Technical

Buttriss: Bioavailability of vitamins and minerals one important consideration

Nutrition opinion

There is more to eating healthily than protein intake

By Judy Buttriss

Widely recognised is the importance for health of plenty of plant-derived ingredients – vegetables, fruit, grains, oilseeds and pulses – combined with more moderate amounts of animal-derived foods for the wealth of essential nutrients these provide.

Buttriss: 'Investment in plant research involving a multidisciplinary research team can help tackle major public health challenges'

Nutrition opinion

Plant-based benefits: ‘super pea’ may help tackle diabetes

By Judy Buttriss

Recently there has been considerable interest in peas (Pisum sativum) as a plant source of protein. But new research indicates resistant starch – found in some peas – may help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, the incidence...

UK exports of meat and seafood have been dogged by delays; Credit: iStock Fevsiie Ryman

MPs press Eustice on Brexit meat and seafood delays

By Rod Addy

MPs have pressed food and farming minister George Eustice for details on Government aid for meat and seafood firms hit by Brexit-related border delays and launched an urgent inquiry into their impact.

Cognex Corporation's InSight system can pull data from both 3D and 2D detection systems

Smart camera combines 3D and 2D inspection systems

By Gwen Ridler

Cognex Corporation has launched a ‘first-of-its-kind’ smart camera that allows engineers to quickly, accurately and effectively solve a range of inspections on automated production lines.

Siemens offered its thoughts on automation in the face of Brexit-related supply issues

Opinion

Automation a solution to 'cliff-edge' Brexit delays

By Gwen Ridler

Siemens Digital Logistics development consultant Phil Lavin and Digital Industries head of food and beverage Keith Thornhill discuss how automation technologies can be used to compensate for the delays caused by our ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit.

Buttriss: 'New opportunities may emerge now the UK has left the EU'

Nutrition opinion

Omega 3 fatty acids from transgenic plants

By Judy Buttriss

Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon are our primary dietary source of the long chain omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Empiricai's new system can detect violations to social distancing rules and if employees aren't wearing PPE

AI system tracks COVID-19 in food factories

By Gwen Ridler

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning were key topics in our exclusive interview with Salman Chaudhary, chief executive of AI systems developer Empiricai.

This latest iteration of rice starch from Beneo suits a range of applications, including dressings

Beneo discusses first instant rice starch of its kind

By Rod Addy

Global food ingredients supplier Beneo discusses the launch of the first instant clean label rice starch able to withstand harsh processing conditions, which debuted at virtual trade show Fi Europe Connect 2020 earlier this month.

Scientific papers on emerging aspects of nutrition and COVID-19 continue to be published

Food scientists assess nutritional weapons against COVID-19

By Rod Addy

Selenium, zinc, Vitamin D and a healthy gut microbiota can all help fight the effects of COVID-19, according to scientists presenting at the British Nutrition Foundation's (BNF's) virtual conference Nutrition and COVID-19.

Mewies: 'As AI gets more advanced, it may begin to create new ideas. Who would own the intellectual property rights in new inventions created solely by AI?'

Opinion

Reaping the benefits of artificial intelligence

By Sally Mewies

New opportunities are emerging at an unprecedented rate to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in order to optimise processes in food production and while the benefits are often very clear, there are legal bear traps for the unwary....

Preventative maintenance is shaping up to become a major part of the production process

Preventing the future, today? The world of preventative maintenance

By Gwen Ridler

While artificial intelligence does not offer all the predictive solutions to production line problems, it can help humans to take action in advance of a major breakdown. But how advanced is the UK food and drink industry in adopting a more technological...

Ellen Norman talks to Food Manufacture about this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Prizes up for grabs at food innovation contest

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink entrepreneurs could be in the running for a share of a £160,000 prize pool at this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Fraunhofer Institute's new cleaning robot uses advanced sensors to reduce man hours in the factory

Robot cleaner for food factories developed

By Gwen Ridler

Food safety, hygiene and cleaning in food factories has gained a boost in the form of a robot cleaner developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Dresden.

Guest: 'Technical competency is essential to collect high quality information'

Ask the Expert, in collaboration with the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)

Dalziel group technical manager: technical staff and data

By Rod Addy

How can data access and analysis be improved to help technical staff do their jobs better? Alexis Guest, group technical manager at Dalziel, explains in this Ask The Expert article.

Holmes: 'These folks have all got a bright future'

Food Man Talks

Diageo quality head on Ecotrophelia innovation competition

By Rod Addy and James Ridler

Tim Holmes, head of quality at international distiller and brewer Diageo, speaks about his role as chairman of judges at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK and why the competition is so important.

Christy Draus: 'SimulTask™ PRO offers up to 65,535 greyscale values – the highest on the market'

Eagle eyes on advanced inspection

By Michelle Perrett

Food and beverage processors need to focus on advanced inspection systems to help improve yield, product quality and consistency, according to Eagle Product Inspection.

The In-Sight D900  has been touted as being able to self-learn like a human inspector

Cognex finds smart answer

By Michelle Perrett

Cognex has introduced the first industrial smart camera powered by its ViDi deep learning software.

Pictured, Omron's new range of smart cameras

Omron extends focus on cameras

By Michelle Perrett

Industrial automation specialist Omron has launched two new smart cameras to its MicroHAWK line.

The electronic apple (seen here in blue) can help reduce food waste by identifying potential causes of damage during packing

Electronic apple helps prevent food waste

By Gwen Ridler

A new electronic ‘apple’ could help prevent delicate goods being damaged in transit and prevent food waste, according to its developer Brillopak.

The dairy industry is adopting automation, but can traditions still keep up with these technological advances?

Dairy processing

Dairy industry balances automation and tradition

By Gwen Ridler

As with other food businesses, the dairy industry is gradually moving towards automation, but in a way that respects some time-honoured production methods.

Manufacturing execution systems can deliver value on the shop floor much more cheaply and quickly, claimed Andea

Benefits of cloud-based MES aired

By Michelle Perrett

Food manufacturers should consider implementing cloud-based applications for MES (manufacturing execution systems) that can deliver value on the shop floor much more cheaply and quickly.

Allen: ‘Sales are down slightly, but probably not as much as most people would think, given the barrage of anti-meat propaganda’

Meat trends

Meat trends: A brave new world

By Alyson Magee

Despite the challenge posed by the rise in plant-based diets, the meat industry is holding its own and, galvanised into standing its ground in the face of a negative media, has started to take positive action.