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Weirdest food and drink news stories of 2015

Bacon-scented underwear, a £1M packet of crisps and a computer that uses Irn Bru to cool down all feature in our list of the weirdest food and drink news stories...

Me and my factory

Why it pays to follow the herd

Azhar Zouq, who knows a thing or two about yogurt, having grown Lancashire Farm Dairies into a £25M business, talks to Noli Dinkovski

the big interview

The Wright approach

The FDF’s Ian Wright is building a media reputationas a ‘political bruiser’. Rick Pendrous went ringside.

Flowrapper meets growing demand for cook-in-the-bag chickens

Ulma Packaging is targeting poultry processors with equipment that enables cook-in-the-bag chickens to be manufactured.

Tray sealer raises spud packing productivity

The installation of a tray sealer at potato supplier Branston’s Lincoln factory has dramatically improved efficiency and reduced the cost of production.

Film prevents mineral oil migration

An online petition launched late last year in Europe by lobby group FoodWatch, which called for action to be taken against the use of mineral oils in food, has been...

Yollies feature easy peel and release technology

Global packaging producer Amcor has worked with Kerry Foods to introduce an innovative yogurt on a stick specifically designed for children’s lunchboxes.

Mechanical dough developers range with capacities up to 200kg

Bakery equipment supplier Benier UK, part of the Kaak Group, has launched a range of mechanical dough developers (MDD) with dry weight capacities up to 200kg.

Munson launches miniature rotary batch mixer

A miniature rotary batch mixer, which blends up to 28 litres of dry bulk ingredients, with or without liquid additions, in ratios down to one part per million in two...

Polin’s practical planetary mixers

Italian manufacturer Polin has developed a range of planetary mixers for industrial bakeries that is said to offer a practical and cost effective solution for high-volume applications.

Easier cleaning on dough mixers

The Baker Perkins range of Tweedy bread dough mixing systems has been extensively re-engineered to ensure more hygienic operation, easier maintenance and lower noise levels.

Eurofins offers same day food safety and spoilage testing

Eurofins Food Testing UK has invested in a new method for micro-organism identification, which will provide its clients with same-day confirmation of results for organisms associated with food safety and...

Matthiesons’ fresh desserts get X-ray inspection

Changing retailer codes of practice together with business growth have led Mathiesons bakery to install a new X-ray inspection system for contaminant detection of its chilled and ambient cakes and...

Roller former for multi-layer confectionery bars

Bosch Packaging Technology will launch an upgraded WRF 600 Flex roller former for multi-layer bars at ProSweets show, which takes place in Cologne from January 31 to February 3.

Opinion

Battle of the bulge is set to notch up a gear

As we start the new year, the food and drink industry awaits with much anticipation what the government is going to call on it to deliver as part of its...

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr restores its sales growth

Soft drinks maker AG Barr, which manufactures the iconic Irn Bru brand, has restored its sales, which were up 3.9% in its third quarter trading results to November 28 compared...

Food producers 'cheating' over non-sugar pledges

A number of industry players are “cheating” consumers by making ‘no sugar’ claims, despite using carbohydrates that are even more glycaemic than sugar, according to a Beneo representative.

Diageo exits poor payment ‘hall of shame’

Diageo has been removed from a slow payment ‘hall of shame’ after improving its payment terms but Premier Foods remains on the Forum of Private Business (FPB) blacklist. ...

Happy holidays from the Food Manufacture team

Happy holidays and a prosperous New Year from the whole Food Manufacture team. The team will be back on January 4 to bring you more breaking news, insight and analysis from...

Nesquik bunny ad banned for ‘same old tricks’

A Nesquik bunny advert has been banned for claiming that hot chocolate gives children a “great start to the day”.

Guest article

Next year’s news about process manufacturing

The growing importance of traceability – where transactional data meets the internet of things – is one of three key trends set to shape the process manufacturing industry of 2016:...

Turkey and Clarkson in top food cracker jokes

A joke about the face of food and drink delivery service Amazon Prime Jeremy Clarkson and mulled wine was included in a list of the best new Christmas cracker jokes,...

Bacteria resistant to ‘last resort’ antibiotic found on UK pig farms

Antibiotics usage in livestock has again come under scrutiny after a gene that makes bacteria resistant to colistin, the antibiotic used when all others fail, was found in E. coli...

Food and drink firms get into NPD festive spirit

Food and drink manufacturers have got into the festive spirit and launched Christmas-themed packaging and product innovations, in a bid to tap into a spending surge over the seasonal period.

Hain Celestial acquires Orchard House Foods

Hain Celestial UK has acquired fruit, juice and dessert manufacturer Orchard House Foods for an undisclosed amount, in a bid to boost its healthy products range.

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