DSM agrees multi-million deal to buy Martek

DSM has announced that it is to buy Martek Biosciences for £701 million (€829m) to ‘specialise further in the niche food nutrition industry’. Dutch firm DSM has been repositioning itself in recent years away from bulk chemicals to focus on niche life sciences and materials sciences and last week completed its divestment programme, saying it […]


New target to tackle food bug

The Food Standards Agency, the UK poultry industry and major retailers have agreed a new target that will measure efforts to reduce levels of the food bug campylobacter in chickens. Almost two-thirds of raw chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with campylobacter, which is estimated to cause around 80 deaths every year. There are […]

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Spotlight on immune function health claims

Nearly 200 representatives from the food and drink industry, academia, Member States and the European Commission attended a recent meeting in Amsterdam to discuss with EFSA experts the scientific requirements for health claims related to gut and immune function. The meeting addressed and provided further clarification to two main questions – which claimed effects are […]

Christmas pud drink-drive risk

 Boozy Christmas puddings are threatening to push revellers over the drink-drive limit this year, according to a new report from consumer website Potent puds from supermarkets such as Asda, M&S and the Co-op pack the same punch as a third of a bottle of brandy if microwaved rather than steamed, warns the report. Marks […]

Innovation in brewing ‘no one thought possible’

A collaboration by the world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan, and specialist US brewer Samuel Adams has led to what the pair are calling a ‘unique champagne beer’. The brewers say they have shattered industry preconceptions of the limits of the German purity laws with the launch of Infinium – a beer with a ‘remarkably light colour, […]

Fat or fiction?

Around six out of 10 people believe lean cuts of red meat contain more than 20% fat, even though the true level is less than half that amount, according to new research. Two-thirds of more than 2,000 people questioned also think chicken has less fat than steak, despite this not always being the case. Meatmatters, […]


Union angry as Bakkavor talks ‘terminated’

The union representing workers at an Icelandic-owned food factory in Lincolnshire says it’s angry at a decision to end talks over job losses just before Christmas. The Unite union said food processor Bakkavor was pushing through plans to lay off 170 people in Bourne. Unite’s Jennie Formby said she was ‘furious’ the consultation was unilaterally […]

Danisco expands Epernon operation

Danisco has unveiled new facilities at its cultures production site in Epernon, France. They include an ultra cold storage unit (UCS) to provide 12-month shelf life for the frozen lactic and probiotic cultures produced at the plant for cheese and fresh dairy products, and a warehouse shipment zone. “The new UCS enables us to consolidate […]


Faerch Plast cuts CPET tray weight

Danish food packaging manufacturer Faerch Plast has reduced the weight of its CPET (crystalline polyethylene) containers by an average of 11% since 2008, putting it on track to meet its environmental objective of ‘achieving a general weight reduction of produced items of 30%’ by 2013. “Clever design together with improved production processes has helped us […]

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Vegetarian omega-3 from LycoRed

LycoRed has launched what it’s calling ‘a new and innovative vegetarian omega-3’ for the bakery and confectionery industries. Lyc-O-Mega 10 AL is, it says, free from fish odour and produced only from the highest quality DHA algae oil, making it especially suitable for vegetarians. “Following the latest publication by EFSA on Article 13.1, which included […]


Driving the meat industry forward

Employers are joining forces to tackle training and recruitment issues in the meat and poultry sector. The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing is co-ordinating a new skills steering group that will involve employers and leading trade organisations. The announcement comes following a sector conference at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire, a […]


Milestone for world-first recycling label

A world-first on-pack label which lets shoppers know which packaging can be recycled has signed up its 100th company. The milestone triggers the start of a public awareness campaign aimed at slashing the amount of recyclable packaging heading to landfill. Birdseye, Innocent, Henkel, GlaxoSmithKline and WH Smith have joined a string of major brands and […]


Pepsi to buy majority stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann

Soft drinks maker PepsiCo has revealed that it’s buying a 66% stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann for £2.4 billion (€2.8bn). PepsiCo says it will also seek to buy the remaining shares in the Russian dairy and fruit juice maker when the initial deal is completed. The deal is the biggest foreign investment in Russia outside the energy […]

Industry accolade for Law

Years of service to the food industry by Mike Law, chief certification officer at independent certification company Cert ID, have been rewarded with a Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for the Most Significant Contribution. Presented at the recent annual SOFHT luncheon at the Savoy in London, the awards recognise excellence within the food […]

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