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Non-invasive test of modified atmosphere packs is introduced

Food processing equipment supplier GEA used last month’s Interpack show in Düsseldorf to launch a novel non-destructive inline test for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) integrity.

Scottish dairy sector urged to raise output

A Scottish dairy boss has called on the sector to “think big” and increase production in order to make the most of the economic uncertainties posed by Brexit.


Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: getting ready

Get ready for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, the 1920s-themed event taking place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 1.

Fire crews battle blaze at cheese factory

A blaze at a cheese factory in south Wales was battled by fire crews yesterday morning (August 15), while firefighters tackled a burning food packaging manufacturer at the weekend.

Automation in food is ‘no threat to jobs’

A drive towards automation in the food industry should not be seen as a threat to workers’ jobs, as it is likely to lead to the creation of a variety...

Fire rips through sausage seasoning warehouse

Fire crews were called to a major fire at sausage seasonings manufacturer Gordon Rhodes & Son’s warehouse in Bradford this week (August 9).


Modern alchemy: profiting from food waste

Adding value to waste products, in an approach known as ‘valorisation’, could be the future for food and drink by-products. 

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Princess Royal opens RR Spink fish processing plant

Trout from Scotland was given the Royal stamp of approval when the £3.1M expansion of RR Spink & Sons facility in Arbroath was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.

Nestlé plans new plant to cut pollution and waste

Nestlé has submitted plans to build a new plant at its coffee factory in Derbyshire, in a bid to cut the pollution and volume of liquid waste discharged into the...

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Confectionery firm reveals magic of marzipan – in pictures

Family-owned confectionery firm Shepcote has been making marzipan from the same secret recipe for almost 50 years.

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Ultrasonic flowmeter for inline measurements

A flowmeter is now available that is claimed to open up the benefits of ultrasonic inline measurement for food and beverage processes where stringent hygiene and corrosion resistance are essential.

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Fresh fruit and veg firm Reynolds gets extra cooling

Reynolds, a supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables, has partnered with temperature control and mobile power specialist Aggreko to provide additional cooling capacity for its packing lines during the warmer...

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Get ready for cooling directive change

Food and drink manufacturers have been urged by temperature control systems specialist ICS Cool Energy to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run-up to planned changes to the Ecodesign...

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Cold store rental provider gains new ISO standards

Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores, a supplier of rental temperature controlled storage for food, has achieved accreditation to the ISO 9001 quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management standards.

Scottish nationalists protest at Tunnock’s factory

Protestors descended on biscuit manufacturer Tunnock’s last week, after reports that the biscuit maker was to remove Scottish branding from its exported products.

Scotch whisky ‘must be protected’ after Brexit

The Scottish government has urged Scotch whisky to be protected after Brexit, after fears that a bilateral trade deal with the US would allow other parts of the world to...

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Two UK food start-ups named in PepsiCo programme

Two UK food start-ups have won a €25,000 (£22,000) grant and six months’ free advice after being named as part of PepsiCo’s first incubator programme in Europe.

Time is now ripe for robot investment

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK have been urged to invest in robots and automation in their operations as labour costs continue to rise, robots become easier to use...

Pladis to feature on BBC’s Inside the Factory

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis is the latest food firm to reveal its inner-workings in the BBC’s documentary series Inside the Factory.

Home Office’s EU labour report welcomed by sector

The announcement by the Home Office that it will commission an assessment of the role EU nationals play in the UK economy and society, has been welcomed by business groups.

‘Shrinkflation’ must be clear to stop shoppers feeling ‘cheated’

Food manufacturers have been urged to make it clear when they shrink products, to stop consumers feeling “cheated”.

2 Sisters’ ram deal ‘to benefit entire supply chain’

2 Sisters Food Group has expanded its partnership with genetics firm Innovis, in a deal which will benefit its entire meat supply chain, claims the manufacturer.

Survey shows food manufacturing optimism has declined

Food and drink manufacturing confidence has fallen since last year, according to the results of this year’s Food Manufacture ‘State-of-the-industry’ survey.


Food Manufacture Oscars: four days left to win

There are just four days left to win a coveted food and drink manufacturing Oscar – a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA) – ahead of the deadline at the end...

GSK plans Horlicks factory closure: 73 jobs at risk

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plans to sell its UK malted milk drink brand, Horlicks, and to close its Slough factory, putting 73 jobs at risk.

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