New website targets next generation

UK food manufacturing skills body The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched its new Tasty Careers website as part of an integrated communications campaign designed to attract more young talent into the industry. Food and drink manufacturing is now the UK’s largest manufacturing sector employing 400,000 people with an annual turnover of […]

Extending product life to cut food waste

WRAP estimates that an increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, in UK households and in the supply chain, by giving consumers longer to eat the food they buy. In a new report published this week – Reducing food […]


FDF appoints new director general

The UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed Ian Wright as director general. Wright, who was corporate relations director with drinks company Diageo, will join the FDF before Easter. He succeeds Melanie Leech who left the organisation just before Christmas to join the British Property Federation. Jim Moseley, a former president of the federation […]

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 FOODesign, a tna company, has launched the cryo-jet 5 ambient and chilled air cooling system. A modular pod system for conveying free flowing powders or granular […]

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Causing a stir

The Gulp campaign – which stands for give up loving pop – is a Food Active project funded by the North West Directors of Public Health, which aims to raise awareness of the damaging effects of the consumption of sugary drinks.


UK food industry plan announced

A long-term economic plan for UK food and farming has been announced to ensure the continued growth and creation of jobs in the industry. Environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss, identified four key areas to help the food and farming industry grow. The priorities are: Enabling a productive and resilient industry in the face of volatile global […]

Safety first

I was delighted to have been invited by Arco to celebrate its signing of an agreement with AEG Europe to become the official safety equipment partner of The O2 and Up at The O2, the iconic London, UK venue that attracts nine million visitors each year from around the globe. UK safety company Arco distributes […]

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NFU champions food ahead of election

The NFU will launch a UK wide campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election. The Great British Food Gets My Vote campaign, to be launched at the NFU’s annual conference on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February, will urge politicians to back British farming in their […]

Tray sealer is a revolution for packing site

A recent installation of Packaging Automation’s Revolution tray sealer at UK-based packing site Valefresh – which handles storage, ripening, packing and distribution of fruit and vegetables to supermarkets – has improved efficiencies and reduced costs of its grape tray sealing line.

Summer special

Britvic Soft Drinks has created J2O Garden Rose, a new limited edition blend of apple, raspberry and rose flavours, which is available in the UK until August 2015. Jonathan Gatward, GB marketing director, Britvic Soft Drinks, comments, “We’re thrilled to see the launch of J2O Garden Rose; it’s a different flavour profile from the core […]

Food survey results

The results of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) biannual Public Attitudes Tracker for November 2014 have been published. The top three food safety issues of total (ie spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (39%), food poisoning (32%), the use of additives in food products (29%) and date labels (29%). The […]

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