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FDF’s Steve Barnes appointed GroceryAid’s new director general

Steve Barnes has been appointed the new director general of GroceryAid, after four years as commercial and membership director at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

NHS calls for minimum price on Scottish alcohol

Rising alcohol sales in Scotland has strengthened the case for introducing minimum unit pricing, according to Scotland’s public health minister Aileen Campbell.

Müller dairy closures a ‘devastating blow’: union

Müller Milk & Ingredients’ decision to close its smaller dairies in East Kilbride and Aberdeen with the loss of 225 jobs has been called a “devastating blow” by the union...

Chemicals in plastic food containers could damage children’s teeth

Chemicals commonly found in plastic food containers may be weakening children’s teeth, new research has claimed.

Extreme weather making crops more ‘toxic’

Food crops are protecting themselves from more extreme weather by generating toxins that are potentially harmful to humans and animals, a new United Nations report has claimed.

National Obesity Forum fat report rejected by board members

Health lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has come under swingeing attacks from some of its own medical advisers in press reports over the past weekend, following controversial advice...

Jobs created through Scottish butcher’s Co-op deal

Family butcher business We hae meat will create six new jobs as part of its new range expansion deal with retailer Co-op Food.

Brexit debate

EU is ‘friend to food and drink’: Sir Stuart Rose

The EU is a friend to our food and drink industries. As former executive chairman of Marks & Spencer, I have experience of the benefits that our membership of the...

Skipjack tuna to be harvest controlled

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has taken the ground-breaking step of agreeing harvest control rules for skipjack tuna in the Indian Ocean.

Food manufacturers urged to enter long-term butter deals

Food manufacturers are facing higher butter prices after a “surprise rally” on global commodity markets, claims the head of a leading ingredients company.

Brexit Debate

2 Sisters’ boss Ranjit Boparan warns against Brexit

2 Sisters Food Group founder Ranjit Singh Boparan has claimed a vote to leave the EU – Brexit – could spell disaster for the UK food industry.

Food leaders need to ‘up game’ over human rights supply chain

Leaders in the food manufacturing sector need to “up their game” over their commitment to human rights, a legal expert has claimed.

Hilton Food’s turnover to rise in 2016, say analysts

Hilton Food Group’s 2016 turnover is forecast to rise, according to leading financial analyst Shore Capital.

Campylobacter rates in chickens continue to fall

Campylobacter rates in fresh chickens are continuing to fall due to the number of retailers removing neck skin.

‘Nothing being done’ to prevent another Calais crisis

Nothing is being done to protect UK food and drink firms from damage caused by another Calais crisis, according to the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA).

Pressure mounts for mandatory fat, salt and sugar targets

Government is coming under increasing pressure to set targets for the fat, salt and sugar content of food and drink in advance of the publication of its childhood obesity strategy,...

Coca-Cola Enterprises ploughs £14M into Morpeth factory

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a new water-processing and bottling line at its Morpeth site, in Northumberland, following a £14M spend.

News in brief

Food safety culture is the top priority for global processors

Improving food safety culture was the top training goal for almost 80% of respondents to a new global survey of food safety training.

Condition monitoring needs hands-on diagnostic expertise

An overreliance on collecting condition monitoring (CM) data could be hampering maintenance teams in their quest to improve plant operational efficiency, industrial service provider Eriks UK has warned.

Automated bulk bag weigh batcher is launched

A new automated bulk bag weigh batching system from Flexicon meters ingredients into a Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor that transports batches of a specified weight to downstream processing equipment, dust-free.

Robotic pot swap loader for mixed food trays

The manual process of putting together mixed chilled product trays has now been automated by Fanuc in collaboration with Pacepacker Services, using a robotic pot swap tray loading system.

Safeline wins Innovation Award

Mettler-Toledo Safeline, supplier of metal detection systems, has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category, for developing its family of Profile metal detection...

Nut packer installs new metal detectors

An unnamed UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company has seen a 40% improvement in sensitivity and eliminated false rejects by replacing its old metal detectors with five...

Thermo Scientific offers Apex upgrades for its metal detector range

A cost-effective way to extend life and improve functionality for select Thermo Scientific metal detector equipment is now available via the company’s Apex upgrade.

Multi-page labels add more space

Food labelling will become more complex from December 2016 when the latest requirements of the EU’s Food Information for Consumers Regulation come into force, making it mandatory for products to...

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