Kitchen spend for Ulrick & Short

UK clean label ingredients firm Ulrick & Short has invested in new technical facilities and extended its development area. Based in West Yorkshire, the new test kitchen has been designed to deliver a more comprehensive and hands on experience for customers, and help fast-track development projects, and also solve any process problems more quickly than […]

Cargill expands sustainable cocoa scheme

Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business – in cooperation with the Ghana Cocoa Board – is expanding its sustainable cocoa program with the launch of a four-year commitment to farmer training in Ghana. The training will be delivered in partnership with Ghanaian-licensed cocoa buying company Akuafo Adamfo and the non-governmental organization Solidaridad West Africa. The aim […]

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Clint’s in charge of crumb control

A hitherto automation-defying process has finally been brought up to date with the development of a Mitsubishi Electric Solution. Clint Johnson, of Control Freaks, has developed a machine for producing biscuit crumbs, breakfast cereal and snack foods – replacing a labour intensive manual process with one that, he says, guarantees consistent results. “The basic process […]


FlavourCraft deal ‘perfect fit’ for Kerry

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of South African flavours company FlavourCraft for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1993, Durban-based FlavourCraft specialises in the design and manufacture of flavours for meats, soups, sauces, dressings and savoury snacks in the South African and sub-Saharan markets, particularly in Nigeria. “FlavourCraft and […]

New look for Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley, the British family-run dairy company, has unveiled a new look across its entire range and added a new premium line called Top Notch. The Yeo Valley range will feature a new logo and packaging design from early next month, with the new look designed to ‘illustrate the delicious Yeo Valley taste and reflect […]

Co-op Denmark switches to LCD shelf labels

ZBD says its electronic shelf labels have helped the Co-op in Denmark reduce costs and increase efficiency. Owned by FDB, a co-operative with more than 1.7 million members, Co-op Denmark operates several retail chains – including Kvickly, SuperBrugsen and Dagli’Brugsen – and says it decided to make the switch from paper to electronic shelf labels […]


‘Positive outlook’ for global packaged food market

The global packaged food market proved admirably resilient in 2011, despite persistent economic uncertainty, according to a new report. And while it remains to be seen how the market will fare in 2012, the outlook remains broadly positive, says Euromonitor report Opportunities and Challenges for Global Packaged Food in 2012. “From the supply side, food […]


Taking the heat out of chilli

Flavour firm Treatt has developed a new pepper ingredient to ‘enhance savoury flavours without adding the fiery sensation of chilli pepper’. Jalapeno Treattarome 9816 is a companion product to Habanero Treattarome 9815 but, like the natural fruit, it carries a greener, bell pepper-like note, differentiating it from the hot, tangy habanero chilli, says Treatt. “The […]

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Innocent tops environmental packaging poll

Packaging professionals have named ‘Innocent’ their most admired brand for its environmental approach to packaging, according to a new survey. Put together by packaging trade show firm easyFairs, the survey questioned 289 packaging professionals, asking them a number of questions – one of which was to name a brand that they really admired for its […]


Hotcan firm warms to new premises

UK-based food firm Heat Food & Drink recently opened a production facility at Lancaster Park, Staffordshire, and says it plans to create over 50 new jobs during the next 12 months. The company produces a self-heating food product called Hotcan, which is supplied to global consumer, trade, defence and emergency response markets. The product comes […]

CKF and Clevertech join forces

CKF Systems, a specialist provider of robotic and automated solutions, has entered into a strategic alliance with Clevertech as the Italian industrial automation business looks to increase its UK sales. Clevertech’s range of palletising equipment includes high and low level layer palletisers, depalletisers and multi-brand solutions for jars, cans, trays and cases. Talks to forge […]

Seeds of success for EHL

Following a 20 per cent increase in sales in December last year, ingredients supplier EHL has announced that it’s planning further growth and company expansion, including a recruitment drive, product development and investment in new machinery at its head office in Stockport, Cheshire, UK. The supplier of conventional and organic ingredients to the UK food […]

Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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Seacatch nets a new freezing system

A flexible in-line freezing system from Starfrost has boosted business at a major UK seafood production facility. Seacatch provides various production services to the seafood industry, including product freezing, poaching, grading, glazing, bandsawing, packing and labelling, and handles around 100 metric tonnes of seafood products per week for suppliers and blue chip clients. Seacatch recently […]

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