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Mixed views on carrier bag costs

Public opinion on the issue of charging for plastic bags is decidedly mixed, according to a new ethical living report from YouGov SixthSense. It reveals that 32% of UK consumers agree with the scheme as it will reduce the overall number being used. However, one in four respondents thinks such a scheme is a ploy […]

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What a lot of water…

More than two million cubic metres of water – equivalent to 800 Olympic sized swimming pools – have been saved by UK food and drink manufacturers since 2007. That’s one of the findings contained in The Federation House Commitment – the water reduction programme launched in 2008 by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). “The […]

Scientists create ‘monster’ salmon

Scientists have created a genetically modified ‘monster’ salmon which could soon be on dinner tables around the world. US company Aqua Bounty claims it has been given initial approval by American safety authorities to produce the GM fish, which grow two to three times faster than normal varieties. However, critics of GM food fear the […]

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New trend in adult soft drink sector

Flavour company Wild has used cider as the inspiration for a range of new products in the ‘adult soft drinks’ sector. With flavours such as blackcurrant and bitter orange, the firm says its non-alcoholic, cider-mix beverages ‘with a tart, tangy, fruity note’ offer ‘a perfect match for the palates of adult consumers, and a refreshing […]

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British Sugar and NFU agree new sugar beet deal

British Sugar and the NFU have agreed an enhancement to the 2011 sugar beet contract that they say will benefit all growers and ‘allow them to increase their sugar beet enterprise’. Following a review by British Sugar of the volume of crop required for 2011, an increase in price has been agreed for growers’ production […]

New route into industry careers for unemployed youngsters

Food and drink manufacturers are being invited to have their say on shaping a new training programme aimed at getting more young people working in the industry. Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, has secured government backing to develop a Food and Drink Sector Routeway Training Programme in a bid to tackle the […]

Fruitapeel on target for multi-million first year turnover

A new juice facility that only started production five months ago is on target to turn over £12 million (€14.5m) in its first financial year, and set to launch a new brand aimed at the children’s market this month. Fruitapeel bought the factory and assets of SunJuice in Llantrisant, Wales, when the business went into […]

Scientists’ discovery could lead to satiety breakthrough

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research say they have discovered an unexpected synergy that helps break down fat ¬– a breakthrough that they believe could lead to ways to slow down fat digestion, and ultimately to create food structures that induce satiety. “Much of the fat in processed foods is eaten in the form […]

Scotland and Norway unite over mackerel dispute

Scotland and Norway have joined forces to call for an end to the so-called ‘mackerel dispute’ which they say is threatening to punish the responsible actions of Scottish and Norwegian fleets. First minister Alex Salmond met with Norway’s foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre this week to discuss a range of issues, including the decision by […]

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Heinz spills the beans on emissions success

Energy use and carbon emissions have been slashed at factories producing Heinz Beanz, soups and pasta, according to a joint announcement from Heinz and the Carbon Trust. Carbon dioxide emissions at Heinz’s UK factories in Kendal, Cumbria and Kitt Green, near Wigan, have been cut by over 17,000 tonnes over the last four years. That’s […]

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Global recognition for Cargill food safety advances

Its global food safety activities have won Cargill the prestigious President’s Award in the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUoFST) Global Food Industry Awards. The President’s Award is a new category that recognises efforts to advance food science and technology for the benefit of all. “We recognise the application of modern science and […]

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Delicate subject for PFM

A new ange of in-line multihead weighers offers low drop height for fragile goods and new control software for improved accuracy at higher speeds, according to Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery. The MBP C4 Series of weighers is available with up to eight weighing heads and is aimed in particular at delicate products such as […]

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Monk fruit is emerging sweetener star, say analysts

As the sweetener stevia finally moves into the EU food market via France, it seems it may already have a potential new rival. Monk fruit (luo han guo) is a Chinese fruit 300 times sweeter than sugar, and used largely in Asia, Until now, regulatory issues mean it has been confined to supplement-type products in […]

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