Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients

Cancer risk could be reduced by blackberries

Extract chronic disease risk

By Nicholas Robinson

Risk of chronic disease and cancer could be reduced following new research to extract important compounds – such as ellagitannins – from fruits like blackberries.

Food manufacturers should act now to avoid the new rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens forcing up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency

New guidance for manufacturers on managing allergens

By Rick Pendrous

New rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens, which come into force later this year, could drive up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), unless manufacturers and others take urgent action.

UK organic sales rose by 2.8% to £1.79bn last year, according to the Soil Association

Producers urged to return to organic

By Nicholas Robinson

Domestic producers must stop abandoning organic food or lose out to importers, as the category shows the first signs of UK growth in five years, the Soil Association has warned.

Morrisons pledged to take on the discounters after reporting a loss of £176M

Morrisons posts loss of £176M after ‘disappointing year’

By Michael Stones

Morrisons has reported a £176M loss in full-year results to February 2, compared with a previous profit of £879M, as the supermarket revealed plans to slash costs and lower prices in a bid to battle the discounters.

McCain's apprentice Charlotte Linford meets George Eustice, food and farming minister last week during his visit to McCains' Peterborough factory

Food industry co-operation key benefit of apprenticeship week

By Michael Stones

Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

George Eustice (L) met apprentices and FDF officials during his visit to McCain's Peterborough factory yesterday

Enlist teen apprentices to help plug skills gap: DEFRA

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should send teenage apprentices into schools to inspire youngsters to choose the right qualifications to launch a career in the industry, as part of a new approach to careers advice, says George Eustice, food and farming minister.

Almost 90% of consumers pledged to pay more for Fairtrade bananas

UK consumers would pay more for Fairtrade bananas

By Laurence Gibbons

Almost 90% of UK consumers have pledged to pay more for Fairtrade bananas, if the extra cost benefited farmers and workers’ lives, according to a new survey by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Morrisons and Tesco gave Shore Capital analysts cause for concern, after recent market share losses revealed by Nielsen data

Morrisons and Tesco ‘give cause for concern’: City analyst

By Michael Stones

Morrisons and Tesco were “the clear laggards” among the four big supermarkets, while discounters and premium sellers continued to do well, according to City analyst Shore Capital, commenting on recent Nielsen market share data.

Social media, such as Twitter, is proving useful for investigating food poisoning outbreaks

Twitter helped probe into food poisoning outbreak

By Rick Pendrous

Social media is increasingly being used to identify the sources of food poisoning, following its use by investigators from Public Health England (PHE) to narrow down a large multiple pathogen outbreak at an outdoor food festival in Newcastle upon Tyne...

Ocado has reported a pre-tax loss of £12.5M for the year to December 1 2013, despite boosting sales by 17.2%

Ocado profit doubt ‘casts long shadow’ as losses rise

By Michael Stones

Rising pre-tax losses at Ocado, the online grocer and logistics business, are casting “a long shadow over the firm”, according to one retail consultant, as the firm’s commercial director announces his decision to leave the firm.

Tomato contains lycopene

Pro for prostate health

By Nicholas Robinson

LycoRed is entering the men’s health category with its science-based formulation Lyc-O-Pro, which targets prostate health. Lyc-O-Pro combines curcumin, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and a proprietary tomato extract.

A cure for children's allergic reactions to peanuts has moved a step closer, according to a study published in The Lancet

New peanut allergy treatment for kids ‘a great success’

By Michael Stones

A cure for children suffering the misery – and sometimes fatal consequences – of peanut allergy has moved significantly closer, according to a consultant allergist involved in a new ground-breaking study.

Unite the union has claimed victory in its pay row with the Gaymer Cider Company

Gaymer cider workers claim victory in pay battle

By Michael Stones

Workers at the Gaymer Cider Company in Shepton Mallett, Somerset have claimed “victory” in their pay dispute with owner C&C Group, after being offered an unconditional 3% pay increase.

The injured 67-year old worker had been employed by the Mann family for more than 50 years

Potato business pays £4k costs after accident

By Michael Stones

A workplace fall suffered by a 67-year old employee – who had worked for the company for more than 50 years – has led to a £4,000 bill for a Suffolk potato business.

