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Food innovators unveil NPD kitchens

Bingham & Jones

NPD experts unveil new innovation kitchens

By Noli Dinkovski

Top food innovators Jonny Bingham and David Jones claim their new product development (NPD) potential has been significantly boosted by the opening of two new ‘innovation kitchens’.

The new website aims to provide 'a little black book' of key industry suppliers.

New website to recommend food suppliers

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers are invited to apply for a listing on a new hospitality website that aims to link chefs and caterers with suppliers in a nationwide network to share news, views and useful information.

It’s a man’s food world

It’s a man’s food world

By Becky Sparks

As I was preparing concepts for a retail presentation in a kitchen last week I became aware that I was the only female in the room. And I was surrounded by chefs. The British food retailers’ expectation for culinary skill within development has escalated...

Making food family fun

Making food family fun

By Mark Rigby

As an industry we spend a great deal of time and money developing ‘healthy’ food solutions and menus for schools and support the ‘food’ education of children in school. However, once a child leaves the school gate there is very little support and, in...

Industry needs to win over its consumers

Industry needs to win over its consumers

There are a number of very disgruntled individuals in the food and drink industry and in new product development. These people feel their voices have...

Reclaim your passion or die!

Reclaim your passion or die!

Being part of a team is a beautiful thing - like kicking a perfect pass in a football game, which scores that crucial goal. It is an amazing...

Skills olympics to boost sector

Skills olympics to boost sector

I'm not alone when I highlight Britain's failure to develop skilled workers in the food industry. But, it's not just a failure to educate - it's also...

Match made in kitchen

Match made in kitchen

By Sarah Britton

The new Food Creation Centre at National Starch sees culinary and technology experts joining forces to help the firm offer a more streamlined approach to development. Sarah Britton reports

King of the castle

King of the castle

By Sarah Britton

Donnie Munro tells Sarah Britton about his restaurant days at Skibo Castle and how they prepared him for his new role as business development chef with McCain Foodservice

Bloomin' marvellous

Bloomin' marvellous

By Sarah Britton

Adventurous development chef at The Serious Food Company Charlotte Marriott shares her thoughts on flower-infused desserts. Sarah Britton reports

Let's get creative

Let's get creative

From Michelin-starred restaurants to the development kitchen, consultant chef Chris Lightfoot tells Elaine Watson that it's time to find out what ingredients can really do

The chefs of tomorrow

The chefs of tomorrow

As I got my fix of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares one evening last month, I found myself scribbling down some notes as I planned a menu for a young...

Product sales to kitchen scales

Product sales to kitchen scales

Sales experience gives Premier Foods' business development chef Justyn Dow the upper hand in NPD, says Sarah Britton

Plan ahead or yule be sorry

Plan ahead or yule be sorry

It seems Christmas comes earlier every year. Advertisements go up in the summer and as soon as the dark nights start drawing in, the puddings and...

Cater for a wider audience

Cater for a wider audience

By Sarah Britton

NPD chefs tell Sarah Britton why a culinary background is essential to food manufacture and how restaurants continue to influence their work

Meat NPD in trouble, claim experts

Meat NPD in trouble, claim experts

By Sarah Britton

Industry insiders have criticised the meat sector for failing to invest in new product development (NPD).Director of the Development Chefs’ Network...

Preparation and reaction

Preparation and reaction

I remember my days at United Biscuits; one of our core values was 'stretch' - an 'attribute to inspire others' by showing the amount you can stretch...

Developing developers

Developing developers

It's not very often that large food manufacturers work together on a project, especially if they're in competition with each other. But Premier Foods...

Culinary capers

Culinary capers

By Sarah Britton

In a nation where consumer tastes change almost as often as Posh Spice's wardrobe, food developers must dig deep to find inspiration for the next new product. Sarah Britton investigates

Hot rules for a new kitchen

Hot rules for a new kitchen

Most chefs need a kitchen. Now there's a statement you can hang your hat on.But where does the kitchen come from? If I asked you to build me a...

Kitchen specialist

Kitchen specialist

Chef Paul Durbin set up Loxton Foods in the late 1980s and now uses sous-vide technology to supply restaurant quality food to foodservice outlets

Cook's voyage of discovery around the world of NPD

Cook's voyage of discovery around the world of NPD

A chef for 20 years, John Roberts had to trawl deep to find the very un-chef like qualities of patience and compromise needed to develop retail products for the likes of M&S. Stefan Chomka traces his career

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