WRAP unveils ambitious new waste prevention plan

Plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2 billion (€2.26bn) have been unveiled by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). According to chief executive Liz Goodwin, the focus will be on preventing waste occurring in the first place, with continuing emphasis on […]


IFT addresses sustainability challenge

Feeding an estimated nine billion people by the year 2050 will require a sustainable food system that makes the most of limited resources while protecting the world’s fragile ecosystem, according to a symposium at the 2011 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. “What we do in the next 10 years will […]

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Thermo Fisher responds to E.coli crisis

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it has responded to the E.coli O104 crisis in Europe by increasing production and distribution of its Brilliance ESBL Agar plate, a chromogenic screening plate for the detection of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-producing (ESBL) organisms, such as the outbreak strain, within 24 hours. “With worldwide concern over E.coli O104, food microbiologists need […]

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Algatechnologies expands astaxanthin facilities

Natural astaxanthin manufacturer Algatechnologies has announced that it’s expanding the production capacity of its AstaPure brand. “This expansion is a result of the growing global demand for our AstaPure products, and of the several long-term agreements we secured with leading companies in the dietary supplement and nutrition industries,” explains Efrat Kat, director of marketing and […]

Danisco unveils new weapon in war on cholesterol

Danisco says its new brand of sterols derived from a sustainable pine source is ‘a pure and effective way to keep the heart and arteries in shape’ by lowering levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood through a reduction in cholesterol absorption. According to the firm, PinVita is easy to formulate and provides food manufacturers […]


Tetra Pak reveals ambitious environmental targets

Tetra Pak has announced plans to cap carbon emissions at 2010 levels by the end of 2020, and increase efforts to double the recycling rate for used beverage cartons by the end of the decade. The 10-year targets are part of an ambitious new environmental programme that, says the company, is designed to deliver on […]


Spotlight on food labelling plans

Food labels should include mandatory nutritional information, including on artificial trans fats and the country of provenance, Environment Committee MEPs said this week. The committee amended draft EU legislation to ensure that labels are ‘legible, do not mislead, and provide the information that consumers need to make choices’. The draft legislation, voted at the second […]

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Heinz steams ahead

Heinz has revealed that it’s saving 6% of its average steam load per year at its UK baked bean factory in Wigan by recovering energy from effluent using a Spirax Sarco system. The cooking process begins with the blanching of raw haricot beans in hot water. Starches and sugars leach from the beans into the […]


Don’t forget to put packaging to the test, says Campden BRI

As the spotlight continues to shine on retailers’ and manufacturers’ efforts to meet the environmental targets set out by phase two of the Courtauld Commitment, Campden BRI is urging companies to carry out stringent tests to ensure packaging is fit for purpose. “Courtauld Commitment 2 has moved the packaging waste issue away from solely weight-based […]


Retailers lead recycling breakthrough

Shoppers will soon be able to recycle thin plastic packaging such as bread bags and cereal liners thanks to an agreement between the country’s biggest supermarkets and the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging in the same facilities, the British Retail […]

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Higher price hopes for Cumberland sausage makers

Cumberland sausage has been successful in its bid to be made only in Cumbria, following an EU ruling that comes into force this month. It now ranks alongside the likes of Champagne, Parma ham and Greek feta cheese in having Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status under EU law. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural […]


Fish and shellfish safety research plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland is commissioning five pieces of research that it says will help gather evidence to improve the hygiene standards of fish and shellfish consumed in Scotland. The areas of research are to include a review of the processes in place throughout the processing chain that are designed to control […]

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