Energy

Artificial sweeteners may raise appetite levels

Sweeteners ‘make people eat more’

By Noli Dinkovski

Mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners can raise appetite levels, and lead to increased calorie intake, has been backed up by a major new study that claims to show for the first time why this response occurs.

Should food labels also specify activity calorie information?

Food activity labels ‘need more research’: FDF

By Michelle Perrett

Food activity labels – which specify the exercise needed to burn off the calories contained in the product – needs more research, according to trade body the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Soft drinks cutting calories better than the rest

Soft drinks do best in calorie race

By Nicholas Robinson

Calories and sugars in soft drinks are falling faster than in any other food and have shrunk by more than 7% in the past three years, data from Kantar Worldpanel has shown.

Chocolate firm installs temperature control

Temperature control for chocolate consistency

A leading, unnamed UK chocolate biscuit, cake and snack bar maker has installed a system from ICS Cool Energy to improve the temperature control of the chocolate it uses during manufacture.

Energy costs can be beat by anaerobic digestion

Technology aims to cut effluent and energy costs

Anaerobic digestion (AD) technology that can combat rising water effluent and energy costs is being made available to the food and drink industry at no capital cost by Biogas specialist Ener-G

Energy Catalyst identified wide-ranging improvements at Tollcross

McVitie’s looks to cut cost of one site’s energy use by 41%

By Rick Pendrous

United Biscuits’ McVitie’s factory in Glasgow has achieved significant energy reductions and cost savings with the assistance of JRP Solutions, a UK-based energy and facilities specialist, which worked in close collaboration with the Carbon Trust Scotland...

Water jet boosts shelf-life and presentation

Water jet boosts shelf-life and presentation

Len Wright Salads has eliminated the potential for fresh produce contamination and extended shelf-life by replacing the traditional circular blade method of 'top and tailing' celery with the latest Water Jet technology.

Clive Hooper set up CI teams to raise performance at Britvic's factories

Britvic's second wave has team spirit

By Rick Pendrous

Britvic is embarking on the second phase of a group-wide total productive maintenance (TPM) programme. It involves transferring ownership of continuous improvement (CI) to the operational teams at individual plants.

npower estimates the average firm spends £180,000 a year on energy

Lack of energy expertise is a costly business

By Rick Pendrous

Medium-sized food and drink manufacturing firms are losing out on energy savings because of a lack of expertise, according to a report from energy supplier npower.

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