Ingredients

 

New partners join the Pea Party

Now in its third year, the Yes Peas! campaign, which is backed by growers and freezers, has two new supporters – PMC Harvesters of Fakenham, Norfolk, and Pinguin Foods UK of Kings Lynn. PMC are associate members which manufacture pea-harvesting machines, while Pinguin Foods is a freezing company, part of the Belgian Pinguin group. “We […]

Fresh bacon facility arises out of fire

A six-month construction project has culminated in one of the most sophisticated bacon-processing plants in Europe. Built to replace a factory destroyed by a fire in 2004, the official opening ceremony of Direct Table Food’s new £20 million factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was performed by Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. “The design […]

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Chicory tips on the net

Speciality vegetable producer Jack Buck Growers is launching a marketing campaign for chicory on the internet. Ten thousand ABC1 names in the UK will be receiving a specially designed e-newsletter all about chicory. Full of recipe ideas by TV chef Rachel Green, it is illustrated with award- winning photographer Michael Powell’s images, and has competitions, […]

Japan approves natamycin

DSM Food Specialties has announced Japan’s approval of natamycin, an antimycotic used in cheese and meat production. Natamycin is said to be a highly effective inhibitor of mould and yeast on food products and is approved for use in the European Union, South America and the US. Roger Reichrath, business manager preservation, DSM Dairy ingredients, […]

Tetra Pak to invest extra £30 million in China

Tetra Pak has announced its intention to invest an additional £30 million into its hi-tech 620m RMB(£60m) plant in Beijing. The investment is designed to double production capacity from eight billion packages to 16 billion to meet growing demand in the Chinese dairy market. A second laminator will be installed in the Beijing plant, and […]

Tate & Lyle invests £4.5m in research

Tate & Lyle has announced that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King’s College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health. Collaboration between the company and the university dates back to the 1970s when research by scientists from King’s College London and […]

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Allergen law extends to molluscs and lupins

The European Commission has passed new legislation to extend food labelling requirements to include molluscs and lupins. This requirement will come into force in autumn 2006, with the industry expected to comply by autumn 2008. Since November last year, it has been a legal requirement to indicate the presence of 12 specified allergens and their […]

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Sun Valley introduces peanut-free nut factory

Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of reported peanut allergies. Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of allergies. The company’s second, separate factory will handle […]

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Tangerine deal creates new confectionery opportunity

Tangerine, the Blackpool-based confectionery firm, has bought the confectionery arm of Burton’s Foods for an undisclosed sum. The deal creates the UK’s largest independent sugar confectionery firm increasing Tangerine’s turnover from around £45 million to nearly £60 million. Commenting on the deal, Tangerine chairman Steven Joseph said,“This is fantastic news for Tangerine, and confirms our […]

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California Tree Fruit branches out in Europe

The Garden, a London-based marketing agency, has been appointed by the California Tree Fruit Agreement (CTFA) to generate greater interest in its members’ fruit – firstly in trade circles, before targeting consumers. California’s peach, plum and nectarine business is currently booming, with over one and a half billion pounds of the fruit produced in California […]

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Caffeine content leads to concerns

The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high caffeine energy drinks. The makers of the Red Bull energy drink have been forced to reformulate the beverage for the Turkish market to meet the country’s ban on high […]

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Nestle puts on weight with Jenny Craig

Nestle SA has agreed with a private equity group including ACI Capital and MidOcean Partners, the acquisition of Jenny Craig, a weight management company offering branded nutritional products and services in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company achieved sales in excess of US$ 400 million during the past year with double-digit organic […]

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French crush on Britvic

French company PAI Partners is tipped as the favourite to acquire British-based soft drinks firm Britvic, which is reported to be the target of an international takeover. Britvic is said to be struggling in the fizzy drinks market as health-conscious consumers look for alternative options. The company, which owns Robinsons in Norwich and the Tango […]

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Defra update on GM crops

Defra has proposed measures to ensure that growing of genetically modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers. The plans include enforcing strict separation of distances between genetically modified and conventional crops. Under EU rules, no GM crops will be grown in the UK unless scientific evidence shows they are safe for human health […]

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