Little Italy: Limited Free Trial

Little Italy is Ingredient Solutions Ltd’s latest pizza topping which is a whopping 35% cheaper than mozzarella* and offers huge cost savings to food businesses where costs are critical.

We are currently offering a free trial for wholesalers, food service providers and distributors who wish to test this great new product’s appeal to their customers.

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Our Covid-19 Emergency Mitigation Plan

Every step has been taken to protect our family of employees whilst producing the best quality ingredients for our diverse base of customers in this unprecedented time.

Our Technical Manager Suma Lakshmana has spent her time focussed on our Covid-19 Emergency Mitigation plan which proved essential in gaining our BRC AA accreditation extension last week, great news for the business, great news for the team, great news for our customers.

The Emergency Mitigation Plan developed by Ingredient Solutions Ltd, is in response to the unprecedented challenges faced by society and the food industry since the Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) Pandemic outbreak.

The Covid-19 Emergency Mitigation plan aims to cover the policy and actions Ingredients Solutions Ltd are taking towards COVID-19. This action outlines the GMP practices employed by ingredient solutions in order to mitigate risks associated with outbreak and ensure all necessary measures are taken to protect its employees, visitors and business from COVID-19 disease. All necessary resources will be provided to all our staff to prevent the spread of the Virus and thus ensuring the continued supply.

A preparedness response has also been formalised in the event of a member staff being infected. All advice given by the HSE will be followed to ensure our staff, visitors, customers and general public will be protected and the food supply chain will remain strong and robust.

If you would like more information on our Covid-19 Emergency Mitigation plan please contact us .

Cheese a vital source of Vitamin D and probiotic bacteria, helping to fight covid-19 respiratory infection

New Irish research has shown Vitamin D to be vital in the bodies fight against respiratory infection. In this article we look at that new research and also other studies which indicate that including cheese in the diet may help our bodies to combat Covid-19.

The new report has been published by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), further studies have been carried out at the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and academics at TCD have also published an article on this topic in the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ).

Dr Eamon Laird suggests that the findings clearly show that Vitamin D deficiency is common, “which could have a significant negative impact on people’s immune response to infection”.

“There is an even larger risk now of deficiency with those cocooning or confined indoors. However, vitamin D deficiency is not inevitable. Eating foods such as oily fish, eggs, vitamin D-fortified cereals or dairy products, and a daily 400 IU (10ug) vitamin D supplement, can help avoid deficiency.”

The research indicates the importance of taking supplements as well as eating foods which are rich in Vitamin D. These include meat, eggs, oily fish and dairy products. Vitamin D supplementation and also eating foods rich in Vitamin D is recommended for the elderly and for health care workers to help them to combat Covid-19

In terms of dairy products milk contains 1iu of Vitamin D per 100g, whilst Cheddar cheese is one of the most rich sources containing 24iu of vitamin D per 100g, compare that to Mozzarella which contains 13iu of vitamin D and parmesan which contains 21iu.

Additional research published this month shows that eating foods rich in Vitamin D are also good for the heart.

The results of that research were published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and showed those with the highest vitamin D intake had the lowest risk of cardiovascular health problems such as a heart attack or stroke. Furthermore that research crucially showed that vitamin D sourced from food was more effective than supplementation in protecting the heart.

Study author Matina Kouvari, of Harokopio University in Athens, said: ‘Consuming foods high in vitamin D may have heart-protective effects. ‘In contrast with vitamin D supplementation, this study revealed that increased vitamin D intake from food sources may protect against heart-related problems, especially in men.

‘To the best of our knowledge, the study is one of the very few to evaluate the separate association of vitamin D intake received exclusively from food.’

2010 Research revealed eating probiotic cheese every day led to a clear enhancement of natural and acquired immunity in the elderly

Research showing cheese to be beneficial for the immune system of the elderly is not new. In 2010 Finnish research showed cheese to be beneficial not because of the Vitamin D but because the cheese acts as a carrier of probiotic bacteria. Not all cheeses contain probiotic bacteria, but good bacteria survive the aging process in some cheeses, including Gouda, mozzarella, cheddar and cottage cheese.

