All news articles for September 2019

Lab Connect will debut at Lab Innovations at the National Exhibition Centre on 30 October

Spotlight – Laboratory testing

Networking tool set to speed event meetings

By Ellie Woollven

The UK’s only show dedicated to the laboratory industry has launched a new free networking tool to help visitors and exhibitors set up meetings in advance, in order to optimise their visit.

A cavalcade of packaging and labelling technology will be on display at this year’s PPMA Total show

PPMA Total Show 2019

PPMA Total Show preview

By Noli Dinkovski

From robotics to baggers to boot washers, we take a look at some of the new items on display at the PPMA Total Show this year.

Soya International has been bough by AAK. Left to right: Marco Oomen, Sonny Arora and Alec van Veldhoven

Soya International bought by Scandinavian oils and fats processor

By James Ridler

UK-based ingredients manufacturer Soya International has been acquired by vegetable oils and fats processor AAK, headquartered in Sweden, for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to become the world’s leading supplier of soy-based emulsifier lecithin.

The report reveals the latest R&D trends

Top 15 food firms disclose £900m+ R&D spend

By Rod Addy

The UK's top 15 food processors spent more than £900m annually on research and development, according to the latest available data, with the lion's share of that invested by Unilever.

Placing higher tariffs on food that doesn't meet UK standards will help deter them from entering the country

Government to use tariffs to maintain food standards

By James Ridler

The UK will have systems in place to prevent food that does not meet high standards from entering the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Use of unapproved scales can land breweries with hefty fines

Breweries found lacking on scales

By Rod Addy

A quarter of breweries are not using Trade Approved scales, despite potentially risking fines of more than £1,000 and even imprisonment for not doing so, according to a survey by the Marsden Weighing Group.

Meat production in the UK is beating the trend of environmental abuse reported elsewhere in the world, claimed the BMPA

BMPA hits back at meat production critics

By James Ridler

Meat production in the UK makes the best use of the country’s agricultural land and greatly aids biodiversity and countryside management, according to British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) chief executive Nick Allen.

Foods high in fat, sugar or salt are being targeted by the Scottish Government

HFSS promotions in Scotland to be restricted

By Noli Dinkovski

Sales of confectionery, cakes, crisps and sugary drinks north of the border are to be curbed after the Scottish Government announced plans to restricting the promotion of food high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS).

Coveney urges delegates at this year's Food Manufacture Business Leaders' Forum to prepare for a 'no-deal'

Business Leaders’ Forum

Save the date for Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture’s next Business Leaders’ Forum will be the most historic yet, as the food supply chain grapples with Brexit’s impact, and senior industry representatives are urged to keep 21 January 2020 free.

ABF still in a strong position claim experts, despite poor performance from sugar division

ABF still a strong bet despite sugar profit drop

By James Ridler

Associated British Foods (ABF) continues to be a safe bet within the food and drink manufacturing industry, despite taking a hit from dwindling sugar profits, according to industry experts.

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