Soda hybrid launched by Coca-Cola

Vault, the new hybrid energy soda launched by Coca-Cola North America, is said to be neither a soft drink nor an energy drink. Rather, it’s a unique energy soda that delivers attributes from both categories. It features a bold citrus taste with less carbonation than most sodas, and the high-octane refreshment of an energy drink. […]


Tea flavoured chocolate

Jasmine tea is said to be one of the first new flavours to be developed by a top chef for Nestle’s Cailler brand of chocolate bars. Nestle has asked Michelin-starred chef Ferran Adria of top Spanish restaurant El Bulli to develop new flavours for the chocolate. El Bulli is known for its unusual use of […]

East End Foods invests in rice

A west Midlands based Indian food specialist has invested £6 million (£8.8m) in a new state of the art rice mill in a move that is set to increase its rice production at the West Bromwich plant by more than 40% during the coming year. East End Foods said that this new machinery, which is […]


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 […]

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