Hiley successful

Yorkshire firm Hiley Engineering – a global designer and fabricator of bespoke integrated conveyor systems for the food industry – has been recognised for its manufacturing abilities through a nomination by Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan for the government’s ‘Made by Britain’ initiative. Recently launched by business secretary Vince Cable, the ‘Made by Britain’ project […]

Carrier bag slump continues

Latest figures from the UK government waste body WRAP reveal that the number of carrier bags being used by shoppers remains dramatically lower than five years ago. The British Retail Consortium has described the figures as encouraging in the context of rising sales and changing shopping habits. For the UK as a whole, 40 per […]


Barcode-blocker breakthrough

A brand new packaging material that its manufacturer says will stop the widespread problem of ‘double scanning’ in multipacks is about to hit the market. The new material is the brainchild of Hi-Cone – a firm specialising in multi-packaging for beverage, food and consumer goods – and is the result of ten years’ development. It […]


Smart pallet will ‘revolutionise fresh food transportation’

Tharsus engineering company says it has helped commercialise a unique smart pallet which it claims will revolutionise global fresh food transportation. Biofresh, a Newcastle University spin-out business, approached Tharsus to improve and manufacture its smart pallet – a product that extends the storage life of perishable foodstuffs throughout the supply chain by using non-harmful ozone. […]

Valpre to be bottled at new green plant

Coca-Cola South Africa has announced the opening of its new Valpré plant and the introduction of PlantBottle packaging to Africa. The new state-of-the-art facility will fill Valpré Spring Water in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg. Selected for its close proximity to markets and distribution sites in the Guateng Region and a similar source water profile as […]


New frozen food packaging from Faerch Plast

Denmark-based company Færch Plast says it has developed a high strength ‘frost’ CPET (Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate) material for the packaging of frozen food products. It says it has also developed a new ‘real life’ test environment ‘to ensure unrivalled impact and crush resistance at low temperatures’. Impact resistance of plastics packaging materials is normally tested […]

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Green light for new labelling rules

MEPs have voted in favour of new rules on food labelling in a bid, they say, to help consumers make better informed, healthier choices. Labels will now have to spell out a food’s energy content as well as fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, sugar, protein and salt levels, in a way that makes them easy for […]

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Sky’s the limit for new scanner, says RSSL

The microscopy department at RSSL is launching what it’s calling ‘a revolutionary new service in non-destructive 3-D imaging of samples’, following installation of a SkyScan X-ray tomography system. The analytical instrument can scan a sample, much like a CT scanner used in medical imaging, to build up a three dimensional image and so give much […]


AG Barr does business with Bevan

In a continued drive to reduce its carbon footprint, a UK soft drinks manufacturer has invested in an environmentally friendly Bevan21 truck body. Fitted to a 26-tonne chassis, the aerodynamic buckleless curtain-sider is part of the first order placed by AG Barr with dry freight bodybuilder Bevan Group. The Bevan21 is designed to reduce wind […]


WRAP unveils ambitious new waste prevention plan

Plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2 billion (€2.26bn) have been unveiled by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). According to chief executive Liz Goodwin, the focus will be on preventing waste occurring in the first place, with continuing emphasis on […]


IFT addresses sustainability challenge

Feeding an estimated nine billion people by the year 2050 will require a sustainable food system that makes the most of limited resources while protecting the world’s fragile ecosystem, according to a symposium at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. “What we do in the next 10 years will […]

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