All news articles for July 2017

An automated system checks codes on Dawnfresh’s fish packaging line

Dawnfresh eliminates label and date code errors at plant

By Rick Pendrous

Scottish fish processor Dawnfresh has invested in automation to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice. The system installed controls the packaging line, preventing product recalls related to label and date code errors as well as delivering...

Agarwal developed a new vegetarian-flavoured crisp, opening up exports

Crisp firm research opens up new export markets

By Rick Pendrous

Pipers Crisps has gained a better understanding of the science behind its snack products and processes, enabling it to develop longer shelf-life products and open up new export markets, thanks to a collaboration with food experts at the University of...

Efforts to reduce food waste by date label changes could put firms at risk

Food firms ‘hamstrung’ by date labels

By Paul Gander

Newly-consolidated date-labelling guidelines aim to help reduce food waste, but do nothing to allay the fear of prosecution which makes manufacturers more, rather than less, cautious in this area, according to one legal expert.

Government must protect existing export opportunities and help open up new ones

Food exports: ‘government must do more to help’

By Noli Dinkovski

The UK is “open for business” with the rest of the world, but government needs to do more to promote food and drink exports before and after Brexit, a senior figure at the Department for International Trade (DIT) has suggested.

ACS&T Logistics is taking on more young people to train as apprentices

Apprenticeship Levy: firms slow to act

By Rick Pendrous

Companies are being slow to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect in April, claims Bis Henderson Academy, which offers training programmes for supply chain and logistics professionals.

Campden BRI boss Professor Steven Walker sets out his vision on food science

The Big Interview

Campden BRI boss thinks big on food science

By Noli Dinkovski

Professor Steven Walker has dedicated his life to the small things – but on the future of food science, he isn't afraid to think big.

Graham: ‘It’s never been more important than now to play to our strengths’

Scottish dairy sector urged to raise output

By Noli Dinkovski

A Scottish dairy boss has called on the sector to “think big” and increase production in order to make the most of the economic uncertainties posed by Brexit.

Food and drink companies should exploit the Industrial Internet of Things

Food firms urged to exploit intelligent supply chains

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to be “nimble enough to evolve on the fly” in embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) if they want to avoid losing business, a software expert has claimed.

Food industry automation is generating demand for new skills

Automation in food is ‘no threat to jobs’

By Noli Dinkovski

A drive towards automation in the food industry should not be seen as a threat to workers’ jobs, as it is likely to lead to the creation of a variety of skilled roles, a consultant in the field has claimed.

The apprentice route needs support

Careers advice on apprenticeships ‘is failing’

By Rick Pendrous

Apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing could be in jeopardy, according to a new report from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) supported by Semta, the engineering skills body.

More needs to be done to promote food and drink careers advice in schools, claims Food Manufacture’s Rick Pendrous

Back to basics for Food education and training

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturing in the UK is in crisis. Young people are being put off seeking careers in the sector because of a combination of lack of knowledge about what’s on offer and the poor press it receives.

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