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Retailers test for campylobacter

Intertek is working with many UK retailers in a bid to help reduce campylobacter, the UK’s most common form of food poisoning. Around four in every five cases of campylobacter...

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Quick check for dairy pasteurisation effectiveness

Milk pasteurisation efficacy is typically monitored by checking for the presence of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) – an enzyme present in raw milk – thus ensuring a product is safe for consumption.

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Measuring cronobacter in infant formula powder

A new molecular detection method for cronobacter – a pathogen often found in powdered infant formula that can cause fatal infections – has been introduced by 3M Food Safety. It...

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Rapid tests under the microscope

Rapid testing techniques are becoming more widely used in food microbiology laboratories as part of the drive to produce faster and more accurate results. 

Manufacturing product file

Conveyor system for handling light powders

A new Z-Conveyor has been introduced by Dutch company Poeth, which is claimed to minimise the amount of light powders left behind in transport systems and optimise production capacity.

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JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

Food and drink processing equipment specialist JBT Corporation has acquired high pressure processing (HPP) equipment supplier Avure Technologies for $57M (£47M) in a move designed to expand its food processing...

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Cheaper flow measurements

A cheaper alternative to Coriolis flowmeters has been introduced by Bürkert for applications where fluid density measurement is not required. 

BrewDog fixes pumping problem

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has installed a new pumping system with the assistance of Xylem at its brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire to overcome a problem with an existing system, which...

Warburtons wins approval for new R&D centre

Bakery giant Warburtons has won planning approval for a new research and development (R&D) hub at its Bolton site in Lancashire.

Butcher jailed for ‘fake supplier letter’ in tax fraud

A butcher who faked a letter from a supplier about payments in order to steal more than £80,000 in tax fraud, has been jailed for two years.

Sweet factory on the market for £470k

Traditional confectionery manufacturer The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen has placed its Somerset factory on the market for £470,000.

Pie factory fire forces evacuation

A fire at a pie manufacturer in Shropshire forced the evacuation of the site this week.

Food industry employability skills – photogallery

Eight essential employability skills for students looking to start their careers in the food and drink industry have been identified by grocery think-tank IGD, featured in this photogallery.

Campylobacter vaccine needed to cut contaminated sales

Scientists have called for a vaccine against campylobacter, to cut the number of contaminated chickens in supermarkets.

Yearsley to build £65M cold store in Peterborough

Yearsley Logistics is set to start work on the first phase of its 150,000 pallet £65M cold store development in Peterborough this September.

Manufacturers set target to cut sugar 20% by 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has targeted a 20% reduction in sugar in some everyday foods to reduce childhood obesity and the food and drink industry is “willing to take on the...

Britvic signs transport contract with Wincanton

Britvic, one of the UK’s leading branded soft drinks businesses, has placed a new contract for national transport operations for an undisclosed value, managing over 100,000 deliveries a year, with...

Errington Cheese ‘the source’ of fatal E.coli outbreak

The source of the Scottish E.coli O157 outbreak last year was Errington Cheese’s Dunsyre Blue raw cheese, a Health Protection Scotland (HPS) report has concluded, but the cheesemaker insists more evidence is needed....

Brexit ‘may boost’ UK food manufacturers

Brexit could benefit food manufacturers, according to food and agribusiness bank Rabobank, ahead of the UK’s formal exit from the EU, which is triggered today (March 29).

Premier Foods’s new pension scheme to cut £32M in costs

Premier Foods has agreed changes to its pension scheme with trustees, which would cut cash payments by £32M over the next three years.

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Childhood obesity: ‘cut unhealthy food promotions’

Childhood obesity could be remedied by halting some food promotions – including cut-price, multi-buy offers on unhealthy foods – claims Parliament’s Health Committee.


‘Our manufacturing Oscars boosted productivity and sales’

Winning a food and drink manufacturing Oscar boosted Mash Direct’s productivity and sales, says its director Jack Hamilton.

‘Human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans

A Coca-Cola plant in Northern Ireland is being probed by police, after ‘human waste’ was allegedly found in a shipment of cans.

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

A sorbet and halal sweets lead our latest photogallery of recent product launches from food and drink manufacturers. 

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