Food and Beverage

Nestlé makes its entire product range artificial free

Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by

Nestlé Confectionery has become the first firm in the sweets market to remove all artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from its portfolio.

The company, which manufactures products like KitKat, achieved the landmark after seven years of research and product development, with ove…

Kraft invests £17m in UK chocolate R&D

Cadbury, Bourneville
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by

Two years after the unpopular takeover of Cadbury, US food giant Kraft Foods has opened its Global Centre of Excellence for chocolate research and development in Bournville, Birmingham.

The centre is part of a £17m investment that the American conglomerate sees as a way to confirm its commitment …

PepsiCo to invest £14.4m in Quaker Oats site

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

PepsiCo is investing £14.4m to increase the capacity of its Quaker Oats site at Cupar, Scotland, and increase its headcount by 30.

The investment, which builds on last year’s investment spend of £8.5m, makes a total of £51m that parent company PepsiCo has spent at the Quaker site over the past d…

GlaxoSmithKline pours £18m into Lucozade plant

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by

The healthcare and food and drinks conglomerate has invested £18m in its Lucozade and Ribena manufacturing facility in Coleford, Gloucestershire.  

The investment is for a new high speed bottling plant which will provide added capacity and improve cost efficiency by enabling GlaxoSmithKli…

Giving schoolchildren food for thought

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by

The food and drink industry has been selected to inspire school children into careers in manufacturing by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies within the sector will open up their factories to visits from schools as part of this year’s ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ i…

New compulsory food labels set to hit Europe

Premier Foods Bisto production line
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

A new deal on compulsory new food labels is set to give Europeans clear information on the nutritional and energy content of products, as well as country of origin.

According to a report by AFP, the European parliament has approved legislation to harmonise compulsory food package data, including u…

Mars returns to defend Fresh Connection title

Mars - 2011 UK Fresh Connection Competition Winners
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

Last year’s Fresh Connection winner, Mars, has returned to the competition this year with a clear desire to protect its championship title.

The SCALA Fresh Connection challenge, which has been running since 2010, is a competition which pits teams from FMCG companies against one another in …