Raising the profile of food careers

More than 2,400 students and teachers are to be targeted in a bid to inspire interest in engineering and other STEM-related careers in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector. During October and November, food and drink businesses across the country have been opening their factory gates to showcase exciting and rewarding careers. But competition […]

New mustards

Two new mustards from The English Provender Co have launched in the UK. Wholegrain Mustard with Fig & Honey and Wholegrain Mustard with Horseradish follow the launch of the Posh Piccalilli and Beetroot, Horseradish & Dill Relish in September. Made with all-natural ingredients, the flavours provide a strong contrast to each other; the Wholegrain Mustard […]

Slim Fruits gain listings

Slim Fruits, the healthier sweet, are due to hit even more UK shelves as Petty Wood becomes the new UK distributor for Ferndale Confectionary. Petty Wood has worked with world famous brands such as Weight Watchers, Werther’s Originals and Lavazza. Slim Fruit’s Luscious Peach Melba and Rhubarb & Strawberry pastilles have gained excellent growth following […]


NFU dismayed at aid scheme decision

The NFU is bitterly disappointed after learning that ministers have decided not to take advantage of an EU aid package for fruit and vegetable producers impacted by the Russian trade ban. In a letter received last week, Defra officials confirmed that “Ministers do not believe that destroying edible UK produce would be an acceptable use […]

Food law enforcement info published

The Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2013/14. The information is compiled by the FSA from returns by local authorities and it gives the FSA a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country. The figures show an increase in a […]


Protein potential for manufacturers

A new Canadean survey finds that consumers in the UK acknowledge the importance of eating and drinking products that are high in protein, however they do not have enough protein in their daily diets – a challenge and opportunity for manufacturers. According to the survey, 81% of consumers say that they are aware of the […]


Sustainability in soft drinks sector

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA), which represents the soft drinks industry in the UK, held a Parliamentary event last week to highlight efforts to improve sustainability in the soft drinks sector. The Soft Drinks Roadmap was launched last year and aims to encourage companies across the soft drinks supply chain to identify opportunities to […]

PROCESSING: Weekly round-up

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 Festo has developed a new pneumatic conveyor concept – the WaveHandler – for the transportation and simultaneous sorting of delicate objects. UK-based Moo Free Limited, a […]

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Growth for frozen food

The value of the retail frozen food market has shown continued growth reaching £5.8bn, a 1.6% increase year on year according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel statistics. The latest figures, which look at the 52 weeks to 14 September 2014, show that some sectors of the frozen food industry have excelled despite the wider grocery […]

Food and You survey results

The latest FSA Food and You survey, which is published once every two years and provides information on reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues, has been published. This year it found that 51% of adults surveyed stored meat in line with FSA guidelines suggesting that up to half may store raw meat […]

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Additives in confectionery

A pan-European survey conducted by market research institute Innofact AG on behalf of the GNT Group has found that sweet lovers not only pay attention to taste and flavour, but many consumers care about the ingredients in their confectionery products. 37% of Europeans look for sweets free from artificial additives. Italian consumers are the most […]

Relaunched app aids FIR

Fairway Foodservice is helping wholesalers and caterers meet impending changes to legislation on food labelling and information to customers by relaunching its food information for consumers (FIC) app. The Erudus One program, a detailed product specification database, allows Fairway members and their customers to view a comprehensive range of information on more than 9,500 products. […]


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