Fresh Prince star Will Smith launched Just Water in Boots this week

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Will Smith launches drinks brand in UK

By Gwen Ridler

Movie and music star Will Smith was spotted stacking shelves at Boots’ Westfield shopping centre store this week, as part of the launch of his son’s new drinks brand Just Water in the UK.

Ragus Pure Sugars raises boilerhouse efficiency

Ragus Pure Sugars raises boilerhouse efficiency

By Rick Pendrous

Importer and manufacturer of sugar products, Ragus Pure Sugars, is celebrating a decade of continued carbon reductions, thanks to its partnership with a global steam specialist.

Coca-Cola European Partners is planning new products to join its recently launched organic herbal tea brand

Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

By Rick Pendrous

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those it has traditionally served, its UK boss Leendert den Hollander has revealed.

Technical challenges for the Green Fibre Bottle remain to be overcome

Fibre bottle barrier poses questions

By Paul Gander

Carlsberg’s September unveiling of its latest Green Fibre Bottle design made much of its potential contribution towards sustainability, but little emerged about the technical challenges involved in engineering adequate levels of barrier in this type of...

Diversifying to other products has paid off for Pheonix

Me & My Factory

Rapeseed oil pressing firm diversifies for growth

By Noli Dinkovski

Cold-pressed rapeseed oil production has helped Phoenix Group grow from nothing into a £1.7M business in little over six years, but the ambitious Nottinghamshire-based company isn’t stopping there.

Water deregulation in England could save firms millions: law firm DWF

Food and drink firms plug water use by 24%

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers have slashed their water use by nearly a quarter in the past eight years, as it emerged water deregulation in England could save firms millions.

Resfood plans more efficient processes for veg washing and disinfection

Green revolution for veg processing

By Rick Pendrous

Better use of precious raw material resources during food processing are the main expected outcome of a euro 6M pan-European research project which comes to an end in October.

Emulsifiers and stabilisers are being used to reduce fat and thicken products

Food firms seek a high-fat feel

By Nicholas Robinson

Making low-fat versions of high-fat food and drink is something scientists will strive to do better, despite criticism, says Nicholas Robinson

New spray guns for chocolate firm

Spray guns apply chocolate and glaze coatings

New, purpose-designed spray guns and other equipment have been developed by Swiss company Krebs in conjunction with chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to make life easier for food processors that use these devices to apply coatings such as chocolate and...

Nanotechnology offers great potential to the food and drink industry, said Steffi Friedrichs

Nanotechnology benefits: public needs reassurance

By Rick Pendrous

Nanotechnology offers great potential for use in the food and drink supply chain, but the public’s food safety concerns still need to be overcome, according to the head of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA).

Clothier: 'We are going to look at where we can go with green transport'

Wyke Farms invests £800k in packaging systems

By Rod Addy

Wyke Farms has invested £800,000 in shelf-ready packaging technology as part of its ‘100% Green’ initiative, and plans further eco-friendly projects, according to ceo Richard Clothier.

CCE's Morpeth factory, which is poised to get new blending and mixing equipment

Coca-Cola GB pumps £3.5M into Morpeth factory

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) has announced plans to invest £3.5M in Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) bottled water factory in Morpeth, Northumberland, to tap into a growing category.

Brewery firm’s cost bebefits from gas burner

Gas burner optimises brewing

Installing a TX 30 modulating gas and air burner system from Lanemark International has brought cost and efficiency benefits to AB UK's new brewery.

2 Sisters hopes the new vacuum pumps will speed-up cooking time of its ratatouille

2 Sisters to cut energy use at Carlisle site

By Laurence Gibbons

2 Sisters Food Group has installed two new vacuum pumps, designed to cut energy use, at its Cavaghan & Gray ready meal manufacturing facility in Carlisle.

Campden BRI disproves water vapour myth

Testing times in water vapour transmission

Absence of an ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) layer in board pot packaging has been found not to adversely affect water vapour transmission rates (WVTR) in tests carried out by food research organisation Campden BRI.

Paterson has called on more firms to follow Sheperd Neame's lead

Follow brewers’ waste water lead: Paterson

By Laurence Gibbons

Environmental secretary Owen Paterson has called on food and drink businesses to follow the lead of Shepherd Neame brewery, after it completed a £3M development to cut water waste at its Faversham site in Kent.

Sales increase for German machinery manufacturer

Team spirit wins sales in China

German machinery manufacturer Krones has reported winning sales of its technology for handling mineral water, soft drinks, milk, beer and edible oil. It sold more than 500 systems featuring a Contiform Bloc and an ErgoBloc L to the beverage industry by...

Increased food production will put water resources under increasing pressure

Dark skies ahead

By Laurence Gibbons

Experts are advising governments and industry to take action against an impending water crisis, reports Laurence Gibbons

Securing the future of food and drink manufacturing depends on safeguarding water supplies, said the government

Food manufacturers launch World Water Day video

By Michael STONES

The future of UK food and drink manufacturing depends upon safeguarding water supplies, says government minister Richard Benyon, in a new video from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to mark World Water Day last week (March 22).

Food companies' competition for water will intensify in the future

The drying game

By David Burrows

The 'embedded water' content of food and drink is rising up the agenda for processors, says David Burrows

Heinz: investing in energy-efficient boilers

Efficient steam boilers bring cash benefits

By Rod Addy and Rick Pendrous

Heinz and Greene King are two of the latest firms in the food and drink sector to take advantage of energy efficient improvements to significantly cut the operational costs of their boilers.

The new factory in Buxton will improve Nestlé's environmental credentials

Nestlé invests £35M in green factory

By Dan Colombini

Nestlé Waters has moved to improve its environmental credentials after investing more than £35M in a new factory in Derbyshire.

Seeking fluid solutions. Cutting firms' water use is the new carbon reduction

Why water is the new carbon

By Freddie Dawson

Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Pepsi unveils bold new carbon challenge

Pepsi unveils bold new carbon challenge

By Elaie Watson

PepsiCo has unveiled a bold plan to slash the carbon and water impact of its core crops in the UK (potatoes, oats, apples) by 50% over the next five years.

Reverse osmosis saves cash and energy for Arla

Reverse osmosis saves cash and energy for Arla

By Elaine Watson

Arla Foods is confident it can recoup the costs of new technology enabling it to use borehole instead of mains water at its Settle Creamery within 12-18 months.

Tap into savings

Tap into savings

By Hayley Brown

The food and drink industry in England and Wales uses 430 mega litres of water per day, according to Envirowise, which offers companies practical...


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