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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Cadbury Schweppes reports strong performance

Despite dramatic constitutional changes, demergers and acquisitions Cadbury Schweppes reports sales of £7.9bn – an increase of 7%. The record growth of 7% in confectionery is best for a decade. Excellent growth in gum with an increase in Trident of 26% and CDM, the largest chocolate brand is up 5% despite the earlier problems of […]

Game firm secures industry first

Game supplier Rick Bestwick Ltd, specialist in game to the retailers, has secured an industry first by agreeing a deal to feature the New Forest Marque on packs of Wild Venison. The meat, all supplied from Forestry Commission sustainably managed woodlands, is processed and packed at the Bestwick factory in Derbyshire. The stylish new packaging, […]


Getting a handle on plastic

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is supporting Dairy Crest in a project to research, design and pilot a new handle-free plastic milk bottle, as part of a drive to reduce packaging waste from UK milk sales by 5,000 tonnes per annum. This project will focus on one pint and two pint bottles. Packaging supplier […]

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INGREDIENTS: Sweet like candy

LycoRed Israel has launched a new line of slow release ingredients that help confectionery manufacturers retain taste in gum products for longer. Chewing gum and chewy candies typically maintain their taste for less than five minutes, which means that manufacturers are often looking for ways to prolong flavour release. Following the ever increasingly popular trend […]

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 […]


New challenges for Bramleys

Last year it was the Magners cider phenomenon that affected Bramley apple supply. This year the Bramley is facing slightly different challenges, according to successful grower and supplier of processed fruit fillings, Fourayes. With unfavourable weather conditions contributing to smaller fruit sizes and lower than anticipated yields this season, the overall tonnage of Bramley available […]

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INGREDIENTS: Tastes like…

Fayrefield Foods Ireland has launched Butter-Like – the ultimate butter extender replacer. Butter-Like has the buttery flavour essential for pastry, biscuits, shortbreads and quality laminated pastry products. Developed to replicate the physical properties of butter in every way, Butter-Like delivers these properties at a significant discount to the cost of butter. Its similarity to butter […]

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 […]


ENVIRONMENT: Carbon footprint under scrutiny

Environmental consultancy ADAS is working with Defra and the Carbon Trust to monitor the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions created by the food supply chain. Every food product has an impact on the environment via its ‘carbon footprint’ which is calculated by measuring the GHG outputs at each stage of the food supply chain – from […]


Cadbury Schweppes to sell Monkhill

Cadbury Schweppes has agreed to sell its Monkhill business, which principally manufactures sugar confectionery and popcorn for the UK market, to Tangerine Confectionery for £58 million in cash. Monkhill’s 2007 revenue is expected to be approximately £76 million and 2007 pro forma earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation are expected to be approximately £6.7 […]

INGREDIENTS: Frutarom sales growth continues

The trend of sales growth that has characterised Frutarom’s activity over the past seven years continues while achieving accelerated growth in core activities. The company’s rapid development strategy has combined organic growth in core activities with strategic acquisitions worldwide. During 2007 Frutarom made seven acquisitions. Frutarom acquired British companies Belmay and Jupiter; Raychan, Adumim and […]