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Made Smarter supports investment in a range of industrial digital technologies, including data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics

Food firms win funds to boost digital technology

Food firms win funds to boost digital technology

By Noli Dinkovski

Four food companies are to ramp up their digital capabilities after securing funds from the Made Smarter programme.

Sugar reduction will remain an important topic in 2020

Opinion

Why sugar reduction remains on the agenda

By Judy Buttriss

British Nutrition Foundation director general Judy Buttriss explains why sugar reduction is still a key concern for manufacturers.

VR headsets for cows and sugar reduction are key trends in the dairy industry

Opinion

Dairy trends in 2020: VR headsets for cows and sugar reduction

By Azhar Zouq

As news emerges that Russian cows are being given virtual reality headsets in a bid to boost milk yields, Azhar Zouq, managing director at Lancashire Farm Dairies, looks at the trends set to affect the UK dairy industry and gives his predictions for the...

The project aims to establish the biggest challenges of using plant-based proteins in products

New project to boost plant-based knowledge

By Noli Dinkovski

A two-year research project that aims to help food and drink manufacturers use protein-rich plant-based ingredients more effectively has been launched by Campden BRI.

Food industry leaders already utilise the platform’s monitoring of 100,000-plus web pages to identify documents, articles, commentaries, images and labels that together create a vast database of compliance services

Tech provider launches improved intelligence platform

By Dan Colombini

Technology solutions provider SGS Digicomply has launched its Smart Knowledge Explorer intelligence platform, providing food and drink manufacturers with greater access to regulatory intelligence in over 100 markets.

Does the future of bakery lie in automation, or are we limited to the scope of today's technology?

Bakery processing feature

Batch control: the rise of automation in bakeries

By Paul Gander

Automating bakery can reduce expenditure on energy and labour, but the trickier decorative elements of the bakery process are beyond the robots... at least for now.

Proposals concerning chlorates in food and drinking water are to extend in to 2020

EU chlorates debate to extend into 2020

By Rod Addy

European Commission (EC) proposals concerning chlorates in food and drinking water look set to be debated into 2020, according to chief executive of the Chilled Food Association Kaarin Goodburn.

Regulation on phage usage needs to be examined on a case by case basis, claimed an expert

Clarity urged on phage use

By Rod Addy

A weapon to fight listeria in ready-to-eat foods can keep being sold in the EU under a European Court of Justice Order, but more rulings are needed to support similar solutions, one expert claims.

New oven innovations were on display at Host Milan

Milan plays host to oven innovation

By Ellie Woollven

Host Milan (18–22 October) provided an opportunity for several firms to introduce new cooking and baking equipment and technology.

RFID tags could see a major rollout across the food sector soon, according to PragmatIC

Lower-cost RFID rollout on horizon

By Paul Gander

A future role for lower-cost, item-level tags in areas as diverse as materials recognition for reverse vending, odour detection for in-pack freshness indicators and wider consumer engagement, is being predicted by radio frequency identification (RFID)...

The edible code can be used to tell consumers allergen information, ingredients and the point of origin for food products

Edible code reduces need for packaging

By Gwen Ridler

A new edible, scannable code has been developed for food applications, reducing the need for packaging and allowing consumers to track products from farm to fork.

Made Smarter offers fully-funded strategic advice, access to leadership development, technical student placements and grant funding to enable food manufacturers

Food firms eye boost from digital initiative

By Dan Colombini

A number of food manufacturers have set out new proposals to embrace digital technologies to improve delivery methods for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

3D printing could be used to make plant-based meat easier to produce and contain healthier ingredients

3D printing to boost plant-based meat production

By Gwen Ridler

Producers of plant-based ‘meat’ are increasingly turning to 3D printing firms to help speed up the manufacturing process and create products that more closely resemble real meat.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

From industry speakers, packaging innovations and awards, this year's PPMA will have something for everyone

PPMA Total Show 2019

Enthusiasm high in run-up to PPMA Total Show 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

Despite many challenges facing the processing and packaging industry, enthusiasm for this year’s PPMA Total Show remains high and organisers are upbeat.

Lab Connect will debut at Lab Innovations at the National Exhibition Centre on 30 October

Spotlight – Laboratory testing

Networking tool set to speed event meetings

By Ellie Woollven

The UK’s only show dedicated to the laboratory industry has launched a new free networking tool to help visitors and exhibitors set up meetings in advance, in order to optimise their visit.

A cavalcade of packaging and labelling technology will be on display at this year’s PPMA Total show

PPMA Total Show 2019

PPMA Total Show preview

By Noli Dinkovski

From robotics to baggers to boot washers, we take a look at some of the new items on display at the PPMA Total Show this year.

Becoming greener can help grow a company’s reputation, as well as reap a number of operational benefits

In-depth: The Green Factory

A lighter footprint: going green in manufacturing

By Michelle Knott

There are many ways for food manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint – and not all of the actions need to involve sweeping changes or massive investment.

An artificial tongue that can detect the differences between whiskies has been developed by scientists in Scotland

Artificial tongue detects counterfeit whisky

By Gwen Ridler

An artificial ‘tongue’ that can detect the differences between real and counterfeit whisky has been developed by scientists from the University of Glasgow.

QR code scanning technology is being increasingly adopted by the drink industry

QR code label growth led by drinks firms

By Ellie Woollven

Seafood and drinks firms are leading a food manufacturing trend in QR code labels, a report from Future Market Insights (FMI) has found.

The rise in recruitment for regulatory roles has been sparked by consumer demand for more transparency

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Keen to comply: the rise in regulatory recruitment

By Gwen Ridler

Despite the growing threat posed by Brexit, the recent rise in recruitment for food manufacture regulatory compliance roles is down to other pressures.

Better technology and reporting techniques have led to a recall rise in the UK

In-depth: food safety

Rise of the recall

By Nick Hughes

While opinions are divided on the reason for the recent surge in food recalls, businesses are advised to have a clear system to mitigate the impact of such incidents.

Lendrum (pictured) called for mandatory recycling labels on products that were easier to understand

Call for mandatory recycling labels on food packs

By Gwen Ridler

The food and drinks packaging industry should move towards a mandatory labelling system that makes it clear whether a product can or cannot be recycled, the head of packaging at frozen food retailer Iceland has urged.

Hall: ‘To replace plastics there are many hurdles to overcome and issues to consider’

Opinion

Why replacing plastics is a complicated task

By Dan Hall

Campden BRI product technologist Dan Hall weighs up the environmental impact of plastic packaging with the practical benefits it has for keeping food fresh and safe.

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