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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR More and more people are talking about food waste and how to resolve the problem. Both the food industry and the supermarkets, as well as food distributors are dealing with the problem rather well. If food manufacturers have mislabelled product or have underweight or overweight rejected product then these can often be recycled, relabelled, or repackaged in their own factories. Other products and overstock, subject to certain parameters, are donated to charities working with the needy. Some food factories and some larger supermarket sites already have their own anaerobic digesters or they have regular collections by the waste and recycling industry. Agriculture, by and large, uses its own waste for feedstock, for spreading on the land, or again using anaerobic digestion to create their own electricity or heating. People tell us that there are millions of tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year. This is hardly correct as so much already has a ‘home’. I believe that the great fear for our industry is that the academics will spend their time and use Government funds researching unnecessarily, and the politicians will debate incessantly, without either listening to the experts working in our own industry who are already solving the problems of excessive food waste. Our industry does not create food waste for fun as that costs money and wastes time; so leave us in peace to get on with our research and our projects without even more legislation.

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freezer at a temperature of -4°C. Each container of ice cream is then hardened to -25°C. The Minor Dairy, Double Drum Helix Spiral freezer is served by a 170kW refrigeration plant and operates on natural carbon dioxide refrigerant. This results in excellent operating efficiency, with zero environmental impact in terms of ozone depletion and global warming. Starfrost’s Helix Spiral is designed with low maintenance, ease of hygiene and operational efficiency in mind. Its unique “Guided Flow” vertical or horizontal air circulation system ensures quick and even freezing without excessive air speeds that can damage delicate products. The Helix Spiral is suitable for freezing and chilling food that requires medium to long retention times, such as ready meals, poultry, pizza, potato products, fish, desserts, bakery products and ice-cream. The system is available in site built and compact assembled format, with single drum, double drum and twin belt designs. Available with a range of belt sizes and tier heights, it can process from 500kg/hr, to capacities over 6,000kg/hr. The Helix Spiral has a frost tolerant design and features Starfrost’s unique air circulation technology for fast and efficient freezing with long running times between defrosts. Starfrost’s standard all-stainless steel equipment design includes framework, fully welded floor, evaporator and enclosure panels for ultimate hygiene. The Helix Spiral features a computerised touch screen HMI PLC control panel and optional CIP (Clean in Place) automated sanitising system.

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Thailand’s premier ice cream firm is investing in bespoke processing equipment from UKbased freezing and chilling system manufacturer Starfrost. The British firm’s double drum spiral system for Minor Dairy is the latest Starfrost freezer set to be exported to a leading food manufacturer in Thailand. In conjunction with a local agent, Starfrost has recently supplied freezing and chilling systems to Thai processors for tropical fruits and poultry. Minor Dairy produces a variety of premium ice cream products for food service outlets across the Thai and international markets. The firm owns Swensen’s, Thailand’s largest ice cream brand, serving consumers throughout Asia. Minor Dairy was looking for a high capacity freezing system to increase ice cream production at its processing facility near Bangkok. The firm required an efficient in-line freezing system capable of achieving the long retention time needed to harden large containers of ice cream. Starfrost’s UK engineering team has custom designed a Double Drum Helix Spiral freezer for Minor Dairy with a processing capacity of 1,500kg/hr. The Helix Spiral features a 620mm wide stainless steel mesh product conveyor belt and two rotating drums, each with 10 spiraling tiers. The compact, modular system is 16.75m in length, has a height of 6.1m and is 6.2m wide. The bespoke Double Drum Helix Spiral system is designed to process ice cream in 6kg plastic and paper containers, at a rate of 25 cans every six minutes. The product enters the



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T Freemantle install Auto Cartoner for Greggs Greggs the UK's favourite high street baker have recently installed a new Auto Cartoner from the UK Market Leader, T Freemantle. The machine will help Greggs meet the growing demand for their frozen ready-to-bake range of pies, pasties and sausage rolls. Capable of speeds up to 150/min the machine replaced an existing T Freemantle Semi auto cartoner and has already increased capacity and reduced labour. The machine incorporated T Freemantle's unique slimline autoloader and inline transfer that continues to offer a footprint of approximately 30 percent less that competitor equipment. Flexibility is the Key for Strategy. After installing two small carton sealing machines with one of the UK's leading contract packers, Strategy Group, T Freemantle were able to demonstrate the flexibility and simplicity of their range of machinery. This has resulted in a new contract being awarded to T Freemantle for a fully automatic cartoner for selection pack cartoning. The size range capability of the machine has been extended to meet Strategy's specific requirements as well as providing upstream conveyors to offer a full solution to this valuable client.

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‘Game changing’ Göpfert press for TRM Leading independent food and drink packaging manufacturer TRM Packaging is preparing for the arrival of its ‘game changing’ Göpfert Impression seven-colour printing press – the best specified machine of its type in the UK. The investment will enable the company to provide even higher quality shelf-ready packaging to its retail and packer-filler clients. The new 82-tonne machine is currently being shipped from the Göpfert manufacturing plant in southern Germany to TRM in Burscough, Lancashire where, over a period of four weeks, the machine will be carefully reassembled and commissioned prior to it being put into service. Once operating, the Göpfert Impression will be the best-specified machine in the UK due to the inclusion of camera print registration control, full infra-red drying and the new Kleenplate technology which ensures dust free printing. With a maximum feed size of 2,400mm x 1,600mm and a capacity of 10,000 sheets per hour, the Göpfert Impression also delivers a registration accuracy of 0.2mm

between colours. Trevor Maund, chief executive at TRM Packaging said: “Our investment in this new machinery signals our commitment to delivering the very best quality products to our existing clients while also opening up our services to new markets. “It allows us to deliver the quality only previously reached with pre-printed liner packaging or litho-laminated board but achieved in a single pass printed directly onto die-cut corrugated packaging. We can therefore provide higher quality more efficiently for our customers that will positively impact on their bottom lines. It is a real game changer for us and for the UK secondary packaging market as a whole.” The quality of print the machine is capable of means that traditional copper cable is no longer suitable to carry the information required to control the machine. In its place, fibre optic cables are used to ensure the print registration accuracy is maintained. It is expected that the first job will roll off the new press in mid-September 2013.

Contact TRM Packaging on tel 01704 892811 or visit

Allen Coding helps Montezuma’s growing empire Rapidly growing Chichester-based manufacturer of chocolate gifts and luxury handmade chocolate bars in the UK, Montezuma’s looked to marking and coding specialist, Allen Coding Systems to supply a RX-S Small Character Continuous Ink Jet Printer when it needed to produce quality printing on new product packaging. Founded in Brighton in 2000, Montezuma’s is now established as Britain’s leading and most innovative family luxury chocolate maker, with five shops located across the south of England and its products available in more than 2500 fine food stores around the UK. Wesley James Cole, General Operations Manager at the chocolate company, commented: “Allen Coding was recommended to us and since contacting them the service has been great.” The Hitachi RX-S printer was selected for its ease of use and speed, and now operates on Montezuma’s production lines at up to 60ppm, printing date codes onto gloss

cardboard for a number of different products of various shapes and sizes. Wesley continues: “On the few occasions when new programmes were being created for new products to be presented to the system, Allen Coding worked out any technical queries immediately while we were learning to use the new printer.” Easy to install, operate and clean and offering clarity of print, the RX-S is best known for being user friendly and offering accurate, high-speed printing of a wide range of information in multiple languages on to a variety of substrates. At Montezuma’s it replaces date gunning by batch as well as having to apply labels manually as the products come down the line. Dates are now printed on to the finished products before they are packed in to the outer cases. Wesley concluded: “The RX-S has been easy to install, learn and maintain and the quality of print is always good.”

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Honeywell helps Nestlé improve sustainability Honeywell have announced that it has installed three liquid-cooled chillers at the York distribution centre of global food giant Nestlé, whose popular brands include Nescafé, Kit Kat, Aero, Smarties, and Shreddies. The 136,000sq ft distribution centre is on the same site as the Nestlé York production facility, one of the world’s largest confectionery factories. The distribution centre consists of a fully automated high bay with six cranes and a conventional storage and picking hall. In total the distribution centre holds up to 33,000 pallets. Temperature and humidity in the distribution centre need to be controlled to a very precise specification to preserve the quality of Nestlé’s products. Under the project, Honeywell replaced the centre’s aging chillers with three 5-stage propane alternatives that perform more efficiently, offer more accurate temperature control and are easier to monitor. “The new chillers are much more efficient at maintaining temperatures and were a cheaper alternative to other options for Nestlé,” said Barry Hetherington, Business Development Manager for Honeywell Building Solutions. “The lower cost of our solution enabled Nestlé to make other investments to improving the plant room.” In 2006 Honeywell’s maintenance and support for the Nestlé site were expanded to include the warehouse facility. The installation of Honeywell’s EBI building management system at that time improved control significantly and paid for itself within the first year of operation, which has helped the site reduce its energy consumption by nearly half. “The installation of the new chillers, combined with the improvement measures we are making in other areas of our control regime, will enable us to further reduce our costs and lessen our impact on the environment,” said Paul Roberts, Customer Logistics Engineering Manager for Nestlé UK&I. “It is vital to maintain product quality throughout the supply chain and, within the distribution centre, that means close control of temperature and humidity – in as an environmentally friendly way as possible.” Contact Honeywell on tel 08457 678999 or visit

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Nestlé opens factories in the Far East Nestlé has opened two new factories in China as it continues to grow its business in the country by investing in its portfolio of local and global brands. The company’s Chief Executive, Paul Bulcke attended events in China to mark the opening of a CHF133m Nescafé coffee factory in Shandong Province, followed by a CHF319m Yinlu Foods factory in Anhui Province. More than 2,000 new jobs have been created with the opening of the Yinlu Foods factory, built through Nestlé’s partnership with China’s leading producer of ready-to-drink peanut milk and ready-to-eat rice congee. Yinlu products, which also include ready-to-eat red bean congee and ready-to-eat oat congee, are tailored to Chinese consumers’ taste and preferences. They complement Nestlé’s existing product range in China, which includes culinary, coffee, confectionery, bottled water, milk powder and products for the foodservice industry. Nestlé has inaugurated a new, CHF230m factory in Vietnam that will meet growing demand for its Nescafé soluble coffee products in the region. More than 200 new jobs have been created with the opening of the factory, which is located in Dong Nai Province and manufactures products for both local consumption and export. Nestlé’s investment in Vietnam supports its activities around the Nescafé Plan, the company’s global initiative to optimise its coffee supply chain that includes measures such as increasing direct procurement from farmers and providing them with free technical assistance. Nestlé trained more than 19,600 coffee farmers in Vietnam in 2012 as part of the Nescafé Plan. The company aims to train about the same number again this year, while distributing two million high-yield, disease-

resistant coffee plantlets. Nestlé is also working with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in a public-private partnership to help improve farmers’ productivity by promoting better coffee growing practices. Pulmuone Waters, a joint venture between Nestlé Waters and the Pulmuone Group, has opened a new USD53m (more than CHF49m) bottled water factory in South Korea. The factory in Edong, Gyeonggi Province, will produce the brands Pulmuone Saemmul by Nature and Nestlé Pure Life. The new Pulmuone Waters factory in Edong has a variety of sustainable design features to reduce energy and water use, including glass walls in production areas to maximise natural light and a wastewater treatment system. The bottles made in the factory have a ‘short cap’ design to reduce waste and are made from light-weight, recyclable PET, enabling a saving of more than 1,700 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year during manufacture. Nestlé is building a new factory in Malaysia to meet growing domestic demand for its ready-todrink beverages such as Nescafé, Milo, and Nestlé Low Fat Milk. The company is investing 150m Malaysian Ringgit (about CHF47m) in the new facilities in the city of Shah Alam, which will create 160 new jobs when fully operational in 2014. Nestlé has seen significant growth in its ready-to-drink beverages in Malaysia over the past four years, where its Milo and Nescafé brands are the market leaders in the category. The new factory has a number of sustainable design features such as a rain water recovery system to reduce water use and ultra-high-temperature (UHT) processing with built-in heat recovery to reduce energy consumption.

Contact Nestlé on tel +41 21 924 5111 or visit

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Allied Bakeries is officially number two

Crunch time for crisp pump When you are in the business of producing one million packets of potato crisps a day, the last thing that is wanted is for a critical processing component to fail. Should that scenario occur, then the immediate availability of either a replacement part or repair facility is the only solution. When the failure of a hot oil pump occurred at Seabrook Crisps in Bradford in early 2013, the prospect of having to shut down production to remove the pump from service became a reality. Minimising the shut down period was essential and that meant turning to a specialist pump repair and service provider which Seabrook Crisps knew would solve their dilemma. That provider was AxFlow’s Service Division in nearby Huddersfield. Having worked with Seabrook Crisps for around four years, AxFlow’s team of engineers were only too well aware of the consequences of a prolonged shutdown and pulled out all the stops to get the Cornell Hot Oil pump back on line. The time taken from collecting the pump, doing the repairs and returning it to the site was just six hours. “This is a specialist type of pump for the food industry and at Seabrook Crisps it is in operation 24 hours a day pumping thermal fluid at a temperature of 255 C, so it is subjected to considerable workload,” commented Mark Redgrove, AxFlow’s Technical Support Manager. The Cornell Hot Oil pump serves two purposes: Moving thermal fluid into a heat

exchanger on the fryer containing five tonnes of sunflower oil in which the crisps are cooked; and feeding thermal fluid into the heat exchanger on the blancher. Thermal fluid is a slightly viscous mineral oil and the fluctuating temperature of this has an adverse effect on the mechanical seal. The rise and fall in the temperature of the thermal fluid causes the mechanical seals to move, and it is this movement that leads to seal failure. The working life of the mechanical seal can vary between 12 and 18 months, but predicting seal failure is imprecise. Regrettable though seal failure is, according to Tommy Brown at Seabrook Crisps, the Cornell Hot Oil pump is the best pump for the job. Having been called in to look at the pump, AxFlow removed it from service and took it to the Huddersfield plant where it was stripped and inspected. This revealed that the mechanical seal, bearings, lip seals and gaskets all needed renewing and work commenced immediately. Once the sealing arrangement was completed and installed in the pump, the pump was hydrostatically tested with water in accordance with AxFlow’s standard test procedures. “Mechanical seal repair and replacement is one of the many engineering services that we offer at Huddersfield,” says Mark Redgrove. “Fortunately for Seabrook Crisps we were familiar with this type of food industry pump and sealing arrangement and had the necessary components available. As a result, the production down time at the factory was kept to a minimum.”

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Allied Bakeries announces that is it officially the Number Two bakery manufacturer in the UK*. Mark Fairweather, Chief Executive of Allied Bakeries explained: "Over the past few years we have followed a plan focussed on building a strong, sustainable bakery business as we have invested in our brands, our bakeries and our ways of working. We are seeing the benefit of that work as we build stronger relationships with our customers and take on new business with new customers such as the contract to supply Kingsmill, Allinson and Burgen bread to over 4,000 Co-operative Food stores. “I am delighted to be able to confirm that one of the results of our hard work is that the growth we have seen has moved us to the number two position in this highly competitive market. "This new partnership with the Cooperative is now an established part of our total operation and a credit to the hard work of all our colleagues. “Our investment in infrastructure, innovation, brands and people – the largest capital expenditure programme in UK bakery – sees us operating on a significantly stronger platform than ever before." The company’s latest stage of this investment is the opening of a new bread line at its Walthamstow plant. This new breadline will exclusively manufacture Kingsmill 50/50, Soft White and Tasty Wholemeal, with a capacity to produce 10,000 loaves per hour. The line comes equipped with new ovens, provers, coolers, and bagging and slicing equipment, as well as a revamped dispatch area. Allied Bakeries is currently updating assets, driving efficiencies, improving ways of working, and future proofing the company’s operations. The improvement programme enables Allied Bakeries to maintain a high level of service to all its customers – old and new – by delivering consistent quality and fresh bread direct, and through valued service providers, to the customer’s premises. *Nielsen, Value and Unit Sales 12 weeks ending 6 July 2013 Contact Allied Bakeries on tel 01628 764300 or visit

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Cargill’s new vehicles cut CO2 emissions Cargill’s Cocoa & Chocolate business has introduced two new Eco-Combi trucks to replace three conventional vehicles – reducing CO2 emissions from transport by 30 percent. The vehicles are being used to transport the company’s Gerkens® cocoa powder on 3,250 journeys per year, from Cargill’s plant in Wormer, the Netherlands, to its ultra-modern 50,000sq m warehouse facility operated by DSV in the port of Amsterdam. The new vehicles mean that 2,000 fewer journeys per year are now undertaken – 3,250 compared to 5,250 previously – which means a reduction of 100,000km?year travelled. * “As well as lowering CO2 emissions, and reducing fuel use by 30 percent, residents in the Wormer area are also pleased with the reduced number of vehicle movements, which has created a more pleasant environment”, explains Karel Seinen, Logistics Manager, Cocoa, for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate. The Eco-Combi vehicles are longer than the vehicles they replace, 25m compared to 18m. They are also heavier, and have upgraded braking systems and adapted axles to aid steering and turning. “Our old vehicles had a 50-tonne maximum weight limit, which meant we could transport 25 tonnes of powder. The new ones have a 60-tonne limit, but can transport 40 tonnes of powder as a result of better weight distribution across the increased length”, continues Karel Seinen. “Safety is extremely important to Cargill and we undertook a thorough trial before purchasing the vehicles. We also researched the safety records of such vehicles in other countries, which demonstrated that Eco-Combi trucks actually have a better safety record than conventional heavy vehicles. “The move to Eco-Combi trucks is working well for us, producing the environmental benefits which we seek as well as cost savings”, concluded Seinen. * 2,000 fewer journeys of 50 km = 100,000 km.

Contact Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Contact Avery Weigh-Tronix on tel 08453 667788 on tel +31 20 500 6000 or visit or visit

Sine pumps transfer two tonnes of spread The Kessko factory in Bonn, Germany is using four MasoSine SPS series pumps supplied by Watson-Marlow Pumps Group to help deliver high quality ‘sweet’ products to customers in the bakery, confectionary, ice cream, biscuit and soft drink trades. At the heart of this effort, the SPS pumps offer reliable service that includes the transfer of up to two tonnes of hazelnut spread (containing soft solids) every 60 minutes. Inside the production hall, one of Kessko's 180 employees enters the exact weight of 12.5kg of hazelnut spread per container into the filling system. The foot pedal is actuated and the sweet chocolate and hazelnut mixture flows quickly into the containers courtesy of a MasoSine SPS pump. “We fill 160 containers in this process every hour,” says Technical Manager Reiner Liffmann, “which is the equivalent of 2 tonnes of hazelnut spread.” With their powerful suction, the MasoSine SPS pumps are ideal for viscous substances such as the chocolate spread being handled at Kessko. They provide a particularly gentle, virtually pulsation-free pumping operation. This is what distinguishes MasoSine pumps from other positive displacement models such as gear pumps, for example. The sinusoidal design of the rotor creates four chambers with each turn, through which

the medium – in this case the sweet spread – is pumped from the inlet port to the higherpressure discharge port. The rotor, unlike on rotary lobe pumps with multiple shafts, is powered by a motor via just one shaft. The scraper gate prevents any liquid from flowing back from the discharge side to the lowerpressure suction side of the pump. Since the chamber volume does not change, the system is perfect for pumping liquids containing soft solids or viscous media. A heated jacket for the housing is used especially for this type of application, while other pumped liquids require a cooling jacket in order to keep the temperature of the product constant. This is also available for MasoSine SPS pumps. Even the cleaning of the SPS pumps is a straightforward process. The pump is stripped down in 10 minutes. Once the pump head front cover has been removed, all the internal parts that come into contact with the product can be removed (without tools) and cleaned. The SPS pumps are also suitable for CIP and SIP cleaning processes. “Our four MasoSine SPS pumps are good, fast and extremely reliable,” concluded Mr Liffmann. “When it comes to acquiring our next pump, Watson-Marlow will definitely be the first port of call. We are extremely satisfied with what they have to offer.”

Contact Watson-Marlow Pumps Group on tel 01326 370370 or visit

ILS recovery plan on track Food and pharmaceutical testing specialist ILS (International Laboratory Services) says it has made further significant progress in its recovery plan following the major fire at its Shardlow laboratories earlier this year. The company has now established and fitted out a further 600sq m of temporary space onsite, and having completed successful MHRA, UKAS, M&S and TLAS inspections, is now able to carry out increased Food Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Microbiology testing in-house. The company’s Food Chemistry operations were unaffected by the fire and it was able to secure alternative facilities for its Pharmaceutical Chemistry business within its sister company at Shardlow, meaning both these operations have continued as normal over the past few months. ILS has also confirmed that it has obtained planning permission for a complete rebuilding of its laboratories. Plans are currently being finalised and it is anticipated that work will be completed by December. The company will

unveil further details in the coming weeks. “Our immediate priority after the fire was to resume testing for our clients, either directly or using third parties, and then to implement structured short and long term recovery plans to bring us back to full operational strength,” explained ILS Operations Director, Lorraine Bater. “The success and effectiveness of our efforts so far have been underlined by the fact that we are now continually being asked to speak on the topic and offer advice and guidance to our peers. But certainly we could not have achieved any of this without the hard work and dedication of all our staff, and the tremendous support of our clients and suppliers. “We have always taken pride in the quality and speed of response of our services,” she continued, “so we are extremely excited by our rebuilding project which will give us the most modern facilities to complement our expert staff, and help us to be even better in the future.”

Contact ILS on tel 01332 793000 or visit

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FIT cuts ventilation costs with Vacon Vacon ac variable speed drives are helping Food Industry Technical (FIT), a specialist in energy management for commercial kitchens, to provide its customers with energy savings of up to 50 percent on kitchen ventilation and extract systems. The Vacon drives are incorporated in FIT’s Cheetah range of modular air management systems, which have been adopted by many leading companies involved with food preparation, including Tesco, Sainsburys and ASDA. In conventional kitchen air management systems, powerful fans are fitted to cope with the peak emissions of smoke and steam that inevitably occur during commercial cooking operations. These fans are used in conjunction with single speed starters, however, which means that, for most of the time, they are providing a much higher level of air movement than is actually needed and, as a result, are consuming much more energy than necessary. The Cheetah air management system from FIT addresses this issue by equipping the fans with variable speed drives and arranging for their speed to be controlled by sensors that monitor the environment in the kitchen. The basis for control is that the higher the air temperature in the kitchen, the faster the fans run, but the Cheetah system incorporates many additional refinements to optimise its performance. For example, if a sudden release

of steam or smoke is detected in the cooking area, the fans automatically ramp up to full speed and maintain this speed for a predetermined period. Manual override is also provided to cope with unusual conditions. The key to the successful operation of the Cheetah system is the provision of reliable and efficient variable speed drives for the fan motors and, during the development of the system, the engineers at FIT evaluated drives from a number of major manufacturers. “It did not take us long to decide that drives in the Vacon NXL range were the best choice for our application. They are compact, but there is enough room inside for us to fit an RJ45 connector, they support the LonWorks networking protocol straight out of the box, and they’re very competitively priced.” “In addition,” he continued, “the software for the drives has been designed to be easy to customise, and Vacon was happy to adapt it to meet our specific requirements. Finally, we knew from experience that Vacon provides excellent support, not just in the UK, but also globally, which is important to us as our Cheetah systems are popular all over the world.” FIT has now used over 1500 Vacon NXL drives with ratings between 0.37 and 30 kW in its Cheetah air management system. It has found them to be maintenance free, and to offer excellent performance and reliability.

Contact Vacon Drives UK on tel 01455 611515 or visit

Ardo in good health after Gold Award Frozen fruit and vegetable specialist Ardo UK has received a top award in recognition of its outstanding health and safety record. The Charing-based business was presented with The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety, given to companies that demonstrate excellent management systems, a rigorous approach to occupational health and below average and reducing accident rates. Ardo’s latest figures show that total accidents fell by 41 percent between 2011 and 2012, and by 53 percent in total from 2007’s figures. Jim Everest, Ardo UK Operations Director, said: “I am pleased that our health and safety record has been recognised by RoSPA. “We are committed to our health and safety

obligations and set ourselves the highest standards possible. As responsible employers we have challenged ourselves to reduce accidents in the workplace year-on-year through investment in training, safer working conditions and protective clothing. “I am delighted that these efforts have paid significant dividends in the past five years and look set to continue to do so in the future.” David Rawlins, RoSPA’s Awards Manager said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Ardo has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour them through the presentation of an award.”

Contact Ardo UK on tel 01233 714714 or visit


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VSD helps IFF achieve major energy savings Choosing VSD compressor technology from Atlas Copco has helped International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF), a leading global creator of flavours and fragrances for consumer products, achieve major energy savings at its UK manufacturing plant in Haverhill, Suffolk. As one of IFF’s European Centres of Excellence for Flavour Delivery Systems and Encapsulation, as well as a major producer of Fragrance Ingredient Compounds, the Haverhill plant recently underwent a significant expansion. A major part of the expansion was the upgrading of the plant’s Atlas Copco compressed air system. IFF is a long-standing customer of Atlas Copco Compressors who, prior to the expansion programme, had originally installed an oil-free, fixed speed ZT3A together with a ZT290 machine on a service contract at the site. The compressors provide 100 percent OilFree air for process instrumentation, the operation of pneumatic valves for powder transfer and plant-to-plant product conveying. Performance logging of the compressors, carried out prior to the expansion highlighted the fact that significant energy savings could be achieved with the installation of a single variable speed drive compressor to replace both existing units. The ZT160VSD was selected for its ability to match compressed output to demand in variable full load/variable load production cycles and its wide turndown range. This single compressor alone can provide all the air for the site while the old ZT3A has been retained as a standby unit. The 100% oil-free design of the Z machines is vital to eliminate even the slightest risk of contamination within the sensitive production environment. The ZT160VSD machine was supplied to IFF on a Service Investment Plan (SIP) contract rental arrangement that includes the Total Responsibility service provision. Not all compressed air users are able to undertake the major capital investment required to take advantage of the latest technological innovations to match their current and future needs. Atlas Copco Compressors’ SIP links into its service contracts, provides free site audits, delivers new energy-efficient compressors on a lease contract and requires no capital investment. Commenting on his company’s long term relationship with Atlas Copco Compressors and the significant energy savings that have been gained through the new installation, Engineering Manager, Matt Borrill said: “We calculate that in the past year we have saved £10,000pa on our energy bills and significantly

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reduced our carbon footprint. It is a direct result of Atlas Copco looking after our interests under their Total Responsibility Plan. The plan lives up to its name. We get regular iTrak audits to monitor our compressed air use, and that means total peace of mind, plus full coverage of the unit including air ends, motor, electrical and electronic systems, coolers, etc with fixed annual costs for the agreed period. It means Atlas Copco technicians providing us with regular maintenance, engineering improvements, and breakdown repairs and machine overhauls if necessary.” “Also, the noise-reduction characteristic of the new ZT compressor is a welcome asset in view of the plant’s proximity to residential properties.” Contact Atlas Copco on tel 01442 261201 or visit

ACS&T trial REstore system In a bid to further increase the efficiency of operations, food logistics specialist, ACS&T, is to trial an electricity monitoring system at its Tewkesbury site. The system, supplied by energy demand and response business, REstore, will identify opportunities for ACS&T to reduce power usage during peak periods at its cold store, cutting costs and improving efficiency. REstore’s Demand Response allows energy suppliers and transmission grid operators to look to energy users, such as ACS&T, to relieve the energy market and the grid of excess demand at critical times. REstore will install equipment to monitor ACS&T’s electricity usage in its cold store, limiting unnecessary power usage at peak times. Jeremy Pettit, General Manager at ACS&T Tewkesbury commented: “Using REstore’s Demand Response service at our Tewkesbury site will enable us to minimise our power demand at critical times without any impact on our service. This should return some prudent savings on our energy costs and will help to lessen the impact of future electricity increases, which are a significant part of our operating costs.” Whilst the cost of installing the monitoring equipment is covered by REstore, ACS&T will see a further contribution to its energy reduction plan, which includes LED lighting and solar power. If the trial is successful, the system will be rolled out to the company’s other three sites. Contact ACS&T on tel 01472 358207 or visit

Premier Tech Chronos supplies bagging weighers to Surya Nottingham based Premier Tech Chronos has recently completed the commissioning of the second of the two high speed E-SERIES Nett weigher E25 NXT it has supplied to Surya Foods. Premier Tech Chronos has been a long-term supplier to Surya Foods, who are a major international manufacturer and distributor of authentic, ethnic food lines, which it supplies to several market-leading names in the food sector. Its high quality product lines include rice, flour, spices, sauces, snacks and savouries that are sold in over 30 countries worldwide. The new high speed gravity fed nett bagging weigher is a repeat order of a previously supplied system and is positioned above a

form, fill and seal packing system. Both ESERIES Nett bagging weighers E25 NXT have been optimised to deliver precision weighments of rice at speeds of up to 20 bags per minute; across a range of weighment sizes from 5 to 20kg. Precision control of the weighers is provided by the latest version of the SpeedAC NXT weighing controller; which optimises the weighing operation with proven weighing software and material in flight control algorithms. These two new weighing systems are the latest in a series of systems that Premier Tech Chronos has supplied to the Surya Foods facility in Harwich, Essex.

Contact Premier Tech Chronos on tel 0115 935 1351 or visit

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Marel GB provide support for Carnitech Following Marel's recent acquisition of the mixing and grinding activities of Carnitech A/S, Marel GB will now provide, in the UK & Ireland, full sales, service and spares for the range of mixers & grinders for the meat, fish and poultry industries. By adding Carnitech mixing and grinding products to its comprehensive product portfolio, Marel will further strengthen its offering as a provider of complete processing systems to the meat, fish and poultry industries. The Carnitech range of mixers and grinders is well known and respected by the world's processors and it is reassuring for them to know that production of the machines will continue, along with excellent service and spares availability. Marel has re-employed some 35 staff at the former Carnitech factory in Stovring, Denmark to ensure this continuity. The factory will re-open as a 'fully fledged' Marel product centre specialising in mixing and grinding technology, machines and systems. Carnitech was previously owned by American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC), a privately held industrial group, which acquired it from Marel in 2010. The return of Carnitech's range of mixers and grinders to Marel has plugged a gap by adding mixing and grinding to a huge range of forming and portioning machines in the company's offering of complete processing systems. Marel is now the world's foremost provider of machines and systems for burgers, sausages, minced meat and nuggets. The UK boasts a substantial number of these machines in action, so continuity of service for them is vital if processors are to maintain their production. “The acquisition of Carnitech mixers and grinders means that Marel will take on the responsibility for spare parts and a high standard of service for UK processors – many of whom are well known to us – and I can assure them of our 100 percent commitment to doing just that,” said Graeme Rolinson, General Manager of Marel GB.

Contact Avery Contact Weigh-Tronix Marel GB on on tel tel 08453 01603 700755 667788 or visit or visit


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Design Award for Weber Control System The power control system for the range of Weber slicers and in-feeders has been granted a prestigious ‘Red Dot’ award in recognition of its outstanding design and simple operation for high-performance slicing lines. The Weber range, available in the UK and Ireland from Interfood Technology, is widely acknowledged as a leader in slicing technology. The Weber Power Control system, launched earlier this year at the IFFA trade show, was one of 6,800 products from 43 countries submitted to the 2013 Red Dot Design Awards, one of the world’s largest design competitions. The competition is staged annually in Germany by the Design Zentrum NRW, with the Red Dot, recognised as an independent seal of quality, only presented to a select number of entries which are perceived as the best in their respective category. Weber Power Control won its Red Dot in the Communication Design category, illustrating how the complexity of the Weber slicers and in-feeder lines is overcome through a simple graphics-based touch screen operating system. Jim Sydenham, Joint Managing Director of Interfood Technology, said: “Flexibility is key to many slicing operations and the many different functions and options available in the Weber range is certainly one of its major selling points in that this allows the slicer to be configured to meet the needs of very

specific slicing criteria. However, it is vitally important that this can be achieved easily, without the technology becoming too difficult for the operators to work with. In their new Power Control technology, Weber have come up with an approach which is very familiar to many through their use of smart phones and tablets in that it employs graphics which are swiped on a touch screen to bring up the various options. The system’s in-built intelligence reduces the number of parameters, thereby significantly simplifying operation, with all important settings available via a single touch.” The most important machine performance indicators are provided on screen to the operator, such as portion capacity, yield, giveaway and portion weights. The operating interface also guides the operator through preset trouble-shooting procedures to follow, if required, with the capability for easy adaptation of the power control system to meet customers’ specific requirements. Weber Power Control will initially be adopted on the Weber 906 slicers due for delivery early in 2014. It will then be rolled out during 2014 to the other machines in the Weber range, as well as being available as an upgrade option for the many Weber machines that are already operating in food pvvrocessing applications throughout the world.

Contact Interfood Technology on tel 01844 217676 or visit

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Weighers increase throughput for Ansolive The installation of five multihead weighers from Ishida Europe has helped to triple throughput at Ansolive, a leading European supplier and distributor of olives and Mediterranean products. The company has recently installed five new automatic lines in a new production facility at its site in Ans, Belgium to meet the growing demand for its products throughout Europe. This has enabled it to fill a further 60,000 pots of product a day in addition to the 30,000 it was already producing on seven semiautomatic lines in its original factory. At the start of each automatic line, products such as olives, peppers and dried tomatoes are transported by means of a belt elevator to one of the five 16-head Ishida CCW-RS weighers. These are capable of handling both mono product and two-mix applications (such as olives and peppers or olives and feta cheese) and their hygienic WP ‘waterproof ’ construction enables fast and easy cleaning between production runs. After weighing the products are discharged into one or two plastic pots (depending on the required production capacity), which are automatically presented underneath each weigher. The pots then pass underneath a liquid filler to add oil or sauce and are sealed in a protective atmosphere (MAP) to preserve the natural freshness of the ingredients. The sealed pots go through a lidding machine and are subsequently labelled while a laser printer applies a production code on the lids. At the end of the packaging process, the pots are automatically stacked and placed in cardboard boxes which are then transported to the palletising area after which they are placed in a cold storage facility. If two pots are filled at the same time, the maximum capacity is 60 pots per minute per line. “Thanks to the new automatic lines, our production capacity has increased greatly,” said Muzaffer Öztürk, Ansolive’s founder. “At the old site, we could fill 30,000 pots per day. Today, the five automatic lines supply a capacity of 60,000 pots – and even 120,000 pots if we work in two shifts. This is on top of the 30,000 packs that we still produce on the old lines.” The five Ishida multiheads were supplied and installed by Ishida’s Belgium distributor BRN, based in Aalst. Ansolive chose the 16head models as they are ideal for operating at high speeds and thus can handle large production throughputs. Prior to signing the contract, BRN carried out extensive tests in order to tailor the weighing machines to the required products.

The installation took just two days, followed by one week of testing. Six Ansolive employees responsible for the machines also received intensive two-week training in their

native French language at BRN. Because of this positive experience, Ansolive is currently looking into the automation of additional packing lines.

The installation took just two days, followed by one week of testing. Six Ansolive employees responsible for the machines also received intensive two-week training in their

native French language at BRN. Because of this positive experience, Ansolive is currently looking into the automation of additional packing lines.

