Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients

Can Captain Birds Eye look forward to Eastern promise?

After Weetabix, Eastern firms size up Birds Eye

By Lorraine Mullaney

Far Eastern firms’ appetite for UK food brands seems to be sharpening, with Birds Eye, which is owned by Iglo Foods, apparently the latest acquisition target.

Plates lower batches of bags into receptacles, which prevents bruising

System helps to eliminate fruit factory waste

By Freddie Dawson

The "first-ever" automated system capable of loading bagged produce into receptacles for transportation aims to help eliminate unnecessary wastage of fruit in factories.

Private equity firms are reportedly vying to acquire Premier's spreads business

Premier Foods tight-lipped on spreads business sale

By Mike Stones

Premier Foods is remaining tight-lipped about press reports that private equity firms are competing to buy the firm’s spreads business, which includes Sun-Pat and Hartley’s Jam.

The new electronic nose technology could cut fruit waste by up to 30%

New electronic nose detects fruit ripeness

By Mike Stones

A new electronic nose designed to detect ripeness could save millions of pounds each year in preventing the wastage of fruit and vegetables, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More US consumers are prefering to pop fruit and vegetables rather than vitamin pills, according to research revealed by IFT

Top 10 US functional food trends favour natural

By Mike Stones

More US consumers want to source their vitamins and minerals from foods and drinks rather than supplements, according to the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Allergen thresholds could become available within two years

Food safety allergen thresholds by 2014: Unilever

By Rick Pendrous

Allergen thresholds that food manufacturers can use to ensure safe production within factories and for improved product labelling could become a reality within two years, a Uniliever expert has claimed.

Birds Eye will meet its zero waste to landfill target two years ahead of schedule

Birds Eye to meet zero waste target in 2012

By Freddie Dawson

Frozen food firm Birds Eye will meet its zero waste to landfill target two years ahead of schedule this year, thanks partly to composting, according to its waste reduction partner Biffa.

British banks seem unwilling to lend food manufacturers the money they need to unlock innovation

Banks 'stifle food manufacturers’ innovation'

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

British banks’ failure to understand the food manufacturing sector is choking industry innovation, warned speakers at a conference in London this week.

The firm's 'day-one for day-two’ strategy means that goods delivered to Culina depots on one day are distributed to retailers the next day

Culina Logistics targets big boost to food services

By Rod Addy

Culina Group is pressing ahead with ambitious plans to enhance services for food manufacturers and retailers – slashing store delivery lead times and pursuing rapid growth in fresh food and other categories.

Soaring cider sales are thanks to product innovation, said Mintel

Cider's popularity matches lager for first time

By Mike Stones

Soaring cider sales, thanks to innovative product design, meant the beverage now rivals the popularity of lager, according to a new report from market research group Mintel.

James Arnold: determined to keep the firm growing despite international market pressures

Sleaford Quality Foods battles global supply chain

By Rod Dawson

Sleaford Quality Foods is overcoming tough challenges in the global supply chain as it seeks to source and process dried and dehydrated foods for foodservice customers and other manufacturers.

Label confusion has cost Clippy’s Apples thousands of pounds

Red tape puts jam maker in sticky spot

By Freddie Dawson

A Cheshire jam manufacturer could lose thousands of pounds of new business because EU regulations have left it without a legal name for its product.

EHL hopes its spicy investment will grow turnover to £5M this year

Ingredients firm unveils £30,000 investment

By Freddie Dawson

Stockport-based food firm EHL Ingredients plans to invest £30,000 to upgrade production processes and distribution in a bid to grow turnover to £5M this year.

Del Monte is considering plans to lose its York site

Union blames Morrisons for Del Monte’s job cut plan

By Freddie Dawson

A cancelled contract from Morrisons was responsible for vegetable and fruit producer Del Monte’s plan to close its York factory with the loss of 140 jobs, a union official has told FoodManfacture.co.uk.

Cornish stinger producer Miles Lavers is battling tax inspectors in a David and Goliath struggle

Nettle beer brewer stung in tax battle

By Rod Addy

A Cornish microbrewery is battling tax inspectors for survival as they try to recoup £10,000 of backdated revenue from it for allegedly wrongly selling one of its creations as a beer.

