All news articles for September 2017

SACN’s advice is for the first year of life

Give babies iron and calcium from six months: science body

By Noli Dinkovski

Complementary foods for babies should be encouraged from around six months of age and should include iron- and calcium-containing foods, a draft report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has recommended.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told conference Labour was ‘on the threshold of power’. Photo credit: Chatham House

Labour conference draws mixed response

By Michael Stones

The Labour Party conference in Brighton this week drew a mixed response from food manufacturing and business leaders, with plans for a new industrial strategy drawing praise but criticism of business finding less favour.

The food supply chain could become more efficient by reducing waste at farms, claimed WRAP

Food waste on farms costs supply chain £30M

By James Ridler

The UK food supply chain become could become more efficient and competitive and save the industry £30M a year by tackling food waste on farms, according to a new report from waste organisation the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Food Manufacture’s new look website

Food Manufacture’s new website

By Michael Stones

Watch out for the Food Manufacture Group’s new, refreshed website, coming to your smartphone, tablet or desktop on Tuesday (October 3).

Waitrose has recalled four chocolate products, after a manufacturing error contaminated some of the bars with small pieces of plastic

Plastic contamination forces Waitrose recall

By James Ridler

A manufacturing error has forced the recall of four of Waitrose’s own-label chocolate bars, after a small number were contaminated with pieces of plastic.

The mix can be combined with different flour varieties to create a range of seeded breads

New ancient grain mix for healthier bread

By Noli Dinkovski

Growing consumer demand for healthier bakery products is being met with the launch of a new multiseed concentrate containing ancient grains.

The starch is suitable for processed meats, chicken nuggets and meat-containing ready meals

Potato-based starch offers boost to meat yields

By Noli Dinkovski

A new potato-based starch is able to improve the yields of “cost-sensitive” meat products by 10–20%, while remaining effective in food cooked at lower meat core temperatures, according to its maker.

Faccenda’s planned joint venture with Cargill Chicken UK will lead to scrutiny of overheads, predicted Shore Capital

Cargill and Faccenda deal ‘to prompt cost scrutiny’

By Michael Stones

The poultry joint venture proposed by Cargill Chicken UK and Faccenda will lead to scrutiny of overhead costs, according to City analyst Shore Capital, as Unite the union offered a cautious welcome to the plan.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union has voted unanimously to ballot it members on strike action at Tulip Coalville

Tulip workers one-step closer to strike action

By James Ridler

Workers at Tulip’s Coalville factory moved one-step closer to strike action, following a unanimous vote by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) to ballot members to test support for industrial action.

The packaging industry will continue to give consumers exactly what they want, Waterhouse said

Food Manufacture’s 90th birthday

Food packaging ‘must mirror changing society’

By Matt Atherton

Packaging will continue to mirror the changing needs of society as it has over the past 90 years, says the Packaging Society’s chairman Chris Waterhouse.

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