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A biodegradable packaging film uses 25 per cent less material than most food wraps currently being used for meat and poultry, according to the manufacturer.
About half of the 500 places have been taken up in a new training programme for women managers in the UK's food and drinks industry, the skills sector council said yesterday.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced it will prioritise its own review of the six colours at the heart of the recent study linking certain artificial additives with...
After testing a new anti-scuff coating for reusable bottles in South Africa, SABMiller said today it will roll out the application to its key breweries worldwide.
Debates over how the US should deal with food safety issues continue to rage between regulators, manufacturers, consumers and even the media, after a number of scandals this year broke...
Heat and Control has released a heavy-duty fryer allowing for the high-volume production of nuts, snacks and other foods.
Announced capacity additions to beverage can production in Europe will likely not be enough to meet rising demand, Wachovia Capital Markets said yesterday.
Robert Wiseman Dairies has been able to juggle suppliers, pricing and higher input costs in the first half of this year, while increasing margins, according to a trading statement released...
In another move to ease the supply shortage of cereals in the EU, the European Commission yesterday called for the suspension of all import duties on cereals.
An automated chip stirrer can help boost output by up to 25 per cent, according to its manufacturer.
Higher pricing and an increasing focus on healthier products continues to ensure that Dairy Crest remains in line to achieve its full year sales targets, the company announced today.
SABMiller says that a continued focus on expanding in emerging beer markets like Africa, Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe has allowed it to boost lager sales by...
A new conveyor belt system with linking software boosts production performance, according to the manufacturer.
Standards for gluten-free foods must encompass all types of foods that do not contain gluten, said the US in its draft positions for the next session of a Codex Committee...
A UK programme of research into waste reduction could put more restrictions on how processors make and package their products.
A bill proposing stricter import regulations has been presented to Congress, as fears over imported food products show no sign of diminishing.
Nearly three-quarters of US consumers have little or no knowledge of nanotechnology, and so would refrain from buying food products developed using the science, according to a new report.
A Mintel study on the lunchtime habits of American consumers flags up all the classic drivers that have characterized growth opportunities in the food and beverage market over recent years:...
A new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle for wine offers a lower weight form of packaging without sacrificing product quality or the environmental benefits associated with glass, its manufacturer claims.
As part of a global reorganisation of its business, Unilever will begin investing in new technology at its UK sites, resulting in staff cuts.
A new manufacturing plant being built in Belgium is scheduled to begin producing plastic made out of biodegradable materials in 2009.
Diageo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes, and Tesco are industry leaders in moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an annual report by the Carbon Disclosure Project.
A new sensor developed in France allows food processors to check for fouling in pipes.
Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...
Once again expanding a "protect the environment" program, retail giant Wal-Mart today announced it will ask suppliers to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions for every product.
The level of inspections of UK manufacturing plants would depend on the level of risk a particular processor poses to public health, under proposed rules published for consultation.
The search for a better batter has resulted in a process that helps increase crispiness and reduce fat, according to a new study.
The average price paid to European farmers for their milk is up 12 per cent on the previous year to €30.66 per 100kg, according to a new market report.
French scientists have developed a genetic test that could help processors chose cattle they say will result in the tenderest meat possible.
Cryovac has released a new vacuum packaging machine targeting processors aiming to make inroads into the ready-to-cook convenience market, along with two new shrink bags.
The UK's Carbon Trust Enterprises has teamed up with an energy company to boost the conversion of industrial food waste into ethanol.
A new filter bag can make pipeting quicker and easier when testing thick, pasty foods such as chocolate in the lab, claims its manufacturer.
A new spiral mixer incorporates a cooling system, allowing bakers to keep better quality control, its manufacturer claims.
A stainless steel forklift truck is designed for moving and weighing products at manufacturing sites such as food processing plants that need to be as hygienic as possible.
The US Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced an action plan for strengthening food safety, to meet concerns that increased imports from overseas has resulted in a wave of faulty...
Size need not be a problem, as a new website has been launched to help small and medium-sized manufacturers fight an array of food safety issues.
A new capper uses belts instead of spindles, eliminating cap damage and providing a more consistent closure, its manufacturer claims.
UK businesses are better prepared than many of their global counterparts when it comes to planning for disasters such as the destruction of a plant, but fall down when it...
Updates to risk control requirements, a proposed relaxation of hygiene rules for small slaughterhouses, and a new action plan for boosting regulatory oversight of industry are on the agenda at...
As a dwindling milk supply continues to bite into the profits of European dairy processors, the European Commision hinted this week that it may consider raising quotas on production to...
More Americans are checking product labels in light of recent safety scares resulting from dangerous imports, according to a recent survey.
The government must do more to boost workers' skills if the food and drink industry is to remain competitive, according to a general manager of Walkers Shortbread.
