Vitafoods Europe plans 15th anniversary celebration

Nutraceuticals, raw materials and functional food and drink ingredients show Vitafoods Europe is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary at Palexpo, Geneva, later this year. The event, from 22-24 May, is co-located with Finished Products Expo, a leading dietary supplements event. And, for the first time, the the newly-created Vitafoods Europe Conference Executive Advisory Board […]

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Fresh food frozen out

Taste tests commissioned by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) have revealed that pub-goers could find ‘no obvious difference’ between fresh and frozen dishes. The research saw diners trying fresh and frozen versions of the same popular pub menu meals, including hunter’s chicken with mash, burger and chips, gammon and jacket potato, and fish and […]

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US demand for alternative sweeteners set to soar

US demand for alternative sweeteners is expected to soar by 3.3 per cent by 2015 to £2.1 billion (€2.5bn), according to a new study, with gains led by continuing market penetration of relatively new entrants to the industry, including the stevia extract rebaudioside-A. The more mature segments of the market – high intensity sweeteners (such […]


Flavour Forecast identifies global trends

Herbs and spices firm Schwartz for Chef, in partnership with parent company McCormick, has just released its Global Flavour Forecast that, it says, pinpoints common trends and flavours driving culinary innovation across the world. An international panel of chefs, sensory scientists, trend trackers, marketing experts and food technologists collaborated to identify the trends and flavours. […]


TempTRIP system bears fruit

UK fresh fruit firm Blue Skies is using a time/temperature monitoring system from TempTRIP to help make sure that its products retain their quality as they travel from African fields to UK tables in as little as 48 hours. Blue Skies employs more than 2,000 people in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil, and supplies […]


Stratum and Phytonet join forces

Speciality and functional ingredients firm Stratum Nutrition has partnered exclusively with Phytonet to distribute its fibre, Artinia, and joint health ingredient Nem for selective Eastern European countries. “Phytonet is a respected company with strong knowledge in the food and supplements industry,” says Michael Faber, Stratum’s world area manager for Europe and Asia. “We are confident […]

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Linpac hopes for split pack hit

Multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging has developed a range of split packs for both fresh and cooked meats in a bid, it says, to help consumers reduce the food waste they generate at home. The packs, which allow contents to be divided into separate portion-size compartments in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), mean consumers can store […]

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A nose for nuisance odours

The science of smell is set to enhance strategies to minimise odour pollution associated with food processing, thanks to the development of a pioneering industrial scale ‘electronic nose’. Available in the UK for the first time, the technology can be used to help improve the control of odours associated with food production and on-site waste […]

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Cheering festive figures for iForce

Figures just released by e-fulfilment and returns logistics business iForce reveal an encouragingly successful 2011. The firm says its figures also provide encouraging news for the high street because, of the 6.2 million orders despatched by iForce throughout 2011 (a four per cent increase on 2010), some two million were ‘collect from store’ orders. That […]

2012 and beyond: future industry challenges revealed

The key scientific and technical needs facing the food and drink industry through 2012 and beyond have been published in a new report by food and drink research centre Campden BRI. The challenges facing the sector were identified through an extensive triennial consultation of its members, including producers of raw materials and ingredients, manufacturers and […]

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New multipacker in motion

US-based packaging machinery firm Standard-Knapp has unveiled its Tritium Multipacker, a continuous motion multi-packer for the food and beverage industries. With single, double and three lane configurations, the Multipacker swiftly arranges products into compact pack patterns and wraps the configurations in film, thereby eliminating the need for trays and pads, says the firm. It then […]


Provexis wades in with GB rowing team

Provexis, the life-science business that develops, licenses and markets functional food and sports nutrition technologies, has signed a new five-year deal to continue as the official supplier of sports drinks and sports nutrition for the Great Britain rowing team. The partnership, through the newly acquired Science in Sport (SiS) division, renews SiS’s commitment to the […]


Sauce of inspiration

Plastics packaging technology firm Petainer has chosen a design by students at Birmingham City University in the UK as winner of the company’s second international student design competition. The competition challenged students to develop innovative new ideas for a PET container for juices and food. The winning design by students Chan Yung Khang, Yoan Dahan […]


Foodservice reveals appetite for frozen

The final figures from last year’s UK foodservice market reveal that frozen food performed well despite the tough economic climate. Data compiled by Horizons FS shows that, between 2009 and 2010, the number of outlets remained the same, while the number of meals served fell by 1.2 per cent. However, despite this, caterers and chefs […]

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