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 […]

Sustainability accolade for Royal DSM

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, has again bagged the number one position in the chemical industry sector in the newly published Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Since 2004, the health and nutrition company has been declared the worldwide sustainability leader in this sector six times. “We […]


Cargill’s cash boost for farmers

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has made the second of its annual sustainable certified cocoa premium payments to 26,500 farmers across 21 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. The payments mark another step in its commitment to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain and support cocoa farmers, says the company. Over 50 per cent of the payments […]


Linde launches new oxygenation technology

Linde Gases has announced the launch of Solvox OxyStream – a low-pressure oxygenation system that it says helps significantly increase fish production volume, optimise fish meat quality and improve operations from an environmental standpoint. With the trend of moving aquaculture production from sea cages to land-based sites for the full duration of the fish’s lifecycle, […]

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Food sector manufacturing on the up

The UK food and drink industry has bucked the general trend of declining manufacturing output with a 0.5% increase in June 2011 compared to the same month in 2010, according to new figures. The Office for National Statistics results published this week show that while food and drink production output increased, the figures are in […]

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Carrier bag slump continues

Latest figures from the UK government waste body WRAP reveal that the number of carrier bags being used by shoppers remains dramatically lower than five years ago. The British Retail Consortium has described the figures as encouraging in the context of rising sales and changing shopping habits. For the UK as a whole, 40 per […]


Snowbird in ‘single source’ sausage relaunch

Snowbird foods is relaunching its Gourmet range of sausages using outdoor bred, single source pig meat to ‘guarantee high quality, absolute consistency and total traceability’. According to the London-based firm, it’s the first time such a scheme has been undertaken in the UK by a manufacturer of fully cooked and frozen sausages A specific breed […]


Barcode-blocker breakthrough

A brand new packaging material that its manufacturer says will stop the widespread problem of ‘double scanning’ in multipacks is about to hit the market. The new material is the brainchild of Hi-Cone – a firm specialising in multi-packaging for beverage, food and consumer goods – and is the result of ten years’ development. It […]


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