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Baking imitation tech makers in crowdfunding drive

An innovative new ‘disruptive’ technology that makes snacks, biscuits and other crunchy foods appear as though they have been baked, is being backed by a crowdfunding campaign.

Cocoa firms offer African farmer support

A project to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities in Tanzania has received backing from two leading chocolate makers.

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Combination unit features biometric security

A biometric fingerprint access device has been added to Loma Systems’s range of CW3 combination metal detector and checkweigher units in response to customer demand for greater security of inspection...

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EPC system helps to improve accuracy

An electronic pressure compensation (EPC) system has been introduced for Coperion K-Tron’s loss-in-weight feeders.

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Semi-automatic scale raises tofu productivity

A UK bean curd manufacturer installed a semi-automatic scale to raise productivity at the company and meet growing demand for its products.

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Europe’s fastest multihead kit: Ishida

The project team at Ishida Europe has built what is claimed to be Europe’s fastest multihead weighing and packing line.

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Flame tube onion pasteuriser gains US patent

A novel pasteurisation system for cleaning onions, which uses a flame tube to burn the outer skin off, has received a US patent.

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Special mat removes grime from forklift wheels

A new mat to help clean the wheels of forklift trucks was installed at Granta Processors’ Whittlesford premises. 

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World's largest homogeniser

What is claimed to be the world’s largest capacity food processing homogeniser has gone into operation with its first customer.

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Risks reduced for thermal fluids

Thermal fluid reconditioning specialist Thermal Fluid Solutions (TFS), which works with companies such as Premier Foods, has announced plans to expand the risk management services it offers customers this year.

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Dual-sealing of cases reduces contamination

Endoline Machinery has developed a new system that both glues and tapes filled cases, following a request from an Egyptian ingredients supplier to a global soft drinks company for extra...

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Membrane raises cheese shelf-life

A new moisture-permeable cheese membrane could help increase product shelf-life.

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Multi-layer on-the-go cup for iced coffee drink

RPC Bebo Plastik has developed a multi-layer on-the-go cup for a new ready-to-drink iced coffee sold by one of the fastest growing coffee shop brands in the world.

The latest food and drink innovation – in photos

From vegan ice cream to gluten free treats, fat and sugar free yogurt to superfood snacks, healthier foods are very much flavour of the moment in recent food launches.

Nestlé welcomes young dairy producers to factory

Nestlé has welcomed young dairy farmers to its Dalston factory in Cumbria, as part of its Next Generation Dairy Leaders Programme.

Fish firm denies ‘dodgy wage tactics’ in union row

Chilled fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has denied accusations that its handling of the National Living Wage (NLW) will leave workers worse off, after unions escalated their concerns to the European...

Fire in food logistics refrigeration unit

A fire, sparked by a refrigeration unit, at a food logistics site was extinguished by two fire engines from the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday April 27.

£390M sale of sausage casing manufacturer

Sausage casings manufacturer Kalle has been sold to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), with a sale price understood to be for £350M to £390M.

Addo Food Group resolves dispute with union Unite

Addo Food Group – the Poole-based food manufacturer formerly known as Pork Farms – has agreed to recognise Unite following a positive meeting with union representatives earlier today (Friday, April 29).

Competition hots up for student innovation prize

Interest in the UK’s student food innovation competition – Ecotrophelia – has soared with the greatest number of entries ever received this year.

Food manufacturing ideas wanted for Dragons’ Den

Food and drink manufacturing entrepreneurs are being invited to win £50,000 worth of investment for their business, by taking part in the hit BBC television show Dragons’ Den.

Kerry Group reports growth in business volumes

Kerry Group has posted a 2.9% growth in business volumes, driven by its Taste & nutrition and Consumer food divisions in first quarter results, thanks partly to its children’s snack product...

New forum showcases the benefits of pulses

A networking forum to help manufacturers understand the nutritional value of pulses has been created by McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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More strikes ‘inevitable’ at Unilever’s Colman’s Mustard plant

Further strike action against Unilever is “inevitable” if the company does not return to talks, a leading trade union has claimed.

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