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Iceland vs Iceland: Retailer to fly to country for talks

Iceland Foods is preparing to fly to Reykjavik to begin talks with the Icelandic government over its legal challenge on the retailer’s name.

Food Crime Unit launches confidential hotline

A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.

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Premier Foods gets saucy in France

Premier Foods hopes to build on the successful launch earlier this year of Loyd Grossman cooking sauces in France with the trial of pouched products.

Biscuit manufacturer creates 40 jobs

Up to 40 jobs have been created at a biscuit manufacturer in Gateshead, after the company’s new £1.2M bake oven and production line became fully operational.

Tesco’s top Christmas food trends get euro flavour

Consumers are set to embrace European food traditions this festive season, with demand doubling in the past three years, according to Britain’s biggest retailer.

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Ferrero close to sealing United Biscuits deal

Nutella and chocolate maker Ferrero is close to sealing a deal to buy two biscuit brands from United Biscuits, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Sweet results for Britvic focusing on low sugar drinks

Soft drinks firm Britvic reported a 10.1% rise in annual sales revenue to £1.43bn, boosted by growth in its no and low sugar drinks, as the manufacturer strived to reduce...

Turners sale saves bacon jobs after Brexit woes

The sale of a West Midlands bacon producer has saved the jobs of 13 employees, after the company entered liquidation last week – partly due to rising costs caused by...

Food firms could boost loyalty in the digital age

Food and drink manufacturers could use the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as 4IR, to boost customer loyalty and therefore sales, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has claimed.

Cereal firms defend sugar and salt content levels

Leading cereal manufacturers are striving to slash sugar and salt content, according to the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after it was revealed that more than half of Kellogg’s...

Food manufacturers face ‘four key challenges’

Food manufacturers face four key challenges – with the need to boost productivity topping the list – according to Tim Render, director of food and farming, at the Department for...

Cranswick profits rise 38% after ‘superior growth’

Meat processor Cranswick reported a 38% rise in profits before tax to £40.4M in its half-year statement for the six months to September 30, as it continued its period of “superior...

Yoplait reduces sugar in Petits Filous yogurts

Yoplait is to reduce the amount of sugar in its Petits Filous children’s yogurts by 17%, as part of a number of reformulations across its range of products.

Many firms unprepared for next Industrial Revolution

More than half of British food and drink manufacturers risk missing out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as 4IR – warns a report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Bakkavor to recruit 310 staff after ‘increased demand’

Ready meals specialist Bakkavor is recruiting 310 people for factory production and management roles in Lincolnshire, after “increased demand from its customers”, the manufacturer revealed today (November 28).

Multimillion pound malt factory to create jobs

A malt processor which supplies the whisky industry could create new jobs, following the submission of plans for a new factory in Yorkshire.

Food park could create 1k jobs

Up to 1,000 food and drink jobs could be created in Pembrokeshire, after plans were unveiled for a new food park.

British Nutrition Foundation targets myths in media

The widespread misunderstanding among huge swathes of the public about nutrition science has led the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to embark on a programme of work to make this complex...

High-speed heat sealing of grape punnets

As part of a supermarket packaging change, seedless grape supplier Karsten UK has installed a high-speed heat sealing machine that works with the company’s existing pre-printed film, avoiding the need...

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Young's opts for simulated newspaper fish packs

Young’s Seafood has unveiled an innovative printed fish pack, launched in Asda stores, after collaborating with fresh food packaging maker Linpac.

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VFFS with labeller and inserter

Tna launched what it claimed was the first high-speed vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) packaging system with integrated labeller and inserter at Pack Expo in Chicago last month (November 6–9).

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Ovenable film handles high heat

A new ovenable high definition printed packaging film suitable for ultra-high cooking temperatures has been added to TCL Packaging’s product range. 

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Control valves that do away with compressed air

Two new electromotive process valves have been introduced by Bürkert that offer precision control without the need for compressed air.

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Peristaltic and sinusoidal design for clean transfer

The latest development in peristaltic and sinusoidal pump technology is said to raise the game in clean pumping for all food applications, according to its supplier Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group.

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Lobe pumps provide reliability

Alfa Laval SRU rotary lobe pumps have been engineered to provide reliable performance, trouble-free operation and good energy efficiency for demanding applications in the dairy, food and beverage sectors.

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