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Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Fentimans to set up EU factory if UK trade deal fails

Soft drinks maker Fentimans will set up a European manufacturing plant if the UK failed to negotiate a tariff-free trade deal with the EU, after Brexit.

BBC Future Food Award finalists revealed

The BBC Future Food Award finalists include an underground urban salad producer, a seaweed producer and a community seed co-operative.

Costa opens £38M roastery to quadruple production

Coffee maker Costa has opened a new £38M roaster in Basildon, Essex, to quadruple its capacity.

Halal food a ‘bigger market than China’

Halal food and drink is a bigger market than China – worth more than £900bn – and will become increasingly important to food manufacturers when the UK leaves the EU,...

Me and My Factory

Inside Seabrook Crisps – in pictures

Explore inside Seabrook Crisps’s Bradford factory through a selection of pictures taken during Food Manufacture’s Me and My Factory interview with chief operating officer Daniel Woodwards.

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ABP’s new meat processing plant: a look inside

ABP’s new Ellesmere processing plant is leading the way in beef production. Rick Pendrous spoke to the people behind the £30M investment.

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Could cobots be coming to a food factory near you?

Collaborative robots – ‘cobots’ – could be the future for working alongside people.

Meat factory blaze battled in Scotland

A blaze at a meat processing plant in Scotland has closed roads in the area, created traffic chaos for motorists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Me and My Factory

Pork producer’s north-east presence drives sales

A strong north-east presence is helping Dicksons to grow sales, explains md Chris Hayman.

Pea plant to be one of UK’s greenest food factories

Frozen food producer d’Arta UK is to join forces with a farmer co-operative and a bio-energy firm to build what it claims will be one of the UK’s greenest food...

Whisky bottling plant accident probed by police

An accident at a whisky bottling plant in Scotland is being probed by police, after a worker was trapped under machinery at the Chivas Brothers Site in Dumbarton last week...

ME AND MY FACTORY

Pork producer: ‘We’ll continue to innovate’

A meat firm boss has claimed innovation through new product development (NPD), and improved shelf-life and packaging, will allow his business to grow both supermarket sales and its own retail...

Food and Drink Federation launches FDF Cymru

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched FDF Cymru as its new identity in Wales today (March 1), which is St David’s Day.

Pork and bacon producer opens new £3M facility

Pork and bacon producer Robertson’s Fine Foods of Ayrshire has opened a new £3M food processing unit, in a bid to increase capacity.

What's NExT up in supervisory software?

Progea, a supplier of software for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), has released NExT, a modular platform intended to meet the next generation of industrial requirements.

Safe control in explosive atmospheres

Designing and building process control panels requires considerable expertise, especially when they are destined for hazardous areas with potentially explosive atmospheres, which exist in some dusty food manufacturing environments.

Variable-speed drive service is launched by ABB

An inspection and diagnostics service from ABB is claimed to protect operator investment by assessing variable-speed drive (VSD) condition to identify future maintenance needs.

Fill/pass valve controls pneumatic transfer of dry solids

A new weigh hopper with fill/pass valve for dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems has been introduced by Flexicon. 

Marel introduces chicken processing kit to the US

Marel Poultry unveiled a number of new poultry processing developments at last month’s 2017 IPPE show, held in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.

Post-baking dryer targeted at smaller biscuit makers

A new range of post-baking dryers aimed at smaller bakeries producing biscuits and crackers, has been introduced by the Radio Frequency Company.

Magnet removes ferrous debris

A magnetic filter introduced by Goudsmit Magnetics, which meets European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) food safety requirements, is specially designed for the food industry.

Organic food sales worth more than £2bn

Organic food sales grew 7.1% to £2.09bn last year, revealed The Soil Association, as consumer interest in organic grew. 

£2bn fund raises industry’s automation hopes

With the government pledging an additional investment of £2bn a year by 2020 for UK research and development – including a special fund for priority technologies, such as robotics –...

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.