Seafood covers the gamut of issues: health - through consumption of poly-unsaturated fatty acids and dangers - through potentially increased consumption of heavy metals; questions about sustainable sourcing; and big issues around new product development to make fish and shellfish (molluscs) more acceptable to consumers. Don’t waste time fishing around for essential information when you can get it from one informed source.
22-Apr-2014 - Speciality seafood firm Elsinore Foods has announced its acquisition by fine food distributor Golden Acre Dairy Foods Holdings in a move that expands the latter’s product offering for major supermarkets.
07-Apr-2014 - Global food and drink firms will launch new products designed to release the untapped potential of multi-sensory experiences based on sound and vision, a leading cognitive neuroscientist has revealed.
02-Apr-2014 - New England Seafood International (NESI) has appointed former Uniq and Premier Foods boss Geoff Eaton as its new group chairman, in line with its international growth strategy.
24-Mar-2014 - Euan Sutherland’s decision to quit as boss of The Co-operative Group leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink sector.
21-Mar-2014 - Marel says its new FleXicut trimming robot is set to reshape the whitefish industry. Removing whitefish bones traditionally requires a lot of skilled labour so automation cuts labour costs and improves handling and yields.
17-Mar-2014 - Young’s Seafood has appointed Frank Green as its new sales director for its frozen retail business.
05-Mar-2014 - Seafood processor Falfish has invested millions in expanding production capacity at its plant in Redruth, Cornwall, driven by demand from customers in the UK and overseas.
03-Mar-2014 - Young’s Seafood boss Leendert de Hollander has stood down from his role to take up a senior leadership position at an unnamed firm outside the seafood industry.
26-Feb-2014 - An EU-wide initiative targeting food fraud, costing €12M, has been announced, spearheaded by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
05-Feb-2014 - Dawnfresh Seafoods has thrown its weight behind a strategy to recruit skilled staff for the Scottish food and drink manufacturing sector.
04-Feb-2014 - Film and foil packaging firm Clondalkin Wentus has introduced a new skin-tight film for the food processing industry. It has a long shelf-life and high barrier properties, which makes it suitable for a range of products including fresh, frozen and processed meat, poultry, fish and seafood, as well as cheese and ready meals.
04-Feb-2014 - Fish processor Meralliance is using the new Interroll synchronous drum motor in its new smoked salmon slicing line. The line incorporates AB Process slicing machines with PU belt conveyors driven by synchronous drum motors to provide sequential transport and ensure the slices stay on the carrier boards.
04-Feb-2014 - Grimsby-based Whitefish processor Kirwin Brothers purchased its first Fortress ‘Phantom’ metal detector to fulfil the production requirements of a new customer.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
24-Jan-2014 - The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to extend Tim Bennett’s role as chair until December 2014 leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry in January.
15-Jan-2014 - Young’s Seafood has appointed Wayne Hudson as its new md for its frozen food division.
13-Jan-2014 - The EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package will start to be implemented this month and marks an historic turning point in setting EU fisheries management.
09-Jan-2014 - Government advice to pregnant women to restrict consumption of fish to avoid risking the brain development of foetuses by ingesting high levels of dangerous toxins, has been questioned by a leading nutritional scientist.
06-Jan-2014 - The possibility of doubling up oxygen barrier in in-mould labels with the same barrier in the pot itself has enabled a Scandinavian seafood firm to move from metal packaging to ambient plastics, with a current shelf-life of two years potentially extendable to three.
03-Dec-2013 - The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) has won the coveted title Meat, poultry and seafood manufacturing company of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton last month.
02-Dec-2013 - A film showing ‘A day in the life of a fish box’ – from port to plate – has proved a surprise hit on YouTube, according to its producers, the British Plastics Federation (BPF).
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 - Premier Foods was the big winner at this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – picking up the awards for Food manufacturing company of the year, Ambient manufacturing company of the year and Training programme of the year.
19-Nov-2013 - Fraserburgh fish processor G&J Jack is to close by the end of the year with the loss of all 55 jobs.
05-Nov-2013 - Enriching foods with omega-3 fatty acids is right on trend. Paul Gander asks which new applications are emerging - and which ones might take off