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Glass bottle range to launch at packaging show

Creative packaging specialist Aegg will be launching its new glass bottle product range at the Packaging Innovations show, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from February 24–25.

Integrated systems are reducing coding errors

Integrated marking and vision systems are helping food and drink manufacturers to reduce product recalls and cut costs, according to coding and marking specialist Markem-Imaje.

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Swedish start-up company iFoodbag has signed a global production agreement with packaging specialist Mondi to enable easy online shopping for temperature-controlled goods.

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Krones subsidiary Kosme, based in Italy, has unveiled a ‘block configuration’ bottling line called the 3Bloc, which comes in two different variants for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene...

CAD system optimises conveyor plant integration

To meet today’s materials handling challenges, including demand for bespoke conveyors and increased speed of operation, UPM Conveyors has invested £50,000 in a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system to assist...

Vacuum system handles cereals

Bakery equipment maker Baker Perkins has included a vacuum conveying system from Ingredient Batching Systems for handling expanded cereals and extruded pellets in kit supplied to a customer in eastern...

New test lab for tubular transfer

Materials handling specialist Flexicon has built a new test laboratory for Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors and integrated bulk handling equipment, allowing its customers to tailor systems to their particular needs.

Web-based salad monitoring: from field to factory

Swiss-based convenience salads producer Eisberg group is using a web-based software system to help provide end-to-end quality management while monitoring products to ensure they are delivered as fresh as possible.

Rotating magnets to remove metal contaminants

The Hydrohansu-type rotating clean-flow magnet has been developed by Dutch company Goudsmit Magnetic Systems in collaboration with leading food producers.Tests have shown that in addition...

OneStep extended to UHT milk from powder

Tetra Pak has extended its OneStep processing technology to allow for ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk production from powder. The previous model was only available for the production from raw milk.

New sheeting technology for snacks

A new sheeting technology for making crackers and other snacks that are cut from a sheet of dough before being baked or fried, has been introduced by Baker Perkins.

Take advantage of investment allowances

Manufacturers should take advantage of their annual investment allowance (AIA)  – which changed with effect from the beginning of this year – to invest in new capital equipment to add...

Maintenance cuts cause big damage

Too many food and drink manufacturers have cut back on the resources they devote to equipment maintenance in order to reduce costs and this could be hitting their productivity, according...


Food industry bosses want UK to stay in EU

The big beasts of industry are starting to nail their colours to the mast as we move towards a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the EU.

EHL to roll-out gluten-free range after spices success

EHL Ingredients is to roll-out gluten-free (GF) versions of some of its most popular ingredients after initial success with its first two products.

HE Stringer in AA+ grading factory audit success

HE Stringer Flavours has become the first UK manufacturer to be given an AA+ grade certification on an unannounced factory audit under the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Food Safety...

Brewing giant AB InBev to add calorie labels to its beers

AB InBev UK has responded to the call for calorie labelling on alcohol by pledging to provide full ingredient and nutritional information on all of its beers.

2 Sisters ‘forges partnership with Aldi and Lidl’

2 Sisters Food Group has forged key partnerships with limited range discounters, said grocery think tank IGD, as the firm recruits 200 staff for its new Derby factory.

Four tips on avoiding new tougher food safety fines

Food and drink manufacturers have been given four top tips on how to avoid tougher fines for safety offences, as new sentencing guidelines take effect on Monday (February 1).

Buyer wanted for cider mill facing closure

Unite the union is seeking buyers to save the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill, as a mass meeting of workers takes place today (January 29).

New Frontiers in Food and Drink

Innovation conference: Little time left for early bird ticket price

Just three days are left to book your place at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink – in London on Thursday 17 March, at...

Glanbia to provide suppliers with €35.6M support

Glanbia Co-operative Society has pledged to provide its suppliers with €35.6M worth of support this year.

Simpsons Foods consulting with staff over 100 jobs

Pudding manufacturer and food packaging firm Simpsons Ready Foods has entered a period of consultation about up to 100 employees’ jobs that are at risk, the firm has confirmed.

FSA board calls for more ‘pace’ on rare burger advice

The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and...

Dairy-free coconut ‘rebel’ entrepreneur wins everywoman award

Dairy-free coconut milk entrepreneur Tamara Arbib has won the inaugrural NatWest everywoman brand of the future award.

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