Envirowise calls for collaboration on compliance

Food and drink manufacturers should focus on working with their supply chains in order to fully realise the opportunities presented by packaging minimisation, say sustainability experts Envirowise. As Defra announces tougher business targets for packaging recovery and recycling rates until 2010, companies need to increasingly assess the risks and opportunities of compliance for them and […]

Concerns over health and safety merger

A proposal to merge the Health & Safety Commission and Health & Safety Executive must aim to improve the governance and scrutiny of legislation and regulators, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. The merger has been proposed in order to create a single and more efficient regulatory body and should be through by […]

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New challenges for Bramleys

Last year it was the Magners cider phenomenon that affected Bramley apple supply. This year the Bramley is facing slightly different challenges, according to successful grower and supplier of processed fruit fillings, Fourayes. With unfavourable weather conditions contributing to smaller fruit sizes and lower than anticipated yields this season, the overall tonnage of Bramley available […]

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NFU backs balanced report on biofuels

The NFU has given its backing to the conclusions of a recent Royal Society report on sustainable biofuels. The report calls on the Government to put policies in place that will ensure biofuels make the maximum contribution of which they are capable to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and that they do not cause new environmental […]

INGREDIENTS: Tastes like…

Fayrefield Foods Ireland has launched Butter-Like – the ultimate butter extender replacer. Butter-Like has the buttery flavour essential for pastry, biscuits, shortbreads and quality laminated pastry products. Developed to replicate the physical properties of butter in every way, Butter-Like delivers these properties at a significant discount to the cost of butter. Its similarity to butter […]

Teens are nuts over snacks

Recent research carried out across secondary schools in the UK has revealed that unsalted peanuts are a popular ingredient amongst teenagers. After taste trials, a staggering 95% of pupils confirmed they would buy healthy snacks containing unsalted peanuts and dried fruit mixes. These results will be of particular interest to manufacturers looking to tap into […]


PROCESSING: Machinery first for bakery

As part of a £1 million investment programme, a Milton Keynes bakery is the first in the UK to install Kanig’s new concept low stress bread line. The machinery has been by bought by Giles Foods, for its rapidly expanding Pain Artisan bakery which produces frozen, chilled and ambient baked and part-baked speciality breads and […]

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ENVIRONMENT: Carbon footprint under scrutiny

Environmental consultancy ADAS is working with Defra and the Carbon Trust to monitor the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions created by the food supply chain. Every food product has an impact on the environment via its ‘carbon footprint’ which is calculated by measuring the GHG outputs at each stage of the food supply chain – from […]


Cadbury Schweppes to sell Monkhill

Cadbury Schweppes has agreed to sell its Monkhill business, which principally manufactures sugar confectionery and popcorn for the UK market, to Tangerine Confectionery for £58 million in cash. Monkhill’s 2007 revenue is expected to be approximately £76 million and 2007 pro forma earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation are expected to be approximately £6.7 […]

Plea for no increase on fuel duty

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is backing a campaign to reduce fuel costs, and urging the government not to raise diesel duty for the second time in six months. VAT on fuel went up by 2p per litre in October 2007. The FPB believes that a similar rise in April will further harm many […]

INGREDIENTS: Frutarom sales growth continues

The trend of sales growth that has characterised Frutarom’s activity over the past seven years continues while achieving accelerated growth in core activities. The company’s rapid development strategy has combined organic growth in core activities with strategic acquisitions worldwide. During 2007 Frutarom made seven acquisitions. Frutarom acquired British companies Belmay and Jupiter; Raychan, Adumim and […]

One industry, one voice

The British Coffee Association (BCA) and The Coffee Trade Federation (CTF) have merged. They will operate under the title of the British Coffee Association (BCA) acting as a single entity and being the authority on the coffee trade and industry of the UK. The BCA will provide the representative voice for all the UK coffee […]

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