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 […]

DSM announces multi-million spray drying investment

DSM has revealed that it is to invest around £16 million (€20m) in a new spray drying facility at its Delft food ingredients manufacturing site. The investment comes on top of the firm’s recent announcement that it is to plough £79 million (€100m) into R&D facilities in the Netherlands, a substantial part of which will […]

Revealed: University provider for UK’s first food engineering degree

Sheffield Hallam University has been named as the successful university to partner the UK food and drink industry in the development of the country’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink made the announcement after a rigorous selection […]

FSA welcomes EFSA poultry inspection opinion

The European Food Safety Authority’s recent scientific opinion on poultry meat inspection, which suggested that traditional inspection may not be enough to fully address the most relevant biological hazards to public health, has been welcomed by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). In 2010, the European Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to […]

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Crumbs! Students go behind the scenes at top biscuit factory

UK students this week went behind the scenes at United Biscuits’ McVitie’s factory in Manchester – the home of the Jaffa Cake – as part of the See Inside Manufacturing scheme. The government initiative to get young people interested in careers in manufacturing saw students tour the factory and see how brands such as Jaffa […]

New Faerch Plast facility ‘investment in future’

Færch Plast A/S – a European producer of plastics trays and containers for the food industry – has opened a new manufacturing facility in the north of England. Commissioned in November last year, the new plant has ‘cutting edge’ equipment –including two extruders, six thermoforming machines and the latest robot packing systems – and has […]


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, […]

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