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Seeking fluid solutions. Cutting firms' water use is the new carbon reduction

Why water is the new carbon

By Freddie Dawson

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

A poor summer has lead to job losses at Silver Spring

Silver Spring to cut 39 jobs

By Dan Colombini

Beverage firm Silver Spring has announced that it will be shedding 39 jobs at its soft drinks plant in Folkestone, Kent.

BBC TV's The Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell (left) presents Calum Marnock, from Kraft Foods, with a trophy at the FDF Community Partnership Awards ceremony

Food firms to double apprenticeships

By Graham Holter

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Is the government's obesity Call to Action sound sense or

Manufacturers come out fighting in obesity row

By Dan Colombini

Food firms have rejected criticisms that the industry is failing to combat obesity after the government’s framework to tackle the problem drew flack from campaign groups.

The current CAP reform proposals will bring a bitter harvest if implemented, warn food firms, farmers and environmentalists

Food firms join chorus of disapproval on CAP reform

By Mike Stones

European food industry body FoodDrinkEurope has joined farmers and environmentalists in a chorus of disapproval following the publication of the Commission’s plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

David Cameron pledged to consider a fat tax to curb the UK's obesity crisis

Prime minister chews over UK fat tax

By Mike Stones

Prime Minister David Cameron is considering the possibility of introducing a Danish-style fat tax to tackle the nation’s £9bn obesity crisis.

ROK Natural Energy Drink is using Fusion to access premium sales channels

Fusion targets gaps in beverage market

By Pauil Gander

Continental European applications of Rexam’s hybrid Fusion aluminium can-bottle in beers, wines and other key categories have, so far, not been matched by UK brand owners. But the pack is already in use in niche areas including energy and beauty drinks.

Denmark is getting to grips with fat tax legislation

Danish fat tax divides UK opinion

By Mike Stones

News that Denmark is to become the first country in the world to introduce a tax on foods with saturated fat, in a bid to foster healthy eating, has sharply divided British opinion.

M&S' Christmas hampers go on sale online tomorrow

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

By Rick Pendrous

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Hot stuff: the heatwave is boosting sales but challenging food chain logistics

Sunshine puts pressure on food suppliers

By Graham Holter

The freak September heatwave is providing a welcome boost for the food industry but placing impossible demands on some parts of the supply chain, it has been claimed.

Sales of Irn Bru dipped in the first quarter

Irn Bru maker, AG Barr posts turnover up 4%

By Freddie Dawson

AG Barr, maker of the iconic beverage Irn Bru, has overcome manufacturing problems, bad weather and tough market conditions to post turnover 4% up at £124M during the first six months of this year.

Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

By Graham Holter

It seems incredible that human beings ever managed to exist without functional drinks. They supply us with a vital energy boost when our natural reserves are running low, and soothe us into relaxation when stress takes its toll. They supply all the vital...

Productive spirit

Productive spirit

By Rod Addy

Mark Twain once said: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." It's a motto that Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland takes very much to heart, although perhaps not quite in the way Twain...

Stratum sets up beverage lab

Stratum sets up beverage lab

US firm Stratum Nutrition has further new product plans for the EU market and plans to set up a beverage laboratory based at Reus in Spain, according to Michael Faber, the company's business manager for Europe and Asia.

Scientists help food manufacturers meet salt targets

Scientists help food manufacturers meet salt targets

By Mike Stones

Several UK research organisations have answered a call made only three days ago for scientific support to help food manufacturers meet their commitments on salt reduction under the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

Diageo investigates chemical leak

Diageo investigates chemical leak

By Anne Bruce

Diageo is continuing to investigate after a leak of 10,000 litres of nitric acid at its Cameronbridge distillery in Fife, Scotland on August 16.

Old El Paso is old hat, hints Mexican food firm md

Old El Paso is old hat, hints Mexican food firm md

By Ben Bouckley

Despite failing to secure funding on Dragons’ Den, Mexican food firm md Marcela Flores-Newburn has secured investment for her company from a Northamptonshire business consortium.

Cadbury invests £4.5m in chocolate drinks

Cadbury invests £4.5m in chocolate drinks

By Ben Bouckley

Cadbury has spent £4.5m installing new equipment to manufacture chocolate drinks in-house at its Chirk factory near Wrexham, while the company says its Somerdale site will be sold within months.

Kirsty Henshaw with supportive Dragon Peter Jones

Dragons' Den survivor scales-up brand

By Anne Bruce

The founder of Dragons' Den-backed start-up Worthenshaws is claiming significant turnover growth since appearing on the show, but is relieved she has outsourced manufacturing “to the experts”.

Food manufacturers ride out economic storm

Food manufacturers ride out economic storm

By Ben Bouckley

Despite fears of sovereign downgrades and tumbling share prices, UK food and drink manufacturers increased their output by 0.5% in June 2011, but many are suffering pain from rising input prices.

MVH will make a

Microwave kit to 'revolutionise' food manufacturing

By Mike Stones

Longer shelf-life and improved nutritional qualities and flavours are the benefits claimed for a “revolutionary” new cooking and pasteurisation process from Advanced Microwave Technologies (AMT).

EDITOR'S COMMENT: The cost of alcohol-related illnesses, absenteeism and crime is, according to the PM’s Strategy Unit, 2003, around £20bn. But against that, research firm Keynote claims the UK alcoholic drinks industry achieved over £30bn in sales in 2001. It also generates jobs and boosts the economy, but risks criticism for indifference if it doesn’t consult on government policy and claims of undue influence if it does. Health groups should welcome its engagement and recognition that alcohol misuse undermines brands. Our desire for a tipple means the UK’s alcohol sea won’t dissipate overnight. Slamming the hatch on industry would see HMS ‘DH’ dive punch drunk for unfathomed regulatory depths. A boon for civil liberties, the economy and NHS?  Ben Bouckley is FoodManufacture.co.uk deputy online editor.

Government rejects alcohol policy concerns

By Ben Bouckley

The Department of Health (DH) has defended its approach to alcohol, after public health groups alleged that the drinks industry has an undue influence on government policy.

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

By Freddie Dawson and Ben Bouckley

Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.

Real ale: Not just for old soldiers Winston Churchill and Bernard Montgomery

More British breweries than since the Blitz

By Mike Stones

Britain now boasts more than 800 breweries; a higher total than at any time since the Second World War, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Magnets detect and separate

Magnets detect and separate

Bunting Magnetics has strengthened its line-up of metal detection equipment with the addition of the Meatline 05 0 metal detector. The detector is designed for integration in vacuum fillers to examine liquid and pasty type of food products. It is claimed...

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