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As if by magic: colour-changing ice cream

A Spanish physicist has invented an ice cream that changes colour as it is licked.

The ice cream changes from blue to pink as it melts
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Nestlé can secure 100% sustainable cocoa by end of 2015

Nestlé UK & Ireland is on target to become the first top 10 confectionery manufacturer to secure 100% of the cocoa it uses in its products from sustainable sources by the end of 2015.

'Anti-competitive' behaviour hits Real Good Food Co's sales

Anti-competitive behaviour from Associated British Foods (ABF) has stunted The Real Good Food Company’s (RGFC’s) final year sales, its chairman has claimed.

Devro confirms job cut plans

Devro is cutting 130 jobs at two factories in Scotland, the sausage casing manufacturer confirmed in its interim results.

Food manufacturing Oscars: little time left to win one

Time is running out to win a Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Horsemeat report: delays ‘concern’ food industry

The food industry has expressed concern over the fate of Professor Chris Elliott’s final report on the handling of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, which has been delayed until Parliament’s next session.

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to a new study.

Two haulage firms get £278k bill for ‘horrific injury’

Two haulage firms have been ordered to pay a total of nearly £278,000 for safety failings, which left a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver paralysed from the chest down.

Former Tesco drivers keep up demos at depots

Former Tesco drivers are staging further demos at the retailer’s distribution centres in a long-running row over job cuts after they transferred to Eddie Stobart Limited and were then dismissed.

Dairy Crest sells ingredients firm for £1.2M

Dairy Crest has sold ingredients firm FoodTec UK to Adams Foods Ingredients (AFI) for £1.2M.

Sime Darby could take over New Britain Palm Oil

A major stake in New Britain Palm Oil, which supplies UK manufacturers, is being targeted by Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, part of the consortium that acquired Battersea Power Station.

Grocontinental’s £11M investment creates 15 jobs

Food storage and distribution firm Grocontinental has invested £11M in a new warehouse and an overhaul of its fleet, creating 15 jobs.

Harrogate Water Brands boosts jobs

Nearly 30 new jobs will be created at Harrogate Water Brands, following the opening of a new £6M bottling line.

Brewery denies responsibility for Facebook sex ad

A brewery boss has complained to this website his firm’s reputation had been unfairly tarnished by a Facebook advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for foul language, sexual references and drunkenness.

Salty food accusations: food industry responds

Restaurants and retailers have hit back at Consensus Action on Salt & Health’s (CASH’s) name and shame campaign attacking the salt content of salads, targeting firms including Morrisons and Nando’s.

Meat industry to benefit from research project

A new research project could help protect the meat industry against the threat of climate change and food in security, according to the University of Edinburgh.

Food industry fails to share 800M surplus meals

Poverty-stricken consumers are being denied 400,000t of surplus food and the food industry could help solve this problem, according to food redistribution charity FareShare.

Promoting flexitarianism is misleading - dietician

A leading dietician has rubbished claims backing consumers ditching meat from their diets for health and environmental reasons and becoming flexitarians.


First post-quota congress to be held in the UK

Dairy bosses will tackle the industry’s future, after European milk quotas are abolished, at a ground-breaking UK Dairy Congress next year, Dr Judith Bryans, Dairy UK’s ceo, has exclusively revealed.


Food manufacturing awards with James Bond theme

Win manufacturing Oscars with Bond, Blofeld and Pussy Galore

The year’s James Bond-themed Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) are searching for British food and drink manufacturing...

Discount retailers continue to grow
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Aldi and Lidl’s market share hits all-time high

Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl are continuing to win sales and have seen their market share hit...

2 Sisters plants cleared by FSA

Retailers investigate as FSA clears 2 Sisters plants

Retail investigations continue, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has cleared 2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe and...