Meat exports up

Beef and lamb exports made a strong recovery from the effects of Foot and Mouth disease in the first half of 2008. Overseas trade was worth more than £200 million to hard-pressed beef and lamb producers between the first six months – nearly 30% up on last year, according to latest figures from EBLEX, the […]

INGREDIENTS NEWS: Study backs new cranberry research

A new study has identified that the anti-adhesion mechanism in cranberry helps to prevent infections in the urinary tract. The study conducted in Massachusetts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that cranberry juice worked by changing the thermo- dynamic properties of bacteria common in urinary tract infections. The increase in surface free energy implies cranberries also […]


PACKAGING NEWS: Wool pack is cool

A range of green packaging and mail order food boxes has been developed using British wool as natural insulation. The Woolcool boxes keep farm fresh produce chilled below 5°C for a minimum of 24 hours and are suitable for frozen foods. Award winning Angela Morris came up with the idea as an environmentally friendly alternative […]


HANDLING NEWS: Locally sourced and delivered to the door in conjunction with Bank Farm, based in Aldington, Kent have come up with a novel idea – source it locally, make it special and deliver it. What makes Foodari Direct different is that it offers superior quality local produce, together with kitchen cupboard essentials, all for great value. Although it is localised to Kent […]


Eurozone driving growth in food and drink exports

The Eurozone may be slipping towards a recession but UK food and drink exporters are bucking the trend and finding significant business opportunities in the area. In the first quarter of 2008, UK food and drink exports continued to soar, up 13.2% on the same period in 2007 to reach a record-breaking £2,892.2 million, highlighting […]


‘One size fits all’ is ineffective

Obesity issues, changing lifestyles and rising levels of disposable income have helped drive the health and well-being food market worldwide. However, manufacturers are being warned not to adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the category if they want export success. The latest findings from the International Health, Well-being and Organic Report, produced by […]

Tate & Lyle trading on target

Tate & Lyle has issued a trading update for the six months ending September 2008 ahead of the announcement of the interim results due in November 2008 in light of the board change announcement. Iain Ferguson, chief executive, said,“The Group continues to trade satisfactorily. We expect profits from the Group’s continuing operations in the first […]

Factories up for grabs

The former United Kingdom bakery processing facilities at Sara Lee Bridlington and Heinz Foods Grimsby are up for sale. Pro Auction Limited organised an auction tender of the entire contents of food processing machinery located at the former confectionery manufacturer Sara Lee – a world-renowned manufacturer of baked goods and confectionery in addition to the […]

GM soya approval but warning lights for animal feed shortage

The Agricultural Industries Confederation has welcomed the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) soya as a step in the right direction, but remains concerned about future shortages of protein for animal feed in the European Union. The leading voice for the UK’s agricultural supply industry has echoed the concerns of the European Feed Manufacturers […]

Sowing a future for peas

New research could help breeders to develop pea varieties able to withstand drought stress and climate change. The research conducted by the John Innes Centre and the Central Science Laboratory also shows that the composition of crops is likely to change with the climate. “While many compounds have been reported to change in laboratory based […]

UK poultry company sold to Brazil

Moy Park, the largest integrated poultry company in the UK, has been sold to the Brazilian company Marfrig. From its base in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Moy Park run farming and processing operations throughout the UK, including a state of the art flagship plant at Anwick in Lincolnshire. The sale, which is part of a […]


PROCESSING NEWS: Change of name for CPS

UK-based company Carlisle Process Systems has changed its trading name to Tetra Pak CPS, following its takeover by globally based packaging Tetra Pak. Tetra Pak CPS – a supplier of dairy, food and beverage equipment – will continue to trade from the existing Sherborne site. The name change will make no difference to the service […]


ENVIRONMENT NEWS: Packaging on the wane

The grocery sector has ended packaging growth in the UK despite a sharp increase in sales. Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Britvic, Mars and Kellogg’s are significant brands working towards cutting food waste and packaging waste. The success is the result of the Courtauld Commitment – a voluntary agreement between WRAP, Defra, the Scottish and Welsh governments and […]


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