Flow wrapper increases production

Crantock Bakery, one of the UK’s leading Cornish pasty manufacturers, has been able to increase productivity and win new customer contracts with help from KernPack’s flow wrapper.

Career opportunities for women boost

The National Skill Academy for Food & Drink has launched a UK-wide drive to propel women up the industry career ladder. The move follows the Academy’s success in securing a fighting fund of £232,000 from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to support training and development for up to 650 women employed in the […]

Popularity of corrugated packaging

UK corrugated packaging companies have invested almost £500 million in new technology and plant over the last two years, in part to provide retailers and brand owners with effective on-pack communications to entice customers. The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) says significant capital outlay in state of the art digital printing equipment is enabling the […]


Chilled coffee market gathers NPD momentum

Ready to drink (RTD) or iced coffee has been seeing a period of strong product and market activity in recent years. It remains one of the smallest sectors of the soft drinks market in terms of new product activity, accounting for just over 4.2% of global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 […]

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FDF bids farewell to director general

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced that its director general Melanie Leech will be leaving in the new year after more than nine years to head up the British Property Federation. Leech, who has held the post since August 2005, says, “I have been privileged to lead FDF for the last nine years and […]

Investing in future generations

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has underlined its continued commitment to youth development with the launch of a new £810,000 Education Centre at its Milton Keynes site in the UK. The opening marks a total of £4 million invested by CCE in its national education programme since 2011 which to date has reached more than 300,000 young […]

UK brewery launches energy centre

A new energy centre has opened at Molson Coors’ brewery in Burton, UK as part of a five-year capital investment plan to modernise its brewing infrastructure and technology. Molson Coors says the new energy centre will support the business’ global ambition to cut energy consumption by 25% and 15% of its greenhouse gas emissions by […]


Machinery aplenty

Last week I travelled to Birmingham, UK to visit the PPMA Show, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition. Taking place 30 September-2 October at the NEC and promising more than 300 exhibitors and in excess of 8,000 visitors, I was in for a busy few days! The latest technology – from machinery, industrial […]

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Industry-wide food waste campaign

A new initiative called Working on Waste has been launched, aiming to bring together food and grocery companies throughout October in a coordinated bid to help their employees reduce household food waste. Spearheaded by food and grocery research and training charity IGD, the campaign will use the scale of the industry collectively to talk directly […]


Tea deal

First Great Western and Tregothnan have announced a new partnership that will see one million bags of Cornwall’s Tregothnan tea brewed on First Great Western services in the UK over the next year. The deal will see the rail company become one of the plantation’s largest customers. By choosing the British-grown, blended and packed tea, […]


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