Nutrition for Life funding up for grabs

The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced a planned investment of up to £6.25 million (€7.24m) to stimulate innovation in the food and drink sector. The investment is intended to encourage the […]

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Fish and shellfish employees can now net new skills

The first dedicated training qualification for fish and shellfish processing to be launched for more than 20 years is now available to employers. The Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills qualification has been developed by Improve, the UK-based food and drink skills council, and can now be accessed through the National Skills Academy for […]


Linde partners with Wikeeps to extend wine quality from vine to glass

Preserving wine quality by preventing oxidation is the aim of a new partnership between Linde Gases and French company Wikeeps. “Linde Gases has historically been a leading provider of oenological gases to help wine growers maintain from the vine to the bottle,” says Linde’s Steve Finley. “This innovative and important partnership with Wikeeps now allows […]


Coca-Cola and Heinz in landmark packaging partnership

The Coca-Cola Company and Heinz have announced a strategic US partnership that will enable Heinz to produce its ketchup bottles using Coca-Cola’s innovative PlantBottle packaging. The PET plastic bottles are made partially from plants and have a lower reliance on non-renewable resources compared with traditional PET plastic bottles. The partnership is an industry first, and […]

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Palsgaard invests in new emulsifier facility

Danish food ingredients supplier Palsgaard has revealed that it’s to build an emulsifier factory in Asia. “Preliminary investigations and negotiations are now at such an advanced stage that we feel comfortable to announce our plans,” says company chairman Birger Brix. “In order to satisfy the increasing needs and demands of our customers for high quality […]


IFST reveals conference theme

Keeping control of allergens is the theme of this year’s Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) annual spring conference and AGM. Taking place on 7 and 8 April at Campden BRI, and organised by the IFST’s Midland branch, the event is open to all food professionals with an interest in this area, and will […]

Nutrigenomics part of food future, says new research

UK consumers could soon be buying food and drink based on whether it suits their genetic make up as interest in new technology soars, according to market analysts Datamonitor. Research by the independent market analyst has revealed that almost half – 47% – of UK consumers now find the idea of using information about their […]

Vegetarian omega-3 from LycoRed

LycoRed has launched what it’s calling ‘a new and innovative vegetarian omega-3’ for the bakery and confectionery industries. Lyc-O-Mega 10 AL is, it says, free from fish odour and produced only from the highest quality DHA algae oil, making it especially suitable for vegetarians. “Following the latest publication by EFSA on Article 13.1, which included […]


Industry accolade for Law

Years of service to the food industry by Mike Law, chief certification officer at independent certification company Cert ID, have been rewarded with a Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for the Most Significant Contribution. Presented at the recent annual SOFHT luncheon at the Savoy in London, the awards recognise excellence within the food […]

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Sterile robot cleans up

The new VP-G2 Sterile Robot developed by Denso is now available from UK-based AA Robotics. With a maximum payload of 2kg, the robot has been specially designed for use in cleanrooms where there is a requirement for sterile manufacturing, processing and packaging. Four different models of the VP-G2 robot are available depending upon the environment […]

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‘Breakthrough technology’ behind reduced calorie chocolate claim

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has unveiled ‘the breakthrough technology’ behind what it claims is the first chocolate to achieve an EU-approved consumer claim of reduced calorie. According to Cargill, the 30% calorie reduction is double that of any other chocolate on the market and is equivalent to a saving of up to 160 calories […]

Fortress is flying

UK-based designer and manufacturer of metal detection systems Fortress Technology has more than trebled its office space following a move to new premises. The relocation to the 10,500sq ft site comes as a result of the firm doubling its headcount in the past 12 months. “This move to larger premises represents a significant investment by […]

Marine-derived preservatives project unveiled

Aquapharm Biodiscovery, a marine biotechnology company, has signed a research agreement with Leatherhead Food Research to identify novel functional extracts with broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity using its extensive collection of marine micro-organisms. Under the terms of the agreement, Aquapharm will apply its suite of proprietary screening technologies, including SeaRch, and fermentation know-how to generate extracts for […]

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Bosch reveals new India investment

Packaging and processing firm Bosch Packaging Technology has acquired 33,000sq m of land on the Verna Industrial Estate in India, and is planning to invest £3.5 million (€4m) to build up the new plant. “This investment will fuel our ambition to grow in the packaging industry,” says Karthik Viswanathan, managing director of Bosch India. Bosch’s […]

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