ENVIRONMENT: UK supermarkets say yes to new logo

Top UK supermarkets have signed up to a new recycling logo for consumer packaging, aiming to show how much of it can be recycled and where. Operated by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) under a company called On-pack recycling label (OPRL), the scheme is designed to replace the current array of symbols that it claims […]

ENVIRONMENT NEWS: Introducing the Grott Box

It is estimated that over a million tonnes of commercial food waste is thrown away each year – the majority which is sent to landfill following the introduction of the Animal By-product legislation almost five years ago. The Grott Box – patent pending – is a compostable caddy designed by Angelheart Inc in Doncaster. The […]


HANDLING NEWS: Locally sourced and delivered to the door in conjunction with Bank Farm, based in Aldington, Kent have come up with a novel idea – source it locally, make it special and deliver it. What makes Foodari Direct different is that it offers superior quality local produce, together with kitchen cupboard essentials, all for great value. Although it is localised to Kent […]


PACKAGING NEWS: Wool pack is cool

A range of green packaging and mail order food boxes has been developed using British wool as natural insulation. The Woolcool boxes keep farm fresh produce chilled below 5°C for a minimum of 24 hours and are suitable for frozen foods. Award winning Angela Morris came up with the idea as an environmentally friendly alternative […]


Tomato research proves why science matters

The success of a new variety of tomato produced using GM technology, which contains extra cancer-fighting compounds anthocyanins, exemplifies calls for more research and development into agricultural science. In the NFU’s recent campaign ‘Why Science Matters for Farming’, calls for prod-uction and efficiency must be put at the top of the political agenda for agricultural […]


Sowing a future for peas

New research could help breeders to develop pea varieties able to withstand drought stress and climate change. The research conducted by the John Innes Centre and the Central Science Laboratory also shows that the composition of crops is likely to change with the climate. “While many compounds have been reported to change in laboratory based […]

Eurozone driving growth in food and drink exports

The Eurozone may be slipping towards a recession but UK food and drink exporters are bucking the trend and finding significant business opportunities in the area. In the first quarter of 2008, UK food and drink exports continued to soar, up 13.2% on the same period in 2007 to reach a record-breaking £2,892.2 million, highlighting […]


INGREDIENTS NEWS: Organic chocolate made to measure

Tailor-made organic chocolate offers manufacturers an innovative, customised solution to respond to increasing consumer demand for a wider range of organic products. Organically grown, the cocoa beans are processed by ADM Cocoa at its plant in Hull and the resulting cocoa products are then transported to ADM Classic in Liverpool, where the chocolate is manufactured. […]


ENVIRONMENT NEWS: Packaging on the wane

The grocery sector has ended packaging growth in the UK despite a sharp increase in sales. Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Britvic, Mars and Kellogg’s are significant brands working towards cutting food waste and packaging waste. The success is the result of the Courtauld Commitment – a voluntary agreement between WRAP, Defra, the Scottish and Welsh governments and […]


Wine industry lightens up

CO2 emissions have been cut by over 28,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking more than 8,500 cars off the road, as a result of industry programme GlassRite Wine. The project, funded by Waste & Resources Action Programme, has shown that bulk importing of wine into the UK and the use of lighter weight bottles can lead […]


Growing success

In an era when consumers are demanding high quality local food and environmental and ecological issues are at the forefront, Swedish company Nimo-KG is enjoying rapid expansion. Nimo-KG develops and markets equipment for product handling for companies such as Nestle, Findus and Masterfoods. It assists these companies in handling, lifting, tipping and mixing a wide […]

Environmental achievements for seafood and drinks

Two food and drink manufacturers have made it through to this year’s finals of the prestigious Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards. The nominations, demonstrating the sector’s continually improving performance in the area, are for Young’s Seafood and Innocent Drinks. Young’s Seafood entry is its ‘Fish for Life’ project, which is dedicated […]

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Envirowise calls for collaboration on compliance

Food and drink manufacturers should focus on working with their supply chains in order to fully realise the opportunities presented by packaging minimisation, say sustainability experts Envirowise. As Defra announces tougher business targets for packaging recovery and recycling rates until 2010, companies need to increasingly assess the risks and opportunities of compliance for them and […]