All news articles for October 2019

The software will help prevent outbreaks of pathogens in food manufacturing plants by using AI to identify high-risk areas where dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and listeria could be present.

AI software developed to boost food safety

By Dan Colombini

Newcastle-based software firm Luminous Group has secured £400,000 in funding to develop new artificial intelligence (AI) to vastly reduce pathogens in food processing plants, with one major manufacturer already claiming increased efficiencies as a result.

Harvard researchers have used edible gelatine scaffolds to mimic the texture and consistency of real meat

Gelatine ‘scaffolds’ breakthrough for lab-grown meat

By Noli Dinkovski

Lab-grown meat has moved a step closer to becoming commercially viable after US researchers successfully grew rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatine ‘scaffolds’ to mimic the texture and consistency of natural meat.

Thanet Earth - one of Fresca Group's biggest businesses - grows vegetables such as tomatoes using hydroponics

Fresh produce supplier reveals mixed performance

By Rod Addy

Fresca Group has reported mixed results in its latest financial period as the name behind Thanet Earth and Manor Fresh invested in growth in banana provision, while the hot 2018 summer affected performance.

Harrow: ‘Consumers are also becoming increasingly concerned with making healthy and environmentally-conscious choices’

Pizza keeps frozen sales growing as meat falls

By Rod Addy

Demand for pizza helped keep frozen food sales growing as revenue from meat declined in the 52 weeks to 8 September, according to Kantar data cited by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

Jobs have been threatened by the tariffs imposed on Scotch whisky by the US

Whisky tariff threatens jobs

By James Ridler

The 25% tariff on US imports of Scotch whisky will put jobs at risk and stunt investment and productivity in the sector, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The £150,000 expansion project includes a consultation to future-proof the bakery and building works

Jobs to follow with £150,000 bakery expansion

By Dan Colombini

West Yorkshire bakery Just Desserts has appointed contractors to commence works on its £150,000 expansion plans, with an expectation of new jobs to be created as a result.

NMiTE aims to meet the needs of an industry desperate for new engineers

Learning provider profile

NMiTE: The new kid in town

By James Ridler

Challenger learning provider NMiTE will offer a new model of engineering training designed to meet industry needs head-on – and food and drink manufacturers are champing at the bit to reap the cream of the crop.

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