cream liqueurs, whiskey and stout in China and a recovery in the import demand for whiskey in Japan. In total, exports of beverages reached €1.45 billion, an increase of 5% on the previous year. An encouraging feature in the performance of the prepared foods sector, with export sales up 6% to €1.815 billion, is the growing penetration of Continental markets, particularly


Northern European markets. Growth in the sector was strongest in the pizza, chocolate confectionery and frozen bakery categories, supported by an increasing focus on innovation and premiumisation. Weakness in European markets resulted in Irish meat exports easing back, falling by 3% to €2.38 billion in 2007. Beef, which makes up the largest component of meat exports, fell by 2% in value, despite a small volume increase, including the sixth successive year of sustained growth to Continental EU markets. Over 98% of exports are now destined for European markets and with EU male cattle prices falling by 5% and Sterling weakening towards the end of the year, market returns came under growing pressure. However, a further increase in Europe’s beef deficit in 2008, together with the recent restrictions announced by the EU Commission in relation to the import of Brazilian beef into the EU, will have a significant impact on the market and have a positive effect on Irish market returns as the year progresses. Since the emergence of an EU deficit at the beginning of the decade, the anticipated market buoyancy has failed to materialise, as low-priced beef from Brazil, already excluded from other high-priced markets, including the US and Japan, targeted the EU with increased exports. The principal destinations for Brazilian imports are the UK, the Netherlands, and Italy, which also represent Ireland’s largest markets for prime beef.

PROSPECTS FOR 2008 The prospects for Irish food and drink exports overall in 2008 are also positive with global markets set to remain strong. “The dominant factor underlying the recent rise in prices would appear to be a supply shortfall induced by poor harvests and drought conditions”, according to Aidan Cotter. “Nevertheless, it is clear that increasing Asian demand, the use of land for biofuels and climate change are poised to play a growing role in food markets. In particular, the changing market environment is set to further enhance the competitive advantage of Ireland’s grass-based dairy and meat sectors.

Bloom, the second national garden event with stunning gardens, a unique food market, thousands of plants and flowers and a number of interactive show features, took place again in the Phoenix Park this year.

“The dairy sector’s main challenge now is to consolidate the gains made during 2007 in the context of an easing in prices, although a prospective increase in quotas will support volumes during 2008,” he continued. “The prospect of further, needed price increases in the early part of the year should support growth in the prepared foods sector, while beverage exports will continue to benefit from growing demand in developing regions.” However, Bord Bia notes that an increasingly fragile balance between demand and supply brings the potential for significant volatility in commodity markets. This has already been evident in the pattern of dairy commodity prices, which began to ease significantly in the latter part of 2007, following their steep rise in the earlier part of the year. Also, the Irish food and drink industry, with many processors now facing rising ingredient costs in addition to other operating cost increases, continues to face significant competitive challenges in the hugely important UK market, as revealed in a recent Bord Bia survey. In the survey, 76% of respondents stated that difficulty in securing a price increase was having a very high or high impact on their business. A further 71% said that increasing retailer power was having a very high or high impact on their sales, up from 62% a year earlier. Finally, 75% of companies felt that intensity of com7 FOOD IRELAND

petition was having a very high or high impact on their sales compared with 56% in 2006.

CONSUMER TRENDS Throughout 2007, Irish food and drink companies have responded to challenges and innovated in many ways by introducing new products or making incremental changes to their existing products, services or processes on a regular basis; by moving into new markets; adopting new technologies or changing their business models. The Bord Bia Consumer Lifestyles Programme was launched in 2006 to provide an ongoing source of insight around consumer trends. Six global trends have been identified through an understanding of the macro forces shaping the lives of consumers around the world, such as social, technological, economic, environmental and political factors, as well as on the ground consumer and brand behaviour. These trends remain resonant today; however, some themes within each trend are becoming stronger and more widespread in consumer behaviour, or are morphing to present new angles and opportunities. In addition, Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards, held in November 2007, recognised the efforts being made by Irish food and drinks manufacturers. As a testament to the level of innovation occurring in Ireland, over 200 entries from large


and small companies were considered for six awards based on these trends. The scope to drive productivity in the food and drink sector differs somewhat from other sectors. While there is scope for ongoing product innovation at the consumer end, the market is highly competitive, and capturing extra value is a challenge. At the producer end, higher quality in terms of traceability, product differentiation, animal welfare and environmental programmes are being pursued.

INTERNATIONAL TRENDS A feature of the global economy in 2007 has been the rise in food commodity prices, albeit with a certain amount of volatility. The rise in prices has been driven by growing demand in large emerging economies, reflecting increased income levels, falling international food stocks and policies favouring biofuel production in developed countries. As a result, demand is rising faster than supply for some key products, most notably dairy. The IMF expects commodity food prices to fall slightly in 2008. It expects the price of cereals and vegetable oils to ease in 2008, while meat prices grow modestly, principally in relation to pork and beef.

ASIA: THE NEW MARKET A rise of almost 50% in exports to Asia saw the value of trade to the region reach €400 million. This leaves exports 80% ahead of 2002 levels. As a result, the 2009 target for food and drink exports to the region has been met two years ahead of schedule. The growth in trade reflects the rise in the value of dairy and beverage exports to the region and a marked diversification by the industry to a wider range of Asian countries.

The anticipated continued strength in commodity prices will benefit some producers and processors. However, it will increase costs for producers that are more reliant on animal feed inputs. It will also result in higher ingredient costs for value added processors, including baby food manufacturers, confectioners and brewers/distillers. The net impact of higher commodity prices will depend on the capacity to pass price increases on.

2007 EXPORT PERFORMANCES BY SECTOR Beverage exports put in another solid performance in 2007, driven by growth in liqueurs, whiskey and beer exports. The value of exports recorded growth of over 5% to an estimated €1.45 billion. In terms of non-alcoholic beverages exports, rising raw material costs affected fruit juices while mineral water exports slowed.


Meat and livestock exports are estimated at almost €2.38 billion in 2007. This represents a decline of 3% on 2006 levels. The value of Irish beef exports fell by 2% to an estimated €1,570m in 2007. It is estimated that over 98% of exports in value terms were destined for EU markets. Higher than anticipated disposals combined with a rise in carcase weights boosted availability to 523,000 tonnes. However, a sluggish EU beef market put pressure on Irish cattle prices, which recorded a fall of over 2%. Shipments to Continental EU markets recorded their sixth successive year of growth, while trade to the UK also increased strongly. A difficult market environment for pigmeat, combined with a modest fall in pig supplies, resulted in the value of Irish pigmeat exports falling by 5% in 2007 to an estimated € 212m. Pig prices were over 5% lower at €1.33/kg. Poultry exports jumped 5%, helped by a 7% rise in broiler output, combined with higher prices, boosting the value of Irish poultrymeat exports. Total shipments are estimated to have reached €253m in 2007, which represents a rise of 5% on 2006 levels.

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ingredient costs and the strength of the euro. Edible horticulture and cereal exports increased by an estimated 18% in 2007 to € 259m reflecting improved market returns for Irish mushrooms and a strong export market for Irish cereals. Retail sales data from the UK shows a turnaround in the mushroom market, with increased frequency of purchase, combined with higher prices, boosting the value of the market. The poorer summer weather stimulated demand for mushrooms and this, combined with lower supplies from other European suppliers, helped boost the market. However, rising production costs continue to be an issue for the sector.

The volume of sheepmeat exports is estimated to have fallen by 9% to around 49,000 tonnes cwe. Lamb prices showed some modest improvement during the year, rising by 2% to €3.53/kg. As a result, the value of sheepmeat exports in 2007 was 8% lower, at an estimated €174m. The value of Irish livestock exports fell by 30% in 2007 to an estimated €170m. This was largely due to lower live cattle exports, which more than offset an increase in pig exports to Northern Ireland, while live shipments of sheep also declined. Dairy put in an excellent market performance in 2007, with exports growing by an estimated 13% to reach € 2.36 billion. Trade was boosted by a significant strengthening in global prices for dairy commodities and ingredients. All major product categories showed higher export values, which more than offset the absence of export refunds in the second half of the year. Prepared food export performance remained strong, showing a growth of 6% in exports at €1.815 billion. Positive trends continue to be most evident in the pizza, luxury chocolate confectionery and frozen bakery sectors. Export values were boosted by the ongoing product innovation and market diversification evident within the Irish industry. This helped offset significant competitive challenges in the form of other European suppliers, rising

BORD BIA’S INITIATIVES FOR 2008 INCLUDE: The Marketplace Roadshow follows on from the corresponding event held in Dublin in May 2007 and is aimed to assist Irish companies develop their strategies in relation to key markets, starting with the Netherlands and Belgium. Bloom, the second national garden event with stunning gardens, a unique food market, thousands of plants and flowers and a number of interactive show features, took place again in the Phoenix Park from the May 29- June 2, 2008. Bord Bia Vantage, the centre of excellence for small businesses designed to deliver pragmatic, meaningful and relevant assistance for market growth, was launched in November 2007 and will continue to be rolled out in the year ahead. The European Meat Forum will aim to raise the profile of Ireland as a source of premium meats, leveraging our close relationship with leading chefs and food writers. The event is targeted at over 100 key buyers and will communicate the image and capability of Ireland to produce premium and niche products of a world class standard. The Brand Forum will continue to develop the branded route to market for Irish companies. The forum, which also delivers a range of services to brand owners, meets four times a year in Dublin, combined with two regional meetings, and features addresses from world class speakers. Market Knowledge will include initiatives in a range of areas including ‘Continental PERIscope’ (tracking the attitudes of Continental EU consumers); a Needs State Segmentation study; a new focus on sustainability and what it means for Irish food and drink companies, and the roll out of a ‘Weekly Food Alert’ to companies. Foresight4FOOD is an initiative to encourage Irish companies to market test new product concepts and improve their prospects of success, once launched in the marketplace. The Food Dudes programme will be extended further in 2008. The programme aims to reach 3,500 schools and 445,000 children over a five year period. Feile Bia, a programme to promote quality assured meat and eggs from farm to fork in the foodservice sector, will be restructured and re-branded in 2008. The first major International Conference and Show of pedigree beef cattle in Ireland, Beef Expo Ireland, will be held in Kilkenny in October 2008. The event will be co-ordinated by Bord Bia. Bord Bia will also be conducting marketing and promotion campaigns in all of key export markets, participating in key major international food and drink exhibitions, and working with individual Irish food and drink exporting companies to build on their success in overseas markets in 2008.



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nivar is best known food customers, and are on as a world-leader in course to attain an ISO 22000 chemical distribution, Food Safety Management serving customers Systems Standard. from industries that range from “We designed the site pharmaceutical through to coataround the needs of food and ings and chemicals manufacturpharmaceutical customers,” ing. The food industry, however, explains Thomas. “This stands has been a significant focus area to reason, as there has been for the company in recent times. colossal inward investment in In Ireland, manufacturers may this business.” previously have known the company as Fiske Food Ingredients, UNIVAR FOOD which Univar acquired back in INGREDIENTS 1996. “Univar Food Ingredients repNeil Blackburn, Univar’s resents a significant portion of European Food Supplier the business in Ireland,” conManager, explains: “We were tinues Frank McLaughlin, determined to build further on Marketing Manager. “Our our already highly successful food food business is the sector ingredients business, in line with where strategic growth is tarour European food industry geted over the coming years.” The management and staff at Univar’s headquarters in Rathcoole, focused approach. The Fiske Dave O'Connell, who Co. Dublin. brand did not display a sufficient alongside Fintan McConnell, link to the parent company Univar products are received, stored, and fronts the Food Ingredient Team, and its extensive network and skill set then distributed around the country. maintains that the key drivers of food across Europe. Last year, the decision Univar Ireland have implemented a manufacturing interest in 2008 include was taken across Europe to rebrand to HACCP system, specifically for their clean label, fortification and health. Univar Food Ingredients.” As part of the rebranding, Univar Food Ingredients was launched at the Food Ingredients Europe event in London at the end of 2007.

SETTING THE STANDARD FOR EUROPE The new site at Greenogue, Rathcoole Co. Dublin sets the standard. This outlet has become a blueprint for Univar facilities across Europe. Thomas Butler, Operations Manager at Univar Ireland, gave FOOD IRELAND a tour of the company’s dedicated food ingredient storage facility in Rathcoole. Thomas and his team ensure every caution is taken in how 1 2 FOOD IRELAND


“The retail sector is a key driver in influencing the food manufacturing industry here in Ireland,” Dave notes. “Some of our suppliers talk and work directly with supermarkets about ideas and NPD, since they essentially begin the trends.” Univar distributes over 2,000 high quality ingredients, including clean label starches, enzymes, acidulants, natural colourings, flavours and preservatives, stabiliser systems and proteins, covering all major food and beverage applications.

INGREDIENTS BY SECTOR And what food sectors are catered for? “We supply ingredients to the bakery, beverage, brewing, meat, confectionery and convenience sectors,” says Neil Blackburn. “In Ireland, Univar Food Ingredients work closely with world leaders and innovators such as National Starch Food Innovation, Novozymes, Fonterra, Jungbunzlauer and Purac. We want to be with only the best.” If proof of Univar’s strong food ingredient offering was needed, look no further than its customer base. The common denominator for every customer is a dedicated and ‘best in class’ level of service, expertise, and technology – Univar supports its business throughout Europe with a team of over 30 technologists. Keeping an eye on trends whether consumer, retailer, or industry driven - is crucial for the prolonged success of Univar Food Ingredients. Through watching the

Univar’s new site at Greenogue, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, has become a blueprint for Univar facilities across Europe.

market, they distribute products that are maintained to the highest standards, through vendor approval and site audits.

COMMITMENT TO SAFETY With such market focus comes a commitment to safety that surpasses current industry standards, including their in-house ‘U+ Serious About Safety’ Programme. When a customer buys from Univar Food Ingredients, they are not just buying a product, they are buying a service; not just a reputation, but also a guarantee that the product has been verified. “You’ll be familiar with

the concept of field to fork,” says Dave O’Connell. “We can guarantee full traceability.” Indeed, Univar’s global reach is an additional benefit for its customers. Univar is the world’s leading chemical distribution company, with a turnover in excess of $8 billion. The business is owned by venture capitalists CVC. “A lot of our relationships are long term,” explains Frank McLaughlin. “We have a clearly defined growth strategy: we know where we are going and why we are going there.”

HIGHLY TRAINED STAFF Crucially, personable, knowledgeable, and professional people lead Univar Ireland’s business. Although the food manufacturing industry is consumed by issues that range from technology to supply chain to globalisation, human relationships play a major role in the success and future direction of the business. Univar Food Ingredients provides more than just products: they offer new business opportunities, creativity, and windows into new technologies. Univar’s standing is as a result of its employees, suppliers, facilities, and its understanding of (and roots in) the market. In a fast moving, innovative, and rapidly changing sector, Univar Food Ingredients not only provides the answers, it also has the solutions.





aving recently taken on responsibility in Enterprise Ireland for the team supporting the Food Sector, and with many years of Industrial Development experience in other sectors, it is impossible not to recognise: • The huge economic and social importance of the food industry to the Irish economy, contributing an annual output of approximately €19.4 billion, exports in excess of €8.1 billion and direct employment of 46,000. • It comprises 700+ companies, (10% foreign owned) exporting to 170 countries. It supports further employment of 8,000 people indirectly and 112,000 people in Agriculture. • The opportunities for the industry that open access brings to international markets, particularly European markets. • The quality and success of home grown ‘market led’ companies such as Kerry Group, Glanbia, Green Isle and Cuisine de France. • The depth of capabilities across the industry. • The co-operational thinking between the food mandated Agencies in supporting the strategic vision ‘Agri-Vision 2015’, published in 2006 by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Along with: • The level of change that the industry has been responding to over the past decade, including decoupling, the ever increasing power of multiples and ever changing consumer tastes and needs.

• The current international economic turbulence, which is a major challenge for many companies, particularly the devaluation of Sterling, the rising cost of energy, the increased green / environmental factors and the tightening up of credit markets. • The ever increasing impact of the single European market, which now restricts significantly the ability of the Irish Government and its agencies to provPictured at the announcement of a €5.2m investment and the ing financial supports to creation of 70 jobs at Green Isle Foods Portumna, with support the food industry, com- from Enterprise Ireland, are: former Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin TD; Kevin Treacy, Green Isle pared to what was posFoods, Dick Lenehan, Head of Food at Enterprise Ireland, and sible historically, particGarry Walsh, MD, Green Isle Foods. ularly in terms of increased production capability. • The need for immediate responses; Good flexibility still remains in • The need not to lose sight of longer business-critical drivers of R&D / term strategic objectives; Innovation and Management / • The Enterprise Ireland Team; Skills development. • A flavour of what Enterprise Ireland is doing relevant to the Food And finally, Industry; • The very important responsibility • How to contact us. that Enterprise Ireland has been THE ISSUES – IMMEDIATE & given by the Government in supporting the long term development LONG-TERM It is obvious that we are in a period of the industry. The Enterprise of fast moving economic uncertainty, Ireland budget was €270m in 2007, both in Ireland and internationally. with a significant portion of that It is easy to be overwhelmed by the being spent on the food sector. continuous flow of worrying information and commentaries, including There are a number of points that I the concerns of the beef industry now want to briefly cover, being: and farming community about the impact of the current round of WTO • The current and evolving economic negotiations, the rising cost of enersituation; 1 4 FOOD IRELAND

T R A N S F O R M I N G I R I S H I N D U S T R Y The objective of the Enterprise Ireland strategy 2005 - 2007 is to transform Irish companies into market focused and innovation driven businesses, capable of maximising exports through the utilisation of applied research and technology.

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gy and increasing environmental costs. What is important for the industry is to take timely actions to respond professionally to the immediate issues impacting on the business, but most importantly, not to lose sight of longer term strategic objectives. We are all aware that when times get difficult, an immediate response is often to cut marketing budgets, investments in training or R&D spends, all of which could impact on the longer term development of a business. It is a key objective of Enterprise Ireland to help mentor and support companies through current challenges, but also ensure that companies do not to lose sight of long terms strategic objectives.

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Around each of these drivers or enablers of sustained business success, we have developed of customised programmes: • Funding and advice for in-company R& D, development of R&D centres and innovation management competencies; • Funding and advice for in-company Management Development Programmes; • Group Management Development initiatives around common needs for senior managers from companies within the same sector. Examples of sectors where such programmes are underway include Pork, Beverages, Functional Foods and Seafood; • Growth and Innovation Fund to help companies maintain competitiveness;

Enterprise Ireland’s role in the development of the food industry differs from all other sectors for which it has responsibility, in that Enterprise Ireland does not have the role of supporting companies in export markets. This is the role of our sister agency, Bord Bia, which works very positively with us in the collaborative development of export led companies. Bord Bia provides in-market supports and Enterprise Ireland works with companies in developing their capabilities, developing market led products and sustaining competitiveness. The Food Division in Enterprise Ireland is structured into four teams: Primary Meats (Beef, Pork and Sheepmeat); Dairy and Functional Ingredients; Prepared Consumer Food, Organics and Horticulture; and Beverages and Bakery. These groups are headed up by a very experience management team of Derek Breen, Eddie Hughes, Jim Mulcahy and Joe Healy. Their teams of Development Advisers are in turn supported within the Division by specialists in HRD and Food Technologies. External to the Division, we have the capability to involve at a company level a team of commercialisation specialists, interfacing with the research community in Third Level and functional specialists with expert knowledge in areas such as Supply Chain Management, Lean Manufacturing, Benchmarking, Technology Transfer etc, in addition to a business informa-

ENABLERS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS To meet the needs of the food industry, Enterprise Ireland has developed a range of responses, some targeted on individual company initiatives, with other initiatives involving groups of companies with common needs. These revolve around four main enablers of business success; • • • •

Market led Innovation; Management Capabilities; Skills Development; Sustained Competitiveness.