Novel foods regulation is presenting a serious barrier to innovation by food ingredients companies in Europe, according to a new economic review, threatening the industry's competitiveness on the global stage.
While the US retains its top spot in a global ranking of labour productivity, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and the UK have continued to catch up to the economic giant.
Four major processors, including Cadbury Schweppes and Coca-Cola, have signed up to a UK scheme to measure the carbon emitted in making some of their key products.
Ampac Packaging has acquired international retort pouch converter, Germany-based Floeter Flexible Packaging.
About half of American households are purchasing luncheon meat sold in pouches, while sales of the product in other types of packaging have fallen, a new report says.
The biggest trend in the UK market in recent years has been for manufacturers and retailers to reduce the use of additives, as well as replacing additives used with non-artificial...
Food ingredients prices rose at the fastest rate since 1998 in August, says a new report released just as ministers warn that the worst of the hikes is yet to...
As manufacturers continue to react to the consumer backlash from new findings linking artificial additive use to child hyperactivity, the beverage industry claims companies are moving to reformulate products accordingly.
A Brussels consultancy group has warned that the harmonisation process for EU food laws, including maximum mineral and vitamin levels, has "a long way to go" before completion.
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a non-cariogenic health claim for the carbohydrate sweetener isomaltulose.
Foot-and-mouth disease has spread to two more farms in the UK, underlying fears that a EU-wide ban on the country's exports will be prolonged.
A cold pasteurisation technique that uses ozone gas allows processors to create food without damaging healthy components, according to its developer.
Cloned foods have not yet made it to our grocery aisles, but in the advent of such a rollout consumers must have a defined right to decide if they want...
A report, issued today by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) about the increased risk of pathogen contamination in industrial meat production, serves as an advance warning to processors...
Food safety recommendations made by a panel investigating one of the largest industry-wide recalls ever made in the UK could lead to tougher regulatory scrutiny of the way processors manage...
An estimated 10 per cent of those working in the UK's food and drink manufacturing sectors are foreign nationals, according to statistics from a labour force survey.
A new packing machine can place polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles into crates at speeds of up to 60 crates a minute, the manufacturer claims.
News briefs: A UK survey finds low level of salmonella contamination in eggs used in restaurants, pubs and cafeterias; processors meet with the UK regulator, citing evidence showing that they...
A polyethylene terephthalate (PET) juice bottle containing 30 per cent recycled materials has been launched in the UK market.
Building consumer trust, food safety, processing techniques, developing new products, and promoting sustainable production are some of the research targets set out for funding yesterday by industry.
Arla Foods is to cut cheese production by 6,200 tonnes until the new year in a drive to better deal with a dwindling global supply of raw milk.
In a bid to ease the supply shortage of grains and prevent further price rises, the European Commission yesterday proposed to allow EU farmers to use a further 3.8 million...
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is calling on food processors to submit proposals to reduce the amount of time taken to authorize labeling information.
The battle between labour and government continues, as the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) has again objected to the crackdown on illegal workers in the food industry.
High fructose corn syrup is increasingly being blacklisted by food and beverage manufacturers as they attempt to market products that are perceived as 'better-for-you', says Datamonitor.
New Zealand-based Fonterra claims to have made further steps towards improved sustainability for dairy production by cutting another 5 per cent off its energy bill.
EU immigration ministers meeting in Lisbon this week are currently working on a unified immigration programme to fill gaps in the bloc's workforce, a decision that will be crucial for...
The UK's meat and dairy industry is under siege, with a new EU ban in place yesterday on exports as farmers battle to control yet another outbreak of food-and-mouth disease.
Italian cheese producer Biraghi's battle to keep a geographically protected trademark for its products has gone sour after the a EU court rejected its claims yesterday.
Three consumer organisations have accused the UK regulator of having "misled" the public and of being in the pocket of manufacturers over its approach to a major study on food...
A new review of research on the safety of aspartame has concluded that suggestions of adverse effects have 'no credible scientific basis' - findings that add weight to the argument...
The US government yesterday concluded a hearing examining the implementation of a nation-wide food labeling system to provide consistent nutrition information on product labels.
The growing online market for used processing and packaging equipment has received a further boost, with US-based DoveBid creating a new auction facility for companies.
Current UK regulation of the meat industry should be reviewed to determine whether changes are needed to prevent outbreaks of disease such as E. coli, according to a review report...
The US will fail to deal with food safety in an increasingly global market, unless improved preventative checking measures are put in place for imports, a new report warns.
European ministers will today discuss whether propounding use of biofuels is justified given their impact on food prices, and whether first generation technologies are causing more environmental harm than good.
A new clear polypropylene (PP) has been released on the market, designed for packaging meats and convenience foods in transparent trays.
