Eat, drink and be safe

Food & Drink Technology HQ is preparing to down tools for the festive period, but before we go, I wanted to leave you with a timely (Christmas) and topical (food safety) blog. This year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched National Defrost Your Turkey Day in the UK, urging people to defrost their turkeys […]


FIC comes at a price

On Saturday 13 December, the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers (EU FIC) Regulation came into effect, seeing wide ranging changes to the layout and information contained on food labels. Designed to simplify and harmonise some of the information available on-pack and help consumers make the most of the information available, industry had been preparing […]


Snack attack

Last week I attended Health Ingredients Europe in Amsterdam along with around 8,000 others from the health and natural ingredients industries. We were there to see what solutions the 500 or so health and wellness suppliers had to offer food and beverage applications, and to ‘trend spot’ for 2015. With the subject of last week’s […]


New year, new food

With the arrival of December, it is now only a matter of weeks before the new year is upon us. With this in mind, I have been receiving lots of food predictions for 2015, so I’m using this week’s blog to round them up and inviting you to share your own food forecasts.


Show season continues

I have reported on several shows and exhibitions in recent newsletters and, with show season still in full swing, I clocked up a few more air miles last week with a visit to Emballage in Paris as well as Food Matters Live in London. First up was Emballage, which took place in Paris at the […]

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Success sells

With doom and gloom reported daily by news outlets around the world, I enjoy coming into work and hearing the success stories of the food and drink trade – be it increased profits and expansion, well received product launches or anniversary celebrations. With this in mind, I was delighted to be invited to Ardagh Group’s […]


With the deadline in December for compliance with the majority of the Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation fast approaching, companies and associations are offering support to food and drink businesses struggling to understand and/or implement the new legislation. Having received numerous enquiries regarding the legislation, Campden BRI Regulatory Advice Service has produced a […]


Exhibition jet setting

I have been lucky enough to get out and about recently, with trips to Paris and Denmark to visit the SIAL and FoodTech exhibitions. SIAL was first up. Taking place 19-23 October in Paris, the exhibition was celebrating its 50th anniversary and offered a range of activities to explore the various trends and innovations in […]

Fun and function

The latest issue of Food & Drink Technology should be with you by now, the front cover of which serves as an indication of not one, but two themes in the issue: beverages and functional ingredients. The October issue got me thinking about sports nutrition; it is true that such products have become more widely […]


Machinery aplenty

Last week I travelled to Birmingham, UK to visit the PPMA Show, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition. Taking place 30 September-2 October at the NEC and promising more than 300 exhibitors and in excess of 8,000 visitors, I was in for a busy few days! The latest technology – from machinery, industrial […]

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Show up or miss out

When I joined Food & Drink Technology back in July, I wrote in my first blog that I was pleased to be joining just ahead of ‘show season’ and looking forward to making contact with many of the magazine’s readers and contributors at the various exhibitions taking place before the end of the year. As […]

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Safe and sound

The September issue of Food & Drink Technology is due to hit desks this week and as we have super-sized the issue this month, I apologise if it makes a dent in your desk when it lands! The first of some major shows coming up throughout autumn are upon us, so we’ve included comprehensive previews […]

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