• Group Management development initiatives involving senior managers across all sectors. Examples include high level programmes such as ‘Leadership for Growth’, hosted by Stanford University, and ‘International Selling Skills’, hosted by DIT; • Funding of a range of collaborative innovation / R&D initiatives involving the Third Level research community and individual companies or groups of companies, such as the Innovation Partnership Programme and Competence Centres; • Support for new Start-ups under our High Potential Start-up Programme.

SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE It is impossible in an article such as this to cover all of the initiatives available to help export led food companies. Hopefully the above gives a flavour of what can be made available. More information can be got on all of these initiatives by accessing our website at Alternatively, each client company of EI will have a Development Advisor assigned. Please contact your Development Advisor, who will be happy to advise as to what might be available in the context of your company needs. Finally, I am really looking forward to this significant and important challenge for Ireland. It is a responsibility I will not take lightly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dick Lenehan was appointed as Head of the Food Division at Enterprise Ireland on May 8. A chartered Civil Engineer who also holds a degree in Commerce, Dick has worked in a variety of business development roles in both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland throughout the past 30 years. In Enterprise Ireland, Dick Lenehan has previously held a number of key management roles across industrial markets and food sector startups, life sciences, print, packaging and construction sectors. Dick Lenehan, Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to take on Head of Food at the challenge of leading a very experienced Enterprise Ireland Team in Enterprise Ireland. contributing to sustainable development of the food sector. The food sector is of key importance to the Irish economy, based on world class quality agricultural produce and innovative market led products, with exports of over €8.62bn in 2007. “Enterprise Ireland will continue to work to support and encourage the development of new export focused Irish food companies; whilst supporting and developing our existing client food companies at every stage of development.”


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rish sales of seafood for 2007 were valued at €803m, an increase of 6% on the 2006 figure, with export sales accounting for approximately €360m. Four fifths of exports were sold on European Union markets, with France accounting for 23% and the UK market accounting for 24% of export sales. “The Irish seafood exporter is becoming increasingly innovative and exploring new markets, such as Asia,” noted Donal Buckley, BIM Marketing and Business Development Manager. “In February this year, Ireland became the first company in Europe to secure an opportunity to import live oysters into Japan. While still a relatively small portion of total sales, this sector is becoming increasingly important to Irish producers and we can expect to see continued growth here, driven by market-led, dynamic and innovative Irish seafood companies.” Data from TNS World Panel revealed that retail sales of Irish seafood continue to soar on the home market too, with sales for 2007 up 18% to €217m. In terms of the breakdown between chilled/fresh and frozen seafood, fresh sales now represent 63% of all sales. This is a significant shift from the position of three years ago when frozen seafood sales represented 52% of sales. In the chilled/ fresh category sales are extremely strong, resulting in a 27% increase in this segment of the market. This is been driven by a number of factors working together: price rose by 5%, new consumers entering

the market increased by 5%, volume per buyer has risen by 13% to 8.7 kg per buyer per year. It is clear that the consumer is making a shift to purchasing fresh seafood and purchasing it more frequently. In terms of performance within the chilled prepack sector and the loose wet fish counter, both categories are contributing to the overall growth of the chilled/fresh sector. Value sales in chilled prepack products increased by 26% while wet fish counter sales increased by 29%. Salmon and cod are still the most popular species of fish purchased by 1 8 FOOD IRELAND

Irish consumers, representing over 55% of sales in both the loose counter and prepack fresh categories. The composition of species purchased varied very little from 2006 to 2007, with a very high reliance of cod and salmon. The smoked salmon sector has also been an important element of seafood sales and is valued at €27m, an increase of 13% on the levels of 2006.

ESE 2008 Ireland will once again have a strong presence at European Seafood Exposition (ESE) 2008 with 27 com-


panies exhibiting on the national pavilion. Europe continues to be the leading market for Irish seafood and ESE in Brussels is the main trade event for the industry for new business development. This year, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, expanded on last year’s successful ‘Seafood Market’ format, which will continue to showcase the diverse range of products that Ireland can offer, presenting the best of Irish seafood to a world audience. The ‘Seafood Market’ format proved hugely successful in 2007, mirroring the retail and foodservice environment, and featuring a range of visually appealing graphics to lead visitors through the market. The pavilion will also visually represent the key attributes of the Irish seafood sector - innovation, quality, its people and natural environment. All the products will be professionally merchandised to ensure there is an eye-catching display for visitors to the pavilion. In addition, a sampling service will be provided by a team of professional chefs so that buyers can taste as well as look at products. Donal Buckley, BIM Marketing and Business Development Manager, noted, “Irish Seafood companies have been exceptionally competitive and market-focused over the last year, and

significant opportunities have been grasped in terms of the export market. Feedback from last year’s participating companies was positive and encouraging, and this year we have extended the market floor to cater for even greater footfall and sampling. “A concerted industry-wide focus on the marketing of seafood, in order to ensure that we are best-placed to capitalise on its increasing popularity, is a key aspect of the Irish industry strategy adopted into Government policy,” he continued. “Irish seafood companies are well regarded the world over and I am confident that this continued innovative approach will lead to bumper sales for the participating companies.” With a combined turnover of approximately €300million, the Irish Seafood companies exhibiting this year at the BIM Ireland Pavilion are: Atlanfish Ltd, Atlantic Fare (ISPG Ltd), Connemara Seafoods Ltd, Errigal Fish Co Ltd, Passion on a Plate ( Clogherhead Fishermen’s Coop Society Ltd, Galway and Aran Fishermen’s Co-op Society Ltd, Foyle Fishermen’s Co-op Ltd, Union Hall Fishermen’s Company Ltd), Rooney Fish, Shellfish De La Mer Ltd, Atlantic Dawn Ltd, CKI Ltd, Emerald Mussels Ltd, Fastnet Mussels Ltd, Good Fish Processing, Kenmare Salmon Co. Ltd, Sofrimar Ltd, C&O

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BRANDING Irish seafood companies are facing up to the realities of competing in a global market. A perfect example is Bantry Bay Seafoods, who have developed into the world’s largest value added mussel company. How did they capture this share of the market? Through innovation, quality and branding. Branding in particular, is the ultimate way a company can differentiate from the competition and it is this area that BIM is focused on getting more Irish seafood companies to engage in. Every company has a brand, whether they recognise it or not. A brand is the communication of the companies’ values and promise to the customer. Any company that sells is interacting with its customers and how they manage this interaction is crucial to their success. By focusing on brand development, a company can highlight its key selling points and use its brand to communicate them. BIM work closely with Irish seafood companies on developing their brand. This involves a four-stage process. It begins with an analysis of the company, its position in the market, it strengths and weaknesses. This information is compared with that of competitors and a brand proposition is developed for the company. The second phase is the development of this brand proposition. This is a crucial stage as it is this brand proposition that will determine the position of the company in the market place. Phase three is the testing and refining of this proposition. At this stage, all packaging and brand material are finalised. The final stage is launch of the brand and a well-structured PR and promotional campaign is set in motion to support the brand. The brand is then reviewed every six months, in order to refine and ensure it is corresponding to the original brand structure.





ontinued investment in research is pivotal to the economic success of the Irish food industry. We must also become better at taking the results of research and translating them into commerce, according to a recent statement by Martin Cronin, Chief Executive of Forfás, Ireland's national economic development authority and advisory board. He believes that “progress depends on sustained spending on the skills base through research and education and by improvements in the research infrastructure”. In the past decade, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) provided funding for high calibre research in the food sector through its Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM). To date, this programme has invested heavily (Table 1) in food research through open competition and collaboration between universities and research institutes nationwide. Its principal aims are to drive the development of generic technologies, create research capability and assure safety in the Irish food chain. THE COMMUNICATION CHALLENGE DAFF has also funded a unique programme known as Relay, to communicate the research outputs of the FIRM programme to the food industry. No other sector in Ireland has similar service and the uniqueness of Relay lies in its ability to collate research information from over 20 universities and institutes of relevance to the food industry. It has details of more than 250 experts in food science and technology, food safety, health and nutrition. Relay’s role is to ensure that companies are aware of research outputs as soon as they become available. The team has built a strong reputation as a


reliable source of information, knowing who’s doing what in Irish food research, and its multi-faceted communications approach has been instrumental in steering the flow of information to industry and society. Moving forward, Relay recognises the importance of developing dynamic strategies that support focused communication and provide precise information to meet the needs of different food companies. To this end, the interactive website,, is undergoing a significant transformation to deliver information in a more tailored fashion based on the requirements of individual food sectors. The new website will facilitate instant retrieval of information on products, technologies and research expertise.

THE DRIVING FORCE Industrial and public engagement in science strengthens the case for further investment in research and product development. Last year, Mary Coughlan TD, former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, appointed a research group of stakeholders, chaired by Dan Browne of the Dawn Meats Group, to advise on the food research agenda going forward. Bringing industry and the research community together is widely recognised as the way forward to underpin the strategic development of the food industry of the future. 2 0 FOOD IRELAND

In the last year, several exciting opportunities were reported, ranging from beverages with health promoting properties to faster tests for detecting food poisoning bacteria and methods to clean up food industry waste. To support the research, strategic initiatives were developed to fund highly specialised equipment, establish knowledge networks and provide food science graduates with skills that equip them more fully for food industry employment. According to Martin Cronin of Forfás, “the primary benefit of research investment is to produce people with world-class technical skills”. Collaborations have also been established with other government departments to finance research on marine functional foods and foods for health.

NEXT STEPS The food research story continues with further FIRM investment due to be announced shortly. The research funded by FIRM is primarily pre-commercial: however, some of the research may have the potential to transfer into industry with the assistance of initiatives such as Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund. Relay’s focus will be to enhance commercialisation of the more applied research by supporting the technology transfer offices at Irish universities and research institutes. In addition, Relay will continue to increase awareness of the FIRM programme by tailoring information on a sector basis and establishing links between researchers and the industry.

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s part of Teagasc, An Foras Talúntais (AFT) provides a national programme of research, designed to underpin the country’s agriculture and food industries and ultimately influence the products that end up on supermarket shelves. As the gross output of farming and food production in Ireland is predicted to double to €40 billion by 2030, according to Teagasc’s Foresight Report, the role of the Institute is more pertinent than ever. “One of the real strengths of Teagasc is that it has all the different components integrated into the one organisation: research, advice, education and training,” Teagasc spokesperson Eric Donald told FOOD IRELAND. The Agricultural Institute was established in 1958, with funding from the US government, under the leadership of Dr Tom Walsh. At the time, around 60% of all exports of the country were agricultural, necessitating a facility that would help farmers increase productivity, provide market research, and keep an eye on consumer demands. “One of the most important factors, when it was set up, was that it was strongly linked with the industry that it was going to serve,” said Donald. “A series of consultation groups were established, so that the work undertaken was relevant to what was happening on the farm. Today, we still have consultative groups, and representatives of the various players within the industry. All these key players have a good knowledge and understanding of the industry and its research needs. They are consulted on a twice yearly basis – that helps keep the research activity relevant.”

PRIMARY RESEARCH Teagasc’s network of centres around the country allows the organisation to

Dr Tom O'Dwyer, Chairman, Teagasc, with Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, and Professor Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc, at the launch of Teagasc Foresight 2030.

opment of new products over the years. It has assisted private companies and co-ops in the food industry, generating research and product development.” provide primary agricultural research on a nationwide basis, while maintaining close contact with the industry. This two-way flow of information was cemented in 1988, when AFT merged with ACOT (the farm advisory and training body). In 1993, Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) was established as a joint venture between Teagasc and dairy companies. Moorepark in Cork, alongside the Food Research Centre in Ashtown, has allowed Teagasc to support product innovation, ultimately feeding into the development of products at retail level. Donald continued: “In Ashtown, a lot of work is carried out in relation to the quality of food products that end up in supermarkets. In Moorepark, work has been undertaken in liaison with food companies to develop products for the marketplace. Food companies use Moorepark Technology Ltd, Teagasc’s private plant facility, hiring the expertise, conducting test marketing and new product development. They also do pilot runs on various products. Moorepark Technology has played a significant role in the devel2 2 FOOD IRELAND

MILESTONES Over the years, AFT has achieved numerous milestones, amongst them the development of milking technology research, and improvements in national milk quality. The Institute is heavily involved in the development of functional foods, and has improved the quality of beef via the Ashtown Food Research Centre and Grange Beef Production Research Centre. Ashtown has also been heavily involved in food safety, tracing the likes of E.coli and Salmonella in the food chain. Kinsealy’s research centre, meanwhile, has been a heartland for the development of the mushroom industry. The AFT has also focused on potato breeding since 1962. Over the years, Teagasc has interacted and consulted with most of Ireland’s larger co-ops, and food companies (Glanbia, Kerry Foods etc), organising open days, farm walks, and advisory programmes. But it has also assisted smaller companies in getting their businesses off the ground - over the last year, Teagasc hired two new


artisan food advisors for this purpose. “Walk into a supermarket, pick any Irish farmhouse cheese, and there is a good chance that the people who made it were trained in Moorepark,” boasted Donald.

KNOWLEDGE BASE Eric Donald contends that Teagasc’s strength is in its knowledge base. The organisation employs over 1,600 staff in 100 locations. Research is conducted by 200 scientists and 300 technicians at nine dedicated centres, while a further 550 advisors and specialists are located at regional, county and local offices. Places of education are also incorporated, giving Teagasc additional mindsets in the form of lecturers, technicians and education officers. “The training and education element is very important, not just for farmers and primary producers, but it also for the food industry itself,” he said. “A new training centre was

recently opened in Ashtown, where different industry players can attend courses on food safety, and other aspects of their business.” Teagasc is currently establishing a new animal-biosciences centre in Grange, Co. Meath, and expanding the food biotechnology research centre in Moorepark. Some of these capital projects are being funded from the sale of Teagasc’s land in Athenry. Teagasc has an annual operating budget in excess of €170m – around 75% of its yearly budget comes from the Irish exchequer and EU funding, while the balance is generated from 45,000 clients.

MODERNISING AND UPGRADING One of the greatest strengths of AFT, and Teagasc, is its constant ambition to modernise, upgrading facilities and equipment. The organisation is also keen to recruit people, both at home

and overseas, who can drive research programmes. Under the leadership of Dr Declan Troy, a major pro-safe beef project is currently underway at the Ashtown Research Centre, involving 24 different research institutions (and 19 countries) around the world. In Teagasc’s business, the twoway communication process is critical. “On the dairy side, for example, we learn a lot from our competitors in New Zealand,” said Donald. “We have good contacts with the various farmers and universities in New Zealand. We are continuously building alliances and learning from people in different parts of the world. We try and bring that knowledge back for the benefit of the Irish industry and economy.” 50 years in, An Foras Talúntais, and Teagasc itself, continue to plough new inroads for the Irish food industry.



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Donation of Johnstown Castle to the State and enactment of Johnstown Castle Agricultural College Act. Acquisition of Johnstown Castle by the Department of Agriculture and establishment of first field experimental programme. Establishment of An Foras Talúntais and official opening of its Headquarters by His Excellency, S.T. O’Kelly, President of Ireland. Establishment of the Dairy Research Centre at Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Transfer of responsibility for beef and lowland sheep research from the Department of Agriculture to An Foras Talúntais and establishment of Animal Production Research Station at Grange, Co. Meath. Setting up of the Vegetable and Glasshouse Research Centre at Kinsealy, followed by the official opening in 1962 by An Taoiseach, Séan Lemass, TD. Establishment of the national Sheep Research Centre at Creagh, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Transfer from the Department of Agriculture to An Foras Talúntais of the Blanket Peat Research Station, Glenamoy, Co. Mayo. Opening of the Soils Research Station, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim to investigate the northern drumlin soils. Transfer of Johnstown Castle Centre from Department of Agriculture to An Foras Talúntais and official opening by P. Smith, TD., Minster for Agriculture and Dr. J. Ryan, TD., Minister for Finance. Establishment of Oak Park Research Centre, Carlow, with responsibility for plant sciences and crop husbandry, and offi cial opening in 1964 by Dr. J. Ryan, T.D., Minister for Finance. Development of Economics and Rural Welfare Research Centre at Sandymount Avenue, Dublin. Development of the Animal Production Division Headquarters at Dunsinea, Castleknock, Dublin.

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Development of Belcare Research Centre, Belclare, Tuam, Co. Galway. Official opening of The National Food Centre, Dunsinea, Castleknock, Dublin by J. Walsh, T.D., Minister for Food. Establishment of Teagasc – The Agriculture and Food Development Authority – under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act. Launch of the National Dairy Products Research Centre, Moorepark. Official opening of Moorepark Technology Ltd., by J. Walsh, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Announcement of €25m Research Retooling Programme. Major investment in bioscience, crops and food. Announcement of €15m capital investment programme in Teagasc and private colleges. First joint programme with Institute of Technology established. RELAY the new national initiative for communicating the results of food research institutes and institutes to the Irish food industry launched. Head Office relocates to Oak Park from Sandymount Avenue. Obtained a Quality Assurance Agreement as a training provider. Decision to establish Centres of Excellence in crops, animal bioscience, crop bioscience, environment and land use, rural research and food for health, with an investment cap ital programme of €27m arising from the sale of land at Athenry. eCollege launched. New crops bioscience facility officially opened at Oak Park. Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre announced between UCC and Teagasc. Relocation of Rural Economy Research Centre to Athenry. Announcement of €5.2m initiative between Teagasc Food Centre at Ashtown and the Marine Institute. Dairy industry-led functional foods initiative announced.




anuary 1, 2010, will see the worldwide launch date for a new range of Point of Sale bar codes called GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS). GS1 DataBar symbols will be able to carry more data in the same amount of space, or the current level of data in less space when compared to existing 13-digit bar codes that we see on virtually every consumer pack in stores today. GS1 DataBar symbols provide many advantages and potential business applications for both retailers and manufacturers. GS1 DataBar symbols will join traditional GS1 bar codes (formerly called ‘EAN/UPC’ bar codes) as an option for Point of Sale (POS) applications. This article will introduce the main GS1 DataBar symbols and examine the potential benefits from their adoption.

WHY DO WE NEED GS1 DATABAR SYMBOLS? There are a number of reasons for the introduction of GS1 DataBar. These include: 1. Demand from suppliers, retailers, and consumers for increased information about products all the way through the supply chain to the POS. 2. Increased demand for traceability information on products all the way to the POS. 3. Increasing demand for human readable information on packaging means that the space allocated to bar codes is constantly under pressure. 4. Increasing demand to apply bar codes to small and hard-to-mark products for sale through POS. Traditionally, the need for small bar codes was met through the issuing of a GTIN-8 number (an 8-digit bar code).

The process requires companies to take out a separate licence for each GTIN-8 (in addition to a bank of numbers for GTIN-13 numbers). The GS1 DataBar symbols will ensure that companies will be able to encode standard 13-digit numbers into very small symbols, thus avoiding the need for separate licences.

BENEFITS OF USING GS1 DATABAR There are two primary benefits to the adoption of the GS1 DataBar: • The ability to provide automatic identification data on products that currently do not carry any form of bar code. This will give retailers and manufacturers greater visibility and accuracy about what is being sold. • GS1 DataBar's smaller size will allow more space for consumer communication on packs. The smaller bar code may also encourage manufacturers to reduce packaging in an effort to reduce cost of goods. Of course, there are numerous other potential benefits from the appli2 4 FOOD IRELAND

cation of GS1 DataBar which include the following: • Traceability and product recall possibilities. By being able to capture more information about individual products all the way to the POS, product recalls can be controlled more effectively, even to the point of being able to ‘block’ the sale of a product at the checkout by using the encoded date or batch information. • Improved accuracy and speed at POS for fresh produce, by eliminating PLU-entry errors by cashiers or at self-checkout. • Shrink reduction. By encoding correct product information, GS1 DataBar will ensure that product is correctly managed at POS: for example, organic produce will scan as organic and will not be inadvertently put through the POS using the incorrect PLU. • Trials that have been carried out in the USA have shown that using GS1 DataBar significantly increases the speed through the checkout, while increasing accuracy.

