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Tale of two regions for Greencore

Greencore’s third quarter (Q3) results tell a tale of two regions, with strong progress in the US offsetting declines in its UK heartland.

News in brief

Two new appointments for Charlie Bigham’s

Ready meal brand Charlie Bigham’s has made two new appointments as part of its bid to continue growing the brand into 2014.

Diageo focuses on premium local brands and Scotch

New Diageo boss Ivan Menezes has confirmed the drinks giant’s commitment to premium local brands and Scotch whisky, as the firm released its preliminary results for the full-year ended June...

370 jobs threatened by Arla dairy closure

Arla plans to close its Ashby-de-la-Zouch dairy and distribution centre in April 2014, threatening up to 370 jobs, and shift volume to its new Buckinghamshire facility at Aylesbury.

Three more supermarkets join Which? price plan

Three more supermarkets have agreed to back consumer watchdog Which?’s ‘Price it Right’ campaign for simpler, clearer and consistent food pricing.

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Still time to win food and drink manufacturing Oscar

There’s still time to win a coveted Food Manufacturing Excellence Award (FMEA). It’s free to enter and winning could do your food and drink business a power good. So, why...

News in brief

New chief executive of Dairy UK

Dairy UK has appointed Dr Judith Bryans as its new chief executive.

Horsemeat crisis puts food safety on Irish agenda

The horsemeat crisis has made Irish shoppers far more aware of food safety concerns and significantly changed their buying habits, according to new research from the Food Safety Authority of...

Pork firm Karro Food Group agrees £60M funding deal

North Yorkshire-based pork supplier the Karro Food Group plans to step up investment in the UK and abroad, after agreeing a new £60M funding package with finance firm GE Capital.

Women and older people most concerned about salt

Consumers continue to be concerned about the amount of salt in their food, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) biannual Public Attitudes Tracker.

Fresh bid to raise energy efficiency

Food and drink manufacturers could raise their energy efficiency and cut their carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to a new pan-European research project.

Opinion

That's the way the FSA political ball bounces

Last month's Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board meeting marked the last one at which Lord (Jeff) Rooker would preside as its chairman. While his replacement has yet to be announced,...

Legal delays inhibit work on antimicrobials

The time being taken to prepare a positive 'Union' list of compounds permitted in active and intelligent (A&I) food packaging means the EU is lagging behind markets such as the...

Dairy boss calls for national anaerobic digestion strategy

There needs to be a more coherent national strategy for the siting of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants to avoid a glut of them in some areas, and none in others.

Higher packing performance is in the crisp bag

Ishida's Atlas range of snack food bagmakers have been enhanced to the extent that their performance on crisp packing has been raised by 35%, making 150 bags a minute possible...

Crack the code for more efficiency

Linx's new scribing laser coders promise efficiency and flexibility without compromising quality.

Traysealers beef up meatball packaging

Three Proseal GT2 traysealers are helping to double packaging throughput for a range of beef burgers and meatballs at beef specialist Dovecote Park.

Facebook packaging campaign

Packaging specialist Payne is launching a Facebook campaign to find out what people think about recloseable packs. It follows research that suggests a third of consumers would pay more for...

Heat-processable barrier plastics find new niches in soup

The first applications of RPC's new Apollo barrier polypropylene (PP) alternative to the metal can are likely to be in long-life soups, in liquid nutraceuticals and - in a different...

Consistent coverage of wet and dry seasonings

A new system has been designed to improve the flexibility of on-machine seasoning (OMS). Packaging specialist TNA says its Intelli-flav OMS 5 offers consistent coverage and flavour for both wet...

Measuring bulk solids just got more reliable

Accurate and reliable measurement of bulk solid silo levels creates challenges for traditional level measuring devices, especially in very dusty environments. Allison Engineering says its new 3D scanner is an...

Feature

Distillers striving to meet demand for whiskey

Times might be tough in the UK but distillers are striving to meet demand for whisky in emerging markets, reports Alyson Magee

Keep quality high and time to market short

Integrated software Automation Studio 4 is designed to keep quality high, engineering costs low and time to market short.

€5M powder mixing plant revs up

Symrise has begun operations at its new €5M powder mixing plant, which consolidates two sites as part of its €200M investment programme to increase efficiency, capacity and product diversity.

Take the steam out of heating and cut costs

A major chocolate snack manufacturer has moved away from steam boilers in favour of a new heating system for temperature trending and recipe control. ICS Cool Energy supplied T90 non-pressurised...

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