NEC Corporation claims to have developed what it is calling the world's first radio frequency identification (RFID) device that can both read and write tag data on multiple frequencies.
Hikes in feed prices are pushing up the cost of meat supplies, and farmer associations and processors are calling on retailers to pass on the increased input costs.
Merger and buyout mania has hit Europe's plastics packaging sector, with private equity playing a major role in consolidating the industry, according to a new report.
InBev is investing €60m into its domestic Belgian breweries to target growing global demand for some of the country's leading beer brands.
This comment was amended to correct a statement about bans of additives in other countries. Some of the chemicals were previously banned by Norway, Austria and Australia but those bans...
Breaching food safety rules can lead to jail, as the executive of a UK food manufacturer has discovered.
The European Food Standards Authority has confirmed that it will be considering the FSA-funded study on certain food additives and children's behaviour as part of its current review of additive...
In a new study, researchers say they have developed a reliable way of testing and analysing large numbers of food samples quickly for possible pathogen contamination.
A new laboratory-scale fluidiser is designed to allow small businesses to test formulations before scaling up to commercial production.
Coca-Cola announced yesterday that is will build the world's largest bottle recycling plant as part of an ambitious plan to recycle all of its plastic packaging in the US.
Tetra Pak today opened what it calls the largest converting plant in Russia and Eastern Europe to produce packaging material for liquid food products.
A new self-cleaning drum motor for conveyor belts is due to be leased on the market at the end of 2007.
Saw palmetto prices are set to soar following a drought in Florida, leaving further room for low-quality or fake products to enter the market, says Valensa International.
Kraft Foods will drive down costs by $1bn (€732m), rejig its global portfolio, and exploit its sales capabilities, in a bid to make the company more profitable, the company's top...
UK consumers have a confused understanding about "green" plastics and how to dispose of them, according to a survey by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (Wrap).
Around 90 per cent of Americans are concerned about food safety, yet are still confused as to what exactly poses a threat to human health, says a study released yesterday.
Two of the largest US popcorn makers have removed diacetyl from their brands, as doctors report that the chemical may now cause a fatal lung disease in consumers as well...
The environment, corporate governance and workers rights are transforming the way managers oversee their global manufacturing operations, as demonstrated in Coca-Cola's second report on its progress in these areas.
EU country representatives will discuss future goals for co-ordinated food safety and nutritional policies in the bloc, at a 19 September meeting to be held by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The reformualtion of products due to health concerns over the preservative sodium benzoate (E211) will not significantly affect soft drink manufacturers, an expert claims.
Manufacturers that use 'sugar free' claims on their product labels must ensure that they also include the appropriate calorie information, said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.
Rottneros is building a second factory for the manufacture of its cellulose fibre-based food packaging.
A new continuous chiller cools down mayonnaise, sauces and pastes faster than existing batch systems, its manufacturer claims.
The sticky ketchup problem has been solved, researchers in Germany declared today.
A new device allows processors to measure the tensile strength and extensibility of their pasta products.
Unilever's European workforce will bear the brunt of the company's proposed 20,000 job cuts over the next four years, a company spokesperson said today.
UK regulations relating to food and feed imports are being toughened up under new revisions submitted for public comment yesterday.
Last week saw a string of communications about food price rises: first warnings were aired about wheat, then meat, then dairy. It's a vertiginous view from the heights of the...
California will become the third US state to ban manufacturers and others from implanting radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in their workers, under a bill passed by legislators last week.
A federal judge this week temporarily barred the US government from forcing companies to fire workers who seem to lack a social security number, after unions argued the move would...
A revised publication focusing on high quality yoghurt production offers a unique insight into the methods and theory being used by today's dairy industry, its authors claim.
A new EU report could result in food processors and other industries paying more for the amount of water they use.
The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced a review of its Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS), which is expected to pave the way towards future...
Small organic producers could benefit from proposed US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to help them meet organic certification costs.
An expected increase in global dairy production is unlikely to alleviate current industry concerns over high milk prices, according to findings by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Black, brown, red, yellow, green and white are everyday colours, but on foods they may indicate problems with manufacturing processes or storage.
Food safety is high on the list of scientists' research agendas, as indicated by the release of three studies today on lowered salt use, Yersinia enterocolitica, and extending the shelf...
Meat processing surfaces can be made almost fully resistant to E-coli thanks to new nanowire technology, researchers claim.
Multivac and Ishida will market and distribute each other's products, a combination that will allow the companies to offer complete packaging lines to processors.
The EU's top health representative is meeting with China's officials this week in a bid to ensure processors and others get safe supplies from a country beset by problems with...
The UK's crackdown on exploitative labour providers to the food sector began in earnest this weekend, when shellfish pickers officially began working the country's coasts.
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