Environmental achievements for seafood and drinks

Two food and drink manufacturers have made it through to this year’s finals of the prestigious Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards. The nominations, demonstrating the sector’s continually improving performance in the area, are for Young’s Seafood and Innocent Drinks. Young’s Seafood entry is its ‘Fish for Life’ project, which is dedicated […]

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INGREDIENTS NEWS: Cargill launches new jelly ice

Cargill has launched a new jelly ice on a stick concept designed to appeal to both children and adults alike. The unusual texture of the water ice owes to its ‘chewy creamy’ appeal and confection – like mouthfeel to Cargill’s Lygomme FZ 615 functional system. This stabiliser system allows a water ice mixture to be […]

Introducing high value kiwifruit extracts

VITAFOODS: Kiwifruit Extract Ventures, a leading kiwifruit grower and processor has launched a range of high potency kiwifruit compounds. An excellent vegetarian source of omega-3, K-antiOx, a powerful antioxidant and K-FD, which is high in dietary fibre, vitamin C and K, all offer significant benefits to dietary supplement manufacturers that are looking for enhanced performance […]

Milk Link completes multi-million pound investment

Milk Link (UK) has completed phase one of a major investment project at the Cheese Company packing plant in Shropshire. The completion of phase one – at a cost of £2.5 million (£3.2m) is an important step in making the plant more advanced. The site, which packs 800 tonnes of cheese every week, has undergone […]


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 […]


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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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 […]


Royal visit as Tate & Lyle celebrates 130 years

HM The Queen and the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Tate & Lyle’s historic sugar refinery in Silvertown, London, to commemorate 130 years of sugar refining at the site. Thames Refinery began production in 1878 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and Disraeli was prime minister. Twenty-three prime ministers and five monarchs later […]

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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