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Cocoa loco

Cocoa loco

By Michelle Knott

People have been promoting the health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa for years. But new research goes a step further, elevating cocoa beans to the status of a super fruit, rivalling blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.

Full force of the law

Full force of the law

By Lynda Searby

January marked the end of the two-year transition period for flavouring regulation EC 1334/2008, which means firms are expected to have completed any changes necessary to comply with the new law.

Framptons aims to build £30m turnover in 2011

Framptons aims to build £30m turnover in 2011

By Ben Bouckley

Somerset food manufacturer Framptons says that a planned new building will allow it to harness continued business growth, as it predicts a 2011 turnover of £30m up from £25m last year.

Twinings denies trouble brewing in Poland

Twinings denies trouble brewing in Poland

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

Twinings has denied USDAW claims that its new Polish plant is experiencing teething problems, as the union maintains pressure on the firm to repay a controversial grant that helped establish the site.

Award-winning beer Mary Jane

Ilkley Brewery expands capacity

By Anne Bruce

Startup Ilkley Brewery has moved to a new site which will allow it increase production to 20,000 pints a week as part of its nationwide expansion plans.

Nichols has inked a licensing deal with Levi Roots, whose Reggae Reggae brand is worth a cool £40-50m

Nichols ceo keen on acquisitions

By Anne Bruce

Nichols chief executive Brendan Hynes has revealed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that the Meryseyside-based drinks giant is on the acquisition trail, after it reported a 23% rise in pre-tax profit to £15.1m for 2010.

Cornish Stingers: Is it a beer or made wine?

HMRC wine over nettle beer

By Graham Holter

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has driven a Cornish drinks producer to lower the alcoholic strength of its ‘nettle beer’ and stung it with a stiff duty bill, after it decided that the drink should be classified as a wine.

Fruitapeel md announces potential new jobs

Fruitapeel md announces potential new jobs

By Ben Bouckley

Fruitapeel md Terry Haigh says his firm could potentially create up to 15 more new jobs at its newly acquired fresh juice extraction facility in Wales.

Robert Schofield

Own-label woe puts Premier jobs at risk

By Ben Bouckley, Graham Holter and Anne Bruce

Premier Foods plans to close its distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire as it rationalises its south coast operations, while the firm has also rebuffed rumours of a management change.

US tycoon has bona fide interest in Malvern Water

US tycoon has bona fide interest in Malvern Water

By Ben Bouckley

A US oil tycoon is genuinely interested in acquiring the famous Malvern Water premises from Coca-Cola and restarting production, according to the president of a Herefordshire spa association.

Getting bitter
 all the time

Getting bitter
 all the time

By Graham Holter

Brewers enjoy experimenting with hops – and there are more available to them now than ever before...

Use of late customisation is rising

Use of late customisation is rising

By Rick Pendrous

The concept of late customisation looks to be expanding out of the confines of research departments and into mainstream manufacturing operations. It’s a way of cost-effectively making a variety of products that use a common ingredient by adding flavour...

Hügli Group doubles UK production capacity

Hügli Group doubles UK production capacity

By Graham Holter and Ben Bouckley

Dry blended foods producer the Hügli Group has invested around £2m to double the size of its UK production facility and process more savoury products such as soups and sauces.

Yeni Raki is one of Mey İçki's brands

Diageo targets further acquisitions in emerging markets

By Graham Holter

Diageo anticipates big growth from developing countries in the medium-term, and is planning further acquisitions in these markets given difficult trading conditions in mature markets such as Europe and North America.

Arran Brewery targets £5m turnover

Arran Brewery targets £5m turnover

By Anne Bruce

Arran Brewery has revealed ambitious UK and international expansion plans in a bid to turnover £5m within five years.

Strike action off at GSK's Ribena plant at Coleford

Strike action off at GSK's Ribena plant at Coleford

By Elaine Watson

Bosses at GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) Ribena and Lucozade plant in Coleford, Gloucester, expect to be able to offer staff pay rises in 2011, but insist the pay freeze for 2010 is justified given the tough economic climate.

Scotch on the rocks this Christmas

Scotch on the rocks this Christmas

By Ben Bouckley

UK consumers continue to shun Scotch whisky in favour of 'fashionable' spirits, says a new report from research firm Key Note.

Yes we can

Yes we can

As a UK arm of the top-selling soft drinks maker globally, Coca-Cola Enterprises is fully aware of its environmental impact and responsibilities

Simulation software is the real thing for efficiency

Simulation software is the real thing for efficiency

By Rod Addy


Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) achieved a 20% uplift in volumes and avoided £1.7M in capital expenditure and off-site storage costs by installing Witness simulation software from Lanner at its Northampton distribution hub.

Clement-Jones: Value for money

Peer probes FSA aspartame study as costs double

By Elaine Watson

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones has called on the Department of Health to explain how spending £322,000 of taxpayers' money on a study addressing consumer concerns over aspartame represents value for money at a time when budgets are so stretched.

Coca-Cola Enterprises: 120 UK jobs are at risk

Coca-Cola Enterprises: 120 UK jobs are at risk

By Elaine Watson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has confirmed that up to 120 staff at seven UK sites could face redundancy following a European-wide restructuring, but said “130 GB vacancies and new roles would be made available”, so that net, net, there would be an increase...

Coca-Cola braced for further strikes this week

Coca-Cola braced for further strikes this week

By Elaine Watson

Production at Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Edmonton (CCE’s) factory will be disrupted again tomorrow and Thursday as members of the Unite union continue to protest at the firm’s “stingy” offer of a 2% pay rise.

Spirits
 rising

Spirits
 rising

Fairfax Hall and Sam Galsworthy from distiller Sipsmith are two archetypal Englishmen with one overrising ambition: to revive London's longstanding artisanl gin-making tradition. Ben Bouckley reports.

Dairy and whisky firms test novel technology to clean pipes

Dairy and whisky firms test novel technology to clean pipes

By Elaine Watson

A novel technology that uses air instead of gallons of water and cleaning agents to clean process pipe work is being installed at a UK whisky manufacturer this week and will shortly be tested by a UK dairy manufacturer.

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