Northern Ireland

UK universities are producing enough workers for the food industry to grow, NIFDA claims

Northern Ireland food faces skills crisis: trade body

By Noli Dinkovski

The UK university system is failing to create the right people to allow the food and drink sector to grow, and the anticipated post-Brexit fall in overseas workers will only exacerbate the problem, a Northern Ireland trade body has claimed.

The next 12 months of trade talks with the EU will be critical


Post-Brexit trade talks set to start soon

By Rick Pendrous

The next 12 months will prove pivotal in determining whether the UK can negotiate a favourable free-trade deal with the EU that meets the needs of food and drink manufacturers.

Chef Neven Maguire (left) with Foodovation manager Brian McDermott

New food innovation centre opens in Northern Ireland

By Rick Pendrous

Northern Ireland now has a new focus for food innovation, following the official opening in November by North West Regional College (NWRC) of the region’s first centre of excellence for food development and technology.

Regional governments should be given power to regulate the number of non-UK EU nationals working in Northern Ireland's food industry, claimed the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Federation

Food industry migrant quota recommended

By Matt Atherton

The number of migrants working in Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector should be regulated by regional government, recommends a Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA) report.

The Gardai detained eight leek pickers in Dundalk

EU vegetable pickers detained at Irish border

By Matt Atherton

Eight workers were prevented from harvesting leeks in the Republic of Ireland for a Northern Ireland vegetable producer, after the Gardai Irish police detained them at a checkpoint.

Mash Direct predicts turnover will top £15M

Mash Direct targets growth in south of England

By John Wood

Mash Direct, the vegetable accompaniments brand, is targeting major growth in the south of England and aiming to become a truly national brand across the UK, following a new deal with Tesco.

Mash Direct is driving towards a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months

Mash Direct targets £2M turnover boost in six months

By Michael Stones

Vegetable accompaniments business Mash Direct is targeting a turnover boost of £2M in the next six months, after securing an annual deal, worth £3M, with the UK’s second biggest supermarket Asda.

Wilson was sentenced to four months in jail, ordered to pay £8k fines and banned from poultry processing management

Maggots and old bloodstains – poultry processing case

By Rod Addy

A Northern Irish man was jailed, fined £8,000 and banned from managing poultry processing firms after officials found nine food safety breaches at his business, Upper Erne Lakes Poultry in Newtownbutler.

Northern Ireland's dairy sector made a key contribution to growth

Northern Ireland food firms beat the recession

By Freddie Dawson

Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector is not only weathering the global economic recession but thriving, according to a government report and industry leaders.

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Kerry Foods strikes suspended as talks begin

By Ben Bouckley

Unite the Union says it has begun a conciliation process with Kerry Foods via a third-party mediator, aimed at resolving a pay dispute at the firm’s Omagh site.

Burger factory set for big freeze

Burger factory set for big freeze

By Graham Holter

Northern Ireland meat processor Freeza Meats has unveiled a new £750,000 freezing system at its factory in Newry, County Down.

Battle over cattle meat comes to a head

Battle over cattle meat comes to a head

A Northern Ireland meat firm, which fought back from the brink of disaster after BSE, will come head to head with the UK government next month over...