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• Currently, bar codes used at POS are limited to 4-digit price information, e.g. 99.99. This matter will be resolved with the introduction of GS1 DataBar. • Although not very widespread in Ireland, the management of promotional coupons will be improved using GS1 DataBar. • Identification of vendor for fresh produce. This will assist in category management. • Because GS1 DataBar is so much smaller than existing bar codes, it will be much easier to bar code unusually shaped products, such as those that are curved or spherical. • Category management, enabling departments such as meat, poultry or produce to have access to the same level of category management utilised in the centre of the store.

bar codes. These bar codes could only be used for logistics or bulk traded units, such as cases and pallets. The introduction of the GS1 DataBar Expanded and Expanded Stacked family now means that it will be possi-

6. GS1 DataBar Limited 7. GS1 DataBar Stacked The first four symbols (highlighted by the blue box in the diagram) will be used for POS applications.

The GS1 DataBar Family (not produced to scale).

TRACEABILITY REQUIREMENTS Since January 2005, it is a legal requirement for all food manufacturers to have a traceability system in place in order to comply with EU Regulation 178/2002. Each Traceability Partner should be able to trace back to the direct source and be able to identify the direct recipient of the traceable item: This is the “one step up, one step down” principle. Consumers have also become more demanding in their expectations of food safety, as a number of new factors and risks have come into play, namely: • Public awareness for safe, but also ethically and ecologically sound food is growing. In general, the requirements of consumers are higher - at the same time, a series of food scandals have shaken trust in food of animal origin: dioxins, BSE, etc. • The breeding, keeping and feeding of farm animals has become more intensive - leading to new kinds of risks. • Illnesses such as BSE have appeared, which on the one hand are directly linked to the feeding of farm animals and on the other, represent a threat to human health. Traditionally, it was only possible to incorporate traceability information such as Batch numbers, Lot Numbers and Expiry dates into larger GS1-128

ble to include all necessary traceability information on actual consumer packs. This will ensure greater control and information availability in the event of a product recall, as well as giving greater confidence to the consumer.

THE GS1 FAMILY The GS1 DataBar family consists of a range of new bar codes that will increase the number of data carriers used by the GS1 System. These new symbols will ensure the availability of suitable data carriers to meet the ever increasing (and ever changing) applications required by GS1 members. In total, there will be seven new GS1 DataBar symbols available: 1. GS1 DataBar Stacked Omni directional 2. GS1 DataBar Omni directional 3. GS1 DataBar Expanded 4. GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked 5. GS1 DataBar Truncated

CAPACITY AND OPERATION The GS1 DataBar Stacked Omni directional and GS1 DataBar Omni directional will carry a standard 13 (or 14)-digit Global Trade Item Number (GTIN). This is the number that is printed below current bar codes on consumer products. However, because of their smaller size, it will be possible to use these bar codes to mark previously unmarked products such as: 1. Fresh foods (such as Fruit & Veg, Meat, etc.), 2. Cosmetics (such as lipstick), 3. Healthcare products (such as vials) etc. The GS1 DataBar Expanded and GS1 DataBar Expanded Stacked have a much greater capacity to carry data. With a capacity of up 74 Numeric Characters or 41 Alpha Numeric per line, these symbols will use Application Identifiers (AIs) to identify individual pieces of information contained in a 74

ABOUT GS1 GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility in supply chains. GS1 is driven by more than a million companies, who execute more than five billion transactions a day with the GS1 System of Standards. This makes it the most widely used supply chain standards system in the


world. GS1’s diversified portfolio ranges from GS1 Bar Codes to GS1 eCom (electronic commerce tools) to next generation technologies and solutions such as GS1 GDSN (Data Synchronisation), EPCglobal (using RFID technologies) and traceability. GS1 is truly global, with local Member Organisations in 108 countries, and with Global Office in Brussels, Belgium.


character string. This additional capacity will give manufacturers, retailers and consumers the ability to get more information about the products they are buying such as: 1. Product identification; 2. Best before date; 3. Weight; 4. Supplier details, etc. In fact, the GS1 DataBar Expanded symbols will be able to carry more information than the current GS1-128 symbol, which means that it will also be possible to use them for logistics purposes. When it comes to using the new symbology on consumer packaging, a key benefit is the fact that the traditional Quiet Zones (or Light Margins) are not required, as in the case of more traditional bar code symbols. On consumer products, this means that it will be possible for more human readable information to be printed on packs, as bar codes will take a less prominent position. GS1 DataBar symbols are linear (the same as current POS bar codes), which means that they can be scanned at the

checkout with little need for investment in new scanning equipment. Most POS scanners produced since 2000 are either GS1 DataBar ready or can be upgraded to enable GS1 DataBar scanning. A list of compatible scanners (by manufacturer) can be found on rcodes/databar/implement.html Companies wishing to upgrade their POS scanning equipment before January 2010 should ensure that the equipment they buy is capable of scanning GS1 DataBar.

Failure to do so will mean that retailers will not be able to fully realise the benefits of the additional information available in the new bar codes.

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hat is “enough” packaging? If we knew how to answer this question, we could save time, effort and money. Knowing the correct amount of packaging is a challenge that has always been with us, and the answer to the question changes as materials and technologies develop. This question is particularly relevant to food, as the cost of packaging a food product can account for 50% or more of the total price of the product. Thus, small changes in the price of a packaging material can have a significant bearing on the overall price of the product. It is estimated that over 70% of packaging on the market in Ireland is food packaging. Repak figures for 2006 show that 77% of packaging placed on the market in Ireland is food or food-related. As such, we can say that if we can influence the packaging in this sector, we will have an impact on the total packaging market. The disadvantage though, is that 80% or more of all packaging on the Irish market is imported. It is often difficult to affect change on imported packaging coming from large international manufacturers, distributors or retailers.

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that the same legislation contains provisions for the prevention and minimisation of packaging where possible. These provisions are contained in Annex II of the latest Packaging Regulations (2007) and are known as the ‘Essential Requirements’ of packaging. The legislation obliges packer/fillers of packaging (or importers or 'own brand' retailers) to ensure that packaging meets certain specified standards. The Essential Requirements can be summarised as follows: • packaging weight and volume must be reduced to the minimum necessary for safety, hygiene and consumer acceptance of the packaged product; • hazardous substances and materials must be minimised as constituents of packaging (Article 11 lays down specific limits on named heavy metals); • packaging must be suitable for at least one of the following – material recycling, energy recovery or organic recovery; 2 9 FOOD IRELAND

Local Authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the Essential Requirements, and they may ask for a report of packaging composition and all relevant technical supporting documentation. The Local Authorities are empowered to take a prosecution against a company whose packaging breaches the Essential Requirements and the offending packaged products may be removed from the marketplace and/or fines imposed. It could be argued that some of the terms in the legislation are not as clear as they could be. For example, who defines what is acceptable to the consumer? Or what can defined as a minimum necessary amount of packaging? To help overcome this, there is a series of standards now available that addresses each of the essential requirements. If you are certified to the relevant standards, you are deemed to be in compliance with the essential requirements. The standards are: The CEN “umbrella standard” (EN 13427:2004) Standard on Requirements for Use of European Standards in the Field of Packaging and Packaging Waste. The CEN standard on prevention (EN 13428: 2004) Packaging – Requirements specific to manufacturing and composition – Prevention by source reduction. The CEN standard on reusable packaging (EN 13429:2004)


Packaging – Requirements for relevant materials and types of reusable packaging. The CEN standard on material recycling (EN 13430:2004) Packaging – Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling. The CEN standard on energy recovery (EN 13431:2004) Packaging – Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum interior calorific value.

will come up against the limits of what is acceptable, either technically (packaging machinery and materials), or through the quality of the packaged product. Documented trials are an excellent way of showing how the minimum amount of packaging material was achieved, even if the trials themselves were not successful. The third is to contact Repak, who provide a range of services to help members meet their legal obligations relating to packaging and packaging waste.

REPAK The CEN standard on organic recovery (EN 13432:2000) Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation – test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging.

To meet industry’s producer responsibility obligations in Ireland, Repak was founded in 1997. Repak is a voluntary initiative working in partnership with Government, Local Authorities, industry, recyclers and recovery operators. So far, Repak Further information on these stanhave met or exceeded all of Ireland’s dards and their implementation can be EU targets for recovery and recycling found by contacting a relevant certifiof packaging waste. cation body such as the NSAI However, with the increasing ( emphasis on the sustainable use of So, if I do not use the certification resources, the focus of attention is route, how do I ensure I am complying moving up the waste management with the legislation? There are three hierarchy towards prevention and key points. minimisation. Repak has responded to this challenge in several ways. The first is to continually check all of Since mid-2007, Repak has develyour packaging (product packaging, oped a Packaging Technology Service, grouped packaging and transport packto advise its members of methods and aging) to see if there are ways of removtools to optimise their packaging and ing any packaging or minimising it, withto reduce costs. A Repak Packaging out affecting the product quality or the Technolgy Advisor visits companies to ‘consumer acceptance’ of the product. carry out a survey, where a list of recThe second is to keep records relatommendations is drawn up. These recing to your packaging, even for packommendations are contained in a aging trials that are carried out. As report addressed to the company, indipackers seek to reduce the amount of cating where they can improve their packaging around their product, they packaging. Although we are trying to prevent and reduce packaging where possible, less packaging is not always the answer. By looking at all types of packaging, both into and out of the company, and by examining product (primary), grouped (secondary) and transport (tertiary) packaging, we try to find ways of optimising the packaging system as a whole, so that the best use of the Reducing primary packaging is suitable in some instances, in terms of optimising the packaging system as a whole, so that resources available is the best use of the resources available is achieved. achieved. Sometimes, partic3 0 FOOD IRELAND

ular types of packaging must be strengthened (i.e. made heavier) to ‘optimise’ the packaging system as a whole. As the interest in the areas of sustainability and the optimisation of resources has increased over the last few years, Repak are currently piloting a ‘Packaging Optimisation’ training course to cater for this need. The idea is to equip people with the tools and resources to assess their own packaging systems, and to influence their own organisations to make the changes that will make the best use of their packaging resources. In most cases, this leads to material, transport and labour savings along the way. It is expected that the pilot programme will be completed in June, and will then be available through FÁS from September as a FETAC certified course. Repak also work with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environment, Health and Local Government, Enterprise Ireland, and industry members to develop Packaging Optimisation services. These include research studies on the packaging supply chain and consumer attitudes, a ‘Best Practice’ brochure, information seminars, packaging awards and the provision of a website. Details on all of these services can be found at

TRENDS As the trend towards packing reduction and minimisation continues, it has led to a number of situations that may cause difficulty in the future. Although the legislation requires reductions in volume and weight of material, all of the indicative reports use weight (tonnage) as a benchmark. As a result, this has led to a preference for plastic material over others, due to its relative lightness. While this is excellent for achieving weight reduction, it has to be balanced against the facilities available for recycling plastic material, as opposed to well developed systems for other materials (cardboard recycling, for example). Retailers are also implementing ‘Shelf Ready’ solutions for packaging


in-store. This can work well if, for example, a cardboard box is changed to a cardboard tray and shrink-wrap solution in terms of weight. If, however, the cardboard box changes to a die-cut shelf-ready cardboard box solution with perforated sides, the case will be inherently weaker than the original. The manufacturer then has to investigate whether the new solution is adequate for their product, or whether they will need a heavier case or a different design instead. In addition, the new case is more likely to be made from white board with improved graphics (and extra ink) as it will now be in a prominent position on-shelf, rather than removed before stacking the product. The packaging designer must be aware of these possible conflicts of interest, before they produce the optimal design.

WRAP On the positive side, retailers in the UK are working with the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to reduce waste and packaging waste. WRAP is a government-funded organisation that

“helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.” One of their initiatives is the ‘Courtauld Commitment’ which has seen the major retailers in the UK sign up to an agreement which promises: • To design out packaging waste growth by 2008. • To deliver absolute reductions in packaging waste by 2010. • To identify ways to tackle the problem of food waste. Repak has been working with Retail Ireland to formulate a similar commitment, which will be implemented during 2008. This is as a direct response from Environment Minister John Gormley TD at a recent Repak function. Retailers are also implementing numerous re-use solutions in terms of secondary and tertiary packaging which is removing large amounts of cardboard, stretch-wrap and shrinkwrap packaging that formerly had to be recycled. Plastic pallets, cages, plas-

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tic trays and stackable or collapsible plastic cases are now commonplace. There is also now an emphasis on specifying packaging as well as products that are acceptable in retail outlets. This obviously depends on the negotiating strength of the retailer.

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n 2008, the safety and the integrity of food is considered to be a very important attribute by the consumer. The consumer wants assurance that food is safe and for a manufacturer, the economic implications and loss of goodwill associated with a food poisoning incident or scare has increased the necessity to provide assurance on food safety. While there is a direct relationship between the microbiological profile of food and its safety and quality or shelf life, which is discussed separately below, it has long been recognised that end product testing is not an effective method for managing food safety. A preventative approach, based on the application of good manufacturing practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), as outlined in Codex Alimentarius, is considerably more valuable from both a food safety and an economic stance. EU legislation covers the management of food safety at all stages of the chain, from primary production, processing, catering, retail etc., under a framework of documents referred to as the Hygiene Package, which came into force in January 2006. This arose following the publication of the White Paper on food safety in 2000 and a major review of hygiene legislation by the EU. The numerous directives which had been developed ad hoc since 1964 intermingled different disciplines, including hygiene, animal health and official controls. The existence of different hygiene regimes for products of animal origin and other food had led to a detailed and complex regulatory situation.

safety. Hygiene 1 sets out the rules applicable to all food businesses, from farm to retail, and places primary responsibility for the safety of food on the food producer. Hygiene 2 details specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin. Hygiene 3 details the official controls for products of animal origin and Hygiene 4 sets down health rules for food animals. Finally, Hygiene 5 repeals the 17 pre-existing directives, while leaving the implementing decisions in force. Issues within these new directives which significantly impacted on the food sector included HACCP being legally mandated for all food business and changes in the Microbiological Criteria for Foodstuffs (EC Regulation 1441/2007). This included a new requirement to test for Salmonella on fresh meat species, a limit for Listeria monocytogenes of 100 CFU g -1 in readyto-eat foods and a new requirement to test for Enterobacter Sazakii in infant formula. While legislation outlines a minimum microbial standard that must be met, it is often the case that the food industry itself, or indeed its customers, will have developed their own microbial criteria for certain categories of food which will actually be tighter than the regulatory requirements. Testing of samples against these criteria can be used to enhance

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food safety and provide better assurances that process controls and performance criteria have been achieved. Challenge tests are also an essential part and valuable aid in designing and validating food safety systems.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO TRACK FOOD PATHOGENS Some of the most valuable technological advances of recent times in microbial food safety are the availability and increased use of genetic fingerprint technology to track food pathogens along the total chain. The most common of these is referred to as pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and it provides a highly discriminatory approach to categorically relate bacteria isolates from different sources or stages of the food chain, as well as linking cases of human infection to source of contamination. These tools have enormous value, both in outbreak situations and also to establish routes of cross contamination within the food chain. While most cases of microbial infection are sporadic, involving only one or two cases of illness, there are also infrequent outbreaks involving larger numbers of people and sometimes involving a wide geographical region. With an increasingly global food trade, there


are now even greater opportunities for, and indeed evidence of, outbreaks which can traverse multiple countries and indeed continents. In an outbreak situation, these types of unequivocal methods can now be used to track the source of infection and categorically identify the contaminated food source, so that measures can be put in place to ensure no further consumer exposure occurs. Equally, from a food industry perspective, the earlier source of contamination is identified, the quicker the contaminated food can be withdrawn from the market and limit the negative associated publicity. In terms of food safety management, these tools can also be used to categorically track the route(s) by which pathogenic bacteria potentially pass through the food chain to the consumer, so that sources of contamination and cross contamination are identified and measures and resources then targeted at the high risk stages of the chain.

MICROBIOLOGY AND SHELF LIFE For food companies, from large multinational operators to artisan companies, a knowledge of the typical microbiological profile (bacteria, yeasts, moulds etc.) associated with their food product, as well as information on the microbial load, is very important in terms of accurately predicting product shelf life. Shelf life can be predicted by estimating the number of micro-organisms present at a particular time point and predicting the increase in the micro-flora which will occur during distribution and storage under a defined set of environmental conditions, such as temperature, pH, aw etc. Spoilage can be defined as the time when the micro-flora reaches a critical level, usually at around log10 7-8 colony forming units (CFU) g -1, at which time they have induced sufficient organoleptic changes to render the food unacceptable to the consumer. Spoilage occurs because, as the micro-organisms proliferate on the food and reach a threshold level, their presence may make the food appear slimy or mouldy, depending on the contaminating micro-organism present. They may also metabolise the proteins, fat, carbohydrates etc. in the food into

smaller break-down products, giving rise to the off odours and colours typically associated with spoiled food. In order to extend the shelf life of foods, a range of procedures to prevent or retard microbial growth can be deployed. Chill storage temperatures (< o 5 C) are employed to retard microbial growth and the shelf life can be measured in days. Modified atmosphere or vacuum packaging can extend shelf-life of fresh foods by several weeks or months. To extend shelf life beyond this period requires the use of more robust and invasive preservation techniques such as freezing, mild or severe heat treatment (canning), reducing water activity (a w), altering pH (acidic or alkaline), or the use of chemical or biological preservatives. However, all of the above preservation processes generally have an unwanted deleterious influence on the organoleptic quality of the food. Therefore, there is an ever increasing move away from heavily preserved food to fresh and minimally preserved foods with a limited shelf life, imposing a greater need for industry to be able to accurately predict when spoilage of the food will occur. Food hygiene regulators and industry set microbiological guidelines for the microbial load (Total Viable Counts) on specific raw material, foodstuffs during production or on the finished product, which, presuming a specific set of environmental parameters

are maintained, will give an accurate prediction of the shelf life. New technologies, such as electronic noses and time temperature integrators (defined as small, inexpensive devices that can be incorporated into a food package and which can show a visible change according to the time and temperature history of the stored food), have greater potential to better predict and monitor the microbiological status of food in real time.

