All news articles for September 2021

Mark White revealed a new best practice statement for future audits

GCA announces best practice statement for audits

By Gwen Ridler

A new best practice statement to respond to suppliers’ concerns about the way the large supermarkets are carrying out audits was unveiled by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (30 September).

The SICK Ruler3000 can capture 7,000 full-frame 3D profiles per second

SICK unveils new 3D streaming camera range

By Gwen Ridler

Sensor equipment provider SICK has announced the latest addition to its machine vision portfolio, with the launch of the Ruler3000 range of 3D streaming cameras.

Coveris has launched RecyclaPEel modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) sandwich skillets

The Complete Package

The Complete Package: recyclable packs take high profile

By Rod Addy

Recyclable packaging innovations took a high profile this month, with Coveris announcing a string of developments, while transport issues look set to drive up testliner costs and steel costs have rocketed over 12 months.

Calbee UK has completed a £5m investment into its Bradford and Deeside factories

Calbee UK completes £5m factory investment

By Gwen Ridler

Seabrook crisps manufacturer Calbee UK has completed a £5m investment into its manufacturing facilities as it posts growth in its full-year results.

EVCL Chill enters administration with more than 400 jobs on the line

EVCL Chill enters administration placing jobs at risk

By Gwen Ridler

Chilled food logistics business EVCL Chill Ltd – including EVCL One, EVCL Two and EVCL Three – has entered into administration after struggling with challenges created by the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage, placing more than 400 jobs at risk.

Her excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri: 'Collaboration is key in accelerating this innovation'

Opinion

Agritech will improve human health while solving global food security

By Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri

Her excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, the United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for food & water security, addresses how technology can help solve food security problems in this exclusive opinion piece.

Food safety systems at factory level have been tested like never before

Food Manufacture Webinar

Food Safety: Weak Links in The Chain

By Rod Addy

Allergen management, effective management of food industry audits, horizon scanning tools and robust hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) systems will all be addressed in a free Food Manufacture webinar held on 6 October.

Heavy goods vehicle driver shortage: what's the answer?

Heavy goods vehicle driver shortage: what's the answer?

By Michelle Perrett & Rod Addy

The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage will only marginally improve by sourcing more EU workers; attracting UK drivers with better wages and working hours is preferable, a report has suggested.

The CO2 shortage threatens to hamper supplies of the gas for poultry stunning pre-slaughter

NEWS ANALYSIS

CO2 shortage problems not over yet - what now?

By Rod Addy

The shortage of food-grade CO2 has not been fully solved, despite the Government claiming a coup in terms of brokering a deal to restart its production. We explore the problems that remain and the future implications for the food industry.

Higher folic acid intake is required in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

Bakers back folic acid move by Government

By Michelle Perrett

Bakery manufacturers have welcomed the Government's decision to make it mandatory for folic acid to be added to non-wholemeal wheat flour across the UK to help prevent life-threatening spinal conditions in babies.

Weetabix returned strong financial results for 2020

Weetabix strikes loom

By Rod Addy

Engineers employed by Weetabix are set to begin strike action tomorrow (Tuesday September 21) over company plans to carry out an extensive 'fire and rehire’ programme with the workforce.

Boparan: 'Christmas will be cancelled'

CO2 CRISIS: LATEST FROM INDUSTRY

2 Sisters owner on CO2 shortage: food industry 'at breaking point'

By Rod Addy and Michelle Perrett

Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of 2 Sisters Food Group and Bernard Matthews has warned the UK faces another cancelled Christmas, with the imminent CO2 shortage 'a massive body blow' threatening food supplies already challenged by labour shortages.

Enough hoped to increase mycoprotein capacity at the new site to 50k tonnes by 2027

Enough announces new mycoprotein production site

By Gwen Ridler

Glasgow food tech company Enough has announced it has begun construction of a ‘first of its kind’ protein factory, targeted as the largest non-animal protein farm to be built worldwide in 2022.

What are the FSA plans for meat inspections?

FSA reveals strong support for meat inspector changes

By Michelle Perrett

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that there is strong support for its proposed changes to the way that it plans to modernise the way inspectors carry out ‘official controls’ in meat plants.

Coffin: 'The application of AI comes to the fore, helping to identify the focus of risk mitigation efforts and intervention'

Opinion

Digital technologies empowering food manufacturers

By Kimberly Carey Coffin

Kimberly Carey Coffin, global technical director at Lloyd’s Register, explores how digital systems can benefit food and drink firms across a number of applications.

The Chilled Food Associationm celebrated the 10th anniversary of Chilled Education

Chilled food education project celebrates 10th anniversary

By Gwen Ridler

The Chilled Food Association (CFA) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its project to nurture the next generation go chilled food scientists, Chilled Education (CEd), as it continues to address the skills gaps affecting the food and drink sector.

Tesco has entered a partnership with Loop over reusable packaging

Tesco partners with Loop on reuseable packaging

By Michelle Perrett

Tesco has entered a partnership with global reusable packaging platform, Loop to launch a new way for its customers to shop and buy a wide range of food, drink, household and beauty products in reusable and durable packaging.

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