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.
14-Jun-2013 - Kale has become the ‘must use’ ingredient for UK soup and snack manufacturers that are increasingly tempted by its nutritional benefits and attractive appearance, according to the latest industry insights.
05-Jun-2013 - British food is becoming increasingly popular with youngsters, reveals the latest ShopperVista survey from grocery think-tank IGD.
04-Jun-2013 - A horizontal flow wrapper has been designed for packaging fruit and vegetables, bakery, confectionery, snacks and general foods.
03-Jun-2013 - Food manufacturers such as McCain Foods have been forced to use fewer British potatoes as prices soar in the wake of last year’s poor harvest.
20-May-2013 - Waitrose is considering legal action after its long-term online grocery distribution partner Ocado signed a deal with Morrisons last week.
17-May-2013 - Supermarket Morrisons has agreed a partnership with the online distribution business Ocado – including the acquisition of its distribution centre – in a deal that will see deliveries to customers start by January 2014.
08-May-2013 - Sainsbury boss Justin King – “the grandfather of UK supermarkets” – has drawn praise from City analyst Shore Capital, after the nation’s third largest retailer reported sales, including fuel, up by 4.5% to £23.3bn for the year to March 16.
30-Apr-2013 - Processing up to nine tonnes of fresh vegetables for the retail and catering sectors seven days a week, demands impeccable hygiene and safety from Express Potato Supply of Weymouth.
04-Mar-2013 - Len Wright Salads has eliminated the potential for fresh produce contamination and extended shelf-life by replacing the traditional circular blade method of 'top and tailing' celery with the latest Water Jet technology.
04-Mar-2013 - Crosse & Blackwell has teamed up with Disney to launch a new range of fruit in jelly pots under its 4Kids brand, to drive value and penetration into the £39.1M potted fruit market.
21-Feb-2013 - Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the death of two farm workers in the 20s, who fell unconscious in an apple packing shed on a Conservative peer’s country estate in Hampshire.
19-Feb-2013 - KB Natural Foods is recalling three batches of its own-label pre-packaged cashew nuts and almonds because of a rodent infestation.
30-Jan-2013 - Pioneering nanotechnology research to enrich the iron content of potatoes could result in a range of fortified crops, according to researchers at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology.
22-Jan-2013 - Online grocer Ocado’s appointment of former Marks & Spencer (M&S) boss Sir Stuart Rose has been welcomed by City analyst Shore Capital, while acknowledging the challenges he faces.
22-Jan-2013 - Two illegal workers have been jailed for documentation offences and two deported after the UK Border Agency (UKBA) arrested five immigration offenders in a raid at a Somerset egg production facility.
11-Jan-2013 - Governments in developed nations should tell retailers not to reject foods on the basis of appearance, in a bid to prevent half of all food ending up as waste, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) .
21-Dec-2012 - Genetic modification (GM) could be used to produce flatulence-free sprouts, according to Rothamsted Research centre in Hertfordshire.
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03-Dec-2012 - Branded food manufacturers are set to suffer further losses in market share as own-label products continue to grow in popularity, according to consumer market researcher, Kantar Worldpanel.
03-Dec-2012 - A family-run vegetable processor has ambitious plans to build a £2M vegetable processing plant that will lead to the creation of 25 jobs in Norfolk.
26-Nov-2012 - One of the UK’s largest salad producers Hedon Salads has gone into administration and stopped trading.
26-Nov-2012 - Plans for a £30M tomato growing business in Suffolk, which could produce about 10% of the UK’s tomatoes using heat from a nearby incinerator, have been unveiled.
15-Nov-2012 - A Suffolk food firm claims its £23,500 fine for making false claims about the ingredients in its pesto was “heavy handed” and “wasted public money”, adding that Cambridgeshire County Council backed its view.
08-Nov-2012 - East Yorkshire salad company Hedon Salads has been ordered to pay £16,421 after a worker fell more than 4m (13ft) through a greenhouse roof.
01-Nov-2012 - “Some progress” is being made to develop international reference values for food allergens to minimise the risk of allergic reactions, said the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) chief scientist Dr Andrew Wadge.
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