All news articles for June 2017

Research on Coca-Cola’s ‘spiral’ Fanta bottle stalled for two years

Caution over consumer insight tests

By Paul Gander

Most brands would agree that some sort of consumer research is necessary when exploring structural packaging choices, but the jury is out on how much importance to attach to different insights and how to balance them against other design criteria.

Falling costs and ease of use should boost robots in UK food manufacture

Time is now ripe for robot investment

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK have been urged to invest in robots and automation in their operations as labour costs continue to rise, robots become easier to use and their cost falls.

Packs made from flexible packaging need to be made easier to recycle

European flexibles project stakes a claim in circular economy

By Paul Gander

A consortium of European businesses across the flexible packaging supply chain has set up a new project to “advance better system design solutions” to facilitate recycling, while also developing tools to calculate food waste savings as a part of their...

Consumers are often unaware of packaging’s role in reducing waste

Packaging’s role in cutting food losses

By Paul Gander

Alongside its vast array of machinery and materials, May’s Interpack show in Germany intensified the focus on the human and environmental impacts of food waste and the vital role that packaging plays in reducing losses post-harvest, in the supply chain...

Colouring foods: WFSI’s range is made from a variety of fruit and vegetable extracts

Pumpkin and carrot extracts added to colouring range

By Noli Dinkovski

A pumpkin extract and a special carrot variety are the two new additions to a range of natural colouring foods from Wild Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), a division of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

EHL says the new unit will enable it to source new ingredients and develop its product range

Herbs and spices specialist opens third site

By Noli Dinkovski

An importer, blender and packer of food ingredients around the world has increased its manufacturing capacity by 50%, after acquiring a 750m2 manufacturing site in Stockport.

Steam packaging film extends product shelf-life

Packaging product file

Steam packaging film extends product shelf-life

By Rick Pendrous

A new packaging film for steamed food that is claimed not only to increase the shelf-life of fresh produce packed in it, but also to reduce the in-pack cooking time, has been introduced by KM Packaging Services.

Antibiotic sales for use in food-producing animals dropped 10% in 12 months, says DEFRA

EU plans action on antibiotic resistance threat

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU is to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans and animals with a three-pillared action-plan focusing on best practice, research and innovation, and promoting better farming standards globally.

Star Feast Foods has invested £200k in its London operation. Steve Money (left) and Mohammed Khan (right)

Seafood firm in £200k London investment

By James Ridler

Seafood supplier Star Feast Foods has invested £200,000 in its London operations, as it expands its trade and wholesale offering in the capital.

Unite has called off strike action at food logistics firm Gist

Strike called off at M&S food haulier

By James Ridler

Union officials have called off a 24-hour strike over pay at Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) London and south-east food haulier, in order for talks to take place.

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