New research improves oven efficiency

Campden BRI research into the flow of air in bakery ovens has helped in the development of a new oven system which is around 5% more efficient than a conventional setup oven. The efficiency savings are achieved by balancing the way gases move into and out of ovens. By calculating the quantity of gas released […]

Campylobacter exploits chicken ‘juice’

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by chicken ‘juice’. Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses (chicken juice) provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. This emphasises the importance of cleaning surfaces in food […]

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Acting director of FDF announced

Former managing director of General Mills UK, Eire & Nordic and FDF president from 2011-13, Jim Moseley, is to become acting director general of the Food and Drink Federation, following the resignation of Melanie Leech. Leech joins the British Property Federation in the New Year and the process of recruiting her successor is underway. President […]

Show season continues

I have reported on several shows and exhibitions in recent newsletters and, with show season still in full swing, I clocked up a few more air miles last week with a visit to Emballage in Paris as well as Food Matters Live in London. First up was Emballage, which took place in Paris at the […]

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PACKAGING: Weekly round-up

Here is your weekly round-up of Packaging news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at With just one month remaining until the main elements of the Food Information to Consumers EU 1169/2011 Regulation (FIC) are due to come into effect in […]

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Latest FIC compliance insight

With just one month remaining until the main elements of the Food Information to Consumers EU 1169/2011 Regulation (FIC) are due to come into effect in the UK, analysis of the industry’s journey toward compliance has identified where issues may persevere for those involved with the sale of food and drink products. The third in […]

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Let off steam

KM Packaging Services has enhanced its range of lidding films with the launch of a new steam venting product. The new film is manufactured in the UK, where KM is also based, and is compatible with polypropylene trays. The development of the steam venting film has been driven by consumer demand for added value features […]

Success sells

With doom and gloom reported daily by news outlets around the world, I enjoy coming into work and hearing the success stories of the food and drink trade – be it increased profits and expansion, well received product launches or anniversary celebrations. With this in mind, I was delighted to be invited to Ardagh Group’s […]

UK consumer demand for antibacterial packaging

Antibacterial packaging that is designed to delay the development of germs and bacteria in canned products is set to become a hit with consumers, a new survey from Canadean reveals. The research finds that over half of Britons are worried about bacteria on the outside of a can, more than the presence of dirt and […]


Event combines food, health and nutrition

Leading brands from across the food and drink sector will be participating in Food Matters Live, the UK’s first cross-sector event dedicated to food, health and nutrition. Global companies including Nestlé, Unilever Foundry, The Coca-Cola Company and Kellogg Group will be revealing their latest innovations. “We are delighted that so many leading names from across […]

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FDF president 2015 elected

At the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)’s recent council meeting Fiona Kendrick, CEO and chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland, was elected FDF president for 2015 in succession to Richard Evans, president of PepsiCo West Europe & South Africa Region. A formal handover of responsibilities will take place at the FDF President’s Reception on 15 December. Outgoing FDF president, […]

Survey on ‘may contain’ labelling

The Food Standards Agency has published a nationwide snapshot survey on a cross-section of pre-packed processed foods both with and without allergen advisory labelling. The survey aimed to provide an improved understanding of the type of allergen advisory labelling used on pre-packed processed foods in the UK and whether the labelling was related to the […]

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