Food safety


PROCESSING NEWS: Premier Foods invests £1.3 million

ISG Jackson Special Projects has commenced work on a £1.3 million design and build project to increase food processing and warehouse capacity for Premier Foods at its Bury St Edmunds production facility. The contractor will build a new dry goods warehouse on site and extend the existing food preparation building, to enable the UK’s largest […]

Looming crisis in meat supply chain

Red meat supplies are tightening across Europe and unless retailers desist from keeping prices artificially low, meat supply could be in danger. This stark warning came from Peter Barr, Meat and Livestock Commission chairman, during the last ever MLC board meeting before it is replaced with a new statutory levy board. He said,“There is a […]


Unilever opens drinks centre of excellence

Unilever, the world’s biggest tea company, has opened its global R&D Centre for drinks at Colworth Science Park in the UK. This technology centre will focus on developing products for all Unilever’s brands such as Lipton, PG Tips, Flora and Slim-Fast. The centre employs 90 scientists and specialists from 15 countries and brings together all […]


Major brewery rides with the red tractor

Wells and Young’s has become the first major brewery to be certified with the Red Tractor logo. The Bedford-based company will now carry the Red Tractor logo on all its bottles of Young’s Bitter in a move to assure consumers that the ale is made using only British raw ingredients. Jonathan Tipples, vice chairman of […]

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A local story from giant Tesco

Acting globally and thinking locally has become a trademark of the largest super-market of the UK. The slogan ‘Great food, locally produced’ has become a showcase mission for the group as the store highlights innovative new suppliers across the counties. With the Meet the Buyer events it has opened up the trading pattern for smaller […]


Joint campaign against bluetongue

With the end of the vector-free period and the threat of more cases of bluetongue, organisations from across all elements of the livestock sector have come together to launch a Joint campaign Against Bluetongue (JAB). The 12 organisations involved, which represent livestock farmers, livestock markets, meat processing, dairy processing and the veterinary profession, all fully […]


Food trends fit and healthy for spring

The predictions for food and drink trends promise better health and happier taste buds according to Datamonitor’s Productscan Online research. The small yoghurt pot drink has changed the dairy industry dramatically as consumers devour the daily shot of probiotics. Prebiotics and probiotics have hit the mainstream with Danone’s Activia and Actimel. Activia accounted for more […]

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INGREDIENTS: Emulsion technology makes meat healthier

Dow Wolff Cellulosics recently introduced a new food system emulsion technology as a result of the work of its Food and Nutrition team. The new formulating process allows meat formulators to develop healthier products by reducing the overall fat content. By creating a mixture of food gums and oils, such as canola or olive, the […]


Alcohol-free market grows despite binge drinkers

Despite continuous media reports of binge drinking in the UK, the alcohol free market is going from strength to strength. According to Euromonitor International and backed up by Bavaria UK the reported off-trade growth is a staggering 20%. Sarah Swainson, Bavaria UK marketing manager, says,“The immense growth in the NAB/LAB market is driven by an […]

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Concerns over health and safety merger

A proposal to merge the Health & Safety Commission and Health & Safety Executive must aim to improve the governance and scrutiny of legislation and regulators, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. The merger has been proposed in order to create a single and more efficient regulatory body and should be through by […]

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PROCESSING: Machinery first for bakery

As part of a £1 million investment programme, a Milton Keynes bakery is the first in the UK to install Kanig’s new concept low stress bread line. The machinery has been by bought by Giles Foods, for its rapidly expanding Pain Artisan bakery which produces frozen, chilled and ambient baked and part-baked speciality breads and […]

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Teens are nuts over snacks

Recent research carried out across secondary schools in the UK has revealed that unsalted peanuts are a popular ingredient amongst teenagers. After taste trials, a staggering 95% of pupils confirmed they would buy healthy snacks containing unsalted peanuts and dried fruit mixes. These results will be of particular interest to manufacturers looking to tap into […]


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