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.
11-Dec-2013 - A study carried out by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Chaucer Foods – which claims to be the world's largest supplier of freeze-dried fruit – has found that freeze drying strawberries had no significant impact on their nutrient content.
11-Dec-2013 - Tesco has blamed food waste on fussy British shoppers.
05-Dec-2013 - Food and drink manufacturing employers across the UK employing temporary staff have been warned about employing Bulgarian and Romanian workers from unlicensed gangmasters, ahead of immigration rule changes that come into effect in 2014.
02-Dec-2013 - AB Produce supplies prepared vegetables to the food wholesale, retail, catering and processing sectors. It decided to install a third EZstrip cake pump from Nov Mono when it was having problems with its system of screw augers, steel collection bins, macerators and pumps, which it used to collect and process vegetable peelings before transferring them to an on-site treatment plant.
02-Dec-2013 - Equipment supplier Lingwood Food Services has been involved in the development of a state of the art salad factory for Kanes Foods.
27-Nov-2013 - Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton, in London to celebrate the 13th annual Food manufacturing excellence awards, last week (November 21).
27-Nov-2013 - Len Wardle’s decision to quit his role as chairman of the Co-operative Group this month, amid drug revelations about a former colleague, leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.
20-Nov-2013 - 2 Sisters Food Group has installed two new vacuum pumps, designed to cut energy use, at its Cavaghan & Gray ready meal manufacturing facility in Carlisle.
18-Nov-2013 - Citrus product manufacturer MMG Citrus has appointed Antonio Avalos as its new general manager.
04-Nov-2013 - Fresh produce manufacturer Natures Way Foods (NWF) has axed production of branded bagged salad range Lasting Leaf.
30-Oct-2013 - Bumble Hole Foods is investing £6.4M in expanding its Bromsgrove factory, creating 18 new jobs.
29-Oct-2013 - The need for genetic modification (GM) is set to be hotly contested, as the House of Commons (HoC) Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee begins a new inquiry into food security.
25-Oct-2013 - Five top food retailers, including Tesco and Sainsbury, are backing a campaign to end employee exploitation in food production, retail and horticulture, dubbed ‘Stronger Together’.
23-Oct-2013 - Tesco has moved to crack down on food waste as it emerged it is lagging behind other grocery retailers in the crucial area of bagged salads, according to its own data.
14-Oct-2013 - Chilled food manufacturer Bakkavör Group plans to create 200 jobs at its Wingland Foods salad factory at Sutton Bridge, Spalding, in Lincolnshire, prompted by increased business with supermarket chain Waitrose.
09-Oct-2013 - Fruit importer and ripener SH Pratt has begun a 45-day consultation with staff and trades union GMB over proposals to axe more than 100 jobs at its Luton plant in Bedfordshire.
09-Oct-2013 - Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.
03-Oct-2013 - Food sector recruitment firm Henderson Brown has appointed the former md of Vion’s poultry business Peter Miller as a non-executive director.
02-Oct-2013 - Congratulations to all the food and drink businesses shortlisted in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).
30-Sep-2013 - The premium ‘Menu From’ Waitrose salad packs have been described as “the current peak of flexographic print” by the company that prints the packs.
30-Sep-2013 - HRS Process Technology has supplied heat exchanger and pump solutions for an aseptic fruit processing plant in California. The system, which includes a DTA-series heat exchanger and a BP8 and BP10 pump, will process four tonnes of aseptic sliced and diced strawberry in syrup per hour.
30-Sep-2013 - The “sustainable intensification” of farming – including the use of genetic modification (GM) – is vital for feeding the developing world and enabling global manufacturers to secure enough raw materials to feed a growing population.
18-Sep-2013 - The globe’s £10bn banana market could be threatening crocodile species in central America, warns new research published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
03-Sep-2013 - Retailers and fresh produce processors can obliterate rubbish and extend the time packaged fruit can be displayed in shops by two days, according to research unveiled this week.
02-Sep-2013 - US vegetable processor Lamb Weston has used SignalDemand’s EnterpriseOptimizer software to maximise output and visibility of its potato supply and capacity.