Food packaging not the enemy, says WRAP

Shoppers urged not to demonise packaging

By Rod Addy

Consumers should not demonise food packaging, because it could prolong shelf-life, reducing the amount of products needlessly binned, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Factory floor staff should be involved in contributing to a firm's lean thinking culture, said Williams

Patchy implementation hampers continuous improvement

By Rod Addy

The cultivation of a lean manufacturing culture of continuous improvement is often hampered by firms “cherry picking” what they implement, according to Jeff Williams of business consultancy SA Partners.

Food industry training initiative welcomed by skills minister

Government impressed by industry skills initiative

By Rod Addy

Government skills minister Matthew Hancock has been impressed by an initiative aimed at fully training tomorrow’s food industry workers, spearheaded by the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink.

Dairy products have to move with the times to keep up with consumer demands


Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

By Rod Addy

Weight management and an ageing population are two major global trends affecting product development and ingredient use in the dairy sector.

Mondelēz is increasing its penetration of brands such as Cadbury in the global market

Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

By Rod Addy

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has claimed.

The latest research suggests consumers are buying and eating less fruit and vegetables

UK consumers buying less fruit and veg: IGD

By Rod Addy

Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.

Brain function can be boosted by a range of ingredients, studies claim

Food firms get aid for brain claims

By Rod Addy

Leatherhead Food Research (LFR) is working on a project to support food and drink processors seeking to make cognitive performance claims for their products.

Irish beef exports have climbed by 16% since the beginning of the year

Irish beef exports shrug off horsemeat to rise by 16%

By Lorraine Mullaney

Irish beef exports have climbed by 16% and risen in value, since the beginning of this year – despite the horsemeat scandal, according to Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia, the Irish food board.

The expansion at Corkers will enable the firm to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day

Corkers completes factory expansion

By Laurence Gibbons

Crisp brand Corkers has finished the expansion of its factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire and is now able to produce an extra 120,000 bags of crisps a day.

Barnes: Many firms aren't aware of the level of help available to enable them to exploit export opportunities

Food firms should draw more on export support

By Gary Scattergood

It is “staggering” how many food and drink firms aren’t aware of how much help and support is available to enable them to exploit export opportunities.

Polson said bakers need to defend themselves more robustly to increase consumer awareness of bread's nutritional benefits

Bakers to battle white bread ‘misconceptions’

By Gary Scattergood

Plant bakers need to defend their corner more robustly in order to increase consumer awareness of bread's nutritional benefits while also battling harvest, regulatory and publicity woes.

Food manufacturers could benefit from positive EFSA rulings on omega-3 health claims, said Diana Cowland

Vitafoods 2013

Omega-3 brain and vision benefits could boost food firms

By Gary Scattergood

The brain and vision benefits of omega-3 are offering vast opportunities to food manufacturers on the back of positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims rulings.

Savings on a plate. Rodda's have recorded a 17% waste reduction in the past 12 months

Engage staff to cut waste: Dairy boss

By Laurence Gibbons

Engaging staff and treating machines like marathon runners are the keys to reducing waste, according to dairy firm Rodda’s.

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