‘Spirit of Innovation’

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Kolak Snack Foods achieved a turnover of £101 million and created an additional 150 jobs in 2014. Here, managing director Rikin Lakhani says innovation will see the food and drink industry remain the UK’s largest manufacturing sector for years to come.

Healthy eating tops the resolution list

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive season. The arrival of each New Year brings with it the usual ‘new year, new me’ claims as consumers make their New Year’s resolutions – often including something along the lines of eating less ‘naughty’ foods and/or eating more ‘healthy’ foods. Indeed, new research from […]

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SHELF LIFE: Round-up

Here is your weekly round-up of Shelf Life news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at The Coca-Cola Company will roll out the global brand Fanta in a frozen carbonated format in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Denmark initially, with […]

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Alcohol-free Kopparberg

With experts predicting that ‘dry January’ 2015 is set to be the most popular on record, Kopparberg is launching a new alcohol-free strawberry and lime cider. Kopparberg Alcohol Free Strawberry & Lime joins Kopparberg Alcohol Free Pear and Kopparberg Alcohol Free Mixed Fruit in the UK’s only alcohol-free cider range. Kopparberg head of marketing, Rob Calder, says, “Our alcohol-free […]

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84% of Brits say Scotch whisky tax is unfair

An overwhelming majority of the British public (84%) find the rate of tax on Scotch whisky – which is 78% – unfair, according to new research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of the Scotch Whisky Association. The survey polled 1,129 people across the UK and found that one in three people buy Scotch as a […]

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Low calorie popcorn range

From the founder of the Consett Popcorn Company comes Love Popcorn, a range of handmade, gluten-free popcorn products in five low calorie flavours: Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, Fiery Salsa (made with real tomato, chilli and cumin), Cocoa Crisp, Salty Sweet and Sweet Vanilla. The products are made from wholegrain corn, which is low […]


Oats and chia for breakfast

The Chia Co is set to launch its new Oats + Chia products in Waitrose supermarkets in the UK later this month. Sold in boxes of five, each serve of Oats + Chia contains wholegrain oats and sun-ripened chia blended with fruit and coconut oil, producing a creamy, dairy-free texture. The single serve ‘just add […]

Coca-Cola teams up with Every Can Counts

In a bid to boost recycling among consumers, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) supported its Coca-Cola UK Christmas truck tour with a new initiative developed in partnership with Every Can Counts. Volunteers from CCE and Every Can Counts engaged with members of the public about recycling whilst they queued to claim their free sample of Coca-Cola product […]


FDF looks to 2015 and beyond

The food and drink manufacturing industry is committed to strengthening its industrial partnership with government to deliver long-term, sustainable growth in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. At an industry reception held earlier this month, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) reaffirmed its ambition to grow sustainably by 20% by 2020 by continuing to grow UK […]

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Sustainable palm oil guide

A new guide has been launched to support and encourage food and drink manufacturers on sustainable use of the world’s most widely used vegetable oil. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched the guide to help manufacturers switch to sustainably produced palm oil. All food business operators in the UK must identify which products […]


Eat, drink and be safe

Food & Drink Technology HQ is preparing to down tools for the festive period, but before we go, I wanted to leave you with a timely (Christmas) and topical (food safety) blog. This year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched National Defrost Your Turkey Day in the UK, urging people to defrost their turkeys […]



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 Linx Printing Technologies is making laser coding more accessible with the launch of the Linx SL1, an entry-level solution that enables more food and beverage companies […]

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Jams and spreads market

The UK syrups and spreads market is dominated by jam and honey spreads. However, chocolate spreads are expected to gather pace, growing by 35% up to 2018, finds a new report from Canadean. Over the coming years, the syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5% in the UK, reaching $960 million by […]


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