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Waitrose acquires Co-op stores

Upmarket supermarket Waitrose has announced the acquisition of five shops from The Co-operative Group. The retailer – part of the John Lewis Partnership – has entered into an agreement to buy four Somerfield stores in Ashbourne, Melksham, Storrington and Wellington, along with a Co-operative shop in Menai Bridge. All existing employees will become partners within […]

Top award for McCormick

McCormick UK, the British subsidiary of spice and herb firm McCormick & Company, scooped the Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year title at the recent Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2009. Well known for its Schwartz brand, McCormick UK won the award for the improvement of its environmental performance and reduction of its carbon footprint in […]


Honour for National Starch Food Innovation

National Starch Food Innovation’s cost-saving bakery ingredient N-Dulge FR starch claimed the bakery innovation of the year prize at this week’s Food Ingredients Excellence Awards 2009 in Europe, clinching the Most Innovative Food Ingredient award. The ingredient impressed the judges with its fat replacement potential and its performance in a range of baked goods.


Burnt sugar flavour breakthrough

Specialist food colouring company DD Williamson has developed a breakthrough natural acid-stable burnt sugar flavour which, it says, responds to demand for clean-label flavours. Applications include beverages and sauces, with the non-GM product offering stability in phosphoric acid, citric acid, alcohol (60%) and salt (15%). “Class one (plain) caramel colours and burnt sugars are not […]

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Cereal success

Dorset Cereals has become the UK’s leading provider of muesli following the successful completion of two knowledge transfer partnerships with Bournemouth University. The Dorchester-based company, which produces flakes, granola, porridges, bars and slices as well as muesli, hired university graduates to help develop its marketing and production functions and, as a result, has nearly quadrupled […]


A glass of its own

A new study shows consumers are just as likely to buy products in jars and bottles made with mixed colour recycled glass as they are to purchase items in clear glass packaging – a finding that could boost demand for containers with high recycled content. WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which commissioned the research, […]

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Industries link up to reduce food and drink waste

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is leading a series of new industry partnerships in a bid to reduce food and drink product damage throughout the supply chain, and improve product quality. Commissioned as part of WRAP’s strategy to minimise food and drink waste, the new projects – including the development of new category-specific innovations […]

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Beer sales fall flat

Cash-strapped consumers shunning bars, pubs and restaurants has led to beer sales across West Europe falling by more than four per cent in the first half of 2009 – the equivalent of 580 million litres, or more than a billion less UK pints of beer – according to leading beverage research agency Canadean’s Quarterly Beverage […]

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Sustainability agreement brewing

The tea industry took a significant step closer to sustainability this week as international conservation organisation Rainforest Alliance and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) unveiled an agreement that will further their vision of an industry-wide commitment to sustainable agriculture. The move will streamline the Rainforest Alliance certification process and complement the monitoring work the ETP […]


Super-strength beer slammed

Health campaigners have reacted furiously to the launch of a new beer containing 18.2 per cent alcohol. Tokyo, launched by Scottish brewery BrewDog, has been declared Britain’s strongest beer, with a single pint containing 12 units. The brewery defended its latest offering, saying that it is ‘priced in a way that encourages responsible consumption and […]

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New number one nut

Almonds have knocked peanuts off the top spot to become the number one nut ingredient for new product releases, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database. Even though the global food market has declined by six per cent over the past year, almond sales have remained stable, accounting for 29 per cent of all new […]

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Key appointment for Martek

DHA omega-3 producer Martek Biosciences has appointed Dr Rob Winwood as director of scientific affairs in Europe and Asia. Based in the UK, Winwood will drive forward research into DHA and assume responsibility for regulatory issues and applications support. A specialist in macromolecular fermentation, Winwood brings over 25 years’ experience in the food industry to […]

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