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Manufacturing & Technology

Finnebrogue Invests £2.8M Into Plant-Based Facility After Output Grows Threefold

Finnebrogue — a Northern Ireland-based producer of both conventional and plant-based meat products — has announced that it is upgrading its plant-based facility to accommodate further growth within the category. In total, the company is planning to invest £2.8 million into the three-year-old facility. 2,846 solar panels, which will come on stream this month, have already been installed on the roof to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy security. Car parking and infrastructure at the site are also currently being expanded, with this work expected to be complete by the end of the year. Overall, the new investment is expected to cut carbon emissions by 580t while providing more room for growth. Finnebrogue’s plant-based output is reportedly up threefold since 2021, with further expansion expected. …


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Sweets & Snacks

Owner of Northern Ireland Bakery Says Vegan and Gluten-Free Products Are the Future

A bakery owner from Northern Ireland has said that vegan products are “the future” and that restaurants and bakeries should offer more inclusive options, noting that while there was little demand for plant-based products when the bakery opened 12 years ago, this was changing fast. Jennifer Stewart of Belfast’s Bread and Banjo Bakery said that veganism “really isn’t that hard to cater for”, explaining that she had swapped milk and butter in some products for vegan alternatives. On Instagram, she described glazing some baked goods with oat milk instead of eggs to make them suitable for vegans. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Stewart said, “I think veganism is becoming more popular and there are more and more vegan alternatives out there. It is the healthier …