Uk Food and Drink Industry

Food Manufacturers Growth Opportunities

The UK food and drink industry is on the up, expanding 27% since 1997, the 4th fastest growing industrial sector in the UK. Read more

Growing Onions

The Where and How of Growing Onions

Onions are grown in different shapes, tastes and sizes around the world. The climate effects onion production hugely. Read more

Tropea Onions

Introducing The Tropea Onion….

When asked where onions are grown, the country that comes to mind would be India. But the unsung hero of onions is Italy. Italy has a large variety of onions; its most acclaimed onion is the cipolla di Tropea. The cipolla di Tropea is being exported abroad and making appearances in dishes worldwide, also known as the Rossa di Tropea. Read more


What do food labels mean and should we take them literally?

We waste an alarming amount of food yearly. Believe it or not expiration dates are not always an accurate representation of a food’s shelf life, yet these labels are causing millions of tonnes of food waste every year. British households throw away 8.3million tons of food and drink a year, with an estimated 5 million tons of that amount still being perfectly edible. This amounts to over 17 million tonnes of CO2: the equivalent of emissions from 4 million cars. Read more


Cash Rich, Time Poor: The Fresh Cut Fruit and Vegetable Demand

Over half of 2 parent families have both parents working full time and today over a third of women are the main bread winners in their families. Women now represent nearly half the UK work force, with a large percentage being working mothers. Read more


Come and visit us at ProPak Asia 2017

Managing Director, Pamela Nugent will be travelling to Asia to join M&P (Asia) on its stand at ProPak Asia 2017.  The exhibition runs from June 14th to 17th and promises to be Asia’s number one trade event for Asia’s rapidly expanding food, drink, pharmaceutical and FMCG markets. ProPak Asia 2017 will include 8 industry zones for Processing Technology, Packaging Technology, Drink Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Lab & Test, Materials, Coding, Marking & Labelling, and Cold chain, Logistics & Warehousing making it easier for buyers and sellers to meet and develop great business together. Read more

Vegetables Chopped

The Fresh Cut Industry Boom

The Fresh Cut Industry is the fastest growing segment in the produce sector. Fresh Cut refers to the pre-cut, pre-washed and packaged fruit and vegetables. Making wholesome fresh fruit and vegetables packaged to be convenient and ready to eat, changing from their original form (peeled, trimmed or cut) but still fresh. Fresh Cut foods are the fastest growing fresh food category worldwide. The International Fresh-Cut Produce Association (IFPA) represents leaders in the Fresh Cut produce industry worldwide, providing them with guidelines, expertise, networking and forums. Read more


M&P welcomes new team members

Manchester based M&P Engineering is committed to ensuring they develop the right skills within the company as succession planning is a key feature in every aspect of the business. Read more

Heart Food

Should I be Eating my Vegetables Raw to get Full Nutritional Benefit?

No! Although it is true that some nutrients are lost during cooking. We believe that it is possible to get the full, practical nutritional benefits from a fruit or vegetable that has been cooked. There are cooking methods that are uniquely matched to fruits and vegetables to limit the damage.

Although it is true that most animals thrive on raw food diets, all humans have been sustained and evolved eating cooked foods in their diets. Read more


Design Manager at M&P attends training course in New Orleans

Gerry Baker, Design Manager at M&P Engineering recently attended a Hygienic Design Training Course in New Orleans, USA.  The course was run by Commercial Food Sanitation from February 21st to 23rd. Read more