Food Manufacture

Industrial action at Nestlé UK moves step closer : Staff across Nestlé’s UK factories have until April 23 to decide whether to hold a strike ballot over pay and pension arrangements.

Meat survey: Consumers opt for price over planet : Consumers are more interested in the price of meat than its impact on the environment, according to new research.

Uniq invests £10M in desserts business : Uniq is pumping more than £10M into its desserts factories this year as it embarks on a mission to “reinvigorate” the category.

Consumers suspicious of ‘artificial’ sweeteners : Many British consumers still regard sweeteners with suspicion, although in practice, few actively avoid products that contain them, according to research commissioned by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

EFSA opinion paves way for EU approval of stevia : EU approval for natural sweeteners from the stevia leaf has moved one step closer after scientists at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave them a clean bill of health.

EFSA to host June health claims summit : The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is inviting stakeholders to its Parma, Italy, base for an “open meeting” to discuss health claims developments in the EU.

Sales of organic food drop 12.9% in 2009 : Sales of organic products in the UK fell by 12.9% in 2009 to £1.84 billion, according to new figures published this morning by the Soil Association.

Research: chilli powder affects salt and flavour perception : New research into the impact of adding chilli powder to foods has revealed some surprising results.

Holland & Barrett launches search for 500 new Christmas products : Speciality food manufacturers are being invited to pitch their wares to Holland & Barrett and Julian Graves at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on May 13 as the retailers seek to spice up their Christmas range.

Electric trucks have failed to deliver, says M&S : ‘Green’ transport options such as electric vans, hybrid trucks and fuel cells have so far failed to deliver significant efficiency benefits, according to supply chain bosses at Marks & Spencer.

Tories to fast track supermarket ombudsman : Establishing a supermarket ombudsman “as quickly as possible” would be a top priority for a Conservative government, the Tories have revealed. 

Credit insurance claims drop as economy recovers : New figures reveal trade credit insurance claims have dropped from a peak in early 2009, although food manufacturers argue that accessing insurance is still difficult and expensive.

New site packs a punch with double the capacity : Ardo UK officially opened its Charing site in Kent last month, complete with a new packing plant that doubles the capacity of its previous operations from 25,000t to 50,000t annually.

Food science degree will work with the industry : Nottingham University has launched a BSc food science course that aims to deliver practical and relevant training in partnership with industry where other courses have failed.

Trade Talk Joined-up thinking is the key to food policy : The recent Food Policy Council's second report recognises that a healthy, low-impact diet must be demand-led.

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