Vitiva opens doors to innovation centre

Growing customer demand for the development of joint product applications has led to Vitiva opening a new innovation centre in Slovenia. The ingredients firm says the move will also mean the expansion of its R&D team and capabilities, lab applications and customer services. The innovation centre includes pilot facilities for meat, bakery, ice cream, dairy, […]

Working towards wheat for the world

Plans to help increase potential wheat yields in the UK to 20 tonnes per hectare within the next 20 years have been launched by Rothamsted Research scientists and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The 20:20 Wheat programme aims to ‘provide the knowledge base and tools to tackle food security challenges for a […]

Appetite for healthy options in ready-meal market

Global launch activity in ready meals over the past year has identified some key trends, according to Innova Market Insights. They include an ongoing interest in healthy options and more authentic-style ethnic recipes. There is also more emphasis on natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients, and more interest in restaurant-style products for in-home dining or […]

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Six of the best for Brakes

Foodservice supplier Brakes triumphed six times over at the recent BFFF (British Frozen Food Federation) awards. The firm scooped two gold, one silver and three bronze awards in Best Main, Best Meat Free Dish, Best Dessert and Best Bakery Product categories. “We are very proud to have won so many awards,” says Brakes marketing director […]


Minister and students get inside information from CCE

The UK Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, this week joined students from Uxbridge College on a visit to the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) site in Edmonton to witness the Government’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ programme in action. The Minister and students saw inside CCE’s state of the art manufacturing site and met its […]

Tate & Lyle opens doors to Chicago innovation centre

Tate & Lyle has officially opened its new US Commercial and Food Innovation Centre in Chicago. The 110,000sq ft facility is designed to facilitate customer collaboration through the development of new food and beverage products that satisfy consumer demand for health, convenience, value and taste, and to significantly accelerate their delivery to market, says the […]


Making a meal of health claims

A ‘mega-healthy’ airline meal that satisfies all 222 Article 13.1 newly approved health claims has been created by experts at Leatherhead Food Research. CEO Dr Paul Berryman challenged his team of scientific, regulatory and marketing experts to devise a meal that could make all 222 claims. “It wasn’t that simple, but we did it within […]


‘Greenest ever’ refillable bottle

Plastics packaging firm Petainer has developed what it’s calling its ‘greenest ever’ refillable bottle. The new bottle is manufactured using more than 25 per cent post-consumer ‘one-way’ recycled PET plastic but has the same performance characteristics as a refillable bottle made entirely from virgin material, according to Petainer. "This is a very exciting development,” says […]


Red alert: lycopene sales surge

LycoRed says production of its all-natural red colour has doubled in the past month, reflecting a drive to meet growing market demand among food and drink manufacturers. “Although dairy foods and beverages are the main applications for the powerful natural trend, the category is expected to grow into bakery, confectionery and cosmetics,” says Morris Zelkha, […]

Firms use loaf in sticky situation

Stable Micro Systems and UK bakery brand Warburtons have announced the launch of new testing equipment for the bakery industry. Called the Warburtons Dough Stickiness System, the testing rig enables ‘more realistic assessment of dough stickiness’ as it minimises the dough’s exposure to atmospheric variables by testing under controlled conditions, according to a spokesman for […]

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Univar takes on Turkey for National Starch

Global chemical distributor Univar is to distribute National Starch’s range of speciality starches in Turkey. The deal builds on a 20-year partnership between the two companies that has grown to cover the UK, Ireland, Iberia and the Nordic region. “We have a long-standing relationship with Univar and have always been impressed by the knowledge and […]


Report reveals increase in number of food ‘incidents’

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it saw an increase in the number of food incidents it investigated last year, including reports of contaminated or illegal food entering the food chain, with some potentially harmful to the public. According to the Annual Report of Incidents 2011 published this week, 1,714 food incidents were investigated by […]


Scot a lot of wins

Border Biscuits has scooped the prestigious title of Business of the Year at the 2012 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The success completed a double for the Lanarkshire company, which was also recognised for its commitment to developing its employees with the Profiting Through Skills Development award. The night’s second big winner was Katy […]


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