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News in brief

Boom in organic product innovations

Over 300 products have been entered for the new product development (NPD) showcase at this year’s Natural Food Show at London's ExCel centre.

Defect detector checks 100% of modified packs

A technology to detect defects in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has been developed by Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group. The Mapax LD is a high-speed, non-destructive, in-line...

Cryogenic freezing gets on with MAP

Food processors can now extend shelf-life and boost the quality of fresh produce, thanks to a new procedure which combines the best of cryogenic freezing with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

Tray sealers ensure speedy processing of soft fruit

Soft fruit packer S&A Produce of Marden near Hereford is using Proseal tray sealers to pack a range of products at speeds of up to 115 packs per minute (ppm)....

Visibility of shelf-ready raised

Brand visibility on supermarket shelves is claimed to be boosted by as much as 50%, thanks to a new development in shelf-ready packaging (SRP). Smurfit Kappa’s Shelf-Facer pulls products to...

Sampling preparation for FSA's campylobacter study

Stomacher paddle blenders and accessories from supplier Seward have been used in the preparation of samples for microbiological analysis as part of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest UK-wide study...

Screening for salmonella in chocolate

While high volume screening for salmonella is normally part of the quality control proccess in chocolate production, the discovery of salmonella in a batch of chocolate, which prompted a recent...

Meat fraud detection referenced

Six new meat mixture reference materials have been developed by scientists at LGC, formerly Laboratory of the Government Chemist, to help protect consumers from food fraud. The meat mixtures will...

Salmonella contamination of surfaces monitored

The latest addition to the Hygiena line of rapid micro-organism tests is InSite Salmonella, which is a rapid colorimetric salmonella species test for environmental surfaces.

Oil-free air keeps fresh food contaminants at bay

Fresh food processors can now benefit from reliable, high quality air and nitrogen services in their production operations, thanks to compressed air specialist Boge.

Weetabix reduces its motor failures

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds in maintenance costs by eliminating motor failures at its factory in Corby, following the installation of Marlin stainless steel AC motors from Lafert. These...

ERP raises the game for German meat processor

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software from CSB-System is providing control of the value-added supply chain at German meat processor Wolf. It ensures effective planning and product management as well as...

New service for pumps launched

AVT Reliability, a new company created by the merger of AV Technology and Aespump, which brings together established experts in plant reliability and maintenance and pump management, was launched at...

Letter to the editor

The food industry’s waste is ‘imprudent' and ‘unnecessary’

Sir,The call for tougher food waste regulations comes as a great welcome (see article 'Boost product life to cut 250,000t of food waste' ).

Opinion

Lidl's and Aldi's beds look more comfortable

Suppliers aren’t feeling the pinch of the big four’s price cutting, which is their only line of defence against discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Election 2015

Kellogg boss quoted in Labour EU ad

Kellogg boss Jonathan Myers is quoted alongside five other leading industry figures supporting the UK’s continued EU membership in a full-page advert in the Financial Times, paid for by the...

Jeremy Clarkson ‘too busy counting money’ for Aldi

Sacked Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson will be “too busy counting his money” to accept Aldi’s recent job offer.

Serious hand injury leads to packaging firm fine

Integrated Packaging Ltd has been fined an undisclosed amount after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at the firm’s Gateshead factory in 2013.

Truss’s £50k grants to create 3,000 food jobs

Cash injections of up to £50,000 will be given to small food and drink firms, following the creation of six new Food Enterprise Zones by the environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

209 new jobs at Dunbia following £27M investment

Dunbia will pump £27M into a new boning hall and upgrades to three processing lines, creating 209 jobs at its Dungannon, Northern Ireland, facility.

Bernard Matthews set to blast campylobacter

The campylobacter crisis is set to heat up, with warmer spring and summer weather likely to push up poultry contamination levels, Jeremy Hall, technical director of Bernard Matthews, has warned.

Morrisons to cut 20 bosses in ‘Tesco-style shakeup’

Morrisons ceo David Potts is to axe up to 20 more bosses in a bid to clear out the old team and counter the firm’s multi-million pound losses by running...

Coca-Cola Enterprises to invest £66M in sustainability

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will pump £66M into a range of efficiency and operational upgrades across its UK manufacturing sites this year.

Heinz Kraft merger

Heinz Kraft merger: expect cost cutting soon

The Heinz Kraft £100bn mega merger is likely to lead to cost cutting on a big scale, according to analysts.

News in brief

Sainsbury: doubling c-store numbers achievable

Sainsbury could double the number of its convenience stores from 700 to more than 1,500 at current rates of opening, according to ceo Mike Coupe.

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