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Morrisons agrees grocery supply deal with Amazon

Morrisons and Amazon have agreed a new supply agreement, making the retailer’s products available for home delivery through the Amazon Prime Now service.

Traceability scheme raises consumer trust

Food manufacturers are being invited to improve traceability by joining a network of primary producers that can validate claims about the origins of their products.

Lewis Pie & Pasty launches quirky Welsh-themed range

A range of upmarket pies with quirky names has been unveiled by a Welsh producer as part of a wider strategy to develop growing markets.

Dalesman adds high-gloss gluten-free glazes range

A range of gluten-free glazes that add a high gloss finish to meat and fish is now available from Dalesman.

Traceable pork rind to ‘improve meat texture’

A functional protein made from fully traceable pork rind has been developed by Essentia Protein Solutions to meet the growing demand for the provenance of food ingredients.

Sales boost for Direct Food Ingredients

Cheshire-based distributor Direct Food Ingredients (DFI) boosted sales by 52% in 2015 thanks to an influx of new clients, and is now predicting a further 30% growth in 2016.

Dairy can offer cardiometabolic health benefits

Milk and dairy foods play a neutral or protective role in cardiometabolic health despite being a source of saturated fat, according to The Dairy Council’s director of nutrition.

Warburtons: first food manufacturer in top firms list

Warburtons, Britain’s largest bakery brand, is the first food manufacturer to make The Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies list.

MSK Ingredients to invest after £750k bank funding

Chesterfield-based MSK Ingredients is to expand its product offer, invest in business process re-engineering and take on more staff following a £750,000 loan from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Litesse sweetener shown to suppress appetite

DuPont Nutrition & Health has released what it claimed was “convincing scientific evidence” to support the appetite-suppressing effect of its dietary fibre polydextrose sweetener Litesse.

Me and my factory

Eyes on the pies

Wilf Lewis has set his sights on refocusing his company's priorities.

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Patisserie cartons offer stylish presentation on-shelf

Two leading food packaging manufacturers have teamed up to create a premium range of patisserie cartons ideal for cakes, cream buns, gateaux and pastries.

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Speciality Breads installs turnkey pack line

Artisan baker Speciality Breads has opened a new £3M 3,000m2 factory in Margate, which features a fully automated turnkey packaging line producing around 1,000 cases of product a day.

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Sealer launched for very large trays

Heat sealing specialist Proseal has introduced a new tray sealer specifically designed to handle very large food trays. The GT5exSD can seal trays up to 400mm wide, making it ideal...

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Permeability meter checks for pack degradation

It's no secret that the flow of oxygen and water vapour through the walls of snack or confectionery packs is the main causes of product degradation and quality loss. It...

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Detectable paper for process plant operators

To reduce the risk of food being contaminated with paper used during processing, a detectable paper has been developed, which combines paper and film in a detectable and durable laminate.

Maintenance on sheet forming lines is simplified

The time taken for cleaning on sheet forming and cutting lines used to make hard sweet biscuits and crackers can be reduced by up to 40%, following an upgrade to...

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Mondelēz cuts gum cooling times

Mondelēz has dramatically improved the efficiency of its chewing gum manufacture, thanks to the help of a partnership between Cambridgeshire-based fluid dynamics consultancy 42 Technology and German cooling tunnel supplier Gabler....

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VSDs expanded to cope with high-speed applications

Emerson has expanded its Control Techniques variable speed drive (VSD) range with two new models designed for applications which demand high speeds.

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Maltster Bairds upgrades its Inverness drive systems

Bairds Malt, which operates six malt houses across England and Scotland, supplying 250,000t of malt a year to the brewing and distillery sectors, has upgraded the drive systems at its...

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Cost of switch from pneumatic to electric is reduced

The extra cost for users of switching from pneumatic to electric actuators, which offer higher operating speeds, more control, increased efficiency and enhanced feedback, has now been reduced, claims supplier...

Frequency inverters offer versatile control

Nord Drivesystems has equipped all of its motor-mounted and cabinet-installed frequency inverters with more versatile microcontrollers and new firmware.

Andy Murray invests in Dragons’ Den reject

Tennis ace Andy Murray has helped Dragons’ Den reject ice cream manufacturer Oppo secure more than £300,000 of crowd funding by investing in the ‘guilt-free’ ice cream brand.

British retail sector may lose 900k jobs by 2025

Up to 900,000 jobs could be lost from the British retail sector by 2025, partly due to rising costs linked to the National Living Wage and the new apprenticeship levy,...

Brexit Debate

Food and Drink Federation bosses in Brexit meeting

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) executive committee is meeting today to discuss the organisation’s position on EU membership, ahead of the referendum on Thursday June 23.

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