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Food processing is the use of plant equipment and technologies to change the raw ingredients in a product to give it a longer shelf life. It includes freezing or drying food to preserving the nutrients, process controls, regulation and plant productivity.

Bottled up

It's that time of year again. Companies are releasing their third quarter results amid great fanfare, even if there isn't that much to cheer about....

BBH set for production expansion

Following a strong third financial quarter, Baltic Beverages Holding - a 50 per cent joint venture with Scottish & Newcastle and Denmark's Carlsberg , says it...

Arla close four dairies

In order to cut costs, the executive board at Sweden's Arla Foods has voted to close four dairies - two in Denmark and two in...

Worth weighting for

Global supplier of weighing and packing line solutions Ishida Europe has announced it is to open a Paris office at the end of 2003. With...

Dutch courage

Brewery giant Grolsch is building what it claims will be the most efficient brewery in Europe. But to do so, the Dutch company first had...

Cutbacks at Frico

Staff cuts and closures are looming at Frico Cheese as the company sets out to restructure its cheese maturation and packaging activities. The firm has...

Bad news for biotech firm

Recently published sales figures from Sartorius indicate that 2003 has not been a great year for the German biotechnology group. Third-quarter earnings have been negatively...

Buhler goes Latin

Swiss-based technology firm Buhler has always been keen to move beyond its European base and into new global markets. This decades-long strategy has proved highly...

PFM buys up Italian packager

The PFM Group has announced the take over of SPS Packaging, the Italy-based packager specialising in the design and production of automatic wrapping systems for...

Rexam goes to Rio

UK-based consumer packaging company Rexam has acquired Latasa, Brazil's largest beverage can maker. The deal, valued at €396 million, is designed to give the world's...

Golden opportunity

Malaysian plantations giant Golden Hope Plantations (GHPB) is planning to expand its operations in Europe. According to a report in the Malaysian National News Agency,...

Litigating circumstances

For many packaging firms, 2003 has not proved to be a great year in terms of profitability. Numerous global operations have reported poor third quarter...

Spreading the word

UK-based firm Delcam, a global supplier of CADCAM solutions for the packaging industry, is the latest sponsor of Total Innovation Design Centre of Excellence. The...

Expanding bread

UK bakery group Warburtons is set to construct a new £14 million (€20.3m) extension to its Bellshill bakery, which will increase the company's output for...

e-safety first

e-FoodSafety.com announced today that it has acquired a 100 per cent stake in Food Safe from holding company Aquentium. Former president of Food Safe Mark...

Rock solid

It has been quite an eventful year for Rock-Tenn. Two acquisitions were made, and in September, the firm sold its plastic packaging assets to global...

Finnish feel the pinch

Another packaging company, another set of disappointing financial results. This time it's consumer packaging specialist Huhtamaki, which has reported earnings before interest, tax and amortisation...

Bemis rationalises

Packaging giant Bemis has announced a continuation of its restructuring strategy following mixed third quarter results. It seems likely that the move, designed to improve...

The big cheese

Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has announced the completion of a $13 million production line at Rubtsovsk dairy plant. The dairy will produce Lamber, a new brand of...

Cadbury cuts back

UK confectionery and soft-drinks giant Cadbury Schweppes has said that it will cut around 5,500 jobs and 20 per cent of its factories by 2007....

Suominen reflects on average results

Third quarter results from Finnish firm

Star performance

Increasing market demand has led Cerestar to expand its isomaltproduction in Krefeld, Germany, expanding its capacity to meet worldwide consumer needs for confectionery sugar-free sweetener....

KHS acquires Metec

German food packager KHS has acquired a majority holding in quality assurance systems provider Metec. The deal, which is part of KHS's strategy of expanding...

Stora Enso awaits recovery

Things aren't looking so good at the moment for Finnish packaging giant Stora Enso. The company has reported a sharp drop in third-quarter operating profit,...

Packing a punch

It's been a good year for global packaging giant Pactiv. The firm recently acquired the plastic packaging assets of Rock-Tenn, and was even named as...