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UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

    UK Regional Governments Do Not Trust London on Food

“The political dimension means that common sense may not always prevail,” said David Thomson (pictured above), CEO of Food and Drink Federation Scotland, about the current Brexit negotiations and their impact on the food and drink industry in Scotland and the UK. He stressed the importance of heightening the profile of the food and drink […]

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Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

    Brexit and the Challenges Facing the Irish Agrifood Industry

“250,000 jobs are linked to agrifood, which is the most exposed sector with deep linkages to the wider economy,” pointed out Paul Kelly, Director of Food & Drink Industry Ireland- IBEC, when assessing the Brexit challenge facing the Irish food and drink sector at the recent 4th National Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition […]

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The Largest Gathering of Food and Drink Industry Professionals on the Island of Ireland

    The Largest Gathering of Food and Drink Industry Professionals on the Island of Ireland

The 4th Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, which was held at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday 13th of September, attracted 1,500 visitors from across Ireland. According to the organiser, Premier Publishing & Events, the event, which also incorporated 150 exhibition stands, was the largest annual gathering of food industry professionals on […]

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EU Must Maintain Duties on Sugar

    EU Must Maintain Duties on Sugar

When beet sugar production quotas end in October this year the European sugar industry will find itself in a completely new situation. Whether this new challenge will turn into a success story with the sugar industry profiting from unlimited sugar production for export and food use is largely dependent on how the EU supports Europe’s […]

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Ireland’s Gin Revolution Continues With Creation of New Gin Group

    Ireland’s Gin Revolution Continues With Creation of New Gin Group

The Irish Spirits Association has hosted the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s gin producers, to represent this re-emerging Irish food and drink sector. Recent figures suggest that gin has grown by 31.6% year-on-year, in on-trade value to reach €74 million. Mirroring this, preliminary figures from the CSO suggest that 2017 may see a significant and unprecedented increase […]

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Ireland’s First Degree Course in Brewing and Distilling Receives Worldwide Recognition

    Ireland’s First Degree Course in Brewing and Distilling Receives Worldwide Recognition

As Institute of Technology Carlow prepares to welcome the first intake of students on Ireland’s only honours degree course in brewing and distilling, the programme has received a huge endorsement by becoming one of only four in the world to achieve recognition by the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). And Walsh Whiskey Distillery, […]

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New Bord Bia Study Brings High End Culinary Inspiration to Irish Food and Drink Industry

    New Bord Bia Study Brings High End Culinary Inspiration to Irish Food and Drink Industry

Personalized dishes, tapping trees to flavour water and multi-sensory experiences are just some of the innovations being undertaken by the world’s leading chefs and restaurants according to a new ‘Culinary Inspiration’ magazine launched by Bord Bia. Michelin star chefs and high end restauranteurs from London and Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, Tokyo and New […]

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Drinks Industry Welcomes Fall in Alcohol Consumption in Ireland

    Drinks Industry Welcomes Fall in Alcohol Consumption in Ireland

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has welcomed the latest figures from the European Commission which show that the Republic of Ireland experienced the steepest drop in alcohol consumption of 20 EU countries between 2000 and 2014, at 23.6%.
Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.
Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation, comments: “Figures […]

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B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

    B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

B&R is introducing a hypervisor for its automation system. This software allows Windows or Linux to run alongside B&R’s own real-time operating system. That enables you to combine the control and HMI applications on a single PC, for example, or have an industrial PC double as both a real-time controller and an edge controller that […]

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Intelligent Technology Provides Full Time, Real-Time Data Monitoring For Optimum Dryer Performance

    Intelligent Technology Provides Full Time, Real-Time Data Monitoring For Optimum Dryer Performance

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a complete moisture control system that helps customers maintain a dryer temperature profile and minimize over drying.
Controlled drying parameters ensure that a food or feed product is shelf-stable, removing the precise amount of moisture. However, one processing deviation can dramatically affect batch specifications, requiring an operator to over dry, just to compensate, […]

