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Retailer organisations have called for more collaboration with manufacturers in reducing unsaleable goods.
Scientific tests confirm that electrolyzed oxidizing water can replace the chemicals used for cleaning equipment in the food industry.
US scientists claimed yesterday to have genetically engineered an avian flu vaccine that is more effective in protecting chickens from infection.
A mobile dispenser used for inserting pouches of desiccant, silica gel and oxygen absorbers into packets of food can be used on multiple production lines.
Belgium and the Netherlands face another dioxin crisis, after the cancer-causing chemical was detected in pig and poultry feed used by hundreds of farms.
A co-extruded polyester film makes it easier to make stand-up food pouches, the manufacturer claims.
Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.
BASF today joined Dow in raising the prices in Europe for plastic packaging, a bid by both companies to pass on high raw material and energy costs.
A US company has made inroads in bringing its electrolysed water technology to market as a replacement for chemical cleaners.
A new type of shipping container material replaces wood and reduces the risk of contamination of any foods being transported, its creator claims.
A shortage of food scientists and technologists in the UK has left about 25 per cent of the positions in the industry unfilled, according to a survey.
The European Commission proposes to create a special "animal welfare" label for meat and fish products.
An Israel-based company has developed a method to make pastry dough mix that contains 50 per cent of vegetable ingredients.
Pursuit Dynamics, the UK-based creators of novel sonic wave food and drink processing technology, will announce at its AGM today plans to expand even faster this year after its breakthrough...
A stand-up bottling machine allows beverage companies to automate the handling and unloading of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
AgroMicron is developing a spray that lights up pathogens, providing a way for companies to quickly detect contamination in foods and drinks.
Kuka Robotics has installed what it claims is the first stainless steel robot in a North American food plant, another sign of the increasing automation in the sector.
The UK's largest food retailers last year increased the time they take to pay their bills by seven days, putting more pressure on their suppliers.
An integrated filling sensor simplifies batch delivery by eliminating the need for separate controllers for valves and pumps.
Prices for raw materials and energy are forecast to rise by around five to 10 per cent this year, but Nestlé believes cost cuts will balance the equation out, the...
Private label popularity is challenging the reign of famous brands, leaving European manufacturers with a tricky dilemma: should they produce more private labels to recover profits or adapt their trademarked...
In a bid to help food companies understand the EU's complex new food safety hygiene rules, the European Commission yesterday published three guidance documents on the regulations.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its plans to create a European Union-wide patent system, intended to spur research and development growth in the bloc.
Food manufacturers could save up to £1,000 per employee by using more effective waste management techniques, says UK-based environmental agency Envirowise.
EFSA has expressed serious concern that the EU's proposed budget cut could seriously undermine food safety in Europe.
Manufacturers in Britain are cutting more and more jobs as rising raw material costs and difficulties passing these on through the supply chain continue to squeeze profit margins, says a...
Milk producers in the Ukraine have lost an estimated €4million (UAH25m) following the import ban into Russia last week, implemented because imports of animal products had breached food safety standards....
A Toronto-based company has developed diagnostic packaging inserts that will let buyers know whether food is fresh and safe to eat.
At least two packagers are attempting to cash in on the growing demand for wine bottled in plastic at an industry showcase being held in Sacramento this week.
Another cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been found in Canada, a second blow against the US' recent success at regaining its international markets.
A compact acidity and temperature meter features interchangeable heads, allowing it to be used for a variety of foods.
Most of Europe's consumer goods companies, including food processors, will likely succeed in cutting enough costs out of their operations to offset the impact of the high energy prices, Standard...
The UK has revamped apprenticeship requirements for the bakery sector in a bid to attract more people into the workforce.
The organic food movement has been hijacked by supermarkets intent on being seen to be green, but their disrespect of food miles shows they are anything but.
From February 1 Russia will resume pedigree beef trade with Germany following the ban imposed five years ago during a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis in its cattle.
PepsiCo's bottling arm has bought up US functional drinks maker Ardea Beverage, as the iconic soft drinks firm positions itself for growth on the functional drinks market.
A new aseptic screw cap opens easier as packers can apply it after a beverage carton is coated and filled, its manufacturer claims.
Recent regulatory measures by Italy againstimported wheat, chocolate and poultryhave raised questions over whether the country isusing the EU's food safety and labelling laws tobatter down foreign competition.
The search for mislabelled meat products in the UK continues, with the country's food regulator calling on buyers to be on the lookout for frozen chicken wings originally sourced from...
Russia's decision to change procedures on excise stamps and import licences for alcohol has backfired, with several domestic producers reportedly having to suspend production.
A new concrete coating is designed to protect floors at food and beverage plants from dramatic temperature fluctuations and to resist bacteria.
A flow sensor is designed for the automated measuring low volume liquids in food plants.
Psion Teklogix has adapted its vehicle-mounted computer for the transportation and food industries, allowing workers on the move to link up to a plant's network and use radio frequency identification...