The team asked volunteers aged between 72 and 103, all of which lived in the same care home, to eat one slice of either placebo or probiotic Gouda cheese with their breakfast for four weeks. Blood tests where then carried out to discover the effect of probiotic bacteria contained within the cheese on the immune system. The results revealed a clear enhancement of natural and acquired immunity through the activation of NK blood cells and an increase in phagocytic activity.

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Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range cheeses to the food manufacturing industry. Our cheese ingredients are in products that appear on the shelves of nine out of every ten stores in the UK and Ireland.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.


Dairy Market Update Q2 2020

Hello to everyone. I hope all are safe and well in these tough times. At times like this everything gets put into perspective and the most important thing is the health of our loved ones and colleagues as we deal with the covid-19 crisis. However, essential business also needs to survive in this difficult environment and this is the time for the food industry to stand strong and keep supply chains in place. These are unprecedented times for everyone and life as we know it won’t be the same for some time.

There are always silver linings to every cloud however and it is vital we all keep a positive frame of mind and stand in solidarity as we are all going through the same experience. The recent signs of community spirit and determination to help the most vulnerable members of our society is inspirational and hopefully this whole experience can bring a previously fractured society closer together.

Retail sales have been extremely strong

The global economy has been rocked with currency and stock markets bearing the brunt but so far the dairy industry has held relatively firm despite the recent lockdown restrictions put in place by governments across the world. Unfortunately foodservice won’t be back for the foreseeable future but retail sales have been extremely strong with consumers flocking in their droves to stockpile on all essential items.

Many long term contracts for foodservice have been postponed for now so that will of course have an impact on the market over the coming weeks even if retail sales stay strong. However again, to put things into perspective, it could be much worse when you look at the impact other sectors of the economy have suffered overnight. Even under lockdown people will still need to eat and dairy products are essential so there will always be a market even if there is some short term pain.


While the dairy industry has not seen any dramatic movements just yet, Rabobank expect continued downward pressure on prices throughout 2020. The impact on the global economy will have a ripple effect as Chinese imports are already significantly reduced and the collapse of key global commodity markets and a general global recession will weaken purchasing. The upwards momentum we had seen at the start of the year will be curbed until we see normality again.

Logistics are also proving challenging for global exporters as chilled containers have risen in price in part due to the blockade of Chinese ports. This is a double impact for international co-ops as they will see demand in key export markets in Asia, Europe and North America dramatically reduced and trickier to transport. However these same co-ops will still have considerable milk capacity so their domestic markets may see the benefit with plenty of supply available and cheaper prices available to consumers.

Irish dairy products are high quality and reliable

While there is no doubting the economic impact of covid- 19 it is also important to keep positive and we will now look at some green shoots of encouragement. Ireland is one of the top food producers in the globe per capita with 90% of all production exported across the globe. Supply chains in Ireland are strong and our dairy sector is renowned as a global leader in terms of quality, innovation, sustainability and most importantly in these times reliability.

The quality of Irish dairy products is sustained by a grass fed diet for the herds of dairy cows and every measure will be taken to ensure farmers are protected so production can continue as normal. Other countries are not as fortunate as Ireland as they are reliant on imports and it is also important our food production stays strong so no country is left behind. Ireland’s reputation as the famous green food island is vital at the moment with confidence in other countries capabilities damaged and we have faith Ireland can step in during the world’s hour of need.

We hope all of our customers have not been too severely impacted by the economic shock. We can take solace in the fact that people still need to eat and there will always be an important part of the economy that will need to be sustained by food producers. At Ingredient Solutions we are adapting to changes every day to ensure we keep our families and customer’s safe and supplied. We have built up crucial relationships with our suppliers over the years which is absolutely critical now.

At times like this business needs to show its ability to adapt and we are working tirelessly with our customers to minimise disruption and commercial impact. We are maintaining stock levels to be able to react to needs as they arise. We are also changing internal procedures and processes in line with government guidance and will continue to do so to keep our employees safe.

The dairy sector is very strong and is supported by thousands of farmer suppliers across the continent. The Irish dairy industry is especially robust and all of the co-ops have significant milk pools so we can rely on them to keep our supply chains ticking along. There are enough issues to be worried about in the world at the moment so you can be assured that one less worry you can have is that your supply from Ingredient Solutions will be any way impacted. We wish you and your families stay safe and healthy as that is most important and we can be reassured life will continue.

