Operations

Encirc's Industry 4.0 ready production line will feature a number of 'smart' elements

Glass maker prepared for Industry 4.0

By Paul Gander

UK glass manufacturer and filler Encirc has disclosed more details about the ‘world’s first’ Industry 4.0-ready production line it plans to build on its Elton site in Cheshire.

Gander: ‘Environmental and commercial balance in the regulatory framework has been jeopardised by the EU’s recent moves’

Opinion

Unintended outcomes of packaging legislation

By Paul Gander

Food Manufacture’s packaging correspondent Paul Gander discusses the impact that new packaging legislation would have on materials sourcing and use.

A £50m price tag is a realistic figure Kettle Chips, claimed Wild

Kettle acquisition first step in larger food group?

By James Ridler

The purchase of Kettle Foods’ UK and Ireland business by Valeo could be the first step in owner CapVest’s plans to create a larger food group that can float on the stock market, according to an industry expert.

Young's sale of Pinneys in Scotland cost the manufacturer more than £11m

Pinneys closure costs Young’s £11m

By James Ridler

The closure of the Pinneys site in Annan, Scotland, owned by Young’s Seafood, cost the fish processor more than £11m, as it reported an operating loss in its financial results for the year ended 30 September 2018.

Bells of Lazonby is automating its portioned cake production using a bespoke robotics solution

Industry 4.0 pilot to benefit five food firms

By Rod Addy

Five food firms are set to benefit from an industry 4.0 pilot programme designed to boost their growth through Government match-funding to introduce digital technology.

Birds Eye’s Hull factory is able to produce up to 61t of peas an hour

Birds Eye factory urination incident ‘a hoax’

By Noli Dinkovski

Birds Eye has allayed fears that thousands of tonnes of peas might have to be destroyed at its Hull site, claiming the video of a man appearing to urinate on a production line was a hoax.

Food safety body increases dust inspections

Dust control inspections to ramp up

By Helen Gilbert

Food manufacturers are to be targeted in a new series of inspections focusing on dust control, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced.

GEA’s new slicers can be used in both the meat and dairy industries

New slicing technology launched by GEA

By Ellie Woollven

German equipment supplier GEA has launched two new slicers designed to improve the quality and yield of meat and poultry products.

Nim's has secured listings with NHS Supply chain

Nim’s Fruit Crisps secures NHS listing

By James Ridler

Healthy snack manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps has secured a supply deal with NHS Supply Chain, marking the producer’s first inroads into the foodservice sector.