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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Grapefruit by gum

Grapefruit may help ease bleeding gums, according to research at the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. The fruit increases vitamin C in blood levels and promotes wound healing. The researchers, who recommend two grapefruits a day for a fortnight to help lessen bleeding gums, found that eating grapefruits had a positive effect on both smokers […]

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 […]

Homemade trade could try Dubai

A report from market development consultancy Food from Britain (FfB) divulges significant opportunities for UK food and drink exporting to the Middle East. Indications are that prospects are ripe for manufacturers of bakery, confectionery, breakfast cereals and tea. The study, entitled The British Ex-pat & Tourist Market in the Gulf States, reveals Dubai as a […]

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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Building begins on bioethanol plant

British Sugar has announced the start of building work on the UK’s first bioethanol production facility. Bioethanol is a biofuel that can be mixed with petrol to help reduce carbon emissions. The new plant, at Wissington, near Downham Market in Norfolk, is expected to begin production in early 2007 and should be able to use […]

Wine drinkers look at the label

Research by a Chilean wine brand reveals that nearly half of the UK’s wine drinkers are likely to base their choice of wine on the look of the bottle. The Viña Ventisquero winery, which authorised the study for its Chilean Yali brand, says UK consumers are often overwhelmed with the choice of wines available and […]


Heinz has offer for seafood unit

Heinz has received an offer for its European Seafood operations, including the John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu brands, and four processing facilities. The unit has 5,000 employees and annual sales of £400 million. It produces more than 400 million cans of seafood products per year. The factories are based in the Seychelles, Ghana, France […]


Pecan Deluxe ups production

Yorkshire-based Pecan Deluxe Candy is completing a major investment programme in new facilities that will provide more streamlined production. The latest investment will provide a self-contained nut production zone, a fifth nut production line, an increased capacity bakery operation, and a large storage area for finished products. Nut production is now segregated from other areas […]

Rich invests in UK sites

Following its acquisition of David Powell Bakeries last year, Rich Products is spending around £1 million (£1.45m) to increase production at both its Worcestershire and Fareham bakeries. At Fareham, in addition to relocating the bread bakery and refurbishing all the ovens, the investment covers the purchase of new bread chillers and provers and the installation […]

Coke to build new site in Ireland

Coca-Cola has been granted planning permission for a major new development in Northern Ireland. The site at Knockmore Hill was chosen ahead of 60 other locations across Ireland and will provide an all-Ireland plant to replace existing facilities north and south of the border. The franchise company, Coca-Cola Bottlers, says the new plant will have […]

Blueberry Ribena

A blueberry version of Ribena is being launched this summer. Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline says women aged between 18 and 30 will be the key market for the new squash. A blueberry version of Ribena is being launched this summer. Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline says women aged between 18 and 30 will be the key market for the new […]

Printing precautions taken by Tetra Pak

Following the recent recall of baby formula products tainted with ink in Italy, packaging company Tetra Pak announced that it had switched to printing processes using non UV inks. This decision was taken as a precautionary measure and in absence of any scientific evidence indicating a health risk. The company says the identified substance (ITX), […]

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