IDB appoints Toal to head up British unit
THE Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has appointed Ian Toal as chief executive of its British consumer foods business, Adams Foods.
He is expected to take up the position later this summer. Mr Toal is currently managing director of IAWS Foods UK. Employing 700 people, Adams Foods Limited has a range of dairy products under the Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice Brands.
Arann backer signs 10-year Easyjet deal
STOBART, the UK transport group, has signed a 10-year deal with Easyjet that will see the airline use the group's Southend Airport beginning in 2012. Stobart is a financial backer of Aer Arann, which is also servicing Southend as part of its expansion efforts. Easyjet will operate 70 flights per week, with Stobart hoping the services will attract about 800,000 passengers a year to its airport.
Farming in fashion, says economist
THE agri-business sector created 3,000 jobs last year and agriculture is now an attractive investment opportunity, according to economist Jim Power. At a conference on food and agri-business in Croke Park, Mr Power said the jobs were largely filled by young people entering farming, and by new employment in small businesses.
'Guardian' to adopt digital-first strategy
'THE Guardian' newspaper is to become a "digital-first" organisation, its parent company said yesterday. Guardian News & Media said the move was a response to what it called "inexorable trends" in media consumption. The change will be reflected in the newspaper's content, which will contain more analysis and less news than is currently the case.
HP suing Oracle in microchip dispute
HEWLETT Packard (HP) is suing Oracle over a chip dispute in the latest clash between the two former allies. The lawsuit accuses Oracle of behaving illegally in deciding that future versions of its database software will not support one line of HP servers. The servers use an Itanium chip that Oracle insists is being phased out. HP claims that Oracle's decision to stop the support will hurt its clients.