Food manufacturing industry news round-up

By James Ridler contact

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PepsiCo, Tulip and Reading Scientific Services feature in this food industry news roundup
PepsiCo, Tulip and Reading Scientific Services feature in this food industry news roundup
PepsiCo’s start-up business competition, Tulip signing up to a scheme to tackle modern day slavery and a new acrylamide testing lab all feature in this round-up of recent food and drink industry news.
PepsiCo’s start-up scheme finalists

PepsiCo start-up scheme finalists announced

PepsiCo has revealed the 10 finalists in its Nutrition Greenhouse start-up incubation scheme vying for a chance to win €100,000 (£88,900) of funding.

Now in its second year, the scheme was designed to nurture and accelerate growth of breakthrough nutrition brands. Each firm has already received a €20,000 grant and the one that demonstrates the most “scalable and sustainable market approach​” by the end of the programme will collect the top prize.

Tulip signs up to scheme to tackle modern slavery


Meat processor Tulip has signed up to the Co-op’s Bright Future Scheme to create jobs for victims of modern slavery.

Under the scheme, victims are offered a four-week paid work placement leading to a non-competitive interview, with a chance to secure a permanent job at the business.

More than 30 victims have been helped through the programme, with an estimated 300 more to secure placements by 2020.

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Reading Scientific Services (RSSL) opens acrylamide test lab

RSSL has opened a dedicated acrylamide testing laboratory, in a bid to increase capacity and reduce turnaround times.

The new lab was a response to increased demand since the adoption of new EU acrylamide legislation, said RSSL senior scientist and technical specialist Emilie Clauzier.

“The expansion of our team and laboratory space not only enables us to handle a large number of test samples in a short timeframe, it is also highly cost efficient,”​ she added.


Meat wholesaler adds eight trucks to delivery fleet

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Meat wholesaler Tican Chilled has expanded its delivery fleet with eight Mercedes-Benz Antos 18t rigid trucks with Chereau fridge bodies from commercial vehicle provider Ryder.

Tican Chilled director Andy Jones said: “The safety features of the Mercedes-Benz trucks were key attractions for us. Our vehicles work between 16 and 18 hours a day and are shared by three drivers — we upgraded the spec to the M-Cab to give our drivers more room.”

Get your tickets for the food industry Oscars

The food and drink industry Oscars, the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), are returning to the London Hilton on Park Lane on 7 November.

Celebrating and showcasing the achievements of the food and drink industry, the awards – sponsored by KDH Projects and Systems Integration – are now even bigger and better than ever.

Book your tickets here.​For details, contact Jessica Rooke-Cruickshank on 01293 610 439. If you wish to sponsor the event, please contact Alix Hunter on 01293 846 548.

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