FUTURE ISSUES As the agri-food sector and society itself continues to evolve, micro-organisms will continue to evolve in parallel and this will no doubt lead to the emergence of new food safety issues, including newly recognised or adapted food pathogens and new routes and vectors of transmission. It is, thus, essential that that the latest technological developments for detection, tracking, surveillance and reporting systems are taken on board and integrated nationally and internationally, not only within the food chain but also for food pathogens isolated from animals and from human infections. This will allow emergent threats to be identified in a timely manner. Equally, greater awareness and scientific research on the impact of novel food production and processing methods on the total food micro-flora will help ascertain where certain practices are encouraging bacterial adaptation and the emergence of a new microbial threats and food safety issues.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr Geraldine Duffy is Head of the Food Safety Department at Ashtown Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Dublin. Her research focuses on understanding the behaviour and virulence of microbial pathogens, in particular verocytotoxigenic E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter along the farm to fork chain. This research is exploited to develop food safety management systems, including quantitative risk assessment models and novel interventions, for control of known and emergent food borne pathogens. She has published widely in the field of microbial food safety, with over 80 peer reviewed publications, including books and book chapters. She is currently involved in the co-ordination of two EU Framework VI projects, Prosafebeef and Pathogenic E. coli Network. She is a member of a number of professional committees, including the microbiological subcommittee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and has served as a food safety expert for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), W.H.O / FAO, and ILSI (International Life Science Institute).





ombining pace with IMPROVING PRODUCT precision, ABB’s CONSISTENCY IRB 340 Flexpicker ABB’s Flexpicker robots have is helping the UK’s also ensured that the cheese biggest producer of specialty manufacturer can improve cheeses maintain improve product consistency by selectlabour and material savings. ing only the perfect products. Almost two years after adding Equipped with an intelligent two IRB 340 robots to its provision system, the robot can duction line, Ilchester Cheese scan the production line and Limited is enjoying improved identify the optimum height of levels of productivity and proda block of cheese. If the product consistency at its factory in uct does not fit into the preIlchester, Somerset. determined values, it is left on The company currently the conveyor, ready to be cut exports to over 20 countries and sent through the producinternationally and within the tion line again. UK, delivers its products to a Alan Spreckley, Channel wide range of food manufacPartner Manager for ABB’s turers, wholesalers, supermarUK robotics division, comkets and independent stores ments, “Since installing two with both pre-packed and deli ABB robots at the plant in counter cheese. Recognising Somerset, there have been a the need to keep up with its number of significant improveglobal competition, in 2005, ments in both productivity and Ilchester approached RTS – a production errors. By reducing high technology business supwastage and increasing yield, plying engineering services, Ilchester Cheese has transproducts and integrated sysformed its production line, and has already recouped the initems – with the requirements Since adding two IRB 340 robots to its production line, Ilchester for a new automated produc- Cheese Limited is enjoying improved levels of productivity and product tial investment. We are consistency. tion line to help improve delighted that Ilchester Cheese now has the most suitlabour efficiency and increase able automated solution for its needs, product yield. This installation resulted in the two Working as partners, ABB and and we look forward to helping other Flexpicker robots operating in two eightRTS quickly examined the key stages manufacturers achieve the same.” hour shifts and reducing labour turnover of the production line to determine by 50%. Now, only two employees are PICKMASTER SOFTWARE what the robots would need to achieve needed to monitor and maintain the As one of the fastest robots in its class, and how. The answer was to provide smooth running of the production lines, the IRB340 Flexpicker was developed the cheese manufacturer with two IRB reduced from the four employees who for optimised short pick and place 340 vision-equipped robots, capable of previously carried out the task of mancycles, offering the ideal solution for handling over 150 picks per minute. ually picking and packing. 3 4 FOOD IRELAND

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production lines where objects need to be moved quickly and precisely, one at a time, from one location to another. The IRB340 readily handles over 150 picks per minute, resulting in a cycletime of just 0.4 seconds. Combined with ABB’s software package, PickMaster, the production line is engineered to meet high-speed pick and place requirements. PickMaster is the ideal software tool for guiding robots in the packaging process. The PC-based software product uses comprehensive graphical interfaces to configure powerful applications, where up to eight robots can work in a team along conveying belts. With many proven process functions packaged in a standard software product, PickMaster efficiently minimise the risks in complex production solutions. The powerful vision identification and inspection tools, combined with a high performance conveyor tracking process, makes true flexible production a success.

THE SECOND GENERATION ROBOT Now also available is the ‘second generation’ robot for pick and place applications – the Flexpicker IRB360. With increased speed, higher payload and a smaller footprint, the IRB360 succeeds ABB’s widely used Flexpicker IRB340 system and is the result of 10 years’ experience, research and development, combined with proven packaging technology. The IRB360 is available in three versions: - The ‘compact’ version has a picking range of 800mm; - The ‘standard’ version offers a similar performance but with a greater reach of 1130mm; - The ‘high payload’ version has a payload up to 3kg. For more information about the potential benefits of integrating robots

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TOYOTA DISTRIBUTES BT WAREHOUSE EQUIPMENT TOYOTA Ireland has announced its appointment as exclusive distributor in Ireland for BT warehouse equipment. Established in 1973, Toyota Ireland imports and distributes Toyota motor vehicles and Toyota forklifts and materials handling equipment, and during the past 34 years, the company has been a consistent market leader in Ireland for these areas.

For more information on Toyota Material Handling Ireland, see / or telephone 01 4190321. Toyota Material Handling Ireland Toyota Ireland, Killeen Road, Dublin 12 Tel : 01 419 0321 Fax : 01 419 0325 Email :

In 2000, Toyota Industries Corporation of Japan acquired the Swedish warehouse equipment manufacturers BT Industries, thereby ensuring its number one position in the world materials handling market. By combining the full product ranges of Toyota and BT, Toyota Material Handling Ireland (division of Toyota Ireland) will now offer the customer a complete package of models to suit all material handling requirements. Toyota’s success in Ireland is attributed to the quality and reliability of its products, together with the strength and coverage of its excellent dealer network. Toyota Material Handling Ireland is represented by: Amlac Ltd, Unit 2 Newtown Road, Malahide Industrial Park, Dublin 17; Fork Truck Services, Unit 14 Clondalkin Industrial Estate, Dublin 22; Lift Truck Sales, Ballycurreen, Airport Road, Cork; Murphy Industrial, Dublin Road, Kilkenny; Amlac Ltd, Polkeen Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway. From pallet trucks, stackers and reach trucks to electric, diesel and gas forklifts, they offer the widest range in this business. From forklift maintenance by their trained technicians to business solutions such as rental, finance and fleet management, Toyota dealers can provide top quality service.

Toyota’s success in Ireland is attributed to the quality and reliability of its products, together with the strength and coverage of its excellent dealer network.


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he international business environment continues to develop at a rapid rate. Increasing interactions between economies, particularly between North America, Europe and Asia, has raised many important issues regarding transport infrastructure, logistics and broader supply chain management (SCM). In this evolving environment, the Irish food and drink industry continues to be a vital sector in the overall economy, with a gross output estimated at over €18 billion. The sector employs almost 50,000 people directly and in the region of 60,000 people in distribution and other services. Total employment linked to the sector is almost 230,000. It exports over €8 billion worth of food and drink products to 120 countries worldwide annually and accounts for over 60% of exports by indigenous manufacturers. It must be recognised that any product is delivered to the ultimate customer through a complex interaction of several companies on the way. The manufacturer’s ability to give the customer what they want, when they want it, at the price and quality that they want, is not just determined by the efficiency and effectiveness of the manufacturer’s own operation. Inefficiencies anywhere in the supply chain will reduce the chances of the manufacturer successfully competing against other suppliers.


Without a proper focus on total supply chain management, therefore, a company will never achieve true competitive advantage. The increasingly international nature of markets and companies has resulted in many companies becoming part of large and complex global supply chains. These factors have sharpened the focus on the need for improvements in all aspects of supply chain performance. In relation to the food and drink industry in Ireland, there is evidence that SCM concepts are being more widely embraced: NITL’s ongoing research into SCM capability and awareness in Irish firms provides evidence of this – for further information contact the author. 3 8 FOOD IRELAND

NITL defines SCM in terms of ‘Four Fundamentals’, all of which are vital to the continuing profitability of the companies in all parts of the food chain. ‘Fundamental 1’ relates to the overall objectives of SCM. These are concerned with: • Meeting or exceeding customer service requirements in the market; • Optimising total supply chain costs and investment. Both are self evidently important. Downward pressure now exists on supply chain costs (such as purchasing costs, production costs, transport costs and customer service costs), with many companies adopting lean principles in response. Simultaneously, customer service requirements are becoming more and more demanding, not least as a result of the purchasing power of the retail multiples. ‘Fundamental 2’, relating to SCM philosophy, recognises that a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This is as true in the food industry as it is in any industry. It requires that raw material suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers and others, work together in new and innovative ways. It further requires that barriers between internal functions and activities are tackled. ‘Fundamental 3’ is concerned with the efficient and effective management of material, money and information flows throughout the supply chain. The latter (i.e. management of infor-

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mation flows) is of particular importance. Significant investment in information and communications technology (ICT) in the food and drink industry in recent years bears testament to this. ‘Fundamental 4’ requires companies, particularly in an environment where outsourcing of supply chain functionality has become more common, to re-appraise both internal and external customer/supplier relationships.

THE FUTURE – AGILITY? The focus on cost competitiveness in the food and drink industry has resulted in a strong focus on lean thinking in recent years. Lean programmes within companies have often focused on cost cutting across the supply chain. The need for agility in SCM is based on increasingly volatile market demand patterns and shortening product life cycles. A leading academic authority on agility, Professor Martin Christopher, Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield University, UK, states that: “Whilst ‘leanness’ may be an element of ‘agility’ in certain circumstances, by itself it will not enable the organisation to meet the precise needs of the customer more rapidly.” This implies that lean is effectively a subset of agile. Furthermore, the emphasis on speed is evident in Christopher’s use of the word ‘rapidly’. The implication here is that time is a key competitive weapon, with reduced new product introduction (NPI) and order fulfilment times, for example, providing the potential for significant performance improvement. Agility can be described in terms of four characteristics. 1. Market Sensitive: A truly agile supply chain must be capable of delivering based on real demand in the market. This often requires a shift from forecast-driven planning to demand-driven planning. 2. Virtual: Agile supply chains share real time data across companies’ boundaries. These virtual supply chains aim to reduce inventory levels through the more effective use of information, par-

ticularly information about customer demand. Recent developments in ICT have facilitated this. 3. Process Integration: In an agile supply chain, there are high levels of integration between processes within the firm and between the firms upstream and downstream in the external supply chain. This replaces the fragmentation which is a characteristic of many traditionally managed supply chains. 4. Network-based: This recognises that increasingly supply chains compete with other supply chains (as opposed to companies competing with other companies, as was the traditional view). An agile supply chain attempts to leverage the competencies of all players in the supply chain (the ‘network partners’) to ensure higher levels of responsiveness to dynamic market requirements.

CONCLUSION The changing dynamics of the sector globally have resulted in a situation where the effective management of

food and drink supply chains is becoming increasingly regarded as a major source of competitive advantage. In short, the potential exists across the industry to significantly enhance shareholder value through the adoption of SCM thinking. The specific environment in which the industry operates brings its own particular challenges but these are not insurmountable – rather, they require that creative SCM strategies be developed, and then executed superbly, with strong attention to detail. NITL’s ongoing research is continuing to monitor the rate of development of SCM capability in the sector.

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. His most recent book, ‘Perspectives on Supply Chain Management and Logistics: Creating Competitive Organisations in the 21st Century’, is available through Blackhall Edward Sweeney is Director of Learning at the Publishing. National Institute for Transport and Logistics.


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oliath Packaging Systems Ltd sources, supplies, installs and supplies after-sales service on a comprehensive range of end-of-line packaging and materials handling equipment to the Irish marketplace. With direct industry experience gained through many years of successful project delivery in Ireland, the expertise of its international partners and suppliers, as well as the skills of its factory trained staff, Goliath Packaging Systems is perfectly positioned to meet the demands of its customer base across all industry sectors. The company recognises the importance of the food sector to the Irish economy and concentrates on this critical market segment via its trading division Goliath Food.

The Goliath Food product range consists of the following distinct items: 1 Shrink Wrapping, Flow Wrapping & Gas Flush Tray Sealing; 2 Case Erecting, Case Packing & Bag-in-Box Lining Systems; 3 Liquid Filling Systems; 4 Case Sealing (Tape & Glue); 5 Case & Load Conveying; 6 Pallet Inverting (Fixed, Mobile & Automatic In-line); 7 Pallet Exchange & Freezer Spacer Removal; 8 Lifting (Scissors & Vacuum); 9 Materials Handling Systems; 10 Pallet Elevating Systems; 11 Palletising (Gantry, Articulated Arm & Layer); 12 Stretch Wrapping; 13 Strapping Systems (Case & Pallet);

14 AGV Transport; 15 Washing Systems (Pallet, Box, Tray, Drum, Bottle & IBC). In addition, the following complementary (ancillary) items are provided by Goliath in order to offer a fully integrated turn-key service: 1 Weighing Systems; 2 Labelling & Coding Equipment; 3 X-Ray Detection. Goliath also offers a Project Management/Packaging Consultancy Service to assist in the early determination of each customer’s particular food packaging equipment requirements. Goliath serves practically every sector of the Irish food and drink market, inlcuding: Fruit & Vegetable; Food Processing; Bakery & Confectionery; Dairy; Meat;

Soco System provides a complete range of end-of-line packaging equipment, via Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd. 4 3 FOOD IRELAND


Frozen Foods; Fish; and Beverage. As noted above, Goliath is the Irish partner to a number of internationally known packaging equipment suppliers, including the following; 1 Newsmith / Oliver Douglas 2 Toppy 3 Goodman Packaging Equipment 4 OK International 5 Soco System 6 Pester Pac Automation 7 Endoline 8 MJ Maillis The capabilities of the more important of these international partners (to the food industry) are highlighted below.

Box Systems. Headquartered in the US and with a significant presence in the UK and Europe, the OKI range includes case erecting, bag opening, bag lining, bag filling and bag closing, plus carton closing/sealing systems.


Toppy specialises in providing a complete range of pallet inverting, retrieval, pallet transfer and exchange equipment.

in size to suit specific requirements, full custom-built machines are also available.



The Newsmith/Oliver Douglas name is synonymous with robust and reliable washing systems, designed for the particular requirements of the food industry. Oliver Douglas has been manufacturing washing equipment since 1968 and has supplied hundreds of systems to the food processing sector, including many Irish references. Oliver Douglas offers a range of Panamatic Models (tray and utensil washing machines), Rotary Jet Models (rack, tray and bin washing machines), Carousel Models (single person operated tray washing machines) and the Bullit Conveyorised wash, rinse and dry machines (tray and container washing). The traditional method of hand washing and scrubbing food processing equipment is slow and costly and is unlikely to achieve an acceptable standard of cleanliness and hygiene. For effective cleaning and hygiene, it is absolutely essential to have high temperature, high speed washing and rinsing, like that provided by Oliver Douglas and their Irish partner, Goliath Food. All machines have a recirculated wash for economy of running and a fresh water rinse. The hot fresh water rinse is re-used in the recirculated wash which again keeps running costs low. All Oliver Douglas machines are well proven and, in addition to the standard range, which can be altered

Toppy, based in Italy, specialises in providing a complete range of pallet inverting, retrieval, pallet transfer and exchange equipment. The comprehensive product range incorporates both semi and fully automatic systems, plus mobile and fixed options. Today, with a strong base in Europe and over 2,000 global installations, Toppy has proven itself to be a reliable partner for safe and cost-effective pallet exchange and is one of the most important global players in this specialist field.

GOODMAN PACKAGING EQUIPMENT Goodman Packaging Equipment is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of case and tray packing equipment, with a distinct focus on the meat and dairy industries. For almost 35 years, Goodman Packaging Equipment has offered complete case packing systems for toploading products, either horizontally or vertically into the intermediate or final shipper. Goodman’s proven design contains the flexibility and versatility to pack almost any bag, carton, tub, chub or flexible package into a case in almost any configuration. The complete Goodman range may be viewed at OK INTERNATIONAL OK International is the originator and leading global manufacturer of Bag-in4 4 FOOD IRELAND

Based in Denmark and founded in 1964, Soco System provides a complete range of end-of-line packaging equipment. Incorporating carton erecting, pick & place, sealing, conveying, palletising and stretch wrapping solutions, amongst others, the company enjoys turnover in the region of €30m per annum. Today, with strong bases in both Europe and the USA and with over 20,000 global installations, Soco System has proven itself to be expert in providing cost-effective automated handling solutions to the food sector in particular.

MAJOR PROVIDER OF PACKAGING EQUIPMENT Via partnerships with the above international companies, Goliath has positioned itself as a major provider of packaging equipment to the Irish food sector. Centrally located in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Goliath is less than two hours from all major markets, while trained engineers maintain spare parts and service all equipment installed with annual service contracts (reactive/preventative) available as preferred.

CONTACT DETAILS Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Director: George O’Leary Address: Beechwood, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Tel: 067 37893 Fax: 067 34794 Mobile:087 1222816 E-mail: / Web:




ith rising energy costs, companies in Ireland are embracing a more sustainable approach to how they use energy: as a result, they are achieving cost savings and improving their competitiveness. Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), through its business and industry programmes, is assisting companies to make such achievements. One such programme is SEI’s Energy Agreements Programme, launched in May 2006 and aimed at the largest energy users interested in taking a strong, strategic and systematic approach to energy management. Firms agree to implement the new Irish Energy Management Standard, IS 393, and to undertake a fundamental review of their energy use and introduce operational and policy changes to firmly embed best practice in energy efficiency in their business. In return, SEI offers relationship support, advice, networking and some financial supports. Diageo Ireland (St. James’s Gate), Glanbia Ingredients (Ballyragget) and H.J. Heinz were among the first six companies in Ireland to achieve the IS393 standard in 2007. These companies are among the 55 currently participating in SEI’s Energy Agreements programme, including Bulmers, Cadburys, Abbott Ireland – Nutritionals, Silverhill Foods and Donegal Meat Processors. BEST PRACTICE As an initiative within the Energy Agreements Programme, SEI ran the Industrial Best Practice Initiative in 2007, which promoted the use of innovative energy-efficient methods and technologies in Irish industry. The overall objectives of the Industrial Best Practice initiative are:

each. These efforts resulted in substantial savings in: • Energy - 350 MWh per annum • CO 2 emissions - 210 tonnes per

annum • Water - 96,000 m3 per annum Kerry Ingredients changed its ice-bank refrigeration system to a more efficient, direct chilling (water) system and is now generating water on demand at +4°C.

The actions resulted in the following energy savings: • To increase awareness in Irish

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industry of best available technology and energy-efficient solutions for process equipment and utility systems; To raise awareness of how analysing the core process energy demand can lead to energy savings; To increase awareness of how new methods and ‘ways of working’ can be applied to identify and implement energy savings; To promote successful demonstration projects within industry; To reduce energy-related CO 2 emissions by implementing significant energy savings .

Area of savings MWh per annum

Compressor power reduction Blower elimination Pump time reduction Reduced heat gain Total

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Wyeth Nutritionals implemented a waste-heat recovery retrofit in its gasturbine combined heat and power (CHP) plant. This system uses a heat exchanger to extract heat from de-aerated boiler feed water and uses it to ‘preheat’ water before it enters the vessel.

These efforts resulted in substantial savings and greater efficiencies: • Effective steam output of the

CHP unit increased by 346 kW; SEI provided grant-aid assistance to companies implementing projects as part of this initiative. Those of note in the food sector included Kerry Foods, Kerry Ingredients and Wyeth Nutritionals.

• Heat-recovery efficiency of CHP


Wyeth Nutritionals has a payback timeframe of 3.2 years for this retrofit.

Kerry Foods, Wicklow carried out a retrofit on the vacuum pump system used to process their food products. Instead of using one large motor, continuously driving each vacuum pump, it now uses two smaller motors for 4 5 FOOD IRELAND

unit increased by 4.3%; • Gas consumption per annum

reduced by 2,880 MWh; emissions per reduced by 543 tonnes.

