Food Manufacture’s food safety survey identified five fears and four hopes

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Food safety survey: five fears and four hopes

By Michael Stones

Five food safety fears keep factory managers awake at night, while four hopes offer them encouragement, reveals Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive survey.

A project to boost food safety and fraud in the EU and China has been launched

Food safety and fraud £8.75M project launched

By Matt Atherton

A £8.75M (€10M) project to boost food safety and fraud prevention in the EU and China, while facilitating trade partnerships, has been launched by Queen’s University Belfast.

Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd was fined £13,500 for the offences

Fish processor to pay £15,000 for hygiene offences

By Matt Atherton

Fish processor Oban Fish Selling Co Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for food hygiene offences, after inspectors found cigarette ends in food storage areas, and inadequate food safety management procedures.

The great white shark’s skin structure reduces friction and stops algal growth

Shark skin tips for hygienic processing

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink processors have been urged to engage with UK scientists working on new research, which promises to revolutionise food safety during manufacture and enable ‘disruptive’ new products to be developed.

Interpack opens in Düsseldorf, Germany tomorrow

Interpack 2017 showcases innovation

By Rick Pendrous

Interpack 2017, the processing and packaging trade fair which takes place in Düsseldorf in Germany from tomorrow (May 4) until May 10, is expected to beat records in both exhibitor numbers and visitors.

Food hygiene audits could be revolutionised by smart glasses

Smart glasses to revolutionise hygiene audits

By Rick Pendrous

Wearable wireless technology – specifically, smart glasses with inbuilt video cameras – is set to revolutionise the way food hygiene audits and training is carried out, according to the boss of an international auditing company.

New robotics research aims to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations

Robotics in food manufacture gets government boost

By Rick Pendrous

A new £448,850 government-funded research project has been launched to promote the use of robotics in food manufacturing, which hopes to replace labour-intensive industrial food preparation operations.

Real Good Food has acquired a majority interest in free-from specialist Brighter Foods

Real Good Food acquires Brighter Foods

By Rick Pendrous

Real Good Food (RGF), the bakery ingredients company, has paid £9M to acquire an 84% interest in Brighter Foods, based in Tywyn in Wales.

JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

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JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink processing equipment specialist JBT Corporation has acquired high pressure processing (HPP) equipment supplier Avure Technologies for $57M (£47M) in a move designed to expand its food processing systems, which extend food shelf-life.

Innovation will focus on extending product ranges, a Campden BRI survey claimed

Food firms boost innovation by extending ranges

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink product innovation will focus on extending product ranges and developing entirely new products in the food and drink sector over the next two years, a Campden BRI survey revealed.

A new national food policy is needed to deal with current challenges, according to the City Food Lecture

City Food Lecture

Supply chains need to be shorter and simpler

By Rick Pendrous

The UK must shorten and reduce the complexity of its food supply chains if it hopes to ensure future food security and reduce the opportunities for fraud this presents, were key messages to emerge from this year’s City Food Lecture held in London last...

Wet and dry food-to-go combined

Wet and dry food-to-go combined

By Rick Pendrous

An innovative microwaveable food packaging concept was launched by Colpac at the Packaging Innovations Show, which took place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham earlier this month (March 1–2).

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

Seafood shelf-life gets a boost with vacuum skin packs

By Rick Pendrous

Extending the shelf-life of seafood using vacuum skin packs will be one of Mutlivac’s focuses at the forthcoming Seafood Processing Global trade fair, which takes place in Brussels from April 25 to 27.

Food Manufacture's Business Leaders' Forum had four key sponsors

Business Leaders' Forum

Food firms are optimistic despite sector challenges

By Matt Atherton

The Business Leaders’ Forum – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – showcased the optimism in the food and drink sector, despite Brexit and international challenges, according to sponsor DWF, but raised more questions than answers, said Charpak, another...

Peter Judge (left) and Frank Robinson (right) joined 2 Sisters in January

2 Sisters reveals two senior appointments

By Matt Atherton

2 Sisters Food Group has made two senior appointments to its UK poultry team – an operations director and a commercial director – as it “continues on its UK transformation plan”.

Membrane filter turns food waste into animal feed

Membrane filter turns food waste into animal feed

By Rick Pendrous

Membrane filtration technology can create new revenue streams from various food processing by-products, according to Axium Process, which has conducted pilot trials on extracted proteins from egg waste for use as animal feed.

Up to 40 jobs to be created at BD Foods

BD Foods creates 40 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 40 jobs are to be created at sauce and marinade manufacturer BD Foods, as the firm moves into a custom-built factory in St Leonards, Hastings.

Planned price rises by Premier Foods sparked a GMB union backlash

Premier Foods’s 5% price rise plan slated by union

By Matt Atherton

Brexit-related food price rises must not be used as an excuse to exploit workers and customers, the GMB union urged, after Premier Foods revealed it was in talks with retailers over a 5% price rise.

2 Sisters Derby: multi-stage cookers have been installed in the multi-million pound investment

2 Sisters to add 100 jobs at Derby plant

By Noli Dinkovski

2 Sisters Food Group plans to create 100 new jobs “across all levels” at its Derby factory, just over a year on from rescuing the site from administrators.

Food and farming industry leaders featured in the New Year's Honour List (Flickr/ Peter Smithson)

New Year’s Honours list 2017: Who was awarded what?

By Matt Atherton

The bosses of Scotland’s biggest egg producer, a snack foods business and a salad producer are among the food industry leaders who received recognition in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Chris Elliott will present the 2017 City Food Lecture

Chris Elliott to present City Food Lecture

By Rick Pendrous

Food fraud threats will be the focus of the prestigious City Food Lecture 2017 to be presented by Professor Chris Elliott at London’s Guildhall next month (February 21).

The CIEH is to stop being an awarding body for food safety training as it develops new vocational qualifications

CIEH stops awarding food safety qualifications

By Michelle Perrett

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), which represents local authority environmental health officers that carry out food safety inspections, is to stop being an awarding body for existing training courses next year, as it reviews the...

Xylene, a chemical found in paint thinner, sparked a recall of gravy sold at Lidl

Harmful chemicals force Lidl gravy recall

By Gwen Ridler

Discount retailer Lidl has recalled two batches of gravy granules, after harmful levels of a chemical found in paint stripper were discovered in them.

Jay Rayner highlighted the need for higher food prices

Food prices ‘must rise for our security’

By Rick Pendrous

Consumers will have to pay more for their food to enable British farmers to invest and ensure the future food security of the nation following the Brexit vote, leading food critic, writer, journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner has claimed.

All the winners at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards took to the stage

Meet the Food Manufacture Oscar winners 2016

By Rick Pendrous

It was a Venice-themed evening at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last month, as hundreds of guests put on their best bib and tucker to celebrate the leading lights of the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Cargill has opened an innovation centre in China

Cargill opens China innovation centre

By Gwen Ridler

Global ingredients supplier Cargill has opened an innovation centre, designed to create new food products and flavours for its customers, in China.