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Meteor – UK Premiere of Four-arm Delta Punnet Loading Line From Brillopak

    Meteor – UK Premiere of Four-arm Delta Punnet Loading Line From Brillopak

Brillopak (stand C24) has chosen PPMA 2017 as the setting for the UK premiere of its new fresh produce punnet loading line, Meteor. It is the first food packing end-of-line system in the UK to integrate Omron’s new four-arm Delta robot, Quattro – the fastest and most dexterous robot in the world.
OEM Brillopak, specialise in […]

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B&R Industrial PC Now Available With Intel XEON Processor

    B&R Industrial PC Now Available With Intel XEON Processor

B&R’s Automation PC 910 is now optionally available with an Intel Xeon processor. The new microarchitecture provides a 50% increase in performance compared to the previous high-performance Core i processors. This level of performance allows effective handling of all applications that require fast analysis of large amounts of data, such as machine vision, data preparation […]

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Unite and Pladis in UK Set ‘Gold Standard’ For Apprenticeship Training

    Unite and Pladis in UK Set ‘Gold Standard’ For Apprenticeship Training

Unite, the UK’s largest union, and pladis, the global biscuit and confectionery company behind the iconic McVitie’s brand, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement in the UK. The agreement sets the gold standard for apprenticeships and by 2020 the partnership will have enabled close to 50 new apprentices to be recruited into engineering roles at pladis.
This […]

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The Journey Towards Industry 4.0

    The Journey Towards Industry 4.0

Hartmut Pütz, President Factory Automation EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, talks about the digital transformation of industry. He focuses on the effects on manufacturing businesses, especially at a production level, and how customers will benefit from innovative Mitsubishi Electric solutions.
Manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a period of rapid change. In concrete terms this can be […]

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First Phase of Complex Logistics Centre Completed For Swiss Food Company

    First Phase of Complex Logistics Centre Completed For Swiss Food Company

Automated materials handling solutions specialist TGW Logistics has completed a major milestone in the development of a huge logistics centre being built for Swiss food company Coop on a 110,000 square kilometre site in Schafisheim – one of the largest construction sites in Switzerland.
Started in June 2013, the first stage of the development, the General […]

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Hubert Weber of Mondelēz Europe Becomes President of FoodDrinkEurope

    Hubert Weber of Mondelēz Europe Becomes President of FoodDrinkEurope

Hubert Weber, Executive Vice President and President Europe for Mondelēz International, has been elected as President of FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink industry organisation. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Hubert Weber has led Mondelēz International’s European business since August 2013. He has been a member of FoodDrinkEurope’s board since September 2013 and has already contributed actively […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Announces Latest Investment in Automation

    Coca-Cola European Partners Announces Latest Investment in Automation

As part of a major investment in 2017, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, has announced a brand new £39 million Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) warehouse at its Sidcup factory, set to be fully operational in 2018.
Designed to hold and automatically move 25,000 pallets, the facility will triple the […]

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OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

    OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

OAL are building a new state of the art facility to support their APRIL Robotics Systems in Peterborough, UK. The new facility supports a growing order book as food manufacturers seek to avoid rising costs in the UK and Europe through significant productivity improvements.
Currently, 529,800 people globally are associated with the common repetitive task of […]

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Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

    Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

The Robotics & Automation exhibition is taking place 11th & 12th October 2017 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes. This innovation-packed exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet and connect with robot manufacturers, system integrators and experts in automation & machine vision.  The show’s top name suppliers will be ready and waiting to help visitors improve […]

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Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

    Have Your Say in State of the Sport & Active Nutrition Industry Survey From Bridge2Food

Bridge2Food, the international food industry networking company, is running a state of the industry survey to gauge views on the current state of active & sports nutrition sector, and discover the issues that are most important to you. To take part, visit: http://bit.ly/2pVzfBy by 24 May 2017. Share your views on economic performance, innovation, new […]

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Patricia Callan Appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

