Nim’s Fruit Crisps is the brainchild of Nimisha Raja, who sold her home to finance her Kent factory

Nim’s set to double sales after Ocado deal

By Noli Dinkovski

A fast-growing healthy snack manufacturer is set to double its turnover by the end of the year after securing a deal to supply online retailer Ocado.

X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

Online inspection spotlight

X-ray checks enhance fruit quality control

By Rick Pendrous

Fruit specialist Fruit Gourmet, based at Allemans-du-Dropt in south-west France, has selected an Ishida X-ray inspection system for enhanced quality control, following the installation of the company’s multi-head weighers at its site.

Nim's Fruit Crisps founder Nimisha Raja sold her home to unlock the finance to build a new food factory

Me and my factory

Nim’s Fruit Crisps boss sold home to build new factory

By Matt Atherton

Nim’s Fruit Crisps ceo and founder Nimisha Raja sold her home to finance investment in her new factory. Raja explains how she risked it all to build the food factory she needed to help her business thrive.

The UK courgette shortage has sparked a social media storm

Courgette shortage sparks social media storm

By Gwen Ridler

Reports of a shortage of courgettes in the UK have sparked a social media storm, as hundreds of people took to Twitter to express their views on the “famine”.

High-speed heat sealing

High-speed heat sealing of grape punnets

As part of a supermarket packaging change, seedless grape supplier Karsten UK has installed a high-speed heat sealing machine that works with the company’s existing pre-printed film, avoiding the need for any costly redesign.

Mintel identified the top six food and drink trends for 2017

Top global food and drink trends for 2017

By Gwen Ridler

Traditional food ingredients and vegetarian products lead market analyst Mintel’s list of the top six global food and drink trends of 2017.

Cherries packed on 'most sophisticated' line

Cherries packed on 'most sophisticated' line

By Rick Pendrous

Ackio, a specialist fruit packer of blueberries, cherries, cranberries and cherry tomatoes, now operates what it claims is the most sophisticated cherry packing line in Europe.

Natural milkshakes in Tetra Pak Prisma cartons

Natural milkshakes in Tetra Pak Prisma cartons

By Rick Pendrous

Newcastle drinks brand Canny is planning to revive the flavoured milk category with the launch of what it claims is the UK’s first 100% naturally-flavoured milkshake.

A number of food recalls were made this week over allergen fears

Asda, Co-op and M&S all forced into allergen recalls

By Laurence Gibbons

Asda, the Co-operative and Marks & Spencer (M&S) were all forced to recall products last week over mislabelled allergen advice that could cause health risks to allergen sufferers.

Pinguin Foods treats plant walls with novel coating

Pinguin Foods treats plant walls with novel coating

Pinguin Foods’s frozen vegetable and fruit processing facility at Roeselare in Belgium has undergone a refurbishment which has involved treatment of walls and panels with a special coating for refrigerator walls, which allows work to be carried out in...

A new 'superberry' is claimed to be the 'next big fruit' on the market

New ‘superberry’ launched

By Nicholas Robinson

A new ‘superberry’ known as blue honeysuckle is set to be launched in the UK by ingredients supplier CPM.

There are eight varieties in the B.Fresh core range

£2M invested in new high pressure juice processing site

By Linda Groves

A first time fresh juice producer has pumped £2M into a new cold press and high pressure processing (HPP) juicing facility in Shropshire and has secured a contract with upmarket supermarket chain Booths. 

Single-serve container extends fruit shelf-life

Single-serve container extends fruit shelf-life

Last month during the Fresh Produce trade show in Berlin, Baltimore Innovations introduced the Fresh-R-Pax ‘mini-container’, which features absorbent technology to improve the quality and extend the shelf-life of fresh cut fruit, to the European market.

Demand for dried fruit will rise as people seek healthier foods

Dried exotic fruit uptick

By Nicholas Robinson

Drying exotic fruits such as papayas, lychees, mangos and dragon fruit increases ease of access, as well as allowing them to be produced in a greener and more economic way, according to German natural raw ingredients firm Worlee.

A blaze broke out at David Berryman's fruit juice production site

Blaze breaks out at Berryman

By Laurence Gibbons

A blaze broke out at David Berryman’s Bedfordshire site over the weekend, severely damaging the production and warehouse facilities.

