Dalehead investment to bring home the bacon

Dalehead Foods has unveiled its refurbished abattoir and production facility in Spalding, UK. The multi-million pound project, part funded by Defra, the EU and in partnership with East Midlands Pork Producers, is the culmination of 18 months’ work. “The refurbishment of our Spalding facility reaffirms Dalehead Foods’ commitment to invest in the British pork industry. […]


FSA publishes 2013 priorities

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2013. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the FSA’s evidence base. The proposed activities cover a wide range of areas within the agency’s remit, including […]


New Rexam plant flies flag in Finland

Global beverage can maker Rexam this week opened its new can manufacturing plant in Finland. Located in Mäntsälä in southern Finland, it is Rexam’s first plant in the country, and will employ around 100 local people. On completion of a second line, scheduled for 2014, the plant will have a capacity of approximately 1.35bn 330ml […]

Tate & Lyle bid to make ideas easy

Food and beverage ingredients firm Tate & Lyle has launched a new web portal to make it easier for potential partners to submit ideas. The new portal, at, is designed to encourage universities, start-ups and companies specialising in food science to submit proposals aligned with Tate & Lyle’s innovation priorities of sweeteners, texturants and […]

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Beneo chews over Isomalt findings

Following intensive trials of Beneo’s Isomalt in chewing gum centres, the Beneo-Technology Centre says it has shown that it can successfully replace the commonly used polyol mannitol, offering confectionery producers ‘an attractive commercial alternative, while maintaining the gum’s shape, chewability and texture’. The technology centre’s trials focused on the replacement of up to five per […]


Cargill and Arasco announce Saudi JV

Cargill and Arasco have unveiled plans to create a new starches and sweeteners joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The new company will acquire Arasco’s existing corn milling facility in Al Kharj and will produce starch-based products primarily for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, as well as Yemen, […]

Extended deadline for carbon reduction awards

The deadline for entries to the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) awards has been extended to 22 February.  The awards, which were launched in September, will be presented in May. Developed to celebrate the efforts of green leaders in the freight industry, the awards will recognise the efforts of individual LCRS members to reduce their […]

Zeppelin flying high

Zeppelin Systems UK – which recently acquired Reimelt-Henschel Group and its handling and mixing room technology range – has also invested in a new food technology centre in Rodermark, Germany. The bulk materials handling systems firm says the purpose-built facility is designed to ensure that it remains at the forefront of processing technology, enabling it […]

Robot sales up – but not for food firms

Last year may have been the best year ever for sales of industrial robots, according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), but the food industry failed to play its part, with figures down 22 per cent since 2011. “In 2011, sales of industrial robots from major suppliers reached a record 1,336,” says Mike […]

Greek is the word for yogurt protein solution

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a protein solution that it says will enable yogurt manufacturers to produce Greek-style yogurts on their existing plant, with dramatically reduced levels of wastage. Sales of Greek and Greek-style yoghurts are soaring globally, says Arla, but the specialist equipment usually needed to make them, and the low yields per kilogram of […]

Legal threat over horsemeat burger scandal

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reportedly considering whether legal action should be taken against companies at the centre of the scandal over horsemeat found in beef burgers. The FSA has said it will consult with relevant local authorities before making a decision about possible further action. It also said it would try to […]

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EFSA bid to make things clear

EFSA has announced the launch of an initiative designed to ‘enhance transparency in risk assessment’. The programme, to be developed in cooperation with EFSA’s partners and stakeholders, will consider how best and to what extent technical data used in risk assessments can be made available to the broader scientific community and interested parties. The project […]


Discovery Foods cleans up with new installation

Tortillas and wrap breads manufacturer Discovery Foods recently installed a standalone Panamatic 800 washing machine at its UK site in Milton Keynes. “As the wash programme is automatic, workers can be released for other duties while the system runs through its pre-programmed sequence. This is a significant step forward when compared with the time intensive […]

Vitafoods South America hoping to double debut size

Organisers of Vitafoods South America say they’re hoping that this year’s event will be double the size of last year’s debut show. The exhibition will feature around 200 leading global nutraceutical ingredients companies, including Copalis, Croda and Fortitech, as well as a raft of first-time exhibitors. This year’s show will comprise an exhibition and conference, […]

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