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has issued a guide to help food firms in the UK meet new legislative requirements.
The EU's food industry will meet with scientists next month to hammer out an action plan on how to translate research into new and better products.
Three automated machines for portion cutting and batching poultry will help processors cut costs, Denmark-based Scanvaegt claims.
Alerts about ink chemicals in Italian milk and doctored salmon from Norway dominate the latest EU's food safety advisory.
Recent price hikes for petroleum-based plastics seem to have led to a downturn in demand in Europe, according to a market analyst report.
With the pressure on Europe's food manufacturers to maintain or reduce costs, third-party logistics providers are attempting to meet their needs, according to a Datamonitor study.
Northern Foods yesterday said it has filed an appeal in the UK's High Court against a decision that could cut the company out of the lucrative market for Melton Mowbray...
The dairy group's new, lower calorie milk technology may help it re-gain ground on its home Danish milk market, after dropping almost 10 per cent in market share and losing...
Accreditation by an international organisation has given a malt tracking scheme the backing it needs to assure its customers they're getting the correct supplies.
A texture analyser for measuring the quality of thin foods can now be used to test the strength of packaging.
Russian scientists say they have developed a sensor that "smells" a meat's gases to determine if it is fresh and how long it has been kept in storage.
An Australian company has taken Nestlé to court in the UK over the rights to a flavouring beverage straw.
It is ten years since the first large-scale planting of genetically modified (GM) crops. Food Navigator looks at both sides of the argument to assess the future of the technology...
Food companies can now get directly involved in designing the plastic packaging for their products, through a special workshop created by Graham Packaging.
A biometrics company has created a durable waterproof version of its fingerprint reader for the food industry.
Amcor has teamed up with Plantic Technologies to develop a biodegradable, flexible plastic packaging for confectionary.
A spectrometer manufacturer has linked up its Internet monitoring service with its quality testing machines, a move that could help food laboratories improve productivity.
The EU's food safety regulator's endorsement yesterday of four chemicals for cleaning chickens marks a shift in policy to allow the use of antimicrobials in meat processing plants.
The EC's approval of a €25.5 million programme to support the promotion of agricultural products reflects growing concern over global competition.
I am beginning to feel like a freak among journalists. Good or bad, my reporting is the product of hours of questions, fact-hunting and often-times editorial debate. Yet, despite this...
The growing popularity of lupin in Europe has increased concerns that some consumers could be unwittingly exposed to allergic reactions.
Two of the world's largest dairy firms, New Zealand's Fonterra and Europe's Arla, are looking to increase their operations in the Polish dairy industry, according to a recent report.
A portable spectrophotometer automates the process of testing water at food and drink plants.
The European Commission says it wants to ease the impact of the EU's greenhouse gas trading scheme on small companies as part of a plan to make the programme less...
Designated food "clusters" in the EU will receive a boost in funding to help the bloc's researchers develop innovative foods and processing techniques.
The number one influence on whether to buy food processing equipment was whether it lived up to its specifications rather than whether it was too costly, according to a survey...
Low spending on developing new products and processing techniques coupled with sluggish export growth, has made the EU's food industry vulnerable to increased global competition, according to figures released by...
A new plastic compound produces a thinner food package, allowing processors to downgauge and cut costs, according to its manufacturer.
Manufacturers must adapt an innovative packaging design and marketing approach to tap burgeoning consumer demand for on-the-go snacking, says report.
While processors wait for Italy's food safety regulator to determine if contaminated wheat was distributed to Europe's pasta plants, Canada's grain regulator says the shipment was tested and found safe.
Scientists are using new technology to further unravel the mystery process behind foamy beer, to help brewers get that perfect brew every time.
A new aflatoxin test has received regulatory approval for screening 16 commodities, making it easier for food companies to weed out bad batches of ingredients.
The growth in the grab-and-go food market is pushing processors toward using more barrier film packaging, according to a US study.
Advances in RFID make the technology more useful to food processors in tracing and tracking their products.
An automated machine for packing cereal and confectionery bars into cartons helps manufacturers speed up their production lines and cuts down on labour costs, its manufacturer claims.
Ishida Europe has developed a gantry that allows its multihead weighers to become mobile.
Food processors need to make disaster plans in case the lastest outbreak of avian influenza in Europe becomes a global pandemic, according to risk experts.
The occurrence of acrylamide in food matrices devoid of common precursors such as meat, supports an additional formation pathway, according to researchers in Germany.
A variable-data barcode label printer can run at a top speed of 15 inches per second, making it one of the fastest such machines available in the market.
With the head of Europe's largest wheat mill under arrest, pasta makers are checking their supplies to see whether any came from a stock found to be contaminated with a...
Using screen frames made from metal in filtering food ingredients speeds up the production process, according to Rotex.
Europe's food safety regulator says it is underfunded and might have to start collecting fees from companies for its work.
