Seaweed packaging coating set to make waves

A food packaging coating product that claims to replace those based on petrochemicals has been developed the Paint Research Association (PRA) working as part of an EU research consortium. PlantPack is an eco-friendly food packaging coating product made from seaweed extracts and starch, that can be applied to paper and cardboard as a spray, according […]


Compact solution to fresh produce palletising

Automated packing and palletising systems firm Brillopak has unveiled a new robotic palletiser specifically designed for fresh fruit and vegetables. The development of the Compact C211 followed research by the firm into the issues surrounding fresh produce packaging. One of the major findings was a pressure on margins, causing firms to seek efficiencies in terms […]

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Fresh new markets for salads

The prepared salads market is moving from its traditional position as a side dish and into the main meal arena, according to new research. The trend, says Innova Market Insights, is as a result of more substantial protein ingredients – such as poultry or fish – and a wider range of convenient packaging formats. However, […]

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FSA orders tests on UK beef products

Food retailers are to carry out tests on all processed beef products after some Findus lasagnes were found to contain 100% horsemeat. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) ordered the UK tests, saying it was ‘highly likely’ criminal activity was to blame for the contamination. It said there was no evidence of a health risk, but […]

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Industry engineers a brighter future

The UK’s first accredited engineering degree dedicated entirely to food and drink manufacturing has been launched by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, David Heath MP. Heath attended the launch event in Sheffield, alongside several representatives from food and drink companies across the UK. The city will be the home of the new […]

Flaxseed-fed cows produce more nutritious milk, says study

Dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University (OSU). It revealed that their milk contained more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat. Traditional cattle feed mixtures of corn, grains, alfalfa hay and grass silage result in dairy products with low concentrations of omega-3 […]

Bosch cashes in on Egyptian market

Bosch Packaging Technology has opened a new sales and service office in Cairo, Egypt, in response to continued growth in the food and confectionery industries there. The packaging and process technology firm says its new office will provide local sales and service support to meet the increasing packaging demands of both industries in Egypt and beyond, including […]

Dalehead investment to bring home the bacon

Dalehead Foods has unveiled its refurbished abattoir and production facility in Spalding, UK. The multi-million pound project, part funded by Defra, the EU and in partnership with East Midlands Pork Producers, is the culmination of 18 months’ work. “The refurbishment of our Spalding facility reaffirms Dalehead Foods’ commitment to invest in the British pork industry. […]


FSA publishes 2013 priorities

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2013. The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year, including potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the FSA’s evidence base. The proposed activities cover a wide range of areas within the agency’s remit, including […]


New Rexam plant flies flag in Finland

Global beverage can maker Rexam this week opened its new can manufacturing plant in Finland. Located in Mäntsälä in southern Finland, it is Rexam’s first plant in the country, and will employ around 100 local people. On completion of a second line, scheduled for 2014, the plant will have a capacity of approximately 1.35bn 330ml […]

Tate & Lyle bid to make ideas easy

Food and beverage ingredients firm Tate & Lyle has launched a new web portal to make it easier for potential partners to submit ideas. The new portal, at, is designed to encourage universities, start-ups and companies specialising in food science to submit proposals aligned with Tate & Lyle’s innovation priorities of sweeteners, texturants and […]

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Beneo chews over Isomalt findings

Following intensive trials of Beneo’s Isomalt in chewing gum centres, the Beneo-Technology Centre says it has shown that it can successfully replace the commonly used polyol mannitol, offering confectionery producers ‘an attractive commercial alternative, while maintaining the gum’s shape, chewability and texture’. The technology centre’s trials focused on the replacement of up to five per […]


Cargill and Arasco announce Saudi JV

Cargill and Arasco have unveiled plans to create a new starches and sweeteners joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The new company will acquire Arasco’s existing corn milling facility in Al Kharj and will produce starch-based products primarily for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, as well as Yemen, […]

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