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Minister and students get inside information from CCE

The UK Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, this week joined students from Uxbridge College on a visit to the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) site in Edmonton to witness the Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme in action. The Minister and students saw inside CCE’s state of the art manufacturing site and met its […]

Univar takes on Turkey for National Starch

Global chemical distributor Univar is to distribute National Starch’s range of speciality starches in Turkey. The deal builds on a 20-year partnership between the two companies that has grown to cover the UK, Ireland, Iberia and the Nordic region. “We have a long-standing relationship with Univar and have always been impressed by the knowledge and […]


Scot a lot of wins

Border Biscuits has scooped the prestigious title of Business of the Year at the 2012 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The success completed a double for the Lanarkshire company, which was also recognised for its commitment to developing its employees with the Profiting Through Skills Development award. The night’s second big winner was Katy […]


Thirst for soft drinks continues, says latest Britvic report

In tough economic times, sales of soft drinks have demonstrated their continued resilience – grow to £9.7 billion (€11.6bn), according to the 2012 Britvic Soft Drinks Report. Key findings from the report, based on independent Nielsen and CGA market data, reveal that take-home sales were up seven per cent in value and one per cent […]


Appetite for snack foods soars

New product activity in the global snack foods industry is defying worldwide economic problems, according to a market research analyst. Launch numbers recorded by Innova Market Insights showed a strong double-digit increase last year, with savory and salty snacks accounting for just under two-thirds of the total, and snack nuts and seeds the remainder. Asia […]

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Extended warehouse operation open for business

DHL Supply Chain and Unilever have opened their Scottish warehousing operation, marking the end of a 21-month project. The expanded automated high bay facility can now house more than 100,000 pallets, allowing DHL to hold Unilever UK & Ireland’s entire ambient foods line and homecare product range to be housed in a single location. The […]


Cargill expands sustainable cocoa scheme

Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business – in cooperation with the Ghana Cocoa Board – is expanding its sustainable cocoa program with the launch of a four-year commitment to farmer training in Ghana. The training will be delivered in partnership with Ghanaian-licensed cocoa buying company Akuafo Adamfo and the non-governmental organization Solidaridad West Africa. The aim […]

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Taking the heat out of chilli

Flavour firm Treatt has developed a new pepper ingredient to ‘enhance savoury flavours without adding the fiery sensation of chilli pepper’. Jalapeno Treattarome 9816 is a companion product to Habanero Treattarome 9815 but, like the natural fruit, it carries a greener, bell pepper-like note, differentiating it from the hot, tangy habanero chilli, says Treatt. “The […]

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Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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