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Jus-Rol factory stops production with loss of 265 jobs

Production at the Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed ended on September 22, with the loss of 265 jobs.

News in brief

Customised fruit and veg juices unveiled

A range of juice contents and blends of fruits and vegetables, customised to specific target groups and consumption situations, has been unveiled by Wild Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI).

Supply chain the key to Modern Slavery Act

Food manufacturers were advised to review their supply chain traceability before the first report deadline under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force last week (September 30).

Food waste solution turns bread into beer

Food-to-go firm Adelie Foods is turning its unwanted bread crusts into beer, in a bid to reduce food waste.

Premier Foods boss steps down

Premier Foods chairman, David Beever, is stepping down from his position next year.

Euro grocery boss idea divides opinion

European food and drink manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope has failed to back calls for a European-wide Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Dairy processor in £14M factory expansion

A north Wales dairy producer is set to invest £14M in expanding its operation after winning a supply contract from a major supermarket.

Innocent Drinks in recycling innovation

A waste management finance scheme based on Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), which links a producer’s obligated payments with specific recycling investments, is set to support Innocent Drinks in a move...

Bacon slicing into stacks or shingles gets a big production boost

Back bacon processors can boost their productivity with a new slicing machine from Norwich-based Thurne.

Dicer comes with and without conveyors

The latest addition to the Urschel line of dicers, the Sprint 2, builds on the technology of the DiversaCut Sprint dicer and is inspired by its Model G.

Precision portions from boneless poultry cutter

It has been designed for cutting boneless, non-frozen poultry products to fixed weight or uniform dimensions.

Dicers that handle a variety of meats

Holac dicers, available from food processing equipment specialist Reiser, offer high versatility, enabling them to produce a variety of product shapes and sizes.

Border Biscuits doubles output with automated flowrapping line

Border Biscuits has doubled production for one of the main sectors it serves, following the installation of new packaging line at its Lanarkshire site.

Sharding of plastic film on packs is overcome

The problem of ‘sharding’, where the plastic film covering packs of prepared fruit and salads tears apart upon opening, has been overcome by Sealed Air using its Cryovac Sealappeal product.

System checks integrity of cans inline

InterVision Global has released the inline CanCheck inspection system for checking the integrity of food canning lines during manufacture.

Palletisation of artisan loaves is 'revolutionised'

Speciality Breads is said to have revolutionised the palletising of artisan loaves with the installation of a second-user robotic system from Pacepacker.

Post-cook heat reduction and chilling combined in a single unit

A new approach to hot product cooling prior to blast chilling or freezing has been introduced, which cuts the large costs of ‘double handling’ usually needed.

Meat firms get automation advice

The key steps meat companies need to take to achieve a smart factory in line with ‘Industry 4.0’ automation approaches were the focus of open days for the meat sector...

Tims Dairy boosts yogurt output with handling unit

Buckinghamshire yogurt maker Tims Dairy has increased its production to 200t a week with the aid of new end-of-line handling systems supplied by UPM Conveyors.

Test for staff hearing protection

Operators of noisy food and drink factories can now have confidence that their workers receive the very best hearing protection, thanks to an award-winning technology introduced by 3M.

Tesco to sell mushrooms enriched with vitamin D

Tesco is to launch the UK’s first range of mushrooms which are grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels.

Amazon creates 20,000 Christmas jobs

Amazon plans to hire more than 20,000 temporary staff, including 3,000 at its distribution centre in Swansea, to cope with the Christmas rush.

Morrisons makes ‘good progress’ on six priorities

Morrisons is making progress towards strengthening its business and fulfilling six strategic priorities, claimed a financial statement accompanying the retailer’s first-half results, posted earlier this month.

News in brief

Binder for egg products wins US approval

A clean-label binder is receiving a global push after being cleared for use in processed egg products in the US.

Exclusive interview

PM ‘intends to protect’ EU national workers already here, after Brexit

The prime minister “absolutely intends” to protect the right of up to 100,000 non-UK EU nationals already working in the British food and drink sector to remain in this country after Brexit,...

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