Polish food and drink sales set to soar

Food and drink sales in Poland are forecast to buck the country’s economic slowdown, and jump by almost 17% by 2013, says new research from industry analysts Business Monitor International (BMI). It says the value of food and beverage sales is set to reach $3.9bn in 2013, up 16.8% on 2008 figures. It adds that […]

Versatile’ replacement for rigid PVC packaging

Spartech Corporation has responded to an increasing demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable packaging with the launch of EnviroSeal – a collection of sealable, polyester products designed to replace clear, rigid PVC packaging. “Sustainability, high performance and versatility were key drivers in designing this family of products, explains Jonathan Cage, director of packaging development at Spartech.“The […]

New sanitiser to boost food hygiene standards

A new water-based surface and utensil sanitiser offers UK food and drink processors an effective, safe, low cost and environmentally friendly means of maintaining hygiene standards, according to its manufacturer Radical. The Radical Water System uses naturally occurring biocides, generated by oxidation, to combat the harmful micro-organisms that can cause salmonella, listeria, e-coli and other […]


New Coca-Cola bottle made from plant-based plastic

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a new plastic bottle made partially from plants. The PlantBottle is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles. “It is a significant development in sustainable packaging innovation, says Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.“It […]

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£10m boost for food waste facilities

The recent budget announcement of an additional £10 million funding for the development of reprocessing facilities for food waste has been welcomed by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). The funding will, it says, enable new composting and anaerobic digestion facilities to be built – processing over 300,000 additional tonnes of food waste every year. […]

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‘Chemical threat persists in food and beverage packaging’

Fourteen of the largest public packaged food and beverage companies still use the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging despite studies linking the synthetic sex hormone to developmental problems, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the authors of Seeking Safer Packaging, a new report by investors Green Century Capital Management and As You […]


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 […]