Rapid response safety centre opens its doors

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a facility dedicated to the rapid development of analytical methods to help contain costly and potentially dangerous food contamination. The Food Safety Response Centre (FSRC) in Dreieich, Germany, is a fully equipped laboratory for food sample preparation combined with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, says the firm. “When a crisis occurs, analytical […]

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Country of origin labelling a step closer

Clear country of origin food labelling has moved a step closer after the European Parliament Environment and Consumer Protection Committee voted in favour of requiring country of origin to be labelled on meat, poultry, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables and other single-ingredient products. “This is a significant victory and I would like to thank […]

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Morrisons’ festive triumph

Budget supermarket chain Morrisons claims to have beaten its UK retail rivals over Christmas after posting a 6.5% rise in like-for-like sales. Sales at Morrisons rose 6.5 per cent in the six weeks to January 3, surpassing the growth at Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda. “Some of the things we did at Christmas I think took […]

Tesco’s new twist on BOGOF

Tesco has revealed plans to cut Britain’s food waste by turning the traditional Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) offer into Buy One Get One Free – Later, which means customers will be encouraged to pick up the second item at a later date. Shoppers will take an item under a BOGOF offer and receive […]

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The junk food divide

Despite generations of overweight people blaming their size on their genes, new research reveals that the North-South obesity divide may have more to do with food shopping habits than family history. A new nutrition map of Britain unveiled by looked at 250,000 orders with the UK’s biggest supermarkets through its price comparison website. It […]


Wonky fruit and veg ban lifted

Crooked cucumbers and knobbly potatoes are to return to shop shelves following an EU decision to scrap its 20-year ban on misshapen fruit and vegetables. Under the new rules, which became effective on 1 July, 26 types of fruit and vegetables will no longer have specific marketing standards relating to classification, size, shape, development, variety […]

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Why carrots really could help you see better!

Scientists in Belfast and Waterford have discovered that antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables such as carrots may slow down sight loss in elderly people. In a five-year study Professor Usha Chakravarthy, from the Queen’s University Centre of Vision and Vascular Science, looked at nutritional supplements for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and […]

Frozen food radiates gear change

A new ice age has been welcomed by the British Frozen Food Federation… The initiative will see a huge promotion for frozen foods, and has been backed by leading frozen food manufacturers and retailers. The launch of the new website is to educate young people and families by showing them how frozen food is produced, […]


HANDLING NEWS: Locally sourced and delivered to the door in conjunction with Bank Farm, based in Aldington, Kent have come up with a novel idea – source it locally, make it special and deliver it. What makes Foodari Direct different is that it offers superior quality local produce, together with kitchen cupboard essentials, all for great value. Although it is localised to Kent […]


Tomato research proves why science matters

The success of a new variety of tomato produced using GM technology, which contains extra cancer-fighting compounds anthocyanins, exemplifies calls for more research and development into agricultural science. In the NFU’s recent campaign ‘Why Science Matters for Farming’, calls for prod-uction and efficiency must be put at the top of the political agenda for agricultural […]


Unilever opens drinks centre of excellence

Unilever, the world’s biggest tea company, has opened its global R&D Centre for drinks at Colworth Science Park in the UK. This technology centre will focus on developing products for all Unilever’s brands such as Lipton, PG Tips, Flora and Slim-Fast. The centre employs 90 scientists and specialists from 15 countries and brings together all […]


INGREDIENTS: Tastes like…

Fayrefield Foods Ireland has launched Butter-Like – the ultimate butter extender replacer. Butter-Like has the buttery flavour essential for pastry, biscuits, shortbreads and quality laminated pastry products. Developed to replicate the physical properties of butter in every way, Butter-Like delivers these properties at a significant discount to the cost of butter. Its similarity to butter […]

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