All news articles for November 2017

FW Capital’s Keith Charlton (left) and Lindsey McMenamin (right) with Hooba founder Jay Croslegh and UNW Michael McCulloch (centre)

Meat alternative firm Myco Foods gets funding to grow

By Rick Pendrous

Darlington-based food manufacturer Myco Foods plans rapid growth after securing £250,000 worth of funding from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Food firms have been advised to promote from within their organisations

Promote from within, food and drink firms advised

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should focus more on developing their existing workforces rather than sourcing staff externally to combat the skills shortages they face within the industry, an expert in the field has claimed.

Some butchery skills – such as deboning carcasses – are more difficult to automate than others

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Food processors seek efficient and hygienic kit

By Alyson Magee

Processors want equipment that is efficient and hygienic, and a reduction
in manual handling. But they also need sustainability, says Alyson Magee.

Most manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises receive little interest from their current accounts

Small firms are ‘missing out on better bank interest levels’

By Noli Dinkovski

Most UK manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) receive little interest from their current accounts, while many are increasing their risk of exposure by leaving all of their money in one place, a survey has revealed.

Compostable film from Futamura (formerly known as Innovia Films)

Call for oxodegradable plastics ban wins support

By Paul Gander

More than 150 organisations, including leading UK brand-owners, have backed a November call by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) for a ban on oxodegradable plastics in packaging, including carrier bags.

Disease associated with obesity costs the NHS about £11bn a year, said Susan Jebb

Smartphone app to help switch to healthier foods

By Rick Pendrous

People who are overweight and identified as being at higher risk of cardiovascular disease could soon have access to a smartphone app that provides them with advice about swapping to healthier foods, thanks to a collaborative research project involving...

Products of depolymerisation: EG on the left and PTA on the right

Microwave catalyst in recycling PET

By Paul Gander

A new EU project aims to construct a demonstration plant for the depolymerisation of polyesters, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), applying microwave technology.

Minimum unit price for alcohol: ‘unlikely’ in England

England ‘unlikely to get minimum booze price’

By Noli Dinkovski

The adoption of a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland is unlikely to be replicated in England under the current government – but Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to follow suit – a leading academic behind the research into its effectiveness...

At least 50% of CCEP’s bottles will be made from recycled PET by 2025

Coca-Cola sets higher green targets

By Rick Pendrous

A new sustainability action plan covering drinks, packaging and society has been jointly launched by The Coca-Cola Company in western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), in a move that is claimed to be the first initiative of its kind.

Food safety problems could arise from relying on old, paper-based data capture systems

Food safety needs a boost from more robust data capture

By Rick Pendrous

Many UK food and drink manufacturers are putting themselves and their customers at risk by relying on outdated paper-based systems to capture data and monitor their operational performance and product quality, warn several suppliers of software to the...

Professor Buttriss: ‘A diet rich in fibre, fruit and vegetables is linked with lower risk of diseases’


A healthy diet: why the sum is greater than the parts

By Judy Buttriss

Aspects of diet are often considered in isolation. However, this risks overlooking the likelihood that nutrients and other food components interact, either in the food matrix itself or when the food or meal has been consumed.

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