Highlight of the agri-food calendar takes off

Highlight of the agri-food calendar takes off

Balmoral’s new four-day event aims to be the best yet say the organisers of the show. The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s (RUAS) 149th Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank is set to boast a host of new additions this month including a lengthier schedule to meet the demands of... View Article

‘Uncertainty on the horizon for local farmers’ – Danske Bank

‘Uncertainty on the horizon for local farmers’ – Danske Bank

Northern Ireland’s farmers and food producers must embrace change and focus on the potential opportunities that could exist in a post-Brexit economy, while at the same time putting in place clear strategies to deal with short term uncertainty, Danske Bank said at its recent ‘Agri Economic Outlook Breakfast’. The event,... View Article

‘Lettuce celebrate’ – Willowbrook supply from Spain back to full strength

‘Lettuce celebrate’ – Willowbrook supply from Spain back to full strength

It was one of the worst vegetable crisis to hit the UK and the biggest setback ever experienced at Willowbrook Foods but at the time of print UG discovered that one of the UK’s most successful salad companies was back to operating at 100 per cent supply. Unusual weather conditions... View Article

Millions to see the best of local food on airport arrival

Millions to see the best of local food on airport arrival

Smaller food and drink processors in Northern Ireland are being given another ‘lift’ by the region’s biggest airport to help boost their sales. Millions of passengers arriving at Belfast International Airport will be able to see some of the region’s best food and drink producers when they arrive. The airport... View Article

Hamilton opens new Dale Farm

Hamilton opens new Dale Farm

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton opened Dale Farm’s new cheese retail packing facility at its Dunmanbridge facility near Cookstown last month. The Dunmanbridge plant, one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe, houses the latest cheese making and processing technology. “I welcome this significant investment by Dale Farm,” said... View Article

Local retail support vital for agri-food sector

Local retail support vital for agri-food sector

As Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, I lead a new department with a broad outlook and a wide range of responsibilities. It is an economic department guided by a sustainability ethos where our agri-food industry meets our natural environment. I am particularly excited to be taking this role... View Article

Asda secures Farm Safety Affiliate status

Asda secures Farm Safety Affiliate status

Asda is the first retailer in Northern Ireland to be affiliated with a new scheme which will promote health and safety in farming. The Farm Safety Affiliate Scheme, which is being coordinated by the Farm Safety Partnership, was launched by Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs... View Article

GILFRESH TAKES BACK THE POWER WITH £2.5M INVESTMENT

GILFRESH TAKES BACK THE POWER WITH £2.5M INVESTMENT

Vegetable processor Gilfresh Produce has invested more than £2.5m in a new system which will address and tackle its rising energy costs. The investment was supported by Danske Bank. The company has installed an anaerobic digester which will see 120 tonnes per week of waste vegetables being used to generate... View Article

Mash Direct Welcome Home Secretary Theresa May to the Farm

Mash Direct Welcome Home Secretary Theresa May to the Farm

Mash Direct were thrilled to welcome the Home Secretary Theresa May to their farm along with Mike Nesbitt Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and Philip Smith Ulster Unionist MLA for Strangford. They took the opportunity to show the Home Secretary around their farm and demonstrate how they produce and... View Article

UFU IN MAJOR EU-WIDE DISCUSSIONS ON DAIRY AND PIG INDUSTRIES

UFU IN MAJOR EU-WIDE DISCUSSIONS ON DAIRY AND PIG INDUSTRIES

Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president Ivor Ferguson and Chief Executive Wesley Aston have attended the COPA- COGECA presidium meeting in the Netherlands, with EU farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, addressing a number of key issues facing the agriculture industry at present. Several meetings have also taken place with EU farming leaders... View Article