New dairy technology centre opens in Artigarvan after £30M investment

New dairy technology centre opens in Artigarvan after £30M investment

One of Northern Ireland’s longest running dairy processors, LacPatrick, has unveiled a new Dairy Technology Centre in Artigarvan, following a £30m investment supported by Danske Bank.  Over 20 new jobs have been created at the site. LacPatrick was formed in 2015 after a merger between Town of Monaghan Co-Operative and... View Article

NI’s Agri-Food sector encouraged to track trends

NI’s Agri-Food sector encouraged to track trends

January is the month for ‘new beginnings’ and with that many new food trends. In 2017, we witnessed the unicorn craze, the love of turmeric and the rise of the eco consumer. What hot food trends await us in 2018? “Through the use of consumer insight, Agri-food companies in Northern... View Article

World’s first naturally enriched omega-3 chicken and eggs with proven health claims, likely to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia and depression

World’s first naturally enriched omega-3 chicken and eggs with proven health claims, likely to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia and depression

A world-first clinical trial delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on behalf of Belfast-headquartered farming and food company Devenish, has proven that the regular consumption of naturally enriched omega-3 chicken and eggs is likely to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia and depression. The results of... View Article

Back the air ambulance – buy UFU calendar at a Fane Valley store

Back the air ambulance – buy UFU calendar at a Fane Valley store

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed Fane Valley support for its big push to raise £100,000 for the air ambulance service.  Part of that drive is its centenary charity calendars and these are now available in 15 Fane Valley Stores across Northern Ireland.  UFU president, Barclay Bell, says he is... View Article

Dairy giant Dale Farm increases profits to almost £8m

Dairy giant Dale Farm increases profits to almost £8m

The company says the “solid” results came in a “year of two halves”. The firm, which is headed by Nick Whelan, saw overall group turnover increase by 5.1% to £389m for the year ending March 2017. Dale Farm Co-operative has its headquarters in Belfast, and owns a number of brands, including Dale... View Article

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