Ellen Norman talks to Food Manufacture about this year's Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Prizes up for grabs at food innovation contest

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink entrepreneurs could be in the running for a share of a £160,000 prize pool at this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Ahye: ‘We should be encouraging companies to change’

More incentives needed for healthy food reformulation

By Noli Dinkovski

The food industry wasn’t taking the sugar agenda “seriously enough” and should be given more incentives to innovate if the reformulation challenge was to be met, the founder of a free-from vegan-friendly dessert company has claimed.

PATS is aimed at extending shelf life

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Hipster pressure-assisted thermal sterilisation unveiled

By Rick Pendrous

A novel pressure-assisted thermal sterilisation process technology for food, developed as part of the EU-funded ‘Hipster’ project, will be the focus of a seminar taking place in Wageningen in the Netherlands this month.

Innovation is needed to support the growth of food manufacturing, claimed consultancy

Manufacturers ‘must innovate to support growth’

By Gwen Ridler

Innovation and investment in new technology are needed to support the growth of food manufacturing, as UK businesses face strong international competition after Brexit, claimed business consultancy RSM. 

Amazon is to dedicate its Cambridge development centre to drone research

Amazon to devote site to drone research

By Gwen Ridler

Amazon is to focus development of its drone technology at its Cambridge site, while relocating other research to a new facility in the city.

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.

Food trends are being led by fake information, say Jonny Bingham (right) and David Jones (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Fear the food fads, innovation experts warn

By Noli Dinkovski

The dominance of the health agenda in food is leading to a “massive increase in faddy products” that hold no long-term value, two food innovation experts have warned.

Just 42% of manufacturers are prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, EEF claims

Many firms unprepared for next Industrial Revolution

By Matt Atherton

More than half of British food and drink manufacturers risk missing out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as 4IR – warns a report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

World's lightest aluminium seafood can

World's lightest aluminium seafood can

By Rick Pendrous

Pioneering development work at Ardagh Group’s specialist aluminium can plant in Cuxhaven, north Germany, has resulted in the production of the world’s lightest aluminium seafood can.

Thomas Dakin gin - one of Quintessential Brands's products

Novel packaging suppliers are becoming ‘brand champions’

By Paul Gander

Innovative proposals from packaging suppliers are now more likely to be welcomed by customers, especially where those suppliers act as well-informed ‘brand champions’, tailoring their proposals, one drinks industry insider claims.

Food innovation showcase: don't miss the early bird ticket offer

Food Innovation conference: early bird ticket offer

By Michael Stones

The latest trends in food and drink innovation will take centre stage at the Food Manufacture’s one-day conference in London on Thursday 17 March and there’s still time to benefit from the early-bird ticket rate of £361 plus VAT per person.

Food and drink new innovations

Food and drink innovations – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Meatless meat products, 3D printed gummy sweets and milk chocolate reindeer droppings were just some of the innovations launched by food and drink manufacturers recently.

Many manufacturers are prioritising innovation but lack the resources to deliver it effectively

Firms focus on innovation but fear competition

By Michael Stones

UK manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – are targeting innovation to boost productivity and exports but fear losing out to competitors, reveals a new survey by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Food & Drink Innovation Network

Tomorrow’s new product development in focus

By Rick Pendrous

The latest thinking in food and drink new product development (NPD) will be featured in seminar called ‘Breakthrough Innovation’ taking place in London on April 14.

Allen: 'I see the new centre as key to delivering our business strategy'

Dairy Crest invests £4M in Harper Adams centre

By Rod Addy

Dairy Crest is investing £4M in a food innovation centre at Harper Adams University campus at Newport in Shropshire, which it hopes will help it boost new product development.

Macphie is making 'microwaves' with a new tech

Microwaves can up output

By Nicholas Robinson

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie will use microwave sensor technology at its ultra-high temperature (UHT) production plant to compete with global businesses.

FDF boss Melanie Leech argued for an Agrifood strategy rather than just Agritech

Industry calls for Agrifood strategy

By Rick Pendrous

Industry leaders have hit out at the low priority given to food manufacturing within the government's Agritech strategy launched in July last year, which some argue is too heavily biased in favour of the vocal farming lobby.

Promar International senior consultant Matthew Incles warns businesses to balance NPD with adaptations

Manufacturers miss big breaks with small innovations

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drinks manufacturers could be missing out on ground-breaking new product development opportunities by making too many small adaptations to existing products, a leading consultant has warned.

Food and drink manufacturers are using the internet to identify new idea

Brand owners seek innovation via the internet

By Rick Pendrous

Big food and drink brand owners are now tapping into the global intelligence derived by ‘crowd sourcing’ via the internet, thus extending the reach of ‘open innovation’ to develop the next generation of products targeted at different markets.

Preston claimed firms that don't innovate will fail

2 Sisters’ new director: innovate or fail

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers that aren’t working on innovative new products risk the failure of their businesses and losing out to those firms that are, according to the new innovation director at 2 Sisters Food Group.


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