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Asda driving ahead with new distribution operation

Retail giant Asda is nearing completion of a two-year project to transform its retail distribution operation with logistics and route optimisation software. Over the last 18 months, Asda has been implementing a new regional distribution structure using Paragon TTS – a transport optimisation and execution system integrated with real-time vehicle tracking. Thnaks to the software, […]

Tate & Lyle launches stevia sweetener

Tate & Lyle has launched Tasteva, a zero-calorie stevia sweetener. “We have spent over two years analysing various steviol glycosides compositions, and developed a proprietary process to give manufacturers the optimal balance of sweetness with 100 per cent great taste,” says Jeremy Thompson, director of natural sweeteners product management at Tate & Lyle. “Our research […]

Etiquette Labels looks to ‘bright future’

North Wales firm Etiquette Labels has just celebrated its 21st birthday. The company was founded by director Tom Bunce and co-director Christiane Gough after the pair identified what they called ‘a need in the labelling industry for a company specialising in plain labels and consumables for barcoding that would satisfy the burgeoning outer-case labelling requirement […]

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Tetra Pak unveils ‘latest innovation’

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it’s calling its ‘latest innovation in carton packaging’. The Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Mid LightCap 24 builds on the success of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Base perforation carton packaging, says the firm, and features its lowest cost screw cap. “The package has a two-step opening with barrier protection for […]

EFSA boss welcomes findings of independent report

EFSA boss Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle has welcomed the findings of an external evaluation that say the safety authority ‘continues to demonstrate its value as the cornerstone of risk assessment for food and feed in the EU, and fulfil its obligations to operate in an independent manner’. However, the review also makes a number of recommendations on […]

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‘Further studies on toxoplasma needed’

A risk profile on toxoplasma in the food chain by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has recommended that further studies are needed to establish the importance of foodborne routes of infection and identify the highest risks. The suggested studies include work to assess the prevalence of toxoplasma in UK livestock […]

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Drink giants in merger talks

The company behind soft drink Irn Bru has revealed that it’s in talks about a possible £1.4 billion (€1.8bn) merger with Britvic. AG Barr, which also makes Tizer and Rubicon, this week said that discussions were at an early stage after it approached its Essex-based rival Britvic about a potential tie-up. If the deal goes […]

Scandinavian show ‘almost sold out’

Organisers of the Nordic natural and organic products industry’s first-ever dedicated trade show – Natural Products Scandinavia – say the event is now almost entirely sold out. Taking place on 14-15 October 2012 in Malmö, Sweden, visitors to the event will enjoy an increased opportunity to expand their international ranges, with exhibitors from over 23 […]

AKP digs new potato facilities

State-of-the-art storage and grading facilities have been opened at UK potato processor AKP. The new facilities will, says the firm, enable it to meet increased demand for quality potatoes from customers including Morrisons, McCain and Linroyale. “We initially won funding towards the £2 million (€2.5m) storage facility from the Rural Development Programme for England back […]

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Turkey firm unveils biogas plant project

UK turkey farmer and supplier Bernard Matthews is to install a biogas plant to ‘improve the company’s waste handling and energy costs’. Xergi is to supply Holton Renewable Power – a joint venture between Bernard Matthews and Glendale Power, a development company specialising in anaerobic digestion – with a biogas plant. The plant will be […]

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Firms team up for bacteria-busting packaging

Multi-material packaging firm Linpac Packaging has teamed up with Addmaster to develop a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat. Addmaster say its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, paint or […]

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Coffee flavour range additions full of beans

Flavour firm Treatt has expanded its portfolio of natural distillates with the introduction of two new products. Coffee Treattarome Full Roast 9780 and Coffee Treattarome Mellow 9781 have been developed to deliver an authentic roasted bean flavour in a wide variety of applications at a cost-effective price, says the company. “These latest additions to the […]

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