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‘T-free’ krill oil removes heart disease threat

An improved ‘T-free’ version of a krill oil has been unveiled by its maker.

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Green algae set to be leading ingredient trend

A type of green algae is being touted as a leading 2017 ingredient trend, on the back of estimates that the sector will double in value in just seven years.

Warburtons ranked best food company to work for

Warburtons has been named the best food manufacturing employer in The Sunday Times’s list of The 30 Best Big Companies to work for 2017.

Dawn Farms to create 150 jobs after £21M investment

Cooked meat ingredients maker Dawn Farms will recruit 150 new workers over the next five years, after a €25M (£21.3M) investment.

Young’s Seafood targets US market

Young’s Seafood is planning a strong presence at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston next month – following news that the US is now the UK’s second largest export...

‘Suspicious’ abattoir blaze probed by police

A “suspicious” blaze at an abattoir in Lincolnshire is being probed by police. 

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Palm oil body reveals conservation boost

An increase in conservation areas, support to smallholders, and the phasing out of the herbicide paraquat were the highlights of the annual impact report from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm...

Bakery goods kept fresher longer by enzyme

An enzyme system designed to keep packaged cakes and baked goods fresher for longer has been introduced by German firm DeutscheBack.

ABF grocery, sugar and ingredients revenue rises

Associated British Foods (ABF) expects to report an “excellent performance” in first-half trading, due for release on April 19, driven by revenue growth in its Grocery, Sugar and Ingredients divisions....

Guest article

GroceryAid: ‘Everyone can turn to us’

I have been chief executive at GroceryAid for six months now and have been hugely impressed by the amazing work being carried out to support those who have served our...

Food and drinks jobs created in 2017 – in pictures

Food and drink supply chain firms have revealed plans to create more than 5,000 jobs since the beginning of this year, as reported by this website.

Heck to create 50 jobs at new factory

Sausage manufacturer Heck planned to create 50 jobs, after announcing plans to open a £3.5M factory by the end of April.

Food label changes ‘could save £1bn a year’

Household food waste could be cut by £1bn a year by improving food packaging and labelling, says the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP).


Ireland will be crucial to the UK post Brexit

News that full-year exports of UK food and drink exceeded £20bn for the first time in 2016 – up 10.5% on 2015 – puts what will happen after Brexit firmly in the spotlight.

New PET bottle bases launched for 'extreme' production environments

A new range of bottle bases is claimed to ensure better performance of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) produced and distributed in extreme environmental conditions.

Sushi convenience packs for Spanish retailer

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac has collaborated with Norway’s Leroy Seafood Group to produce a range of resource-efficient sushi convenience packs, which will be supplied exclusively to Spanish retailer Mercadona....

Wet and dry food-to-go combined

An innovative microwaveable food packaging concept was launched by Colpac at the Packaging Innovations Show, which took place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham earlier this month (March 1–2).

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

Extending the shelf-life of seafood using vacuum skin packs will be one of Mutlivac’s focuses at the forthcoming Seafood Processing Global trade fair, which takes place in Brussels from April...

What's NExT up in supervisory software?

Progea, a supplier of software for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), has released NExT, a modular platform intended to meet the next generation of industrial requirements.

Safe control in explosive atmospheres

Designing and building process control panels requires considerable expertise, especially when they are destined for hazardous areas with potentially explosive atmospheres, which exist in some dusty food manufacturing environments.

Variable-speed drive service is launched by ABB

An inspection and diagnostics service from ABB is claimed to protect operator investment by assessing variable-speed drive (VSD) condition to identify future maintenance needs.

Fill/pass valve controls pneumatic transfer of dry solids

A new weigh hopper with fill/pass valve for dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems has been introduced by Flexicon. 

Marel introduces chicken processing kit to the US

Marel Poultry unveiled a number of new poultry processing developments at last month’s 2017 IPPE show, held in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.

Post-baking dryer targeted at smaller biscuit makers

A new range of post-baking dryers aimed at smaller bakeries producing biscuits and crackers, has been introduced by the Radio Frequency Company.

Magnet removes ferrous debris

A magnetic filter introduced by Goudsmit Magnetics, which meets European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) food safety requirements, is specially designed for the food industry.

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