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Newton: Manufacturers need to focus on technology's value as well as its features and functionality

Opinion

How to increase profit margins in food processing

By Andrew Newton

Profit margin is one metric to keep a close eye on and strive to continuously improve. Here Andrew Newton considers ways to boost margins in food manufacturing businesses.

Official Vet shortages, the labour crisis and environmental issues are key challenges in the meat and poultry processing industry

Digital feature: long read

Meat & poultry: Official Vets and the wider staff crisis

By Gwen Ridler

Labour shortages – particularly a lack of Official Veterinarians (OVs) in abattoirs – continue to create chaos and uncertainty for meat processors, but opportunities could soon present themselves to help them reshape their future.

Artists impression of what the Edinburgh brewery will look like

Innis & Gunn gets approval to build Edinburgh brewery

By Rod Addy

Innis & Gunn has secured planning permission to build a brewery at Heriot-Watt University’s Research Park from The City of Edinburgh Council - the first major brewery in Edinburgh for more than 150 years.

Nitrogen could be used as a replacement for carbon dioxide in the factory

Is nitrogen the answer to the CO2 crisis?

By Gwen Ridler

Nitrogen could be the solution to the recent shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) experienced in the UK, according to the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS).

KP SNakcs posted profit and sales growth, thanks to at home sales and a pairing down of its marketing spend

KP Snacks at home sales and sustainability boost

By Gwen Ridler

At home sales helped boost KP Snacks’s sales and profit in its full year results for the year ended 26 December 2020, as it focused its efforts on becoming more sustainable.

Investment in cultured meat technology hit $506m in the first half of 2021 Source: iStock photo Credit: LamiadLamai

Digital feature

Alternative proteins: cultured meat versus insects

By Rod Addy

Cultured meat is attracting substantial financial, industry, and even celebrity, backing and media coverage, but can commercial production levels be achieved and how do insects compare as an alternative protein source?

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.

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.

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.

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.

AH Worth Ltd has been fined £300,000 for health and safety failings

AH Worth Ltd fined £300k for health and safety failings

By Gwen Ridler

Potato processor AH Worth Ltd has been fined £300,000 for health and safety failings, after employees were exposed to sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas released due to poor to planning and unsafe systems of work.