Contact Ishida Europe on tel 0121 607 7700 or visit

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Axiom's recipe for success for Tamar Foods In 2012 West Country bakery, Tamar Foods won a prestigious contract with Marks and Spencer to produce a range of M&S savoury pies. A stipulation of the contract was that, provided the trial period was successfully completed, the Tamar conveyor system would need to be able to handle M&S's green totes - something Tamar's existing system could not do. Replacing an unreliable, noisy conveyor system, Tamar's existing conveyor solution was installed to take products from the packing hall to the Ginsters dispatch hall, via a 160m long tunnel joining the two buildings together. The route the conveyor took was somewhat tortuous, twisting and turning its way along, up through the roof and then back down to the dispatch carousel. The tunnel in particular, was extremely confined both in height and width. The new conveyor system is fed from three packing stations - two manual systems and one fully automated packing machine. The packers can pack up to 77 totes/min which the system then has to merge and convey from the three packing areas. To supply the packers with a constant feed of empty totes, Axiom designed an overhead tote delivery conveyor that transports totes from a holding area to the packing face. The packers then simply select the next empty tote from above their station and pack into it without having to leave their station. A combination of packed totes and cartons join together over a series of merge conveyors onto one conveyor that twists and turns its way up a series of inclined belt conveyors into the roof void. The conveyor passes through the long tunnel where a series of roller conveyors queue product for delivery to the dispatch hall. The installation process for the system was extremely complicated. The old conveyor had to be removed and the new system installed in no more than three weeks. Access to the tunnel was limited to a small door through the dispatch hall and access to the packing hall was only allowed on Sundays, so it was a real challenge. Steve Towsey, Tamar's Project Engineer, takes up the story: “Throughout the project we worked together with the Axiom engineers to develop a solution to replace the old conveyor from end to end. The solution was based on Axiom's poly-v belt driven roller conveyors and belt conveyors using an aluminium profiled side frame. The accumulation system featured zero line pressure (ZLP) control to avoid any product damage.” “Although the system operates 24/7, it has


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been designed to 'go to sleep' when there are no products on the conveyors. This means that as well as getting savings from low maintenance requirements or downtime, the new system delivers excellent energy savings. “The workforce love it too because it is much quieter than the old system and much

easier for them to operate. The company loves it because it is totally reliable; it gives us great energy savings in excess of £14,000pa and the accumulation feature means hold-ups anywhere along the line do not result in the whole line shutting down, so it is a more productive system.”

Contact Axiom GB on tel 01827 61212 or visit

Linpac drive meat sales for Booths A new lightweight shallow rigid tray developed by Linpac Packaging for vacuum skin packing has helped a family-owned supermarket chain drive up sales of its meat products by 80 percent. Europe’s leading multi-material packaging manufacturer, Linpac Packaging, has worked in partnership with machine manufacturer Mondini and film manufacturer Bemis to create a pack which combines the extended shelf life benefits of vacuum skin film technologies with the presentation and protection benefits of rigid preformed trays for Booths stores. Booths’ in-house protein packer, Booths Fresh Foods, has been a Linpac customer for more than five years previously taking delivery of rPET PE trays and LINtop lidding film. The company has 29 stores located throughout the north of England that reflect the landscape of its location. After admiring VSP solutions on offer at other retailers, Booths decided to move from modified atmosphere packaging for some of their meat products and asked Linpac to develop a solution for them. Linpac Packaging’s continual innovation programme has enabled the company to develop a competitive alternative to the standard sheet skin packs traditionally used in vacuum skin packing. To suit the various cuts of meat currently on sale Linpac had developed three application styles for use with rPET, PP and EPS trays. • Normal vacuum skin pack (below the flange protrusion) • Protruding vacuum skin pack (slightly above the flange protrusion) • Super-protruding vacuum skin pack (high

protrusion above the flange) Chris Elliott, Technical Sales Manager at Linpac Packaging, said: “Our innovative vacuum skin pack rigid solutions provide enhanced consumer appeal, shelf space efficiency and maximum protection to products during transit and in store. The preformed tray gives a higher quality look and feel to packs and this, combined with the extended shelf life provided by these packs, means our customers are getting the very best from their packaging. The excellent team work from Linpac, Mondini and Bemis, which included site visits, test designs, retailer workshops and trials ensured the final product was both environmentally beneficial, well-presented and strong enough to endure the rigours of skin packing. Meanwhile, Mondini refined and retro-fitted Booths’ machine with skin pack tooling to ensure a smooth production process. This refined retrofit has now become the standard on all subsequent tools. The newly designed peelable packs have been in stores for four months and Steve Connolly, Factory Manager, at Booths says the benefits were seen almost immediately. Within the first three months, sales of meat had increased by 80 percent on some premium products and food waste was down significantly due to the extended shelf life qualities offered by VSP. Nigel Cokell of Booths said: “The initial attraction to VSP was the on-shelf appeal, for example the amount of unsightly juices on show within the pack is greatly reduced because all free surface space is sealed, and this is enhanced further by the rigid tray which gives a premium quality appearance to the pack.”

Contact LINPAC Packaging on tel 01977 692111 or visit

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Spiroflow Canadian acquisition Spiroflow, world-leading manufacturer of conveying and weighing systems, has strengthened its global offering with the acquisition of Canadian bulk materials handling specialist Control & Metering, based in Mississauga, Ontario. The assets of Control & Metering were acquired through Spiroflow Systems, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based Spiroflow Ltd. The deal has not only facilitated the retention of many highlyexperienced personnel, but has also enhanced Spiroflow’s global position through ownership of Control & Metering’s patented Bulk Bag Filling and Discharging technology. Control & Metering was established in 1937, specialising in dry bulk solids handling equipment and systems. In the 1980s the company was one of the first in North America to manufacture bulk bag fillers and unloaders, pioneering technology taken for granted today. This acquisition will enable Spiroflow to consolidate its presence in Canada and North America, and offer enhanced technology and services to customers in North, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines and Japan, as well as Europe. Spiroflow is a manufacturer of Flexible Screw Conveyors, Aero Mechanical Conveyors, Tubular Cable and Chain Drag

Conveyors, Vacuum Conveyors, Bulk Bag Dischargers, Bulk Bag Fillers, Ingredients Handling and Weighing Systems. The company’s technical and engineering expertise has led to it developing an international reputation for an unrivalled range of products with state-of-the-art control systems. Rob Hudson, Managing Director at Spiroflow, commented: “This latest acquisition brings significant benefits to Spiroflow and our customers. First of all we gained a full order book which we immediately began to fulfil so that customers experienced minimal disruption. We will also enjoy an expanded presence in Canada that will enable us to broaden our sales, engineering, manufacturing and services capabilities for our continually growing global customer base. “The ethos of Control & Metering – innovation underpinned by outstanding customer service - was very much reflected in Spiroflow’s own vision. Our technical team is constantly innovating, developing new solutions and adaptations in our test centre to meet customer demand for the next improvement or upgrade. There is no doubt that the expertise and technical excellence of Control & Metering will influence Spiroflow’s development and help us to maximise our future achievements, particularly in forthcoming new products and applications.”

Contact Spiroflow on tel 01200 422525 or visit


since the brand’s inception, House of Dorchester chocolates retain their artisan credentials. All of the indulgent centres are hand made in Dorchester and many are also decorated using traditional hand finishing techniques - from the addition of a smattering of ground nuts to an elegantly piped swirl – representing the honed skills and craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation. The highly original taste of House of Dorchester chocolate can be attributed to the unique recipes for its quality dark, milk and white chocolate, which features across all the ranges. To mark the 50th anniversary, House of Dorchester has created a unique 50th anniversary logo and is due to announce further initiatives over the coming months.


The House of Dorchester, the premium British chocolatier is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. The company, which counts Historic Royal Palaces (Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace) John Lewis, Waitrose and Selfridges among its customers, enjoys an enviable reputation for the creation of deliciously indulgent, hand finished luxury chocolates. In a climate where celebrating ‘Brand Britain’ has become something of a trend, House of Dorchester has always taken great pride in its truly authentic British heritage. The company is British owned and is physically based in the UK and all chocolates are crafted at the purpose built factory in Poundbury, on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Estate in Dorchester. Despite the increased scale of production


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Nestlé EUR 50m German pizza factory Nestlé has inaugurated a Euros 50m extension to its Wagner frozen pizza factory in Germany. The company’s investment in the factory in Nonnweiler, Otzenhausen, announced in 2011, has increased production of Wagner-branded products including Big Pizza, Piccolinis and Die Backfrische, while creating about 50 new jobs. Pizzas manufactured at the facility include reduced fat, wholegrain, lactosefree and organic varieties, which are produced without flavourings or additives. “This is the most advanced production line for frozen pizza in Europe”, said Werner Bauer, Nestlé’s Chief Technology Officer, at the opening ceremony in Germany. “Our investment here has enabled us to continue delivering innovations such as Die Backfrische, which focuses on fresh ingredients and has been one of the most successful pizza frozen launches in recent years.” Nestlé’s investment in the Wagner factory is part of its efforts to strengthen its expertise in frozen and chilled foods. Earlier this year, the company announced it would invest about CHF49m to expand its global frozen foods research and development facilities in the United States, to ensure it continues to offer innovations in products such as prepared meals and pizzas. Contact Nestlé UK on tel 020 8686 3333 or visit

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Food Economy Task Force Following the publication of the BIS-DefraDfID UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies in July, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has launched a major Task Force to find ways of boosting the UK’s food economy through world-class collaboration between businesses, universities and government. The Task Force will be co-chaired by Justin King, Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s, and Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire and formerly Principal of the Royal Veterinary College. Along with expert colleagues drawn from across industry, politics and academia, this group will focus on the following question: How do we ensure that universities are able to provide the high-quality intellectual and innovative graduates and research the UK needs to contribute to a highly competitive food industry? The Task Force’s ambition is to secure a clear and strategic alignment between the UK Government’s and devolved administrations’ industrial strategies and world-class businessuniversity collaboration in the food sector. Justin King, Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s said “The agri-food sector is one of the most important industries in the UK which is why it is important to plan for the future now. Last week Sainsbury's proudly launched a graduate scheme dedicated to British agriculture, which adds to the 80 graduate placements we have offered in just the last five years. But we need to continue to attract and develop young

talent and back up new technologies. This will ensure we continue to provide quality food produced to the high standards that customers rightly expect. I am delighted to co-chair this Task Force which will help address this challenge” “Profitable and sustainable Agriculture and food industries are vital to the UK and they must be resilient to extremes of weather and other disrupting events. These industries require innovative graduates and ground breaking research to remain competitive and responsive; this initiative will support that agenda.” added Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire and co-chair of the Task Force. Dr David Docherty, CEO of the NCUB, said, “Industry and higher education must unite to tackle the challenges of creating and sustaining a world-leading food sector, and this powerful Task Force will make a major contribution to economic development in the sector.” George Freeman MP, Life Science Adviser to the Government and Chair of the All Party Group for Science and Technology in Agriculture, added: “The UK's world leading food industry and globally renowned science research base have a unique opportunity to work together, with the Government's help, to reach new emerging markets. I welcome the establishment of this Task Force in response to the Government's new Agri-Tech Strategy and the work it will do to ensure the UK's expertise in the food sector remains revolutionary.”

Contact NCUB on tel 0207 383 7667 or visit

One-year milestone for API foils’ in Poland API Foils is celebrating the one-year milestone of its Polish distribution centre, which has seen a significant increase in turnover, as well as continued sales growth month on month. Based in Piaseczno near Warsaw, API Foils originally opened the distribution centre to meet the demands of the growing Polish print industry, and after 12 months API are keen to report that the local growth continues. The market share in specialist applications, such as hot and cold stamping foils, holographic foil, lamination films and number plate foil, is reported to be a key contributor to the early success of the distribution centre. The company is also receiving encouraging feedback from the local industry, as it reports outstanding results from grades of API Foil, such as MV-Plus LS, MC,

TD Plus and SI. Also driving the success is the number of multinational clients that are basing print operations in Poland, particularly in label and carton production. The growth of the cosmetic and premium product market within Poland is also reported to be a key contributor to the continued growth of the distribution centre. Pawel Lisonec, Manager of the API Foils distribution centre in Poland said: “After observing continued industry growth in Poland, we knew it was important to invest in the region. 12 months later, we have achieved some fantastic results and established great relationships with local printers. We hope that the success of the Polish print industry continues.”

Contact API Foils on tel 01506 438611 or visit


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Alimentaria seeks buyers in emerging markets Alimentaria has already embarked on its journey around the world to identify and open up new foreign markets for exhibitor companies at its next edition, to be held 31 March - 3 April. Alimentaria Exhibitions is focusing its international promotion activities on markets in Latin America, North America and Asia, which have a great deal of growth potential for agri-food exports. To date, Alimentaria's organisers have held meetings with distributors, importers and associations in Japan, the USA, Dubai and Mexico. The search for buyers will soon continue on to China, Brazil and France, as Europe continues to be a favoured destination. The Managing Director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, J. Antonio Valls, notes that at this edition, Alimentaria is committed to internationalisation in order to strengthen the sector's focus on international expansion and help participating companies gain access to new markets. Valls states that the main aim of the show is to "present the scale and potential of agri-food market exports to international agents". At Alimentaria 2014, it is anticipated that the number of international buyers will increase and more than 8,000 business meetings will be scheduled between exhibitors and professionals from visiting delegations from 60 countries. Its promotional activities have led Alimentaria to participate in leading international trade shows such as Gulf Food (Dubai), Prowein (Germany), Alimentaria & Horexpo Lisboa (Portugal) Alimentaria México and the Summer Fancy Food in New York, where it will share a stand with Culinary Collective, the leader in gourmet product distribution. Horacio González Alemán, Managing Director of the Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation (FIAB in its Spanish acronym), is committed to “taking advantage of Spain's excellent raw materials and culinary culture, and promoting added value in products in order to maintain the pace of Spanish agri-food exports, which have been growing at an annual rate of almost 10% for the past three years”. Alimentaria has made its international strategy a priority for many years. At the 1998 edition, Alimentaria worked with just four international agents, while today it has more than 30 trade agents around the world. The result has been a spectacular increase in foreign visitors over this period, going from 6,000 professionals to close to 40,000. In the current environment, international expansion is one of the most effective routes

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to competitiveness for the agri-food industry. Even the show's image has taken on this philosophy. Barcelona agency La Sencilla has represented the Alimentaria egg -icon of the show from the very start- in the process of bursting open, symbolising international expansion and the reach of the trade show in international markets. Contact Alimentaria Exhibitions on tel +34 93 452 1800 or visit

PACK EXPO and Anuga FoodTec in partnership The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies, which owns and produces the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, and Koelnmesse, organizer of trade fairs including Anuga FoodTec, are joining forces to promote their packaging and processing industry events. “It is rare to find a company that does business on one continent, let alone in a single nation, anymore. By working with Koelnmesse, PMMI will help our exhibitors and attendees fully realize the possibilities that are available globally,” says Charles Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. The agreement allows for promotional support and exhibiting at select events for each group. Koelnmesse will add to marketing efforts for PMMI’s PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, and PMMI will do the same for Koelnmesse’s Anuga FoodTec, ProSweets Cologne and International FoodTec India. “By exhibiting at each other’s shows, PMMI and Koelnmesse will support their own events, and more importantly, will provide that insight companies considering expansion in North America, Europe and India, need,” says Dietmar Eiden, Vice President Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse. “This collaboration, like the shows themselves, will allow attendees to come away with a broader picture of global factors impacting packaging and processing operations,” states Dietmar Eiden. “No matter where a company falls along the packaging and processing supply chain, it is a small world that is getting smaller all the time,” adds Charles Yuska. “Attendees to Koelnmesse’s events are dealing with many of the same issues as PACK EXPO attendees. Food safety, sustainability and efficient use of resources are critical up and down the supply chain, regardless of where you live or work.”

Contact Koelnmesse on tel + 49 221 821-0 or visit

Two industries – one trade show Two industries, one joint exhibition platform: That is the success formula of Drink Technology India and International PackTech India. These two events are teaming up together for the third time in succession in the Indian city of Mumbai between September 25 and 27, 2014. On show under one roof at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center will be products and solutions from and for the International packaging, packaging print, processing, beverages and food industries. For the first time, therefore, these two events will be covering the food-processing segment. The organizers of the two shows – Messe Düsseldorf, responsible for International PackTech India and Messe München International, for drink technology India – are expecting a total of at least 260 exhibitors (2012: 220 exhibitors) to register for these two events in 2014. And, in view of the ongoing boom in the markets of India and its neighbouring states, they are also expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors. 7,500 trade professionals attended the last event in November 2012, and 8,500 are forecast for 2014. This trade fair duo is the largest event on the subcontinent that informs on the entire spectrum of the packaging, packaging print, processing, beverages, food and liquid food industries. For the first time Drink technology India is now also covering the area of food processing in its portfolio. The nomenclature for the event was therefore extended to include a section on ‘Technology for food processing’. This includes machinery and equipment for foods of all kinds – for example for confectionery and sweet products, for

meat, fruit and vegetables and for milk processing. The exhibitors in this section have the benefit of a special presentation platform. In a survey conducted during Drink Technology India and International PackTech India in 2012 as many as 28 percent of the visitors stated that they were also interested in food processing. That underlines the need for such a platform. In India per-capita consumption of packaged beverages and food is still very low. However, expenditure on these products has doubled in the last five years – and that trend is continuing. According to market researchers Euromonitor, demand for processed and packaged food will increase between 2013 and 2017 by a total of 27 percent, from currently 30 million tonnes to 38 million tonnes in 2017. Sales of soft drinks over the same period are set to double to 230 billion litres. The biggest segment here is bottled water. In the coming years the average annual rise here is expected to be 20 percent. In addition to the presentations of the exhibitors, there will also be an attractive supporting programme to the two events at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center. As in 2010 and 2012 International PackTech India will again be featuring an accompanying conference on packaging themes. And in the Exhibitor Forum at Drink Technology India, exhibiting companies will be informing visitors about the latest technologies. A new aspect of the programme here are round-table talks with recognized experts from India and around the world. The topics under discussion will include themes and technologies for tomorrow, tailored specifically for the Indian market.

Contact Messe München on tel +49 89 949-20 114 or visit Contact Messe Düsseldorf on tel +49 211-4560-7741 or visit

Dairy Crest grows contract with Gist Dairy Crest, the UK’s leading dairy company, has extended its contract with Gist to incorporate cream and flavoured milk into its existing milk supply chain operations for distribution to a major retailer. Gist manages a temperature-controlled supply chain for Dairy Crest across the UK that includes product storage, picking and transport to retailer Regional Distribution Centres. By combining the cream and flavoured milk volumes with the existing milk logistics operations, Dairy Crest and Gist have saved warehouse space and eliminated around 1,200 trips, or more than 300,000kms, per year.

Simon King, Procurement Director, Dairy Crest said: “Dairy Crest is continually looking for ways in which we can improve our business. By reviewing our logistics operations with Gist, we have been able to reduce the use of warehouse space as well as reduce our carbon footprint.” Martin Gwynn, Chief Executive of Gist, said: “Gist’s temperature-controlled logistics network is designed to create robust and valueadded solutions for our customers. As the UK’s leading dairy food business, Dairy Crest requires a high-standard logistics capability that we at Gist are very pleased to provide.”

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PROBAT takes over the Ladco Group The PROBAT Group – the global market leader for coffee processing machines and plants – is significantly expanding its activities in the cocoa and chocolate industry. Following the integration of the Ladco Group, the newly created company Hamburg Dresdner Maschinenfabriken is the only supplier in the world which can deliver all the components needed throughout the process chain from raw cocoa beans to the finished bar of chocolate. “PROBAT has always been synonymous with top quality and technological leadership as a supplier of machines and plants for the coffee industry,” says Wim Abbing, Managing Partner at PROBAT. However, the German company has also been successfully designing and manufacturing cocoa roasting machines and other equipment such as alkalisation and pre-treatment plants for many years. These solutions were complemented by grinding technology from the company’s subsidiary Bauermeister. By taking over the Ladco Group, PROBAT is considerably expanding its product portfolio. This move supports its growth strategy in this segment, which is similar to the coffee industry in that flavour and taste play a central role. “By integrating these products – or

more specifically the technologies marketed by Petzholdt-Heidenauer, MacIntyre and Beetz – we are now able to supply core components designed and manufactured in-house which cover the complete process chain for the refinement of cocoa and the production of chocolate,” explains Wim Abbing. As a new division within the PROBAT Group, Hamburg Dresdner Maschinenfabriken will concentrate exclusively on the cocoa and chocolate processing segment in the future. The company name was chosen to acknowledge the historic importance of Hamburg and Dresden in the development of processes and machines for the cocoa and chocolate industry. Günter Simon has been appointed Managing Director of the company. He previously successfully managed the Group subsidiary Bauermeister. “We are currently merging the individual product portfolios of the firms which have been combined to create Hamburg Dresdner Maschinenfabriken. PROBAT, Bauermeister, Petzholdt- Heidenauer, MacIntyre and Beetz will be retained as product brands because they are important for the market and our clients,” reports Gunther Simon. The Group will continue to use the same production sites in Germany (Emmerich am Rhein, Norderstedt, Dresden) and Scotland (Arbroath).

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Russia's leading food and drink exhibition The 22nd edition of WorldFood Moscow ran from the 16th to 19th September within Moscow’s Expocentre, with the numerous international food and drink companies eager to enter/re-establish their position in Russia’s growing and lucrative food industry. Many new national groups premiered at this year’s show, including: Poland, Tunisia, Belgium (AWEX), Dubai, Palestine, Brazil, Romania, Spain (Sicily), UK and South Africa. Furthermore, trade associations EBLEX (UK), AGAP (Peru), MATRADE (Malaysian), Malaysian Cocoa Board, and the Brazilian Coffee Roasters Association (APEX), were also making their first appearance. The South African Department of Trade and Industry exhibited with 25 companies, showcasing a wide variety of condiments, wine, and fresh and dried fruits. During the show’s four days, key industry figures attended, as the annual event attracts Russian distributors, wholesalers, retailers and importers looking to source the latest and exclusive products for Russia’s retail chains, supermarkets, deli’s, restaurants and food outlets. Testament to WorldFood Moscow’s importance, over 40 long standing national pavilions once again returned to display the

flavours of their country. This year, both Indonesian and Vietnamese national groups had a two-fold increase in exhibition space. Furthermore, Spain and Korea substantially increased their representation. An educational and comprehensive business programme ran alongside the exhibition, staging a multitude of contests, roundtable discussions, seminars, tastings, forums and conferences. As a unique meeting place for industry professionals to discuss important developments in the food industry, a highlight of the programme was the annual Food Forum, which returned as a reference point for traders, processors and growers. As well as the aforementioned event, the WorldFood Retail Centre returned to the show a dedicated service enabling companies to arrange direct negotiations with Russia’s leading retail chains and national supermarkets. Tony Higginson, Head of Sales, ITE Group plc, said, “We looked forward to welcoming the many exhibitors at this year’s WorldFood Moscow, which still remains the key platform for international and local companies wishing to penetrate the Russian food industry, gauge demand for their product, and secure agreements. We hope exhibitors and visitors had a fruitful and productive show. ”

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Jersey Dairy revamps customer service delivery Jersey Dairy is aiming to boost customer satisfaction through an investment in on-hold marketing - the messages heard by customers when they are placed on hold or transferred. The award-winning milk product manufacturer – which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year – employed PH Media Group to help revamp the way customer calls are handled. A tailored audio profile has been created, incorporating specially-created voice and music, to ensure calls are dealt with in a professional manner, while helping to build awareness of the company’s products, services and promotional offers. “One of our core business values is the provision of outstanding customer service and on-hold marketing will help to ensure callers enjoy an experience in line with these expectations,” said Tony Reed, Head of Sales at Jersey Dairy. “Now, rather than hearing silence, beeps or music when they are placed on hold, our customers will be treated to entertaining and informative messages, designed to reflect their interests. "Ultimately, it ensures we retain a forward-thinking approach to the way in which we communicate with our customer base." All of Jersey Dairy’s products are produced using high-quality milk sourced exclusively from pedigree Jersey cows on the island of Jersey and are distributed both throughout the island and the export market. “On-hold messaging can help organisations gain a competitive advantage in a tough economic climate,” said Mark Williamson, PH Media Group’s Sales and Marketing Director. “It increases customer satisfaction while strengthening the company’s brand image, acting as an integral part of a company’s marketing strategy by complementing other means of communication. “We are delighted to be able to assist Jersey Dairy in fulfilling one of their core values.” Contact PH Media Group on tel 0800 408 1451 or visit

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WDS, the UK's leading manufacturer of standard parts and machine accessories, has launched a new website which catalogues all of its 15,000+ standard parts, each with detailed product information, drawings and free 3D CAD downloads. The site also features an intelligent 'instant results' search engine for faster browsing and an e-commerce platform which can be used by unregistered, first time buyers as well as established account customers. The investment in new technology means that is now one of the UK's leading online catalogues. WDS offers the widest range of standard parts on the UK market. To make finding the right one easier for its customers it has developed an ‘instant results’ search engine which presents users with products, accompanied by thumbnail images, which match their search criteria as they type. This allows site visitors to quickly identify the product type that they need and select the correct product page even if the word they searched for appears midway through the product's description. Chris Putman, Sales and Marketing Director for WDS, explains: "Our old website always received positive comments about the level of information available. However, as online technology has developed we felt that there was an opportunity to improve the browsing experience further. The new search tool adds a new dimension of flexibility to the browsing while our e-commerce platform allows unregistered users to quickly make a purchase or our established customers to log in and make their usual orders.” Every product has been indexed on the site complete with dimensions and tolerances, photographs, technical drawings and 3D & 2D CAD models, which can be downloaded for free by all registered users. If any information is missing then users can simply send any question they might have to a sales representative. The products are priced, including bulk order discounts, and can be ordered directly through the e-commerce site using either Pound Sterling, Euro or US Dollars. As with all orders from WDS there are no minimum order quantities or small order surcharges. The website will be kept regularly updated with the latest news on product developments, special offers and the exhibitions that WDS will be attending. From the Home Page site visitors can take a quick tutorial to ensure that they make the most of all the new features and can also request a catalogue to be sent to them



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Mettler-Toledo microsite offers open knowledge Mettler-Toledo is proud to announce the launch of a new dedicated microsite, designed to make weighing expertise easily accessible to everyone. The microsite is based on Mettler-Toledo’s Global Weighing Standard™ GWP®, and provides a wealth of free information on all topics concerning weighing, such as correct weighing procedures, weighing risk and industry-relevant standards such as ISO, GMP/GLP, USP and HACCP. Users can stay up-to-date on weighing topics with industry-specific news, customer cases, and white papers as well as watch on-demand webinars, download relevant information and try out the free weighing risk assessment tool. Mettler-Toledo’s GWP was introduced in 2007 and presents a scientific approach to safe selection, calibration and operation of weighing equipment. Now, for the first time, that knowledge is open to the users across several different industries, for free, through this brand new portal. Over the years, Mettler-Toledo’s frequently received queries about correct weighing processes, measurement uncertainty and minimum weight, to name but a few. Standard operating procedures for weighing, routine testing and calibration are also areas in which some quality assurance, laboratory and production managers often feel out of their depth. The microsite provides weighing knowledge relevant to 13 different market segments (e.g.

food, pharmaceutical and chemical) to focus on the weighing needs and difficulties faced specific to those particular industries. Regardless of the market segment, it is important for managers to understand the strong correlation between reliable weighing results and product quality. Results that are out of specification mean costly and time-consuming re-work and disposal of production batches. If inaccurate weighing goes undetected, consumers may be directly affected. Now, balance and scale users can test their own weighing risk with the microsite’s online tool, Risk Check, which also provides a personalized weighing risk profile for download. Following the Risk Check, users have the option to perform a live repeatability test on their balance and can download the test report. Users can request a free GWP® Recommendation, from which an official document is provided, detailing which scale best suits the user’s individual weighing application. The recommendation takes into account the individual weighing requirements such as sample size and process tolerances. In 2011, GWP® Verification was introduced as an innovative service to assess customers’ weighing processes by a standardized risk assessment. The service safeguards product quality by ensuring accurate weighing results, and helps companies save money and comply with regulations via optimized routine testing procedures.

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Swiftclean launches clear informative website Swiftclean, one of the UK’s leading specialists in legionella control and kitchen grease management and expert ventilation ductwork cleaning, has launched a new and improved website at Managing Director, Gary Nicholls commented: “Our new website offers helpful information about operator responsibility as well as detailing our own expert services. The many regulations can make compliance a real challenge and Swiftclean now makes clear, helpful information available online; as well as through our fully trained, professional staff.” The new website makes it easy for visitors to navigate directly to the specialist field that they are interested in, making Swiftclean’s 30 years’ plus experience even more accessible. In plain English, with a minimum of jargon, visitors from widely differing market sectors can quickly find and understand information about their responsibilities under the relevant regulations; and their options to receive expert assistance. The website is mobile-enabled meaning that it automatically sizes to the mobile device being used, which makes it easier for FMs on the move to access compliance

advice. The range of specialist services offered by Swiftclean deals with all aspects of legionella control, grease management and ductwork cleaning. The company promotes 'The science of compliance’ to assist customers to maintain the highest standards of risk management though carefully documented, effective maintenance. Many operators of publicly accessed properties and venues do not fully understand that in the event of an outbreak of fire, they themselves are liable for prosecution if they are found to be negligent. Furthermore, poor record keeping and low standards of cleanliness in this specialised area can invalidate insurance cover that might be vital following an unforeseen incident. Managing Director, Gary Nicholls went on to say: “Proper records, high standards of maintenance and regular professional cleaning will minimise the risk to businesses, properties and, most importantly, human life. We hope that our website will help people without our specialist knowledge to understand more clearly their responsibilities and how our expert services can assist in meeting them.”

Contact Swiftclean on tel 01702 531221 or visit

UK tea processing market to reach £1bn The UK tea processing market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2 percent over the next five years, increasing from a total of total £934.3m in 2013-14, to reach a valuation of £1bn by 2018-19. Tea is a distinctly British beverage, and more than 60bn cups of tea are consumed each year in the UK alone. Britons are the world's second-largest tea drinkers per capita, with over 1,200 varieties of tea sold around the country. In the face of the economic malaise and declining consumer spending, the UK tea processing market has remained resilient, largely due to its staple and inexpensive nature. While 88 percent of Brits aged over 65 drink tea, penetration drops to 73 percent for younger (15-34 year-old) adults. With ever increasing competition in the soft drinks sector and more consumers dropping out of the category than are actually entering it, the next generation of traditional tea drinkers may be in jeopardy. Tea is capitalising on the short-term increase in the share of over-65s but failing to convert the younger generations in significant enough

numbers to replace those falling out of the market. The recent economic climate has played a big part in consumer attitudes to tea and two of the worst winters on record have also assisted the market, not to mention heavy discounting activity. However, the sector remains too reliant on traditional English breakfast tea, which is failing to resonate with younger consumers, and needs to do more to attract new consumers to the health benefits of herbal tea and the premium tasting benefits of speciality. The domestic industry is dominated by multinational giants such as Tata Global Beverages and Unilever, which are highly vertically integrated and boast a strong portfolio of brands such as Tetley, PG Tips and Lipton. They have also stimulated demand in a mature market through new product introductions that focused on the consumer trends related to health, economy and convenience. Major tea brands have also embraced the concepts of ethical sourcing and sustainability in their products, associating themselves with initiatives such as the Rainforest Alliance.

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FoodStart a golden opportunity The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is to launch FoodStart, a unique online facility to help young people find work placements and experience the wide range of exciting and varied roles on offer within the food industry. IFST plans to launch the facility in May 2014, which will mark the start of the Institute’s 50th Jubilee year. Employers within the food sector continue to report a shortage of high quality candidates for skilled roles, with one of the most cited contributing factors being the image of the sector. IFST believes that work experience, provided at a time when students are still considering their future careers options, is an ideal way for employers to showcase the range of career opportunities available, especially in food science and technology roles, and potentially encourage more young people to consider a career in the food and drink sector. Earlier in the year, IFST surveyed employers and educational establishments to develop a picture of the provision of work experience placements in the UK within the food sector. The results, published in late July, suggested that whilst employers are providing significant levels of work experience, there is still potential to increase the number, and more importantly the quality and choice of work experience placements for students. Employers and educational establishments just need additional support to make this happen. These findings form the basis for FoodStart, an online system that will provide employers with a simple facility to post and promote their work experience placements which students can then browse and ultimately apply for. More significantly, students will be able to log and track their individual placements and so build a recognised ‘portfolio’ of experience which they can add to their CV – the perfect springboard into a career in the food sector. To support this project, IFST intends to launch a special Jubilee fundraising appeal, the proceeds of which will be used to help develop and promote its new facility, FoodStart, to employers, colleges, universities and students directly. IFST Chief Executive, Jon Poole comments: “We are really excited about the potential for FoodStart but it will only really be of value if employers sign up and use the system to post their placements - a facility which can hopefully be provided free of charge to employers and students. Our message is simple: Please help us to help the sector by providing a tangible solution which will deliver a real benefit and especially attract young people to think about

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a career in food.” Published as part of the Food Trade Review commitment to publicise the work of the professional societies serving the UK food industries.

Contact IFST on tel 0207 603 6316 or visit

Biscuits & Cakes Market Report 2013 Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Biscuits & Cakes Market Report 2013 report to their offering. This Market Report Plus examines the biscuits and cakes industry in the UK. According to Key Note calculations, the market grew by 4.4 percent in 2012. Biscuits and cakes are popular in the UK and penetration has been rising as consumers continue to enjoy affordable treats during the economic crisis. The sector for biscuits accounts for the majority of the market and increase its market shared over the review period. The sector is further subdivided by types of biscuit: Healthier biscuits account for the largest subcategory within the biscuits sector, and the subsector has experienced strong growth in 2012 due to a surge in the popularity of breakfast biscuits. Although the biscuits and cakes market grew in 2012, this was principally down to price inflation rather than an increase in demand. Cash-strapped Britons are purchasing biscuits on offer and brand loyalty is waning as consumers swap household brands for own-label equivalents. Retailers now offer products of similar quality but better value. Branded cakes have particularly suffered under this phenomenon as own labels now account for roughly 70 percent of cake value and volume sales. The biscuits and cakes market is saturated with products and falling disposable incomes have failed to stimulate manufacturers to invest in large-scale innovation. With the exception of Mondelez UK Ltd previously known as Kraft Foods UK Ltd which has recently pioneered the concept of breakfast biscuits, companies in the market are focusing on variation instead of launching new products. The biscuits and cakes market is expected to continue growing over the next five years.

