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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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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Waitrose drives hybrid breakthrough

Waitrose stores in central London are now receiving deliveries from the first of a new breed of low emission Mercedes-Benz trucks. Operated by shared user distribution firm Lenham Storage, the Atego BlueTec Hybrid employs a Euro 5 diesel engine and an electric motor, which can power the vehicle individually or in tandem. A dashboard display […]


Stafforce announces CenFRA acquisition

Stafforce Personnel has announced the acquisition of CenFRA, the UK-based centre for food robotics and automation. CenFRA was formed with assistance from Yorkshire Forward in 2007 as the UK’s centre of excellence for all robotic and automation activities relating to the food and drink industry. The organisation provides consultancy and research and development services to […]

Rexam welcomes MP Mary

Packaging firm Rexam recently welcomed Mary Creagh, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to its UK beverage can manufacturing plant in Wakefield. She was given an introduction to the manufacturing process, as well as an insight into the life cycle of Rexam’s 100 per cent, infinitely recyclable aluminium […]


Frozen food is hot stuff, say new figures

Latest retail frozen food statistics have shown a third quarter of growth for the sector, which is up by 3.6 per cent in value. Covering all product types including meat, ice cream and ready meals, the category has shown resilience in challenging economic times. And that’s great news for the industry, says Brian Young, director […]


Iceland in SecureSeal data deal

SecureSeal Systems has won a deal to supply a leading UK frozen food company’s entire fleet with its environmentally friendly door seals for safeguarding goods in transit. Iceland Frozen Foods has bought the permanent security seals to replace the current disposable seals on around 430 trailers. A total order of 455 seals will eventually be […]


Environment project supported by Coca-Cola Hellenic wins EU grant

A major environmental protection initiative supported by Coca-Cola Hellenic Romania has received a £860,000 (€1 million) grant from the European Union. The funding has been awarded to the Tasuleasa Social Non-Governmental Organisation, which has been a strategic partner of Coca-Cola Hellenic Romania since 2007, and will be used to develop a management plan for the […]