Tate & Lyle joins forces with Solvay

Tate & Lyle has announced that it is to partner with Solvay to sell digestive health ingredient Solcatis Galactofructose in bakery and other food and beverage applications in Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal), the Middle East and Africa. Solactis Galactofructose, a non-digestible carbohydrate derived from milk, has been shown to deliver wide-ranging health benefits as […]


IPU warning

Farmers or agronomists who discover products in farm stores containing the herbicide isoproturon (IPU) should arrange for prompt and proper disposal, and not be tempted to use or recommend it under any circumstances, warns the Voluntary Initiative (VI). UK approval for all products containing IPU was revoked by ministers back in March 2007 after a […]


Tesco’s new twist on BOGOF

Tesco has revealed plans to cut Britain’s food waste by turning the traditional Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) offer into Buy One Get One Free – Later, which means customers will be encouraged to pick up the second item at a later date. Shoppers will take an item under a BOGOF offer and receive […]

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Frozen food factory rises from the flames

Longbenton Foods, the new owner of the former Findus factory at Longbenton, has revealed that it will return to full production by the end of 2010. The factory in North Tyneside was forced to shed its entire 420-strong workforce after administrators closed down the plant when it was devastated by a blaze in January. But […]

Job threat Diageo workers lobby shareholders

Workers from global drinks giant Diageo have lobbied shareholders ahead of the company’s AGM in a bid to avert 900 job losses in Scotland. The workers pressed Diageo shareholders to ask questions about the restructuring plans, and demanded to see the union’s alternative plan that will keep open Johnnie Walker’s Kilmarnock site, as well as […]

Praise for packaging figures

The amount of packaging used per capita in the UK has remained virtually static over the past decade while recycling rates have more than doubled, according to new EU figures. INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) says data released by the European Commission showed packing totals per capita in the UK were 176kg/ […]

Sweet drinks in childhood linked to obesity in later life

Five-year-olds’ consumption of sweetened beverages could give an indication of their weight status for the subsequent ten years, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Authors of this latest study examined intake of various beverages in a sample of 166 girls in central Pennsylvania, every two years, across a ten-year […]

Global energy drink sales almost double

Global energy drink volumes increased by two per cent in 2008 to 3.9 billion litres – almost double the two billion litres sold in 2003, according to the latest report from food and drink consultancy Zenith International. Average growth over the past five years has been 14 per cent a year. “Energy drinks remain a […]

Wine and dine

A wine flour set to enter the US market can deliver a healthy profile to baked goods, through the addition of antioxidants, fibre and fatty acids, while also extending shelf-life, according to its manufacturer Northern Light Food Processing. It claims the ingredients has a distinct advantage over competitor products as it does not contain grape […]


New invention hopes for pizza the action!

Let’s Pizza – the world’s first pizza vending machine – will be demonstrated by its inventor at The Restaurant Show in London next week (12-14 October). The machine – which promises freshly prepared pizza with a choice of toppings in less than three minutes – has met with a mixed reaction in Italy, where it […]

ADM acquires Czech oilseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced the expansion of its European oilseed processing capabilities with the acquisition of ViaChem Group’s oilseed processing assets in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This facility, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, consists of an oilseed crushing, refining and biodiesel plant that produces oil and meal for the food, feed […]


Sales surge for Sainsbury’s

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has posted a 5.4% rise in second-quarter sales – keeping up the pressure on market leader Tesco. The supermarket chain is making 800,000 more transactions per week than it was this time last year. The firm said it performed well in ‘what remains a challenging consumer environment’ but warned that growth would […]

Salt shocker

Over three quarters of people (77%) are not aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the top salt-contributing foods in our diet, according to a new Food Standards Agency survey. The top three salt-contributing foods are bread, followed by meat products, then breakfast cereals. When asked to pick the top three from a list […]

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