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ProLogis' purchase of Parkridge's industrial development unit this month is a sign that the consolidation of the European warehousing market is continuing.
US cereal and snack maker the Quaker Oats company has developed a new way of processing granola and snack-food products which cuts time, wastage and costs.
A new steriliser uses ozone nano-bubbles to produce a water mixture that can be used for food processing.
A US company claims to have developed a way to apply micro- and nano scale coating processes directly onto food products and their packaging materials.
Codes of practice to help UK farmers reduce the levels of mycotoxins in cereals could improve the safety of the ingredient supply chain.
Processors may now use statistically-based sampling as a method to ensure meat trimmings have the required legal minimum amount of lean tissue present.
A new vision robot can pack food at high speed while positioned above conveyer belts to save space, its manufacturer claims.
Leading US dairy firm Dean Foods has said it will not accept milk from cloned cows, adding weight to an industry and consumer move against the technology on both sides...
A new detection system pinpoints individual leaks in packaging, which reduces recalls by raising the alarm before unsealed products leave the production line.
UK food processors using forced and trafficked labour must take responsibility and do more to protect the workforce they employ, according to a new report.
Fairtrade foods are coming in from the fringe with record growth and wider selection, says new research from the UK, highlighting growing advantages for food and drink firms choosing the...
A redesigned heat transfer fluid system offers improved energy efficiency while providing accurate temperature control at up to 316C (600F), its manufacturer claims.
A little piece of Fairtrade Fortnight touched the UK dairy industry this week as the head of the Sainsbury's supermarket told farmers he was willing to pay more for their...
Instead of trying to hide confectionery from children by restricting advertising, chocolate-makers should be encouraging them to make the same health-conscious choices as adults when it comes to confectionery they're...
Danone, the French food and beverage giant, is taking part in a research project into nanotechnology that could result in stronger plastic packing that also reduces waste.
Checking to find the right personal care product might get easier, thanks to a new labeling innovation from Dupont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (DP&IP) and Scanbury that helps to distinguish...
Two more additives for plastic packaging for use in direct contact with food have been assessed by the European food safety authority.
Members of the World Cocoa Foundation have extended their five-year plan to help 150,000 cocoa farming families in Ghana and the Ivory Coast – protecting the supply chain and ensuring...
A new software programme informs plant managers of poorly performing machines and predicts unexpected failures, its developer claims.
A merger between the National Food Institute and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will help focus risk research on emerging issues such as nanotechnology.
UK consumers rate the issue of food safety as one among the lowest of their concerns, behind even house prices and traffic congestion, according to the results of a new...
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today said it will launch a new risk-based inspection system in April, initially targeting meat processing plants at 30 locations across the country.
Adept Technology said yesterday it has shipped the first of what it is calling the world's fastest light payload packaging and handling robot targeted at the food industry.
A new portable water temperature control system is constructed from stainless steel so as to withstand harsh washdowns in food plants, its manufacturer claims.
Rexam today said it would raise prices for its plastic packaging products this year due to higher input costs.
Kiremko and Tna have teamed up in a bid to provide complete processing and packaging lines for the potato snack food sector.
In a year dominated by acquisitions and changes within its operational structure, Switzerland-based food group Nestlé has still exceeded expectations with full-year organic growth boosted by the company's focus on...
About one in five UK companies do not have a business continuity plan in place to help restart operations as quickly as possible after a disaster, according to a law...
A modular filtration system designed for purifying air ensures dust levels in food production plants are far below the most stringent hygiene standards, its manufacturer claims.
UK manufacturers are missing out on tens of millions of pounds of research & development (R&D) tax relief because they are not investigating whether their activities qualify for the benefit....
Bernard Matthews yesterday laid off 120 workers at its turkey plant in the UK, with the possiblity that another 500 could go if the bird flu scare continues to damage sales.
Product recalls in the UK food sector fell by seven per cent last year, according to a report by law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.
Meat processors with poor food safety standards will face tougher and more frequent inspections under proposals made by a regulatory arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
An automatic monitor and alarm system alerts plant managers to breaches in food safety round-the-clock, ensuring they remain aware of emerging production problems -- even if they are off site.
A new controller added to Mokon's range of temperature systems and chillers is designed to withstand the harsh washdowns used in food plants, its manufacturer claims.
ConAgra's recall of peanut butter products linked with the recent salmonella outbreak will cost the company up to $60m, the company said today.
A new mathematical model developed by German researchers is designed to help processors estimate the amount of plastic packaging additives that may migrate into foods.
Even after a year marred by salmonella contamination, product recalls and financial irregularities, Cadbury Schweppes has posted 9 per cent growth in full year profits as the company's portfolio feels...
Hygiene laws regulating Ireland's poultry processors will include smaller operations once consultation on a proposed amendment is complete.
Risk assessment research into nanotechnology and marine biotoxins are some of the areas the European Food Safety Authority plans to target this year.
