The representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, Drinks Ireland, has welcomed news that the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has allocated €856,746 in funding to a new brewing and distilling research project.
The aim of the four-year project, which is a collaboration between Teagasc, TU Dublin, UCC and IT Carlow, is to develop knowledge about how to produce and effectively utilise more natively-grown cereals - principally wheat, but also rye and spelt - in the Irish drinks industry.
The results of the project will underpin greater utilisation of natively-produced grain in the Irish drinks sector and identify higher value end uses for the waste streams from the sector.
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Drinks Ireland Patricia Callan commented, "Ireland’s drinks industry has the ambition to become a world leader in innovation and sustainability, and access to cutting-edge research is critical to achieving this goal. This will require government, academia and industry all working together. This funding announcement by government represents a major step forward, strengthening our ambition to utilise as many inputs as possible from Irish farmers.
"We wish to congratulate Teagasc, TU Dublin, UCC and IT Carlow on their leadership and foresight in putting together their brewing and distilling research network, and we wish to thank Minister Creed for his support for this initiative."
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