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Funding awarded to develop a platform for the rapid detection of Coronavirus on food processing surfaces
Funding awarded to develop a platform for the rapid detection of Coronavirus on food processing surfaces
27 July 2020

A joint project, to build a diagnostic platform to improve the on-site testing capacity of the food industry, has been awarded €790k from EIT Food as part of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation.

BENE bread campaign hailed as a great success
BENE bread campaign hailed as a great success
26 July 2020

In the 10 years to 2017, bread consumption in Belgium and the Netherlands decreased considerably because of negative publicity and a perception among the public that that bread was not as healthy as bread substitutes.

Foodservice expert Kevin Curran
It's a wrap - bakery resilience in and coming out of lockdown
24 July 2020

Foodservice industry expert Kevin Curran shared his thoughts about artisan baking and packaging in a recent article and discussed the effects of the pandemic and lockdown has had on the industry and what that means for the future.

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verhoeven oss has now become verhoeven family of companies


Following a move to new commercial premises, Verhoeven has made a long-awaited transition that will give the company a stronger position in the market. 'VERHOEVEN FAMILY OF COMPANIES' is now the collective name of an organisation that has been active for more than 50 years in the production of custom-made systems for internal transport, bespoke equipment, storage and material handling.

Gordon Polson, Chief Executive of the Federation of Bakers

New review recognises the loaf as a keystone of good health

The updated review, supported by the Federation, examines the role of bread in the UK diet and its contribution to mass public intake of nutrients. It also investigates the components of bread and claims relating to their health benefits, as well as commercial and other trends relating to the product.

fortify flour with vitamin D

Is it time to fortify flour with vitamin D

A study by scientists at the University of Birmingham last year recommended that vitamin D should be used in the fortification of flour and now with new studies suggesting that the vitamin protects against viruses, including those responsible for respiratory infections, the time for action may have arrived.

Felix Egger, CEO, RONDO and Roger Butler, CEO, NABIM

New CEOs appointed for RONDO Group and NABIM

The baking industry sees the appointment of two new CEOs this month. Felix Egger was confirmed in the role of CEO by the RONDO’s board of directors, and Roger Butler, chairman of Whitworth Bros and Carr's Flour mills, takes over as CEO of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM).

Fritsch's #SaveOurBakers project

Social media campaign gives a voice to small German bakers

Fritsch's #SaveOurBakers project reveals the ingenuity and enterprise of artisan bakers.

Following the pandemic outbreak and imposition of lockdown FRITSCH began a social media campaign, #SaveOurBakers, to highlight the personal experiences of bakers. Katrin Schöps of the company provided an update on the initiative and how it is progressing.

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Report indicates how food and drink exports have been affected by lockdowns

The UK Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has reported a drop in UK food & drink exports during the pandemic of over £700 million to £5.1 billion.

A reduction of 12.7% compared with the same time-period last year. Worst hit were exports to EU countries, which fell by 17.4% to £3.1 billion, mainly due to the pandemic and its impact on the hospitality sector.

Henrik Oevermann

DIOSNA's Henrik Oevermann unfazed by the challenges of lockdown

How a mixing machine manufacturer serving the baking industry made a seamless transition of adaptation to ensure safety and maintenance of supply when the pandemic hit.

As German industry locked down in response to coronavirus the CEO of DIOSNA Dierks & Söhne GmbH shared his thoughts. Now, as the faint light at the end of a tunnel of unknown length starts to grow in brightness, he provides an update on his company’s constructive response, which demonstrates the importance of imagination and a positive attitude in the event of dramatic unforeseen circumstances.

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The shows must go on. What news of food industry events in the year of few shows?

2020 has not been a good year for baking-related, or any other B2B trade shows and conferences. The pandemic has not only meant cancellation or postponement of live events around the world but has damaged events companies and prevented the industries they serve from learning, networking and doing business at real-world events at a time when up-to-date knowledge and economic stimulation have been most needed.

Baking, food & drinks and packaging shows will help revive and stimulate their sectors going forward, but the format of those events will certainly be different from before with a host of hygiene and distancing measures at least with less human interaction likely although the face-to-face element of the trade show will not disappear.