Moody’s, the ratings agency, has cut its outlook on China’s government credit to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’. Photo: Bloomberg

Clifford Coonan in Beijing Moody’s, the ratings agency, has cut its outlook on China’s government credit to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ on the back of a(...)

Nestle’s brands include Kit Kat, Nescafe, Smarties, Go Cat and Shreddies

An Irish subsidiary of the Swiss food giant Nestle posted a €68.1 million pretax profit in 2014, versus a €22.8 million loss a year earlier. Nestle I(...)

Insatiable demand: Infant formula now accounts for 35 per cent or €1.15 billion of Irish dairy exports. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images)

Kerry’s infant formula brand Green Love Plus retails for a whopping €43 a kilo in China – nearly four times the price here. If you’ve ever wondered w(...)

Pfizer CFO Frank D’Amelio made the point there was little crossover between the two companies, meaning that they were “complementary”

Eventually, Pfizer has got the deal it craved. Now the real work begins. Integrating two companies with such wildly differing corporate cultures will (...)

China’s food safety minister Bi Jing Quan with CEO of Bord Bia Aidan Cotter and Wicklow farmer Joe Hayden

Ireland is now the second-largest exporter of infant formula to China, jumping ahead of New Zealand for first time this year. According to figures fro(...)

Dr Niall Barron: “By finding the key to a specific lock we can hopefully minimise the side effects from a treatment.”

Research being carried out at the National Institute for Cellular Biology at Dublin City University is helping make the manufacture of the latest gene(...)

George Mullan, CEO of SIS Group (Support in Sport), which constructs sports surfaces, pictured on the new synthetic pitch at Donnybrook stadium. Photograph: Dave Meehan

George Mullan has just stepped off the plane in Bogota, Colombia. He has flown down from Kansas City to fire an employee involved in a $17 million (€1(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager with SAC Capital Advisor Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Mathew Martoma has been sentenced to nine years in prison for carrying out one of the biggest insider trading schemes on record in 2008 when he was w(...)

Steven Cohen: a judge ruled yesterday that the entire case against him and SAC can go forward. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

A US federal judge has rejected billionaire investor Steven A Cohen’s bid to dismiss lawsuits by shareholders of pharma firms Elan and Wyeth who clai(...)