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Non-invasive test of modified atmosphere packs is introduced

Food processing equipment supplier GEA used last month’s Interpack show in Düsseldorf to launch a novel non-destructive inline test for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) integrity.

2 Sisters ‘secures 700 jobs’ with £1.4M investment

2 Sisters Food Group will invest £1.4M at its St Merryn meat plant in south Wales, in a bid to improve efficiency and secure 700 jobs.

Salad firm buys processing site from MyFresh

Salad supplier Florette UK & Ireland has bought MyFresh Prepared Produce’s Wigan site, for an undisclosed sum.

Crisp firm research opens up new export markets

Pipers Crisps has gained a better understanding of the science behind its snack products and processes, enabling it to develop longer shelf-life products and open up new export markets, thanks...

Chinese food giant ‘could buy’ Moy Park in £1bn deal

Moy Park may be sold to Chinese agri-food giant New Hope in a £1bn takeover deal, an industry expert told this website.

Organics opportunity to benefit manufacturers

Rising sales of organic products are creating new opportunities for food and drink manufacturers, claims the Soil Association.

Dawnfresh eliminates label and date code errors at plant

Scottish fish processor Dawnfresh has invested in automation to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice. The system installed controls the packaging line, preventing product recalls related to label and...

Veg firm to pay £36.8k for worker’s injury

A vegetable firm has been ordered to pay £36,800 for safety failings, after a worker suffered a head injury when he became entangled in netting on a field near Boston, Lincolnshire.

News in brief

Kids’ sugar advertising ban is ‘choking the industry’

An extension on the ban of advertising high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food and drink products to children was an added burden to the “already onerous regulatory restrictions that...

Exports reach record £10.2bn as EU sales jump

UK food and drink exports reached a record-high of £10.2bn in the first half of this year, as exports to EU countries topped £6bn for the first time.

Reckitt sells food business to McCormick for £3.2bn

Reckitt Benckiser is to sell its food business to McCormick, in a deal which values the condiments business at £3.2bn ($4.2bn).

‘Millions of pounds of drugs’ found at frozen store

Suspected class A drugs, worth millions of pounds, have been discovered by police at Yearsley Logistics’ frozen food storage site in Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire.

Brexit vote forces salad firm to close: 250+ job losses

Salad supplier Southern Salads has entered administration and “all but a handful” of its 260 workers have lost their jobs, after the value of sterling plummeted following the Brexit vote....

FDF welcomes government’s Irish soft border plan

The government’s plan to rule out a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic has been welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Food exports: ‘government must do more to help’

The UK is “open for business” with the rest of the world, but government needs to do more to promote food and drink exports before and after Brexit, a senior...

Food firms ‘hamstrung’ by date labels

Newly-consolidated date-labelling guidelines aim to help reduce food waste, but do nothing to allay the fear of prosecution which makes manufacturers more, rather than less, cautious in this area, according to...

Egg contamination spreads to liquid egg products

The probe into imported egg products contaminated with the insecticide has spread to food products made with imported liquid eggs, manufacturers have been warned, after Professor Chris Elliott predicted an...

Food industry ‘ready for calorie-reduction challenge’

The food and drink industry will rise to the challenge of helping to reduce children’s calorie intake, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as the government launches the next...

Health department’s obesity focus moves to calories

The government is set to move away from sugar and towards a total calorie approach in the battle to combat childhood obesity, one of its key strategists in the area...

Scottish dairy sector urged to raise output

A Scottish dairy boss has called on the sector to “think big” and increase production in order to make the most of the economic uncertainties posed by Brexit.

FMEAs

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: getting ready

Get ready for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, the 1920s-themed event taking place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 1.

The Big Interview

Campden BRI boss thinks big on food science

Professor Steven Walker has dedicated his life to the small things – but on the future of food science, he isn't afraid to think big.

Apprenticeship Levy: firms slow to act

Companies are being slow to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect in April, claims Bis Henderson Academy, which offers training programmes for supply chain and...

Fire crews battle blaze at cheese factory

A blaze at a cheese factory in south Wales was battled by fire crews yesterday morning (August 15), while firefighters tackled a burning food packaging manufacturer at the weekend.

Dairy drink ad banned by watchdog

An advert for Bio-tiful Dairy’s kefir drink has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unsubstantiated health claims. 

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