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UK parents slam Tesco for needless allergy warnings on packaging

Over 12,500 people have signed a petition urging Tesco to reduce its overly cautious approach to allergy warnings on food packaging. Shoppers have grown irate at seeing everyday items like orange juice, butternut squash and potatoes carrying the words ‘may contain nuts’ despite appearing to contain no traces of the ingredient at all. Parents have… Read more

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Radical changes to food labelling in the best interests of customers, says Premier Foods

The impending overhaul of Britain’s food labelling system is being made to ensure that customers are well catered for. This is the view of Alasdair Tucker, head of regulatory affairs at Premier Foods – a key player in packaged foods market – who backs the changes made to product labelling as part of the EU’s new Food Information to Consumers Regulation will… Read more

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Proportion of food products sent to landfill drops to just three per cent

Just three per cent of food and packaging from edible products was sent to landfill in 2012, following a concerted effort from British manufacturers. New figures from the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) ‘Five-fold Environmental Ambition’ report painted the picture of an industry looking to become far more environmentally friendly, as the total proportion of food… Read more

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Chinese bakery and cereal sector poised for rapid growth

New forecasts suggest the Chinese bakery and cereal sector’s value will grow by billions of pounds over the next four years. Citing findings from a report by research provider Canadean, foodbev.com states that increased demand for products supplied by Chinese companies will cause the sector to expand by $15 billion (£9.4 billion) between 2012 – 2017…. Read more

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Instant coffee fuelling growth in hot beverage market

Continued strength in sales of instant coffee is leading to a resurgence in the hot beverage market, reports thegrocer.co.uk. Overall sales of hot drinks have risen by 2.4 per cent over the last 12 months, thanks in part to sales of instant products from the likes of Nescafe and Kenco. The market is now worth £1.73 billion a year to retailers, spurred on by a four… Read more

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Transparent food packaging found to be less effective at selling healthy products

Consumers generally prefer to buy their food in transparent packaging, although they tend to shift away from buying healthy products in open-window containers. That’s the view of Steve Herlehy, account executive at Plastic Suppliers, who consulted with recent analysis from MarketWatch to deliver insight into what helps certain types of packaged foods stand out. Cited by… Read more

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Increased effort in planning for Halloween means big business for bakers

Bakeries have been told not to fear Halloween and ensure their timing and products are perfect to capitalise on one of the biggest events of the year. Figures from the IRI show that the seasonal cake market rose to a worth of £129 million in the 52 weeks leading up to May 2013 and Halloween is now the third largest event… Read more

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FDF hails new plan for ‘green revolution’ of food

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has welcomed plans to bring science and agriculture closer together to create more sustainable, healthier and affordable food, reports thisiscornwall.co.uk. Announced earlier this week (July 22) and to be led by the Leadership Council, the Agri-tech Strategy will allow food manufacturers to source more environmentally friendly ingredients from an… Read more

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Snack manufacturers to experiment with flavours as industry prepares for growth

Snack manufacturers will continue to place emphasis on innovation as they prepare for their industry’s expansion, according to new research. Snack Foods 2013, conducted and published by business intelligence firm Key Note, says the industry will continue its trajectory by growing 30.5 per cent over the next five years. The study based its key finding on a number… Read more

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Organisers of food and drink manufacturing ‘Oscars’ add two new awards

Two new prizes are to go up for grabs at the food and drink manufacturing ‘Oscars’, which will celebrate its 13th birthday later this year. The Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA) recognises the achievements of small, medium and large companies across the industry who will have even more of a chance of landing an accolade following the recent announcement…. Read more

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UK technology association calls for overhaul of cyber infrastructure at banks

The trade association for the UK technology industry has made a series of recommendations about the processes that underpin the financial system, agreeing that “patchy and outdated” infrastructure is creating huge problems for banks. Intellect spoke in response to conclusions from the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which acknowledged that technology infrastructure has grown to become “too complex to… Read more

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“Third way” of publishing takes little time in making its presence known

A new hybrid print and publishing model, dubbed the “third way” by news outlets, is helping make 2013 the year of the author, reports guardian.co.uk. Founded by a collective of award-winning authors, Notting Hill Press is working with big names in the romantic comedy genre to create a bridge between self-publishing and some of the more traditional ways… Read more

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