Honour for National Starch Food Innovation

National Starch Food Innovation’s cost-saving bakery ingredient N-Dulge FR starch claimed the bakery innovation of the year prize at this week’s Food Ingredients Excellence Awards 2009 in Europe, clinching the Most Innovative Food Ingredient award. The ingredient impressed the judges with its fat replacement potential and its performance in a range of baked goods.


Top award for McCormick

McCormick UK, the British subsidiary of spice and herb firm McCormick & Company, scooped the Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year title at the recent Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2009. Well known for its Schwartz brand, McCormick UK won the award for the improvement of its environmental performance and reduction of its carbon footprint in […]


UK retailers hit target on environmental pledges

With less than a month to go before the crucial Copenhagen climate change conference, a string of major household-name UK retailers say they have met challenging environmental pledges ahead of schedule, and are committed to meeting even more demanding targets. One of their key achievements is a 130,000 tonne reduction in the amount of waste […]


Health claims victory for AstaPure

Algatechnologies has revealed that, following an FDA review, it will be able to use 12 new structural health claims filed for its AstaPure brand of natural astaxanthin in the US market. For more than ten years, astaxanthin’s role in enhancing the immune system and preventing oxidative stress has been the subject of international research both […]

Anti-ageing snacks market set to soar, says Leatherhead

Ever-increasing life expectancy is leading to growing interest in fortified snacks and baked goods, according to a new report from Leatherhead Food Research. The Market for Anti-ageing Foods report goes on to say that the global market for such foods shows massive potential, with an increasing number and variety of customers registering an interest in […]


Pesticide pears spark EU alert

The European Commission has imposed emergency measures on pear imports from Turkey after some shipments were found to contain pesticide residues over 1,400 times above acceptable levels. Identifying the potentially ‘high level of risk’, the EC has ordered member states to increase testing of all Turkish pears after inspections repeatedly found levels of the pesticide […]

Carbonates market set to regain its fizz

The global carbonated soft drinks market is predicted to bounce back next year after its growth rate halved in 2008. In its recently published Global Carbonates report, beverage industry information specialist Canadean says that growth in the sector slowed significantly in 2008, with the rate dropping to 1.4 per cent from three per cent in […]

Marks & Spencer breaks 85-year habit

Following a successful trial in 54 stores in the north-east and south-east of England, Marks & Spencer is to stock branded products – bringing an end to its 85-year own brand rule. Items from brands including Heinz, Fairy, Persil, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s will now sit alongside M&S’s own products on its shelves. No M&S products […]

Burnt sugar flavour breakthrough

Specialist food colouring company DD Williamson has developed a breakthrough natural acid-stable burnt sugar flavour which, it says, responds to demand for clean-label flavours. Applications include beverages and sauces, with the non-GM product offering stability in phosphoric acid, citric acid, alcohol (60%) and salt (15%). “Class one (plain) caramel colours and burnt sugars are not […]

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ABF revenues up – but pre-tax profits fall

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a 12% rise in revenues to £9.3 billion this year. However, its pre-tax profits fell 6% to £495 million after a £65m loss on the sale of the group’s American packaged oil business. Adjusted pre-tax profits rose 4% to £655m. Profits in the group’s sugar business rose by 24% […]

Twinings job threat

A total of 263 jobs are under threat at Twinings’ UK tea packing site in North Shields as the company looks to consolidate manufacturing in Andover, Hampshire. Twinings has entered into consultation with workers at North Shields over the proposed closure in September 2011 and a further 129 job losses at its Andover site.

Virtual winner for food and drink industry

UK-based food robotics and automation centre CenFRA has launched new computer simulation technologies that will enable businesses to evaluate and quantify the benefits and implications of integrating different automation techniques into new or existing production lines on a ‘virtual’ scale, without disruption to current manufacturing operations. CenFRA says one northern-based food giant has already taken […]

FSA reveals open board meeting date

The next Food Standards Agency open board meeting is being held at its headquarters at Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH. It will begin at 1pm on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 and will be chaired by agency chair Jeff Rooker. You can attend in person, watch it live online or listen-in via a free […]


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