Growing fury over Sigg’s BPA revelation

Mounting customer fury has led Sigg boss Steve Wasik to make a second apology over revelations that linings of the company’s older water bottles contain bisphenol A. On a US blog, the CEO of the Swiss-based company admitted the revelation that Sigg bottles made before August 2008 contained ‘trace amounts’ of BPA had breached the […]

Industries link up to reduce food and drink waste

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is leading a series of new industry partnerships in a bid to reduce food and drink product damage throughout the supply chain, and improve product quality. Commissioned as part of WRAP’s strategy to minimise food and drink waste, the new projects – including the development of new category-specific innovations […]

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Eco labelling for Tesco milk

Tesco is now displaying carbon footprint labels on milk bottles as part of a series of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of milk production. The supermarket giant hopes that the labels will encourage people to make greener choices by informing them about the environmental impact of different products. It plans to extend the […]

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Traka set to save Tesco £1m a year

Working with Tesco, electronic key manufacturer Traka is to improve the key control and access management system for the supermarket giant’s fork truck fleets in three new and 19 existing UK distribution centres. Initially, this will involve upgrading over 2,200 fork trucks at Tesco sites. Previously, keys for fork trucks were collected and returned to […]

PET project for Nestle

Food giant Nestle has announced that it is launching a new range of mineral water in the US packaged in bottles consisting of 25 per cent recycled PET (rPET). The Re-Source brand, which will be backed by a recycling initiative, will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market outlets in the US, where consumers will […]


Multi-lane checkweigher ‘saves money and space’

A new multi-lane checkweigher with up to six lanes can handle the same volume as several checkweighers, leading to significant savings in cost and space, according to manufacturer Ishida Europe. The company says the new DACS-CW Series is ideal for checkweighing stick and flow-wrap packs of confectionery, coffee, tea or milk powder, and has a […]


Super-strength beer slammed

Health campaigners have reacted furiously to the launch of a new beer containing 18.2 per cent alcohol. Tokyo, launched by Scottish brewery BrewDog, has been declared Britain’s strongest beer, with a single pint containing 12 units. The brewery defended its latest offering, saying that it is ‘priced in a way that encourages responsible consumption and […]

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Record fine for Red Bull

Red Bull UK has been ordered to pay a record £271,800 for failing to recycle packaging waste over a period of eight years. The energy drinks company was in court in London this week after admitting 16 charges related to packaging waste offences for each of the years from 1999 to 2006. These included failing […]


Chemical fears lead to cartoned water launch

Safety fears over controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and environmental concerns have prompted one US beverage company to start selling water in cartons. O.N.E World Enterprises has announced the launch of O.N.E Water in a BPA-free Tetra Pak carton as a ‘sustainable alternative to plastic bottled water’. “With concern growing about the health risks of […]

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Plastics companies struggling to get credit insurance

Almost 80 per cent of UK plastic companies are struggling to get credit insurance as the recession refuses to loosen its grip on the economy, according to a survey by the British Plastics Federation (BPF). The industry body also predicts that a further 6,800 jobs could go in the industry after more than a third […]

Carrier bag usage down 50%

Leading supermarkets and their customers have effectively halved the number of carrier bags being used, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Having achieved a cut in bag numbers of 26 per cent by the end of 2008 – compared with 2006 figures – shoppers have increased this figure to an amazing […]


Flavour analysis breakthrough

Symrise has developed a new tool for flavour analysis which it says will enable it to produce more authentic profiles quickly and efficiently, as well as more true to life natural flavours. Until now, Symrise has used much more time-consuming methods for analyzing the complex flavour profile of a finished dish, but it says its […]

Batter than the rest

Clean label ingredients manufacturer Ulrick & Short has unveiled a new wheat-based flour for ‘enhancing the textural qualities’ of tempura batters. The clean label flour, Solartex, has been designed to provide food producers with a chemical and additive free coating system, which produces a beautiful light golden batter at no additional cost, says the company. […]

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Boxing clever

Cereal boxes are being phased out in favour of plastic bags as part of a new scheme being pioneered by Sainsbury’s. According to the supermarket giant, its decision to start selling own brand cereals in recyclable plastic bags resembling crisp packets will reduce packaging by up to a third. It has already started the transformation […]


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