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New kitchen is ‘future of food processing’

European food processors are being welcomed to a fully equipped kitchen in the UK which claims to ‘kick the tyres’ on the latest cooking and freezing high-volume, high-speed equipment on offer in the US. Located just outside Ashford, in the UK, the newly opened kitchen allows European food processors to test a variety of cooking […]

Pringles brand sold to US rival

Snack brand Pringles has been sold by American consumer giant Procter & Gamble to rival US food company Diamond for £1.4 billion (€1.58bn). Pringles is the world’s biggest crisp brand and is sold in more than 140 countries. The deal will more than triple the snack business at California-based Diamond, which owns Kettle Chips, and […]

Former Campden boss appointed IFST president

Former director general of Campden BRI Professor Colin Dennis has been inaugurated as president of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). Currently chairman of the English Food and Drink Alliance, he has served on many government and industry advisory committees in the UK and overseas, and was appointed a Commander of the Order […]

Scientists hail fat-busting blueberries

Blueberries can slash the number of fat cells in the body by up to three-quarters, according to US scientists. Researchers found the fruit – which contains high levels of polyphenols – can break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming, making them a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against obesity. Tests […]

BFFF to host first dedicated marketing seminar

Frozen food companies are being given the opportunity to share the learnings gained from independent research undertaken by the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF). It’s the first dedicated marketing seminar to be organised by BFFF and will be held on 12 May 2011 at Sheffield Hallam University. It’s open to both members and non-members looking […]

Retailers lead recycling breakthrough

Shoppers will soon be able to recycle thin plastic packaging such as bread bags and cereal liners thanks to an agreement between the country’s biggest supermarkets and the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging in the same facilities, the British Retail […]

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EFSA updates food irradiation advice

EFSA’s scientific experts have this week updated advice on the safety of irradiation of food – a process which can be used to destroy bacteria that cause food poisoning. Having looked at the efficacy and microbiological safety of the process, and possible risks arising from the formation of several chemical substances as a result of […]

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Don’t forget to put packaging to the test, says Campden BRI

As the spotlight continues to shine on retailers’ and manufacturers’ efforts to meet the environmental targets set out by phase two of the Courtauld Commitment, Campden BRI is urging companies to carry out stringent tests to ensure packaging is fit for purpose. “Courtauld Commitment 2 has moved the packaging waste issue away from solely weight-based […]

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Collapse of cloned meat and milk talks

Milk and meat from the offspring of cloned animals could soon hit supermarket shelves after attempt to impose controls through EU regulation failed. Campaigners for new controls were defeated after talks between the 27 EU states and the European Parliament failed to agree a law to manage the industry. The failure to toughen legislation means […]

Microflakes ‘designed to deliver chocolate flavour and colour’

ADM Cocoa International has launched deZaan Chocolate Microflakes, which it says will allow manufacturers ‘to capture the indulgence of real chocolate in a convenient, dispersible powder form’. The microflakes have been designed to deliver the flavour and colour of real chocolate to ice creams, dairy desserts, drinks and confiseur chocolates. “Formulated to disperse and dissolve […]

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New VFFS bagging machine from Ilapack

Ilapak has launched a new open-frame vertical, form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagging machine, the Vegatronic 2000 OF. The new machine incorporates ultrasonic sealing technology and an open-frame design, offering easy accessibility for fast servicing and maintenance, says Ilapack, and is ideal for prepared produce, salads, frozen foods and grated and shredded cheese. “The Vegatronic […]

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Sports nutrition brands ‘must widen product appeal’

Sports nutrition food and drink brands have the potential for tremendous growth if they can encourage mass consumption by widening the appeal of their products, says a new report from market analyst Datamonitor. It reveals that although sports nutrition brands have already made progress in the mainstream market, there is room for further growth as […]

Salmonella cases fall for fifth year

EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have published their annual report on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in the EU for 2009. The report shows Salmonella cases in humans fell by 17% in 2009, marking a decrease for the fifth consecutive year. The report also shows that between 2008 and 2009 the […]

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