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Fresh produce

Added value, seasonal and local sourcing are the hot topics in fruit and vegetable processing these days. But the genie is out of the bottle and consumers want their strawberries nicely tasty, packed and available 365 days of the year. Discover the latest pre-preparation techniques to increase your margins and how to square the circle of availability versus low carbon footprint.

Fruit and veg life extended with new chemical coating

Australian researchers have come up with a way of extending the life of fruit and vegetables with a new innovative non-toxic compound for coating produce.

Halloween horror as 25Mkg of pumpkins wasted

More than 5M pumpkins end up in landfill after Halloween – a real life “food waste horror story” – research by Unilever and charity Hubbub has revealed.

Sandwich manufacturers are ‘cautious’ about technology

Sandwich manufacturers are “cautious” about being the first to market with a fully-automated sandwich systems.

GMO law change will lead to glut of imports

Any deregulation of food made with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the UK after Brexit is likely to result in a huge rise in imports of GM products from Asia and...

Branston in £5M factory expansion to reduce waste

Potato supplier Branston has partnered with Tesco to open a £5M extension of its Lincolnshire factory, which will be used to reduce food waste by peeling wonky spuds for mashed...

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Apple-based ingredient for challenging foods

An apple-based ingredient designed to be added to typically challenging products has had its range extended.

Sharding of plastic film on packs is overcome

The problem of ‘sharding’, where the plastic film covering packs of prepared fruit and salads tears apart upon opening, has been overcome by Sealed Air using its Cryovac Sealappeal product.

Sainsbury may be starting ‘to lag in supermarket price war’

Sainsbury may be lagging behind in the supermarket price war, according to one analyst, after the retailer posted its second consecutive quarter of falling sales, which the retailer blamed on...

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Plant protein shown to boost life expectancy

Replacing meat with plant-based sources of protein significantly increases life expectancy, according to a decades-long study in the US.

Morrisons’ boss thanks ‘food makers’, as profits rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts has thanked the retailer’s “food makers”, after the business reported rising like-for-like sales and profits in first-half results posted yesterday (September 15).

Fyffes seals mushroom acquisition

Banana producer and distributor Fyffes has expanded its operations in Canada, after acquiring its second mushroom business in British Columbia.

Marks & Spencer to slash over 500 head office jobs

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plans to cut 525 head office jobs, after a review of its management structure and operations.

Neonicotinoids in rape linked to bee decline

Research that links neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops with the long-term population decline of wild bee species has further raised concerns about insecticide use, scientists have suggested.

Support for farmers post Brexit should be reviewed, says PTF

The new boss of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has questioned the viability of continuing to support farmers with subsidies following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Chairman appointed at Noble Foods Group

Egg processor Noble Foods Group – which also owns the premium dessert brand Gü – has appointed John Gildersleeve as its new chairman.

London chefs call for polystyrene packaging ban

London’s top chefs have called for a ban on polystyrene packaging in an open letter to mayor Sadiq Khan, citing environmental and health concerns.

Waitrose and Fairtrade Foundation support The Great Fruit Adventure

Two leading charitable food foundations have given their backing to a new initiative designed to raise awareness in the UK of the importance of fruit and vegetables and where it...

Government action needed to protect food trucks through Calais

A “united, cohesive plan” is needed to protect drivers, vehicles and food products at the Port of Calais, according to a leading trade body.

UK farming report slammed by National Farmers Union

Policy pressure group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was criticised for not considering food security in its paper, ‘New model farming: resilience through diversity’, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)....

Potato recall costs manufacturer nearly £600k

Ready meal and potato salad recalls cost manufacturer Swancote Foods nearly £600,000, according to owner Produce Investments.

E.coli food chain probe continues as outbreak is declared over

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate the source of the latest E.coli outbreak that killed two and infected 161 people after declaring the outbreak was over. 

Morrisons sells stake in US online food retailer for £45M

Morrisons has sold its 10% stake in US online food retailer Fresh Direct for £45M.

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Personality candidates battle for manufacturing Oscar

Six food and drink industry leaders are battling it out for the coveted title Food Manufacture Personality of the Year. So, who will you vote for?

Corrugated paper fights plastic for fresh produce share

Some large UK retailers are failing to demonstrate the environmental benefits commonly attributed to plastic returnable transit packaging (RTP) when used for fresh produce, instead preferring it for reasons of...

Lorry ‘slashed’, as Calais transport crisis deepens

The migrant threat to freight lorries at Calais is intensifying, with lorry roofs recently being slashed by stowaways trying to escape from queuing vehicles, warns the Freight Transport Association (FTA).


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