The Watch Out campaign aims to stamp out illegal pesticides in Britain

Illegal pesticides pose serious risk to food businesses

By Rick Pendrous

A campaign was launched last Friday (January 17) to raise awareness about the risks posed by illegal pesticides sold to farmers in the EU, often by organised criminal gangs from eastern Europe that pass off imports from China masquerading as products...

Bakkavor has sold its Spring Valley Foods business in South Africa for an undisclosed sum

Bakkavor sells South African fruit business

By Michael Stones

Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has sold Spring Valley Foods, its South African prepared fruit business, to In2food Group for an undisclosed sum.

Sweet Mandarin sisters Helen (left) and Lisa Tse said receiving their MBEs was 'a massive surprise'

Dragon’s Den sisters win New Year’s honours

By Michael Stones

Chinese sauce manufacturers Helen and Lisa Tse – who started their food business with a £50,000 investment from the Dragons’ Den TV programme – have each been awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year’s honours list.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away … and the undertaker, according to new research published in the BMJ

Eating an apple a day could cut 8,500 deaths

By Michael Stones

Eating one apple a day could prevent 8,500 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes in the over 50s age group, according to a new report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Meat-free meals are on the rise

Flexitarianism to be next ‘mega trend’

By Laurence Gibbons

Flexitarianism will be the next ‘mega trend’ leading to sales of vegetarian foods in the UK to grow by 10% by 2016, according to food trends agency The Food People.

Freeze-drying fruit and vegetables preserves their nutritional benefits

Freeze-dried strawberries keep nutrients, says study

By Rick Pendrous

A study carried out by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Chaucer Foods – which claims to be the world's largest supplier of freeze-dried fruit – has found that freeze drying strawberries had no significant impact on...

Helen and Lisa Tse: proud of their £6M achievement in selling Chinese sauces to China

Dragons' Den firm sells Chinese sauce to China

By Michael Stones

Dragons’ Den winners Helen and Lisa Tse – the driving force behind Chinese sauce manufacturer and Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin – have thanked Prime Minister David Cameron, after he helped them win an export deal with China worth £6M over the next...

Beware unlicenced gangmasters offering Bulgarian and Romanian workers, food firms have been warned

Beware unlicensed gangmasters employing Bulgarians

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturing employers across the UK employing temporary staff have been warned about employing Bulgarian and Romanian workers from unlicensed gangmasters, ahead of immigration rule changes that come into effect in 2014.

Irn Bru manufacturer AG Barr's results impressed City analyst N+1 Singer Equity Research

AG Barr results impress City analyst

By Michael Stones

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr’s third-quarter results have impressed City analysts N+1 Singer Equity Research and Investec.

Vegetable producer's new pump's attractive advantages

More slurry flow, fewer blockages

AB Produce supplies prepared vegetables to the food wholesale, retail, catering and processing sectors. It decided to install a third EZstrip cake pump from Nov Mono when it was having problems with its system of screw augers, steel collection bins, macerators...

Ingredients firm launches functional fruit concepts

Generation F for functionality

Taura Natural Ingredients launched a range of functional fruit concepts at last month’s Food Ingredients Europe show.

Renewed interest in superfoods is one of the key top 10 trends for 2014 presented by Innova at Food Ingredients Europe

Food Ingredients Europe 2013, Frankfurt

New superfoods listed in 10 food predictions for 2014

By Michael Stones

New superfoods feature in the full list of top 10 food and drink trends for 2014, released by research company Innova Market Insights at the Food Ingredients Europe trade show in Frankfurt, Germany last week.

Jack Hamilton, of Mash Direct, received the trophy from Mary Hunter, md of category sponsor Columbus, and Julia Bradbury (right)

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Mash Direct wins Most innovative small food manufacturer title

By Michael Stones

Mash Direct has won the coveted title Most innovative small food or drink manufacturer of the year in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Three to five servings of broccoli a week could help protect the body against cancer, said professor Jeffery

Frozen broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties restored

By Gary Scattergood

Researchers who discovered frozen broccoli lacks the ability to form sulphoraphane, the cancer-fighting phytochemical in fresh broccoli, have shown how the food industry can restore the frozen vegetable’s health benefits.