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Going online

Laurence Gibbons hears the arguments in favour of replacing paper-based systems with online ones

Get ready for the new board tray

Planned in-store trials of a new board tray design will show how the material can support differentiation and growth in the ready meals market, according to supplier Meadwestvaco (MWV).

Tough times make more disloyal shoppers

Shopper disloyalty has soared during the recession as customers become more "professional" and seek out promotions and cheaper offers elsewhere, manufacturers and retailers have reported.

Good baked spuds now in small packages

Small is beautiful when it comes to feeding kids, says Yorkshire-based Bannisters' Farm, which has brought a range of smaller frozen ready-baked potatoes to market.


EFSA tastes success with flavourings list

No news is good news. Unless you're a journalist. That was the conclusion of a conversation I had with a leading lawyer when discussing the European Union's (EU) list of...


One-stop ingredients shop

As Frankfurt prepares to host Health Ingredients Europe, Gary Scattergood rounds up some of the show's highlights


Invisible helpers

They rarely appear on labels, but enzymes can produce very visible results for product developers. Lynda Searby reports

Mainstream muscle

Protein supplementation is no longer the preserve of the bodybuilding beefcakes, reports Michelle Knott


Global clean-up

The clean-label road isn't an easy one for manufacturers to take, but Ingredion's Aaron Edwards says it will reap financial rewards, reports Gary Scattergood

Egg replacers' million-pound benefits

Arla Foods Ingredients claims cake and pastry manufacturers could save more than one million pounds by using egg replacers - and has developed a calculator to prove it.

From fish waste to yeast

A Norwegian government initiative is investigating the commercial viability of extracting peptones from marine by-products and developing them for use in the production of high-value nutrition products.

Chocs away at Callebaut

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has sold its factory in Dijon, France, to new set-up Chocolaterie de Bourgogne.

Givaudan opens new 'best-in-class' site

Swiss fragrance and flavour company Givaudan has opened a new manufacturing facility dedicated to savoury flavours in Makó, Hungary.

Slick work as Russian oil output soars

The Russian oil sector is set to soar over the next 10 years due to increasing consumer demand and growing disposable income.

New Dawn rises for Unifine

Dawn and Unifine have united under the Dawn name to create a global sweet bakery and ingredients company.

2,500 flavours placed on EU's approved list

The EU has published its approved list of more than 2,500 flavourings for the food and drink sector.

Estrogenic profile research uncovers health potential

Key differences in the molecular structures of phytoestrogens - a group of chemicals found in plants that can act like the hormone estrogen - determine which health benefits they provide,...

Court's first health claims verdict

The first EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is likely to see more labelling statements fall under the scope of the rules,...

Lighter olive jar can take the heat

The largest size Thermic Ultra retortable barrier jar from RPC Containers Corby - the 3.8l American gallon - has proved the ideal packing solution for olive supplier Aceitunas del Guadalquivir,...

Large character coder cuts downtime and labels

Hungarian frozen food producer Mar-Ne-Váll, which makes the Ripp-Ropp range of bread-crumbed products for central Europe, is saving money thanks to the installation of a new large character coder.

Investment rises in labelling and printing kit

Food and drink manufacturers are increasing their investment in printing and labelling equipment, according to supplier Domino, which recently reported sales growth of over 30% for 2011.

Laser-precision quality codes

Videojet Technologies has launched a new laser coder designed for simple marking and coding applications in the consumer packaged goods sector.

Plastics recycling opens up new ethnographic frontier

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is commissioning in-depth consumer research to identify why, at 40%, UK plastics bottle recycling rates are so much lower than in EU markets.

Faster more consistent weighing

Adams Foods has achieved consistent weighing accuracy at higher speeds than manual labelling by implementing 16 Marel OCM9500 box labellers on its packing line.

Three ways to max out on accuracy

Multivac Marking & Inspection is launching checkweighers in three weight ranges to complete its range for turnkey, end-to-end packaging lines.

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