CKF and Clevertech join forces

CKF Systems, a specialist provider of robotic and automated solutions, has entered into a strategic alliance with Clevertech as the Italian industrial automation business looks to increase its UK sales. Clevertech’s range of palletising equipment includes high and low level layer palletisers, depalletisers and multi-brand solutions for jars, cans, trays and cases. Talks to forge […]

Seacatch nets a new freezing system

A flexible in-line freezing system from Starfrost has boosted business at a major UK seafood production facility. Seacatch provides various production services to the seafood industry, including product freezing, poaching, grading, glazing, bandsawing, packing and labelling, and handles around 100 metric tonnes of seafood products per week for suppliers and blue chip clients. Seacatch recently […]

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Packaging firm rebrand

UK-based firm Food Packaging & Cakeboards has rebranded as Doric FPD. The company was acquired by the Manchester-based Doric Group in October 2009, safeguarding 115 jobs. “The rebrand is part of a wider corporate branding strategy and provides us with a solid platform for future growth,” says Doric Group chairman Peter Ward. “We are investing […]

Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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Scotch in a can? That’s the spirit

Beer has traditionally been the outdoor and sporting event adult beverage of choice, partly due to convenient packaging. Now, however, whisky is getting in on the act, with Scottish Spirits Scotch Whisky in a can. New in the US, the can is equipped with a resealable latex lid that enables the product to stay fresh, […]

Fresh food frozen out

Taste tests commissioned by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) have revealed that pub-goers could find ‘no obvious difference’ between fresh and frozen dishes. The research saw diners trying fresh and frozen versions of the same popular pub menu meals, including hunter’s chicken with mash, burger and chips, gammon and jacket potato, and fish and […]

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TempTRIP system bears fruit

UK fresh fruit firm Blue Skies is using a time/temperature monitoring system from TempTRIP to help make sure that its products retain their quality as they travel from African fields to UK tables in as little as 48 hours. Blue Skies employs more than 2,000 people in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil, and supplies […]


Linpac hopes for split pack hit

Multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging has developed a range of split packs for both fresh and cooked meats in a bid, it says, to help consumers reduce the food waste they generate at home. The packs, which allow contents to be divided into separate portion-size compartments in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), mean consumers can store […]

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A nose for nuisance odours

The science of smell is set to enhance strategies to minimise odour pollution associated with food processing, thanks to the development of a pioneering industrial scale ‘electronic nose’. Available in the UK for the first time, the technology can be used to help improve the control of odours associated with food production and on-site waste […]

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2012 and beyond: future industry challenges revealed

The key scientific and technical needs facing the food and drink industry through 2012 and beyond have been published in a new report by food and drink research centre Campden BRI. The challenges facing the sector were identified through an extensive triennial consultation of its members, including producers of raw materials and ingredients, manufacturers and […]

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New multipacker in motion

US-based packaging machinery firm Standard-Knapp has unveiled its Tritium Multipacker, a continuous motion multi-packer for the food and beverage industries. With single, double and three lane configurations, the Multipacker swiftly arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, thereby eliminating the need for trays and pads, says the firm. It then […]


Sauce of inspiration

Plastics packaging technology firm Petainer has chosen a design by students at Birmingham City University in the UK as winner of the company’s second international student design competition. The competition challenged students to develop innovative new ideas for a PET container for juices and food. The winning design by students Chan Yung Khang, Yoan Dahan […]


Foodservice reveals appetite for frozen

The final figures from last year’s UK foodservice market reveal that frozen food performed well despite the tough economic climate. Data compiled by Horizons FS shows that, between 2009 and 2010, the number of outlets remained the same, while the number of meals served fell by 1.2 per cent. However, despite this, caterers and chefs […]

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