Fish freezing requirements relaxed

The Food Standards Agency has announced that certain farmed fish destined to be eaten raw in dishes like sushi no longer need to be frozen before use to protect consumers against parasites. Fish parasites are mainly a problem in certain species of wild fish and can cause illness in humans if eaten. All fishery products […]

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Scot a lot of wins

Border Biscuits has scooped the prestigious title of Business of the Year at the 2012 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The success completed a double for the Lanarkshire company, which was also recognised for its commitment to developing its employees with the Profiting Through Skills Development award. The night’s second big winner was Katy […]


FSA launches FoP labelling consultation

The Food Standards Agency in both Northern Ireland and Scotland has launched a consultation on front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling in a bid, it says, to help consumers keep track of what they eat and choose healthier foods. The consultation opens discussions with FSA’s key partners over how it can achieve this through FoP nutrition labelling. […]

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BASF announces Equateq deal

BASF has announced the acquisition of Equateq Ltd in a bid to extend its portfolio of omega-3 products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. “We are further strengthening our position as a leading supplier of ingredients for the nutrition and health industries,” says Walter Dissinger, president of BASF’s Nutrition & Health division. Adam Kelliher, […]


Seafood firm nets prawn processor

Scotland’s Associated Seafoods has acquired prawn processor Moray Seafoods in a move that it says will secure the future of the company and ‘herald the beginning of a new strategy to develop the domestic and export markets for quality langoustine and scampi’. This is the second seafood processing acquisition made by Associated Seafoods recently – […]


Fish and shellfish safety research plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland is commissioning five pieces of research that it says will help gather evidence to improve the hygiene standards of fish and shellfish consumed in Scotland. The areas of research are to include a review of the processes in place throughout the processing chain that are designed to control […]

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Biscuit firm to axe jobs

BISCUIT firm McVitie’s has announced plans to axe 85 jobs at its factory in Scotland. Shocked staff were given the news as they arrived for work at the plant in Tollcross, Glasgow. Bosses told them 12 per cent of the 700-strong workforce would be laid off. However, a spokesman for McVitie’s owners United Biscuits said […]

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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A thirst for the eccentric

Following the launch of the world’s most expensive beer – The End of History – BrewDog co-founder James Watt has announced that all 12 bottles of the 55%ABV beer, priced at £500-£700 each and served inside stuffed dead animals, were sold within four hours. The blond Belgian ale, brewed in Fraserburgh, Scotland, is infused with […]


Mixed support for Tesco, says new survey

The British public are unable to agree on their opinion of retail giant Tesco, although it wins support overall by a slim margin, and is especially popular among young people and in Scotland, new research by YouGov has found. While 45% of British adults attribute Tesco’s success to its cheap, varied food choices and ability […]

JBT FoodTech consolidates UK operations

Food technology solutions JBT FoodTech, which acquired ovens and cookers’ manufacturer Double D Food Engineering last year, has revealed plans to consolidate its UK operations by combining its Bedford and Broxburn sites. The 40,000sq ft manufacturing site in Broxburn, Scotland, will become the headquarters for JBT FoodTech in the UK, housing manufacturing, sales and servicing […]


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