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Confectionery Market Report 2013 Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Confectionery Market Report 2013 report to their offering. This Market Report Plus analyses the confectionery industry in the UK. In 2012, the market grew by 1.8 percent, after recording the strongest growth of the review period in the previous year. Although chocolate confectionery accounts for more than two-thirds of the total confectionery market by value, sugar confectionery grew at a faster pace than the major sector for the second consecutive year. Gums and jellies, especially sour variants, are increasingly popular. Moreover, an influx in sharing formats and themed products have further boosted sales in the sector. Fruit sweets is the largest subsector in the sugar confectionery sector and experienced the highest growth of all subcategories in the total market. Consumers in the UK have a blatant preference for mint-flavoured gum over fruit

variants. Manufacturers are keen to revive sales in the subsector with marketing campaigns highlighting the health credentials of chewing gum, as well as NPD. The mints subsector is the only one in the confectionery market to have declined in value in 2012. Consumer interest in the goods is limited and gum is increasingly taking over its market share. The other sugar confectionery subsector accounts for around a fifth of the value of the sugar confectionery sector. Products include toffees and medicated sweets, in addition to novelties. New takes on existing confectionery, the rise in smaller formats and interactive marketing campaigns are responsible for value and volume sales growth in the confectionery market in the UK. Although growth slowed in 2012 due to the economic crisis, confectionery remains popular in the UK. Nevertheless, manufacturers are operating in difficult market conditions and certain brands are faring better than others.

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Let’s make Fairtrade the norm Shoppers are more interested than ever in Fairtrade, according to research from IGD ShopperVista revealed at the Fairtrade Foundation annual commercial conference in London in July 2013. The research revealed that: • More than a third (35 percent) of shoppers say they have specifically chosen to buy Fairtrade in recent weeks (compared with 9 percent who said this in 2006). • 37 percent would buy more Fairtrade if they knew where the money is spent or the difference it makes to developing nations. • 18 percent would buy more if they knew more about how standards are monitored. Presenting the research, IGD Chief Executive, Joanne Denney-Finch said it was time to make Fairtrade the normal way of doing business: “Fairtrade is a movement whose time has truly come. It began on the fringes, but has been growing in terms of sales and support for many years. One in five shoppers expect to buy more Fairtrade in the year to come – and only one in 100 are expecting to buy less. I believe the ultimate objective now should be to make Fairtrade mainstream. “We can do this by fully embracing traceability and transparency; tracking every item through the chain and being even more open about how we operate. Three-quarters of shoppers would like to see more information about

Fairtrade made available, so there is a good story to tell and a hungry public waiting to hear it. “Shoppers have higher expectations about what they ought to be able to find out about products and what companies ought to be tracking. This represents a huge opportunity and companies signed up to Fairtrade have a great story to tell which will help build trust up to higher levels than ever before, but they need to take advantage of all the different ways to engage with shoppers to get their message across.” “The IGD research shows that momentum is building in terms of how significant consumers regard the ethics of the Fairtrade supply chain to be, so we believe smart companies should respond to shoppers’ concerns by showing their increasing support for Fairtrade and communicating about their partnerships with producers,” said the Fairtrade Foundation’s Chief Executive, Michael Gidney. He challenged companies to go further in their sourcing and in working in partnership with the Fairtrade system to help make global supply chains more fair and sustainable for producers. “Fairtrade has always said that consumers do care and Fairtrade’s success in the marketplace shows more and more people are enjoying the more personal touch that

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Food security vulnerable to climate change A new study, published 2nd August in Science, has called for a ‘climate-smart food system’ to prevent climate change from slowing progress in irradicating global hunger. The researchers carried out a review of key scientific papers on food security and climate change since 1990. It confirmed a robust and coherent global pattern of climate change impacts on crop productivity that could have consequences for food availability. The review highlighted improvements in agricultural technologies, such as more productive and climate-resilient crop varieties, that are important to counter this threat but are unlikely to be sufficient on their own. Wider changes in food trade and stocks, and nutrition and social policy options are also critical. The last few decades have witnessed a substantial decline in the number of hungry people worldwide. However, since 2007, progress has slowed and world food supply and demand have been precariously balanced climate change threatens to tip this balance, most dramatically in the poorer areas of the world. Professor Tim Wheeler, from the University of Reading's Walker Institute for Climate System Research and lead author of the review, said: “The food price spike of 2008 highlights the increasing vulnerability of the global food system to shocks, such as extreme weather and economic volatility. A step change is needed in efforts to create a ‘climatesmart' food system that can better withstand

whatever climate throws at us. This should include development of drought- and heat-tolerant crops or new tillage techniques that reduce release of carbon from soils, but we need to go further and ensure trade, investment and development policies all have ‘climate-smart’ food as a central goal.” Warmer temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and more extreme weather under climate change are expected to affect food and fodder production, change patterns of pest and diseases of crops and animals and impact on food supplies. Countries where these impacts are expected to be negative are also those where hunger is most prevalent now. Extreme weather, such as floods, drought and heatwaves, contributes to short term food price spikes and longer term climate change is likely to be an important factor in future price trends. Volatile food prices are a particular concern to the poor, who often spend a high proportion of their income on food. A broad set of risks to food security needs to be considered, of which climate change is an increasingly important one. Climate change can increase food market volatility by affecting both supply and demand. These risks can ripple out to destabilise food systems, resulting in high and volatile food prices that temporarily limit poor people's food consumption, financial and economic shocks that lead to job loss and credit constraints, and political disruption. This complex system of risks can assume a variety of patterns that could potentially collide in catastrophic combinations.

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UK fresh food industry 2012 The UK fresh food industry posted little to no growth in 2012 as the economy showed little signs of recovery. Some fresh food products prospered, as consumers looked to them as a cheaper source of nutrition and energy available in more expensive foodstuffs bought in non-recessionary times, although staple products, such as potatoes and most vegetables, either declined or showed minimal growth. Over the last ten years the supply of fruit and vegetables into the UK market place has increased significantly reflecting an increase in consumption. However, this increase has been sustained through greater volumes of imports rather than through domestic production; in fact over this period we have seen a decline in domestic vegetable production. The UK supply structure for fresh produce is relatively short typically involving two to four parties from field to plate. However, the market in terms of product lines and number of individual

supply chains is complex. Meat and crustaceans were just two of the categories negatively affected by rising commodity prices in 2012. The former suffered from rising feed prices, due to soaring wheat and soya costs after poor global harvests, while the latter was affected by increased flooding. This created tension between retailers, who want to keep their prices as low as possible in relation to their rivals, and producers, who want to increase prices to cover their costs. Commodity fluctuations are becoming a serious issue for the UK fresh food industry and while there are some moves to mitigate and insulate from them, there are no easy answers. With the UK fresh food industry increasingly unable to rely on the supply chain mechanisms it has used over the last thirty years, increasing instability in the availability of some fresh food produce is to be expected, with retailers and producers increasingly having to alter their business plans in order to deal with the fluctuating weather conditions.

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Metal Detection, X-ray Inspection, or Both? Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers are increasingly investing in contaminant-detection equipment to enhance product safety and quality control. However, deciding whether to purchase a metal detector, x-ray inspection system or both can be confusing. Mettler-Toledo’s brand-new white paper Metal Detection, X-ray Inspection, or Both? dispels the myths surrounding the two technologies and simplifies the choice between them. By doing so, it helps manufacturers select the most appropriate contaminantdetection solution for their specific application and budget. The 12-page paper, which can be downloaded for free, describes how metal detectors and x-ray inspection systems work and explains their capabilities and limitations. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies helps readers understand why one may perform better than the other at different points on a production line. The paper goes on to review the performances of the technologies across a range of applications and makes it easy for readers to pinpoint the detection solution that is right for their application by taking them step-by-step through the various combinations of product, packaging and contaminant they are likely to encounter. Towards the end of the paper is a simple yes-no flowchart, which is a good starting point for choosing an appropriate system, as well as a table summarising the key differences between the two technologies. In some circumstances metal detection is a clear winner; in others x-ray inspection comes out on top. But not everything is quite so clear-cut. Often there is not much to choose between them, and sometimes the most reliable solution may be to install both technologies in different locations on the production line. Whatever the case, the white paper is essential reading for quality control managers looking to find a contaminantdetection solution that will simultaneously protect their brand, meet their budget and is compatible with their production processes.

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IST 01256 891111 is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Cooijmans as Business Unit Director, Continental Europe. Chris has more than 20 years experience in the logistics and wholesaling sector and has held previous international roles in companies including Exel, Ingram Micro and MOL Logistics. Chris takes responsibility for the management of Gist’s Continental European business and will be based at Bleiswijk, their Dutch office. Chris’ role is to manage Gist’s business presence across continental Europe, improving operational processes and performance and securing and developing customer relationships and growth. Two Gist drivers, one based in The Netherlands and one in the UK, have won outstanding indus-


MANDA WHITE IS ENJOYING THE CHALLENGE of her new role as Business Development Co-ordinator with leading British ingredients specialist Beacon Foods 01874 622577. Having worked for the Brecon-based company for three and a half years as customer care co-ordinator, she is well placed for her new role, which involves being the link between the sales and NPD teams. “Although I have worked with our customer care team for over three years, I am learning something new every day about our massive range of quality products,” she said. “I am looking forward to dealing with briefs from our sales teams and linking this in with our development team to ensure that our customers get great quality products with a fantastic service every time.




The future looks bright and I want to keep growing with the company.” Established in 1993, Beacon Foods employs around 100 people and is the UK’s leading specialist-producer of roasted and char grilled vegetables and fruit ranges, relishes, chutneys and sauces.

try awards in recent weeks. Ruud Verolme, a Gist driver based in The Netherlands, has been named as the most fuel efficient driver in The Netherlands in the Shell FuelSave Partner, European Driver Competition. Ruud competed against 778 other drivers in The Netherlands and was awarded first place as the most fuel efficient driver in the country. He then went on to the European final to compete against the top drivers from Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland and the UK where he was awarded second place. Meanwhile, Kevin Gookey, a UK driver based in Hemel Hempstead, won Motor Transport’s Fleet Driver of the Year Award. The awards are organised by Motor Transport magazine and judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

The judges commended Kevin’s ‘excellent community responsibility,’ and described him as an ‘exemplary employee’.


ID CHESHIRE COLLEGE STUDENT JACK HODGKINSON has recently received the college’s Apprentice of the Year award for his work with Schoeller Allibert 0845 850 2333 a world leader in plastic reusable transit packaging (RTP). Schoeller Allibert has continued to honour its commitment to nurturing young talent over the past year, taking on four apprentices in 2012 with a further two starting in August 2013. Pat McNally, Apprentice Programme Manager at Schoeller Allibert, explained: “When recruiting apprentices, we look for individuals with a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn, and an in-

terest in mechanics, who can go on to specialise in process or maintenance engineering. Experience tells us that recruiting skilled engineers can be difficult, so at Schoeller Allibert we believe in growing our own workforce through apprenticeships. Giving our apprentices four years rather than three gives them genuine employment prospects rather than simply the foundations to build a career.” Jack Hodgkinson, 19, spent the first year of his apprenticeship studying towards his Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) qualification, and has since spent the summer months working full time at Schoeller Allibert, before heading back to college in September. Pat continued: “Jack is a great example of a hard worker with an aptitude for the industry who shows genuine promise. Everyone here has congratulated him on winning Apprentice of the Year

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during year one of his apprenticeship, and his award has come as no surprise to anyone. It is a great morale boost for the whole team having him here. It is a brilliant achievement for him, especially considering there are more than 9,000 students at Mid Cheshire College.” Schoeller Allibert is committed to building for its future, with the continued support of local schools and colleges.


CHOELLER ALLIBERT 0845 850 2333 has recently appointed a new Area Sales Manager for the East of England. Julia Buxton joins Schoeller Allibert from previous employment in the IT sector where she was working to make companies IT solutions sleeker and faster. Julia began her new role in July 2013 and has since started to build new client relationships as well as maintaining current ones. Commenting on her new position, Julia said: “Knowing that Schoeller Allibert is a company which promotes re-use, sustainability and innovation of packaging was a big factor in taking the role, as I am always conscious of the carbon footprint of industry. The fact that Schoeller Allibert manufactures in the UK was also attractive as production in the UK plays a part in boosting the economy. “I have got a clear idea of what I want to achieve in my new position. Moving forward, I am looking at introducing new customers to the breadth of the Schoeller Allibert range and maintaining excellent relationships with existing clients. I am also looking at the East of England region with a more structured approach, closely linking all clients in each industry we deal with.”


AMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL +1 410 228 3000 the world's largest manufacturer of metal belting and wire cloth, is proud to announce and welcome Catherine Achey as the company’s Communications Manager. In this position, she will be responsible for strategically communicating all of the corporate brand messages through written and graphic communications


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while developing effective methods to attract and engage new audiences and keep current customers informed. Achey joins the Cambridge International team from Perdue Farms located in Salisbury, Maryland. "We are thrilled that Catherine has joined our team,” said Cambridge’s Director of Marketing, Heather Collins. “Catherine’s marketing knowledge and broad understanding of marketing will be a tremendous asset to our team and our customers.” Achey is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in public relations and business administration.


LOBAL PACKAGING SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST TNA 01494 616087 is pleased to announce the appointment of Ekaterina Krakovskaya as Regional Sales Manager for Russia, CIS and the Baltic States. Ekaterina brings extensive experience in the food processing and packaging industry and a strong background in business development to tna’s Eastern European operations. Commenting on Ekaterina’s appointment, Tim Moulsdale, tna general manager – Europe, said: “Ekaterina’s is a perfect fit for our European sales team. Her broad range of experience in exports, sales, marketing, and business development in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as her ethos towards great customer service will be a valuable asset to support our existing customer base and expand our reach in the Russian region. We have a comprehensive product range for the Russian food manufacturing market – we are keen to help our customers there streamline operations and achieve great packaging efficiencies.”

argill’s Cocoa &


Business +31 20 500 6000 has reshaped its sales team, to create a more customerdriven operation, under the leadership of newly appointed

Sales & Marketing Director, Emiel van Dijk. Emiel, who joined from Cargill’s European Refined Oils Business, led the reshaping of the sales function. He explained: “This initiative has been driven by our belief that by getting closer to our customers we can create genuine partnerships to make them even more successful. “This new structure allows us to increase our engagement with customers, to understand and meet their needs more fully, with greater agility and efficiency.” The 75-strong sales team – which includes a number of new appointments – is now organised in to seven geographical clusters rather than on product lines. This brings the sales team physically nearer to customers, facilitating closer relationships. It also enables each sales person to have a more in-depth understanding of specific market requirements. “A further benefit for customers is that they will now be served by a single person offering our total product portfolio – from butter and liquor to cocoa, chocolate, and coatings and fillings,” concluded Emiel.


NDOLINE MACHINERY 01767 316422 has strengthened their sales force with the creation of a UK Business Manager role and the appointment of an Account Manager. Andrew Yates fills the position of UK Business Manager and the creation of this dedicated role is a direct response to the growing demand from customers to deliver fully automated turnkey packing lines. Andrew is set to build on the company’s strong network of relationships with third parties, OEM’s and system integrators with which it will work in collaboration to seamlessly deliver purpose designed turnkey packing solutions. Andrew, who has worked at Endoline for a total of ten years in field sales and customer service roles, will take on responsibility for the UK sales team, managing a team of four. Commenting on his new role he says: “I am thrilled to be taking on the challenges that this new role brings. I will be focused on developing Endoline’s core customer base

within the food industry. Furthermore Endoline has identified that both greenfield projects and new lines at existing manufacturing sites are being outsourced either partly or entirely to engineering houses and systems integrators and I will be looking to foster productive relationships with these companies.” While Andrew spearheads Endoline’s growth initiative the sales team is further strengthened with the appointment of Paul Ryder as Account Manager. Paul will cover the South of England. He joins the company from Field International where he held the position of Area Sales Manager. Paul commented on his new role: “I am delighted to be working with a strong UK based manufacturer and promoting a well-established portfolio of equipment.”


ISCOUNT CHANNEL WHOLESALER ROWAN 01268 592000 has appointed Laura Bull as its new Commercial Manager. Laura joins from Vestey Foods UK, where she was a senior buyer, and has previously worked at DBC Foodservice and Sainsbury’s. As Commercial Manager for Rowan, Laura will become the main client contact, responsible for managing negotiation and developing strategies, delivering company volume and profit targets. Laura will also be responsible for building new relationships with FMCG brand owners and educating them on the opportunities available within the sector as Rowan seeks to grow its profits through the discount channel, rather than simply minimising losses through residual stock. Over the last five years Laura has built a strong career within the food industry, developing key skills and experience across UK and international procurement, supply and buying sectors. The appointment follows recent company expansions as a result of Rowan’s own growth and the increasing popularity of the discount channel, which is expected to grow by 64.7 percent to be worth £12.4bn by 2017. Laura Bull commented: ‘I am really excited to join the team at

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Rowan. I am looking forward to bringing my experience of category management, commercial negotiation and existing strong supplier relationships to bolster Rowan’s already dominant position within the discount sector. I am very passionate about my career and believe that my enthusiasm and commitment will be well matched at Rowan, a company renowned for its ambition and growth within the discount channel.” James Russell, Commercial Director for Rowan, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laura to the team at such an exciting time for the discount channel. We know the industry is booming and we are changing and expanding our business to meet the needs of this evolving sector. Laura’s appointment is one of many steps we are taking to help build partnerships with leading brands, enabling them to realise the benefits of taking a strategic approach to the discount channel. We know that by doing this, brand owners can increase penetration, volume and value without impacting brand equity. We are delighted that Laura will be part of the team to help make this happen.”


RECISION POLYMER ENGINEERING (PPE) 01254 295400 one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance moulded elastomer seals has appointed Jamie Hill as Regional OEM Sales Manager for the UK. Jamie will be responsible for developing new business opportunities for advanced sealing solutions within PPE’s existing markets of food & dairy, diesel engine, pump & valve, pharmaceutical, process engineering and general manufacturing. Jamie joins PPE having spent 22 years in technical sales, providing engineering solutions to a wide range of industries. In his previous role, Jamie was sales manager for a specialist gasket and seals manufacturer. This appointment brings great benefits to existing and new customers of PPE, who will now have an additional point of contact in the UK for all technical, sales and after sales support, covering all the advanced sealing

solutions provided by PPE. Jamie’s extensive technical knowledge and excellent account management skills will prove a real asset to both PPE and the customers with whom he will be working closely. PPE has appointed Lawrence Aldridge as Operational Excellence Manager. The role is designed to champion operational excellence across the organisation both in manufacturing operations and across all other functions. Lawrence will work in both PPE and its sister company FTL Technology (FTL) based in Leeds. His targets will be to improve efficiency across the businesses, reduce waste and continue driving output quality to world-leading standards. Lawrence has also joined the PPE senior management team and will be a key member of the team participating in the overall planning and running of the business. Lawrence has a strong track record of delivering operational and quality improvements having previously worked as quality & business improvement manager for a leading LED manufacturing company and quality manager at one of the UK’s largest printing groups. He brings with him an abundance of experience and ideas to help drive operational excellence at all levels in all functions.


ONOSOL +1 219 762 3165 A Kuraray Company, the world leader in water-soluble delivery systems, is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its team, Christian Herrmanns as Director of Marketing and Business Development. Christian Herrmanns has studied and worked in Germany, Switzerland, the USA and China. Christian’s international exposure, multicultural background and strategic marketing expertise make him the perfect fit for MonoSol LLC. “We are extremely happy to have Christian leading MonoSol’s Technical Marketing Team and fostering our growth into the future,” said P. Scott Bening, CEO of MonoSol.


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again strengthened the UK team with the appointment of Tom Tighe as Service Business Development Manager. Tom has worked in the compressed air industry for 25 years, notably for Air Power Centre and SPX Corporation. Chris Norris, UK Service Manager said: “His expertise on downstream equipment particularly desiccant dryers, together with his contacts in high places in UK and Ireland will certainly help Beko Technologies to continue to grow strongly.”


OHN ANSBRO +49 234 9800 has joined the four-member Board of top management as new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of GEA Refrigeration Technologies. He succeeds Guido Beyss, who has left the company. In his new position, John Ansbro will be responsible for production and development activities of the GEA Segment for refrigeration technology throughout the entire world. His assignments will include coordination among the Technology Centres, as well as the creation of synergism in development of new products. He will report to Dr Hugo Blaum, Segment President of GEA Refrigeration Technologies, who is also a member of the Executive Council of GEA Group and who is responsible in the Council for innovation. In addition to his new function as CTO of GEA Refrigeration Technologies, John Ansbro will continue to act as Sales President for America and CEO of GEA Refrigeration North America Inc, with headquarters in York (Pennsylvania, USA). In 2012 at GEA Refrigeration North America, the activities of GEA FES Inc. (of York, Pennsylvania) – whose specialties include compressors and chillers – were merged with freezer sales activities to form one country sales organization. The resulting company is additionally responsible for sales and marketing of all products of GEA Refrigeration Technologies in North and South America. The new company likewise offers its customers, services including refrigeration products. Ansbro furthermore exercises an additional function as President of the GEA Refrigeration York Technology Centre, the US facili-


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ty for R&D for GEA Refrigeration Technologies. John Ansbro said: “Our Development Centres offer comprehensive expertise and have in the past years demonstrated successful collaboration with one another. Thanks to their mutual international efforts, we have succeeded in developing a number of internationally recognized products. As an engineer, it is for me an extremely welcome challenge to further develop this synergism in my new position as Chief Technology Officer, and to contribute to further energy-efficient and effectively developed innovations.”


ALSEC® 01638 715011 announces several new appointments. Dr Scott Nykaza is being promoted from Chief Operating Officer to President and Chief Operating Officer. Scott received his Master’s degree in plant breeding from Kansas State University and his Doctorate from Colorado State University. He worked for the DeKalb Seed Company and later for Monsanto for 10 years. In 1999, Scott joined Kalsec® as Purchasing Director, and in 2004 he was promoted to Vice President of Procurement. He became Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2010, and Chief Operating Officer in 2011. “Scott Nykaza’s depth and breadth of experience in plant breeding and genetics, sourcing, sales and marketing, and operations management has been instrumental in positioning Kalsec® as a vertically integrated provider of spice, herb and hop extracts to the global food and beverage industries,” said George Todd, chairman of the board and CEO. “Under his leadership, Kalsec® is sourcing raw materials in 38 countries and has sales in 70 countries through its direct sales force and network of channel partners.” In other appointments, Julie Heine is being promoted to Vice President of Sales, Americas; and Gustavo Puente to Vice President of Procurement. Julie has served in various roles and leadership positions during her 18 years with the company, most recently in building and implementing a North American vision for sales growth. In her new capacity, she

will be responsible for business development in the USA, Canada and South America, and will begin leading the customer service team. In his new role, Gustavo will lead the company in global procurement, vertical integration initiatives and will manage plant breeding efforts, farming operations at the Kalsec® Southwest facility, and the entire supply chain for crops produced and overseen by Kalsec®. Paul Filby and Tom Barry are being promoted to Executive Vice Presidents. Paul will increase his role by overseeing all Kalsec® global sales initiatives and will continue to lead international business development efforts. Tom will begin leading the logistics and finished goods planning teams in addition to his current marketing and product management responsibilities. “These individuals have vast experience and passion for organizational results, and outstanding focus on our customers,” said Scott Nykaza, President & COO.


SF INTERNATIONAL +1 734 769 8010 a global public health and safety organization, has appointed food safety veteran and ConAgra Foods Global Chief Quality Officer Joan Menke-Schaenzer to its board of directors. Joan has devoted her career to creating a world-class foundation for food safety and quality through the standardization of best practices. At ConAgra Foods, she has made significant enhancements to food safety by establishing new policies and creating a food safety culture. Under Joan’s leadership, the company’s comprehensive commitment to food safety was recognized by the Safe Quality Food Institute, with a Quality Achievement Award. As Vice President of Food Safety and Defense at Wal-Mart, Joan led the development of global quality, food safety and food defense programmes and standards. At Kraft, she developed and implemented worldwide quality and food safety programmes and the company’s Crisis Management Quick Response Team, earning two Kraft President’s Awards and the prestigious Black Pearl Award for

excellence in food safety from the International Association for Food Protection. During the course of her career, Joan has worked closely with key trade associations and regulatory agencies such as the US FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA and US Environmental Protection Agency. She currently serves on the FDA Food Advisory Committee, as well as on the Board of Scientific Counsellors CDC (BSC) Surveillance working group. Additionally, Joan serves on many key industry committees. She is a past member of the American Frozen Foods Institute (AFFI) Board of Directors, currently participates in the SQF (Safe Quality Food) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Technical Committees, and the Info Recall Link Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a founding member of the AFFI Microwave Cooking Food Safety Industry Working Group. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.




CSF Aseptic hygienic pumps The established range of CSF hygienic centrifugal pumps includes the CSD Aseptic series that achieves the ultimate level of hygiene when transferring liquids in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, injectable/intravenous, ultra pure and other process applications where hygiene is critical. When fitted within an aseptic plant these pumps ensure sterility and can assist in extending shelf life by ensuring the cleanest possible process conditions. Available through the liquids handling specialist, Pump Engineering, CSF CSD series pumps are robust and reliable. The mechanical seal is internal and balanced, fitted with EN12756/ISO3069 seats protected from contamination by a high temperature flush. Inlet and outlet ports are fitted with a steam protection barrier to ensure sterility, ensuring all points of potential microbial ingress are securely defended. As with all CS series pumps, the CSD features an open impeller and a clamp casing,

seal design and back pull out IEC standard motors, which allows for quick disassembly and inspection. These close coupled pumps are designed on a modular concept, which ensures a wide range of models and therefore an extensive performance range covering capacities from 1 to 300 m3/hour at heads up to 100 metres, with low NPSHr. CSF CSD pumps are manufactured in electro-polished investment cast AISI 316L stainless steel, with stainless steel for all wetted parts. They are also available in Sanicro 28, Duplex SAF 2507 and Hastelloy C276 and with an optional 0.5 micron Ra surface finish. Elastomers are available in a choice of Viton, EPDM, or PTFE. Typical applications for CSF CSD hygienic pumps include aseptic/long life food, beverage and milk products, injectable and intravenous products, pharmaceutical/biopharm, fine fragrances and flavourings where cross contamination and/or microbial ingress cannot be tolerated.

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Enhanced Metal Detection software To enable a growing number of food manufacturers to boost the flexibility of their processing lines, Mettler-Toledo Safeline Metal Detection has advanced the software of its Profile metal detection systems. The new software improves detection sensitivity in wet and dry food products and, with Profile metal detectors’ existing Product Clustering feature, it simplifies product changeovers, allowing manufacturers to process a range of products on a single frequency setting. The Profile Software Enhancements support compliance with rigorous food safety standards, such as the BRC Global Standards Version 6 and the International Featured Standards (IFS) Version 6. With its upgraded data monitoring and storage, the new software also enables manufacturers to demonstrate due diligence in their production processes, helping to reduce the risk of a product recall. The Product Clustering function included in the Profile metal detector range permits a range of food products of similar moisture content or conductivity to be grouped in one detection frequency setting during set up. This ensures the detector is set at the optimum frequency for identifying contamination for a selection of products while allowing it to overcome the “product effect” or electrical signal emitted by conductive foods or packaging. This effect can mask the signal given off by any metal contaminants. Inspecting multiple products on a single setting minimises changeover downtime for manufacturers, enhancing efficiency and productivity. An innovative software algorithm enables the enhanced software to optimise the Profile metal detector’s sensitivity for ferrous and non-ferrous metal fragments as well as stainless steel. With this advancement, Profile

metal detectors now provide improved identification of irregularly shaped metal fragments as small as 0.25mm in diameter. The smaller the fragment that can be detected, the smaller the effect of the product’s orientation relative to the detector’s aperture will be. This is known as “orientation effect”, a phenomenon where asymmetrical metal contaminant shards are more easily detected if they pass through the product inspection system oriented in one orientation than another. The risk of contaminated packs continuing on the production line and reaching the end consumer is minimised as a result of better sensitivity in combination with a full due diligence system, safeguarding food manufacturers from costly and reputationdamaging product recalls. The Profile software enhancement enables due diligence to be demonstrated at any point in the inspection process minimising the potential for product recall. The improved vector diagram function shows in detail the detection settings used by the Profile detector for the inspection of each product, allowing manufacturers to see which product is being examined and at which setting. This maximises control over the processing line and facilitates the retrieval of inspection data. It also ensures that the metal detection system only rejects substandard packs rather than the entire product batch, reducing the need for time-consuming product retesting. Profile metal detectors already installed on production lines can be easily upgraded with the software enhancement, enabling food manufacturers to benefit from the optimised sensitivity and simplified product changeover with minimum disruption to their processing line. The software will feature as standard in new Profile metal detectors.

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Compact, easy clean spray nozzle A compact and easy-to-maintain air actuated fan nozzle which has an extremely high life cycle rating compared to other similar nozzles is the latest addition to the range offered by BETE. The Hydropulse is an innovative, low flow rate, flat fan, air actuated nozzle that has a huge lifetime rating of 380 million cycles, compared to alternative nozzles which typically offer around 10 million cycles. The Hydropulse is ideal for spraying applications that require a flat fan pattern

with an intermittent spray. It is designed to recycle spray up to three times per second without dripping so is ideal for coating and other similar precision spraying applications in food and chemical processing, lubrication etc. The internals of the nozzle can be removed in one simple operation and this, combined with its ability to be assembled without the need to uninstall the entire unit, facilitate easy cleaning and maintenance. Contact BETE on tel 01273 400092 or visit


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Metal Detectable Face Masks

The two new patent pending food production respirators now available from Detectamet have not only met international performance standards but they offer much more metal detectability, more comfort and are easier to fit and wear. The Detectamet FFP3 Blue Detectable Mask is designed specifically for use in those parts of the food industry where ingredients such as flour, spices, coffee, dried egg and many other additives are handled. This mask meets the FFP3 standard meaning that when correctly fitted it can protect workers in dusty areas by filtering at least 99 percent of airborne particles. It offers much more metal detectability because not only is the nose clip detectable, but uniquely, all the plastic fittings are made from metal detectable plastic including the valve mount, and the bonded strap mountings. The wide comfortable straps are fully adjustable to ensure an effective fitting of the mask without making it uncomfortable to wear throughout the working shift. The fabric of this mask is made from a special highly visible blue material and the design allows good vision and easy voice communications. The detectable bonded strap fittings avoid all the disadvantages of metal staples and the shaped fitting reduces the inconvenience of misting when wearing spectacles or goggles. It is supplied in a box with 5 masks. The company also supplies a fold flat FFP2 mask that is designed for use where less stringent FFP2 requirements apply. The filter is expected to remove at least 94 percent of airborne particles. It offers the same extra level of detectability and visibility as the FFP3 Detectamet mask and the bands can be adjusted to fit. They are staple-free and are supplied ten masks to the box. Both of these competitively priced disposable masks have been inspected and tested to ensure they fulfil the standards laid down for respirators of this type in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and in the countries of the European Union.

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Hosokawa Micron`s compact portable isolator Hosokawa Micron`s Flexible Compact Isolator (FCI) Glove Box System is designed to meet the demands for cost effective barrier containment by offering a one man workstation which can easily be moved around the laboratory or process room depending upon the process applications. The plug and play operation means moving location is quick and easy, simply wheel the unit to where it is required. The Flexible Compact Isolator is available in a range of canopy options including rigid, semi rigid or disposable designs which fit onto a stainless steel base unit. Customers may wish to have more than one canopy per base unit to further increase the unit’s flexibility in use. With a small 1m x 0.5m footprint the FCI makes it easy to have flexible barrier containment exactly where and when it is needed even at space restricted, individual workstations. Individual modules can be linked to create a pod system with individual activities contained in separate units. Multiple linked configurations can offer a cost effective operation for companies where the handling of hazardous powders is infrequent or when investment in a dedicated static isolator is not appropriate. The FCI is ideally suited for companies involved in scientific research, biotechnology or pharmaceutical development and it ensures a high level of product and personnel protection across a range of product applications. One unit can be used for several different processes and the user friendly ergonomic design has all round high visibility and independently tested to 1¾g/m . Various options of the FCI are available tailored to suit customer requirements including air handling systems, CIP system, Filtration and Rapid Transfer Ports, Nitrogen inertion, Flexible glove port configuration and hazardous area systems.

Contact Hosokawa Micron on tel 01928 755100 or visit

3 in 1 Drymeister-H in one compact unit The new 3 in 1 Drymeister-H is the latest multiprocessing unit from Hosokawa Micron and offers energy efficient and speedy grinding, classifying and drying operations in one compact unit. The Drymeister-H combines intensive dispersion with high performance classification to deliver stable product quality, particle size and moisture content and is applicable for drying slurries, solutions, wet powder and pasty cake, giving speedy and reliable results. Wet material is fed down to the grinding chamber to be dispersed and dried using hot gas. The ground and dried powder is carried to the classifier. Fine particles go through the classifier wheel and are transported to a bag filter. Coarse particles fall down to the grinding chamber to be further milled and dried. Particle size of the product is determined by the rotor speed of the classifier.

Moisture content of the product is determined by the outlet gas temperature of the dryer and residence time in the dryer which is influenced by the classifier speed. When compared to traditional spray or rotary dryers, the Drymeister offers processors energy savings of 50-70 percent. A fluidised bed of product in the drying chamber in conjunction with a heated drying track ensures a low level of adhesion of undried product. The combination of the fluid bed with the grinding/dispersion rotor contributes to the Drymeister-H’s very compact size compared to conventional flash driers or spray dryers. With options for ceramic faced wear parts and a specially designed screw feeder for cakey material the Drymeister-H has applications across a range of industries with typical uses in the processing of retardants, lithium cobaltite, minerals, foods, detergents, pesticides, surfactants and pigments.

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Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30 Introducing the Alfa Laval ThinkTop® D30, a simplified version of Alfa Laval’s well-regarded ThinkTop valve control and automation unit, that provides intuitive control of Alfa Laval butterfly, single-seat and double-seat valves equipped with pneumatic actuators. Compact and intelligent, it is a solid choice for dairy, food and beverage processing lines and for general applications where non-critical valves are used. It is also a cost-effective alternative to control panels with external solenoid valves or where space is limited and operational simplicity and reliability important. A fully integrated, intuitive control top, the Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30 fills the gap for valve control where conventional valve monitoring and control solutions are too expensive and loaded with more high-tech functionality than needed, or where an economical alternative to control panels equipped with external solenoid valves is required. “The Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30 is engineered for the most basic hygienic processing requirements,” says Rene Stietz, Alfa Laval’s Global Portfolio Manager, Automation. “This cost-effective unit is purposefully not loaded with the high-tech features found in most premium and standard valve control solutions. Not every process line requires high-end valve control.” The Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30, however, still

offers solid control and functionality, including seamless PLC communications with digital interface, 360° visual LED indication, spring-loaded terminals and IP66/IP67 protection class. The plug n’ play Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30 control top is quick and easy to install, commission and use. Standing 75mm high and 105mm in diameter, it fits easily into most installations; its 60mm stroke length suits most actuators, too. No initial setup or special competence is required, saving time and resources. Built-in intelligence with the digital interface and three feedback signals makes monitoring of air loss or leakage simple. This enhances operational stability, which ensures more uptime and raises product quality. Watertight and IP66/IP67-compliant, the Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30 is hermetically sealed for maximum hygiene and minimum maintenance. It also withstands the effects of physical impact, vibration, water hammer, thermal variation and pressure shock. Plus its pre-set configuration remains constant, eliminating the need for adjustment over time. “With the Alfa Laval ThinkTop D30, optimal valve performance is now possible for the most basic hygienic processes,” says Rene Stietz. “No other control unit offers the same level of convenience, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

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Valve positioners withstand toughest challenges Series 3731 explosion-proof valve positioners from Samson Controls are designed for process control applications which demand the highest levels of safety and reliability. In addition to their exceptional durability these intrinsically-safe positioners provide outstanding accuracy and are easy-to-operate. A single rotary pushbutton is all that is required for start-up; turn to select parameters and push to activate them. This convenient method of operation is still possible in hazardous areas because the shaft design of the rotary pushbutton through the housing is explosionproof. Also, the design of the enclosure with its separate terminal compartment, allows direct cable entry or connection without spark barriers for cable conduit systems. The Series 3731 positioner is housed in a rugged enclosure that, even if an explosive

atmosphere forms inside the enclosure and ignites the enclosure will withstand the explosion preventing the passage of flames out to the explosive surroundings. An easy-to-read liquid crystal display ensures that relevant data is visible at a glance and regardless of the valves mounting position, data is never displayed upside down because the display can be rotated by 180° at the push of a button. The analogue control helps the positioner achieve outstanding positioning accuracy which allows the microprocessor to concentrate on other tasks. The positioners can be conveniently configured on-site, or by using HART communication, while the additional option of fully integrating EXPERT valve diagnostics into the positioner, provides all the necessary information for predictive maintenance.

