All news articles for February 2019

Products made at Kara include floured baps and seeded deli rolls

Finsbury in £1m Kara factory spend

By Noli Dinkovski

Bakery firm Finsbury Food Group has invested £1m into boosting production efficiency at its Kara foodservice facility in Manchester.

The suction cups are designed to better withstand the challenges of water and oil than standard foam pads

Piab adds suction cups to PVG range

By Aidan Fortune

Piab’s Kenos has extended its KVG series of vacuum grippers with the option of using suction cups instead of the standard-issue technical foam pads.

Snack Lovers: 'the installation has improved our production process'

Fabcon finds answer for snack lovers

By Aidan Fortune

Norwich-based Fabcon Food Systems has provided a full seasoning system for Snack Lovers, an Australian savoury snack manufacturer.

Fapas has launched new food proficiency tests for E.coli O157 and campylobacter

New Fapas proficiency tests for labs

By Noli Dinkovski

The risks to public health from listeria, E.coli O157 and campylobacter are the focus of a new range of food microbiology proficiency tests from Fapas.

A relaxation of modified atmosphere-packed foods legislation has been urged by the industry

Call for FSA to relax MAP guidance

By Rick Pendrous

Food safety experts have called for a relaxation of guidance governing the controls on vacuum and modified atmosphere-packed (MAP) chilled foods, which has been claimed to place UK manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage compared with overseas competitors.

Thomas Fudge's specialises in premium and artisinal biscuits

Burton’s Biscuit Co buys Thomas Fudge’s

By Rod Addy

Burton’s Biscuit Co has acquired Thomas Fudge’s, the premium sweet and savoury branded and own-label biscuit manufacturer, which bakes Marmite products under licence, from private equity firm Livingbridge.

HRH The Countess of Wessex pictured (centre) at the Smithfield Forum, House of Lords on 29 January, alongside representatives of the British beef and lamb industry

New red meat forum created to promote sector

By Aidan Fortune

A new group has been created in an attempt to have a “single independent industry voice” to address key issues affecting the UK’s red meat sector.

Labour shortages could push manufacturers to look to automation to fill the skills gap

Business Leaders' Forum

Labour shortages create opportunity

By James Ridler

The shrinking EU labour pool threatened by Brexit could pose opportunities for food manufacturers to look at automation and other cost-saving methods to fill the skills gap, according to law firm DWF’s head of food Dominic Watkins.

Mr Crumb director Jason Coyle displaying some of the products available to the US market

Mr Crumb gains new US listings

By Aidan Fortune

Irish stuffing manufacturer Mr Crumb has earned new listings in the US market, broadening its international footprint.

Unilever has acquired snack brand Graze for an undisclosed amount

Unilever acquires snacks brand Graze

By James Ridler

Unilever has snapped up healthy snacks brand Graze, the first deal secured by new chief executive Alan Jope since his appointment last month.

Emma Varlow oversee a £10m spend in TV, radio, social and in-store marketing campaigns

Weetabix hires new On The Go boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Weetabix has hired a new On The Go general manager to oversee anticipated growth in the breakfast drinks brand.

The site will comprise a Food Hub, an Energy Hub, a Sustainable Industries Hub and an Amenity Hub

Thames Enterprise Park cash to help boost food facilities

By Rod Addy

A further £8.5m of investment in Thames Enterprise Park has been announced and the cash will help develop a food hub, offering processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution facilities, among other services.