In the area of crisis management, companies seem keen to repeat history by making the same mistakes -- over and over again.
A new heating system for bottle washing can reduce energy costs by up to 30 per cent, claims its manufacturer.
An effort to consolidate food safety oversight in the US last week gathered momentum after the reintroduction of the Safe Food Act.
The practice of making smokies -- blowtorched sheep meat -- can be done hygienically under controlled plant procedures according to a report by the UK food regulator.
Hershey's three-year restructuring plan provides an example of the moves food companies are making to sort out their supply chains.
Sága Foods, the Hungarian subsidiary of Bernard Matthews, has defended its decision to continue exporting its products throughout the EU, despite an ongoing investigation into a bird flu outbreak at...
Since this story was published Bernard Matthews has confirmed that sales of some products have fallen by 40 per cent on some days since the avian influenza outbreak began.
Chocolate producers Nestlé and Barry Callebaut have joined forces to improve their respective positions in the competitive European market as the maker of Smarties chocolate hands over facilities and a...
New proposals released this week aim to break down the wall of technical rules across the EU that often form a barrier to intra-bloc trading.
The new labeler automatically handles various bottle sizes without the need for changeovers.
The European Commission has proposed a raft of mini-reforms it says will simplify the EU market for milk and dairy products.
A new label paper is designed as a more ecological alternative for beverage makers who use polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
A new industry central chiller is designed for ouside the factory, freeing up valuable indoor equipment space.
Pits and stones that are missed during the processing of dried fruit can be detected using a new low cost innovation, researchers claim.
The bag-in-box is finally making inroads into France's traditionally conservative wine market, according to experts who gathered here in Montpellier for a seminar this month.
Bernard Matthews, which is at the centre of a storm over an outbreak of avian influenza at its turkey production site in the UK, has been given the go ahead...
Using octanoic acid treatments on ready-to-eat meat and poultry products is an effective means of killing pathogens such as Listeria without much effect on taste, according to a new study.
UK soft drinks group Britvic will begin recycling its glass drinks bottles, mimicking trends in the premium spirits sector and helping Britain lurch toward its EU recycling commitments.
The UK's food standards agency is planning a comprehensive review of EU labelling at its annual board meeting this morning.
The effectiveness of Hungarian food safety measures could face renewed criticism after food safety officials yesterday confirmed a link between outbreaks of avian influenza in both countries domestic turkey flocks.
A new convenience aseptic package for ice-lollies and juice drinks can hold different volumes without the need for machine changeovers.
Further proposals on revising the UK's meat inspection system will be debated tomorrow at a meeting of the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) board of directors.
Bottling group Coca-Cola Enterprises will cut five per cent of its workforce, around 3,500 jobs, after the firm was flattened by cost rises and falling demand for fizzy drinks.
EU legislators yesterday voted in favour of proposals to introduce a controversial five-stage hierarchy of priority for the bloc's waste management policy.
An online database allows food companies and others to assess the environmental impact of their product's packaging and make adjustments if necessary.
A new food inspection system uses color vision to automatically detect spoilage and recognize individual products, its manufacturer claims.
A modular computer workstation requires no tools for installation or maintenance, reducing downtime and service costs, its manufacturer claims.
Crimes against the environment are to be taken more seriously by several of the world's leading dairy countries, forcing the industry to check standards more rigorously.
The Food Standards Agency is investigating whether poultry from a Bernard Matthews' production site infected with the avian influenza virus entered the UK food chain and is being sold in...
A new machine embeds radio frequency identification (RFID) tags into 100 labels per minute, accurately and at a low cost, its manufacturer claims.
UK-based Cadbury Schweppes is set to be prosecuted under environmental health laws after the company allegedly released chocolate for sale that was contaminated with salmonella, according to the Guardian newspaper.
It would be a mistake for governments and industry to misinterpret the recent progress in food allergen labeling as a final solution: there is much that yet remains to be...
A new tamper-proof flavouring pump for food and beverage processors offers accurate multiple flow rates, while reducing downtime needed for washdowns, its manufacturer claims.
The EU Parliament opens today with a debate on proposals to introduce a controversial five-stagehierarchy of priority for the bloc's waste policy.
The UK has published its first industry good hygiene practice guide, part of a series intended to help manufacturers comply with new EU-wide regulations on food safety.
Three ready-to-use tests provide beverage makers with a means of detecting Alicyclobacilli, blamed for contamination of drinks and for producing off flavours.
The investigation into the avian influenza outbreak in the UK took a new twist yesterday, withthe authorities launching an investigation into whether Bernard Matthews' imported the H5N1 virus from Hungary....
Acrylamide concentration levels almost double during the storage of precooked, battered protein foods, according to a new scientific study.
A new salmonella detection system that uses genetic profiling to analyse food samples could slash result times, claim researchers.