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Festo launches cost-effective rotary drive Festo, the leading supplier of automation equipment, has launched a new cost-effective semi rotary drive with twin pistons that offers excellent precision, stiffness and loadability. Using an innovative bearing system, the DRRD actuator can handle higher loads with exceptional accuracy, enabling engineers and OEMs to improve the performance of their equipment. In addition, integrated external shock absorbers increase the maximum mass moment of inertia by up to four times compared with previous technologies. As a result, engineers can move higher loads with greater dynamics or specify a smaller drive to move the same load, therefore saving space and cost in their machine. The new DRRD actuator combines the bearing and flange into one functional element and as such features a larger bearing size giving increased stiffness of the whole product. The rotary drive provides torque up to 110Nm and rotation up to 200°. In addition, it has a mid-position so it can be stopped at any angle between 0 and 90°, thus increasing flexibility for machine builders. Rotary actuators are often sized using torque rather than inertia, but this has the potential to cause premature failure in traditional technologies with internal damping. Festo’s DRRD features external damping which enables users to turn higher loads and stop more accurately, providing a longer-lasting, more robust and reliable solution. The DRRD is available in a large range of variants giving customers maximum choice of drive to best suit their application. Options include an end lock variant, which provides a safety function in safety critical applications. The DRRD can be fitted with inductive or magnetic sensors to offer position feedback. An IP65-rated sealed variant is also available giving protection against the ingress of fluid for reliable operation in harsh environments. The rotary actuators are ideal for precise positioning in handling applications across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing and process and packaging. “At Festo we have extensive knowledge of the challenges faced in handling applications and have developed the new DRRD rotary drive with an excellent price/performance ratio,” said Nigel Dawson, Product Manager at Festo. “The high stiffness, precision, inbuilt shock absorbers and external damping options mean that the DRRD can turn higher loads than alternative drive systems and stop more accurately, bringing rotation function to a new high level of performance and flexibility.”

E/M Coatings Services works with Freeman Contact Festo on tel 01252 775000 Technology or visit

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E/M Coatings Services works with Freeman Technology Researchers at E/M Coating Services (EMCS), a business unit of Curtiss Wright Surface Technologies specialising in technical surface coatings, are working with powder characterisation experts at Freeman Technology to develop new surface coating solutions for food and pharmaceutical processing equipment. The aim is to provide new products that ease powder flow during processing, reducing the potential for blockages, stoppages and contamination. Using Freeman Technology’s FT4 Powder Rheometer®, EMCS was able to reliably rank potential candidates, paving the way to commercialisation. “Understanding the interactions between powders and the plant processing surface is crucial for effective coating specification,” said James Cooke, E/M Coatings Technical Services Manager. “Different powders vary in their response to different surfaces making it important to match coating and powder in any application. The FT4 Powder Rheometer allows us to quantify the effectiveness of a specific coating/powder combination and has exceptional reproducibility, so we were able to precisely differentiate our potential products. Freeman Technology has a lot of expertise in this area so working with them was particularly helpful as we tailor our coatings to support powder processors in the pharmaceutical and food industry.” The FT4 Powder Rheometer offers dynamic, bulk, and shear property testing capabilities and incorporates well-defined methodologies and software for the measurement and interpretation of wall friction angles. Wall friction angles quantify the strength of interactions between a powder and surface and are extremely useful for ranking and comparing the ability of a coating to ease powder flow. They are also central to hopper design calculations. EMCS provided Freeman Technology with six coated wall friction discs for testing. Evaluation took the form of back-to-back testing with two competitor products already offered for food and pharmaceutical applications. Of the coatings tested, certain that are proprietary to EMCS exhibited excellent performance characteristics for a number of powders including Respitose, an excipient widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. “EMCS has a strategy of continuous development,” commented James Cooke. “Performing wall friction tests on the FT4 Powder Rheometer has helped to support this strategy, allowing precise and highly reproducible testing for the development of our product range”. Contact Freeman Technology on tel 01684 851551 or visit

EPP’s new generation of planetary mixers A new generation of planetary mixers has been launched in the UK and Ireland by the Epsom-based European Process Plant. Called Ultimix, the new range is manufactured by VMI, the world’s leading manufacturer of mixers and automatic mixing systems for plant bakers and food manufacturers. EPP Managing Director, Keith Stalker said: “The cake recipes now used by bakers are becoming increasingly complex and varied. Precise control of the mixing process is essential in order that batters with the exact amount of aeration can be consistently produced. “VMI has responded to the demands from the baking industry for a planetary mixer that not only provides this precise control but is also versatile, compact and very easy to clean.” Keith Stalker revealed that VMI had collected data from over 30,000 mixers it has supplied to leading bakeries and all over the world over the past 40 years. The company’s R&D team also worked closely with university scientists in order to model and master the essential parameters in planetary mixing systems. The study proved that all the parameters must be adjusted to the recipe and size of the batch in order that optimum results can be achieved.

The result of all this work is the stainless steel Ultimix and a complete range of tools that enables a large variety of recipes to be produced. Having complete control over the parameters means these recipes can be consistently produced whatever the batch size. Keith Stalker added: “Bakers know that in a planetary mixer the mixing or whipping tools rotate on their own axes and at the same time on a common axis which results in batters being quickly produced. The Ultimix allows bakers to have full control over the ratio, or more simply the rotation speeds of the tools and the revolution speed of the satellite and power consumption. “The HDPE scraper is also able to scrape the entire profile of the bowl which results in better homogenisation of the mix. The ergonomic design has resulted in a mixer that is both compact and accessible. Its flush mounts also means that the Ultimix with its optional two cleaning nozzles, is easy to clean. The Ultimix, with bowl capacities ranging from 200 to 900 litres, will be fully supported by EPP, the market leading company that has been supplying top quality equipment to the British and Irish baking and food processing industries for over 40 years.

Contact European Process Plant on tel 01372 745558 or visit

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Next generation Mitsubishi Electric servo drives

Rocol new high temperature chain fluid Bakeries and other industrial conveyor operators can now minimise the problem of messy black deposits building up in high temperature applications thanks to a new chain fluid from leading UK food-grade lubricants manufacturer Rocol. The new NSF H1 registered Foodlube® XT Chain Fluid™ is the culmination of decades of technical expertise and successful formulations, which have already established Rocol as one of the market leaders for high temperature chain lubricants. It combines easy application and maximum penetration of moving parts with a formulation that very effectively reduces friction and wear whilst improving plant cleanliness and hygiene. Foodlube XT enables extended re-lubrication intervals and improved maintenance efficiency and has been specifically developed for equipment such as bakery ovens. “One of the main drivers for Foodlube XT’s development was to overcome the issue of black deposits building up as the oil degrades through oxidation at high temperatures,” said Joanne Ferguson, Rocol’s Marketing Manager. “This can cause serious problems for maintenance managers over time as the hard lacquer or varnish-like deposits cause frictional issues with increased drive torque and high power consumption. A build up of chain deposit can also result in contamination of the

foodstuff.” “Foodlube XT reduces the build-up of these black deposits through a formulation with a significantly increased oxidation stability. In comparative performance testing against a competitor’s chain fluid already on the market, Foodlube XT showed higher onset of oxidation and much reduced deposit formation.” Foodlube XT Chain Fluid is food-grade, NSF H1 registered for incidental food contact and it is produced in the UK in facilities accredited to ISO 21469. This dual third-party assurance means food and drink processors can have total confidence in the safety of the raw materials used in Foodlube XT’s formulation as well as the safety and hygiene of the environment in which it has been produced. Joanne Ferguson added: “Innovative lubricants such as Foodlube XT can help maintenance managers achieve much greater efficiency and increase their return on investment in plant and equipment. And with our in-house R&D team, we can proactively address the challenges faced by food and drink processors.” Available in 20l and 200l pack sizes, Foodlube XT has a wide operating temperature range from 0 C to +280 C and the low fuming formulation further helps to provide a clean and safe working environment. Contact Rocol on tel 0113 232 2600 or visit


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Mitsubishi Electric has launched its next generation of servo systems, offering safe, user-friendly and energy-efficient motion control. The Melservo MR-J4 series of servo amplifiers, complete with associated positioning units, easy to use motion modules and high end integrated motion control systems enable machine builders and end users to improve productivity and reduce energy costs. Numerous innovative and user-friendly functions have been incorporated to boost performance while minimising the time-consuming effort of engineering and setting up servo systems. When it comes to energy saving, the MR-J4 series is leading the market and has been specifically designed with this in mind. The series features single, dual and triple axis amplifiers for improved economy, greater energy efficiency and reduced panel space requirements. The servos can all operate with rotary, linear and direct drive motors, considerably simplifying the system building process. In addition to saving space in the panel, engineering and commissioning time is drastically reduced thanks to the “one touch” auto tune function, which matches the machine mechanics to the servo system in a single operation. This function operates in real time and is dynamic, so if the machine conditions change over time, the MR-J4 system tuning automatically adjusts. Covering the range from 0.1kW to 55kW, MR-J4 servo amplifiers are available in two versions. The MR-J4A provides analogue and pulse train connections and is designed for conventional control systems and for speed, torque and closed-loop position control. The MR-J4B comes with connectivity to Mitsubishi Electric’s SSCNETIII/H high performance servo network, meeting the needs of integrated automation systems where complex multi-axis motion control is required. SSCNETIII/H control information is delivered over a full duplex 150Mbps fibre optic bus, which simplifies connection and commissioning and permits synchronous coordination of up to 96

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axes. Both versions of the amplifier come with built in local I/O for interfacing with signals such as over travel limits and print mark registration. The MR-J4 amplifiers also include a “life diagnosis function” which monitors the condition of the amplifier at a component level and notifies the user of any degradation in its operation. This unique feature also has the ability to recognise changes in machine dynamics such as increased vibration and increased motor torque. This aids preventative maintenance and minimises machine downtime. The carefully matched servo motors are fitted with 22-bit absolute encoders as standard, corresponding to more than four million pulses per revolution, which out performs the accuracy of other servo motors on the market by four times. The result is excellent truerunning characteristics and maximum positioning accuracy. Combined with the processing speed of the MR-J4 servo amplifiers and their 2.5kHz frequency response plus inbuilt vibration suppression filter, the result is vastly improved machine performance, with minimised positioning times, reduced cycle times and greater throughput.

significantly expands the area of application for these valve types, enabling their use at higher medium pressures on pipelines with orifices up to DN 50. Included in the expanded range are the type 2100 angle seat on/off valve, the 2101 on/off globe valve, the 2103 diaphragm valve family, the type 2300 modulating angle seat valve and 2301 series modulating globe valve. The major advantage for users of the expanded Element is that it is now possible to achieve greater plant standardisation by equipping many process systems with equipment entirely from the modular Element platform. Firstly, the Element valves and sensors reliably control fluids, steam, caustic solutions and chemicals, as well as abrasive or high-purity substances in the widest range of applications and process environments. Secondly, the stainless steel valves (IP65/67) are rugged, hygienic, and easy to clean and use. Thirdly, the special Element actuator design facilitates integration of automation units at all levels of the modular valve system,

from the position transmitter to the electropneumatic positioner or process controller. This allows complete decentralised automation of even complex systems, with minimal expense for cables and hoses. Bürkert’s Element range proves the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, providing a modular programme of process control products that combine effortlessly to deliver solutions to specific process requirements, whether they be in environmentally aggressive or hygienic areas. The products include valves for on/off and modulating control, and sensors for pH/ORP, conductivity and level; plus digital positioners, control heads and actuators, all of which are designed for valve mounting, delivering maximum space saving and performance. In addition, the integration of backlit displays and coloured status lights on many Element products, enables users to have more interaction and transparency in their systems, by being able to quickly determine diagnostic messages at a glance.

Contact Bürkert on tel 01453 731353 or visit

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New Element Process Valves & Actuators Bürkert’s modular Element system, which is setting a new benchmark for cleanline operation and cost reduction in hygienic process measurement and control, has been expanded to include process valves with orifice diameters up to 50mm (DN 50) and process actuators in sizes up to 130mm. “The outstanding success of our modular, stainless steel Element system across all hygienic processing markets – pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverage and bio-medicals – has resulted in demands from users for a wider range of equipment types and sizes,” said Neil Saunders, Sales Manager of Bürkert UK & Ireland. “The new 50mm orifice sizes for the Element series valve range and larger actuator sizes are part of a wider programme to meet this demand, with other additions to the Element range, which came on stream in the first quarter of 2013.” The expansion of the Element valve range

Castell’s new range of padlocks even safer Industrial safety specialist Castell has launched an enhanced version of its Iso-Lok padlock range. The new range features a more complex differ code system, increasing the overall safety level offered to customers. Castell’s tracking system already ensures that each padlock supplied to a site is unique. This removes the issue of keys fitting multiple padlocks and therefore reduces risk in lockout/tagout procedures. The company’s enhanced range of padlocks now takes the

separation of differ codes one stage further. “The quality of the Iso-Lok range is very important to our client base,” said David Hughes, Castell’s Sales Director. “By increasing the integrity of our padlocks we have effectively increased the safety of the IsoLok range. This product improvement - coupled with our ability to track differ codes, paint and engrave padlocks - delivers substantial value to our customers.”

Contact Castell Safety International on tel 020 8200 1200 or visit

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Fast, simple detection of food pathogens

Spiroflow launches enhanced C1 bulk bag filler Spiroflow, world-leading manufacturer of conveying and weighing systems, has announced an upgrade to one of its most popular weigh fillers for pallet handled bags – the C1. Ideal for low to medium volume use where bulk bags filled on pallets are moved by forklift truck, the new C1 facilitates dust-free, accurate filling of up to 20 bulk bags per hour. Its base is directly mounted on an approved load cell weigh platform and the required weight can be pre-set for automatic cut-off. The platform includes a vibration facility for an even, accurate fill and effective compaction – perfect for handling products that aerate and resulting in a stable load for both storage and transportation. Boasting modular construction for ease of modification, the new C1 now features automatic height adjustment for different sized bags. Its inflatable neck seal ensures a dust-free environment and minimises product waste, and removing the filled bags has been made even speedier with the addition of a roller conveyor to complement the automatic bag loop release facility. The new C1 has also retained many of the

features which have helped to make it one of Spiroflow’s most popular products across multiple industry sectors, including a carbon/stainless steel filling nozzle and a dual concentric filling spout incorporating a venting system. Rob Hudson, Managing Director at Spiroflow, explained: “Many millions of bulk bags, with a capacity from 500kg to 1500kg, are sold worldwide every year, making them one of the most convenient, cost-effective methods of packaging, storage and transport. Customers in industries ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to plastics and building products use bulk bags, and hence require the best equipment to fill and discharge their often fragile or fine-particle products quickly and with the minimum of fuss. “At Spiroflow our technical team is constantly innovating, developing new solutions and adaptations in our test centre to meet customer demand for the next improvement or upgrade. Our C Series of weigh fillers remain extremely popular as they are both efficient and versatile, and we are confident that the new C1 will prove an equally successful addition to our range.”

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Food microbiology laboratories can now confidently test to a recognized standard for Listeria monocytogenes with the Thermo Scientific SureTect Listeria monocytogenes Assay, which has been granted Performance Tested MethodSM status by the AOAC Research Institute. Listeria monocytogenes can be present in a variety of foodstuffs, including some processed meats and cheeses, and in fresh foods such as cantaloupe melon and raw spinach. The SureTect Listeria monocytogenes PCR Assay has proven to be comparable to the reference method ISO 11290-1:1996, including Amendment 1:2004 (Listeria monocytogenes). This follows the recent granting of AOAC-RI Performance Method status for the SureTect Salmonella species PCR Assay. “We are delighted to have received validation of our Listeria monocytogenes PCR assay, which is one of a number of assays we offer for molecular food testing,” said Sumi Thaker, VP Global Marketing, Microbiology, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “These assays are part of the SureTect Real-Time PCR System that has been designed to streamline test workflow and reduce time to result, which are primary considerations in today’s pathogen test selection. We anticipate validation on a number of new assays over the next few months.” The SureTect System was developed to detect microorganisms quickly and accurately in a broad range of foods and associated samples. This unique solution combines: Ease of use: Pre-filled lysis tubes and tableted PCR reagents to minimize the number of pipetting steps and hands-on time. Speed: Optimized single enrichment step for key food matrices and straightforward sample lysis in less than 20 minutes. Convenience: Common PCR protocols facilitate efficient processing of multiple assays in the same run. Superior PCR Technology: Probebased real-time assays for unparallel sensitivity and specificity.

Contact Thermo Fisher Scientific on tel 01256 694318 or visit

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Key to deploy Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) Key Technology announces that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with EVK DI Kerschhaggl GmbH and Insort GmbH to deploy Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®), an advanced value-added hyperspectral solution, in Key’s products, further enhancing potato sorting capabilities. Additionally, an exclusive distribution agreement enables Key to market Insort’s Chemical Imaging Sorters to North American and global accounts in the potato industry. Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT) is EVK’s and Insort’s proprietary solution that utilizes unique software and algorithms that process the information from the hyperspectral sensors to evaluate the chemical composition of the potato to determine the presence of sugar ends, dry matter, and percent of solids. “These agreements further strengthen Key’s leadership position in the potato industry and allow us to continue providing our customers with the most innovative, value-add systems to improve their yield and product quality,” said Jack Ehren, President and CEO of Key Technology. “Partnering with EVK and Insort and the integration of CIT into Key products will enable Key to enhance existing technologies and create new differentiated sorting capabilities for potato processing applications.” Chemical Imaging shows tremendous potential to solve a variety of outstanding product quality and processing challenges. It can detect invisible defects such as sugar ends prior to frying, an issue that plagues many potato processors. It can also help potato processors maximize total solids utilization (TSU) by analyzing the chemical composition of incoming potatoes to optimize blanching and frying. For a wide range of applications, the technology is highly effective in detecting foreign material because it is so precise in identifying the chemical composition of good product. “Partnering with Insort and EVK will allow us to leverage CIT on new sorters and upgrades for Manta®, Tegra®, and Optyx® strip sorting systems and ADR® potato defect removal systems to deliver new value to our strategic partners in the potato industry,” said Louis Vintro, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Global Operations at Key. “On our ADR systems, CIT will enable making yield-maximizing decisions to remove only those defective portions of the potato strip as identified by the processor.” “We are excited to partner with Key to bring our technologies and sorting solutions to customers and to work together to accelerate the development of new sorting and monitoring capabilities based on our Chemical Imaging Technology,” said Matthias

Jeindl, President of Insort. “Key is a highly respected market leader with worldwide sales and service. They have exceptionally strong customer relationships and unparalleled industry expertise in their core markets. The

new combined offering of Key’s existing sorting platforms integrating CIT, together with Insort’s Sherlock Separator and Sherlock Observer, will create added value to potato processors.

Contact Key Technology on tel +1 509 529 2161 or visit

The new 8100 Plus pH meter from ETI There are a number of food safety concerns that are unique to the preparation and serving of sushi in foodservice. Sushi rice has the potential to become a breeding ground for pathogens if not properly prepared. In addition, many people prefer to eat sushi at room temperature, which also makes refrigerated storage less desirable. Proper preparation of acidified rice is therefore important to ensure customer safety for sushi. To ensure that proper acidity levels have been reached, a pH meter such as the new ETI 8100 pH Plus is essential when testing each batch of rice. A maximum pH reading of 4.6pH or below is generally considered safe.

Sushi rice should be made fresh daily, ensuring the rice is cooled in shallow containers. The new ETI 8100 Plus is a two-in-one, pH and temperature instrument that incorporates an easy to read LCD display. The 8100 indicates pH over the range of 0 to 14pH with a resolution of 0.01pH, and temperature over the range of -39.9°C to 149.9°C, with a resolution of 0.1°C. The 8100 Plus pH meter is manufactured by ETI and is supplied as a complete kit (order code 860-820) which includes the instrument, pH and temperature probes, competitively priced at £120 plus VAT and carriage.

Contact ETI on tel 01903 202151 or visit

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SteriHandle™ opens door to improved hygiene An innovative hygienic door handle that is proven to kill 99.99 percent of germs has been launched by PHS Washrooms to help combat a rise in spreadable infections and viruses. Recent reports show a total of 131 million days were lost because of sickness absence in 2011* and the 2012 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey reports the average cost of sickness absence per employee is £600. This represents an average yearly loss of 6.8 days for each employee. PHS Washrooms is leading the fight back with Sterihandle™, a revolutionary door handle which reduces the spread of infectious diseases. SteriHandle™ is coated with the antibacterial technology of SteriTouch® which harnesses the natural sterilising properties of silver. Available in both push and pull options, SteriHandle™ is permanently fixed to the door and incorporates a replaceable component serviced every six months. In independent trials, SteriHandle™ achieved an impressive 99.99 percent reduction of MRSA and E.coli within 10 minutes, reducing the number of organisms typically found on a door handle from over 140,000 to less than 10 in the same time period. SteriHandle™ has already been voted Top Product by Tomorrow’s Cleaning and Tomorrow’s FM and hygiene experts at PHS Washrooms believe it will significantly

improve public health by reducing cross contamination. Keri Reynolds, Marketing Manager at PHS Washrooms, said: “Up to one million people a year are thought to catch the debilitating norovirus bug which, along with many other viruses and bacteria, can be spread by touching infected door handles. “SteriHandle™ maintains a safer, cleaner and more hygienic surface and the antimicrobial coating kills bacteria quickly at the point of transmission, reducing the risk of illness. “Door handles are a risk area, providing a habitat for a high amount of pathogenic germs, such as MRSA, E.coli and Salmonella which not only cause sickness but can be potentially lethal. “The introduction of SteriHandle™ will reduce cross contamination, not just within washrooms but throughout a whole building, improving hygiene for staff and visitors.” SteriHandle™ is the latest PHS Washrooms product to utilise SteriTouch® to protect many touchable areas of a washroom. SteriTouch® is incorporated as standard in a number of PHS Washrooms’ hand dryers, soap and towel dispensers, sanitisers and sanitary disposal units. *source: Office for National Statistics: Sickness absence in the labour market.

Contact PHS Washrooms on tel 0209 2080 9090 or visit

Water hygiene company supports industry A leading water hygiene company is introducing proven, patented technology into the UK to help factories to meet their own environmental pledges to use the greenest products possible. Working on a standalone basis, or where appropriate, alongside traditional methods, building owners and managers now have a truly complete range of options for keeping water safe while adopting best practice. Guardian Water Treatment has teamed up with Sweden’s Wallenius to make the company’s Advanced Oxidation Technologies (AOT) available as a chemical-free lowerenergy way of keeping drinking, manufacturing, leisure and cleaning water as free from the potentially fatal Legionella bacteria as is possible; in fact to 99.99 percent certainty. Guardian’s Martin Tyrrell explained: ‘Research tells us that people want the

organisations they deal with to use the most environmentally friendly way of producing or using energy and many businesses see doing just that as an ambition rather than a prerequisite to how they provide services. And many are not aware that there are newer methods of keeping drinking water or water that is used in the food and beverage production clean and compliant - often without using chemicals at all. Not all solutions suit all situations but to make decisions on water hygiene without considering all the current options available building and facilities managers might not be fighting bacteria – particularly Legionella - with the best weaponry at their disposal.’ Guardian makes sure that all its consultations now consider the broadest range of contemporary, chemical-free and traditional solutions to help factories to keep to their own environmental pledges.

Guardian Water Treatment on tel 01268 287477 or visit


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ebm-papst’s series of energy efficient axial fans Europe leading manufacturer of high-efficiency EC fans and motors, ebm-papst, has launched a series of new ultra-efficient axial fans for cooling units and evaporators, which decrease energy consumption by up to 25 percent. The axial fans from the AxiCool series are available in sizes of 300, 350 and 450 mm, so they are suited to a wide variety of typical evaporator applications. The AxiCool axial fans are available with both AC and energy-efficient GreenTech EC motors, and they are available in a number of different formats including: standard with guard grille and standard with air guarding system. Designed with the food retail environment in mind, the AxiCool range is easy to clean, cheap to maintain and hard-wearing. This is reflected in a number of particularly important product features. Standard design with guard grille: Rugged design: The flat metal guard grille is easy to clean mechanically in the event of icing Closed surfaces: Dirt build-up is minimised by the surface design with flat surfaces and without visible screws EC designs offer high efficiency and control options Aero-acoustically optimised design Two-part plastic wall ring with hollow chamber - Customer can install a heating band at a later date - Reduces entry of heat into the refrigeration chamber - Reduces icing Simple installation Compact design Increased protection of motor against water jets Standard with air-guiding system: Almost doubled thrust range with comparable air flow Easy installation of retrofittable air-guiding system The customer can integrate a heating band in the two-part hollow wall ring. The hollow chamber in the wall ring reduces the entry of heat into the evaporator's refrigeration chamber. So heat is generated where it is really needed and prevents ice forming between the axial impellers and the wall ring. The heating band can also be inserted later thanks to the removable wall ring. The integrated mounting flange with swivel joint simplifies cleaning of the evaporator or heat exchanger. The four mounting screws

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simply need to be loosened to swing the axial fan to the side. Integrated drain channels are part of the wallring design which helps prevent ice forming between the wallring and fan impeller thus blocking the fan. The AxiCool range is perfectly suited to meet the complex needs of its end users. With AxiCool axial fans, a decrease in energy consumption of up to 25% can be achieved in comparison with conventional cooling units with AC fans. All AxiCool fan solutions are ErP 2015 compliant and with speed control options available the fan performance can be adapted to suit the needed cooling duty. This proven effectiveness makes AxiCool the perfect active component of an energy reduction campaign and delivers considerable payback over existing technology. Contact ebm-papst UK on tel 01245 468555 or visit

Fluidwell Instruments launches Triflex LNI 250 Adequate level measurement of conductive products inside a tank, like humid pet food, has been very difficult with highly sensitive materials, harsh environments (pressurized, abrasive, hot, corrosive) or complicated tanks. The resulting reliability issues have a negative effect on costs and downtime. To solve these problems, Fluidwell Instruments, a division of Fluidwell, launches an extension of its Triflex level detection sensors family: The LNI 250, a “Field Time Control” (FTC) based level detection sensor, which uniquely measures with great reliability from the outside of a nonmetallic tank. The distinguishing element of the Triflex LNI 250 is its ability to reliably measure conductive material in a non-metallic tank without having to be present inside that tank and therefore without product contact. The tanks even need not be transparent. Its discriminating benefits include no risks of contamination of the product, easy access for maintenance (without process interruption!), suitable for small/complicated tanks, easy plug-and-play installation, suitable for aggressive materials or environments and insensitive to changing process conditions inside a tank. The yield is remarkable: Lower costs, higher output in better quality and increase in reliable measurements. The Triflex LNI 250 is suitable in a wide range of applications, but especially for industries with conductive bulk products (solids and liquids) where product contact

needs to be avoided (eg for health and safety reasons or working with acids). Also where placement of a sensor inside a tank is not possible due to the construction of the tank (too small/complicated) or where the environment inside the tank is highly abrasive or subject to change, the Triflex offers the solution. The patented Triflex LNI 250 incorporates Field Time Control Technology (FTC). This technology generates an electric field between a transmitting electrode and multiple receiving electrodes. The cycle time of the FTC level sensor changes as soon as the solid particles are detected by this electric field. Advanced multiple receiver circuitry has been designed for reliably detecting various bulk products,

(even with extremely low dielectric constants). The results are higher signals with less variation for increased reliability. Louis Ras, General Manager of Fluidwell Instruments said: “With the help of FTC technology we developed a unique product that makes a difference. The Triflex LNI 250 has been validated by several large manufacturers, including VOBRA, a producer of pet food in The Netherlands: Their set-up of a counterflow dryer for dog food, without access points on the inside, did not offer the option of measuring technologies like TDR/radar solutions. The Triflex LNI 250 has proven to be their only solution for a continuous and efficient process, stimulating output, margins and product quality.”

Contact Fluidwell on tel 0870 8200298 or visit

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection’s ProdX v1.2 Networked connectivity of product inspection systems is becoming more widespread as a means of ensuring compliance with increasingly rigorous industry regulations to safeguard consumer wellbeing and protect manufacturers’ brand reputation. Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection’s enhanced data management software ProdX v1.2 optimises product inspection data collection and monitoring to meet food safety demands. Enabling the connection of Mettler-Toledo’s inspection technologies to single or multiple remote processing and control locations within an organisation, the software streamlines data analysis for food manufacturers, facilitating the demonstration of due diligence and product traceability. ProdX’s intuitive on-screen user interface was developed to facilitate real-time remote access to data from a range of product inspection technologies, including checkweighers, metal detectors and x-ray inspection systems. It also enables manufacturers to track their products through the manufacturing process, giving them access to information regarding product rejects and machine performance from all of the networked inspection systems. This allows operatives to undertake real-time corrective action for optimum processing line efficiency. The user interface provides early warning of adverse product quality and machine performance to prevent product safety issues, such as foreign body contamination, before they become a problem. ProdX also enables manufacturers to increase production uptime for maximum line efficiency.

In addition to these features, the advanced ProdX v1.2 provides data export functionality, including the ability to export records to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) or Extensible Markup Language (XML) file, enabling further data analysis for manufacturers. The upgraded software also records x-ray images of nonconforming packs, for comprehensive inspection records. The defects are identified by the system are then highlighted by the software, simplifying image analysis for the operative. The programme is easy for manufacturers to install onto their systems, with no need for engineering or information technology (IT) support. For companies that need the flexibility to manufacture a number of different products on the same line, ProdX 1.2 boosts flexibility by providing storage of product set up details for an unlimited number of products. Through the upgraded software, manufacturers can remotely set up product inspection systems on the production line saving time during the product changeover process and maximising productivity. “In this increasingly competitive market, manufacturers in the food manufacturing and processing industry are looking for ways to maintain profit margins by boosting the efficiency of their production processes”, said Peter Spring, Product Manager, ProdX Inspect. “Networking product inspection systems helps to reduce downtime during product changeovers and machine maintenance, minimising manufacturing costs”.\

Contact Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection on tel +49 5121 933-222 or visit

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Partnership launches new software solution Loma has formed an exclusive partnership with AutoCoding Systems to develop a realtime data analysis tool for improved operational control, efficiency and easy-access compliance reporting. Launched to the UK market at Total, the new Ethernet PC-based software system is designed to monitor the performance of multiple Loma checkweighers and metal detectors; providing instant feedback across all production lines in a central format. By consolidating accurate data in this way, operators can identify and address inefficiencies quickly rather than waiting for historical reports. The software enables information relating to contaminant detection rates, weight and overfill records to be compiled quickly to show compliance with current legislation. The availability of real-time data from Loma checkweighers is of particular value in

recording and tracking the cost of product giveaway per line against baseline performance targets. Operators are able to adjust production processes quickly; so ensuring product giveaway is kept to a minimum and unit weight targets are achieved. This benefits food manufacturers’ cost centres by ensuring compliance with the latest weights and measures legislation at the lowest weight possible. “By partnering with AutoCoding Systems, we have extended our capabilities in data capture to offer customers a remote reporting solution based on the latest software technologies, which can be installed on any production line and has the advantage of ongoing specialist technical support,” said Tony Bryant, UK Sales Manager for Loma. “Our customers also have the option to expand the scope of their data management solution via AutoCoding Systems’ broader

Aspirago Software available to food industry Next generation software applications developed by Aspirago to help manage supplier food safety auditing and product quality testing data are now available to the global food industry. Aspirago applications include supplier food safety, product quality, auditing and certification management. Aspirago’s supply chain food safety software was built by food safety experts for the food safety industry and is the culmination of more than ten years of in-field use with major retailers and food suppliers worldwide. A subsidiary of NSF International, it is also backed by NSF International’s almost 70 years of global food and product safety expertise. Costco Wholesale, which manages thousands of suppliers worldwide, has adopted Aspirago’s food safety software solution. Costco announced the transition to Aspirago to its suppliers last week. “Ensuring food safety and quality across the global supply chain is more complex than ever,” said Christine Summers, Director of Food Safety & Corporate Quality Assurance at Costco Wholesale. “Aspirago offers complete end-to-end functionality specifically designed for our needs as a global retailer to ensure our food safety expectations are met worldwide. For example, Aspirago gives us the ability to compare detailed data across multiple facilities and over time. The analytical tools help us

automation expertise across packaging line operations.” Whilst the first wave of effort has concentrated on Loma’s range of checkweighers and metal detectors, the company’s x-ray inspection systems will soon also be integrated into the reporting system – providing food manufactures with a fully comprehensive data analysis tool. “Importantly, the same software framework is suitable for our sister company’ products and is the focus of the next development phase which is already underway. Lock has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, so we will ensure the software meets and keeps pace with specific manufacturing challenges in this area,” explains Tony Bryant. “Together with AutoCoding Systems, we plan to continue to enhance our software solution through ongoing customer feedback. Optimisation for the various mobile platforms is also a key part of the strategy going forward,” he added. Contact Loma Systems on tel 01252 893300 or visit

gain deeper insight into supplier audit findings, compare suppliers and proactively identify potential problems to better protect our members.” Aspirago helps retailers and manufacturers and audit companies effectively manage product quality and food safety from suppliers worldwide by providing secure, collaborative web-based software that aggregates and analyzes their third-party auditing and testing data. This includes multiple audit schemes and requirements consistent with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety standards as well as customized retailer specific audits, while ensuring each customer’s data is secure within their firewall. “Currently, the Aspirago system manages more than 650,000 audits conducted by hundreds of auditors in more than 120 countries,” said Sireesha Mandava, Director of Aspirago. “By providing an intuitive and robust global software solution, Aspirago assists companies in shifting their resources away from administrative tasks to focus on implementing proactive food safety measures that provide real brand protection. With preset analytics that are specifically built to monitor food safety and quality issues, global retailers can go beyond basic compliance to truly promote food safety and help reduce costly problems.” See our New Website

Contact Aspirago on tel +1 888 943 0277 or visit


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WORLDFOOD This exhibition will take place in Kiev, Ukraine.



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WORLDFOOD This 16th exhibition will take place in Kazakhstan.

HONG KONG BUSINESS SEMINAR This seminar will take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre at the Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE.




INTERFOOD & DRINK These exhibition and conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria.