Morrisons said that 400 jobs will be created at its Bridgwater site by 2014

Morrisons to create 400 jobs at Bridgwater site

By Dan Colombini

Supermarket chain Morrisons is set to create 400 jobs at its Bridgwater manufacturing site as the firm seeks to combine its packaging and distribution operations.

The outbreak of Salmonella Newport may be linked to water melons

Salmonella outbreak caused one death

By Freddie Dawson

A Salmonella Newport outbreak has affected 30 people in the UK, causing one confirmed death, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Anyone for Hartley's jam? Duerr has expressed interest

Premier Foods quiet on Hartley’s jam interest

By Dan Colombini

Premier Foods has refused to confirm or deny that Hartley’s Jam will be the next disposal at the firm after Manchester jam maker Duerr’s declared an interest in the business.

Sprouted seeds could pose an unacceptable risk to human health unless effective control measures are used

Sprouted seeds pose an unacceptable risk to health

By Rick Pendrous

Evidence is emerging that sprouted seeds could present an unacceptable risk to human health unless effective control measures such as irradiation can be used to make them safer.

Millions of dollars are to be invested in a next generation cranberry facility in Massachusetts in the US

Millions invested in global cranberry processing

By Rod Addy

Ocean Spray Cranberries is channelling millions of dollars into expanding global cranberry processing capacity, making it easier for UK concentrate manufacturers to secure supplies.

Researchers have started a series of large-scale clinical trials into the impact of “a commonly used food ingredient” on diabetes

Diabetic foods need partnership to unlock potential

By Freddie Dawson

Food and drink manufacturers are showing increased interest in the market for diabetic products but need to work more closely with academics in order to unlock the sector’s potential, claims a researcher.

Pinguin Foods is reviewing 34 jobs

Pinguin Foods reviews 34 jobs

By Freddie Dawson

Frozen vegetable and convenience meal producer Pinguin Foods UK is reviewing 34 jobs at its facility in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Keep 'em peeled

Keep 'em peeled

By Rod Addy

The md of Fourayes, Phil Acock, is always on the look out for emerging consumer trends. The ability to stay ahead of the curve is vital in order to prosper in a period of economic hardship and volatility, he says.

Salad days: Bakkavör is to recruit about 60 staff for its new Bo’ness factory

Bakkavör to create 60 jobs at new Scottish plant

By Dan Colombini

Fresh food group Bakkavör will create about 60 new jobs with the opening of a second factory at its Caledonian Produce site in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, Scotland in December.

The EU has lifted its ban on Egyptian produce

Egyptian beans back on the menu

By Graham Holter

UK importers have welcomed the lifting of an EU ban on Egyptian produce which they argue should never have been imposed.

Drosophila suzukil, or Spotted-Wing Drosphila (SWP)

Foreign invader threatens UK fruit

By Ben Bouckley

East Malling Research Association (EMRA) has warned about the threat to UK soft and stone fruit from a pestulant fly that could make it unmarketable.

Western promise

Western promise

By Freddie Dawson

Forget the ancient tradition of eastern spices, it's flavours from the west that are inspiring the UK's consumers.

Europe is up with the larch

Europe is up with the larch

By Rod Addy

Larch extract taxifolin is nearing approval as a novel food ingredient in the EU following endorsement by the Food Standards Agency's (FSA's) Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) last month.

Soy story

Soy story

By Rod Addy

Shaul Shelach, boss of Solbar, one of the world's top soy ingredients firms, talks to Rod Addy about his vision for the company and the industry

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

Fresh Okehampton blow as Kerry reveals closure plans

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

Kerry Ingredients is proposing to close its Okehampton site by 2012 with the loss of up to 106 jobs, as it considers switching production to a larger and more modern unit in Tenbury Wells.

Former minister worried by GM ingredient revelations

Former minister worried by GM ingredient revelations

By Ben Bouckley

Michael Meacher MP says he worries that not enough research has been done on the long-term effects to human health of eating foods produced from animals fed GM soy, after it emerged that many such branded items may be on UK sale.

Alpro says UK expansion will mean new jobs

Alpro says UK expansion will mean new jobs

By Ben Bouckley

Soya milk specialist Alpro has confirmed that it is considering expanding production facilities at its UK base in Northamptonshire and creating new jobs.