A naturally epoxised oil from Ethiopia's vernonia weed could provide food and drink processors with a safe and sustainable substitute for the resin used to line packaging.
The current federal system for food safety regulation is fragmented, ineffective and inefficient and needs to be fixed, according to a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO).
A study of the recall of fresh bagged spinach that had potentially been contaminated with E. coli, found federal warnings had been effective in getting the message out to consumers,...
Government proposals to charge meat processing plants for licensing and inspections are bad for the industry and consumers, according to an influential trade association.
Sweden's claim to have poultry stocks with the lowest Salmonella infection rates in the EU hascome under severe attack after 100,000 birds had to be culled this week after an...
A new radio frequence identification (RFID) tag is designed to withstand extreme processing environments where line-of-sight detection is unsuitable, the company claims.
Representatives of regulators in the EU's 27 members begin a two-day meeting today to discuss common proposed projects on food safety issues, data collection, folic acid supplementation, and fees for...
DuPont said yesterday it has developed new technologies that will allow the company to eliminate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from packaging by 2015, a move made due to consumers' health concerns...
A commonly used global identification standard would improve logistics and should be adopted by the produce sector, according to a food industry association.
A new machine can fill and seal up to 30 pots of soup per minute without spilling a drop, claims its manufacturer.
US-based GE Energy Financial Services yesterday confirmed it would take a majority interest in Idex Aquaservices, a France-based supplier of purified water to the food, beverage and cosmeticsindustries.
Three types of alloy surfaces containing at least 90 per cent copper completely eliminate E. coli O157:H7, according to an ongoing UK study of the pathogen-killing properties of the metal.
Constellation Brands has announced it intends to buy the fast-growing Svedka vodka brand for $384m, as the group looks to improve earnings by delving further into the US spirits market.
Packaging supplier Bericap has adapted its tamper-evident neck closure for the vinegar market.
With six countries placing import bans on UK poultry due to the outbreak of avian influenza, one of the country's largest processors is fighting a rearguard action to retain its...
A new range of modular belts come with a high-friction coating to reduce product damage and processing line downtime, claims the manufacturer.
Quality will be key to a strong European food sector, agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told a Brussels conference on food quality certification yesterday.
France-based Idex Aquaservices, which supplies industrial water to food, beverage and cosmeticsmanufacturers, is about to be bought out by a unit of General Electric, according to the FinancialTimes.
Fears that cows with BSE could pass on the disease to humans via proteins in their milk has gained more credence from a new study, which has encouraged stricter analysis...
The safety of America's food supply again remains a government priority for next year, according to details released yesterday from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 2008 budget.
A major UK supermarket is set to assign a carbon rating to everything it sells, pressurizing manufacturers to become 'greener' or face losing trade.
The era of biofuels is here but this does not necessarily mean unending food price shocks or a critical diversion of agricultural production away from food.
Poultry processors across Europe are bracing themselves for another downturn in consumption after the discovery of the deadly form of bird flu in a domestic flock of turkeys in the...
With the increasing use of some of their raw materials for the production of biofuels, the foodindustry is calling on the European Commission to take measures to ensure they do...
A new test has been developed to aid sugar processors in the difficult task of extracting the substance from raw sugarcane.
A new robotic egg picker and sorter can reduce labour costs by about 83 per cent and improves packing quality, claims its manufacturer.
Stung by a labor board ruling against it and a $1.1m settlement, Smithfield Foods has been forced to announce it will allow workers to hold a new vote on unionisation...
UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that it intends to reduce the amount of own label packaging by 25 per cent over the next twelve months.
The European Commission is expected to drop a court case against the UK over dairy hygiene practices, following an inspection of the country's industry, this publication understands.
A new x-ray and colour vision hybrid system, allows faster poultry processing, by detecting embedded bones and defects missed during the deboning of chicken carcasses, its manufacturer claims.
A National Skills Academy for workers in Britain's food and drink manufacturing sector will open this April, in the latest attempt to reduce a shortfall of qualified employees.
As part of the wave of new networking products that integrate management tools with shop floordata, Informance International has released its version of what is called manufacturing intelligence (MI) software.
A newly developed clear monolayer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with an oxygen-scavenging barrier can now be used for packaging ketchup after gaining regulatory approval in the US this month.
Tate & Lyle has been forced to close its UK citric acid operations in the face of intense competition from Chinese imports and oversupply in the world market.
A new solvent-free extract reduces lipid oxidization -- extending shelf life of meat -- while protecting the flavour, its manufacturer claims.
Food and drink companies can now get a second opinion on their chemical analysis using the world's first global online product safety assessment portal, its provider claims.
Supermarkets in the UK have softened their stance on farmgate milk prices in recent weeks, as public scrutiny of the dairy supply chain has grown.
A new grade of polypropylene (PP) reduces production costs for converters by eliminating the need for different sealing films, its manufacturer claims.
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