FOOD INGREDIENTS EUROPE & NATURAL INGREDIENTS This exhibition will take place in Frankfurt, Germany.



This conference will take place at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London.


Interpoma This exhibition for apple cultivation, storage and marketing will take place at the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Centre, in Bolzano, Italy.



SIMEI This international Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition will be launching its 25th edition at Fiera Milano-Rho, Italy.



FHC China This food and hospitality trade show will take place for the first time in Chengdu, West China.


SIAL Middle East This event will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.





LABELEXPO ASIA This exhibition which is celebrating its 10th anniversary will take place at the SNIEC in Shanghai, China.



SWEETS & SNACKS MIDDLE EAST This exhibition for the sweet and confectionery, bakery, snack food and ice cream industry will take place in Dubai.


DAIRY UNIVERSE This exhibition for the dairy industry will take place in Ahmedabad, India.




SWEETS & SNACKS CHINA This international exhibition for the sweet and confectionery, bakery, snack food and ice cream industry will take place in Shanghai, China.



SWEET & SNACK TEC India This exhibition for Processing and Manufacturing for the Sweet and Confectionery, Bakery & Snack Food Industry will take place in Ahmedabad, India.


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EVENTS // #foodevent #foodex #foodconf #foodsym



ISM This international Sweets and Biscuits Fair will take place in Cologne, Germany.



PROSWEETS COLOGNE CONFERENCE This conference on Ingredients, Packaging and Processing Technology for the Confectionery industry, will take place in Cologne, Germany.

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visit www. FISH INTERNATIONAL & GASTRO EVENT This event will take place in Bremen, Germany.





ACR SHOW The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham.



SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT This conference run by Professor Richard Wilding will take place at the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedfordshire.



This event will take place at the NEC, Birmingham.

CASUAL DINING This new trade event will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

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This event will take place at the VVC Expocentre in Moscow, Russia.

ALIMENTARIA This exhibition will take place, a week

3 April later than initially planned, at the Fira de Barcelona’s Grand Via Exhibition


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WorldFood Warsaw This new event will take at the International Expocentre, EXPO XXI in Warsaw, Poland.



MODERN BAKERY This 20th exhibition about modern bakery will take place in Pavilion 2 at the Expocentre Fairgrounds, in Moscow. Russia.


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HOTELYMPIA This event will take place at the London Excel.











conference on automation technology used in the manufacture of bakery goods will take place in Germany.

SEOUL FOOD & HOTEL This exhibition for the Food & Hospitality Industry returns to Kintex, the Korean Exhibition Centre in Goyang-si, Seoul, South Korea.



IFST JUBILEE CONFERENCE This conference will celebrate the 50th year of IFST. It will take place at the Holiday Inn, London – Kensington Forum.


“wonderful pale colour and really buttery flavour”. They were also won over by its “intensely yellow and golden” hue, as well as by its “buttery, nutty aroma” and added that they “loved the creamy buttery flavour”. Other Gold Star winners from the RH Amar stable were a mouth-watering Passata Rustica from Italian tomato specialist Cirio, adult soft drink offering Soft Brew Citrus which is available in Sainsbury’s and has the look and feel of a quality specialist beer but contains no alcohol, and Buiteman Goats Cheese Biscuits. Vanilla Syrup from Australian desserts and baking specialist Queen is also celebrating a Gold Star success, while authentic Greek foods brand Palirria also impressed the judges with the outstanding quality of its canned Stuffed Vine Leaves. New RH Amar offering Forest Feast, which produces a range of the highest quality dried fruits and snacks, is also celebrating after winning Gold Stars for its speciality Malatya Dried Apricots and Agen Prunes.

Contact RH Amar on tel 01494 530200 or visit

Amy's Kitchen extends Free From Range Amy's Kitchen, the family run brand, is extending its Free From range of frozen products in Sainsbury's with Broccoli & Cheddar Bake and Thai Red Curry into 220 stores nationwide. The two new products join Rice Mac & Cheese and the Gluten-Free Vegetable Lasagne, both currently available in Sainsbury's stores. Both dishes are suitable for vegetarians as well as being naturally gluten, wheat free and egg free. All Amy's Kitchen gluten free range holds Coeliac UK's Crossed Grain Symbol. Amy's Kitchen Thai Red Curry made with finely cut vegetables including; sautéed onions, broccoli, carrots, butternut squash and tofu in an authentically spiced smooth coconut milk based curry sauce. Thai Jasmine rice completes this ready meal that is one of your

five a day, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Amy's Kitchen Broccoli & Cheddar Bake Gluten-free Fusilli rice pasta mixed into a creamy aged cheddar sauce accompanied with crisp broccoli and gluten-free toasted breadcrumbs added for flavour and crunch. It is suitable for gluten-free diets. Damien Threadgold, European Commercial Director for Amy's Kitchen said: “Securing a further extension in Sainsbury's for the new Amy's Kitchen Thai Red Curry and Broccoli & Cheddar Bake is testament that shoppers are not only becoming accustomed to quality frozen free-from products but now expect increased variety too.” Meanwhile Damien continued: “Amy's Kitchen range offer credible and tasty free-from options which appeal to those seeking a healthier lifestyle, not just vegetarians.”

Contact AMY’S KITCHEN on tel 01536 424820 or visit



Fine food distributor RH Amar is celebrating after brands it handles, amongst more than 40 it distributes to supermarkets, wholesalers and restaurants throughout the UK collected nine awards in the Great Taste Awards 2013, organised by the Guild of Fine Food. Beating its haul of six awards in 2012, the company impressed judges with a range of offerings including the finest pickles from bestselling German brand Kühne, available in Asda and Sainsbury’s, whose “lovely, crunchy” Pickled Gherkins scooped a much-prized Two Star accolade, and a unique Butter Flavour Rapeseed Oil which RH Amar sells under its companyowned Cooks&Co range of fine foods. The oil, which is available through online supermarket Ocado, is perfect for cooking and baking, contains no dairy and has attracted a loyal following of fans who are both allergic and non-allergic to dairy products. Awarding the oil a much-coveted Gold Star, the Judges said they could understand why it had become a hit with shoppers, praising the oil for its


RH Amar wins awards for Great Taste

Stylish new jar of chilli jam is perfect South Devon Chilli Farm has introduced an appealing new-look jar for its award-winning home-grown chilli jam that has previously received a Great Taste Gold award. The new larger size of the chilli jam contains almost three times the quantity of the regular jar size (670g vs. 227g). Kaz Lobendhan, Co-director and Head of Marketing at South Devon Chilli Farm, commented on these new jars: “The chilli jam is our bestselling product and is popular throughout the year. We predict these new stylish jars of the chilli jam will be in great demand over the Christmas period.” Crafted onsite at South Devon Chilli Farm to a traditional recipe, the jam is made using a mixed blend of chillies, caramelised sweet peppers and red onions, lemon juice and sugar. With sweet and savoury flavours and a mild heat. The new jar is also available filled with Hot Apple Chilli Jelly or Chilli Chutney, whilst the regular size jars (chilli jam, chilli jelly and chilli chutney) are available in an attractive 3-jar gift pack. Also in their large jar range, the South Devon Chilli Farm has a Kilner-style clip-top jar of chilli drinking chocolate (200g). This Aztec style hot chocolate drink, which will give twice the warmth of a regular hot chocolate, also comes in a re-fill pack (250g). South Devon Chilli Farm’s extensive range of award-winning sauces, preserves and chilli chocolates are available nationwide in delis and independent stores and are also available online. Contact South Devon Chilli Farm on tel 01548 550782 or visit

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NEW PRODUCTS // #newfood

Wolfy’s porridge gets bit between teeth Established last year in response to a request from a catering firm for something warm to feed staff during a cold and wet festival season, Kitchen Garden Foods Ltd launched Wolfy’s flavoured porridge pots that require the addition of only boiling water to be ready to eat. Kitchen Garden Foods Ltd was founded by Barbara and Robin Moinet, producing jams and chutneys since 1989. With jam sales now nearing the £1m mark, and exports reaching markets including the USA, Kuwait, and Singapore, they hit upon the idea of including a small pot of preserve with each porridge pot, both to add flavour and differentiate Wolfy’s offering from its competitors. Wolfy’s sought the advice of business coaching service GrowthAccelerator for support in bringing its product to market, with a particular focus on market research and also defining an effective social media strategy to help reach its target market. Following the support and coaching the business has received, it has now secured a contract to sell its porridge pots through the Greenhalgh chain of bakeries, which boasts 62 shops across the North West of England. Barbara and Robin Moinet, owners of Wolfy’s, commented: “The regular meetings we have had with GrowthAccelerator have been invaluable in helping us drive our new business forward and consider how best to build our team. This new contract win demonstrates how far we have already come, and we are hugely excited about the opportunities ahead as we move towards the cooler autumn season, when we expect to receive even more interest.” Martin Douglas, Growth Manager at GrowthAccelerator, commented: “Wolfy’s is an example of an established business using its existing knowledge base and product expertise to bring an innovative new offering to the market. GrowthAccelerator offers support to help business owners plug gaps in their experience to successfully launch new products.” Wolfy’s produces three different flavours pots, including spiced porridge with pear and ginger, and will be targeting busy young professionals looking for a quick and healthy breakfast product they can eat on the move.

Contact GrowthAccelerator on tel 0844 463 2995 or visit


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Dell’Ugo sweetens up Ugo Foods, the UK’s fastest-growing manufacturer of chilled pasta, unveils a unique and surprising range of fresh raviolis. The varieties, which are: Olde English (pear, stilton and pinenuts), Nordic Delight (beetroot, cream cheese and smoked salmon) and White Chocolate & Cranberry are the winning entries from its Design Your Own competition. This contest offered the general public a once in a lifetime experience – to

design their very own ravioli filling and win the opportunity to have their recipe packed into Dell’Ugo’s silky, free-range egg pasta. The three winning designs have been made up into fresh ravioli and put into Dell’Ugo packaging. A short production run is being made for the winners’ friends and family and if it is popular Dell’Ugo will consider adding it to their line of successful pasta varieties.

Contact Dell’Ugo on tel 020 8207 0100 or visit

Scottish Mussels scoop illustrious award A mussel ready-meal dish produced by the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) scooped a prestigious award at the SuperMeat & Fish Awards. Scottish Mussels with a Lime, Chilli and Coriander Butter Sauce produced by SSMG for Tesco won the SuperMeat & Fish Award in the Best Fish or Seafood Product category. The judging panel were attracted by the natural ‘store cupboard’ ingredients in the product, combined with its attractive presentation in a 500g cardboard pack. Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director for SSMG, said: “Scottish Mussels with a Lime, Chilli and Coriander Butter Sauce is a superb product that is proving very popular with

consumers. We are delighted that the hard work invested by Tesco and ourselves in developing this product has been recognised at the SuperMeat & Fish Awards. Our Scottish rope-grown mussels are incredibly versatile in the ready meal sector, particularly since they are so quick and easy to cook. “Product innovation is at the heart of the growth strategy for SSMG and we believe there is considerable scope for further growth in the shellfish ready-meal sector.” The SuperMeat & Fish Awards were held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. The awards recognise both individual retail outlets, and assess, review and reward new and existing products in the sector.

Contact SSMG on tel 01698 844221 or visit

Soy splash Vivesoy have been doing their bit to raise the profile of the category and it appears to be paying off. Their mission is to make soy an everyday drink, rather than just something drunk by those with an intolerance or specific dietary requirements. A large part of this has been a focus on taste, with their drinks having come out on top in independent taste tests and an exclusive cappuccino flavour having been launched, which is proving particularly popular – having been highly commended in the recent Free From Food Awards. The company have focussed heavily on PR and their campaign has already reached over 20 million potential customers. The drinks are currently only available in Tesco stores, who had initial exclusivity, but the brand’s early success has clearly impressed and several further multiples are launching later this

year with The Health Store also now acting as wholesalers for the independent sector. Simon Baxter, Managing Director, Vivejoy UK, explained: “Taste is obviously a huge factor in convincing current soy drink consumers to make the switch, but our marketing strategy is not built around cannibalising the current market, instead our main aim is to dramatically increase the size of the UK market. At present the majority of the UK soy drink market, is driven by those purchasing for soy’s perceived health benefits. Through Vivesoy we want to make soy an everyday lifestyle drink, a tasty option for anyone wanting something a little different. This is already being seen in our marketing and PR campaigns with younger women’s media playing an important role in our strategy and social media platforms being utilised.”

Contact Vivesoy UK 08081 290239 or visit

#newfood // NEW PRODUCTS

Del Monte Fruit Burst expands range Earlier this year, Del Monte launched a new range of fruit juice drinks aimed at children aged 7 to 13. Packed with vitamins and cased within bold packaging, the products are designed to help combat tiredness. A new flavour will be hitting stores next month often described as tasting like traditional Fruit Salad sweets, this new addition is a unique combination of pineapple and raspberry. The new juice drink, which launches in 200ml lunchbox friendly cartons and 1 litre packs to enjoy at home, extends the existing range of Del Monte Fruit Burst flavours: cool cherry and luscious lime, sour apple and strawberry, sweet apple and blackcurrant and sherbet lemon, orange and lime. The Del Monte Fruit Burst range contains 15 percent real fruit juices and a combination of vitamins including B5, B6 and B12 plus folic acid. These ingredients can improve children’s stamina and help with concentration. The drinks compare favourably to popular competing brands in

the category which contain far less fruit juice. The vibrant Fruit Burst packaging is unique in the children’s drinks category because it is emblazoned with fiendish puzzles designed to make kids really stop and think. There are fun family brainteasers, amazing optical illusions and highly stimulating questions inviting children to ‘solve the unsolvable’. To add to the fun, each flavour carries different brain trainers on the carton and examples include the riddle: ‘What is light as a feather, but even the strongest man cannot hold it more than a few minutes?’ Among the challenging questions is: ‘What is time?’ and ‘Why do we dream?’ with prizes for the best answers submitted by email. “We have had an excellent reaction to our juice drinks from both parents and children. What people like is the combination of child friendly flavours and additional vitamins,” says Frans Van Melis, Vice President of Operations at Del Monte. “This new flavour offers a truly unique taste and judging by the trials, we expect it to be very popular.”

Contact Gerber Juice Company on tel 01278 441600 or visit

PomeGreat’s new ‘super-strength’ concentrate PomeGreat, the UK’s leading pomegranate juice drink brand, has launched a brand new “super-strength” concentrate; the latest addition to its expanding range. The new product, which comes in attractive one litre bottles, is designed to be mixed with water or foods as a supplement to a healthy diet. Available exclusively online from the PurePlus website, one bottle contains 33 servings – each 30ml packing the full nutritional and antioxidant benefits of the pomegranate fruit. Adam Pritchard, Chief Executive of PomeGreat, said: “Body-friendly this new product certainly is, but it is far from a conventional cordial. This is the concentrated essence of a barrel load of pomegranates. Essentially, it is the equivalent of pressing the entire fruit of one pomegranate tree into a single bottle.” A daily dose of 30ml has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 13,200µmol TE/ml. ORAC is the standard measure of antioxidant activity in foods. This is the recommended daily intake for optimum

health and protection against harmful cancer causing particles known as free radicals. The concentrate has a long shelf life and even once opened, can be kept refrigerated for up to three months. Euros 6m has been spent researching the benefits of PomeGreat PurePlus over the last five years. Significant investment into further clinical trials to establish greater understanding of the benefits of the pomegranate fruit and PomeGreat PurePlus is already underway. As well as providing significant health benefits to consumers, the latest additions to the PomeGreat range, including the naturally sweetened PomeGreat Light, continue to position PomeGreat as the premium brand in the category. Adam added: “This powerful concentrate is a great alternative to our capsules and really offers something convenient for consumers. Just 30ml of our super-strength drink gives you a full hit of the antioxidant powers of the pomegranate. It is also really versatile – it can be enjoyed diluted with water to taste, added to smoothies or mixed with yoghurt.”

Contact PomeGreat on tel 01225 904004 or visit

Huntapac bids to crack snacks category Fresh produce grower, Huntapac, has diversified into the snacks category for the first time with the launch of its own brand 'Roots' Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps with a pinch of Sea Salt, which are now exclusively available at Booker. Made from Huntapac's own carefully grown carrots, parsnips and beetroot, the new crisps are an extension of the company's existing Roots range of vegetables and salads. They will be available only at branches of leading wholesaler Booker. The vegetables used to make Roots Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps with a pinch of Sea Salt are grown in the UK and are then thinly sliced and cooked by hand in pure sunflower oil for a super-crunchy texture, before being seasoned lightly with salt. No artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives or other additives are used. Available at Booker are Huntapac's Roots Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps with a pinch of Sea Salt in 40g bags. Warren Hunter, Managing Director of Huntapac, said: "Roots Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps with a pinch of Sea Salt are a delicious and natural product that is perfect for the millions of people who are looking for an alternative to regular snack options. Huntapac is already well known for producing high quality British-grown fresh vegetables so this is the perfect opportunity to add value to our produce and take our Roots brand into new and exciting territory." He continued: "We have created some fantastic packaging that will really help our new vegetable crisps stand out on the shelf in the snacks aisle. Roots Vegetable Crisps are also backed by the Huntapac story and heritage, which we believe will resonate with consumers, who are keener than ever to know how and where their food is produced." Based in the village of Tarleton in Lancashire, Huntapac was founded by the Hunter family in 1942, in the midst of the Second World War. Over the past 70 years Huntapac has grown to become one of the UK's leading producers of carrots and parsnips, supplying stores and markets across the UK.

Contact Huntapac on tel 01772 280600 or visit

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NEW PRODUCTS // #newfood

Happy launches air-dried Kale snacks Happy, a Somerset-based company established by raw foodist Andrew Davis, is launching delicious, healthy kale crisps that are not only 100 percent natural and raw, but also wheat, dairy, nut, gluten and GM free. There are two variants of Happy Kale: Barbeque and Carob Coconut, with more flavours in the pipeline. The 25g packs make an ideal nutritious snack, treat or packed lunch. Happy Kale is not only surprisingly tasty, but it is a powerhouse plant says Andrew Davis, founder of Happy: "Kale is phenomenally healthy and acclaimed as the most nutrient-dense leafy green vegetable. It is one of the few plants that many animals come to eat, from butterflies and caterpillars to pigeons and rabbits. "Happy Kale is air-dried at low temperatures to preserve the nutrients and our products are suitable for people on any kind of diet." Kale for better bones: Calorie for calorie, kale has more calcium than milk and calcium is essential for building strong bones. As important, it is really high in magnesium, which along with vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Kale for a better immune system: Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids (which kale has in abundance) reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders. Kale for healthier eyes: Kale is rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds, which could help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Kale for a healthier, stronger body: Kale is low in calories and has zero fat. The health food market and the free from foods market are two of the biggest growth segments in the food sector of the UK economy. According to Allergy UK, 45 percent of the UK population claim to have some intolerance or sensitivity to some foods. These consumers actively seek products that are free-from potential allergens like lactose, gluten and wheat. But, Happy Kale is for anyone seeking a different, delicious, healthy snack. Contact Happy on tel 01749 343887 or visit


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House of Dorchester seasonal selection In its 50th anniversary year, British chocolatier House of Dorchester celebrates in style this Christmas, with a winning selection of indulgent luxury chocolate creations. With a festive focus on delivering unsurpassed seasonal shelf shout, balanced with an exceptional and memorable taste experience, House of Dorchester’s Yuletide collection provides an excellent range of premium gifting opportunities at an accessible price point. Festive Christmas Pudding Truffles/Festive Mince Pie Truffles: Charmingly presented in the highly original House of Dorchester Christmas 2013 themed packaging, these miniature boxes of truffles (four truffles in each box) provide an instant taste of Christmas in just one glorious mouthful. The Festive Christmas Pudding Truffle is a creamy Christmas pudding flavoured truffle encased in a thick milk chocolate shell, topped with white chocolate, and a decorative edible festive holly transfer. The Festive Mince Pie Truffle is a Mince pie flavoured truffle encased in a thick milk chocolate shell, infused with raisins and hand decorated with icing sugar. Tasty Chocolate Gifting Box: Perfectly positioned to appeal to true chocolate connoisseurs, this sophisticated take on the ubiquitous chocolate selection box contains four generous slabs of chocolate heaven featuring dark 70 percent chocolate topped with brownie pieces and freeze dried

raspberries, milk chocolate topped with toffee and biscuit pieces, white chocolate topped with biscuit pieces and freeze dried strawberries and milk chocolate topped with pecan halves, split almonds and caramelized hazelnut pieces. Gold Dusted Honeycomb: With gold representing the key theme for many traditional festive dining occasions, House of Dorchester introduces an innovative and ultra sophisticated Gold Dusted Honeycomb. Crunchy honeycomb pieces wrapped in thick milk chocolate, hand dusted with cinnamon and edible gold glitter dust. Tasty Mint Chocolate Stars: An excellent premium after dinner mint, these five-pack delicate Mint Chocolate Stars are fashioned from rich dark chocolate infused with Mitcham mint oil and hand decorated with drizzles of decadent creamy white chocolate. Shimmer Snowballs: A supremely stylish presentation of chocolates combining the fine flavours of smooth white truffle with rich creamy crème brulée, encased in a thick white chocolate shell hand dusted with edible shimmer dust. Hot chocolate with class: Capitalising on the runaway success of the company’s classic Stir in Hot Chocolate Spoons, the ultra luxury hot chocolate experience, from House of Dorchester now includes popular Sea Salt Caramel and the seasonally spiced Gingerbread.

Contact House of Dorchester on tel 01420 84181 or visit

Dairy-free ice cream scoops Gold Food Heaven dairy-free ice cream whipped off competition from dairy ice creams to scoop a Gold award for Best Ice Cream at the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich. The stunning achievement saw the Cool Vanilla dairy-free iced dessert – the only dairy-free ice cream in the category - beat off competition from dairy ice cream producers to carry off the top prize. Food Heaven is owned by Fayrefield Foods. Fayrefield Foods’ Nick Smallwood is delighted. “Our divine desserts were only launched in April and this Gold award shows that Food Heaven – despite being free from dairy - really is the cream of the ice cream crop. “To be judged better than dairy ice creams proves just how delicious Food Heaven is and is a dream come true for us.”

Food Heaven dairy free ice cream comes in four fabulous flavours – vanilla, raspberry, blueberry and chocolate. Guaranteed free-from dairy, eggs, nuts, gluten and lactose, Food Heaven is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, those with food intolerances or allergies and anyone following a healthy lifestyle. They are also Kosher-approved. The range includes cheesecakes, chocolate mousse and tiramisu. The new desserts are the latest in the Food Heaven range. Last year saw the launch of frozen dairy-free cheesecakes – Lemon and Summer Fruits - which won the Puddings and Desserts category of the 2012 Free-From Food Awards. Earlier this year they launched a dairy-free ice cream in four flavours: Cool Vanilla, Juicy Raspberry, Wild Blueberry and Rich Chocolate.

Contact Fayrefield Foods on tel 01270 589311 or visit

#newfood // NEW PRODUCTS

Renshaw rolls out updated festive line The UK’s largest manufacturer of baking ingredients, Renshaw, has listened to its customers and reintroduced its Christmas Activity Pack to provide a cost-effective and inspirational solution to creative festive bakes. The seasonal pack, which now contains five 100g sticks of Ready to Roll Icing – red, green, white, black and a new additional light brown, provides a colourful option for those who want to add a modelled topper to traditional and creative Christmas bakes. Renshaw Marketing Director, Mark Bosworth, said of the product development: “We have seen year-onyear, a move away from classically royal iced, fruit-based Christmas cakes. The Christmas Activity Pack provides for a variety of applications for those who want to step away from the traditional – from models for cupcakes and toppers for colourful and creative celebration cakes to decorative, iced biscuits.” The innovative pack inspires bakers to get creative in the kitchen by making a variety of seasonal modelling suggestions, including Santa, a chorister, a Christmas tree, a robin and a penguin. Customers are encouraged on the back of the pack to visit the new look for further themed baking ideas and recipes. Renhaw’s extensive range of professional Ready to Roll products has also been expanded with the addition of a variety of different activity and modelling packs to capitalise on the growing trend for colourful celebration and occasion cakes. Further to the seasonal Christmas Activity Pack, a Primary Colour Multipack of Ready to Roll Icing in red, green, blue, yellow and black is also available for year-round cake decorating and baking projects.

Contact Renshaw on tel 0151 706 8203 or visit

Bon Bon Buddies goes cosmic Europe’s leading licensed character confectionery company, Bon Bon Buddies, is launching its latest own-brand kids’ confectionery product range. With a strong space theme, Nanobytes are little round sweets that have a crunchy shell and are chewy on the inside. The range initially features three flavours – Strawberry, Bubblegum and Cola – available in both a 25g ‘treat-sized’ pack format as well as a 65g, re-sealable metallic ‘space pack’ format. The products are all gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and GMO free. Managing Director of Bon Bon Buddies, Chris Howarth, is excited about the company’s latest and biggest-ever own-brand product launch. He said: “Our market analysis shows that this type of confectionery has a strong opportunity in the UK and our other international markets.

“We have had an extremely positive response to the product so far from the trade, with a number of high-profile stockists already snapping it up, and we hope consumers will be just as excited when it hits the shelves. “We believe that the combination of a strikingly vibrant re-sealable pack that is highly practical, alongside bold POS, eye-catching branding and an engaging online consumer marketing campaign, will help Nanobytes to establish a strong market share across all the territories and ultimately grow the children’s confectionery product category as a whole. “We’ve developed a re-sealable pack format for the 65g version, which we believe will be a strong point of differentiation from existing brands and work especially well with this product, while our space theme will resonate with consumers across a wide age spectrum.”

Contact Bon Bon Buddies on tel 01495 241600 or visit

Well Seasoned newcomer Newcomer, Well Seasoned, who started trading only a year ago, has won no less than seven Great Taste Awards, totalling 10 gold stars in the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards. This includes a 3-star award for their Basil & Wild Marjoram pesto and a 2-star award for their Roast Butternut Squash pesto. Five further products took a 1-star award. The company, committed to the use of British grown ingredients wherever possible, with innovative combinations of seasonal flavours and ingredients, submitted their seasonal range of Italian inspired pesto positioned as 'the Cook's Secret Weapon'. John Farrand of the Guild of Fine Food, the organiser of the Great Taste Awards said: “It is a real result to win a 1-star Great Taste award, and we congratulate Well Seasoned on winning several of them – but to win 2-star and 3-star awards is a massive achievement for any food producer. To win a clutch of awards

at the first attempt shows real consistency and our judges have obviously picked that up when they were blind-tasting. This is a great achievement and we are delighted for the team at Well Seasoned.” The 3 star winner, Malvern basil & wild marjoram, from their summer range, is made from Malvern grown basil and wild marjoram, Old Winchester cheese, hazelnuts and extra virgin rapeseed oil. Other products include such ingredients as cobnuts, chestnuts, roast parsnip, beetroot and shallots – all using British grown and sourced ingredients. Patrick Tolhurst, Chief Executive of Well Seasoned said: “This is a fantastic accolade for the team. We first and foremost set out to produce a product that is British, seasonal and sustainable, but of course we wanted it to deliver great taste as well. These awards really do confirm that we have achieved that. We are all very proud”.

Contact Well Seasoned on tel 0845 644 6567 or visit

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Helers Indian Chutney Cheese is shortlisted Cheshire-based cheese maker, Joseph Heler Cheese, has announced that one of their most revolutionary cheeses to date, Red Leicester with Geeta's Authentic Indian Chutney, has been short listed for The Grocer New Product of the Year Awards. Joseph Heler teamed up with Geeta’s, the best-selling premium Indian chutney brand, in 2012 to create the next big thing in the cheese world. After months of product innovation and development research, the cheese that resulted is a pioneering marriage of Indian chutney and cheese that has taken the nation's taste buds by storm. The flavours of chunky mango and whole spices in Geeta’s Premium Mango chutney naturally combine with Heler’s mellow yet slightly zesty Red Leicester cheese to create a perfectly balanced sweet/savoury flavour; a ground-breaking blend that has been recognised by The Grocer's panel of experts. The Grocer New Product of the Year Awards was launched last year and celebrates and rewards outstanding FMCG innovation in both food and non-food product categories. The awards are judged by a panel of key industry experts but also by customer taste tests that further adds to the significance of this shortlist for the award winning creamery. This is not the first award Joseph Heler are celebrating this year with multiple trophies picked up across the key industry events of the summer; including the Cheshire and Great Yorkshire Shows and the highly regarded International Cheese Awards where the Red Leicester with Geeta's Authentic Indian Chutney was awarded with a Gold. Joseph Heler’s National Account Controller, Angela Pasco, said: “Sales of the Red Leicester with Authentic Indian Chutney have been nothing short of overwhelming. This, together with being on the shortlist, prove that our belief in product innovation and development mixed with traditional values are the right direction for us to be heading in.”

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New food-to-go launches at lunch! 2013 Visitors to the lunch! the trade show on 26-27 September, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, were treated to a wealth of delicious new food products from some of the food-to-go industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers. Now in its sixth year and featuring 290 exhibiting companies, lunch! is firmly established as an essential event for buying teams from across the UK’s retailing, hospitality, snacking and catering sectors. The following is just a taste of what was new from ‘food’ exhibitors at lunch! 2013. GFT Retail launched new ranges of Patak’s and Blue Dragon snacking products. New products include: 50g Patak's Jumbo Peanuts (Jalfrezi and Tikka Masala varieties); and 50g Blue Dragon Jumbo Peanuts and Cashews (Sweet Chilli and Five Spice varieties). First time exhibitor Odysea presented an extensive range of meze products based on traditional Greek recipes, along with handpicked olives and authentic Greek pita bread. They launched two new varieties of snack olives in easy to eat from bags. Plus a new ‘Meze-2-go' Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip with bread sticks for dipping. Warburtons Escapes is a new-look, revamped crispy pitta bites range. Available in 40g, 85g and 150g, the four flavours include Sour Cream & Chive; Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar; Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper; and Spicy Chilli Jack. Escapes are 45 percent less fat (compared to standard potato crisps), and made with natural flavours. New exhibitor Chadha Oriental Foods launched Nissin Soba Noodles, targeted at the more discerning consumer who wants a premium quick snack. With a unique draining cap the noodles are prepared directly in the pot by simply adding hot water. Then, after three minutes, drain the noodle, stir in the sauce – and it is ready to eat. Nosh Detox introduced The Raw Soupy – sundried tomato soup made with a tasty blend of sundried tomatoes, miso paste, red pepper, and basil; The Raw Pesto – raw green pesto

made from fresh handpicked basil, cashew nuts and olive oil; and The Raw Desert – a raw mango taste sensation, made with coconut, cinnamon and honey. Winners of the lunch! 2012 Gold Award for Innovation, Grasshopper Foods presented their brand new, instant noodle snacks in the amazing Hopper Pot (expanding their popular range of soups and porridges). Space saving and unique, the fully recyclable Hopper Pot really is the future of healthy, nutritious portable food. Mash Direct introduced a new range of healthy Mash Pots for the lunch time/snack market. A nutritious lunch alternative (microwave in three minutes), they provide the great taste and texture of homemade food using their home grown award-winning, steam cooked vegetables. Soulful Food Co produced a gourmet range of soups, stews, curries and dressings using carefully sourced ingredients. This year’s lunch! saw the launch of their onepot meals – 'good mood food' bundled up in handy graband-go tubs for everyone to savour. New exhibitor, Asiana are leading UK importers and distributors of oriental foods and beverages. At this year’s lunch! Asiana showcased bubble tea, sushi ingredients, aloe vera drinks, noodles, oriental beers, fortune cookies and much more. First time exhibitor, Flyeer Natural brought a wealth of traditional Italian culinary specialties to the UK. It is high quality, natural and 100 percent Italian range includes pasta (several varieties), fruit jams, marmalades, vegetable jams, durum wheat and semolinabased products, biscuits and wine. Glorious Foods showcased their award winning range of fresh soups, sauces and dips; including its recent winner of the BFF Gold award – Glorious West African Chicken & Peanut. An exciting and adventurous collaboration of flavours combining coconut and peanut with chicken carefully cooked with spices, peppers, and squash to create a hearty yet exotic meal soup.

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Six Gold for My Secret Kitchen My Secret Kitchen, the UK’s first food party plan company based in Ashton Keynes, were delighted to receive a magnificent six Great Taste Gold Awards in the recently announced 2013 results. The winning foods from My Secret Kitchen were their Saffron Tagine Paste (there's an excellent balance and it's a really versatile

product with just the right amount of heat), Tapenade with Smoked Garlic (rugged and chunky and smells of roasted tomatoes), Miso Dressing with Ginger (a thick, darkly rich looking salad dressing that is very powerfully flavoured), Mango Mojito Dessert Sauce (a different idea as a fruit salad dressing, brilliant appearance, mango flavour is great), Maple

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Caramel Sauce (lovely butterscotch flavour with maple coming through, creamy consistency) and the Lemon & Chipotle Spiced Sea Salt (lots of chipotle smokey flavours and aroma). Phil Moran, co-founder of My Secret Kitchen commented: “A lot of people who try our foods at one of our tastings normally give us the verdict of “oooh” and “aaah” so it’s great to get the official gold star approvals from such a distinguished team of experts”. My Secret Kitchen is the UK’s first food and drink tasting company. The big idea is that rather than invite people round to look at lingerie or sniff some scent, it would be great to invite them round for something they can really enjoy – food. Contact My Secret Kitchen on tel 0845 094 5319 or visit

Collier’s unveils a powerful new look Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar has unveiled a stunning new look that focuses on the strength and character of the collier identity - a signal of the quality and taste for which Collier’s is famous. The award-winning Welsh cheddar hit the shelves in 2002 and has been a regular fixture in the cheese aisle ever since. By introducing red to its distinctive black wrap, the new packaging ensures that Collier’s continues to look like no ordinary cheese. The Collier’s name came from Wales’ proud industrial history and Collier’s characteristics reflect those of the coal miner: reliability, power and integrity. Made in Wales, Collier’s is a uniquely ‘powerful’ cheddar with a long, deep character and savoury, yet slightly sweet taste. Unusually, it contains tantalising “crunchy bits” which are actually calcium lactate grains that develop during maturation and are evidence of the cheese’s high quality. Matured for up to 20 months, it is carefully graded throughout its development, and has won numerous awards. “Collier’s look and taste has always been unique,” said its Sales Director Dan Harper, from parent company Fayrefield Foods. “This new look is more dramatic and powerful. It reinforces the values that underpin the Collier’s brand and we are sure that Collier’s fans will love it.” Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar is available in 350g.