Britain's dairy sector will hold a special, industry-wide meeting to discuss how it can defend school milk subsidies, after a report commissioned by the government said they should be scrapped.
Software for tracking, tracing and analysing manufacturing processes provides auditable records to help food companies meet regulatory requirements.
Canada's lax food safety system could lead to people falling sick, according to an audit of the US agriculture department and its inspection system.
New food packaging indicates that innovation in the industry continues to be driven by fast changing social trends and the increasing consumer demand for convenience and safety.
Swiss-based transport company Kuehne + Nagel has acquired ACR Logistics, expanding its global network further into Eastern Europe and Asia.
Bakers using APV Baker's Tweedy range of mixing machines can now improve the quality of their products and cut costs by attaching a pressure and vacuum mixing package to the...
A Finnish research programme suggests that enzymatic engineering and microencapsulation could be major food technology tools in the future.
A 3.1 per cent growth in UK exports of food and drink during the first half of 2005 indicates that the industry is on track to break the £10bn barrier...
Applied Biosystems plans to release kits that can test humans and animals for avian flu virus within two hours.
A deadly outbreak of avian flu in Turkey is spreading westward, with health officials confirming that a further three human cases have been found in the capital Ankara on Sunday,...
A new polyethylene resin provides a tough packaging while being able to be easily processed, its manufacturer claims.
The CIAA has urged the new EU presidency to push ahead with the liberalisation of the global food trade in order to open new markets and tackle the slowdown in...
Premier Foods has delivered slow 2005 interim trading results after acquisitions strengthened total grocery sales but failed to bolster like-for-like sales growth.
A report into the mass outbreak of E. coli in Wales calls on the UK's food regulator to look into whether there should be more legislation and guidance on plant...
A biodegradable plasticiser can be be used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) packaging as a replacement for for phthalates, a chemical linked with infertility in men.
The EU's food industry association is calling for a raft of changes to proposed laws, calling some of them unworkable and misleading, including those that would regulate additives and enzymes,...
Just days after the demise of bankrupt meat manufacturer Canterbury Foods, the former managing director has bought up the remaining productive processing plants under his new Medway Foods banner.
A hand held radio frequency identification (RFID) reader is the first mobile device of its type that can be used on European frequency bands, its manufacturer claims.
As part of a new international shipping and distribution service, DHL plans to offer companies customized transit reports on all their imports.
Scientists in Germany claim to have developed a microwave vacuum drying method that preserves the vitamin content of fruit and other foods.
Ethical considerations increasingly dictate food purchases, and companies that pay scant attention to this defining trend will lose out.
In a bid to meet World Trade Organisation demands, the European Commission plans to make it easier for non-EU companies to gain geographical indications (GI) protection for speciality brand names.
A senior official said the industry was not consulted on the European Commission proposal to re-categorise spirit drinks, but welcomed plans to update production regulations.
A new technique for producing multigrain flakes allows cereal makers to shorten processing times.
H J Heinz, Northern Foods, Geest Mariner Foods and International Food Partners (IFP) are among those granted UK public funds yesterday to develop less wasteful packaging.
British food manufacturer Canterbury Foods today announced the sale of three factories as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) steps in to take control of the ailing business.
Talks between global retail giant Carrefour and its suppliers are underway as new French legislation governing backroom deals and pricing strategy hits the statute books.
A new plastics additive removes taste and odor molecules as they pass through food packaging, its developer claims.
Food processors are a growth market for pest control companies as they traditionally rely on staff to keep insects and rodents at bay, according to a new report.
Legislation to harmonize state and national laws on food safety has been submitted to the House of Congress for consideration.
DuPont Qualicon has introduced a new pathogen testing instrument to speed up the process of ensuring food products meet regulatory requirements.
The international demand for dairy products has eased slightly and prices for supplies are likely to moderate in the next several months, according to a new report.
A general increase in reported cases of campylobacteriosis over the last few years in the EU's fifteen original member states indicates that food companies need to step up their safety...
Northern Foods has vowed to take its battle over who can make Melton Mowbray pork pies to a higher court, after being stymed by a UK judge who ruled that...
The global private label goods trend will continue to enjoy record expansion and eat into famous brand profits if manufacturers fail to adopt winning strategies to combat competition, say analysts.
With the ushering in of new hygiene laws at the start of this year, food companies are now under tougher regulatory scrutiny to ensure they do not send out poisonous...
Small electromagnetic shakers are designed specifically for tight fitting processing and packaging distribution lines that require precise metering and low maintenance drives, the system's manufacturer claims.
Dutch retailing giant Ahold will axe 700 jobs from its US operations as restructuring costs see more than $50 million in charges added to fourth quarter results.
An air drying machine for beverage makers has fewer moving parts, reducing down time for maintenance and cleaning.
SAI Global has acquired EFSIS Ltd., one of the food safety inspection and certification firms companies will be turning to when checking whether they are in compliance with the EU's...
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