Resources for ready meal manufacturers

Mettler-Toledo, a global provider of precision instruments and services for professional use, has developed a range of papers and resources to assist ready meal manufacturers. The guides detail how manufacturers can enhance productivity and maintain regulatory compliance in convenience food manufacturing. They provide real examples that are designed to increase productivity and product quality in […]

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Students ‘see inside’ food and drink manufacturing

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced that over 1,600 students, teachers and careers advisors will see behind the scenes of some of Britain’s top food and drink manufacturing companies during October as part of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) programme. SIM is a programme run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills […]


Cleaned-up labels: fad or future?

In the upcoming issue of Food & Drink Technology, we include a focus on natural ingredients, and explore the notion that consumers are unwilling to accept sensory disadvantages in order to benefit from lower calorie content – and that consumers want healthier, more wholesome snacks with cleaned-up labels and all-natural ingredients. This line of thinking […]

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Air-dried kale snacks

Happy, a Somerset-based company, is launching healthy kale crisps that are not only 100% natural and raw, but also wheat, dairy, nut, gluten and GM free. There are currently two variants – barbeque and carob coconut – with additional flavours in the pipeline. Andrew Davis, a raw foodist and founder of Happy, comments, “Kale is […]


Temperature control improves food spraying efficiencies

Temperature control specialist, ICS Cool Energy has supplied a temperature control solution to Saturn Spraying, a manufacturer of food spraying applications. The equipment will improve on production efficiencies across the business, which is at the forefront of spinning disc spraying technology in the food production industry. The company supplies spraying equipment that enables food producers […]

Pacepacker bagging line makes the grade

For just over a decade, Pacepacker Services’ Total Bag Control (TBC) bagging system installed at Pasta Foods has adapted to meet the company’s changing needs and has continued to provide reliable, dust-free operation. Pasta Foods is a producer of snack pellets and dry pasta. Based in the UK, the operation supplies customers with tailor-made solutions […]

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Touch-screen food texture analyser launched

Food Technology Corporation (FTC) has announced the launch of TMS-Pilot, its new texture analyser. Reportedly easy-to-operate, the product is a portable, mid-range system designed specifically for quick and easy food texture testing by unskilled operators. Since consumers judge the quality of foods through texture evaluation, it is vital to maintain consistent texture standards through a […]

Thermal transfer printer speeds up snack packaging

With its range of products beginning to grow, it was important to Portlebay Popcorn to have an efficient production line. When the time came to update one of its printers, it thus turned to Allen Coding Systems. Jonty White of Portlebay Popcorn commented, “We have worked with Allen Coding for several years and use the […]


Boundaries pushed for snack packing speeds

Ishida Europe is introducing an enhancement to its Atlas range of snack food bagmakers which, the company says, will increase its already-high speeds on potato chips by a further 35% to 150 bags per minute, on a single packaging machine. The new Ishida Charge Transfer Control (CTC) system can be retrofitted to existing Atlas systems, […]

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Infrared oven solves in-flight pizza problem

An infrared, cheese grilling and browning oven from Heraeus Noblelight has helped Food Point of Dubai to solve an in-flight house-keeping problem as airlines try to meet the passenger demand for pizza slice snacks. By pre-grilling and browning prepared slices in Food Point’s food production facility, the packaged slices can now be baked on board […]

Waitrose vows to halve packaging by 2016

UK retailer Waitrose has announced plans to cut its packaging in half by 2016. It has also revealed three major changes to its product ranges that it says will save nearly 100 tonnes of packaging each year. The Menu from Waitrose range of prepared meals has been relaunched with a full redesign and packaging update […]

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Sneaking goodness into snacks

Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK say they may have found a way to ‘sneak’ nutrients into children’s snacks. The team from the Manchester Food Research Centre, based at the university, has been testing extruded snacks made from fruit powders against popular brands Quavers and Wotsits. And in taste tests with schoolchildren in […]


Cola, water and glucose drinks stimulating market, says Britvic report

The soft drinks industry is bubbling with excitement after proving its resilience in a tough economic climate. According to the newly published Britvic Soft Drinks Review, soft drinks generated value sales of more than £7.2 billion (€8.5bn) in the grocery, convenience and impulse categories “The soft drinks category is growing ever closer to becoming a […]

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