New Product Development

Step inside the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023


Food and drink trends at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair

By Gwen Ridler

From alcoholic tea to mango chutney spiced cheese, join us on our tour around this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair as we discover some of the up-and-coming food and drink trends on display.

Food and drink brands are getting creative. Credit: Getty / Urupong


F&B investing more in NPD and outsourcing

By Bethan Grylls

Despite headwinds, food and beverage brands are spending more in new production development and contract manufacturing, and keen to embrace automation to relieve stress following historic global supply chain challenges.

Will drones become the norm in food and drink supply chains? Credit: Getty/baranozdemir


Three focus areas for supply chains in 2023

By Bethan Grylls

Nigel Paine, Supply Chain Director at Britvic discusses how the inner workers of the supply chain has altered over the last few years and what that means for food and beverage companies in 2023.

Pics: Getty Images

Food industry trends

Food industry trends for 2021

By Jerome Smail

Key industry figures predict where the challenges and opportunities will be found in 2021.

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

Al fresco barbecue range leads food NPD

By David Challis

From a new al fresco barbecue range to plant-based milkshakes, we cover the latest new product developments in the food and drink industry, featured in this photo gallery.

Food innovators unveil NPD kitchens

Bingham & Jones

NPD experts unveil new innovation kitchens

By Noli Dinkovski

Top food innovators Jonny Bingham and David Jones claim their new product development (NPD) potential has been significantly boosted by the opening of two new ‘innovation kitchens’.

Stoats has opened a new factory as part of its plan to deliver a turnover of £10M by 2020

Snack firm Stoats opens new factory

By Mike Stones

Porridge oats firm Stoats has opened a new factory, south of Edinburgh, as part of its plan to deliver a turnover of £10M by 2020.

Your questions are answered by the sustainable snacking webinar's expert panel

Sustainable snacking: Your questions answered

By Matt Atherton

Questions about snacking trends, healthy ingredients, sustainable production and evolution were among the topics raised by delegates to Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar on June 15.

Exports were one of the top growth opportunities for food and drink manufacturers

Food manufacturing opportunities revealed in EEF plan

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers could increase growth by exporting to emerging markets, and by investing in innovation, according to a sector bulletin by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Santander.

The new science labs will boost food industry NPD, claims the university

New £3.5M science labs to boost food and drink NPD

By Michael Stones

New £3.5M science laboratories at Abertay University, Dundee – designed to boost food and drink industry new product development (NPD) – will be opened officially on May 30.

Easter shoppers are set to shell out nearly £4bn on food and gifts over the holiday

Easter food and gift spending to reach nearly £4bn

By Michael Stones

Easter shoppers are set to spend £3.9bn on food and gifts over the next few days, according to analyst GlobalData, as Mintel reveals the holiday is a key driver for chocolate innovation.

Coca-Cola's Jane Buckley is responsible for the production of Glacéau Smartwater


Coca-Cola boss on overcoming first impressions

By Noli Dinkovski

The boss at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Morpeth site has claimed her management style has been helped by a greater understanding of how others perceive her – boosting staff engagement at the site.

The run up to Easter saw a number of launches by food and drink firms

Easter product launches by food and drink firms

By Gwen Ridler

The run up to Easter this year saw chocolate treats and British sweets lead this month’s photogallery of new product development (NPD) from food and drink manufacturers.

Chef Neven Maguire (left) with Foodovation manager Brian McDermott

New food innovation centre opens in Northern Ireland

By Rick Pendrous

Northern Ireland now has a new focus for food innovation, following the official opening in November by North West Regional College (NWRC) of the region’s first centre of excellence for food development and technology.

James Kempley and Troy Foods’s own-label mayonnaise

Troy Foods launches own-label mayonnaise

By Gwen Ridler

Vegetable and salad producer Troy Foods is to launch its own range of mayonnaise, following a £200,000 investment into production capacity.

LFR study: a more open-minded and collaborative approach to innovation is emerging

Food innovators battle ‘hypersensitive’ consumers

By Noli Dinkovski

Brand innovators and product developers feel increasingly undermined by growing consumer hypersensitivity to specific “demonised” ingredients, such as sugar, according to a new study from Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

CCEP's Trevor Newman won the inaugural Me & my factory – editor’s choice award

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Coca-Cola boss wins management Oscar

By Michael Stones

The Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) operations director of Europe’s largest soft drinks plant has won the inaugural Me & my factory – editor’s choice award in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence...

Mike Dalton (centre left), head of operations, and Stuart Driver (centre right), capital programme manager, received the trophy from host Carol Smillie and Waitrose food technologist and FMEA judge Jonathon Bayne

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Jordans’ cereal success manufacturing Oscar win

By Michael Stones

Cereals and biscuit manufacturer Jordans, Dorset & Ryvita Company has won the Ambient manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – at The Hilton Park Lane, London last week.

A raft of Christmas food launches lead this month's NPD photogallery

Christmas launches lead food NPD – photogallery

By Gwen Ridler

Christmas launches lead this month’s latest photogallery of new product development (NPD) in the food and drink industry, ranging from the weird and wonderful to more traditional offerings.

Enjoy our photogallery of winners and finalists in the Ecotrophelia 2016 awards

Ecotrophelia award winners and finalists photogallery

By Gwen Ridler

The finalists of the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 – the pan-European competition for ecologically-inspired innovative new product development by young students ­– have all been gathered together in this photo-gallery to celebrate their achievements.

Stand-up pouches used for slow-cooked foods

Stand-up pouches used for slow-cooked foods

By Rick Pendrous

Asda’s Butcher's Selection new premium slow-cooked meal range, made by Kerry Foods at its Attleborough site, comes in stand-up pouches supplied by FFP.

New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016 takes place on Thursday March 17 in central London

Food innovation conference: just three days to go

By Michael Stones

There are just three days to go until Food Manufacture’s food and drink innovation conference – featuring all forms of innovation from personalised nutrition to edible insects and tackling obesity through satiety – gets under way in London on Thursday...

Jenkins is planning to double sales in five years

The Big Interview

Dawn Foods plans to double sales

By Noli Dinkovski

Dawn Foods's new UK boss has wasted little time in helping the company with its ambitious drive to double sales in five years. By Noli Dinkovski

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.


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