Chemical fruit cocktail

A massive 61% of all fruit and vegetables tested in the UK recently were found to have pesticide residues on them. Grapes were particularly contaminated, with 77% having some chemical residues while 11% had pesticides over the legal recommended limit. The Pesticide Residues Committee (PRC) publishes its results every quarter, although only two reports have […]

Kraft completes acquisition of Danone’s Biscuit Business

Kraft Foods completes the multi billion acquisition of Groupe Danone’s biscuit business. The addition of Danone’s leading biscuit business will transform Kraft’s growth strategy by strengthening its lead in the company’s fastest growing global segment, and plans to significantly expand its presence in both developed and emerging markets. Sanjay Kholsa, president of Kraft International comments,“In […]

Ready to heat and eat porridge

As news reports highlight the frightening statistics that Scotland has the second highest level of obesity in the developed world, Strathmore Foods, based in Forfar has created the first Scottish made ready to heat and eat porridge on the market. True to the brand’s identity of ‘traditional Scottish meals made for today’Strathmore has launched McIntosh […]


Oh so Naturally Fabulous

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys have launched a new range of adult snacks. The Naturally Fabulous bars are the culmination of two years research and development. Naturally Fabulous products are nut free, made from ingredients that are free from any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. All eight bars are individually wrapped for convenience and […]


Mr Bagels launches Hi Energy Bars

Bagel producer Mr Bagels has launched a range of health conscious bagels – low in fat and high in fibre. Hi Energy Bagel Bars are available in two flavours, Bran and Seed and Bran, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed. The latter contains less than 3g fat each. The bars can be enjoyed straight from the pack, […]


An appetite for ale

Britain should put its national drink back on the dining table and reclaim beer as the perfect accompaniment to food. CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) commissioned food writer and publican Fiona Beckett and her son Will to write An Appetite for Ale, the first cookbook to comprehensively explore this potential of beer as a […]

Congress highlights key challenges

Agriculture must provide more food, more feed, more fibre and now fuel to the world in the 21st century. But it must face these challenges with a shortage of land and water while managing in a responsible way. To cope, agriculture will have to adapt. The sentiment was delivered by Dr Christian Verschueren, director general […]


One-stop-shop for environmental advice

A major national event to be held in February 2008 is set to show food and drink businesses the benefits of improving their environmental performance – and how to secure valuable cost savings as a result. Hosted by sustainable business experts Enviro-wise, the Food Environmental Efficiency Day (FEED) will provide firms in the food, drink […]

Allergen labelling regs due

The final changes to the allergen labelling regulations will be implemented on 25 November 2007. The food labelling amendment concerned is No2 Regulations SI2005 No 2057. From this date some ingredients from allergenic sources that are not deemed to be a risk to allergy sufferers will be exempt from mandatory labelling. However, this also means […]

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New drive to promote careers

School pupils across England will have the opportunity to undertake a new scheme designed to boost the numbers of young people choosing a career in food and drink. From January, Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, will offer teachers free resources to help them carry out the Schools Food and Drink Challenge. The […]

Air freight ban is not the answer

A leading UK organic body has moved to distance itself from the Soil Association’s plans to ban the import of organic food by air. A leading UK organic body has moved to distance itself from the Soil Association’s plans to ban the import of organic food by air. Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), which was […]

Ready made for Rosemary Conley

Kwoks Foods, the gourmet of oriental cuisine, has launched a range of chilled ready meals meals for Rosemary Conley brand. The recipes which are specially formulated by Paul Kwok, the celebrated oriental chef, restaurateur and consultant to Kwoks Foods,ensures that each dish is less than five per cent fat, and contains fewer than 460 calories […]


Pickled onions get star treatment

Bennett Opie, the Kent based pickling and preserving company, has teamed up with Barry Norman, the writer and broadcaster, to launch his own recipe pickled onions William Opie, managing director of Bennett Opie comments,“Pickled onions have been a relatively under-supported category in recent years but we believe the Barry Norman pickled onions will give the […]

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