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Precision filleting of chicken thighs

To meet growing consumer demand for boneless chicken thigh meat, Marel Poultry has developed the Stork thigh fillet system, which is claimed to process thighs in-line with high precision and...

Thermal transfer printers drive improved efficiency

Country Products, a packer of dried food and snacks, has reported a significant increase in production efficiency following the replacement of its old printers with new thermal transfer equipment.

Management tools for tray sealing equipment

Three new production management and fault diagnosis tools are now available from Packaging Automation (PA) to install on high speed tray sealing lines. 

Skin pack range is launched for meat and fish products

A new range of skin films for packs of meat, fish and other fresh foods has been introduced by food packaging and lidding supplier KM Packaging Services.

Easy pack opening for snack foods

Easy pack opening and enhanced shelf appeal of snacks on-the-go were the highlights of flexible packaging supplier Mondi’s exhibits at the Packaging Innovations show, which took place in Amsterdam from...

Grinders and mixers for burgers that minimise 'overworking'

Grinders and mixers that are claimed to produce a clearly defined, ground product with minimal ‘overworking’ for meat products, such as burgers, are available from Interfood Technology. 

High-intensity continuous blender is launched

A new sanitary, high-intensity continuous blender, from Munson Machinery provides low to high shear as required for high-speed blending and/or homogenising of dry solids, agglomerates, slurries or pastes when processing...

Tweedy mixer now makes pizza dough

A broad range of doughs for a diverse range of bakery products can now be made on the Baker Perkins’ Tweedy mixer, which is most usually associated with high-speed, high-energy...

Three-in-one coffee gets mixed

Three-in-one coffee mixing based on dry powder blending of non-dairy creamer (NDC) powder, finely ground sugar and spray-dried coffee powder, is available from SPX Flow.

Non-standard gearbox exchange service for critical applications

A gearbox service has been launched by Renold Gears to provide manufacturers with a rapid replacement unit in the event of a failure or urgent repair. 

In-line tumbling and injecting of meat products

New equipment is now available from Interfood Technology’s Curing to Clipping Division, which supplies a range of injecting, tenderising, tumbling and marinating kit.

Tulip gets bespoke sausage line

A bespoke line for handling 2.7t of frozen cocktail sausages every hour has been installed at Tulip's factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire.

Weird food stories from 2016 – in pictures

Pies on the edge of space, beer made from clouds and a 3D printer that makes gummy sweets lead our photogallery of 2016’s weird and wonderful food stories.

Happy Christmas from the Food Manufacture team

Happy Christmas from everyone at the Food Manufacture Group and best wishes for the New Year.

IGD skills programme reaches 17,000 young people

Grocery think-tank IGD has helped 17,000 young people this year to learn the skills needed to find a job in the food and drink industry, claimed the organisation.

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2016

The Brexit vote, fatal outbreaks of E.coli and the sale of turkey giant Bernard Matthews are just some of the biggest stories viewed this year on this site....

Christmas food sales to boost grocery market

The UK grocery market is predicted to grow by 1.2% this Christmas, delivering a “strong result for manufacturers”, claims grocery think-tank IGD.

News in brief

Foodservice leads Macphie’s sales growth

Scottish bakery ingredients supplier Macphie has reported a 7% rise in sales to £47.6M in its financial results for the year to March 2016 released today (December 23).

Top mergers and acquisitions of 2016

2 Sisters Food Group, Krispy Kreme and Mondelēz International featured in the Food Manufacture Group’s top 10 mergers and acquisitions of 2016.

CIEH stops awarding food safety qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), which represents local authority environmental health officers that carry out food safety inspections, is to stop being an awarding body for existing training...

Bestwick’s frozen warehouse installs ‘uptempering’ technology

Temperature controlled food storage provider Rick Bestwick has completed a £1.2M purpose-built development at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Reduce burden of hygiene audits

The burden of excessive retailer hygiene audits of their food and drink suppliers needs to be reduced, argues the head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Danes launch project to prevent allergic reactions

A new €2M project, led by the National Food Institute (NFI) at the Technical University of Denmark, will focus on developing new products to treat or prevent allergies.

Nutrition body unveils EU health claim guide

A best-practice guide to preparing EU health claims, aimed primarily at small and medium-sized enterprises, has been developed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) in conjunction with the EU-funded Bacchus...

News in brief

Restricted diets research centre opens

A research centre that will focus on the needs of consumer groups with specific dietary restrictions has opened at the University of Chester.

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