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A rare cheese was withdrawn from sale when environmental health experts identified unacceptable levels of the bacteria E. coli.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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Nestle outlook is bright

Nestle has announced sales of CHF67.7 billion for the food and beverage group worldwide during the first nine months of 2005. The 5.6% organic growth across food and beverage was due to the successful extension of distribution beyond the traditional supermarket grocery channel. Peter Bra-beck-Letmathe, chairman and CEO of Nestle said,“The acceleration in our core […]

Ice cream plant

Fredericks Dairies is investing £10 (£14.7) million in a new plant in Lancashire to increase brand and private label ice cream tubs. The new site is said to have Europe’s largest and most automated production line, capable of producing over 16,000 tubs every hour. This follows an announcement that Fredericks is the UK’s No. 2 […]

Coca-Cola goes green

The Coca-Cola Company has released its third annual report on the environment detailing gains in water, packaging and energy efficiency. The 2004 study details progress in company and bottler operations that improved water use ratios, increased energy efficiency and improved recycling efforts. “This report shows that we are serious about our commitment to the environment, […]

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Campina invests £80 million in Belgian plant

Campina has opened a fully refurbished production facility in Aalter, Belgium, representing an investment of £80 million. The plant will produce long-life dairy products such as Yazoo and Yogho Yogho, for Europe and other parts of the world. Production capacity is expanded, with an annual capacity of 275 million units (UHT bottles), employing 500 people. […]

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Premier may exit tea

Premier Foods has confirmed that it is in talks regarding the sale of its tea business, which includes Typhoo, London Fruit & Herb, Lift and other associated brands. The company, which bought Marlow Foods and the Quorn brand earlier this year, includes Branston pickle, Sun-Pat peanut butter, Loyd Grossman and Crosse & Blackwell sauces among […]

Study finds high pesticide levels in school fruit

A study by the Soil Association has found over 25% more pesticides in samples of fruit and vegetables supplied to school children than in those on sale in shops. The fruit is supplied to children under the official School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. According to the Soil Association, nearly 30% more instances of multiple pesticides […]


Heinz and Unilever to exit frozen foods

Both Heinz and Unilever have announced preliminary plans to divest their frozen food businesses. Unilever said it was undertaking a study into ‘strategic options’ for the future of its frozen foods business in western Europe. This encompasses the main brands – Iglo, Findus and BirdsEye – and will cover the 11 countries in Europe where […]

Uniq CEO plans reorganisation

Geoff Eaton, the new chief executive of Uniq plc, has announced a programme of initatives for the convenience food group, in the face of a challenging trading environment. A major reorganisation of the UK division sees the creation of six, entrepreneurially-led, customer focused business units – three desserts businesses, sandwiches and dips, prepared salads, and […]


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