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he trend within the food industry is an escalating variety of similar products on offer to the consumer. We are all world citizens and want the ability to enjoy any style of food, wherever we are. The result is supermarket shelves filled with a huge variety of products, creating an ever increasing demand for frequent product changes at the manufacturing level. Most modern production plants built in the ‘90s employ a high degree of automation, but few have the ability to switch between product families efficiently. The ‘conventional’ way to achieve greater flexibility is to reduce automation and employ numerous operators for simple, repetitive tasks. The problem with this model is that there are less and less individuals in Western Europe interested in production based jobs. More recently, the general high salary levels have encouraged manufacturers to consider moving or outsourcing production to lower cost economies. Such a move, however, is not easy to realise and manage, especially for small to medium size enterprise and the risk of failure is very high. Ever increasing transportation costs and the environmental impact of shipping produce around the world supports the argument for producing ‘high variation’ goods close to where they are consumed. Maintaining research and development together with production is also more efficient. Significant changes facing food processors over the last 10 years are being generated by increased levels of consumer sensitivity. The most widespread issue is the need to separate

potential ‘allergens’ (proteins, egg products, nuts etc) from other ingredients. Increasing ethnic requirements, such as Kosher and Halal, seriously limits the practicality of using conventional ‘high volume’ automated systems such as those adopted in the ‘90s. It also presents a significant burden in a manually operated plant, as the human factor has to be constantly managed to minimise the risk to product and brand. Lean production theory offers a superb compromise - embracing sensible automation and providing almost instant change-over times by applying ‘SMED’ (single-minute exchange of dies). There are ‘smart’ manufacturing methods available that, when correctly applied, bring benefits that far outweigh the apparent (and often nonexistent) savings of relocating manufacturing to cheap labour territories.

equipment cross contamination, causing frequent rework or at worst, risking the company brand value. 5. Transporting – additional transportation to and from inventory storage and between processes to meet ‘peaks and troughs’ of market demand. 6. Over processing – technology selected on ‘worst case scenarios’ and applied to the whole as opposed to applying sufficient technology for the application. The 80–20 rule applies in many cases to both process technology and level of automation. 7. Motion – unnecessary movement of people and product between processes due to poor process flow - additional motion being caused by poor plant/factory layout.


The actual and potential cost associated with waste is enormous, leading to higher consumer prices and reduced profitability for producers. Moving the same ‘wasteful’ process to a lower cost economy is not the long-term answer. Smarter manufacturing without waste is the key to sustainable profitability.

In the world of Lean Manufacturing, avoidance of waste is the driving philosophy. The reality for traditional food processors is often the opposite – waste everywhere: 1. Overproduction – mixing more than ordered because cleaning is such a burden. 2. Waiting – operators and expensive process machinery standing idle whilst other parts of the process are being cleaned. 3. Inventory – customer requirements for rapid and ‘next day’ delivery, resulting in huge finished goods and intermediate goods storage. 4. Defects – from human error or 4 6 FOOD IRELAND

IBC TECHNOLOGY Many of the answers to the challenges presented to food producers lies in the use of an IBC (intermediate bulk container) system. A modern IBC System allows a greater degree of automation, whilst assuring batch traceability with ‘one batch, one dedicated storage and process vessel’. This allows fast product changeover (SMED) and virtually unlimited flexibility to meet market


these systems. It is now possible to pack ‘direct’ from the IBC without any feeder at all, allowing complete end-ofline flexibility for minimal capital outlay. A system with an integrated sieve can be cleaned in minutes, allowing ultimate efficiency with even the most diverse production requirements.


Fig 1: Separating the mixer from Formulation and Packing to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

demand, without relying on campaign manufacturing philosophies and large process and finished goods inventory. These solutions are by no means new – IBCs have been used for decades, but often had a pretty poor reputation for bad design, resulting in dusty and labour intensive plants. The trend shift in the marketplace has forced most of the significant powder handling system suppliers to focus their development towards modular IBC systems. This has resulted in rapid technology improvements, some of which are described below.

WHY USE IBCS? The process flow chart shown in figure 1 illustrates how a typical mixer has been separated from both the process of formulating the batch upfront and the time consuming packaging of final goods. In ‘lean’ terms, this means that the ‘non value adding’ operations (cleaning, loading and unloading of the mixer) can be made external, allowing the mixer availability (OEE) to be close to 100%, rather than 5-15%,

which is the norm with traditional ‘inline’ systems. Along with huge productivity increases, the system becomes faster and easier to clean. It prevents cross contamination and allows full traceability of the batch – a major benefit with dramatically increasing product variety and cleaning regularity.

FINAL PACKAGING Whether packing into 25kg bags for ‘business to business’ (B2B) trade or into consumer packs, the traditional focus has been on the number of packs per hour, with little or no consideration to the time it takes to clean the line when changing product. Such an approach is practically useless with today’s production challenges. Cone Valve IBC solutions can re-fill any packing system without the need of a cross feeder to provide consistent top up. A well designed, complete consumer packing line can normally be wet washed in less than one hour, compared up to a full shift with traditional systems. There are very significant developments with B2B packing to simplify

The benefit of charging and unloading the mixer with IBCs is self evident. Today’s trend is to use the IBC itself as the mixing vessel, totally removing the need for ‘on-line’ cleaning, loading and discharge of a fixed mixer. IBC mixing has been used for decades across many industries, providing the flexibility benefits described throughout this article. The challenge has always been how to deal with cohesive materials and even liquid addition – a significant requirement in the food industry. This has encouraged the development of new ‘high shear’ capabilities with IBC blending. It pushes the boundaries over fixed mixing technology more than ever. The results of these developments are truly astonishing. Smart manufacturers commissioning a new project are likely to seriously consider the use of IBC mixing because of the wider lean benefits. Along with system flexibility and elimination of ‘in process’ inventory, one IBC mixer can achieve 2-3 times the capacity of a conventional fixed mixer, reducing investment cost and space requirements.

Fig 3: IBC batch mixer with ‘high shear’ capability.


Fig 2: ‘Direct’ packing from IBC through sieve to 25kg bags. 4 7 FOOD IRELAND

Formulating a batch of typically 10-20 ingredients is a very time consuming and labour intensive task. Smaller operations cannot justify investment for automation, but simply try to improve the working environment.


Larger manufacturing plants face the challenge of handling hundreds or thousands of ingredients. Whilst Big Bags provide an appropriate distribution package for medium sized components, they offer limited in-house process/dosing capabilities. With a Big Bag formulation system, virtually every product requires its own dosing position, no matter how frequently it is being used, making the plant impractical in size and cost (capital and operational). By decanting Big Bags into Cone Valve IBCs, the same level of automation can be achieved with a tenth of the space and a third of the cost over conventional systems. The ‘Flexibatch’ dosing system, combined with smart manual systems for frequently changing micro ingredients, can radically reduce the labour requirement in the formulation area. It also eliminates the risk of human error at this critical part of the value stream.

CONCLUSION Equipment and system suppliers are

Fig 4: Batch formulation using automated ‘Flexibatch’ dosing system.

constantly innovating to meet the challenges faced by their customers. ‘Lean Thinking’, combined with new technology, has the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency and profitability in any business. Faced with the need to cut costs, management teams need to think carefully. Should production move abroad just to take advantage of cheap labour or could existing resources be used to manufacture more efficiently? By


adopting a lean approach with the right technology, improved cash conversion times and reduced wastage could make it more profitable to reengineer the existing plant. But lean manufacturing is a not just a physical change. The message has to be championed from the top to the bottom and with the endorsement of all. Lean is a company wide philosophy, not a departmental project. See for more details.


IFQC Global Certification: Enhancing Trust and Product Value


FQC is the leading accredited Food Certification Body in Ireland. They work with the Irish food industry, through independent Certification, to help their clients transparently communicate key compliance and product quality attributes to their customers. IFQC are recognised by the leading food purchasers and supply chain as being both food and certification experts. As a result of this expertise, they have assisted their clients to become world leaders in Eco-Label, Traceability and Food Quality through accredited certification. IFQC offers a number of certification services to suit both large and small companies. Certification services include BRC Global Standards, HACCP Standards, Eco-Label and Sustainability Standards and Organic Standards.

IFQC are experts in Traceability Certification and they operate in and through supply chains that stretch as far as China and Russia. IFQC can help manufacturers qualify and quantify potential recall exposure and offer certification to standards up to and including ISO 22005 (the international standard for Traceability) that can be used to communicate confidence to markets and consumers. IFQC is an Irish Company and operates internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. All their auditors in Ireland are local and therefore understand the Irish food industry and its supply chain. All IFQC auditors are food experts and trained BRC and Lead Auditors. The BRC Global Standard for

Food Safety is the most frequently used standard in the Irish food chain. Regarded as the ‘minimum entry level’ by key retailers, the standard is also an opportunity to demonstrate your company's commitment to food safety, quality, and legality. Certification is the recipe for Trust and IFQC can help you get maximum value out of the certification process, evaluating strengths and improvement opportunities. For senior management, this means increased knowledge of the organisation’s ability to meet its strategic objectives. In this age of corporate scrutiny, it is imperative to choose an accredited and expert food certification body such as IFQC. For more information contact Bernadette Vernon, Information Manager. Email: Web:

IFQC: Smart Solutions – Enhancing Competence IFQC: Smart Solutions is the sister company of IFQC Certification and the only training organisation in Ireland to gain accreditation by the British Retail Consortium to deliver BRC designed training solutions. Their philosophy is to deliver high quality training, using accredited BRC trainers in locations and environments that suite the individual. For the industry, this means no longer having to travel long distances at high costs to access official BRC Training Courses. Smart Solutions is the market leader in the delivery of high quality training solutions, based on BRC's globally recognised Global Standards, covering Food Safety, Packaging and Storage & Distribution in Ireland. Smart Solutions employ a core team of industry and certification experts who deliver flexible, innovative training with a fun approach

that helps the individual to learn, in various locations throughout Ireland. With many years of experience of working in close collaboration with leading industry experts on the island of Ireland, Smart Solutions combine BRC training materials with the client's own requirements in order to deliver first class tailored and customised training programmes. Smart Solutions will provide BRC Tailored and Customised Learning Solutions. Courses range from the 2-day ‘Implementation of the BRC Global Standard’ to the highly acclaimed 4-day Auditor course, that covers all the topics in the Global Standard for Food Safety. All Smart Solution trainers are BRC accredited, BRC Lead Auditors and proficient in their area of expertise. 4 9 FOOD IRELAND

“For those producers interested in implementation or maintenance of BRC Global Standards, Smart Solutions can now provide a truly integrated approach with the provision of BRC accredited courses for manufacturers in Ireland,” noted Bill Paterson, Business Development Manager. “This innovative and exciting development provides an opportunity for manufacturers to strengthen their BRC programmes and thereby meet the needs of their customers, the major retailers. Our objective is to build long-term partnerships with customers to develop training solutions that complement their inhouse resources and help their organisation to achieve its strategic objectives.” Contact: Bill Paterson, Business Development Manager. Email: Web:




epak has achieved great success since its inception in 1997. Through its members, it has invested in excess of â‚Ź118m in supporting the recovery and recycling of nearly 3m tonnes of used packaging and diverting 2.2m tonnes of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. Membership and investment in packaging recycling has grown from under 15% in 1998 to over 60% in 2006. Its latest round of results indicate further success stories, with an increase in packaging recycling from 565,000 tonnes in 2005 to 603,000 tonnes recycled in 2006. This equates to the average weight of 8.8m people, which is more than double the population of Ireland and has resulted in the equivalent of 463,000 tonnes of carbon savings.

CHALLENGES However, there are still challenges to the success of the scheme. With over 2,000 businesses currently joined up to the Repak scheme, there is still a large volume of Irish companies who are yet to face up to their responsibilities, as laid down by the Irish Packaging Regulations. In 2006, Repak members were responsible for the recovery of 596,000 tonnes, yet in 2006 Repak funded packaging recovery of 603,000 tonnes. This means Repak members funded the equivalent of 101% of the packaging they placed on the market. According to the official EPA waste database in 2005, Repak members accounted for circa 60% of the packaging placed on the market, which means up to 40% of packaging is not funded. Repak can only rely on

Pictured at the launch the First Packaging Waste Prevention Programme are Dr Gerry Byrne, Chairman of the National Waste Prevention Committee and EPA Programme Manager, with Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak.

the successful execution of the enforcement regulations to bring in the shortfall of obliged companies.

WIDENING THE NET Since March 2008, even more companies are obligated to fund packaging 5 0 FOOD IRELAND

recycling. Under the old policy, companies who placed more then 25 tonnes of packaging on the Irish market were obligated: now the de minimus is being reduced to 10 tonnes per annum, thus casting the enforcement net even further.


Reducing this de minimus has been an area that Repak has lobbied on for some time. These regulations came into force from March 31st 2008. It was December of last year when Minister Gormley signed new consolidated Packaging Regulations to support the achievement of Ireland’s EUset 2011 targets for packaging waste recovery and recycling. In response, Repak has already announced membership details that encourage duty-bound companies to meet their statutory obligations. For an annual fee of €400 + VAT @ 21%, companies will be fully compliant with regulations and will not be subject to any back fee charges.

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In addition to this: Annual fee increases will be capped at a maximum of 5% for three years; No statistical reporting of material types required for scheduled fee members; Repak will work with trade and industry associations to develop and agree sectoral Ready Reckoners to assess the potential liability of a business; There will be no cost to businesses that take the Ready Reckoner and subsequently join Repak or prove to be under 10 tonnes; CSR certification; Access to all Repak services and programmes (Best Practice Awards, Packaging Prevention Programme, Tidy Towns, National Spring Clean, Further Roll Out of Bring Bank Initiative, Carbon Footprinting).

RENEWAL OF REPAK LICENCE While recognising Repak’s success to date, Minister Gormley also announced the renewal of Repak’s licence until December 31, 2011. With this renewal, the Minister acknowledged the leadership role of Repak in the Packaging Prevention Programme and recommended that Prevention and Minimisation be set as a core policy objective for Repak and that measures towards this

Repak has supported the recovery and recycling of nearly three million tonnes of used packaging since its inception in 1997.

objective should be included in any policy strategy it develops.

PACKAGING WASTE PREVENTION PROGRAMME Though Ireland’s performance in increasing packaging recycling rates has been outstanding, there is now an increasing emphasis, both within Ireland and across Europe, to allocate resources to the prevention of packaging and a reduction in its use. Repak's Packaging Waste Prevention Programme aims to assist Irish businesses with positive and

practical ways to reduce packaging and to promote those achievements to a wider audience. Colm Munnelly has been appointed to the role of Packaging Technologist Executive for the Repak Packaging Prevention Programme. His role in Repak will involve assisting companies with prevention and minimisation initiatives, so that the overall amount of packaging placed on the Irish market is reduced. Programme measures include studies, publications, seminars, best practice initiatives and the Repak Recycling Awards, which highlight examples of how Repak members are implementing prevention initiatives and including waste prevention as part of their normal operations.

EXAMINING THE SUPPLY CHAIN Studies to be published in 2008 will include an examination of the Supply Chain, highlighting where packaging waste prevention opportunities may exist, and a Consumer Research Study, which will examine the behaviour and preferences of consumers with regard to packaging and waste prevention.

Since March 2008, even more companies are obligated to fund packaging recycling. 5 1 FOOD IRELAND

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY SEMINARS A series of seminars is currently underway with Chambers


Ireland. These seminars explain the implications of the revised Packaging Regulations and offer advice to participants on how to prevent unnecessary packaging. The ‘Prevent and Save Brochure’, initially launched in 2006, is presently being updated to include new examples of Prevention Best Practice within industry, and will also include advice on the ‘Essential Requirements’ of the packaging waste legislation and how to comply with them. Other measures of the programme include the development of a ‘Packaging Waste Prevention Training Course’ and the compilation of a ‘Prevention Toolkit’. Both of these measures are designed to equip participants to make significant changes in their own companies with regard to excessive packaging, where it exists.

PREVENTION CASE STUDIES: CASE STUDY: H.J. HEINZ CO. Heinz has been operating in Ireland since 1993 and now employs more than 400 staff. Heinz have been the recipients of two Repak Awards, winning Best Member of the Year Award in 2003 and Best Prevention Initiative in 2007, as well as being shortlisted on two other occasions. In 2006, Heinz launched three Packaging Prevention Initiatives. Weights of plastic trays were reduced, corrugated cases were replaced with shrinkwrap and plastic drums were replaced with returnable containers. These initiatives resulted in savings of 67 tonnes of plastic and 42 tonnes of cardboard. Heinz clearly understands the importance of packaging prevention and is committed to implementing suitable initiatives wherever possible.

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY Apart from working on these specific measures within the Prevention Programme, Repak are working very closely with the Irish retail sector and other specific sectors within the manufacturing industry to examine ways of preventing the growth of packaging and to reduce the amount of packaging waste going to landfill. The aim of this coordinated approach is to encourage all key players to optimise their packaging systems and to provide them with the tools to be able to achieve this.

The HJ Heinz team receive their award for Repak Best Packaging Waste Prevention Initiative 2007. Pictured are: Gerry Byrne, Minister for the Envorinment, John Gormley TD, Stuart Lawson, Valerie Kirk, Mohammod Hamonda, HJ Heinz, Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak.

CASE STUDY: JACOB FRUITFIELD FOOD GROUP The Jacob Fruitfield Food Group combines two of Ireland’s oldest established companies (Jacobs and Fruitfield), including famous Irish brands such as Jacobs, Bolands, Fruitfield, Chef, and Silvermints. Through its founding companies, Jacob Fruitfield has been a member of Repak since its initiation in 1997 and won the inaugural Repak Member of the Year award in 2002. In 2006, Jacob Fruitfield launched a Packaging Prevention Initiative relating to cardboard cases around delivered product. Through careful design these cases were re-used for finished product. This prevented the purchase of six tonnes of cardboard which would otherwise have been recycled. Fiona Kelly and her team are moving the emphasis in Jacob Fruitfield from Packaging Recycling to Packaging Prevention by initiating projects such as these.

CASE STUDY: ALCAN PACKAGING Alcan Packaging Dublin, specialists in the printing of food flexible packaging, has operated in Finglas for over 50 years and has achieved international standards such as ISO14001, 18001 and 9001. Alcan have dramatically reduced the amount of packaging waste arising on site, resulting in a five-fold decrease in plastic sent to landfill. Alcan, through a continuous and measured process, have examined all aspects of their production to ensure that no more packaging than necessary is used and that all packaging that can be recovered is segregated and sent for recycling. However, it is the development of a compostable flexible plastic food packaging for the breakfast cereal market that marked Alcan Packaging Dublin as leaders in best practice in packaging waste management. Repak Member of the Year in 2005, Alcan continue to show commitment to the environment and their locality and are worthy recipients of the Repak Best Practice Award 2007.

Alcan Packaging receive the Repak Best Practice Award 2007. Pictured are: John Gormley TD, Minister for Environment; Gerry Byrne, EPA; Niamh Cassidy, Alcan, Allan Radford, Alcan, Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak.





007 will long be remembered as a year of extraordinary volatility in respect of the supply, demand and pricing of dairy products on export markets. However, despite fluctuating dairy market prices, removal of EU export refunds, and an increasingly uncompetitive currency position, the Irish Dairy Board reported a turnover of €2,111m, an increase of 2% over 2006. All of the Board’s international subsidiaries reported satisfactory results in 2007. DPI in the US had a very good performance, while the UK and European subsidiaries generally performed well. Internationally, there was strong organic growth in demand for dairy products, helped by good economic fundamentals, particularly in resourcerich importing countries. Coupled with that, there were supply constraints in a number of key producing regions, including the EU, for much of the year. World stocks of dairy products were depleted and EU intervention warehouses emptied quickly. This demand peaked in the third quarter of the year but tailed off rapidly before year-end as buyers held back from purchasing.