    Patricia Callan Appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

Patricia Callan has been appointed to the role of Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the trade association that represents brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors in Ireland, and will take up the position immediately. Patricia joins ABFI from the Small Firms Association (SFA) where she has been Director since 2006.
Patricia Callan, Director of […]

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UK Guidelines on Reducing Sugar in Food Published For Industry

    UK Guidelines on Reducing Sugar in Food Published For Industry

Public Health England (PHE) has published the technical guidelines setting out the approaches the food industry can take to reduce the amount of sugar children consume through the everyday foods that contribute the most to intakes. The reduction programme could see 200,000 tonnes of sugar removed from the UK market per year by 2020.
The guidelines […]

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A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

    A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

What chicken processor would not welcome an automatic in-line system allowing him to match hour after hour, consistently accurately and with minimum give-away customer orders for fixed weight breast fillet retail packs to fillet coming off his de-boning line.
By using Innova software to link its RoboBatcher and I-Cut technologies, Marel Poultry can offer just such […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

    Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs.
Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ and […]

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Food Industry and BREXIT – Doom & Gloom? Far from it…

    Food Industry and BREXIT – Doom & Gloom? Far from it…

Whilst industries are still pondering their next move, the food industry in both Ireland and the UK is busy addressing the challenges posed by BREXIT and other factors such as overall lifecycle costs.
The emerging trend in food engineering is towards brownfield expansions and upgrades. Brownfields can be hugely beneficial as manufacturers look to get more […]

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Mercury Engineering Combines Traditional Methods and Latest Technologies at Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre

    Mercury Engineering Combines Traditional Methods and Latest Technologies at Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre

Mercury were delighted to secure the MEP and Fire Protection packages on such a prestigious, landmark project as the Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre (GTIC), Millennium Business Park, Naas, Co Kildare. Mercury’s works ran from September 2013 with a handover date in January 2015.
As well as securing the major services installation packages on the […]

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Industry Invited to Submit a Self-regulatory Proposal on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages

    Industry Invited to Submit a Self-regulatory Proposal on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages

The European Commission has adopted a report on the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration for alcoholic beverages. Following the conclusions of the report, the Commission has decided to invite the alcoholic beverages’ industry to develop, within a year, a self-regulatory proposal aiming to provide information on ingredients and nutrition […]

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MSL Engineering Continues to Grow into New Markets

    MSL Engineering Continues to Grow into New Markets

Operating from its base in Watergrasshill, Cork, Ireland, MSL Engineering Ltd (MSL) has close to four decades of industry experience as a trusted partner engaging in specialist design, fabrication, installation, testing and commissioning of process pipework, utilities and high-purity pipework, as well as installation of process and heavy equipment. MSL also manages multi-discipline sub-contractors as […]

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New Chief Executive at Scotch Whisky Association

    New Chief Executive at Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new chief executive. Karen Betts (pictured) joins the SWA after a 16 year career in the Foreign& Commonwealth Office (FCO), most recently as British Ambassador to Morocco. She becomes only the eighth head, and the first female chief executive, of the SWA in its 105 year history.
During […]

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New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

    New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

Product recalls can have a catastrophic impact on a food manufacturer’s brand and business but existing systems often rely on people that are prone to errors. A new white paper from OAL explains the top five errors and how food manufacturers can ‘Protect their brands from product recalls with automation’.
In 2015, 277 product recalls in […]

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Scotch Whisky Association and Scottish Craft Distillers Association Launch Partnership

    Scotch Whisky Association and Scottish Craft Distillers Association Launch Partnership

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA) have made a commitment to work in partnership to support the continued success of the entire Scotch whisky industry and its supply chain. The agreement recognises the record expansion of the Scotch whisky industry with 14 distilleries starting production since 2013 and a […]

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Fundamental Changes Ahead For Global Wine Industry

    Fundamental Changes Ahead For Global Wine Industry

Following a bump in the road, China is once more expected to drive global grape wine consumption between now and 2020, according to the IWSR Vinexpo Report 2017, the most comprehensive survey of the global wine market. Asia-Pacific will thus supplant the Americas as the main engine for wine growth over the coming period. At […]

