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.

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.

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.

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.


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