CONSUMER FOODS DIVISION The Consumer Foods division was challenged by both the fluctuating raw material costs and the timing of increases in selling prices to recover margin in all markets. The Kerrygold brand grew by 1.8% in 2007 across all international markets and share growth in key markets was again secured. In Germany, the brand performed well and maintained a volume share growth of 0.5%, thus retaining its clear leadership position. Two newly developed products will be launched in Germany in 2008, extending the prod-

uct range. Branded sales in the USA in 2007 increased by 7%, with strong performances from Kerrygold Dubliner, butter and cheddar. In other international markets, modest sales growth was recorded, although the higher prices particularly impacted on branded milk powder sales to African countries. The eastern European markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria performed well, with an annual sales growth of 20%. A presence for Kerrygold has also been secured in China and efforts are underway to provide the food service range there in advance of the Beijing Olympics. The brand was launched in Russia in 2007, with distribution of the foil packed butter initially centred in Moscow and plans are in place to extend this to other major cities and launch Kerrygold cheeses there in 2008.

FOOD INGREDIENTS DIVISION The Food Ingredients division saw sales increase in value in 2007, although the unprecedented price volatility of dairy commodities affected the Irish dairy product mix, with a resulting drop in the cheese volumes produced. The three business units in the UK (Adams Food Ingredients, Dairy Ingredients UK and Meadow Cheese) performed strongly. The DPI division in the US significantly exceeded both its budgeted profit and turnover targets in 2007, demonstrating strong growth for the fifth year in succession. A leading specialty food distributor, with emphasis on perishable products, the division now has six strategically located distribution centres in the US and has developed key partnerships with US retailers by emphasising value added programmes in a market hugely focused on price. 5 3 FOOD IRELAND

Irish Dairy Board CEO, Noel Coakley (right) with IDB Chairman Michael Cronin.

THE FUTURE The fundamentals underpinning the strong global demand for dairy products in 2007 are expected to continue over the long run. However, the record prices experienced in 2007 have had a negative effect on consumer demand in many markets and have also encouraged increases in milk supply both in Europe and the US. This has resulted in a significant correction in dairy markets which we are currently experiencing. “The removal of EU export refunds now means that Ireland is no longer insulated from the vagaries of international dairy markets. In order to build a strong dairy industry for the future, we will need to be more innovative and responsive to the realities of the marketplace in this new era,” noted Noel Coakley, IDB Chief Executive. “Product development will be very important with a specific focus on added value and consumer convenience.” Looking forward, Coakley indicated that increased volatility in dairy markets will be a fact of life, posing significant challenges for the IDB and the dairy industry in general and requiring flexible solutions in order to cushion primary producers from the impact of the more severe cycles.





n 2006 & 2007, the European Commission established public consultations on EU food labelling rules in general and also on nutrition labelling. Many submissions were supplied by Member State governments, industry and, to a lesser extent, consumer groups. Taking all these submissions into account, the Commission later published a summary of the outcome of these consultations and decided that they would prepare possible new food labelling rules in late 2007/early 2008. On January 30, 2008, the Commission published a very substantial legislative proposal to completely re-vamp the existing Directives 2000/13 on general food labelling and Directive 90/946 on nutrition labelling, by means of a completely new piece of legislation. This proposed Regulation incorporates many of the labelling rules contained in those Directives and introduces new additional rules. The proposal for a new EU Regulation [in line with the White Paper on Food Safety (2000) view that food law in future should be introduced by means of Regulation rather then Directive] contains the following new elements:

LEGIBILITY In order to avoid the problem of essential information being too small or difficult for the consumer to read, the mandatory information [name of product, use-by date, QUID, ingredients list etc] on a food label must be printed in a minimum size (3mm) and in a legible format, taking into account colours/writing/background. Voluntary information (e.g. slogans or quality claims) must not be presented in a way that adversely affects the presentation of the mandatory information.

Food and consumer lawyer Raymond O’Rourke.

ALLERGENS Currently, these must be indicated on all pre-packed foods. In future, allergen labelling will be compulsory for food sold loose, including food sold in restaurants.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Mixed alcoholic beverages such as ‘alcopops’ must now include an ingredients list. This will not be the case for wine, spirits or beer, but the Commission is to investigate whether ingredient & nutrition labelling for such products would be beneficial to consumers by means of a public consultation.

ORIGIN LABELLING Origin labelling will remain voluntary except when demanded in specific legislation such as the existing Beef Labelling rules (Regulation 1760/2000). Member States can introduce additional origin labelling so long as it is in line with Codex rules.

NUTRITION LABELLING The rules previously contained in 5 4 FOOD IRELAND

Directive 90/946 will be compulsory. This nutritional information will now also become mandatory on the front of food packaging, providing details of the energy, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates with specific reference to sugars and salt content of the product, expressed of per 100ml/100g or per portion. In addition, the amount of these elements in relation to reference daily intakes [RDAs] will have to be indicated. The issue of the ‘traffic lights’ system of front-of-pack nutritional labelling, advocated by the UK Government, could be permitted under the proposal, as an example of additional nutritional information being demanded through National Voluntary Schemes, so long as it does not affect the visibility and legibility of the mandatory information. Already, many in the UK, including Government spokespersons have disagreed with this part of the proposal, so it will be interesting to monitor the debate on RDA v. ‘traffic lights’ frontof-pack nutritional labelling, as this proposal is discussed/amended by the Council & European Parliament.

TIMEFRAME It will take approximately 18-24 months before this proposal is finally adopted after two readings by the Council and European Parliament. The rules will then enter into force 20 days after the final agreed proposal is published in the EU’s Official Journal. The specific requirement for front-of-pack nutritional labelling will apply three years after the entry into force of the Regulation, while enterprises with less than 10 employees will be given a five-year adjustment period.




ogopak International is marking its 25th anniversary as a manufacturer of print & apply and RFID labellers with a new range of machines, including a high speed RFID real time labeller, and a new control philosophy that raises production speeds substantially. At the same time, the company is launching an innovative system of remote machine monitoring able to reduce the number of staff required to run print & apply labelling equipment. Codenamed QL 08, the new control system for Logopak print & apply labellers uses enhanced processing power to raise the speed at which images are formed in the print-head by up to 300%. This allows a sequence of unique labels to be handled at much higher speed, virtually eliminating any time penalty associated with real time labelling. At the same time, the new control system incorporates faster and more powerful communications facilities, providing easier integration with host packaging lines and the capacity to manipulate more data for factory management information systems. The touch screen is based on full size lap-top PC screen technology, providing much easier viewing for the operator.

jobs and incorporate a quick change ribbon transfer cassette. A full tenyear guarantee is offered on the new range. Also new is the Logopak 515 II TB-RFID labelling system which, for the first time, allows RFID labels – each with unique information – to be created and applied in real time at speeds up to 60-per-minute. This is achieved via a purpose designed data handling system that provides a high refresh rate for the bar code image, while mechanically eliminating any risk of labels getting out of sequence.

REMOTE WARNING SYSTEM Logopak's latest software development is a system that allows its new generation of machines to provide site maintenance engineers – or Logopak's own technicians – with remote warning of any potential problems or need for support. This means that fewer skilled people are required to supervise the end-of-line labelling operation. At its basic level, the system can be programmed to alert service staff to simple problems such as breaks in the label web or print ribbon or labels running out, directing them immediately to the machine for attention. More comprehensive supervision can be provided via the Logopak Control Centre service, which also

LOGOPAK 400 New machinery this year includes the Logopak 400 range, a series of competitively priced print & apply labellers that make the industrial build quality and durability of Logopak machines available to an even larger number of users. Able to produce labels up to 160mm wide, the 400 series machines are available with seven different types of applicator to cater for most labelling

Logopak P3 control panel gives access to print & apply and RFID labelling commands and can be equipped to communicate with the Logopak Control Centre service for remote monitoring. 5 5 FOOD IRELAND

New generation Logopak 400 series printapply machines are compact and feature E-mail communication with service engineers.

allows print quality to be monitored remotely and fresh label layouts and logos to be downloaded automatically when production plans demand. Each machine connected to the Control Centre – via on-site networks and the Internet – is able to download its operating history, its files and software versions, allowing rapid remote diagnostics by Logopak technicians. In addition, the integrated web camera interface allows machines to be monitored remotely in real time, either by the user or by Logopak as a further aid to diagnostics. Software that collects bar code scanner data from print & apply labellers and reports good and bad reads has also been developed by Logopak as a useful method of monitoring quality on a 100% basis in realtime. The new Vigilance software will tell line operators immediately whether quality is beginning to fall away by presenting the results of bar code scans in a pie chart on a web browser. However, this is not a means of verification, usually required by retailers, which can only be carried out off-line using an ANSI grade scanner.




very Weigh-Tronix have launched a new Pre-Pack Division, whose aim is to offer complete customer satisfaction and peace of mind to their food industry and related customers. Avery Weigh-Tronix in Ireland is now working in partnership with some of the world’s largest Pre-Pack distributors, including Ravenwood, Espera and HenkoVac.

Avery Weigh-Tronix’s aim in Ireland is to be a one-stop-shop for all Pre-Pack needs and they are focused on offering a complete sales/service back up, from front-of-line to end-ofline, right down to consumables. With the largest service workforce and branch network in Ireland, operating from Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway, Donegal/Derry and Dundalk, the company is positioned to offer a fast and effective response to customers’ needs.

RAVENWOOD Ravenwood Packaging have produced and supplied a large number of systems across the globe and their unique labelling system can be seen on products in stores such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Morrisons and Dunnes Stores, amongst others. The system is presently being used by high profile companies in Ireland operating in a variety of markets.

ESPERA Since its inception, Espera has been driven by the desire to innovate and in 1959, an enormously important milestone in the company's history was set, when the development and consequent marketing of the world's very first electronic calculating scales was initiated . Consistent consideration of customers' needs influences the company's culture at all levels - from design and manufacturing to installation and after sales service. This is one of the reasons why Espera price-weighing units have such an excellent reputation worldwide.

HENKOVAC One of the world’s leaders combines more than 50 years of experience with craftsmanship and advanced technologies to ensure that all Henkovac machines are innovative and posses a high quality standard. 5 6 FOOD IRELAND

A leading brand, being promoted in more than 70 countries, Henkovac is one of the leading brands for vacuum packaging machines in the world. By thinking global and acting local, the Henkovac machines are represented by a dedicated network of dealers, who along with AveryBerkel can find a solution for all packaging needs.

CONSUMABLES Avery Weigh-Tronix Ireland now offers a complete range of consumable products such as Thermal Transfer Ribbons, Labels , Printheads and a large selection of spare parts for all manor of pre-pack labelling machines, including Bizerba, Markem, Intermac and Ubi, to name a few. As Avery Weigh-Tronix is one of the largest weighing machine companies in the world, they are able to buy consumables at discounted rates and pass these savings on to customers.




abel One, one of the leading label companies in Northern Ireland, is expanding its business into the Republic of Ireland. Label One specialises in the design, print and delivery of self-adhesive leaflet labels and packaging for various industry sectors, including food, software/IT and pharmaceuticals, with over 65% of business dedicated to the food sector. Formerly Avery Dennison, the company has been at the forefront of label print technology for over 30 years and continues to go from strength to strength. The Belfast based business, which employs 30 people, was the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland to be certified as Carbon Neutral, first to be accredited with the BRC/IoP quality system and is also ISO 9000 ps 2000 approved.

ALL-IRELAND SERVICE Now the company is broadening its horizons, expanding its business to encompass the Republic of Ireland market and to ultimately create an allIreland service. To lead the launch into the southern market, Label One has appointed the expertise of Chris Moore, a highly respected Sales Representative with over 13 years’ experience in the Sales & Marketing and Packaging sectors. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to Label One, having worked in prestigious packaging positions across Ireland. At Holfeld Plastics Ltd, a thermoforming company based in Wicklow, he was representative for Ireland’s East Coast, specialising in the food and electronics industry. He then moved to Kenilworth Products Ltd, a pharmaceutical label company, where he was responsible for sales. He worked closely with production on print runs and quality control, gaining excellent technical expertise.

At Label One, staff work in partnership with clients to create labels and packaging that is less harmful to the environment without compromising on quality. Chris says, “Customers get the best of both worlds with Label One. They get the expertise of a top player, along with cutting-edge technology, innovative ideas and a committed, responsible attitude to the environment, plus they get a one-to-one warm, friendly service.”


“This is an exciting time for Label One, the company can build on the strength of its success in the north and implement the very same values and work ethos to deliver a competitive service to new customers in the south of Ireland,” noted Chris.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY For a relatively small company, Label One is extremely advanced in terms of innovation. Not only were they the first label company to be accredited with Carbon Neutral status, but the company insists on using suppliers with a low carbon footprint. Their printing processes produce lower carbon emissions and are registered in line with EU CO2 regulations, while waste minimisation and recycling are standard procedure in daily operations. Label One has even switched its electricity supplier to one using a higher proportion of power from renewable sources. The company offsets its remaining carbon emissions to fund development of renewable energy schemes. With more businesses being urged to think about the impact their product or service is having on the environment, it’s becoming essential for companies to conduct business more responsibly. 5 7 FOOD IRELAND

Quality control is paramount to the team of dedicated staff at the Belfast plant, so much so that Label One has secured lucrative contracts from some of the UK and Ireland’s leading brands. The company also generates bar codes for food and grocery products with an on-site scan and test facility. “Customers can be confident because our technical knowledge is unrivalled,” Chris explains. “We have the largest bank of cutting tools in Ireland, eliminating the need to include origination for label shape and we only use digital plates for a superior quality finish.”

CUSTOMER SERVICE A huge key to Label One’s success is customer service. “We never take our customers for granted and are always thinking of ways to improve our service. We work hard to stay ahead with the latest machines and printing techniques to ensure our customers are getting the best product their money can buy,” explains Michael McGarry, Managing Director, Label One. Chris adds, “There’s always room in the market for competitive pricing and good service, which is what Label One can now offer customers all across Ireland. We provide a Carbon Neutral business, offering state-of-the-art packaging solutions bespoke to any business, big or small.”




he global packaging specialist, Sealed Air Cryovac, and the leader in the field of source tagging, Checkpoint, have joined forces to develop the first integrated system for source tagging shrink bags designed to pack fresh food products. These patent pending, RF-EAS 2010 Food Safe tags are inserted automatically into Cryovac vacuum shrink bags suitable for direct food contact. They allow a significant increase of theft detection at retail. SmartPak tags are certified for direct food contact and inserted inside the Cryovac shrink bags at the manufacturing stage, thus making tampering impossible: the tag cannot be removed without destroying the entire pack. This unique development fills a clear request from large retail for a reliable and cost-effective source tagging solution that would be tampersafe. This anti-theft solution is easily implemented at the food processor/packer, but also at the retailer, as it is fully compatible with the most common security gates in fresh food retail and has already proved successful for a major European retailer, who decided to implement a widesource tagging plan into all of its stores following a successful trial period.

DARFRESH R175 CD MODEL Also from Sealed Air Cryovac, the new Darfresh R 175 CD model is the latest generation machine dedicated to run their unique vacuum skin packaging system. This entry level machine offers food professionals a fantastic opportunity to start with the Darfresh concept which comes with a track record of proven market success. This new generation model provides an automatic entry level rollstock machine for low capacity needs at reduced investment. The R 175 CD thermoforming machine complements

the existing R 272 CD and R 570 CD models. Made of stainless steel and very compact, it offers impressive properties in terms of conception and design, hygiene and ease of maintenance and meets the highest quality standards. This is the first machine of the new generation of Darfresh RCD equipment range delivering the best in class skin packaging.

The new Darfresh R 175 CD model provides an automatic entry level rollstock machine for low capacity needs at reduced investment.

BENEFITS Processors will appreciate the benefits of an automatic rollstock machine acquired at an acceptable investment. Thanks to this new generation equipment, they will be able to achieve attractive costs per pack, a shorter lead time, along with reduced volumes in the packaging room. The new R 175 CD is exclusively dedicated to the Darfresh Original system and will run with a large variety of Cryovac Darfresh base webs (flexible or semi-rigid, plain or printed, available in different thicknesses and colours) and top webs (plain or printed). It is ideally suited for the vacuum skin packaging of a large variety of fresh food products, such as fresh or frozen fish, seafood, meats, poultry cutups, cheese, processed meats and ready meals requiring a long and secure shelf life.

Sealed Air Cryovac and Checkpoint have joined forces to develop the first integrated system for source tagging shrink bags designed to pack fresh food products. 5 8 FOOD IRELAND

The Darfresh packaging process uses specially formulated top and bottom webs to create a vacuum skin consumer pack that fits around the product like a second skin. The top shrink web wraps itself firmly but gently around every contour of the product without distorting its shape. The bottom and top webs are then heat-sealed together right up to the product's edges to produce a securely and hygienically sealed pack. The result is a unique pack featuring: - A high vacuum to guarantee a long shelf life; - A practically invisible top web that surrounds the product like a second skin, giving it a natural look for maximum merchandising appeal; - Total surface sealing that prevents juice migration and keeps surface decoration securely in place; - Fresh meat maturation in the pack; - An easy-peel corner for optimal consumer convenience; - Multicolour printing capabilities for increased communication and attractiveness; - Eye-catching presentation at retail with multiple colour, imprint and label options; - Convenient and cost effective vertical display; - Protection against freezer burn during deep-freeze storage.


packaging is changing the way we shop and eat

greater convenience Innovations in packaging have enabled retailers to provide a much wider choice of food with greater convenience, increased safety and higher quality. And with today’s busy lifestyle, this trend is not going to slow down. For the past 50 years, Cryovac® packaging products and systems have led change in the food industry. And there’s much more to come. See how we can help you keep up with the future and stay profitable. Visit us on: Visit Sealed Air, Cryovac Europe’s Permanent Exhibition Centre, Paris Nord 2, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle Airport







Product and Service Index BARCODING/TRACEABILITY

ADC Barcode Advanced Coding Solutions Ltd Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd AIS Ltd ALS Labelling Solutions Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Codico Distributors Ltd Com-Plas Packaging Faculty of Food Science & Technology Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd GS1 Ireland Heavey Technology Label Art Ltd Label One Ltd Logopak International Ltd Waveform Solutions Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd WrenTech Ltd Zetes Ireland


AB Cheesemaking Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) FAS - Training & Employment Authority Food Safety Interactive Training Irish National Accreditation Board NSAI NSAI (Training Section) SGS Ireland Ltd UCD (Agri-Food)


Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA)

Central Health & Safety Services Ltd IFQC Ltd IFQC SMART Solutions SGS Ireland Ltd Topaz Energy Ltd

Q-Lab Ltd Sartorius Mechatronics Shaw Scientific Ltd Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd


Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Cross Refrigeration IFQC SMART Solutions Q-Lab Ltd CONTROL/INSTRUMENTATION


Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Heavey Technology IFQC SMART Solutions Logopak International Ltd Sartorius Mechatronics Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd WrenTech Ltd

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Cross Refrigeration Festo Ltd Shaw Scientific Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd HYGIENE

APV Ireland Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Cross Refrigeration Enviroclad Systems Ltd Georgia Pacific Ireland Ltd IFQC Ltd IFQC SMART Solutions Teknomek Industries Ltd WrenTech Ltd TESTING/INSPECTION

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Cross Refrigeration IFQC Ltd IFQC SMART Solutions Lennox Laboratory Supplies 6 0 FOOD IRELAND


ABB Ltd Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd AIB Group - AIB Global Treasury Services Air Products Ireland Ltd All in All Ingredients Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Bank of Ireland Global Markets BIM/Irish Sea Fisheries Board Blenders Ltd P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board Com-Plas Packaging Dusseldorf Trade Fair Authority ESB Independent Energy Espac Ltd Festo Ltd Filling Machines & Equipment Flogas Ireland Ltd Georgia Pacific Ireland Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Heavey Technology Irish Exporters Association Irish National Accreditation Board Kingspan Controlled Environments Lennox Laboratory Supplies NSAI

