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New £17M distillery to create 30 jobs

A new £17M Scottish distillery and visitor centre could create up to 30 jobs, following investment from the EU.

Manufacturers ‘must innovate to support growth’

Innovation and investment in new technology are needed to support the growth of food manufacturing, as UK businesses face strong international competition after Brexit, claimed business consultancy RSM. 

Smart food factories move even closer

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) took centre stage at the huge Interpack 2017 processing and packaging show, in Düsseldorf last month.

Bedford oat mill blaze battled by firefighters

Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at a food ingredients factory in Bedford this week (Tuesday June 13).

Carlsberg to go carbon neutral by 2030

Beer giant Carlsberg has launched a new sustainability programme, with plans to eliminate carbon emissions and halve water usage by 2030.

Seafood maker and pub supplier win frozen food awards

A seafood producer located near the Humber estuary and a Manchester-based supplier to JD Wetherspoon have scooped the top prizes at an annual awards that celebrates the best in frozen...

Food firms advised to boost cyber security after attack

Food and drink manufacturers have been advised to improve their computer system security, after last month’s ransomware virus attacks, which crippled more than 200,000 computers worldwide.

Food makers to benefit from new robot factory

A new factory dedicated to building robots for food manufacturing roles, promises to boost firms’ productivity, claims its owner.

Food and drink manufacturers face ‘sluggish growth’

Food and drink manufacturers face “sluggish growth” over the next two years, according to a survey by manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Food-to-go opportunity after millennial demand

Food manufacturers must innovate to take advantage of the growing multi-million pound demand for food-to-go products from millennials, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Unilever sites use 100% renewable wind farm energy

Unilever will power 15 of its UK sites with 100% renewable wind energy, after buying 87% of a Scottish wind farm’s output.

Organic tea maker sets out 10-year vision

Organic tea maker Clipper will be able to meet predicted growth for the next 10 years when its new “best-in class” facility opens in the autumn, according to the man...

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Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

Amid growing concern about the presence of cancer-causing acrylamide in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory...

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X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

Fruit specialist Fruit Gourmet, based at Allemans-du-Dropt in south-west France, has selected an Ishida X-ray inspection system for enhanced quality control, following the installation of the company’s multi-head weighers at...

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Troubleshooting with a high-speed camera

A high-speed camera is available from US company Fastec Imaging, which allows remote monitoring and troubleshooting of food manufacturing operations.

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Risk-based controls come to the fore

Bakery and confectionery sectors in the US are moving from traditional hazard analysis critical control point food safety controls to those based on risk-based preventative controls, says Neil Giles, marketing...

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Control valves for use in steam-raising systems

Control valves for process systems are available from Spirax Sarco, which are capable of controlling pressure, temperature and flow in numerous industrial environments with high efficiency.

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Oil launched for ammonia systems

To meet growing use of ammonia as a natural refrigerant, ExxonMobil has launched a mineral-based oil for ammonia compressor refrigeration systems.

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Screw conveyor takes material from multiple outlets

A flexible screw conveyor, which has a trough hopper that can receive material from multiple outlets of feeders, grinders, blenders and other equipment, has been introduced by Flexicon.

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ERP raises supply chain efficiency

Fresh produce supplier to high street restaurant chains, Reynolds Catering Supplies, based at Waltham Cross, near London, is using Infor’s M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to raise order handling...

British Bacon Supplies plans factory closure

Meat supplier British Bacon Supplies is planning to close its Huddersfield factory, after a flood last year at its sister factory reduced production.

Blaze battled at Banbury coffee factory

Firefighters battled a blaze at a coffee factory in Banbury on Saturday (May 27).

Food manufacture ‘should trump agriculture’: Mondelēz boss

Government needs to focus greater attention on and provide more support for food and drink manufacture – the value added part of the supply chain – rather than agriculture, Professor...

300-job sugar beet plans welcomed by NFU

Proposals for a sugar beet processing facility that would create up to 300 jobs in North Yorkshire have been welcomed by the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Sustainable water supply ‘vital’ for food’s future

Improving flood resilience and securing a sustainable supply of water is vital for the future of the food and farming industry, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

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