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The pizza market New product activity levels in the pizza market have remained relatively consistent over the past few years, despite ongoing consolidation in the industry, particularly in the US and in the frozen pizza sector, according to Innova Market Insights research. As might be expected, the most developed convenience foods markets of North America and Europe dominated launch activity, accounting for over 80 percent of the total pizza launches recorded globally by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months to the end of June 2013. Western Europe alone accounted for over 40 percent of the total, reflecting the large number of countries and companies involved, while the highly developed US market took over a quarter. According to Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, recent new product activity is focusing on areas such as authentic and traditional-style pizzas, gourmet ingredients and toppings and healthier alternatives. She reports that a new style product receiving particular attention in the US in the first half of 2013 was flatbread pizza. “New products are particularly using upscale flavours. These include Palermo’s Creamy Spinach & Goat Cheese and Italian Sausage with Mushroom & Fire-Roasted Onion flatbreads, Phillips Chesapeake Crab and Bourbon BBQ Shrimp flatbreads and Trader Joe’s Mushroom & Black Truffle flatbread,” Lu Ann Williams said. The US market has also seen considerable activity in gluten-free options, with 10 percent of pizza launches in the year to the end of June 2013 featuring “gluten-free” claims, compared with a much more modest 4 percent globally. The other key US trend towards more

complex, upmarket and often increasingly spicy toppings is also strongly in evidence in Europe, where branded and own-label new product activity is continuing apace. In the UK, the retailers play a significant role in the market, particularly in chilled pizza and recent launches have included Asda’s Kickin’ Piri Piri Chicken, Smokin’ Sensation, PepMe-Up and Veggie Chilli Cheezilla thin and crispy stone-baked pizzas, as well as Tesco’s Italian Stone-baked Pepperoni & Tomato Chilli Crumb and Italian Black Pepper Chicken and Parmesan variants. Interest in thin-based products was also in evidence in Europe. Activity in France includes chilled foods specialist Sodebo’s extension of its range to include five Pizza Style products with thin oval bases and large toppings. On the other hand, there was also activity in deep pan pizza, with UK frozen pizza market leader Dr. Oetker launching into the category for the first time with its Panebello range, already available in some other countries. Notable activity in organic and sustainable products has also been reported in Europe, with Lea Nature extending its Jardin Bio organic foods range in France into chilled foods for the first time. In Germany, Fish & More extended its Followfish sustainable fish brand with what it claimed was the country’s first MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified tuna fish pizza. “The retail pizza market has benefited more than most from the financial downturn,” Lu Ann Williams concluded, “offering an attractive option in times of increased financial pressure, with consumers able to buy in advance for social nights in, as a cheaper alternative to home-delivery, takeaways and eat-in restaurants.”

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Dr Zak’s first high protein bread Dr Zak’s, a new high protein foods company, has launched the first high protein bread to hit the UK’s shelves. A revolution in sports nutrition - Dr Zak’s protein bread is a nutritional revolution for athletes and body builders, who traditionally have shied away from bread due to their very high carbohydrate and low protein content. By replacing some of the wholemeal wheat flour with high quality Pea Protein Isolate and Wheat Protein Isolate, the bread boasts an impressive 30g of protein in just two slices and a total of 214g in each loaf. As well as increased protein, Dr Zak’s have reduced the

carbohydrate content by some 30 percent, putting this everyday food staple firmly back on the menu for both elite and amateur athletes alike. Each loaf weighs 850g and Dr Zak claims it tastes just as good as a normal wholemeal loaf. “We have added linseeds (flaxseeds), an important source of Omega 3 as well as sunflower seeds to make the bread taste fantastic.” One of the other added benefits of the bread will be in the diet sector. The higher protein and reduced carbohydrate means that you will feel fuller for longer, reducing further food cravings.

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Japanese order for gold award fudge Award-winning luxury Welsh fudge made by a young entrepreneur in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales is exciting tastebuds in Japan and the UK. Business Management Graduate Sarah Bunton, 26, of Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates at Devil's Bridge near Aberystwyth, developed a new range of handmade, soft fudge for 2013 at her mum, Anne’s suggestion, and it is going down a storm with customers. The company’s All Butter Fudge has struck gold in this year’s Great Taste Awards. It is the fifth Great Taste gold award won by Sarah, who supplies chocolates to the famous Partridges family food store in Knightsbridge, London. It was through Partridges that she landed an order to supply luxury chocolates to a distributor in Japan last year. The same distributor has now received 500 boxes of the new fudges after spotting them on the Welsh Government’s Food & Drink Wales stand at a show in Tokyo earlier this year. “It was mam’s idea that we start making fudge and it has really taken off,” said Sarah. “Orders are about 20 percent up on this time last year and most of them are for the fudge. “We have recently sent off our first big shipment of fudges to Japan, where it will be among the first traditional British fudge to go on sale in the country. Our hopes for the fudge seem to have been well founded, as it is already gaining popularity among retailers and

consumers both in the UK and abroad. “We arre very excited to take this range of products further, with plans for new flavours and it is great to see so many people enjoying a great product made with local ingredients. Hopefully the Great Taste gold award will be the first of many for our new line of fudge.” Sarah’s unusual and delicious fudge flavours include Welsh Sea Salt and Almond, Banoffee, Chocolate, Vanilla, Peppermint, Mocha, Rum and Raisin and Almond and Amaretto with many more flavours already being developed in time for Christmas. She has also developed a range of special Drinking Fudge, along similar lines to its successful Chocoshots®. Sarah launched her own business, above the family tearoom and gift shop in Devils Bridge four years ago and now supplies her delicious products to retailers, farmshops and delicatessens across Wales, UK and Japan. She also has an online shop and plans to open a viewing room for visitors at their premises early next year. She currently employs one member of staff, Jill Wall, who makes the fudge, and two parttime packers and is supported by her parents. The workforce is set to increase in the busy run up to Christmas. Sarah is receiving support from the Welsh Government's Food and Drink Wales Trade Development Programme, designed to help Welsh food and drink businesses develop the UK market.

Contact Sarah Bunton Chocolates on tel 01970 890650 or visit

British Pepper & Spice launch Chop Chop British Pepper & Spice, one of the leading herb and spice producers in the UK, has launched Chop Chop, Chopped Garlic in white wine vinegar and Chopped Red Chillies in white wine vinegar to the convenience category. Chopped Garlic and Chopped Red Chillies are targeting consumers looking to enhance their cooking, and seek ways to make meals easy to prepare. One teaspoon equals one clove of garlic or a medium-sized chilli. No preparation is required; no peeling or chopping with this new convenient format. Chop Chop will make key ingredients, that are often difficult to handle, easy to access always available and keep for up to 28 days in

the refrigerator, once opened. They are also suitable for Vegetarian diets and are free from artificial colours and flavours, or any ingredients or derivatives of animal origin. Ian Kelland, Commercial Director, British Pepper & Spice said: “Chop Chop easy-to-use pre-chopped products are preserved in vinegar, not only increasing their shelf life but also providing customers access to these ingredients in a cost effective and convenient way. The launch of Chop Chop comes as the popularity of home cooking continues to grow the herbs and spice category.” Products are available in 6 x 175g easy-tohandle glass jars with stylish black lids.

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Wild Canadian Blueberries For the first time, Wild Canadian Blueberries are now available in the UK in a frozen retail pack. Wild Blueberries are much smaller than cultivated varieties, so they are easy to use straight from the freezer as a handy topping for cereals, yogurts, in smoothies or for home baking. “Back in Canada, Wild Blueberries are popular for their fantastic taste, convenience and scarcity value,” said Mike Nicholas, the UK Marketing Representative of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. “They are a truly wild fruit, so consumers also like the story of how they are grown in an unspoilt environment and of course they are famous for being naturally high in antioxidants.” Frozen Wild Canadian Blueberries are packed in 300g resealable pots. “The pack has been designed to make them easy to use and store in the freezer,” said Mike. “They also stand out from the usual punnets and bags in store, bringing a distinctive and innovative new line to the frozen fruit category. The small size of the berries means they defrost really quickly and the packaging enables them to be poured straight onto cereal or into the blender for a smoothie. “Over the past five years, cultivated blueberries have become the second or third most popular fresh berry fruit in the UK, and now frozen Wild Canadian Blueberries give consumers an easy to use variety with a consistent fuller flavour,” Mike told us. Contact WBANA on tel +1 506 363 3606 or visit

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Canadean Ingredients will join more than 1,300 exhibitors at the FiE in Frankfurt this November. They will present key findings in Sweeteners and Flavours at the exhibition, which attracts a global audience of over 26,000 visitors from all aspects of the food industry. This year, Canadean Ingredients will present a range of new studies based on ingredient category benchmarks, market dynamics and consumer sentiment and ingredient category insights. The presentations will take place in the Industry Insights Theatre, a new addition to FiE that offers free 30 minute workshops and educational seminars. Canadean Ingredients will present data from a study on regional differences in market shares of flavours and colours around the world. The second presentation looks at the state of the sweetener industry. Both presentations will cover information on new ingredient innovations, market protection activities, actual consumption data and consumer trends. This year Canadean Ingredients is teaming up with the 2013 edition of the FiE Excellence Awards Programme. The programme recognises exceptional innovations and talent within the food and beverage industry. The focus of the health and wellness industry has changed direction as consumers now seek products that prevent illness and provide nutritional value. By moving from reactive to proactive purchasing, consumers are seeking functional foods that provide benefits and solutions to the nutritional challenges they currently face or will face in the future. The new categories, selected by the Chairman of Judges, Peter WennstrĂśm, President of Healthy Marketing, reflect this current shift in trends. "I wanted to make the judging criteria as representative as possible for the commercial reality in the market today". The awards are divided into eight categories including: The Most Innovative Food Ingredient Award, Bakery Innovation of the Year, Beverage Innovation of the Year, Sustainability Initiative of the Year and many others. As a partner to this event, Canadean Ingredients will provide the FiE Awards judging panel with ingredient reviews, as well as launch other awards together

with sister company Ingredient Insights. The Ingredient Insights awards will be chosen by the magazines panel and their readers and the following categories are shortlisted: Inventors Award, Supply Chain Control Award, Clean Label Award, and Consumer’s Recognition Award. The winners will be published in collaboration with the FiE Awards event.


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Clean label key to cutting dairy costs Industry experts predict that dairy prices will continue to increase due to global weather, supply issues in the feed markets and strong demand from developing countries*, but leading GB-owned starch specialist Ulrick & Short claims that replacement clean label, non-GM ingredients are a simple option to offset the costs. Consumers are demanding shorter labels, and dessert producers in particular require ingredients to actively improve functionality, shelf-life and appearance. As the number of consumers looking for a simple, easily understood ingredient statement grows, the open declaration is becoming increasingly important for food producers. Functionality is also very important as products must not only look attractive, but taste good and provide increased shelf-life. Consumers are constantly looking for indulgence and creamy textures but without the associated calories, the most common question being: Is there a lighter option that will taste as

good? Replacing quantities of milk protein and fats with a clean label starch equivalent ensures the same look, mouthfeel and texture whilst reducing fat content and costs. In its most recent development project, Ulrick & Short has carried out extensive research into improving the nutritional content of cheesecakes whilst reducing the cost of production, developing a starch to replicate viscosity, clean up the label and lower the production cost – with added benefits. When frozen and subsequently thawed, cheesecakes often produce a layer of water on the top; incorporating a replacement clean label starch ingredient removes this side-effect. Another project has the aim of making improvements to low fat yogurt, which can lack taste and body. The cost of dairy protein can be significantly reduced by partially replacing it with starches, with the added benefits of improving texture and reducing fat. This technique can also be replicated with other dairy products such as soft cheese.

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ADM and Olenex’s new ingredients portfolio ADM will bring a breadth of ingredients knowledge to Food Ingredients Europe 2013. Showcasing an extensive portfolio, ADM will be featuring new products across a range of categories, including premium cocoa powders; a novel, clear soya beverage from the Clarisoy™ line; a new confectionery and baked goods range; and flaked vegetable fats for use as hard stocks and as coating agents. ADM Cocoa will be highlighting its expertise in chocolate with a range of high-quality chocolates, cocoa butters, cocoa liquors and cocoa powders. The deZaan™ D11SQ, an intensely flavoured, dark red-brown cocoa powder will be showcased. Conferring a unique, rich cocoa flavour in low dosage, D11SQ is suitable for use in a wide range of applications, including fine bakery wares, beverages, desserts and ice creams. ADM Cocoa will also be unveiling D-00-ZR, a reduced-fat cocoa powder with only 0.5 percent fat. D-00ZR is able to provide the desired depth of chocolate flavour to products that are formulated to be lower in calories or very low in total fat content. Visitors will be able to learn more about ADM’s commitment to sustainability and the decision to source segregated palm oil for its European cocoa and chocolate manufacturing facilities. The company has put in place a variety of programmes to attempt to ensure that the crops it sources are responsibly produced. ADM’s newly established business unit, Foods & Wellness, will preview the newest ad-

ditions to its growing portfolio of Arcon® functional soya protein concentrates, including Arcon F, Arcon G, Arcon FS and Arcon T Crumbles. Examples of food products containing Arcon T Crumbles, a new concentrate especially suited to improving the texture of vegetarian products, will be available for sampling on the stand. The Foods & Wellness business will be expanding the proven Clarisoy™ range following the success of Clarisoy 100 and 150. The world’s first vegetable-based protein offering clarity and highquality protein nutrition, the Clarisoy line has been specifically designed for use in low-pH beverage applications such as sports and recovery drinks. The latest addition to the company’s portfolio will be unveiled at the show. Visitors to the ADM stand can also learn about the latest ingredients from ADM Milling. Featuring high-quality baking ingredients, the company is showcasing white, wholemeal and speciality flours, as well as its versatile range of premixes and concentrates. ADM Milling is also highlighting its latest confectionery and baked goods line, featuring innovative muffin mixes. On the stand will also be Olenex, a new joint venture between ADM and Wilmar. This leverages the sales and marketing expertise of the two companies in order to offer customers vegetable oil and fat products with a wide portfolio, enhanced technical support, improved logistical capabilities and in-depth market intelligence. Contact ADM on tel + 41 21 702 8000 or visit

New medium fat soft cheese Dairy ingredients specialist, Meadow Cheese has launched a new Medium Fat Soft Cheese as a cost-saving alternative to Cheddar cheese. This innovative cheese looks and performs like Cheddar in food production, making it ideal for a range of applications such as ready meals, sandwiches, pizza, fillings and toppings. With current fluctuating dairy prices, the use of medium fat soft cheese means that

manufacturers are able to better manage the pricing on their finished products. The labelling of the cheese is similar to Mozzarella and other fresh un-ripened cheese. Available in white and coloured varieties, Meadow Cheese’s new Medium Fat Soft Cheese can be supplied in formats suited to customer needs including block, grated, shredded and diced. Contact Meadow Cheese on tel 01531 631300 or visit

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Royal Crown Cola launch liquid enhancers Royal Crown Cola International (RCCI), a beverage industry leader, showcased its portfolio of water-based liquid enhancers at Anuga 2013 (October 5-9; Cologne). Liquid enhancers are highly condensed flavour enhancers that provide consumers with the ability to customize the flavour of any beverage to their taste, as well as increasing convenience and portability. Consumer preferences keep evolving and RCCI continually strives to answer the demands of their fast-paced, contemporary lifestyles. We are now able to provide our network of global bottlers and distributors a wide range of liquid enhancers, offering a variety of functions and flavours, said Moshy Cohen, Vice President of Marketing, RCCI. Forward-thinking companies recognize the appeal that liquid enhancers offer, including individualized flavours, nutritional benefits and convenient portability. Bottlers and distributors increasingly take advantage of the widespread demand for these on-trend products across competitive markets. With liquid enhancers, consumers not only have a wide array of flavours to choose from, but can also now choose products that offer relaxation properties or an energy boost. A key feature of liquid enhancers is the ability to allow consumers to adjust the sweetness and flavour intensity of a particular beverage; similar to how one can individualize a coffee drink by adding sugar, milk or cream. By offering products that enable consumer customization, bottlers and distributors may now further capitalize on the growing bottled water market. Liquid enhancers also offer other unique selling opportunities for bottlers and distributors. They are perceived in the marketplace as a more healthful alternative to powdered drink mixes and are therefore popular with families. Moreover, liquid enhancers add no calories to a given beverage, making them a compelling option for those health-conscious consumers who also put a premium on flavour. At Anuga 2013, RCCI demonstrated its capabilities in helping beverage industry companies get to market with liquid enhancers, demonstrating an innovative range of products. Those bottlers and

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distributors looking to develop new offerings from the ground up or expand upon existing brand platforms will learn about the expert services provided by RCCI. The company offers services in marketing, R&D, technology, and business development, while also ensuring that the organizations they work with are up-to-date with the latest industry trends, such as liquid enhancers.

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Rousselot’s Synergy Systems and collagen peptides At Fi Europe 2013, Rousselot®, a global leader in gelatine and collagen peptides will be showcasing its exciting ingredient portfolio for a variety of food and beverage applications. Visitors can sample the company’s innovative solutions, including its Synergy Systems™ and Halal-certified gelatines, in a wide range of product concepts. They will also learn more about the outcomes of its latest Peptan® scientific research which further supports the efficacy of Rousselot’s clinically-proven collagen peptides. Recognised for their versatility and clear functional benefits, Rousselot’s gelatines are suitable for use in a multitude of product formulations. The company will present its four recently launched Synergy Systems at this year’s show. Composed of different types of gelatine, or a specific gelatine and other ingredients (pectin for example) the Synergy Systems work synergistically so the functionality of each gelatine and each additional ingredient is boosted when they are combined. As a result, manufacturers can create products with new or additional benefits from improved stability and emulsification to enhanced taste and texture. They can be used to formulate ‘better-for-you’ options too. On stand, visitors can see the Synergy Systems in action and taste acid marshmallows produced with AcidoGel, heat resistant gummies with ResistaGel, mint and savoury marshmallows with NeutralGel and mayonnaise with EmulsiGel. Manufacturers can also learn more about Rousselot Healthy Choice and how gelatine offers an effective alternative to ‘unhealthy’ ingredients like fat and sugar. It is a natural

ingredient with no E number meaning it can be incorporated into clean label products. Rousselot will be demonstrating chocolate cookies produced with hydrolysed gelatine. This is used as a protein source and bulking agent to achieve fat reduction without compromising taste. Peptan, Rousselot’s high-purity bioactive collagen peptides, looks set to generate significant interest. These have been produced using a rigorously controlled process which obtains a precise degree of hydrolysis and optimal molecular weight, to ensure optimum performance and ease-of-application. Extensive research has proven Peptan’s ability to support healthy aging and mobility as well as beauty where it rejuvenates skin collagen structure. Rousselot will be presenting the

2013 clinical study which focuses on Peptan and its positive impact on joint health – the findings have shown that Peptan can help reduce joint pain. Rousselot will present Peptan in a host of sample formats. These include beauty almond cookies containing Peptan F (fish collagen peptides), chewable tablets made with Peptan B (bovine collagen peptides) plus peachflavoured mobility sticks. These also contain Peptan B and have been developed in partnership with Laboratoire PYC. Dr Paul Stevens, Global Research and Application Manager at Rousselot, will be hosting a module during the Fi Europe Conference on ‘Investigating Functional and Health Ingredients that Tackle the Main Health Issues of Today – Obesity and Healthy Ageing’.

Contact Rousselot on tel +33 146 678720 or visit

Breath of fresh air for Omega Ingredients A new partnership has been announced between Omega Ingredients, the award-winning creator of specialist natural flavours, ingredients and aromas, and The Lebermuth Company, specialists in essential oils, and producers of flavour raw materials. Lebermuth essential oils, and specifically its specialist mint ingredients, will now be available to Omega Ingredient’s clients in the UK and Europe. Since 1908, Lebermuth has produced, extracted, refined and customised essential oils. In the subsequent years they expanded from growing and distilling mint oil to selling nearly every essential oil in the world. Today the company has four generations of experience and over a century of time committed to this industry. Lebermuth is committed to helping companies around the world build their brands. Used by Omega Ingredients in the production and manufacturing of food, beverages, fragrances and cosmetics, Lebermuth’s standard mint essential oils, available in the UK and Europe, will focus on mint oil varieties: Peppermint 1879, Peppermint Willamette, Peppermint Idaho redistilled, Peppermint Yakima redistilled, Redistilled ”Rose Mitcham” Peppermint; and, Spearmint varieties including: Spearmint Far West Native and Spearmint Scotch. Lebermuth’s custom mint oils are available from highly rectified to terpeneless and everything in between. Omega Ingredients specialises in the innovative fusion of biochemistry with natural

materials, to create the very best quality. Founded in 2001 by biochemists Steve Pearce and Elizabeth Pearce, Omega Ingredients offers decades of experience within the international food and drink ingredients sector to assist companies in building unique and innovative flavours. Omega Ingredients is passionate about creating new ingredients and developing and launching new products. Omega Ingredients specialises in the cutting edge fusion of biochemistry with natural materials to innovate and create the very best specialised natural flavours, ingredients and aromas. Steve Pearce, Chief Executive and Founder of Omega Ingredients, said: “We are delighted to grow and expand our product range to incorporate Lebermuth’s high quality mint oils. We source only the very best quality in our raw materials and Lebermuth’s mint essential oils personify one of their key core values, ‘Quality’, which makes this partnership a perfect fit”. Melanie Brown, Co-owner of Lebermuth commented: “The Lebermuth Company is excited about our partnership with Omega Ingredients, and making our peppermint essential oils available to Omega Ingredients’ customers. For over 100 years, Lebermuth has produced and extracted the highest quality essential oils; we thoroughly test all of our incoming and outgoing raw materials to ensure our clients’ receive consistency and quality. We are excited to work with Omega Ingredients as they grow and develop their brand and product lines.”

Contact Omega Ingredients on tel 01473 836400 or visit

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DeZaan™ Launches low fat cocoa powder

Cocoa and chocolate expert ADM Cocoa is delighted to announce the launch of a new deZaan™ reduced-fat cocoa powder with only 0.5 percent fat. D-00-ZR retains the great chocolaty taste of deZaan™ ZR cocoa powders but with virtually no fat content. D-00-ZR enables users to formulate lower calorie products with lower saturated fat contents, but that still retain the desired chocolaty taste, as well as the bright chocolate colour that improves visual appeal, differentiating products in the market. It enhances the quality of formulations where fat can have a negative effect, such as protein foam based confectionery and bakery products. Brent Cuddy, Trade Director, Cocoa Powder said: “The presence of fat may have a negative effect on the functionality of ingredients in the formulation, but at the same time fat also provides flavour to a product. D-00-ZR delivers the flavour not the fat. Due to the unique production processes of D-00ZR, the cocoa solids are able to carry an intense chocolaty flavour. Consumers nowadays are more health-conscious but still look for great flavours and indulgence. This unique reduced–fat cocoa powder helps achieve this with ultra low fat levels. D-00-ZR is also compatible with more delicately textured products such as meringue and sponge cakes. Normally, a reduced-fat cocoa powder containing 1012 percent fat or more will force these kinds of products to lose crucial structural properties. D-00-ZR overcomes this, allowing them to hold their light structure while providing an intense chocolate flavour and pleasant milk or dark chocolate colour, depending on the concentration.” deZaan™ offers a range of premium cocoa powders and chocolate with varying flavour profiles, fat content and pH levels to suit a variety of applications from chocolate milk and chocolate muffins to ice cream bars, breakfast cereals and high end chocolates. deZaan’s™ unique performance cocoa powders help optimize usage levels and reduce cost in use, whilst delivering a full, rich cocoa and chocolate flavour.

Contact ADM Cocoa on tel + 41 21 702 8000 or visit


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DSM’s Oatwell® oat beta-glucan wins award DSM’s heart health ingredient OatWell® oat beta-glucan has been named one of the most innovative products of the year at the prestigious Food Ingredients South America (FiSA) Awards 2013. Beta-glucan is a soluble fibre found in oats. This naturally derived ingredient is particularly well-known for its heart health benefits and helps to lower cholesterol and the associated risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Multiple clinical studies show that three grams of betaglucan per day lower cardiovascular disease risk by as much as 20 percent. OatWell® brand oat beta-glucan is a recent addition to DSM’s health ingredient portfolio, following the acquisition of the OatWell® brand from Swedish Oat Fiber earlier this year. Oat beta-glucan was awarded positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission has authorized Article 14 health claims for cholesterol reduction and the associated reduced risk of developing heart disease, as well as Article 13.1 claims for digestive health and blood glucose control. “We are delighted to have won a top industry award for OatWell® and are excited about

communicating the result to our customers,” commented Ruedi Duss, Global Business Manager for OatWell® at DSM Nutritional Products. “Currently, products containing OatWell® are primarily positioned for cholesterol reduction to reduce risk of CVD, which remains the leading cause of death in the developed world. In the future, we will launch additional value propositions to support customers in communicating the benefits that oat beta-glucan can deliver for blood glucose reduction and support of digestive health. The FiSA award serves to validate that OatWell® is a truly innovative ingredient that can add real value to our customers’ businesses by delivering a safe, natural and efficacious benefit to the consumer.” DSM is working with its customers to build awareness amongst consumers of the benefits of oat beta-glucan and the Friend OatWell® brand has been developed to communicate the benefits on consumer product packaging. OatWell® is available in flour or powder format, suitable for use in applications ranging from breads, biscuits and cereals to pasta, beverages, instant powder drinks and dietary supplements.

Contact DSM on tel +41 61 815 8888 or visit

Virginia Dare’s new presence in Madagascar The American flavour company Virginia Dare has established a broad partnership with one of Madagascar’s most experienced vanilla exporters, Soarary. In an agreement finalized in March 2013, the Soarary partnership will provide Virginia Dare with a fully integrated supply chain for securing, curing and exporting vanilla beans from Madagascar. A globally recognized leader in vanilla extracts and flavours, Virginia Dare places tremendous importance on vanilla bean supply chain management. With so much of the world’s vanilla production coming from a single country, local operations in Madagascar will strengthen Virginia Dare’s ability to ensure the availability, quality and consistency of its vanilla extracts and flavours during periods of market instability and supply shortages. Virginia Dare President, Howard Smith said:

“Markets never stop evolving and the vanilla market is no exception. Recent changes in the Malagasy vanilla supply chain make the decision to become more locally active there the right one for our company and our customers.” Its decision to establish a presence in the largest producing country in the world is both market driven and pragmatic according to company management. “Madagascar represents roughly 80 percent of world vanilla production today and is the international reference in terms of quality and market trends,” says Rick Brownell, Virginia Dare’s Vice President of Vanilla Products. “Adopting a more vertically integrated approach to vanilla sourcing there allows us to respond to growing consumer demand for traceability and sustainability of foods and food ingredients.”

Contact Virginia Dare on tel +33 178 414094 or visit

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DSM Delvo®Cid+ Global life sciences company, DSM, announced the launch of its latest natural preservation solution for beverages, Delvo®Cid+, at the Institute of Food Technologist Annual Meeting & Food Expo 2013. Delvo®Cid+ helps to keep drinks fresh for longer with a clean taste as well as being very cost-efficient to use. Applying the unique benefits of natamycin, the natural antifungal, to beverages, DSM is offering its latest preservation solution Delvo®Cid+ to beverage manufacturers. Delvo®Cid+ effectively eliminates the risk of yeast and mould growth in beverage processing. Proving to be between 100 to 500 times more effective than traditional solutions, it significantly extends shelf life. Some customers have seen the shelf life of their drinks increase from six to eight months, sometimes even up to 12 months. The exact shelf life extension opportunities depend on among others, the type of drink and mould as well as the pH value of the beverage. These improved shelf life possibilities can be achieved with smaller dosages than traditional preservation methods, delivering excellent value for money. Delvo®Cid+ has been submitted for approval by regulatory authorities in Mexico for beverage applications and is expected to achieve governmental approval in other regions. Thanks to its neutral taste and odour, Delvo®Cid+ helps beverage producers deliver clean taste profiles without aftertaste as well as adding a natural preservative to their label. Dosages remain within the acceptable daily intake (ADI) levels, enhancing appeal to increasingly health-conscious consumers. Delvo®Cid+ is easy to use and is available in liquid form that ensures quick solubility with very low sedimentation rates – no need for constant stirring. Gabriela Basurto, Area Manager, Preservation, Latin America commented: “The beverage industry has been seeking an alternative preservation solution for years, and DSM is delighted to bring this latest natural innovation to the market. Working together with DSM, beverage manufacturers can develop clean tasting, long-lasting drinks with a natural label – and all without changing their production processes.” Contact DSM Food Specialties on tel +31 15 279 3474 or visit


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LCI’s organic certification for pellet Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has just obtained the French AB Organic certification for one of its cereal-based micro pellet products. The market for puffed cakes, using pellets to expand them without the need for fat, is being revolutionised,” explains Patricia PanelDusséaux, Marketing Manager at LCI. “From products very focussed on nutrition a few years ago, the ranges have expanded with potato and multi-cereal pellets. Hence, a large number of markets - including snacks,

breakfast cereals and diet products - now include puffed cakes, and these are always appreciated for their light texture and flexibility in terms of shape. “LCI has been producing maize, cereal, multi cereal and potato-based micro pellets for several years. The growing demand from the organic micro pellet diet and nutritional markets for new multi-cereal products that are more enjoyable has been a real challenge and is one that we have now met,” she comments.

Contact LCI on tel +33 4736 71700 or visit

World cocoa market will be in deficit The cocoa market will be in deficit both this season and next, as rises in production fail to keep up with grindings. World production will total 3.965m tonnes in the current 2012/13 season versus grindings of 4.039m tonnes, resulting in a deficit of 74,000 tonnes, The Public Ledger’s Cocoa S&D Poll of 43 industry experts showed. In 2013/14, the deficit will increase to 178,000 tonnes with output at 4.036m tonnes and grindings at 4.214m tonnes. The cocoa sector has seen a surplus for the last two seasons, which has helped prices on

the terminal market cool from a 33-year high of over £2,700 ($4,080) a tonne reached in 2010. But a recovery in demand as Europe and the USA emerge from recession will help keep futures – which have traded at around £1,400 to £1,600 over the last year – supported over the coming two seasons. “I expect the global price of cocoa to increase compared to 2012/13 levels. Demand in Europe and the USA is expected to increase due to an anticipated recovery of their economies,” said one poll respondent, an analyst based in Ghana.

Contact Informa Agra on tel 020 7017 7500 or visit

Natvia hits the UK market Natvia, Australia’s favourite all-natural sweetener that actually tastes like sugar is launching in the UK. A healthy alternative to sugar and chemical sweeteners, it can be used in exactly the same way as sugar – in coffee, tea or cold beverages or in baking and cooking - with none of the unpleasant aftertaste or carcinogenic risks often associated with sweeteners. Over 60 percent of adults in the UK are obese and almost 3 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Natvia is the ideal sweetener for diabetics and the health conscious who are on the lookout for

products that can help them in their quest for a healthier lifestyle - it contains zero calories, is low in carbohydrates, fructose free and its ingredients are low in GI. Made from the freshest and sweetest tips of the Stevia plant grown on their very own farms in Australia, and blended with a naturally occurring nectar (known as Erythritol) found in melons and grapes, Natvia is 100 percent natural. Natvia is available in drinks portion sticks and a 200g canister giving consumers the ability to cut their sugar intake without sacrificing taste.

Contact Natvia UK on tel 020 8528 1000 or visit

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Canned food market driven by sales of fish The global canned food market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5 percent over the next seven years, increasing from a value of approximately $77.2bn at the beginning of 2013, to hit a market value of $99.7bn by 2020. Though tastes of consumers as regards food are highly varying, there is hardly any difference in the qualities that they value. Topping the list of consumer demands for foods and packaging are freshness, ingredients of superior quality, convenience and ecofriendliness. The humble can is able to provide all of these, though consumer perception regarding the same is very low. Although the canned foods market has traditionally benefited from economic downturns, it has failed to profit from the current crisis. This is because the majority of consumers are now accustomed to a certain degree of luxury in their lives, which they are proving reluctant to give up, in spite of strained finances. Although they cannot afford to dine out, many still want to treat themselves

and are buying premium grocery products in the chilled and frozen food aisles instead. Within the ambient sector, pouches and jars have gained popularity at the expense of tin cans, which are deemed to be of poorer quality. Moreover, tin is becoming increasingly expensive, due to rising global demand and depleting stockpiles. As a result, more and more manufacturers are focusing their innovation on alternative formats rather than new product development (NPD) in the canned foods industry. This has failed to add dynamism and revive the market. The fastest growing category was canned fish, as a result of a rise in fish consumption, improvements in sustainably sourced products and an influx of value-added products within the sector. Moreover, consumers are using canned fish to prepare packed lunches and make dinner in order to save money. The canned vegetables sector also rose in value;

these products are used by consumers as ingredients in dishes, or to accompany a main course, as consumers cook at home to economise. In the last year, sales of canned goods grew in the UK by 4.6 percent - that's 1 percent higher than the total grocery market, which grew by just 3.6 percent. A store-cupboard staple, 99.2 percent of the UK population (26.2m households) buy into the canned goods market which is higher than the number of households that buy into the total frozen market, cheese, alcohol and fresh meat categories combined. Manufacturers have been keen to introduce healthy and nutritious solutions that keep consumers fuller for longer. An emphasis on a product's contribution to consumers' 'five-aday' is being used to encourage sales of canned foods that otherwise may be overlooked by the health-conscious consumer.

Contact Companies & Markets on tel 0203 086 8600 or visit

Symrise begins operations at new plant Symrise begins operations at its new powder mixing plant. The complex also includes a modern raw materials warehouse. With the new construction, the Group is consolidating its production of flavoured powdered mixtures for sweet and savoury foods. This is part of Symrise’s programme to invest around Euros 200m in its facilities. Symrise is constantly investing in its sites. The current project focuses on the expansion of powder mixing operations and the addition of a new warehouse for raw materials. In the future, employees here will produce flavours for powdered compositions used in sweets, soups, instant foods and seasoning mixes for snacks. “Today, we are combining areas that belong together. Previously, we had two separate powder mixing facilities in Holzminden. With our new plant, we are consolidating both production sites and thereby increasing efficiency, capacity and product diversity,” explains Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of

Symrise AG, regarding the purpose of the new complex. “Much like the wishes of our customers, today’s markets and business areas develop very dynamically. With our new production plant, we can now react more flexibly to these changes,” Heinz-Jürgen continued. Symrise invested more than Euros 5m in the new building. The investment is part of the 2020 site agreement, which stipulates that Symrise will invest Euros 220m by the year 2020. Over the past four years, Symrise has already invested Euros 120m at various sites. This included the expansion of the perfume oil mixing operation in Holzminden, new sites in Russia and Brazil, production expansion in Singapore as well as the doubling of the menthol capacities and the new research center in Holzminden. Other Symrise projects are either under

construction or being planned, such as the building of a new extraction facility for natural flavours and the upcoming expansion of the production capacities for cosmetic ingredients. The new mixing plant consists of two areas: Production activities are distributed across 3,500sq m, while the warehouse offers room for 1,500 pallets on 1,000sq m of floor space. All processes from raw materials to shipping are now located under one roof. A system of special locks increases the hygiene standards for this production area. Symrise also installed a light management system that fulfills the Minergie and EU Ecodesign regulations. This creates energy savings of 75 percent compared to conventional electrical ballasts. The system also has controls that change according to the amount of daylight as well as a presence detector.

