Ambient food producers may not have the short shelf-life issues of their colleagues in the chilled sector to contend with. But those manufacturing canned and dried products often have image and technical constraints to overcome, which new processes and marketing initiatives are helping to overcome. Keep in touch with the latest news from the sector.
01-Apr-2011 - Smaller packaging could become a manufacturer’s best friend, according to data monitor company Mintel.
01-Apr-2011 - There are many potential applications for the US-based Sentry Protection Products system, which won an award at last year’s IMHX materials handling show. The company’s Rack Sentry 100mm cut-out product won the Racking & Storage category of the Design 4 Safety Award at IMHX.
01-Apr-2011 - Forklift truck-related accident rates are likely to rise, according to Jungheinrich UK’s group health and safety manager, Peter Scott.
01-Apr-2011 - Safety expert Arco is now extending into safety management services with the acquisition of ARC Associates UK – one of the UK’s most experienced safety, health and environmental consultancy and training organisations.
01-Apr-2011 - Severed fingers, crushed skulls, exploding offal cookers and slips trips and falls: is it a House of Horrors freakshow? No, it's a list of just a few of the recent accidents in the food and drink manufacturing sector.
01-Apr-2011 - Environment minister for Wales, Jane Davidson opened consultation on the ‘Food Manufacture, Service and Retail Sector plan’ for waste last month. She did so during a visit to Wales’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Premier Foods’s RF Brookes factory at Rogerstone Park, near Newport.
01-Apr-2011 - Geneva has a rich history. The earliest stages of St Peter's Cathedral there date back to 1160. A famous hotbed for Protestant revolutionary zeal in the 16th18th Century and home to church reformer Calvin, the European headquarters of the UN is also renowned for being the nexus of human rights activity.
01-Apr-2011 - The Technology Strategy Board is making an investment of £6.25M available to UK food and drink firms to stimulate innovation in the sector.
01-Apr-2011 - Sales in the grocery sector rose at the slowest rate in two years, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) latest Distributive Trades Survey (from February 28 to March 16).
01-Apr-2011 - January marked the end of the two-year transition period for flavouring regulation EC 1334/2008, which means firms are expected to have completed any changes necessary to comply with the new law.
01-Apr-2011 - As an industry we spend a great deal of time and money developing ‘healthy’ food solutions and menus for schools and support the ‘food’ education of children in school. However, once a child leaves the school gate there is very little support and, in many cases, that education stops when he or she gets home.
01-Apr-2011 - Dorset Cereals has added three new product lines to its brand: handy muesli packs, impulse cereal bars and Good Honest Crunch.
31-Mar-2011 - Mexican is becoming a favourite ethnic cuisine in the UK, according to Sweden-based manufacturing group, Santa Maria, which is gearing up to cash in on the trend.
31-Mar-2011 - Managers at Northumbrian Fine Foods have bought the company off private equity owners and plan to invest in the business in a bid to push turnover above £12m in 2011.
30-Mar-2011 - Unilever says it is spending around £2.6m to upgrade production and expand production at its historic Colman’s mustard factory in Norwich, but admits that it could shed up to 20 jobs as a result.
21-Mar-2011 - Some parts of the canned foods industry are doomed, according to a new report from analysts at research firm Key Note, which predicts that total UK volume sales will continue to fall, despite a predicted rise in sales value.
17-Mar-2011 - Ranjit Boparan is one step closer to taking over Northern Foods after announcing yesterday that he now controls over 70% of the convenience food group’s shares, although one analyst said the industrial logic of a tie-up with Greencore would have been "more compelling".
14-Mar-2011 - A producer of honey with added bee venom has described the Food Standards Agency (FSA’s) rejection of UK - and by extension EU - licensing for his product under the novel foods regulation as “hard to rationalise”.
11-Mar-2011 - The future of Harrods chocolate supplier Browne’s Chocolates hangs in the balance as insolvency practitioner Neville & Co examines its books.
09-Mar-2011 - Greencore said this morning that it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods to rival Ranjit Boparan’s 73p/share offer, which means the Midlands businessman is one step closer to tying the knot with Northern shareholders by March 16th.
07-Mar-2011 - Premier Foods plans to close its distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire as it rationalises its south coast operations, while the firm has also rebuffed rumours of a management change.
07-Mar-2011 - Kettle Chips will shortly begin work on a £6.8m investment in extra production facilities at its Norwich base, in a move that could create up to 35 new jobs.
03-Mar-2011 - The owner of a Grantham-based startup that claimed a Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chilli in March 2010 is calling for investment in his business.
02-Mar-2011 - The battle between food titans Greencore and Ranjit Boparan to take over Northern Foods could still go right to the wire, despite the expiry today of a deadline set by the latter for Northern's shareholders to formally accept his bid.
01-Mar-2011 - By Lorraine Mullaney Diva Popcorn is a new flavoured popcorn that boasts a healthier cooking process: it has been air-popped rather than oil-popped, which means that it has 33% less fat, according to its manufacturer, Fresh Marketing.
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