Nestlé develops food waste initiative in UK

An innovative approach to minimising food waste has been developed by Nestlé UK and Ireland in partnership with Company Shop and supported by the activities of UK NGO WRAP.The integrated approach aims to make sure that significantly more surplus food is redistributed and available for both charitable and commercial use.The partners are undertaking detailed site assessments to identify any...

PepsiCo to launch nitrogen-infused cola

PepsiCo is planning to launch what it claims is the world’s first nitrogen-infused cola. Called Nitro Pepsi, the drink – still at the prototype stage – will offer consumers what the company believes is a new cola drinking experience by combining an injection of nitrogen with the taste of Pepsi.According to PepsiCo, Nitro Pepsi will feature a creamy flavour...

Expansion for Oregon Fruit Products

Norpac Foods, the farmer-owned food processor based in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, USA, has sold a 26-acre and 165,000 sqft food processing facilility to Oregon Food Products.Founded in Salem, Oregon, in 1935, the Oregon Foods Products business has grown to the full capacity of its plant and office space. When chief executive Chris Sarles saw that Norpac’s canned...

Program integrates processes in food and drinks filling plants

Food and drinks manufacturers are able to program their entire filling plants with the implementation of Tetra Pak’s upgraded data management system.PlantMaster has been upgraded to include a manufacturing executive systems (MES) suite, a new software program specifically designed for the food and beverage industry, which provides a user-friendly interface.With process equipment in a plant often being supplied from...

Krones opens training centre in Colombia

Germany-based plant equipment supplier Krones has opened a training centre in Bogotá, Colombia, to educate local operators about its canning and bottling lines. The facility was inaugurated in May by Krones’ local Andina subsidiary. The site is responsible for providing service support in a territory that includes not only Colombia, but also Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Panama.“The training centre’s principal...

Anheuser-Busch InBev takes an electric avenue for beer distribution 

Following Tesla’s unveiling of its all-electric trucks in the US last month, Anheuser-Busch InBev representatives say that the brewer has ordered 40 units as it plans to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions.The order comprises what is potentially the largest order that Tesla has received for its upcoming Class 8 Semi Truck, which is scheduled to be in production...

Stubby can first for Flat 12’s potent craft beer

A potent stout has been launched in 8oz 'stubby' cans by a US craft brewer in what it reckons is a first for the industry.While craft beers are increasingly offered in 12oz and 16oz cans, Indianapolis brewery Flat 12 Bierwerks has opted for the stubby cans supplied by Crown Beverage Packaging to pack its Pinko!, a Russian Imperial Stout...

Canning plant workers win ‘donning and doffing’ case

A US court has ruled that canning plant workers should be paid for the time taken in putting on and taking off the clothing necessary for their factory activities. The decision, made by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, means that Hormel Foods owes back pay to hundreds of workers at its Beloit cannery, reports Associated Press. The plant in Wisconsin packs...

Arla plans $657m global investment

Dairy cooperative Arla Foods plans to spend €527 million ($657m) globally, with €82m ($102m) going into the UK as part of a long-term growth strategy.The decision to increase its investments was approved by Arla’s board, which consists mainly of elected farmer owners. The Danish-based business plans to expand and improve its production facilities.Chairman Åke Hantoft said: “All investments by Arla...