All news articles for April 2015

EU sugar beet quotas are set to be abolished in 2017

Napier Brown sale prompted by quota abolition

By Rod Addy

The sale of sugar business Napier Brown was prompted by the 2017 abolition of EU sugar beet quotas and buyer Tereos will support its future growth, owner Real Good Food (RGF) has claimed.

The industry needs a dedicated food and drink manufacturing council: FDF

Election 2015

New food manufacturing council leads FDF wishlist

By Michael Stones

A dedicated food and drink manufacturing council – tasked with improving communication and co-operation between the government and industry – tops the wishlist of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) from the next government, ahead of next week’s general...

Sue Davies wants a beefed up Food Standards Agency

Beefed up Food Standards Agency would ‘boost safety’

By Michael Stones

A beefed up Food Standards Agency (FSA) – will full powers restored to oversee food standards, hygiene and safety – is the centre piece of consumer pressure group Which?’s wish list from the next government.

Norbert Dentressangle clocked up revenue of €5.1bn (£3.6bn) in the year to December 31, 2014

Norbert Dentressangle bought by US firm

By Rod Addy

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has been acquired by US-based giant XPO Logistics for €3.2bn (£2.3bn), one of the biggest supply chain deals of recent years.

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from their roles.

The deal gives Nichols access to customers at Merlin Group's visitor attractions nationwide

Nichols’ drinks deal offers strategic benefits

By Rod Addy

Nichols’ acquisition of a minority stake in slush and milk drinks distributor Noisy Drinks Co offers both firms considerable benefits, according to one leading analyst.

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

Label dispenser rated for IP69K

The latest LD label dispensers from Multivac Marking & Inspection are optionally available for use under strict hygiene requirements, or for use in low-risk areas.

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Pots for easy snacking on display at Italian show

Extended shelf-life, effective product protection, maximum convenience and optimum brand display are some of the benefits claimed for the variety of packs that will be on display by the RPC Group at the Italian processing and packaging show Ipack-Ima,...

Sensors sort the good from bad

Sensors sort the good from bad

The expanded Mini range of registration sensors from German sensing specialist Sick Reliable is said to provide high-speed contrast, colour and luminescence detection on packaging.

Esko's strategy is to digitise the entire packaging workflow

Digital design takes a large step into the future

By Paul Gander

Packaging design and production software specialist Esko’s acquisition of US-based digital asset management (DAM) system provider MediaBeacon has been billed as a “big step forward” and “quite a differentiator” by the new parent company.

Falling oil prices have undermined the economics of recycled plastics

Plastic bottle recycling under threat

By Paul Gander

The tribulations suffered by at least two major UK plastic bottle recyclers in recent months highlight the larger-scale crisis gripping the UK's bottle-to-bottle food-grade plastics recycling sector, with rock-bottom prices for oil and virgin polymer...

US snack maker  opts for flexibility

US snack maker opts for flexibility

Florida-based snack manufacturer ARA Food Corporation has increased capacity, improved efficiency and reduced overheads with the installation of a third packaging system, which comprises a vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machine, complete with multi-head...

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