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Tax on sugary drinks may be extended after review

The sugar tax on soft drinks, which was passed by parliament on Tuesday [April 25] and will come into force next April, could be extended to a raft of other...

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Interpack to feature a wealth of packaging kit

A range of traysealers, flow wrappers, thermoformers and vertical form-fill-seal bagmakers, together with the Galaxy stretch film wrapper, will be shown by Ulma Packaging at this year’s Interpack exhibition, which...

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Two-compartment Indian meal tray launched

Chilled ready meals manufacturer Bakkavor Meals, based at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, has relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays from supplier Faerch Plast....

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Tetra Pak extends carton technology

All types of beverage products – including both ambient and chilled and in family or portion-sized packages – can now be filled on Tetra Pak’s E3 machines, which make use...

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Tesco boosts pack recyclability

Tesco has partnered with key supplier Hilton Food Group and packaging manufacturer Linpac to maximise the recyclability potential of its plastic fresh food packaging.

Weighing spotlight

Automation of leek packing reduces manual handling

Pre-packed salad and vegetable packhouses across the UK – including leek suppliers – often use fixed weight weighing systems to minimise giveaway and waste.

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Video guides help to achieve mixing perfection

A series of videos that provide advice on how to mix sometimes difficult-to-handle food ingredients with high shear mixers has been produced by equipment supplier Silverson Machines.

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Real-time measure of profitability

Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has introduced new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities that enable customers to measure and control the profitability of operations in real-time.

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Fox's raises its forecast accuracy

Biscuit company Fox's, a subsidiary of 2 Sisters Food Group, which operates from three manufacturing sites in Batley, Kirkham and Uttoxeter, has improved its forecasting, manufacturing and promotions planning practices...

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Post-baking dryer launched for smaller factories

US bakery equipment manufacturer Radio Frequency Company (RFC) has introduced a lower cost version of its post-baking dryer, the Bantam-Series Macrowave, aimed at smaller bakeries.

Guide gives poorly-fitting safety footwear the boot

A new, six-step guide to testing the fit of safety footwear has been produced by personal protective equipment supplier Supertouch, following it teaming up with safety shoe manufacturer Aimont.

System aids compliance with safety regulations

Compliance with workplace health and safety (H&S) regulations is claimed to be made simpler with an automated process and manufacturing information management system called Compliance Solution from DocLogix.

Hygienic, slip-resistant flooring

Meat processing company Grassroots Foods, based at Nelson in east Lancashire, appointed hygienic flooring and drainage specialist Kemtile to supply and fit out its new processing plant.

Contract to boost Premier Foods’s distribution

Premier Foods is to consolidate its warehousing operations and boost deliveries, after agreeing a new contract with XPO Logistics, which will create 170 jobs.

Pernod Ricard adds nutrition info link on labels

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard is to provide a link to nutrition information on the labels of all of its leading brands, following a move by the European Commission (EC) to...

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Gluten-free sales can be boosted by ‘worried-well’

Food manufacturers can boost their gluten-free sales by capitalising on the “worried well” – healthy people who make self-diagnoses – a report has found.

Smart glasses to revolutionise hygiene audits

Wearable wireless technology – specifically, smart glasses with inbuilt video cameras – is set to revolutionise the way food hygiene audits and training is carried out, according to the boss...

Tesco blames ‘manufacturing error’ for recall

Tesco blamed a “manufacturing error” after recalling a batch of its Finest Crab & Chilli Linguine, which actually contained its Finest Spaghetti Carbonara.

IGD launches free reformulation workshops

Food and drink manufacturers looking to reformulate their products are set to receive a helping hand, thanks to new workshops organised by grocery think-tank IGD.

Aquaculture potential for tidal lagoon

The proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon could be used to farm a range of marine species, according to industry body Seafish.

Amazon to create 1,200 permanent jobs

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Warrington, as it continues its drive to recruit 5,000 workers in the UK.

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Haydens Bakery launches multi-million pound investment

Haydens Bakery has launched a multi-million pound investment plan to upgrade facilities at its site in Devizes, Wiltshire.


Vitafoods Europe: grounds for optimism

With the UK voting to leave the EU and Donald Trump winning the US presidency, it’s fair to say we’ve had a year of political shocks.

Food packaging kit: meet the space savers

Are the days of sprawling packaging installations over? Increasingly, many of today’s production priorities, from efficiency, effectiveness and integration to lifetime and environmental costs, appear to overlap with compact equipment...

Last day for early bird food safety conference tickets

Today is the last day to book your early bird ticket for Food Manufacture’s food safety conference 2017 on Thursday June 22 at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

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