Love Taste makes frozen smoothie pouches, frappés and fruit teas

ASA bars smoothie web claim

By Rod Addy

An internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

New flavours are just the peach

The pleasures of peach flavours bottled by Sensient

Flavour company Sensient Flavours has captured the flavour profiles of four popular peach varieties. The flavours of yellow peach, white peach, white donut peach and yellow nectarine have all been bottled by the company, it claims.

School food standards approved juice

Back to school juices

Juiceburst has launched a new range of School Food Standards- compliant juice drinks for children.

SH Pratt managed to reduce job losses

SH Pratt cuts 86 jobs at Luton fruit plant

By Rod Addy

Fruit firm SH Pratt has confirmed 86 jobs will go at its Luton plant in Bedfordshire after the loss of a major contract to supply supermarket chain Morrisons.

SH Pratt distributes conventional, Fairtrade and organic bananas

100 jobs threatened at fruit plant

By Rod Addy

Fruit importer and ripener SH Pratt has begun a 45-day consultation with staff and trades union GMB over proposals to axe more than 100 jobs at its Luton plant in Bedfordshire.

The latest research suggests consumers are buying and eating less fruit and vegetables

UK consumers buying less fruit and veg: IGD

By Rod Addy

Sales of fruit and vegetables continue to go down, despite efforts to encourage shoppers to cut fresh produce waste and eat more cheaply, according to the IGD’s chief economist James Walton.

Salt of the Earth’s low-sodium sea salt is targeted at the children's market

Sea salt targets new low-sodium for kids

By Lorraine Mullaney

Salt of the Earth’s low-sodium sea salt is designed to help food manufacturers meet low-sodium targets for children, according to the firm.

Packaged strawberries have yielded fresh results backing the It'sFresh system

Packaging breakthrough hikes fruit shelf-life

By Rod Addy

Retailers and fresh produce processors can obliterate rubbish and extend the time packaged fruit can be displayed in shops by two days, according to research unveiled this week.

Replacing three servings per week of fruit juice with whole fruit reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes

Drinks trade body defends fruit juice health benefits

By Laurence Gibbons

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has reiterated that fruit juice plays a positive role in the diet after a new report found a link between drinking it and an increased risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.

Morrisons first banana ripening factory will create 80 new jobs in Boston this autumn

Morrisons first ‘banana factory’ creates 80 jobs

By Mike Stones

Better banana quality and lower costs are the driving factors behind Morrisons’ acquisition of its first banana ripening factory, which will create 80 new jobs in Boston, Lincolnshire, says the retailer.

New conveyor for fragile food products

Bulk conveying just got easier

Bulk materials handling specialist Flexicon has designed a new line of tubular cable conveyors, Flex-Disc, for the gentle transfer of fragile food products.

Ingredion's starch-based solution to cut production costs

Starch alternatives streamline production costs

Ingredion showcased its portfolio of functional ingredients at Gulfood / Ingredients Middle East 2013, as part of its aim to show how its solutions can help manufacturers achieve significant cost savings and meet growing demand for clean-label products.

New membrane promises longer, fresher shelf-life

New membrane promises longer, fresher shelf-life

Waitrose is soon to follow the lead of Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Tesco. The latter two were the first UK retailer to adopt the use of a proven ethylene remover insert in their packs of fresh produce.

In a jam: Are the strawberries from Suffolk or China?

False labelling costs jam maker £15,000

By John Wood

A Suffolk-based jam manufacturer and the firm’s director have both been fined £4,250 and ordered to pay £6,500 costs, after pleading guilty to 13 charges of falsely claiming that the company’s jams contained locally sourced produce.

The new electronic nose technology could cut fruit waste by up to 30%

New electronic nose detects fruit ripeness

By Mike Stones

A new electronic nose designed to detect ripeness could save millions of pounds each year in preventing the wastage of fruit and vegetables, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Liquid coatings go for a spin with food products

Liquid coatings go for a spin with food products

Machines for applying liquid coatings to a variety of foodstuffs will be on display by Saturn Spraying Systems, which uses its patented spinning disc technology to apply coatings in sectors as diverse as bakery, biscuits and confectionery; meat and fish;...