New Faerch Plast facility ‘investment in future’

Færch Plast A/S – a European producer of plastics trays and containers for the food industry – has opened a new manufacturing facility in the north of England. Commissioned in November last year, the new plant has ‘cutting edge’ equipment –including two extruders, six thermoforming machines and the latest robot packing systems – and has […]


Appetite for healthy options in ready-meal market

Global launch activity in ready meals over the past year has identified some key trends, according to Innova Market Insights. They include an ongoing interest in healthy options and more authentic-style ethnic recipes. There is also more emphasis on natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients, and more interest in restaurant-style products for in-home dining or […]

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‘Greenest ever’ refillable bottle

Plastics packaging firm Petainer has developed what it’s calling its ‘greenest ever’ refillable bottle. The new bottle is manufactured using more than 25 per cent post-consumer ‘one-way’ recycled PET plastic but has the same performance characteristics as a refillable bottle made entirely from virgin material, according to Petainer. "This is a very exciting development,” says […]


Firms use loaf in sticky situation

Stable Micro Systems and UK bakery brand Warburtons have announced the launch of new testing equipment for the bakery industry. Called the Warburtons Dough Stickiness System, the testing rig enables ‘more realistic assessment of dough stickiness’ as it minimises the dough’s exposure to atmospheric variables by testing under controlled conditions, according to a spokesman for […]

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FSA launches FoP labelling consultation

The Food Standards Agency in both Northern Ireland and Scotland has launched a consultation on front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling in a bid, it says, to help consumers keep track of what they eat and choose healthier foods. The consultation opens discussions with FSA’s key partners over how it can achieve this through FoP nutrition labelling. […]

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Fresh approach to packaging

Tesco tomatoes will now stay fresher for longer following the roll-out of It’sFresh! in all UK stores this week. Tesco says it’s the first retailer to use It’sFresh! on tomatoes, with those in its Finest range being the first to benefit. The roll-out follows successful trials on UK Sunstream tomato varieties from greenhouse growers Thanet […]


First UK soft drink with stevia? SoBe it

Britvic has, together with PepsiCo UK, become the first to market a soft drink containing purified stevia extract. The reformulation of SoBe V Water will offer health-conscious consumers a vitamin water with zero-sugar, and meet growing demand for low-calorie refreshment, according to the firms. From the end of this month, all six SoBe V Water […]

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Top news for recycling

The Co-operative has reduced the tint in all of its own-brand plastic coloured milk bottle tops, to make it easier for them to be recycled into new bottles. The food retailer sells 202 million bottles of milk every year, and says that, previously, the amount of recycled plastic that could be used to make new […]

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Sira-Flex boasts shelf life breakthrough

Shelf life extension of up to five days is the claim being made for fruit and vegetables packed in a new type of wrapping. According to Sirane, manufacturer of Sira-Flex Resolve, retail trials reported four additional days shelf life with potatoes, and equally significant results with other fruit and vegetables wrapped in the product. Sira-Flex […]

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Organic labelling deadline looms

The deadline for all organic food produced in the UK to carry a legally required EU logo is rapidly approaching. A new Europe-wide symbol for certified organic produce was introduced in July 2010, though a transitional period has been allowed for it to be included on packaging. 

 However, from the end of June this […]


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