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Irish Whiskey Association Meets Scotch Whisky Association

    Irish Whiskey Association Meets Scotch Whisky Association

Representatives from the Irish Whiskey Association and the Scotch Whisky Association have held their annual meeting to discuss products, new opportunities and the challenges posed by Brexit. Irish whiskey exports now represent more than a third of all drinks exports and were valued at €505 million in 2016. The industry has experienced huge growth over […]

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SCAE+SCAA = Specialty Coffee Association

    SCAE+SCAA = Specialty Coffee Association

As of January 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association of America, established in 1982, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, established in 1998, have officially become one organization. The unified organization, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), has launched this website to house information around key activities, events, and offerings. This is meant to be a […]

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Seafood Scotland Nets a New Leader

    Seafood Scotland Nets a New Leader

Patrick Hughes has been appointed as the new head of Seafood Scotland, the organisation set up ‘by the industry for the industry’ in 1999 to increase the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.  He joins from SAC Consulting, the consulting arm of the Scotland’s Rural College, where he was Senior Food and Drink consultant.  […]

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Edrington Awards Key Contract to Elite Control Systems

    Edrington Awards Key Contract to Elite Control Systems

Elite Control Systems Ltd, a leading provider of systems integration and engineering support services, has been awarded a major contract by Scotland’s leading premium spirits company Edrington for its new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan whisky, one of the world’s leading luxury Scotch malt whiskies.
 
Nestled in the parklands of The Macallan Estate in Speyside, the contemporary distillery promises […]

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Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

    Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

Pacepacker Services is teaming up with renowned equipment manufacturer and training provider Festo, to offer Automation Awareness Workshops for its customers, involving all those with a stake in the automation process in smoothing the journey, while maximising the benefits and, ultimately, ROI. The workshops will focus on how customers can integrate systems and extract full benefit […]

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Egemin to Build High-bay Warehouse For Belgium Snack Food Producer Poco Loco

    Egemin to Build High-bay Warehouse For Belgium Snack Food Producer Poco Loco

Egemin Automation will soon start with the construction of a new automated high-bay warehouse for Belgian snack food producer Poco Loco. The company has been experiencing steady growth and needs more capacity. To achieve this, the company recently bought seven hectares of industrial area across the street from the company’s existing production facility. The new […]

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Less Hard Work on the Sausage Packing Line

With an automated solution from Cabinplant, the future of sausage packing is flexible, gentle and precise. Tales of manufacturers that pay to transport workers to their factory are well known in the food industry. Faced with a shortage of labour and rising labour costs, opportunities for automated packaging are increasingly attractive to many.
“We know that the […]

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SSI SCHAEFER – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    SSI SCHAEFER – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. It employs over 8,500 people at its group headquarters in Neunkirchen, Germany, at its domestic and international production sites, and at its 60 foreign subsidiaries, which includes the United Kingdom. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific […]

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Au2mate Delivers the Fully Integrated Factory Automation System For the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates Factory

    Au2mate Delivers the Fully Integrated Factory Automation System For the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates Factory

By Klaus Dam, Managing Director of Au2mate A/S
This article gives an overview of the design and implementation process for the highly advanced factory automation system at the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates factory opened in June 2016.
The project has been implemented in close cooperation with AFI as the end user and Process Engineering as the main […]

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Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

In the market for construction components, more and more gates, doors, frames and operators carry the Hörmann name, making Hörmann Europe’s leading provider of such products. This leadership of the family company has been attained through decades of continuous growth as a result of innovation, ensured quality and proximity to the customer.
Today, the Hörmann Group […]

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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.
At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors […]

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Road Map to the Smart Meat Factory

    Road Map to the Smart Meat Factory

The key steps meat companies need to take to achieve a smart factory in line with Industry 4.0 will be the major focus of a series of Meat Business Days being held by food IT software specialist CSB-System in Karlsruhe, Germany from 12th – 16th September.
As well a series of presentations from industry experts from […]

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Brexit – What Now For Scotch Whisky?

