Robot wars

Last week I visited ABB Robotics’ UK headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK, where the company was holding a week long event coined Engineering an Automation Nation.

Gut instinct

This week marks Coeliac Awareness Week, with Coeliac UK raising awareness for the one in 100 people diagnosed with coeliac disease and the suspected 500,000 undiagnosed sufferers across the UK. In support of the campaign, Udi’s Gluten Free carried out research to gauge awareness of intolerances in the UK. The findings reveal that: Three in […]


Hear, hear!

International Noise Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of noise on the welfare and health of people, took place last week on April 29th – which means my recent day out with safety company Arco was well timed. The company was holding a Meet the Experts open day for its customers and members of […]


Food for thought

Women spend two and a half hours a day talking or thinking about food, according to a recent survey commissioned by Nature Valley. Men spend slightly less time doing so, dedicating around two hours a day to food thoughts. As a woman working in the food and drink industry, it’s fair to say that I […]

All natural

The doors have closed on this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe – Europe’s biggest trade show for natural, organic, fair trade, free-from, vegan, vegetarian and healthy living brands. From 19-20 April, more than 10,000 attendees are thought to have visited the show, which took place at ExCeL, London and featured around 600 exhibitors from […]


Soft drinks resilient in the face of attack

The recently published Britvic Soft Drinks Review reveals that soft drinks increased in value sales by +0.4 per cent to £7.6 billion in 2014 in the UK. Paul Graham, Britvic GB managing director GB, says, “2014 was the year when the grocery and convenience channel ‘held steady’ and showed its true resilience in the face […]


Happy Easter!

It’s April already – Q1 seems to have flown by doesn’t it? – and many are currently enjoying the Easter break; as such, I thought I would make this week’s blog entry a seasonal one. Easter means big business; new research from Mintel has revealed that almost seven in ten (68 per cent) UK consumers […]


Putting on a show

I had been starting to forget what the office looks like following an extremely busy March; so much for show season kicks off in September! In the last few weeks I have attended not one, not two, but three food and drink exhibitions. First up was NutraFormulate, which took place in Birmingham, UK from 17-18 […]

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Open for business

With doom and gloom never far from the headlines, I am lucky that my role allows me to see the good as well as the bad. In recent weeks I have been invited to the unveiling of two new food and drink facilities, and it has been a pleasure to be part of such special […]

The demise of the can?

Last week I travelled to Lund, Sweden to visit Tetra Pak and hear all about its Tetra Recart package for the retorted food industry. The Tetra Pak team proposed that metal cans are on their way out, with consumers, retailers and food producers soon to be opting for the more convenient packing solutions promised by […]

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Britvic overhaul

I was recently invited to a Britvic Soft Drinks press event, which introduced us to several innovations from the drinks company including new packaging and products across its brands in the UK. Identifying key trends in consumer behaviour, commercial director at Britvic Soft Drinks, Nigel Paine, explained that the dynamics of adult socialising are changing, […]

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Causing a stir

The Gulp campaign – which stands for give up loving pop – is a Food Active project funded by the North West Directors of Public Health, which aims to raise awareness of the damaging effects of the consumption of sugary drinks.


Safety first

I was delighted to have been invited by Arco to celebrate its signing of an agreement with AEG Europe to become the official safety equipment partner of The O2 and Up at The O2, the iconic London, UK venue that attracts nine million visitors each year from around the globe. UK safety company Arco distributes […]

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