NFU dismayed at aid scheme decision

The NFU is bitterly disappointed after learning that ministers have decided not to take advantage of an EU aid package for fruit and vegetable producers impacted by the Russian trade ban. In a letter received last week, Defra officials confirmed that “Ministers do not believe that destroying edible UK produce would be an acceptable use […]

Additives in confectionery

A pan-European survey conducted by market research institute Innofact AG on behalf of the GNT Group has found that sweet lovers not only pay attention to taste and flavour, but many consumers care about the ingredients in their confectionery products. 37% of Europeans look for sweets free from artificial additives. Italian consumers are the most […]

Fun and function

The latest issue of Food & Drink Technology should be with you by now, the front cover of which serves as an indication of not one, but two themes in the issue: beverages and functional ingredients. The October issue got me thinking about sports nutrition; it is true that such products have become more widely […]


Call for collaborative effort on food aid

Arla Foods Ingredients has highlighted the need for a global industry push to ensure dairy ingredients are included as an integral part of emergency food programmes. Ingredients derived from milk tend not to be included in such programmes – including the United Nation’s World Food Programme, which fights hunger in the developing world – because […]

Stabilisers for chocolate milk

Premium Ingredients is presenting two new stabilisers for chocolate milk: Premigum XLB-13059 and Premitex XLB-14022. Premigum XLB-13059 allows for an important cost saving by reducing milk powder content and is specially designed for recombined UHT chocolate milk applications. It also allows for an improved mouth feel and creamy texture. This stabiliser guarantees an efficient suspension […]


New printers and labellers from Sato

Sato has introduced two new printing and labelling solutions for the food industry. The new TH2 All in Box is a ready-to-use pack which includes a TH2 printer and labels so users can start labelling quickly while meeting stringent food preparation and labelling regulations. The new Judo Food handheld labeller is a flexible labelling solution enabling […]

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Screw caps for cartons

SIG Combibloc’s combiSwift screw cap is now also available for food carton packs. This screw cap offers convenience when opening carton packs and when pouring and portioning out long-life foods such as soups, sauces, tomato products and desserts. Because the carton packs can be reclosed, the products are still protected after initial opening. The food […]


Arla Foods Ingredients reboots smoothies

Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new ingredient concept that makes it easy to produce healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly Greek-style yoghurt smoothies that are rich in both protein and real fruit. Nutrilac YO-8075 is a natural whey protein derived from cow’s milk. It gives manufacturers the ability to use their existing equipment to formulate […]

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Expansion for food packaging firm

Faerch Plast, European producer of plastic containers for the food industry, is set to double production capacity in the UK following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility by early 2015. This move will ensure the company continues to meet its annual output for CPET ready […]

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Scotland reacts to Russian trade embargo

First minister Alex Salmond chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this morning to discuss the impact of the immediate Russian trade embargo on food imports from the west. The ban on food products including fish and seafood, beef, pork, poultry, cured meats, sausages, milk and dairy products and fruit and vegetables […]

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Russia bans EU food imports

Russia has banned fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, Russia’s prime minister told a government meeting today. Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was effective immediately and would last for one year. Russian officials were yesterday asked to come up with a list […]

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