Fair Trade green tea extracts

Green tea is the only Fair Trade labelled product in China. There are two Fair Trade certified producers and exporters for green tea in China but currently no certified exporter for green tea extracts. Fenchem, a processor and exporter of green tea extracts, is buying Fair Trade green tea material from the certified producer in […]

Defra update on GM crops

Defra has proposed measures to ensure that growing of genetically modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers. The plans include enforcing strict separation of distances between genetically modified and conventional crops. Under EU rules, no GM crops will be grown in the UK unless scientific evidence shows they are safe for human health […]

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Six steps to stem water waste

Envirowise is advising food and drink companies to take six key steps to prevent unnecessary water waste at work, ahead of possible water shortages this summer. England and Wales suffered the driest January for almost a decade and six water companies are already operating hosepipe bans across the UK. But if firms act now, says […]


Retailers receive WRAP cash

Major retailers have been awarded funding from the WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund – an £8m (£11m) fund designed to encourage innovative packaging initiatives that reduce household waste. The latest round of projects to be announced involves some of the leading names in UK retailing, including Coca-Cola, Dairy Crest and […]

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East End Foods invests in rice

A west Midlands based Indian food specialist has invested £6 million (£8.8m) in a new state of the art rice mill in a move that is set to increase its rice production at the West Bromwich plant by more than 40% during the coming year. East End Foods said that this new machinery, which is […]


Resource network to aid UK firms

UK businesses can look forward to benefiting from the newly launched Resource Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Network. The scheme, part funded by the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, is a division of the Government’s £370 million Technology Programme to stimulate more efficient use of resources. The network aims to help UK industry and commerce minimise waste. Services […]

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Waste water threatens survival

Savings of up to £1,000 (£1,470) per employee could be made if UK food manufacturers use more effective waste management techniques, according to business advisory organisation Envirowise. And sooner or later for many companies, waste minimisation will not be a matter of choice, but a survival issue, warns the organisation. Packaging, water use and recycling […]


School milk subsidy to stay

Government officials have decided the school milk subsidy is to remain. The news follows a recent economic report that the subsidy should be scrapped, which could have saved the nation £1.5 million. The UK government has supplemented the EU subsidy on school milk since 2001, and Sustainable Food and Farming Minister Lord Bach has announced […]

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Kraft to cut 8,000 jobs

Kraft Foods is broadening its ongoing Sustainable Growth Plan, resulting in the loss of an additional 8,000 jobs, approximately 8% of the workforce. The cost-reduction plan was initiated in 2004 with the closure of 19 plants and the loss of 5,500 jobs. The new cuts should add $2.5bn in pre-tax costs to the original, bringing […]

Rare cheese in E. coli alert

A rare cheese was withdrawn from sale when environmental health experts identified unacceptable levels of the bacteria E. coli. The Italian cheese known as Taleggio, is only available in the UK from specialists IJ Mellis Cheesemongers. The company has three shops and a wholesaler’s in Edinburgh and one shop in Glasgow. Environmental health officers taking […]

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Lack of trust puts consumers off functional food

A new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor reveals that sales of functional foods have rocketed across Europe, and were worth £4 billion last year. But many consumers are still deterred from buying these expensive products because they simply do not trust the makers. In the UK, where sales reached £419 million in 2004, over […]

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Coca-Cola goes green

The Coca-Cola Company has released its third annual report on the environment detailing gains in water, packaging and energy efficiency. The 2004 study details progress in company and bottler operations that improved water use ratios, increased energy efficiency and improved recycling efforts. “This report shows that we are serious about our commitment to the environment, […]

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Robust performance despite challenging environment

Northern Foods latest trading results show year-on-year sales growth of approximately 3.4 per cent. Despite a challenging trading environment and significant inflation in input costs, performance across ambient and frozen businesses remains robust. Pat O’Driscoll, chief executive, said,“As has been well documented, the trading environment remains tough and we will need to recover further input […]

Farms get safety codes, and soaring costs

The fertiliser sector has been working closely with counter terrorism to ensure products are made, transported and stored to the highest safety standards. Guidance leaflets have been produced and codes for on-farm storage promoted. Work is also well advanced to provide an assurance scheme for fertiliser from production plant to field. But it’s not only […]

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