Yours Sincerely

Ian Galletly

Viral Trends: #inflightcheeseplatechallenge

Cheese is at the heart of an emerging new trend – the In Flight Cheese Plate Challenge or #inflightcheeseplatechallenge on instagram.

It’s a great way to pass the time on a long haul flight and delicious too. Might be best to avoid really smelly cheeses though! Take a look at these lovely examples.

EPIC research: eating cheese can help prevent strokes

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) is very interesting because it involves the study of a huge number of individuals over a long period of time – an average of 12.7 years.

The most recent publication by EPIC was entitled:

The associations of major foods and fibre with risks of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke: a prospective study of 418 329 participants in the EPIC cohort across nine European countries.

The study investigated the associations between major foods and dietary fibre with various types of stroke.


Dietary intake was assessed using country-specific questionnaires, mostly food frequency questionnaires, which asked about dietary intake during the year before enrolment. Based on responses to the questionnaires, the researchers estimated intakes of major food groups and subgroups including meat and meat products (red meat, processed meat, and poultry), fish and fish products (white fish and fatty fish), dairy products (including milk, yogurt, cheese), eggs, cereals and cereal products, fruit and vegetables (combined and separately), legumes, nuts and seeds, and dietary fibre (total fibre and cereal, fruit, and vegetable fibre).

Researchers found that those individuals eating 200g or higher of fruit and vegetables per day had a decreased stroke risk by 13 per cent. Interestingly, those individuals consuming 30g of cheese per day which were found to have decreased their risk by 12 per cent.

Dairy Market News Briefing

It’s a busy day for dairy market news so let’s have a look at some of the stories making headlines.

Firstly, the outbreak of Coronavirus (CoViD19) is being predicted to potentially cause a negative downturn in many world markets including the dairy market. There has been a huge growth in demand for dairy products in China in recent years and the potential size of the market is huge.

The domestic dairy industry in China has seen disruption caused to the supply chain due to the regulations brought in to combat the spread of the virus. There are also fears that there will be a general decrease in demand as a result of CoViD19 which will also impact imports to China. A further issue is that the virus is causing the financial markets to wobble generally causing fears of a downturn for the global economy.

Another story which features the dairy market that is in the news today are the US trade talks in India. India is another growing market for dairy products and there is potential for new US/India trading partnerships as a result of the talks. India is a huge market so US analysts believe that it will take some pressure from reliance on Chinese trade. The recent resumption of trade between the US and China is likely to be negatively impacted by CoVid19.

Finally we look at another headline in the press today that concerns Australia. The Australian dairy industry was deregulated in 2001, but talks are in process to potentially reintroduce a degree of government intervention through the establishment of an independent market operator (IMO) for Western Australia to oversee the industry and set minimum farmgate milk prices.

Bernie Ahern receives Irish Exporters Association Certificate in International Trade

Simon McKeever, CEO Irish Exporters Association, Bernie Aherne, Ingredient Solutions Ltd, Niall Burgen, Secretary General Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of Irish exporters, on Thursday evening welcomed the graduation of 42 businesspeople in its Certificate in International Trade. They included our very own Bernie Ahern. Bernie Ahern has been a valuable and loyal member of the Ingredient Solutions team for 14 years. The 2019 IEA graduates were joined by the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Niall Burgess who spoke about the importance of customs expertise in Ireland at present.

The IEA qualification, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, brings together the practical and operational aspects of international trading. The professional qualification is of particular importance given the UK’s departure from the EU and the new trading arrangements that will be negotiated in the weeks and months ahead.

Simon McKeever, CEO, Irish Exporters Association commented:
“With negotiations on a future trade deal between the EU and UK due to commence, the relevance of the IEA’s Certificate in International Trade is particularly valuable to any business exporting to or importing from the UK and any country outside of the EU Single Market. Given that the current trading arrangements enjoyed by the EU-27 and the UK will not be the same from 1 January 2021, businesses need to be prepared.