NSAI (Training Section) Norman Lauder Ltd Odlum Group Pegler & Louden Pharmafoods Ltd Q-Lab Ltd Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd Shaw Scientific Ltd Sustainable Energy Ireland Thermo King Europe Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd WrenTech Ltd Yeast Products Company Zetes Ireland HEALTH & SAFETY

Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Enviroclad Systems Ltd IFQC Ltd SGS Ireland Ltd Topaz Energy Ltd WrenTech Ltd


All in All Ingredients Ltd Andrew Ingredients Blakes Ingredients Camida Ltd Cereform Ltd CHR Hansen Ireland Ltd Cloverhill Food Ingredients Ltd Corcoran Chemicals Ltd EDME Ltd Glanbia plc Griffin Foods Ltd Healy Group Heterochem (Dist.) Ltd IMCD Ingredient Solutions Ltd Irish Dairy Board Kiernan’s Food Ingredients Ltd Kilfera Foods Ltd National Food Ingredients Ltd Norman Lauder Ltd Nutrition Supplies O’Brien Ingredients Odlum Group P.K. Chemicals Ltd Purac UK





Puratos Crest Foods Ltd Redbrook Ingredient Services Ltd Tate & Lyle Unifood Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd D.D. Williamson (Ireland) Ltd Wilsons Country Ltd Yeast Products Company

Teknomek Industries Ltd Topaz Energy Ltd Toyota Material Handling Ireland Treatment Systems Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd WrenTech Ltd PALLETS, CRATES & CONTAINERS


Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd

AIC Plastic Pallets Ltd Linpac Allibert Odenberg Engineering Ltd PUMPS & VALVES


ABB Ltd P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Festo Ltd Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Manotherm Ltd Mason Technology Odenberg Engineering Ltd Sartorius Mechatronics Shaw Scientific Ltd Treatment Systems Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd WrenTech Ltd MACHINERY/EQUIPMENT

ABB Ltd Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd APV Ireland Ltd Avery Weigh-Tronix Axium Process Ltd Caterquip Ltd Espac Ltd Filling Machines & Equipment FMC Foodtech Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Kliklok International Ltd Krones UK Ltd Mason Technology Masterlift Ireland Ltd Matcon Group Ltd Moody plc Obeeco Ltd Odenberg Engineering Ltd Record Packaging Systems Ltd Sartorius Mechatronics Silverson Machines Ltd 6 1 FOOD IRELAND

APV Ireland Ltd Festo Ltd Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Holfeld Pumps H.R. Holfeld Ltd Mason Technology Matcon Group Ltd Moody plc Pegler & Louden Treatment Systems Ltd REFRIGERATION/COLD STORAGE

Blakes Ingredients Commercial Refrigeration Ltd Cross Refrigeration CRS Mobile Cold Storage Ltd Festo Ltd FMC Foodtech Kingspan Controlled Environments O’Brien Ingredients Odenberg Engineering Ltd Olivo UK Ltd Shaw Scientific Ltd Trans-Stock Warehousing & Cold Storage Ltd TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS

Celtic Forwarding Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Johnston Logistics Krones UK Ltd Logopak International Ltd NITL Olivo UK Ltd Thermo King Europe Toyota Material Handling Ireland Trans-Stock Warehousing & Cold Storage Ltd Waveform Solutions Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd






Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Repak Ltd Thorntons Recycling Ltd Treatment Systems Ltd


Aerobord Ltd Air Products Ireland Ltd ALS Labelling Solutions Amcor Flexibles Boxmore Plastics Ltd Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Celtic Sales Co. Ltd Celtic Sales Co. (Cork) Ltd Com-Plas Packaging Diamond Corrugated Dollard Packaging Ltd Elopak Espac Ltd Fischbein-Saxon Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Grabher Indosa AG Innovia Films Ltd Johnsen & Jorgensen David Kellett & Partners Ltd Kliklok International Ltd Label One Ltd Limerick Packaging Measom Freer & Co. Ltd Multivac Ireland Ltd Obeeco Ltd T.S. O’Connor & Son Ltd Packaging Centre Ltd, The Packex Industries Ltd P.C. Packaging Ltd Persona Design Consultants Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Quinn Packaging Ltd Record Packaging Systems Ltd Sealed Air Ltd Security Pak Sidaplax - Plastic Suppliers Inc Smurfit Kappa Ireland Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd WrenTech Ltd PEST CONTROL/FLYSCREENS

Farwood Flyscreens Omega P.C.S.






Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Avery Weigh-Tronix Axium Process Ltd P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Caterquip Ltd Commercial Refrigeration Ltd Cross Refrigeration FMC Foodtech Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Moody plc Obeeco Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Silverson Machines Ltd SNA Associates Teknomek Industries Ltd Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd WrenTech Ltd DAIRY

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd APV Ireland Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Avery Weigh-Tronix Axium Process Ltd P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Cross Refrigeration Elopak Filling Machines & Equipment FMC Foodtech Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Irish Dairy Board David Kellett & Partners Ltd Moody plc Obeeco Ltd Odenberg Engineering Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Silverson Machines Ltd SNA Associates Teknomek Industries Ltd Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd WrenTech Ltd DRINK

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd APV Ireland Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Avery Weigh-Tronix Axium Process Ltd 6 2 FOOD IRELAND

P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Caterquip Ltd Cross Refrigeration Filling Machines & Equipment Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Moody plc Obeeco Ltd Odenberg Engineering Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Silverson Machines Ltd SNA Associates Teknomek Industries Ltd Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd WrenTech Ltd FRESH FOOD

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd APV Ireland Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Avery Weigh-Tronix P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Caterquip Ltd Cross Refrigeration Filling Machines & Equipment Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Obeeco Ltd Odenberg Engineering Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Silverson Machines Ltd SNA Associates Teknomek Industries Ltd Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd MEAT, FISH & POULTRY

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers Avery Weigh-Tronix P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Caterquip Ltd Cross Refrigeration FMC Foodtech Glenpak Industries Services Ltd Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Obeeco Ltd Odenberg Engineering Ltd Pharmafoods Ltd Silverson Machines Ltd SNA Associates Teknomek Industries Ltd Versatile Packaging Ltd Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd








Cross Refrigeration Moody plc SNA Associates Weber Labelling & Coding Ltd

All in All Ingredients Ltd BIM/Irish Sea Fisheries Board Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) Moorepark Technology Ltd Relay - Research for the Food Industry Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Axium Process Ltd Cross Refrigeration Teknomek Industries Ltd WrenTech Ltd


Innovate Food Technology




Irish Association Of Seafood Companies (IASC)









Company Listings Advanced Coding Solutions Ltd



ABB Ltd Address:

Telephone: Web: Contact:

Ireland: Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. UK: Auriga House, Precedent Drive, Rooksley, Milton Keynes, MK13 8PQ. (01) 405 7300 (0044) 1908 350 300 Ireland: Robotics Group Manager: Brian Cooney UK: Robotics Managing Director: Martin Walder

Derrynane House, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 883 510 Mobile: 087 236 9569 Fax: (045) 880 934 Email: Web: Main Products/ Citronix printers, Services: Masca laser, Stream feeder, reconditioned Videojet printers, replacement inks & fluids for all printers, full range of shrink wrap equipment, liquid filling, labelling & service. Contact: Director (Printing): Bob Powles Director (Packaging): Philip Cleary

AB Cheesemaking Address:

7 Daybell Close, Bottesford, Nottingham, NG13 0DQ, England. Telephone: (0044) 1949 842 867 Fax: (0044) 1949 842 867 Email: chrisashby@ Web: Main Products/ Cheesemaking training Services: and consultancy. Contact: Christine Ashby

ADC Barcode Address:

Unit 1B, 11 Canal Bank, Hume Avenue, Parkwest, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 620 9777 Fax: (01) 620 9722 Email: Web: Main Products/ Thermal transfer Services: printers, EU178 software, labels, thermal foil, scanners. Contact: Marketing Manager: Celine Wogan

Advanced Packaging Machinery Ltd Address:

718 Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15. Telephone: (01) 861 2141 Fax: (01) 861 2142 Email: Web: Main Products/ Metal detectors, Services: x-ray inspection systems & check weighers. Contact: Sales Director: Stephen Dallas

Aerobord Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/

Askeaton, Co. Limerick (061) 604 600 (061) 604 601 Manufacturers of insulation


Services: Contact:

& packaging products. Sales Manager: John Blessing

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 & Poland, & provides a comprehensive range of treasury risk, cash management & trade finance services & solutions to an extensive domestic and international client base. Our world class teams of treasury specialists deal exclusively with corporate, commercial & institutional customers, advising on & determining exposures in major and emerging markets worldwide. 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 Address:

Unit 950, Western Industrial Estate, Killeen Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 465 9650 (Amy Egan) Fax: (01) 408 0858 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




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

(01) 626 6052 Ingredients, blending services, research & development. Managing Director: Daniel Hickey

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/ Automatic labelling Services: equipment, print & apply, label printers, barcode scanning, HP inkjet systems, service & spares for Avery/zebra/label aire thermal ribbons & labels. Contact: General Manager: Pat Phibbs

AIS Ltd Automatic Identification Systems

Amcor Flexibles



Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products:



Unit 48, Canal Walk, Park West Industrial Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12. (01) 620 5742 (01) 620 5735 RFID equipment, automatic labelling, print & apply systems, industrial barcode scanning, 2D barcode equipment, hand held readers, mobile computers, fixed mount scanning, label printers, mobile printers, desktop printers, industrial printers, barcode printers, labels & ribbons. Supply, install & maintenance of auto ID products. Custom solution development for product traceability suitable for you. Sales Manager: Matt Stapleton

All In All Ingredients Address: Telephone:

33 Lavery Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12. (01) 626 3957


Da Vincilaan 2, B-1935, Zaventem, Belgium. Telephone: 0032 (0)2 416 2611 Fax: 0032 (0)2 416 2631 Email: Web: Main Products/ With annual net sales of Services: €1.9 billion and manufacturing operations in 22 countries across Europe and the Americas, Amcor Flexibles, a division of Amcor, is a market leader and one of the world’s largest suppliers of flexible and tobacco packing. It supplies a wide range of products to the food, beverage, tobacco & healthcare markets.

Andrew Ingredients Ltd Address:

141 Dromore Road, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6JA. Telephone: (01) 842 6222 Fax: (048) 9268 3798 Email: timandrew@ Web: 6 5 FOOD IRELAND

Main Products/ Ingredients. Services: Contact: Managing Director: Tim Andrew

APV Ireland Ltd Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

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

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/ Labelling machine Services: suppliers, service & spares. Self-adhesive labellers and specialist labelling systems, Cross Web labellers for thermoformers and tray sealers. Inline coders, printers and label verification systems. Contact: David Charlesworth

Avery Weigh-Tronix Address:

Airton Park, Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 400 0700 Fax: (01) 400 0750 Email: Web: Main Products/ A full range of Services: maintenance support contracts. Espera labelling equipment; Ravenwood linerless packaging machines; HenkoVac vacuum packaging machines; Atex Systems for Pharmaceutical & associated industries; liquid and bag filling; vessel and hopper weighing; lorry weighbridges & management systems;




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

emergency breakdown service; full range of calibration services including UKAS; high precision balances; project management and project support; provide service for all manufacturers brands not only Avery equipment; software contract support; full range of equipment hire; full range of consumable products, printheads, thermal transfer ribbons, labels. Pre-Pack Manager: Stuart Bird

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.

BIM/Irish Sea Fisheries Board Address:

PO Box 12, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 214 4100 Fax: (01) 214 4132 Email: Web: Main Products/ State Agency Services: with responsibility for sea fishing and aquaculture industry. Contact: Chief Executive: Jason Whooley





Market Development Manager: Donal Buckley

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 Services: Food Ingredients (Frozen & Ambient) Contact: Richard West

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

Boxmore Plastics Ltd Blenders Ltd



Unit 4, IDA Centre, Newmarket, Dublin 8. Telephone: (01) 453 6960 Fax: (01) 453 7607 Email: Main Products/ Mayonnaises, dressings, Services: cooking sauces, table sauces, carvery sauces, relishes in bulk catering, sachets and retail jar formats. Branded and private label. Contact: Director of Sales: David Chandler Directors: Robin Simpson, David Simpson

P.J. Boner & Co. Ltd Instrument & Weighing Specialists Address:

35 Western Parkway Business Centre, Ballymount Drive, Ballymount, 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


Telephone: Fax: Email:

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

Web: Main Products/ Services: Dairy & sauce bottles. Contact: Sales Director: Chris Gaffney


Camida Ltd Address:

Tower House, New Quay, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Telephone: (052) 25455 Fax: (052) 25466 Email: richard.sheehan@ Web: Main Products/ Ingredient supplier Services: to the food & beverage industries. Contact: Sales Manager: Richard Sheehan

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

Caterquip Ltd





Main Products/ Food Safety, HACCP, Services: Health & Safety. Contact: Office Manager: Kathy Dargan


Unit Q19, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 401 1858 Fax: (01) 401 1857 Email: Web: Main Products/ Catering & bakery Services: equipment. Contact: Director: Michael Hill

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, Services: customs clearance. Contact: Sales Manager: 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/ Packaging materials Services: for fresh food. Contact: Managing Director: Paddy Byrne

Celtic Sales Company (Cork) Ltd

Cereform Ltd 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 Concentrates, Topping & Fillings. Contact: Account Manager, Ireland: Damien McDonald

Central Health & Safety Services Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

Block B, The Courtyard, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. (045) 436 166 (045) 438 851


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

Com-Plas Packaging Address:

CHR Hansen Ireland Ltd Address:

Rohan Industrial Estate, Little Island, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 435 3500 Fax: (021) 435 3912 Email: customerservice-ie@ Web: Main Products/ Natural ingredient Services: solutions - cultures, enzymes, colours & flavours. Contact: Customer Services.

Cloverhill Food Ingredients Ltd Address:

Hegarty Street, Millstreet, Co. Cork. (029) 21844 (029) 21845

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Food ingredients.


Unit 3B, 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

Commercial Refrigeration Ltd

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, Domino Print and Apply Labelling Systems. Contact: Sales Director: Noel Cooney 6 7 FOOD IRELAND

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 Sales Manager: Philip Nolan

Corcoran Chemicals Ltd Address:

17-22 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. Telephone: (01) 633 0404 Fax: (01) 679 3521 Email: Web: Main Products/ Raw materials for use in Services: the food & drink industries. Starch, native, modified, sweetners. Contact: (01) 633 0400

Cross Refrigeration (Irl) Ltd Address:


Nationwide with offices in Armagh, Cork, Dublin and Limerick. Armagh:






(028) 3752 6090 Cork: (021) 430 2321 Dublin: (01) 451 1915 Limerick: (061) 417 415 Email: Web: Main Products/ All major types of Services: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning systems installed & commissioned. offers commercial refrigeration, best prices, delivered direct within one week of order! Dedicated Refrigeration and Air Conditioning rental business - check out:





Main Products/ Corrugated, multi-point Services: glued, litho-laminated corrugated, folding cartons. Contact: Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator: Joanne Beckett

Dollard Packaging Ltd Address:

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

Services: Contact:

and Juice Cartons, Packaging Machines. 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 P.V.C. for the Food Industry. Contact: Director: Liam Moylan Director: Mary Moylan

ESB Independent Energy Address:

CRS Mobile Cold Storage Ltd

D端sseldorf Trade Fair Authority



Carnisle, Kildalkey, Co. Meath. Telephone: (046) 943 5000 Fax: (046) 943 5068 Email: Web: Main Products/ Increase your on site cold Services: storage capacity: CRS offer a wide range of temperature controlled storage solutions both new and professionally refurbished for rent and purchase. Our products include 1-58 pallet portable cold stores and 10-106kw portable blast freezers. Contact: Managing Director: Paul Tyrrell


Diamond Corrugated Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

12-13 Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 OLU. (048) 7126 2957 (048) 7126 7094

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 1HG. Telephone: (0044) 1206 393 725 Fax: (0044) 1206 396 699 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food ingredient Services: manufacturer. Contact: Sales Director: Sharon Clayton-Bovill

Elopak Address:

67 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 452 1111 Fax: (01) 451 3938 Web: Main Products/ Liquid Packaging, Milk 6 8 FOOD IRELAND

Tel: Fax:

Dublin Office: Woodford Business Park, Santry, Dublin 17. Belfast Office: 33 Clarendon Dock, Laganside, Belfast BT1 38G. (01) 862 8300 (028) 9051 1246 (01) 862 8350 (028) 9027 8400

Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Utility Supplier. Contact: Marketing Manager: John Conlon Commercial Manager: Bob Turley

Espac Ltd Address:

Rathruadh, Station Road, Glenageary, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 280 5257 Fax: (01) 284 2964 Email: Web: Main Products/ Distribution of packaging Services: machinery & materials. Contact: Managing Director: David Espey General Manager: Fintan KeaneF

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 & training.

Farwood Flyscreens Address:

Unit 6, Hermes Industrial Estate, Ardmore Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 235 0655 Fax: (01) 235 0688 Main Products/ Flyscreens (Pest Control). Services: Contact: Sales Director: Richard Whelan

FĂ S - Training and Employment Authority Address:

27-33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 1. Telephone: (01) 607 7416 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: Manager - Food & Drink Sector: Maurice Walsh

Festo Ltd 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. Contact: Brian McNally

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, bag closing equipment, conveyors. Contact: General Manager: R. Bontemps UK Sales Manager: Y. Mannekens

Flogas Ireland Ltd Address:

Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth. (041) 983 1041 (041) 983 4652

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: LP Gas Supplier. Contact: Managing Director: Richard Martin Sales Manager: John O’Donoghue

FMC Foodtech Address:

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web:

Frigoscandia House, Wolseley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7EF England. (0044) 1234 846 129 (0044) 1234 841 400 6 9 FOOD IRELAND

Main Products/ Freezers, chillers, fryers, Services: ovens, coating equipment. Contact: Managing Director: Mike Cotton Regional Sales Manager: Russell Pitcher

Food Safety Interactive Training Address:

Tievebane, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal. Telephone: (086) 827 9352 Email: 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


Georgia Pacific Ireland Ltd Address:

McKee Avenue, Finglas, Dublin 11. Telephone: (01) 806 8100 Fax: (01) 806 8183 Email: Web: Main Products/ Disposable paper Services: products: wiping, washroom, kitchen & dispensing systems. Contact: AFH Sales Director: Liam Smith

Glanbia plc Address:

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 Address:

Annaville Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 278 2400 Fax: (01) 278 2406 Email: Web: Main Products/ FIBC dischargers, Services: sifters, mixers, valves &






vacuum conveying. Managing Director: Angus Campion






Healy Group Address:

Goliath Packaging Systems Ltd Address:

Beechwood, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Telephone: (067) 37893 Fax: (067) 34794 Email: Web: Main Products/ End of line packaging Services: equipment & materials handling systems. Contact: Director: George O’Leary

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.

