PROCESSING: A slice of the action

Weber has introduced a new Food Robotics system intended to help food processors further automate food handling for greater hygiene and productivity. Weber Food Robotics can be customised to satisfy a variety of complex tasks, serving both single and multiple slicing systems. Weber engineers have designed the system to work with all major lines of […]

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Changing temperatures continue to affect onion yields

The 2006-2007 season was one of the most difficult for processing onions. The drought conditions and heatwave in 2006 meant onions simply stopped growing, because the varieties that are grown in the UK typically shut down when the temperature rises above 30 degrees. In complete contrast, 2007 has turned out to be one of the […]


Chemical fruit cocktail

A massive 61% of all fruit and vegetables tested in the UK recently were found to have pesticide residues on them. Grapes were particularly contaminated, with 77% having some chemical residues while 11% had pesticides over the legal recommended limit. The Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC) publishes its results every quarter, although only two reports have […]

Kraft completes acquisition of Danone’s Biscuit Business

Kraft Foods completes the multi billion acquisition of Groupe Danone’s biscuit business. The addition of Danone’s leading biscuit business will transform Kraft’s growth strategy by strengthening its lead in the company’s fastest growing global segment, and plans to significantly expand its presence in both developed and emerging markets. Sanjay Kholsa, president of Kraft International comments,“In […]

Mr Bagels launches Hi Energy Bars

Bagel producer Mr Bagels has launched a range of health conscious bagels – low in fat and high in fibre. Hi Energy Bagel Bars are available in two flavours, Bran and Seed and Bran, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed. The latter contains less than 3g fat each. The bars can be enjoyed straight from the pack, […]


Ready to heat and eat porridge

As news reports highlight the frightening statistics that Scotland has the second highest level of obesity in the developed world, Strathmore Foods, based in Forfar has created the first Scottish made ready to heat and eat porridge on the market. True to the brand’s identity of ‘traditional Scottish meals made for today’Strathmore has launched McIntosh […]


Oh so Naturally Fabulous

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys have launched a new range of adult snacks. The Naturally Fabulous bars are the culmination of two years research and development. Naturally Fabulous products are nut free, made from ingredients that are free from any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. All eight bars are individually wrapped for convenience and […]


New drive to promote careers

School pupils across England will have the opportunity to undertake a new scheme designed to boost the numbers of young people choosing a career in food and drink. From January, Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, will offer teachers free resources to help them carry out the Schools Food and Drink Challenge. The […]

An appetite for ale

Britain should put its national drink back on the dining table and reclaim beer as the perfect accompaniment to food. CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) commissioned food writer and publican Fiona Beckett and her son Will to write An Appetite for Ale, the first cookbook to comprehensively explore this potential of beer as a […]

Allergen labelling regs due

The final changes to the allergen labelling regulations will be implemented on 25 November 2007. The food labelling amendment concerned is No2 Regulations SI2005 No 2057. From this date some ingredients from allergenic sources that are not deemed to be a risk to allergy sufferers will be exempt from mandatory labelling. However, this also means […]

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Low cider sales will ease burden on apple industry

Soaring demand for cider has been a key contributor to the booming UK apple industry over the last 12 months. However, a poor summer has contributed to lower than anticipated sales of the beverage this year. While this is on the one hand unfortunate news for the industry, on the flip side it could ease […]

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