Industry initiative backs government guidelines

Masterfoods, in conjunction with Cadbury Trebor Bassett and the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Association (BCCCA) have joined forces in a major education initiative to help consumers understand better how to enjoy chocolate and confectionery as part of a balanced diet. Enjoy chocolate and sweets as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle. That is […]

Grapefruit by gum

Grapefruit may help ease bleeding gums, according to research at the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. The fruit increases vitamin C in blood levels and promotes wound healing. The researchers, who recommend two grapefruits a day for a fortnight to help lessen bleeding gums, found that eating grapefruits had a positive effect on both smokers […]

Homemade trade could try Dubai

A report from market development consultancy Food from Britain (FfB) divulges significant opportunities for UK food and drink exporting to the Middle East. Indications are that prospects are ripe for manufacturers of bakery, confectionery, breakfast cereals and tea. The study, entitled The British Ex-pat & Tourist Market in the Gulf States, reveals Dubai as a […]

School milk subsidy to stay

Government officials have decided the school milk subsidy is to remain. The news follows a recent economic report that the subsidy should be scrapped, which could have saved the nation £1.5 million. The UK government has supplemented the EU subsidy on school milk since 2001, and Sustainable Food and Farming Minister Lord Bach has announced […]

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Building begins on bioethanol plant

British Sugar has announced the start of building work on the UK’s first bioethanol production facility. Bioethanol is a biofuel that can be mixed with petrol to help reduce carbon emissions. The new plant, at Wissington, near Downham Market in Norfolk, is expected to begin production in early 2007 and should be able to use […]

Heinz has offer for seafood unit

Heinz has received an offer for its European Seafood operations, including the John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu brands, and four processing facilities. The unit has 5,000 employees and annual sales of £400 million. It produces more than 400 million cans of seafood products per year. The factories are based in the Seychelles, Ghana, France […]


Pecan Deluxe ups production

Yorkshire-based Pecan Deluxe Candy is completing a major investment programme in new facilities that will provide more streamlined production. The latest investment will provide a self-contained nut production zone, a fifth nut production line, an increased capacity bakery operation, and a large storage area for finished products. Nut production is now segregated from other areas […]

Blueberry Ribena

A blueberry version of Ribena is being launched this summer. Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline says women aged between 18 and 30 will be the key market for the new squash. A blueberry version of Ribena is being launched this summer. Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline says women aged between 18 and 30 will be the key market for the new […]

Confectioner’s sweet reflections

Glisten, a fast-growing confectionery group making chocolate and sugar-based decorations, announced double turnover and good progress on current trading at its recent AGM. Chairman, Jeremy Hamer, said “Glisten has had a very good start to the current year with overall turnover for the first four months more than double last year and, on a like-for-like […]

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Brits urged to shed island mentality

Britain’s ‘UK-centric’ food manufacturers are being urged to widen their outlook to overseas markets as a means for growth in 2006. This call comes at a time when the UK food and drink export market is experiencing strong growth to both established and emerging markets, up 3.1% to £4.65 billion (£6.89bn) in January to June […]

Award for Belgian researcher

A £5,000 international research prize has been won by a 35-year old Dr Chantal Smout, a researcher from Belgium. The award, announced by stabiliser systems supplier G. C. Hahn in Lübeck, Germany, was for“Structure engineering of fruit and vegetable products by controlling the enzymatic activity of endogenous and exogenous pectinases. Anne-Christiane Thomsen, general manager, believed […]

Pasta recall

Various Italian semi-fresh pasta products have been recalled due to contamination with Bacillus cereus. The products, Tortelloni Prosciuto 250g, Italian Semi Fresh Tortelloni Cheese and Spinach 250g and Italian Semi Fresh Ravioli Funghi 250g, have various best before dates up to January 2006.

Rare cheese in E. coli alert

A rare cheese was withdrawn from sale when environmental health experts identified unacceptable levels of the bacteria E. coli. The Italian cheese known as Taleggio, is only available in the UK from specialists IJ Mellis Cheesemongers. The company has three shops and a wholesaler’s in Edinburgh and one shop in Glasgow. Environmental health officers taking […]

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Nut warning needs more detail

Generic warnings on food labels, such as ‘may contain nuts’, could be dropped in favour of more detail. Many manufacturers who use an allergenic ingredient now use ‘may contain’ warnings, in cases where products may be mixed in by accident. However, despite growing concern about the risks posed by food allergens, the food industry, consumers […]

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