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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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