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Food packaging and the Internet of Things

Can food packaging tap into the Internet of Things (IoT), or will cost and perceived risks restrict it to the periphery? We look at current trends in intelligent technology.

Marks & Spencer plans to cut its food supplier base

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is looking to reduce the number of its food and drink suppliers, under strategic plans that its head of agriculture and fisheries has revealed.

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Steam packaging film extends product shelf-life

A new packaging film for steamed food that is claimed not only to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce packed in it, but also to reduce the in-pack cooking time,...

EU plans action on antibiotic resistance threat

The EU is to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals with a three-pillared action-plan focusing on best practice, research and innovation, and promoting better...

Seafood firm in £200k London investment

Seafood supplier Star Feast Foods has invested £200,000 in its London operations, as it expands its trade and wholesale offering in the capital.

Egg replacing starch can cut recipe cost by 15%

A modified starch claimed to replace everyday ingredients such as oil and egg while helping reduce recipe costs by as much as 15% has been introduced by Ingredion.

Cyber-attack halts production at Cadbury factory

Cyber-attacks have reportedly halted production at a Cadbury factory in Tasmania, after its owner, global food giant Mondelēz, was infected by ransomware.

Sea lice and Brexit among Scottish seafood challenges

Sea lice, and the effect of Brexit on international trade relationships and employment, are among the challenges that may hinder the growth of the Scottish fish and shellfish market, a...

IFT17 exclusive

‘Food science’s top challenge: confirmation bias’

Food science’s top challenge is combating confirmation bias – people’s preference to accept information that confirms their pre-existing views – warns Oscar-nominated film director Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

Coca-Cola recycles 10,000t of plastic a year

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has reused more than 50,000t of plastic from about 2bn bottles for its portfolio of products sold in Britain in the past five years, claimed the...

News in brief

Strike called off at M&S food haulier

Union officials have called off a 24-hour strike over pay at Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, in order for talks to take place....

Premier Foods attempts to reassure market

Premier Foods has attempted to steady market jitters following press reports yesterday [June 29] suggesting it might be about to make a major change in direction following a ‘strategic review’...

Men targeted in Scots campylobacter campaign

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has urged men not to eat pink chicken, in a summer campaign to raise awareness of the risks of campylobacter during the barbecue season.

Reports from IFT17

Big manufacturers are ‘losing sales to small firms’

Big food and drink manufacturers in the UK and US are losing sales to small suppliers, as retailers bid to lure millennial shoppers, reveals new research from Mintel.

‘More work needed’ after kids’ sugary food ad ban

The ban on adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) was only the first step in reducing childhood obesity, claimed pressure group Sustain, while doctors have called...

Food-to-go firm Around Noon buys Chef in a Box

Northern Ireland food-to-go manufacturer, Around Noon, has bought the premium sandwich and snack maker Chef in a Box, for an undisclosed sum.

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UK needs to be more vocal on global meat antibiotic use

The UK’s meat sector needs to be more vocal in encouraging Asian countries to cut antibiotic use, as treatment here has significantly reduced, says the British Poultry Council’s (BPC’s) Reg...

Wild blueberry extract offers brain benefits

The market for products that support healthy ageing has been boosted by a new wild blueberry extract that is claimed to offer cognitive benefits.

Real Good Food makes £15.5M investment

Baking ingredients supplier Real Good Food (RGF) is investing £15.5M to expand two of its subsidiaries in Liverpool and Wiltshire, after securing funds from a private investor.

Tesco ‘1,200 job cuts’: suppliers face price rise battle

Tesco’s suppliers face resistance to price increases and higher demand for new product development at no further cost, after the supermarket revealed it was cutting a reported 1,200 head office...

Reports from IFT17

Food innovation awards reflect clean-label trend

Food ingredients that exploit the trend towards clean labelling featured in the 2017 Food Expo Innovation Awards at the Institute of Food Technology’s (IFT’s) Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

2 Sisters and Weetabix lead appointments gallery

Senior appointments by 2 Sisters and Weetabix lead our latest gallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

British Bacon Supplies confirms factory closure

Damika-owned meat processor British Bacon Supplies has confirmed it will close its Huddersfield factory this Friday (June 30), as it was “unable to operate at sustainable efficiency levels”.

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Antibiotic use cut 71% by halting blanket treatment

The UK poultry sector cut its antibiotics use by 71% between 2012 and 2016, by stopping farmers from using antibiotics in a ‘blanket’ treatment.

One-third of foreign workers plan to leave UK

One-third of foreign workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly-skilled EU workers the most likely to leave, revealed a survey from financial consultancy Deloitte.

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