The Withdrawal agreement came into force on 1 February, prompting the next phase in the Brexit process – forging a new trading arrangement. While Irish businesses heaved a sigh of relief when an agreement was reached, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done and we cannot afford to become complacent. At a minimum we expect a massive increase in the amount of paperwork which will need to be filed. Practical skills and an understanding of the international trading environment will support businesses operating in turbulent trading times.

I would like to thank our President David Carthy, former IEA President Marie Armstrong, Martin McVicar of Combilift, John Mee, Supply Chain Excellence and Business Analytics Manager Glanbia and the members of the Steering committee (Glanbia, Intel, Combilift, DB Schenker, Alba Consulting) for your support in bringing this certificate to fruition.

My congratulations to the graduates. I would like to thank the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Niall Burgess, for his support and the support of his department.”

Niall Burgess, Secretary General Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said:
“Knowledge of international trade requirements is vital for companies as they work to diversify their markets. I am delighted to have had this opportunity to present the first certificates awarded by the Irish Exporters Association aimed at supporting and promoting practical on the job training in this important skillset. “

The IEA Certificate in International Trade was launched by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D., a year ago (13 February 2019) alongside the then President of the IEA Marie Armstrong, IEA CEO Simon McKeever and the Managing Director of Combilift Martin McVicar.

Smile! Cheese is Good for your Teeth

A cheeseboard after a meal is a delicious way to finish a meal and it is also very good for your teeth. It is a great alternative to sugary snacks and carbs and cheese also acts preventatively against cavities. 

So why is cheese so great for your teeth? Not only does it have high levels of phosphate and calcium, which naturally strengthen teeth and bones, but it also helps balance the pH level in your mouth, which means less harmful acid, more cleansing saliva and fewer cavities.

Cheese is a saliva maker. The alkaline nature of saliva counteracts the acids formed in plaque. The rate of sugar clearance is also increased due to the diluting action of cheese-stimulated saliva.

The calcium in cheese, and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods and they also help rebuild tooth enamel.

A 2013 Study concluded “It looks like dairy does the mouth good, not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”2.

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US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: The effect of cheese on dental caries: a review of the literature

2. Science Daily: Cheese may prevent cavities

Ingredient Solutions Ltd supply a wide range of cheeses to the food industry. We are well known for our superb range of cheddar cheeses. Our Yellow Road cheese is the leading food service brand in Ireland and we are now able to supply dairy free solutions for cheese loving vegans.

Get in touch with our team to order cheese ingredients for your food business.

Blue Cheese may be beneficial for mental health

blue cheese and mental healthResearchers at Kobe University in Japan have discovered that that LH dipeptide, a constituent of blue cheese and also a constituent of the fermented Japanese soy product “natto”, may be beneficial for mental health. It is likely that there’ll be significant developments on this story over the course of 2020.

It is well established that microglia, immune cells in the central nervous system, remove waste products from our brains but may contribute to the development of depression as this process can result in inflammation in the brain. The new studies suggest that LH dipeptide can reduce that inflammation and thus reduce / prevent depression or inflammatory-related mood disorders.

So far the studies have been carried out on mice, however further studies on humans are planned. The researchers propose that it suggests that eating blue cheese may be a safe preventative measure to combat depression.

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Christmas at Ingredient Solutions

2019 has been an eventful year at Ingredient Solutions Ltd and it was great to celebrate it at our Christmas party. We are looking forward to further success in 2020. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

We welcomed Stiana O’Donoghue to the team in January as he took the role of chief operations officer. He’s settled well into the team and has brought new ideas and a fresh approach to our Boherbue facility. Delighted to have him on board.

Our long-time colleague Gary Davies completed his first year in his new position as Director of Sales. He’s had an interesting year developing new links and meeting a swathe of new customers from all over the world. Gary and the sales team are always at hand to help with your businesses cheese requirements.

In 2019 we launched a new range of vegan cheese alternatives. Ingredient Solutions Vegan cheese alternatives have shown themselves to be very popular amongst existing and new customers. Get in touch with the sales team for more information.

And now – what you’ve been wanting to see – here are some photos from our recent, very enjoyable, Christmas party in Kerry.



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