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Co Armagh food businesses including the Yellow Door enjoy a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall as part of the Year of Food and Drink.

ASSEMBLY elections confirm the DUP as the biggest political party in Northern Ireland and lead to a shake-up of government departments and the abolition of the Department for Employment, the functions of which are subsumed into the Department for the Economy.

A REVIEW is launched into the administration of a multimillion-pound catering contract for the Waterfront Hall that had been held for more than a decade.

THE Mount Charles Group operated the contract for the Belfast City Council building from 2002 right up until this year.

BUSINESS Telegraph reveals that Belfast-based feed company Thompson's is to buy part of McLarnon Feeds from poultry giant Moy Park.

CONSTRUCTION boss Damien O'Callaghan, of Heron Bros in Co Londonderry, declares the trade "completely dead" in the home market and vows that the hunt for work in Great Britain - a trend since the early 2010s - will go on.

CO Londonderry housebuilder Taggart says it is recruiting 300 new staff as one of the biggest comebacks in the province's business world takes hold.

DELTA Print and Packaging in west Belfast, led by Terry Cross, is taken over by Huhtamaki, a Finnish company with a large operation in Lurgan.

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