Anaerobic Digestion

Food processors, including Arla’s UK dairies as pictured, use large amounts of water for processing and cleaning

Water management is key as manufacturing costs rise

By Rick Pendrous

Many food and drink manufacturers are missing out on large potential cost savings by not managing their water use and disposal more effectively, according to environmental services group Veolia, which provides a range of waste, water and energy management...

A lobby group claimed pigs were living in squalid conditions at a farm

Wyke Farms rethinks deal with pig farm after video emerges

By Matt Atherton

Wyke Farms is reviewing its partnership with JMW Farms Ltd’s Lambrook Pig Farm, after video footage obtained by animal welfare and vegan lobbyist Viva! claimed to show the farm’s pigs were living among dead pigs.

The UK could save £3.7bn by recycling food waste, instead of sending it to landfill

Recycling all food waste could save the UK £3.7bn

By Matt Atherton

The UK could save £3.7bn by using food waste sent to landfill for renewable biofertiliser, claimed a food waste expert, after figures last month confirmed domestic food waste alone topped 7.3Mt.

Cumbrian anaerobic digestion plant

Aspatria gets new AD facility

By Rick Pendrous

A new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has been built by Lake District Biogas at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery in Cumbria to generate bio-methane. 

Muntons: has sent digestate to Dr Adam Roberts at University College London for analysis

Maltster’s plant harbours antibiotics potential

By Noli Dinkovski

A Suffolk maltster is investigating the potential that its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant is producing antibiotics that could potentially be developed as a medicine to combat Micrococcus and drug resistant E.coli.

Digester Left to right: James Thompson – head of operations at Stokesley-based anaerobic digestion plant developer JFS Associates Ryad Apasa – head of operations at R&R Ice Cream’s Leeming Bar site.

R&R Ice Cream plant in top five after £25M spend

By Michael Stones

R&R Ice Cream’s £25M investment at its Leeming Bar factory in North Yorkshire has boosted output by 20% and made the firm the globe’s third largest ice cream manufacturer.

Refood's anaerobic digestion plant for food waste at PDM

Anaerobic digestion firms slam subsidy cuts

By Michelle Perrett

Close to 350 anaerobic digestion (AD) schemes in the food and drink sector are at risk if the government continues with its latest plans to reform the Feed-in Tariff scheme, the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has claimed.

11Mt of food is landfilled

Food waste to landfill hots up

By Alyson Magee

Reducing the amount of waste food businesses produce enhances their bottom lines as well as their reputations, as Alyson Magee discovers

First Milk's AD project is progressing

First Milk cheese plant completes first stage of AD

The first stage in a large sustainability project at one of the UK's largest cheese creameries operated by First Milk has been completed by anaerobic digestion (AD) treatment specialist Clearfleau.

Regulation banning food waste in the UK would be as accepted as those requiring people to wear seatbelts

Food waste policy would be as accepted as seatbelts

By Laurence Gibbons

Legislation banning food businesses from throwing away fit-for-purpose surplus food would be as accepted as policy surrounding seatbelts, according to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Auras: 'No enhanced biodegradation'

Oxo-biodegradables come under fire again

By Paul Gander

New research from Michigan State University (MSU) has reignited the heated debate between advocates of compostable and oxo-biodegradable plastics.

UK commercial food waste amounts to 7Mt a year, says

Election 2015

Waste firm calls for food waste crack down

By Rod Addy

The new government should make recycling compulsory under law as Britain’s increasingly full landfill sites reach crisis point, according to one waste management business.

Oliver Neale and his class will go on a tour of an anaerobic digestion plant after his design won a competition

Student’s anaerobic digestion painting wins prize

By Laurence Gibbons

 A primary school student’s artwork depicting the role anaerobic digestion can play in turning food waste into renewable energy has won a competition and will now tour Yorkshire on the side of a truck.

European Bioplastics forecasts annual growth of 20% in biopolymers, including PLA

Additives in packaging is a growing area of interest

By Paul Gander

Speciality chemicals supplier Perstorp is among those investing in the bioplastics sector, where interest is growing in additives which are able to improve the performance of polymers such as polylactide (PLA) for packaging.

Europe's captain Paul McGinley celebrates winning the Ryder Cup, which showcased Scottish food and drink to 45,000 visitors (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

By Laurence Gibbons

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between Europe and the US, claimed the Edinburgh government.

Muntons estimate the £5.4M anaerobic digestion plant could save 340t in greenhouse gas emissions

Muntons invests £5.4M in anaerobic digestion

By Laurence Gibbons

Malted ingredients firm Muntons has invested £5.4M in an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to treat liquid waste from the ingredients business at its Stowmarket site.

Clothier: 'We are going to look at where we can go with green transport'

Wyke Farms invests £800k in packaging systems

By Rod Addy

Wyke Farms has invested £800,000 in shelf-ready packaging technology as part of its ‘100% Green’ initiative, and plans further eco-friendly projects, according to ceo Richard Clothier.

Clothier: 'Ongoing journey'

Cheesemaker builds on eco-friendly difference

By Rod Addy

Wyke Farms is tackling anaerobic digestion after officially opening a £1.3M water recovery plant today (June 2), as md Richard Clothier seeks to make its “green message” a “unique point of difference”.

The Emerald Biogas AD plant can currently process 50,000t of food waste from the north east of England

First commercial north east food waste facility

By Rod Addy

The first commercial food waste facility in the north east of England, worth £8M, has opened in County Durham, with planning permission to quadruple in size if necessary.

Stringent measures to tackle food waste is the biggest problem for food firms with anaerobic digestion sites

Waste efforts pose biggest anaerobic digestion problem

By Gary Scattergood

Manufacturers' and retailers' stringent measures to tackle food waste are posing the single biggest problem for firms operating anaerobic digestion (AD) sites in the UK – because it has resulted in an uphill battle to secure enough feedstock...

Meat producer adopts anaerobic digestion

Leicester farm is latest to adopt AD

Being able to combine farm and food waste made arable, beef and pig producer A C Shropshire in Leicester a suitable candidate for the installation of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. Previously manure was stored in large tanks being applied to the arable...

Increased food production will put water resources under increasing pressure

Dark skies ahead

By Laurence Gibbons

Experts are advising governments and industry to take action against an impending water crisis, reports Laurence Gibbons

Food waste is a valuable commodity and a lot of manufacturers understand that

Leaders digest

By David Burrows

Winning formulas for waste reap rewards, reports David Burrows

Incentives have doubled anaerobic digestion capacity

Policy change could force waste rethink

By David Burrows

Changes to government incentive schemes could force food manufacturers looking to generate their own energy from waste into a rethink.

Making it pay

Making it pay

Foodex 2012, the UK show for food and drink processing, packaging and logistics will take place at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from March 25 to 27.

Waste matters

Waste matters

By David Burrows

Would you buy a bottle of whisky called anaerobic digestion? Probably not. But it was out there, for a time, compliments of the Bruichladdich distillery in the Hebredean Isle of Islay, Scotland. You can still pick up a bottle online for just under £100.

Wales is a winner on waste

Wales is a winner on waste

Environment minister for Wales, Jane Davidson opened consultation on the ‘Food Manufacture, Service and Retail Sector plan’ for waste last month. She did so during a visit to Wales’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Premier Foods’s...