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Beefed up Food Standards Agency would ‘boost safety’

A beefed up Food Standards Agency (FSA) – will full powers restored to oversee food standards, hygiene and safety – is the centre piece of consumer pressure group Which?’s wish...

Napier Brown sale prompted by quota abolition

The sale of sugar business Napier Brown was prompted by the 2017 abolition of EU sugar beet quotas and buyer Tereos will support its future growth, owner Real Good Food...

Divine Chocolate unites US and UK businesses

Divine Chocolate’s merger of its US and UK businesses will boost the power and profits of both operations, the firm has claimed.

Election 2015

New food manufacturing council leads FDF wishlist

A dedicated food and drink manufacturing council – tasked with improving communication and co-operation between the government and industry – tops the wishlist of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...


Risk reduction should not be a tick box exercise

Ensuring a safe environment for your workers requires careful thought by everyone and shouldn’t be a ‘tick box’ exercise, as Alyson Magee discovers


CCE’s Milton Keynes site boss’s efficiency aim

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Nicholas Nixon won’t let the age of his site stop him from boosting its efficiency, he tells Nicholas Robinson


A big unknown in cereal

Own-label manufacturers are secretive. But John Hiles is ready to rip open the box of the cereal business he heads, Nicholas Robinson reports

Kids' cognitive health drives new fruit drink

General health and cognitive development in youngsters will be targeted by Glanbia Nutritionals’ Dragon Kids prototype vitamin water premix.

Digital design takes a large step into the future

Packaging design and production software specialist Esko’s acquisition of US-based digital asset management (DAM) system provider MediaBeacon has been billed as a “big step forward” and “quite a differentiator” by...

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices...

Aldi launches chicken in self-venting packs

Aldi's new range of flavoured/added value roast in the bag chickens is the first to feature FFP's Estercook SV laminate, a new self-venting version.

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

The latest LD label dispensers from Multivac Marking & Inspection are optionally available for use under strict hygiene requirements, or for use in low-risk areas.

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Extended shelf-life, effective product protection, maximum convenience and optimum brand display are some of the benefits claimed for the variety of packs that will be on display by the RPC...

Sensors sort the good from bad

The expanded Mini range of registration sensors from German sensing specialist Sick Reliable is said to provide high-speed contrast, colour and luminescence detection on packaging.

Carlsberg upgrades its brewery steeping section

Carlsberg UK has upgraded an in-process weigher used for precision batches of barley in the steeping section, part of the malting process, at its Northampton Brewery.

US snack maker opts for flexibility

Florida-based snack manufacturer ARA Food Corporation has increased capacity, improved efficiency and reduced overheads with the installation of a third packaging system, which comprises a vertical form, fill and seal...

Multi-head machine cuts potato pack giveaway

As a result of a three-phase automation project, including the installation of a robust multi-head weigher from Dutch manufacturer Packaging International Machinery (PIM), Caythorpe Farmers has doubled output and slashed...

Open house for meat processing

The latest developments in meat and poultry weighing, grading, packing and quality control were showcased by Ishida Europe last month (April 14-30) in a series of demonstrations at its UK...

Food-grade hydraulic oils offer energy efficiency

Hydraulic oils, which form part of the Mobil SHC Cibus series of advanced NSF H1-registered food-grade lubricants, have shown energy efficiency benefits in commercial hydraulic equipment.

Cageless spiral conveyor for bakery duties

A new cageless spiral system conveyor belt called CamEdge, designed for equipment used in bakery applications, has been introduced by metal conveyor belt manufacturer Cambridge Engineered Solutions. It is designed...

Interfood takes on Alco equipment distributorship

Alco machines used in the preparation and processing of meat, fish, poultry, vegetable, potato and dairy products are now available from Interfood, the German manufacturer’s sole distributor in the UK...

Bakkavor installs spiral pizza chiller

Own-label food producer Bakkavor has installed a custom-designed chilling system for pizza production from Starfrost as part of investment in new equipment and facilities.

Longer on the shelf for gluten-free

A long-life gluten-free range of desserts has been extended by ingredients firm Macphie.


BNF: There's a folate deficiency in young women

One in five teenage girls and young women aged 16–24 years in the UK are deficient in the B vitamin folate, according to the latest figures from the government’s National...


Animal by-product changes worry industry

Sir,I am writing with reference to your article (‘Industry resists inspection charges’ , Food Manufacture, April 2015, p37) on the proposal to impose further costs on the food chain by requiring...

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