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.
09-Oct-2012 - Irish dairy products manufacturer Glanbia has invested £339,000 (€420,000) in the troubled food business of BBC TV Apprentice Jane McEvoy.
02-Oct-2012 - Cold rainy weather always boosts sales at Mash Direct. Not surprisingly, 2012 has proved a busy year, general manager, Neil Houghton tells Mike Stones
24-Sep-2012 - Morrisons is outsourcing IT services from its Yorkshire-based head office to India, which will cause the loss of around 145 jobs.
18-Sep-2012 - A new way of ‘naturally’ extending the shelf-life of products without the need for supplementary preservatives or additives is being offered to UK food manufacturers by savoury snacks manufacturer Deli 24.
10-Sep-2012 - A potentially disastrous year for UK apple growers could see manufacturers stung by a rise of as much as 100% in the cost of pre-processed cookers.
06-Sep-2012 - Food manufacturing made a key contribution to Morrisons’ financial results for the half-year to July 29, says ceo Dalton Philips.
04-Sep-2012 - To expand trade opportunities for ingredients derived from Sicilian grapes and create new jobs, Naturalia Ingredients has invested euro 16M in a facility to produce natural crystallised sugars from grapes.
23-Aug-2012 - A Lincolnshire potato processor and supplier has invested £2M in a new 2,972m2 state-of-the-art potato storage facility and grading line.
03-Aug-2012 - Retailers are unlikely to see sales volumes on food recover in the next year, as prices will be pushed up due to a poor worldwide harvest, economists suggest.
12-Jul-2012 - The calorific value of almonds is 20% less than previously thought, leading to gross overestimations of their energy value, according to new US research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).
20-Jun-2012 - Food and drink business people, scientists and administrators were among those honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Here’s our selection of who was awarded which award and for what reason.
12-Jun-2012 - Sales of vegetarian foods will climb by more than 10% to reach £882.4M by 2016, according to market intelligence group Key Note.
07-Jun-2012 - Shadow environment minister Mary Creagh has warned of the dangers of economic turmoil accompanying a break-up of the euro, which she said would dash any hopes of securing more sustainable food supplies.
01-Jun-2012 - Momentum is building to agree EU allergen management action levels that firms could use within their operations and for labelling purposes, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF) experts.
01-Jun-2012 - The shelf-life of fresh produce sold in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) could be substantially extended if a £3.15M EU-funded research project proves successful.
30-May-2012 - Cherries are on their way to 'superfruit' status, according to Innova Market Insights. The research firm says cherries featured in 7% of juice drink launches in 2011 - up from 4% five years earlier.
30-May-2012 - Derek Wiles shares his stories of life in the fresh olive oil business. Rod Addy reports
30-May-2012 - Speculation has emerged over the past month that chilled own-label food manufacturer Bakkavör could be the subject of a takeover bid following its troubled recent history
28-May-2012 - Higher apple prices and lower quality could result from the cold wet weather in early May, which made bees unable to pollinate crops and make honey.
16-May-2012 - Food manufacturers have rejected claims that migrant workers suffer abuse in the food manufacturing sector.
09-May-2012 - The "first-ever" automated system capable of loading bagged produce into receptacles for transportation aims to help eliminate unnecessary wastage of fruit in factories.
02-May-2012 - A new electronic nose designed to detect ripeness could save millions of pounds each year in preventing the wastage of fruit and vegetables, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
01-May-2012 - Nobody wants to eat a bruised apple, so the key to success for a tray-less apple pack is to handle them with the utmost care and that's a challenging task on a flow wrapping machine.
01-May-2012 - Retail trials using Sirane's Sira-Flex Resolve have reported four additional days' shelf-life with potatoes and significant results with other fruit and vegetables.
17-Apr-2012 - Chilled food manufacturer Greencore has acquired US food-to-go firm Marketfare for £22M ($36M).