Contact Symrise on tel +49 5531 900 or visit

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GreenPalm appeals to bakers GreenPalm, the sustainable palm oil certificatetrading programme, appealed to baking companies to help tackle rainforest destruction and other environmental problems by supporting sustainable palm oil producers. Bob Norman of GreenPalm (Book & Claim) made the appeal to visitors at the International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 6-9, 2013. Semi-solid at room temperature, palm oil and palm kernel oil are amongst the world’s most versatile raw materials. As a result they can be found in one in two supermarket products including many baked goods; from cookies and pastries to bread and pies. In fact, the use of palm oil in the USA has tripled in the past decade, particularly in the baking industry where it is sometimes preferred as a healthier, trans fat-free alternative to traditional bakery fats. However, its global popularity has fuelled rapid expansion of palm oil plantations, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia, and the industry has been linked with environmental issues including greenhouse gas emissions and rainforest destruction, with the associated removal of habitats of endangered species such as the orangutan. “Brands are beginning to take their reputations as responsible players in a global

marketplace seriously. They understand the importance of providing reassurance to their customers in terms of what is in their products, where it came from and how it was made,” said Bob Norman. “GreenPalm works by enabling manufacturers to pay a premium directly to palm oil producers who are working in line with rules set out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and, to date, certified growers have received over $40 million via the GreenPalm programme. “This makes GreenPalm the fastest, simplest and most transparent method to show support for positive changes in the palm oil industry where it matters most – on the ground.” Whilst a small number of consumer groups are putting pressure on manufacturers to guarantee that their products contain only segregated palm oil, to be able to claim that all palm oil ingredients are fully segregated is a tall order for many food manufacturers. Identifying an RSPO certified source of what is often a complex fraction, derivative or blend is not always simple. To maintain the integrity of the certified oil or derivative, each member of the supply chain, from the grower to the manufacturer, must be audited and a member of the RSPO. “However, in an industry that involves inter-

woven supply chains and complicated fractionating processes, this is complex and therefore costly. For many businesses it is simply not commercially viable,” said Bob Norman. “The infrastructure just is not there and this is where GreenPalm has a hugely important role to play.” GreenPalm is an efficient solution for supporting RSPO-certified palm because it bypasses the supply chain. Manufacturers can off-set their palm use by buying GreenPalm certificates representing an equivalent volume that has been produced in line with RSPO principles and criteria. Suppliers stay the same but manufacturers can directly support sustainable palm productions at its source. Bob Norman added: “Every time a business buys a GreenPalm certificate, they have directly supported sustainable palm oil growers whilst collaboration and engagement takes place within the physical supply chains.” This transparency explains why Greenpalm membership has grown rapidly over the past five years, with over 700 members globally and support from leading global food brands such as Kellogg’s, Interbake, Maplehurst Bakeries and Mondel z International (Kraft). Contact Greenpalm on tel 01482 332013 or visit

Symrise partnership with Gee Lawson Symrise BioActives and Gee Lawson are extending a cooperation, which began in 2011. Symrise BioActives manufactures highly purified esculin, which Gee Lawson supplies to the diagnostics industry. Esculin is used in microbiology culture media to reliably identify contamination from species such as streptococci and listeria, and so can be used to monitor food and water as well as the clinical testing of patients. Manufacturers of food, cosmetic products and pharmaceuticals consider one criterion most crucial in their production processes – compliance with the highest quality and microbiological standards. One of the best-known natural diagnostic materials comes from the bark of the horsechestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) and is called esculin. In nature, horse-chestnut tree bark has an esculin content of three percent. Symrise BioActives enriches this extract to over 98 percent pure white material, and the product it makes has a solubility and level of purity which is suitable for all diagnostic applications. World leading global manufacturers of diagnostic media all produce formulations which use esculin and Gee Lawson is a close supply partner of all these users. The material

also finds other applications, for example in topical pharmaceuticals and some cosmetic products. Symrise BioActives’/Gee Lawsons’ “Diagnostic Esculin” is approved by all of the leading diagnostics manufacturers. In order to best serve and develop the requirements of these specialized companies, a partnership with Gee Lawson began in 2011. The cooperation of the two companies has now been extended until the end of 2015. “With Gee Lawson as our partner, we can reach all of the major diagnostics customers,” said Stephan Hillers, Managing Director of Symrise BioActives GmbH in Hamburg. “Their market expertise and contact with culture media manufacturers perfectly complement Symrise BioActives’ experience in producing highly enriched plant extracts.” “Thanks to the cooperation with Symrise BioActives, our customers produce a range of quality culture media which are reliably used across a wide area of diagnostics,” added Jonathan Shorts, Managing Director of Gee Lawson. “We want to continue our cooperation and find additional applications for the products from Symrise BioActives,” says Jonathon with the full agreement of Hillers.

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Flexoplast creates flexible fix for Fresh Food

RPC Oakham cater for Caterforce Independent food consortium Caterforce has selected RPC Containers Oakham to manufacture the packs for its latest range of products. The 200PS 2.5 litre injection-moulded tub is being produced in white PP for the Chefs’ Selections by Caterforce range of fruit fillings and sauces – the first time they have sourced containers from RPC Oakham. The container is also decorated at the Oakham site using in-mould labelling (IML). The full colour label matches those used across the Chefs’ Selections range. In addition to the ease of use, the lightweight, shatterproof characteristics of the plastic containers give them a safety advantage in the kitchen.

The RPC Oakham range is available in sizes from 1.8-25 litre and although Caterforce has chosen a no-handle option, it can also easily be fitted with a plastic or metal handle. Caterforce wholesalers offer an extensive range of branded frozen, chilled and grocery products, together with a comprehensive range of own label products. Chefs’ Selections offers an ever growing range of products and the fruit fillings are just a few of the products available in the ever growing range. Nick Redford of Caterforce says: “The RPC Oakham containers are ideal for the Chefs’ Selections range, and the option to decorate using IML made everything easier.”

Contact RPC Oakham on tel 01572 723771 or visit

Netherlands based Clondalkin Group company Flexoplast has developed a unique laminated film packaging solution for a new fresh French fries product range from the leading French brand, Lustucru, part of the Panzani Group. The triple laminated film was produced for Lustucru's deluxe Frites Fraiche product. The package consists of a 20 micron Matt BOPP material which is reverse printed and laminated to 15 BOPA/60 COEX LDPE and then printed in full HD Flexo in 8 colours. Key Account Manager, Peter Hoogendam from Flexoplast explained: “Lustucru came to us with a very specific requirement for a robust packaging solution that conveyed quality and also sealed in the freshness for the requisite shelf life from production to consumption. The laminated film we created was the ideal packaging material for this and by using a triple laminate we were able to create a package that had a sturdy exterior but a paper look and feel, and preserved the product freshness effectively. “We pride ourselves on being able to develop innovative solutions for our clients that meet their specific requirements and add value. This triple laminate for Lustucru is a fine example of the type of quality product we are able to produce for customers.” Contact Flexoplast on tel +31 517 432626 or visit

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Pallet wrap health check Gloucestershire-based pallet wrapping company, Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists Ltd (GVPS), is offering a personalised ‘packaging health check’ service to help businesses wrap their palletised loads as cost efficiently as possible. The service sets out to provide strategic, obligation-free and impartial advice on achieving the most effective pallet wrapping techniques. Golden Valley contend that many companies are wasting literally thousands of pounds per year by using the wrong type of pallet wrap or inappropriate or poorly maintained pallet wrapping machinery – or a combination of all three. There are a number of common pallet-wrapping related problems which will add considerably to a company’s supply chain overheads. For example loads can become unstable during transit and move while on the pallet or, sometimes, the film breaks on the bottom of the pallet during the wrapping process, in many cases causing the pallet to spill during transit. Both of these problems are likely to be the result of using the wrong type of film,

GVPS said. “Ensuring that a palletised load is properly secured before it leaves the factory, warehouse or distribution centre is, an essential aspect of any efficient logistics operation”, says Martyn Sumner, Managing Director, Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists (GVPS). “It is also a major cost, so it is perhaps surprising that in today’s cost conscious business environment, the price of wrapping a pallet load of goods is often overlooked. In fact, warehouse managers often have no idea what it is costing them to wrap a pallet,” he added. GVPS can apply a ‘Cost Calculator’ formula that identifies precisely how much a company is paying to wrap each pallet that leaves its store. Armed with this information, a company is in a position to analyse more cost efficient options that will bring real and lasting bottom-line benefits. GVPS is the exclusive UK distributor of the Carbon and Alloy ranges of pallet wrap film which deliver significant cost savings when compared to other hand- or machine-applied pallet wrapping film.

Contact Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists on tel 08456 434405 or visit

Citres see plastic as the future In collaboration with RPC, Citres Spa, the Italian food specialist in pickles, pesti and sauces, is pioneering the supply of its products in new PP jars. With a major focus of its turnover in Northern Europe, Citres Spa has developed a plan to meet the needs of customers in markets which for some time have restricted and in certain cases banned the use of glass in foodservice kitchens, requiring instead the introduction of more ecological, safe and lightweight jars. The company has therefore worked with RPC to develop a solution that meets its requirements for long shelf life (up to 36 months), lightness, resealability, recyclability and easy opening, while maintaining the freshness and authenticity of the products. The RPC jars all feature a multilayer PP/EVOH/PP construction that can be pasteurised and sterilised to provide a long ambient shelf life. Today in 2300g and 3700g sizes, Citres Spa is the only Italian company to offer products in packaging that delivers all these additional benefits thanks in particular, to its speciallydeveloped filling technology which ensures that the containers do not deform during the pasteurisation process. Using RPC’s extensive range of jars, Citres

Spa supplies products to both retail and foodservice sectors. RPC is supplying its 100g (Classic Jar) for Pesto and Sauces, the 2400g (Thermic Ultra) for Olives, Sliced Artichokes and Dried Tomatoes, and the 3800g (Amgall) for a variety of sliced and diced vegetables. These jars are produced by RPC Corby and RPC Kutenholz, with caps from RPC Halstead. Citres Spa says reaction to the new packaging has been extremely positive from both customers and consumers with listings now being achieved in some of Italy’s leading supermarkets. “At a time when the market for products in brine and oil has hardly seen any innovation, we are taking the lead and demonstrating what can be achieved,” said Angelo Mis, Citres Spa’s Sales Manager for Italy. “The results have already been very good and have enabled us to further develop our products and recipes with new introductions. RPC has played an important role in the success of this project.” Nevertheless, he added that the company has plans to develop its packaging even further: “Our goal now is to replace tinplate, which does not meet our requirements in terms of safety and praticality.”

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Pasteurisable PET jar delivers benefits Packaging solutions specialist APPE has launched a PET jar capable of hot-fill and/or pasteurisation up to 95°C. The new ThermaLite® jar is the result of the company’s previously-announced strategic partnership with Nissei ASB GmbH (Europe) and offers food manufacturers and retailers a variety of convenience and sustainability benefits over more traditional packaging formats such as glass. APPE says the jar is up to 85 percent lighter than glass equivalents with a smaller footprint, delivering huge savings in transport costs both before and after filling. It also uses less energy during the filling process, as well as reducing noise levels and avoiding the risk of breakages on the line. It is currently available in six sizes from 370ml to 720ml in round and octagonal designs, with further shapes and sizes in development. The lightweight shatterproof construction offers vital safety and convenience benefits throughout the supply chain and in the home. For consumers, it provides easy handling and pouring, and its standard metal twist-off closure ensures easy opening and closing. The jar is also fully recyclable. In retail markets, the clarity of the PET creates excellent on-shelf impact for a wide range of products including cooking sauces, pesto, tomato-based products, pickled vegetables, relishes, chutneys, and fruit purées, jams and spreads. Equally important, thanks to the jar’s smaller footprint compared to glass, more units can be incorporated into the same shelf space, while its shatter-resistance offers new opportunities for product placement, for example close to the chill cabinet. “Our new ThermaLite® jar is a real breakthrough providing for the first time in a pasteurisable format, the clarity usually associated with glass with the light weight and consumer convenience benefits of plastic,” commented Mike Hanratty, APPE’s Business Development Director. “Equally important, its energy and transport savings also make a valuable contribution to the reduction of companies’ carbon footprints and logistical costs.” Contact APPE on tel 01978 317378 or visit

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Resealable banner tapes: an ideal combination Packaging solutions specialist Essentra Packaging (formerly Payne) has extended its range of promotional banner tapes with the launch of a resealable version, which enables a pack to be reclosed following initial opening. This new resealable function ensures consumers keep the product in the pack between uses, retaining brands in the home and encouraging repeat purchase. The additional functionality is further supported by Essentra’s world-class printing technologies allowing the creation of eye-catching designs for maximum shelf stand-out. The tape design recognises that a resealable pack has to be both easy to use and function effectively through the product lifespan, a view supported by recent consumer research*. For enhanced convenience, the tape incorporates a finger lift area that runs along its length, making it very easy to lift the tape away from the pack; printed instructions can also be added to the tape, ensuring consumers understand how to use it. Equally important the tape adhesive is strong enough to handle repeated resealing.

The Essentra resealable banner tape has been developed in response to major trends in the food industry. Resealable packs are growing in popularity, providing effective portion control for larger multi-serve packs which are seen as better value in current economicallychallenging times. They also help to minimise food waste from spillage, which has been highlighted as a particular environmental concern. The tapes can be applied to a wide variety of pack formats and Essentra offers a choice of application equipment that can be retrofitted to existing packaging lines meaning resealable banner tapes are easy to implement. The company’s extensive engineering support service provides customers with help and advice to tailor solutions to specific product and pack requirements. As tape application is highly controlled, accurate placement on each pack is ensured. This means that important information, in particular any regulatory requirement, is not covered up which is in line with recent European packaging legislation (EU

1169/2011). Essentra also offers a “pan-wound” version of the tape which has been developed to work with lines already running promotional banderol style tapes, minimising capital expenditure requirements. “Our printed banner tapes enable brands to combine the convenience of resealability with the opportunity to integrate highly effective and eye-catching short or long-term promotions within their pack designs,” comments Martin Dallas, Essentra Packaging’s Managing Director. “This combination of convenience, communication and shelf stand-out delivers added value to pack formats extremely costeffectively since it avoids the time, financial, stock management and environmental costs associated with the origination of a complete new pack design.” *Packaging News Consumer IQ May 2013

Contact Essentra on tel 0115 975 9000 or visit

"SIV" multi-functional seal-strength tester Versaperm, a technology leader in packaging testing, has produced a multi-functional sealstrength tester which combines a Packaging Seal strength and integrity checker with an High Altitude Shipping Simulator to meet the complex requirements of the UK and European Markets. A separate version is available to meet the alternative standards prevalent in the US markets. The new SIV III is designed not just to check that packaging seals are strong enough to hold, and gentle enough to open easily, but can also simulate and test the seals of products that are shipped at high altitudes. This is essential, for example, when many goods are transported by plane. The equipment is fully compliant with

CE and ISO 9001 standards Defective seals dramatically slash the shelf-life and quality of products such as foods and pharmaceuticals. Balancing all of the factors in a manufacturing environment demands careful measurement and tracking. Seal verification provides this data and is usually non-destructive. As with seal strength testing, the High Altitude Shipping Simulator (HASS) provides very flexible options - including the simulated height, the number of high peaks the goods need to fly over, the ramp speed (or rate), and time at the peak. Results can be fed into a QC system to produce statistical results which allow the manufacturer to spot the first signs of any trends or problems and thus take preventa-

tive measures. For seal strength measurement, leakage parameters are programmed into the SIV III and the operator simply selects a code for the product under test and closes the chamber door. Lights then signal a pass or fail for each test. The system can examine the seal strength of a bag or even of a bag inside a box. The unit also offers a "Seal Burst" test mode which can ensure the package meets a minimum force without failing.

Contact Versaperm on tel 01628 777668 or visit

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New growth aseptic platform Sealed Air a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection has built - with its Cryovac® brand - an innovative growth aseptic platform. This uses advanced technology to deliver optimal food freshness and nutrition, meeting the highest safety standards. Material downgauging, the use of lighter aluminium-free high barrier film structures, together with the elimination of HFC refrigerant emissions, achieve ambitious sustainability objectives. Aseptic packaging provides major benefits, including extending the shelf life of food, beverages, or pharmaceuticals without refrigeration while maintaining nutritional value and flavour. This technology is particularly beneficial for the dairy, vegetable and fruit products industries that can leverage both the improved microbial food safety assurances with appearance and convenience features of pouches, such as being re-closable and light in weight. Aseptic filling enables the creation of new shelf stable microbiologically sensitive product applications oriented to natural products (can be preservative free). The new Cryovac® ProA2 is an Aseptic HFFS machine for aseptically filled liquid and viscous products. This stainless steel machine allows the running of high and low acid products under strict sterilizing and sterile parameter monitoring. It is capable of producing stand up pouches (SUP) with a yield up to 6,000 packs per hour in 2-Up configuration with format range from 70 to 400ml. This system is also capable of producing pouches with fitments for drinking or pouring and allows exhaustive emptying of the

package. The Pro-A2 comprises a pouch maker (with automatic film splicing unit) and utilities skids for the decontamination of packaging materials and the machine itself. An automatic film-splicing device with hoist facilitates film roll changes and avoids machine stops and the system uses heat-sealable, co-extruded-base packaging materials. The Pro-A2 is controlled by a PLC system which monitors and sequences each phase of the machine during operation cycles. It incorporates several recipes with parameters that can be customised to suit particular requirements. Programming is performed via a touch screen control panel. Cryovac® Pro-A2 system allows the constant repeatable disinfection of packaging materials via wet hydrogen peroxide. Recontamination of the environment is avoided by maintaining a slight over-pressure of mixture of air and H2O2 vapour. Cryovac® film is sterilized in a H2O2 bath to guarantee optimum disinfection of material spots. The stand up pouch (SUP) is then formed and cut into individual units before being filled and tightly top sealed. If the package has a fitment, the spout is sterilized on the line prior to its post-filling introduction into the sterile chamber. Its construction is simple and robust. All critical parts are resistant to the corrosive environment often found in food and beverage production and packaging sites. Designed with ergonomics, safety and hygiene in mind, it is easy to use and clean, simple to maintain and meets all relevant European legislation for safety and hygiene.

Contact Sealed Air on 01480 224000 or visit

Stylish press-in hinge closure for metal cans With a strong and long-standing track record of capping metal containers with state of the art LDPE pourer devices, Bericap is now also introducing a major innovative concept for metal can markets in general and businesses in the syrup industry that use metal cans in particular. These markets traditionally use 2-piece closures comprising a screw-on top fitting and a threaded pourer pressed into the metal can piercing. This proven solution generally offers the best tightness and robustness against counterfeiting. The metal can market is a fairly conservative market, so it is a real challenge for the manufacturer, can-maker and bottler to develop a new closure concept and launch it on the market.

In its VU HC SK 27/25, Bericap is delivering a new concept consisting of a one- piece hinged PP closure fitting its existing pourer range from 24 to 32 piercing diameters. No more headaches for the bottler trying to configure a new closure for the preferred metal can – he can simply use the existing approved pourer on the same piercing. The only change is the flip-top closure for the appropriate pourer, which comes with a reactive hinge made of PP to allow transparency and light. Product integrity is assured by means of a tear-off membrane that can be torn away after the hinged overcap has been opened. Clean pouring is assured by an anti-drip feature on the pourer part.

Contact Bericap UK on tel 01482 826666 or visit


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New Systec SP (Speed Performance) The new Systec SP (Speed Performance) 280, with a clamping force of 2,800kN, is designed for injection moulded packaging, boasting fast cycling speeds and low running costs making it ideal for budget conscious, high volume plastic manufacturers. The Systec SP range is available with a clamping force of 1600 to 4200kN. It combines a powerful electric motor for dosing and hydraulic drives for mould and injection movements which are all supplied by a central, optimised system, using activeDrive servo technology which minimises energy losses in partial load and idle operation. A hydraulic accumulator is configured with an intelligent load sensing system to reduce energy consumption and thanks to this and a fast position controlled hydraulic valve, high speed injection is delivered. The Systec SP is equipped with a rapid ejection system taken from the El-Exis SP for increased production rates. When packaging production requirements change, the inherent activeAdjust function allows cycle optimisation through individually adjustable parameters without any external assistance via a slider system. Acceleration and deceleration ramps can be optimised – for a hard or soft operating mode, according to the mould. Using activeAdjust users of the Systec SP can optimise the performance of each machine phase to the mould, therefore reducing the cycle time and increasing the productivity of the machine. activeAdjust also offers possibilities for optimising ejection and dosing. Protection of the mould is an essential task of any injection moulding machine. Thanks to the active mould protection system activeQ which is incorporated into the Systec SP’s NC5 controller as standard, the force on the mould is measured and monitored, detecting any deviations and thereby protecting the mould, even during high speed movements. Any signs of wear are discovered at an early stage and any unplanned stoppages caused by damage to the mould are prevented. Suitable applications for the machine are varied and include mass production of latches, lids, buckets and stacking boxes to name a few. Using In-Mould Labelling techniques, the Systec SP 280 can manufacture 1.2 litre polypropylene buckets (84g) at a cycle time of just 5.3 seconds. Parallel removal of the buckets and insertion of the IML label into the next mould for the next cycle is performed by high speed linear robotic handling. Nigel Flowers, Managing Director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag added: “The Systec SP model has been fine-tuned in all areas to

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improve product quality, quantity and lower energy consumption. For high volume packaging manufacturers, these enhancements aid company profitability and give the flexibility in capacity to meet future growth demands.” Contact Sumitomo (SHI) DEMAG on tel 01296 739500 or visit

API Foils adds shine to Label Expo Why buy when you At the Label Expo, held in Brussels in September, API Foils displayed its latest hot and cold foil technologies. The decorative foil specialist promoted the latest developments in cold foil technologies, which are gaining rapid growth in label applications. The selection of decorative foils is important, but so too is a keen understanding of the entire process. Because of this, API Foils’ technical team were on the stand discussing the considerations needed at every stage of the foiling process, encouraging label professionals to choose the optimum solution, and not just a stand-alone product. In particular, visitors to the API Foils stand were invited to view its latest cold foiling technology, which has become one the most cost-effective solutions for creating brand enhancement and differentiation in the label industry. API Foils Managing Director, Will Oldham said, “We were pleased to be exhibiting at Label Expo 2013 and were excited to showcase our extensive product range and industry knowledge. The opportunity to demonstrate to visitors the advancements in cold foiling, and the benefits it gives to the label industry, was a big draw for API. “Cold foiling is by no means a ‘new’ technology, but recent developments in the processes, techniques and effects, specifically in sheet fed label applications, means that the industry is now taking a much closer look at what it can offer.” API Foils also displayed its hot foiling products, as the company understands that decorative foil is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Hot foil is recognised as the premium solution, creating a true mirror-shine effect. Will Oldham continued: “Label Expo was a great opportunity to present the potential to enhance both brand identity and operational effectiveness by matching application and substrate to the correct decorative foil.” Contact API Foils on tel 01506 438611 or visit

can rent? As more and more companies work towards reducing their carbon footprint by committing to replacing wood, cardboard and polystyrene products with a range of durable, cost effective, long life plastic returnable transit products (RTP), they are then faced with the decision as whether to purchase or rent products. Should a company commit to purchasing plastic pallets, crates and boxes, apart from the substantial capital outlay for acquiring equipment, they must make provisions for managing the product pool once it leaves their premises and enters the supply chain. How are they going to track and ensure recovery, plus maintain and wash the products in order to ensure the high levels of cleanliness as demanded by certain industry sectors? By renting plastic pallets and other returnable transit equipment this can often be paid from revenue that can be offset against taxes and allows better use of often scarce capital resources. It also enables companies to focus their attention on their core business and dayto-day supply-chain operations, whilst eliminate the expensive distraction of owning and maintaining an inventory of pallets. Renting of plastic pallets and other equipment provides maximum flexibility as additional product can be ordered as and when required, rather than having to stock for peak seasons and keeping unused product in storage. PPS, who has factories in the Midlands and on the East Coast, has many years experience in providing customers with total RTP solutions, supplying returnable transit products including plastic pallets, crate and boxes to clients throughout the UK and Europe. Returnable transit products are used in many industrial sectors such as automotive and play a vital role enclosing and securely protecting products in strong, rigid structures.

Not surprisingly RTP are primarily used in hygienic applications including food, fresh produce, dairy, meat, poultry, fishing, and pharmaceutical sectors. Managing Director, David Peggie reported, “Renting returnable packaging from PPS is convenient and pain-free for our customers. We believe that our clients want to concentrate their efforts, energies and resources into their core business, whilst letting a specialist company handle their returnable packaging. offer a simple and cost effective online solution, supported by its bespoke user friendly ordering system “ENABLE”. PPS rent clients what they need and deliver the specified quantities of “BRC” accredited products ready for use, when and for how long they need it. We are also very flexible to clients seasonal needs and increases in requirements. We manage the pool of plastic pallets, pallet boxes, plastic nestable trays and tote boxes etc. Once client product is dispatched in the returnable transit equipment to their respective customer, the detailed movement is entered onto the online tracking system “ENABLE”. From then on PPS take the responsibility to collect the transit products from the delivery site, return them to one of our state of the art facilities to wash and prepare the equipment for reuse. Accredited to the BRC Storage & Distribution, PPS uses the very latest wash facilities to clean a variety of plastic containers from produce trays to bulk containers, dollies and plastic pallets. So, whatever company requirements are, PPS can offer a rental option that can be tailored to suit individual requirements and back this up with our dedicated management and logistics services.”

Contact PPS Midlands on tel 01530 515333 or visit

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Linpac launches food on the move solutions To meet demand from the growing lunchtime “on-the-go” food market, Europe’s leading multi-material packaging manufacturer Linpac Packaging continues to extend its new Freshware range for sweet and savoury foods. Many of the new packs are individual or twin portion sized to help consumers eat more healthily and help them and retailers reduce food waste. As a partner of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign by WRAP, Linpac Packaging is committed to helping all the links in the supply chain minimise the amount of food which is wasted by developing packaging which meets the needs of changing consumer trends and effectively protects and preserves fresh food for longer. Joanna Stephenson, Vice President Innovation & Marketing, at Linpac Packaging, said: “The chilled retail convenience market is worth Euros 145bn across Europe and has continued to grow at a steady rate throughout the recession when many other markets have stalled. Nowhere is the trend for food on-themove more apparent than at lunchtimes when people are looking for convenient and healthy food options which they can enjoy quickly and with minimal preparation.” For wraps and tortillas, the food packaging company has developed Vertiwrap®, a hinged box made from crystal clear rPET which stands vertically on the shelf to enable shoppers to see the contents clearly. The pack, which is suitable for two small wraps, has been designed to offer maximum protection to food whilst retaining freshness. The Freshware range, which was launched in January to address the increasing popularity and demand for chilled retail prepared and convenience foods, now also incorporates

Linpac Packaging’s paper bags. They are ideal for shops and bakeries serving freshly made sandwiches and savoury snacks to customers, providing a traditional way to keep bread and pastry-based foods fresh and crispy, and come in a range of sizes. The bags are available with or without windows and come pre-made or on the reel for use with in-house automatic bagging machinery. To cater for sweet-toothed ‘snackers’, Linpac Packaging has designed a collection of individual and twin portion size LeanBake packs for baked confectionery such as gateaux, cakes, pastries, slices, biscuits and doughnuts. Like Vertiwrap, the packs are made from crystal clear rPET to enhance product shelf appeal and are available in the style of a hinged box or tray and lid combination. Joanna added: “The Freshware range has been designed and developed to support our customers’ convenience as well as sustainability strategy and is manufactured with between 50 percent and 95 percent post consumer recyclate to minimise the carbon footprint of our products. “These latest additions to the Freshware family address the needs of the sweet and savoury food to go sector and sit alongside our meal boxes, containers, pots and tubs which are ideal for salad items, sauces and deli products.” The Freshware launch follows a major investment by Linpac Packaging to develop its Freshform business. New highly flexible thermoforming capacity has been installed at its Featherstone site in the UK to support the UK & European business, alongside its major Freshware plant in Pravia, Spain enabling fast turnaround supply of new designs for the prepared foods market.

Contact Linpac Packaging on tel 01977 692111 or visit

Solo’s Olivine® bags development The popular Solo Cup Europe Olivine® plus press & dress® cold food container has bagged a new development by teaming up with the Dempson BAG® from Kent based Dempson Crooke. The Dempson BAG® has a unique ‘wide bottom’ which the Olivine container sits neatly in, making transport from the point of purchase to the point of consumption easy and hassle free. Unlike ordinary bags, there are no seams at the bottom of the Dempson BAG®, eliminating potential weak points.

Rebecca Turner, Marketing Manager, Solo Cup Europe said: “We are delighted with this development because it makes the Olivine® container even easier for the consumer to grab and go. Olivine® is all about meeting consumer needs and by teaming up with Dempson we have now ensured that the consumer can get the product safely and conveniently to the point of consumption. We think this is an exciting duo and will prove a hit with food to go operators.”

Contact Solo Cup Europe on tel 01480 459413 or visit


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tesa® seals the deal for Whitworths The UK’s leading supplier of snacking, breakfast, baking and cooking products, is specifying tesa Lift & Reseal tape as part of its drive to provide healthy, nutritious and longlasting products to the nation’s consumers. Packaging represents an essential element in the preservation of food from the beginning of every distribution, through to the delivery, purchase, subsequent storage and final usage. tesa offers a range of tapes that provide a safe, clean and easy solution in this application field, designed to deliver the best cost-performance ratio. The range also includes tesa Lift & Reseal, a residue-free finger lift resealing tape offering a clean, easy to use solution for securely reclosing food packs. The tape’s robust adhesive allows for a secure reclosure system. Using an adhesive that will not leave messy residues, the packs can be opened and reclosed at least 20 times. The adhesive mass will not discolour and packaging keeps its perfect look for up to 24 months. A finger-lift edge on Lift & Reseal gives consumers an easy-to-use product. One of the UK’s largest supermarket chains is stocking products featuring tesa Lift & Reseal on different ranges of snacking and home baking products. tesa’s new Lift & Reseal initiative is gathering momentum, with some of the UK’s leading food manufacturers in talks with the company about the benefits of its dynamic resealing tape. Working closely with packaging and procurement specialists, the tesa’s cohesion team, with its all-embracing approach to customer service and process improvement, has developed an efficient in-line application called Lift & Reseal, which is already being used by one of the country’s foremost suppliers of snacking products. In this example, the in-line application delivers a line of tape running from top to bottom of healthy nut and fruit snack packs, giving consumers the ability to reseal the pack for the lifetime of its contents, with approximately 20 effective resealing actions. Peter Spencer, tesa’s Specialist Segment Manager, Manufacturing, commented: “Freshness through the ‘life’ of the product is paramount to our customers, who strive to deliver the very highest standards of healthy eating. Convenient packaging solutions have been identified as a key factor in the consumer’s product selection process and tesa is committed to working with customers to ensure they can meet the demand to satisfy their customers.” Contact tesa UK on tel 01908 211333 or visit

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Pure gives Go Fru pouches a fruitful launch Packaging design agency Pure has developed the brand name and packaging for new fruit based pouches Go Fru, ambient snack products that combine fruit with whole milk yogurt or fruit with coconut milk. Produced by Nature’s Finest, the range is aimed at children and teens up to 14-yearsold, with the enticing message to parents that kids can enjoy a snack with high fruit content and no artificial additives. Pure has a strong record of picking-up business through referrals and was recommended to Nature’s Finest by a previous client. The company was impressed by Pure’s track record of positioning challenger brands in the market with strong design and an understanding of the diversities of structural packaging to deliver brand standout. “Go Fru needed a bold and energetic look that would appeal to children but make sense to parents,” explained Pure’s owner and Creative Director, David Rogers. “The white background signifies yogurt and smooth coconut milk, with packs coloured according to the fruit content. With original illustrations from our sister brand Boo & Belle and bold, rounded type, it reinforces a sense of natural ingredients and makes the pack easy to navigate and understand. “Add to that the funky, tactile structure of the packaging and Go Fru becomes a cool brand, something that kids gravitate towards, either as a snack or part of lunch.” The pouch package presented its own challenges for Pure, with only a small amount of visible space available in the centre for all the key messages. The Go Fru range consists of raspberry and plum, strawberry or banana fruit purées with yogurt, whilst both the peach and apricot and tropical fruits come with coconut milk. Each pouch contains a minimum 55 percent fruit content, and uses British yogurt or smooth tropical coconut milk. Georgina Edmonds, UK Marketing Manager at Nature’s Finest, believes that Pure has proven itself a good match for her company: “Creativity, fun, and seemingly limitless imagination made Pure the perfect partners for us to bring Go Fru to life.” The range launches in Tesco, Waitrose and Booths and with Pure’s branding, is expected to be a strong contender in the snacks market.

Contact We Are Pure on tel 0115 947 6444 or visit

Natureflex™ adopted by fair trade tea company Innovia Films’ compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™ NVR, has been chosen by French company, Les Jardins de Gaïa to pack its range of organic teas in individual sachets. Founded in 1994, Les Jardins de Gaïa is a Fair Trade, organic tea company based near Strasbourg. As part of their philosophy of selling natural organic products, they wanted to wrap their tea in natural packaging. The converter in this application is leading German-based tea packer TPS from Soltau. Colourful designs distinguish Les Jardins de Gaïa teas from other tea packaging designs on the market. According to Jean Baptiste Dubois, Marketing at Les Jardins de Gaïa, “We wanted to keep our product safe and in premium condition and do something that would stand out from the crowd. NatureFlex™ films ensure we

are proud of our packaging” “We were delighted to assist Les Jardins de Gaïa via TPS from Soltau, Germany in realising their sustainability goals. Alongside the environmental benefits, NatureFlex™ films also offers a host of advantages for packing and converting such as inherent dead fold and anti-static properties, high gloss and resistance to grease and oil, good barrier to gases, aromas and mineral oils, a wide heat-seal range and easy opening,” stated Neil Banerjee, Market Developer, Innovia Films. NatureFlex™ was an obvious choice in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood - and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It is also confirmed as suitable for emerging 'waste-to-energy' techniques such as anaerobic digestion.

Contact Innovia Films on tel 01697 342281 or visit ]

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Bosch presents Elematic 3001 case packer At FachPack 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, September 24 to 26 2013, Bosch Packaging Technology debuted its new Elematic 3001 case packer. During the development and conceptual phase of the Elematic 3000’s successor, Bosch especially focused on enhanced ease of use and safety in the workplace as well as increased production hygiene. Thanks to the new ergonomic design with a lowered carton magazine, manufacturers benefit from an easier and safer operation of the machine. In addition, the process of refilling the glue was optimized with an external hot glue tube which protects operators from burns. Both features contribute to increased workplace safety and fulfill increasingly stringent regulations worldwide. Bernhard Vaihinger, Head of Product Management, Innovation & Technology at Bosch Packaging Systems said: “Manufacturers have to consider increasingly stringent legal requirements that are affecting packaging machinery design in terms of ergonomics and hygiene. At the same time, they cannot sacrifice productivity. Our new development enables manufacturers to achieve both.” Similar to the Elematic series of secondary packaging machines from Bosch, the new Elematic 3001 can handle many different pack styles, including: Tray, classic full wrap-around and two-part, shelf-ready packaging. This is especially important for manufacturers supporting different brands and products with a variety of

pack styles. With the new Elematic 3001, easy and tool-less packaging format changeovers are realized thanks to a so-called “click-system”. When parts lock into place a sound indicates the successful format changeover. Manufacturers benefit from higher efficiency as time-consuming corrections are eliminated and errors while using scales are avoided. Compared to previous models, Bosch further enhanced the machine’s hygienic design. With fewer components, the frame has an open design and is easily accessible. Horizontal surfaces and corners have been eliminated and corrosion-resistant materials, such as stainless steel, anodized aluminum or brass, are used. In addition, all wiring and cables are hidden due to design-integrated conduits to protect them from dirt and damage. All features contribute to enhanced cleanability of the machine, which increases production hygiene. The minimized number of components, and added new technologies, including servo drives, decreases maintenance work and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the new Elematic 3001. The incorporation of the total productive maintenance (TPM) concept indicates when maintenance is due, helping eliminate unplanned downtime, and increasing productivity. To further reduce the footprint of the machine, the company integrated the control cabinet on board, which speeds up installation time at the customer’s plant.

