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Supply chain refers to the processes that take a piece of food from a producer to the consumer. It includes production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal and looks at logistics, warehouse, transport, software, machines, traceability and RFID.

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£50k reward for Marlex theft

Biesterfeld Petroplas is offering a £50k reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who stole its Marlex polyethylene (HDPE) packs.

Trace One launches T Transparency for supply chain visibility

Horsemeat: It’s not ‘if’ but ‘when’ the next food scandal strikes

Trace One, a private label and product lifecycle management (PLM) organisation, has launched T Transparency, a cloud-based platform for improving supply chain visibility across the food sector.

Operational Efficiency Month

EFSA gives OK to three PET recycling processes

Three processes for recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Sub-Saharan milk cooler project awarded $1m grant

A US engineer has been awarded $1m (€735,000) to complete the development of a biogas-powered milk cooler for sub-Saharan dairy farmers that lack access to refrigeration.


tna: How to improve efficiency through OEE

‘Although many people are starting to speak about a global financial recovery, we’re still in the midst of a unique period for the world economy. High volume food producers are...

People on the move January 2014

Industry movers January 2014: CEPI, MWV, tna and Toray

Who made it into our first industry movers  gallery of the year with job news in the processing and packaging arena? CEPI, MWV, tna, Toray, Schneider and others feature in...

Traceability tech market to hit $14bn

The worldwide proliferation of food track-and-trace technology is expected to continue marching on to 2020 and beyond.

Kraft Velveeta fans upset by shortage

Rumors of the popular cheese product being in dwindling supply has caused a minor panic among US consumers.

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Rhubarb growth on the rise

United Fresh Produce Association has launched “Fresh Insights for Foodservice,” a quarterly report about the latest trends in fresh produce use in foodservice and restaurants. 

Wal-Mart to strengthen food safety after donkey meat recall

Wal-Mart says it will take legal action against its supplier after it recalled donkey meat that contained the DNA of other animals, including fox.

People on the move December 2013

Industry movers December 2013: Agilent, Linpac and Peter Kaye

Who made it into our final industry movers gallery of the year with job news in the processing and packaging arena? Agilent Technologies, JBT FoodTech, LRQA, LINPAC, Avure and Peter Kaye's new...

Classic Cuisine expands turkey product lines

Classic Cuisine has expanded its turkey dishes incorporating festive ingredients and adding its own twist.

EU deal will ‘restore fish processors reputation’

Public confidence will be restored thanks to the reformation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), effective January 1, according to The Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Crop physiologist: Drought resistant peanuts needed

The University of Florida will further research to develop drought resistant peanuts – a big need for industry in light of extreme weather conditions, its lead crop physiologist says.

Horsemeat crisis prompts new ways to tackle food fraud

The horsemeat crisis has prompted new ways to ensure the authenticity of meat products, according to experts at Norwich Research Park.

McDonald’s and Unilever SAI talks about beef contaminated by animal faeces

The Beef Working Group, which includes McDonald’s Europe, Unilever and Vion Food Group, will meet in Paris on February, 24, to discuss principles from the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative).

Food tracing tech hits 40K US retailers

The Food Marketing Institute is spreading traceability technology to its 40,000 US food retailer members.

Could a turkey shortage fowl up holiday tables?

Top turkey producer Butterball reports that challenges with this year’s crop could keep fresh birds off of some Thanksgiving tables this year.

Lack of progress on meat and fish waste

There is a ‘great opportunity’ to reduce meat and fish waste in UK households after a report showed no decline over a five year period compared to other sectors.  ...

Ishida weigher doesn’t take the shine out of oiled jellies

Family-owned confectionery maker Sánchez Cano, which manufactures gummi’s, marshmallows, liquorice, candy and bubble gum, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.


McDonald's says goodbye to Heinz

McDonald’s is dropping Heinz as its main Ketchup supplier after working together for 40 years.

On-the-go drinks rise in Mexico

Mexicans are changing their drinking habits, says Alpla which has invested in two Sidel Matrix PET blowers for Coca-Cola Femsa.

ABP on horsemeat: 'We are among those who suffered'

An investigation into the horsemeat scandal today revealed the identity of suppliers of contaminated meat to ABP, which was found to have horsemeat in its burgers.

Horse meat scandal: Website sees supply chain transparency

Sun Branding Solutions has acquired, a software tool which collects, manages and distributes product information such as specification details, nutritional data and packaging information.

Unilever and Kellogg pitch in on World Food Day

Food industry professionals from all across the supply chain tell us what they did on World Food Day (WFD) yesterday.