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Smart glasses to revolutionise hygiene audits

Wearable wireless technology – specifically, smart glasses with inbuilt video cameras – is set to revolutionise the way food hygiene audits and training is carried out, according to the boss...

Tesco blames ‘manufacturing error’ for recall

Tesco blamed a “manufacturing error” after recalling a batch of its Finest Crab & Chilli Linguine, which actually contained its Finest Spaghetti Carbonara.

Aquaculture potential for tidal lagoon

The proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon could be used to farm a range of marine species, according to industry body Seafish.

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Haydens Bakery launches multi-million pound investment

Haydens Bakery has launched a multi-million pound investment plan to upgrade facilities at its site in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Food and drink sectors face a ‘perfect technological storm’

The “perfect storm of societal and technological development” facing the food and beverage industry was under discussion last month in Houston, Texas, at a show organised for the customers of...

Robotics in food manufacture gets government boost

A new £448,850 government-funded research project has been launched to promote the use of robotics in food manufacturing, which hopes to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations.

Fire crews called to Birds Eye gas leak

Four fire engines attended an ammonia leak at a Birds Eye factory in Lowestoft in the early hours of Thursday morning (April 20).

Bakkavor opens multi-million pound water plant

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has opened a multi-million pound water treatment facility at its Cucina Sano site in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Robots will create rather than destroy food jobs

Robotics and automation will create more skilled jobs in the future, despite a report claiming 46% of manufacturing workers were at “high risk” from automation’s introduction by the early 2030s,...


Forget tomorrow, the future is already here

There is much talk these days about the impact of the Internet of Things – the new interconnected world in which machines share data to radically enhance intelligence and control...

Automation needed to avert a labour crisis

UK food and drink manufacturers should turn to automation as there will be a labour supply crisis regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations, a leading economist warns.

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Ammonia leak sparks factory evacuation

Staff at part of Addo Food Group’s Poole factory were evacuated last week, after what the firm described as “a controlled ammonia leak” at the site.


UK’s second largest tea maker – in pictures

Typhoo Tea produces 125M teabags a week at its factory in Moreton on the Wirral Peninsula – making it the largest own-label tea packer and the second largest tea manufacturer...

Sea lice: Seafood giant blames parasite for yield fall

Seafood giant Marine Harvest has blamed sea lice for a 9.4% fall in global salmon harvest last year, after revealing 69% of its Scottish salmon farms broke statutory sea lice limits.

Walkers Shortbread worker hospitalised after injury

A Walkers Shortbread worker was admitted to hospital last week (April 6), after he trapped his hand in a dough feeder while carrying out routine cleaning.

Dairy processor Cotteswold plans for the next five to 20 years

Cotteswold Dairy has built a 4,088m2 lorry park at its facility in Tewkesbury to free-up space for new milk silos, a cold store with integrated refrigeration system and offices. 

Chefs' Choice Awards celebrate foodservice supplier innovation

Professionals from the hospitality, wholesale and food manufacturing sectors gathered at London’s Haymarket Hotel last month to see the winners of the inaugural Chefs’ Choice Awards unveiled.

McCain Foods in profits and sales boost

Oven chip maker McCain Foods GB has reported an 8.6% hike in profits just weeks after revealing plans to invest more than £100M in its Scarborough factory.


Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

The boss at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Morpeth site has claimed her management style has been helped by a greater understanding of how others perceive her – boosting staff engagement...

Meat firm in jobs boost after £10M contract wins

A meat supplier is to create 25 jobs and invest £1M across its two sites following new contract wins worth in excess of £10M.

Food sector must do more to reduce supply chain waste

Britain’s food distribution industry has been urged to combat the food waste crisis by cutting down the amount it sends each year to landfill.

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Conveyor system for handling light powders

A new Z-Conveyor has been introduced by Dutch company Poeth, which is claimed to minimise the amount of light powders left behind in transport systems and optimise production capacity.

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JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

Food and drink processing equipment specialist JBT Corporation has acquired high pressure processing (HPP) equipment supplier Avure Technologies for $57M (£47M) in a move designed to expand its food processing...

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Cheaper flow measurements

A cheaper alternative to Coriolis flowmeters has been introduced by Bürkert for applications where fluid density measurement is not required. 

BrewDog fixes pumping problem

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has installed a new pumping system with the assistance of Xylem at its brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire to overcome a problem with an existing system, which...