    Brexit – What Now For Scotch Whisky?

Since UK voters decided that the UK should leave the European Union, the Scotch Whisky Association has been busy consulting members on what that means for one of the country’s most significant industries and exporters. More than 90% of Scotch Whisky produced is sold outside the UK. Indeed, Scotch Whisky is the biggest single net contributor […]

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PA Helps Arthur Mallon Foods Increase Production Speeds

    PA Helps Arthur Mallon Foods Increase Production Speeds

Arthur Mallon Foods is one of the leading Irish sausage producers, who have been creating award winning sausages since 1942 from County Monaghan.
The company needed to upgrade their top seal tray sealer and were looking for a machine that would offer an increase in output in line with their production target. Since the introduction of […]

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Bakkavor Master Porridge Production with OAL Steam Infusion

Bakkavor is using OAL’s Steam Infusion technology to manufacture porridge following the successful installation of the advanced heating and mixing process.
Research under a £1million Innovate UK project identified grain hydration as a hot spot for Steam Infusion due to the unique homogenising effect and elimination of burn-on contamination. Following successful trials, Steam Infusion was retrofitted […]

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New Chief For British Frozen Food Federation

    New Chief For British Frozen Food Federation

John Hyman (pictured right) has been selected to succeed Brian Young (pictured left) as chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation. John Hyman, a highly experienced food industry professional, was previously UK group commercial director at Adelie Foods and has held senior roles at First Drinks, Dairy Crest, Heinz and Arla.
John Hyman comments: “I’m […]

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Prakash K. Iyengar appointed CEO of Ammeraal Beltech Group

    Prakash K. Iyengar appointed CEO of Ammeraal Beltech Group

Ammeraal Beltech, headquartered in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Prakash K. Iyengar as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 28th 2016.  Mr. Iyengar replaces interim CEO Sven Ruder.
Ammeraal has a proud tradition of innovation, service and customer intimacy established over 65 years serving customers in different markets globally. Mr. Iyengar […]

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Prevent Burn-on Contamination with Steam Infusion

Burn-On is a term used in the food industry when a product sticks and subsequently starts to burn onto the side of the vessel. This is a constant issue for food manufacturers as it can affect the product taste, quality and appearance.
Steam Infusion from OAL can make burn-on a thing of the past, as it […]

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APRIL Robotic Chef to launch at University of Lincoln

Robotics and automation has prospered in many manufacturing industries but there has been limited progress in food production because of a lack of enabling technologies leading to islands of automation. When focusing on ready meal manufacturing, the finished product can often be over-processed and costly due to the inefficiencies of traditional cooking and processing methods.
OAL […]

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Starch Europe Statement on EU-Vietnam FTA Negotiations

    Starch Europe Statement on EU-Vietnam FTA Negotiations

Starch Europe, the trade association which represents the interests of the EU starch industry both at European and international level, has welcomed the fact that the Commission has taken into account the sensitivities of EU starch producers in its negotiations with Vietnam.
“We particularly welcome the fact that the quota for all sensitive starch products, except […]

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APRIL robotic system to transform food manufacturing

A Peterborough based engineering business is transforming the food manufacturing industry thanks to further funding from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.
OAL has received a £60,000 grant to develop an automated food manufacturing processes using robotic ‘chefs’ to boost production, efficiency, and improve the quality of food produced.
OAL identified a gap in the market to make […]

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Video Interview with Phil Waters, Gebo Cermex, who talks about the benefits of “simultaneous engineering”

    Video Interview with Phil Waters, Gebo Cermex,  who talks about the benefits of “simultaneous engineering”

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel group, is a worldwide operation specialising in the manufacture of automated end of line machinery, packaging equipment and complete line engineering solutions. The company supplies packaging, shrink-wrapping, conveying, palletizing and robotic assembly equipment, as well as pasteurizing, crate and bottle washing systems for a range of market segments, including […]

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