Food safety


M&S boss opens new food manufacturing centre

Sir Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has officially opened the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus. The new £3.5 million centre in southern Lincolnsire is a state-of-the-art food packaging and processing training factory for food sector employees. The centre will also support the university’s developing agenda […]


Frozen food is the future, says BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is launching a new foodservice campaign which aims to educate the foodservice sector on how it can profit from using frozen food in the face of an economic downturn. To run over two years, the Profiting from Frozen Food campaign will focus on how buying frozen food will save […]


New acquisition for Frutarom

Israeli flavour and ingredients company Frutarom has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and business of the American Company Flavors Specialties for $17.2 million, financed through bank loans. The agreement includes a clause that could increase or decrease the value of the deal to $27 million or $13.15 million based on earnings in 2009 […]


Celebs urged to say no to junk food ads

The UK Food Commission is introducing a charter for celebrities willing to pledge that they will not use their image to promote foods high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt. Campaigners at the commission cite stars such as Ian Wright, Chris Hoy and David Beckham as having had their ‘brand’ linked to unhealthy foods. […]


INGREDIENTS NEWS: Peanuts prove a healthy handful

Leading nutrition researchers at the 2nd International Nuts and Health symposium have recommended increased peanut and nut snacks consumption as a more effective step to improve dietary health and reduce risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Proceedings published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that replacing snacks high in refined carbohydrates with nuts […]


Frozen food radiates gear change

A new ice age has been welcomed by the British Frozen Food Federation… The initiative will see a huge promotion for frozen foods, and has been backed by leading frozen food manufacturers and retailers. The launch of the new website is to educate young people and families by showing them how frozen food is produced, […]


Nestle performs well above target

Consolidated sales of the Nestle Group amounted to CHF 81.4 billion, an increase of 3.4% compared to the same nine month period last year. Strong organic growth of 8.9% including 3.4% internal growth and a further 2.5% for acquisitions added further to group sales. The Swiss franc held up well against other currencies. The group’s […]

INGREDIENTS NEWS: Study backs new cranberry research

A new study has identified that the anti-adhesion mechanism in cranberry helps to prevent infections in the urinary tract. The study conducted in Massachusetts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that cranberry juice worked by changing the thermo- dynamic properties of bacteria common in urinary tract infections. The increase in surface free energy implies cranberries also […]


Factories up for grabs

The former United Kingdom bakery processing facilities at Sara Lee Bridlington and Heinz Foods Grimsby are up for sale. Pro Auction Limited organised an auction tender of the entire contents of food processing machinery located at the former confectionery manufacturer Sara Lee – a world-renowned manufacturer of baked goods and confectionery in addition to the […]

‘One size fits all’ is ineffective

Obesity issues, changing lifestyles and rising levels of disposable income have helped drive the health and well-being food market worldwide. However, manufacturers are being warned not to adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the category if they want export success. The latest findings from the International Health, Well-being and Organic Report, produced by […]

UK poultry company sold to Brazil

Moy Park, the largest integrated poultry company in the UK, has been sold to the Brazilian company Marfrig. From its base in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Moy Park run farming and processing operations throughout the UK, including a state of the art flagship plant at Anwick in Lincolnshire. The sale, which is part of a […]


PROCESSING NEWS: Change of name for CPS

UK-based company Carlisle Process Systems has changed its trading name to Tetra Pak CPS, following its takeover by globally based packaging Tetra Pak. Tetra Pak CPS – a supplier of dairy, food and beverage equipment – will continue to trade from the existing Sherborne site. The name change will make no difference to the service […]