BSDA welcomes new president

Peter Harding, chief operating officer at Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS), is the new president of the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA). Following his role as vice president, Harding was elected at the April 2015 AGM by his contemporaries in the soft drinks industry. Harding says, “I am delighted to take up my new role as […]

New UK nut association

The Combined Edible Nut Trade Association and the British Peanut Council have joined together to form The Nut Association (TNA). Open to all companies involved in the supply, distribution and manufacture of nuts and allied products, TNA aims to be proactive in finding opportunities to promote nuts and to address issues which may impact the […]


ROUND-UP: Processing

Here is your weekly round-up of processing news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at Mouvex, part of PSG, has added the new A6 model to its A Series Eccentric Disc Pumps range. In 2014, GEA introduced the new and more […]

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All natural

The doors have closed on this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe – Europe’s biggest trade show for natural, organic, fair trade, free-from, vegan, vegetarian and healthy living brands. From 19-20 April, more than 10,000 attendees are thought to have visited the show, which took place at ExCeL, London and featured around 600 exhibitors from […]


Regulatory concern sees EU drop in digestive product launches

Following a tightening up of claims legislation, particularly in Europe, launches of functional and healthy foods which claim digestive or gut health benefits have suffered a setback in the EU. Over 3.2% of food and drinks launches recorded by Innova Market Insights carried digestive health claims of some kind in 2014, up from just 2.7% […]


Printer helps popcorn reach global audience

Gourmet popcorn manufacturer Joe & Seph’s has recently installed an RX-S continuous small character inkjet printer from Allen Coding at its facility in Watford, UK. The Hitachi system is being used to fulfil the Middle East’s stringent food packaging requirements.

More efficient anaerobic digestion

Nestlé’s Fawdon factory in the UK is using a new anaerobic digestion system to turn chocolate and sugar confectionery waste from the site into renewable energy and clean water. The system involves mixing rejected chocolates and sweets that are not suitable for sale with waste residues such as starch and sugar and partially dissolving them […]

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Light shed on £500k tax relief

Having recently learned of a government HMRC incentive which benefits UK businesses investing in up to half a million pounds in plant and machinery until the end of 2015, Pacepacker Services ran a quick customer poll to gauge awareness. Asking customers if they were aware of this annual investment allowance (AIA), which is subject to […]

ROUND-UP: Ingredients

Here is your weekly round-up of Ingredients news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at Arla Foods Ingredients has launched Nutrilac Ageless, a new whey protein plus calcium ingredient that will enable dairy companies to create yogurts and desserts for active […]

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Soft drinks resilient in the face of attack

The recently published Britvic Soft Drinks Review reveals that soft drinks increased in value sales by +0.4 per cent to £7.6 billion in 2014 in the UK. Paul Graham, Britvic GB managing director GB, says, “2014 was the year when the grocery and convenience channel ‘held steady’ and showed its true resilience in the face […]


New protein for cooked meat

A new protein from clean label starch specialist Ulrick & Short can increase manufacturing yield whilst retaining moisture in all types of chopped and reformed meats. Complex F, which is the latest addition to the company’s Complex range, improves texture while enhancing in-process moisture retention and ensuring increased yield for cooked meat products such as […]

Happy Easter!

It’s April already – Q1 seems to have flown by doesn’t it? – and many are currently enjoying the Easter break; as such, I thought I would make this week’s blog entry a seasonal one. Easter means big business; new research from Mintel has revealed that almost seven in ten (68 per cent) UK consumers […]


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