Tetra Pak cracks on with coconut research

Tetra Pak has completed a £33 million (€42m) investment to upgrade and expand its operations in Singapore, including a state-of the art new building and Coconut Knowledge Centre. The investment, says Tetra Pak, is designed to meet customer needs across the growing Southeast Asian market and to improve the company’s competitiveness in other parts of […]


Difficult detection made easy with twin-light technology

Difficult shapes, flat or transparent objects that have previously defied reliable detection can now be seen clearly, says Sick UK, thanks to its new MultiLine photoelectric sensor. Unveiled at this week’s PPMA show, the MultiLine ensures ‘a stable and continuous detection signal from the leading to the trailing edge of a product, even when surfaces […]

Industry quizzed on emerging technology

A recent survey asked the food and beverage industry what objectives are currently the most important when considering investment in new technology. Results revealed that over 55 per cent still considered that, despite big moves within the industry to improve sustainability and resource efficiency, the primary technology innovations needed remain focused on the product – […]

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AKP digs new potato facilities

State-of-the-art storage and grading facilities have been opened at UK potato processor AKP. The new facilities will, says the firm, enable it to meet increased demand for quality potatoes from customers including Morrisons, McCain and Linroyale. “We initially won funding towards the £2 million (€2.5m) storage facility from the Rural Development Programme for England back […]


Firms team up for bacteria-busting packaging

Multi-material packaging firm Linpac Packaging has teamed up with Addmaster to develop a range of trays and films with built-in antimicrobial technology designed to reduce bacteria growth on the outer packaging of fresh meat. Addmaster say its Biomaster antimicrobial technology is a silver-based additive that can be added into any plastic, paper, textile, paint or […]

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Coffee flavour range additions full of beans

Flavour firm Treatt has expanded its portfolio of natural distillates with the introduction of two new products. Coffee Treattarome Full Roast 9780 and Coffee Treattarome Mellow 9781 have been developed to deliver an authentic roasted bean flavour in a wide variety of applications at a cost-effective price, says the company. “These latest additions to the […]

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Using technology to fight foodborne disease

Advances in molecular biology could revolutionise the way in which foodborne disease outbreaks are investigated, according to the Food Standards Agency, enabling faster and more accurate identification of the organisms responsible. Some of the UK’s top public health officials have hailed DNA sequencing techniques, such as next generation sequencing, as one the most powerful laboratory […]


New lab products set for UK debut

A range of new products are set to be launched by exhibitors at this year’s Lab Innovations show. The UK event, at Birmingham’s NEC on 7 and 8 November, is set to showcase the latest laboratory technology, including analytical and biotech equipment. A raft of companies have already confirmed they’re launching new products at easyFairs […]


Glanbia drinks to aseptic acquisition

International ingredients and cheese group Glanbia has acquired Aseptic Solutions USA, a manufacturer of premium shelf stable high acid beverages made with aseptic technology. The business will be part of the Ingredient Technologies business unit within Glanbia Nutritionals, headquartered in Fitchburg, Wisconsin “The acquisition of Aseptic Solutions will expand our ability to serve our beverage […]

Milestone for corrugated packaging

Corrugated packaging is celebrating its 130th birthday by looking to the future, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) Corrugated Sector. The packaging material was first developed in the United States for wrapping fragile items such as bottles. However, it was another American, Robert Thompson, who patented the machinery to produce corrugated board in […]

Working towards wheat for the world

Plans to help increase potential wheat yields in the UK to 20 tonnes per hectare within the next 20 years have been launched by Rothamsted Research scientists and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The 20:20 Wheat programme aims to ‘provide the knowledge base and tools to tackle food security challenges for a […]

Fresh approach to packaging

Tesco tomatoes will now stay fresher for longer following the roll-out of It’sFresh! in all UK stores this week. Tesco says it’s the first retailer to use It’sFresh! on tomatoes, with those in its Finest range being the first to benefit. The roll-out follows successful trials on UK Sunstream tomato varieties from greenhouse growers Thanet […]


Carbery results boosted by ingredients division

Carbery Group increased revenues by 14.5 per cent last year, reflecting an underlying strong performance from the ingredients division, says the firm. The division includes flavour business Synergy, as well as the company’s dairy ingredients portfolio. “Synergy continues to grow in existing markets and establish itself in new ones with the acquisition of two new […]

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