Coke to build new site in Ireland

Coca-Cola has been granted planning permission for a major new development in Northern Ireland. The site at Knockmore Hill was chosen ahead of 60 other locations across Ireland and will provide an all-Ireland plant to replace existing facilities north and south of the border. The franchise company, Coca-Cola Bottlers, says the new plant will have […]

Wine drinkers look at the label

Research by a Chilean wine brand reveals that nearly half of the UK’s wine drinkers are likely to base their choice of wine on the look of the bottle. The Viña Ventisquero winery, which authorised the study for its Chilean Yali brand, says UK consumers are often overwhelmed with the choice of wines available and […]


Rich invests in UK sites

Following its acquisition of David Powell Bakeries last year, Rich Products is spending around £1 million (£1.45m) to increase production at both its Worcestershire and Fareham bakeries. At Fareham, in addition to relocating the bread bakery and refurbishing all the ovens, the investment covers the purchase of new bread chillers and provers and the installation […]

Printing precautions taken by Tetra Pak

Following the recent recall of baby formula products tainted with ink in Italy, packaging company Tetra Pak announced that it had switched to printing processes using non UV inks. This decision was taken as a precautionary measure and in absence of any scientific evidence indicating a health risk. The company says the identified substance (ITX), […]

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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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Health emissaries bring up school meals

School meals were at the centre of a European Food Industry debate in Brussels recently. Talks were held on the current European health crisis and the impact to food and beverage manufacturers. Representatives from leading companies attended the event, including Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft, Ajinomoto, Nestle, Carrefour, Group Danone, Coca-Cola, and European Food & Drink Trade […]


Lack of trust puts consumers off functional food

A new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor reveals that sales of functional foods have rocketed across Europe, and were worth £4 billion last year. But many consumers are still deterred from buying these expensive products because they simply do not trust the makers. In the UK, where sales reached £419 million in 2004, over […]

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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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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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Industry slims on fat, salt and sugar

The UK food and drink industry is revolutionising the nutritional profile of its products, according to a nationwide survey. In September 2004, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) issued a Food and Health Manifesto which set out a series of commitments ranging from reductions in salt, sugar and fat, to action on portion sizes and […]

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Rexam converts to aluminium in Berlin

One of the world’s largest packaging companies is planning to convert its beverage can plant in Berlin to aluminium. The move is in response to Germany’s planned introduction of a nationwide return system for one-way containers in May 2006. The high scrap value of aluminium makes it the most practical solution for the system, as […]

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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Warning labels

Manufacturers of sugary foods and beverages could be forced to put warning labels on their products as, like cigarettes and alcohol, these are increasingly considered damaging to health. Soft drinks, in particular, are blamed for a nationwide increase in obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the […]

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