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Organic tea maker Clipper – in pictures

Organic and Fairtrade tea specialist Clipper Teas is on track to produce 1.2bn teabags this year from its production facility in Beaminster, Dorset.

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Explore Cuisine changes pack format to raise impact

Gluten-free, organic and high protein bean and pulse pasta brand Explore Cuisine has unveilled new packaging, with the range moving from a bag to box format.

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Inline modified atmosphere pack checks

An automated leak testing system, which helps food processors ensure that modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) does not have undetected micro leaks, is now available globally.

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Tetra Pak launches cloud-based monitoring of kit

A condition monitoring service has been launched by Tetra Pak to help food and drink manufacturers to predict machine failures before they occur. 

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Bottling lines adapted to meet needs

Carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottling line supplier Sidel has responded to changing market demand for smaller, on-the-go bottles. 

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Laser scanner detects acrylamide precursers in chips

Amid growing concern about the presence of cancer-causing acrylamide in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory...

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X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

Fruit specialist Fruit Gourmet, based at Allemans-du-Dropt in south-west France, has selected an Ishida X-ray inspection system for enhanced quality control, following the installation of the company’s multi-head weighers at...

Village Bakery to add 50 jobs and 12 apprenticeships

North Wales bread and pastry maker Village Bakery will create 50 new jobs, including 12 apprenticeships, to help it supply its growing demand, the baker revealed today (May 31).

Food and drink exports hit record levels

UK food and drink exports reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2017, driven by overseas sales of whisky, salmon and chocolate, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...

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Troubleshooting with a high-speed camera

A high-speed camera is available from US company Fastec Imaging, which allows remote monitoring and troubleshooting of food manufacturing operations.

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Risk-based controls come to the fore

Bakery and confectionery sectors in the US are moving from traditional hazard analysis critical control point food safety controls to those based on risk-based preventative controls, says Neil Giles, marketing...

IFST highlights its three food policy priorities

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has called on the new government to focus on food science, develop policies for a sustainable food system and the challenges of...

Beechdean scoops up ice cream firm

Beechdean Group has acquired 50% of ice cream manufacturer Lovingtons, in a joint venture designed to grow investment and boost the manufacturing capabilities of the company. 

Moy Park boss wins HR award

Moy Park’s executive director Mike Mullan has been named HR director of the year in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Northern Ireland Awards 2017. 

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Control valves for use in steam-raising systems

Control valves for process systems are available from Spirax Sarco, which are capable of controlling pressure, temperature and flow in numerous industrial environments with high efficiency.

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Oil launched for ammonia systems

To meet growing use of ammonia as a natural refrigerant, ExxonMobil has launched a mineral-based oil for ammonia compressor refrigeration systems.

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Screw conveyor takes material from multiple outlets

A flexible screw conveyor, which has a trough hopper that can receive material from multiple outlets of feeders, grinders, blenders and other equipment, has been introduced by Flexicon.

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ERP raises supply chain efficiency

Fresh produce supplier to high street restaurant chains, Reynolds Catering Supplies, based at Waltham Cross, near London, is using Infor’s M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to raise order handling...

Convenience food producer makes senior hires

Convenience food manufacturer Symington’s made two senior appointments yesterday (May 30).

News in brief

Malt manufacturer ranked sixth in top 100 profit list

East Anglian malt manufacturer Muntons has been placed sixth in a list of the UK’s top 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits.

British Bacon Supplies plans factory closure

Meat supplier British Bacon Supplies is planning to close its Huddersfield factory, after a flood last year at its sister factory reduced production.

FMEAs

How to win a food manufacturing Oscar

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) judges have urged companies entering the awards to include the entire story behind their success in their applications, for the best chance to win a...

Iced beverages growth set to continue

Iced and blended beverage sales in coffee shops grew by almost a fifth in 2016, helped by consumer demand for healthy indulgence, a report has found.

Fat-reducing starch offers ‘no taste compromise’

A tapioca-based clean-label starch is being heralded as the ideal ingredient to reduce fat in food, without compromising on taste characteristics.

Snacks webinar focuses on sustainable production

Sourcing sustainable snacking ingredients and hot consumption trends will take centre stage during the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar at 3pm on Thursday June 15.

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