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Sugar soft drinks tax: a ‘dead cat’ distraction

George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect...

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Natural milkshakes in Tetra Pak Prisma cartons

Newcastle drinks brand Canny is planning to revive the flavoured milk category with the launch of what it claims is the UK’s first 100% naturally-flavoured milkshake.

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Stand-up pouches used for slow-cooked foods

Asda’s Butcher's Selection new premium slow-cooked meal range, made by Kerry Foods at its Attleborough site, comes in stand-up pouches supplied by FFP.

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Textured labels produced digitally

A novel inkjet approach, which allows label printers to print a wide variety of digitally textured labels just by using high opacity white ink on its N610i digital colour label...

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Asda relaunches its Italian range

Faerch Plast worked closely with own-label food manufacturer Greencore to give Asda’s core Italian chilled ready meal range a makeover with new black and green dual-colour trays made from high...

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Perfect popcorn texture is assured with new rig

Achieving the perfect popcorn texture is now much quicker and more consistent, thanks to the launch of an innovative new testing device by Stable Micro Systems.

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Campden BRI gets UKAS approval for mycotoxins

Campden BRI has received accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its ergot mycotoxin testing method. Ergot alkaloids are mycotoxins which mainly affect cereals, such as wheat, rye, barley...

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Powder testing on show at Powtech

Powder characterisation specialist Freeman Technology will launch its uniaxial powder tester (UPT) at the Powtech 2016 exhibition, which takes places in Nuremberg, Germany from April 19 to April 21.

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Microbrewery checks cleanliness

Langham Brewery, a microbrewery situated between Midhurst and Petworth in West Sussex, is using products from Hygiena International to test the effectiveness of its cleaning procedures.

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Dedicated cheese slicer gives good thickness control

A dedicated slicer for cheese applications has been introduced by Norwich-based Thurne, which is based on the company’s compact Polyslicer 1000 platform.

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Hovis outsources its EDI needs to cut costs

Hovis has outsourced its electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements to TrueCommerce in a move designed to reduce costs and ‘on-boarding’ times.

Meat sector embraces Industry 4.0

Software, image processing and automation systems for tomorrow's production environments will be displayed by the CSB group at IFFA, the international meat industry trade fair, which takes place in Frankfurt...

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Rear-post bulk bag filler reduces operator strain

A new rear-post bulk bag filler, which features a swing-down fill head that pivots to the operator at floor level for safe, ergonomic spout connections, has been introduced by Flexicon...

Real ale group CAMRA could call time – on itself

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is considering calling time on itself, after 45 years as one of the globe’s largest single-issue consumer groups.

Me and My Factory

Inside manufacturing: Délifrance UK

Délifrance’s Frank Bird is a man of many talents. As operations director at the bakery company’s Southall site in west London, Bird also looks after health and safety, quality control...

First food crime report published by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its first assessment of the threat of crime to the UK food and drink sector.

Supermarket late payments force food firms to borrow millions

Late payments by supermarkets and investment in new equipment forced small and medium-sized (SME) food producers to borrow a record £1.72bn last year.

Hilton improves UK operational performance

Hilton Food Group has revealed that a major investment programme at the group’s UK facilities in Huntingdon is generating “improved operational performances”.

‘Dirty food factory’ forces Aldi biscuit recall

Biscuits sold by Aldi and three other retailers have been recalled due to potential pest contamination, after being produced in “unhygienic conditions”.

Food firms should ‘help to fix supply chain’

A dysfunctional supply chain is threatening the future of many farms in Scotland, and food manufacturers can help fix it, according to Allan Bowie, president of National Farmers Union Scotland.

Bidding battle hots up for Premier Foods

The takeover bidding battle for Premier Foods is hotting up, with US spice and herb firm McCormick raising its bid from an initial 52p a share to 65p, valuing the...

Morrisons apologises for live worm in fish pack

Morrisons has apologised to a Lanarkshire shopper after she found a live worm inside the packaging of a portion of haddock.

Linpac invests £1.2M in food packaging kit

Fresh food packaging manufacturer Linpac plans to invest £1.2M in machinery that will enable the firm to produce a further 200M expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays each year at its St...

AG Barr focuses on lower sugar drinks after tax plan

Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr says it will focus on lower sugar products to adapt to changing consumer tastes and the chancellor’s proposed sugar tax.

Organised crime could infiltrate food industry

More than 20 organised crime groups have links to the food industry and counterfeiting and piracy could account for more than £1bn of annual UK food and drink trade, according...

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