Griffin Foods Ltd Address:

Unit 1B, Plato Business Park, Damastown, Dublin 15. Telephone: (01) 826 3960 Fax: (01) 826 3965 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food ingredients, dairy Services: products, flavours, fillings, nuts, colours. Contact: Managing Director: John Griffin Sales Director: Gerry Lynch

GS1 Ireland Address:

The Nutley Building, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. Telephone: (01) 208 0660 Fax: (01) 208 0670 Email: Web: Main Products/ Global supply chain Services: standards, bar code numbering, RFID, eCommerce, Datapool. Contact: GS1 Ireland Helpdesk

HCL House, Second Avenue, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 404 9200 Fax: (01) 404 9201 Email: Web: Main Products/ Healys Chemical Group, Services: founded in 1985, is the market leader in clean label & natural ingredients to the food and drinks markets in Ireland. Actively involved in the chemical, pharmaceutical, tabletting, health care, and mining sectors. Offices located in Cookstown Industrial Estate, Dublin with fully approved ISO 9001 state of the art warehouse, storage (including chilled area) and handling facilities. Healy Group UK has offices & warehouses in Leicestershire, servicing the UK market. A key strength of the group is the ability to source an extensive range of products from various supply sources worldwide. Products offered: Caramels colours, aromatics, pastes. Rice Starches and Syrups. Gelatin and Hydrolzed Collagen. Aromild Plus, yeast extract and flavourings, replacement for MSG. Potato and Pea Starches, potato flakes, granules. Starch, Glucose, Proteins. Glucose powders and syrups, maltodextrins. Potassium Sorbate / Sorbic Acid. Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, emulsifiers & stabilisers. Naturally brewed Soy Sauce, 7 0 FOOD IRELAND


Teryaki Sauce, M&S approved [IR - Gearoid Bradley], Apple fiber and Oat fiber. Brands: Emsland, Nigay, Remy, Beneo-Remy, Stringer, Stringer Flavour, Rousselot, Kohjin, Nutrinova, Cesalpinia, Palsgaard, Kikkoman [IR Gearoid Bradley], Tate & Lyle, Syral, Microfood. Managing Director: Maurice Healy Commerical Manager: Gearóid Bradley NPD Manager: Gavin Walsh

Heavey Technology Address:

Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 626 1458 Fax: (01) 623 3575 Email: Web: Main Products/ Scanning traceability Services: (food tracking), weigh labelling, van sales, thermal printers, barcode scanners/terminals, warehouse management, label print & apply solutions, up to 8 colour labels & ribbon, support & maintenance of all of the above. Contact: Fehin McDwyer

Heterochem (Dist.) Ltd Address:

Unit 49, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin 13. Telephone: (01) 839 3127 Fax: (01) 832 5746 Email: Web: Main Products/ Flavourings, colours, Services: preservatives & other food additives for the food industry. Contact: Sales Manager: Ken Cunningham Accounts Manager: Noelle Shannon





Holfield Group 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.



Ingredient Solutions Ltd

Irish Dairy Board



Boherbue, Mallow, Co. Cork. Telephone: (029) 76981 Fax: (029) 76984 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supplier of quality cheese Services: ingredients to the foodservice and manufacturing sectors of the food industry. Contact: Sales Manager: Gary Davies

Irish Exporters Association


Rivercourt Business Centre, Riverlane, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Telephone: (042) 932 0912 Fax: (042) 938 6864 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food quality certification/ Services: BRC certification / organic certification / eco certification. Contact: Information Manager: Bernadette Vernon

IFQC SMART Solutions Address:

Rivercourt Business Centre, Riverlane, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Telephone: (042) 935 7560 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food standards training, Services: BRC standards training. Contact: Training Manager: Clare Winkel

IMCD Address:

Lakedrive, Citywest, Dublin 24. (01) 469 3153 (01) 469 3156

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Food ingredients. Contact: Technical Sales: Brenda Collins

Grattan House, Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 661 9599 Fax: (01) 661 2778 Email: Web: Main Products/ Export & marketing Services: of dairy products. Contact: Media & PR Co-ordinator: M. C. Moran

Innovate Food Technology Address:

1st Floor, 39 Dame Street, Dublin 2. (01) 887 0112 (01) 677 0686

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Recruitment. Contact: Recruitment Manager: Ann Nooney

Innovia Films Ltd Address:

R & D Centre, West Road, Wigton, Cumbria, UK, CA7 9XX. Telephone: (0044) 1697 342 281 Fax: (0044) 1697 341 452 Email: Web: Main Products/ Speciality BOPP and Services: Cellulose Films for Packaging and Labels. Contact: Sales & Marketing Manager - Packaging UKIN & EEMA: Paul McKeown


28 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 661 2182 Fax: (01) 661 2315 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food and Drink Export Services: Ireland, the food and drink division of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), provides assistance to Irish food and drink companies to enhance their business performance in the home market and to develop/increase their sales abroad.

Irish National Accreditation Board Address: Telephone: Email: Web:

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


Irish Association of Seafood Companies (IASC)

Johnsen & Jorgensen



70B Clanbrassil Street. Dundalk, Co. Louth. Telephone: (042) 938 6977 Fax: (042) 939 5566 Email: Web: Main Products/ Development association Services: representing independent seafood processors and retailers. Contact: Martina Clarke 7 1 FOOD IRELAND

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 Services: and jars.






Sales Manager: Matthew Scott

Johnston Logistics Ltd Address:

Blackchurch Business Park, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. (01) 401 3333 (01) 458 8015

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Warehousing & Logistics. 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

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




Email: Main Products/ Services: Contact:

2008/09 Functional food ingredients. Managing Director: Paddy O’Neill

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

Telephone: Fax:

Purcellsinch, Co. Kilkenny. (056) 776 4044 (056) 776 4060


Tallaght, Dublin 24. (01) 451 3555 (01) 451 0424 Self-adhesive labels, non-adhesive tags, digital print. Sales Director: Gerard Molloy

Label One Ltd Address:

44-56 Dargan Crescent, Belfast, BT3 9JP. (048) 9077 7444 (048) 9077 4067

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Labels, leaflet labels. Contact: Sales Manager, ROI: Chris Moore

Lennox Laboratory Supplies Kliklok International Ltd Address:

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


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

Krones UK Ltd Address:

Westregen House, Great Bank Road, Wingates Industrial Park, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, BL5 3XB. Telephone: (0044) 1942 845 000 Fax: (0044) 1942 845 091 Email: Web: Main Products/ Process, packaging and Services: bottling machinery suppliers, also offering warehousing & logistics solutions. Contact: Managing Director: Andrew Wilson Sales Director: Mark Heath

Kilfera Foods Ltd Address:

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


Label Art Ltd Address:

70-74 Broomhill Road, 7 2 FOOD IRELAND

Limerick Packaging Address:

Eastlink 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 Allibert Address:

Unit 1, Kinsealy Business Park, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin. Telephone: (01) 846 2323 Fax: (01) 846 2522 Email: Web: Main Products/ Plastic Materials Handling Services: Products - Boxes, Bins, Trays, Pallets etc. Contact: Sales Co-ordinator: Peter Walsh Area Manager: Pat Belton

LogoPak International Ltd Address:

Enterprise House, George Cayley Drive, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4XE. Telephone: (0044) 1904 692 333 Fax: (0044) 1904 690 728 Email: Web: Main Products/ Print & Apply Services: Labelling. Contact: General Manager: Wilson Clark

M Contact:

Manotherm Ltd Address:

4 Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12. Telephone: (01) 452 2355 Fax: (01) 451 6919 Email: Website: Main Products/ Distributors of Services: controls & instrumentation. Temperature: 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. 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

Mason Technology Address:

228 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Telephone: (01) 453 4422 Fax: (01) 415 4492 Email: Website: Main Products/ Laboratory equipment, Services: industrial weighing and industrial vaccuum. Contact: Paul Munds

Grants Road, 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 Ltd 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

Measom Freer & Co. Ltd Address:

Masterlift Ireland Ltd Address:

Units 3-5, Block K, Greenogue Business Park, 7 3 FOOD IRELAND

Telephone: Fax: Email:

37/41 Chartwell Drive, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 2FL, England. (0044) 116 288 1588 (0044) 116 281 3000





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, inhouse tool making and screen printing. Contact: Sales Director: Mark Freer Technical Director: Andrew Freer




Email: Web: Main Products/ Services:


Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:

West Carr Road Industrial Estate, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 75N, UK. (0044) 1777 701 141 (0044) 1777 709 086 Chairman: Paul Moody Managing Director: Malcolm Wilkinson

Moorepark Technology Ltd Address:

Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork Telephone: (025) 42 222 Fax: (025) 42 449 Email: Web: Main Products/ Pilot plant services for Services: food companies. Dairy/ food ingredients/beverage/ nutritionals. R & D and small scale manufactue. Contact: Manager: Sean Tuohy Vacuum Packing, Traysealing, Thermoforming Packaging Machinery and Labelling. Managing Director: Derek Nugent Sales: Liam Cronin


National Food Ingredients Ltd Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services:

Moody’s Address:



Dock Road, Co. Limerick. (061) 314 498 (061) 310 878 Seasonings, marinades rusks, coatings, phosphates, proteins, starches, colours. Sales Director: Patsy Bourke 086 256 6263 Paddy Dermody 086 255 2568 Moira Daly 086 254 2459 Jerry McCarthy 086 271 7919

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 & international product & management system standards. Contact: Vincent Delaney CEO: Simon Kelly

Multivac Ireland Ltd Address:

Telephone: Mobile: Fax:

Unit 7, Fonthill Business Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. (01) 643 6810 087 283 4067 (Sales) (01) 630 0826

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

NSAI, Training Section, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (01) 807 3993 (01) 807 3844 7 4 FOOD IRELAND

Email: Web: Main Products/ NSAI offers public Services: courses to help indivduals gain the skills that they require to operate management systems effectively. The range of courses offered reflects the wide range of certification services offered by NSAI. Contact: Patricia Whelan

NITL Address:

17 Herbert Street Dublin 2. (01) 669 0806 (01) 661 1943

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Learning & Research. Contact: Antonio de Linares

Norman Lauder Ltd Address:

2A Richview Office Park, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14. Telephone: (01) 260 0442 Fax: (01) 260 0675 Email: Web: Main Products/ Food ingredients. Services: Emulsifier & hydrocolloids, nutrient premixes, Inulin/FOS dietary fibre, Omega 3, Amimo Acids, protein milk, plant extracts, bioactives, food minerals, IBC - intermediate bulk containers. Contact: Sales Manager: Susan Ellis

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


Obeeco Ltd Address:

Annaville Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. (01) 278 2323 (01) 278 2374

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Packaging Solution Agency Contact: Director: Richard Burke Director: Olive Walker





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

O’Brien Ingredients Address:

O’Brien House, Magna Drive, Magna Business Park, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 469 1400 Fax: (01) 469 1360 Email: pobrien@ Web: Main Products/ Flavours, colours, Services: vitamins, juices, citrates, bakery products. Contact: Managing Director: Paul O’Brien

T.S. O’Connor & Son Ltd Address:

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

Unit C, 67 Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. (01) 295 5696 (01) 295 5741 Self Adhesive Tapes, Labels & Flexible Packaging. Sales Manager: Andrew Haughton

Olivo UK Ltd Address:

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


2004 Orchard Avenue, City West Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24. Telephone: (01) 413 6200 Fax: (01) 457 0219 Email: Web: Main Products/ Robotics, mechanical Services: handling systems. Contact: Business Unit Manager: James J. Deane

Rathnew, Co. Wicklow. (0404) 69 851 (0404) 69 861 High quality flexible packaging. Ivan Cruise

P.C. Packaging Ltd Address:

Derrynane House, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Telephone: (045) 883 510 Fax: (045) 880 934 Email: Web: Main Products/ Packaging machinery/ Services: shrink films, flexible packaging, Belca range of shrink wrappers, Ilapak flow wrapping, Sovereign labelling systems, Sick sensors.

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

Persona Design Consultants Ltd Address:


The Packaging Centre Ltd Address:

Odenberg Engineering Ltd

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

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

Packex Industries Ltd Address:

Unit 1, Village Mills Business Park, 7 5 FOOD IRELAND

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 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 and appraisal consulting, brand relaunch strategy, corporate and consumer brand identity, new product development, name origination, collateral and 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

Pharmafoods Ltd Address:

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, Abtech Premade Pouch Production for Tuna in Foil. Contact: Dermot Brett 086 259 0667 Don Malanowski 086 389 1567

PK Chemicals Ltd Address:

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


Purac UK

Quinn Packaging Ltd



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 Ltd Address:

Unit 1A, Airport Business Park, Cloghran, Swords, Co. Dublin. 70 - 71 Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Telephone: (01) 825 5505 Fax: (01) 825 5506 Email: Web: Main Products/ Bakery, patisserie and Services: chocolate ingredients. Belcolade Belgian chocolate, Puratos bakery & patisserie products, PatisFrance premium patisserie ingredients. Contact: General Manager: Sean McDaid

Managing Director: Anne-Marie Kelly Financial Controller: Aidan Byrne Chem. Lab. Manager: Peter O’Byrne Micro. Lab Manager Brian Healy Business Development Manager: Liz Morris

Rathkeelan, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. Telephone: (049) 952 5650 Fax: (049) 952 5651 Email: Web: Main Products/ Thermoform, print Services: & IML containers for the dairy industry, meat & poultry trays, blown film, shrink & stretch hoods, strapping. Contact: General Manager: Colin Donnelly Sales Manager: John Larkin


Record Packaging Systems Ltd Address:

Unit 41, Stretford Motorway Estate, Manchester M32 0ZH. 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: Managing Director: Edward Murphy


Q-Lab Ltd Address:

PO Box 27, Kerlogue Industrial Estate, Drinagh, Co. Wexford. Telephone: (053) 914 5600 Fax: (053) 918 4575 Email: Web: Main Products/ Microbiological & Services: chemical analysis of food, water & environmental samples. 7 6 FOOD IRELAND

Redbrook Ingredient Services Ltd Address:


Unit 1, Plato Business Park, Damastown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15. Head Office Dublin: Redbrook Ingredient Services Athlone: Redbrook

Blentech Ltd Daventry, UK: Unique Ingredients Ltd Daventry, UK: Dandy Lion Ltd (Honey/Maple) Telephone: (01) 860 4900 (0044) 1327 876 200 Fax: (01) 860 4950 (0044) 1327 312 712 Email: Web: Main Products: Custom manufactured powder blends and liquid ‘Impact’ flavours, seasonings, spices and herbs. Injection brincs for pork, beef and poultry flavour, texture and yield enhancement. Red Arrow: Smoke & grill systems. Raps: Marinades & sauces. Cosucra: Allergan free starch and fibre products. DMV: Milk & whey protein ingredients. Ocean Nutrition: Omega 3. Services: Customer specific manufacturing with technical application advice & support. Contact: CEO: Kieran Fox MD: Liam Egan

Relay - Research For The Food Industry Address:

Teagasc, Moorepark Food Research Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Telephone: (025) 42 247/321 Fax: (025) 42 293 Email: Web: Main Products/ Communication of Services: Food Research Information. Contact: Derbhile Timon Breda Mulvihill Amanda Forde

Rentokil Pest Control Nationwide Coverage Telephone: 1890 869 869 Fax: (045) 852 890 Email: Web: Main Products/ Suppliers of Services: Pest Control to ISO





9001:2000 specification. Pest Control: Michael O’Mahoney


Repak Ltd Address:

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

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Contact:


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): Nick Parsons Service Manager: Robert Green

Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd Address:

Eastlink House, Eastlink Business Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. (021) 488 2388 (021) 488 2389

Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services: Laboratory supplies. Contact: John Molloy

Sealed Air Ltd Address:


Unit 400, Beech Road, Western Industrial Estate, Dublin 12. (01) 456 5303 7 7 FOOD IRELAND

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. Contact: Bob Lonergan Bill Twamley

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

SGS Ireland Ltd 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. 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





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

SNA Associates Address:

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

London E16 2EW, UK. (01) 429 8442 (0044) 2075 401 114 Mobile: (0044) 7768 326 942 Fax: (01) 450 7190 (0044) 7802 268 685 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: Wally McInnes Telephone:

Unit 2, West Stockwith Business Park, Misterton, Nr Doncaster, DN10 4ES. Telephone: (0044) 1924 248 686 Fax: (0044) 1924 248 687 Email: Web: Main Products/ Supply & purchaser of Services: quality food processing machinery, anything from a metal detector to a spiral freezer to a complete turn key factory. Contact: Managing Director: Steven N. Abraham

Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre 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

Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre Address: Telephone: Fax: Email: Web: Main Products/ Services:

Silverson Machines Ltd Address:

Waterside, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1PQ, UK. Telephone: (0044) 1494 786 331 Fax: (0044) 1494 791 452 Email: Web: Main Products/ Mixers, emulsifiers, Services: homogenisers & powder/liquid mixing systems.

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

Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (01) 836 9080 (01) 837 2848 Head, Industry: Brian Motherway

Tate & Lyle Address:


Ashtown, Dublin 15. (01) 805 9500 (01) 805 9550 Training, consultancy, innovation & new product development, research, food safety HACCP, quality, hygiene, specialist testing & analysis. Head of Centre: Declan Troy Head of Food Training and Technical Services: Pat Daly

Teknomek Industries Ltd Thames Refinery, Factory Road, Silvertown,



Brunel Way, Sweetbriar Industrial

Estate, Norwich, Norfolk, England NR3 2BD. Telephone: 0044 1603 788 833 Fax: 0044 1603 418 380 Email: Web: Main Products/ Stainless steel equipment Services: manufacturers & fabricators. Contact: General Manager: Anne Ferris-Jones

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 maxi-length 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

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. Our offer is based on delivering efficient and economic services and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Contact: Commercial Sales Manager: John Staunton





Shell Lubricants Master Distributor

Topaz Energy Ltd Address:

Topaz House, Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4. Telephone: (01) 202 8888 Head Office: (01) 202 8823 Mobile: 086 678 3928 Fax: (01) 283 8318 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 Material Handling Ireland Address:

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

Transtock Warehousing & Cold Storage Ltd Address:

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:

Canice’s Court, Dean Street, 7 9 FOOD IRELAND

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

Co. Kilkenny. (056) 776 3932 (056) 776 3933 Water & Waste Water Design and Engineering. Seamus Crickley Henk van der Puil Tim Vierhout


UCD (Agri-Food) Address:

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: 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 9700 Fax: (01) 620 9701 Email: Web: Main Products/ Voice directed solutions, Services: mobile solutions, stock control systems, warehouse management software, RFID solutions, food traceability solutions EU178/2002, FFA (field force automation), mobile van sales solutions. Contact: Managing Director: Alan Carroll

Weber Labelling & Coding Address:

Kilcannon Industrial Estate, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Tel: (053) 923 3778 Fax: (053) 923 3284 Email: Web: Main Products/ Print & Apply Labelling Services: Systems, Desktop Printers, Laser Coders. Manufacturers of Blank & Pre Printed Labels.





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


9 Naas Road Business


Crosshaven, Co. Cork. (021) 483 2644 (021) 483 1363 Ytron & Matcon mixing & blending, powder dispersion / incorporation, dust free transfer batch systems, powder bins / silo discharging. Michael Wren.


Yeast Products Company D.D. Williamson (Ireland) Ltd



Little Island Industrial Estate, Little Island, Co. Cork. Telephone: (021) 435 3821 Fax: (021) 435 4328 Email: Web: Main Products/ Caramel colours, Services: natural colours, colour blends, liquid & powders. Contact: Export Sales Manager: Anne O’Dwyer

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

Bellevue Industrial Estate, Tolka Valley Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. (01) 834 7133 (01) 834 5830 Yeast production. Managing Director: Patrick Smyth Sales Account Manager: Theresa Gillen


Zetes Ireland 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: sales@ 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: Joanne Weir Sales Manager ROI: Eamonn Long

WrenTech Ltd Weigh-Tech Ltd

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


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

Contact: WrenTech House, Crosshaven Hill,


Unit 1, Coolport, Coolmine Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. National Technology Park, Plassey, Co. Limerick. (01) 822 5123 (061) 333 188 (01) 822 5144 (061) 833 133 Bar coding, label applicators, scanning & printing solutions, mobile solutions, voice data capture, track & trace solutions, in-store data capture, product/price check, shelf edge labeling solutions, proof of delivery, RFID. Sales Manager: Barry Long General Manager: Declan Torsney

Logopak International, Grovewood House, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4XF

Telephone: 01904 692333 Telefax: 01904 690728 Email: Web:

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