M&S launches super juice for heart health

Marks & Spencer has launched a new juice drink which it claims will help health-conscious consumers to lower their cholesterol. The Red Grape, Blueberry and Blackcurrant Super Juice, which has just hit shelves in the UK, is boosted by the addition of PromOat, the oat beta glucan soluble fibre ingredient from Swedish company Biovelop AB. […]

EU victory for organic sector

News that the European Commission will not move to ban the use of nitrates and nitrites in the processing of organic cured meats has been welcomed by UK organic control body Organic Farmers & Growers. The issue had been under discussion for more than two years, with the aim of taking sodium nitrite and potassium […]

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JF Hillebrand wins new Waitrose wine contract

JF Hillebrand, logistics provider to the global beverage market, has been awarded a new contract to manage all wine imports for Waitrose. Th three-year contract builds upon an relationship the two companies have maintained and developed for more than 10 years. JF Hillebrand is now the strategic solus partner for Waitrose and will provide full […]

Food and drink manufacturers ‘performing strongly’

The food and drink manufacturing sector is still performing strongly, despite uncertainty among companies about the state of the economy, according to a new survey. The business confidence survey of Food and Drink Federation members shows a strong performance in the third quarter of the year – with almost 60% recording increased sales and only […]


Silver Spoon and Cargill in exclusive partnership to bring Truvia to UK

Two leaders in sweetness, Silver Spoon (part of Associated British Foods) and Cargill have announced an exclusive strategic partnership for UK distribution and marketing of Truvia branded tabletop, the first stevia-based, zero calorie sweetener. This announcement comes ahead of anticipated EU approval of stevia extracts later this year and, say the firms, heralds the UK’s […]


Mankind must overcome GM fear, warns chief scientist

Mankind must overcome its fear of GM crops if it’s to survive a global hunger epidemic within the next 40 years, says the government’s chief science adviser. According to Professor Sir John Beddington, issues such as swelling population levels, energy shortages and climate change will force widespread starvation if modern farming techniques aren’t embraced. “If […]


Frutarom snaps up UK ingredients firm

Frutarom has revealed that it’s bought UK-based ingredients firm British East Anglian Food Ingredients (EAFI) for £3 million (€3.5m). Founded in 1979, EAFI develops, manufactures and markets flavours, seasoning compounds and functional ingredients for the food industry, specialising in convenience food, snacks, and processed meat and fish. Among the assets being acquired by the Israeli […]

CenFRA opens cheque book to food and drink industry

Automation and robotic expert CenFRA has launched ‘a unique cheque book scheme’ to promote the positive impact that it says flexible and innovative robotic and automation solutions can have for food and drink companies. CenFRA is offering food and drink manufacturers across the UK a £1,000 cheque towards the full cost of a comprehensive audit […]

‘Naturalness is key to functional food success’

The ability of manufacturers to prove the ‘naturalness’ of their products will determine their success over the next five years, according to a new report. Trend research by RTS Resource reveals that consumers are increasingly looking for natural products that can offer aesthetic as well as physical benefits. “This represents a major shift in consumer […]

Coca-Cola rapped by advertising watchdog

Advertising watchdogs have banned Coca-Cola from claiming that its Vitamin Water product is a ‘nutritious’ drink. The drink – which contains 23g of sugar per 500ml bottle – comes in eight with names like Spark, Defence and Power-C, in flavours such as ‘apple-kiwi’ and ‘tropical citrus’, but does not contain fruit. The Advertising Standards Authority […]

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Organic milk ‘better for you’

Organic milk is better for you than the traditional pinta, according to new research. When scientists compared the fat content of 22 brands sold in supermarkets – and organic milk came out on top, with up to 60 per cent more polyunsaturated fatty acids. Researchers at Newcastle University analysed the milk over a two-year period. […]


Nutrigenomics part of food future, says new research

UK consumers could soon be buying food and drink based on whether it suits their genetic make up as interest in new technology soars, according to market analysts Datamonitor. Research by the independent market analyst has revealed that almost half – 47% – of UK consumers now find the idea of using information about their […]

2011 ‘the year of product benchmarking’

The next 12 months will see a substantial rise in the amount of food and drink product benchmarking, as companies bid to maintain a competitive edge and hold or build their market share, according to Campden BRI. The UK-based food and drink research organisation says it has seen demand for its product benchmarking services increase […]

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