Contact Bosch Packaging Technology on tel 01332 626262 or visit

Herma 400 VFFS succeeds Herma UK has now successfully carried out over 200 installations of their Herma 400 VFFS labelling unit onto VFFS machines. The Herma 400 VFFS is supplied with an integral mounting frame containing rollers. This allows the packaging film to be rerouted around the label applicator and the label applied firmly and accurately in line. The system works equally well with printed or plain packaging film and on intermittent and continuous VFFS machines. Speeds of up to 200 bags per minute are possible. Installations have been carried out in a wide variety of industries and environments from Produce Pack houses through to Pharmaceutical factories.

The system is based around the advanced Herma 400 servo label applicator. The applicator has integrated control so no external control box is required. This makes integration very straightforward with typical installation times being less than four hours. The increasing demand from Supermarkets for promotional labelling onto all types of bagged product can result in reduced efficiencies on production lines where labels are commonly applied by hand. The Herma 400 VFFS typically has a pay back period of under a year and will apply labels far more accurately than hand application. Solutions are available for most brands of VFFS machines including Bosch, Ilapak, GIC, Sandiacre, ULMA and PFM.

Contact Herma UK on tel 01440 763366 or visit


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Make your mark with Partex With the new and very attractively priced ProMark T-800 professional marking machine from Partex, users can easily and conveniently produce their own high-quality cable markers and labels on wide variety of media, including standard cable marker profiles, heatshrinkable tubes, flat tapes and self-adhesive materials. The machine, which has been specifically designed for industrial cable marking and labelling applications, uses high-resolution thermal-transfer printing to produce crisp, sharp characters that are easy to read, and that are highly resistant to abrasion and other forms of defacement. Markers and labels are automatically pre-cut after printing to a length that can be preset by the user or automatically determined by the machine to match the number of characters printed. Small and light, yet sturdily built, the Partex ProMark T-800 has a full QWERTY keyboard and a large backlit display. These make it easy to use in standalone mode without the need for a PC, which is often an important benefit when working on-site. The T-800 is, however, equally suitable for use in conjunction with a PC when it can, for example, import project data from Excel spreadsheets using the Partex software provided free of charge with the machine. In operation, the machine offers exceptional levels of convenience, with menus that allow Partex media types to be directly selected. Once this selection has been made, the machine automatically sets the optimum text position and the depth of the cut. A large internal memory allows legends to be stored for later re-use making it possible, for example, to reprint all of the markers and labels needed for a particular project with just a few key strokes. In addition to standard alphanumeric characters, the ProMark T-800 incorporates a library of commonly used electrical symbols, and it provides full support for Polish and Russian character sets. In addition, customised characters and small diagrams can be printed by downloading them from a PC using Microsoft Excel. Compatible media offered by Partex for use with the ProMark T-800 include standard and halogen-free oval-shaped cable marker profiles for cables up to 5.5mm in diameter; halogenfree heat-shrinkable tube with pre-shrink diameter up to 6.4mm; flat profiles for labelling terminals and for use in conjunction with transparent carriers for labelling cables and pipes; flat self-adhesive products, including white, yellow and silver tape for component marking; plus self-laminating marker materials for wires and cables. To further extend the versatility and convenience of its innovative ProMark T-800 marking machine, Partex offers a wide range of optional accessories. Among these are an alu-

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minium hard case that has been designed so that the machine can be used without removing it from the case, an automatic profile feeder that unwinds profiles from disks or bulk rolls, and a profile heater that allows the machine to be used at temperatures as low as 5˚C. Contact Partex Marking Systems on tel 01675 463670 or visit

Tyler Packaging unveil sliderite® sliders Tyler Packaging, a specialist supplier of Flexible Packaging for Human Food, Pet Food and Garden products, have unveiled its latest re-sealable sliders, suitable for almost any convenience packaging need. The packaging comes with a special patented Slide-Rite® feature that gives the consumer ease of use. Adam Kay, Sales and Technical Director at Tyler Packaging, explained: “Our focus is to help our client’s products work hard on the shelf and beyond and our focus on consumer safety and product integrity is unmatched. The new slider system is designed for high-performance packages that require strong top and end retention values, whilst allowing for easy gripping and ease of access to the product.” The Slider was initially introduced through Tyler Packaging’s laminated flat base pouches that provide superior onshelf appearance, and has since been extended to their resealable laminated bags and pouches. Adam added: “We believe in staying ahead of the competition and providing our clients with the latest in flexible packaging innovations. The Sliders come in a standard colours white and red to best suit their products, although we are the first company in the world to provide the slider in black, which one customer was adamant about. This feature is ideal for the pet food industry, gardening industry, food and beverage industry as well as the agricultural industry, to name but a few.” The company are currently in the process of buying new machines to keep up with the latest innovations. Tyler Packaging also provide 3D visualisation for their clients within the design stage of the packaging to enable marketing departments to achieve optimum designs and print layouts prior to printing.

Contact Tyler Packaging on tel 01926 651451 or visit

Glass forensics proving cost-effective Forensic experts at Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) are helping food and drink companies to beat the counterfeiters. The glass research and analysis specialists are taking an innovative approach using methods such as refractive index measurement and spectroscopy, used extensively in forensic science laboratories, to support brand owners, authorities and other stakeholders in identifying counterfeit products. Glass Refractive Index Measurement (GRIM3), Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR) and Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy X-Ray Fluorescence (WDS-XRF) equipment is being utilised to analyse both glass and plastic packaging thought to be at a fraction of the time and cost of analysing the high value counterfeit products themselves. GTS Development Technologist, Andrew Broadhurst, who previously worked with the Forensic Science Service, said: “The time and cost of laboratory analysis for premium spirits or prestige perfume and skincare products, for example, can be substantial. It can be a much quicker and more cost-effective process to spot a fake by analysing key differences between genuine and ‘suspect’ packaging. “If the container is a fake, it is almost certain that the product will also be counterfeit.” “Using GRIM3 equipment, we can very precisely determine whether the refractive index of glass matches that of the claimed manufacturer and the batch it came from.

Counterfeiters simply cannot replicate glass composition - even if it looks exactly the same or uses exactly the same ratio of raw materials. Glasses that appear the same, but are made from different raw materials, have unique chemical element markers – akin to fingerprints or DNA – and this alone, in some cases, can give a definitive answer as to whether the glass is from the genuine source. “Our WDS-XRF and GRIM processes provide even greater detail with which to compare composition - giving vital evidence to manufacturers and brand owners pursuing claims against suspected fraudsters.” GTS experts have also worked on major research projects to develop anti-counterfeiting products for the glass market, including invisible inks, micro-chipping and specialist markers. One key avenue that could be explored, with sufficient support from brand owners and manufacturers, would be the establishment of a database to fingerprint the exact characteristics of all genuine suppliers, monitoring variations in batch production – allowing an item to be compared to the claimed production time and manufacturer. Glass Technology Services Ltd provides analysis, consultancy, testing and research and development support to all parts of the glass supply chain – from raw materials to the end consumer. GTS prides itself on its confidentiality and independence, is accredited to ISO:9001, 14001 and 17025 quality standards and is a notified body (2461).

Contact Glass Technology Services on tel 0114 290 1801 or visit

Free your mind on your end-of-line Gebo Cermex are excited to announce two product developments: the introduction of their brand new solution, EvoFlex™ and an updated version of VersaFilm®. Their official unveiling took place at drinktec last month and both products are suitable for all markets and can be used independently or in a line. VersaFilm® is a highly versatile shrinkwrapping solution, now equipped with new features such as a new vacuum in-feed table and multi-channel shrink tunnel. A completely re-engineered vacuum table makes film handling for secondary packaging more fluid and facilitates maintenance. The new multichannel option allows you to handle products

on one, two or three lanes with improved shrinkage for an enhanced pack quality. EvoFlex™ is a brand new and extremely flexible high-speed palletizing range that features a convenient floor level infeed. The simplicity of this innovative design’s single column system with two lifting units, enables the machine to be switched automatically between products and packaging formats in under a minute, with no manual adjustments required. EvoFlex™ is the first in a new family of equipment; a comprehensive range of palletizing solutions offering unparalleled flexibility, modularity and all-round performance.

Contact Gebo Cermex on tel 01480 455919 or visit

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Avery Dennison’s new sustainability possibilities Avery Dennison introduced a new wave of innovations designed to drive sustainable growth at Labelexpo Europe, Brussels in September. The Avery Dennison stand featured products and services that help converters differentiate and gain a competitive advantage. One such product, introduced in North America last year, is a pressure-sensitive labelling solution that improves the recyclability of PET containers. The Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ (Bottle-to-Bottle) Film portfolio can help increase rPET yields thanks to an innovative adhesive and film combination, that separates cleanly and efficiently from the PET flakes produced during the recycling process. The result is PET flakes pure enough to be used to produce new packaging films and shells, which conserves virgin PET resources and supports beverage industry leaders’ desire to increase their use of recycled PET bottles. Also in the spotlight were a new platform of adhesives that enable thinner constructions, increased productivity and decreased bleeding. Avery Dennison’s ClearCut™ technology is featured in a new portfolio of films designed to increase sustainability while improving functional performance and shelf-appeal. In addition, the Prime Film Portfolio of BOPP and Machine Direction Oriented (MDO) films are anchored with Avery Dennison’s new proprietary S7000 adhesive. Film materials using this adhesive deliver excellent clarity, conformability for container squeeze, and dispensing stiffness for highspeed converting and dispensing. The clear, white and metalized feedstocks on PET liners avoid the trade-offs in ooze, dispensing and wet-out typical of thinner films. Offering 31 percent less material weight and greenhouse gas reductions of 22 percent compared to similar films, they generate substantial sustainability impact advantages. For example, Global MDO films for squeezable containers produce 40 percent less solid waste and require 37 percent less energy, while the new BOPP products deliver 50 percent less ooze on rigid containers. Contact Avery Dennison on tel 01670 714222 or visit


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Famous food faces Every wondered if the guy on the Uncle Ben's rice packet is really Uncle Ben? We all recognise the faces from our favourite food brands, but how much do we actually know about who these people are? The guys at LabelsPlus have done some detective work to clue you up on who you are looking at, on supermarket shelves and beyond. Some are real people, others are completely made up, but all are instantly recognisable and inextricably linked to their brand. These characters are so strongly linked to their brand that one look at their smiling face is all it takes to get the taste of their delicious food in your mouth. But who are they? It is time to give you the lowdown. While Uncle Ben was a respected African American rice farmer in the USA, the happychappy smiling at you on the package is not actually he. That is a picture of Frank Brown: the beloved maitre d' of a Chicago restaurant frequented by the rice company's executives. The company's clever marketers combined the name Uncle Ben, with an image of good old Frank Brown, creating the world's first rice brand in the process: Uncle Ben's. Colonel Sanders is more than just a face on a ‘family bucket’, he is the guy who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food restaurant chain. Harland David Sanders was honourably discharged from the Army and opened a service station in Corbin, Kentucky

from which he offered delicious home cooked chicken meals. As his restaurant business and fame grew, so did his personality. In the last 20 years of his life, he was not seen in public without his trademark moustache, goatee and impeccable white suit. Now, he lives on as the logo for the company he brought to life. The famous face of Quaker Oats is not an actual person. In the early days, the company identified their mystery man as William Penn ‘standard bearer of the Quakers and of Quaker Oats’. Nowadays, however, the company says he is just a fictional character. They chose to promote their products with the image of a man dressed in Quaker garb, since the Quaker faith represented the values of the food conglomerate: Honesty, integrity, purity and strength. Aunt Bessie is also a fictional character created as a marketing tool for the food company. The first ever Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings were enjoyed at Butlins in the heady days of 1974, but in 2010 old Aunt Bessie was given a radical makeover in order to appeal to a new generation of younger shoppers. Out went the specs, the wrinkles and the grey hair, making Bessie look ten years younger, while the recipes for all of her popular meals remained largely the same. Can you think of other famous faces associated with popular packaging?

Contact LabelsPlus on tel 01663 736250 or visit

Foster CSR programme generates award Foster Refrigerator’s incredible trophy haul has grown again this week, with the addition of a silver award at the 2013 International CSR Excellence Awards, presented on-board HMS Belfast in London. The award was given to Foster, in the category of ‘Best CSR report’ highlighting its commitment to corporate social responsibility. The winning CSR report, the second which the company has produced, is entitled “Working Today, Protecting Tomorrow”. The report provides a detailed, data-driven analysis of Foster’s work in four key areas: Climate Change, Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Independent Verification, covering its commitment to the environment including low carbon manufacturing, recycling, local sourcing and employee development.

It also details the advancements made by Foster, to lead the industry in efficient products, such as its EcoPro G2 range, which reduces energy use significantly, for cost and environmental savings. Foster Refrigerator’s Head of Marketing, Laura Kirk, said: “Our commitment to our employees, partners, distributors, customers and neighbours has long been at the heart of what we do, and it is important that people have access to all that information through our CSR report. To now have this important work recognised in an international award both validates and enhances our commitment.” Richard Collins, of the International CSR Excellence Awards, added: “Congratulations to Foster Refrigerator. They are a trailblazer for their industry and truly understand that CSR is a fundamental aspect of good business.”

Contact Foster Refrigerator on tel 0843 216 8800 or visit



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Yearly charges: 1 heading only £88.00; 2 or more headings £75.00 each




Tom Chandley Ltd, Windmill Lane Industrial Estate, Denton,


Manchester M34 3RE. Tel: 0161 336 5444. Fax:0181 337 3726

Conveyor Systems, George Holme Way, Hearthcote Road,

Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DF. Tel:01283 552255.


Fax:001283 552266

Oliver Douglas Ltd, Amberley Works, Chelsea Close, Leeds,

West Yorkshire LS12 4HP. Tel: 0113 279 7373. Fax: 0113 279

Gough Engineering Ltd, Alderflat Drive, Newstead Industrial


Estate, Stoke on Trent, Staffs ST4 8GE. Tel:01782 654770.

Fax:01782 654771


Weyfringe Barcode and Labelling Systems, Longbeck Road,

Newsmith Stainless Ltd, Fountain Works, Child Lane,

Marske, Redcar, Cleveland TS11 6HQ. Tel:01642 490121.

Roberttown, Liversedge, West Yorkshire WF15 7PH. Tel:01924

Fax:01642 490385

405988. Fax:01924 403304


Wire Belt Co. Ltd, Castle Road, Eurolink Industrial Centre,

Jayton Systems Ltd t/a Robinson’s, 20 Parker House, Mansfield

Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3RF Tel:01795 421771. Fax:01795

Road, Derby DE21 4SZ. Tel:01332 679898. Fax:01332 342828


CONVEYORS and ELEVATORS (Stainless Steel and Mild



F. Jahn & Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road,

Cox and Plant Products Ltd, Monument & Tabor Works, Balds

Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel:020 8977 8822. Fax:020 8977

Lane, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8SE. Tel:01384


895121. Fax:01384 893611.


Dunelm Supplies Ltd, Netherset Lane, Madeley, near Crewe,

Dunelm Supplies Ltd, Netherset Lane, Madeley near Crewe,

Cheshire CW3 9PF. Tel:01782 750884. Fax:01782 751305

Cheshire CW3 9PF. Tel:01782 750884. Fax:01782 751305


Gough (Engineering) Ltd, Alderflat Drive, Newstead Industrial

Jayton Systems Ltd t/a Robinsons, 20 Parker House, Mansfield

Estate, Stoke on Trent, Staffs ST4 8GE Tel:01782 654770.

Road, Derby DE21 4SZ. Tel:01332 679898. Fax:01332 342828

Fax:01782 654771



Jayton Systems Ltd t/a Robinsons, 20 Parker House, Mansfield

Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW.

Road, Derby DE21 4SZ. Tel:01332 679898. Fax:01332 342828

Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098


DRAINAGE (Stainless Steel Channels and Gullies)

Interbelt Ltd, Glensyl Way, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs DE14 1LX.

Dunelm Supplies Ltd, Netherset Lane, Madeley, near Crewe,

Tel:01283 562598. Fax:01283 515316

Cheshire CW3 9PF. Tel:01782 750884. Fax:01782 751305.


Wire Belt Co. Ltd, Castle Road, Eurolink Industrial Centre,


Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3RF. Tel:01795 421771. Fax:01795

Puriflo, Division of Robin Hawkins Engineering Ltd, 44 Holton

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Road, Holton Health, Poole, Dorset BH16 6LT. Tel:01202 625656. Fax:01202 621002. EMULSIFIERS Rigal Bennett Group, Gravel Hill Lane, Whitley, near Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 0JJ. Tel:01977 661095. Fax:01977 662165

HYGIENIC WALL CLADDING Be-Plas Hygienic Walls and Ceilings Ltd, Unit 2, Junction 8 Business Park, Ellesmere Port, Wirral CH65 3AS. Tel:0151 334 5133. Fax:0151 355 7970. E-mail:

FILLING MACHINES Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW. Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098.

KDH Projects Ltd, KDH House, Millfield Road, Donnington, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 4UR. Tel:01775 822888. Fax:01775 822892

F. Jahn & Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel:0208 977 8977. Fax:0208 977 1818.

LABELLING MACHINERY Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers, Unit 18, Bolney Grange Business Park, Stairbridge Lane, Hickstead, West Sussex RH17 5PB. Tel:01444 239970. Fax:01444 246609.

FLOOR and WALL FINISHES for the FOOD INDUSTRY KDH Projects Ltd, KDH House, Millfield Road, Donnington, Spalding, Lincs PE11 4UR. Tel:01775 822888. Fax:01775 822892. Kemtile Ltd, Unit C3, Taylor Business Park, Warrington Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6HT. Tel:01925 763045. Fax:01925 763381. Lasercroft Ltd, 9 Hedon Road, Hull HU9 1LL. Tel:01482 229119.Fax:01482 223077. FLOORING SURFACES for FACTORIES KDH Projects Ltd, KDH House, Millfield Road, Donnington, Spalding, Lincs PE11 4UR. Tel:01775 822888. Fax:01775 822892. Kemtile Ltd, Unit C3, Taylor Business Park, Warrington Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6Bl. Tel:01925 763045. Fax:01925 763381. Veitchi (England) Ltd, Grange Works, Mill Lane, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 2JW. Tel:01889 586621. Fax:01889 579923. FLUID DRYERS European SprayDry Technologies LLP, Regal House, South Road, Harlow, Essex CM20 2BL. Tel:01279 780268. FREEZING EQUIPMENT JBT FoodTech, East Mains Industrial Estate, Broxburn, West Lothian EH52 5NP. Tel:01506 857112. Fax:01506 852232. HEAT EXCHANGERS (Scraped Surface) Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW. Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098. HOMOGENISERS Rigal Bennett Group, Gravel Hill Lane, Whitley, near Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 0JJ. Tel:01977 661095. Fax:01977 662165. HOSES & COUPLINGS Guyson International Ltd, Hose and Couplings Division, Southview Business Park, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9PR. Tel:01943


870044. Fax:01943 870 066.

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Weyfringe Barcode and Labelling Systems, Longbeck Road, Marske, Redcar, Cleveland TS11 6HQ. Tel:01642 490121. Fax:01642 490385. LABEL OVERPRINTING and APPLICATING SYSTEMS Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers, Unit 18, Bolney Grange Business Park, Stairbridge Lane, Hickstead, West Sussex RH17 5PB. Tel:01444 239970. Fax:01444 246609. Weyfringe Barcode and Labelling Systems, Longbeck Road, Marske, Redcar, Cleveland TS11 6HQ. Tel:01642 490121. Fax:01642 490385. MAGNETIC SEPARATORS F. Jahn & Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel:0208 977 8822. Fax:0108 977 1818. John R. Boone Ltd, 18 Silk Street, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4DH. Tel:01260 272894. Fax:01260 281128. METAL DETECTION Lock Inspection Systems Ltd, Lock House, Neville Street, Oldham, Lancs OL9 6LF. Tel:0161 6240333. Fax:0161 6245181. MIXERS (Dry and Wet Processes) Farleygreene Ltd, Unit 8, Alpha Centre, Aldershot, Hants GU12 4RG. Tel:01252 322233, Fax:01252 325111 MIXING MACHINES John R. Boone Ltd, 18 Silk Street, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4DH. Tel:01260 272894. Fax:01260 281128. PANS-JACKETED and TILTING Rigal Bennett Group, Gravel Hill Lane, Whitley, near Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 0JJ. Tel:01977 661095. Fax:01977 662165 PASTA MAKING EQUIPMENT Pasta Technology Ltd, 14 Waunfawr Road, Crosskeys, Gwent

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NP11 7PG. Tel & Fax:01495 273311. Mobile:07973 831331.

Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098



Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW. Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098. POTATO PEELING MACHINES –ABRASIVE RE-LINING Porcher Abrasive Coatings Ltd, Nursery Road, Riverside Industrial Estate, Boston, Lincs PE21 7TN. Tel:01205 356666. POUCH FILLER/SEALERS F. Jahn & Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road,

Sharpak Aylesham, Aylesham Industrial Estate, Aylesham, Kent CT3 3EF. Tel:01304 840581. Fax:01304 842207. Sharpak Bridgwater, Colley Lane Estate, Bridgwater TA6 5YS. Tel:01278 435000. Fax:01278 423019 Sharpak Yate, Highway, Yate, Bristol BS37 7AA. Tel:01454 874100. Fax:01454 874304.

Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel:0208 977 8822. Fax:0208 977



Farleygreene Ltd, Unit 8, Alpha Centre, Alfa Road, Aldershot,

PROCESS VESSELS Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW. Tel:01780 749097. Fax:0208 9771818. PROJECT CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS TO THE FOOD INDUSTRY KDH Projects Ltd, KDH House, Millfield Road, Donnington, Spalding, Lincs PE11 4UR. Tel:01775 822888. Fax:01775 822892. PUMPS and PUMP MAINTAINANCE AxFlow Ltd, Orton Park, Northfield Avenue, London W13 9SJ. Tel:0208 832 1831. Fax:0208 280 0796 PUMPS-HYGIENIC FOOD (Maso Sine and Peristaltic Pumps) Watson Marlow Pumps, contact Geoff Sanders, Mobile:07799 665533 Office fax/phone:01255 863932. PUMPS-HYGIENIC FOOD Grundfos Pumps Ltd, Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds

Hants GU12 4RG. Tel:01252 322233. Fax:01252 325111. Gough Engineering Ltd, Alderflat Drive, Newstead Industrial Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST4 8GE. Tel:01782 654770. Fax:001782 654771. SORTING MACHINES-COLOUR and SHAPE Buhler Sortex Ltd, 20 Atlantis Avenue, London E16 2BF. Tel:0207 055 7777. Fax:0207 055 7700. Radix Systems Ltd, 1 Moorside Place, Moorside Road, Winnall, Winchester, Hants SO23 7FX. Tel:01962 892530. Fax:01962 813354. Satake ESM, Horsfield Way, Bredbury Industrial Estate, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 2FN. Tel:0161 406 3888. Fax:0161 406 3889. SPICE STERILISING EQUIPMENT Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW. Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098.

LU7 4TL. Tel:01525 850000. Fax:01525 853981


Starfrost UK Ltd, Newcombe Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32

READY MEALS LINES Sealpac UK Ltd, Units 1 - 3, The Concept Centre, Innovation Close, Poole, Dorset BH12 4QT. Tel:0845 302 3056. Fax:0845 302 3057.

1XA. Tel:01502 562206. Fax:01502 584104. SPRAY DRYING PLANT European SprayDry Technologies LLP, Regal House, South Road, Harlow, Essex CM20 2BL. Tel.:01279 780250. Fax:01279 780268.




KDH Projects Ltd, KDH House, Millfield Road, Donnington,

Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 3HW.

Spalding, Lincs PE11 4UR. Tel:01775 822888. Fax:01775

Tel:01780 749097. Fax:01780 749098.


F. Jahn & Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road,


Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel.:208 977 8822. Fax:0208 977

F. Jahn &Co. Ltd, 17 Teddington Business Park, Station Road,


Teddington, Middx TW1 1BQ. Tel:0208 977 8822. Fax:0208 977



Kemtile Ltd, Unit C3, Taylor Business Park, Warrington Road,

Holmach Ltd, The Dingle, Pilsgate, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3HW.

Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6BLTel:01925 763045. Fax:01925

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763381. THERMOFORM FILL and SEAL MACHINERY Sealpac UK Ltd, Units 1 - 3, The Concept Centre, Innovation Close, Poole, Dorset BH12 4QT. Tel:0845 302 3056. Fax:0845 302 3057. TRAY and UTENSIL WASHING MACHINES Industrial Washing Machines Ltd, Facet Road, King Norton, Birmingham B38 9PT. Tel.:0121 459 9511. Fax:0121 459 9001. Newsmith Stainless Ltd, Fountain Works, Child Lane, Roberttown, Liversedge, West Yorkshire WF15 7PH. Tel.:01924 405988. Fax:01924 403304. Oliver Douglas Ltd, Amberley Works, Chelsea Close, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 4HP. Tel.:0113 279 7373. Fax:0113 279 1014. TRAY SEALING MACHINES Sealpac UK Ltd, Units 1 - 3, The Concept Centre, Innovation Close, Poole, Dorset BH12 4QT. Tel:0845 302 3056. Fax:0845 302 3057.

TRAY WASHERS Newsmith Stainless Ltd, Fountain Works, Child Lane, Roberttown, Liversedge, West Yorkshire WF15 7PH. Tel:01924 405988. Fax:01924 403304. Oliver Douglas Ltd, Amberley Works, Chelsea Close, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 4HP. Tel.:0113 279 7373. Fax:0113 279 1014. VIBRATORY FEEDERS Cox and Plant Products Ltd, Monument and Tabor Works, Balds Lane, Lye, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY9 8SE. Tel.:01384 895121 Fax:01384 893 611. WALL and CEILING FINISHES Be-Plas Hygienic Walls and Ceilings Ltd, Unit 2, Junction 8 Business Park, Ellesmere Port, Wirral CH65 3AS. Tel:0151 334 5133. Fax:0151 355 7970. Kemtile Ltd, Unit C3, Taylor Business Park, Warrington Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6HT. Tel:01925 763045. Fax:01925 763381.

Raw Materials, Ingredients and Additives ANCHOVY (Fillets, Pastes, Flavourings, Canned Jarred, Tube) La Monegasque UK Ltd, The Priory, High Street, Ware, Herts SG12 9AL. Tel:01920 469107. Fax:01920 486646 E-mail:enquiries@the

Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

Meridian Sea, 10 Thornby Road, Estover, Plymouth PL6 7PP. Tel.08702 400172,

PE20 3DJ. Tel:01775 822389. Fax:01775 822443.

ARROWROOT The Essbro Co. Ltd, 1 South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BL Tel:01702 530329. Fax:01702 530331. E-mail:


CHILLIES (Red and Green Fresh Chopped and Fresh Puréed) JDM Food Group Ltd, Monument Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincs CLEAN LABEL BAKERY INGREDIENTS British Bakels Ltd, Granville Way, Bicester, Oxon OX26 4JT. Tel.:01869 247098. Fax:01869 242979.

BAKERY INGREDIENTS British Bakels Ltd, Granville Way, Bicester. Oxon OX26 4JT. Tel:01869 247098. Fax:01869 242979. E-mail:

COCONUT-Desiccated Cream-Liquid and Powder)

BLUEBERRY, CRANBERRY & POMEGRANATE (AIR DRIED) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

COCONUT PRODUCTS (Powder and Cream)

F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923 293168. Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.


COLOURS (Natural)


Kalsec Europe Ltd, 7 Merlin Park, Fred Dannatt Road,

Markus Products Ltd, Murray Way, Wincanton Business Park,

Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7TD. Tel.:01938 715011. Fax:01638

Wincanton, Somerset BA9 9RX. Tel.:01963 435270.


Fax:01963 435271. E-mail:


British Bakels Ltd, Granville Way. Bicester. Oxon OX26 4JT.


Tel:01869 247098. Fax:01869 242979.

Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage,

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Capol UK Ltd, Oaktree Court, Mill Lane, Ness, Cheshire CH64 8TP. Tel:0151 342 8900. CURRY POWDERS (Triton Madras, Mild & Hot) The Essbro Co. Ltd, 1 South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BL Tel:01702 530329. Fax:01702 530331. E-mail: DRIED FRUITS (Sweetened and Unsweetened (also Fairtrade and Organic) F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,

HERBS and CHILLIES (Frozen, Ambient) S. Black Ltd, Foxholes Business Park, John Tate Road, Hertford, Herts. SG13 7YH. Tel:01992 825555. Fax:01992 825566. HYDROCOLLOIDS J R FOOD CONSULTANCY Tel:07771 716323. IQF/CHILLED MEATS Food Network Ltd, Keepers Cottage, Chrishall Grange, Royston, Herts. SG8 7NT. Tel:01763 837000. Fax:0208 464 1551.

Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923

MAPLE SYRUP (Various Grades)


F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,

EGG POWDERS –Whole, Yolk, Albumen (Also Organic)

Rickmansworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923

F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,


Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923


MUSHROOMS (Concentrate, Powder and Dehydrated)

FLAVOURS (Liquid and Powder) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311. FOOD ACIDS

F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923 293168. NATURAL COLOURS Kalsec Europe Ltd, 7 Merlin Park, Fred Dannatt Road,

Rigest Trading Ltd, Hipocampus House, Hulme Lane, Lower

Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7RD. Tel:01638. 715011. Fax:01638

Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9QQ. Tel:07595 793224.



Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage,

F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,

Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

Rickmansworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923



FRUIT and VEGETABLES (Powders and Flakes and Extracts)

Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage,

F. R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,

Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

Rickmansworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160.

Fax:01923 293168.


British Bakels Ltd, Granville Way, Bicester, Oxon OX26 4JT.


Tel:01869 247098. Fax:01869242979.

Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage,

Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS F.R. Benson & Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Croxley Green,


Rickmansworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923

Cobell Ltd, Alphinbrook House, Alphinbrook Road, Exeter EX2


8RG. Tel:01392 430280. Fax:01392 430060.

ORGANIC VEGETABLES (Roasted or Puréed)

JDM Food Group Ltd, Monument Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincs

GARLIC and GINGER (Fresh Peeled, Pureed, Chopped and Roasted)

PE20 5DJ. Tel:01775 822389. Fax:01775 822443.

Beacon Foods Ltd, Units 3 and 4, Brecon Enterprise Park,

Warren Road, Brecon, Powys LD3 8BT. Tel:01874 622577.

PASTA (Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg, Spinach, Tomato,

Fax:01874 622123.


Food Network Ltd, Keepers Cottage, Chrishall Grange, Royston,

JDM Food Group Ltd, Monument Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincs

Herts. SG8 7NT. Tel:01763 837000. Fax:01763 838280.

PE20 5DJ. Tel:01775 822389. Fax:01775 822443.

DRIED FRUITS (Sweetened and Unsweetened (also


Fairtrade and Organic)

Tech-Pet Ltd, 11 Hammond Way, Market Harborough, Leics LE16

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7JW. Tel:01858 434545. Fax:001858 432828. PRESERVATIVES Rigest Trading Ltd, Hippocampus House, Hulme Lane, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9QQ. Tel:07595 793224.

Beans, Blackeye Beans, Black Turtle Beans, Adzuki Beans,

THAI INGREDIENTS JDM Food Group Ltd, Monument Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincs PE20 3DJ. Tel:01775 822389. Fax:01775822443.

Pinto Beans)

TOMATOES (Canned and Aseptic)

PULSES-CANNED (Red/White Kidney Beans, Chickpeas, Bortolli Beans, Butter Beans, Flageolet Beans, Haricot

Food Network Ltd, Keepers Cottage, Chrishall Grange, Royston, Herts SG8 7NT. Tel:01763 837000. Fax:0208 464 1551. ROAST VEGETABLES and FRUIT Beacon Foods Ltd, Units 3 & 4, Brecon Enterprise Park, Warren Road, Brecon, Powys LD3 3BT. Tel:01874 622577. Fax:01874 622123. JDM Food Group Ltd, Monument Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincs PE20 3DJ. Tel:01775 822389. Fax:0775 822443. SAVOURY FLAVOURS and SNACK FLAVOURS Savoury Flavours, Units 2B/C, Riverside Avenue West, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex CO11 1UN. Tel;01206 399540. Fax:01206 393345. SEAFOOD POWDERS (all varieties) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311. SEAWEED (Fresh and Dried) Meridian Sea Ltd, 10 Thornbury Road, Estover, Plymouth PL6 7PP. Tel:08702 400172, SEASONINGS Unbar Rothon Ltd, Radford Crescent, Billericay, Essex CM12 0DR. Tel:01277 632211. Fax:01277 830151. SPECIALITY SUGAR and SPICE Speciality Farm Foods Ltd, Cleave Farm, East Down, Barnstaple, North Devon EX31 4NX. Tel:0845 812 0129. Fax:01271 882843. SPICE OLEORESINS and EXTRACTS Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311. Kalsec Ltd, 7 Merlin Park, Fred Dannatt Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7RD. Tel:01638 715011. Fax:01638 715031 SWEETENERS Rigest Trading Ltd, Hippocampus House, Hulme Lane, Lower


Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9QQ. Tel:07595 793224 TAMARINDS The Essbro Co. Ltd, 1 South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BL Tel:01702 530329. Fax:01702 530331. E-mail:

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Food Network Ltd, Keepers Cottage, Chrishall Grange, Royston, Herts SG8 7NT. Tel:01763 837000. Fax:01783 838280. TUNA (Pouch and Canned) Food Network Ltd, Keepers Cottage, Chrishall Grange, Royston, Herts SG8 7NT. Tel:01763 837000. Fax:01783 838280. E-mail: Website: VEGETABLE and FRUIT JUICE CONCENTRATES F.R. Benson and Partners Ltd, 117a New Road, Crowley Green, Ricksmanworth WD3 3EN. Tel:01923 293160. Fax:01923 293168. VEGETABLE INGREDIENTS-SPECIALITY (Dried/Preserved) L’Aquila Importers and Distributors, 860 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PS. Tel:0208 965 0666.. Fax:0208 965 0999. VEGETABLES (Freeze Dried, Air Dried, Spray Dried, Flakes) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311. WILD and EXOTIC CULTIVATED MUSHROOMS L’Aquila, Importers & Distributors, 860 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PS. Tel:0208 965 0666. Fax:0208 965 0999 YEAST INACTIVE (Debittered Powder) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 743242. Fax: 01438 742311. YOGHURT and SOUR CREAM POWDERS (Spray Dried) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 743242. Fax:01438 742311. ZEST (Orange, Lemon and Lime) Kanegrade Ltd, Ingredients House, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 2DF. Tel:01438 742242. Fax:01438 742311.

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