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Dicers that can cube, strip, shred and flake

Holac dicers, available from Reiser in the UK, come in a range of varieties suitable for applications of all types and sizes.

Robotic ultrasonic portioning at high speeds

A high-speed food cutting station incorporating an intelligent vision system which guides an ultrasonic cutter mounted on a robot, has been developed by Western Mechanical Handling (WMH) UK working in...

Higher capacities and yields on offer

Weber has enhanced the performance of its slicing lines by increasing their capacity and raising yields. These characteristics have been combined in slicing lines, which are now capable of processing...

Milk tank helps to preserve extended shelf-life

Tetra Pak has launched an automated tank with constant temperature control, called 'Tetra Alsafe for ESL', which preserves extended shelf-life (ESL) milk product quality between processing and packaging.

Fast and accurate hygienic grading of food

A machine has been developed which, it is claimed, will revolutionise hygienic grading within the fish, meat and poultry industries.

Co-extruded snacks get a big boost

A new 16-stream die has increased the output capability of Baker Perkins' co-extrusion systems for snacks. The die, with a previous maximum of 12 streams, is a key part of...

Cleaning away microbes in those inaccessible areas

Earlier this year Quorn Foods, the meat alternatives producer based in Methwold, Norfolk, placed a contract with microbiological cleaning specialist Hygiene Group.


Cook boosts output by 200% over five years

People are crucial to Cook’s business model, Mark Dennis tells Nicholas Robinson

X-ray makes a very positive business case

Retailer demands for suppliers to use X-ray inspection remain important in driving uptake of the technology, but they are increasingly being superseded by a positive business case on the part...


Tomorrow’s packaging will involve sensory elements

The next generation of intelligent packaging could allow brand owners to give consumers totally new sensory experiences, Alyson Magee discovers

Make your modified atmosphere packaging more efficient

Many businesses using modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on their food lines could do much more to make this part of the operation more efficient, according to an international supplier of...


A new logic in logistics

Sharing is caring - about your distribution costs. Paul Gander finds out how collaboration and consolidation help both manufacturers and retailers

Fox's Biscuits replaces R22 refrigerant at Uttoxeter plant

Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, is replacing the refrigeration equipment at its Uttoxeter manufacturing facility, with the help of Lorien Engineering. The work is necessary to...

IBP helps to meet peaks in demand

To meet the planning challenges of fulfilling peak demand for specialist foods during religious festivals such as Ramadan, Diwali and the Chinese New Year, Westmill Foods has moved to an...


Genius breaks into France

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne tells Nicholas Robinson about her plans for Genius

Thins and wraps eat into plant bread sandwich market

Plant bakers will have to innovate to address the declining UK sliced bread market, claims a leading market analyst.

Audits help target energy savings

Conducting energy audits will save large-scale food and drink manufacturers hundreds of thousands of pounds and help smaller ones make savings too, according to Food Manufacture’s webinar last month.

Groceries code boss asks Tesco to review supplier policy

Tesco has been asked to examine its behaviour towards suppliers by the Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.

Soft drinks firms respond to tooth decay criticism

Soft drinks manufacturers have responded to demands from Public Health England (PHE) to strip sugar out of their products, in a bid to battle childhood tooth decay.

Former Morrisons’ boss charged with insider dealing

Morrisons’ former treasurer and head of tax, Paul Coyle, has been charged with two offences of insider dealing by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Energy webinar your questions answered

An expert team of speakers armed delegates with the information they need to comply with new EU rules requiring mandatory energy audits during the Food Manufacture Group’s energy webinar.

Mandatory energy audits to save hundreds of thousands

Conducting energy audits will save large-scale food and drink manufacturers hundreds of thousands of pounds and help smaller ones make savings too, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s webinar last month....

Omni-channel lifts supermarkets’ sales by up to 20%

Supermarkets that have integrated their store and online sales in a so-called ‘omni-channel’ approach to retailing have seen a sales uplift of 10–20% over the past 12 months, according to...

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

PepsiCo praises Sheffield food engineering degree

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has joined other leading food and drink firms in praising the UK’s first food engineering degree, which begins today (September 29) at Sheffield Hallam University.

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