Call for new EFSA management board member

The European Commission has launched a call for a new member of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Management Board. The Commission is organising a selection procedure for one position of the 15-member board whose term will expire on 30 June 2014. A member of the authority’s management board has resigned and is to be […]


Fish freezing requirements relaxed

The Food Standards Agency has announced that certain farmed fish destined to be eaten raw in dishes like sushi no longer need to be frozen before use to protect consumers against parasites. Fish parasites are mainly a problem in certain species of wild fish and can cause illness in humans if eaten. All fishery products […]

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Price crisis for pig producers

Ten per cent of UK pig producers say they may be forced to quit by Christmas, according to the National Pig Association (NPA). As a result, it says that around 1.5m rashers of British bacon a week look likely to disappear from supermarket shelves, while 2.3m sausages a week are also at risk of disappearing. […]

Glanbia drinks to aseptic acquisition

International ingredients and cheese group Glanbia has acquired Aseptic Solutions USA, a manufacturer of premium shelf stable high acid beverages made with aseptic technology. The business will be part of the Ingredient Technologies business unit within Glanbia Nutritionals, headquartered in Fitchburg, Wisconsin “The acquisition of Aseptic Solutions will expand our ability to serve our beverage […]

Cutting the mustard

Sliceable sauces are the latest concept from Frutarom Savory Solutions. The firm says its new gelatin-based stabilising compounds cause dips, ketchup and mustard to become firm and sliceable, allowing them to be incorporated into meat and sausages. There are three variants of the new condiment compounds available – sliceable ketchup, sliceable mustard and sliceable basis […]

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Bombay Sapphire unveils plans for state-of-the-art distillery

Premium gin brand Bombay Sapphire has unveiled plans for a distillery in Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire. The site will be completely renovated from a derelict mill into a state-of-the-art premium gin distillery and visitor centre encompassing ‘the highest standards in design, functionality and sustainability’. It will be built on a two-hectare site near the grounds of […]


Milestone for corrugated packaging

Corrugated packaging is celebrating its 130th birthday by looking to the future, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) Corrugated Sector. The packaging material was first developed in the United States for wrapping fragile items such as bottles. However, it was another American, Robert Thompson, who patented the machinery to produce corrugated board in […]

New FSA chief executive revealed

The new chief executive of the Food Standards Agency has been named as Catherine Brown. Catherine, who is currently the chief executive of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), will take up the post in October. She succeeds Tim Smith, who has been chief executive since March 2008. “The Board and I are […]


Search for fleet heroes

Food and drink companies across England are being urged to enter the Energy Saving Trust’s 2012 Fleet Hero Awards before the 17 August deadline. The awards celebrate public and private organisations that are successfully reducing fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through better transport policies and improved fleet efficiency. They also recognise companies that supply […]

Bringing a taste of Spain to Yorkshire

A UK-based businessman is stepping into the world of food retail for the first time with the launch of a premium Spanish food business that he hopes will rival Brindisa. Spanish-born Javier De La Hormaza is bringing the best of his home country to British shores with the launch of Grey’s Fine Foods, a retail […]

BSDA appoints new director general

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has been appointed Gavin Partington as its new director general. Gavin joins BSDA from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, where he was communications director and interim chief executive. communications consultant and former political journalist. “I am delighted to be joining the BSDA team and I look forward to […]

RSSL to carry out FSA allergen survey

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has been chosen by the Food Standards Agency to carry out a survey of allergen advisory labelling in the UK. The survey aims to provide a better understanding of whether this type of labelling relates to the actual level of allergen present in foods sold on the UK market. It […]

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Cornelius Group growth recognised

The growth of chemical distribution company Cornelius has been showcased in the inaugural Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. The Sunday Times International Track 200 ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing international sales, measured over the latest two years of available accounts. Cornelius Group’s international sales grew 26 per cent a year from […]

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