Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

Family friendly
Belvoir Fruit Farms is broadening its range by introducing family friendly premium cordials made with 100% natural ingredients, but in traditional simpler flavours and in bigger value for money 750ml bottles. Belvoir Natural Blackcurrant Cordial and Belvoir Natural Orange Cordial offer retailers a premium family product to bridge the quality gap between mainstream dilutes and super premium cordials. These new family friendly cordials have all the natural credentials associated with Belvoir along with price tags targeted at everyday family consumption.

Pev Manners, MD for Belvoir Fruit Farms said: “Our new Natural Blackcurrant and Orange Cordials will appeal to families seeking simple, value-for-money everyday refreshment, but which are 100% natural and free of any artificial sweeteners, flavourings, colourings or preservatives. We really believe that these Cordials satisfy a genuine need in the market.”


Cup scheme
Starbucks and Hubbub have launched the first airport reusable cup trial in partnership with Gatwick Airport. The trial will offer drop off points for Starbucks reusable cups throughout the international airport’s South Terminal to help cut paper cup waste and address throw-away culture.

This trial aims to offer a new approach to reuse, helping customers reduce disposable cup usage within closed environments such as travel hubs. Customers at the Starbucks store, which is operated in partnership with SSP, will have the option to borrow a free reusable cup for their drink instead of using a paper cup, which they can then drop off at one of five ‘Cup Check-In’ points throughout the airport before they board their flight.

Over 5.3 million of the seven million paper cups used at Gatwick each year are already being recycled but as recycling requires empty cups to be placed in the dry recycling bins, Starbucks and Hubbub have identified the potential to increase reusable cup options as well to limit the number of cups used in travel hubs where on-the-go packaging is prevalent.

The aim of the trial is to put 2000 reusable Starbucks cups in circulation throughout Gatwick’s South Terminal, which could drastically reduce the number of paper cups being used each day. For example, if only 250 customers opted for reusable each day, it could see over 7000 paper cups saved in one month.

Trewin Restorick, CEO and Co-Founder, Hubbub said: “We want to find out whether people will get on board with reusing cups, if we make it easy and convenient. The airport is the ideal environment to trial a reusable cup scheme, and we learn here will provide valuable insight into how to deploy a reusable trial in not only other airports, but many other environments.”

Plates on the move
The Wholeleaf Company – manufacturer of a unique, ecologically-friendly range of disposable plates and cutlery made from naturally fallen Indian palm leaves – has outsourced control of its UK supply chain to Walker Logistics.

Walker will supply the Wholeleaf Company growing client base – which includes: private members club group, Soho House; The Goring Hotel; organic food recipe specialists, Abel & Cole; and popular restaurant chain, Wahaca – and, in addition, will supply B2C orders placed via the Wholeleaf Company’s online portal.

“With growing concern about the impact of single use plastics on our environment, it is no surprise that the Wholeleaf Company is enjoying a huge upsurge in demand for its range of environmentally-conscious disposable plates and cutlery,” says William Walker, sales director of Walker Logistics.

He continues: “The Wholeleaf owners sought a logistics company that could not only provide the level of supply chain support they were looking but also needed a partner that shared their commitment to sustainability.

“Environmental commitments are an integral part of Walker Logistics’ day-to-day activities. We are a recent winner of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s Environment Award and hold Soil Association accreditation to operate as an organically certified warehouse which means we can process both retail and trade orders that contain organic products, while meeting the high standards laid down by the Soil Association.”

The contract will run from Walker’s multi-user fulfilment centre on the outskirts of Reading.

Chocolate on the road
Specialist road tanker operator Abbey Logistics has announced that it has increased the volume of bulk chocolate it transports for Barry Callebaut by 100%, following a competitive tender process.

The volume increase follows several service improvement initiatives on existing volumes over the last 12 months, implemented as a result of the two companies working collaboratively to improve the service Barry Callebaut’s customers receive.

Commenting on the deal, Louise James, UK Supply Chain Manager at Barry Callebaut Group said: “Our customers expect the highest quality products from us, so in turn we expect our transport providers to possess the specialist knowledge and skill required to distribute large volumes of high value chocolate.

“Abbey Logistics has continued to improve its service to us since the last tender period which has given us the confidence to increase the volume we place with them. We know Abbey well and we are pleased to extend and strengthen our partnership.”

The new contract went live in April and sees Abbey increasing utilisation on existing vehicles already working on the contract and drawing on its own specialist heated chocolate tankers and professional drivers from its wider chocolate tanker network, as well as continued investment in its fleet and specialist driver team.

Abbey will operate vehicles from its new depot near Barry Callebaut’s UK manufacturing site in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Dave Coulson, Commercial Director at Abbey Logistics added: “Our relationship with Barry Callebaut is now 15 years old and throughout that time we have focused on continuous improvement and working in partnership to understand and support Barry Callebaut overcome their distribution challenges.”

Sophisticated solutions
One London Wall Place is a recent addition to the rising London skyline sitting adjacent to the infamous Barbican and occupied by Schroders. The global asset managers required a foodservice strategy that would match the modern design and reflect how they value their clients and staff.

Tricon brought this concept to life with extensive consultation via stakeholder interviews and employee focus groups, as well as project team meetings, ensuring everyone’s needs were accommodated by defining clear goals and objectives for the future services. Tricon’s design and co-ordination of multiple kitchens throughout the building, including client suite and conference spaces being split across several floors, ensured that the chosen operating partner could deliver these aspirations.

Tricon supported the appointment of the catering operator and now complete, staff can choose from Bruno’s, the Italian-themed bistro-style café offering an à la carte menu and views of the city, a self-serve kitchen area with an open kitchen and an on-floor drinks pantry, a deli offering cakes and lighter lunch options available to personalise at the till or via an app, meeting room hospitality and corporate events catering.

This project has highlighted the importance of both staff and clients in the Global Investment Manager’s foodservice strategy. The personalisation of dining options and the use of technology were key features of the design.

Signed and sealed
JBT Corporation, the global technology solutions provider to the food and beverage industry, has announced completion of the acquisition of Proseal UK, an innovator in environmentally-friendly packaging systems with a manufacturing presence in Europe, the US and Australia. The purchase price for Proseal was £220 million, before customary post-closing adjustments.

Proseal is the leading manufacturer of tray sealing equipment for a range of protein food products including categories such as red meat, pork, poultry, fish, seafood, ready meals and produce categories such as soft fruit, fresh produce, prepared produce, sandwiches, and snack foods. Proseal has been at the forefront of developing systems that improve product shelf life whilst minimising the use of plastic at the same time.

With machines capable of handling 240 packs a minute, the Adlington, UK-based company has experienced strong growth in export markets through the design, manufacture, assembly and servicing of high-quality tray sealing systems and turnkey production line solutions. Used predominantly for food packaging applications, Proseal is continuing to drive growth by developing systems that deliver important sustainability benefits through food preservation techniques and reduced energy consumption.

Carlos Fernandez, JBT’s Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods, said: “The Proseal acquisition provides JBT with a significant platform in the packaging space adding complementary solutions and value adding technologies to many existing customers across JBT’s Liquid Foods and Protein business segments.”