Leatherhead full of good Intent

Leatherhead Food Research has announced the launch of Food Innovation: Intent, a new open innovation initiative designed to evaluate new and emerging technology for the food and beverage industry. A recent survey by Leatherhead highlighted a need for new technology to deal with industry challenges. However, food, beverage and ingredient companies investing in any new […]

ProPac set for 2013 return

The UK processing and packaging exhibition dedicated entirely to the food and drink sector, Pro2Pac, is set to make its return next March. And, say organisers, it will be the biggest and best yet. The biennial event will be back with a brand new layout that reflects its ‘focus on visitor experience’. “Incorporating a host […]

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Coca-Cola fizzing with pride

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) both received accolades at the recent Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards in London. CCE was presented with the top award in the Environmental Leadership category for its initiative to ‘Reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by a third by 2020’. […]


Food chain radioactivity report published

The level of man-made radioactivity to which people in the UK are exposed remained below the EU legal limit during 2011, according to the 10th Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) annual report, published this week by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The report combines results from the Agency’s monitoring programme with those of […]

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Cargill extends cocoa programme

Cargill has officially extended its sustainable cocoa programme to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. It’s an important step in developing sustainable cocoa production and increasing the yields of farmers in Indonesia, says the firm. “This launch in Indonesia builds on the ongoing success of Cargill’s activities to develop sustainable cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, […]


Coca-Cola’s Olympic recycling effort

Coca-Cola has announced that it has recycled 10.5 million bottles collected from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning them to GB shelves as part of new bottles. This has resulted in 42 million bottles, each containing 25 per cent rPET. “The success of this large-scale bottle-to-bottle recycling process is part of Coca-Cola’s commitment […]


Industry bosses’ optimism on the up

For the first time since the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Business Confidence survey was launched in 2010, food and drink business leaders have reported positive levels of optimism for consecutive quarters. Despite continuing uncertainty in the UK economy, food and drink manufacturers’ business optimism has remained high in 2012, with 48 per cent of […]

Industry quizzed on emerging technology

A recent survey asked the food and beverage industry what objectives are currently the most important when considering investment in new technology. Results revealed that over 55 per cent still considered that, despite big moves within the industry to improve sustainability and resource efficiency, the primary technology innovations needed remain focused on the product – […]

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Industry praised for environmental efforts

The food and drink industry has been praised this week for helping to cut the environmental costs of feeding Britain. Speaking during a visit to Coca-Cola’s factory in Wakefield, Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, praised efforts by food and drink manufacturers to cut their carbon footprint, reduce water consumption and slim down waste […]