Pork exports booming

Britain’s pig industry is heading for yet another bumper year on the export market, says the British Pig Executive (BPEX). Last year about 77,000 breeding pigs went abroad, worth about £9.3 million (£13m) to British breeders and this year it looks as though the trade will break the £10m (£15m) (barrier. One of the best […]

Beer boost to ailing crisps market

Beer flavoured crisps are being launched on the bar market by snack company Kettle Foods. The UK Kettle Chips maker has added new Mature Cheddar and Adnams’ Broadside Beer variety to its range of premium crisps. The beer flavouring, provided by English brewers Adnams, has been introduced to target the luxury end of the crisp […]

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Nespresso opens new Swiss site

Nestle Nespresso plans to open a new coffee production and distribution centre in Avenches, Switzerland in 2008. The company’s CHF150 million (£94.9m) investment is expected to result in more than 230 staff at the site by 2010. The new production centre will be around 9,000 sq metres, and the distribution centre will be 8,000 sq […]

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Syrup tin is the golden oldie

The Guinness World Records has nominated Lyle’s Golden Syrup as the world’s oldest branding. The product’s distinctive Victorian packaging, first developed in 1885, depicts bees making a home in a dead lion and includes the biblical quotation“out of the strong came forth sweetness. Lyle merged with Henry Tate & Sons in 1921 to form Tate […]

£3 million quiche investment for Thomas Food

Quiche manufacturer Thomas Food Group (TFG) is embarking upon a new development programme targeting the premium end of the market. In particular, the company is developing a new range of premium quiches aimed at the rapidly expanding food-to-go market. A £3 million (£4.4m) investment programme is currently underway at its two production sites in Milton […]


New partners join the Pea Party

Now in its third year, the Yes Peas! campaign, which is backed by growers and freezers, has two new supporters – PMC Harvesters of Fakenham, Norfolk, and Pinguin Foods UK of Kings Lynn. PMC are associate members which manufacture pea-harvesting machines, while Pinguin Foods is a freezing company, part of the Belgian Pinguin group. “We […]

Fresh bacon facility arises out of fire

A six-month construction project has culminated in one of the most sophisticated bacon-processing plants in Europe. Built to replace a factory destroyed by a fire in 2004, the official opening ceremony of Direct Table Food’s new £20 million factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was performed by Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. “The design […]

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Chicory tips on the net

Speciality vegetable producer Jack Buck Growers is launching a marketing campaign for chicory on the internet. Ten thousand ABC1 names in the UK will be receiving a specially designed e-newsletter all about chicory. Full of recipe ideas by TV chef Rachel Green, it is illustrated with award- winning photographer Michael Powell’s images, and has competitions, […]

Japan approves natamycin

DSM Food Specialties has announced Japan’s approval of natamycin, an antimycotic used in cheese and meat production. Natamycin is said to be a highly effective inhibitor of mould and yeast on food products and is approved for use in the European Union, South America and the US. Roger Reichrath, business manager preservation, DSM Dairy ingredients, […]

Functional drinks driving yoghurt boom

Sales of yoghurt in the UK are set to increase by 40% over the next five years and smash the £2bn barrier by 2011 with surging functional yoghurt drinks driving sales. Market analyst Mintel says that the sector has already grown by a whopping 432% since 2001, and that 60% of consumers cite health as […]

Tetra Pak to invest extra £30 million in China

Tetra Pak has announced its intention to invest an additional £30 million into its hi-tech 620m RMB(£60m) plant in Beijing. The investment is designed to double production capacity from eight billion packages to 16 billion to meet growing demand in the Chinese dairy market. A second laminator will be installed in the Beijing plant, and […]

Tate & Lyle invests £4.5m in research

Tate & Lyle has announced that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King’s College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health. Collaboration between the company and the university dates back to the 1970s when research by scientists from King’s College London and […]

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Allergen law extends to molluscs and lupins

The European Commission has passed new legislation to extend food labelling requirements to include molluscs and lupins. This requirement will come into force in autumn 2006, with the industry expected to comply by autumn 2008. Since November last year, it has been a legal requirement to indicate the presence of 12 specified allergens and their […]

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Sun Valley introduces peanut-free nut factory

Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of reported peanut allergies. Sun Valley, processor of nuts and savoury snacks, is introducing a completely peanut-free nut factory in response to the increasing number of allergies. The company’s second, separate factory will handle […]